For the sum of £200 I managed to buy my first car in 1979 – a blue Triumph Herald 1200 convertible, KJJ 178D.
I then proceeded to tidy her up using copious amounts of filler and a re-spray with a garden sprayer. A couple of years later it failed the MOT due to “excessive chassis rust front to rear”. So in June 1981 I started a major body-off restoration.
The aim of the rebuild was to use the 2 litre, 6 cylinder Vitesse engine and running gear while keeping the appearance of the 1200 Herald. Necessitating a fairly major but subtle re-working of the front end to fit the larger engine in. The rebuild took over seven years to complete (click here for photos).
Some 20 years after the first restoration she was starting to get a bit “untidy”. No major rust other than the doors. The rest of the body was just suffering from surface rust in places.
In August 2007 I finally took the plunge and decided to strip her down again, this time taking 14 months to get her back on the road. (click here for photos).
In July 2016 we purchased a Viking Fibreline caravan, while in good condition overall it had been badly painted by the previous owner, so was stripped down and repainted in matching blue and white (click here for photos).
There is also a selection of photos from the various car shows and events we’ve been to. Click on the menu above for pictures from these outings.
The October/November 2017 edition of Triumph World featured and article on the Herald 2000 and caravan combo. Click here to see the Triumph World article
Outings the Herald has been on over the years:
TSSC International, Stafford July 89 & Aug 90 TSSC Sunshine Rally Aug 89 Broadland MG Run May 2002 & May 2003 All Triumph Day Duxford September 2003 Santa Pod July 2004
Standard Triumph Day Duxford, TSSC International Stafford, Mile of Triumphs
Drive It Day 2010 Club Triumph run to Holkham Hall, Norfolk, South of England Meet, ST Marque Day Prescott Hill Climb, Bromley Pageant of Motoring, BK Museum Open Day, Stonham Barns Classic Car Show, Norfolk Gala Day, TSSC All Triumph Day at Duxford, TSSC Mile of Triumphs
Frostbite Run, Crich Valley Tramway, Henham Wings and Wheels, Enfield Pageant of Motoring, Euston Park Rural Pastimes, Easton Farm Park Car Show, Stag Owners Club National, TSSC International Weekend, Norfolk Gala Day, TSSC Mile of Triumphs
Langley Daffodil Day, Skeyton Goat, Trip to Manchester, Northants ST Day, Euston Park Rural Pastimes, TR Club at Bird in Hand, Wrenningham, Hoveton and Wroxham Car Show, Worstead Festival Car Show, Trip to Wales, TSSC Internationl, Charity Race Day at Snetterton
Ufford Car Rally, Langley Daffodil Day, Rackheath Vintage Fayre, Enfield Pageant of Motoring, Costessey Fair, Euston Rural Pastimes, Hoveton and Wroxham Scouts Classic Car Show, Gillingham Transport Rally, Festival of Classic and Sports Cars at Helmingham Hall, Norwich Motor Show, Stonham Barns Classic Car Show, Snetterton Classic Car Show
TSSC Norfolk outing. Drive It Day – Layer Marney Tower, Totally Triumph at Broad Farm Norfolk, Standard Triumph Marque Day at Brooklands, Suffolk Punch Run and Gathering, TriumFest – Donington Race Track, Nene Valley Classic Car Gala, Norfolk Open Churches Run, Helmingham Festival of Classic and Sports Cars, Stonham Barns Classic Car Show, Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake, Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group – Autumn Vintage Vehicle Day
Drive It Day – Colchester Castle, South Suffolk Classic Run, North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Festival, Heveningham Wings and Wheels, Stonham Barns Classic Car Show, Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake, TSSC Duxford, Totally Triumph, Norfolk
Drive It Day – Sheringham to Holkham Hall, Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run, The South Suffolk Classic Run, Euston Rural Pastimes, North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Festival, London to Southend Classic Vehicle Run, Nene Valley Railway Classic Car Show, Helmingham Festival of Classic & Sports Cars, Stonham Barns Classic Car Show, Totally Triumph
Drive It Day – Audley End House, Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run, Europe Trip – European Classic Caravan Rally and Laon Historique, Kelling Heath and North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Festival, RCC Banbury rally, TSSC Fish ‘n’ Chip run, Holkham Hall Country Fair, TSSC Leics & Rutland Sunshine Rally, Retro Festival, Newbury, TSSC Duxford
TSSC Norfolk Coastal Run, RCC Easter Rally at Banham Zoo,TSSC Isle of Wight and ECCR Luxembourg, RCC rally Eastbourne, Watton Car Show, TSSC Shelsey Walsh and Rutland Sunshine Rally, RetroFest Newbury, RCC National Nuneaton, Sandringham Game and Country Fair, Manchester Classic Car Show, NEC Classic Motor Show