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THE JABBEKE TR2 SPEED RECORD CAR, MVC 575

 

We are working on a new T-shirt for Christmas which features the design of the badge fitted to the Jabbeke TR2 speed record car which has been restored by Glen Hewett of Protek Engineering in England. The badge is unique and the “Jabbeke Car” is probably the most significant Triumph ever. We examined all of the photos we could find to get our design right, but in the end, we hadn’t been sure of some of the colours. Therefore, we contacted Glen Hewett to ask some questions. He sent some new photos, including one of the car sitting in the parking lot at Protek. The badge photos are the most realistic I have seen, and they clearly show the wear and tear suffered by the badge over the years. If you are a Triumph fan, you will probably enjoy looking at these photos by using this link. All three badge photos will be included for you to study. The badge design will be screened on a navy blue T-shirt, and beneath the badge will appear the words “MCV 575 / Jabbeke Highway / May 20, 1953.” MCV 575 is the registration number of the car and the speed trial took place on the Jabbeke Highway in Belgium on May 20, 1953. Photos of the actual T-shirts will appear in the “Little Catalogue” as soon as we have them in stock.

Please scroll down to see more information about the MCV 575 Jabbeke car and more photos from previous Photo of the Week pages.

 

Photo of the MCV 575 Jabbeke TR2 badge

 

Photo of the MCV 575 Jabbeke TR2 badge

 

Photo of the Jabbeke TR2 Badge

Photo of the Jabbeke TR2 Badge.

Photo of the MCV 575 Jabbeke TR2 badge

 

Photo of the MCV 575 Jabbeke TR2 from Glen

Glen Hewett sent us this photo of the MCV 575 Jabbeke TR2 at Protek Engineering

 

Lots of readers are interested in the “Jabbeke TR2.” restored in England by Glen Hewitt at Protek Engineering. From what I can see, the car is still on eBay for sale at 300,000 English pounds, and I have heard nothing more about any attempts to put it into a museum or to make replicas if its rare badge. This is another photo taken by Don Hiscock’s friend Ben on a visit to Protek within the past week. The car is also up for “Octane” magazine’s restoration of the year award. The other five cars on the shortlist are a Lamborghini Marzal, the “Bullitt” Mustang, an Aston Martin DB4 GT, the earliest Land Rover prototype, and a Porsche 911RSR Turbo. Thanks to Don Hiscock for keeping us updated.

 

Photo of Ken Richardson in the MCV 575 Jabbeke TR2

Photo of the Copeland MCV 575 reproduction car

Photo of the Copeland MCV 575 replica car

 

I got a message with photos from Chris Copeland in Australia. Back in the early 2000s, Chris’s father Ken built a version of the Jabbeke car in Victoria, Australia along with help from his friends in the TR Register there. By the time he was building his car, Ken Copeland had lost one of his legs and he had no feeling in his hands, yet he persevered and built a wonderful car that his son, Chris, still owns today.

The thing that Ken Copeland was unable to accomplish in his lifetime was to reproduce a badge for his “Jabbeke car.” Chris took on this job and followed up leads until he found a collector who has a badge. The collector provided drawings and measurements, and Chris produced a version of the badge in Melbourne. Actually, he produced two badges. One was installed on his father’s car, and the other was awarded to Bill Piggott when he visited the club in Australia in 2016. This story is documented with two photos, one above and one below, of Chris’s dad’s car and one of the “replica” badge. Chris stated that he loves his dad’s car even though he knows it is not the real thing. It is very real to him, and I pointed out that it has achieved its realness in a way that is analogous to the reality of the velveteen rabbit in the children’s story of that name in which a stuffed toy is “loved” into reality.

 

Photo of the Copeland MCV 575 reproduction car

Photo of the Copeland MCV 575 replica car

Photo of the Copeland MCV 575 reproduction car badge

Photo of the Copeland MCV 575 replica car badge

Photo of the MCV 575 before restoration

Photo of the MCV 575 before restoration

Photo of the MCV 575 before restoration

Photo of the MCV 575 before restoration

Jabbeke TR2 Wins Again!

 

You may remember that I urged readers to vote for the Jabbeke TR2 as Octane Magazine’s restoration of the year award.  Well it won!  The competition was fierce, a Lamborghini Marzal, the “Bullitt” Mustang, an Aston Martin DB4 GT, the earliest Land Rover prototype, and a Porsche 911 RSR Turbo.  It is comforting to have this Triumph, possibly the most iconic Triumph of all, receive this level of recognition, and we congratulate Glen Hewitt of Protek Engineering on the success of his project which warms the hearts of Triumph owners everywhere.

 

 

Official Photo of the Jabbeke at RAC in 2017.

Official Photo of the Jabbeke at RAC in 2017.

Photo of the Jabbeke TR2 taken from balcony

Photo of the Jabbeke TR2 taken from balcony.

Photo of the Jabbeke engine

The Jabbeke Engine

The Driver's seat

The Driver's seat