This calendar year I prescribe ten years Auto Motor Klassiek. During this period I met many people and made reports with them and their classics. In the coming period I will share a number of memories from the past ten years with you, in which I will randomly highlight a number of cars that we used on the road. Today the second memory: on the road with three Triumph TR copies in corona time.
The world had just recovered from the blow, which the world could not get used to. The virus, named after the year it all started, had the earth in its grip. But during the prelude to the summer of 2020, hope dawned again. We were allowed more again. We were allowed to meet again. And make reports. The lockdown is unveiled, I wrote at the time. And that symbolized the open roofs of three Triumph TR copies: the TR6 of Huib de Graaf, the TR6 (injection) of Hein Leemhuis and the TR3A of Ben Wilbrink.
The appointment to make a report came about during CLASSICSNL 2019 in Leeuwarden, and half a year later, after the world had taken off a jacket, the time had come. The company fit together, the technical specifications flew over the table, the origin of Huibs' preference for the TR6 was discussed, and much more.
The sky threatened to throw a spanner in the works, the sometimes dark clouds symbolized that we were allowed to do something again, but that the dark corona time was not over yet. But at the moment the engines of the three Triumph TR copies were started by their owners we felt the liberation, with three times Union Jack as its champions. It was not only because of this that this day was right, and it unfolded in a beautiful way. Huib's preparation was impressive, he arranged a fantastic photo location, a beautiful villa with ditto garden. There, Bart Spijker could go all out and let his photographic talents shine in full glory.
So did the three British classic sports cars. The engine sound was powerful, which came in even more beautifully thanks to the open roof. The pace was mighty, the tangible effects of the powerband of those two six-cylinder TR6 copies. And in the meantime it was amazing to see how easily Ben Wilbrink followed us with his patinated and technically flawless TR3A. The nestor of the three Triumphs made an impact, as the three cars made an impact in the environment, which hesitantly came back to life.
This day made a deep impression in 2020. It was a day that made the most beautiful flowers bloom on the edge of the corona ravine. The ravine we scrambled out of. Thanks to a wonderful company, Thanks to the impressive impression, which the three Triumph TR copies made on us. And thanks to the realization that the budding freedom during that shaky period was not yet a matter of course. And were allowed to enjoy this freedom.