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    It was 50 years ago today, the 10th of February 1970 that I made a short trip from RAF Mildenhall, England to Botwoods Motor Engineers and Distributors in Bury St. Edmunds to deliver payment for and take delivery of my 1970 TR6. The 10th of February was the Announcement Date for the 1970 model due to a labor strike at Standard Triumph soon after I had ordered the car on 12 November, 1969.

    Because of the late Announcement Date and the fact that I was due to separate from the Air Force just 18 days later it was necessary to deliver the car just 3 days later to the Mann & Sons Navyard Docks at the Port of Harwich for a ferry crossing to Bremerhaven, Germany where it would be loaded on an Ocean Vessel with the destination of Bayonne, NJ.

    It would have been nice if the car made it to Bayonne before I arrived at McGuire AFB, NJ for separation, but that was not the case. I think it was a week to 10 days later that I was notified of its arrival and hopped on a flight to Newark to pick it up.

    Today I had to take it for a shorter than desired drive between rain showers here in Texas to celebrate the Big Five-Oh as well as the National Drive Your Triumph Day. Although I don't remember the weather in Suffolk County England on this day in 1970, it could very well have been the same as today in somewhat chilly Texas.




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    Jim Herter ͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏͏ Copperas Cove, TX
    Original Owner ֍ 1970 TR6 ֎ CC 50990 LO
    VDU 506H

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    Awesome Jim. Amazing you’ve kept it all these years
    So much rust, so little time

    64 TR4 Overdrive Surrey
    67 GT6 Mk1
    68 TR250 Soon to have Overdrive & Surrey
    71 TR6 Hardtop Soon to have OD
    81 TR8 Injected Automatic...the LAST Automatic

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    • #3
      VERY cool stuff there, JIm. Thanks for posting it.
      Cheers,
      Kevin
      76 TR6 CF58170UO (The Lady)
      72 TR6 CC80068UO (The Slut)
      68 TR250 CD4893L (retirement project)

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      • #4
        Great story, Jim!

        I sort of traced your steps a few months later, but with a Triumph motorcycle. Stationed in Germany, bought the bike in London in April of '71, loitered around Europe that summer, and finally dropped it off at Bremerhaven. I also beat the bike home by a week or two. Had to bum a ride from Omaha to Bayonne, and rode it back to Omaha--in November!

        And, like you, I still have the bike.

        Ahhh, to be young again!

        Ed

        For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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        • #5
          Thanks for sharing Jim.

          Cheers
          Tush
          81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
          73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
          62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
          60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO
          https://www.youtube.com/user/cheftush

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          • #6
            Great stories (both Jim and Ed)!

            "PD" - 1973 Mallard TR6

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            • #7
              WOW.....Great story Jim. Amazing that you and the car are still best Friends. Thanks for sharing.
              1976 TR6
              Carbs by Poolboy !

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              • #8
                Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.
                1976 TR-6 BRG - CF57239U
                Carbs by Poolboy
                Rear Camber Kit, Rear Hubs by Goodparts
                Gear Reduction Starter by TSI
                Distributor by British Vacuum

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                • #9
                  Congrats Jim, on your anniversary! The only other person to own my 73, was also in service and bought her whilst overseas.
                  CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
                  2nd owner, since 1975
                  Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for posting those great tales.
                    1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

                    1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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                    • #11
                      Happy Anniversary, Jim. It's always fun to run into other original owners such as yourself and/or Art Graves. My anniversary is September 20th, took delivery from Continental Motors in Countryside, IL in 1974. I never expected to still have the car almost 46 years later, but I'm sure glad that I do.

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                      • #12
                        Great story Jim, happy anniversary to you both.
                        I72 Pimento w/overdrive

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                        • #13
                          Great story Jim and fitting to read as my first post since the new forum. Incidentally, I just turned the big 5-0 a couple of weeks ago. Been a busy last 20 years so it flies by quick since we left NY. Very few people can say they owned their cars that long. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chandlerazman View Post
                            Great story Jim and fitting to read as my first post since the new forum. Incidentally, I just turned the big 5-0 a couple of weeks ago. Been a busy last 20 years so it flies by quick since we left NY. Very few people can say they owned their cars that long. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!
                            Happy (belated) 50th Simon! Live long and prosper....
                            Cheers,
                            Kevin
                            76 TR6 CF58170UO (The Lady)
                            72 TR6 CC80068UO (The Slut)
                            68 TR250 CD4893L (retirement project)

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                            • #15
                              Ditto, Simon.

                              (Kevin: how'd you miss a birthday, bro?)
                              "PD" - 1973 Mallard TR6

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