Photos on the Gallery Page.
Great run, huge thanks to James and Linda for all their hard work!
Photos on the Gallery Page.
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report May 2019
Most of us are back on the road again after blasting off the cobwebs, testing out new brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres or whatever we’ve spent our cash on over the winter. My new clutch went into the Griff fairly easily, it is uprated but unfortunately my left leg is still standard so it’s taking a bit of getting used to! I’ve also been having a garage clear out - a well known internet auction site has no fewer than 3 sets of my wheels and tyres up for sale (only two sets are TVR related though!)
Club night this month was back at our usual haunt - the Hundith Hill, Lorton vale, near Cockermouth. I’m writing this just a bit too soon to report on the Rooster Run, will tell you all about it next month. We’re also getting ready for Elite Sports and Performance Car Show on the 19th of May, down at the Westmorland County Showground near Kendal. Entries need to be in soon so to join the fun please email me.
Our 2019 Event Calendar is now up to date, unfortunately I couldn’t get enough people together to do our planned trip to the Isle of Man - maybe next year? Quick reminder - our regular club nights are on the last Wednesday of the month, check our website and the main TVRCC events calendar though - starting in April we have a short run out prior to the meeting and we give the organiser the choice of where to start and finish.
Check out the region website at www.tvrcc-northcumbria.co.uk for details of all our events and take a look at our wonderful photo gallery.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report April 2019
Another nice Sunday lunch event in February (we’re getting used to this!) We were all comparing notes on winter fettling - my Griff is being treated to a new clutch but most are fortunate enough to be getting away with routine maintenance and a good polish. Colin has invested in a new set of split rims for the SEAC - can’t wait to see them. (EDIT - you can see them on the Gallery Page - ESPCC Show 2019)
Our first big car show of the year will be the Elite Sports and Performance Car Show on the 19th of May. This excellent event is held at the Westmorland County Showground near Kendal. Last year we fielded ten TVRs - this year our friends from the North East are joining the fun so the organisers have allocated us twenty spaces, making us one of the largest single marque stands at the show. I have one or two spaces left so if anyone from further afield wants to join the fun please email me.
Ahead of the ESPCC show, Bronwen and I will be taking the Griff out for a weekend run with the Sporting Bears Motor Club. Their annual Spring Gambol is a two day non-competitive road event, based at the Fat Lamb Inn, Ravenstonedale, Kirby Stephen.
All the money raised over the weekend goes to the Rainbow Trust and it will be our 5th year at the Gambol, if you’re out and about in Westmoreland or North Yorkshire between 10th and 12th of May keep an eye out for us!
Please visit the region website at www.tvrcc-northcumbria.co.uk for details of our events (past, present and future) and to see photos of some very handsome TVRs and their owners...
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report March 2019
We forsook a dark damp club night for a much more civilised Sunday Lunch meeting in January. Great turn out; twenty of us enjoyed good food and great craic at the Greenhill Hotel at Red Dial.
After lunch we sorted the 2019 Event Calendar (which is now up on the region website)
We have a couple of car shows planned for 2019, one down in the South of the county at Crooklands and the other north of the border at Dumfries. We’re also planning a trip to the Isle of Man later in the year but at the time of writing I don’t have enough takers to make it work so feel free to contact me if you’d like to join the happy band from our region who are keen to make the journey.
All the best
Huge thanks to all who came along and supported the club stand, click on the 'Gallery' tab above to see all my pics from the day!
Not strictly TVR but Bronwen and I had a great weekend on the Sporting Bears weekend event in may, photos here - photos.app.goo.gl/jbRovVyNJaVm8nAQ7
The 'Bears' weekend raised over £2000 for Zoe's Place Baby Hospice, and great fun was had by all. We were the only TVR on the event so if anyone would like to join us next year please get in touch.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report February 2019
We had a great time at our 2018 Christmas Party - all the regulars from across the Cumbria and the Borders (and a few from further afield) met up at for the final region event of the year. We enjoyed good food, good music and good company. I’m told that several of our number also enjoyed a drink or two, but all made it unscathed to breakfast the next morning, clear eyed and full of the joys of Christmas!
Huge thanks to Linda for all her hard work organising things and to the staff at the Hundith Hill Hotel for an excellent event.
Just a short report this month but I’ve spent a bit of time updating the region website with my last few Sprint reports, photos from our final runs of 2018 and the first draft of the 2019 event calendar. Please pay us a visit at www.tvrcc-northcumbria.co.uk for the latest news from the region.
