President’s Report – December 2021

December 8th, 2021. Submitted by Roger.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – December 2021

Well what a month November has been!  And it’s not over yet!  We’ve tried a couple of different things and they seem to have worked so we are finishing off the year on a high and celebrating with our Back to the Fairway, Christmas Dinner at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club.

I’m pleased to report after many anxious moments on my part, that the Run to Monarto Safari Park on Saturday 13 November went well.  Members who attended were treated to a club subsidy and group discount that may not be available again soon.  The 25 attendees enjoyed the food, gift shop, information provided by the volunteers, the animals and fortunately the weather.  The Park is a major conservation area, and we were blown away by the Lion Cage, impressed by the feeding of the Giraffes and fortunate to see 15 month old white rhino, Esche, before she unexpectedly died about 10 days later.

At the last meeting, Club co-founder Tony Case and long-time member Vin Anderson provided some observations on what it was like to be a member in the very early days of TSOA(SA).  This not only encouraged members who we hadn’t seen for many meetings (Bob Anderson, Geoff Bills, Helmut Liepe, Bill McGuiness, Geoff Mount from Tasmania) but entertained the usual attendees with tales of enthusiasm, fast driving, roll overs and other antics that were possible back in the mid 1960’s/early 1970’s.  It was of course noted that traffic was much lighter then and there were no RBT stations or speed cameras to spoil one’s driving pleasure.  Most of us remembered!  And of course on stage were Vin;s white TR3A which he has owned for 50 years and Margaret Anderson’s immaculately original green Stag which Bob steadfastly refused to sell.  It took me a few days to recover from the buzz of it all!

I now look forward to our Christmas dinner at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club on Saturday 26 November.  It should be all over by the time you receive this FastTrak and 60 attendees will have had an enjoyable and memorable time.  Thanks go to Sue Gibson for her negotiations with the caterers, her menu development, cranking up the numbers, the table allocations and successfully getting us Back to the Fairway.

Thanks also to the Committee for your efforts so far this year and for all those members who have assisted with proceedings or attended meetings and other activities over the past 6 months.  We rely on all members to continue the momentum of the Club into its 57th year.

And finally have an enjoyable Christmas with friends and relatives.  Stay away from anyone from NSW, Victoria and the ACT and return safely to Club meetings and activities in 2022.

Kind regards, Peter Davidge, President

Socially Speaking

December 8th, 2021. Submitted by Roger.

Socially Speaking for December 2021

December 29th – After Christmas Club run – meet Café de Villi’s 426 Main North Road Blair Athol at 10.30am. Lunch is at TTG Public House (TTG Hotel) Please advise Margie 0438836837 if attending.

January 22nd – Ice Cream Run -meet Super Cheap, 69 Port Road, Thebarton at 7.00pm (we hope to have a new run, depending on time, and will finish at Noonies at Semaphore)

Best wishes to all for the Festive Season.

Bill and Margie



Wed 29th              After Christmas Club run – See details above


Tuesday               18th Informal Club Meeting

Sat 22nd                 Ice Cream Run – see details above.

President’s Report November 2021

November 10th, 2021. Submitted by Roger.

Another eventful meeting in October when we learnt of long time member Rod Carey’s unfortunate tangle with a tree at the top of Greenhill Road.  Best wishes to Rod from the Club for a speedy recovery and we hope those broken ribs mend quickly and don’t give you too much ongoing discomfort. 

Katherine Bradley a relatively new member (May2021) and already keen enthusiast, proudly displayed her beautiful TR4A on stage.  Most impressive and she showed great judgement in shifting from a Sunbeam admirer to a Triumph owner. 

Good luck to Duane Kaak and Neil Martin in once again undertaking the Legends of the Lake Hillclimb at Mt Gambier on the extended weekend of 29 to 31 October.

November looks like being a busy month with 3 major events planned, apart from our normal Club meeting on Tuesday 16 November.  If you are keen to meet some other Club members and share in a chat about your car or theirs, how about joining us on one or all of these occasions.

Saturday, 13 November – run to Monarto Safari Park

If you’ve been unable to make any of the Club’s Sunday Runs here is your opportunity to join us on a Saturday!   This may not be repeated soon, and it is club sponsored (including kids) – $14 per adult, $5 per child.  So don’t miss out!    A fantastic opportunity to get your car out for a cobweb-blowing run to Monarto and then enjoy 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.  It is also home to the southern white rhinoceros and Australia’s largest giraffe herd. 

