Identity of 1955 Triumph TR2 Le Mans Works Car Confirmed

The Triumph factory entered three cars, all Triumph TR2s, in the 1955 Le Mans 24 hour race.  I posted a story on this website on August 4, 2011 about one of those cars that ignited a rather heated discussion about the current location of one of those works cars – the car with registration number PKV376.

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The 1955 Triumph TR2 Racing Team At Le Mans

Recently, in order to put this matter to rest on my website, Thomas Volgar of Austria forwarded to me a copy of an official English government vehicle registration document showing that the Triumph TR2 that he has, is in fact, the actual Triumph that was registered as PKV376 as one of the official works Triumphs that raced at Le Mans in 1955.

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Thomas Volgar And His Daughter, Magdalena, Competed With Their Works Triumph TR2 Le Mans Car In The 2013 Suedsteiermark Classic Rally 

In addition to the document that verifies the registration number of this car, Thomas sent me some great photos of the car in action this year at the Suedsteiermark Classic rally and at the Ennstal Classic rally.  The great photos taken at the Ennstal Classic were taken by Robert May, who really captured the beauty of this rally.   At the Suedsteiermark Classic rally, Thomas had the pleasure of having his daughter, Magdalena, as his navigator.

For more information about the Suedsteiermark Classic rally check out the rally website at: www.suedsteiermark-classic.com

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This Triumph TR2 Has Been Restored To Match Its 1955 Le Mans Livery

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PKV376 Driven By Bobbie Dickson and Ninian Sanderson To 14th Overall Position At Le Mans In 1955

At the Ennstal Rally, the Triumph TR2 Works Le Mans car was driven by a well-known Austrian automotive journalist.  Later in this post, I have attached the account of the rally written by this journalist with more photographs by Robert May.

Foto: Robert May - Veröffentlichung mit Credit: Robert May, Veröffentlichung ausschließlich mit schriftlicher Genehmigung! Honorar nach vorheriger Vereinbarung!

Twin “Brooklands” Type Windshields Are Always A Great Look

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Triumph TR2 With Registration PKV376 At Le Mans In 1955

Foto: Robert May - Veröffentlichung mit Credit: Robert May, Veröffentlichung ausschließlich mit schriftlicher Genehmigung! Honorar nach vorheriger Vereinbarung!

Rear Bumpers Were Removed To Reduce Vehicle Weight For Le Mans

The scenery at the Ennstal Rally is spectacular!  The picture below is an excellent example of the roads in this rally.  This picture of the Triumph TR2 reminded me of some of the images from the old Alpine Rallies.  For more information about the Ennstal Classic rally check on the rally website at: www.ennstal-classic.at

Foto: Robert May - Veröffentlichung mit Credit: Robert May, Veröffentlichung ausschließlich mit schriftlicher Genehmigung! Honorar nach vorheriger Vereinbarung!

The Ennstal Rally Is Obviously A Very Scenic Rally With Steep Roads To Test The Rally Cars

For a more extensive discussion of the 2013 Ennstal Rally, the attached file is a German-language  account of this rally as included in the September 2013 issue of Alles Auto:

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Foto: Robert May - Veröffentlichung mit Credit: Robert May, Veröffentlichung ausschließlich mit schriftlicher Genehmigung! Honorar nach vorheriger Vereinbarung!

Those Mountain Roads Have Deep Ditches!

As far as I am concerned the matter of the validity that this Triumph TR2 is one of the works Triumph TR2 car cannot be questioned.  Thomas Volgar is justifiably proud that his car raced at Le Mans in 1955.

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One Response to Identity of 1955 Triumph TR2 Le Mans Works Car Confirmed

  1. Mark Hurst says:

    This was my fathers car in 1957 so it’s very interesting to hear that it’s still running smoothly.
    Would like to hear more – mark@pid-labelling.co.uk

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