Sunday, 11 April 2010

Club Triumph Round Britain Runs

2014 will be my twelfth RBRR, 30 years after the first one. Can't wait!

My previous runs were:

1984 Mk1 2.5PI saloon DPA 120H "Mark" (the first Mk1 PI to do the run). My co-driver was Roddy Pratt.

1986 Mk2 2.5PI saloon LPG 292K "Fizz" (we were planning to take the factory prototype Mk1 PI KWK 546F but failed to get it ready in time). My co-driver was Roddy Pratt again.

1988 Mk2 2.5PI saloon LPG 292K "Fizz". Roddy Pratt was my co-driver for the third time.

1990 Mk2 2000 estate LPB 424K "Holly" (holed a piston near Penzance but still finished). This time my co-driver was my wife, Maggie Roberts.

1996 Mk2 2000 estate LPB 424K "Holly" again (by this time it had a 2500 engine). My co-driver was Adrian Ayres.

1998 Del Lines Stag Estate TNH 10. Friends and relatives also did the 1998 run, in LPB 424K. The six drivers were Andy Roberts, Maggie Roberts, Chris Roberts, Brian Stone, Adrian Ayres and Roddy Pratt.

2002 Mk2 'facelift' 2.5PI saloon GHX 273N "Freddie", seen here alonside Tim Hunt's TR at Land's End. My co-drivers were Phil Gibbons and Chris Roberts.
2004 Mk2 'facelift' 2.5PI saloon GHX 273N "Freddie" again. The same drivers as 2002 (Andy Roberts, Chris Roberts and Phil Gibbons) took part.

2008 Del Lines Stag Saloon JNY 590N "Janey", seen here after the run with some of my work colleagues (including Phil, one of my co-drivers) who sponsored us. The other co-driver was Chris Roberts, my son.
2010 Del Lines Stag Saloon JNY 590N "Janey" again. This time the co-drivers were Phil Gibbons and Peter Clapp. Here's a photo at John O'Groats ...
... and one overlooking Dornoch Firth.

2012 Del Lines Stag Saloon JNY 590N "Janey". The crew was the same as 2010, namely Andy Roberts, Phil Gibbons and Peter Clapp. Here's a photo at the Plough before the start, in very good company with Matt George's 2000 (2500) and Amanda Johnson's lovely early 2500S Estate.
Another photo at John O'Groats, but at a different "First and Last" establishment!
Notice that Janey now has the correct "blue top tint" windscreen fitted, and the chrome trims are on too! Perhaps I'll manage to fit the sill trims in time for the next run.

Runs missed

We unfortunately missed some of the runs, for a variety of reasons:
1992 We had just moved to Devon and were setting up a garage business.
1994 Our garage (Lake Garage, Sourton, Devon) was one of the stops on the 1994 run.
2000 I was away in the USA on business (very bad planning, I know).
2006 The PI developed engine trouble during a continental trip 2 weeks before the event and I didn't have time to fix it before the run.

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