Code Name: Bullet
By James Grahame
John Clancy - long-time TR7 owner and rabid film buff - has researched the history of the infuriating yet beloved TR models, from early concepts through the end of production. The result is "Code Name: Bullet - The Story of The Triumph TR7 & TR8," a unique DVD featuring previously unreleased footage from numerous sources, including some rare archival material.
"The tale begins with Triumph itself - the origins of the company, the links to the Motorcycle manufacturer , the purchase by Standard and it being swallowed up by the monolithic (and patently sick) British Leyland corporation." The disc goes on to explore factory mock-ups, featuring commentary from TR7 designer Harris Mann as he discusses everything from targa-top ideas to the vehicle's distinctive and troublesome pop-up lights, along with rally footage.
When unveiled in 1974, the TR7's wedge shape was revolutionary. Unfortunately, build quality was often less than stellar (to put it politely) and it was offered with an underpowered 2.0L slant-4 engine. Most important to TR purists: there was no soft-top version at first. Production ceased in 1981, but I think the TR's styling has aged remarkably well.
The single disc version of Code Name:Bullet is available for £15 plus postage, and there's an exclusive 2 disc set for members of the TR Driver's Club that includes footage shot at the Club's National Weekend over the past few years.
Code Name: Bullet - The Story of The Triumph TR7 & TR8
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