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New Run for 2017 – Co. Down Run – Sunday 2nd July

We have this new and exciting run to enjoy on this coming Sunday 2nd July! It has been organised by Neill, Tom and Gerald. We plan to meet in the carpark at Dobbies Garden Centre, Saintfield Rd. Lisburn beside the M1 junction at 1.45pm for a 2pm sharp departure.

We will drive from there to the St. Patricks Centre, Downpatrick for a look around and a coffee/toilet break. From there we will move on to Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh. We can take a walk or train ride around the beautiful grounds there. (There is a £4.00 entry fee per car) Its then on to Balloo House Restaurant, 1 Comber Rd, Killinchy for dinner at 5.30pm where we can order from their extensive menu.

Please confirm with Neill before this Friday night if you plan to take part. Tel. no. 07808 058880

Report: Fish & Chip Run 3rd May 2017

11 cars set off from Moira Demesne at 7.15pm in glorious sunshine complete with tulip maps of the route kindly provided by the organisers. The route took us to, and around, picturesque Hillsborough and Dromore. It also stopped off en route at the Harry Ferguson Memorial Garden. Unfortunately our chairman’s (Gerald Thompson) trusty TR4 ground to a halt just 8 miles into our drive. Despite much fiddling with various ignition components the old girl refused to burst into life and so only 10 cars completed the drive. They arrived back at the Tannery at 8.45pm for their fish and chips. We made sure that Gerald and his wife did not miss out on their fish and chips as we delivered theirs to the breakdown site just as the TR4 was being loaded onto a recovery truck.

A big thankyou to Colin McDowell and David Seeds for organising this very successful event. In total 26 people enjoyed their fish and chips.

P.S. – the ignition problem on the TR4 turned out to be a faulty rotor arm!

Mourne Run

The Mourne Run, organised by John McNally and Tom McKinney will take place on Sunday 14th May. I have been informed that this year it would be more accurate to call it the Armagh Run!

It will start at the old B&Q carpark in Craigavon at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm sharp departure. (It is situated in Marlborough Retail Park, Highfield Road, BT64 3AD).

We will be treated to a most interesting tour around the picturesque Armagh countryside. Along the way we will visit Navan Fort just outside Armagh where we can get a cup of tea.

We will finish up at a restaurant around Portadown (yet to be finalised) for our evening meal. Please let John (07517 522922) or Tom (07818 036340) know if you can attend what will undoubtedly be an excellent event.

Fish & Chip Run

Our first outing of 2017, the Fish & Chip Run, organised by Colin McDowell and David Seeds is now just over 2 weeks away. It will take place on the evening of Wednesday 3rd May (in place of our usual club meeting).

You should assemble in the car park at Moira Demesne (on the left as you exit Moira heading towards the M1) at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm sharp departure. After a drive through the beautiful countryside around Hillsborough we will return to Moira at 8.45pm for delicious Fish & Chips in the Tannery restaurant. The cost is £11 per person.

Please let Colin know as soon as possible if you are going to take part as he needs to inform the restaurant on numbers. His contact number is 07802 604920.

Don’t miss out on this popular event.

Triumph Club Visits Crumlin Road Gaol

Our chairman, Neill Heaslip, kindly organised a visit for our club to Crumlin Road Gaol on the evening of Wednesday 1st July at 7.30pm (in place of our normal club meeting). 18 people showed up and were given a private tour. The tour guide was one of the people who had been involved in writing the gaol’s history and was therefore extremely knowledgeable.

The tour which lasted about 90 mins was most interesting and enjoyable. Fortunately we were allowed to walk free at the end as the picture taken on the steps as we exited proves!

A big thanks to Neill for organising it all!

Fish & Chip Run

Our first outing of 2015, the Fish & Chip Run, is fast approaching. It will take place on the evening of Wednesday 6th May (instead of our usual club meeting).

