in June 2008, the Club were approached by David Oxley of TVR and invited to attend an exclusive preview of the new Sagaris 2. The Club was extremely fortunate to have been invited to this as the only other attendees were Dealer Principals; no other members of the press or representatives from other websites were present. From an overwhelming number of applicants who wanted to attend this event, some 60 Club members' names were drawn out of a hat and these then met on 10 July 2008 at the new TVR development facility in Wesham near to Blackpool from where they drove in convoy to the Great Hall at Mains where they had the opportunity at first hand to view the new car.
We are pleased to announce the formation of a new TVRCC Region in the Peak Forest meeting on the 1st Sunday of each month. First meeting Sunday 6th April all welcome.
Peak Forest region will meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 12 noon at: The Lamb Inn, Hayfield Road, Chinley, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 6ALThe Lamb Inn is situated on the A624 between Hayfield and Chapel-en-le-Frith. Please pre-book if having lunch on 01663 750519.
The Regional Organiser is Paul Jackson
To celebrate their first year in the business, Clitheroe based TVR specialist TrackVRoad are holding an open day on Saturday 8 March at their Deanfield Way workshops. All TVR enthusiasts are welcome to come and look around and meet the TrackVRoad crew: Craig, Ian, Richard, Steve and Mic plus many of their invited guests
The Club has today received the following statement from Mr Al Melling:
"It has been stated from various souces that Al Melling/Melling Group/MCD/Melling Sportscars have overseen engineering work carried out by Autocraft SVA and/or TVRCraft.
"I wish it to be known this is completely untrue.
"The above has never seen any of these items produced by these companies and at no time has any of the above personnel visited Autocraft SVA or TVRcraft.
"Al Melling and associate companies will not be responsible for any advice or redesign of TVR engines unless specified in writing from Al Melling or Associate's drawing office."
Steve and Matt are back! Following the closure in July of Silverstone TVR, Steve and Matt have opened a new independent specialist in the area, situated at Unit 21, Silverstone Technology Park Silverstone Circuit, Northants, NN12 8TL.
Following on from last month's interview in TVR Sprint magazine, the TVR Car Club is pleased to announce that Mr Al Melling of Melling Consultancy Design, designer of the AJP8, Speed 12 and Speed 6 engines, has kindly agreed to present a seminar to TVRCC members and TVR enthusiasts entitled "The AJP and Speed Six Engines" at Rockingham Motor Speedway on Friday 3rd August.
This seminar is open to both TVRCC members and non-members alike.
There's another petition now on the Downing Street website that ALL classic car owners need to sign, not that we expect the Government to take a blind bit of notice. The last Conservative Government introduced a rolling tax exemption for classic cars when they reached 25 years old. Unfortunately, one of the first actions of the current administration was to freeze that at 1 Jan 1973. The call now is for that exemption to be made rolling again.
So, if you would like to restore the tax exemption to all classic cars once they reach 25 years old, and remember that proportionally wise, there are probably more 25 year old TVRs still in existence in relation to the numbers produced than virtually any other make,
TVR Power is now giving a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty on all Speed 6 engine rebuilds carried out at their Bedworth Road workshops. Managing Director Dom Trickett told the TVR Car Club: "We are now completely happy with the reliability of our Speed 6 engine rebuilds and as long as the engine is subsequently serviced at a TVR main dealer or a TVR Power authorised independent service centre, then we are happy to give a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty on all our Speed 6 builds"
As well as the 2 year Speed 6 rebuild warranty, Power are also offering a full 12 month warranty on all OEM Speed 6 parts purchased from them. For further information call TVR Power on 024 7636 6177 or email Dominic
It is with deep sadness that I announce that the founder and former president of the TVR Car Club North America, Marq J. Ruben, passed away this morning, following a battle with lung cancer.
Marq had many close ties over the years with the TVRCC in England and founded the North American club in 1981, serving as its president for 20 years before retiring from the post in 2001 when current president Marshall Moore stepped into the position. Marq also served as the North American liaison for the UK club for most of those years and frequently visited 'across the pond' and had many TVR friends over there.
Marq Ruben will be missed.
Marshall Moore President TVRCCNA
Members will recall that following the February sale of Blackpool Automaotive by the administrators PKF Ltd, back to Nikolai Smolenski, the Transport & General Workers Union, in conjunction with the Member of Parliament for Blackpool North & Fleetwood, Joan Humble MP, called on the DTI for a Government investigation into the sale. The T&GWU; claimed that Mr Smolenski's position as TVR's main creditor gave him an unfair advantage over other bidders.
The TVRCC has this afternoon received confirmation from two independent sources, one of which is the T&GWU; itself, that a DTI minister has indeed agreed to this investigation.
Since this news first broke earlier today we have now received the full press release which reads:
Don't forget that the TVRCC's Annual General Meeting takes place next Saturday, 24 March, at the National Heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon starting at 1200 noon. Everyone should have received their voting forms by now with their March issue of TVR Sprint - any member who has not received one should contact the Club Office.
Please remember that this is your chance to have your say in how the Club is run. If you can't attend in person, please ensure that the form is returned to the Secretary.
The following press release has been received today from PKF (UK) Ltd, the Administrators of Blackpool Automotive:
Blackpool Automotive Limited in Administration
PKF Partners and Joint Administrators of Blackpool Automotive Limited yesterday evening completed the sale of the main assets of the company for an undisclosed sum to a company controlled by Nikolai Smolensky.
The sale included the TVR trademarks, certain vehicle stock, work-in-progress, and the manufacturing plant and equipment.
In a statement, joint administrators Philip Long, Kerry Bailey and Matthew Gibson said:
"Having advertised the assets of the company to the open market, we are confident we have achieved the best possible price in the circumstances and we are now looking to return money to the creditors as quickly as possible.
While we had a significant number of companies expressing an interest, four demonstrated they had the funds required to enter a bidding process. Ultimately, Mr Smolensky's company came in with the highest offer."
As previously reported on this website (see below), TVR Power are taking over Mallory Park this coming Friday to test and demonstrate their new supercharged 4.0 litre, 4.5 litre and 5.0 litre units side by side along with their 'Hybrid Taraka Plus' trackday car.
We are now pleased to announce that the owner of TVR Power, Dominic Trickett, has opened up the day to allow a limited numbers of cars to join them on the track. Sessions will be limited to just 6 cars on track at any time - 2 supercharged cars plus 4 "normal" cars - and will run from 9:00-5:00 with an hour for lunch. This will cost just £65+VAT per car.
For more information call Dom on 024 7636 6177 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
We must point out that this is not a TVRCC Track Day and therefore your track day insurance may not be valid. Please check with your insurance company/broker.