Coming a month or two late, but the overrun is shorter than it was last time
I edited the TVR Car Club magazine, Sprint, for the four years from the January 2004 issue. The collapse of TVR was not my fault as I had no influence on the company. I was, however, a very minor insider, being able to view the fall without the concern of losing my job, or having to worry about my car falling apart from under me.
This book is a list of my experiences during that period, from the thrill of the Le Mans successes to the realisation that, despite promises, there would be no resurrection, at least under the then owner.
The end of TVR – or rather at the moment the extended suspension of production (things are looking good) – was a waste of the abilities of the staff, and one of the most innovative independent car manufacturers in the UK. TVRs normally had stunning coachwork and the interiors were startling, in immaculate taste and class leading.
One of the most irritating features of British car design is its lack of celebration. Peter Wheeler designed stunning cars. The Cerbera did not come from one of the great, or at least greatly praised, styling houses in Italy, yet it did not have an awkward angle to it. That’s not something you could accuse the other lot of.
Despite the depressing end of TVR in the slippery hands of its new owner, the book has a positive slant on the people and cars of the time.
This is what TVR produced in the latter days of the Wheeler era.
If you don’t turn the sound up for the first 30 seconds of video, you won’t forgive yourself. Over 30,000 viewers can’t be wrong.
When Wheeler Sold TVR starts with a refined ride in a Tuscan to the inaugural Le Mans Endurance Series race in November 2003, when both TVRs finished.
When Wheeler Sold TVR is largely fun and a celebration of one of the great British marques.
We hope for a revival of course but at April 2019 there’s been no production.
The book is due middle June. It will be available on Kindle as well, but to quote one of my favourite authors, Douglas Adams, it will be slightly cheaper here.