Stag Owners Club shed viewing, Sunday 31st July 2022

The TSSC were invited to join the Stag Owners Club at the end of their run near Long Stratton for a BBQ. This was followed by a very informative tour of Peter’s sheds. These contained a wide selection of Triumphs in various states of disrepair. They included almost a full set of the Dolomite/Toledo range, Triumph 2000 prototype and two Stag prototypes. Peter also have a fascinating talk on Harry Webster, Triumphs Chief Technical Director, responsible for the development of Triumphs through the 1960s and 1970s. A great day even though it rained for the first time in months.

One of three MkIII shells/prototype with SD1 engine
Early 2000 registered less than four months after the first went on sale
Almost the complete range of the small saloon

 

 

RAF Honington, Thursday 28th July 2022

TSSC Norfolk members were extremely lucky to get the only non-RAF invitation to put on a display at RAF Honington’s Family Fun Day last Thursday. An event not open to the general public. As well as the Triumphs on show there was a Typhoon doing aerobatics, a parachute and Chinook helicopter display while on the ground there was an Apache helicopter to clamber over as well as a selection of game and food stalls. 

A great day and a great example of one of the many benefits being a TSSC member can bring. Many thanks to Victoria and RAF Honington for such a memorable day and to Justine for organising the photos.

 

 

The motley crew posing with the Chinook
Eyes to the sky for the parachute jump
A great opportunity to get close up
De-camped to the edge of the field so the Chinook could take off safely

North Norfolk Railway 60s Weekend, 24th July 2022

An invite from one of our caravan friends who works at North Norfolk Railway led us to set up our caravan at Weybourne for their 60s weekend. 

Arriving on the Friday afternoon with two others to make a small campsite alongside the railway track. A run out for fish n chips gave us dinner for the evening. 

Artists in action

Saturday saw us dressed up in our best 60s attire to welcome the crowds. There wasn’t an awful lot happening at Weybourne, a few classic cars and a Shadows cover band. The general feeling was it that it was just as well we were there. 

Sunday was a bit more interesting with a bunch of scooters turning up and a different band doing 60s covers. The steam train was in use a bit more although only going a few yards out of the station. But it did give some amazing photo opportunities. I just wished I’d remembered I’d taken my camera. 

All in all a very busy weekend with lots of people interested in the caravans. Plenty of questions, the most popular being “Do you sleep in it?” It’s amazing how tiring it can be talking to members of the public all weekend. Great fun all the same. 

Triumph Picnic, Sunday 22nd May

This was to be our first real test of the Herald and Viking combo. A 150 mile drive to a campsite near to the Triumph Picnic in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. We did this last year in the Triumph 2000 towing the Sprite and ended up on the back of a trailer. This time we were hoping for a better outcome. 

The campsite ended up to be a field at a farm. Nothing wrong with that, it was cheep enough although the toilet needed a really good clean. 

Sunday morning saw us re hitch and head off to the picnic. There wasn’t a need to worry about what sort of reception we would get the TSSC made us feel more than welcome. After a bit of toing and  froing we were in position. A very pleasant day was had with plenty of interest in our big trip and some money collected too. 

As always we seemed to be one of the last to leave with a very pleasant journey home. Caravan towed well. The only breakage was a window catch. We’re almost ready for the big one. 

Fish ‘n’ Chip Run to Cromer, Friday 20th May

Another good showing of Triumphs for our annual run to Cromer for Fish and Chips. With four starting at the Easton layby and a further four joining us at Dereham. A good run up to the coast, the dark clouds looking ominous at times but not actually dropping anything. Arriving at Cromer around 7.30pm where there were a few more Triumphs waiting making a total of 11 on the cliff top. A walk down to the chippie and then back to the car park for a good natter.

Drive It Day Scatter Treasure Hunt, Sunday April 24th

Well that was a busy one! Our third Scatter Treasure Hunt saw Norfolk swarmed with classic cars. Every classic in seemed to be on the road for Drive It Day. While great for those taking part it did make the counting of points at the end a lot more time consuming. With three points given fo every classic car photographed and five points if they were snapped on the move (by the navigator obviously) there was a lot of photographs to look through. But many thanks for all those who took part and took the time to send me so many. The winners were Mark and Mike (Spitfire) with 233 points. Next time I’m thinking we might restrict it to just Triumphs’s! Many thanks also for the positive comments, it would appear that you all had a great time.

Easter Exhaustion

Since the last post, we have been spending more and more time working on the Viking. Internally, the fixtures and fittings were decorated, and the first splashes of the lime green appeared. We looked at the possibility of reusing seating from another disused ‘van but decided it would be worth investing in new foam, which we bought online. We found a fabric place locally that was closing down, and after searching through hundreds of rolls we managed to find a colour match to the orange in the curtains for a bargain price, so Christina got to work on this while Paul successfully installed the electrics, both mains and 12v, including sockets and lights.

