President’s Report September 20201

November 10th, 2021. Submitted by Roger.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – September 2021

Well the new year is underway, and we had an enjoyable and well attended Club meeting in September.  Prior to the meeting the Committee met and discussed possible candidates for the Committee as well as the role of Club representatives, the Day of Triumph and our forward program. 

Following the success of the train trip from Mt Barker to Strathalbyn (great effort Bill and Margie!), we are now planning a run to Monarto Safari Park on Saturday 13 November.  Slot this into your diary now!  Details will be provided in next month’s Trak including confirmation of a club subsidy.  A fantastic opportunity to get your car out for a cobweb-blowing run to Monarto (65kms) prior to Summer and then enjoying the animals and facilities at your leisure.  Monarto is the largest open range zoo in Australia and one of the largest (1500 hectares) in the world. Julie and I are zoo members, and the Safari Park keeps getting better and better.

 Triumph travellers on board out of Strath on a wintry afternoon

A train with smoke coming out of it

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Vale Graham Robson (1936-2021)       

Graham Robson’s writings may figure on your bookshelf as they certainly do in the Club library.   As mentioned in last month’s Fastrak he had a particular interest in the Triumph marque.  His favourite car was the TR3A, but I believe he was also keen on the TR8.  He will be sadly missed but it is interesting to note that he has a particular connection with TSOA(SA).

In the 1980’s on a trip to Australia visiting TSOA(Vic), Graham was invited by Tony Case to be a guest of TSOA(SA) as a speaker at a general meeting, and a part concours judge at an event at the Birdwood Mill.  He was accommodated by the Bills’ family and father Malcolm provided him his TR250 for the week.  What generous gestures these were!  But typical of TSOA generosity anywhere in Australia. Tony tells me that he has a photo of Graham standing beside his 2500TC, the car appropriately adorned with a British flag.

At our last meeting Neil Martin gave a very comprehensive Competition Report.  Both he and Duane seem to be getting out on the track whenever they can and performing well when they do so.  We wish them PB’s when they compete in the Legends of the Lake hill climb at Mt Gambier next month.

Don’t forget to browse the social calendar later in this FASTRAK.  The Christmas dinner, back at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club, is coming up in late November and bookings/payment are due by our October meeting.  It is an excellent venue so please try to get there and invite some friends.  You will not be disappointed! 

We look forward to seeing you at the next Club meeting.

Kind Regards, Peter Davidge, President