Friday, 8 December 2017

Reservists - a call to action!!

I've done some renumbering and general tidying up of the list. Apologies if your number has changed, some have some haven't.

If you were on the reserve list or were an entry affected by system access issues then you have not yet paid for a place and this post is for you.

You need to check the list and your personal messages as you may now be showing a status of "reserve -payment now due".

That means you can take up a place once you complete the details and pay, after payment your entry will show as "Submitted" and then I'll check the entry and make it "Live" like the others. 

To take up the place please amend your entry and that will take you to the payment screen. 

If you no longer want the place please let me know and I'll recycle it. I think it's fair that we give reservists a month to take up these places then we'll cancel that unpaid entry and go to the next entry on the list.

Any problems please let me know ASAP 

For those who have incomplete entries due to our technical difficulties, please get onto this now and use the fixes and instructions sent to you.

First sign into the new site and make sure your profile is complete. If you were unable to submit your entry because you didn't have an ENTER button then this was likely to be due to an incomplete profile. To fix this, sign in and go to your profile page then to Settings then Access member details - fill in the form and click on it, it should pull through your details from the old database. If there’s an issue it will fail and send details to Keith so he can investigate. 

 Please don't ignore or forget about this, we have a large reserve list and if you don't take up your place in a month I will have to recycle it. If you have problems we can help but only if you get in touch - mashing the keyboard with the same ineffective cursing will only get your frustrated, Keith and I are happy to help.

Finally, thank you for your patience, this has not been an easy task and I appreciate that some people have missed out and are on a reserve list. I've never seen the list fill up so fast. We will always try and get as many cars out on the run as we can. I promise that as soon as places become free I will get them filled from the list as quickly as I can.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Crikey, it starts again: RBRR 2018

Blimey, what a vote for the RBRR! 
141no entries (I think) by this morning, all within 3.5 days. At one point on Friday evening just after the event entry had opened, we were receiving an entry every 90 seconds...!

Thanks all that have entered for the support of the Club's event. Massive thanks to my Club colleague's Keith Bennett and Jason Chinn, bloody heroic effort chaps, cheers! Got to say I loved Friday evening, watching the entries come in, was a sort of CT Election evening! I took many a call from many who were anxious about getting a place, Keith and Jason did the work to allay fears.

Please note that we will inevitably receive some withdrawals during the count down to the event’s start at Knebworth, so do not despair if you have not secured an entry into the event, places will become available. To aid this we will run a Reserve Listing, you can do this online or contact Jason and he will put you on the list. 

At present I think we have 1 team on that list. Spaces for the list will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once a space becomes available, Jason will contact you by email (Head the email 'RBRR', send to: to see if you want the place. Just to give an idea about how many teams enter and how many actually start, in 2016, we received 167no entries, but 136no started. 140 is the most that the event can deal with, breakfasts at the JOG and LE being the limiting factor.

Over 20% of the entry is new to the event, welcome those that are new, we hope that the event lives up to its billing. Do you realise that for many the event is addictive and not only will you want to take part in 2020, but you will start to think what can be done to improve the ability of your car! This of course has the by product in that we support the Triumph parts industry, by spending hard earned on parts that actually work! No chinese junk for RBRRers! Suppliers of overdrive units have done well from the RBRR!

As you all know, the RBRR will be supporting Epilepsy Research UK, in the next few weeks I will email all entrants to let them know how to get the ball rolling on the donation front. Last times £97.5K amount is a big target, lets try and surpass that.

After getting started on that and your car preparation, the first major date to remember will be the RBRR Drivers Meeting. This will be held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, on Saturday 22nd September 2018-seems along way off eh!

Great to see that most models of the Triumph range have been entered, we also have one Standard and a pre-war Triumph taking part. Dirk who usually brings his Renown over from Holland is bringing his pre-war Triumph over, hardy or what!

Noticed a lot more Dolomites and 1300/1500s this time, but strangely enough, no Acclaims, most weird. Think there are 3 1300s in the list at present, not many of those super little cars have taken part before. As ever, shed loads of big Saloons within that list and we hope at least one ex works rally car will be present. Also, we are hopeful that RBRR stalwarts Alan Chatterton and Andy Roberts will be using their 3 Del Lines Stag engined Saloons/Estates, should be impressive to see those beasties on the event.

