Record TR2 re­turns to Bel­gium

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - tr-regis­

A record-break­ing Tri­umph has driven back to the venue where it smashed a speed record in 1953.

This Tri­umph TR2 ‘Jabbeke’ re­turned to the Bel­gian town last Satur­day (20 May) to cel­e­brate it be­ing re­stored ex­actly 64 years af­ter it broke a speed record.

Ar­guably one of the most sig­nif­i­cant Tri­umph sports cars of all time, the TR2 Jabbeke edi­tion was built in 1952, and achieved a speed close to 125mph in May 1953 in Jabbeke. This broke the world speed record for 2.0-litre stan­dard pro­duc­tion cars, and ce­mented its sta­tus in au­to­mo­tive his­tory.

Af­ter a long pe­riod spent in pri­vate own­er­ship, it has been ex­ten­sively re­built to record-break­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tion by Glen Hewett of Protek engi­neer­ing in Walling­ford, Ox­ford­shire.

Glen says: ‘ To be back in the town where this lit­tle Bri­tish sports car made mo­tor­ing his­tory was amaz­ing. It was a won­der­ful event to be in­volved in and has made the gru­elling 14-month restoration all worth­while.’

Wayne Scott, head of PR for the TR Regis­ter says: ‘ The car was joined by more than 30 TRs from the TR Regis­ter car club, rep­re­sent­ing all eras of the TR mar­que that the land speed record car gave rise to. There in front of large num­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic and local dig­ni­taries the car and Glen posed for pho­to­graphs and interviews be­fore head­ing out once again onto the roads around Jabbeke in scenes rem­i­nis­cent of the press at­ten­tion the car drew on 20th May 1953.’

Owner/re­storer Glen He­witt (right) poses with TR Regis­ter chair­man Paul Ho­gan.

Glen He­witt and MVC led a colour­ful lineup of Tri­umph TRs on the big day.

Aero screen and slip­pery body­work helped TR2 to just shy of 125mph back in May 1953.

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