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Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run

 

The origins of the Round Britain Reliability Run hark back to 1966 when the previous Club Secretary Derek Pollock and Les Mills were sitting watching the 24 Hour Race at Le Mans in June of that year. The idea of driving around Britain in 48 hours was discussed with the requirement that John O’Groats in Scotland and Lands End in Cornwall should be visited. As the Club at this point was very much North London based, it was decided that the start should be from a North London based Triumph dealership, Broadfields Garage in Cockfosters being chosen.

Within a short amount of time six members of the Club and crews had entered the event using six representations of the current Triumph range, including one a Triumph 1300 that was provided by Broadfields. The Club enlisted the help of various Triumph dealerships around the country to provide refuelling and refreshment stops.

In later years and up to the end of the production of Triumph cars, the company entered current models into the event, the largest amount being six Acclaims in 1982. 
Most of the stops that were used then were Triumph dealerships, obviously with closure of the MG Rover this tenuous tie has disappeared. However Morrisons of Stirling which is now a Land Rover and Seat dealership, has been used for many and will continue to help us into the future.

To be able to complete the event in 48 hours travelling approximately 2,000 miles means that the event was and is still run almost non-stop and when thinking back to the British road system in the 1960s, it is very impressive that any crews would have completed the RBRR back in those days.

Since these humble beginnings the event has been run nearly every two years and has gained in statue and a degree of notoriety within the Triumph scene and indeed the old car culture that exists within the UK. 958 crews and cars have successfully completed the event and the whole Triumph range since the announcement of the TR2 has been used, a tremendous achievement. At present the following ranges of Triumphs have been used to complete the event. Of course many particular cars have been used more than once, the most used being the TR4A belonging to our Vice Chairman Tim Hunt who has successfully completed the event 18 times:

2000/2500 range                                 279no

1300/1500/Dolomite                            159no

Spitfire                                                 87no

Herald                                                 86no

TR Chassis                                         86no

TR Wedge                                           67no

Vitesse                                                57no

Stag                                                     56no

GT6                                                     43no

Acclaim                                               31no

Bond                                                    5no

Standard                                             2no

 

As can be seen the most popular type have been the Saloon range is the most popular model to have been used, the 2000 mk2 being the most used model. The Dolomite range is also very popular, many crews favour the Dolomite Sprint over the six cylinder range of vehicles owing to its agility. The route and average speed requirements have always been set so that a Herald 948 can successfully take part and as can be seen 86 Heralds of all types have been used, a figure which of course proves what a marvellous little car the Herald is for all types of motoring. Please see below for the full listing of successful Triumph models, all 958.

 

Since 1990 the event has also been run on a charitable basis and since then the participating crews have raised over £330,000 for such worthwhile charities as The British Heart Foundation, Imperial Cancer Research, Alzheimer Research Trust, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Children with Leukaemia/Cancer, RNLI, MIND, BLISS. After the event, the Club holds its annual dinner presents the final cheque to the Charity representatives and gives the Finishers Awards to all successful crews. In recent years a surge of interest in the RBRR has happened and indeed the 2008 RBRR was the most successful with 93 successful completions. Last time in 2012 we raised over £65,000.00 for Children With Cancer. This type of success speaks volumes for the dedicated Triumph owning Club Triumph members who attempt this gruelling marathon in cars that are the minimum of 30 years old and in some cases are 60 years old.

 

The 2014 event is due in October and we can still accept entries into the event. Please see elsewhere within the Club Triumph website for Entry Forms and information. The Organisers run a BLOG that is used to display news about the RBRR, this can again be accessed via the website.

 

The RBRR is considered to be the longest running Triumph event that is held in the world, this fact increasing the historic nature of this cracking event. It really is a bit special to be using a trusted old car for a continual 48 hours and to be able to say at the end that one completed the Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run!