Go-Karting at West Cumbria Indoor Karting in Maryport will be coming up this month - get in touch if you want to join us as there are a few spaces left. Last year’s event was great fun, Neil and his boys are venturing down again from north of the border - they’ll take some beating!
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report January 2019
The new year is starting to shape up well with potential for a couple of road trips as well as our regular selection of weekend runs and car shows making an appearance on the event calendar.
A few of our number are interested in a trip to the Isle of Man in September - the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned so if anyone would like to join in, drop me an email.
It's a little quieter on the roads at this time of year as a few cars are hibernating or receiving some TLC but many of our members enjoy year-round TVR motoring (take a bow Gordon and Piers - to name but two!)
I enjoyed a great weekend down at the NEC Classic Motor Show at the end of the year. As usual I was supporting the Sporting Bears, raising money for several children’s charities by offering Dream Rides - TVRs are always a popular choice but the Cobra was doing well! The TVRCC stand was excellent as always, great to see some familiar faces and beautiful cars.
We had an interesting visitor to the Dream Rides garage - he didn’t say much but I could tell he is a big TVR fan! .
A couple of very nice historic TVRs went to auction up here at Penrith recently; a red Tuscan registration HLU71K a yellow Taimar registration BVY 2R. If anyone knows the cars (pictured below) and is able to cast some light on their history please get in touch.
Finally - please check out the region website for details of our regular club nights at the Hundith Hill Hotel near Cockermouth. New members, visitors and the simply curious are all welcome. We’re still putting the finishing touches to the 2019 calendar so any ideas for club events will be gratefully received.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report December 2018
Well, it's time to look back on my first full year as Regional Organiser and I have to say it has been lots of fun! We had a pretty full calendar and managed to get a good balance between regular club nights, evening runs, car shows and full-on road trips.
We also welcomed several new members to the region and it was great to see a few old friends returning to the Club. The weather was (mostly) kind this year and the Gods of motoring were good to us - no bumps or scrapes (and only a few minor reliability issues to deal with…)
North Cumbria and the Borders has always had a reputation as a ‘social’ region and I’m proud to say that we’re continuing the tradition; Club nights are a great mix of car talk and general catch up on each others latest news - finding out what we’ve all been up to at work and at play. Our TVR ‘family’ extends to our members’ partners, friends and relations; if you haven’t been to a club meeting or out on a run with us yet, please come along to any of our events - you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.
2018’s events ranged from indoor karting to a wonderful weekend up in Scotland that took in the Kintyre Peninsula amongst other delights. We also fielded ten cars at each of the two largest car shows in our area. The Mad Hatters and Cream Tea runs were huge fun, as were our other social runs that take place on club nights during the lighter months.
On behalf of all of the region’s members I’d like to thank everyone who got involved in organising an event this year. We all lead very busy lives so taking time out to set up something for others to enjoy is greatly appreciated.
Finally - We’re all looking forward to our Christmas Party at the Hundith Hill Hotel, it promises to be our biggest turnout for many years so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone up here in Cumbria and the Borders - the best place in the UK to own a TVR!
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report November 2018
Things are starting to quiet down as we head into the darker nights, but we still enjoyed a run across to the Lakes Motor Museum to meet up with the Lancashire region. Some great exhibits on show including TVR number 2 and the amazing Speed 12.
The Rusty Nail Run is a highlight of the year for many of us up north, our distinguished Deputy RO Colin Muir has kindly provided the following report and photos on this year’s fun:
Ten years after the inaugural meeting of The Rusty Nail Run, the event returned to Dumfries.
Founder members Sandy and John from Lanark organised great runs across Dumfriesshire and south Lanark on roads seldom used, including the Lead Hills, Wanlockhead and the Dalveen and Mennock Passes. Saturday lunch was at Drumlanrigg Castle and on Sunday The Devil's Porridge, Eastriggs.
Dry sunny weather allowed two days of 'tops off' driving and being a non TVR club event there was an eclectic range of some 40 cars taking part. RNR Eleven will remain in Dumfries and Galloway next year as Neil and Thomasina from Stranraer accepted the baton.
Finally - We’re all looking forward to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November. I’ll be supporting the Dream Rides event in the Griff but also looking forward to visiting the Club stand and catching up with old friends.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report October 2018
We had a great time at the Dalemain Show in August. The weather wasn’t brilliant but the show field was relatively dry underfoot and Wigton Motor Club did their usual excellent job of organising a very large event - over 750 entries this year.
We brought 9 wonderful TVRs: Adrain’s 400SE, Ray’s newly acquired V8S (lovely), my precat Griff, Steve’s Chimaera, John’s Griff 500, Richard’s Cerbera, Alan’s immaculate Chimaera, Dave’s Tuscan and Piers’ Tamora.
