Har­ris Mann’s ca­reer to be cel­e­brated at NEC

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A spe­cial stand at the Lan­caster In­surance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show, with Dis­cov­ery, is to cel­e­brate Har­ris Mann’s 15-year ca­reer at British Ley­land, as well as his 80th birth­day ear­lier this year.

Mann, who be­gan his BL stint in 1968, spent the next decade cre­at­ing some of Bri­tain’s most di­vi­sive and dis­tinc­tive au­to­mo­tive shapes – no­tably the Al­le­gro, Princess and Tri­umph TR7 mod­els.

His­tory has reap­praised these cars and reaf­firmed their sig­nif­i­cance – even if the

Al­le­gro and ‘Wedge’ did not roll off the pro­duc­tion lines in quite the forms en­vis­aged by Har­ris. Al­though he left what was then known as Austin Rover in 1983, he con­tin­ued free­lance, col­lab­o­rat­ing with Peter Stevens on what be­came the MG X-Power SV su­per­car. In recog­ni­tion of Har­ris’ achieve­ments, the TR Driv­ers’ Club has split its dis­play at the NEC; lo­cated in Hall 4, Stand 390, half its al­lo­cated floor space will be ded­i­cated to his most sig­nif­i­cant cars.

John Clancy, TR Driv­ers’ Club of­fi­cial, said: ‘Har­ris is our hon­orary pres­i­dent and styled the TR7. As the TR7 range of cars are the main rai­son d’être for the TR Driv­ers’ Club’s ex­is­tence we ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing that Har­ris did in 1971 to pen some­thing that proved to be so won­der­fully con­tro­ver­sial and, ul­ti­mately, his­toric.

‘We plan to dis­play a red Princess, a gen­uine blue TR7 Sprint and a white MG X-Power SV which have been specif­i­cally cho­sen to rep­re­sent a pa­tri­otic colour scheme – and to show­case some of the his­toric and fu­tur­is­tic cars Har­ris was ei­ther in­volved with or wholly re­spon­si­ble for.’

The 80th birth­day of BL de­signer Har­ris Mann will be marked at this year’s NEC show.

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