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Triumphs had always took part at racing events in Britain and abroad, a special division of the company was established for this purpose, caring about  tuning up their racers. More or less successful compared with their rivals, because Triumphs budget  wasn't as high as the rivaling car manufactures.
But from time to time some  there were some highlights, especially during the early sixties for instance, or later with the great TR7 V8 used  in several rallies around Europe  or in Australia.

Left  picture shows a fully restored TR2 racer,  I would  say it looks great.

This is an actual picture of a TR3 Racer

in Triumphs  war paint - blue-white, but with more modern roll  bar as reqired at modern historical racing events. Formerly  the racing TRs looked more like this:

a nice example of a racing TR4, of course racing with roadsters was formerly very popular, alrady shortly after invention of the automoble the first racing cars were all topless. But during the 60ties upwards most racing cars were raced as coupes or with a hardtop. Very poular those days was breathing the engine through 2 twin horizontal carburettors which pushed the power up quite noticeable.

left picture shows two Le Man TR racing cars, the left one a TR3 based TRS which already has elements of the future TR4 (tail fins) the right - what else - a TR4..             This picture, right, ist the TRS Le Mans

Triumph Saloons- Big Sixes - were successful in rallies, not so as racers, especially the 2000 which was livlier revving engine than the smoother 2500. Both always matched with cars like  Rover, Ford, BMW, Mercedes or Lancia, between 1962 and 1968 the 2000 models were used, as the Pi model was launched, BL switched to the 2,5 engines, which they prepared with Triple Webers instead of te unreliable Lucas Injection.
The 150 hp 2000s had to be set back, by new homologation rules, because they had been already highly tuned - from the standard 90hp - which was the reason for using the stronger 2,5 engine, which had a 150hp as standard already and could easily reach 170-180 hp following Group 1 homologation rules.
The engines turned out to be very reliable, especially in long distance runs like London-Sidney  or later the London-Mexico Rallye, but the week point was the back suspension, sometimes breaking at the differetial flange mounting plate.
The last Big Triumphs in competition was 1977 as the production ended.
The ending time for the Big Six had come, in favour of the more common smaller race and rallye cars like Escort or BMW Ti. the BL Works Sports  using the the Dolomite 16V and TR7/8.
But that is another story.

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