You should assemble in the car park at Moira Demesne (on the left as you exit Moira heading towards the M1) at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm sharp departure.  After a drive around the picturesque countryside we will return to Moira at 8.45pm for delicious Fish & Chips in the Tannery restaurant. The cost is £10 per person.

If you haven’t already done so at the last club meeting please let the organiser, Colin McDowell, know before 1st May if you are going to take part. Don't miss out on this popular club event!!

Gosford Forest Park Markethill 2014

There is only one word to describe the conditions at Gosford Forest Park this year - a Washout. In the pouring rain we put up 1 gazebo and huddled into it for a cup of tea, scones and biscuits kindly supplied by Gerald and Mildred. In spite of the rain we had a good turnout of 8 Triumphs, 2 of which were on their first club outing after complete restorations. These were - a left hand drive TR8 owned by new member Wilber Montgomery, and a Mk2 GT6, owned by existing member Fleming McFarland (see photos). Both cars have been restored to a extremely high standard.

With rain getting ever heavier and no prospect of it easing until the evening we packed up at 1.00pm and set off for home.

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Kilbroney 2014

Conditions were perfect for the Kilbroney Show this year - it was warm, sunny and firm under foot. There is no better setting for such an event when you have weather like this. The show was the largest it has been for a long time with few spaces left for any more classic cars.

Once again we had a good number of cars on our club stand (22 in total) boosted in no small measure by the excellent turnout from our friends from the South in TCOC. Many thanks to them for making the trip up to join us. (see pictures in Photo section)

Our barbecue was up to its usual high standard with plenty to feed everyone who turned up (and more). A big thank you to all the ladies who helped serve it out and to everyone who brought the food and equipment to make it all possible.

This was the first event at which we were able to show off our new club sail flag, and very fine it looked on the day. (see pictures in Photo section)

We found out one of our members, Eric Coggan, would be celebrating his 80th Birthday the following day, a Very Happy Birthday to him from all his fellow club members.

Read more: Kilbroney 2014

End of Season Run 28/29th September 2013

End of Season Run 28/29th September 2013
(organised by Maurice and Cherith McKeown)

At 9.30am on a sunny Saturday morning 12 cars arrived at the starting point in the Main Street in Aughnacloy. We were welcomed there by Maurice and Cherith who presented us with route maps for the weekend, aptly named "A touch of Monaghan and a splash of Fermanagh". They also gave us a copy of the now traditional Saturday quiz.

We set off from Aughnacloy at 10.00am and made our way to Rally School Ireland, near Scotstown in Monaghan. There we received a very warm welcome from the two brothers who run the operation, David and Malachy Smyth. Food was first on the agenda and we were kindly allowed us to use their excellent canteen facilities where we enjoyed some tasty scones and cake supplied by Cherith and Mildred. This was followed by a tour of their impressive garage and workshop where we were shown the wide range of cars that they have available. We were then taken to the viewing gallery to see some of the cars in action on the track. Several of our members and their wives were fortunate to be given a trip around the track by David Smyth during which he demonstrated some very useful fast cornering techniques. After photos with the David, Malachy and their staff and some photos of our cars it was unfortunately time to go. What a super place with such great people, we could not praise them highly enough.

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County Antrim Run 2013

We assembled in blistering sunshine at 1.00pm at Hazelbank carpark, Newtownabbey.  There was a good turnout of 10 cars. Light refreshments and snacks were provided there before setting off on the run (although unfortunately the wasps were equally keen on eating the food).

Our first stop was Knockagh Monument which provided excellent views of Belfast Lough and the surrounding countryside. From there we made our way through Ballyclare and on to Slemish. As you can see from the some of the photos a few members did at least attempt to climb a little way up the mountain. Leaving Slemish we made our way through the award winning village of Broughshane and on to the pictureques harbour at Glenarm were stopped for a few minutes for another photo. Travelling a few more miles along the coast road took us to our restaurant venue, the Halfway House Hotel in Ballygally where we all enjoyed an excellent meal.

Many thanks to all who took part and helped make this such a great club event!