2022 Event Reports

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February Breakfast Meeting by Giles Cooper

Well the weather forecast wasn’t promising the predictions varied from downpours to gales and anything in between. However the Sunday morning was relatively bright and rain wasn’t forecast until later in the afternoon, so I decided to take the Tiger to the meeting.

Now I will admit it hasn’t been used that much recently (well have any of us) so a quick refuel and it was hopefully ready to go. The wind was worse that I had thought, a combination of cold tyres and wind gusts meant the journey was a bit slower as the car kept being hit by crosswinds. You would think that a machine only 3 feet tall wouldn’t be affected but not out in the open countryside. Anyway I got to the venue to find everyone else had not turned up in their Tigers - yes I was the only one and I wasn’t even the closest (Griff is 1 mile closer than me to the venue).

Once there the ex Tiger Racing workshop looks like a scrapyard with loads of half dismantled cars parked outside it, which doesn’t really enhance the surroundings. On the other hand nothing looks that appealing on a damp winters morning.

There were a lot of club members present quite a few I hadn’t seen for over 2 years, I sat on a table with Andy Dunn, Dom Eaves and Dave Tomblin the last time I had seen Andy was the AGM in 2020, as for Dom and Dave I think that was October 2019. Others who we hadn’t seen for a long time included Nathan Neal (August 2018),

After having some food and a lot of chattering we came to leave. At this point I jumped back into the Tiger and found it didn’t want to start. A few minutes of turning it over and it caught so I could drive home.

After getting home I thought the battery might be a bit flat, so having found my last battery charger had ceased to work I went looking for a new one. A bit of searching later and I found a Ring smart battery charger. No it doesn’t connect to a phone (which is what most things referred to as smart do these days) instead it can test as well as charge the battery.

I found one from Halfords as the price was reasonable and it meant I wasn’t waiting for delivery and plugged it in. One of the built in tests is to measure the cranking amps the battery can deliver. According to the label on the battery it can put out 450, when tested it was down to 230. The battery was also only 60% charged. Wonder why it wouldn’t start… looks like I need a new battery now.

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March Breakfast Meeting by Giles Cooper

Normally I would put in a bit about the drive down to an event, however for me it was a boring drive (A1,A14, turn off and get to venue). Seemed easy enough, however for a lot of people this was a challenge. The problem is that the venue used to be directly on the A14 until the new extension was built. It is now on the A1307 which was the eastbound carriageway.

There were people going up and down the roads trying to find the site. Eventually everyone did make it and we had a good turnout all the 20 people who had said they were coming arrived.

So we had a Harley Davison (Jim Danks), a Honda Civic Type-R (Paul Ashby), a Westfield (Dom Eaves), a MK Indy (Kevin Greeves), a Morgan (Tony Haggie) and 8 Tigers (myself, Griff, Adrian Spriggs, Geoff Cross, Andy Dunn, Steve Newman, Peter Hinton and Steve Tuck). Due to the renewal numbers that meant we had almost a quarter of the club present in one location.

The most important part of the day was then getting the cameras out and ensuring that we photographed everything together. I need the photos as there isn’t much else to go in the newsletter this month.

After the photos were taken and a lot of chatting we then went and had breakfast in the venue. A good breakfast later and we went out to take more pictures and then started departing. I think a few of them then decided to go on for another drive, but I had to get things done and so headed home


Dom Eaves' Westfield
Picture: Giles Cooper

Dom Eaves' Minature Car
Picture: Giles Cooper

Geoff Cross' Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper

Andy Dunn's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper

Kevin Greeves' MK Indy
Picture: Giles Cooper

Giles Cooper's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper

Jim Danks' Harley Davison
Picture: Giles Cooper

Allan Griffin's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper

Adrian Spriggs' Tiger Super 6
Picture: Giles Cooper

Peter Hinton's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper

Steve Tuck's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper

Tony Haggie's Morgan
Picture: Giles Cooper

Paul Ashby's Honda Civic Type-R
Picture: Giles Cooper

Steve Newman's Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper

Group Photo
Picture: Giles Cooper

Group Photo
Picture: Giles Cooper

Group Photo
Picture: Giles Cooper

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April Breakfast Meeting by Giles Cooper

Well the turn out for the March breakfast meeting was good, however we exceeded that and ended up with 19 cars at the Tap Room for a meeting. That is almost a third of the club in one place just to have breakfast.

