On Saturday, 10th February 2007 at 1900 the THUNDERBALL begins! No, not arguably one of the best Bond movies of all time, but a party like no other in Blackpool. The Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool is the venue and it is a magnificent and fitting place for a party in the true spirit of TVR enthusiasts! For those who may not have heard about this or followed the debate both in our discussion forums and on Pistonheads, this event is being organised to say a final thank you to the staff at Blackpool who have built our cars and who have recently been made redundant as a result of the manufacturing arm of TVR, Blackpool Automotive, being placed into receivership just before Christmas.
Well Christmas is over, therefore it must mean that the countdown to Le Mans has begun. This year's race takes place at the La Sarthe circuit 16-17 June but the build-up starts much sooner than that.
The TVRCC Le Mans booking form will be in February's Sprint but because bookings always go quickly we advise you not to delay.
Have you ever fancied something a little different though for Le Mans this year? Yes it's great fun driving through France, roof down but have you ever thought about cycling to Le Mans? Members of the TVRCC certainly have and this year will be the 12th consecutive year that some of our members have cycled the 250 miles to raise money for our adopted charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. It's not too arduous, completing just over 80 miles a day for three days and with a suitable back up team to ensure that all of your comforts (within reason) are taken care of enroute.
Although formal verification is still awaited from Guiness, initial indications are that a new world record for the maximum number of cars of a single marque in one location was set today in the capital with London Thunder. Figures seen by the Club vary as to the actual numbers of TVRs on the rally from as few as 400 up to the highest of 478 which is reported to be the number of cars that pulled out of the car park at the Ace Cafe to commence the drive through London. In any case, all of these eclipse the previous World Record set by MX5 owners who gathered just 249 together.
A final reminder to anyone who may have missed it (although you must have been trekking in the Himalayas to have done so!), tomorrow sees London Thunder as around 400 TVRs head to the capital in an exciting attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest one-marque convoy ever recorded.
Full details of the event, and the nationwide convoys that are heading to the start point at the Ace Cafe, can be found on the event's dedicated website.
And don't forget, for those over the water who perhaps cannot get to London, there is a similar rally in Belfast timed to coincide with the main event. Details in our discussion forums.
As members will have read on our discussion forums, in the local media in the North West and on Pistonheads, around 100 TVRs descended on Blackpool last Friday in a show of support for the production staff workers at TVR who sadly are probably going to lose their jobs as a result of the decision reported on this website three weeks ago that TVR is to out source manufacturing to an as yet undisclosed, but rumoured to be Italian, location. Following on from the success of this rally, a southern event, named London Thunder, is to take place in the capital on Sunday 26 November to support TVR in the UK and make a World Record Attempt.
At an awards ceremony held at the NEC this evening, the TVR Car Club beat off fierce competition, notably from the BMW Car Club, to take the coveted Classic and Sports Car magazine trophy for Best Club Show/Event for Back Home 2006.
The TVR Car Club can now announce its line up for this coming weekend's Classic Motor Show at NEC. With the theme of the show being Designs through the Decades, we have chosen to portray the changing shape of TVRs from the 1960s to the present day. But with so many models to choose from in that range, it proved difficult to select a range of cars within the limited space available to us that would best represent the marque.
May I take this oportunity to thank all of you who attended this event My special thanks to Martin Lilley and Mike Bigland who were the icing on the cake of what turned out to be a great event with 52 cars in attendance. Well done Jacky and Craig Polly, who took first and third in the concours and Martin Cliffe for his well deserved second place. Thanks also to Glynn Bonser for his help in organising and running the event, and also my wife and Glynn's mates for their contribution.
It is wonderful to know that the older cars are still out there and being kept in such superb order and hopefully there will be more next time. Did I say "next time"? Yes there will be another one, a couple of similar style venues are being investigated, and maybe we can make 100 cars.
Once again thanks to one and all, see you next time.
We would like to thank all TVRCC Members who attended Back Home 2006 for making it one of the most successful Back Homes in recent years.
Over 400 cars were parked on the promenade under brilliant blue skies. Demonstration drives were made by a wide range of racing TVRs, including the Speed 12, an assortment of Tuscan Challenge Racers and the 1962 Le Mans Grantura, freshly back from successfully completing Le Mans Classic. Over 600 members visited the factory on the Sunday, and with over 130 cars rumbling through Blackpool to close the event, it was truly memorable.
Congratulations to Kevin63 who put together the largest gathering of TVRs this year. 155+ cars (depending on who counted!) gathered at Chatsworth House on Sat 22nd April 2006. All models were represented in a spectacular meeting. Well done to Kevin for getting the meet together and organising special parking areas for the club members. Even the sun shone!
"BNG" (Big Northern Gathering) is now in planning and will be held in the Harrogate Area over the weekend of Sat 2nd - Mon 4th Sept 2006. Yes thats right including Monday!
Saturday Drives into the Dales will take place. These will be limited to 90 cars (180 people) and lunch wil be included at £15 p/p. Saturday night there will be a few drinks Harrogate centre. (own expense)
Sunday there will be a morning "Rumble" through Harrogate Town (Foc)
followed by a gathering at Newby Hall NR Ripon, newby hall . (nominal entrance fee to grounds)
Monday the 4th -We hope to bring you a TVRCC track day at Croft. Discussions are taking place with local Sponsors and news should be with you soon.
Please book your own accommodation soon as Harrogate is a popular place.
The town is great for the shops - the ladies have by far the better outlets! So if you want to spend Saturday shopping rather than driving you too are catered for.
More news and drive out booking forms in a couple of months.
The TVR Car Club in conjunction with TVR Engineering Ltd is pleased to announce that Back Home 2006 will take place at Blackpool on Saturday/Sunday 15th/16th July. More details are available in the Members' Discussion Forum
by Mike Bressington
This is the story of the biggest TVR Wedge car meeting probably of all time, held in a hotel in Ettington near Stratford-upon-Avon on the weekend of the 17th & 18th July 2004.
It all started with a thread posted by Alan Toomey (Rev-erand) on the Wedge Forum on the 6th of February 2004 when Alan posted the following question, I wonder if he knew what was to follow…….
'Guys - I was thinking of a big meeting in the summer with real good top down weather. I don't fancy driving 200 miles in crap weather. How about July (Lé Mans finished etc). I was thinking of something like: We book sevreral rooms in a reasonably priced hotel or take over a few guest houses in a nice town in the Midlands somewhere.
How about that ..????'.
A visual taste of what went on at Power and Passion 2004. Pics by Steve Parkman and Paul Calland
After months of planning and organising the weather did its best to defeat us – but we won! 105 cars turned out to Duncombe Park, Helmsley. The concours was packed, with most cars joining in for a bit of fun. A spirited drive home saw 44 people sit down to a tasty meal and dance the night away ‘til 1.30am. Drinking continued well into the morning (4ish?)
At lunchtime today, 6 June 2004, 28 cyclists with 8 support crew set off from the Dorset monthly meet at the Avon Causeway to cycle the 250 mies to Le Mans in aid of Hearing Dogs. This event, now in its 9th year, aims to raise at least £2500 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in order to train another dog. Since its inauguration in 1996 when just two cyclists and two support team undertook the 250 mile, three day event, the charity cycle ride has raised well over £20,000 and thus have trained 9 dogs.
The cheque for last year's event was handed over by Dorset RO and cycle ride co-ordinator Paul Shrimpton to the local representative from Hearing Dogs at the Bristol Classic Car Show in February.If you would like to support this worthwhile event, you can make a donation to the cycle ride by calling the Club Office on 01952 822126
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