The 24th Round Britain Reliability Run 2014
The 24th running of one of the oldest events in the Triumph enthusiasts calendar is now due on Friday 3rd October to Sunday 5th October 2014 and we invite entries from Club Triumph members using Triumph or Standard motor cars to participate in what has to be an unique event in the motoring world.
The event was first run in 1966 and is unchanged in its objective to drive around Britain, covering nearly 2000 miles visiting pre-arranged control stops staffed by Club Triumph marshals in 48 hours with no overnight stops. The start and finish will be the now traditional venue of The Plough public house at Crews Hill near Enfield, in Middlesex.
Since the event's 1960s beginnings 958no. crews have successfully completed the event using Triumph cars of all descriptions, Herald 948 to 2.5 Pi, Spitfire 4 to TR8.The RBRR is run every two years and each time proves to be very popular, reflecting the enthusiasm for an event that provides great value and fun. It attempts to prove that motoring in this country can still be pleasant, that Standard Triumph cars are fun and reliable and encourages Club members to use their cars. Surely the reason for owning an old car is to drive the thing!
Since 1990 the RBRR has been run on a charitable basis and entrants have collected over £330,000 for various national Charities. For the 24th RBRR we have chosen the Macmillan Cancer Support, we hope to raise more than we did for in 2012 for Children with Cancer UK, that total being £65,000.00.
For the 24th RBRR the minimum number of entrants will be 15 and the maximum will be 100 after which a reserve list will be operated. The entry fee is £85.00 per person, minimum of two people per car, teams should budget on a cost of £400 - £450 for fuel, oil and the like. Although the principal entrant must be a member of Club Triumph, co-drivers do not need to be, therefore you can ask, blackmail or even press gang family or friends to join in with you! The entry fee covers the cost of admission into Gaydon for the Drivers Meeting that will preview the event, the breakfasts at John O’Groats and Cornwall, snacks at many of the stops, the fully detailed Road Book, the event car stickers, and a finishers award. All successful crews will be to asked to attend the Club’s Annual Dinner during March 2015 at a hotel in Buckinghamshire. At that dinner we will present the Charity cheque to McMillan Cancer Support, the Finishers Awards to successful crews and make some special awards, such as ‘Spirit of the Event’ and ‘Car of the RBRR’.
On Sunday 21st September 2014, Club Triumph will be holding a Drivers Meeting to preview the event. This will be held at the Gaydon Motor Heritage Museum, in Warwickshire. It is felt essential for at least one representative of each crew to attend the Drivers Meeting. McMillan Cancer Support will send along a representative to discuss the Charity with us, and how the collected money will be used. We will also issue the car stickers and the road book. The advisory route within the Road Book will be discussed at length. Advice will be given to assist crews in their preparation and finally a question and answer session will be held. This meeting is a good opportunity for crews to gain a feel for the event, meet other entrants and pick up tips to assist with completion of the RBRR.
As previously mentioned the start is at ‘The Plough’ Crews Hill, the atmosphere and anticipation in the Car Park is surely reason enough to enter the RBRR, it really is a terrific place to be if you like your Triumph cars. It is fair to say that the whole event has a great feeling of camaraderie and all entrants are made to feel welcome and part of the RBRR.
The event has 3 stages, these being London to John O’Groats, John O’Groats to Lands End and Lands End to London. The start is at 18.00 and heads north on the A1 up to the first stop at Blythe Services, just south of Doncaster. A cup of tea and then onto the next stop on the border at Carter Bar and into the Scottish Borders. We visit Edinburgh Airport at about 3.00am on the Saturday morning and crews can take the opportunity to use the facilities in the main terminal building. By now the initial euphoria felt by the crews at the start will have worn off and weariness will start to creep up. After the Airport stop its onto John O’Groats via Inverness and Wick for a well earned breakfast and a wash and brush up at this very Northern tip of the UK mainland.
Now come possibly the best driving roads of the event as crews cross the top of Scotland via Thurso, and then take B873/A836 south down to Altanharra on this marvellous single track road that offers challenges to the drivers and stunning views. The next stop is at the Conon Bridge Hotel which is near Inverness, by now it will be early afternoon and a brief but welcome cuppa and some sandwiches are on offer for the crews. From there on the route skirts Loch Ness, crosses Telford’s Caledonian Canal and heads onto Fort William. The next part is a visual highlight as crews pass through the inspiring mountain ranges of Glen Coe. The roads from Conon Bridge are wide fast A roads that really offer crews the chance to stretch their cars, in fact it could be said that the roads have been designed for use by Triumph motor cars. These roads continue to Stirling for the next Control at Morrison's Garage, a traditional RBRR stop that used to be an old Standard Triumph dealership. Many cars are quickly fettled as the second half of the event starts, cars needing oil top ups and the like. Its weird to think that crews have to get to Lands End for breakfast and onto Enfield for the finish in 24 hours time, in fact some crews look totally alarmed by this realisation!
