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!
We are on track for Woodwork 2018, which will be held 2-3 June 2018 in the Washington, DC area in conjunction with The Original British Car Day. Because that show is on a Sunday we are changing things up, with events including a cruise and the banquet on Saturday, followed by the show on Sunday. Click here for more details and to register for the event!
As most regular Woodwork attendees know, every few years we try to arrange for a special guest to join us and share unique aspects of the history of TVR. Over the years weíve had insight from two separate owners of TVR, US importers, and factory workers each sharing their unique experience being a part of what makes TVR great. This yearís guest is no exception. Our special guest this year is John Reid, of Readman Racing and the Dunlop TVR European Challenge. We donít want to give away all of Johnís story now, but here's a teaser:
John started engineering race cars in 1968, racing his own 100cc International kart with a bit of success, moving on to Formula Ford and then back to 250cc karts. He sold his karts and moved to South Africa in 1975 where he worked as an electronic & mechanical engineer until he setup Readman Racing with a friend (Johan Weidermann, Read Man) which made parts for racing motorcycle teams for about 5 years before moving into historic car racing with a 1956 Lotus Eleven, a Brabham BT11, and a TVR Vixen which raced in the longer races at Kyalami Transvaal and Killarney Cape Town. During this time John also purchased a Lola T210 which he & a very good friend renovated, using alloy body panels they made in the University of the Free State with the pathology departmentís band saw (normally used to dissect bodies).
John left South Africa in late 1990 and returned to the UK where he started work as Chief Engineer of the TVR Racing Division in February 1991. After three months Peter Wheeler said the Tuscan Challenge race series was failing so it was Johnís to make or break. At this time the race preparation for the cars was poor and the cars were frequently breaking. John revamped the workshop processes to increase reliability and make sure TVR had a winning team and the best cars racing out there, pushing the number of competitors from 12 cars on the grid to 43 cars racing. The Tuscan Challenge by the late 90ís and early 2000s was the best race series in Europe. TVR stopped racing in 2005 and John took over the series, which he merged with the TVRCC Challenge Cup to form the Dunlop TVR European Challenge. The TVR European Challenge is celebrating its 29th year of single-marque racing in 2018, and John still keeps everything top notch.
The iconic British car brand, TVR, has announced that it will return to the market with an all-new British designed and built sports car. The company, which boasts an outstanding new management team, has developed the new car in collaboration with Gordon Murray Design and Cosworth, each providing much of the core design and engineering capability for the all-new TVR. This incredible project is already well advanced with over a year of development completed so far.
TVR will issue more specification details and early images later in 2015, but the car will continue the tradition of a classic British two-seat sports car with a composite ground effect aero chassis and body package using Gordon Murray Design's innovative iStream® technology. Enthusiasts will also be delighted to know that the car will feature the traditional TVR DNA of a front engine with rear wheel drive and a manual transmission, powered by a normally aspirated, dry-sumped, V8 engine, developed and engineered by Cosworth.
Les Edgar, Chairman of TVR said: "We know that a new TVR has to be better than just good – it has to be outstanding. From the outset we only wanted to work with the best partners in tahe business, and both Gordon Murray's and Cosworth's track records within motor sport and high performance car design and engineering speaks for themselves. GMD and Cosworth are the perfect partners for TVR and together, we will deliver a truly exceptional new car."
Production of the car will begin in 2017, and will be offered to the market at a competitive price point within its segment and consistent with TVR's positioning in the past. TVR has prioritised the company's position as an all-British institution, and the cars will be completely produced in new UK factory premises.
Gordon Murray, Chairman of Gordon Murray Design comments: "TVR is an iconic brand which has been an important part of British sports car manufacturing for many decades. Its return to manufacturing is an exciting development and the car deserves the best chassis and powertrain that can possibly be delivered. To that end, I am delighted that our company is involved with the project, and that TVR are using our iStream® technology."
Bruce Wood, Cosworth Technical Director, said: "We are proud to see Cosworth's industry-leading engineering at the heart of the revived TVR brand. Our team has been working closely with TVR and Gordon Murray Design to develop a powertrain solution that perfectly complements the exceptional performance characteristics of the new car. It's an exciting project and one which well suits Cosworth's engineering expertise."
Edgar continues: "We are a well-funded, well-supported organisation and boast a vastly experienced management team. We are here to stay and we have a fully evolved ten year plan for product and business development, and are committed to deliver on all the targets we have set ourselves - as we have done to date.
"Despite very deliberately maintaining a low profile since completing the acquisition of TVR two years ago, we have had an enormous amount of unsolicited interest from businesses, individuals and investors internationally. Such is the strength of the brand and the passion of its followers. It is a real privilege to be a part of the revival of a great British marque - one that will succeed through our single-minded desire to produce exceptional sports cars."
Ron Gensburg's 1985 TVR 280i Coupe.
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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.
It's with great pleasure that I can confirm that John Read will be our special guest for Out of the Woodwork 2018. As you may or may not know he is one of the forces behind the Tuscan Challenge and a racer of note. Read his bio in the Spring edition of the newsletter, quite impressive.
As always if there is anything I can do for anyone TVR related, just let me know.