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January 2016

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Devon Area Report
January 2016

DID YOU FIND IT? The annual membership windscreen Disk was included in the wrapping of this month's magazine. Have a search in the bin if you missed it!

As we begin to look forward to the end of Winter and make plans for our cars for the year, we can recall the brilliant events we attended last year. Our Club Nights continued at the Star Inn at Liverton and the November one once again saw a packed house. Despite the weather there were Triumphs out to play, and it was great to see Colin come up from Cornwall to join us. John and I were elected to remain as Area Organisers again, so thanks for your confidence in what we are doing with the Area.

We were well represented at the annual Inter Triumph Club Skittles at the Waie Inn at Zeal Monachorum. Organised by Claire and Stephen, over 40 of us met at this great venue. We had three teams, TSSC, SOC and the Dolomite Club, with the first and last supplemented by a couple of extras from SOC. After 3 ends, the SOC and TSSC teams were level on 287 pins, with the Dolomite team close behind on 282. John was our high scorer, playing off against the SOC high scorer, Sue, not me but Sue Oxenbury. Sue scored a massive 17 and that ensured that the trophy remains with the SOC once again. However, young Robbie (7) was the highest scorer of the three youngsters playing, beating Alice and Matthew who were on 18 compared to his 26, so he took home a trophy too. It was a lovely day, finishing off with a really good lunch, and Claire has promised to organise another one in November 2016.

There is so much to look forward to this year, the new 5 Point Tour on the weekend of Drive It Day in April, when the tour will be coming through Devon on the Saturday en route to the Lizard for the overnight stop and, on the Sunday morning the cars will come back through Devon, probably taking the A30 and Atlantic Highway to Barnstaple before heading off to Lubenham via the Link Road and onwards. If you would like to join in part of the route, please register online at www.tssc.org.uk or get more details from the Club Chairman, Chris Gunby on 07843435190.
The all-new TriumFest UK meeting this year moves to a really exciting venue SANTA POD RACEWAY on 2 and 3 July, when it will be held at the 2016 Santa Pod Retro Show. Lots of Devon members have said they are going - why not join us? Special Early Bird prices until the end of January, at only £18 per person including camping from the Friday, so get booking!

42 of us sat down to the usual splendid Christmas meal at the Dartmoor Lodge at Ashburton. So good we have already provisionally booked for December 2016. Fantastic raffle with prizes given by so many, and we decided on the night to donate the proceeds of £105 to Devon Air Ambulance.

COMING UP IN DEVON

First off, on 1 January, we wish SAM TRELEAVEN all the best on his 17th birthday - all ready to drive that Mk1 Spitfire now Sam.
Our first Club meeting is on Sunday 3 January, when we will meet at noon at Exeter Services for a short run to the Smugglers Inn on the Dawlish road. Always a fantastic carvery and once again thanks to Jackie & Allan for organising this one. The pub is always very busy so make sure you have let us know you are coming along.

The North Devon meeting at Littleham is on Thursday 7th and Club Night back at the Star is on Wednesday 20 January.

Plans for the year include a joint meeting with North Devon area in April; joining in with the TSSC 5 Point Tour from the Cornwall border on 24 April (Drive it Day); our annual trip to the Isle of Wight in May, our weekend at Martock has changed to the beginning of June; Trains & Triumphs on 12 June; TriumFest UK at Santa Pod at the beginning of July and of course Powderham Show the week after. That's just a taste of what is planned so come and join us.

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Looking forward to another terrific year with a great Club.

DEVON DIARY

Sunday 3 January 2016 Run before lunch at the Smugglers Inn Dawlish

Thursday 7 January North Devon Meeting at the Crealock Arms Littleham EX39 5HN

Wednesday 20 January Club Night at the Star Inn Liverton TQ12 6EZ

Sunday 7 February South Devon run to Sportsmans Arms Capton

North Devon

This month we have two reports into one due to our November meeting being a week later than normal, so too late for the print date for the Courier magazine.

Both November & December meetings were very similar in size of the turn out and the number of Triumph's in the car park. November saw nine of us at the meeting and just one Triumph and December eight of us and one Triumph again, the bad weather meaning those that attended deciding to arrive in their daily drivers, though my excuse for November was that the alternator on my Herald had decided to cook itself a few days earlier.

November brought out two first time visitors to the meeting, TSSC members Roger Browning who was the only one to arrive In a Triumph, Roger has just got his Spitfire back on the road. Another first timer Peter Gulliford who has recently acquired a Dolomite Sprint that is In need of some work, it seems Peter has quite a car collection to keep him busy.

Other TSSC members present were Alan Brace with his wife Janet, Andy Luckhurst basking in the glory of getting his project TR4 engine running for the first time in many years. Andy had experienced a few nervy moments trying to coax the TR4 into life, but after working through the issues methodically it fired up and ran well, congratulations Andy. Mike Hadley also attended, making the long trip up from Brixham and Malcolm Huxtable the slightly shorter one from West Yelland. The final attendee being SOC member Geoff Wheeler.

The weather for the December meeting was particularly rough, so I was expecting a low turnout, but a few of the hardier regulars did venture out. I was the only one in their Triumph, my Herald is subject to everything the North Devon weather can throw at it but can understand why others leave theirs at home. 

Alan & Janet Brace were first to arrive along with their son and had already got their food order in before I turned up. Next to arrive was Andy Luckhurst, no more progress on his TR4 to tell us about, but has plans to get some time on the car over the festive period. SOC member Simon Whenmouth joined us, albeit a little flustered as he'd lost his wallet containing a wad of cash & credits cards a couple of hours earlier. I can sympathise here as I had recently lost both keys to my outgoing daily driver, which I’m trying to sell. The good news for Simon is that he found his wallet the following morning, the bad news for me is I have a £260 bill from Mercedes for a new key! SOC member Geoff Wheeler was also there.

By the time you read this the Christmas & New Year festivities will likely have finished, so I do hope everyone had a great time and that you received a few Triumph related presents.