Tri­umphant re­turn to Santa Pod

More than 150 Tri­umphs joined hun­dreds of other clas­sics at the UK’s home of drag rac­ing

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About -

Splic­ing to­gether two words to come up with a new one is all the rage at the mo­ment (no­body calls it ‘Bri­tish Exit’ – it’s ‘Brexit’) and here we have the ‘Tri­umph Fes­ti­val’ or, as the or­gan­is­ers be­hind this event the Tri­umph Sports Six Club pre­fer to call it, ‘Tri­umFest’ – a show which aims to be just as mod­ern in its ap­proach in its at­tempt to woo younger en­thu­si­asts.

This is the sec­ond year that Tri­umFest has been held at Santa Pod as part of the venue’s wider Retro Show, which at­tracts a broad cross-sec­tion of mar­ques, no­tably those pop­u­lar with mod­i­fiers.

Tri­umFest is a week­end-long show within a show, although Sun­day sees the num­ber of Tri­umphs bol­stered by the Stan­dard Tri­umph Fo­rum Mar­que Day, which saw other Tri­umph clubs – the TR Reg­is­ter, Tri­umph 2000 2500 2.5 Reg­is­ter, Club Tri­umph and Stag Own­ers’ Club – in ad­di­tion to the Stan­dard Mo­tor Club, join the Tri­umph Sports Six Stan­dard-Tri­umph cars as pos­si­ble. Ed­i­tor of the TSSC’s club mag

Courier, Bernard Robin­son, said: ‘ We de­cided to sup­port Santa Pod and the Retro Show be­cause un­less you get in­volved with the whole clas­sic move­ment things can get a lit­tle in­su­lar.

‘ What we’re also at­tempt­ing to do is put the cars in front of a whole new au­di­ence. A lot of the guys don’t know a lot about our cars. But they come here and see a GT6 or a Vitesse or a Spit­fire or a Stag and their eyes light up.’

The drag strip action is at the heart of Retro Show and it was good to see plenty of Tri­umphs tak­ing part. £25 paid for as many runs as driv­ers could squeeze into the day. They could ‘race’ the car along­side, even when it was sim­ply too ob­vi­ous a win­ner for it to be con­sid­ered com­pet­i­tive – ex­em­pli­fied by the Mor­ris Mi­nor MM up against a Ford Capri MkI V6 that went so slow as not to ac­tu­ally post a time. It’s all fun to watch and the crowd cheers re­gard­less of how im­pres­sive your quar­ter-mile time ac­tu­ally is.

Other high­lights at Retro Show in­cluded a show ‘n’ shine com­pe­ti­tion, fun fair, a live rock­a­billy band, plus jet drag­ster demon­stra­tions – plenty to fill a whole week­end, for retro and Tri­umph fans alike.

’We’re at­tempt­ing to put the cars in front of a whole new au­di­ence’

Iain MacPher­son’s Vitesse is pow­ered by a 2500 sa­loon 2.5-litre en­gine, plus a GT6 dif­fer­en­tial. ‘Tri­umph had such an ex­ten­sive range of cars, I’ve al­ways felt Tri­umph is a mar­que for ev­ery­one,’ ex­plains TSSC mag ed­i­tor, Bernard Robin­son. Broth­ers Chris and Ian Bodill have su­per­charged their Tri­umph Stag’s V8 re­sult­ing in what Chris sug­gests is around 260bhp.

‘I don’t think it’s go­ing to be par­tic­u­larly quick but it will sound great!’ said Santa Pod strip first-timer Adam Pos­ner, who was at the event with his son Dar­ren in his 1980 Tri­umph TR7. He’s owned the car for the past 31 years. The yel­low 1974 Stag is Mark Con­nell’s first clas­sic, which he bought four years ago, while the blue 1975 Stag be­longs to Ray Pile, who’s owned it for 32 years. They trav­elled over from Colchester in con­voy for this year’s event. 23 years and 47,000 miles later, Paul Richard­son is still in love with his TR3, a sports car he aims to use as much as he can. He of­ten takes the car on reg­u­lar trips abroad, most re­cently to Spa Fran­cor­champs in May.

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