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President’s Report September 2020

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Well as nerve-wracking as it might have been, I’m through my first meeting and the Club is off to a great start for the 20/21 year.

Bill and Margie’s social calendar (put it in your diary!) is more or less set for the first 3 to 4 months of the year.

They started with a memorable run to Strathalbyn where we visited Collectable Classics and Gilberts Motor Museum. Both locations were well worth a visit and absolutely captured everyone’s interest. Gilbert’s was much bigger and more comprehensive than I had imagined. Brilliant! Check out what Glen Dix (our Grand Prix flag-waver) has loaned to their library! And if you haven’t been there, make sure you pay them a visit. It is an exceptional regional attraction and a credit to the volunteers who have put it together.

An A-Model Ford (1927-31) rolled up in original and full working condition while we were there. Owned by a local family it is likely to be displayed in the museum soon. Despite the possibility of showers there was a great turn up of people, as well as Triumphs and an E-type Jag. Bill and Margie arranged a surprise fete adjacent to the museum and local hostelries entertained us for lunch.

The balance of the current social calendar is detailed elsewhere. However, the good news is that we will be having an informal end of year function on Saturday 5 December. Several Awards will be presented on the night. If you haven’t been to a meeting for a while or are a newer member, join us for some Christmas spirit! Further really good news is that the Club will be subsidising the event!

Before signing off, I would also like to encourage members to get more involved in the Club. We are strong at the moment, but we can always be stronger. Getting more involved doesn’t need to be onerous. I guarantee you will get support and have some fun. Join us at a social event, bring your car out on a run, talk to one of the Committee about what is involved in their portfolio attend 1 or 2 more meetings or write an article for FastTRak. The rewards far outweigh any extra effort.

See you again soon. Kind regards,

Peter Davidge
President

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – August 2020

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Welcome to a new TSOA Club year!  Let’s hope that we can transition out of our current Covid restrictions and back to a normal year as soon as possible.

The AGM last month went smoothly and there was an excellent turn up.  Almost all positions were filled and somehow, I became President.  It was completely unexpected and is indeed a real honour, given the history and strength of the Club.  I’d like to thank Ian Rigby for his significant contribution as President and the amazing additional efforts he makes on behalf of the Club.  Thanks as well to the previous Committee most of whom have renominated.

We have one position, Membership Secretary, for which we would welcome additional assistance.  At present our VP, Ian Rigby, is covering the position. It is not particularly onerous but is important in terms of introducing new members into the Club.  In addition, for wanting to contribute to the Club, it is a great way to get a better idea of how the Club operates.  Step up and find out more from me, Ian Rigby or Duane Kaak.

TSOA SA is one of the best clubs in Australia for Triumph enthusiasts and this has been verified time and again by attending National Rallies in other States.  In 2021 it is our turn again and the Rally will be held in the Barossa Valley in late October.  I can strongly recommend the event for its entertainment value and the lasting interstate friendships that you form.  Check out the website, talk to members of the Rally Committee and take the plunge!

I look forward to the year ahead, to working with the new Committee and to encouraging as many members as possible to attend Club meetings, activities, and events.

Kind Regards,

Peter Davidge, President

President’s Report – July 2020

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

President’s report July 2020

I both pleased and relieved to say, we are finally finished with registrations and log books for this year.

It was a great effort not only from the assisting registrars, Alex for the collection and processing of Payments, Duane’s help with the process in Alex’s absence but you the Triumph membership for your patience and support during the past few months.

Unfortunately we did have a few members not make payment and therefore are no longer on Historic with the club. My final legal requirement for the year will be the reporting of those members and cars to the DPTI.

Naturally if they chose to re-join we would be more than happy to issue new log books once membership and joining fees are paid.

