Archive for May, 2014

President’s Report – May 2014

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Winter is now here, although I have to say that Autumn was much kinder weather for driving a Triumph than I’d normally expect. The weekender had great weather for a trip over to the Copper Coast region of Yorke Peninsula, and Mallala track days have not seen any rain as yet. Regardless of rain, cold or not, I still enjoy getting in my car and going on a Club run or to a Club event throughout winter. I believe it is good for my windscreen wipers which otherwise would seize up!

My TR7 will be having a short stint off the track as I undertake a gearbox removal to fix a 3rd gear synchro problem that resulted in my completing many laps of Mallala in 3rd gear only. I am certainly impressed by the way those 5 speed boxes can handle some hard labour behind not only the TR7 4 cyl, but the Rover V8. Of course, eventually something had to wear out or break, I do my best to ensure the longevity of the parts (too dear to replace them too often) but I surely take my hat off to the team at the Leyland Motor works back in the 70’s for developing and fitting a great gearbox. I still drove the TR7 home and took it on the weekender, occasionally forgetting to be at the right speed or revs to change into 3rd. Ouch….

I really love telling new people how my Spitfire gearbox has overdrive (albeit not currently working), again, another credit to someone from many years ago. Despite it’s lack of synchros, oil changes and age, it still lives on and manages to survive, as do so many parts fitted to these old triumphs. I have no fear in jumping into an old Triumph and driving it anywhere.

One thing that has not lasted as long though, is our Club’s constitution. Next year is our clubs 50th Birthday (Yay!) and the constitution was originally written in 1965, before TR7’s or Stag’s were even dreamt of. Despite an update since, it is now time again for an overhaul to accommodate the parts and pieces of our Club that we now all love and enjoy. The aims will be the same, of ensuring the Triumph marque lives on for many, many years to come, and that as a community we support anyone who loves Triumph cars and their passion for historic motoring but with some timely updates to ensure it is politically correct and reflects how we have historically seemed to operate to ensure that we look after the members and the marque, and how we believe we will need to operate over the coming years.

t is not an easy task, and thank you to Roger Lange for agreeing to take over as the Club’s Public Officer, and to Mike Temby for all the research and development he is putting into it. There is consultation with other groups and departments to be had but we expect to have a draft out to you all soon. Perhaps removing a gearbox is not that hard a task at all in comparison?

Duane Kaak

***NEWS FLASH*** Podium Finish for Triumph in 6-Hour

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The MSCA 6-Hour event was held at Mallala on Sunday 4th May enjoying surprisingly fine weather for the whole day.

25 Teams of a minimum of 4 cars / maximum of 6 cars competed for bragging rights at the conclusion of 6 hours track competition – the biggest field of entries since the event started many years ago.

TSOA SA fielded a team of 6 car / driver combinations – Andy Ansell (TR7) Rod Carey (AMI Spitfire) Duane Kaak (TR7V8) Roger Lange (GT6) David Lindsay (GT6) and Neil Martin (TR7V8).

The on track team were well supported by an experienced pit crew, updated communications, and ever reliable catering. The prime aim of Team Triumph was to compete as best we can, but mostly to have fun. Objectives achieved!

At the end of competition, Team Triumph gained a podium finish with Third Place trophies – great effort everyone!

Thanks to all who supported the TSOA entry . . .

Roger Lange

Socially Speaking – May 2014

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

March run to Murray Bridge was well enjoyed as we travelled along the back routes avoiding the Freeway. Lunch on the riverfront was good and the bird display was excellent. Thanks to Ian and Raelene Rigby for organising the day.

April Run we travelled from St Agnes to Gawler for morning tea via One Tree Hill enjoying magnificent scenery. We then travelled onto the Northern Expressway to St Kilda Tramway Museum for club sponsored Gourmet Sausage Sizzle.  Lunch and Museum enjoyed by all. Thanks to Bob and Lorraine Cini for a great run.

May sees two of my favorite events on the annual calendar – the 6 hour regularity at Mallala on the 6th followed by the Annual Weekender to the Copper Coast on the 17th and 18th. Please wear name tags to the Weekender – about 40 people attending, so I am sure we will have a great time.

June is our Pasta Night on the 27th – bookings essential – please pay at the next meeting.

Again a busy calendar to enjoy and get the best out of our Triumphs….

Till we meet again

Bill Berlemon.