Outings 2014

TSSC Norfolk trip to Kings Lynn, 9th February 2014

Ufford Car Rally
A47 layby start

As part of the new drive to attract new members, Mike Carroll, area organiser, has re-instigated the monthly meetings and, in an attempt to attract new members, has suggested to hold the meetings in different parts of Norfolk. Judging by the turn-out at this the first one it is a cracking idea. Meeting up on the A47 layby at Easton a convoy of around 7 Triumphs (plus a couple of dailies) we set off for Wild Fowler pub in Kings Lynn, via Dereham pick-up of a few more Triumphs. Not the best of weather, but then it was the beginning of February and could of been a lot worse. Hopefully this will be the start of something regular.

We got a little ol’ convoy
Finish at the Wild Fowler for lunch

Drive It Day – Layer Marney Tower, 27th April 2014

Drive It Day. Dress the age of your car, Layer Marney Tower
Drive It Day, dress the age of your car at Layer Marney Tower

Aiming to move out of Norfolk this year and go further afield to a few shows, starting with this run on Drive It Day. This went from Upminster to Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, with over 200 cars following a tulip route. Great mixture of classics including the local Aston Martin Club with 12 cars, a selection of Rolls Royce and Bentleys. The most popular make seemed to be Triumphs with an abundance of TRs and four Vitesses and of course one Herald.

A 50 mile trip through the Essex countryside (who’s potholes are far worse than Norfolks incidentally) ending up at the Layer Marney Tower for a picnic and stroll in the grounds.

Everything was going fine until it was time to leave and I couldn’t get the old girl in gear. So this meant bonnet up and a crowd immediatly appeared, thankfully with some useful advice, but unfortunately nothing that could fix it. So with a bit of encouragement I decided to try driving home without a clutch. Stopping off at my brothers for a brief cuppa we continued to my girlfriends house the other side of Ipswich. A 50 mile drive in total all without a clutch. Luckily my passengers powers of persuasion could induce all the traffic lights to be green and the roundabouts to be clear. Decided not to continue the rest of the way and called out that very helpful man to bring me home.

New master cylinder has now been ordered and will have to be in before the next show in a couple of weeks.

Over 200 cars lining up for the start of the run
Including this rare Aston Martin Lagonda
Lined up at the tower
Layer Marney Tower

Totally Triumph, Norfolk, 10/11th May 2014

Totally Triumph, Broad Farm, Norfolk
Very wet Herald at Totally Triumph 2014

Brand new show organised by Triumph clubs in the Eastern region – Stag Owners, TR, TSSC. With my new clutch master cylinder fitted I was ready to go. Getting there for the Saturday evening we had a meal in the campsite pub then took in the live band and even had a bit of dancing. Good to meet up with folks and have a natter over a few pints. Great night was had by all. Then the Sunday and day of the show. Awoke to a downpour that kept on re-appearing on a regular basis which, understandably I think, kept most of the day trippers away. But there was still around 30 Triumphs in the field. Leaving mid afternoon to a drive in pouring rain. The day being a bit of a wash out really. Next years should be better!

Nice de-bumperred big saloon with a 5 litre TVR engine
Wide selection of Triumphs on show if not that many.

Standard Triumph Marque Day Brooklands, 22nd June 2014

Standard Triumph Marque Day - Brooklands
Test Hill at Brooklands

Glorious weather for this weekend. Heading down on the Saturday for an overnight camping trip. Sunday morning saw us heading off to Brooklands. First time here and was impressed by what was on show. Always good to go to a car show where there is something else to see. Couldn’t resist the urge to go up the Brooklands test hill and as always couldn’t keep my right foot from hitting the floor. It must have been one of the bumpiest roads I’ve ever driven on (it was 100 years old).

Then the 3 hour drive home, been a long time since I’ve had the roof down for so long. Great weekend!

(main pic https://accounts-flickr.yahoo.com/photos/philip-smith)

Brooklands filled with Triumphs
Lots to see in the various hangers

Suffolk Punch Run and Gathering, 29th June 2014

Suffolk Punch Run and Gathering
Before the rain came to the Punch Run and Gathering

This worked really well a pre-show meeting with a run to the show. Met up at Friday Street just off the A12 where there just happened to be a boot sale. Along with around 20 other cars, we got our sheet of directions and off we went. Sun was shining and roof was down. Got to the The Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley in Suffolk after a short drive and lined up for the show.

Must admit I was expecting a bit more and a few more cars would have been nice. Shame really it was well organised and should have been a lot busier. Although the clouds came over around lunchtime, followed by rain which became pretty constant by 3pm so guess that might of put people off.

Triumph Herald with Flames
Interesting “flamed” Herald which I’ve seen on the internet before
Lovely looking Austin Mini woody estate
Think I’ve seen this hot-rod before. Not sure it’s street legal tho?
Good splattering of Capris on show

TSSC Norfolk with TR Club Bird in Hand TSSC Norfolk meet with TR Club, July 2014.
Now welcoming any classic makes for an interesting display of 30 classics at the Bird in Hand, Wrenningham including MGs, MX5s and a couple of Ford Escorts.

