The prime movers behind the straight-axle TR4A were Les Genser and Bud Forman
of Genser-Forman Triumph Distributors here in New Jersey who had the Northeast
territory. They were old-line Plymouth dealers who believed that the only way
to sell any kind of car was on price.
Most of the rest of the distributors and dealers were okay with the IRS
As well as "TR Action" there's legal action. In the 1970s, Bud and Les ended
up in jail after being convicted of one of the largest tax evasion schemes in
Rumor has it that a number of TR4A IRS race cars wore the badge on the trunk
but a straight axle underneath.
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Sent: Friday, November 10, 2006 12:13 PM
Subject: [FOT] TR Action
Don't know how many of you might get to see TR ACTION, the magazine of the TR
Register in England, but it is similar in scope to the Vintage Triumph
Register magazine we see over here in the US of A.
It is well done, and always interesting. Lots of club and chapter news, but
great articles as well. While they often spout a "I'm just here for the
beer!" motto, they are a meat and potatoes organization dedicated to all
There's a series of articles running under the banner of "TRs-The Knowledge
(the Who, What, When, Where an Why of TR Lore) I find interesting. This month
dealt with TR 'firsts' like 100 mph 2 litre sports, disc brakes, IRS, fuel
injection and the like. It pointed out that 'live axle' TR4s were an 'option'
offered only on cars sold in North America, because our dealers rebelled at
thought of charging more for the new (and costly) independent rear suspension.
I always thought this had more to do with TRIUMPH building cars using up
stuff that was still on the shelf. Appartently not. Interesting.