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TR4 Chassis needed

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Looking for a good TR4 Chassis. OR a front clip. Please contact Regards Bill

35th All British Day 2019

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Planning for the 2019 event to be held at Echunga Recreation Grounds on 10th February is well underway following closure of entries.

In all, 875 entries have been received; 820 cars and 55 motorcycles.  This is only a handful of entries less than the record highest number for any one event since its inception.  Needless to say, at least on paper, if all entrants participate, ground space will be at a premium.

TSOA(SA) is once again well represented with 58 entrants nominating to display their pride and joy. This is the equal third highest number of entrants of all clubs.  We will once again be on the main Oval parking back to back and should have ample room for our marquees and display of vehicles.

A number of vehicles and motorcycles with racing heritage will be featured in the centre display of the main Oval and the Sporting Car Club of South Australia will be featured on Oval 2 in recognition of their 85th anniversary.  Major sponsors will also be in the centre of the main Oval and I would encourage you to visit these sponsors who assist in making this day a success.

Other features on the day will be the old faithful Rolls Royce Merlin engine courtesy of the South Australian Aviation Museum, an Aerobatic Display at 1.00pm by 13 times Australian Aerobatic  Champion Chris Sperou and a climbing wall courtesy of Scouts SA for the young and young at heart to test their skills.

I would also encourage members to visit the various Traders on the eastern side of the grounds and Traders Hall to see what’s new.  If you haven’t visited this area recently you may be surprised what is actually there.

Finally due to the number of entries for 2019 we are seeking the services of 5 or 6 qualified marshals to assist with the 9.00am to 10.30am admission of vehicles.  If you are not qualified but would like to assist, ABD offers marshal training to be conducted at the Sporting Car Club clubrooms at 7.30pm on Friday 1st February, 2019.  If you are able to assist on the day please contact me as soon as possible.

Wishing all members and your families a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

I look forward to seeing you at All British Day 2019 if not before.

Geoff Ellis – ABD Representative

mob : 0408 829 195   email :


President’s Report including 2018 Qld Nationals

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

President report November 2018

A big Thankyou this month must go to Alex Smithson.

Alex has been working heavily on getting our club to a position with reporting and logging of club information on a new electronic system. This was discussed some months back and the main reason that subs increased this year to cover this move. We are now into a 2 month free trial but initial view is that it looks very promising.

As the year comes to a close we will have our end of year dinner and Trophy presentations.

This looks to be at risk next year as the numbers have been getting less and less. We need a reasonable number to secure this event. I will be having a conversation with the rest of the committee in the new year to work out a solution for us but if you have an idea that would help promote this please contact any of the committee or our ever pleasant social ladies who would be more than happy to listen.


My Nationals story:

Most may know that I have recently been motoring around in Queensland on what was a fantastic Nationals week, amongst other TSOA members. The Queensland team did an outstanding job keeping everyone entertained, fed, looked after and made to feel very welcome. Knowing the difficulties that a Nationals can present I think it went off very smoothly especially knowing that the team had never been involved in organizing this kind of event before.

Hats off to Queensland for a job well done.


I left Adelaide for the Queensland Nationals on the 2nd November and I’m happy that I took the journey.

I spent the first 3 days travelling across the bottom end of SA, Victoria and into NSW up to Coolangatta to meet up with wife Raelene. She had taken the easy option to fly and spend time with our daughter and grandchildren before I arrived.

Day 1

After spending Sunday night with them we left for Peppers resort at Salt, Kingscliff for the first day and welcome dinner. We were met in the main lobby by the Nationals team, who handed us our information for the week a Nationals gift of Cooler bag, bottle of wine regalia scarfs and sponsorship info.

We had a few initial sorting out details with the room before we met the rest for the first of many well-presented meals and missed the first Iron Man on the beach, but another state kindly represented us in that event. The dinner was a casual beach theme.

There was no shortage of food or drink on any day and the resort also knew how to throw on a great breakfast.

