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February 2016

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Devon Area Report
February 2016

It seems long ago now, but we had a very social evening at the Star in December just before Christmas. As usual in December, fewer in numbers but a great evening nevertheless. Dan braved it with the Spitfire whilst the rest of us had one excuse or another.

After the excesses of New Year celebrations we returned to the 'serious stuff', the first of this year's drives and lunches. Allan & Jackie even managed to organise a glorious window in the storms, almost long enough for us to get home dry. However the dire forecast meant only 7 brave (mostly tin topped) Triumphs came out to play, with some heavies and modems making up the rest. Around 40 of us enjoyed a great run from Exeter Services, taking in the stormy seafront of Budleigh Salterton before returning via Topsham to the ever popular Smugglers Inn where their usual fantastic carvery was enjoyed to the full. It was lovely to have Annie & Richard back with us after Annie's health problems last year, and to have the Hodgsons in the Dolomite, the Wrays in Molly, Graham & Karen from Cornwall in their car and of course Robbie and Mum & Dad in the Vitesse, joining Allan's Vitesse Bob's Vitesse and Maurice's 1500 TC.


We will celebrate Dan's birthday on Sunday 7 February, meeting at the Famous Lee Mill, at Lee Mill near ivybridge for coffee (and even a spot of shopping if it takes your fancy) at about 11.30am, aiming to leave there at 12.30 for a drive over to the Sportsmans Arms near Dartmouth for a late lunch. We have a great drive sorted for this one, taking in country and coast. As we are finding that a lot of our more popular lunch venues prefer us to eat later rather than earlier, it will be second lunch sitting at around 2-ish. As usual, please let us know if you are coming a week beforehand.

Club Night at the Star is as usual on the third Wednesday of the month, which in February is the 17th. All TSSC members, but especially those in the North of the County, are welcome at the monthly meetings held at the Crealock Arms, Littleham. A great pub near Bideford, with the meetings organised by Darren Groves. Started up only last year, these meetings are proving popular with a wide range of Triumph drivers - why not pop over there on Thursday 4 February, and don't worry about not taking your Triumph if the weather is unkind. The North Devon meetings are on the first Thursday of each month.

We have changed the date of our March meeting to avoid Mothering Sunday, and will now have our run and lunch on Sunday 13 March, so make sure you have the right date in your diaries. Not quite decided where we will meet up, but lunch will be at the ever popular Burrator Inn, near Yelverton.

The Isle of Wight weekend is coming up soon from the end of April to May Bank Holiday Monday - hope you have booked your caravans direct with the site? We know that some of Somerset Area are coming along too so it will be a very merry crew on the Island! Some of the earlier show entries are starting to arrive now but we would appreciate you letting us know of any we may not know about. We have booking forms for our planned weekend at Southfork Caravan and Camping site at Martock In Somerset - from 3 - 5 June and we are inviting other areas to join us there.

As usual, we have a full programme of events planned for 2016 and look forward to seeing all our new members out with us soon.


Thursday 4 February North Devon Meeting at the Crealock Arms Littteham EX39 5HN

Sunday 7 February South Devon run to Sports mans Arms Capton Dartmouth

Wednesday 17 February Club Night at the Star Inn Liverton TQ126EZ

Sunday 21 February Triumph (& MG) Spares Day Stoneleigh

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

Sunday 13 March Drive with lunch at the Surrator Inn, Dousland

North Devon

A fairly quiet night to start off the new year, with just the hard core regulars out, so just 7 of us and 1 lonely Triumph, that being my Herald.
Alan & Janet Brace were first to arrive with myself not far behind, then the remaining contingent in Malcolm Huxtable, Andy Luckhurst and Simon & Max Whenmouth. All of us were eating and we all had exactly the same thing (fish & chips), a bit of a coincidence you may think? Not really, that was all the pub was offing for some strange reason. None of us complained though, as it was very good.

Not much Triumph related news to share between us over the festive period, apart from Alan who had overhauled the carbs onhis MK3 Spitfire, despite being sent the wrong needles by Rimmers initially; he rectified this by getting the correct ones direct from SU Carbs/Burlen Fuels, a good job done. I on other hand had a whole week working on the Herald between Christmas and New year, managing to get a longish list of jobs done including repairing the boot floor which I damaged (don't ask!), adding an additional earth strap from the body to engine, plugging the leak which was turning the drivers footwell into a pond, adding new gauges from a Spitfire 1500, altering the intermittent wiper wiring and fitting the SU HS4's ..... quite pleased with myself!

Much of the talk was around model trains and not Triumphs. Andy claiming that he bought a set for his son, but that's a bit of a cover story I'm sure, we know who it's really for. Fortunately for Andy, Simon sells these items for a living so tips on track laying were being shared. Now Andy, don't forget you've got a TR4 to finish, the trains can wait!

A bit of a short report this month as Bernard's copy deadline for the Courier is here already ....