We held the first cautious club meeting this month and as promised, also had Zoom available for those wanting to see what was presented and I think around 6 people took up that offer. An early start with the executive committee was held so that we could discuss the clubs future months in accordance with the current safety concerns. Big thanks to Duane for setting up and running the Zoom meeting. We presented the usual format but without the normal snacks after.  Sanitizers, distancing and log book registrations of those attending was followed. There was a surprising support with a good turnout. We were unsure how this one would go and it was very pleasing to catch up with the membership once again.

In support of our constitution, the announcement of our August AGM and notice given that all positions would become vacant. There are several positions that will not be taken up by the current supporting members so please consider coming and hopefully we fill all positions for the coming year. It’s an important one for the club as we will be presenting the 2021 Nationals later in the year. A sound committee is integral not only to the running of the club but supporting that event and showcasing this great state.

I never know what contact I will get with members having both positions of president and club Registrar. This month Alex and I discussed all of the documentation I’m holding in regards to the history of the club. There is a significant amount in well-presented folders and it was that attention to detail that allowed me to go back in time and find racing and hill climb times that were recorded during the 2001 Nationals. I have not had time to fully absorb all of the details but it was pleasing that we were able to hand over that information as it was important for the person requesting it.

That gave me an idea now that I have an endless supply of stories and history that I might continue to present to the editors for adding to what now is the electronic TRak. The front covers changed a lot over the years and next month I will do a compilation of those to give a bit of nostalgia to the monthly read. It’s sort of like when you find something wrapped in old newspaper that you have squirreled away long ago and upon opening it finding all the old advertisements for soap or radios and TVs and different styles of clothing etc.

First one found was this from 1966 . . . on this day they dropped the $2 joining fee and membership was $4 if you lived outside of 50 miles then you only paid $2

The Committee back then . . .

President was John Fergusson

Vice president Milton Collins

Secretary: Graham Stiff

Treasurer: Don Corey

Competition Secretary: Chris Tucker

Social Secretary: Rob Dansie:

He also had a hard time socially as there was a colourful quote attached to his report. And Quote of the day: Nothing to report as socially not a bloody thing happened.

It then went on to cover what we all experience during Duane’s report with several jokes that I refuse to add he. A story regarding the real cost of buying a sports car / mostly how the car is not the real cost but pleasing and maintaining the wife and the car for different reasons after the purchase.

With over 50 years of history I have an endless supply of trivia and I hope to highlight more of yesteryear over the coming months.

On closing I would like to ask that members think of supporting the AGM and open positions next month. The meeting will be managed and monitored over the coming weeks due to the current outbreaks interstate and hopefully our numbers stay the way they have been. Naturally if there is any major concern and change in government directive we will act accordingly.

Kind regards

Ian Rigby,

President

President’s Report – June 2020

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

This month we will see the close of logbook renewals for the next financial year. For those who have not renewed membership by the 30th June and still have cars on Conditional Registration you can no longer drive the car. If you make a late membership payment the book can then be stamped. (No backdating though) We can only sign older books as we receive them and cannot backdate. We will do the reporting checks soon after June 30th and will do a final reminder to those in question before I send in the DPTI our report.

  • The reporting to the Registrar needs to be within a prescribed time and no extension given or books signed after the fact.
  • If you have lost or destroyed your book, you will need to send us a statutory declaration advising us as soon as possible.
  • A new logbook can be done once reported.
  • If the car has been sold, we need to cancel the logbook.
  • If you are no longer staying with the club and have a car listed we need to have the logbook so it can be cancelled. It will be returned if you wish to have the record.

It happens that some members have chosen not to continue with the club. We wish them all well with their plans and thank them for their membership over the years. Maybe one day they will miss their Triumph so much they find a new one and re-join us.

If you need to review responsibilities regarding the scheme log onto Sa.Gov.au where you will see the link to the code of practice.

Code of Practice for Club Registration (177.4 KB PDF)

Information can also be found on our web page under “News and Information” Club Registration.

I thank everyone once again for the understanding, patience and support with the postage this year. I would also like to send a well-earned call out of gratitude to the other club Registrars, Kevin, Colin, Stuart and Graham for their continued help with updating this year. We have had a very large number of replacement books done and it takes time to update and log these.

