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newmexTR3
07-25-2009, 12:32 PM
1. "Is that an MG?"

2. "Is that a kit car with a VW engine?"

I got #2 this morning. So annoying, but funny. At low rpms my straight-through exhaust and monza tip whistle a little bit, so I can understand.

I also got this one recently, which isn't necessarily TR-related. Guy at the stop light in modded Miata goes, "Nice car. You should restore it." With a straight face, I told him it WAS restored, thank you very much.

martx-5
07-25-2009, 01:14 PM
<span style="font-size: 12pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">MG!!!</span></span> <span style="font-size: 20pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">MG!!!</span></span>

Tell them I'd rather <span style="font-weight: bold">push a TR</span> then drive an <span style="font-weight: bold">MG!!</span>

As far as the "you should restore it" comment, I know your car Gavin, and it's a gem. That guy probably saw some dirt spaltered on your<span style="font-weight: bold"> daily driver.</span> Pay it no mind.

I get waves from Corvette and Harley riders. There are some in the know, and then there are the lame-brains that <span style="font-weight: bold">think </span>they know. Just humor them and drive off knowing you're having alot more fun then they are.

Geo Hahn
07-25-2009, 02:25 PM
I had a guy (with more tattoos than teeth) in a convenience store offer me 50 bucks for mine. Said I'd think about it.

DougF
07-25-2009, 04:02 PM
A friend and I were at a show looking at a Healey 100 when my friend told the owner I had a TR6. He responded that while driving he doesn't wave at Triumphs, he makes them wave at him.

I had the owner of an XK150 snub his nose at me in my TR3 after his wife stopped me saying how much she liked my car. As he approached, she made a big fuss to him about my car. He said, "She wanted one of those, but I wanted this. You'd rather have one of these too." I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying, "No, I wouldn't want one of those for fear that people might mistake me for an "idiot" like you".

In both cases, neither car was more than a decent driver.

TOC
07-25-2009, 05:50 PM
Here I always thought Triumphs were what they used to box up spare Jaguar engines to ship out of the country.

Kinda like the B-24's were the shipping crates for the B-17's.

TOC
07-25-2009, 05:51 PM
I might add, that's why there are so may Triumphs around.....

glemon
07-25-2009, 06:04 PM
Kind of the spin on the "is that an MG?" thing, local paper ran a story on a brit car collector, all the cars were MGs I guess, including a rare "MG Triumph 1800 roadster"

TOC
07-25-2009, 06:11 PM
My son, 36 this year, and knows performance cars, getting his feet wet on British....made the comment, halfway through today's show, that all the cars had a certain similarity to them.
There were design items he could spot similar on MG, Triumph, Jensens, Rovers, Jaguars and Healeys.

Not that apparent to me, except for Spridgets.

TR6oldtimer
07-25-2009, 06:55 PM
It's the MG thing, and when I tell people I have a Triumph, they think I am talking about a motorcycle.

TR3driver
07-25-2009, 07:06 PM
1. "Is that an MG?"Perhaps I'm just thick-skinned ... I've never taken that as an insult. Whether we like it or not, to some folk "MG" is synonymous with "Little British Car". Besides they are simply ignorant ... being insulted by someone's ignorance is just silly, IMO.

07-25-2009, 08:01 PM
As usual, Randy puts it into perspective. Don't take it as an insult, as MOST of the time it is ignorance. Back in the old days, the 1950s, no matter whether you had a Healey 100-4, Triumph TR3, or MGA, the girls always asked the same thing, "Is that a Jaguar?" They were not trying to insult you; they just didn't know. The correct answer, by the way, was always, "YES." :devilgrin:

And the pecking order for waving, unfortunately, was based on money. The MG waved to the Triumph who waved ato the Healey who waved to the Jaguar. Of course, the wave was always returned until the E-Type crowd showed up. Even if you had a brand spanking new TR3, you still waved to a beat up Healey. But, I didn't mind. It was fun. :cheers:

At night time, you could even recognize them coming by their headlights and/or parking lights. God, those were the good ol' days. When I got my Miata in 1992, I waved to all Miatas. Maybe 10 percent of them waved back. It was a gender and age problem. 51% of Miata drivers were women, so you could rule them out. Then, most of the male Miata drivers were probably too young to remember roads full of sports cars who waved to each other. My wife used to say, "Why don't you quit waving - you look like a fool." What a shame. :cry:

I never had to take any guff off any person driving a BMC car, whether an MG, Healey or XK Jaguar. Because my retort was always the same. "Let's go find a puddle and drive through it! Have you got your distributor towel with you?" And watch the jaws tighten. Actually, the sports car crowd was a pretty good crowd, and most jawing was done in fun.

