British Invasion - Stowe
Sept 14 - 17
With Triumph being the featured Marque this year, there was no way I was going to miss getting there for the Saturday show on the field. My TR6 had other ideas and decided to spit up the starter the day before I was going to leave. So instead of taking a leisurely drive up route 100 on Friday to register, I ended up making a day trip on Saturday. My house to Stowe is a very easy, no traffic, all highway 3 1/2 hour drive, so I left at 9AM and got there about 12:45 with a pit stop. I would estimate that there were easily 500 cars on the field and wouldn't be surprised if someone told me it was closer to 700. There were probably another 100 cars in the parking lot that were worth looking at!
I got to meet a few members of the Triumph Mail List including Aaron Cropely (http://www.triumphowners.com/108) with his Throttle Body Injection TR6 and Rick Patton (http://www.topshamautoparts.com/tr6/) with his Intercooled, Supercharged EFI TR6. Dave Rogers stopped by but I missed Joe Merone. Joe's car was there and I checked the beer tent but never caught up to Joe and his wife.
One of the annual events is a driving tour that takes you through Smuggler's Notch which is between Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. While not as exciting as the Tail of the Dragon down in NC/TN, it is a narrow twisty road that requires your full concentration. Aaron Cropley made a video of his drive through the Notch which I've temporarily posted on my server. Your best bet is to right click the link and select "file save as" and save it your hard drive: Notch Video This is a 44MB file so it will take a while to download depending on your connection speed.
I only took a few pictures of the more unusual cars that I thought were interesting.
Rick Patton's EFI, Intercooled, Supercharged TR6
More of Rick's Conversion
|A Normal Triumph??|
|Where's the Engine?|
|Fill'er Up... but not with gas!||10 Optima Batteries under Hatchback|
|I had to create a separate page
for this man who brought "only"
15 cars to the show! About $3M
worth of cars...... more here