In a citation read by Classic and Sports Car’s Editor at Large Simon Taylor, Sprint was described as being worthy of a place alongside the national motoring magazines for sale in WH Smiths and he singled out the exclusive features this year including the interview with Nikolai. The quality of production was mentioned as well and he said that the judges were pleased to see it is printed by a Club member. Club Vice Chairman Ralph Dodds was honoured to receive the award on behalf of the Club from Classic and Sports Car’s Club Editor, David Evans.
The Club was also nominated for best event (for Power and Passion), best stand at the NEC show and most interesting selection of cars at the show.
The stand this year focussed on TVR’s racing heritage – Born on the Road…Bred for the Track – and the star of the Stand was one of those Synergy Chamberlain Motorsport T400Rs – Car 89 – that finished 21st overall and 8th in class driven by Bob Berridge, Michael Caine and Chris Stockton. The car is now owned by Laurence Tomlinson and RSR Racing (who drove Car 96 to 23rd overall and 9th in class). But conscious of the fact that this was a “Classic” Car Show, it was supported by Ian Massey-Crosse’s recently restored Grantura Mk III that competed in the 1962 Le Mans.
Our other cars complemented TVR’s racing pedigree: a 1965 FIA Historic specification Griffith 200 owned by Jason and Louise Kennedy, Jeff Statham’s 420 SEAC racer Simon Bowes’ 1995 Griffith 500, converted for competition use and which finished 3rd in the inaugural TVR Car Club Challenge Cup. The Club had planned to also show the awesome 800bhp Speed Twelve but unfortunately, at the 11th hour, it became unavailable.