In a coup for the TVR Car Club, the new 500bhp V8-engined TVR Griffith will be the star of the Club’s stand at the 2017 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery at the National Exhibition Centre next month.
The new car will be joined by two earlier Griffiths: an original 1960s model and a more recent example from the 1990s. This will mark only the second appearance of the new Griffith at a major UK event. It was recently revealed at the Goodwood Revival in September, where it received rave reviews.
TVR Car Club chairman Richard Sails said: “TVR chairman Les Edgar, Gordon Murray of GMD and the whole design team have taken great care to incorporate the DNA of the earlier cars in this exciting new model and it is a real honour to be able to display it on our stand. Alongside a collection of other cars from TVR’s proud history, we believe that it will reflect the “Family Ties” theme of the show most effectively, whilst also celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of TVR by Trevor Wilkinson in Blackpool in 1947”.
The Classic Motor Show takes place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November. The TVRCC exhibit is in the Prestige Hall 1 Stand 450.
The Griffith name goes back to 1963 when American Motor Engineer Jack Griffith replaced the 1800 engine in his Grantura MkIII with a 4.7 litre V8 to produce the first TVR supercar and establish the ‘light car big engine’ ethos of TVR that remains true today. Those early cars continue to be successful in modern Classic Race series in the hands of Nigel Reuben Racing’s Mike Whitaker and Mike Jordan. The 1990’s Griffith, described as a design icon, celebrates Peter Wheeler’s time as head of the Blackpool company and has been credited with saving the company at that time. All three Griffith models will be accompanied on the Club stand by other models from TVR’s 70 year heritage.