Note that because we have got special pricing (normally $39 per adult) for the event, we need to know names and numbers before 13 November, including those who may have free entry because they are zoo members.  Please contact me (text or phone 0438 765 358, email to confirm who will be attending (see separate advert).

Tuesday, 16 November – Trip down Memory Lane

A segment of our next normal meeting will be devoted to some observations of what it was like to be a member in the very early days of TSOA(SA).  2 antique members will host a Q&A session aimed at extracting distant memories, if possible, of what it was like to own and drive a Triumph in the mid 1960’s/early 1970’s.   So bring yourself and a few long lost members that you know. If the event is successful, it will be repeated in March or April next year. 

Saturday 27 November – Club Christmas Dinner (see separate advert)

The Christmas dinner has always been a great social event.  And at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club it is not only a superb venue, but the quality of the food is outstanding.  At present we seem to be having difficulty in getting numbers up to around 60 or 70 despite the generous subsidies the Club is offering (happy hour and discounted meal for members).  Check out the separate ad. and book now.  You won’t be disappointed!!  See you there with your friends and family if you wish.

And finally what a brilliant Run to the Birdwood Mill on Sunday 17 October.  Magnificent weather, a record turnout of sparkling Triumphs (we could have held a Concours event!) and a very tasty lunch.  You can’t beat that!  Congratulations again to Bill, Margie, and their team.

Not long to the next meeting.  I hope to see you there.  TRavel safely in the meantime.

Peter Davidge, President

Socially Speaking October 2021

November 10th, 2021. Submitted by Roger.

Socially Speaking for November 2021

Sunday 17th October – Club run to National Motor Museum, Birdwood. Fabulous day with 25 Triumph’s in attendance. Good run, despite Wayne and Carolyn not making it to the finish line!

40 people enjoyed a club Gourmet Sausage Sizzle for Lunch, then a great viewing of the Museum and their attractions.

Saturday 13th November – Club run to Monarto Zoo – Meet Crafers Hotel -9.15am for a 9.30am departure.

November 27th is the Christmas Dinner at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club.  Details in this edition of Fast Trak.  Bookings and monies are due NOW.

December 29th – After Christmas Club run – details to follow.

Stay safe everyone.

Bill and Margie



Sat 13th                 Club run to Monarto – Meet Crafers Hotel 9.15am for 9.30am departure. See flyer

Tues 16th              General Meeting – Sporting Car Club, King William Road, Hyde Park 8.00pm

Sat 27th                 Christmas Dinner –Royal Adelaide Golf Club – Details in this edition of Fast Trak.


Wed 29th              After Christmas Club run – Details to follow.

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

President’s Report – August 2021

August 28th, 2021. Submitted by Roger.


Welcome to a new TSOA Club year!  South Australia is still doing well with reasonably few Covid restrictions and so together with the rising rate of vaccinations I am hoping we have a better year than we did in 2020/2021.

The AGM last month went smoothly with most members of the Committee including me as President, being renominated and elected unopposed.  Whilst this is an excellent result, most current members have been on the Committee for more than 10 years.  It is imperative for the future success of the Club to draft new members on to the Committee.   To this end I will be asking all Committee members, where possible during the year, to seek new nominees to the Committee for the 2022 AGM.

In the meantime as a matter of urgency the Vice President, Ian Rigby, would be very pleased to hear from anyone able to assist with various membership duties or to take over organization of the Day of Triumph which is planned for late March/early April 2022.  Give him a call now, his number is 0417 085 083.

As July’s meeting was cancelled due to a Covid lockdown, we held our annual pizza thank you to contributing club members, prior to the AGM. There was a good turn up and well deserved thanks were given!

Recently I have been in touch with members Bob Farrell (hip), Kevin Foster (heart) Tom Long (limited sight) and Roger Lange (hip), who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the Club.  Each is in good spirits and very much appreciated best wishes from the Club.  Frankie Merrett, ex social secretary of the Club about 8/10 years ago and resident of Boyanup WA, rang me from Perth last weekend.  She has been in hospital for the last 4 weeks following an ankle operation and, despite not losing her sense of humour, has the rehab blues.  If you know her, I’m sure she would appreciate a call from SA.

Check out the Club website while you’re at it!   I just sold a group of items leftover from my TR6 restoration and on the classified ads since December 2018.  Just proves the value of the website and patience!

