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All British Car Meet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:42 am
by EricStarmer
Took my Triking to the All British Car Meet in Portland, Oregon over the weekend. This is apparently the largest All-British Car Meet in the US, with around 1000 cars attending. Hundreds of Minis (it was put on by the local Mini Club), scores of Triumphs, Land Rovers, Jags, etc. I counted five three wheelers in attendance, using a very loose definition of "three wheelers" - my Triking, two "modern" Morgans, something called a Ranger Cub, and a Triumph motorcycle :)
My Triking was placed in the post - 1980 "others" category, meaning cars out of the mainstream. We were located in the far corner of the grounds. There were only three cars in my category - my Triking, a DeLorean, and an Austin Allegro, which I'd never heard of before (not sure why the Lola wasn't in my category, but I'm glad it wasn't). The DeLorean got quite a bit of attention, mostly from kids because of "Back to the Future", my Triking also got some attention, but I was surprised how much attention the Allegro got, considering it's a very nondescript car. Looked it up on Wikipedia, and discovered that it was/is famous for being a lemon. Also discovered on Wikipedia that the DeLorean only has 40 more HP than my 90 HP Triking, but weighs 3X as much.
Anyway, the bottom line is my Triking got First Place in it's category , with the Allegro second and the DeLorean third - I was surprised that the DeLorean didn't win. A couple of the people that I talked to said they were seriously going to look into getting a Triking, so hopefully soon I'll have other Trikingistas less than 1000 miles away . This is the second car meet I've taken part in - the other show was a much smaller local one, where I also got First Place in my category, so I think the Triking can only get more popular over here !

Re: All British Car Meet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:46 am
by EricStarmer
And one more photo....

Re: All British Car Meet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:18 am
by Richard and Pat
Well done Eric.
Two wins in a year!

Re: All British Car Meet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:12 am
by westendguzzi
Top stuff Eric, first in class is brilliant.
The Allegro really was an iconic motor, much beloved by ------- erm------ a few people.

I was sandwiched between an Austin 1300 and a Reliant Scimitar.
Similar credence and following.
Seem to remember the Austin had twin carbs--wow.

Re: All British Car Meet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:45 pm
by EricStarmer
Thanks, Richard and Tony - The chap with the Allegro said there were only 2 in the US, and maybe only 10 left in the UK - that sounds hard to believe, since British Leyland apparently made hundreds of thousands.

Re: All British Car Meet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:54 pm
by Throwley
If you knew the Allegro, you'd be surprised there were even ten left!

They have gone down in UK legend for their appalling design, nonexistent build quality and of course the 'Quartic' (square to you) steering wheel.

Re: All British Car Meet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:43 pm
by EricStarmer
I guess there are more Allegros on UK roads than he thought - close to 200 were registered last year https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/family/austin_allegro
Interesting website, many cars I've never heard of, but no Trikings, Pembletons etc.- guess kit cars aren't included, except under "other British cars", maybe.