British car aficionado traveling to U.K. for race as Colts play in London

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Mike Roe loves cars, specifically the British made Triumph TR6. It’s a love affair that goes back to his college days.

“When I graduated from college in 1986, the first car I bought was a 1976 TR6,” said roe, an engineer by trade with Eli Lilly and Company.

Roe owns three Triumphs in the U.S. and he keeps three in the United Kingdom. They are sports cars with a peculiar reputation.

“They are fabulously simple vehicles. They have points and distributors and carburetors,” said roe. “You can get access to everything. You don’t have to take things off to get to what you’re looking for.”

Roe is the president of the Indiana British Car Union. He participates in road-coarse events here, but when he discovered the Colts game will be played a week before he’s to participate in the 2,000 mile Round Britain Reliability Run in the U.K., he knew he should take advantage of both events.

So, he invited his younger brother, Patrick.

“I told him we can see the Colts battle the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium and the following weekend go on this drive that I had scheduled in the U.K. Well he was all over it. He is an adventurous type and isn’t mechanically inclined. But he loves adventure.”

Mike and Patrick will be driving the course around England and Scotland in a TR6. At the same time, the event raises money for guide dogs. It comes to an end at a banqueting barn at Knebworth house in Hertfordshire, with a buffet meal for all the crews and drivers.

“Some people buy Rolex’s or buy expensive cars,” said Roe. “If you drive one of these generally means you know how a car works and you know how to keep it running.”

The RBRR is run over a 48 hour period.

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