2017 TSOA Annual Display Day

August 3rd, 2017. Submitted by Ian Rigby.

2017 TSOA Display day
12th November Semaphore Esplanade
Its on again and time to start thinking about polishing and dressing up those Triumphs.
This year we will be at Semaphore just by the public area south of the Steam Train Kiosk.
Entry will be opposite Coppin street and parking on the grassed area for Triumph Owners.
I will need several volunteer judges again and I’m look forward to working with them to pick the best of the best.
We will also be looking for those with pride in their cars and as usual Pride of ownership will be Judged.
Local traders are there for food and drink so No coffee bus will be on site.
You can bring a SMALL shade tent as this year allocation around the outer areas has been included in our display.
This year we have invited the Cadillac LaSalle Club of SA just for an added interest. There are some fine examples of these in SA and it will interesting to see what turns up on the day.
Why Cadillac?
Cadillac was Founded – August 22 in 1902 and has a rich history.
Cadillac is among the oldest automobile brands in the world, second in America only to fellow GM marque Buick. The firm was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Motor Company in 1902 and named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. The founder of Detroit Michigan. So build a car and a town why not.
Cadillac was also the first American car to win the Royal Automobile Club of the United Kingdom’s Dewar trophy. This award is for Interchangeability of components just like Triumph.
Back to Triumph.
With the Standard Car Companies purchase of Triumph in 1944 the development of the Triumph 1800 was a solution to keeping the Marque afloat, they began exporting to the US and with the 1800 styling, 3 abreast seating, column gear change and folding dickie seat it was a good fit. Almost the length of Cadillac its features were suited to the American market and renamed the 2000 Roadster after an engine change. After that the rest is history and the models kept coming. Utilizing Jag engines swapped out chassis remake styling and the list goes on. With the Standard Car Companies roots starting not long after Cadillac in 1903 the merging of components and bodies the link is thin but there. That’s how I see it anyway.
So with all that history of different models, astute men with drive to succeed in a competitive market and global success how can we not display that to the public? So it’s worth getting them out from under the covers and onto the road.
This year on SUNDAY the 12 November drive to Semaphore.
Starting time is as usual around 8.30.
Cars need to be in position for judging no later than 10am when judging starts and the cut off for entry.
It’s a pity that during the last 12 months some of the clubs breeds have moved on especially Chuck and Dianne’s black beauty. As it won’t be there this year to take the front row I’m sure we will have a worthy contender. This will be decided on the day so if it takes my eye when you roll in then decision made.
Let’s hope the weather is kind and we get a good turnout.
See you all on the day
Regards
Ian Rigby