Day 2

This was the show and shine event held on the lawns next to the resort and in walking distance for the days function in support of the Melbourne Cup. We had 40 Triumphs on display and mostly covered all styles. There was a Concours event with a handful of cars presented for this but the black TR5 took out the honors. (Front left in the picture)

I was fortunate enough to win a challenge that ran during the course of the dinner and up to the main horse race. After an intense ending that had 3 of us remaining from a field of 50, 2 of us were left standing after much banter on who would win.  The final prize was shared and we both walked away a little richer. (Just for interest:  turns out my number was the last but we agreed to go 50/50 before the final draw)

Day 3

This for some was Race day at Norwell and an alternate event to Byron Bay by Bus (or car) for the other group. I can’t report too much on the race event but listening to those that ventured that way had a day of fun racing around the track.

Raelene and I chose to take the car on the alternate run and after arriving at Byron Bay we took a tour around the back streets and found a few places of interest to us. Interesting that each time I pulled up someone approached me to either talk about the Triumph or tell me of their own. A really nice couple approached me while Raelene was in a baby shop and he invited me back to his place to have a look at his TR5. Unfortunately, time didn’t allow for this, but I have his card and will call past one day in the future I hope. We then went to meet the rest at the light house for morning tea but with the difficulty finding a park we ventured back down the hill and did a bit of a walk around the main streets. I was told that the morning tea put on was fantastic with again more food that no one could finish. We caught up with everyone at the next stop in Bungalow and spent a few hours for lunch and also tramping through the boutique shops.

 Day 4

After another big breakfast the groups were divided into 2. Team one went in one direction and Team 2 driving in the opposite direction. Some roads were, at times, bumpy but the scenery and meeting places made it well worth the drive. I quickly worked out that the little TR4 I was following was not standard as it kept disappearing around the bends. However, the driver and owner Graeme Spender, one of the Nationals committee, did well by always waiting for the rest of the field and we mostly travelled in a line of Triumphs that were welcomed in all the little towns as we drove through. This level of effort to keep the group together worked really well and made for maximum impact throughout the day.

The evening was an Ironman barefoot bowls event with a well-organized BBQ at Kingscliff bowls club.


Day 5

Today was a relaxed drive / Observation run to Murwillumbah and some took in the planned movie while others looked around the town. The evening meal was a really special one held close by at the Margaret Olley Gallery where we were met with platters of food (on top of the planned meal) while we enjoyed the happy hour and amazing sunset looking out over the hill view.

Day 6

This was the second day run and alternated across the groups through another well thought out drive across a great variety of roads that eventually took us to a little pub in a place called Uki (for our group) then back to the resort for the final dinner and presentations for the racing and also for others that were caught out for different reasons but winning them a bottle of wine. There were several auctions also held during the evening for items supplied with the main event for a dinner and accommodation that was given to the group from the owner of the restaurant at Margaret Olley. Proceeds went to Charity.

WA then made their pitch for next year at Margaret River and pretty much straight away Raelene nominated that we would be going.

The info can be found on their web page with all the current details

Note: Next year is the 40th anniversary of the Nationals and the 50th anniversary of the TR6. Not one to be missed I think.


Day 7

This was our final Nationals morning. After another great breakfast and catching up with the groups for the final time Raelene and I headed back to our daughter’s place to spend some more time with them before I hit the road home. Looking at what my little TR needed to fit in it for the drive my boot rack had its first ever use.

Yes it all did fit!

The road home

I left Queensland on Thursday 22nd late afternoon having spent some time with the granddaughter at her school. It was only a short drive the first day as I didn’t want to challenge the Roos at night.

The next day I called into the Parks Observatory then onto Forbes motor museum. I was fortunate to spend a bit of time with the owner again looking over several newly placed cars amongst the older ones he has.

My final day on the road was a long one and I arrived home after covering 5,436 Kilometers in total and burning 508 liters of fuel with a final average around 30Mpg. 800 Kilometers of the trip was done during the week of the Nationals so a fair bit of ground covered with them and no hint of any trouble with the TR6.


 The Next experience.

This last weekend Duane, my son Adrian and I helped out a lady named Georgia with her wedding. She contacted me after talking with Power tune and asked if we had cars that she could have for her wedding. After an initial contact with her she was going to speak with me at the display day but had dental surgery so could not make it.

                       So, what have you been doing with your Triumph? Tell us your story.