I used to love to ask the BMC crowd to "please turn your key off. With all that clicking (electric fuel pumps) I can't hear my radio." And metric tools always came in for a few shots, also. :devilgrin:

Anybody remember the old Marlboro Race Track, in Maryland?

Wow, I got carried away! Sorry for the digression!

Heard this one about 6 months ago: the three settings on a Lucas headlamp switch: DIM - FLICKER - OFF. You gotta love it. :nonono:

TOC
07-25-2009, 08:16 PM
The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark."
Lucas is the patent holder for the short circuit.
Lucas - Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas - Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
1) The three position Lucas switch - Dim, Flicker and Off.
2) The Original Anti-Theft Device - Lucas Electrics.
3) Lucas is an acronym for Loose Unsoldered Connections and Splices
4) Lucas systems actually uses AC current; it just has a random frequency.
5) "I have had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never had any trou..."
6) If Lucas made guns, wars would not start.
7) A friend of mine told everybody he never had any electric problems with his Lucas equipment. Today he lives in the countryside, in a large manor with lots of friendly servants around him and an occasional ice cold shower...
8) Back in the 70's, Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which did not suck.
9) Q: Why do the British drink warm beer? A: Because Lucas makes their refrigerators
10) Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone. Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulb. Joseph Lucas invented the Short Circuit.
11) Recommended procedure before taking on a repair of Lucas equipment: Check the position of the stars, kill a chicken and walk three times clockwise around your car chanting:" Oh mighty Prince of Darkness protect your unworthy servant.."

TR3driver
07-25-2009, 08:29 PM
and when I tell people I have a Triumph, they think I am talking about a motorcycle. So enlighten them. "I have the 4-wheeled kind, they're very rare."
:laugh:

Dan76spit
07-25-2009, 08:44 PM
when I joined my local car club, the club memebership representative introduced me every time to the current members as; "this is Dan he has a triumph spitfire, but we won't hold that against him."
Cant say it really bothered me at all but im pretty easy going.

tr8todd
07-25-2009, 08:48 PM
The only one that ticks me off is when other Triumph owners proclaim that the last real car Triumph built was a TR6. Usually uttered by somebody with a tweed beret and jacket with suede elbow pads.

mikecyc72usa
07-25-2009, 09:05 PM
My father raced at Marlboro in his TR3a when new. I've had people ask me if my GT6 was a kit car, and I had a few Healey and Jag guys on time at a meet dismiss my GT6. Until I destroyed them in the autocross. I've had some ribbing from other Brit car owners about the various Triumphs I've had, saying how their Jag or MG or whatever is better. Doesn't bother me. I always laugh when they have an issue and many seem to have no idea how to work on their cars. Of course, conversely, I've gotten all kinds of help from other guys, so it all balances out. The worst thing I've dealt with was a few Camaro owners who decided to throw a bunch of trash into my TR4a about 10 years ago. I caught them and they then acted super tough until I gave them the option of cleaning out the car or dealing with the police. My Special Forces tee shirt and HK USP 9 might have helped, too when they started to move towards me threateningly...

Overall, I'm just happy other people are restoring and driving their cars. If they don't want to wave, or have an attitude, it's their loss. But most are happy to chat, lend a hand, and recount stories of when they were my age, which I find fascinating more often than not.

3798j
07-25-2009, 09:08 PM
Was given this decal years ago. While funny, my experiences with Lucas electrics have always been good.
George, your "pecking order" description was so correct.

https://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr268/3798j/IMGP1705.jpg

Brosky
07-25-2009, 09:22 PM
Not an insult to me, but an innocent one from me to someone else. Two years ago I was going to a show down at the Cape early one Sunday morning. I stopped for gas and a cup of coffee along the way. When I entered the highway two Jag XK120's passed me as I was coming up to speed. I waved, they waved. So i drive along and catch up to them and I stick a few car lengths behind them, but they slowly start to ratchet up the speed. So I stay with them right until another digit enters the numbers and then I pull along side them and flip in the O/D. I shot by them like a bat out of He&amp;&amp;.