Time to welcome all of our new members that joined over the past few months and their Triumphs; we hope you enjoy the benefits and support of the club. Let’s hope we can get back to monthly runs soon and we can finally meet and check out your cars in person. It was a bit of an effort for them to get their registrations done due to the need to mail out, but we worked through it together and it was successful for everyone with no issues stopping the process. Thank you for your patience in this awkward time. We will also be welcoming Lawrie and Kaye Placing who are moving to SA soon from their home in NSW. Another fine Stag coming with them.

I am sure we are all looking forward to club runs, etc. It still seems clear that the country has a few issues with restrictions and what we can or can’t do. Some states are still having problems with continued infections and this signifies the continued need to be cautious.

That being said we have been discussing the weekender planned earlier in the year and again for July but unfortunately, we have made the decision to postpone this event once more. It would have been a great way to open the club up again now, but the decision made was on how the restrictions would effect a smooth and open run where social distancing would not have effected how we interacted at the planned locations. The forward weather forecast looked bad also.

The good news is that Bill Berlemon and Margie Berlemon AM have once again done a great job in setting the run, working closely with the hotel and events and it is now planned for the 18th to 20th September. To all those that had initially put forward your interest, can you please advise Bill and Margie if you are still interested on 0438836837. Also, for those that would like to get involved please consider and get in early, as there are limited spaces. All the details are on the Web in the social folder and Trak.

The 2021 SA Nationals is still ongoing with another Zoom meeting held this month. Some have upgraded computers, bought cameras and become Zoom savvy. The group are quietly going about the business of fine-tuning the event, thinking out of the box and working through the week’s schedule.

Interestingly NSW are continuing to plan their event this year. Big question will be, can the planned event hold up for them with restrictions predicted to continue for some time to come? Or worse, that some business have not survived the extended shut downs. All we can do is wish them well as it did look to be another great event. Our presentation for the following year will be handed up at the time but if there is a need for them to cancel at the last minute then the presentation will be promoted electronically to all states.

Although the Government restrictions after 19th June allowed more people in an area for meetings, we have been waiting on an update from the Sporting Car Club where groups were restricted to 20.

I can finally advise that, with caution and some level of control we WILL BE conducting the club meeting July 21st. naturally, if you are unwell please do not attend.

The July meeting will be a little different and will be as follows.

  • Hand Sanitiser will be at the door for all to use on entry.
  • There will be No Supper OR Raffle.
  • The Bar will be open.
  • Government advised social distancing rule apply.
  • Any other sporting car club rules will also apply.
  • There will be no cars on display
  • There will possibly be a Zoom code set up for those wanting to stay at home but still be informed. This is subject to the means to do this.
  • I will have log book signing for those that need it where possible during the night.
  • At the close of the meeting, the club will remain open for a short time only for people to catch up.

I believe we have a car offered up for display at the next meeting and suggest that it will be there for the August meeting as this will be the AGM. All positions will be called “Vacant” and if you think, you might like to take up a position on the committee then please send in your nomination to either Duane or myself. (Contact details on the web.) There will be a new calendar set on the web to give the latest in club events for the remainder of the year.

Thanks to those that took the time to put up info on the web. Have a look at Neil Martins story and pictures. I think everyone one that knows Neil would agree he is doing a great job consistently flying the Triumph flag across the state and racing circuits. There is some talk of racing cautiously starting up again so let us hope they can work out the fine details and make it happen. A thoroughbred likes to run.

The club will slowly open its eyes over the next few weeks and Months so I hope to see all again soon.

Regards,

Ian Rigby – President

 

President’s Report – May 2020

Friday, May 29th, 2020

President’s Report May 2020

No real deep reflection again this month other than continued log book renewals. This seems to be moving along OK but there is a large number yet to go.

