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Classic car owner Keith Edmunds reigned ‘triumphant’ in the Spring final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition, claiming first place with his 1972 Triumph Spitfire after winning the public vote out of the 20 finalists.
It would be fair to say that the 1300 is one of Triumph’s most significant post-war models – it was their first front wheel drive car and it was a prime example of their saloons, which were as important to their brand image as their sports cars.
At classic shows, I occasionally encounter those cars with the instant power to return me to the time of three channel television, Adam Ant and Diana Dors in the Prince Charming video and when the Sony C7 video-recorder was a major status symbol. The 35 year-old Triumph Acclaim, launched on the 7th October 1981 and promising ‘sheer driving pleasure’ is one such vehicle. - Written by Andy Roberts.
It is Wednesday 20th May 1953, and the location is the Jabbeke highway in Belgium. When Ken Richardson took to the wheel of MVC 575, he set a new record for a two-litre production sports car. As the narrator puts it ‘it’s safe to predict a great future for new Triumph sports car’.
‘The original Herald design sketch was of a coupé. To my mind, it is the best-looking body style for a Herald, and the two-tone red and white paint is also my favourite colour combination’. And Rich Philpot’s 1963 example is the epitome of the Triumph that you could ‘Park With Pride!’
Forty one years ago, production ended of one of the great post-war British sports cars. One US motoring journalist wrote, ‘I didn’t think they’d ever make cars like that again, but the Triumph TR8 reminds me why I fell in love with cars in the first place’. Countless other enthusiasts feel the same way.