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jamiehol
11-10-2018, 08:55 PM
After catching up on some sleep, time for a trip report on my experience of the Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run.

If you haven’t read my other thread basically it is a MSA touring run open to any Triumph car including the Acclaim. The run is basically a 2000 mile 48 hour event. The run was first run in 1966 and has been run every other year since, there was one year in the 70s when it wasn’t run due to the fuel crisis.

This year the event started and finished at Knebworth House and we had to be at John
O’Groats for Saturday breakfast and down at Lands End for Sunday breakfast.

The overall route we followed this year is in the picture below:
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Whilst there are there are the two end of country checkpoints, there are a number in between. Each of the controls are open for an hour and you need to get the road book signed at each point.

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Each control is open for a hour apart from the breakfast stops that are open for two. As this is a non competative event if you arrive at a control early the road book will be signed but you won’t get it back until the control opens.

Despite the car throwing a wobble two weeks before the event with the clutch packing up and the diff springing a leak the car was all ready for the run.

So mid morning on Friday we meet up at Colin’s house where the car was, the final prep work included packing the boots with spares and getting the car all stickered up.

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With the prep complete we set off for Knebworth which was a couple of hours away, as I had only driven the car once before I piloted the car from sunny Essex to Knebworth.

We got to Knebworth at around 15:00 which left us plenty of time to sign on and mill round the assembling cars.

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As the picture shows there is everything from two seaters up to the big saloons and estates.

At just before we had a final drivers briefing and boarded our cars ready to get going at 18:00.

At 18:00 the cars started to stream out of Knebworth being the rookie driver I took the easy first shift, so just gone 18:00 we hit the A1 for the run to Wetherby for the first control. The run up the first part of the A1 went well apart from it being wet due to rain.

We had already decided to stop at Bardale services for fuel as it was cheaper than Wetherby which we knew was over £1.50 a litre, as we pulled into Bardale our ETA for Wetherby was 5 minutes before the control opened after a quick splash and dash we were back on the road and we rolled into Wetherby about 10 minutes after the control opened. It was still a bit at Wetherby.

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At Wetherby we swapped drivers and head for our next control just on the Scottish border, as we joined the A68 and started to climb the hills we noticed the car struggled climbing and if you tried to push it, it pinked badly. We got to the next control after it had been open 20 minutes now we pushed on towards Knockhill.

I was trying to get some sleep in the back of the car from Wetherby but it was easy. Heading towards Knockhill we went around the outskirts of Edinburgh we crossed the Queensferry crossing which I was amazed to see it undergoing a lot of roadworks already.

Just before Knockhill we swapped drivers again so Chris got his first stint in, we slogged on from Knockhill up towards Skiach for the next control.

At Skiach we swapped drivers and I was back in the driving seat, between Skiach and John O’Groats Chris and I shared the driving. We finally rolled into John O’Groats at gone 8:00. It was still miserable weather when we got there, but by the time we left it had at least stopped raining.

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After a hearty breakfast we were back on the road with a Colin in the driving seat and me in the navigators seat, we were heading back for a control at Skiach again but this time going across the top and taking in a bit of the North Cost 500 route.
During this leg we came across our first deviation from the official route where we found a B road closed, we took a small diversion that added a few miles on but was probably quicker as it was all A roads it also allowed us to,keep on the NC500 route a little longer. The scenery was pretty damn good at this point.

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We ended up arriving back at a Skiach an hour early, some folks had made it back there two hours early. We made use of the down time to get some lunch and catch up with some folks that Chris and Colin know.

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After Skiach it was time to head across towards Stirling via Fort William, it was nice to be back in the driving seat at this point to be able to enjoy the great roads.

At Sterling we swapped drivers and Chris took the helm for the slog into Saturday night we hit the motorways out of Scotland and onto the M6 for the next checkpoint at Tebay services.

We made use of the facitilties at Tebay to grab some food and a hot drink, after Tebay continued the drive down the M6 to head towards Chirk as we went over the Manchester Ship Canal bridge I thought we were almost home, I think in part through tiredness and also haveing travelled over it as part of my weekly commute when at Uni.

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Part two to follow over the weekend.

Diamond Hell
12-10-2018, 09:06 AM
Great starting piece. Looking forward to the rest.

How much is it to enter and what are the requirements for the Triumphs? How modified can they be? :whistle:

Love the fact that I've seen this line in this and the other thread:


open to any Triumph car including the Acclaim

Is it like some sort of pariah in Triumph circles?

Bless - there's only 140 remaining, the run's hardly going to be mobbed by them!

Neil Mac
12-10-2018, 10:36 AM
The trouble with rallying the Acclaim is that the tripmeter is quite cumbersome:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/resources/images/4376146.jpg?display=1&htype=0&type=responsive-gallery

Dave B
12-10-2018, 01:55 PM
Wasn't the Acclaim about the best Triumph that they made....as it was a Honda ?

jamiehol
12-10-2018, 06:29 PM
Wasn't the Acclaim about the best Triumph that they made....as it was a Honda ?

In some ways yes, in Triumph circles as I learnt last weekend it is known as the ashame.

jamiehol
12-10-2018, 06:34 PM
Great starting piece. Looking forward to the rest.

How much is it to enter and what are the requirements for the Triumphs? How modified can they be? :whistle:

Love the fact that I've seen this line in this and the other thread:



Is it like some sort of pariah in Triumph circles?

Bless - there's only 140 remaining, the run's hardly going to be mobbed by them!

So entry excluding Club Triumph membership is £125 per person in the team, they do limit the entry to 140 cars.

In terms of modified cars then there was a Triumph 2000 with an E36 6 pot in it as well as a GT6 with a NA MX5 lump and a Viteesse with a turbo MX5 lump in it.

Yes the Acclaim is very much the pariah in Triumph circles.