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“We got us a Convoy”

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Although off to a nervous start i did manage to get all Triumphs in convoy today for a quick run through the northeast and Range Road. Naturally(?) Our Triumphs left the modern cars behind and the rain stayed away for a fun and informative tour of Paracombe Premium Perry farm.

Come and Try Hillclimb – Collingrove

Monday, June 26th, 2017

4th June 2017

Regular TSOA members will know that Neil has done a lot of recent work to his car, small things here and there to get it to rev faster, smoother and handle better, resulting in new Personal Bests at Mallala. His motivation is to keep ahead of me. When I first joined him at Mallala 5 years ago, he was slower than my PB now.

If Neil’s changes would result in a faster Hillclimb time was yet to be proven, then the opportunity arose to participate in the Sporting Car Clubs Come & Try day. Neil didn’t have to twist my arm too hard to join in, Roger also had his arm twisted and the 3 of us entered the recent Sunday event.

We all know it has been a cold start to winter. The official forecast for Springton was -1 overnight. Imagine living in that tree! So as I got up that morning, I donned my thermals before my race attire and I set off at 6:30ish to top up the fuel in my TR7 and met Neil at his place to travel in convoy along some of our favourite twisty roads up & over Tea Tree Gully and beyond. My car had warmed up by Neil’s house and I was thankful I had racing gloves to wear to brave the very cold morning.

Some spirited driving ensued, up through the hills, and shortly before Chain of Ponds, I spied some fancy LED lights, synonymous with Audi, in my rear view (yes, I was chasing Neil again) and Roger joined in our TSOA convoy as the ambient temperature dropped around us. Through Birdwood at 50km/h I nearly had to pull over to call the RAA due to my car underheating. I never thought I’d ever need antifreeze living in Australia until that point. My body was frozen through several layers of clothes, the heater useless and my driving came from the knee as I lost feeling in my toes and feet. I found out later the gauge in Roger’s Audi RS3 reported it as minus 4.5degrees.  Brr.

But spare a thought for the couple of guys who tailed us from Mt Pleasant, making the journey from the City in a Clubman. No roof, no side windows. My TR7 suddenly felt like an oasis.

But clear skies and no breeze made way for an absolutely beautiful winter day at Collingrove. I made sure I was basking in the sun like a lizard on a rock and soon was ready to have some fun.

The day was very well run, beginning with not your ordinary slow orientation drive up the track, but a free go, straight up, so we could feel how it would be at a realistic pace for the day. I cruised up at 47 seconds. Neil and Roger about  42 seconds each.

We all got 4 more runs and plenty of time to talk to strangers about Triumphs and with each other about how to get across the finish line the fastest, comparing times etc. Dave Wilson made a visit in his Saloon to add a Triumph to the spectators car park.

My best time for the day was 41.3 seconds. A PB for me, 5 years ago, the best I managed was 43.5 You can view my quickest 3 laps on YouTube through this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc73I7O-5wo&t=107s

We were all ready for one more run at the end of the day, but it ended abruptly as all runs were completed. We all had big grins on our faces anyway. Neil got a new PB, and of course it was Rogers PB being the first Competitive event in the Audi.

And of course, we knew we had the drive home ahead, now with feeling in fingers and toes, through the twisty bits at more than the recommended speeds through the bends on warmed up tyres and roads. Smiles all round.

Duane Kaak

Neil Martin’s TR7V8

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

My Car. Photo taken by Duane at the Legends of the Lake hillclimb, Mount Gambier, last year.

Log in

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Thanks Roger, Didn’t know this existed so will visit more often

Quick Calendar of Events – June to August

Monday, May 29th, 2017

 

JULY

Sat/Sun 1st/2nd              Super Sprint & All Triumph Race/Regularity Wakefield Park Goulbourn

Wed 12th                          Mid Week Run meet The Pavillion Greenhill Rd from 9.45am departing 10.30am

Sun 16th                           MSCA Super Sprint

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

Sun 23rd                           Christmas in July meet Burnside Town Hall Carpark 9.45am for 10.00am departure

Tues 25th                         Informal Lunch – Cafe Buongiorno Mitcham 12.00 noon

