Archive for October, 2014

President Report – October 2014

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

October Report

This is my favourite time of year in the Club’s Calendar as my favourite annual events of Day of Triumph and All Triumph Observation Run. Then the Christmas Dinner, Mid Week run and the Ice Cream Run. Great weather for driving a Triumph with the roof off, down or just the windows down.

Competition events are still on, and each month our club mailbox is flooded with other clubs in other towns holding classic car events for this time of year and into the new year. Certainly something for everyone with any taste of a Motoring Passion.

Our last meeting had on stage an Audi R8, not a Triumph, but it was great to meet the owner who is as passionate about his car as most of you are. His story was certainly entertaining of how his purchase of an Aston Martin turned into the Audi. And his love of his car shone through.

Reminded me a little of how my search in 1999 for an MG resulted in a car I had never seen nor heard of, the Triumph Spitfire. The places the Spitty and I have travelled to have likely amazed the most qualified mechanic with its whines, grinds, wheezes and rattles, but I love that car so much and despite the occasional fault from lack of use, it never stops to put a smile on my face.

On the last club run through the Adelaide Hills it was given a chance to stretch its legs without a navigator, enough to catch up on the cars in front, and leave some behind all at legal speeds. The Spitfire can barely exceed the legal limits, but handles so well through the twists and turns of the Hills areas and due to my recent absence from the race track, it was a blast hugging the apex and zooming through our glorious country side with the breeze blowing around me. I truly feel alive when driving my classic cars. There is nothing boring about it.

Thankfully on our runs we always keep our driving standards safe. It is a shame that we have to share the road with other less attentive drivers and it was with great shock I was alerted to an accident involving one of our members on his way to the National Meeting in WA. All the signs indicate he was not at fault, but I fear that his beautiful Triumph, featured in our 2015 Calendar, will no longer feel the open road again. However Triumphs can be replaced, lives can’t and it was pleasing to hear that although he sustained some serious injuries, he lives another day to enjoy his passion of Classic Cars. On behalf of the TSOA, we wish him a full & speedy recovery.

Due to my Wedding Plans, I will not be able to attend the Day of Triumph at Civic Park which I am sure will be a huge success. Come along in your Triumph to get your Historic Rego Inspection completed, or to collect a free copy of our 2015 Commerative Calendar. I am looking forward to seeing some great photos and hearing some great reports. Until then, safe and happy motoring.



Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Day of Triumph 2014

Polish those spokes, black the wheels and vacuum the carpets and get ready to be judged.

It’s on again! The TSOA annual DAY OF TRIUMPH. This year’s event will again be at Civic Park Modbury on SUNDAY 9th of November

Gates open around 8.30am and cars will need to be in position and ready for judging by 10.30am. Exit from Civic Park will not be allowed until the end of the event at 3pm for safety reasons.

I have been asked to take over this event from Rory Gibson this year and I hope that things go as smoothly for me as it has always been in the past.

The rules and scoring are the same as prior years and it will be the point score that wins you the trophy. The car needs to support the class and score ranking it has been entered into.

I will need a lot of help from several people on the day that have an eye for detail, especially Concours.

In the event of a tie, for any category, I will ask several of the more knowledgeable in the group to cast their eye over the cars to come up with the ultimate winner. The decision will be based on an agreed approach that would be generally around overall presentation and as close to original as possible for the Concours awards.

Please join me on the day. Ian Rigby 0417085083

2014 TSOA Day of Triumph – Entry Rules
Overall Entry – Concours and Pride of Ownership (POO)

· To be eligible for entry, the owner of the car must be a current financial member of TSOA (SA) Branch – entry will not be permitted to those joining/renewing on the day.

· The car must be currently registered (with the exception of Competition and Restoration cars).

· Late entries, i.e. cars arriving after the published judging commencement time, will not be eligible.
Concours Section

· All cars must be driven onto the judging site (except competition vehicles which may be trailered).

· Entrants must score a minimum of 70% of the total points available in presentation section to be eligible for a Class or Outright trophy.

· Standard classes will be – TR2/3/3A/3B, TR4/4A/5, TR6, TR7/8, Stag, Saloon, Dolomite, Spitfire/GT6, Herald/Vitesse and Competition

· Classes may be split/combined depending on the number of entrants in each Class. This will be determined by DOT Officials on the day.

· Judges will award points for each car up to a maximum of 750 possible points in 5 judging sections as follows –

· Exterior (170 points)

· Engine bay (140 points)

· Underside (100 points)

· Wheels & tyres/boot (170 points)

· Interior (170 points)

· Cars will NOT be judged on originality except in the event of a tie when the cars will be marked out of 250 points in accordance with the table shown on the entry sheet.

· In the event of a tie “originality” for each model shall be broadly determined as any equipment or manufacturing (i.e. official works modifications) produced by the original car manufacturer or an approved option available for that model.

Masters Class

· Cars that win their Class for 3 years running, or win outright for 2 years running, will be placed in a Masters Class and are ineligible to enter the standard Concours Classes for 2 years. Masters Class Awards will be given to all Masters Class cars in attendance.


· Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall place getters.

· The Register Trophy (TR2/3/3A and 3B), The Michelotti Trophy (TR4/4A/5) and The Harris Mann Trophy (TR7/8), will be awarded to the highest points getter in that Class. Where the winner is also the winner of a Concours Class only one personal trophy will be awarded.

· Trophies will be awarded to 1st place only if 3 or less cars are entered in Class and 1st and 2nd place if 4 or more cars are entered.

Pride of Ownership Section

· Entrants will be scored on presentation only (originality will not be considered)

· Judging will follow the processes outlined in the Concours section, except the underside will not be considered.

· Standard classes will be – TR2/3/3A/3B, TR4/4A/5, TR6, TR7/8, Stag, Saloon, Dolomite, Spitfire/GT6, Herald/Vitesse, Pre-54, and competition.

· Restoration projects may be considered depending on what is presented on the day.

· Classes may be split/combined depending on the number of entrants in each Class – to be determined by DOT Officials on the day.

· Masters Class cars are ineligible to enter POO section until 2 years after their Masters Class qualification.

· Trophies will be awarded to Class winners only.