50th anniversary of the TR5 by John Tuohy

August 9th, 2018. Submitted by Dean Bogisch.

 

The first British sports car with petrol injection was a new 6 cylinder 2.5 litre engine. A big rise in size and power. Top speed 125mph (UK Spec 0-50 6.5 seconds Standing ¼ mile 16.5 seconds).

In October 1967 British Leyland, in order to keep up with the increasing power upgrades of the Austin Healy, the MG’s were still on the 1500 BMC Motors although there were rumours of a 6 cylinder version maybe in the pipeline!!  By now the TR4A was getting somewhat antiquated. British Leyland needed an interim model with a 15 month (at most) production run.  The new 6 cylinder motor, derived from the existing 2000cc motor developed 90 BHP,  and, by increasing the stroke, achieved 125BHP.

To increase the power and for the first time in a production sports car Lucas Mechanical fuel injection was installed which caused a lot of chagrin amongst mechanics not used to this system.

A total build of 2947 cars over a 15 month period between 1967 and 1968, chassis numbers CPI-CP3096.  As the American market would not allow the TR5 with fuel injection, British Leyland detoxed the motor with twin carbies and called them TR250.  8484 built between August 1967 and September 1968, chassis numbers CDI-CD8594.

My car is CD686.  All my numbers still match although the car has had two restorations and, according to Vin Anderson, was the first TR5 in Australia.  It was flown in for car shows.  If not the first in Australia, it was the first in South Australia.

JOHN TUOHY.

 

Triumph TR5 – from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Overview.
A new six cyclinder Triumph TR arrived in 1967, the TR5. The TR 5 engine was a larger version of the unit used in the 2000 Saloon range and measured 2498cc and produced 150 bhp. Wheelbase 2240 mm (7ft 4in), length 3908 mm (12ft 9.625in), width 1470 mm (4ft 10in) and height 1170 mm (3ft 10in).

Another all new feature on the TR5 was the use of a Lucas Fuel Injection system, a first for a British sports car.
Externally the TR5 looked much the same as he TR4A and optional extras were carried over for buyers to choose from. The TR5 sold in small numbers until the arrival of the TR6 in 1968.

The Triumph TR5 was built for a 15 month period between 1967 and 1968 by the Triumph Motor Company in the United Kingdom, during which time approximately 2,947 cars were built.

The main differences to the TR4A were under the Giovanni Michelotti designed bonnet, and the most significant of these was the engine and a hot cam. The TR5 boasted a 2.5 litre straight six fuel injected engine developing around 150 bhp (110 kW) and produced performance equal to many 1990’s sport sedans. The engine was carried forward to the TR6. At the time, fuel injection (or petrol injection as it was sometimes called back then) was uncommon in road cars. So much so that Triumph claimed in their sales brochure that it was the “First British production sports car with petrol injection”.  This engine could propel the TR5 from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).

The TR5 came equipped with front disc brakes, independent rear suspension, rack and pinion steering and a four speed gearbox. The available optional extras included overdrive, wire wheels and a hard top with detachable roof panel and a small removable frame with vinyl cover – known as the ‘Surrey Top’. In 1968,  the basic price of the TR5 in the UK was 1,260 pounds including taxes, with extras, wire wheels (38 pounds), overdrive (60 pounds) and a tonneau cover (13 pounds).

The TR5 was produced in small numbers when compared with the later TR6, with just 2,947 units produced in 1967/8 – the first car being assembled on 29th August 1967 and the last made on 19th September 1968. In a similar period 8,484 TR250’s were built for the US market. Only 1,161 TR5’s were produced for the UK market, with the remainder being LHD TR5’s and going to France, Belgium and Germany amongst others.

The TR5 was available in the following colours;

Signal Red, White, Jasmine Yellow, Wedgwood Blue, Royal Blue and Valencia Blue.

