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Paul Newman racing a TR6

Monday, August 28th, 2023

Paul Newman’s early racing career started out in Triumphs before moving on to Datsuns. Interesting front air dam / spoiler .  . .

Group 44 Triumph TR8 Race Car

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023

Here is photo of Bob Tullius’s Group 44 TR8 Racer. Very successful in it’s day, including a class win in the 1980 Sebring 12 Hour endurance race. Quite a mean machine!

Vitesse Racer

Thursday, July 27th, 2023

Found this shot of the well known US Triumph racer Kas Kasner with his Vitesse – I wonder if this is what set Bryan Young off on his competition journey?

President’s Report – July 2023

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023


Well we are close to wrapping up another TSOA SA year and interest in club activities continues at pleasing levels.  No doubt there is room for improvement and a new Committee and a new President will, I am sure, add further value to the Club.

Prior to last meeting I was able, on behalf of the Club, to thank those members who actively ensure that the Club runs smoothly and continues to provide an entertaining array of activities.  They are the heart beat of the Club and many thanks to them all!  Think about joining them at our upcoming AGM next month.

This is my third and final year as Club President and I have enjoyed every moment of it.  It has been a privilege and honour to serve a Club that Julie and I have been  members of for more than twenty years.  And the rewards have been enormous!  I miraculously restored a beautiful TR6 (Rory Gibson was unbelievable), am the proud owner of a genuine TR8 and have formed many TSOA friendships both locally and across Australia.

TR6 in a WA Forest                            The Wasp 150GS                                   The TR8 at Glenelg

My first mode of mechanised transport was a Vespa 150 GS (see above)- a triumphant Italian design which, strangely, led me into a corresponding Italian automotive design 50 years later.  The TR6 took Julie and I to at least 10 TSOA Nationals and the TR8 to 4 or 5 and continuing.  We’ve been into the Swan, Barossa and ClareValleys, to Busselton, Brisbane, across the Nullabor, Creswick, Bathurst, Warwick, Sydney, Ballarat, Wangaratta, the Flinders, Mt Gambier, Noosa and Victor Harbor.  We’ve been everywhere man!  And both cars provided us with those special moments we cherish, by breaking down in Tamworth, Albany, Bathurst and Wangaratta.  Thank God for the RAA!  And good TSOAmaritans got us going again on each occasion.  Fabulous memories that will be with us forever.  Viva la Triumph!!.

The social calendar is humming along well & the Observation Run (17 September),  Day of Triumph (15 October) and Christmas Dinner (27 November), need member’s serious consideration over the coming weeks.  They are not only important but high quality events in the Club’s calendar.  If you haven’t attended before, why not make a special effort this year.

Whilst the next 6 month’s social activities are well laid out, we seriously need someone to take on the role of Social Director for 2023/24– not necessarily to do all the work but to oversee, coordinate and plan the various activities that we undertake each year.   In addition, as mentioned at our last meeting, we are looking for volunteers to take on the roles of Equipment Steward (see Bill Berlemon) and Regalia Manager (see Sue Smithson).  I will be very disappointed if, with more than 200 members, we fall short on filling these vital roles.

A final reminder about the AGM, which is coming up at our next meeting.  Think about what you might do to contribute to the Club and let us know at the AGM or before.  All members of the Committee are available at any time to chat about their roles.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Kind regards,

Peter Davidge (President)

Quick Calendar – August onwards

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023


November 25th  (Saturday Night) End of Year Dinner – Royal Adelaide Golf Course.

December 3rd     (Sunday) Run to Kenton Valley Cherries – meet Burnside Town Hall 9.00am – morning tea and Cherry purchases at the Cherry Cafe

December 28th  (Thursday) The annual “Apres” run (between Xmas and New Year) meet at the upper car park, rear of The Feathers Hotel from 10.30 – full details in Calendar section of this site. Attendance numbers required by 15th December to Roger 0458 621 161

January 26th      (Friday)  – Ice Cream / Picnic . . . this year we are trying something different, incorporating the mid-week lunch and the Ice Cream Run as well as Australia Day, at Kaye and Lawrie Placing’s house, 10 Woodhall Drive, Happy Valley from 12.30 pm. BYO picnic lunch, drinks and chairs etc. Kaye and Lawrie will provide Ice Creams for all to enjoy

February 20th    (Tuesday)    General Meeting, Sporting Car Club 8.00pm

February 25th     (Sunday)   MSCA 50th Anniversary Picnic / Club Display / Presentation Day – Mt Barker Oval, club display to assemble by 11.00am BYO everything – see Calendar for more info, or contact Roger, Neil or Duane


Socially Speaking – August 2023

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

Socially Speaking for August

Sunday July 23rd, we had a morning tea run to the Gumeracha Toy Factory.  21 people attended despite the cold weather.

