Harris Mann’s career to be celebrated at NEC
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.