On another note.

You never kow when a classic is going to turn up or where. I have seen stories of old bikes being removed from between walls when renovations being done have exposed it. Or a classic Ferrari being uncovered from an underground grave but never one 200 feet below the surface in a lake.

This 1927 Chev coupe was found on the shipwreck Mansoo that went down in 1928, Found 200 feet down in Lake Huron Georgian bay.

They won’t raise the ship but are considering bringing up the car.


Regards Ian Rigby


Important Dates for coming TSOA events

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018


Sun 10th    : All British Day – Echunga gates open from 9.00 am

Wed 13th   : Mid Week Run – meet Zeea’s Eatery 553 Portrush Rd Glenunga 10.30am depart 11.15am

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

Sun 24th    : MSCA Picnic / Presentation Day – Virgara Winery Angle Vale, from 11.00 am


Sun 17th     : St Patrick’s Day Run – meet at The Feathers Hotel Carpark, Burnside 11.00 am departing 11.15 am

Sun 17th     : Round 1 of the MSCA Super Sprint series at Mallala, including a Come and Try component

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


Sun 14th     : Monthly Run – details t.b.a.

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


Minutes of General Meeting held 20/11/18

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Minutes of TSOA GENERAL MEETING held 20/11/18


Meeting Opened at 8:03pm     


  1. Welcome:
    • Apologies: John Wood; David Stephens, Colin White, Ivan Powell, Pete McIntyre, D & M Bogisch, Dominic Rechichi, Andy Hill, P & J Davidge
    • Guests/Visitors/New Members: Nil
    • Previous Minutes: Accepted without alteration Proposed by Geoff Ellis, seconded by Neil Martin.


  1. Presidents Report – Ian Rigby
    • Ian arrived back from the Nationals on Saturday. Covered over 5000km in 2 weeks in his TR6 without any major issues. Ian reported the event was very well organised by the committee who were all first timers at planning such an event. 64 people attended and over 40 Triumphs were displayed on judging day. Ian has a USB device with photos of the week that will be displayed at an upcoming meeting.
    • WA Nationals itinerary is now on their club website.
    • Ian is seeking expressions of interest for a 2021 SA Nationals Sub Committee to start planning where etc. Any ideas are welcomed.


  1. Secretary’s Report – Duane Kaak
    • FHMC Minutes of meeting were received. Duane highlighted that there are now reportedly over 25,000 cars on club registration, was 15,000 prior to July 1st 2017 changes.
    • FHMC also requested log book audit which has since been provided to them by Kevin Foster.
    • Duane has booked in a showroom tour of Richmond’s car dealer for January informal meeting at 7pm, 15/01/2019.
    • The State Library requested copy of July/Aug Trak magazine, correspondence was sent back to advise the publication is no longer being produced.


  1. Treasurer’s Report – Alex Smithson
    • Funds in bank are $49,489. Funds received for subscriptions, Christmas Dinner and regalia sales, funds out included purchase of regalia, general meeting costs, Day of Triumph expenses, Club Registration scheme expenses, Insurance and Trophies.
    • Alex has begun a trial of a new database system, “Our Car Club” to assist and synchronise the efforts of Membership and Club Registration officers. All members with emails will be sent an email via the new system to confirm their details. After a 2 month free trial, cost to club is $250 per annum. Members without email, or those who prefer paper, will be mailed renewals or notices.


  1. Social Report – Peggy Argent/Sue Gibson
    • The Early Morning run had 13 members attend, concluding at Café 1923 at Blackwood for morning tea.
    • 45 people are registered to attend the Christmas Dinner
    • Annual Ice Cream run is to be held on Saturday 19th Jan 2019 (one week earlier) to avoid car parking congestion issues. Meet Kmart Kurralta Park rear carpark at 7:30pm.
    • All British Day is on 10th February 2019.
    • Peggy will be approaching the executive committee to seek subsidies for several events next year to give more back to members who attend events.
    • Tony Harvie will be arranging mid-week runs next year, commencing 13th Feb at Zeeas eatery on Portrush road.


