Dom Trickett, Managing Director of TVR Power last night successfully concluded the purchase of the Coventry based company from TVR owner Nikolai Smolenski.
Included in the management buy-out deal are all the existing factory body moulds up to Tuscan and Sagaris Mk1, along with the exclusive UK rights to all genuine TVR parts for all current and future models for the next 10 years.
Accidents do happen, and when they do, it is reassuring to be in the best possible hands. Being involved in an accident can be very distressing and hugely time-consuming to resolve.
TVR Accident Management has been established to provide a complete specialist service that ensures TVR owners involved in an accident will be back on the road with the minimum of inconvenience. The team can arrange a replacement vehicle and repair of the damaged vehicle, and can act in pursuing reimbursement from a third-party insurer.
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.
Racetech Direct, a new independent TVR specialist based in Oxfordshire dedicated to the supply of TVR car parts and Accessories has formally opened for business. The company was established and founded by Harry Conway to service the needs of the TVR owner. Their website is currently showing parts from S series to T350.
Members will have seen the discussions in our discussion forum about London Thunder and the news itembelow announcing the rally. One of the aims of the rally is to deliver a petition to the House of Commons to highlight the plight of those workers who are losing their jobs in Blackpool and to call on the Government to do everything possible to retain manufacture of TVRs in Britain. Therefore, we need YOUR signature.
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.
The TVR Car Club has been informed this morning that staff at TVR's Blackpool factory have been informed today (Wednesday) that the company is planning to outsource all production.
Agreements are being finalised for the 2007 run of Tuscan, Tuscan Convertible and Sagaris to be produced in Europe while fully built powertrains - straight six, four-litre TVR engines including clutch and gearbox - are due to be produced in the UK.
We have also received an update from the Transport and General Workers' Union, representing the staff, the contents of which are reproduced below.
After 20 rounds spanning the length and breadth of the country, the TVRCC Speed Championship title for 2006, and with it the Colin Parry Cup, goes to Simon Cole.
With 199.78 points, the Yorkshire based 350/460 driver took the title from second placed entrant Paul Edwards piloting a T350C by just two points. Third, and leading Class A competitor home, was Steve Dennis in a Vixen S2.
Despite starting in 9th place on the 5th row of the grid, it was Andy Holden (Tuscan#6) who took the chequered flag at Oulton Park in the final race of the 2006 Dunlop Tuscan Challenge/TVRCC Challenge Cup today. But the title goes to Graham Walden, who despite finishing in 5th position, managed to hold off the challenge from Marc Hockin to take the title and Class B honours by just 7 points.
Despite plans to move to their interim factory in Squires Gate Blackpool starting this month, TVR have today confirmed that has been called off at the last minute. TVR have said that they will now stay at Bristol Avenue until the permanent factory at Blackpool Business Park was up and running in 2008.
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.
As announced by TVR a few weeks ago, the fearsome TVR Cerbera 4.5 is making a one-off comeback in a live online auction of the last ever example of the car. The auction was launched today and will close at midnight on 31 August 2006. All proceeds that exceed the reserve price will be donated to a charity, to be named in due course.
Okay, I know this is a bit belated but that's becauee my PC went down and I couldn';t get the information posted in the timely manner that I would have liked. Still, better late than never...The headlline news is that there is no new car (yet) but that there have been a number of styling changes to the Sagaris and Tuscan while the T350, Tamora and 3.6 litre version of the Speed Six engine have been dropped from the line up.
The three judges commented that the standard of entry for the Back Home concours was extremely high, and competition was fierce for 1st place. It therefore gives us great pleasure to announce the 2001 Chimaera of John Millington as the 2006 winner of the Mervyn Larner Cup.
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.
Thunder Sunday at Rockingham brought two wins out of two for V8 Sagaris driver Tim Hood ahead of Andy Holden and Steve Glynn. In class B, TVRCC Competition secretary Graham Walden took the honours ahead of Marc Hockin and Kevan Gore, whilst in class C victory went once again to TVR Sprint Deputy Editor Howard Bryan.
Congratulations must also go to rookie driver Mark Freeman, who, in his first outing in any form of motorsport, finished both races but despite the official timing showing that he had also set the fastest lap in Class C in his first race, this turned out to be a trick of the timing gear as he had outbraked himslef, gone straight on at a chicane and missed the hairpin thus shaving 18 seconds off his best time!
The next opportunity to see the cars in action will be in demonstration runs at Back Home in Blackpool next Saturday. The next race is at Mallory Park on 20 August.