Supporting Enthusiasts of Traditional British Triumph Sports Cars
The TR Register has been providing support, information and expertise to owners of the classic Triumph TR sports cars that epitomise the traditional British sports car
Founded in 1970 The TR Register has grown to be one of the foremost one-make clubs in the world. It is a club for owners of all Triumph TR sports cars models from the TR2 to the TR7 and TR8. All were low-slung two-seat roadsters except for the TR7/8 which were built as both coupes and convertibles.
Brief History of Triumph TR Sports Cars
The club owns and has fully restored TS2 the second TR ever built and the precursor to the production TR2.
Although there were other variants the key dates in the model history are:
- 1953-1955 TR2 2litre 4 cylinder 90 hp engine
- 1955-1957 TR3 2litre 4 cylinder 95 hp engine, front disc brakes from 1956
- 1957-1961 TR3A 2litre later 2.14 litre 4 cylinder 95/ 100 hp engine
- 1961-1965 TR4 2.14 litre 4 cylinder 100 hp engine, completely new body shape
- 1965-1967 TR4A 2.14 litre 4 cylinder 104 hp engine, independent rear suspension
- 1967-1968 TR5 2.5 litre 6 cylinder 150hp engine, detuned TR250 variant for the USA
- 1968-1976 TR6 2.5 litre 6 cylinder 150hp engine, new body style
- 1977-1981 TR7 2litre 4 cylinder 105hp, unitary construction, new body style including coupe
- 1979-1981 TR8 3.5litre V8 133 hp engine, mostly exported
The TR marque ceased in 1981 but has been actively supported since by the TR Register.
All models were used successfully in competition and still feature in historic motorsport events around the world.
Derivatives: Italia, Swallow Doretti, Peerless and Warwick
There were many independent car builders who used the Triumph TR as the basis for their own interpretation and helped build the tradition of the British sports car. The TR Register provides support and expertise to owners of these cars.
Comprehensive Services For TR Register Members
For its modest subscription (see the web site: www.tr-register.co.uk ) the TR Register provides a comprehensive range of services. The club’s headquarters in Oxfordshire house the archive and library, a most valuable resource for any classic car club, which is manned by five permanent employees.
TR Action Magazine
Every six weeks the club sends TR Action to its members. A substantial full-colour magazine it covers all aspects of the clubs activities from news to detailed restoration project progress reports. Of course there is the all-important cars for sale/ wanted section which enables these historic cars to stay within the community of TR enthusiasts.
TR Register Insurance Deals
The TR Register has negotiated its own insurance scheme with a major insurance broker tailor matched to the needs of TR owners. It covers everything from laid up cars to cars to those that need unlimited mileage cover because they are used every day. Cover for Uninsured loss protection and European breakdown recovery is standard.
Motorsport and Other Events
There are popular race, sprint and hillclimb TR Register championships and also a TR Register Rally Challenge run as part of the Historic Rally Car Register series. The club, and its members, provide help and advice to members wishing to prepare their TR for competition.
There are many other events from low-key competition such as gymkhanas and treasure hunts as well as more social activities such as rallies, car shows. The TR Register is well represented at major classic car shows such as the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November.
The club has a technical editor to answer detailed technical enquiries but many questions can be answered through the individual model registers who have specialist knowledge and experience of their particular model.
There is also an active network of support through the model registers and the local groups. The TR Register also has close links with specialist spares suppliers and restorers many of whom give member discounts.
Technical seminars are organised and have included series built around the restoration of a “Project Car”. The club also runs a Spares Development Fund to help get rare or unavailable spare parts manufactured. Fortunately the spares situation for the TR range is very good and parts are available around the world through the internet and mail order.
An Active Social Community
The club has a network of some fifty local groups around the UK and Channel Islands. These groups are the first port of call for advice and support on any matter relating to TR sports cars and their derivatives.
Associated with the local groups is an active social scene including motoring holidays, tours in Europe, and beyond, to meet other enthusiasts and attend events. All takes part in the company of like-mined TR enthusiasts. Many groups have regular meeting usually in a suitable hostelry within their area.
A Club for All TR Sports Car Fans
The TR Register provides a comprehensive service for lovers of these very British sports cars
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