  1. Competition Report – Neil Martin
    • Trevor Lindsay competed at Winton Festival of Speed finishing 6th in one heat and 3rd in 2 other heats. Trevor also competed at Sandown and achieved three 2nd placings behind a Lotus.
    • Rod Carey also competed at Sandown finishing 7th in two events and 8th in another. Roger Lange commented that although the MG Car club had invited all other British Marques, Triumphs were the only other marque represented. Roger mentioned the commentators spoke favourably of the history of Rod Carey’s Spitfire.
    • Trevor Lindsay is competing at the Victoria Park Sprints as part of the Adelaide Motorsport Festival Dec 1st and 2nd.
    • Duane Kaak achieved a new Personal Best time at MSCA Superspint of 1:29.7. At a recent Regularity event Duane also participated but didn’t achieve any great results due to 2 separate spins on spillages on the track.
    • Andy Ansell and Neil Martin have both competed recently at Winton twice, one being the All Triumph Challenge. Andy received a trophy for Driver of the Day.
    • Andy Ansell & Neil Martin also competed at Wilby where Neil was sent out after a short delay in attempt to catch Andy on the track. They also competed at Legends of the Lake in Mt. Gambier where Neil achieved a new Personal Best time.
    • Last weekend Andy & Neil also competed at an Ararat Hillclimb event, helping SA to win a perpetual Peter Hall Memorial trophy against VIC. Victoria TSOA members Max Hayes and Ed Ferguson also participated.
    • Neil is registered to participate in a Phillip Island event in March 2019.


  1. Library ReportBill Berlemon
    • Bill advised library was open for business
    • Neil Martin is purchasing a copy of a Spitfire DVD to donate to the library that contains information and articles about Rod Carey and Andy Ansell’s Spitfires.


  1. Regalia Report – Sue Smithson
    • Sue reported that the Day Of Triumph resulted in $100 of regalia sales.
    • A full range of sizes is now in stock for most shirts including black/chequered polo shirts and chambray/denim type.
    • Due to Beanies selling out, more were ordered and are now in stock.
    • Tonight is the last chance to buy regalia until next formal meeting in February 2019.


  1. Magazine Editor’s Report Ian Rigby on Behalf of M & D Bogisch

9.1  The E-Tread magazine received from interstate TSOA was passed on to SA members in addition to a FasTRak. Although quite comprehensive it is also potentially no longer to be produced due to position vacant.


  1. Website Report – Roger Lange
    • Roger sought show of hands of members present to see who had attempted to access the website today. Approx 5 members indicated.
    • Roger is happy to load any content or material on the Club Website if it is submitted to him.


  1. Conditional Registration Report – Kevin Foster

Nil Report


  1. General Business
    • Kevin McEnroe thanked TSOA for the combined effort at their display day and read out favourable comments from TR Register attendees that have been published in the National TR Register magazine.
    • This weekend Ian Rigby and Duane Kaak are using & displaying their Triumphs in a Wedding at Willunga. Any other members are also able to attend to make it a fun social day and show off the marque.


  1. Cars or Parts For Sale or Wanted.
    • Graham Dean approached an owner of a Stag as a potential new member. Owner is wanting to sell Stag and provided 3 pages of details re modifications to Graham. Has a Holden 253ci Motor fitted. Details contact Graham.
    • Tony Rutter advised he is going to sell his TR4. Contact him for further details.
    • A member donated a Dolomite Distributor cap; Duane Kaak accepted it.


  1. Raffle

Won by Gary Buckton and Natalie Farrell.


  1. Cars on Stage – Nil


  1. Supper.


Thanks to Dianne Falzon & Fay Esau


17         Meeting Closed:           9:15pm.           

Minutes of General Meeting 16/10/18

Monday, October 22nd, 2018


 Meeting Opened at 8:03pm     


    • Apologies: Neil Martin, Dean & Marg Bogisch, David Stephens, Roger Lange, Fay Esau, Peter & Julie Davidge, Andy Hill.
    • Guests/Visitors/New Members: Mark Newman (Spitfire MK1)
    • Previous Minutes: Proposed accepted without alteration by John Wood, seconded by Peggy Argent.

