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October 17, 2010

A nice Saturday drive.

Filed under: Cars,Photography — chuck goolsbee @ 11:21 am

As I stated in the previous post, yesterday I joined my friend Mark Collien in his 1973 Triumph TR-6 for a drive around middle Maryland with some other Triumph cars (and one other vintage British machine built somewhere other than Coventry.) I brought along my camera gear and snapped some photos for you…

Mark & his TR.
Mark & his TR.
Mark driving his TR.
Mark driving his TR.
Mark driving his TR.
Mark driving his TR.
The obligatory Chuck shot.
The obligatory Chuck shot.
Triumphs.
Triumphs.
Triumphs.
Triumphs.
Mark's dash.
Mark's dash.
Mark driving at night.
Mark driving at night.
The dash of the TR-6 at night.
The dash of the TR-6 at night.

I drove the TR-6 for a while. What a fun car! Suffered from quite a bit of scuttle-shake, and lacked the throttle response of the E-type – but it pulled quite well, and made wonderful noises. Had all the charm and attraction of classic British sports car.

6 Comments

  1. I gotta say: Your obligatory “chuck shot’ is among the best, if not THE best of ‘chuck’s-hanging’-out-the-side-of-a-moving-vehicle-fearless-of-imminent-death’ ones you’ve taken!

    Comment by vrooomie — October 19, 2010 @ 8:46 am

  2. Wonderful pictures. Between the title of this entry and the other entry of the still life with bridge, I half expected the “mystery car” on the other side of the bridge to be an alloy air car. 🙂

    The TR6 is a wonderful machine. Unfortunately, we Americans were left with Strombergs instead of the Lucas PI. Replacing the stock carbs with triple side-draught Webers would do wonders for the throttle response. It looks like Mr. Collien as opted to keep things relatively stock, though. Beautiful car!

    One of my first drives in my TR250 after my build was on Skyline Drive in the Fall colors (lived in Vienna VA for a few years).

    Comment by martin_watson — October 19, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  3. “I gotta say: Your obligatory “chuck shot’ is among the best, if not THE best of ‘chuck’s-hanging’-out-the-side-of-a-moving-vehicle-fearless-of-imminent-death’ ones you’ve taken!”

    Chuck’s cheating now – has a fancy monopod he sticks out the side of the car. Have to watch for mailboxes though… 🙂

    Comment by markc — October 19, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

  4. “The TR6 is a wonderful machine. Unfortunately, we Americans were left with Strombergs instead of the Lucas PI. Replacing the stock carbs with triple side-draught Webers would do wonders for the throttle response. It looks like Mr. Collien as opted to keep things relatively stock, though. Beautiful car!”

    Thanks for the compliments. It’s stock except for being blueprinted and bored out .030, and a hotter cam shaft 🙂 The PO had Webers on it and never could them sorted so he went back to the stock carbs. I’ve left it that way for now. If I do anything on the intake side it’ll either be the nice Rick Patton throttle body injection kit or the Moss supercharger.

    Before that, I think I’d rather spend my money on a 5 speed and upgrades to the rest of the drive train.

    “One of my first drives in my TR250 after my build was on Skyline Drive in the Fall colors (lived in Vienna VA for a few years).”

    I’m hoping to do a skyline drive trip sometime this fall before the snow flies.

    Comment by markc — October 19, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  5. Mark, a word of advice, from a guy who spent many a long year, working on TR-/GT-6s, w/Webers: Don’t.

    The Patton set-up looks to be a far better way to spend your moola, and a well-sorted Laycock de Normanville, wired to the top three cogs, is WAY better, faster, and more fun than a simple 5-speed.I bet Charles Runyan’s got all the goodies to do it, too!

    BTW, does that new monopod of chuck’s have widdle wheel on the end?

    LOL!!!

    Comment by vrooomie — October 20, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

  6. “Mark, a word of advice, from a guy who spent many a long year, working on TR-/GT-6s, w/Webers: Don’t.”

    Yeah. I don’t have any direct experience trying to set up my own Webers, but folks who have, all have your same advice!

    “well-sorted Laycock de Normanville, wired to the top three cogs, is WAY better, faster, and more fun than a simple 5-speed.I bet Charles Runyan’s got all the goodies to do it, too!”

    Heh, the key word there is simple. Though if I come across a reasonable J type OD I might consider it. I don’t know if Charles has all the pieces, but Quantum Mechanics does – including an entire rebuilt 4 speed with J type OD for a mere $2750.

    Plenty of things to spend your money on with an LBC!

    Comment by markc — October 21, 2010 @ 4:54 am

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