As the sun sets on restrictions and they ease off with businesses, pubs and restaurants slowly opening up, we may be in a good position to hold the AGM. Naturally if people wish to hold on a bit longer and watch from a distance we fully understand. However it’s looking promising and as we progress over the next few months we watch the road in anticipation. There was a zoom request and we may give that a go but with the event being for Club positions and voting not sure how that would go.

Doing a quick check of the records (this could change as the report gets out) we are at roughly 50% to go for membership renewal so at a guess similar for books. Unfortunately for everyone left we won’t be out of restrictions in time to catch these at any upcoming meeting (There are none currently) and a timely reminder that there is one month to go. After the 30th June no one can drive their cars (legally or insured) unless we have up stamped or issued new books for out of date ones. Naturally we do expect a final influx but the turnaround time will be lengthy. With restrictions easing it would be a shame to have them locked away any longer.

I’m hopeful that they continue to trickle in over the next few weeks, that way it helps us to get through them and returned back to you so you can continue to enjoy your drives to wherever you choose once returned.

The process this year has helped to sort out one or 2 little issues captured while we have had time to look over them and cross check our records. There is always room for improvement.

NSW are still hopeful to run their Nationals this year. It may differ from the initial plan but with the conversations about “what if” during the lock downs they concluded that the show must go on. We too have been planning in the background, all be it slowly, as we were waiting on their final decision and to find out what implications we would have should the cancellation take place. It does appear that if theirs is cancelled then ours would proceed as planned next year.

We held our first ZOOM Nationals meeting this month and after the usual initial start-up tweaks we were up and running. A good meeting with plenty of discussion based on all the usual things needed to hold a good event and encourage those in other states to cross over and enjoy our company.

Just in case you noticed Alex is dominant on screen and no he doesn’t have a twin.  He was the convener and had 2 screens running to help show everyone other content for discussion. We really have come a long way since the start of the current crisis.

It’s certainly made a lot of people think of other ways and options to run our life and I guess even after the Virus issue is set aside, lessons and changes made during the past few months may re shape the way we all function from now on.  Different ways to shop and alternate methods to communicate.

 

 

The one thing that can’t be changed is the enjoyment of turning a key, listening to the slight rumble of an exhaust and the pleasure we get while driving our Triumphs.

With the lock down we thought that the web would have been inundated with stories and shared info. I have been too busy with work and log books and 5 minutes in the shed working on the Saloon so have not had time myself, but I can say that there is a very patient web page manager just a click away. Give it a go.

In closing wishing everyone a safe return to normal.

Regards

Ian Rigby

President.

President’s Report – April 2020

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

President report                                                      April 2020

Not an interesting report this month with no meetings, no runs, or general outings that we can share.

The highlight this month apart from starting the log book renew process was to do a drive by at Sue and Rory’s place to congratulate Sue on a birthday milestone. No telling the age but certainly Skyhooks had a great song based on it. Bit of trivia to look up while you’re at home googling.

Social distancing at its best. Best wishes to Sue and anyone else that shared their birthday or special milestone with limited people.

We also received several interstate Trak type mail outs for us to share from Duane and the ones we received were certainly full of stories and pictures. I’m guessing that this will diminish next month seeing they had a more restrictive hold put on them than we have.

Alex has been very busy behind the scenes setting up and entering club documents to our Drop Box. This is another great way for us to communicate rather than e-mails and phone messages.

We have had a good take up to the reduced membership fees and log book renew process this year. It certainly has been interesting for me. Welcome to our new members and thanks for bringing along more Triumphs to the stable.

If you have not checked out our Web have a look. Roger has been busy in the shed and has put up a glimpse of his newly completed project. There are a few stories and comments and another post about repairs. Parts for sale and wanted is there and I have posted up some general items for sale with a collection of books and model cars for a member who wants to clean them out of her shed (not all pictures are up of the collection so give Valarie a call her number is on the add). I hope to have a story up for next month (just to spread it out a bit) on the Saloon. Not like some that have been forced into time out of work, I can’t get a home stay with what I do daily. The parts are on order finally so just waiting patiently for a plane from the UK.