The crews now drive back into England taking the A74(M) and the M6 as they head to the border, the next stop is at Tebay for a stop at possibly the best motorway service area in the UK. and then onto Oswestry for some single carriageway action! Another great nights driving is now enjoyed in Wales to get to the next control near Llandovery, right in the middle of Wales. This stop at Sugar Loaf is so dark that one will not be able to see one’s hands, shame as the scenery here is stunning. Sugar Loaf was first used in 2010 and has the feel of an old RAC Rally stop, very atmospheric! Next it is onto Bristol and the M5 via the Forest of Dean and the Severn Bridge. If the crews thought the Saturday morning sections were tough, the Sunday morning can be very fatiguing and it can be a struggle to get to Land’s End, the A30 section through Bodmin Moor being particularly tiring.
The third part, possibly the easiest and definitely the busiest section starts after a breakfast at Lands End. Nice roads are enjoyed as crews set off to Bude for a stop at the town's Museum (and more tea) and then into Dartmoor to get to Badgers Holt at Dartmeet. Then its time to head into Dorset to enjoy an early afternoon break at Pimperne for yes, more tea! The final Control will be at the TR Register's offices at Didcot and then onto the M40 and M25 to get to Crews Hill for the finish.
All that driving means 2000 miles in 48 hours, to be successful an average speed of 40mph must be maintained throughout the weekend, a difficult task for modern cars let alone cars 40 years old! At present Nigel Abdullah, our route designer is looking over maps to ensure that the Road Book is accurate and as clear as possible. The route is designed to encompass all types of British roads and be completed by the smaller engine Triumph cars such as the Herald and Toledo. We do not encourage driving at illegal speeds or driving whilst tired, the control stops are only opened at specific times to regulate the speeds of the cars. The event is run to guidelines as stated by the Motor Sport Association and is run under a Touring Assembly Permit as issued by the MSA.
As mentioned above, all types of Triumph cars have been used, the following list shows the successful completions of the different models:
2000/2500 range 279no
TR Chassis 86no
TR Wedge 67no
The RBRR is an addictive event and once completed owners tend to start to think ahead to the next one and what should be done over the next 2 years to improve the car! The delight that shows on the faces of the successful crews at the finish really makes the event special, it is apparent that a lot of the crews suddenly seem full of beans even though they have not slept in a proper bed for possibly 60 hours. It is thought that many would contemplate immediately getting back into the car and having another go!
The RBRR is all about participation in a unique event and the thrill of driving your Triumph car. The condition of the car is irrelevant, they range from immaculate cars to robust ‘daily drivers’, all types are welcome. All types of Triumph made from the TR2 onwards have now taken part in the event, some unusual types have completed the event, last time a Triumph 2500 estate fitted with the Ferguson four wheel drive system completed the RBRR following a lengthy and unique restoration. As with most things in life, the more one puts into something, the better the outcome, so it is recommended that some spannering is undertaken, make sure the car is in good condition! The Club issues advice notes to help with preparation. The event has such a good reputation that 75% of the entry have done the event before, many of these being faces and names from the Triumph culture.
Following the 2012 RBRR, the Club won the 'Classic and Sportscar' 2012 Award for the 'Best Club Run/Rally', in fact many a journalist from the UK old car press take part. Also, the event always attracts entrants from Europe and the USA, some even bring cars from the USA to take part!
You will meet lots of Triumph enthusiasts who love to use their car, maybe forge some enduring friendships and hopefully you will join a group of Triumph owners who have taken part and completed one of the hardest old car events in the UK!
It really is a bit special to be using a trusted Triumph car for a continual 48 hours and to be able to say at the end that one completed the Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run!
Should you require more information please contact the RBRR Organising Team by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be pleased to discuss the event and answer any questions. Please visit the Club’s website, www.club.triumph.org.uk where further information, the list of entered cars and a very active discussion forum can be viewed.
The Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run, a great driving event, a great way to see the United Kingdom, in fact IT IS GREAT FUN!
Club Triumph…. The Club that does.