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arizonamike
05-10-2012, 09:03 PM
Hats Off to TRF.

Received an after market TR250 inside rear view mirror from them today. Its very very nice...exact repro :-) Fast Service, Fair Prices. This is actually a plug.

I'm sure everyone here knows about them, but if you don't

https://www.the-roadster-factory.com/indexmain.php

Thanks Charlie

mrv8q
05-11-2012, 08:30 PM
Gotta say I'm a fan of TRF..... I like MOSS, too, since they support BCF, and it's fun to visit Goleta once a year.

Geo Hahn
05-11-2012, 10:01 PM
Charlie? That's like calling John the Baptist 'Jack'.

IOW, I have never heard anyone call Charles by any other name.

But seriously, he is a real TR guy who makes an extra effort to get things right. And I, too, am a Moss fan -- both fine companies who don't just make this hobby better... they make it possible.

Brosky
05-14-2012, 09:21 AM
How about "Chuck"?

From every email that I have ever received from his weekly sales pitches, he always signs everything as Charles.

That's OK, some people I know hate being called Mike, Bill or Bernie, or a bunch of other variations of a formal names.

tdskip
05-14-2012, 01:57 PM
Charlie? That's like calling John the Baptist 'Jack'.

IOW, I have never heard anyone call Charles by any other name.

But seriously, he is a real TR guy who makes an extra effort to get things right. And I, too, am a Moss fan -- both fine companies who don't just make this hobby better... they make it possible.

Snort!

tdskip
05-14-2012, 02:17 PM
Mike - glad you had a good experience with them. Thanks for posting.

arizonamike
05-14-2012, 08:42 PM
Liz said it was ok either Chuck or Charlie.

Have any of you invested with him?

https://www.the-roadster-factory.com/TRFinvestment.php

After you invest its Charlie :-)

TR3driver
05-15-2012, 03:39 AM
IMO there is a difference between "ok" and what someone prefers to be called. So I'll go on calling him Charles (even as an investor) unless we've both had a few beers first.

DougF
05-15-2012, 07:45 AM
One of his former employees who I now call on for business has always called him Chuck. I didn't he cared for it then. I was corrected years ago when I referred to him by that name. Don't recall if it was by an employee or fellow club member.

All of the current employees(that I know of) call him Charles.

Scott_Hower
05-15-2012, 07:51 AM
I've always known him as Charles.

DanB
05-15-2012, 08:04 AM
Well, "Charles" does sound more "british" doesn't it?


Dan B

sd80mac7204
05-15-2012, 12:05 PM
I am friends with some of the employees at TRF and one in particular has been there since 1978... To all of them he is Charles, just as his oldest son is always Albert not Al. I believe it's because Charles sounds more formal and respectable as a "university educated business owner". Just my two pennies.

tr6nitjulius
05-15-2012, 01:28 PM
After couple years of ordering/buying parts from TRF by the time I met him @Triumpest 1986 (Pismo Beach) while buying more brand spanking new parts I called him Mr Runyan few Triumphests later @VTR '90 (Boulder, Co) got on the first name basis, to date, for me it's Charles his company TRF largely responsible for the resto of my '72 TR6 did I mention owner/enthusiat (drives TR6/5) that always greets you with a smile & handshake. Thanks Charles

TR3driver
05-15-2012, 01:50 PM
did I mention owner/enthusiat (drives TR6/5)

Don't forget his TR3A that he drove from PA to CA for the 2009 "East meets West" VTR/Triumphest.

JerryVV
05-15-2012, 01:51 PM
Would he refuse an order if you called him Chuck? Doubt it.

DougF
05-15-2012, 03:00 PM
Can't forget the "One Lap" 250 that he has stashed away in the barn. Also the collection of TRSs, and, and, and....

sd80mac7204
05-15-2012, 04:47 PM
Can't forget the "One Lap" 250 that he has stashed away in the barn. Also the collection of TRSs, and, and, and....


"STUFF!!!" :driving:

Brosky
05-15-2012, 07:41 PM
I grew up in western PA and still have family there. When I was back visiting about four years ago, I called Dave, who I have known for years and asked if I could take a tour and take pictures. He said yes, so my wife and I spent about two hours going from one end of the place to the other. I've had it posted on my website ever since. Charles wasn't in town then, but Albert and everyone else was, so here it is: https://www.74tr6.com/trftour.htm

HerronScott
05-15-2012, 08:04 PM
Can't forget the "One Lap" 250 that he has stashed away in the barn. Also the collection of TRSs, and, and, and....

