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  1. Nodz86 is offline ____________
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    Default RIP Trevor Wilkinson (TVR)

    Trevor Wilkinson the founder of TVR has passed away.

    Trevor was born in Blackpool on 14 May 1923. He was educated locally but left school at the age of 14 and started an engineering apprenticeship at a local garage. In 1946, at the age of 23 he bought a wheelwright’s business in Beverly Grove, Blackpool, renaming it Trevcar Motors the following year for selling and repairing cars and light engineering.

    In 1947 he built his first car, a special 2-seater body on an Alvis Firebird chassis for himself. He then started TVR Engineering, derived from his name – TreVoR – and was joined by Jack Pickard. It was their intent to build their own design of cars.

    The first made its appearance in 1949: an alloy 2-seater body on a multi-tubular steel chassis with the springs in the front suspension rather famously derived from the supports of the bumper of a Brighton fairground car. It was sold for £325. The second one built is still in existence, is in beautiful condition and is owned by a Club member based in Yorkshire.

    Trevor then designed what was to become the tradition underpinnings of multi-tubular backbone chassis.

    The first ‘production’ TVR was the Mark 1, later name Grantura, with a glass-fibre body of a design which remained, in modified form, until the M-type was replaced by the angular wedge design Tasmin in 1980.

    Trevor left the company in April 1962 just before TVR’s first and rather unsuccessful entry into the Le Mans 24-hour race. Trevor went on to set up his own engineering business with Jack Pickard, specialising in glassfibre.

    He moved to Minorca late in life, spending as much time as possible on his beloved little yacht.

    He was a quiet, reserved man, much loved by those whom he allowed into his circle of friends. He seemed unaware of the awe in which he was held by all TVR enthusiasts.

    He was aware of the serious nature of his final illness but, according to a friend, took it in stoical fashion that was typical of the man.

    He lived to see TVRs finish triumphantly at Le Mans and last year's golden anniversary celebrations of TVR’s founding by him.

    In his last few weeks in hospital Trevor received many cards from well-wishers around the world. He was well known locally and was described by a close friend as ‘part of the local furniture’. He will be sadly missed by us all.
    Taken from TVR Car Club site

  2. Microphone is offline #Myk2016
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    RIP, He was the founder of a Truly Awesome British car company, You will be missed by many, Im happy to know he Seen TVR do well in Le mans before he died though

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  3. hesonly5 is offline Hungry Hungry Hippos! :D
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  4. Baltoman is offline Baby Vipah :D
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    You made a great company good Sir, RIP

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    He fashioned a unique brand, there were no other cars directly comparable to TVR's. TVR has been one of the best if not the best low volume sports car manufacture in the UK for many years. He will be missed.

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  6. MCW
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  7. Pherelas is offline I'm Going Slightly mad
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    R.I.P, family's had three TVR's, brilliant cars and he started the great brand. Shame whats happened to it recently.
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  8. AdamFraser is offline Airtime
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    RIP Trevor, what a legacy you left behind.

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  9. The Queen is offline <3 Ferrari F50
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    R.I.P Trevor

  10. Fridge Magnet Rabbit is offline Manchester Racer Kid
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    R.I.P mate, good job on making some good cars
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  11. MCW
    MCW is offline MCW
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    His funeral would be interesting. A tribute in the form of tyre smoke in after...

  12. RB26DETT is offline Banned
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    Quote Originally Posted by RamboMC »
    His funeral would be interesting. A tribute in the form of tyre smoke in after...
    really cool.

  13. iBilo is offline ;)
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    RIP Trevor. You will be sorely missed and most of us will be remembering your triumph of a stunning car company.

  14. ExplosiveGoats is offline Car Aficianado
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    R.I.P Trevor

  15. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
    Location: Scotland, UK
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    RIP, your crazy and mental cars brought much joy to many as well as a hell of a lot of fear. TVR's were not a car you could just drive, you had to survive the drive!

    Great man, great car, just great. I wonder if he's speeding through the pearly gates backwards on fire though?!
    I'm a bit mental.

  16. Baldy is offline Wibble Wobble
    Location: Lancashire, UK
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    R.I.P. Blackpool can't thank you enough for what you brought to the town. Shame the russian had to mess it up. Brilliant car's and a brilliant man.
    Another insightful post by Baldy!!

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  17. Who
    Who is offline It's not a tumor.
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    brilliant cars, hopefully his spirit lives on through the company's future

    Last edited by Who; 08/06/08 at 15:17 PM.
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  18. Aquila DK is offline is Tom Kristensen :D
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  19. YeOldeTDUMan is offline working too much
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    A great British car genius ... R.I.P.
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