Star of the event was Howard Bryan’s immaculately restored TVR “White Elephant”, Peter Wheeler’s Holden engined personal car from the late 1980s complete with cut-out in the rear for Ned, his faithful gun-dog! The White Elephant took the Mervyn Larner cup for best car in the event.
Bristol Avenue is now a successful microsite of small business, many of whom, run by former factory employees, are dedicated to keeping TVRs on the road and we are indebted to those specialists for throwing open their doors on what would normally be their day off. Many members took the opportunity to get their car photographed in front of the former factory main building, now sadly converted to a gymnasium.
After retiring to the hotel, more than 200 members attended a gala black tie dinner and charity auction which raised £3007 for Derian House Children’s Hospice so a BIG thank you to all who contributed and to the businesses and individuals who so generously donated prizes.
Unfortunately, the forecast weather did hit Blackpool with a vengeance on Sunday and so, sadly, after considering running an alternate programme at the hotel itself, it was regrettably decided to cancel the Sunday programme.
We would like to thank Blackpool Regional organiser David Welton and his merry team of helpers from his and surrounding regions for putting on a fantastic event. We hope everyone had a safe drive home. The full report will appear in TVR Sprint.