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April 2016

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Devon Area Report
April 2016

On Sunday 3rd April, we are confident of a good attendance at our joint meeting, with our North Devon Group and also our friends from SOC. We hope that you have already told us you are coming along, as we have asked the Countryman Inn to expect 40 of us for a 2pm lunch. As we told you last month, we have two start points, both at 12.30pm, House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey and the top end of Exeter Services car park. Or, of course, you could go straight to the pub, but it would be helpful to know where you intend to start from. 

Our Club Nights continue as before, with North Devon on Thursday 7th April and the Star Inn on Wednesday 20th. Do come along if you have not been before, they are both good venues, with good food and good company and, who knows, it may have stopped raining long enough to get our cars out. 

We now know that the TSSC 5 Point Run will be coming through Devon twice over the weekend of 23rd/24th April. On the Saturday they expect to hit Devon around 5pm, taking the M5 then A30 to Cornwall. On Drive it Day itself, 24th April, they will leave the Lizard at g.30am and expect to be at Launceston (on the A30) around 11am. Following theA30 to the M5 and then northwards. There will be good laybys along the route so that we can wave them by. However, we have decided to congregate at 11 am in the big layby east of Sourton Cross, Okehampton at the bottom of the hill. If there is not room for everyone, we'll use the next one too. Maybe some food after too but not sure where yet. We'll make this an informal meet, but make sure you have your St. George's flags ready to wave as the run goes past. 

I missed February's Club Night at the Star, but John filled the void happily. It was great to meet Tom Hartley, taking a break in Devon from his native Cambridge, and to hear about his Vitesse engined Herald. The week after, John and I were delighted to meet up again with Wayne & Sue Swingler, over here from Australia, and to hear of their house move and of the progress with their 13/60. At the end of April our usual group are off to the Isle of Wight Bank Holiday weekend again, travelling via the New Forest and Lymington. The following weekend we have booked Route 5 at the top of Haldon Hill for a Southwest Triumph Meet from 11am on Sunday 8 May. An informal meet up of all Triumph drivers hopefully. 

We have entry forms for a lot of shows now and will bring some along to Club Nights. First off, will be Killerton on 15th May, then Pecorama in Beer on 29th May. New organisers have taken over the little show at Collaton St Mary on the late May Bank Holiday (30th) with the proceeds now going to the church there. At the beginning of June, several of us have booked sites at the Southfork Caravan 1 Camping site at Martock in Somerset, and we hope that members from elsewhere will join us too. A must do on 12th June will be the Trains & Triumphs Day at the Steam Railway at Buckfastieigh, where we will be raising money for the Devon Freewheelers, the blood bikes charity. 

No run report this month as we changed the date to avoid Mothering Sunday. On a personal level, we cannot wait to get the cars out - they have been marooned in our filthy potholed lanes for months now. 


Sunday 3rd April - Run to Okehampton - lunch Countryman Inn 

Thursday 7th April - North Devon meeting at the Crealock Arms, Littleham 

Wednesday 20th - Club Night at the Star Inn, Liverton 

Sunday 24th April » Following the Five Point Tour- see above 

29th April - 2nd May - Isle of Wight weekend 

Sunday 8th May• Southwest Triumph Meet at Route 5 Haldon Hill

North Devon

For the first time in quite a few months now, my trusty Herald wasn't the only Triumph in the car park at The Crealock Arms, as Pete Robinson made the trip over from Braunton in his very rare Vitesse Estate. This is the first time I've seen a genuine Vitesse 'Park Royal' Estate, not surprising given how few of these were made. Just a shame it was in a very dark car park, so difficult to have a good look at this very interesting car. It had some nice details, with its works style dashboard, 5.5j wheels and even a vinyl roof. 

One of the reasons Pete made his first appearance at our club night was that Mike Hadley very kindly had brought up some door cards that Pete purchased from ex member Graham Hill. We look forward to seeing more of Pete and his car at future meetings, especially when the evenings are lighter so we can have a better look around it. 

The journey up from Brixham must have made Mike very hungry, as he'd ordered food and eaten before anyone else had arrived. Alan & Janet brace are normally the first ones there, but Mike even beat them so he was clearly a man on a mission! 

Alan & Janet were joined by their boys Dan & Arron and partner Gemma. Dan & Arran both helped with the restoration of their Spitfires, so good to see younger people interested in our cars, both cars are wonderful examples. 

Geoff Wheeler, Malcolm Huxtable and Andy Luckhurst all came along. Malcolm has been dragging out his winter clean up of his front suspension, but now has a deadline to finish as North & South Devon members are meeting at the Countryman Inn at Sampford Courtney on 3rd April - no excuses not to have the car ready Malcolm! 

Andy has been making some progress on his TR4 rebuild - keen to refurb the original fuel pump, he has been searching the globe for a rebuild kit which includes the lower oil seal and he has finally found one in the US, so fingers crossed it works. 

As mentioned above, we have a North & South Devon joint event on 3rd April, which has been organized by Sue & John Franklin. Most of those at the Club Night were planning on going, so looks as if the turnout is going to be a good one, especially as the numbers will be boosted by members of the SOC. 

Not so far away is Drive it Day. North Devon members were hoping to tag along with the guys doing the 5 Point Tour, but looking at the route through our way, it doesn't look as if it will be worthwhile for us as it's a quick blast up the A30 to Exeter and beyond. We wish the guys taking part well, but looks as if we'll be planning something a little more local, more news to follow on that. 

As we are now officially in Spring and by the time the next Club Night comes around the clocks would have gone forward, we are all looking forward to better weather, lighter evenings and some chat around the cars. 

That's all from North Devon