Archive for June, 2010

Social Scene – July 2010

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Another very successful weekender was held on 5/6th June again organised by Bill and Margie who certainly put in a lot of time and effort setting the route to Normanville which criss-crossed the Fleurieu Peninsula on roads little travelled before.   The caravan park at Normanville was clean and comfortable and the camp kitchen had a roaring open fire which everyone was attracted to due to the cold, and sometimes inclement, weather outside.  A huge thanks to all those people who assisted over the course of the weekend, be it purchasing the supplies for pre-dinner nibbles, breakfast, assisting in the cooking of the breakfast and cleaning up both on Saturday night and Sunday morning.   There is a full report on the event in TRAK.   It was great to see “newer” members participating and hopefully they all enjoyed the experience.

The ladies Technical Lunch on Tuesday 8th June saw ten ladies discuss numerous technical issues over lunch at Cafe Symphony at Mitcham.   This was an excellent turn out and hopefully the numbers will continue to increase.  The next “meeting” is Tuesday 10th August at Cafe Buongiorno Mitcham.  Hope to see you there.

The mid week run on Wednesday 7th July is being organised by Stephen who will take us to Meadows Bakery where we will indulge in coffee and cake before heading off for lunch.

The run on 18th July is heading to the hills and ending up at Mt Barker for a casual lunch.

Details of these events are on the calendar.


People of the TSOA

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010


Phyllis Rutter with the 2nd Outright and Class Winning Spitfire from Day of Triumph – great Spitty Tony!

Sporting Triumphs – June 2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

MSCA 6hr Mallala 23 May

A wet and windy day saw 18 teams competing. TSOA was not represented this year – maybe next time if there is enough interest. All teams finished though one was disqualified after being reduced to one car and that car doing too many laps. See the MSCA web site for results.

Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships Sandown 22 – 23 May  – Tom Hutchinson competed in his TR8 at this event in two classes being ‘Sports Cars’ and ‘MG’s & Invited British Sports Cars’. Tom Qualified 6th and 1st respectively. In Sports Cars he had two 6th placings and a 3rd. In the MG class he had three 2nd placings and a 1st. Ian Wilson also raced in Sports Cars with his new TVR, which looks to be an extremely quick car. However, it is not a Triumph – so enough said. See the Natsoft web site for more details.

Rally of SA 25 – 27 June

All British Race Meeting Wakefield Park 26 – 27 June  -Rod Carey (GT6) and Neil Martin are participating this year flying the flag for SA. This meeting incorporates a sprint on the Saturday and All Triumph races on the Sunday.

MSCA Sprint Rd2 Mallala 4 July – TSOA flaggies required. I have had two people contact me so far as possibilities and they are Arrand Ellery and Peter Davidge – thanks guys for showing interest. Hopefully I will hear from more of you.

SA Circuit Racing Championship Rd3 Mallala 21 – 22 August  – There are likely to be Triumphs racing at this event in the MG & Invited British Sports Cars. Roger Lange (GT6) has expressed interest and Tom Hutchinson is rumoured to make a return to Mallala after a difference of opinion some years ago. Unfortunately I will be overseas so will miss this one.
MSCA Sprint Rd3 Mallala 19 September

MSCA Sprint Rd4 Mallala 24 October

SA Circuit Racing Championship Rd4 30 – 31 October


I joined the TSOA almost 35 years ago after acquiring my TR4A from Laurie Cousin who convinced me that there were benefits to belonging to a club of people with similar interests. There was a strong competition focus and many were competing in sprints and open meetings. I tagged along to race meetings with TSOA members here and interstate and friendships were established with these people. My interest in motor sport was intensified through this exposure, though my budget restricted my participation to Sprints until more recently.

It is a source of frustration to me that our club has been for quite some time so buried in what I refer to as the ‘tea and scone’ syndrome. The majority of our calendar caters for this. I am unsure whether this is as a result of the general aging of our membership with little new blood flowing in or not. Perhaps I am a minority. However, if I was to join the TSOA today as a 20 year old, apart from Historic Registration and the magazine, you would see as little of me today as you see now.

Motor sport is not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. However, the future of our club and our ageing membership should be of concern to all. Perhaps a more diverse range of activities would attract younger members. I don’t profess to have the solutions, but if you have any ideas, please let me or other members of the committee know.

Trevor Lindsay

President’s Thoughts for June 2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Our Day of Triumph was exactly that! A Triumph! Everyone in the know knew that the forecast “possible early shower” meant glorious sunshine! The display of Triumphs spanning around the Civic Park arena and the sight of TSOA members enjoying the day was fantastic. Well done to all involved.

TSOA now needs to build on this success towards “bigger and better” next year.

Looking forward, there are a couple of things that deserve attention. Our Annual General Meeting is approaching fast, and as you all know, this is your opportunity to get involved in the operations of your club. At the August AGM, all Executive Committee positions are declared vacant, and nominations are sought to fill these positions for the next year. Usually, 99.9% of the membership find excuses not to stand for office, and usually, those hard working committee people who have served your club (and you) for many years, continue on until their enthusiasm is exhausted.

New blood means new ideas, new directions, and a freshness that can reinvigorate and enthuse. It also spreads the burden as a larger number of club members get involved over a period of time. Standing for office doesn’t mean a life sentence. In fact, it would be nice to think that anyone standing for a particular position of office would only be required to do so for no longer than two years. Many clubs have this written in their constitutions and this then forces the issue. Ours does not, but I believe that it could be a goal worth adopting as an “unwritten” rule.

So, look within yourself and ask if perhaps it is time for you to give something back to your club. If you do, talk with a current committee person towards understanding what is involved – if not for this year, then perhaps in preparation for standing for office next year after learning the ropes as an understudy / assistant. This makes transition a little easier when the time comes and will give you a better understanding of how things work and maybe where you can make a difference.

The other thing to keep an eye out for is the 2011 National Rally being hosted by us. Your National Rally Committee has been working hard towards developing a rally program that offers fun times and enjoyment with your Triumph together with like minded enthusiasts from Interstate, all at a very reasonable cost for a week long event. Full details will be announced in the coming months in readiness for the official announcement and promotion at this year’s Nationals being held in NSW. The dates that have been decided upon are 15th to 21st October, 2011 so you have plenty of time to get your calendar organised.

Cherri and I are off overseas for 6 weeks from late June, but I will be back for the AGM meeting. During our absence, Vice President John Sampson will assume the helm . . . thank you John.

On a sad note, Member Bryan Young’s wife Vivienne has lost her battle with cancer, passing away on 20th May. Our thoughts are with Bryan and family as they deal with their sad loss.