There were 3 finalists for this year’s award and in any other year, any one of the 3 would have run away with the title. Joining Howard in the trio were Nick Halstead and Chris Gilpin. Nick presented an absolutely stunning restoration and upgrade to a 1994 4.0 Chimaera adding a supercharger and with all work, including the respray, being carried out by Nick or his father. Chris took a near basket case 3000M that had been involved in a major frontal impact and with the help of a new chassis and many thousands of hours work, returned it back into the car that it was when it left the factory in 1978. But there can be only one winner, and in a very close contest, by just 2 votes, Howard took the trophy with the balance tipping ever so slightly in his favour because of the nature of the car that he restored, with it being PRW’s own car, and for his perseverance in getting the car released from TVR just 6 days before the company was sold to Nikolai Smolenski when all other prospective purchasers had been flatly turned down. A full report on all three cars will appear in Sprint.
Despite the weather last Saturday, sufficient members did brave the snows that hit the Midlands to ensure that the AGM could go ahead. We are pleased to report that all resolutions were passed with an overwhelming majority, and so it is with great pleasure that we welcome Angela Perkins to her new role as National Events Manager and bid farewell to Pietro who retires after nearly 20 years on the Committee.
We were also pleased to present the annual club awards, including the Trevor Wilkinson Trophy to Ian Renwick for hs stunning 3000M.
Keith Adams from Octane magazine borrowed a TVR T350 from James Agger Autosport for the BNG/Back Home event and his report is included it in this months Octane magazine November 2010
The AGM of the TVR Car Club Ltd will be held on Saturday 17th April 2010 from 12 noon. All members are welcome at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon CV35 0BJ If you cannot make the meeting don't forget to cast your postal vote. Complete the voting form and return it to the TVRCC office by the 14th April. Miss placed your form call 01952 822126.
It is being reported today in the motoring press that TVR is on the brink of an re-launch with a new model (possibly a revised Sagaris?) powered by a US crated V8. Talk suggests that this car will produce in excess of 500BHP, will cost in the region of £70K, be built in Germany and will be launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is indeed exciting news if it is true, although regrettably we are unable to confirm this. We will bring you further news if or when we receive it.
May we take this opportunity to wish a Happy New Year to all our members and TVR enthusiasts and to thank everyone who helped make the TVRCC one of the very best car clubs in the world. You will all be pleased to know that plans for 2010 are already well underway and we will be announcing these both here and in Sprint as soon as they are confirmed.
Sadly no silverware for the TVRCC this year - but we are very pleased to report that the Club website, www.tvrcc.com, was awarded runner up in the Best Website (over 5000 members) category. Thanks to all of our contributors and especially to our webmaster, Paul Calland and all his team at Treble3 for their help in achieving this. Well done also to Steve Guest and his team of merry men (and women) from the WWM region who have put on yet another fantastic stand this year. If you haven't been, the show is open tomorrow from 10.00am.