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kin74
March 13, 2017, 9:14am Report to Moderator


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Still a long way to go but... last day I met some friends who I tried to involve in the next RBRR. The success exceeded any expectations and, actually, four of us are interested in the run. We now started to plan it and set two deadlines:
- October 2017: guess if.
- October 2018: guess how.

I'd like to ask a couple of things:
1. Is a four-person team allowed to run? Have anyone done it before?
2. Do you know if an Italian team ever run?

Needless to say, these are the first two of maaaaany questions I'll ask you in the next months.  


Triumph In Italy

1964 Spitfire 4 (sold)
1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
1969 GT6 Mk2 (running)
1975 Spitfire 1500 (sold)
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Tim Hunt
March 13, 2017, 10:35am Report to Moderator

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No problem entering a four man team, we have had a few over the years. I cannot recall a team from Italy ever taking part but someone may be along shortly to put me right on this. Remember that the actual entrant of any car must be a member of Club Triumph. and based on recent experience you will need to get the entries in rapido as soon as the regs are published.

Tim
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kin74
March 13, 2017, 12:40pm Report to Moderator


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Thank you Tim, I'm aware of the CT membership and we will provide as soon as we'll solve some problems. Then we'll cross-finger about the entrance.


Triumph In Italy

1964 Spitfire 4 (sold)
1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
1969 GT6 Mk2 (running)
1975 Spitfire 1500 (sold)
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timbancroft61
March 13, 2017, 6:12pm Report to Moderator

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If entering as a four man team, you will need a car that can take four people, Triumph 2000/2500, Dolomite, Herald, Acclaim or Vitesse being the obvious choices.


Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run (Part of the organising team, what a team)!
RBRR is the best car event in the UK, not probably, it is!

1970 GT6 Mk.2: Royal Blue 6 RBRRs (98, 00,02,04,06 & 10), 2 10CRs (03 & 07). 2 HCRs 1 LCC, lots of Autosolos and numerous track days. Bought in 1983, crikey where did the time go! Now running the Roy Lacey cooling system!

1969 2.5Pi Mk.1: Slate Grey 3 10CRs (05,09 & 15), 3 RBRRs (08, 12 & 16), 3 HCRs, 2 LCCs. A few alloy panels, does need the pi kit fitting. Bought April '04. Needs paint! Just fitted some new 7J Minilites-not copies!

1967 Spitfire mk2: Wedgewood Blue. Bought November 2010. Almost seems civilised. Car has done a RBRR (Dave Picton 2010). Blimey, could be on the road soon!
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thescrapman
March 13, 2017, 6:33pm Report to Moderator

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Only issue 4 up is lack of space.

Sleeping across the back seat when3 up is good.

Sleeping with your head on a mates shoulder is no so...

Cheers


Schadenfreude expert and collector of assorted rusty Triumphs on the Essex/Suffolk Border.

2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 CT Navigators Championship winner.

10CR 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 2013 - RBRR 1990, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 - Nachtrit 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 - Chinese rally 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 - HCR 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 (3rd place), 2014. 2015, 2017

On the road.
1968 Spitfire Mk3 : 1973 TR6 : 1967 Herald 1200 Estate 1970 : 1968 Mk1 2.5PI 1968
Off the road
1967 Moss Monaco (Mk1 GT6 based) : 1970 Spitfire Mk4 : 1970 Mk2 2000 auto  : 1964 Mk1 2000  : Mk2 2.5PI
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ferny
March 13, 2017, 7:02pm Report to Moderator

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I recommend something with a straight six and four doors. Acclaims and Dolomites will be cramped in the back and underpowered for four adults. Tge boots are far bigger for spares and supplies.

Even better would be two cars and six people. Plenty of room for chop and change to ease tiredness and only the car in front needs a navigator if you find it harder than expected.


Acclaim - fully working and on the road
13/60 Herald - mx5 powered and other such fun things, legal enough...
Mk1 2000 - it's still alive, just sleeping
Expert 815d - the slug

If in doubt, do up until you hear the crack and then go another 1/4 turn to ensure tightness.
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kin74
March 14, 2017, 8:10am Report to Moderator


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Thanks for your suggestions. We're still considering every options but - even if I was quite surprised to realize that all the guys I talked to want to run - I'm afraid it would be quite hard to find two more crazy guys.

We currently own two seaters only (I refuse to consider my Vitesse convertible suitable for more than two adults) but we found a 2500 Mk2 which could be fine after some work. We even guess if it would be possible to borrow/rent the car(s) there to avoid the travel cost (and time) to/from UK.


