Honour for BL designer at NEC
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Harris Mann, the British Leyland design legend who penned iconic classic Seventies’ motors such as the Austin Princess and Triumph TR7, has been presented with the Standard Triumph Forum’s Harry Webster Award. He was given the trophy at the NEC Classic Motor Show.
The Standard Triumph Forum is an umbrella organisation, bringing together all Triumph clubs to carry out initiatives on behalf of the community.
Harris, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, said: ‘I’m humbled to receive this and thanks to all the club members who treated me to both the award and the lovely British Ley land themed cake I had the pleasure to cut.’
PC editor Danny Hopkins said it was well deserved: ‘Harris is known for going above and beyond in spending time with his fans. He’s always happy to chat with them about his life and work, which never fails to delight them.
‘Approachable, affable and informed, he, at 80, is an inspiration to us all.’
The TR Drivers Club display included examples of Harris’ work in patriotic colours, from a red Austin Princess, to a blue TR7 for which he is
best known, and a white MG X Power SV. Members of the
Practical Classics team paid their own tribute in having a Triumph TR7 on the magazine stand, celebrating both Harris’ remarkable work and the 50th anniversary of British Leyland.
Harris taking on the TR Youth Group’s Tr7-shaped ‘beat the buzzer’ game.