Well when we got to the show, they both came up to me and one was laughing and the other one was pi$$ed off. The one who was mad wanted me to open my hood to prove that I had a V-8 under the cover. Naturally this was prime ball busting time for me, so I refused, but said it was a little 151 cu inch Triumph 6-cyl. Not stock, but not a V-8. Now the one guy is getting madder and the other guys starts busting him about a TR6 blowing his doors off. I finally opened the hood and the mad guy started turning purple. The other guy and the crowd were now in stitches laughing at how mad the first guy was. Turns out he had just sunk a ton in the engine and hated having to lose a little race that he started. Especially to a lowly TR6. The other guy kept laughing shook my hand and kept talking for a half an hour after the mad guy left.

AngliaGT
07-25-2009, 09:51 PM
It's the MG thing, and when I tell people I have a Triumph, they think I am talking about a motorcycle.


Triumph made motorcycles?Next thing you know -
- BMW will start making them.

- Doug

TOC
07-25-2009, 10:09 PM
Guy I know, owned a local parts store...many years ago, he and a buddy had a 1940 Ford, dropped some fire-breathing twin 4bbl bow-tie under the bonnet, and were coming across one of our floating bridges one day, guy in a new Vette pulls up beside them blips the throttle and tries to take off.
They hammered the pedal on the 40 and literally left him standing there in his Vette.

Month or so later, they decide to sell the 40 Ford.
Into their garage, pull the bow-tie out, and drop the greasy old flatmotor stored in the corner back into the chassis.

Get all done, decide to go for burgers.

Pulled into the Burgermeister drive-in, order food, and this same Vette pulls in beside them, demanding to see what's under the hood that blew his doors off the hinges.

They get out, pull the lever, lift the bonnet, and say, "Just an old Flathead Ford........".

Guy was SO MAD he kicked a hole in the door of his new fiberglass Vette.

Ah, the fun of cars.......

DaveatMoon
07-25-2009, 10:55 PM
Worst one I ever got personally:

<span style="font-style: italic">"Nice car! What engine did you put in it?"</span>

:troll:

70herald
07-26-2009, 01:24 AM
Around here (and in most of Europe) Triumph is a woman's underwear brand. I've gotten some pretty strange looks when I say I own a triumph :blush:

aeronca65t
07-26-2009, 05:53 AM
Since the old Marlboro race track in Maryland has been mentioned, I was at the -2009 Jefferson 500- (https://vintageracer.tripod.com/jeff500.html) which included a reunion of the old Marlboro track racers including Ray Stone, Joe Hauser and Randy Canfield. Stone ran his Bugeye in my race......he's still fast.

My 1500 Spridget has a Spitfire engine, so it's a true MG/Triumph "hybrid". <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

A newspaper ad talking about the special Triumph event last year at the SVRA Watkins Glen Vintage showed a picture of a "Triumph" (but it was an MGA)......I'm trying to get a copy of it,

WedgeWorks
07-26-2009, 06:17 AM
For a TR8 guy is "Oh those TR7s were complete junk new, still are and not even a real Triumph!". Then proceeds to talk about how nice mine has been kept and sees the engine and wonders how I did the swap to a Ford or Chevy V8. Finally I inform them of what it, a TR8 is and how rare plus no V8 conversion was needed! Not even a comparision to an MG just went straight for the heart!

Number_6
07-26-2009, 06:52 AM
A garage attendant didn't know much about foreign sports cars but wanted to sound knowledgeable, he was told that most of them have the name on the wire wheel spinners. So next time one pulled into his garage, on the pretext of checking the air in the tires, he looked at the spinner. Then he casually asked the driver "Sooo, what year Undo is this?".

I had one person ask me if my GT6 was a early Datsun 240Z. When I told him it was Triumph he said "Triumph? What's that a kit car?". But I also had people ask me if the GT6 was a Jag E-Type also.

About waving at other Brit cars, I usually wave, but right after I got the TR3A I was out and stopped at 4 way intersection. on the right side of the intersection a gut in a rubber bumper MGB pulled up. So I smiled and waved at the guy. Maybe he was just having a bad day but he didn't wave back and from the dirty look and scowl he gave me I would guess he wasn't a Triumph fan.

