Archive for November, 2012

Day of Triumph 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

This year the Day of Triumph was held in ideal conditions for both a great display of cars and also a picnic atmosphere with many members setting up under the trees with picnic rugs, tables and chairs etc.

This display on Civic Park opposite Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre looked great with over 50 cars on display which attracted a lot of general public.   John Sampson’s initiative of inviting all TR6 owners saw a display of over a dozen cars which were featured in the middle of the oval.   Each year we will endeavour to feature a different marque.

Thanks to Duane Kaak and Peter Davidge who collated all the scores and the team of judges who all did a good job.   Once again we were able to use the tent from the Girl Guides and thanks to Bill & Margie for organising this along with tables and chairs for the collators, and also arranging for the coffee van to be in attendance.   Thanks go to Bob Cini who collected the tent from Bill on Saturday and every year arrives at Civic Park early to ensure access is secured, and all those members who assisted on the day.

Congratulations to all winners of the various classes which are listed below and also to the outright winners, 1st Roger Lange, 2nd Greg Fiedler and 3rd John Sampson.

Trophies were awarded as per the rules which were published in TRak.   As no category had more than three cars entered, first place only was awarded in the Concours competition.

CONCOURS                                                    PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP

TR2/3/3A/3B  Wayne Byrne                            Chuck Falzon

TR4/4A/5       Greg Fiedler                               Amedeo Nicolo

TR6              John Sampson                             Haydn McPherson

TR7/8            Roger Lange                               Bob Farrell

Spitfire/GT6   Tony Rutter                                Kyle Lill

Stag              No Entry                                      No Entry

Saloon          John Tuohy                                 Trevor Lindsay

Herald           Carolyn Byrne                             No entry

Dolomite       Naomi Siegertsz                           No entry

Modified        No entry                                       No entry

Competition   No entry                                       Duane Kaak

Pre 54           Chuck Falzon                               No entry

Restoration    No entry                                      No entry

Michelotti Trophy                Greg Fiedler – TR4

Harris Mann Trophy            Roger Lange – TR8

Register Trophy                  Wayne Byrne – TR2

Herald/Vitesse Trophy        Carolyn Byrne – Herald Coupe

Overall Winners:

1st Place                  Roger Langer – TR8

2nd Place                 Greg Fiedler – TR4

3rd Place                 John Sampson – TR6

2012 Nationals Report – Victoria

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The Nationals have finished for another year and were another outstanding success. There were 20 participants from South Australia, including some who had been to numerous past rallies and others who had their first experience last year but wanted to relive the great experience of our event in 2011.  There were over 100 participants from 5 states, who spent a great week at the Novatel, Creswick, just north of Ballarat.

The first event on Sunday was the Pride of Ownership Show and Shine which was held as part of the Ballarat Springfest Market Sunday on the foreshore of Lake Wendouree. There was a large number of other car clubs with displays at the “Shannons Display Area” where our PoO was held, with some very impressive cars on display.   Despite there being a number of great looking and very well presented Triumphs from other states on display, South Australia scooped the pool of trophies, with 1st prize for best car on display going to Noel Schmidt’s TR3A, 2nd prize to John Frick’s TR4, 3rd prize to Roger Lange’s TR8 and 4th prize to Peter Davidge’s TR6.   Two other prizes were awarded to cars not officially entered into the PoO completion, and these were won by Alex Smithson’s TR6 and Barry Clarke’s TR4A.

Sunday night was another highlight with us having dinner at Sovereign Hill and watching “Blood on the Southern Cross” light and sound show. For anyone who is in Ballarat and has the opportunity to see this show, it is an absolute must. It depicts the story of the Eureka Stockade on the actual sites where major events happened in a spectacular fashion. It really is a world class show that we were very privileged to be able to see as a group.

The observation run on Monday included spending time in Newstead and Maldon, the town that hosts the Mt Tarrangower annual hill climb. We had lunch at Maldon and then spent the afternoon in Castlemaine. The observation run had its share of tricky questions, and despite taking a wrong turn, Roger and Cherri Lange came second in the run.

Tuesday was Melbourne Cup day, and after a visit in the morning to the Tangled Maze at Creswick, we have a great cup lunch at the Novatel, with sweeps and a competition for best dressed. Our own Noel and Cindy Schmidt took out the prize as the most stylish couple. Some were luckier than others on the nags.

