It’s been 40 years since the first prototype Triumph TR7 took to the road. On hand to celebrate the occasion was the TR Driver’s Club, hosting the first of two anniversaries at its National Weekend between Friday, July 18 and Sunday, July 20.
The gathering was one of the most successful in the Club’s history, with a strong turn-out of ‘wedge’ TR7s and TR8s filling the showfield at the Billing Aquadrome. The Rover SD1 Club and Triumph Dolomite Club were also invited, offering showgoers a diverse and interesting mix of British Leyland models.
Former chief development engineer Tony Lee was the event’s guest of honour, having joined Standard-Triumph in 1946. Well into his eighties, he presided over the TR7’s gestation in period, proving an excellent foil for the day’s events. Having entertained many club members with his Canley anecdotes, he handed out concours prizes during the awards ceremony, as well as delivering a closing speech.
The TR7’s birthday celebrations continue on Sunday, September 21, when a convoy of 40 cars will travel to the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon. The cavalcade plans to visit the three Triumph factory sites at Speke, Canley and Solihull. The Club hopes that over 100 TR7s and TR8s will join them at their final destination in Warwickshire, and asks that anyone interested register online at: www.trdrivers.com/wedgetastic_buy.html The proceeds will be donated to Parkinson’s UK.
Classic or modern, six grand buys you an awful lot of Jaguar.
It’s very much the modern end of the classic Jaguar line-up but the XK8 is incredible value right now. It’s hard to believe but we’ve seen coupes offered for as little as £3000 recently and that’s an awful lot of car for your cash. Yes, at that level you can expect all kinds of issues but in reality a lot of them will be relatively easily sorted with used parts and a bit of patience.
Perhaps better is to spend a bit more and acquire a more presentable example in the first place but £6000 still buys you a nice example of the original XK8 and even clued-up car enthusiasts will be incredulous when you admit how little it cost you. If you don’t mind a few miles – and the Jaguar V8 is generally good for that if well maintained – then you’ll also find post-2001 facelifted cars within budget.
If you fancy being brave then our budget is even enough to get into the convertible, although they do demand a bit more care: that roof needs to be in good nick and to go up and down properly if you don’t want to be funding some expensive specialist work.