Some­thing fa­mil­iar about your Tri­umph Stag pho­tos...

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

As a proud new owner of a Tri­umph Stag, I bought your 7 June is­sue to read the ar­ti­cle on the car be­com­ing a clas­sic car hero. I spent sev­eral min­utes look­ing at the pic­ture of the en­gine bay think­ing how closely it re­sem­bled mine, be­fore I looked at the main pic­ture and re­alised it was my car! I did not re­alise these pic­tures ex­isted.

What’s even more bizarre is that I have just proved the the­ory of your ar­ti­cle in that the Stag makes a fine long-dis­tance cruiser. I have just com­pleted a 1000-mile round trip to the Spa Clas­sic at Fran­cor­champs in Bel­gium with 22 other like-minded in­di­vid­u­als in a se­lec­tion of 12 var­i­ous mar­que clas­sics.

Hav­ing not com­pleted a long drive be­fore, it nearly all ended in dis­as­ter when we ground to a halt on the M25, en route to the ferry, with a com­plete

loss of power. With the help of break­down as­sis­tance, we limped to Faver­sham Clas­sics, who fit­ted a new al­ter­na­tor in no time, so that we were able to make the next ferry and ar­rived in Dieppe in a bib­li­cal rain­storm.

I gin­gerly started the Stag the next morn­ing and from that mo­ment on my love for the car grew and grew. The weather im­proved and 11 hours later, via a planned cir­cuitous route, we ar­rived in Malm­edy with­out another mur­mur, feel­ing fresher than we would have done in a mod­ern car.

The re­turn trip was equally trou­ble­free and my de­light at the noise of the V8 with the roof down was with­out com­pare. I started the trip in a car I had bought from some­one else and fin­ished the trip in a car I love.

Julian Tyler, Strat­ford upon Avon, War­wick­shire

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