1954 Triumph TR2 At The 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

One of the more interesting cars that I saw at the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique was an Italian entry of a 1954 Triumph TR2.  In fact this was this not only an interesting car, this car was also very successful, winning the Category 1 prize for cars built before December 31, 1961 and also winning the Category 1 Class 2 award for cars with engines less than 2,000cc.  The crew was driver Paolo Marcattilj with navigator Francesco Giammarino.

1954 Triumph TR2

The Triumph TR2 cars were possibly the most competitive of any of the Triumph TR range against cars of their era.  These cars were competitive in both rallying and racing right from the start.  In many ways the success of the Triumph TR cars can be said to be a result of the rally and racing success of the TR2 cars.

The TR2’s Hardtop And Side Curtains Suited The Cold Weather

As a rally navigator I noticed “Blunik” decal on the side of the hardtop.  This car, as well as many of the top cars used this Spanish rally computer, which I have shown below.  These very capable rally computers can also be had with a driver’s display.  These rally computers provide the timing error of the car in either seconds plus/minus the perfect time or in plus/minus distance traveled in meters on the road.  A Blunik II rally computer is shown below.

A Blunik II Rally Computer

Another interesting aspect to this car was the tires that were fitted to the car.  See the photo of the  tire below.  These tires have a configuration that I have not seen on the road before here in North America.  Perhaps they are available it’s just that I have not seen them before.  The outside of the tire is completely different from the inside portion of the tire.  Note that studs have only been added to the inside of the tire.

Note The Configuration Of the Tires

The brand name on the tire is Sisteron, perhaps named after the French town of the same name that we passed through during the rally.

The Tire Brand Name Is Sisteron

This was a very good Triumph TR2 and it did well in the rally.  Congratulations to the crew!  It was good to see a Triumph TR2 as I don’t see many Triumph TR2 cars in North America as compared to the later TR3 cars.  Too bad.

If you have any comments or questions about the any of the issues mentioned in this post either leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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4 Responses to 1954 Triumph TR2 At The 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

  1. paolo marcattilj says:

    thanks Steve, of course I’m very gratified from reading your post which I encountered tonight . just by chance !
    congrats to you having noticed !
    should you, or any of your followers , have any additional interest in deeper information about my car, its preparation, etc.. I will be fully available to share , at .
    ciao from Italy ( actually my car was originally built for US export and spent most of its initial 60 years of life in US …😎)

    • Hi Paolo,
      We did not meet during this year’s RMCH, but I was the navigator in a white Volvo PV544, Car #330. Can you tell me something about those tires?
      Steve McKelvie

  2. paolo marcattilj says:

    Hi Steve I am really very sorry for not having ever seen your post here above … apologize !
    After that, we were at RMCH also past edition (2018) and we will be again next edition (2019) too : same crew, same car.
    I am glad to read that you too will participate again in 2019: next february we definitely have to meet one-another !!
    I will follow your entry and competition number !
    Maybe in the meanwhile you already discovered eveything about those tyres you noticed 2 years ago (Sisteron, made by SESS) ; actually SESS makes not only those but also a few other ( eg Burzet ) very special tyres all conceived specifically for RMCH ( the SESS owner, Mr Bonacini, an italo-french man, is particularly concentrated in making high-performing tyres such as these fir classic cars for winter rallying.
    I am sure your driver, if he lives in Monaco, can very easily get in touch with Mr Bonacini , but in case you , or other passionate followers of yiur website, will need I am glad to give more details about.. ok ?
    Let’s stay in touch, kind regards

    • Hi Paolo!
      I will keep my eye out for your car. As you could tell from my posting I was interested in the tire design on your car. I would be interested in more information about SESS tires and would be pleased to share this information with those who might see it on my website.
      Steve McKelvie

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