This is kind of funny a reverse of the what MG is that? Check the pic they have on the Museum of Transport for the MG Rover day meet:
Larz Anderson MG Rover Day (https://www.larzanderson.org/Topics/Topic.cfm?TopicName=Show%20Event&amp;CFID=279570&amp;CFTOK EN=27674676&amp;CalendarEventId=55)

toysrrus
07-26-2009, 07:02 AM
<span style="font-size: 12pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">MG!!!</span></span> <span style="font-size: 20pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">MG!!!</span></span>

Tell them I'd rather <span style="font-weight: bold">push a TR</span> then drive an <span style="font-weight: bold">MG!!</span>

As far as the "you should restore it" comment, I know your car Gavin, and it's a gem. That guy probably saw some dirt spaltered on your<span style="font-weight: bold"> daily driver.</span> Pay it no mind.

I get waves from Corvette and Harley riders. There are some in the know, and then there are the lame-brains that <span style="font-weight: bold">think </span>they know. Just humor them and drive off knowing you're having alot more fun then they are.

Hi Folks,

I was just passing thru &amp; when I had my TR4A; I bought a Tee Shirt that reads "I`d rather push a Triumph than drive an MG" from Triple S. I then went to a local "MG" club meeting with my car &amp; Tee Shirt on. As you can imagine, I sure made a "BIG" hit with the "MG" folks there!! They actually got a good laugh.

I get the same comment with my `59 Bugeye; "What is that; an MG"?

Regards, Russ

Mickey Richaud
07-26-2009, 07:16 AM
A garage attendant didn't know much about foreign sports cars but wanted to sound knowledgeable, he was told that most of them have the name on the wire wheel spinners. So next time one pulled into his garage, on the pretext of checking the air in the tires, he looked at the spinner. Then he casually asked the driver "Sooo, what year Undo is this?".

:lol:

You win! That is great!

pjsmetana
07-26-2009, 08:11 AM
I think the funniest stuff is when some Muscle car guy looks at my engine and tells me I should put a V8 in it. I usually tell them that would ruin the car.

The best one was at this last car show. Some fat slob stuffing hotdogs in his face said it was so tiny it cant possibly be fast, then his wife (nearly slapping the hotdog out of his mouth) said "just cuz its small don't mean it ain't fast... and I'm darn sure it would beat <span style="font-style: italic">YOUR</span> Cuda". Then my wife, who had just arrived said "and do it without spending 40 bucks in gas"

An 8 year who was out walking his dog said the MG comment. I told him no, its a Triumph. I'm just happy that someone that young would even know it was British.

The Most common comment I hear about my car is that its a Porsche. Obviously I take that and an awesome comment!

swift6
07-26-2009, 01:30 PM
Hi Folks,

I was just passing thru &amp; when I had my TR4A; I bought a Tee Shirt that reads "I`d rather push a Triumph than drive an MG" from Triple S. I then went to a local "MG" club meeting with my car &amp; Tee Shirt on. As you can imagine, I sure made a "BIG" hit with the "MG" folks there!! They actually got a good laugh.

I get the same comment with my `59 Bugeye; "What is that; an MG"?

Regards, Russ

Sounds like as much fun as I had wearing a Ford T-shirt on a Ferrari Factory Tour. :wink: :devilgrin:

Andrew Mace
07-26-2009, 02:52 PM
This is kind of funny a reverse of the what MG is that? Check the pic they have on the Museum of Transport for the MG Rover day meet:
Larz Anderson MG Rover Day (https://www.larzanderson.org/Topics/Topic.cfm?TopicName=Show%20Event&amp;CFID=279570&amp;CFTOK EN=27674676&amp;CalendarEventId=55)

Ooh, nice: a 1970 MG XK6+! :wink:

John_Mc
07-26-2009, 06:50 PM
Around here (and in most of Europe) Triumph is a woman's underwear brand. I've gotten some pretty strange looks when I say I own a triumph :blush:
Especially when you tell them you love your Triumph because of how well it hugs the curves and that it does pretty well when it's time to put gas in it! Just don't ever tell anyone you had an accident in your Triumph!

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]This is kind of funny a reverse of the what MG is that? Check the pic they have on the Museum of Transport for the MG Rover day meet:
Larz Anderson MG Rover Day[/QUOTE]

Well, it does say "England's finest machines" so it IS accurate.

PC
07-27-2009, 11:46 AM
....Triumph made motorcycles?Next thing you know -
- BMW will start making them.

- Doug
Preposterous. Why would an aircraft engine company make anything for the road?


pc.

