Wednesday, 25 August 2010

[DVD] Story of the Triumph TR7 & 8 - Code Name Bullet


TR7: The Iconic Retro Wedge of the 70's

The biggest selling of all the Triumph TR sports cars and the last of the line


The car did not have an easy life. It was conceived and engineered at a time when the British motor industry was in turmoil; build quality was poor; it didn't have the performance to match its looks and many commentators could not understand its futuristic styling. Ultimately the surviving cars have proved the critics wrong and become sought after, eye catching, classic sports cars. Buy this DVD Now from TDC Automotive

This film sets out to explain why the car was the way it was and features unput from TR7 stylist, Harris Mann.Also covered are the assembly lines at the original Speke factory, the ongoing development throughout production, the advertising campaign and a look at the Abingdon TR7 Works rally programme including never before seen footage from ex-Competitions Manager, Bill Price.Extra features are a close-up look at the TR7 derivative prototypes Lynx and Broadside, and full interview with Harris Mann.For anyone that has ever owned a TR7, dreamed of owning a TR7, a bit of a Triumph fan or just interested in cars, this DVD is for you.

The Abingdon Works Rally Programme

One of the most popular aspects of the TR7 history is the Abingdon Works rally programme. We're often asked if there is any film of the rally cars in action and thanks to ex-Competitions Manager, Bill Price, there certainly is! Bill allowed us to use the footage he'd shot on Super 8 film which had never previously been transferred to video. This film combined with other TR7 Works rally car extracts for which we were granted permission and a wealth of historic stills make up a substantial proportion of 'Code Name: Bullet'.

TR7 Concepton, Production and Development

Including Interview with TR7 designer Harris Mann and a look at the lost prototypes the Lynx and the Broadside

But besides the rally cars the entire history of the evolution and development of the TR7/TR8 is covered in this DVD. The TR7 designer, Harris Mann, is interviewed giving a unique insight into the requirements laid down for the new British sports car at the time of its inception. A wealth of historic images and footage helps to tell the TR7 story and we also take a close-up look at the prototype TR7 variants housed at the Heritage Centre, Gaydon. This was thanks largely to David Knowles who had arranged access to the cars for his outstanding book 'Triumph TR7 The Untold Story'. None of these proposed variants to the TR7 ever saw the light of day but help make the history of this iconic British sports car all the more interesting.

Harris Mann with a 'Bullet' going over some of the design features and explaining why they had to be that way.

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