Triumph Competition Dept
based on the European legendary circuits, which still remain
Welcome to the Triumph Competition Dept of the ‘Legendary Circuits’ Series and dedicated to all Triumph models and derivatives, that are welcome to race in this series.
The most important advantage you’re offered when racing with us, is that we’re a safe group. Our Triumph Competition Dept. is no championship, and as a result you will be running less risk of being victimised by championship contenders, who still want to win the F1 World Championship.
You’re invited to cherry pick from our calendar, so you’ll only be paying your entry fee for the weekend. The next advantage is, that you can forget about these needless membership- and registration-fees, other clubs will charge you. And you’ll be saving money on your race licence too, because in our case you’ll be racing on your National race licence.
The Triumph Competition Dept. has no commercial objective and everyone involved in this series volunteers their time without financial reward.
Still this Triumph Competition Dept. is professionally organized and the only historic motor racing series that is offering you the comfort of your own Paddock Club.
Under the current Triumph Competiton Dept regulations many Triumph models are welcome to race in the Legendary Circuits’ Series. The most popular models being the Triumph Spitfire and the 2L Triumph GT6.
The Triumph Competition Dept. welcomes Production Road Sports Cars under 2.0L, up to and including 1971. But basically any road sports car that matches the speed and the ambiance of the grid is welcome, which includes bigger and/or later period cars.
Cars that have already joined our Triumph Competition Dept. before, are the Triumph GT6, Spitfire,TR3, TR4 and the TR6. Other models that are most welcome to join in are the Triumph TR2, TR3a, TR3b. Also the Triumph derivatives like the Dove GTR4, Italia 2000 Coupe, Peerless GT and Swallow Doretti are invited. Basically all the Triumph’s that match the speed of this Triumph Competition Dept. grid are welcome to join in. And that also includes the bigger TR250, TR5’s.
The Triumph Competition Dept. is using a set of regulations that fits one A4 page. The regs are mainly based on safety. You can race on the tyres of your choice and FIA ‘Vehicle Identification Forms’, Historical Technical Passports’ or ‘Heritage Certificates’ are helpful, but not mandatory.
We are a small club, so you don’t get lost in the crowd. We all know each other and share the same ‘old fashioned’ racing ethics, while enjoying the most legendary GP circuits.
We all greatly value the comfort of our paddock and carry a professional hospitality area around Europe, which we convert into our ‘Paddock Club’ once we arrive at a certain circuit. This is where we all meet and have a chat over the weekend. This service is free of charge and definitely the best way to quickly plug-in into the paddock. Our Paddock Club Brasserie offers it’s high quality services at club prices, which gives you an excellent opportunity to invite your wife ánd family to the circuits!
Our Triumph Competition Dept. has all the ingredients, to offer you the ultimate motor sport experience, you’ve always been looking for.
Pick your choice and click the banner below, which will take you to the ‘Race Calendar’ page, or click on ‘Test & Track Days’ , which will bring you to a wide choice of test and track days, all offering you a fine opportunity to prepare yourself, in a relaxed way, for one of the main Continental Historic Race Events. Join in & Enjoy !
History of the Triumph Competition Dept
It was in 1953, that the Triumph Competition Department made its first serious attempt in motorsport, starting with entries in the Mille Miglia and the famous Monte Carlo Rally, with some TR2’s. During the 50-ties, the Triumph Motor Company led a reasonably successful existence, where Triumph were even looking to buy-out other companies. However, the company was still quite small compared to giant companies like Austin and Morris. Because sales volumes were not really spectacular, it was hard to find the necessary funding in order to develop the next generation of cars.This eventually led to the take over of the Triumph marque by Leyland Motors, in 1961. This take over put a temporary stop to the Triumph Competition Dept. motorsport activities. Leyland Motors were not at all convinced of the benefits of competition and the works Triumph Competition Dept. was closed in a cost cutting exercise.
Only in 1962, the decision for the Triumph Competition Dept to leave motorsport was turned back, following increasing pressure from the Triumph engineering group. To start with, te return to motorsport was limited to rallying. But Harry Webster, the chief engineer in command, and overlooking all motorsport activities, had big plans for the Triumph Competition Dept.. Mr Webster proved to be a motorsport enthusiast on a mission and his focus definitely was to get Triumph back ‘on track’.
In the autumn of 1963, chief engineer Webster, of the Triumph Competition Dept, successfully convinced the board of the Leyland Motors to fund the development of several motor racing teams. They would be entered into the 1964 Le Mans 24H race, in order to accelerate Triumph sales in the European and US markets. Two of the teams would use the Triumph Spitfire, while the third team would be using the then recently launched Triumph 2000. Ultimately only the Triumph Spitfires were entered into the race, because of too limited funding.
In the summer of 1964, the Triumph Competition Dept brought four Spitfires to the Le Mans 24H, but only three actually started the race. Although the cars proved to be very competitive and reliable, their drivers messed up in a great way. The ADU 1B car was crashed near the Dunlop Bridge, and ADU 3B left the track right after a pit stop. The car was so badly damaged, that it was impossible to continue the race. After 24 hours of racing, it was the ADU 2B car, that finished 21st overall. Although the little Triumph Spitfire had lost out to the French Alpine Renault’s, it had beaten the well established Austin Healey Sprites. Given the limited funding, this was considered to be a big achievement.
1965 saw the return of all four Triumph Spitfires to Le Mans. Eventually two finished the long distance race, now 1st and 2nd in class. A huge step forward for the still developing Triumph Competition Dept..
The Triumph Competition Department’s successes lasted until 1980, when British Leyland finally shut down the Triumph Competitions Dept. for good.