Thursday 7th September will see the next mid week Lunch to the Aussie Hotel, 108 South Road, Hackham at 12.30pm.  Please advise Lawrie /Kaye if attending  – Phone: 0407286194.

Our condolences to Brian and Peggy Argent on the passing of Brian’s son Paul.  Our thoughts are with you all.

Bill and Margie.

Around Australia in a TR2

Saturday, July 15th, 2023


Our member Bill Galler came across these two intrepid travellers in Kingston SE – they are Bob and Robyn Adams from Victoria.

They are travelling around Australia in their 70 year old Triumph TR2, complete with trailer to carry essentials (and possibly some spare parts?)

What an adventure! We wish them well . . .



New Look

Saturday, July 8th, 2023

Your website manager didn’t particularly like the look of the front page of our site . . . too fussy and a bit boring.

Posts to the site will now appear in date of lodgement order and users will need to scroll down for all the latest.

Something of particular interest may be left at the top of the list for a short time . . . like today’s photo!

Geoff Ellis is selling his lovely TR6 – have a look at the Classifieds section for more details.

Why not find something of your own to share and post it? It is not difficult, and if your need guidance contact me.


President’s Report – June 2023

Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

This year’s Weekender was arranged in late May, around the Riverland visiting Waikerie, Barmera and Loxton.  Highlights for Julie and I were the Waikerie Machinery Museum, Rocky’s Hall of Fame and Pioneers Museum (large country and western music section) at Barmera and accommodation at the Golf Club.  Unfortunately we had to leave early on Sunday as we were heading for a week in Melbourne but we’d already had a great time.  Thanks to Bill and Margie for another wonderful weekender.

Once again at our last meeting there was an excellent turn-up as members came along to get their logbooks signed off before the end of the financial year.  It was particularly pleasing to see the camaraderie that was displayed and the vigorous discussions taking place as members renewed friendships and common interests.

The night was added to by a spontaneous on-stage display of Mike Bonning’s MD MK1 Saloon with triple carbies.  A reasonably rare saloon in good condition which Mike picked up 3 years ago after a whirlwind trip to Queensland.  The car created quite a degree of interest despite Mike apologising for some of the paintwork.  Many thanks Mike.

Another reminder about the AGM, which is coming up at the August meeting.  A strong Club thrives because of strong participation by members at all levels.  Think about what you might do to contribute to the Club (particularly taking over Regalia or the Social Secretary positions) and let us know at the AGM or before.  All members of the Committee are available at any time to chat about their roles.

Some interesting Club events are coming up so check out the social calendar.   I look forward to seeing you in July (my second last meeting before we move to Melbourne) and then at the AGM.

Kind regards, Peter Davidge (President)

Quick Calendar

Monday, June 26th, 2023

July 5th                  Informal Lunch at The Rezz Hotel, Paradise 12.30 pm

July 18th               General Meeting Sporting Car Club, King William Road, Unley 8.00pm

July 23rd               Morning Tea run to Gumeracha – Meet Burnside Town Hall 9.30am

August 13th         MSCA Super Sprint – Mallala

August 15th         General Meeting Sporting Car Club, King William Road, Unley 8.00pm

August 27th         TBA – possible run to Bethany with Gourmet Sausage Lunch

September 17th Observation Run details TBA

September 19th General Meeting Sporting Car Club, King William Road, Unley 8.00pm

September 30th Saturday event – MSCA Super Sprint – The Bend (East Circuit)

October 15th       Day of Triumph – Civic Park- cars to be onsite by 9.00am

October 17th       General Meeting Sporting Car Club, King William Road, Unley 8.00pm

October 22nd      Bay to Birdwood

October 29th       MSCA Super Sprint – Mallala

November 21st   General Meeting Sporting Car Club, King William Road, Unley 8.00pm

November 25th  End of Year Dinner – Royal Adelaide Golf Course