 2.Presidents Report – Ian Rigby

2.1 Last month was busier than usual with phone calls and contact, mostly due to upcoming Day Of Triumph.

2.2 Website has some new content, a blog of owning and restoring a Saloon by member Russell Ayers, along with Roger Lange’s Dolomite restoration progress.

2.3 No new volunteer as yet for Trak Magazine editor.

2.4 Only a low number of people have RSVP for Christmas Dinner, please register tonight even if need to pay later.

  1. Secretary’s Report – Duane Kaak

3.1 Invitation received to join Sprite Club for an evening cruise on Saturday October 20th.

3.2 Richmond’s Car Sales have also invited our club for a tour of their facilities and cars on show after hours. Duane to arrange due to good level of interest.

3.3 Stag Owners Club has been invited to display their cars at Day of Triumph to help us reach a goal of 100 Triumphs.

3.4 Some other club magazines received and available to take home and borrow.

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Alex Smithson

4.1 Just over $50,900 in bank.

4.2 Income received for advertising and Christmas Dinner payments.

4.3 Main expenses out were Meeting Costs, Administration costs and Observation Run costs.

  1. Social Report – Peggy Argent

5.1 Reminder of Christmas Dinner on December 1st.

5.2 Congratulations expressed to Alex Smithson as the winner of the Observation Run.

5.3 Day of Triumph this Saturday, arrive from 8:30am.

5.4 TSOA National Meeting is on 5 – 11 November.

5.5 Sunday 18th November is an early morning run leaving 939 Marion Road (Officeworks Carpark) and ending for Brunch and or Coffee near Blackwood.

5.6 Volunteers needed for runs next year. 

  1. Competition Report – Duane Kaak

6.1 This coming weekend Neil Martin & Andy Ansell will be competing in a Hillclimb at Mt Tarrengower, near Bendigo in Victoria.

6.2 October 28th is the final MSCA Supersprint of the year, Duane will be competing. Spectators welcome.

6.3 Neil and Andy will also be competing at Legends of the Lake in Mt Gambier in November.

  1. Library ReportGreg Page

7.1 Nothing new added – open for business 

  1. Regalia Report – Sue Smithson

8.1 Sue will have Regalia for Sale at the Day of Triumph this weekend, buy tonight to avoid disappointment.

8.2 Some new items have been ordered and due to be at next month’s meeting for sale.

8.3 Beanies sold quickly and there are only 3 remaining.

  1. Magazine Editor’s Report Vacant

9.1 Ian advised that the Club will continue to distribute communication via email, through the previous editors. Any suggestions on what you want to receive via email are welcome to be passed to Ian.

  1. Website Report – Roger Lange

No Report

  Conditional Registration Report – Kevin Foster

11.1 Overall fairly quiet a few new cars have been added, but also a few have been sold.

 General Business

12.1 Geoff Ellis advised All British Day (ABD) entries are now open, all previous entrants should have received an invite – contact ABD if you didn’t receive yours. Entries close early to mid November, or if capacity is reached earlier. Oval 2 has had new irrigation installed and will be just as green as oval 1 this year. Theme is British Racing Heritage and some Triumph Competition cars will be on display in the spirit of the theme.

12.2 Day of Triumph – any TSOA members who are also a part of the TR Register Nationals are still eligible to enter their cars into the TSOA Concours and Pride of Ownership competition. 65 TR Register cars will be on display and our aim is for 100 Triumphs in total. Any member with a Drone was sought to take an aerial shot.

 Parts or Cars For Sale or Wanted

13.1 TSOA Member Russell Ayers whose blog is on our Website, is seeking a red front seat for a saloon.

  1. Raffle – Waterless Car Wash kit won by Bill Berlemon

 Cars on Stage – Nil

  1. Supper – Thanks to Sue Gibson & Peggy Argent

17    Meeting Closed: 8:50pm                       

In Memory of Ron Fergusson

Monday, October 15th, 2018

October 13, 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of TSOA of SA co-founder Ronald John  Fergusson, when aged only 66.

Ron was the driving force behind the formation of the club when, in April of 1965, after purchasing a TR3, he convinced Tony Case, who owned a TR2, that he should join him as joint co-founder of the Triumph Sports Owners Association SA Branch Inc.

