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
As members may be aware, Corin Denton offered his resignation from the Committee some months ago in order that he could concentrate on his responsibilities as Regional Organiser for Devon. At the time, he was persuaded to stay until the AGM in March in order to assist with planning for the 2008 national events programme. However, in spite of this, it was decided at Saturday�s (19th January 2008)Committee Meeting that it would be best if his efforts were focussed solely on his Regional responsibilities and therefore we have accepted his resignation from the Committee with immediate effect.
Can you help with a logo for Chimfest 2008, Angus (the goose) would like to hear from any budding artist? An eye catching logo is needed for this years Chimfest to promote the event both online and in print, please contact the office for further details.
May we take this opportunity to wish a Happy New Year to all our members and TVR enthusiasts and to thank everyone who helped to make 2007 a TVR Diamond Jubilee to remember. But despite the success of the year just past, we are not resting on our laurels and we have an extensive programme of events for 2008 and plans for further improvements for the Club.
Some members may recall seeing a series of requests on our discussion forums last year asking for support to Peter Hingston, who was updating his previous work, 'Guide to Buying a Used Sports Car' which was first published over 25 years ago.We are pleased to report that the book is now complete and contains a number of TVRs from Grantura up to Tasmin, and is expected to be launched at the NEC Classic Car Show next month.
Please note, this is not to be confused with "TVR - The Early Years" which is being rewritten by Peter Filby and is also expected to go on sale before Christmas.
The Team Holden Sagaris AJP, driven by Andy Holden and Darren Dowling suffered a wheel bearing failure during Saturday's race when running in 7th place after qualifiyng 12th out of 54 cars.
Today (Sunday), Andy started the car from the back of the grid of 54 before pitting in 17th place. After a very slow fuel stop, Darren continued the charge to finish the hour long race 6th overall and on the same lap as the DTM Audi that won the race. 2:33sec laps show how quick the car is and when one looks at the car's origins as a Tuscan Challenge Car this is an amazing tribute to all involved in the team. Well done to Team Holden!
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."
Thanks go to all those who contributed auction prizes and those who bid. We raised £1200 for the Hearing Dogs throughout the 2 days of BNG. Well done!
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.
After two years of rain for BNG it was time someone smiled on us and boy did they. Thanks to the hundreds of you, who made your way to York for BNG07, sponsored by DriveStyle TVR of Harrogate.
After meticulous planning over the last 9 months it was a joy to see the sun come up on Saturday morning. Approx 120 cars made it to the Racecourse for the morning rumble. The gathering made the local press and John Holden flew the flag at the front of the press photo.
I have had confirmation today that John Hartshorne from Peninsula will be bringing the 2005 Le Mans car to the 60th celebrations in August and it gets better than that, the car will have an engine in it and will be running at Rockingham. So even if you didn't get to Le Mans in 2005 you will have a chance to see the car IN ACTION at the biggest TVR party to date.
In another Le Mans 24 hours dominated by Audi with their 7th successive overall victory and the second for their diesel-powered R10, our special congratulations go out the fourth place and TVRCC favourite, Martin Short. St Ives based 'Shorty', well known to all TVR enthusiasts with his exploits through the 1990s in the TVR Tuscan Challenge and later in GT racing in his Cerbera and Tuscan R, was just 10 laps off the podium in his Rollcentre Racing Pescarolo Judd along with co-drivers Joao Barbosa from Portugal and Stuart Hall from Essex.
There are just 11 days remaining before bookings close for Gang on the Green 2007 and the last few remaining places are filling up fast. This is the biggest TVR gathering in this 60th anniversary year in the southern half of the country and if the 2003 event is anything to go by, it is an event not to be missed. It's also the start of the summer's main anniversary celebrations with S Club, Wedgefest, Diamond Rock, Griff Growl, Chimfest and BNG all following on consecutive weekends over the next two months.
It was split honours for current Class A leader Tim Hood and former TVR Tuscan Challenge runner up David Mason at Snetterton today. Race 1 went to Mason, nearly 20 seconds ahead of Darren Dowling and some 53 seconds ahead of third placed Dean Cook whilst Hood, after setting fastest lap, went out on lap 8. Fortunes were reversed in Race 2 where Hood took the chequered flag by some 7.8 seconds ahead of Dowling. By contrast, Mason retired after just 2 laps. In both races, Class B was won by Tony Abrams and Class C by current Championship leader Sam Head (right).
The TVRCC is grateful to the race sponsors, Sebring International. The next race, sponsored by Castle Race Engines, is at Cadwell Park on 15 July.
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