Neil Revington has owned a TR car since 1970, having bought the car as an apprentice for £70. He set up TR Revington, originally named TR Spares South West back in 1981. The company is situated in the heart of the Somerset levels in the South West England between Taunton and Bridgewater.
TR Revington supplies high quality parts both standard and highly modified. These can range from simple stainless steel pins through to complete electronic fuel and ignition management systems.
The workshop facilities include;
Over the years they have rebuilt several special cars which includes a former high speed pursuit car which served with the Southend police in the 60’s and the TR 4 Works Rally Car 6VC.
TR4 Works Rally Car 6VC
One of 4 Powder Blue TR4s built in 1962, of which three remain: 3VC, 4VC and 6VC.
The team finished 3rd in Class on the Alpine Rally of 1962 (Wisdom/Uren), and 4th scratch in the 1963 Tulip (Fidler/Barrow). In the 1963 Alpine Rally, Mike Sutcliffe drove the car off the road into a tree, breaking the leg of his navigator, Roy Fidler. Following this excursion, the car required an extensive rebuild back at the factory.
By this time, each of the cars were sporting a greatly strengthened chassis, aluminium panels, extended (18 gallon) fuel tank, wing vents, extractor manifold and Weber carburetors.
The last factory entry for this car was on the Shell 4000. A team of 3 cars were converted to left-hand drive and entered in the event, a grueling 4000 mile dash from Vancouver to Montreal, mostly on dirt roads. The team managed to take the Factory Team prize.
6VC returned to the UK in 1994 and underwent conversion back to right-hand drive, along with restoration at Revington TR in Somerset. The principle of the rebuild was to retain as much of the original car as possible, and to prepare the car for renewed rally involvement.
Its first contemporary outing was the Irish Ferries Rally of 1995, followed by the AVD Histo-Monte in January 1996, the 1996 Irish Ferries Rally, and the FIVA World Rally in July 1996. 6VC won the 1996 FIVA World Rally outright, driven by Neil Revington and navigated by Sue Revington. In 1997, 6VC also won the Irish Ferries Rally for a second time.
In January 1998, 6VC was shipped in a container to Australia’s island state, Tasmania, to take part in the Targa Tasmania Tarmac Stage Rally, driven by Neil Revington with local navigator Golly Roberts; they managed a Class win and 19th overall.
Later in 1998, 6VC took part in The Primiero Carrera Classico de Portugal, a 6 day Rally, where Neil & Sue Revington led from the day one, eventually winning the event outright, making this 6VC’s 3rd overall win in an international event since its return to the rally scene.
In 2000 Neil, navigated by Arthur Williams, took the 6VC to 2nd overall in the AVD Histo Monte Rally, an event which was dominated by snow and ice, with competition coming mainly from works-entered Opel Mantas and Kadets.
The car continues to perform well in international rallies to this da.
All images courtesy of Revington TR