In October of that year when a constitution was put in place, the revolutions were no longer idle, and the Club was official.

Day of Triumph 2018

Monday, October 15th, 2018



Saturday OCTOBER 20th 2018

Wigley Reserve, Glenelg

In conjunction with the TR Register Nationals Show and Shine / Concours

This promises to be a big day for the Triumph marque . . . make it even bigger by being there yourself with your Triumph!

note the date/day – it is a Saturday this year

Information regarding Judging for Concours and Pride of Ownership

Concours Section
All cars must be driven onto the judging site (except competition vehicles which may be trailered).
Entrants must score a minimum of 70% of the total points available in presentation section to be eligible for a Class or Outright trophy.
Standard classes will be – TR2/3/3A/3B, TR4/4A/5, TR6, TR7/8, Stag, Saloon, Dolomite, Spitfire/GT6, Herald/Vitesse, Pre 54 and Competition Classes may be split/combined depending on the number of entrants in each Class. This will be determined by DOT Officials on the day.
Judges will award points for each car up to a maximum of 750 possible points in 5 judging sections as follows –
. Exterior (170 points) – if convertible, the soft top must be erected and any tonneau/s displayed
. Engine bay (140 points)
. Underside (100 points)
. Wheels & tyres/boot (170 points) – boot must be left open or at least unlocked, with spare wheel, tools etc available for judging
. Interior (170 points)
Cars will NOT be judged on originality except in the event of a tie when the cars will be marked out of 250 points in accordance with the Concours table.
In the event of a tie “originality” for each model shall be broadly determined as any equipment or manufacturing (i.e. official works modifications) produced by the original car manufacturer or an approved option available for that model.

Masters Class
Cars that win their Class for 3 years running, or win outright for 2 years running, will be placed in a Masters Class and are ineligible to enter the standard Concours Classes for 2 years. Masters Class Awards will be given to all Masters Class cars in attendance.

Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Overall place getters on the day. The Register Trophy (TR2/3/3A and 3B), The Michelotti Trophy (TR4/4A/5) and The Harris Mann Trophy (TR7/8), will be awarded to the highest points achieved in that Class. Where the winner is also the winner of a Concours Class only one personal trophy will be awarded.
Trophies will be awarded to 1st place only if 3 or fewer cars are entered in a Class and 1st and 2nd place if 4 or more cars are entered.

Pride of Ownership Section
Entrants will be scored on presentation only (originality will not be considered)
Judging will follow the processes outlined in the Concours section, except the underside will not be considered. Standard classes will be – TR2/3/3A/3B, TR4/4A/5, TR6, TR7/8, Stag, Saloon, Dolomite, Spitfire/GT6, Herald/Vitesse, Pre-54, and competition.
Restoration projects may be considered depending on what is presented on the day.
Classes may be split/combined depending on the number of entrants in each Class – to be determined by DOT Officials on the day.
Masters Class cars are ineligible to enter POO section until 2 years after their Masters Class qualification.
Trophies will be awarded to Class winners only.

Calendar to 31/12/18

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Calendar – September to December 2018


Sun 14th – MSCA Super Sprint

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

Sat 20th – Day of Triumph Wigley Reserve Glenelg 8.00am-3.00pm in conjunction with TR Register National Show & Shine


Mon 5th-Sun 11th – Queensland Nationals

Sun 18th – Early morning run, meet 8am Officeworks carpark 939 Marion Road Mitchell Park

Tues 20th – General Meeting Sporting Car Club King William Road Unley 8.00pm


Sat 1st – Annual Christmas Dinner & Trophy Presentation Royal Adelaide Golf Club 6.30pm for 7.00pm.

Regarding Classified Adverts

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Heads Up Everyone!

From now on, any advert that has been on our website for two years or more will be deleted unless I hear from the advertiser that they want the ad to remain.

There seem to be a lot of stale ads that people have forgotten about – so no more! Let’s keep the TSOA Classifieds up to date.

This new arrangement will apply from 30th September, so if you are affected and want your ad to remain, let me know.

Otherwise, it’s goodbye out of date advert!

And remember, Everything is For Sale, and Everything is Negotiable . . .

Roger, Website Manager