Festival at Lytham Hall in Lancashire will play host to huge display of TVR sports cars

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Fans of TVR sports cars - the brand which was originally founded and built on the Fylde coast - are in for a treat.

There will be a large display of the stylish, lightweight sports cars at an event called ‘TVR Heaven Black Home’ in Lytham Hall on Sunday July 14 from 10am to 4pm.

Proud members of the TVR Car Club will be gathering at the venue over the Friday and Saturday as part of a weekend get-together, before their public event on the Sunday.

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The Sunday spectacle will include live music from the Dead Beats and there will be other vehicles on display as well, including the only flying Huey attack helicopter in Europe, a Scorpion tank and other static displays in a festival of music and motoring.

Entry is £8 each and £15 for couples, while school age children get in for free.

A TVR Car Clun spokeman said: “The event is to celebrate everything TVR and there will be a festival to the Sunday event.”

Where is TVR now?

TVR was founded in 1948 by Trevor Wilkinson, with its initials based on an abbreviation of his first name, before it was taken over by Martin Lilley (1965-81), Peter Wheeler (1981-2004), Nikolay Smolensky, from Russia (2004-2013) and then a syndicate led by British businessman Les Edgar (2013-present).

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For many years the TVR factory was based on Bispham industrial estate but, under Smolensky, production ceased in 2006 and the factory closed, with unfulfilled plans to relocate to Turin. No cars have been completed since.

Since then, there have been proposals to base the factory in Ebbw Vale, next to the proposed Circuit of Wales race track, but these did not come into fruition.

The company then moved its HQ to Walliswood, Surrey before plans were announced last December to site its new brand centre next to Thruxton race track HQ in Hampshire.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited sports car TVR Griffith, originally to be built in Wales, has yet to hit the road. 

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