Sun 30th                           Modern Regularity C/Championship Mallala

AUGUST

Tues 15th                         AGM Sporting Car Club King William Road Unley 8.00pm

Sun 20th                           “No Sheet” Run meet Civic Park 10.00am

Sun 27th                           MSCA Super Sprint

Quick Calendar – March to end of May 2017

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

MARCH

Thurs-Sun 2nd-5th              Clipsal

Sun 12th                           MSCA Super Sprint

Sun 19th                           Afternoon Run meet 4.30pm Haywood Park Unley Park

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

Tues 28th                         Informal Lunch – Cafe Buongiorno Mitcham 12.00 noon

APRIL

Sun 9th                            Modern Regularity Mallala

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

Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd             Historic Race meeting Mallala

Sun 23rd                           Brunch Run meet Civic Park opp Tea Tree Plaza 8.30am

MAY

Sun 7th                            MSCA  6hr Regularity Relay Mallala

Tues 16th                         General Meeting Sporting Car Club King William Road Unley 8.00pm

Fri-Sun 19th-21st               Annual Weekender – meet from 9.00am Zeea’s Eatery Glenunga

Tues 23rd                         Informal Lunch – Cafe Buongiorno Mitcham 12.00 noon

Sun 28th                           Modern Regularity  Mallala

 

Mallala Sprint August

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Man on a mission
Neil under Brakes impressive.
Neil past the post

Powers away
Another great day at the track.

Mallala sprints
Roger has more than a golden touch with Triumphs.
Lots of noise, spills and apart from the wind great weather. Come and join us on the Nationals in October and you will see lots more and other Triumphs from around Australia.
Regards
Ian
Ian at Bathurst 2013

All Triumph Race 2015

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

ALL TRIUMPH 2015 Race weekend Review 

Well, it was a great weekend! The weather was good, cold early in the morning, but sunny through the day and no cold wind or rain on both days. Most people used the Saturday Super sprint as their test day on the Saturday, with in the triumphs Trevor Lindsay in his GT6 fastest, Mark Morsillo (Dolomite V8 turbo) second and Ryan Glinn (TR8) third. Poor Mark had a massive shunt at the end of the day, closing the track for the rest of the day. Luckily Mark was fine and walked away after hitting the main fence on the entry to the front straight very hard, not sure what will happen with the car.  Geoff Byrne had gearbox troubles mid-day Saturday that ended his weekend, and Glen Coutinho had a fuel leak that stopped him running all weekend. Rod Carey had to pull out a few days before the event with a piston issue, but made the long trek to support his SA mates and Andrew Gibson had a failed gearbox on the Saturday after installation, so also missed the event this year.

 

Sunday was some great racing. First there was the 3 regularity runs. Great to have 4 Triumphs running . Sorry Guys I didn’t have your results on hand at the presentation. Results . . .

Run 1 – John Whitaker (Spitfire) 1st, Neil Martin TR7/8 4th, Ken Peters TR7 and Horsct Kirchner Stag but DNFd

Run 2 – Neil Martin 3rd, Ken Peters 5th, John Whitaker 6th and Horsct Kirchner 14th

Run 3 – Neil Martin 3rd, John Whitaker 4t and Horsct Kirchner 5th, with Ken a DNF

We had a great suggestion that next year there will be a trophy for the Regularity Races as well.

For the ATR races, we had 19 runners (would have been 24 without he last minute drop outs). There was heated duels not just at the front of the field, but right through the field.

Race 1 – 1st Howard Glinn (TR8) , 2nd Trevor Lindsay (GT6) second and 3rd Jon Newell (TR8)

You can watch race one on You Tube from Greg Morsillo’s car, type in to You Tube “Greg Morsillo All Triumph Race 1 2015” for all 6 laps (many thanks Greg)

Race 2 – The Reverse Grid Handicap. There was virtually 1 minute difference between the front groups release and the last. It seems like forever to be waiting in the last pack for your release. 1st across the line was Gary Gibson (Dolomite Sprint) who started off the front row with Grant Rawlings (Stag),  2nd was Trevor Lindsay with a great drive from last row of the grid, and I made 3rd place. It was very close with no one knowing with half a lap to run who would win. It looked like it could have been Chris Swingler or Sue Tahir in the front 3 with half a lap to go. It was great for Gary at his first run at the event and the circuit.

