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May 2016

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Devon Area Report
May 2016

Having postponed our March run for a week, as we guessed the pubs would not welcome us on Mothering Sunday, a good group of Triumphs gathered at the South Devon Railway on what turned out to be their first running weekend of the year. A grand total of 9 Triumphs, with 3 Stags, 2 Spitfires, 3 Vitesses and Chris's lovely TR6, all tops down in lovely spring sunshine. A little remedial work before the start to Bob's Vitesse - a minor fire on the way to the railway - cable shorting out on exhaust! Steve's Stag's alternator did its annual sulk too. The route took us from the Station, up through Hembury Woods and Poundsgate, through the ford at Forder Bridge and up on to the high moor via Postbridge. 

A great drive over some of the best of the moor ending up at the Burrator Inn at Dousland, a mere 128 steps from home for Graham & Wendy though much to their credit, they did come for the whole drive too. Losing Bob & Marcia at the pub as they had a family commitment, we gained Rob, Helen and Alice who had cycled over from Princetown. A day to bring back all the enthusiasm which may have waned a bit over the winter. 

Club Night in March was as busy as usual, and it was nice to see Colin come along again. Looking forward to lighter evenings so that more cars come out to play. Inter Club Skittles again on 20 March - this time at the Westward Inn at Lee Mill. Organised by Vernon from sac - guess what? We were last out of three again. Even with the assistance of Keith & Melissa, Jackie & Allan and Nigel and Sharon, but we did lose out on 2nd place by only one pin - perhaps if I had not zero scored! It was top off on the Stag on the way there but it was very cold. 

It was newly restored Jassy's (our 13/60) turn at the beginning of April. In constant drizzle we met up with 5 cars at Bovey Tracey's House of Marbles, whilst Allan & Jackie led the main group from Exeter Services. Both groups did about a 30 mile run to the Countryman Inn at Sampford Courtenay, where we met up with a big group from North Devon Area, led by AO Darren. Thinking we were about 45 or so, the actual number eating at the pub turned out to be a massive 50, with a couple coming along just for the ride. A wonderful day, with around 20 Triumphs in the car park. The idea of us all eeting up in central Devon proved to be a winner, and one which we will certainly repeat. 

COMING UP IN DEVON

Our usual group will be on the Isle of Wight at the beginning of May for their annual weekend there. It's always great fun, and thoroughly recommended. The following weekend, Sunday 8 May, is the first of this year's Southwest Triumph meets. This time very central, at Route 5, the American Diner at the top of Haldon Hill. We'll be there from 11 am and hope for the usual big turnout for this informal event. 

The shows kick off now, with Killerton on the 15th and Pecorama on the 29th, both of which usually see a big turnout of our cars. May Club night dates are Thursday 5th at the Crealock Arms in Litlleham near Bideford, and on Wednesday 18th at the Star Inn at Liverton, near Newton Abbot. 

Then, the first weekend of June, a group will be in Somerset, at the Southfork Caravan Site at Martock for a fun weekend - there may still be pitches available at a 20 discount for Triumph owners. 

Trains & Triumphs comes up fast after that, on Sunday 12 June, at Buckfastleigh Steam Railway. We have produced entry forms this year, and, whilst a free event, we will be collecting for the Devon Freewheelers, the blood bikes charity. 

Please do check both the Devon website and the Club's national one for details of all events, and if you do not receive our regular email updates, do contact us with your details. 

Finally, have you sent us your entry for Powderham Show? If not, we need it urgently now to make sure we can fit you on our Club stand. If you would like to be included and have not joined us before at this great show, give us a ring or email us now!

DEVON DIARY

29 Apr - 2 May - Isle of Wight weekend 

Thursday 5 May - North Devon meeting at the Crealock Arms, Litlleham 

Sunday 8 May - Southwest Triumph Meet at Route 5 Haldon Hill 

Wednesday 18 May - Club Night at the Star Inn, Liverton 

Sunday 12 June - Trains & Triumphs at South Devon Steam Railway 

9/10 July - Powderham Historic Vehicle Gathering.

North Devon

It was a pleasant change to do the journey to this months Club Night in bright sunshine, spring has finally sprung. Just half mile into the journey I spotted the white Stag of Simon Whenmouth in my rear view mirror, also on his way to the Crealock Arms. I always enjoy this journey as it's a combination of twisty A-Roads and rural lanes, the sound of the semi-sport exhaust bouncing off the close by walls and hedges, what could be better. 

After we got out of the cars, Simon broke the bad news that I'd had no brake lights for the whole journey, which was odd as the Herald had only passed its MOT two days earlier (it turned out to be a faulty switch). Mike Hadley and his Stag owning friend and SOC member Hugh were also in the car park as we arrived, for once Mike wasn't in his Spitfire. I parked next to the lovely white MK3 Spitfire of Alan & Janet Brace, who were already tucking into their meals by the time we had got into the pub and sat down with our drinks. Also, there were Andy & Jules Luckhurst with their daughter, taking the opportunity to come out together due to the school holidays. 

I wasn't the only one to suffer from gremlins on the journey, as Alan's Spitfire was suffering from a leaky carb, he suspects some debris keeping the needle valve open. Last to arrive, and without any problems I'm pleased to say, were Malcolm & Mandy Huxtable in their Spitfire 1500. Malcolm still holding onto his crown as the only other ever present at the Club Nights. 

All those that had attended the previous Sunday's run to the Countryman Inn at Sampford Courtney said how much they had enjoyed it. Organised by Sue & John Franklin, this was a great opportunity for those from the North & South to meet at a central location. Also, supported by the SOC, there were close to 50 people there, nobody counted the number of cars, but it must of been somewhere between 20-30. This is definitely something we must do again, if not later this year, certainly next. 

With Drive it Day fast approaching, it was an opportunity to talk to some of the poeple who will be taking part on our local run on the day. Whilst the TSSC 5 Point Tour is coming through Devon on 24th April, it didn't make for much of a fun drive for Devon members as their route meant it was a quick blast up the A30 & M5 and into Somerset. At the time of writing we have 21 people and 9 cars confirmed for our journey from Holsworthy to Georgeham, through picturesque North Devon, finishing at the Kings Arms, which is owned by TSSC member Steve Cave. With such a good response, we'll no doubt do a few more Sunday runs during the summer months, so thinking caps on people to come up with some good routes & destinations. 

My wife Michele made a rare visit, only because her Pilates class wasn't on due to the school holidays, but it's always nice to have a group of girls at the meetings, just so all the conversations aren't about cars! 

At the run on Sunday to the Countryman Inn, Malcolm was keen to show us his newly cleaned and painted front suspension. He's done a great job, but it did take 3 months, he doesn't like to rush these things .... It did highlight that his tyres were scrubbing a fair bit on the outer edge, so I bought along my TrackAce Laser Wheel Alignment kit and Gunson Camber Gauge for him to try. Any Devon members wanting to use these tools, do get in touch. 

That's it for another month.