NEW ZEALAND CLASSIC CAR AUTOMOBILIA Collectible Models / Lifestyle / Book and DVD Reviews – Edited by James Black
Riddle me this … can you identify all these rotary-powered cars (plus one motorcycle)?
riumph’s involvement in motor sport via its own competition department spanned over three decades from 1953 to 1980, and virtually every Triumph car produced during that period ended up either on the race circuit or rally stage. It all started with the TR2 that was entered for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in June 1954. This lone Triumph was a private entry, but the following year Standard-triumph got serious, fielding a three-car team at Le Mans. From these small beginnings Triumph steadily made a name for itself with works-prepared sports cars (TR, Spitfire and GT6) and saloon cars (Herald, Vitesse, 2000/2500 and Dolomite Sprint). Not to mention to last-of-the-line Triumph competition cars — the mighty rally-bound TR7 V8. The company even went racing in humdrum saloons such as the Standard Eight, Pennant and Vanguard.
supplied by Octane Books, Auckland
The prolific Graham Robson was manager of the Standard-triumph competitions department during the early 1960s, and was in charge of the development and management of the works TR4S, Spitfires and 2000s — so as an insider, he’s the perfect man to write the tale of the works Triumphs.
It includes full details of every car that came out of Triumph’s competition