Start­ing HAN­DLE

Wayne Scott on open­ing the 2017 Bri­tish Grand Prix in a TR2

Practical Classics (UK) - - CLASSIC WORLD -

My heart was pound­ing, mouth dry and a con­stant tin­gle of ex­cite­ment was run­ning through me. My mind was go­ing over and over the few sim­ple things that I re­ally couldn’t mess up for the 28 Tri­umph TRS be­hind me and the mil­lions of fans watch­ing around the world. We were about to drive F1 su­per­stars around Sil­ver­stone to of­fi­cially open the 2017 Bri­tish Grand Prix!

The meet­ings, ne­go­ti­a­tions, pa­per­work and nights stuff­ing passes into en­velopes were sud­denly for­got­ten. Along with ev­ery­one else I was savour­ing ev­ery sec­ond of it. I re­alise it is a cliché to talk about an at­mo­sphere be­ing elec­tric, but right then, the enor­mity of this event was in­escapable. As we formed up on white lines that would be ar­rang­ing the For­mula One cars just mo­ments later, a mas­sive roar en­gulfed us from the thou­sands of fans as the F1 stars filed out, found their stick­ered-up TRS and clam­bered in. A gag­gle of pho­tog­ra­phers hud­dled around, shout­ing for us to look this way and that. I was driv­ing TS2, the first right-hand drive Tri­umph TR built. To my left was the Jabbeke land speed record-break­ing TR2 and be­hind, a grid full of TRS rep­re­sent­ing 30 years of the mod­els, end­ing with a works rally TR8.

As we drove around the cir­cuit, I could just catch glimpses of the gleam­ing mass of TRS on the track­side TV screens. At ev­ery bend in the cir­cuit, the grand­stands erupted with cheers and ap­plause as the fans’ he­roes came into view, with the big­gest noise re­served, of course, for Lewis Hamilton. He went on to win the 2017 Bri­tish Grand Prix and I’d like to think that the ado­ra­tion he got while perched on the back of Ian Smith’s Tri­umph TR2 is what gave him the edge that day. But for me, and the mem­bers of the TR Reg­is­ter, it was a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence F1 star­dom in a unique moment that we will all re­mem­ber for the rest of our lives.

‘We got to ex­pe­ri­ence F1 star­dom for our­selves’

Wayne and TS2 on the Sil­ver­stone Tar­mac.

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