We reckon we've discovered a bit of a gem for this week's POTW (we say, modestly).
A day or two ago RacingPete, during a rummage through his desk drawers (he calls it tidying up; we call it displacement activity) emerged from a particularly deep excavation brandishing an innocent-looking purple CD.
And the words on the purple background? TVR Media information, along with a copyright year - 1999. This, then, was a press pack from the halcyon days of 1990s TVR, with the promise of some juicy hi-res images within. Provided the rough life of a case-less CD living at the bottom of a desk drawer hadn't rendered it useless, of course.
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Sure enough, with a bit of careful cleaning the disc duly unloaded its jpeg cargo, and what we found has proven to be a bit of an Aladdin's cave for TVR fans, with Griffs, Chimaeras, Tuscans, and even some factory shots and Speed Twelve images thrown in for good measure.
We've chosen the Chimaera-at-sunset shot as our star pic, partly because it's the most atmospheric image, but mostly because Chim-owning Garlick has promised to make me tea all day if we use it...
Oh, and we've also popped a selection of the CD's other highlights for your perusal below, because we're nice like that.
I can't believe that they are history - a car maker cut off at it's best with the T350 I feel........
I think there should be a minutes silence for TVR every year.....
Not a minutes silence, but a minutes NOISE
And thanks to the excellent work by our regional RO, (kev63), there is each year at Chatsworth.
Nice one Kevin here's looking forward to 2011 See you chaps there.
RichardR10 Jan 2011
That bring's back some very fond memories. My Griff on a warm summers evening with the roof down cruising(sometimes more) through the English countryside, nothing could touch it when it came to putting a smile on my face. Everything I've driven since hasn't come close. I miss that car, I'm now wondering why I sold it!
Shame it was so foggy that day.
Lol, once the fog had cleared!
foglights..? or main beam
The 'driving lights' on my old S3 were actually fog lights (based on the lens/beam pattern) with their own switch but were wired to operate with the main beam. God bless TVR!
I was in the old TVR factory last week having some work done by the factory trimmers on my Griffith. It's nice to see the ex factory guys still working there in parts of the old factory, but also very sad when you walk round all the parts that are laying silent.
So who owns the factory now? Didn't Peter Wheeler keep the freehold when he sold the business to Smolenski?
Riggers10 Jan 2011
The real Apache said:
A desk draw? really?
Arghhhhhh!!!!! One slipped through the (admittedly hole-ridden) net. (Now changed)
edwardtjones10 Jan 2011
If I recall correctly the black speed 12 image is a little bit of a fraud. They wanted a moving picture of the car but it hadn’t been finished it. So they built the car up and took a static picture then Photoshop the picture.
I also have disc but I think mine is an earlier one as it has the white Speed 12 on it and not the Cerbera speed 12
Ah, so there's a difference between the Speed 12 and the Cerbera Speed 12? What ever happened the Speed 12, was it raced? The Cerbera Speed 12 with the Carbon Fibre bodywork in the Pic of the Week is literally theUltimate Car - is W112 BHG that car painted?
EdT10 Jan 2011
What finish is the Speed 12 bodywork here? Didnt think the factory ever made a carbon Fibre one.