Archive for May, 2012

Social Scene – June 2012

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

The mid week run in early May was held on a lovely autumn day and ended up at Woodside.  Unfortunately only about 14 people attended but those who came along enjoyed coffee and cake (and ice cream) at the Lobethal Bakery.  Thanks to Bill and Maggie for organising the afternoon.

The weekender on 18/19/20th May saw 30 people enjoy a 3 day weekend in the Riverland with heaps of things to do and see.  We stayed at the Barmera Caravan Park on both nights in clean and comfortable cabins.  The weather was absolutely perfect with nice sunny days and cold crisp nights.  The weekend was fraught with break-downs with Rory and I having to be taken home on the back of a tow truck due to smoke and flames from under the bonnet.  This happened as we entered the freeway at Crafers so didn’t get too far.  A new alternator and wiring loom is now required so an expensive weekend for us.  John Tuohy also had trouble and his car was brought back to Adelaide on a truck on the Monday.   All this happened on the first day so it could only get better surely – and it did.   Margie and Bill once again did a fantastic job in organising the 3 days and we did lots of very interesting and different things.  A huge thanks to them as I know they made at least two trips to the Riverland organising the weekend.   Hopefully, despite all the problems this one presented, they will take on organising next year’s event – to where?

The next Sunday run is on June 17th meeting Victoria Hotel at 9.30am and heading to Lady Bay for lunch with a morning tea stop at Lonsdale at a Croissant Factory.   Peter D is organising this event.

Tony Harvie has organised a mid week run to David Amstrong’s “shed” on Wednesday 11th July.   David and Yvonne usually join us on the mid week runs and he has many classic cars.  They will also be providing a sausage sizzle lunch.

Sunday 15th July is a  morning run being organised by Chuck and Dianne meeting at 9.00am Burnside Townhall carpark.

Our condolences to Angela Williams on the recent passing of John, a long time member of TSOA who lost his long battle with cancer.   John will be sadly missed he was an active member of the club until recently.

Sue Gibson

Sporting Triumphs – June 2012

Friday, May 25th, 2012

The annual MSCA 6 hour regularity event is the only competitive motor sport event that allows all club members, who wish to volunteer, to be involved in a true team activity. This year’s event was supported by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, Bill and Dean Berlemon, Arrand Ellery, Peter Davidge, Rod Carey, Tom Bills, Maree Staehr, Roger and Cherri Lange. Cherri provided morning tea and lunch to all competitors and the pit crew whilst Maree assisted with lap scoring in the control tower.

Roger, who was the appointed team manager, gave a team briefing to everyone on their responsibilities for the day and said that the objective of the day was to have fun. As the day unfolded each competitor performed admirably and their cars proved reliable adding to a pleasurable day. It was a pity the weather turned sour later in the day with light rain and drizzle falling.

The change in weather altered the tactics of a lot of teams including Team Triumph. Our 2 rookies Bruce Astbury and Duane Kaak found the conditions rather trying.  Mr. Consistency, Neil Martin didn’t seem to be deterred by the increment conditions and continued to set consistent lap times. Paul Williams entered his TR9.44 otherwise known as a Porsche 944 and Andy Ansell travelled from Victoria with his Triumph TR7.

Robin George was entered for the event and burned the midnight oil repairing his engine only to find late on Saturday that it wouldn’t start. The problem was traced to the starter motor solenoid. Finding another solenoid wasn’t a problem but fitting it was, when Robin discovered that the engine had to be removed from the car. As there was no time to remove and refit the engine he had to inform the team that he was a scratching for the day. Fortunately Duane Kaak arrived at the track complete with car, licence, helmet and everything required to race. All that was needed now was for Roger to sweet talk the race secretary, Sue to allowing Duane to race as a late entry. Lucky for our team Roger’s sweet talking worked and Duane was allowed to race.

Our team finished a creditable 10th on the day but more importantly we achieved our objective of having Fun!

Cheers   Rick Staehr

Coming Events for June

June 2nd      Round 2 State Road racing Championship Mallala

June 17th     Round 2 MSCA Supersprint Series Mallala

June 24th     Modern Regularity Mallala

July 7th        HQ Enduro Mallala

July8th     Round 3 MSCA Supersprint Series Mallala

TSOA Member’s and their Triumphs

Friday, May 18th, 2012


Bryan Young is on a roll! I believe this to be his Spitfire (or at least a family member’s?) and whilst it is not a Spitfire in the background, it looks pretty good all the same. Taken at the Tiger Moth day on Hindmarsh Island in March.

Vale John Williams

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Our long standing friend and fellow Triumph enthusiast John Williams finally succumbed to the illnesses that he has battled over many years, passing away on Saturday 5th May.


We extend our deepest sympathies to Angela and John’s family – such a lovely fellow and all round good guy will be sadly missed.

John Sampson, President

President’s Report – May 2012

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

What a great time of the year, the weather for the last few weeks has been tremendous, it makes you want to get out as often as humanly possible and cruise through those magnificent Adelaide Hills. Who would want to live anywhere else.

Another great Breakfast Run was set by Ian and Raelene Rigby starting at Burnside Town hall with a run through our wonderful hills to Gumeracha for a chance to show off our culinary skills cooking breakfast. This was followed by late morning tea / lunch (?) at Cuddly Creek. The reason for the (?) ….. well it is time to fess up  that Barb and I had an interstate visitor and didn’t make the run this year. I am sure that a full report will be documented latter in the magazine.

Those members who attended the general meeting on the 17th April, would have discovered that we didn’t have a member’s Triumph on the display stage for the evenings “show and tell”. Due to a lack of available Triumphs for the night we broke the long tradition and showed a member’s second pride and joy. This proved to be a successful option and from time to time we will endeavour to show member’s other cars.This Month we had Rick and Maree Staehr’s recently purchased and superbly presented 1966 Ford Mustang, and while not a British Marque it attracted a lot of attention.

Historic Registration Scheme update,

I thought that this report was going to be a repeat of the last couple … still waiting info,                                           but Just before leaving for the meeting I received some information via a third party advising that the DPTI had issued a statement, In brief the statement states:

(1)  The proposed amendments to the CHVR scheme along with the draft amendments to the legislation have been put forward for final deliberation at the highest level within Government.

(2)   As soon as any changes are confirmed the DPTI will contact all car clubs currently HVRS authorised with the information directly

(3)   The Transport Minister will issue a formal media release and the DPTI web site will be updated to reflect the news.

(4)   There will be an opportunity for the SMASA and FHMV and as I read it some key clubs to provide comment on the final draft of a revised Code of Practice, this will happen as soon as any legislative amendments have been approved.

I can only assume that the process is close to completion and we will finally have the understanding to move this forward in our club as needed / required.

Look forward to catching up soon,

John Sampson