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November 2015

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Devon Area Report
November 2015

We were relieved that the pub had not yet changed hands for our September meeting at the Star, and the bar was full of our members as usual. We welcomed prospective members Nigel with a 1500 Spitfire, and Les & Ann with a Mk 2 2000. We hope that you will have joined the gang by the time you get this magazine, and as always we give a warm welcome to all Triumph owners.

For the first time a group of us attended the Sidmouth Classic Car show on the cricket ground in the middle of September. On the Club stand we had Jackie &Allan's 13/60, lan's Herald Pickup, Russ with his Vitesse, Maurice & Mary with the Spitfire, Chas & Dave with their two lovely GT6s, and a first Club appearance for lan & Yvonne's Vitesse. We also met John Love for the first time, a long time member of over 30 years, who has one of the last Spitfires to be produced. He is hoping to get it back on the road soon and we look forward to meeting him again before long. A lovely setting down by the sea in the old town of Sidmouth, and the autumn sun shone for us too.

The Southwest Triumph Meet at Windy Ridge saw around 20 assorted cars come out. We set off from Peartree Cross with 4 cars, 2 Stags including ours, Mike (Spitty), and Karen, Chloe and Jane in Karens lovely 13/60. Andy W joined us on the road and we met many more at the venue, including the Treleavens andnDan who had breakfasted at Route 38 first. After a good lunch, carvery and other choices at a reasonable price, Tony from SOC had prepared a short but spectacular run along the coast taking in Seaton, before ending up back at Windy Ridge. Also there were Nicola, Allan and son Spencer in her lovely Vitesse, who is another whom we hope will soon join us as a member.

John and I popped up to North Devon for the October meeting joining Darren and a host of Triumph owners there. It was a lovely clear evening and 10 Triumphs came out to play. If you have not yet been to one of these get togethers, we would thoroughly recommend giving it a try. Good pub, good food, good company and great cars.

Our East Devon run on 4 October once again was lucky with the weather - a bit overcast but dry. After meeting up at Exeter, eight cars drove the short distance to Darts Farm at Topsham where a little financial damage was sustained with all the goodies on offer and the rest of us had a coffee etc. Then onwards through Woodbury, West Hill and Ottery St Mary to end up at the Bowd Inn near Sidmouth where we met up with lan & Karen. Young Robbie was pleased to go from last to first when they cut off a corner In West HIli and ended up In front of us all. A good variety of cars out this time, 2 Vitesses (Allan's saloon and Russ's convertible), 2 Spitfires (Dan's Mk3 and lan's 1500), Maurice's 1500TC, Chris on his first Club run with his TR6, Keith's TR4A and our Stag. The food at the pub was very good, though we did have to wait a little for our tables to become free - but that is proof what a good pub it is.

COMING UP IN DEVON

Sunday 1 November - Bob & Marcia have volunteered to organise this year's Treasure Hunt and also next year's - so everyone can TRY to WIN. Please meet at Ivybridge Railway Park and Ride at 10:30am for a staggered start with everyone off by 11 :00. We will as usual remind you all by email of events so please make sure that we have your up to date email details.

A change of date for the next North Devon meeting, as it would have clashed with a big Bonfire night at the Crealock, means that the November date is now Thursday 12 November.

The regular Devon Club Night will be at the Star Inn at Liverton on Wednesday 18 November.

On Sunday 22 November we have the Inter Club Skittles with Lunch at the Waie Inn at Zeal Monachorum near Crediton. Remember SOC have won the last such 'competitions' so we have our reputations to restore! We aim to meet at the pub for 11 am but would appreciate knowing who is coming so that Claire who is organising the day can advise the pub of expected numbers.

All too soon it will be the dreaded 'C' word and bookings have gone well for our Christmas Meal at the Dartmoor Lodge at Ashburton on Saturday 5 DECEMBER. A reminder that Sue will need your menu choices before the middle of this month together with your remaining payments.

DEVON DIARY

Sunday 1 November Annual Treasure Hunt - see above

Thursday 12 November North Devon Meeting at the Crealock Arms Litlleham EX39 5HN

Wednesday 18 November Club Night at the Star Inn Liverton TQ12 6EZ

Sunday 22 November Inter Club Skitlles and Lunch Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum

Saturday 5 December Christmas Evening Meal at the Dartmoor Lodge Ashburton

North Devon

As the end of the summer is almost upon us it is time to reflect a little on whether the newly formed North Devon Area was a success. Well I’m pleased to say that it most definitely has been thanks to the support from both the regular attendees who we see every month and those that can only attended on a less frequent basis. Numbers have been consistently in the mid to high teens each month and there’s always a good selection of Triumphs in the car park. So a big thank you to all of you that have come down to the Crealock Arms over the last 6 months. A special thank you to Sue & John Franklin, as without their continued help, support and enthusiasm none of this would have happened.

So on to the meeting of the 1st October. As usual I was there a little early to get my food order in before the kitchen gets too busy and I spotted Alan Brace, his wife and two of his boys already seated. I had bumped into Alan at a local show in Holsworthy back in June and twisted his arm to come along to the meetings. Back at that show we talked about the lovely yellow Spitfire 1500 he was showing, but also a white MKIII which was approaching the end of a lengthy restoration. It was great to see that he had both cars with him and they looked absolutely fantastic. The MKIII nearly made it to the previous club night which would have been its maiden voyage, but a clutch problem prevented that happening. Well done to Alan and his boys on getting another Triumph back on the road, from the pictures I saw most people would not have taken on such a project, so hats off. More good news is that Alan has now also joined the TSSC and benefited already by using the clubs insurance panel.
SOC member Simon Whenmouth made it along in his white Stag despite being under pressure to get his Landy ready for the weekend for the London to Brighton. Our TR Register regulars Steve Williams, Paul Gibson and Andrew Willmott came along; Andrew was talking about his desire to build a TR3 Beta, not a car I’d ever heard of before, it’s a wider bodied TR3 based on the wider track of a TR4 Chassis. It sounds like a great project, so let’s hope he makes a start on that.

It was good to see Adrian Booth in his 2000 make the trip up from Liskeard again and Ray & Wendy Sweet over from South Molton in their Spitfire. Two more local members in Andy Luckhurst, still without a working Triumph amongst his collection and Malcolm Huxtable in his Spitfire.

Last but not least Sue & John Franklin made the trip up from the South in their MX5. Sue has sent off the details to HQ for the now famous TSSC Devon calendar, place your orders soon or be disappointed! £7.00 per copy plus £1.50 p&p, contact Sue to place your order. I hear that February is going to be a particularly good month, but you shall have to buy one to find out why. Sue also suggested that the North & South members meet half way for a run & lunch on the first Sunday in April 2016. Initial idea was The Countryman at Sampford Courtenay as this pretty central, has a large car park and the owner has a TR! So put a note for Sunday 3rd April on your new calendar when you get it.

Important information for the November meeting. Due to a Bonfire Night event we cannot be accommodated by the Crealock Arms, so rather than change location it will be moved on one week to Thursday 12th November. We’ll revert to the normal 1st Thursday from December.