Archive for December, 2010

Member’s Triumphs

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010


This magnificent 1971 Mk III GT6 has been owned and driven by TSOA member Graham Jones since the mid 70’s and surprisingly has covered something like 319,000 miles! A full restoration over recent years has returned the car to pristine condition – what a beauty!  And nicely done Graham.

Social Report – December 2010

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The mid week run on 3rd November saw 18 people congregate at Eagle on the Hill Lookout in rather dismal cool weather conditions. See report by Maggie Smith.

The run on 14th November organised by John Sampson was attended by well over 60 people from TSOA and the Austin Healey Sprite Club. The cars were on display on the lawns outside the Greenock Aviation Museum where we all enjoyed a BBQ’d Barossa sausage and salad lunch before having a look around the museum, which housed numerous model aeroplanes,  a World War II Avro Anson and Airspeed Oxford, an early De Havilland Vampire jet and other full size early model planes.  There was also a craft shop to keep the ladies interested while the men wandered through the museum and inspected the machinery on display.  There was an optional run route back to Adelaide via Virginia Nursery.   A number of people took up this option and enjoyed a coffee and a wander around what can only be described as an interesting place to visit, with a large restaurant, gift shop, kitchenware shop and a very large plant nursery and pots etc for outdoors.   This was a very successful Sunday run and the last one for 2010.   Thanks John for your organisation.

The Annual After Christmas run is being held on Wednesday 29th December and heading to Lyndoch to the Monkey Nut Bistro at Kies Winery.   This is always a popular event so if you are not doing anything on that day, please come along and join us.  Bill Smith has organised the route, and we will meet at the Crafers Hotel for coffee from 10.00am departing at 11.00am.

January sees an informal meeting on Tuesday 18th when there will be a short  technical talk by John Sampson on Bundy Tube for the men, and the ladies head off down King William Road to enjoy a coffee and/or gelato and a chat. The annual ice cream run is again being organised by Tom and Judie, who have been running this event for the past 18 years.    Hopefully we will see a warm evening and nice sunset as we drive along the coast from Glenelg to Semaphore Park and Noonies Ice Cream Kiosk.  There is plenty of parking alongside the kiosk and they also serve fish ‘n chips, donuts, coffee, milkshakes etc.

Rory & I  take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.


Happy December birthday to Maureen Gold, Sue Taylor, Margie Berlemon and Natalie Farrell.JANUARY BIRTHDAYSHappy January birthday to Bob Farrell, Lyle Taylor, Tony Harvie, Roger Lange, Lorraine Page  and all celebrating a birthday/special occasion during December and January.


Sat 4th December – Christmas Dinner & Trophy Presentation Night 6.30pm for 7.00pm Royal Adelaide Golf Club
Wed 29th December – Mid week run to Monkey Nut Bistro Kies Winery Lyndoch meet Crafers 10.00am for coffee, departing 11.00am
Tues 18th January –   Informal meeting 8.00pm Sporting Car Club King William Road Unley – Gelato for the ladies.
Sat 29th January –  Ice Cream Run – meet 7.45pm Beaumont Road off Greenhill Road.
Tues 8th February –    Ladies Technical Session 12.00 noon Café Buongiorno Mitcham
Sun 13th February –   All British Day Uraidla OvalSun 20th February –    MSCA Presentation Day Peter Lehmann Winery, Tanunda meet 9.45am TTP carpark Cnr Smart & Reservoir Roads

Regards  Sue Gibson

Day Of Triumph 2010 Report and Results

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The Day of Triumph was held at Civic Park opposite Tea Tree Plaza which provided all the necessary facilities.

The attendance of 60 cars was pleasing as was the weather which was excellent despite the poor forecast.

The outright Concours winner was Noel Schmidt with his newly restored red TR3A with Tony Rutter in his red Spitfire coming second and John Sampson in his white TR6 in third place.  The trophy winners of both categories are listed below and all trophies will be presented at the Christmas Dinner on 4th December.

We can only run an event like this with a lot of help, and thanks go to Alan Gold and Lyle Taylor who co-ordinated the Concours and POO competitions and their judges.  Thanks also to Bill and Margie Berlemon for providing the tent, tables and chairs.