JKB1957
07-27-2009, 03:17 PM
Not a Triumph insult but still pretty good. This happened in the early 1990's, or late 1980's, at the Palo Alto Car Show, the first year for the Mazda Miata. I was standing by a mint Lotus Elan talking with the owner when some guy walked up to his car, looked it up and down, and then asked him if it was one of those new Mazdas? Before the owner could recover his jaw from the ground the guy says, "gotcha." You have to have a sense of humor with these cars, and CPR training doesn't hurt.

RobT
07-27-2009, 03:34 PM
Thankfully the US market was saved from the worst "Triumph" insult - the Triumph Acclaim.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_Acclaim

Oh - how the mighty had fallen by 1981.

Rob.

billspit
07-27-2009, 03:51 PM
Thankfully the US market was saved from the worst "Triumph" insult - the Triumph Acclaim.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_Acclaim

Oh - how the mighty had fallen by 1981.

Rob.

The Acclaim was sold in this country as the Honda Civic four door. Of course it was not made out of parts manufactured in the UK, so it was a nice car.

Roger
07-27-2009, 05:05 PM
I thought the Acclaim was a distinct improvement on the 1300 and Dolomite (Sprint Excepted). Its main problem was that it was built by BL, an unsavoury problem shared by the TR7.

07-27-2009, 07:55 PM
Actually, the Miata-Elan comparison is a valid comparison. Although the Miata was built from the ground up, using a computer, the Lotus Elan was the look that they were looking for. They also wanted an excellent convertible top, so they copied the best convertible top in the world, at the time, according to Mazda, the Alfa Romeo.

I must admit, my first-generation Miata is one of the very few cars I have seen that look as good with the top up, as down.

I bought my 1992 Miata new, in Northern Virginia, and got a "NO LUCAS" license plate. It was a huge success at the gigantic "British Car Day" in Bowie, Md. every year. The first year, I drove inside the gate to get a better parking space, and the young kid at the gate thought that I was an entrant, and motioned me right up front.

I will try to attach a photo of the Miata sitting next to my TR. I call it "Huge Miata." At British Auto Day one year, I happened to pull up beside a Lotus Elite. My god, I felt like I was sitting in a Cadillac!!

07-27-2009, 07:59 PM
Dan, that is kind of a tacky way to introduce a new member to a club, especially when he repeats it over and over. Trying to be politically correct, I will quote the Old Testament here. He is an a$$hole.

Got_All_4
07-27-2009, 10:32 PM
To get back at many years of sitting at a traffic light and someone yells "hay nice MG". It is now my standard practice if I see a MG to yell over "hay nice Triumph". I love the bewildered look on there faces.

Mark Jones
07-28-2009, 08:05 AM
The only one that ticks me off is when other Triumph owners proclaim that the last real car Triumph built was a TR6. Usually uttered by somebody with a tweed beret and jacket with suede elbow pads.

I agree; this actually makes me laugh because both my Spitfire and TR7 outsold all of the "real" TRs. Although, I'd trade both for a TR4 or TR250.


An 8 year who was out walking his dog said the MG comment. I told him no, its a Triumph. I'm just happy that someone that young would even know it was British.

I spent the night in Berkeley Springs, WV, on my way home to Nova Scotia. I parked my Spitfire in front of the Inn and was heading away from the car when two young boys walked by. One asked the other "what type of car is this?" and the other replyed "an MG". I was really impressed that the young fella actually knew the name MG. I turned and told them that it was actually a Triumph and thought it was a pretty cool car.

kodanja
07-28-2009, 10:29 AM
Whats the net behind your car?


for catching all the parts falling off~!

JamesWilson
07-29-2009, 03:10 AM
Would asking if my Jensen-Healey was a Triumph be an insult???

I wouldn't think so.... but.... :devilgrin: :jester:

WillyB
07-30-2009, 08:35 PM
I was at the Glenwood springs Rallye in June and a friend who now lives in Rifle, CO. Showed up in his new (to him) Porsche Boxster so I used a line on him that I've been saving for the proper moment. "Nice car. How many clowns can you get in it?"

kodanja
07-31-2009, 09:24 AM
<span style="color: #000099"><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black'"><span style="font-style: italic"><span style="font-weight: bold">"All parts falling off this car are made from the finest British workmanship"</span></span></span> <span style="font-size: 12pt"> </span> </span>

TR_JOE250
08-04-2009, 08:52 PM
A perfect example of the fact that we have to be able to laugh at our own insane addiction can be found on page 31 of the Volumn III, No.1 issue of the 6-Pack, a picture of a Quinton Hazell wrapper with the sticker "Quality product Made in Britain."