NAME: Phil Tucker
MCC MEMBER SINCE: 1988
WHAT VEHICLE DO YOU USE TO COMPETE IN MCC EVENTS? 1958 Triumph TR3A
WHAT MODIFICATIONS HAVE YOU MADE TO IT? Loads over the years all within the Blue Book guidelines
HOW HAS THE VEHICLE PERFORMED AT MCC EVENTS? I built this car in 1989/90 as a pure Classic Trials car. I made the chassis repaired an old body tub and clothed it in fiberglass panels, over the last 30 years she's competed in hundreds of Trials all over the UK. I've broken all the major mechanical components ( not all at once) but always tried to replace any failed part with something stronger, one of the most spectacular failures was the diff on one occasion it exploded with shrapnel type damage to the underside of the body and the rear diff cover being blown open like a bomb. Bill Piggot was my passenger in the 2004 Exeter Trial an experience he never expected on exiting a successful high speed climb of the notoriously bumpy Normans Hump he quietly sat beside me with his head bowed, worrying that he had that hit his head or injured himself I asked if he was OK – no reply - I asked again looking for somewhere to stop and after a pause his reply quietly came, " I've never been so frightened in all my life, how can a car – especially a TR3 take that sort of hammering" by the end of the event he was encouraging me to give the car no mercy ending in yet another busted diff on Simms hill. She's only done 38,000 miles since 1990 but most under some extreme conditions, its about time I for me to spruce her up.
WHAT ADIVCE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT ENTERING THEIR FIRST LONG DISTANCE TRIAL? Three things. Car preparation, car preparation, car preparation.