Tag: Bond Equipe

Triumph Cars: The Whole Story, the Last Word: Coming in September

Triumph Cars: The Whole Story, the Last Word: Coming in September

Announc­ing the return of Tri­umph Cars: The Com­plete Sto­ry. One of the best books I ever wrote (actu­al­ly co-wrote, with the great Gra­ham Rob­son), arrives in Sep­tem­ber from  Veloce Pub­lish­ing in Eng­land. This is the finest edi­tion ever. It con­tains scores of new full col­or car por­traits of great Tri­umphs from the 1920s to the last TR8s of the 1980s. To order a copy at a guar­an­teed pre-pub­li­ca­tion price, go to Ama­zon (USA) or Ama­zon (UK).

This book was as good as it was because we man­aged to find and inter­view so many old Tri­umph hands.…

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“The Vintage Triumph” and Triumphs in My Life

“The Vintage Triumph” and Triumphs in My Life

All Tri­umphs All the Time: Issue 150 of The Vin­tage Tri­umph mag­a­zine, 2015 

Har­ry Barnes was to have been our first edi­tor, but quick­ly decid­ed he couldn’t do it. I was elect­ed, pro­duc­ing issues 1-18 from 1974 to 1977. Look­ing at those pro­duc­tions, I’m struck that while Tri­umphs haven’t changed much else has in half a life­time.

Annu­al dues were $10—equal to $48 today, but didn’t buy as much. Imag­ine a world with­out com­put­ers! You print­ed off sheets of clean, “cam­era-ready” type. We couldn’t afford type­set­ting; those who didn’t have elec­tric type­writ­ers put a brand new rib­bon in their Rem­ing­tons and banged hard on the keys.…

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Sunbeam Harrington Harangue

Sunbeam Harrington Harangue

Sun­beam Har­ring­ton Le Mans: first encounter. It was in 1963 at Beck­rag Motors in Irv­ing­ton, New Jer­sey, where I’d arrived to buy a bolt-on hard­top for my Sun­beam Alpine. The Le Mans was in their show­room, gleam­ing red, entic­ing­ly shaped, with wire wheels, snug Micro­cell buck­et seats and the wal­nut dash­board I’d tried to fake with con­tac-paper on my Alpine. It looked like 100 mph stock-still. The price was $4295, about $3000 more than I could even bor­row. I had to stick with my hard­top Alpine.

The Le Mans was your basic Eng­lish blacksmith’s revenge, cob­bled up from a pro­duc­tion vehi­cle, like the Tri­umph Her­ald-based Bond Equipe, but rather more impres­sive.…

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