Author hails the spirit of TVR club

Launch of new TVR book at a reunion of former workers.
Launch of new TVR book at a reunion of former workers.
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Pistonheads and former TVR workers gathered to celebrate the Fylde’s greatest sports cars and the launch of a new book.

More than 30 enthusiasts met on the 40th anniversary of the M-series TVR to talk about the classic marques and old times.

Former owner Martin Lilley, after whom the M-Series cars were named, was there too along with Peter Filby a motoring journalist and his book TVR A Passion to Succeed.

It tells the story of TVR from 1965 to 1981 – the Martin Lilley era and features 480 pages packed with information and pictures.

Mr Filby, who hails from Bletchingly, Surrey, himself owns a TVR Chimaera, and has written two other books about the cars built at the Hoo Hill and Bristol Road plants. He said: “It was wonderful to meet all these enthusiastic people.

“The TVR spirit just seems to be as lively as ever. Everyone was very kind and appreciative of the book.”

Mr Filby had written his first book about TVRs in 1976 and the TVR Car Club had asked if it could be republished.

But he realised it needed a rewrite and had gathered so much material he ended up writing two more, TVR The Early Years published in 2010, and this new one.

He added: “Today’s market would have been a difficult one for TVR but it is a shame they are not being made any more, when you consider the skills, enthusiasm and commitment that these people at the reunion have.

“The cars still have a strong following and are very collectable. I have always been an enthusiast of specialist limited edition cars and I would always have a TVR in my collection.

“The Chimaera is great for driving with the top down. It makes a fantastic noise.”

TVR enthusiast and former owner John Bailie said members of the TVR Car Club had been looking forward to meeting Mr Filby at their informal reunion at the Shard Inn, Hambleton.

He said: “These cars are special. They inspire so much loyalty and this book is great for enthusiasts.”