Historic Triumph to star at Fairclough Hall Farm


The first right-hand-drive production Triumph TR is set to take centre-stage at the Letchworth City Classic & Vintage Car Club Annual Transport Picnic on 8 June.

TS2 was completed alongside its left-hand-drive sister, TS1, at Standard-Triumph’s Banner Lane plant, in Coventry, on 22 July 1953. Both were – effectively – handbuilt before the production line was commissioned.

The TR was purchased in 1976 by Keith Read, who was motoring correspondent for the Coventry Evening Telegraph at the time.

Read set about the car’s restoration but, sadly, was unable to finish the job, choosing instead to donate the sports car to the TR Register.

In turn, it set up a trust fund to safeguard this significant car’s future and TS2 is still used regularly today.

Picnic organising committee chairman David Davis said: “We are very excited to have such a historic Triumph joining us and are very grateful to the TS2 Trust, and our club member Jon Marshall, for organising its appearance.”

Tickets to the picnic are priced at £5 per vehicle or £2 per person. Gates open at 11am and close at 5pm.

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