To prove the sports car pedigree of TR2, a world beating speed record was devised. The smooth surface of the new Jabbeke highway in Belgium was a favourite spot for speed trials; Austin Healey, Jaguar and Sunbeam all tried their luck there against the clock.
MVC 575 was readied for the challenge in May 1953. Modifications included wheel spats, an undertray, a streamlined cockpit cover and a small aero windscreen.
The first attempt was a disappointing 105 mph. It was soon discovered that a loose spark plug lead meant the car was only running on three of its four cylinders. With some quick repairs, the Triumph set out again, reaching a class record speed of 124.889 mph.