Archive for May, 2020

President’s Report – May 2020

Friday, May 29th, 2020

President’s Report May 2020

No real deep reflection again this month other than continued log book renewals. This seems to be moving along OK but there is a large number yet to go.

As the sun sets on restrictions and they ease off with businesses, pubs and restaurants slowly opening up, we may be in a good position to hold the AGM. Naturally if people wish to hold on a bit longer and watch from a distance we fully understand. However it’s looking promising and as we progress over the next few months we watch the road in anticipation. There was a zoom request and we may give that a go but with the event being for Club positions and voting not sure how that would go.

Doing a quick check of the records (this could change as the report gets out) we are at roughly 50% to go for membership renewal so at a guess similar for books. Unfortunately for everyone left we won’t be out of restrictions in time to catch these at any upcoming meeting (There are none currently) and a timely reminder that there is one month to go. After the 30th June no one can drive their cars (legally or insured) unless we have up stamped or issued new books for out of date ones. Naturally we do expect a final influx but the turnaround time will be lengthy. With restrictions easing it would be a shame to have them locked away any longer.

I’m hopeful that they continue to trickle in over the next few weeks, that way it helps us to get through them and returned back to you so you can continue to enjoy your drives to wherever you choose once returned.

The process this year has helped to sort out one or 2 little issues captured while we have had time to look over them and cross check our records. There is always room for improvement.

NSW are still hopeful to run their Nationals this year. It may differ from the initial plan but with the conversations about “what if” during the lock downs they concluded that the show must go on. We too have been planning in the background, all be it slowly, as we were waiting on their final decision and to find out what implications we would have should the cancellation take place. It does appear that if theirs is cancelled then ours would proceed as planned next year.

We held our first ZOOM Nationals meeting this month and after the usual initial start-up tweaks we were up and running. A good meeting with plenty of discussion based on all the usual things needed to hold a good event and encourage those in other states to cross over and enjoy our company.

Just in case you noticed Alex is dominant on screen and no he doesn’t have a twin.  He was the convener and had 2 screens running to help show everyone other content for discussion. We really have come a long way since the start of the current crisis.

It’s certainly made a lot of people think of other ways and options to run our life and I guess even after the Virus issue is set aside, lessons and changes made during the past few months may re shape the way we all function from now on.  Different ways to shop and alternate methods to communicate.

 

 

The one thing that can’t be changed is the enjoyment of turning a key, listening to the slight rumble of an exhaust and the pleasure we get while driving our Triumphs.

With the lock down we thought that the web would have been inundated with stories and shared info. I have been too busy with work and log books and 5 minutes in the shed working on the Saloon so have not had time myself, but I can say that there is a very patient web page manager just a click away. Give it a go.

In closing wishing everyone a safe return to normal.

Regards

Ian Rigby

President.

Triumph Dolomite Sprint Restoration Update

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

This is the last piece of my Resto jigsaw – the under dash shelf. Had to remake a new one to personal specification that includes front speakers and an oil pressure gauge.

And now fully installed . . .

Triumph vs MG . . . old foes in the same garage!

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Ian Burman’s new Toy!  A very nice companion for his TR5 . . .

President’s Report – April 2020

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

President report                                                      April 2020

Not an interesting report this month with no meetings, no runs, or general outings that we can share.

The highlight this month apart from starting the log book renew process was to do a drive by at Sue and Rory’s place to congratulate Sue on a birthday milestone. No telling the age but certainly Skyhooks had a great song based on it. Bit of trivia to look up while you’re at home googling.

Social distancing at its best. Best wishes to Sue and anyone else that shared their birthday or special milestone with limited people.

We also received several interstate Trak type mail outs for us to share from Duane and the ones we received were certainly full of stories and pictures. I’m guessing that this will diminish next month seeing they had a more restrictive hold put on them than we have.

Alex has been very busy behind the scenes setting up and entering club documents to our Drop Box. This is another great way for us to communicate rather than e-mails and phone messages.

We have had a good take up to the reduced membership fees and log book renew process this year. It certainly has been interesting for me. Welcome to our new members and thanks for bringing along more Triumphs to the stable.

If you have not checked out our Web have a look. Roger has been busy in the shed and has put up a glimpse of his newly completed project. There are a few stories and comments and another post about repairs. Parts for sale and wanted is there and I have posted up some general items for sale with a collection of books and model cars for a member who wants to clean them out of her shed (not all pictures are up of the collection so give Valarie a call her number is on the add). I hope to have a story up for next month (just to spread it out a bit) on the Saloon. Not like some that have been forced into time out of work, I can’t get a home stay with what I do daily. The parts are on order finally so just waiting patiently for a plane from the UK.

Up to now no planning has been done for our normal display day later in the year or other major events. The normal booking process through whatever council can’t be done currently so if the state opens up late it may not be possible this year. Should things work out for the better and we still wish to run this event it may need to have a bit of out the box thinking due to timing. Knowing that we have limited numbers over the past few years and with people still being cautious I’m thinking it would be more impacted with a poor turn out so reluctantly it may be a year of rest but too early to tell at this stage.

I would like to present the following to help further with postage since we started this process there is a need to tweak it a little more. In general it’s worked ok but still postage is an issue with returning more than one book. So to help visually please follow this general rule. If you’re lucky enough to have a need for more than 4 books then you would need to do a combination of the below or see the post office for your best option. That’s the fortune and privilege of owning a stable full. One book only to a standard envelope.  (Both ways)

Oh and I have just been reminded that if you are filling documents in for your car log books they need to be referring your home address not a post office box or business please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So unfortunately that’s it for this month.

Think we all hope the global issue is resolved enough to get us out a little bit more so for now stay safe.

Regards

Ian Rigby

President.