Triumph In Italy

1964 Spitfire 4 (sold)
1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
1969 GT6 Mk2 (running)
1975 Spitfire 1500 (sold)
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Saltddirk
March 14, 2017, 9:03pm Report to Moderator

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This year entries included a Herald with 4 adults (might have been a vitesse but Im rather sure it was a herald)
I did quizz them about the lack of space but they thought it was OK..

Having said that 3 seems to be ideal, one driving, one navigating, one sleeping....

D


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kin74
March 17, 2017, 8:07am Report to Moderator


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Quoted from Saltddirk
This year entries included a Herald with 4 adults (might have been a vitesse but Im rather sure it was a herald)
I did quizz them about the lack of space but they thought it was OK..

Having said that 3 seems to be ideal, one driving, one navigating, one sleeping....

I don't know if the saloon (was it a saloon?) is roomier, but I'm quite short and I can't imagine to spent hours on the back seat of my Vitesse.
I agree with you about the 3 ppl team.


Triumph In Italy

1964 Spitfire 4 (sold)
1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
1969 GT6 Mk2 (running)
1975 Spitfire 1500 (sold)
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Tim Hunt
March 17, 2017, 8:56am Report to Moderator

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Yes Dirk is right and it was an 1147cc Herald as well!! Just shows what is possible.

Tim
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Ian Perry
May 22, 2017, 8:54am Report to Moderator
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Quoted from kin74
Thanks for your suggestions. We're still considering every options but - even if I was quite surprised to realize that all the guys I talked to want to run - I'm afraid it would be quite hard to find two more crazy guys.

We currently own two seaters only (I refuse to consider my Vitesse convertible suitable for more than two adults) but we found a 2500 Mk2 which could be fine after some work. We even guess if it would be possible to borrow/rent the car(s) there to avoid the travel cost (and time) to/from UK.



If struggling for space, you could of course team up with others already here in the UK to make two teams of three out of a team of two and a team of four. Stick together throughout the route, solve each others' problems and swap round between the cars as you want. You'll find everyone on the RBRR is uber-friendly (and not in a private hire taxi sort of way).

I did RBRR a couple of times in the 90s but then stopped owning Triumphs for a bit - now back in the fold and looking forward to the 2018 event
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kin74
May 29, 2017, 7:35am Report to Moderator


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I wonder if anybody here would hire his Triumph for the Run...

I already contacted many car hires but, predictably, they all said no: 2000 miles in a weekend are too much for classic cars which are supposed to run 50-100 miles per day and a potential break down makes the rent economically risky. An enthusiast would better comprehend the situation, assuming that he's prone to let his car driven by a bunch of unknown strangers.

I know for sure that, in the past, some US guys bought a Triumph in the UK just for the Run. It could be a valid option if someone there could take care of the car before the RBRR, but how did they manage the insure it?


Triumph In Italy

1964 Spitfire 4 (sold)
1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
1969 GT6 Mk2 (running)
1975 Spitfire 1500 (sold)
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thescrapman
May 29, 2017, 8:20am Report to Moderator

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Could you put a UK car on your insurance?

The American guys insured through Haggartys I think (though they came over for the 10CR) . Another guy used to bring his car over from the US to take part in the RBRR, I think he also used the same company.

I am sure a master plan will slowly evolve and you will be able to do it.

Cheers

Colin


Schadenfreude expert and collector of assorted rusty Triumphs on the Essex/Suffolk Border.

2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 CT Navigators Championship winner.

10CR 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 2013 - RBRR 1990, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 - Nachtrit 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 - Chinese rally 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 - HCR 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 (3rd place), 2014. 2015, 2017

On the road.
1968 Spitfire Mk3 : 1973 TR6 : 1967 Herald 1200 Estate 1970 : 1968 Mk1 2.5PI 1968
Off the road
1967 Moss Monaco (Mk1 GT6 based) : 1970 Spitfire Mk4 : 1970 Mk2 2000 auto  : 1964 Mk1 2000  : Mk2 2.5PI
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TedTaylor
May 29, 2017, 9:28am Report to Moderator

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With my group policy with Peter James which includes all my Triumphs I simply add other person (or two) when I need to have extra drivers (like the RBRR).

Not sure how they would react about people from abroad or if it was my car and I was not with it, but PDJ are very understanding and flexible especially where fund raising for charity is concerned.  If I could help on this with them (Peter is a friend of mine) let me know.

MUT


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NAM616G Morris 1800 London Sydney/Monte/World Cup (awaiting restoration)
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Tim Hunt
May 30, 2017, 10:48am Report to Moderator

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The other guy from the US to whom Colin refers is Pat Barber. For the 2012 RBRR he came over to co-drive my TR4A. My insurance company (Footman James) was happy to put him on my policy for the weekend and made no charge for that. However, since he did not have a UK driving licence I had to accept a £1,000 excess when he was driving.

Tim
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