It was good to see some new faces as well as some who hadn’t been seen for a few years.

The new (to meeting us) members were Stan Burton (Snetterton) and Michael Dewsbury (Birmingham). Michael had said he was a bit worried his VX220 would be out of place with all the Tigers but after arriving and finding the Marlin, MK, Morgan, Westfield and a Fiesta realised that the club just caters for like minded people.

After plenty of photos and discussion we went in and had some good food (a few who ordered the large breakfast found it was rather larger than expected), before more chatting and then finally some of the group decided to go on to Thetford, where as I headed back towards Wisbech as I needed to talk to Tiger about the Stradsett show.

Mike Ramsdale's Locost
Mike Ramsdale's Locost
Picture: Giles Cooper
Allan Griffin's Tiger Avon
Allan Griffin's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper
Angus Grooby's Marlin
Angus Grooby's Marlin
Picture: Giles Cooper
Kevin Greeves MK Indy
Kevin Greeves MK Indy
Picture: Giles Cooper
Adrian Spriggs' Tiger Super 6
Adrian Spriggs' Tiger Super 6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Stan Burton's Tiger Cat
Stan Burton's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper
Giles Cooper's Tiger Cat
Giles Cooper's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper
Jim Danks' Tiger ZR6
Jim Danks' Tiger ZR6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Dom Eaves' Westfield
Dom Eaves' Westfield
Picture: Giles Cooper
Tony Haggie's Morgan
Tony Haggie's Morgan
Picture: Giles Cooper
Andy Dunn's Fiesta (no fuel for tiger)
Andy Dunn's Fiesta (no fuel for tiger)
Picture: Giles Cooper
Michael Dewsbury's VX220
Michael Dewsbury's VX220
Picture: Giles Cooper
Peter Hinton's Tiger Avon
Peter Hinton's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper
Geoff Cross' Tiger Avon
Geoff Cross' Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper
Richard Gaze's Tiger Avon
Richard Gaze's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper
Steve Newman's Tiger R6
Steve Newman's Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Dave Sneesby's Tiger R6
Dave Sneesby's Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Steve Tuck's Tiger Cat
Steve Tuck's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper
Dave Sams' Tiger R6
Dave Sams' Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Group Photo of the cars
Group Photo of the cars
Picture: Giles Cooper

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Stradsett Show by Giles Cooper

For Stradsett I had agreed to go and help out Tiger setting up on the Saturday before the show. As they were transporting cars to the show and only Paul was staying over a few people needed a lift back to Wisbech and the Tiger wasn’t really suitable to carry 5 people so I took the BMW instead.

I arrived at the factory to find nobody else there yet - a short while later Jim appeared and we started moving vehicles around. Tiger were taking Paul’s R6 and Clio, both going in the lorry, the Lotus Cortina on a trailer (towed by the new works van), a mostly standard Cortina (driven by Ty), and Paul was driving his Escort down.

As you can imagine getting all that moving took a while. But finally we were ready to set out. At this point feeling hungry I nipped up to Morrisons to grab a sandwich. Figuring they would catch me up or I would have to chase them down.

So having got some food I went to pull out the petrol station - no sign of them, this is strange. I headed back to the factory and found the standard Cortina had come to a halt with a problem. What had happened was the rotor arm had split, somewhere in the boxes of Ford spares there was a spare so with that replaced it was back on the road.

No problem, however when approaching the turn off for Stradsett we kept on going as the Satnav didn’t tell Jim to turn left and we all followed him. To be fair for some reason there weren’t any signs out saying show this way, but finally we made it.

Now the fun started after unloading the cars from the lorry we needed to put the awning up. The last time anyone did this was at the Parson Drove car show in 2019. First challenge - remember how it goes together. Second problem - tall people. I don’t consider myself that tall (I’m just 6 feet tall) but compared to everyone else there (Paul, Laura, Jim, Ty and Bex) I am a lot taller, so guess who got all the lifting jobs…

We finally got the canopy up and assembled in about 2 hours - this is quicker than it took at Parson Drove but it wasn’t a windy day which made it a lot easier to handle as it stopped the canvas sheets acting like giant sails.

