Archive for April, 2013

Sporting Triumphs April 2013

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Welcome to another month of Sporting Triumphs.  As I write this report the running of the 1st round of the MSCA sprint series is occurring.  Both our Le Présidente – Duane Kaak and Mr. Regularity – Neil Martin has entered their TR7 V8’s for this event.Neil has also entered his Triumph in regularity at the Easter Historic race meeting at Mallala.The next Club race meeting is the 6 hour regularity at Mallala on Sunday the 5th of May. I am still looking for volunteers to be pit crew for this event. If you are interested in helping out, please contact me on 0419 514 517.

Until Next Month


Rick Staehr

Upcoming events –

6th& 7th April Hillclimb Mt. Alma Mile

14th April Modern Regularity

19th -21st April Shannon’s Nationals Mallala

20th April Hillclimb Come & Try

21st April Hillclimb Wintercup Round 1

5th May MSCA 6 Hour Regularity

18th May SA State Circuit Racing Championship Twilight Round 2

19th May Modern Regularity Mallala

Sporting Triumphs May 2013

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The first round of the 2013 MSCA Super Sprint was held on the 24th of March at Mallala. Neil Martin and Duane Kaak entered their TR7V8’s for this event. The event proceedings were slightly delayed due to a technical problem with the timing durians. This problem couldn’t be fixed on the day so the officials needed to resort to manual timing. Roger Lange worked as the dummy grid marshal and controlled proceedings in the pits. Some drivers had become a bit rusty over the summer break and couldn’t remember their grid positions after they left the dummy grid. This lead to some sloppy form ups at the start line in the first round.

Neil had fitted some new bigger and more effective brakes over the off season and found that he had to set himself some new braking marks. Brake bias was a problem and he needed to do some work after the meeting to get more braking to the rear.

Duane didn’t have a very good day when he discovered a hole in his water pump after the 1st round. Some epoxy putty was found and put over the hole. His next task was to wait until the putty had hardened and then very slowly try to drive home. Easter Historics at Mallala were held in fine but cold conditions.

Andy Ansell made the trek over from Victoria and Neil Martin was the local TSOA entrant. Both Andy and Neil were entered in the super sprint events for Saturday but on Sunday their events changed to modern regularity. Confusion ran supreme on Saturday when the commentators clearly didn’t understand what the difference was between sprinting and regularity events. Complaints came from some of the competitors on Saturday which is probably why on Sunday the event was changed to modern regularity.

Andy had mechanical problems after his first run on Saturday. Luckily he was able to fix the problem for Sunday and placed 9th in his 1st run, improved to 6th in the second and finished 1st in the final run. Neil also improved in each run placed 11th in his first run, 10th in the second and 6th in the final run.

The 5th of May is the next event with the running of the team’s 6 hour regularity event. We have a full team of Triumphs entered with 3 of the entries coming from Victoria. Andy Ansell has again entered his “Choc-wedge” TR7 and he is joined by fellow Victorians Ed Ferguson in his TR7V8 and Ian Cowie in a GT6. This year’s event looks to be bigger than last year with larger numbers of entries expected.

Historic Winton is on 24th -26th of May and this year will feature the 60th anniversary of the Triumph TR2. Standard Motor Cars are celebrated with their110 year anniversary. This race meeting is one of the premier historic motor races in Australia featuring both cars and motorcycles and is a real celebration of not only motorsport but general motoring. I know a few of our club members make the journey to this event each year and thoroughly enjoy it. A worthwhile weekend away. Visit for more details.

Until next month.

Cheers, Rick Staehr

Coming Events

5th May              6 Hour Team Regularity Mallala

18th May             SA State Road Racing Championships – Twilight Meeting Mallala

19th May             Modern Regularity Mallala

26th May             Hillclimb Multi Club Rd 1 Collingrove

24th -26th May      Historic Winton Benalla Vic

President’s Report May 2013

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Hi All,

I today sent an email out to all of our members that I have an email address for. For those of you without email, (or we don’t have a current email address) I want to use this opportunity to share something I feel is important for the future of keeping our beloved TRiumphs on the road at a realistic and appropriate cost.