And don’t forget to browse our social calendar later in this FASTRAK and also on the Club Website.  Some great events are coming up and it is pleasing to see the support that Bill and Margie are getting on a regular basis.  Unfortunately as we live at Victor Harbor and often have a commitment on Sunday mornings it is not always possible for Julie and me to get to organized Club runs.  Despite that we will do our best.

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

Kind Regards, Peter Davidge, President

Socially Speaking – September 2021

August 28th, 2021. Submitted by Roger.

Socially Speaking for September 2021

August 15th was a morning tea run through the hills to Balhannah for morning tea.  A great run was had by 17 members and 4 joined at Balhannah for Coffee.  Thanks to Sue and Rory for organising the run.

September 12th is The Mt Barker to Strath train trip on the Highlander.  Meet at Mt Barker at 9.30am for a 10.00am departure, and then have a couple of hours to wander in Strath and have a bite to eat, with the return train departing Strath at 1.30pm arriving at 2.30pm in Mt Barker. Cost is $29 Adult and $15 Child.  Bookings are essential, with payment to Alex by 30th August.

Sunday 17th October – Club run to National Motor Museum, Birdwood. Meet The Feathers Hotel, Burnside 10.00am. Club Sponsored BBQ Lunch.

November 27th is the Christmas Dinner at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club.  Details in this edition of Fast Trak.  Bookings and monies to be paid by the October meeting.

Stay safe everyone.

Bill and Margie

Mallala 60th Anniversary

August 22nd, 2021. Submitted by Duane Kaak.

Looking to enjoy some car time this weekend? Neil & I will be at Mallala both Saturday & Sunday as part of the Weekend full of events, competing in a Supersprint. There will be lots of different cars on the track and on static display. $10 spectator entry.

Hopefully with some new stiffer front suspension now fitted, I will set a new Personal Best time in my Tr7. Stay tuned!



President’s Report – July 2021

July 28th, 2021. Submitted by Roger.


Hi everyone.

Not much fun in July!  Travel plans disrupted continuously, a State Government lockdown and the Committee had to cancel the Club’s July meeting.   I hope you are doing as well as you can within the rules of the lockdown and hopefully, we will be out of it early this week.

Since my last report, I have had the opportunity to reconsider my position as President.   I have decided to toss my hat in the ring again and nominate for 2021/22.  That doesn’t preclude anyone else from nominating or, alternatively, considering joining the Committee.  If I am re-elected, I will retire the following year.

New members are required on the Committee.  That will be the challenge over the next 12 months!   Almost all current committee members have each spent more than 10 years serving the Club and they are happy to continue.   However, it is about time other members

  • check out the Committee/Club Representative positions as listed on the TSOA SA website
  • talk to Committee members about their roles. I am happy to speak to anyone who needs a little encouragement to get more involved.  Or why not ask Ian Rigby about organising the Day of Triumph and taking that over with his help. He has decided to relinquish the role.
  • nominate for a position (contact Duane Kaak our Secretary) and
  • join us at the AGM on Tuesday 17 August 2021, the next normal Club meeting

Well, that’s enough spruiking, but it would be nice to think that members are sufficiently enthused by and interested in the Club to maintain its ongoing success.

National Meeting Memories – 1981, 40 years ago


The above pictures were provided to me by Tony Case (co-founder of the Club).  The 1981 Adelaide Nationals were the first conducted over a week and set the framework for organising all future National Meetings both here and interstate.  That is something the Club can be proud of, as the same format exists today.  We still have race days, entertaining social events, observation runs, display days, an emphasis on touring and who knows whether we drink as much or drive as fast.

The group photo of delegates at the “Unofficial Party” looks more like a Wild West family gathering.  But believe it or not it isn’t!  Disguised in 1980 outfits are various members at the time including Tony Case, Bob and Margaret Anderson, Chris Barnes, Geoff Bills, Bill McGuiness, and Tom Hutchinson.  See if you can find them!

And finally, check out the social calendar for our upcoming program and commentary on the recent Christmas in July Run to the Yankalilla Hotel.  Well done to the organisers Sue and Alex Smithson!   This may become a regular annual event.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.  John Tuohy, if I recall, is next up to set the Club Quiz,


Kind regards,

Peter Davidge (President)

Quick Calendar

July 23rd, 2021. Submitted by Roger.