TriumFest, Donington Race Track, 26th August 2014

TSSC Triumfest, Donington. International
Lined up in the “car park” at TSSC TriumFest, Donington

Starting off two weekends of car shows. A drive to a campsite near Corby for a few days stay attending this show on the Saturday and Nene Valley on the Sunday.

Formerly the TSSC International previously held at Stafford, this made for an interesting change of venue. A good selection of Triumphs in the “car park” including a few Coupes there for Sundays display. Had three laps around the Heritage Loop, where I should possibly have gone a bit slower than I was. Great weather and a good day, but worth the entrance money? I think not, which was a great shame.

Triumph Herald with Flames
Nice trio of Coupes – the best of the Herald range?
Interesting Herald pickup conversion, nicely done too
Great to se a lot of Triumphs together
ADU 1B being given a blast around the Heritage Loop

Nene Valley Classic Car Gala, 27th August 2014

Nene Valley Classic Car Gala
Nene Valley Classic Car Gala

Second car show of the weekend, and a much more interesting show. Small, informal and friendly. Soon to be a victim of it’s own success I would think. Good selection of around 70 cars on show, Had a ride on one of the locos. It’s always good to have a show with other attractions as well. A good day out. Only regret? there was a nice Fiat 500 I should of taken a photo of.

All in all a good weekend with over 500 miles covered, roof down in glorious sunshine the whole time.

Triumph Herald with Flames
Ford Capris out in force

Triumph Herald with Flames

Norfolk Open Churches Run, 2nd August 2004

Start point at Norwich Cathedral for the Norfolk Open Churches Run

Second weekend in a row with car shows on the Saturday and Sunday. First time for this one. A trip around a number of churches starting from Norwich Cathedral. We visited around 9, some with refreshments most were open especially for the 90 odd classic cars on the run. Great day of driving through villages you’ld otherwise never see.

Plenty of classics on the road
Triumph Herald with Flames
Great day seeing places I’d normally never see .
First stop at Bawburgh
The further along the route the more spread out the cars became

Helmingham Festival of Classic and Sports Cars, 3rd August 2014

Concourse run at Helmingham Festival of Classics and Sports Cars
Concourse run at Helmingham Festival of Classics and Sports Cars

With around 700 cars attending this is easily the biggest show in East Anglia offering an amazing array of cars. Even put my name down for the concourse – a short drive down the driveway – which I regretted once I realised I had to give an interview. Glorious sunshine again and another 200 miles covered this weekend.

Some real nice looking classics...
Some real nice looking classics…
...and modern with this interesting Nissan 350Z
…and modern with this interesting Nissan 350Z
Good looking paint job on this Ford Pop
Good looking paint job on this Ford Pop
Herald next to 'cuda
Herald next to ‘cuda

Stonham Barns Classic Car Show, 17th August 2014

Parked up waiting for the rain at Stonham Barns Classic Car Show
Parked up waiting for the rain at Stonham Barns Classic Car Show

In spite of the mid-morning rain promised by the weathermen this show was again well attended with a great selection of classics. Not quite as big as Helmingham but probably the second biggest in East Anglia? More there for the family though, with a fairground and autojumble. This year we treated ourselves to a ride on the 4×4 off-road track which I missed last year. Another show where Heralds had a presence with at least four showing up.

4x4 off road track
4×4 off road track
...alongside some more "interesting" ones like this mini conversion
…alongside some more “interesting” ones like this mini conversion
Some nice custom jobs
Some nice custom jobs
Nice looking Ford Cortina
Nice looking Ford Cortina

Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake, 31st August 2014

Parked up next to a Roller at Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake
Parked up next to a Roller at Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake

First time I’ve managed to get to this one and was pleasantly surprised by the turnout to Hall Farm at Fornham St Martin. From what I gather it has grown year on year and this show had ocer 500 cars on show, the good weather probably helping. Especially good to see so many public entering the show. Missed out on the blast down the driveway tho, will have to go through the right gate next time.

Plenty of Yanks too including this GTO
Plenty of Yanks too including this GTO
Austin Seven with a very nice classic caravan
Austin Seven with a very nice classic caravan
Great selection mixed together
Great selection mixed together
Merc 300SL (roadster version of the gull-wing
Merc 300SL (roadster version of the gull-wing

Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group
Autumn Vintage Vehicle Day, 12th October 2014

Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group Autumn Vintage Vehicle Day
Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group Autumn Vintage Vehicle Day

This was a strange one, Christina’s suggestion, mainly because it was just around the corner from her house. A very small affair with probably less than 50 cars. A number of which we’d seen at previous shows. The aim was to drop the car off and pop down to the local boot sale which was, alas, closed. So the day was spent sitting and chatting ’til the weather got a bit cold and we managed to squeeze away early. The drive home on the Monday was a bit horrid with the rain pouring all the way. A tad hair-raising. But the old girl made it with only a bit of damp carpet to show for it.

Small but good selection of classics on show
Small but good selection of classics on show
The Yanks are coming
The Yanks are coming
Lovely looking Fiat 500 Abarth
Lovely looking Fiat 500 Abarth