The third round of the Dunlop Tuscan Challenge takes place at Castle Combe this Bank Holiday Monday.
The TVR race is at 5.45pm, but several of the TVR drivers are also competing in the 'Special GT' race at 3pm. Qualifying starts at 10amCastle Combe is a hugely friendly circuit and probably one of the best from a spectator perspective - raised banking enables the spectator to see far more of the track than at many circuits.
The TVR field includes full Tuscan Challenge spec cars, Tim Hood's new Sagaris V8, and a variety of other racing TVRs including a Griffith, Chimeara and numerous Tasmins.
The paddock is open to spectators and the drivers are all happy to spend time with club members talking through the cars and where that ellusive last 10th of a second is likely to come from! The race will also be shown on Motors TV
The TVR Cerbera 4.5 is to make a one-off come-back, with an online auction in a few weeks' time. TVR Engineering have announced "One of the great icons of the British automotive industry, the fearsome TVR Cerbera is set to make a one-off come-back in an unprecedented online auction opening in a few weeks' time.
The Cerbera became an instant hit with both old and new TVR fans alike when it broke cover in 1996, and continued to be a phenomenal success for almost a decade. This 2+2 classic GT coupe ceased production last year with the introduction of the new breed of TVRs: the sensational Sagaris, the almighty Tuscan convertible and the completely reworked Tuscan targa. But TVR's forward-thinking chairman also has a fondness for the company's distinguished heritage, and commissioned one final Cerbera to return to production in TVR's true tradition of producing one-off 'specials'. Powered by TVR's own 4.5 litre AJPV8, it has been meticulously hand-built to the chairman's own specification and is a personal homage to this and other bygone British sports cars. This Cerbera, the last ever to be built, will be for sale by public auction on TVR's website, some of the proceeds from which will be donated to a charity. A special, limited edition catalogue will be produced to commemorate the occasion."
TVR has announced it is cutting its workforce and relocating to a new site before the end of the year. TVR has revealed today that it is cutting its staff and plans to leave its current site at Bristol Avenue within six months, according to a company spokesman.
Ian Law of TVR Engineering confirmed to the TVR Car Club today that 71 workers had been laid-off from the Blackpool factory and also stated that the current Bristol Avenue site, home to TVR since 1970, was to be vacated within the next six months.
Ian stated that it has been a long winter for the motor industry and that sales in the early part of the year have been slow. He also stated that TVR remains optimistic that its plans to expand abroad would offset any temporary downturn in the domestic market and also added that we are in for some big surprises at the July Motor Show.
A Spokesperson at the Factory today also assured the TVR Car Club of their continued support towards this year's Back Home event and confirmed that the all important Sunday tours around the Bristol Avenue Factory would still be available as planned.
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!
Sad news at the factory Rumours had been circulating that due to poor sales the factory were to lay off workers. Today news broke that in fact this is correct.
Congratulations to Tim Hood who this afternoon took the chequered flag at Silverstone in the V8 Sagaris in only its second outing in the Dunlop Tuscan Challenge.
Just 3/10 second behind was championship leader Darren Dowling in a Tuscan who was nearly a lap ahead of third placed driver Dean Cook, also in a Tuscan. Class B honours were taken again by Marc Hockin's Griffith ahead of Cliff Jobson's Tasmin. Unfortunately, the only entrant in Class C, Sprint Deputy Editor Howard Bryan, retired after 10 laps.
With thanks to Middlesex RO Adam Davis for the photo.
Congratulations to Darren Dowling for his victory in the inaugural Dunlop Tuscan Challenge at Oulton Park at the weekend. Congratulations also to winners of Class B Marc Hockin and Class C Sprint Deputy Editor Howard Bryan.
TVR Power are now offering Injector Diagnostic testing and servicing. A full test and diagnostic if you remove and send them your injectors yourself £70 +VAT. If they remove and reinstall £110 +VAT. Both include new fuel baskets and 'o' rings and will be acompanied with before and after flow charts. They also offer a full reconditioning service for Rover V8 ignition distributors for £160 + vat with one years manufacturers warranty.
The first test of the first true racing V8 Sagaris built by Tim Hood, Terry Lee & Grantura Engineering took place yesterday and the Club believes that these are the first pictures of it shown to the public.This is a highly modified shell with a removable front (clam shell) which will accommodate most V8 engines with a well proven Tuscan race chassis. In testing yesterday at Silverstone, it had only a few very small probles which were all sorted out by the end of the test. First reports are that it handles far better than a Tuscan with the advantage of being more aero dynamic with down force. For futher details contact John Reid.
Following last week's sad news that North West TVR main dealer HL Gorner were to close, it has been announced today that a new dealership is opening in Preston.Paul Munday, dealer principal, told the TVR Car Club:
"With our on-going development of the Ciceley Continental Passenger Car site in Preston we are very pleased to formally announce our appointment as TVR dealers for the north west market area.
"We are delighted to have the TVR dealership to run alongside our primary Mercedes Passenger Car Service, Parts and Used Vehicle Sales business and feel both prestigious marques will compliment each other nicely.
"I'll look forward to seeing you all at Queen Street over the coming weeks to see our very exciting range of new and used sports cars."
Following on from the announcement a couple of weeks ago that the TVR Service Department is to re-open, we have the exclusive news that TVR are also now to retail their fleet of ex-demonstrators, press cars and courtesy cars through this facility as well. So, if you fancy a used Tamora, T350, Tuscan or Sagaris, all direct from the people who built them, you need go no further than to have a look at the listing in the Trade Adverts part of the site (link bottom left - follow the link to TVR Engineering Used Cars).
As many of you may have spotted, the Silverstone round of the Dunlop Tuscan Challenge/TVRCC Challenge Cup clashed with both the recently confirmed Back Home Event in Blackpool and the Wedge Fest.
Therefore, we are very pleased to announce that this round has been postponed until the following week and will now take place at Silverstone on 22nd/23rd July as part of the Best of British Motorsport Festival. We hope therefore to have a display of the race cars as part of the Back Home celebrations.
"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.
In their latest newsletter TVR Power state that Tvr Engineering Ltd have commissioned TVR Power to sell £1 million worth of stock for all Chimaera, Griffith and V8 Cerbera models. These include body panels, electrics and all serviceable parts.
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
The dates for the first TVRCC track days for 2006 are now promulgated on the track days page but I am pleased to confirm that there will be more to be added to these in due course as soon as negotiations with the circuits are complete.
In addition, for anyone who cannot wait until April to get their car on the track, we have been invited by the Noble Owners' Club to join them in their track day at Brands Hatch on Sunday 29 January. Please note, this is not a TVRCC track day and therefore you would be strongly advised to check with your insurance company regarding your track cover.