Up to now no planning has been done for our normal display day later in the year or other major events. The normal booking process through whatever council can’t be done currently so if the state opens up late it may not be possible this year. Should things work out for the better and we still wish to run this event it may need to have a bit of out the box thinking due to timing. Knowing that we have limited numbers over the past few years and with people still being cautious I’m thinking it would be more impacted with a poor turn out so reluctantly it may be a year of rest but too early to tell at this stage.

I would like to present the following to help further with postage since we started this process there is a need to tweak it a little more. In general it’s worked ok but still postage is an issue with returning more than one book. So to help visually please follow this general rule. If you’re lucky enough to have a need for more than 4 books then you would need to do a combination of the below or see the post office for your best option. That’s the fortune and privilege of owning a stable full. One book only to a standard envelope.  (Both ways)

Oh and I have just been reminded that if you are filling documents in for your car log books they need to be referring your home address not a post office box or business please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So unfortunately that’s it for this month.

Think we all hope the global issue is resolved enough to get us out a little bit more so for now stay safe.

Regards

Ian Rigby

President.

President’s Report – January 2020

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

President report:  January and February 2020.

I will be away for February and will be supported during this time by the committee and Dean Berlemon our Vice President.

Firstly I would like to wish everyone a happy new year.

So the start of 2020 has kicked in and over the break I’m sure that most, if not all, enjoyed the warm weather and time with Family. We have seen Fire devastation across large areas with friends and family being affected or close to it. Also 40+ degree days making it difficult to do anything outside and the cause of the cancelled planned run that was to be the first for the year. We will look at holding this event again in April so apologies for the cancellation but sometimes we need to be a bit practical. Now for me it is a return to work and back looking at club issues.

Over the break I signed up a few more cars to the registration scheme and will take this opportunity to note that these, along with all currently registered vehicles bikes ect, will need updating again hopefully before the 30th June or VERY shortly after.

We are currently looking at adding refreshed information regarding Historic registrations to our Web Page so anyone can follow up or new members wanting to join have the correct details they need.

Socially this year:

Last year at the presentation dinner I held a voting event to see where this year’s display should be held. I also suggested maybe in 2021 that we hold the event at the all British day and possibly subsidize the event. This would help immensely with judging and also give plenty of time to arrange trophies. Infrastructure is in place, food would be taken care of and other things to look at and not just our club would be on show. Typically most that come for the display turn up at all British and It would also give us more to consider when we hold the dinner. Possibly earlier in the year rather than close to the Xmas break. These are all things that I will be presenting to the committee as there was an interesting mix of suggestions but no clear winner in the vote. The vote was well responded to and the results will be discussed later in the early part of the year.

I also didn’t give out the names of winners in an earlier post to some of the trophies presented as these needed to be announced at the dinner so congratulations to those as follows.

Drivers Trophy:                       Neil Martin

Competition Trophy:               Trevor Lindsay

Clubman award: 2019             Rory Gibson.

 A-Class Trophies were a great support once again this year having everything ready for us in less than 2 weeks given to them from the display to the dinner.

I believe the Ice cream run (our first run for the year) was a great success with around 50 people enjoying a pleasant run and good weather. Unfortunately I missed the event due to other commitments.

All British day 9th Feb. We have a large number registered this year so great response.

Race events over the next 12 months will also see several Triumphs out there representing the marque and suggest support for the guys by heading out and yelling from the side lines maybe a good thing. I’m sure Duane is anxious to get out and test his new gearbox.

MSCA Presentation with car club display will be held at Mount Barker Football Club rooms on the 1st march.

May 6th is the MSCA 6-Hour Regularity event. The guys will need club help (and spectator encouragement) for this event. Contact Neil Martin 0408 700 727 or Roger Lange 0458 621 161 to register your interest as a volunteer Team Member.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the bay to Birdwood Sunday 27th September. Maybe we need to have a look at that day for a social morning again as the flyer for this event hints towards more than just the run to celebrate the time.

