Archive for November, 2013

Report – Day of Triumph 2013

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

The Day of Triumph was held in perfect conditions with approximately 45 cars on display .

Dino Vettese who owns Cafe Primo in the TTP shopping centre offered TSOA members a $5 buffet breakfast and many members partook of a hearty breakfast before judging began in earnest.

There was particularly keen competition in the TR4/5 and TR6 classes which provided the overall winners on the day.

Thanks to Alan Gold and Lyle Taylor who collated all the scores and the team of judges who all did a splendid 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.

Thanks also to Bob Cini who once again opened up the reserve early Sunday morning to ensure access is secured, and all those members who assisted on the day.

Dean Berlemon did a great job photographing all vehicles with their owners and delivering them before the end of the event.

Congratulations to winners of the various classes who are listed below and also to the outright winners, 1st Dino Vettese, 2nd John Fricke and 3rd John Tuohy.

Trophies were awarded as per the rules which were published in TRak.

CONCOURS                          PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP
TR2/3/3A/3B           No eligible winner                         Kevin McEnroe
TR4/4A/5                1st John Fricke                             No Entry
2nd John Tuohy
3rd Greg Fiedler
TR6                         Dino Vettese                               Haydn McPherson
TR7/8                      Roger Lange                               Jack Zeunert
Spitfire/GT6            No entry                                       Kyle Lill
Stag                        No Entry                                      Mike Temby
Saloon                    John Tuohy                                 Bill Berlemon
Herald                     No entry                                      No entry
Dolomite                 No entry                                       No entry
Modified                  Dino Vettese                               Kevin Foster
Competition            Neil Martin                                  Geoff Burdon
Pre 54                     No entry                                      No entry
Restoration             No entry                                      No entry
Masters                   Roger Lange

Michelotti Trophy                John Fricke

Harris Mann Trophy            Roger Lange

Register Trophy                  No eligible entry

Herald/Vitesse Trophy        No eligible entry

Rory Gibson

Socially Speaking – December 2013

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

The Day of Triumph was well attended with 45 cars on display. The weather was fine and there were loads of public visitors to the site – quite a number of members went across the road to Café Primo for a great breakfast – thanks again to Dino Vitesse for his great offer. Trophy winners listed elsewhere. Thanks to everyone who helped on the day.

Our annual observation run saw 35 people head off at the start about half in Triumph’s (not wanting to set next year’s run!). The questions were difficult and brought out the best in Rory and Sue who were the eventual winners! The run was great and BBQ lunch was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Alex and Sue Smithson for all their hard work and setting the run, and setting up our lunch area.

Pleased to report we currently have 74 members signed up for the Christmas dinner (to the relief of Sue!) and will be a great event.

The next Club run will be on December 29th for more food and festivities following Christmas…just what we all need! See Flyer for more details.

2014 will start with the Club informal meeting on January 21st. Just for a change could you please bring along any model cars which you could display for us all to enjoy. It may even be an opportunity to sell any duplicate models or surplus stock – for interest sake it may not be just cars, but any models you would like to share. Ladies will head off to Gelato and coffee as per usual.

Margie and I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Birthday wishes to Maureen Gold, Sue Taylor, Natalie Farrell, and Margie Berlemon.

Till next time – a happier Social Secretary!

Bill Berlemon.

Girl Torque – December 2013

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Firstly may I take this opportunity to thank all the ladies for their support with the Supper roster for the year….as the saying goes….many hands make light work…and this is the case if we share the load.  Look out January ….we will have the list again for 2014!

The January meeting will again be off to CIBO for Gelato and Coffee for the ladies….look forward to the catch-up following the Festive Season.

Best wishes to everyone for the Festive Season – I hope it is a safe and happy season for all.

Margie Berlemon.

President’s Report – November 2013

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Welcome back to those who attended the recent National Meeting. Alex Smithson gave us a glowing report from the National Meeting, it always sounds like lots of fun, and I’m sure a detailed report will be in Trak for you all to read.  It was great to hear all made it there and back safely and no major mechanical problems were encountered. Before buying my first Triumph, and shortly thereafter, I heard of some scary stories of Triumphs being unreliable, the Prince of Darkness always lurking etc, but although I have had a few minor issues that have been easily fixed, despite letting the Spitfire sit still for months on end it always starts and runs with no major drama.

I loved hearing Phil Bagust’s story of his Triumph 2000 being dragged from the jaws of a crusher and knee high weeds etc,  within hours the Saloon was running and could be driven with transmission, brakes etc. My Spitfire was sitting still in a shed for around 7 or 8 years when I simply poured petrol in it, a fresh battery and it started.

I’m sure the men that built these cars 50 years ago would be so proud to hear how these cars have survived and continue to run today.

No doubt they would also be impressed with their modern day equivalent men (and women) who have rebuilt these cars and maintained them to very high standards. It was truly a pleasure to hear that some cars from our club picked up a trophy or two at the National Meeting and a big Congratulations to Noel & Cindy Schmidt who not only presented their Triumph to TSOA concours standards and awards and not only to a level that stood out above hundreds of other marques and exotics in Noosa,  but themselves also in best dressed events.

The Day of Triumph is just around the corner. If you are reading this online on our Website then you still have time to bring your Triumph, in any condition, along. It does not need to be shining, perfect, fast or judged, just put it on display and proudly show off your piece of Triumph history.

Better still, invite your friends to come along to support you and see your car and others like it. Invite them along to the All Triumph Observation Run also. There are still Triumphs for sale in Adelaide, from $1,200 to Oh my Gosh how much , and as a club it would be great to see so many more Triumphs saved from doom, be maintained and on the road participating actively in our club.

Till next time, drive safely.

Duane Kaak

TSOA Members and their Triumphs

Monday, November 11th, 2013


Winner of the 2012 TSOA SA Concours, and three year winner of the Harris Mann Trophy for TR7/8 bodied cars saw Roger’s silver TR8 elevated to the Masters Class for 2013. Didn’t it look great centre stage at Civic Park . . . even if it was a bit lonely . . .

Report – All Triumph Rally for the Tony Esau Memorial Trophy

Sunday, November 10th, 2013


Well the 6.00am start was great (Urgh) for a Sunday morning, and we loaded the car and set off up to Top of Taps to unload  the BBQ and supplies and get the instructions for the day.

About thirty five people attended – some smart people not in Triumph’s in case they won….others in Triumph’s set off along South Road to Myponga.  Over the dam we went – great scenic drive and onto Yankalilla.

Off onto the questions (well most people…I managed to set myself up in the Bakery and drank coffee, watching everyone run up and down the main street, tearing their hair out looking for answers!) a few people joined me and said wow…too hard…all was lost!

Then my man who is usually so competitive in this event came and said no way…so I knew it was going to be an eventful drive for the next hour or so!  Then back into the car…well poor Bill caught his hand in the door and a few words were said.  Fortunately I had an ice pack in the car so we drove to Glacier Rock with hand in ice pack and then parked in the car park…out came the first aid kit…blood etc from finger….clean up and bandage the finger and lots of pain!

So that was the end of questions for us and we went directly to the lunch spot where Alex and Sue had secured a great place in the Rose Garden Park in Willunga.  BBQ set up and Bill (sore finger and all) started to cook with the help of members to ensure Lunch was ready for everyone.

All in all a great day and thanks to Alex and Sue for taking the time to set the run and to Sue Gibson for helping me organise the food. Can’t wait till next year!

Margie Berlemon.