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75 Years of


30 - 31st May 1998
Heritage Motoring Centre, Gaydon

Triumph 10/20

This Triumph 10/20 built in 1923 is the oldest surviving Triumph car and the only example of this model known to exist. It was brought over from Northern Ireland especially for this event.

1998 marks the 75th anniversary of the first Triumph car being produced. This landmark was celebrated by over 5000 Triumph enthusiasts at the Heritage Motoring Centre at Gaydon in May. The weekends events started on Saturday Evening with a Celebration Dinner organised by Triumph author, historian and former works competition manager Graham Robson. More than 400 enthusiasts attended along with special invited celebrity guests from Triumph's history. These included:-

Following an excellent meal we were treated to first class after dinner speech by former Standard Triumph works rally co-driver Stuart Turner. After the formalities there was an opportunity for those attending to collect autographs.

In the Heritage Motoring Centre's rooftop restaurant there was an alternative informal supper.

The main event took place on Sunday and Triumph owners turned up in their thousands. By 11:00AM Gaydon staff claimed that they had reached 'meltdown' as every parking space on the site was occupied by a Triumph, and new arrivals had to be diverted into a field across the road.

Super Seven

Super Seven

An early example of a Super Seven, the car responsible for establishing Triumph's early reputation.
Around the outside of the museum the magnificent display of historic vehicles was lined up. These ranged from the earliest Triumph known, a 10/20 model from 1923, to the last Triumph to come off the assembly line, a 1984 Acclaim. John Quiney of the Pre-1940 Triumph Owners Club organised the pre-war part of display with a superb line up of cars representative of that Era.This included cars such as the Super Sevens which established Triumphs reputation in the 1920s, the Glorias of the 1930s and the extravagant Dolomites & Vitesses from the old company's final years.

Le Mans TR8

Le Mans TR8

This ver y special TR8 was built for the Le Mans 24hr race in 1981
The post war part of the display was organised by our own Bill Bolton and included an impressive line up of competion cars including two Le Mans cars, the TR2 which finished 15th in 1954 and the TR8 built for the 1981 race.

Dolomite Straight 8

This is one of two surviving Straight 8 Dolomites built in 1934
Dolomite Straight 8 engine
The engine was almost a direct copy of an Alfa Romeo design.
The most historic vehicle in the display was housed inside the museum. This was the Dolomite Straight Eight, one of only 2 surviving out of 3 built in 1934. Although largely copied from an Alfa Romeo design, it achieved competition success, notably when driven by Donald Healey in the Monte Carlo Rally of 1936.

2000 Mk1

2000 mk 1

This Triumph 2000 Mk1 completed the London Sydney Marathon in 1968
Elsewhere in the Heritage Centre the participating clubs had set up a display of artifacts and documents from Triumph history. The TR Register had TS2 on display, the oldest home market TR which is now in the process of restoration. Club Triumph had a display of documents and memorabilia from the clubs long history and that of it's predecessors, the TAA, STAA & TSOC.

After lunch there was a question and answer session with notable figures from Triumph history including works drivers and Standard Triumph design engineers.

Freeflow Vitesse

free flow vitesse

This unique free-flow Vitesse was awarded car of the show.
At the end of the day awards were presented for car of the show. A difficult choice with so many unique examples on display, but the judges decided to give top honours to the free flow Vitesse of Rob Green.

Triumph Acclaim

Last Acclaim

This Acclaim was the last Triumph car to come off the production line in 1984, ending the Triumph Marque as a car manufacturer.

Although the Triumph name as a car manufacturer officially died in 1984 when the last Acclaim rolled off the production line, the enthusiasm of the club officials and helpers who organised the event, the historic vehicle owners who turned up with their cars, and above all, the thousands of ordinary Triumph owners who attended have ensured that the Triumph marque will continue to be prominent in peoples minds.

The Heritage Motor Centre wish to continue the event as an annual Standard Triumph Marque Day, although it seems unlikely that an event on this scale can be repeated, until, perhaps, the centenary in 2023

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