Wednesday was a long run to Ararat via Clunes, Talbot and Avoca. Clunes is a town that time forgot, and has been used for various film sets.  Nothing appears to have been painted there in the last 50 years. At Ararat we had a guided tour of the infamous “J Ward” of the Ararat Hospital, which is an early prison which served as a secure facility for the criminally insane from 1859 until 1991. One of our South Australian group who shall remain nameless of reduce embarrassment spent a penny at the end of the tour and came out of the Mens’ room just in time to hear the guide locking up the main building from the outside, and disappearing into the gatehouse building.  He quickly rang his wife on her mobile, however she was on the road outside the gatehouse building by this stage which was also by then locked up. Some frantic banging and shouting on this door finally attracted the guide’s attention, as he was about to depart from a rear exit, and the now somewhat panicked member was finally released from J Ward.

Thursday was track day at the Broadford complex, which is the State motorcycle track, but sometimes also used for motor sport. TSOA SA was represented by Roger Lange in his TR8 and Neil Martin in his TR7 V8.  There were also three non-rally registered members of our club on the track, being Bryan Young (Vitesse), Andy Ansell (TR7) and Rod Carey (Spitfire).  Whilst our guys put in a great effort, they were competing against a number of cars that were specifically set up for racing.

The outstanding competitor of the day was Brian Falloon from Queensland (TR5) who was the fastest car in class and overall in both sprint and hill climb, and as a result also single handed won the state team prize as his points exceeded those combined for competitors from any other state.  Brian and Team Queensland also won the State Ironman competition, despite having only 5 delegates to choose teams from, this being the smallest state contingent. A small truck was required to take all the trophies back to the Sunshine State.

There was a trip for those who did not want to attend the track day to tour and participate in a shopping extravaganza in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. Maureen Gold was in her element.

On Thursday night, we had dinner at the Ballarat Turf Club and were entertained by Noel Cutler, the Bush Poet. Noel is a well known entertainer and author of 2 books, and was making his final appearance at our dinner before retiring from public performance.  He is a most entertaining person, who among other skills is also a champion whip cracker.  He recited original works and famous poems such as “The Man from Snowy River”, and finally included several delegates as actors in a most entertaining rendition of his own composition called “The Man from Ironbark”.

There was an optional run on Friday morning to Buninyong and Ballarat, and in the afternoon, Roger Lange organised a visit to the historic Creswick Freemason’s Lodge after a chance meeting with the local taxi driver who is also a past Grand Master of the Lodge, and a very dedicated freemason (he even has the Masonic Square and Compass symbol tattooed on his arm). Grant, the taxi driver suggested to Roger that the Lodge is a highlight of Creswick, having original painted murals walls and artwork from over 100 years ago.  We learned a huge amount about freemasonry, and Grant answered questions for over an hour.   Hopefully no-one was waiting for a taxi in Creswick that afternoon.

The final dinner on Friday was a great night with presentations of trophies and as well as the above, Stephen Wade from South Australia was also presented with a most deserved trophy as the delegate who had made the greatest effort in participation.

The Queensland delegation (once again Brian and Linley Falloon) made an excellent presentation for the 2013 Nationals which will be held at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast between 4th and 12th October 2013. Whilst this will be a significantly further distance to travel than to Victoria, I am sure that after such a great week of fellowship with Triumph lovers around Australia, there will be a lot of enthusiasm from all delegates to get to Queensland next year.

We danced the night away with a two piece band until the wee small hours (well, maybe not quite that late).

The traditional “Blair’s Big Breakfast” rounded out the National Meeting, with everyone then heading home Saturday morning, tired but very happy to attend such a great event. We are all very grateful to Max and Marg Hayes, the 2012 National Meeting Conveners, the hard working committee and the Victorian TSOA for making the week so memorable and so smooth running.

Alex Smithson

TSOA Members and their Triumphs

Thursday, November 29th, 2012



Wayne Byrne plus TR2 at the 2012 Day of Triumph – nice one Wayne!

Socially Speaking – December 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

I am writing this report following the fantastic run we had today for the ‘All Triumph Observation Run for the Tony Esau Memorial Trophy’, set by Ian and Raelene Rigby ….Wow what a day and what a run! Cryptic questions and for those of us who are competitive….what can I say?

Thanks to Ian and Raelene for a great run and to the ladies for providing the food for the club sponsored BBQ lunch and to Ian’s mate who assisted in the cooking of the meat. Congratulations to Alex and Sue Smithson who won the event,  Margie and I came a close second and Rory and Sue Gibson who came third.  Congratulations also to Chuck and Dianne who won the ‘nuts’ prize of the day with the count of the most bridges crossed on the run….or did they just guess???