I got to see that one at British Car Day in Bowie, MD circa 1986! It was great at those early car shows being able to meet and talk with Charles and John (and no I can't imagine calling Charles anything but Charles!).

https://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/HerronScott/Triumph%20Misc/TRF0003.jpg
https://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/HerronScott/Triumph%20Misc/TRF0002.jpg
https://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/HerronScott/Triumph%20Misc/TRF0001.jpg

Scott

TR3driver
05-15-2012, 08:17 PM
What I want to see is that LeMans car restored, with the "Sabrina" engine!

Alas, I seem to have lost all the photos I took, of the frame and engine.

DougF
05-15-2012, 09:20 PM
John and Dave told me to hop in and steer TRS while they pushed the car back inside for night storage at the Summer Party a couple years ago. Performance was lacking, but it was still fun.

HerronScott
05-15-2012, 09:36 PM
I didn't know that he owned these!

Scott

rlwhitetr3b
05-15-2012, 09:41 PM
Scott,
Your links give me a 404 error.

DougF
05-15-2012, 10:21 PM
I didn't know that he owned these!

Scott
Three of them.

HerronScott
05-16-2012, 06:24 AM
Had to delete the links as apparently the VTR site/blog doesn't allow linking directly to the pictures I found of 1 of the TRS's.

The info I found said that Charles owned 2 (but 3 Sabrina engines), someone in Arizona owned a 3rd and a 4th one was still in the UK. So Charles picked up a 3rd one?

Scott

DougF
05-16-2012, 06:54 AM
I haven't heard of him picking up another. I must have confused the car number with the engine one.

TR3driver
05-16-2012, 09:05 AM
Had to delete the links as apparently the VTR site/blog doesn't allow linking directly to the pictures I found of 1 of the TRS's.

They seem to work for me ?? (Cut & paste from your original post)

https://vintagetriumphregister.org/NATCblog/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/blogtrs.jpg

https://vintagetriumphregister.org/NATCblog/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/blogtrsautocross.jpg

sd80mac7204
05-16-2012, 02:10 PM
Rumor (or is it rumour?) has it that the next TRF restoration project is the "other" TRS. This one was bought by Charles many years ago more or less in pieces. I know it is currently in the barn but as to when they pull it out to work on it is anybodies guess. As it is, Charles' famous TR3A has been off the road with engine trouble for quite some time now.

HerronScott
05-16-2012, 06:59 PM
Had to delete the links as apparently the VTR site/blog doesn't allow linking directly to the pictures I found of 1 of the TRS's.

They seem to work for me ?? (Cut & paste from your original post)

https://vintagetriumphregister.org/NATCblog/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/blogtrs.jpg

https://vintagetriumphregister.org/NATCblog/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/blogtrsautocross.jpg

Randall,

Looks like you had the same problem. (Invisible pictures!) :smile:

Oops, let me amend that. The pictures aren't displaying in Firefox (or at least my install) but do work in Internet Explorer.

Time to switch back it seems! I was giving Firefox a try as lots of people seem to like it....

Scott

TR3driver
05-16-2012, 07:15 PM
The pictures aren't displaying in Firefox (or at least my install) but do work in Internet Explorer.

I use exclusively Firefox at home, as I do like it better than IE. Not the browser itself so much, but the various plug-ins that are available. At work, they force us to use IE for most things.

Anyway, the photos show up for me, both browsers, both Win2K and XPpro. You might want to check that both Firefox and your plug-ins (if any) are up to date. You can also try disabling plugins, to see if perhaps one of them is interfering.

I don't recall the details now, but one of the ad-blockers was giving me trouble until I switched it to using a different database.

Andrew Mace
05-16-2012, 08:22 PM
Perhaps it's more a firewall or settings issue? I saw the pictures last night at home, and I'm seeing them now at home. I couldn't see them at work today, because the firewall there doesn't allow Photobucket and many other file sharing sites. :frown: Oh, and I use Firefox about 99% of the time.

vivdownunder
05-17-2012, 03:39 AM
Last I heard from a friend who visited TRF, it's correct that Charles has three Sabrinas, one of which his former engine man Tom had started to rebuild. He has two of the four TRS works cars used in the 60/61 Le Mans campaigns.

The third TRS rumoured to be in Arizona is now with the Otto family in Germany, who also have the fourth TRS. Both those cars are running their original Sabrina engines.

Viv.