I know many of you currently enjoy the Historic Registration Scheme, but I am sure many of you also know a fellow TSOA member or Car Enthusiast with a car that doesn’t meet the Code.

The Street Machine Association of SA (SMASA) has previously begun a fight to allow modified vehicles into the code, to bring us in line with other states Club Permit schemes etc. They began this before the last Code was accepted, and weren’t successful at that stage, however they haven’t given up!

I know many of you personally dislike wildly modified vehicles, Air Filters or Carbies sticking out of the bonnets, massive rear oversized rubber, but this Modified Vehicle Inclusion could be critical to the future of Triumph Cars on the Historic Registration Scheme as replacement parts become harder to source, or safety upgrades are needed. Although there is still a good range of parts available thanks to the Internet, I’ll bet most of you have a story of a struggle to find just that right part, or have concerns over the safety and reliability of a standard or 2nd hand part fitted to your pride & joy, and carrying around your most valuable asset, your life, and your loved ones.

I’d love to have much better brakes on the Spitfire. Naturally I always keep a safe distance from the car in front, but naturally I need to share the road. Some better brakes can avoid the heart starter of someone pulling in front of me and then jumping on their ABS, Porcelain, Brembo, vented, cross drilled stoppers etc.

I just signed the petition “South Australian Government, Dept of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure: Include pre 1979 Modified Vehicles in Conditional Registration ” on If you Google it, I am sure you will find it, or email me for a link.

It’s important. Will you sign it too? I hope many of you do, and that our State Government seriously considers some further inclusions into the Code.

Look forward to seeing you all on the road or at the next event soon!
Duane Kaak

Socially Speaking – April 2013

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The mid week run on the 6th March went well and ended up at Hahndorf for coffee. The club run on the 17th March set by Dean and Tammy went well, and despite the cooler weather at Tenafeate Winery, the wood oven pizza and brushetta’s were delightful.  Many members tasted the wines and several bottles were purchased to consume at a later date. Thanks Dean and Tammy for putting the run together – a great first effort!

The next club run is the Annual Breakfast (Now Brunch) run on April 21st meeting at Burnside Town Hall at 9.00am….remember to bring along your food, tables, chairs, coffee etc to make this an enjoyable morning!

Mid Week run is set for Wednesday 8th May, meeting at Suzette’s at Burnside – see advert for more information.

May 5th is the MSCA 6 hour regularity at Mallala…come along and support the racing members..I am sure you will be most welcome. Support staff will be needed for the day – Contact Rick.

The Annual Weekender is fast approaching (May 25th and 26th) and Margie and I have set the run and confirmed all the bookings.  Remember this is the normal two day event..Saturday and Sunday.  Please bring your money to the April meeting but phone us now to place your booking.

The June run is set for Sunday June 16th.  Rory has organised for us to go to the ‘Sir Thomas Playford ETSA Museum’ at Kurralta Park. The Museum is dedicated to the collection of machinery and apparatus used by the Electricity Trust of South Australia (ETSA) and previously the Adelaide Electric Supply Company (AESCo), in the generation, distribution and use of electricity in South Australia. Further to that, the museum has a collection of commercial appliances and electrical equipment, which used electrical energy. The collection includes over 800 exhibits dating from the late 1890’s and throughout the 20th century. The museum collection includes a comprehensive range of electrical test instruments and energy meters covering early d.c. equipment used extensively in the late 1800’s through to the latest electronic instruments. A large collection of photographs of various AESCo and ETSA power stations, buildings, transport and activities is held along with house magazines from the first edition in 1925 until the last of the “Adelects” printed.

Birthday greetings to: Dean Berlemon, Sue Smithson, Trina Temby, David Treen, Judie Long, Sue Gibson, Dennis Hawkins, Helen Allnut, John Allnut

Till next time.

Bill Berlemon

TSOA Members and their TRiumphs

Monday, April 29th, 2013


Lyle Taylor and his Choc Wedge – Andy Ansell isn’t the only one to enjoy this treat!