NSW is hosting the 2020 National Meeting to be held at The Anchorage resort Nelson Bay from Friday 30th October till Friday 6th November and the registration form is now on their web page. Get in early if you would like to be part of the fun this year as it will book out. For us in SA we have had several meetings of our own planned Nationals in 2021. The planning is going well and everyone has had lots to discuss. Several from the group have already spent time crossing the fields in search of places to visit and a great deal of work has been done on the location with a firm location now in place.

After starting the Nationals development and looking into what’s on, along with events and places to go ect, we note that it’s the 60 year anniversary of the TR4. After reading a little on the advent of this body style (Code name “Zest” during development) I had a slight smile noting they made a point of saying it had wind-down windows and the “Advanced feature” adjustable vents. Seems we have come a long way comparing marketing styles these days for new cars and the need to show importance of blue tooth availability, Nav support and heads up display ect.  However they don’t typically turn as many heads as do the old classics.

Over the break I finally had time to get back to the engine re-build on my saloon and note the current Blog on our web page by Russell Sayers. Have a read if you get a chance.

Best regards for now.

Ian Rigby

President

President’s Report – December 2019

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

President’s Report – December 2019

At the close of formal TR runs this year we had 43 cars on display at our “Triumph Display Day” held at Civic park Modbury. A big thank you to everyone involved and special thanks must go to Dino and Lisa for providing discounted prices for us at their restaurant.

We were also helped this year by several from the Stag Club: Bob Gaston, Romeo Macolino, Steve Arthur, Shane Coates and Ricky Corben who gave judging assistance. Several of our own members also helped on the day. Thanks to Duane Kaak, Neil Martin, Noel Schmidt and Andy Hill who recently sailed back in.

 

I finally had one “Master Class” entry seen here from John Tuohy.

A second car is now in this class also having won 3 years in a row. Dino Vettese with his TR6.

The end results:

Outright winners for the day: Dino Vettese: TR6. Second Outright: David Stephens TR2 Third outright: Lisa Vettese STAG

Pride of Ownership

• Wayne Byrne: TR2  Graham Jones : GT6 • Geoff Ellis: TR6 Duane Kaak: Stag • Bob Farrell: TR8 Bryan Young: Estate • Bob Cini: Dolomite Ivan Powell: MODIFIED TR3 • Neil Martin: COMPETITION TR8

Concours d’elegance

➢ Dino Vettese: TR6 Richard Sutherland: TR8 ➢ John Tuohy: TR5 Lisa Vettese: STAG ➢ Carolyn Byrne: Herald Coupe Bob Cini: Saloon ➢ David Stephens: TR2

Master Class:

John Tuohy: Saloon

Other trophies that will be handed out this year for events held either during club runs or for Racing:

Under the racing categories:

Drivers Trophy: TBA at the dinner. Competition Trophy: TBA at the dinner.

General Club: Clubman award: 2019 TBA at the dinner. TSOA Observation Run: Dean Berlemon and Lisa MacLeod

President / Vice President Awards. Equally placed were Alex Smithson and Duane Kaak. Their support this year, not for the positions they hold but for the extra work and effort that they both consistently did during the year for TSOA made it very easy to make these awards as a combined effort.

Next year we start off as usual with an informal meeting in January and we hope to post up the next year’s calendar soon. I would be grateful if people had ideas to discuss with me for next year’s display day. Especially early on for a location or back to somewhere they enjoyed the most.

Our Nationals committee had its first formal meeting and we are well on the way to developing this event for 2021

Rather than re type the next bit of info sent, the following was received and discussed at last month’s meeting. Worth considering

“Dear Fellow Triumph Owner,
It’s time to make plans for Drive Your Triumph Day, February 10, 2020.