So with all that done we headed home to go back on the day of the show.

On the Sunday I headed back to the show the weather wasn’t as good as on the Saturday but it was still reasonable - there was a very brief rain shower (less than a minute) but that was all. There was a reasonable selection of cars (no other kits though) and a lot of tractors to look at.

It was a good day but as to be expected with a tractor show the journey home until I got back to the A47 was rather slow due to people driving tractors and large transporters home.

Giles Cooper's Tiger Cat
Giles Cooper's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper
Paul Dudley's Renault Clio
Paul Dudley's Renault Clio
Picture: Giles Cooper
Jim Dudley's Lotus Cortina
Jim Dudley's Lotus Cortina
Picture: Giles Cooper
Paul Dudley's Escort
Paul Dudley's Escort
Picture: Giles Cooper
Austin Cambridge
Austin Cambridge
Picture: Giles Cooper
Lotus Cortina
Lotus Cortina
Picture: Giles Cooper
Paul Dudley's Tiger R6
Paul Dudley's Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Singer
Singer
Picture: Giles Cooper
1950s Buick
1950s Buick
Picture: Giles Cooper
Ford Granada Mk 3
Ford Granada Mk 3
Picture: Giles Cooper
Ford Escort Mk 1
Ford Escort Mk 1
Picture: Giles Cooper
Completely (non) standard Ford Anglia 105e
Completely (non) standard Ford Anglia 105e
Picture: Giles Cooper
1959 Dodge Coronet
1959 Dodge Coronet
Picture: Giles Cooper
1960s BBC Outside Broadcast van
1960s BBC Outside Broadcast van
Picture: Giles Cooper
Rusty fam tractor
Rusty fam tractor
Picture: Giles Cooper
Some posing 3x4s
Some posing 3x4s
Picture: Giles Cooper
Ford Cortina (which caused the problems)
Ford Cortina (which caused the problems)
Picture: Giles Cooper
Group Photo
Group Photo
Picture: Giles Cooper

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Norfolk Run by Allan Griffin

This years Norfolk run took place on Saturday 14th May. This being the first time in 2 1/2 years we have been able to host this event due to restrictions surrounding the COVID outbreak.

The route planned was written 2 ½ years ago and the pub The New Forge at Alysham booked so the first thing was to contact the pub to see if they were still in business and secondly confirm a booking for the run, this was all done and confirmed the Norfolk Run 2022 was on.

Emails were circulated and numbers gathered as to who wanted to go. Not sure of the response as this would be the biggest run for a long time I was pleasantly surprised to have 19 cars and 29 people answering the call, all attended on the day.

Thank you all for the support it is really appreciated as a lot of work goes into these events, even though the route was written it was still checked (thanks Giles for the support) and emails responses gathered, pub booked, Tiger Racing informed as we were starting there, and on the morning communicating with lunch stop as to how many were coming and expected time of arrival. We were supposed to have menus to pre-book our food but the pub was redesigning their menus and these were not ready prior to the event, so it was order on the day.

When we got to Tiger Racing at 10.00am a few had already arrived and the rest steadily came to the start point. There was Rachel and myself, Giles, Andy Dunn, Dom and Dave, Jim Danks, Peter and Jenny Hinton, Richard Gaze and Caitlin, Paul and Sally, Ady and Mandy, Mike Finch, Kev Greeves, Angus Grooby, Frank Thurston, Steve Tuck, Dave and Jane Sams, Steve and Heather Newman, Tony and Liz Haggie, Neil Whitehead, Carl and Carolyn Lumley and finally Paul Lilley and Sarah. Some of these people had not seen each other for over two years so a lot of chatter was taking place so when were set to go I was amazed we left on time at 11.00 am.

With this number of cars , it was always going to be hard to stay together but I was not expecting to have no one behind me after only a few miles. We sat at the next junction waiting and waiting until finally Andy came beside Us and informed us that Ady had his exhaust fall off (this was to end his run in the Tiger but Ady and Mandy came along In their newly acquired Sirocco after limping the Tiger home) and to carry on. We headed out towards Wattlington and when we had to stop for a train at the level crossing a large part of the group gathered behind. When the barriers lifted off we go again and as we approached the A47 on East Winch road I saw a number of the group heading off down the A47 (No idea how that happened). The 3 of us carried on (Andy Dunn and Richard Gaze) and never saw anyone again until Gressenhall where I took a wrong turn Andy followed me and Richard took the correct turning but we were back with each other within a mile. That is one of the good points of the TomTom Rider sat navs they automatically put you back on route if you stray off it. A short while later, back together and we arrive at the lunch stop to find Neil already there – that has to be a first and unbeknown to us 4 more cars were in another car park. We all joined up in the pub car park and everyone else gradually arrived.

