A fantastic turn out proved why the TVRCC sets the standards that other Clubs simply aspire to at the 2007 NEC Classic Motor Show.
The final event marking the 60th anniversary of the setting up of Trevcar Motors saw 14 cars take pride of place on the largest Club stand in this year's show. These were:
||Paul & Andrea Bennett
We should have had 15 but nfortunately at the last minute we were unable to get the last car - the as yet uncompleted TVR TIna - to the show.
Thanks to everyone who showed their cars and gave their time to help man the stand.
The centrepiece though was the "dome" that was likened to the Eden Project. It certainly helped the Club to stand out from the crowd and attracted lots of members to the complimentary refreshments area that we had positioed inside adjacent to No 2 and the TVRCC TV big video screen. We must thank Chris Walton and his team at Trigger Events who put the dome together for us. I am sure tht Chris will not mind me mentioning that it is available for hire for other promotional events...
Over the weekend over 50 new members joined the Club and over £1000 of regalia ordered. it was espcially nice to welcome back into the fold John Bailie, who many years ago had been an employee at TVR and was responsible for much the company's marketing through the 1960s and 1970s. Je was a founding member of the TVRCC and we are pleased that we will be able to re-unite him with his original 2 figure membership number!
But the piece-de-resistance of the wqeekend was the Annual Classic & Sport Car Magazine Club awards, held in the adjacent hall to our stand after the main show had finished. We met with many friends from other car clubs before sitting down to hear the verdict from C&SC as to how we had all done during the year. Third place in the best Club Magazine (Large Clubs) category went to TVR Sprint and third also in the best event award to Diamond Rock.
We were runner up in the best show stand category, second only to the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts' Club who in their first year at the NEC Show had brought along a cutaway but fully driveable Rolls. We we also narrowly beaten to the title as Club of the Year by the Ferrari Owners Club but C&SC Clubs Editor David Evans said that there was nothing to choose between us and either Club could have won it. The reason that we most likely did not is simply because for the first time as far as we are aware in the Club awards history, one club, the TVRCC, took two trophies on the night. Firstly, we weere awarded the trophy for the most interesting selection of cars at the show and then were also awarded the title of Best Club Website (Large Clubs). We must thank Paul Calland and all his team at Cypher Digital for all of their efforts in the achievement of that award.
In four years, that makes it five trophies for the TVRCC (2004: Best Magazine TVR Sprint; 2005: Best Club Personality Simon Lacey; 2006 Best Event Back Home). The challenge now is how to go one stage better for 2008...
Photographs with thanks to Andy Hills, Paul Calland, Keith Smith & Ralph Dodds