Rog & Trev at Mallala Nov 2009

In the All Triumph Trophy Race  – 1st Howard Glinn, 2nd Trevor Lindsay (who pushed me so hard non stop for all 9 laps) and Jon Newell 3rd.  We both got down into the 1.08s.

In the Classes, Roger Lange took out the up to 2 Litre Class in his GR6, Trevor Lindsay took the 2.0 to 3.5 Litre Class in his white GT6, and Howard Glinn the over 3.5 Litre Class in his TR7V8.

Following that we had the All British combined race, with the win going to Trevor Lindsay, Howard second, Jon Newell 3rd and Rhys Morsillo with his first run in the ATR 4th with Greg Morsillo 5th. I must say it wasn’t until I held the Sportscar Trophy that I could sit in awe that Trevor has won it 6 times and Graeme Rutledge 5, so to pip Trevor by such a small margin on the day, no wonder I was mentally exhausted when it finished

I must thank the generosity of Glen Coutinho and Sue Tahir for their sponsorship, and Glen also helps me through the year in many other ways of support beyond simply money, so thank you. To Ken Peters and all his helpers on the flags for the RG race, many thanks. To Terry Donovan and all thise running the MRA round, great event and thanks for allowing us to run on the program. If I missed talking to you on the day, Im sorry, but running the twins in the car Saturday and then racing in the two categories and doing the handicapping during the Sunday keep me very busy.

To all that came to race, especially those from interstate, many thanks and hope you really enjoyed yourself! Also thanks to those that travelled just to watch and support us on the day. I think we delivered a great event to allow many varied Triumphs to come together in the same race, and to showcase to the spectators what a great time you can have owing  a Triumph.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

We have 15 confirmed entrants to the second ATR to be run at Winton as part of their “Champions of Winton” race meet on 28th August 2016. If you are truly interested in running in this event, please please send me a note so I can add you to the list. You certainly aren’t entering and paying yet, just so I can get a feel for the grid size. I am still working with the circuit promoter to see if they would run a mixed field regularity on the same program so will kept you all know.  It would be only a one day event, but is then so much closer to both Victoria and SA. Next we need a sponsor (anyone know someone fitting in Victoria?) and if someone knows of a suitable event we could do on the Saturday would be great. I will send this to all the ATR contacts and see if they have suggestions on this. This seem to confirm we should also work to add a meeting in Morgan park in 2017 to make it a 3 state competition.

SPONSOR WANTED

What has been so instrumental in the growth of the All Triumph Race in NSW has been the generous sponsorship by Sue and Glen from TSOA NSW every year. To help with this first event in Winton next year, we need a sponsor for that round. Ideally someone that can commit $2,000 for the naming rights of the Winton Round of the ATR. You will have your Logo and name added to all emails and advertising done throughout the year and in at least the TREAD monthly magazine article on the ATR. If you have some interest but would like more details, please contact me by Phone or Email for more discussion.

Many Thanks

Howard GLINN

Photos

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I need to see a photo of a Triumph when I open up the TSOA SA web page, so here is one of my favourites.

Why not load one of your own on to the site – at least for a while, you will get front page exposure of your car and your personal photographic artistry.

RogerLaurie Cousin

MSCA 6-Hour Regularity Relay : Team Triumph

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Jon Williams has put together a very nice visual summary of the 2015 Team Triumph entry in the 6-Hour event that was conducted on the 3rd May.

In Jon’s words –

“6 Cars, 6 Hours, as many laps as possible in nominated times with penalties for breaking the time – sounds really easy . . . but it isn’t.
Despite having a fantastic Team of Supporters with great communications and brilliant experience, Team Triumph still had to work through everything from clutch failures, power steering problems, rear hub issues and lap time breakouts to finish the day 9th out of 22 teams entered.
Rule number 1 was “Have Fun!” and we did. Thanks to all involved.”

That pretty much says it all – have a look via this link :

https://youtu.be/lvXd4dHQ0WM