The TR5 was virtually identical to the TR250, built during the same period for the North Amercian market. Due to price pressures and emission regulations the TR250 was fitted with twin Zenith-Stromberg carburettors rather than the Lucas fuel injection system, and took 10.6 seconds to get to 60 mph (97 km/h).

Jeremy Clarkson labelled the TR5 as “the best TR ever” and named it #74 on his list of Top 100 cars.

 

 

 

The Air / Heater Box is done . . .

August 7th, 2018. Submitted by Roger.

The Prince of Darkness is giving me nightmares . . .

August 1st, 2018. Submitted by Roger.

Minutes of General Meeting 17/7/18

July 19th, 2018. Submitted by Roger.

 

TSOA GENERAL MEETING  17th July 2018

 

Meeting Opened at 8:03pm     

 

  1. Welcome:
    • Apologies: Andy Hill, Tom Long, Peter & Julie Davidge, Sue & Rory Gibson, Geoff Ellis, John Wood, Neil Martin, Bob & Lorraine Cini, Greg Page, Mike Bonning, Trevor Lindsay, Bill Galer, Gary “Spitfire” Button.
    • Guests/Visitors/New Members: None
    • Previous Minutes: Proposed by accepted by Dean Bogisch, Seconded by David Stephens

 

  1. Presidents Report – Ian Rigby
    • A thank you pizza dinner was held tonight to thank all the committee, appointees and volunteers. Support for next year was also discussed, helpers are needed for some important roles.
    • A 6 month review report was published in the latest Trak.
    • Great run held on the weekend just gone.
    • The TR6 as advertised on our website and discussed at last meeting, has now gone to Far North Queensland, Ian assisted the new owner with transfers, parts, help and advice for which both parties were very thankful.
    • Reminder that next month is the AGM.

 

  1. Secretary’s Report – Duane Kaak
    • Magazines received are available to members. No official correspondence in or out.
    • Duane advised will be away overseas next month so is an apology for the AGM, but is willing to nominate again for Secretary role.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Alex Smithson
    • Balance at bank is $50,241 being $3,645 more than last month.
    • Allowance for next SA National Meeting is now at $9,592.
    • Subscriptions totalling $14,450 received, equal to 85% of the Budget. 23 members to renew with 11 cars on the Club Registration scheme.
    • Alex will be an apology for the AGM but is willing to renominate for Treasurer position.

 

  1. Social Report – Peggy Argent
    • Peggy highlighted that all the upcoming Social events are detailed in the last printed Trak.
    • Supper roster vacancy exists for the September meeting, Peggy encouraged members to nominate to assist with Supper at the meeting.

 

  1. Competition Report – Duane Kaak
    • Duane advised Neil Martin is away for next 3 – 4 months, but Neil will be participating in an event at Winton VIC on July 28th.
    • The TSOA is required to supply Flag Marshalls for the MSCA Supersprint on August 19th . See Duane or Roger Lange if able to assist.

 

  1. Library Report – Greg Page
    • No report.

 

  1. Regalia Report – Sue Smithson
    • Sue advised due to her upcoming holiday tonight was the last chance to purchase Regalia until September.
    • A special offer of free ladies cap with purchase of mens cap was offered to members.
    • A Free windscreen shade was offered to any member present who could get the item back into the original packaging.
    • Only 2 beanies remain in stock from recent order.

 

  1. Magazine Editor’s Report – Marg & Dean Bogisch
    • Thanks expressed for all the contributions. This month will be a fast Trak. Next month is the AGM and the position will be vacant and Dean & Marg will not be renominating.
    • Dean & Marg are happy to train a new incumbent.

 

  1. Website Report – Roger Lange
    • Roger again brought a laptop computer to the meeting to train members on how to use the TSOA website.
    • Roger will publish items sent through to him.

 

  1. Conditional Registration Report – Kevin Foster
    • Kevin reported there are 209 cars in total participating in the Club Registration scheme.
    • As a new financial year had begun, there are 55 cars that need log books updated.
    • Members reminded to report sale of vehicles and to return the logbook.
    • It was noted that the last 2 months have not had many new cars join the scheme.