Lots of admirers visited the stand, Adrian very kindly organised us into chronological order (cars - not owners) and cake was provided courtesy of Piers and Sandra and their award winning honey.
The Dalemain show is one of the best in Cumbria - a mix of classics and motorsport exhibits, well worth a visit. I know this is a TVR magazine but had to put this photo in as my answer to the perennial car show question; ‘if you had to take one car home from the show as well as your TVR..?’
Our club night run was great fun, James and Linda put together a great route out from Cockermouth, up through Buttermere and Newlands Pass, back around through Braithwaite and Whinlatter to a lovely meal at the Hundith Hill hotel.
Colin and Iona were waiting for us there and for once we had some proper club business to attend to: an update on the Christmas Party (it's never too soon to plan a party!) Linda has excelled herself this year with 30 people booked in for the festivities. Rooms are still available, let me know if you want to join in.
Photos from all of the adventures described above are in our gallery on the region website at www.tvrcc-northcumbria.co.uk
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report September 2018
Another great month, our summer barbeque at Seascale was lots of fun - as well as TVR friends we invited family and a few neighbours (to avoid any complaints about the noise!)
Gordon and Carolyn brought their Chimaera, Peter and Isobel arrived in their Griff. Dave and Muriel left the Tuscan at home but the Merc did look good. Piers and Sandra swapped the four wheels of the Tamora for a pair of push bikes as they live just up the road. A fine time was had by all (at least I think it was, we carried on until fairly late so my recollection is a bit hazy)/
July club night run saw a great turnout: 2 Griffs, 2 Chimaeras a Tuscan and a pair of wedges (420SE and a SEAC). Gordon and Carolyn led us off from Eamont Bridge down the Mardale valley to a (somewhat depleted) Haweswater reservoir. We headed out towards Shap and then back to the Beehive Inn, great roads, amazing scenery and good company.
Lots of interest in the forthcoming Dalemain show, we have a dozen cars registered, photos and a full report next month but I’m looking forward to seeing Ray’s new V8S and meeting up with Alan for the first time in his immaculate Chimaera. I popped along in the Griff to a small local show this month, organised by the Rotary Club in a neighbouring village, it was pretty informal but well attended. One particular gentleman was very interested in my car and revealed that he was an apprentice at the Hoo Hill factory in 1957! His name is Alex Jones and although he only stayed with the company for a little over a year he had very fond memories of Trevor Wilkinson, Bernard Williams, Jack Bailey and the rest of the team. Alex related a few tales about the factory, including how the fibreglass seat moldings were ‘eased’ out with compressed air. The lads quite enjoyed cranking up the pressure to see how far they could get a seat to fly across the workshop…
Photos from all of the adventures described above are in our gallery on the region website. Some great events still to come in 2018, remember to keep checking the club’s main calendar for details.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report August 2018
Summer is in full swing and we’re having a great time. Our latest Scottish expedition saw us head all the way up from Gretna Green to Gourock for the ferry over to Hunter’s Quay. The merry band was led by Trevor and Sam in their Chimaera followed by Bronwen and me in our Griff, Peter and Isobel in theirs, Gordon and Carolyn plus John and Trish (two more Chimaeras). Germany was well represented by Phil and Kate in their Porsche with Linda and James in the Mercedes.
From Hunters Quay we enjoyed a lovely run via Auchenbreck along Loch Riddon and the Kyles of Bute to Portavadie for lunch at the marina. Onto another ferry across to Tarbet and the Kintyre Peninsula. Some more spectacular views and great driving roads were between us and a visit to Torrisdale Castle Estate kindly arranged by Trish. Those not doing any driving were able to sample the latest products from the Beinn an Tuirc distillery - home of the famous Kintyre gin.
Our overnight stay was at the Stonefield Castle Hotel back at Tarbet. Sunday’s route took in the Crinan Canal, Loch Awe and Inverary, with lunch at Otter Ferry before a drive over the peninsula for the return ferry at Hunters Quay and the journey back home. Huge thanks to Trevor and Sam for organising a superb event!
We also enjoyed a run up to Moniaive to visit Ian and Kate (and their Griff!) at Kirkland. Unfortunately I couldn’t make this one but I’ve heard all about the spectacular scenery, great hospitality and cakes complete with TVR logos! Thanks for having us - hope to see you both again soon.
I’m running out of space this month but am writing this as I recover from June club night and the Cream Tea run. Malcolm led us out from the Rheged Centre near Penrith, even his fellow locals Chris and Christine hadn’t ventured down some of the roads we travelled near Ullswater and the villages around Mungrisdale before club night and dinner at Stainton.
