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Geo Hahn
03-23-2006, 09:05 PM
At car shows any time I see a kid with an interest in the TR I invite them to sit behind the wheel. This gal was having a fine time 'steering' and working the pedals when the newspaper photographer happened by.

If your nerves can stand it I highly recommend sharing the Triumph experience with the young and impressionable.

For me, the look on those kids' faces is better than any trophy.

https://www.cybertrails.com/~ahwahnee/marana.JPG

tdskip
03-23-2006, 09:20 PM
Kids remember this stuff - good for you!

Banjo
03-23-2006, 09:55 PM
Kudos Geo. My thoughts exactly. As long as they're not being destructive, have at it! It's a car! not a Ming vase.
Giving a good memory is worth more than any piece of plated plastic.
There is a guy that hits several national shows with his "touch me" Jaguar. I think I'll spread the tradition.

bobh
03-24-2006, 08:59 AM
Good job Geo!

jayhawk
03-24-2006, 09:51 AM
Good stuff, Geo.
My wife and I were in the outdoor seating of a restaurant in a popular shopping district here in KC and my TR3 was across the street. We saw a 13-14 y/o boy going Gaga over the car and he wanted his parents to take a pic of him standing next to the car. I went over and told him to take a seat inside and put his dad's sun glasses on. It was as much fun for me as the kiddo, I think. (and my car isn't as nice a Geo's)

Winston
03-24-2006, 01:53 PM
Geo,
That's a big part of the fun,don't you think?
The history going back to the tractor engines suprises most people.
My problem is a relative , I let him "sit in the car" and the car came back without a clutch.
I am going to be careful in the future how old the kids are, this one happens to be over 40!
Great Pic !

Mark Jones
03-24-2006, 02:12 PM
I always let people touch my car; it ain't a museum piece. I'm glad, all those years ago when I was a kid, that my next door nieghbour let me touch his MGB. It got me so hooked that I bought one 18 years later.

Brosky
03-25-2006, 03:57 PM
Great job! Get them hooked while they're young. If we don't hook them who's going to buy our iron for top dollar when we're too old an feeble to drive it anymore???

I got hooked on Triumphs because a of guy in my home town who was in college took me for rides in his TR-3A when he came home to visit. I was 9 or 10 and that was the coolest thing in the world to me at the time.

Don Elliott
03-25-2006, 06:52 PM
At several car shows, I have taken out my hand crank. Anyone younger than 40 asks what is it. As I'm explaining it, a crowd gathers and I pick a 12 year old, a 14 year old and an 18 year old from the group and I run a "starting competition". Usually the 12 year old can't start it, sometimes a 16 year old can and most of the time the 18 year old is strong enough to start the TR. Even their parents are amazed by how quiet it is as it starts (none of that whirr, whirr, whirr of an electric starter) and also after it is running. They are really proud of their boy and usually ask, "Is it running?" I usually have the hood up as they do this so I can "blip" the throttle just as it starts.

Don Elliott

Bugeye58
03-25-2006, 09:17 PM
Nice job, George. We generally give the same opportunity to the kids at the track. It lights up their faces to be behind the wheel of a race car. All the better if it happens to be an LBC!
Jeff