 

  1. General Business

12.1 Display Day – Day of Triumph. David Stephens advised we are joining the TR Register National meeting display on Saturday October 20th at Glenelg. Approx. 50 Sidescreen TR’s will be on display, hoping to have 100 cars in total.

 

  1. Parts or Cars For Sale or Wanted
    • A white 1975 Stag has been offered for sale by the daughter of the owner, unknown details of Stag, mobile telephone number was provided for follow up.
    • Roger Lange was contacted by someone seeking a GT6, any year, any condition.

 

  1. Raffle

Won by Kevin McEnroe (Meat Tray)

 

  1. Cars on Stage
    • Duane Kaak displayed his TR7 V8 and spoke of recent engine change and other work undertaken.

 

  1. Thanks expressed to Supper Roster volunteers, Fay Esau and Peggy Argent.

 

Meeting Closed: 8:47pm

Guess who’s got a new project?

July 4th, 2018. Submitted by Roger.

REGISTRATION

May 9th, 2018. Submitted by Ian Rigby.

Sands of time are fast flowing.

There are only 2 more opportunities left at the club meetings to be up to date.

Please help us help you!

Our inspectors will be swamped if you wait for the last meeting with 2 away in June the level of effort on Colin will be substantial and he may not have time to complete everyone that turn up hoping to get signed off and payments made.

There are around 100 members that have yet to pay and have details updated. If you make other arrangements with the team over the next few months then that may also help.

Kind regards

Ian Rigby

Duane’s Stag looks like a great find! Nice yellow too . . .creamy! And check out the new Club acquisitions. It all looks great!

April 29th, 2018. Submitted by Roger.

Nappa Car show

April 13th, 2018. Submitted by Ian Rigby.

Sunday April 29 is the Adelaide Community car show and if you want to show your car contact Valdis Dunis at Valdis.Dunis@EEplace.com Or Dannielle Macbeth on 0408822753 The event Coordinator. Held Closed off Tynte Street – between O’Connell and Wellington Square. 60+ cars with the Lord Mayor to Judge and select the best car. Live Music and dining Stalls Kid friendly.
Regards Ian Rigby

TSOA WEEKENDER 2018

March 22nd, 2018. Submitted by Roger.

TSOA Weekender 2018

Explore the SOUTHERN YORKE PENINSULA

Friday May 18th – Sunday May 20TH, 2018

Weekender Includes . . .

Visit to the Watsacowie Brewery at Minlaton

Visit the Red Baron plane at Minlaton

Visit the Chocolate place at Minlaton

Accommodation at Stansbury Motel

Play a game of lawn Bowls at Stansbury

Visit the Tidal pool at Edithburgh

Visit the Wattle Point Wind Farm at Edithburgh

Visit the Alpaca Farm

Visit to the Military Museum at Bublacowie

Visit to the Barley Stack Winery

Meals at Stansbury Bowling Club, Pt Clinton Community Club

Meet Friday 18th May

OTR Bolivar (859 Pt Wakefield Road Bolivar)

8.45am for a 9.00am Departure

Cost:  $200.00 pp twin share

Individual and Children’s Rates –by negotiation.

Bookings essential: Margie 0438836837or email mberlemon@hotmail.com

Payment by the April meeting, or EFT to Treasurer.

All British day 2018

February 14th, 2018. Submitted by Ian Rigby.

Great event this year and thankfully the temperature dropped to a manageable level. This year we had our new display cover and flags raised. WE had 38 Triumphs on display this year so a good turn out for us. We had a great selection of cars on display but More in Trak on that as this is just a quick note to present some of the pictures. Note Bill’s Photo Bomb in the background of the display pic. Big thank you to our club ABD Rep. Geoff Ellis Great work and also to Kate Berlemon My Flag Marshal assistant.

Regards
Ian Rigby
President