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PhotoS of the Week: KEN RICHARDSON CHALLENGE COUPE GEORGES DURAND AND BRAD LYNN'S PLAQUE—AND A PHOTO FROM THE VTR CONVENTION!

 

Each year at the Vintage Triumph Register National Convention, TR2 and TR3 enthusiasts compete for the “Ken Richardson Challenge.” Ken Richardson was a motive force behind the design and production of the first TR2, and he raced and rallyed these models in all of the great European races and rallyes, including LeMans, where he co-drove a TR2 in 1955. The challenge was first issued by Ken Richardson himself back in 1986, when he was invited to the VTR convention by The Georgia Triumph Association. He seemed to really enjoy himself, and he gave to the VTR the “Coupe Georges Durand,” which was won by the Triumph team at LeMans in 1961. Ken Richardson proposed that a TR2 or TR3 and its driver be chosen each year to win the challenge. The winner would excel in both concours and driving events, with the highest emphasis on autocross, because that is the closest event to actual racing on the VTR agenda.

So, each year the TR2 and TR3 owners compete for the prize, which has been given every year since 1986 except for one, when few cars were entered in concours, and few did well in driving events. The prize is the honour of symbolically receiving the genuine LeMans cup—winners usually get to keep it overnight. Later, the VTR sends to each annual winner an impressive plaque which includes a photo of his or her car (Ladies have won the challenge.), a badge for the appropriate model variation, and a plate describing the award. I am going to include a photo of the cup, which rests on a specially designed wooden base with a silver plate for each annual winner, including the year, his or her name, the model of the car, and its commission number. The award has been won by the same person several times over the years and by multiple members of the same family. Mike Hado has won twice, Shelly Sackstein twice, Jim Mills twice, Jackie & Wayne Switzer twice, and members of the Chuck McGuire Family of Des Moines, Iowa have won five or six times, including daughters and his son, Randy, two times, Chuck himself having won in 2004. Last year in Texas, the winner was Brad Lynn driving the same car his father drove to win back in 1990, TS2224L0, a “long-door” TR2. Also included in our Photos of the Week is one of the VTR plaque awarded to Brad Lynn for his performance last year.

Chuck McGuire was already on the road to Princeton when I tried to phone him yesterday. His family will have several cars, and I know Brad Lynn is going back for another crack at the Ken Richardson Challenge. Others will be ready too, I am sure. Such a great tradition we have in the club. Ken Richardson attended a number of conventions after his first one in 1986, and at that time, he helped to choose the winners himself. Now that he has passed away, the officials at each year’s event choose the winner based in part on an algorithm which attempts to maintain Ken Richardson’s original standard of excellence in both concours and driving events with an emphasis on autocross.

 

Photo of the Coupe Georges Durand for the Ken Richardson Challenge

Photo of the Coupe Georges Durand for the Ken Richardson Challenge

Photo of the Plaque Given to Brad Lynn for Winning the Ken Richardson Challenge

Photo of the Plaque Given to Brad Lynn for Winning the Ken Richardson Challenge

Photo from the VTR Convention in Princeton, New Jersey

Photo from the VTR Convention in Princeton, New Jersey