750 UPPER STATE RD, NORTH WALES, PA 19454
The Delaware Valley Triumphs, Ltd (DVT) Club was organized in 1977 for the benefit of Triumph owners and enthusiasts in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley area. Membership is open to all who appreciate automobiles bearing the Triumph name. The club's primary goal is to provide a forum for the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of the Triumph marque. The DVT is a chapter of the national Vintage Triumph Register.
The history of the Vintage Triumph Register and Delaware Valley Triumph, Ltd are intertwined. Organized in 1976, through the efforts of Richard Langworth, a noted automotive journalist, DVT became one of the first VTR chapters. Richard is well known in Triumph and classic car circles. At the time, he was editor of VTR's "The Vintage Triumph", senior editor of "Automobile Quarterly" and author of "Trundling Along with Triumph", a history of the Triumph marque.
With VTR only two years old in 1976, Richard's goal was to establish a network of local chapters. In August of 1976, the New Hope Auto Show featured its first all-Triumph class. Richard served as a judge and used this show to recruit prospective members. Seven Triumphs were judged that day, including Langworth's Dolomite, and current member Mike Wolf's TR3.
Two months later, approximately a dozen Triumph enthusiasts, including current members Mike Wolf, Ron and Peg Hoinowski, and Charles Frick met at Richard's home for an organizational meeting. The meeting began with a road rally followed by "Ploughman's lunch", Whitbread beer, and the viewing of Triumph factory films of Le Mans and the Jabbeke Highway run of 1953. The Delaware Valley Triumph, Ltd charter was signed that day, October 17, 1976.
Richard Langworth served as the first President; there was also a Treasurer, Newsletter Editor ("TRundlin' TRiumphs"), and Events Director who planned the first Christmas Party, previously the "Holiday Party", and now known as the "Winter Party" because it has moved to the Sunday before the Super Bowl. DVT grew rapidly and five years later by 1982, had 70 active members. From its humble beginnings, and primarily covering eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware (the Delaware Valley), the club now boasts nearly 200 members.
DVT has participated in national Triumph Motoring events for the past 37 years. The annual DVT Summer Picnic began in 1979 at a member's home, and to this day continues that tradition. The club also hosts its annual spring Car Show titled "Cars and Motorcycles of England" (previously called "Brits Are Back") at the Oakbourne Mansion, in Westtown Township.
DVT is a very active organization. In 2016, we sponsored 60 events, including two monthly Sunday breakfasts, in two locations, and a monthly evening meeting (get together or "GTR"). We have car shows, rally's, tech sessions, many road trips, museum visits, restoration shop visits, photo shoots, auto show visits, auto auction visits, hill climb visits, weekday retiree drives, Fall Getaway weekends, summer picnics and BBQ's. Additionally we participate in other shows or events held by brother British Clubs, such as MG and Jaguar. Some members also attend the annual Vintage Triumph Register (VTR) and Triumph Register of America (TRA), national conventions held in various locations around the country. Members have driven to conventions in California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, and North Carolina to name a few locations over the years. Our own club was the host for the 2007 Vintage Triumph Register National Convention, held in Valley Forge and will host this event again this August of 2017. Over 325 Triumphs drove from across the US and Canada, to attend the four-day show. For the past 13 years, nearly twenty-five intrepid members, in groups as small as two, and as large as fifteen, have gone beyond our shores to visit England, to attend Coventry area Classic Car Shows, tour automotive history museums, and tour active automotive factories.