In December, we learned that progress on TVR's revival had come to a halt for a perplexing reason. Because the Welsh government bought a three-percent stake in the automaker, the construction and renovation work to be completed at TVR's proposed factory in South Wales must be held to EU government construction standards—including a rule that says any construction work must go out to bid across the entire EU, as opposed to being bid on simply by local or regional firms.
In the process of complying with this rule, TVR went into nearly six months of almost complete radio silence. Basically, the red Griffith prototype was displayed at the 2017 Goodwood Revival, then came the news about the EU regulations a year later, and then a frustrating silence for the fans. The only certain thing was that, after quite a few people had put down their deposits to support their beloved brand's (third) revival, TVR's production plan seemed to be in jeopardy. Thankfully, the company has just announced some great news :
The Welsh Government have just announced that, following a pan-European tender process, they have selected the preferred contractor for the refurbishment of the factory building proposed for TVR’s new manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale, South Wales. There are a few bits and pieces that need to be tied up before we can announce further details, but it’s fantastic news for all concerned as we can state publicly that the sound of squealing tires and roaring engines will be coming to the Valleys very soon.
Talking to this past December, TVR Chairman Les Edgar hinted that if their original plan didn't pan out, some work could begin as early as March 2019 at a different facility. It's June now, but at least refurbishment work can start this summer. Hopefully. But for now, it's time for Le Mans, and the racing debut of TVR's art car: