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April 2015

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Devon Area Report
April 2015

The new Devon website is already proving very popular, but we are still looking for pictures of your cars to populate it. As mentioned briefly last month, Darren & Michele Groves have been investigating various hostelries to find somewhere suitable for a regular NORTH DEVON meeting place. This was a great hardship of course, but they have come up with a great venue, the Crealock Arms at Littleham near Bideford EX39 SHN. The launch of the additional meeting will be on Thursday 7th May at 7.30pm, and future meetings will be on the first Thursday of each month which could enable members to go to both the North and South Devon meetings! Darren says it is not the prettiest pub inside but it has everything we need. The staff and owners are friendly, it's spacious, there’s a separate area we could use if numbers grew, they do local beers, good food and it has a good size car park for the cars. The drive down the lane to the car park is a little bumpy, but hey it's Devon so not unusual. John and I are planning to come up to the launch meeting, and it would be great to meet a lot of our North Devon members there. To enable Darren to have details of our membership base in the north of the county, we have agreed that he will become a Joint Area Organiser with us, and we are looking forward to working closely with him to improve the membership experience of our more northerly members.

Our decision to postpone February's run for a week proved to be the right one, as we were told that traffic was at a standstill in the Dousland area at the beginning of the month due to the heavy snow. So it was that we met the following Sunday at the South Devon Railway, where a total of 11 Triumphs displayed outside the station whilst we all had a coffee. 10 of those Triumphs and 2 modems made the drive from Buckfastleigh via South Brent, Ermington and the southern moor, where we enjoyed some great views, to end up at the Burrator Inn. We stopped on the way for a photo opportunity at Cadaver Bridge on a brilliant winter day then went on the pub where we were joined by the Treleavens minus Sam, and the Northcotts. We had two 'new' cars out. We gave a warm welcome to Alistair and Andy with their very clean 13/60 convertible and it was also good to meet long time member Neil Appleton who brought along his very tidy black Mk1 Spitfire. We hope to see you all again before long. We saw another Stag at the Railway, thinking it was Dave & Lorraine's, we tried to hunt them down but ended up putting details of our run on a stranger's car. The Chudleigh family were out in force, celebrating Dan's, Jas's and Gabriel's birthdays.

A further birthday was celebrated at February Club Night - this time it was Tracy Treleaven - suffice to say - it had a zero at the end. Another good turnout, with three Triumphs out, Dan and Mike brought their Spitfires and Colin his 2000 estate. Also there was Nigel from the Mid Devon Advertiser who was a previous owner of Dan's car, but when it was Sienna Brown, not the smart BRG it now is. On 1 March, a decent gathering of six Triumphs and John Bonnett's trials car met at Chudleigh for a run up the Teign Valley to Moretonhampstead. Here, local member Tim Hills had arranged for Frank at the Moretonhampstead Motor Museum to open up specially for us. If you have not seen Frank's collection, it is very much worth a visit, and the museum is expanding all the time. Young Robbie even had the opportunity to ride a child's pennyfarthing bike. From there, Tim had arranged for us to eat at the Union Inn in the town - a great carvery, followed by a car based quiz. No fun it they are easy, and this was certainly not! The winner proved to be Frank himself showing an encyclopaedic knowledge. Many thanks to Tirn and to his wife Dawn, whose big birthday was on that day!

Hopefully we have now seen the last of winter and can look forward to doing a lot with our cars. The show season kicks off soon, and we have a number of events we intend to go to. Always more fun as part of a group, and we are very light-hearted about 'showing' - we nearly all prefer to drive our cars. Powderham entries will have to be submitted by the middle of May, there are always more spaces available on the Saturday as Sunday is always very busy. Contact us if you want to come along.

COMING UP IN DEVON

With the longish run to Haynes at the end of the month in mind, we have decided NOT to have an outing at the beginning of the month, so our first event in April will be Club Night at the Star Inn on Wednesday 15th April, and we hope to see a lot of you there. The really big one for 2015 of course is Sunday 26 April, when we have Triumphs from all over the country coming to Somerset for the big Triumph Drive it Day event at Haynes International Motor Museum. We'd love to have an idea if you are coming along in your Triumph - the more the merrier. We have discounted entry fees but would suggest that you bring your membership cards to ensure smooth entry! We will aim to leave Exeter Services at 9am to ensure that we are there in good time for 11.30am and all Triumphs will be parked on their track.

DEVON DIARY

Wednesday 15 April Club Night at the Star Inn, Liverton

Sunday 26 April DRIVE IT DAY all Triumph meet at Haynes Motor Museum

1 - 4 May Isle of Wight Trip

Thursday 7 May Inaugural North Devon meet at Crealock Arms, Littleham

Sunday 10 May Southwest Triumph Meet at Route 5, Haldon Hill, Exeter