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August 2015

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Devon Area Report
August 2015

Firstly, a big welcome to all the new members who have joined TSSC recently - we look forward to seeing you all soon, at either the Devon meeting at Liverton or the North Devon meeting at Littleham, details of which are below.

Several of us supported the Scarecrow Festival at East Budleigh in June, a great day out - thanks to Karen & lan for organising.This was closely followed by our midsummer Club night at the Star Inn which, as usual, packed the pub's car park with 11 Triumphs. Amongst these was Terry's lovely 4A from Plymouth on his first visit to a Club meet. Also there for the first time was long standing member Howard from Teignmouth, and hopefully we were able to help him with his steering lock problems and will see him and his car soon. Welcome to you both.

Our cars were out in force for Fathers Day, several at both Morwellham Quay, and also at Woodlands, where Steve Chudleigh's Stag was voted Car of the Show, beating off competition from many other lovely cars. Allan even managed to fly the Devon banner flag at Morwellham successfully!

Sadly but gladly we were able to provide 3 cars to accompany the funeral cortege of the late Bill Grantham from Teignmouth who for many years ran a business called 'Spits & Pieces' in Newton Abbot. Thanks to Neil and Allan & Jackie for Joining us and enabling us to respond to Vanessa's request.

John and I went up tothe CrealockArms for the July North Devon meeting and it was good to see so many people attending. Apart from very new member lan and his wife Sue, it was lovely to catch up with long term member Andy Luckhurst and to see Sheila and Lindsay there in the Spitfire. As Darren says In the North Devon report, it was a lovely evening spent nattering in the car park.

lan & Karen have been busy organising events, with the Retrofundraising Weekend at Martock falling to them this year. Once again a great time was had by, meeting up at the campsite and watching spectacular lightening on Friday evening after a short drive out for a meal. A lovely day on Saturday along the Fosse Way to Radstock, apart from the traffic jam which saw our temperatures rise somewhat, where we visited the Museum there before picnicking in the car park - only Devon could do that!

Sunday was the main event, all the cars gathering before a 27 (or 7) mile drive through country lanes which were new to us Devon members. Driving once again down the closed main street of Martock, past the charity shop which has raised a huge amount of funds over the past few years, and past hundreds of people lining the route waving us on, in the rain, at the time. Rain cleared though and we ended up displaying the 200 plus cars on the Recreation Field. Stalls, live music and children’s' entertainment. We met up there with Trevor Carlyle (Wessex AO) and three of his members with some great cars.

COMING UP IN DEVON

On 2 August, members will be split between Mt Edgcumbe Show over the Tamar, or at the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydiard where we are entering as individuals. The next North Devon meeting at Litlleham will be Thursday 6 August and Devon's Club Night at the Star Inn will be in Wednesday 19 August. The Star Will be under new management then so we will be keeping our fingers crossed that we will still be welcome. If there is anything different to report, we will email around to all. There are a number of small shows that members will be attending individually in August too.

David Fitzgerald from Radio Devon is holding his Rally on Plymouth Hoe again, this time on Sunday 16 August, but they are asking for donations of minimum £10 per vehicle (for Children in Need). My feeling is that, as we are exhibiting our cars for the benefit of the show, and for which the public do NOT pay, this is a little steep. Maybe though it is something to do with the status of The Hoe itself?

The popular informal Thornfalcon Show at Henlade near Taunton will be on Sunday 23 August this year, so we will meet at Exeter Services at gam. Afterwards we aim to have our usual cream tea if we can find Winsford on Exmoor this year.

The show season winds down a bit after August, and we will be arranging our popular Sunday runs and lunches again. The first Will be on Sunday 6 September when we will meet at Exeter Services for a run in the East Devon area, probably taking in Exmouth en route to the lunch venue. We have yet to finalise the details but please do let us know if you will be coming so that we can book appropriate numbers at the pub.

Christmas is coming - yes it is inevitable - and we will again be producing a Devon Area calendar for you to buy - your car may be In It so let us have a heads up soon if you would like to reserve one.

DEVON DIARY

Thursday 6 August North Devon Meeting at the Crealock Arms Littleham EX39 5HN

Wednesday 19 August Club Night at the Star Inn, Liverton TQ126EZ

Sunday 23 August Thornfalcon Show - Henlade near Taunton

Thursday 3 September North Devon Meeting at the Crealock Arms Littleham EX39 5HN

Sunday 6 September Run and lunch East Devon Area

Saturday 5 December Christmas Evening Meal at the Dartmoor Lodge Ashburton

North Devon

The day started very wet for the third North Devon Club Night, but by late afternoon the sun was out and it turned into a perfect summers evening for a run out in a Triumph or any classic in fact. Due to the beautiful weather, after those that sampled the good food on offer at the Crealock Arms, the rest evening was spent in the car park around the cars and enjoying the sun and conversation.

It was really good to see some brand new TSSC members come along in Ian & Sue Silcock in their newly acquired Vitesse Convertible. Ian & Sue look to have got themselves a really lovely car, apart from the obligatory oil leak which Ian is keen to fix (good luck with that!) the car didn’t miss a beat on its journey home from Hertfordshire to Devon. We look forward to seeing Ian & Sue at more Devon events in the coming months.
The weekend before I went to the Holsworthy Vintage Rally and came across Alan Brace and his son who were showing their lovely Spitfire 1500. Even though Alan was not a TSSC member he was interested in coming along to the monthly meetings, so it was great to see him arrive with his wife. He’s also restoring a MK3 Spitfire which is only a few months away from completion; we look forward to seeing that car later in the year.

Other new attendees to the meetings were long standing TSSC members Lindsay & Sheila Dearing in their exceptional Spitfire and Andy Luckhurst, owner of 3 Triumphs but all of which are in various stages of restoration currently. Andy is now working closer to home so he hopes to have a little more free time to get his projects roadworthy. Also non-Members Gary & Tanya Liminton came along for the first time as they are restoring a Spitfire for their daughter and Steve Morris (aka ‘Tavistock’ Steve) who is well known to many Devon members as he is prominent seller of used Triumph spares in the region, unfortunately his Spitfire didn’t make it for its MoT in time so he had to make do with his Jaguar S-Type.

Club Night regulars Steve Williams in his lovely TR5 and Malcolm Huxtable in his Spitfire 1500 both made it along. It was Malcolm’s birthday the following day so his wife Mandy came along to start the celebrations early, but Malcolm had to behave as he had to drive himself home, I’m sure he made up for it the following day.

The ever supportive Devon AO’s Sue & John Franklin made the trip up from the south to add to the numbers. They were in their MX5 but wished they’d brought the Stag as they enjoyed some of the twisty roads we have up in the North.

So along with myself and my non-Triumph owning but petrol head friend Steve, we had healthy turnout of 17 people, 3 Spitfires, 1 Vitesse, 1 Herald, 1 TR5 and a Jag....can’t think of a better way to spend a summers evening.