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Triumphant rally in the grounds of Wroxall Abbey

Wednesday, 02 August 2017

Triumphant rally in the grounds of Wroxall Abbey
Triumphant rally in the grounds of Wroxall Abbey
The weekend of 10th and 11th June had been chosen for the Pre-1940 Triumph Motor Club’s 2017 annual rally at the beautiful Wroxall Abbey Hotel in Warwickshire. Wroxall is a simply lovely venue. The long majestic driveway from the main road led the drivers to the front of this magnificent Grade II listed Victorian building, which exudes traditional elegance and grandeur. 
Following a terrific breakfast on Saturday, a splendidly restored and maintained 1966 Bristol continental touring coach, sporting the livery of the original owners – Hants and Dorset Motor Services, arrived to take members on a sight-seeing journey around Warwick, Stratford upon Avon and the local environs. In those days cruising speed and top speed were viewed as one and the same, and, as if to prove she still could, Phil the owner slipped through the crash gearbox and gave us a taste of 1960s travel at 55 mph!
By early morning on Sunday the hotel lawns were filling with a variety of cars representing the best of the Triumph Motor Company’s production through the late 1920s and 30s. The larger saloons and roadsters at the back, near to the house and the smaller and sporty cars towards the front - a very creditable 28 cars had been assembled.
This year brought some very interesting cars on display, including a 1936 Gloria short saloon (JC3754), owned by Mike Goddard which was a 21st birthday present. The car has been in the same family for nearly 70 years, and had been under restoration for 10 years.
Another interesting car was a lovely yellow and black 1938 Gloria Fourteen Six-Light Saloon (ACL 991)owned by the event organiser, Martin Johnston-Howe. It had been meticulously restored over the last two years and rarely before restoration seen in the Club.
The Triumph Dolomites were well represented with eight cars on display. This included a recently re-imported from Australia 1939 Triumph Dolomite 1.5 litre Sports Saloon, the second to “newest” car on display. The car was exported in 1956 to Australia where it was owned by a pilot, before the current owner purchased and brought it back to the UK a few months ago. 
At the other end of the Triumph manufacturing period, was a rare 1929 Triumph Super Seven Coach built Saloon owned by Roger Janson. This car is original to the point that it had all of its original documents and sales materials and receipts in the name of the current owner’s grandfather. A real time warp!
The event also attracted several sole survivors including Brian Bishop’s 1936 Gloria 2-Ltre Vitesse Tourer which he has owned since the early 1960s. It is the only one of its type recorded.
Three nicely resorted Triumph Gloria Southern Cross two seater sports cars were on display, two of them being the later 1936 models.
The Club’s communal picnic lunch in the June sunshine rolled into an afternoon of pleasant conversation, technical discussions and general admiration of people’s efforts to restore, maintain and run the cars  treasured so much and, as is always the case, it was all over too quickly. 

The club is going from strength to strength and currently has just under 300 members the highest in its history. More details of the club can be obtained from Graham Shipman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Club is particularly pleased to hear from those who previously owned pre 1940 Triumphs and may have documents or photos to share. 




Tuesday, 25 July 2017

OpelSeen in Tbilisi when organizing the Peaks of the Caucasus rally (link: You would not expect any potential participants in Georgia. But apparently there are pre-war cars even if they are for sale.

VSCC Formula Vintage Cadwell Park

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


CNHMTC helps Newbury, NH with Old Home Day

Monday, 17 July 2017

On behalf of club members who participated, Steve & Debbie Sanborn (tour organizers, in what I believe was a 20s touring with top up), Vinny, Pat & Jake Greco (in their 23-touring with top up), Nancy (our A member) with Mr. T Clark, club Secretary Ken & Sandy LeBlanc (1923 touring with top up), Warren & Hunter (a.k.a. my shadow) Henderson (the only members brave enough to have their, 1-man top down while touring) I want to THANK Steve and Debbie for putting on yet another great tour! We traveled over some of the most scenic back roads (paved and dirt) to be found in the State of New Hampshire on our 55-mile trip from Bow to Newbury. There we had reserved parking at the town dock and enjoyed picnic lunches while displaying our vehicles for the Old Home Day Celebration. There were many things to see and do, Steve and Debbie even arranged to have the cars washed while we ate lunch! Later we continued touring (using routes NH-103 & US 202) on the 28-mile trip to Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton for a mandatory ice cream stop!! Ken and Sandy had over 175 total miles leaving and returning from Haverhill, Mass., Steve and Debbie, living in Newbury, NH had more miles than I did. I myself had a total of 111 miles in Taurus (my 1926 Model T touring), It goes without saying, we all enjoyed another fantastic tour with club members and wish that more of you could have been along for the ride with us.

Happy motoring,
Warren Henderson


Saturday, 15 July 2017


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