by Mike Bressington
This is the story of the biggest TVR Wedge car meeting probably of all time, held in a hotel in Ettington near Stratford-upon-Avon on the weekend of the 17th & 18th July 2004.
It all started with a thread posted by Alan Toomey (Rev-erand) on the Wedge Forum on the 6th of February 2004 when Alan posted the following question, I wonder if he knew what was to follow…….
'Guys - I was thinking of a big meeting in the summer with real good top down weather. I don't fancy driving 200 miles in crap weather. How about July (Lé Mans finished etc). I was thinking of something like: We book sevreral rooms in a reasonably priced hotel or take over a few guest houses in a nice town in the Midlands somewhere.
How about that ..????'.
A visual taste of what went on at Power and Passion 2004. Pics by Steve Parkman and Paul Calland
After months of planning and organising the weather did its best to defeat us – but we won! 105 cars turned out to Duncombe Park, Helmsley. The concours was packed, with most cars joining in for a bit of fun. A spirited drive home saw 44 people sit down to a tasty meal and dance the night away ‘til 1.30am. Drinking continued well into the morning (4ish?)
At lunchtime today, 6 June 2004, 28 cyclists with 8 support crew set off from the Dorset monthly meet at the Avon Causeway to cycle the 250 mies to Le Mans in aid of Hearing Dogs. This event, now in its 9th year, aims to raise at least £2500 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in order to train another dog. Since its inauguration in 1996 when just two cyclists and two support team undertook the 250 mile, three day event, the charity cycle ride has raised well over £20,000 and thus have trained 9 dogs.
The cheque for last year's event was handed over by Dorset RO and cycle ride co-ordinator Paul Shrimpton to the local representative from Hearing Dogs at the Bristol Classic Car Show in February.If you would like to support this worthwhile event, you can make a donation to the cycle ride by calling the Club Office on 01952 822126
Ever had a really good idea? Well last year someone had a great idea to hold a Griff Growl one bright but cold Sunday afternoon in October at a pub in Leamington called the Griffin Inn. Despite being organised with about a week to go, there was a really good turn out of around 25 or so Griffs with a few other models thrown in for good measure – couple of Chims, couple of Cerbies and a Tuscan! So this year, we’re doing it on a bigger scale, inviting everyone to join in, over 2 days, with lots to see and do! The Griff Growl & TVR Gathering 2004 is being held on Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August at the National Heritage Centre and Motor Museum at Gaydon near Warwick with cordoned off parking for TVR’s and we’d love to see you there. Everyone’s welcome.
The main TVR Car Club event for 2001 was held on the Isle of Man from the 26 to 30 July. 74 TVRs made the ferry crossing to the island and the general feeling amongst the 140 drivers and passengers was that it was one of the best TVR events ever held.
The weekend started off on the Thursday at various ferry terminals as everyone met up to make the crossing to the Island. No vehicle was allowed to board until it had received a ritual dowsing in Foot and Mouth disinfectant, this saw a number of members frantically trying to wash it off immediately after but was far worse for anyone on a motorbike as they had to drive through the spray as well!