Alan Woodier

Alan Woodier. Service: 1968 to 1975. I started my 5 year apprenticeship in 1968 after leaving Whitley Abbey School even though I lived in Allesley Park.

I wanted to be a body development engineer but the options were every other year it was body and then trim development and my year was trim so trim it was (possibly in the long run the best choice as for my sins I am still working making custom motorcycle and scooter seats).  Continue reading “Alan Woodier”

Triumph Engineering Reunion

Triumph Engineering Reunion – Harry Webster bequeathed funding for an annual get together for Triumph apprentices and last Friday was the day we all got together for our 2016 dinner. It’s a great evening out and a great place to catch up with old friends and reminisce about the good times we all had working there. 

As I’m the youngest member and don’t quite meet the critera of being there when Harry was in charge, it is sometimes overwhelming to think of the projects these guys were involved in. Everything from Herald, Vitesse, Spitfire, GT6, Stag, 2000, 2500 and TR7 (my project) to projects that I am aware of that did not make it. SD2 and Lynx are the 2 that were in development while I was there that didn’t make it to production. Many of these guys managed the projects, were involved in the works teams and much more. So much knowledge, so many stories. Here are some of the remaining Triumph history makers, many who have gone un-mentioned over the years.
Alan Goodwin
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Dorothy and Geoffrey Hope

I began working at The Standard Triumph at the age of fourteen years.  I was originally expected to go into service when I left school, but during the war, each evening we had a family who escaped the bombing by coming to stay with us.  It was this family that encouraged me to aim for something better and I applied to work in the offices.

I began working after my initial training just doing basic filing, I then went on to train and work as a Comptometer.  I spent a good many years working in the same department, cycling each day from my family home in Balsall Common to Tile Hill Station where the Blacksmith would look after my bike while I finished my journey to work on the train.
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