As the Easter break approached, and the weather forecast was looking good, we decided to focus our attention on the exterior. The first job was to remove all the rough paint from a previous attempt at restoration. This proved to be the worst job yet. The paint was thick, lumpy and peeling. With a combination of heat gun and scraping, and electric sander, it took both of us many hours over a week to get the surface ready for spraying. As the saying goes, the secret’s in the preparation, so we had to make sure it was done properly. Finally, yesterday, she was ‘naked’ and ready for her new coat. With no hitch, moving her to a space away from other cars wasn’t easy, but once in position, Paul was able to get to work, applying primer and undercoat. The top coat paint should hopefully be ready for collection later today, as they have had a door from the Herald since Tuesday, in order to make a good match, so fingers crossed they will have been successful.

‘Naked’, masked and ready for spraying

TSSC Norfolk New Year Run, 9th January 2022

Using a tulip route originally planned for 2021 but cancelled thanks to Covid, we met for a chilly 9.00 start from Dereham Market place. The 50 mile run took in Swanton Morley and the old runway at Deopham Green (usually a good road for some foot down driving but today unfortunately curtailed due to a lady and her horse), then continued along the A11 to Spooner Row, before taking a circular route around Old Buckenham for some Triumph spotting. It finally crossed a ford just before arriving at Peter Beales Roses. Yet again the restaurant did us proud with lovely food and great service as the staff coped brilliantly with our group of 28. 

Three Triumph clubs were represented with 14 classics including three big Triumphs, a Vitesse, a Herald, three TR4s, a TR3 and an MGB. Most popular was the TR7/8 with four.

Parked up at Peter Beales Roses

Banbury and Standard Triumph Picnic & Hog Roast, 14th to 19th September

We had planned to go to the pre 1940 Triumph Club Picnic being held at the Walton Hall Hotel since I had suggested to the Triumph 2000 Register (now that I had found myself on the committee) that we use it for their 40th birthday celebration with free cake for big Triumph owners.

Like the Dales break the other week it seemed a shame to just go there for the day, so we decided to make more of a break of it. As we were helping organise it, it seemed obvious to take the Triumph 2500S estate along. So we had a deadline to get the Sprite Musketeer habitable.

Most of the rebuilding work was done. At least the cupboards etc were, in but still needing laminating. We had electric but no gas, but we were ready to go. The biggest problem was the Triumph running a tad hot. I’d flushed it through a couple of times before we went but it only seemed to make it worse. I had the feeling I was just pushing sludge around.

But Tuesday the day we were due to go, rain was forecast the whole day. For once I was happy to do a four hour drive in the rain with the caravan on the back if only because I figured the temperature would be cooler and better for the car.

Four hour drive in the rain

We started off at 9am and luckily we met with only minor traffic and the temperature gauge didn’t get any higher than the 3/4 mark. We did stop halfway for a cuppa in the caravan. Followed by using the loo in the Sprite bathroom. A very useful facility that the Viking caravan hasn’t got.

Getting to the campsite for lunch, we spent a restful afternoon in the caravan after setting up. The rain cleared giving us a chance to pop down to the pub which unfortunately didn’t open for another hour. So back to the ‘van for our first night curry.

Wednesday was lie-in day, as I struggled to get over the drive and the two ring pulls I’d had the night before. A visit to Banbury to see the cross and do a bit of charity shop shopping before lunch and a four mile hike across fields in the afternoon.

Banbury Cross
Banbury Cross

Ride a cock horse at Banbury
Ride a cock horse at Banbury

On the Triumph 2000 Register stand at the Triumph picnic.

We were starting to like the look of the Sprite and also enjoying the extra room, 14’ length as opposed to the 10’ of the Viking, although we didn’t seem to be using the extra room much.

Our last day of Triumphing until we leave on Sunday led us to Stratford upon Avon. A great place to visit if a tad ‘Bard’ heavy. A nice walk along the canal and around the shops in the town. Topped off with an ice cream and back to the caravan. Where the pitches opposite were taken, meaning we weren’t alone on our part of the campsite anymore. And, to make matters worse, ‘our’  toilet now had its doors locked meaning we now have to remember the keypad number for the main toilet block.

A look at the map showed us that the National Herb Centre was in walking distance, so Fridays day was sorted. A pub lunch on the way back rounded the day of nicely.

Saturday was a lazy day but still involved a five mile walk to the local shop for some bread (we also treated ourselves to some tea and cake sitting by the canal). Pack up time in the afternoon ready for our quick getaway on Sunday morning.

A quick wash for the car on Sunday morning before setting off for the Triumph picnic in time to help set up. 30 Minutes later we were lined up ready. A great turn out for the  Triumph 2000 Register with around 30 cars, more than any of the other triumph clubs that were attending (not that it’s a competition 😉 ). A really good day meeting big Triumph members for the first time and meeting old friends of the TSSC we hadn’t met for a couple of years. On mentioning my over heating problem to those that know the bonnet was soon up with work being done on it.

Standard Triumph picnic Triumph 2000 Register display Standard Triumph picnic and BBQ Triumph 2000 Register displayLeaving it as late as possible before heading home on the off chance the temperature would be cooler. We got as far as the A14 before the temporary gasket fitted during the afternoons attempts at fixing things gave out. This was suitably replaced with a bit of cardboard and on we carried. After a stop at the services for a break the dipped beam gave out, so with gaffa tape applied to the main beam to stop it shining at oncoming vehicles we continued. It would be nice to get this Triumph as reliable as the Herald!