The CT Triumph Register in conjunction with the CT MG Club is pleased to announce its first CT British Reliability Run, September 14-16, 2018. The goal is to field 24 British cars/teams and raise funds to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The event is not a race. The run is conducted on public roads at posted speeds. It is not a road rally either, as there are no checkpoints or time/speed/distance parameters. It is an endurance test of sorts, intended to be challenging but fun for the participants. The event will begin in CT, run through the Adirondacks over the weekend, and will end in CT. It will be a great fall drive through beautiful countryside in the company of fellow British car friends.
Reliability Runs were something of a tradition in England that has now been continued by British car clubs on both side of the Atlantic. The C.T.R. in conjunction with the CT MG club is proud to present the first Connecticut British Reliability Run.
What is a Reliability Run?
This type of driving event has its roots in England. Owners of British cars whose marque had a reputation for poor mechanical reliability would gather and do long continuous drives around England to prove that their cars were indeed reliable.
British Reliability Runs continue to this day, benefiting children’s charities in England, then in 2002 Blake Discher of the Detroit Triumph Sportscar Club, founded America’s British Reliability Run (ABRR). He had help and guidance from former Triumph Standard executive and British Reliability run veteran John Macartney. The ABRR spirit is now spreading throughout the USA with multiple regional runs. The ABRR is a challenging and fun driving event that so far has raised more than $215,000 for worthy children’s charities here in the United States.
What is the CT British Reliability Run?
The CT Triumph Register in conjunction with the CT MG Club is pleased to announce its first CT British Reliability Run September 14-16, 2018. The goal is to field 24 British cars/teams and raise funds to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The event is not a race. The run is conducted on public roads at posted speeds. It is not a road rally either, as there are no checkpoints or time/speed/distance parameters. It is an endurance test of sorts, intended to be challenging but fun for the participants. The event will begin in CT, run through the Adirondacks over the weekend, and will end in Connecticut. It will be a great fall drive through beautiful countryside in the company of fellow British car friends.
The only competition is how much each CT Reliability Run team can raise for the chosen charity: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman. This organization is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the northeast, free of charge. It’s a community that celebrates the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood, where every kid can “raise a little hell.” We visited the camp in Ashford and were very impressed with the work that they do to allow seriously ill children to have camping opportunities that we perhaps take for granted. – Janet Thomson
The CT British Reliability Run: the story so far
The story started at the VTR convention in Princeton last summer. I’d seen stories about the Reliability Run but hadn’t spent a lot of time trying to learn about it. On the schedule of events at the convention was a tech session about the Run, presented by Dave Hutchison, so I decided to go along and see what it was about. One hour later I came away with my mind made up: this was an event that we should sponsor here in Connecticut because it looked like a lot of fun but more important it was a way to give something back to children in need. My next step was to sign up for one of the events that were being held that autumn. I joined the Reliability Run being held in New Hampshire by British Motorcars of New Hampshire, led by Bob Dougherty. The weekend was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve ever had with my car, the event was extremely well-organized and successful, raising $16,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital. As the 2017 driving season came to a close, work started on organizing our own Reliability Run. The club agreed to sponsor the event, to be held in conjunction with our friends in the MG club. A group came together to take on the different tasks involved, and here’s what we’ve done so far:
The route: when planning a route, you do need to know where you are starting from. With the Adirondacks as the destination it made sense to start on the western side of Connecticut to avoid the unpleasantness that is the I-91 corridor and the awkwardness of crossing the Connecticut River. Ed Cooke persuaded J.R. Mitchell at GMT Racing in Newtown, CT to have his premises be the starting point for our trip.
From Newtown we will take ordinary two lane roads to make our way north with a lunch stop planned for Williamstown, MA and then on to the Hemmings Museum in Bennington, VT. After visiting the museum we will continue towards the north country and our headquarters in Glens Falls. Saturday will be devoted to a long day’s drive around the Adirondack Park in upstate New York before returning to Connecticut on Sunday morning. We hope to have a surprise visit on the way back to Connecticut and will conclude the event with a cook out.
Accommodations: the Reliability Run in the UK is a 48 hour event that covers 2,000 miles with no overnight stops. We are not quite that crazy and will be spending two nights in a hotel. Susan Schiavi (a.k.a. the Navigator) spent a lot of time on the phone with hotels and the Lake George Chamber of Commerce and finally secured us a block of 24 rooms at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. We’ve visited the hotel and it appears to be a good choice.
Next steps: We are very close to being able to open registration for the event, and expect to be able to give you the details in next month’s newsletter, and here on our club website.
Still pending are the details of the sign up process, the commissioning of a web page for the event and setting up the fund raising page.
I hope we will have a good participation rate in the Reliability Run. You need a good car and an appetite for driving it on some of the best roads in the Northeastern United States, and above all a passion to help sick children in need! — Neville Wardle.