This is the route of the run at this year’s Beezumph 25 which will take place on Friday 9th September. We will be assembling at 12:30pm to set off at 1:00pm prompt. It will be a led run of approx 60 miles with a stop off for tea/coffee and cakes. We will be following the second man drop off system so no one gets lost, this will be briefed out before we set off.
The TR3OC AGM is to be held at The Best Western Plus Manor Hotel, Main Road, Meriden, CV7 7NH, on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of November. Guest Speaker on the Saturday evening will be Lionel Goulder who worked for BSA and covered many miles promoting the Rocket 3. This is sure to be a fascinating evening and is not to be missed! Contact Dave Bloor on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place at the evening dinner.
If you’d like to book a hotel room for the Saturday night, call 01676 522735 and mention TR3OC when booking.
The “Das Motorrad” Commemoration Run is this weekend with John Young, Norman Burrows and George Heeres making the epic journey. You can follow their progress here:
Tuesday Update from John Young:
Today started with a 56km durst track journey to the start line.
Once we were there out official start time was 10.09 & so we had about a 30 minute wait. We got talking to a team of Spitfire pilots (yes that sort of spitfire !!) and afterwards to another competitor who warned us that there was a section that we would get stuck in.
Although the organisers assured us that they were quite prepared to recover us (again), we have already learnt that this is a dangerous event and tying up the organisation “rescuing ” us from a situation that we knew we would be getting into would potentially mean a real emergency would be compromised. We decided therefore to cross the start line , “have a play” and then take the long route around to the finish control.
So off we set. After about 6 miles into the desert the bike went onto 2 cylinders and so plan a had to be shelved and we limped back to the start. It turns out that all we had done was shake a ht lead out of a coil. You need to understand that 6 miles desert riding subjects the bike to something like 600 miles road riding – it really is that bad ……
so then we had the long 300 km haul to Mesourga.
On the way we headed off for 20 minutes or so into the desert again and really caned the bike. It held together well and performed brilliantly which has given me a lot if confidence.
However we came back with a flat rear tyre …..
We still had 50kms to cover yo the finish control and so we were about to test my theory as to whether the tyre would run flat. For the most part it did although we have ” totalled ” the tyre (I’ll send pictures later)
That will be Chris and Eugene’s first job. We’re going to try a moose this time. We’ll get one from another team.
Oh, we missed the cut off time for our check in by 15 minutes or so – about the time we spent arsing about in the desert. Heck, who cares. It was fun ….
I suppose some of you may be thinking that we’re not taking this seriously. On the contrary we are. We said from the start that our mantra would be if in doubt, don’t. This is a competition where you could die and we don’t want that to happen. its tough enough riding a classic machine at the best of times, let alone in Morocco and then in the desert
We are learning more and more each day about what it takes to compete in this event and also compete on a triple. Tomorrow we will see how to tackle sand and the dunes. This adventure has now turned into a training course as we will be coming back again and be the time we will be more prepared, for now, each day teaches us more.
Oh, one last thing for the next three nights we are sleeping on mud huts !!!
So, I hope that you are enjoying the reports and pictures and don’t forget to check out the daily videos posted on you tube.
and as of tonight we are still in front of every H*nda CB750 entrant …… lol !!
And not to forget Chris Rooke and Eugene Hudson who are driving all day, refuelling and working their butts off to keep the bike on the road, no mean feat in this heat and environment.
Thursday update :
The team sat down last night to plan our strategy for the next 3 days. We are going to spend today trying to get the rear wheel correct. We’ve run out of suitable tubes so we have to make the mousse work.
Tomorrow we will get the outfit trailered back to Zagora ( to protect the mousse as they don’t enjoy continuous lengthy road use).
Hopefully then we will be able to tackle Saturdays stage in full
Today we head back to Zagora and so you will see our Spot moving again.
We have now given up on tubes for the rear wheel and now have a mousse fitted.. Another team helped us and fitted it for us. Here’s a couple of pictures of the “process”
The club held its 2015 Annual General Meeting, at the Best Western Plus Manor Hotel, Meriden on Sunday 1st November.
The speaker at the Saturday evening dinner was Neil Spalding, MotoGP technical expert and one of the very first TR3OC members. His talk was the absolute highlight of the evening and he held everyone’s close attention as he drew parallels between two key aspects of racing triples design and their modern counterparts in MotoGP. It was also a delight to witness some of our Honorary Members such as Norman Hyde, John Woodward, Bill Fannon and Arthur Jakeman adding their own knowledge and experiences from the days of the Triumph Experimental Department to Neil’s talk.
During the AGM on Sunday, there was lively debate on a number of topics and it was good to see so much positive input coming from the membership. Clive Blake stepped down from the committee as Machine Registrar and Graham Redrup was voted in as his replacement. John Young has given up his role as Archivist and we now have two members volunteering to take on the job between them: David Turner and Dominic Kramer. Thank you to Clive and John for their contribution and also to everyone who attended the meeting. There will be a more complete report in the next edition of Triple Echo.
It’s 2015 and the NVTBSAEROC (the bastard child of the TR3OC) were looking for their next silly adventure. Having ridden NVT Easy Riders from John O’Groats to Lands End, Blackpool to Paris, around the Isle of Man, to Ostend for a weekend of fun and even stuck a pulse jet on one, this time they decided to go Endurance Racing at the RAF Wittering Mopedathon. It all looked simple enough ….. Get yourself a moped, form a team and then turn up in fancy dress and do as many laps as you can in 6 hours.
A team of five was created, John Young, his eldest son John Jnr, Martyn Worlock, Richard Davies and Peter Nicholson. Peter bravely put his NVT ER2 forward as the Endurance Racer.
Racing number boards were affixed and “60” was adopted as the team number – the same as the T160 Production Race Bike Son of Sam used at the 1976 TT. This is the TR3OC after all !!
Despite some harrowing moments, the little ER2, producing all of 1.6bhp at 4500rpm (when it was new, 38 years ago!) made it through to the end after 6 gruelling hours.
Finishing in a creditable 35th place out of 48 entries, the highlight of the day was receiving the Max Wilson Trophy for the team that best entered into the spirit of the event.
Watch out for a full report with more pictures in the next issue of Triple Echo.
The “Le Mans” style start….
Le Mans style start ……..
Posted by John Young on Sunday, 3 May 2015
Richard Davies at speed….
Richard Davies at speed ………
Posted by John Young on Sunday, 3 May 2015
The Stafford show was a huge success for the club with much interest in the exhibits that included a display of very fine T160s. 2015 is the 40th anniversary of the T160 and the show is the first major event where the TR3OC celebrates this iconic motorcycle. The celebrations continue later in the year at Beezumph 24, where the aim is to show 160 Triumph Trident T160s. For more information visit www.beezumph.com
The show had much to interest triple enthusiasts. Outside in the paddock there was a long line of racing triples on display, including Steve Brown’s rare T180.
This video of the racing triple bike line-up kindly provided by Brian Chapelhow