The Triumph Spitfire is adorable. It’s perky. It’s sweet. And that’s exactly why it needs a screaming, searing, sky-splitting, pavement-melting turbine engine from a helicopter. The appropriately named StanceWorks forums member godzillus is installing a 320-horsepower Allison T63C18 turbine into a rusty Spitfire as you read this post. Oh, and it’s a senior design project for engineering school. Who said school isn’t any fun?
The beauty of classic automobiles is that they have the ability to transport us back to a time when things were less complicated. A time when there was no internet, no cell phones and no electronic nannies controlling how we drive. The cars were fickle, but had personality. Sure they were noisy, but they had soul. And, if push came to shove and they let us down, the odds of us fixing them ourselves was pretty damn good. Dick Hughes is a man who has been around automobiles his entire life and knows a thing or two about how a car is supposed to make you feel. That’s why upon his retirement, he went out and purchased a 1960 Triumph TR3A, the same car he had when he was young. Now while these old machines can’t physically take us back in time, mentally they transport us back as soon as the key enters the ignition.
It’s true, even old vintage iron can come back to bite you in the ass if you’re not careful. Believe me, old cars are great and provide a level of excitement that’s hard to match. However, as a general rule of thumb, when something goes bad with these babies, it usually goes bad fast and violently. This Triumph Spitfire did just that when something went seriously wrong on track, thus sending its owner tumbling out of control. Thankfully the car was fully caged and thus saved the drivers life, however after watching the video, I can’t really tell what made the car lose it. I didn’t see any imperfections on the track, nor did I see any kind of driver error, so with that being said, am I missing something? What do you guys think?
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When Triumph released its Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC adventure tourers last year, it was pretty obvious that the English bike builder had BMW’s F800 models in its sights. The Tigers even borrowed a few styling elements from the Beemers, but not enough to worry any patent attorneys. Since launch, the Tiger models have done well for Triumph, as they seem to blend just the right amount of style and capability. Read More…
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars. As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.
This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.
I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone. So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!
Triumph just released this video showing their product planner, Darrell Taylor, batting clean up for a group of journalists at the Tiger 800’s press launch in Barcelona, Spain. Sadly, I was not in attendance, and I really need to figure out how to make friends with motorcycle manufacturers. There isn’t much new in this video, which consists of nine minutes of B roll in the Spanish countryside, but it does show that the new Tiger XC works well on dirt roads or paved roads. I wouldn’t exactly call this “off-roading”, since even the dirt roads in the video were well graded and devoid of any serious obstacles. I guess that’s the point of buying an adventure bike: it can get you to a campsite on a fire road, but any true hardcore back country riding is still the domain of dirt bikes and enduros.
Triumph Tiger 800, The Official Video
Here’s the full length version of the video that Triumph’s been teasing us with since announcing the dirt-centric Tiger 800 XC and the street focused Tiger 800 last spring. I think they look good, they sound good and they make decent enough power, even if Hell For Leather calls them “disappointing”. Unless Triumph makes any last minute changes, the bikes will come to market with 94 horsepower and 58 ft lb of torque. Considering that the 675cc motor that the Tiger’s 800cc mill is based on makes 124 horsepower and 53 ft lb of torque, I’d say the new motor is tuned for durability and has lots of room for aftermarket upgrades.
Retro classic bikes are hot right now, as Americans who still have jobs and savings accounts can rationalize the purchase of bikes from their youth. Unlike heavy duty cruisers, retro classics tend to have reasonable prices, which adds to their appeal. Triumph’s Bonneville has done fairly well for them over the years, and it’s low cost of entry means that you don’t have to sell a kidney to buy one. Now Kawaski is rejoining the party with their W800, which looks suspiciously like a Triumph Bonneville to me.
We’ve had pictures of the Triumph Tiger 800 XC for a few weeks now, but images of it’s street-centric stablemate have been strangely absent. I’m not sure why that is, unless Triumph was making final design changes to paint, wheels or other components. In any case, Autoblog grabbed these images of the upcoming Tiger 800 adventure bike.
If you’re in the DC area and want to check out an exceptional collection of exotic and immaculate classic rides FOR FREE, I suggest you head over to Great Falls, VA to the Cars and Coffee event that takes place every Saturday.