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Jabbeke TR2
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victor 101



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:01 am    Post subject: Jabbeke TR2 Reply with quote

Record breaking Triumph TR2 for sale. You will need deep pockets for this one. I don't know how to transfer the listing, sorry. but worth a look. What a beauty.
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peter scott



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://tinyurl.com/ycxsgfjh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07_AjnIyfyU

https://drive-my.com/en/test-drive/item/2700-1953-triumph-tr2-famous-jabbeke-tr2-restored-and-driven.html

Quote from Moss Europe:

This is the story... In May 1953 Ken Richardson, development engineer and test pilot for Triumph, drove a TR2, fitted with a standard engine on the Jabbeke motorway in Belgium and reached an average speed of 124.889 mph. At that time this was a World speed record for a production car with a 2litre engine.

Ken Richardson, was hired in 1952 by Sir John Black who was in charge of the Standard Triumph company during the post war period. His main objective was to develop the "Triumph Sports 20 TS" prototype and make a ‘true sports car’… so the Triumph TR2 was born. The TR2 was not only as fast as its main rival the Austin Healey, but it was cheaper to buy and more economical to use. With an average of 32mpg with its 2 litre engine, it was quite economical even by today’s standards.”

This feat in Jabbeke really cemented the TR2 as a firm contender to sell well in Europe and the USA and make the TR marque successful to the end.

MVC 575 was used as a Standard Triumph hack/test bed and was not looked after and eventually it was sold on, used and abused like any other sportscar, time took its toll and it suffered the usual amount of rust and was dismantled with restoration in mind and sold. Unfortunately MVC 575 has been left virtually untouched since 1976, Glen the founder of Protek Engineering bought the car just a few months ago with the aim to restore it back to it’s former glory. With the help of Moss Europe as main sponsor and parts supplier the progress he has made is phenomenal as you can see by the recent photos. This is what the TR Register said about it.
See the full story and all the latest photos at the official Jabbeke TR2 Facebook page
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victor 101



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for uploading that and for all the extra information.
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peter scott



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting. The third link of the three that I posted is probably the most interesting.

The standard TR2 gave 24.6 mph/1000 in overdrive top so the engine must have been running at 5,077 rpm. (Red line at 5,000.)

It clearly must have been aerodynamically pretty good to achieve 124 MPH with 90 BHP. Compare this with standard XK120 in my power and speed graphs that required something like 180 BHP to achieve the same speed.

Peter



The man standing beside MVC575 is Ken Richardson


The boy sitting on MSG798 is me.

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