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THE TRIUMPH MAYFLOWER CLUB

Membership Information

THE TRIUMPH MAYFLOWER

1949-1953

Sir John Black, who presided over the expansion and success of the Standard Motor Company in the 1930's, was still firmly in control of the company at the end of the Second World War. The remains of Triumph had been aquired in 1944 and it was proposed that "Triumph Cars of Distinction" be produced to enable Standard to strengthen its position in the quality market.

The first post-war Triumphs, announced in 1946, were the 1800 Saloon and Roadster. They had traditionally coachbuilt bodies mounted on seperate chassis frames. Work continued on a 10 h.p. Triumph and this was unveiled as the MAYFLOWER at the Motor Show late in 1949. Although in appearance it may have seemed little more than a short wheelbase version of the 1800 razoredge saloon, in its construction, it was very different, being the first Standard-Triumph car of unitary pressed steel construction. Mechanically, the car was something of a hybrid; its 1247 c.c. side valve engine was derived from that used in the pre-war Standard Flying 10, its gearbox and rear axle were similar to those in use in the Standard Vanguard, and its front suspension was later used in the TR2 and TR3 sports cars.

The Mayflower had only a brief production run before it was replaced by the more austere Standard 8 and 10. Although a number of minor improvements were introduced during the course of production, the external appearance of the saloon changed very little. There were however, two interesting variants, which were made in small numbers. In October 1950 a drophead coupe was announced, but only ten were produced. The high cost of making these conversions from the saloon bodyshell led to the withdrawal of this variety in January 1951. Mayflowers were also assembled in Australia, where a "utility", or pick-up truck, was produced by converting the saloon. The boot lid was used as the tailgate. One or two utilities have survived, but no original examples of the convertible is known to the club.

Although Sir Stanley Black had insisted on razoredge styling and presumeably chosen the car's name in the hope that it would appeal to the American market, only 510 went to the United States. Nevertheless, out of a total production of 34,000, over half were exported, mainly to the British Commonwealth and Europe. Numbers survive in Sri Lanka where they are still in use as taxis.

Volume production of the Mayflower was slow at first and did not get under way until 1950. When the car was tested by the motoring press, the journalists' initial hostility tended to disappear when they found it not only practical and economical, but also built and finished to the high standards customary at Triumph. However, many people retained strong views on the styling, and even 30 years later, Mayflowers are instantly recognised by those who might not ordinarily be able to tell one car from another.

THE TRIUMPH MAYFLOWER CLUB

The Mayflower became a rare sight on British roads after the 1960's, and in 1974 two owners in Bristol started the Triumph Mayflower Club in the hope of uniting those with a common interest in the car. In a short time owners from all over the U.K. were joining and as knowledge of the club's existence spread, applications were received from U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most European countries. During the club's first few years, over three hundred members were enrolled, and their efforts are now bearing fruit as each year more restored Mayflowers take to the road. The club adopted a new constitution at its 1978 A.G.M. and this now regulates its activities.

Large stocks of parts are held by the club and are available to members at reasonable prices. We hope eventually that all mechanical parts needed to keep the cars on the road will be stocked. Some surviving stocks of original parts are being located and bought, but it will soon be necessary to have some parts made. This is made possible using funds provided by the members Spares Loan Scheme. It is an expensive business locating and purchasing spares on the club's behalf, but it is a crucial service for keeping our cars on the road.

Spares are not the club's only concern: a quarterly magazine "Flowerpower" is sent to all members. This contains articles of technical and historical interest, as well as more general items and sales and wants adverts. From time to time lists of members are published and it is hoped that members will be encouraged to meet other Mayflower owners in their area and provide help and support.

To enable members to meet, with or without their cars, the club in conjunction with the Triumph Roadster Club, the Pre 1940s Triumph Club and the Triumph Razoredge Club organises an annual rally. In an attempt to appeal to members and their families this event is  held at places offering more than the cars to see. Recently Bletchley Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Highclere Castle, Woburn Abbey, Blenheim Palace, Stanford Hall, Avoncroft Museum have been the venues. We co-operate with and are affiliated to other Standard and Triumph Clubs.

Because of the widely dispersed membership, it is not possible to organise local meetings on a regular basis. The Annual General Meeting, held towards the end of March at a venue in the Midlands, affords another opportunity to meet and to share views about the running of the club.

You do not need to own a Mayflower to join the club and apart from a handful of Honorary Members, there is only one class of membership. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in the TRIUMPH MAYFLOWER.

APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

Subscriptions

The membership year runs from the 1st April to 31st March in the following year. When joining you pay the full subscription for the membership year in which you join, but if you join between the months of October and March your subscription will take you to the end of the next subscription year as well.

How to pay

Please pay by cheque, Postal Order, money order, or international giro crossed and made payable to "The Triumph Mayflower Club".

Overseas members please note that all monies paid to "The Triumph Mayflower Club" must be in some form of £ sterling.

Subscription Rates

All members                                                 £25.00 per annum

Joining fee                 New members           £10.00 on joining

Total to join - £35.00

Please complete the application form that accompanies this leaflet and return it with your appropriate subscription and a stamped addressed envelope to the club membership secretary:

John Oaker

19 Broadway North

Walsall

West Midlands

WS1 2QG

Any queries please phone 01922 633042 or email johnchoaker@btinternet.com

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