Archive for June, 2012

Competition Report – June 2012

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Our Sporting Triumphs have had another busy month of motorsport activity. Starting with Modern Regularity on the 20th of May. Both Duane Kaak and Neil Martin competed in this event with Neil finishing 5th outright.

Rod Carey took his Spitfire interstate to the Winton Historic Race Meeting on the weekend of the 26th& 27th of May, which this year celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Triumph Spitfire. Rod entered his car in the Alan Jones Trophy for Sa/Sb/Sc class of cars. He qualified his Spitfire in 29th position with a time of 1:41:46 but improved his times at each run finishing with a time of 1:16:66. The faster pace must have been a little too much for the Spitfire as it DNF’d in its last run.

A number of club members also made the trek to Winton as spectators. This meeting is one of the best historic race meetings in the country with plenty of static displays and other activities over the weekend. Well worth the trip.

Last weekend was Round 2 of the MSCA Supersprint Series. Three club members entered this event, Neil Martin – Triumph TR7V8, Duane Kaak – Triumph TR7V8 and Roger Lange – Datsun 240Z. Roger borrowed/hired the drive as his GT6 engine is still being rebuilt. We’ve been a bit down in numbers at the last few events because other Team Triumph competitor’s cars are in the same position as Roger’s. Hopefully our numbers will increase in coming months.

Both Neil and Duane produced personal best times on the day. Neil recorded a best lap of 1:28:93. Duane continues to improve at each outing recording his best time of 1:34:39. Just when Duane thought he was starting to close the gap between Neil and himself, Neil improves his times. It’s great to see a new competitor pushing established drivers. Roger’s best time in the Datsun was a quick 1:27:41.

Neil is competing in the next round of Modern Regularity as I write this report (24th June) before heading off to Wakefield Park to compete in the All British race meeting. Last year we had six competitors representing the club at this meeting, but due to the fore mentioned car problems of some of our other drivers, Neil is our sole representative.

Round 4 of the MSCA Supersprint Series on the 12th of August is our club’s turn to do flag duty. This could be the last time we are asked to perform this duty as it is my understanding that lights will be installed later this year at each flag point eliminating the need for flag marshals. This is a great day and gives a great insight to how a race meeting is run. It also provides you with the best spots to see all the action. Morning Tea and lunch are provided. Please contact me if you wish to volunteer.

July is looking even busier than June with an event on every weekend as you will see listed in the “coming events”.

Cheers – Rick Staehr

Coming Events

1st July All British Day – Wakefield Park

8th July Round 3 Supersprint Series – Mallala

14th July Come & Try Hillclimb –Collingrove

15th July Round 3 Winter Cup Hillclimb – Collingrove

29th July Modern Regularity – Mallala

29th July All Make Swap Meet – Angle Park

Member’s TRiumphs (or TRibulations?)

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Rory and Sue Gibson are rightfully proud of their TR6, even though it causes some grief occasionally – nothing Rory can’t handle of course.

Here it is looking fantastic at the Tiger Moth plane day down south a couple of months ago.

President’s Report – June 2012

Friday, June 1st, 2012

John Williams, a long time active member of TSOA passed away on the 5th May, and our thoughts go out to Angela and Johns’ family.

John was a long time motoring enthusiast and over the years had many fine examples of both Triumph and other marques in his collection. John will be sadly missed.

The Technical meeting organised by John Tuohy at Marque Restorations was brilliant, and those who couldn’t make it missed a great evening.

The owner Gerard Miller showed us around the range of vehicles currently under restoration and some of these included, a late 60’s Mazarati, an Austin 7 special, a mid 30’s Bugatti, Jensen 541, Aston Martin DB2 and a 1920’s ALVIS chassis which has been remade using a few bits of original chassis and a lot of hard work in developing the balance to suit.

We were given a demonstration of the Bugatti running, what a magic sound, that a lone was worth the visit.  Once we have viewed all the vehicles we were given a demonstration of Gerard’s skills in metal forming which he made look so simple. A great night, thanks to John for arranging.

Historic Registration update:
The final draft issue of the Concessional Historic Registration scheme was circulated in mid May and the night before our club general meeting I located a copy on the Federation of Historic Vehicle clubs’ web site

While we as a club have yet to take in all the 43 pages of this draft issue, our preliminary understanding is that for our club, the “Code” is very similar but with the new requirement that from 1 July 2012 all vehicles have to be sighted by a club authorized person once each 5 years for approval, but with a mandatory requirement that a statuary declaration be submitted at the log book sign off time every year, listing any modifications made during the last 12 month period.

Kevin Foster will have a report in more detail later in this magazine.

With the discussions held during the May meeting in relating to the Historic registration Code Draft issue, I omitted to advise the membership that during the balance of May and for the month of June, Barb and I will be enjoying a relaxing cruise in the Mediterranean with a few days in Barcelona, Paris, and Singapore.

During this time any matters should be addressed to Bill Berlemon, who will also be running the June General meeting and with all his experience I am sure that all will run smoothly.

Look forward to catching up with you in July,

John Sampson