‘ That was when Triumph really started hitting the big time’
Dave Lilley, MD of Jack Lilley MC
“I remember Dad coming back from the Cologne Show in 1990 and saying we were going to get Triumph. At the time, if I’m honest, I didn’t pay much attention. I was more interested in girls and going out. But they did very well. Initially people were mostly buying because they were British but it grew from there. Dad was really behind it and there was an excitement from the public in general in it being a British marque. Things then progressed from there. “The Speed Triple was probably the first one that really got people excited, the marketing and brochures improved and were very English. Then the T595 came out. I think we had nearly 120 orders for those and on the 1st of August 1997 the showroom was like a sea of yellow.
“That was when Triumph really started hitting the big time, with that and the T509.
“I love those original bikes. It’s part of our history, part of Triumph’s history, and I’m a firm believer it’s not just about the new stuff – everything’s got to come from somewhere. The proof of that is now people are looking for early Hinckley bikes and they are becoming collectable. The T595 will be the next one.
“To me there’s a whole industry and thousands and thousands of people who owe everything to just one man: John Bloor. If it wasn’t for him investing his money we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing today.”