When I was writing the WCR40 book, it was Brian Culcheth, no less, who told me that the scrapping took place. He was as miffed as many other people .... By the way - I still have one or two copies of the WCR40 book, published in 2010, in stock here ....GRAHAM ROBSON
We've bumped into each other a few times. Great to see you on the Forum!
I still cannot quite believe that, after seemingly being "preserved", XJB305H was then broken up under the auspices of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. The saga of the Rosemary Smith Maxi would also indicate that the Triumph was not alone in meeting this fate. In 1980, the NMM had a Royal Motoring theme at its stand at the NEC Motor Show and amongst the cars exhibited was HRH Price Michael of Kent's Maxi. At that stage, the 10th place Maxi was certainly still in existence within the BMIHT collection which at that time was based at Syon Park with its HQ at Studley. Maybe they did run oiut of room with vehicles scattered about the former empire but it does seem an ignominious end to great endeavours and has left the Triumph rallying heritage at least very much depleted. The legacy of Lord Stokes's ill-considered (to be polite) closure of the BL Competitions Departnment obviously continued into much later times!
Actually, remembering back, it was a surprise that the car survived at all as it was trundled around the dealers and shows for a long time after 1971 and I remember the boss of the department at Canley (it looked after the dealer demonstrator fleet) had suggested removing all the special WC equipment - gearbox especially - "to make it easier to drive". The late Bob Train and I convinced him otherwise! It was the only "historic" Triumph in the company's ownership at the time (all the other historic cars kept within the company were Standards) although (OT) a pre-war Gloria was acquired and restored for exhibition in New York for the marque's (car) 50th anniversary in 1973. The eventual outcome is a great shame although not without parallels in the aviation and maritime preservation worlds.
If you PM me with the details, I would love to order a WCR40 book.
Looking forward to the revisited "Works Escorts" book next year!
Edited by Pullman99, 11 October 2012 - 10:22.