Archive for October, 2009

Social Scene – November 2009

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Bill organised another “twisty road” run through the hills ending up at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary for afternoon tea on Wednesday 14th October.  This run was attended by about 18 people who all enjoyed coffee and cake at the destination.   It was good to see Bob and Natalie out in their new TR8 just in time for running it in before heading across the Nullabor to WA for the Nationals.   Thanks to Bill for organising this run.

Congratulations to Ian Rigby and his navigator, Eddy, on winning the All Triumph Rally for the Tony Esau Memorial Trophy on Sunday 18th October.   We couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions for this run and it certainly brought everyone out for the day, with over 60 people signing the Clubmans Book.   Second place was a tie between John Wood and Steve Ferguson and navigator Tracey.  It was a very tightly contested run with only 1/2 point separating first and second.   Ian of course has the honour of setting next year’s event.   It was great to see some new  members come along and participate.

Thanks go to Margie and Bill for bringing the BBQ, tables and all the utensils and for ordering the meat, Arrand Ellery and Greg Page who did a wonderful job of cooking the BBQ, along with Peter Davidge and Peggy (who made the green salad) who assisted with serving up and everyone else who helped on the day.

Christmas dinner bookings are being taken and full payment is required by the November meeting please as the venue needs numbers.

The Day of Triumph is on Sunday 15th November at Civic Park opposite Tea Tree Plaza so please come along, bring a picnic lunch and support this event.

Don’t forget there is no meeting in December.


Sporting Triumphs – October 2009

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


Winton 29/30 Aug     Tom Hutchinson in his TR8 achieved three 2nd placings and a 1st at the Winton round of the Victorian Motor Racing Championship. The top three placed cars all swapped positions during the races, the other two being an MGB V8 and an MG Midget that I can personally attest to being very quick. Tom now sits 2nd in the points tally for MG & Invited British Cars. See wws.cgi

Mallala 6 Sept     The MSCA Come & Try Day by all reports was a great success despite the Fathers Day conflict. Neil Martin (TR7 V8) introduced his family to the delights of the Mallala circuit and may have woken some hidden desires. A slightly modified format is planned for next year following the popularity of this years event.


Collingrove Hillclimb 17/18 Oct    The South Australian Hillclimb Championships will be held over the weekend of the 17th & 18th October at Collingrove. See

Mallala  MSCA Sprint Rd4 25 Oct     The last sprint for the year will be held on Sunday 25th October. Neil Martin is a likely starter in his TR7, Rod Carey (GT6) also plans to be there as do I with my GT6. I wish to assess a different diff to see if I can keep off the rev limiter at a few locations. Roger Lange (also GT6) may be there depending on his national meeting trip organisational skills.

Climb to the Eagle 6 Nov      This will be the 25th anniversary of the event. The cars will start in Victoria Park, travel to the Hahndorf Resort for morning tea and then on to Victor Harbor for lunch. Entries closed in September – just in case you were wondering.

Mallala Racing 14 Nov       This is Round 4 and the final round of this years State Race Championships. It is a Saturday twilight meeting that generally starts around midday and extends into the evening. A good opportunity to spot whose brakes glow the hottest.

Classic Adelaide 18 – 22 Nov       There are two confirmed Triumph entries so far this year being Stephen & Ginetta Rochester in their TR3A and Steve Fisher in a TR7. No news at going to press as to Ian Wilson’s intentions. Perhaps it is not a priority after last years disqualification and reinstatement fiasco.                                                See


18 October Strathalbyn Swap Meet       New Venue at the Strathalbyn Harness racing Club (Milne Road 500 metres from the West Tce/South Tce Roundabout). Buyers admitted from 7am on Sunday. Admission $5 adults, children free. Car parking free in complex plus street parking.       I find this site informative for international categories of racing such as F1, MotoGP and World Rally. It may be worth a look if you don’t know of it. It is good for following Aussie Mark Weber’s F1 achievements and those of Casey Stoner in MotoGP, not to mention the politics of motor racing. It is refreshed weekly on Tuesday’s.      I recently stumbled across this site on the internet and I am sure there are some out there that haven’t yet found it. This is an American company that has weekly and monthly specials on parts for Triumph and MG sports cars. Some specials are 50% off normal price. I receive weekly newsletters and have just ordered some parts. I will be happy to share my experiences with anyone that is interested. Have a look at the site.

Auction 24 Sept        A rusty rustic powder blue unregistered SA 1968 Mk3 Spitfire sold locally at auction in Kilkenny for $5250. My assessment was it would be worth $2000. In its favour, it was relatively complete and appeared original with minor panel damage to the rear. It was put forward as a 1965 Mk1. Purchaser was unknown but described as elderly, hairy and grey – which describes most of our club members.


Trevor Lindsay

Day of Triumph 2009 – Entry Rules

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Overall Entry – Concours and Pride of Ownership (POO)

To be eligible for entry, the owner of the car must be a current financial member of TSOA (SA) Branch –           entry will not be permitted to those joining/renewing on the day.
The car must be currently registered (with the exception of Competition cars).
Late entries, i.e. cars arriving after the published judging commencement time, will not be eligible.

Concours Section

All cars must be driven onto the judging site (except  Competition vehicles which may be trailered).
Entrants must score a minimum of 70% of the total points available in presentation section to be eligible for a   Class or Outright trophy.
Standard classes will be – TR2/3/3A/3B, TR4/4A/5, TR6, TR7/8, Stag, Saloon, Dolomite, Spitfire/GT6, Herald/Vitesse, Pre-54, and Competition
Classes may be split/combined depending on the number of entrants in each Class.  This will be determined by DOT Officials on the day.
Judges will award points for each car up to a maximum of 750 possible points in 5 judging sections as follows –Exterior (170 points) Engine bay (140 points) Underside (100 points) Wheels & tyres/boot (170 points)Interior (170 points)
Cars will NOT be judged on originality except in the event of a tie when the cars will be marked out of 250 points in accordance with the table shown on the entry sheet.
In the event of a tie, “originality” for each model shall be broadly determined as any equipment or manufacturing (i.e. official works modifications) produced by the original car manufacturer or an approved option available for that model.
Cars that win their Class for 3 years running, or win outright for 2 years running, will be placed in a Masters Class and are ineligible to enter the standard Concours Classes for 2 years.  Masters Class Awards will be given to all Masters Class cars in attendance.
Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall place getters.
The Register Trophy (TR2,3,3A and 3B), the Michelotti Trophy (TR4/4A/5) and the Harris Mann Trophy (TR7/8) will be awarded to the highest points getter in that Class. Where the winner is also the winner of a Concours Class only one personal trophy will be awarded.
Trophies will be awarded to 1st place only if 3 or less cars are entered in Class, and 1st and 2nd place if 4 or more cars are entered.

Pride of Ownership Section

Entrants will be scored on presentation only (originality will not be considered)
Judging will generally follow the processes outlined in the Concours section except that the underside will not be considered.
Standard classes will be – TR2/3/3A/3B, TR4/4A/5, TR6, TR7/8, Stag, Saloon, Dolomite, Spitfire/GT6, Herald/Vitesse, Pre-54, and Competition. Restoration projects may be considered depending on what is presented on the day.
Classes may be split/combined depending on the number of entrants in each Class – this will be determined by DOT Officials on the day.
Masters Class cars are ineligible to enter POO section until 2 years after their Masters Class qualification.
Trophies will be awarded to Class winners.