Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Triumph Register of America National Rally, Little Switzerland, NC


Not everything I saw and photographed during my weekend trip to the mountains was barn quilts. There were antique cars, too!

The Blue Ridge Parkway is much loved by motorcyclists and antique car aficionados due to its 45 mph speed limit and twists and bends. I've never driven the parkway without seeing packs of middle aged Harley Davidson riders and restored cars ranging from Model A's of the 1930's to muscle cars of the 1970's.

I drove up to Little Switzerland just off the BRP to see if I could get some good landscape shots. And this is what I found - all sorts of restored Triumphs.



This guy saw me in the parking lot and asked me to take his photo. His car is the only one I know the age of; he was driving a 1959 Triumph.


This was the Triumph Register of America's annual rally. It is associated with the British TR Register in the UK and is the national association for TR2, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, and 4A owners. They came from all over. I saw license plates from the Midwestern states and Canada in the parking lot.

The cars were gorgeous, but my brother owned a TR-7 back in the 1970's and it spent more time in the shop being repaired than being driven. I always regarded Triumphs as more of a weekend car and you better keep the phone number of a towing company nearby.

6 comments:

dinahmow said...

Shiny! We likes it...

But we'd rather have an MG! I've always said, perhaps unkindly, that it's a triumph if you can get it going!

Still, they do look nice...

Diane AZ said...

The triumphs are all gorgeous! Nice of that guy to pose in his car for you. :)

Toffeeapple said...

That has brought back memories of seeing them driving through our country lanes. I used to work in garage that specialised in Triumph repairs - it was always busy!

Karen said...

Di: I really, really, really want the black one. Except that I took another look and wondered about that big oil stain right underneath the front.

Diane: Restored to a T (for Triumph).

Toffeeapple: I never understood how a auto company could make such a beautiful looking car that was more in the repair shop than on the road. I guess it was that lack of reliability that led to their demise.

Rose L said...

Cute little cars! I also saw some vehicles on display in an iris garden I visited.
http://poetrose24.blogspot.com/

Karen said...

Rose: Thank you so much for the link and the pictures!