National Triumph car convention attracts hundreds

Published: Oct. 7, 2016 at 9:53 PM CDT
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Triumph car owners from all over gathered at Tanglewood Resort this week for the 2016 Vintage Triumph Register National Convention.

Dave Pilcher, who helped organize the convention, said he hasn't met a stranger.

"I met a guy today from England who drove my car over to the airport for me - and I just met him," said Pilcher. "We're all one big family."

Pilcher said he owns four Triumph cars, all of which he brought to share with 250 people.

Eight even came from England all the way to Texoma, just to be with others who share the same appreciation for the British cars.

"We share cars, we drive them around. We get to see what eachother's cars feel like and drive like," said Pilcher.

Co-organizer Duncan Wood is originally from England and has two Triumphs.

"I've liked old cars since I've been a boy," said Wood.

He said his favorite is his Triumph Gloria Southern Cross: a two-seater, mid-1930s sports car.

"It's got a lot more character," said Wood. "It's also extremely unusual, obviously. There's only 13 of them in the world."

The five-day event had many activities, such as autocross, breakfast and dinner runs, a gimmick rally and a time-distance-speed rally to name some.

"If you ever get a chance to drive a Triumph, once you drive it, you'll want one," said Pilcher.

Next year's meet will be held in Princeton, New Jersey in August.

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