The Tri­umph Tro­phy Bi­ble

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT - By Harry Wool­ridge

144 pages soft cover ISBN: 978-1-845849-74-0 Pub­lished by Ve­loce Dis­trib­uted by Ren­niks (02) 9695 7055 RRP: $87.50

By sheer co­in­ci­dence this book ar­rived to co­in­cide with our fea­ture story on the Tri­umph Tro­phy in this is­sue. This is an ex­tremely com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age that traces the lin­eage of what be­came the TR5 back to the wartime 350 twin first pro­duced in 1940. The hand­some and func­tional TR5 went on to many post war suc­cesses in the ISDT and do­mes­tic events, be­ing re­fined into a swing­ing arm model in 1953. That ISDT her­itage con­tin­ued with the in­tro­duc­tion of the 650cc TR6 and reached its epoch in the form of the TR5T, a Tri­umph/BSA hy­brid that car­ried the Bri­tish team in 1973. The book thor­oughly traces the tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ment of all these mod­els as well as the road­ster Tro­phies that re­main im­mensely col­lectable ma­chines to­day. There is also a colour chart list­ing the fac­tory fin­ishes for each year, a valu­able source of in­for­ma­tion for the re­storer. The au­thor Harry Wool­ridge knows his stuff, hav­ing worked at Tri­umphs for thirty years, in­clud­ing at the Meri­den Co-op­er­a­tive as War­ranty/Ser­vice Man­ager un­til its clo­sure in 1983.

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