Trophies were awarded as per the rules which were published in TRak.    A notable change from previous years was that in Concours first place only was awarded if three or less cars were entered in any category.   First and second prizes would be awarded if there were four or more cars in a category.   No category had more than three cars.    Pride of ownership remained the same with trophies awarded to first place getters only.
Rory Gibson

CONCOURS                                                              PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP

TR2/3/3A/3B   Noel Schmidt                                      Vin Anderson

TR4/4A/5         Tony Rutter                                         Rick Staehr

TR6                 John Sampson                                    Rob Schaeffer

TR7/8              Roger Lange                                       Richard Reynolds

Spitfire/GT6    Tony Rutter                                         Graham Jones

Stag                 Peter Langdon                                    No entry

Saloon             Bob Cini                                              David Wilson

Herald             No entry                                              Ron Smith

Dolomite          No entry                                              No entry

Modified          No entry                                              Kevin Foster

Competition     Roger Lange                                       No entry

Michelotti Trophy        Tony Rutter

Harris Mann Trophy    Roger Lange

Register Trophy          Noel Schmidt

President’s Thoughts for December 2010

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Two recent events are worthy of reporting in this column, the first was a tour of the manufacturing plant of Performance Alloy Wheels at North Plympton, where approximately 25 club members took the opportunity to learn more about the process of making Alloy wheels.

During the visit we witnessed the manufacturing process from the melting of the alloy in the furnace, the pouring of the molten metal into the forming moulds the subsequent heat treatment and quenching process that prepared the cast wheels ready for the machining and pressure testing after this the wheels were moved to the painting / clear lacquering process in the spray booths, all processes were working during our visit and members found them most interesting. Our tour was guided by Ed Sanders the owner of the business who was willing to discuss and answer all questions put forward.  I believe we all left with a better understanding of manufacturing process and how the wheels are made ready for the showroom.

We are most grateful to Ed who has kindly donated a set of Performance Alloy Wheels and these  will be our major prize for the raffle at the TSOA nationals next year.  My thanks to Bob Farrell and John Tuohy for organising the visit.

The other event held during November was a combined run with the Healey Sprite club to the Greenock Aviation Museum, the event was very well attended with a total of 60 people meeting at Civic part opposite TTP for a pleasant Sunday run through Gumeracha, Williamstown, Springton and then to Angaston for a coffee break. We then travelled on through Nuriootpa to the Greenock museum where we set up a display of our cars prior to enjoying a BBQ lunch and visiting the aviation display.

The museum was a unanimous success with the display of many planes, aero engines and memorabilia along with a collection of Commer trucks, farm equipment and other miscellaneous items. Some of us stopped for more coffee and shopping on the way home at the Virginia Nursery.   All in all a very full and successful day, and I thank all who attended from both clubs.

The last event for the year will be our traditional mid week run between Christmas and New Year, so give some thought to attending, for details please refer later in this Mag.

Our January meeting is normally an informal get together at the club rooms with the ladies leaving us for a period to partake in gelato and or coffee, with the men discussing cars and old times.  This year we are trying something different and I will be presenting a talk on brake line material and hopefully a simple flaring and tube bending demonstration if I can acquire the tooling. So if you have heard of BUNDY TUBE and know it is the material to use for brake lines, but do not know why, I will try and explain the difference between BUNDY and other tube types.

Other topics to be covered on the night will be a brief history and description of the manufacturing processes, tube coatings, types of flares and tube nuts. Come along bring your questions and I will try and answer them.

Your committee has recently reviewed the point structure for the Clubman Trophy and has made revisions to points awarded for attending, planning and reporting on club events. New points as follows –

3 points for organising a club run
3 points for attending a TSOA event
3 points for attending a run in a Triumph
1 point for attending a run in other vehicle
3 points for an original article of substance in TRak
1 point for a monthly article of information
3 points for a letter of substance published in TRak
10 points for attending the National Rally

We have introduced this revision to encourage the promotion and use of our special vehicles, and in an effort to encourage a closer more even competition for the Clubman trophy.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Presentation Dinner on the 4th December at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club.

On behalf of Barb and myself I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Drive safely over the festive season and hope to see you soon . . . . .

John Sampson