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September 2015

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Devon Area Report
September 2015

COMING UP IN DEVON

As we have not had a BBQ at home for a while, we have decided to change the plan for Sunday 6 September. Instead of having a run round East Devon, which we will do in October instead, we will meet at 11 am at Exeter Services, for a run back to the South Hams finishing at our place. Please bring something to cook and drink, and we will provide the venue. Numbers would be appreciated beforehand please!

The North Devon meeting at Litlleham, near Bideford will be Thursday 3rd and Club Night at the Star will be Wednesday 16th September. We will be having a Club presence at the Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce Show on Saturday 19th and already have all spaces filled. The next Southwest Triumph meet will be Sunday 20th at Windy Ridge, at Trerulefoot on the A38 just in Cornwall. The venue will need to know numbers eating so please let us know.

Going on to October, the North Devon Meeting will be on Thursday 1 st at Litlleham as usual. The anticipated East Devon Run will now take place on Sunday 4 October, again meeting at Exeter Services. Devon Club Night will be on Wednesday 21, as usual at the Star Inn at Liverton.

WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO

I know I keep saying it, but Powderham 2015 was our best yet. Shame it clashed with TriumFest this year, but hopefully they will be on different dates in 2016. Our pitch was mown by AIIan's grandson Simon on a ride-on, whilst Maurice, Mary, John and I put up the bunting etc. Saturday was probably the busiest day we have ever had, with many visitors to our huge stand. We had a massive 35 Triumphs on both days, Saturday having 3 Specials, in the shape of Shaun's great Stanbury Tl, John B's stunning and much admired aluminium GT 4 Lightweight, and of course lan's Pick-Up. We were joined by members from Cornwall, Somerset, Monmouth, Pembroke, Surrey and Sussex. There were some lovely cars there, and we were delighted to welcome Trevor Collett, Specials Register Secretary amongst our throng. Shaun did a great job of arranging our display with the Specials taking centre stage. Sunday was a bit on the damp side, but we still had 35 cars on display, some different ones from the Saturday which was an added bonus. Amongst them was Jason's lovely 13/60 on its first outing, and which has had a nuts and bolts restoration. Martin Hughes (Somerset AO) did a great job standing in for us whilst we snuck off the stand for a few minutes. Welcome to John Parker, a Young Member who joined on the day, and who has a really great Magenta Mark IV Spitfire and to Karen who has inherited a great Herald from her uncle and we met up with lots of members there too. There were in total over 1500 cars at the show, and some great steamers too. We almost missed seeing the steam engine 'Tornado' pass on the Sunday but, by staying late and getting off the field easier, we saw her return on Sunday evening. A great sight.

Another good gathering at the Star Inn in July, with a total of 1 cars out to play, amazingly out of those 4 were TRs. We were joined, as is usual in July, by Lilian and Morten over for their annual trip from Denmark, this time without their car due to French ferry problems. The weather was better than expected the following week when Jackie & Allan, Maurice & Mary and ourselves did the Historic Transport run from Exeter Racecourse. Always a good event, with a 60 mile run ending at Bovey Tracey's Mill Marsh Field. Apart from the cars, there were some great old commercials and buses on the run.

Unfortunately the weather was not kind at the end of July for Boconnoc which a number of members attended and the TOWC show which was cancelled as the Green was waterlogged.

Usually at the beginning of August a lot of us go to Mt Edgcumbe Show, despite the annual difficulties of getting in and out. However this year, a small group of us decided to try the West Somerset Railway Show at Bishops Lydiard instead. What a show it is - a great venue, more and different steam vehicles and miniatures from those we see at Powderham, a replica Spitfire plane and more Land Rovers in one place than we have seen! Add to that steam train and trolley rides and really good shopping and it is one to add to next year's calendar - 6 and 7 August 2016.
Plenty more to enjoy with your cars and with the Club in the Autumn. Do come along to meet us if you haven't done before. We will have the menus for the Christmas meal this month, so please do let us know if you are coming along on 5 December. Also we will have our unique Devon TSSC calendars for sale soon - can you wait to get yours?

DEVON DIARY

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

Sunday 6 September AOs run from Exeter and BBQ in the South Hams

Wednesday 16 September Club Night at the Star Inn

Saturday 19 September Club presence Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce Show

Sunday 20 September Southwest Triumph Meet at Windy Ridge Trerulefoot

Thursday 1 October North Devon Meeting at the Crealock Arms Litlleham EX39 5HN

Saturday 5 December Christmas Evening Meal at the Dartmoor Lodge Ashburton

North Devon

Another busy evening at the Crealock Arms for the August Club Night. Once again the first to arrive were Ian & Sue Silcock in their Vitesse. Ian has been busy in the last month, the interior is now looking very smart with seats from an MGF, new Carpets and Steering Wheel, next on the list is to give the wooden dash a makeover. Under the bonnet he now has a leak free engine and the car is running much better now the vacuum advance tube has been reinstated.

It was pleasing to see a number of first time visitors this month. SOC member Geoff & Dawn Wheeler from Bideford in their Stag, who were made aware of the monthly meetings by our own Sue & John Franklin. Patrick Squire in his wonderful DB1 Replica, a very special looking car, he also has a GT6 which is undergoing restoration. Patrick spent much of his working life in Triumph dealerships, so they’re in his blood!

David & Sue Whitehead in their newly painted TR7 V8, along with their son Ross who owns a Dolomite Sprint which he’s had for 8 years, the car has spent the last 20 years in various barns (including his), he’s now looking to start restoring it, both are considering becoming club members.

Last of the first time visitors was Adrian Booth in his MK1 2000, a rare sight on the roads these days, he also has a TR6. Adrian has attended club nights both in Cornwall and in South Devon previously, so it was good of him to make the fairly long trip up from Liskeard.

However Liskeard was relatively close in comparison to the journey made by Mike Hadley in his beautiful MKIV Spitfire, an impressive 150 mile round trip to attend. Well done Mike, it was great to see you again and a real example to us all on using and enjoying our cars.

With friends and SOC members Max & Simon Whenmouth along with my wife Michele attending, we had another healthy turnout of 14 people and 8 cars.