Tanglewood Resort, Texas
Vintage Triumph Register 2016 Convention, Friday 7 October 2016.
Guest speaker: Richard Langworth
Location: Tanglewood Resort,Pottsboro, Texas.
Synopsis: Reflections on fifty years of messing about with Triumphs: “I’d never say this if I were not among friends, but Ferraris bore me. Just unaffordable excellence. My fun derives from funky vintage British cars.”
Speaker: Richard Langworth has been an automotive writer since 1969. After a freelance article in Automobile Quarterly, he joined AQ as associate and later senior editor. In 1975 he left to freelance. He has since written or co-authored more than fifty books and 2000 articles on automotive history. Richard and Barbara have owned ten Triumphs from a 1938 Dolomite to an assortment of Mayflowers, Renowns, TR3s, and TR4s. In 1975, he and some friends met in a Detroit bar and founded the Vintage Triumph Register. The time had come, they declared, for an club devoted to every car Triumph built. In 1979, Richard teamed with Graham Robson to write Triumph Cars: The Complete History, from Tri-Car to Acclaim. The book was in print thirty years it was republished in a fine new edition in 2018.
“I started with a TR3—a new 3A. Bought in 1962 for a king’s ransom. Most of the $2365 was a loan from my dad. It was red on red, a rare combination. I stupidly didn’t specify the $35 optional Michelin tires, and the stock Dunlop Gold Seals wore out in 7000 miles. It was hit in the rear and after that was stolen. (You know how easy it is to hot-wire a TR3?)”