One of things I like about the RBRR is that we do receive new CT members who are long standing members of other Clubs taking part. We always attract members from the 2000/2500 Register, but this year we seem to have enjoyed an influx from the Triumph Dolomite Club and the TR Register. Of those 3 Clubs, at least one member of each club's respective management groups have entered the event. The RBRR has indirectly done a lot to encourage inter club relations, something that has been sometimes been difficult within the disparate UK Triumph scene.

This leads onto the entry into the event by European crews, welcome to you all. We are honored to have you take part. Some of you have entered beforet, but a few are new, we hope that you have fun and enjoy some parts of the UK that you will not have seen on UK travels. Note, the RBRR is not political and loves Europeans, welcome!

Talking about parts of the UK, I had better get my finger out and start to sort out the Controls. Sadly one or two longstanding RBRR controls will not be used this time, we hope to find Controls that are as suitable and as atmospheric as before. Do not worry, we do hope to be able to visit Pimperne again!

Anyway, enough of my drivel, remember, keep your eyes on the road, and your hands upon the wheel, yikes!



PS. Club Triumph RBRR site:
PSS, Please try and make your own entry changes online, problem(?), we will do our best to help.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

RBRR 2016 10 out of 10

A quick update now everyone has had time to rest and the post run blues have started to ebb away, hopefully leaving fond memories of shed heroics, stunning Scottish roads bathed in autumnal sunshine, menacing ink black welsh mountain roads being taken on by Lucas prince of darkness, the lingering smell of EP90 and the roar of a six pot.
Thank you to all who took part and entered into the true spirit of the event 50 years on from that first run back in 1966, with any event there are things to be learnt and the post event meeting process will start in November please feel free to feedback via the CT forum or email

Personally it was a 10 out of 10 event for me-the event scoring 10 and it was the 10th run I have completed –the same  crew took part in 1996 we have deducted we may look older but haven’t really grown up-the evidence being Homers ditty driving into JoG - rhyming JoG  with things that happen to goats etc
My favorite Shed in the Highlands

So some quick stats-

133 starters

119 finishers

Seems fuel pumps were top of the list for causing problems this year – my personal preference is to fit electric pump with a pressure regulator depending on the type of carburettor’s your running (i.e. webers or SU) and carry a known good mechanical spare and associated pipe work allowing a quick fit/fix.

The charity total is looking very healthy I am sure we can bump it up a bit before handing over the cheque in march-apparently 20% of donations come in after an event

Photos- as you can imagine thanks to the superb weather there have been some stunning photos taken with lots getting posted via various social media sites- Dale our hard working and very busy club mag editor has kindly offered to judge some of the best ones, the “prize” being getting it on the front cover of a forthcoming copy of “Club Torque” could we ask that any photo you would like to be judged be posted to the CT forum RBRR 2016 picturefolder – if you don’t have access as you were a non-CT member of the car crew get you CT member to post it on the CT forum for you !
More post run updates stories and pictures to follow!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Not long now....

Thank you all to who attended the Drivers meeting -hopefully new and old entrants all got something useful from it-
So you all have your road books -now is the time to mark up your road atlas- use a highlighter that can been seen under map light.. work out were you will need fuel ..
You know where the control halts are and  where the passage controls are -you know your car better than anyone out where to splash and dash so to speak!

Car prep ..please please re-read the preparation tips on this blog ..look above for the page...don't pack a boot full of new spares..what's the point of having new hoses in the boot them now!

WZL (westonzoyland)  Is a new one to replace the soulless Gordarno services with its overpriced bad coffee and undermanned services ..but be aware its a long haul from Glenrid services where you need fill the car with fuel...personally I plan to call into Gordarno to "splash and dash" with fuel to make sure I am not on sediment filled fumes down the M5 to WZL (there is another services at Segdgemoor about 20 miles south or Gordarno..but you should all know this after looking at the atlas! )

There will be a catering van at WZL please use it! they have been very supportive of the event and are turning up just for us ..if you have any special requirements/requests you can let Vicki know via their facebook page here ..
treacle well tea rooms

Watch this space for more updates!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Who fancies a test run?

