NEW ZEALAND CLAS­SIC CAR AU­TO­MO­BILIA Col­lectible Mod­els / Life­style / Book and DVD Re­views – Edited by James Black

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Rid­dle me this … can you iden­tify all th­ese ro­tary-pow­ered cars (plus one mo­tor­cy­cle)?

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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.

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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

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