Members will have seen the discussions in our discussion forum about London Thunder and the news itembelow announcing the rally. One of the aims of the rally is to deliver a petition to the House of Commons to highlight the plight of those workers who are losing their jobs in Blackpool and to call on the Government to do everything possible to retain manufacture of TVRs in Britain. Therefore, we need YOUR signature.
The TVR Car Club has been informed this morning that staff at TVR's Blackpool factory have been informed today (Wednesday) that the company is planning to outsource all production.
Agreements are being finalised for the 2007 run of Tuscan, Tuscan Convertible and Sagaris to be produced in Europe while fully built powertrains - straight six, four-litre TVR engines including clutch and gearbox - are due to be produced in the UK.
We have also received an update from the Transport and General Workers' Union, representing the staff, the contents of which are reproduced below.
Despite plans to move to their interim factory in Squires Gate Blackpool starting this month, TVR have today confirmed that has been called off at the last minute. TVR have said that they will now stay at Bristol Avenue until the permanent factory at Blackpool Business Park was up and running in 2008.
As announced by TVR a few weeks ago, the fearsome TVR Cerbera 4.5 is making a one-off comeback in a live online auction of the last ever example of the car. The auction was launched today and will close at midnight on 31 August 2006. All proceeds that exceed the reserve price will be donated to a charity, to be named in due course.
Okay, I know this is a bit belated but that's becauee my PC went down and I couldn';t get the information posted in the timely manner that I would have liked. Still, better late than never...The headlline news is that there is no new car (yet) but that there have been a number of styling changes to the Sagaris and Tuscan while the T350, Tamora and 3.6 litre version of the Speed Six engine have been dropped from the line up.
The TVRCC is delighted to announce that TVR has finalised the first stage of its relocation plans and is can confirm to our members that the company will be remaining in Lancashire.
TVR have announced that:
"For the foreseeable future, TVR will operate from a new international headquarters in Lancaster, where the management, sales and marketing teams, as well as research and development, will all be based. There will also be a TVR museum and an archive library at the headquarters, to which press, visitors, customers and enthusiasts will be warmly welcomed.
Despite the obvious disappointment of not seeing the Stig putting the Tuscan Convertible through its paces on the BBC2 Top Gear test track this evening, perhaps we were treated to an even better spectacle of seeing the master himself, Sir Jackie Stewart, pushing the car close to its limits at Oulton Park.
In a motor sport master class, he promised to coach one of the Top Gear prsenters, James May, to take 20 seconds of a track time and the Tuscan 2 was chosen as being an ideal car in which to do this. After setting his own time of 1.58 mins in the Tuscan, Sir Jackie then proceeded to coach Mr May until at the end of the day, his original time of 2.26 mins had indeed been reduced down to 2.06, simply by increasing confidence in the car's abilty and carrying increasing speed into each corner.
Afterwards, James May commented that he liked the Tuscan and thought that it handled well; it was reported that Sir Jackie also liked the TVR and said "the Tuscan handled really well".
It has now been confirmed that the a TVR Sagaris, driven by expert stunt driver Terry Grant, has made it into the Guinness Book of Records. TVR have confirmed that the popular international stunt driving ace used his new Sagaris to break the Guinness World Record for consecutive and uninterrupted doughnuts (360 on-the-spot spins in a car), previously set by Dale Morrison in 2005. Grant coaxed the standard road-going Sagaris and its Yokohama tyres to a superb count of 71 doughnuts to snatch the record.
Despite rumours that you may have read elsewhere about TVR moving abroad, the TVRCC can confirm that company bosses, including Nikolai Smolenski, have held extensive talks with Blackpool council chiefs over a new site in the town, believed to be on south shore close to both the M55 and the airport. It is believed to be a council owned site with room for expansion.
Alan Cavill, Blackpool's head of corporate policy and development, reported in Blackpool Today earlier this week: "The company has been very clear in what it wanted and we think we can get somewhere near to that. The feeling remains the same. We think it's a pretty good offer, but it's a commercial decision for a commercial company. We're selling the benefits of the town to them as best we can and stressing the benefits of having a skilled workforce already available".
As soon as we have confirmation of any of these proposals, we will let members know both here and in Sprint.
It is with great sadness that the TVR Car Club announces that long time TVR General and Transport Manager David Cumming lost his battle with cancer on Saturday night.
Well known to many members, David, also known as "Poser" or "Pal" has been a stalwart at Bristol Avenue for over 28 years after joining TVR initially as a car cleaner and then rising up through the various trades on the shop floor and during his time working in most departments at the factory. Perhaps his most well known role though was as Transport Manager where he was responsible for getting our cars delivered to the dealers on time. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences at this tragic time go to his family.
David's funeral takes place on Monday 22 May at Carlton Crematorium at 10.45am. All members who knew him are welcome but please do come in your TVRs. The family have requested no flowers but instead donations to Cancer Research may be made through the Club Office.
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.
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.
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).
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.
As many members may have seen, there has been a thread running on Pistonheads for about 24 hours regarding the fact that TVR London appears to have closed.TVR Spokesman Jason Oxley has today confirmed with the TVRCC that this is in fact correct. He said:
"We have not had a central London dealer since HR Owen and this was a trial for a short term to determine whether we ought to again. It was a therefore only a short term let. We have decided that we do want to have a presence there and we are hoping to sign the contract on our new premises in the next few days. There will be an announcement in the New Year".
As soon as we have the details, we will publish them here. Please remember though that TVR London and London TVR are two entirely separate companies; London TVR continue trading from their Kings Cross premises.