The pub was spot on. Myself and Rachel both opting for the Thai food, a few had food from the English menu but as far as I’m aware all was good with the venue and for the first time I sampled non-alcoholic ale Ghostship which was surprisingly nice.

A few discussions took place about the different routes people had arrived from and how the different makes of sat nav vary on their mapping systems, but hey ho, we all arrived for lunch. Before leaving Giles had to make some minor adjustments on his car as the clutch was slipping and Steve Tuck proceeded to dance on top of his engine whilst others checked to see if he had broken one of his front springs, almost it was a broken shock instead.

Now it was time to load the second map, as this route was deliberately written in two halves to avoid anyone missing the lunch stop. We all set of in land heading towards the coast road however just before West Runton there was a road closure and people took different approaches to this, some followed the diversion, or if you are like me made my way to meet the A149 on the outskirt of Cromer and headed off towards the fuel stop along the A149 to Burnham Deepdale. We have travelled this coast road on many occasions now and after this time I don’t think I will be planning this on any more runs as the road surface is not very good and the congestion is appalling. When we arrived at the fuel stop we were missing three cars, Mike and Frank who had taken a wrong turning that Giles saw. Giles waited for a while but they never appeared so he set off for the fuel stop. Richard had suffered a gearbox rear mounting failure so had headed straight for home.

After drinks and ice creams members of the group started to head off home. This part of the run turned out to be the best driving of the day as we set off inland towards Docking and Fring eventually meeting the A149 at Sandringham. The day was made better by the lovely weather we had and the fabulous group of people who came along, once again thank you for the support.

Paul Lilley's Tiger Cat
Paul Lilley's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper
Tony Haggie's Morgan
Tony Haggie's Morgan
Picture: Giles Cooper
Peter Hinton's Tiger Avon
Peter Hinton's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper
Allan Griffin's  Tiger Avon
Allan Griffin's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper
Richard Gaze's  Tiger Avon
Richard Gaze's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper
Andy Dunn's  Tiger Avon
Andy Dunn's Tiger Avon
Picture: Giles Cooper
Jim Danks' Tiger R6
Jim Danks' Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Steve Newman's Tiger R6
Steve Newman's Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Mike Finch's Tiger Super 6
Mike Finch's Tiger Super 6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Frank Thurston's Tiger Super 6 SSI
Frank Thurston's Tiger Super 6 SSI
Picture: Giles Cooper
Dom Eaves' Westfield
Dom Eaves' Westfield
Picture: Giles Cooper
Dave Sams' Tiger R6
Dave Sams' Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Steve Tuck's Tiger Cat
Steve Tuck's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper
Giles Cooper's Tiger Cat
Giles Cooper's Tiger Cat
Picture: Giles Cooper
Kevin Greeves' MK Indy
Kevin Greeves' MK Indy
Picture: Giles Cooper
Angus Grooby's Marlin
Angus Grooby's Marlin
Picture: Giles Cooper
Paul Ashby's Mazda MX-5
Paul Ashby's Mazda MX-5
Picture: Giles Cooper
Carl Lumley's Tiger R6
Carl Lumley's Tiger R6
Picture: Giles Cooper
Adrian Spriggs' VW Scirocco
Adrian Spriggs' VW Scirocco
Picture: Giles Cooper
Giles Cooper playing the rocker cover drums
Giles Cooper playing the rocker cover drums
Picture: Dom Eaves
How many Tiger owners does it take to fix an exhaust
How many Tiger owners does it take to fix an exhaust
Picture: Giles Cooper
Did the fix work (NOPE!)
Did the fix work (NOPE!)
Picture: Giles Cooper
Steve Tuck showing the local how to use a Tiger as a dance stage
Steve Tuck showing how to use a Tiger as a dance stage
Picture: Dom Eaves





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