The Christmas dinner is approaching with the Annual Trophy Presentation on Saturday 8th December at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club, I hope you have all booked in for this annual event.

The mid week run following Christmas is on Friday 28th December see flyer for information – and then another mid week run is scheduled on January 9th  – see the flyer.

We have received a flyer from the Mt Gambier Veteran and Vintage Car Club Inc contact Josh Crowe 0400256547 or re annual ‘Cave to Lake Tour’ from 25th -28th January 2013. Looks like a great event at a very reasonable cost – contact Josh for more information.

The informal club meeting for January is scheduled for January 15th at the club rooms – this is the night that the ladies head off for gelato and coffee and we have a bloke’s night inn….a great way to start the year.

The annual Ice Cream run is scheduled for Sunday 27th January – bring along your family and friends and enjoy an ice cream/coffee and the fun for the beginning of 2013.

Happy 70th Birthday to Alan Gold and to following members who celebrate their birthdays in December: Maureen Gold, Sue Taylor, Natalie Farrell and Margie Berlemon.

January Birthday celebrations go to Lyle Taylor, Bob Farrell, Tony Harvie, Roger Lange, Lorraine Page and Kevin Foster.Best wishes to everyone for a safe and Happy Festive Season.

Socially speaking

Bill Berlemon.

Girl Torque – December 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Well our usual editor for Girl Torque, Lorraine, is not well at present, so as her “sister” I have decided to write her article for her!

Lorraine hopes to be back on deck soon and is looking forward to seeing everyone at the Ice Cream run in January.

The final ladies luncheon for 2012 is on Tuesday 11th December at 12.00noon at Café Buongiorno 212 Belair Road, Mitcham.

We will be looking at possibilities for a new venue for our ‘technical’ lunches in 2013 so any ideas please send them through.

On behalf of Lorraine and myself, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and Safe and Happy New Year.

Don’t forget the January meeting – we’ girls’ head off down King William Road for Gelato and
coffee….great catch up time following the festive season!

Quote of the month: “Housework won’t kill you, but why take the chance?”

Margie Berlemon.

Vale John Sampson

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Our President and dear friend John Sampson passed away today, 14th November after a very short and aggressive exacerbation of his lung condition.

John went to hospital on Friday 26th October for a hip replacement which was most successful, and he did brilliantly for the first 3 days and was up and walking, after which the lungs became an increasingly difficult problem. The Doctors fought hard for the next two weeks to halt the decline in his condition, unfortunately without success.

John has been an exceptional member and most recently President of our Club and clearly was passionate about all things Triumph and for the people and cars that make up our membership.

He will be dearly missed, and we, The Triumph Sports Owners Association SA Inc extend our heartfelt sympathy to Barb and family for their loss.

President’s thoughts for November 2012.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

I realise that you will not get this report until after the DAY OF TRIUMPH but I would take this opportunity to thank all members who participated on the day. The weather forecast looks good and I hope that all have enjoyed the picnic atmosphere and fellowship, as well as a great display of club cars.

During the finalising of the Historic Registration scheme documents we found that there are many cars out there that we really or never see. A count of TR6 cars in the club indicated that we have approximately 60 TR6’s on our register, and we decided to send out a personal invitation via email, to all TR6 owners to come along and show off their pride and joy. Only time will tell if the invitation works and we end up with a record number or TR6 cars on display.

If this proves to be successful, we will focus on a different model (or group of models) each year and send out a personal invitation thus making a feature display each year with the intent of catching up with members and their cars, who would not normally participate.

The All British Day next year will be held on the usual second Sunday in February (10th) but the 2013 event will be held at the Echunga oval and not the Uraidla oval as has been the case in past years.

Entry forms have been posted out to members who have participated in the last three years, the club will be sent a few blank entry forms for new members, and entry forms will also be available on the ABD web site, and is available via the TSOA web site under links/member added links / All British Day.

Please note that entries will close on the 30th November and NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted, the ABD committee encourages all people interested in the event to submit their entries by the 1st of November which will make them eligible for 3 prizes (free entry refund) to be drawn on the day.

Just a friendly reminder for those members who are thinking of coming to the club’s Christmas dinner and Presentation night on Saturday December 8th  , we are looking to have numbers (and monies) finalised by the November 20TH meeting, so if you are thinking about attending or have just received an award at the DAY OF TRIUMPH then get your entry in quickly.

Till we meet again

John Sampson