The Cream Tea Run was another triumph of organisation by Linda and James. Setting off from Bothel it was great to see Muriel and Dave in their Tuscan. Our route took is over Whinlatter Pass and back along to Allonby for a pit stop on the beach. A lovely run through the hills, dales and villages around Cockermouth and over Broughton Moor took us to the Melbreak Hotel for a gargantuan afternoon tea and an opportunity to get a photo of Trevor tucking into third helpings…
Lots of events still to come in 2018, remember to keep checking the website for details.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report July 2018
The motoring year is now in full swing, our first car show of 2018 was down at the Westmorland County Showground near Kendal. We had nine TVRs on display and it was great to have Paul Calland and Richard Sails join us. We fielded 3 Griffs, 3 Chimaeras, a Tuscan, a Tamora and Paul’s lovely (and rare) S4c.
Colin’s Mercedes and Andy’s VW bus also drew a number of admirers and we managed to get the event shelter and banners up without too much drama! The weather was perfect and there were some amazing cars on show. The next big show for us is at Dalemain (near Penrith) in August, get in touch if you’d like to join in.
Bronwen and I had a great weekend with the Sporting Bears Motor Club on their ‘non-competitive’ touring event based at Ravenstonedale (Kirkby Stephen). The theme was ‘V for Victory’ (celebrating 100 years of the RAF) so suitable decals just had to be applied. Unusually , we were the only TVR on the tour, glad to say our car never missed a beat all weekend (more than can be said for driver and navigator!)
We’re now gearing up for two Scottish trips with the region - one Sunday run up to Moniaive and then a weekend up to Tarbet/Stonefield Castle - full report and pics next month
It was nice to welcome a new member at the May club night - Ray Fisher has just purchased a V8S and we’re looking forward to seeing it in the flesh very soon, A few of us enjoyed a short run prior to the meeting at Hundith Hill. After almost three weeks of dry sunny weather we managed to get mist and rain but we still had fun
With a bit of luck this is the final update for 2018, as always, check this section of the website before travelling!
The run on Wednesday 25th July will now be starting from The Beehive in Eamont Bridge at 7 pm - NOT the Sportsman's Inn as previously advertised. We will be eating about 8.30 pm, back at The Beehive.- their address is Eamont Bridge, Penrith CA10 2BX. website http://www.beehiveinnpenrith.co.uk/
email me if you are joining - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of new photos in the gallery from our adventures so far this year - check them out!
Club night this Wednesday (25th) see the main event calendar:
tockify.com/tvrccevents/detail/200/1532541600000 for details.
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report June 2018
We had 2 former ROs at the club night in April - Adrian and Les came along to help keep order and it was great to see them both. Our club nights through the summer months usually involve an hours run out, so our whereabouts will vary during this time. Please check the event calendar on the main club website before travelling. I need volunteers to lead the runs in August and September. The benefit is that you get to choose the start and end points as well as getting to take us out on your favourite roads! Give me a shout if you fancy a go.
The Mad Hatters run in April was a great success, many thanks to Gordon and Carolyn for organising a great route. We set off from Penrith for a run down through Tebay and out to Dent. We then headed down past the Ribblehead viaduct and across to Giggleswick where much artisan cheese was purchased at our tea stop - The Courtyard Dairy near Settle.
As you can see, we had TVRs classic and modern with owners old and young (at heart). All the cars behaved perfectly, as did their drivers. Despite several reminders some neglected to bring appropriate headwear but fortunately I brought some spares! It was a lovely start to the year and really got us in the mood for our forthcoming Scottish adventures.
Bronwen and I are also taking part in a weekend organised by the Sporting Bears Motor Club soon - its a (non-competitive) road rally taking in the Yorkshire Dales and Eastern side of the Lake District, all in aid of the Rainbow Trust. We usually see at least one or two TVRs on this event along with a great selection of classic and performance cars from lesser marques like Porsche, Ferrari and Lotus…
Finally - the region website (tvrcc-northcumbria.co.uk) is starting to fill out nicely with photos and event reports. If you’d like people to be able to see your pride and joy on the site feel free to send me any news and/or pictures and I’ll get them up.
All the best
Setting off from The Craggs Coffee House at Bothel - meet up from 10am depart at 11am prompt.
Great run out organised by Linda and James, ending up near Cockermouth for afternoon tea at 15.30
Booking essential - contact Linda ( email@example.com ) before 08 June if you are joining us for tea so she can add you to the reservation,
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