TVR Car Club North AmericaPreserving the "true spirit of driving" since 1981.
Welcome to the internet home of the TVR Car Club of North America, a 501(c)7 non-profit organization chartered in the state of Ohio. We are an organization supported by dues paying members who are charged with promoting the TVR marque, driving our cars as often as possible, and having a good time doing so!
I noticed that in the current issue of the TVR Times there is a small group of members that think that Import Carlisle shouldn't be our "Out of the Woodwork". There were a few who thought is was great. And some want the location rotated around the country so that some of the members west of the Mississippi can get to it. All good ideas. As your President and events chair I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. Sure I would love to have Woodwork as a stand along event, but the financial figures don't support it. As to moving it around the country, as I remember it was tried and it was a miserable failure. So what to do to keep everybody happy. I'll do whatever it takes (within reason) to make Woodwork a great event for the Club members. What I suggest is that we actually take a real vote this year at Woodwork 14 and see what the membership has to say about where they want Woodwork to be. And not just a show of hands a real vote. I'm cool with that. There also should be something for the members who don't make it to Woodwork 14 so they have a say as well. Also what time of year should it be Spring, Summer or Fall? One of the reasons that we didn't go back to Round Valley was the lack of a nice hotel nearby that could do a banquet and had an in house bar (for you know who). If we decide to move from Carlisle I will look into this as soon as Woodwork 14 is over. There I've said my peace, now it's up to the membership.
TVRCCNA President Tony Hess recently took his "new" TVR Grantura out on the track at Lime Rock and caught the attention of a local photographer who did a nice write-up on the car and the club. Check it out here.
Chuck Linn emailed me the other day with an interesting idea. Seeing as how there is only one RO for a multi-state area, what about having a state or regional-level organizer in the areas that the current RO does not live in? Sort of an associate RO. There still would be only one RO per region, but it might make it easier for those who live too far away from the RO in their area to participate in a Club function, such as get together's, drives, etc. That being said, any volunteers??
Webmaster Note: We just started this in the DC area with a monthly DC-Area TVR breakfast, patterned after the Detroit-area and Cleveland-area breakfasts in Modwest region.
I got an email from Dave Graham our Canadian RO saying that he will be stepping down from that post. I wanted to thank Dave for being one of the driving members of the Club. He has always been there to help and support the Club in anyway he could. Thanks Dave. I have also been informed that some of the other Canadian guys will be taking over for Dave. More to follow. Also we have a new southeast RO in Dan Sauriol. Welcome Dan. If you are in the southeast contact Dan and say Hi.
Well, it's official! Bill Rachal (Dominion Spares) has purchased Classic Motor Works from Marshall Moore. The transfer is now complete and Bill will have a vendor space at Carlisle in time for WW 13. Let's support Bill in any way we can. Tony has been talking to both Bill and Marshall while the details of the deal were being worked out. Bill is eager to be the TVR parts go-to guy in the USA. We are sure there is going to be a learning curve so we encourage all club members to bear with him while he learns the ropes. Bill does not yet have a website up and running, but he does have email and his contact info is:
Dominion Spares LLC
Your TVR Parts Source in the USA
11654 Plaza America Drive, #658
Reston, VA 20190
If you've found our page you're probably here for one of two reasons: 1) you're a TVR owner looking for a community of owners willing to help each other and have fun, or 2) you heard the name TVR or saw one and wanted to learn more about these rare British cars. If you're part of the first group, why not sign up for a membership and then check out our technical articles available to club members. If you're part of the second group, you can start with "What's a TVR?" and work your way through some information on the various models and history of TVR in North America. Either way, thanks for checking out our site and we hope you find what you're looking for.
Greetings TVRCCNA members,
Well the racing season is finally over for me. As some of you know I have been racing an MGB with HRG and VSCCA. I raced it at Pocono in March (too cold), Lime Rock in May (too hot, and I blew the motor) and finally after I got the motor rebuilt and back in the car, at Watkins Glen for the Vintage Grand Prix and the Fun One both in Sept. The Vintage was a hoot. I put in for the drive re enactment on the old race course thru town and out in the country side. That was a real eye opener. Those guys who raced back in the day on regular country roads were really brave. I couldn't see going race speeds on some of the roads that the old course covered. Some of them weren't even paved back then. When we turned down the hill to come back into the Glen, the streets were lined with people 5 and 6 deep. I was told later that 15,00 people were downtown for the re enactment this year. I did ok for the Vintage. I didn't break the car and didn't do anything really stupid. The next weekend for the Fun One I got a second place on Sat and a third on Sun. It rained Sun so I dialed it back. All in all a lot of fun. If you've never been to the Glen for the Vintage weekend, do it. It's an amazing weekend both downtown and at the track.
So enough about the B. At Carlisle this year Candie and I bought a 62 Grantura race car that won best of show I think. Well I finally got to race it at Lime Rock Park this past weekend. I was afraid that I was going to have to drive in the rain, but Fri was partly cloudy in the high 60's and Sat was just plain beautiful. Not a cloud in the sky, sunny with a light breeze. For the first time out in the TVR it was an eye opener. The car felt tight, but way too much body lean for me and I don't think that tires on the car were right. Every time I would load up the left rear of the car the cockpit would fill with smoke. The left rear tire was rubbing pretty bad. We tried to play around with the tire pressures, but that didn't seem to make that much of a difference. So I tried not to load the left rear quite as hard on the parts of the track where the tire rub was a problem. I was kinda funny. They were going to black flag me because the officials thought that the smoke was from an oil leak. When they found out it was just tire rub they said no problem. My times were ok for the first outing the TVR, but next year I know they will be better. I will post what races I will be going to next season so if any of you want to come and cheer me on (or make fun of me) come on out.
As to the Club, we seen to be on track with everything. Membership still seems to be increasing (albeit slowly), we have money in the bank and things seem to running smoothly. I want to thank Terry Telke for taking over as membership chair. A big thank you also goes out to Rob Stewart, Joan Reynolds, Dave Zumstien, Dave Firewick, Gregg Temkin. You guys know what you have done for the Club so thanks. I am always available to anyone in the Club with a question, problem, or anything TVR related. So now is the time, for some of us, to put our TVR's to bed for the winter. To all in the Club from me a big thank you for making the Club what it is. Without you there isn't a Club!!