Today's top tip is to get out and test those cars ..get some miles on them,remind yourself what fun it can be driving these old cars which properly engage  you in the pleasure and spirit of driving for fun..not sure where to go for a drive out have a weekend to fill? then why not get your entry in for Club Triumphs border raiders?
Shed control received the following communication from Raider HQ 

"Hi Shed Control!
Attached are the regs (click for link) and some photos from last year.
The run is a two day event starting at Kelbrook with an overnight in Dumfries.
The route will be non Motorway but easy to follow thanks to Mik's planning and printed route info.
Generally a good sociable time for all with stops for cream teas and a meal together each evening as people wish so we can talk about the driving. There will be non Triumphs so there's a bit of variety with an MGF, a TVR and a Rover 214i (mine that I am loaning to a friend).
Dates are August 6th and 7th"

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Ins and Outs ...entry list that is

Well its been a month for ins and outs ..a few crews have withdrawn and a few reserves joined as I write the entry is at 153..

Its a lot of cars and crew..and plenty for the organising team to be dealing with,please make sure you can make the Drivers Meeting
There is another organising team meeting planned for the end of July we will post up some more details then.

So back to the cars hope preparations are going well and the cars have been taken out for some good shake down runs..

Today's  top tip is relays!
Rather than all the current flowing through your 40 year old stalk  switch to your new high wattage headlights and spot lights melting the contacts by Blythe services why not install some relays that can handle the current flow ?-even better if you can replace the output wiring feeding the load as well with new suitably rated cable and connectors protected where needed in sleeving.

Friday, 3 June 2016

New Starts,stops and all getting busy!


The organising team got together on the 28th –two Triumphs and a Scimitar made it to the meeting.
You should have had an email from Jedi Tim- if not a copy can be found on “Jedi Tims” page above.

Top of the agenda was start venue which has now been confirmed as Knebworth House
This is a change from tradition but offers a lot to the event in prestige and practicality – it means we can now offer entry to the reserve list as the venue can handle a lot more starters, so if you are on the reserve list await contact from Chinn Towers, it also allows the event good access onto the A1.
It has implications for the route –so even if you are a veteran of previous events you really need to read up on the road book and attend the Drivers Meeting where there will be plenty of important new information regarding the route.

The drivers meeting date is confirmed as 24th September at the newly named British Motor Museum, at Gaydon, Warwickshire. -this is when the road book will be issued, it is vital once back at home that you sit down with it, a decent large scale road atlas, mug of tea and your favourite L.P playing, mark up the atlas, include:-route, controls, where you think you need to re-fuel, in fact anything that you think may be useful to make your life easier. Familiarise yourself with the route as best you can –look at the control locations on google earth, update your sat nav (if you are using one) load the controls into the sat nav, along with way points that will take you along the suggested route–it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours you end up finding out all sorts via the power of Google and Wiki..I ended up recently finding out all about the piling used on the Cromarty Bridge!-

Controls were discussed –in particular Westonzoyland, (WZL for short) the replacement for Gordarno services, it was agreed to stick with WZL as opposed to the soulless Gordarno,-WZL offers a bit of the “Spirit of 66” roadside brew up feel in that it's off the Motorway but has no “services” – a Catering van has been arranged for entrants to purchase coffee and bacon butties if required. Drivers and navigators will have to remain sharp after the Welsh section –again have a look at the road book and your atlas, plan your driver swaps/re-fuelling –you could still “splash and dash” at Gordarno or Sedgemoor Services then crack on to WZL for coffee and butties –don’t drive tired through this graveyard shift

Hopefully all your cars are fully prepared tested, washed and ready to go..? Don’t despair there is still time... Write a list of jobs to be done, aim to get the ones done to get it on the road ASAP and start driving it!  “finishing” jobs can be done with the car as a rolling test bed, my own preparation / transformation of the “Basildon Banger” to the “Burtle Banger” is massively behind schedule so if you want see how not to prepare in time head over to my own blog..

Today’s top tip- wire exhaust hangers to “catch” the exhaust if the rubber hanger fails – 
I do this as a backup – I had forgotten I had done it to the Scimitar for its Stelvio 2014 tour. Just as well I had, came in useful two years later taking on the Somerset levels!

Expect a call from the team just to catch up, we will be asking
·         How preparation is going.
·         If you intend to attend the Drivers Meeting.
·         If your entry details are still correct.
·         You are aware of the start venue change.

It’s also worth thinking about your own personal logistics for the start and finish

In the meantime if you want your story and a few pics on this blog please send them into

As we get nearer to the event updates to the blog will become more regular
So watch this space!