My name is Rye Livingston and I’m with the Triumph Travelers Sports Car Club in Northern California. In 2015 I encouraged members of our club to drive their Triumphs on February 10th, to celebrate Sir John Black’s Birthday, the man who organized Standard’s purchase of Triumph after the war, and went on to make the cars we enjoy driving today. This celebratory drive has been building momentum every year. For 2019 I received close to 350 photos from all over the world: UK, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Uruguay, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Finland, Canada, Holland, Czech Republic, and of course all over the USA.

This year is going to be a bit more of a challenge as February 10thfalls on Monday. As tempting as it may be to plan a drive for the weekend, we’re going to keep true to the day, and please submit photos only taken on Monday, February 10th, 2020.

The concept is straightforward. On February 10th, go for a drive in your Triumph. Take a scenic drive on a country road or out to lunch, to the market, to work, wherever. Go for a drive alone or in a big group from your local Triumph Club. Take your spouse, buddy, child, grandchild or your dog; then take a photo. The photo is mainly of the car and the owner if possible, ideally in front a cool spot, landmark, scenic view, in front of the hardware store or in your driveway. If it’s the middle of the winter where you live and your car is in hibernation, or in the middle of a restoration, take a photo of it anyway in the garage. Some winter photos I’ve received have the garage door open with the car tucked under a cover, and snow outside. Have fun with it and participate.

Next step is to email a high-resolution photo to driveyourtriumphday@gmail.com, along with some basic information: owner’s name, year and model of car, and place photo was taken (city, state, country). The photos will then be published not only in our club newsletter, but also in USA’s national magazine: Vintage Triumph Registry, and on the Drive Your Triumph Day website: https://driveyourtriumphday.shutterfly.com

Sir John Black was a very interesting character who brought the car industry at that time through some difficulty with his leadership and inspirational quality. Starting out from insolvency and thirtyfour cars a week in 1929 with a deficit he drove the company to a healthy £47,000,000 turnover and an output of over 135,000 cars and tractors in I95I. He was placed into the hall of fame in 2017 along with others tied heavily with the car industry racing and Triumph.”

So that’s it for this year I guess. If I don’t see you hope you all have a great Christmas and safe new year.

Best Regards

Ian Rigby President

President’s Report – October 2019

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

President report October 2019

A Big welcome back sent to our SA team who recently attended the WA Nationals.  For those that missed out have a read of Alex Smithson’s report and stories on the event. Great shot of Neil’s car flying the SA flag on the display day there.

Our next major event is the “TSOA display day” on the 17th November to be held at Civic Park Modbury. The follow up dinner will be on Saturday the 30th at the Edinburgh Hotel in the Victorian room, 7 High Street Mitcham. Pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm all welcome.

We a have been lucky enough to be sponsored for this event.

The Federation of Motoring clubs SA have donated funds for the day in support to our costs.

Dino and Lisa Vettese have also been very generous and offered “50% off “meals to those that attend the event on the day at their Café Primo restaurant in the new Modbury lower dining area.

The plan to have added Triumphs on the day should hopefully increase the numbers for the public to view. An invitation was extended to the TR Register the Stag club and any Triumph belonging to members of the federation to join us on the day. This sometimes encourages new memberships and we have certainly had this in the past. Let’s hope for good weather.

I hope to have some from the Stag and TR Register clubs assist in judging this year.

Over the past month I attended the Federation Historic club meeting and an interesting number came out during a conversation regards the number of cars currently using the conditional registration scheme. Hot rod (738), L/H drive cars (1365) and those on Historic came out at an eye brow raising 56,000.  We currently have just over 300 members but when the number of Historic was mentioned it’s easy to understand why they/we harp on about the importance of keeping on top of the reporting for this. Big question is where are the rest of them? I’m sure there are some owners out there with a cattle yard full.

I also tagged along on a random TR Register run to Clare. It was an “interesting day” with a very small amount on the road.

This could have been due to their Nationals being held

At the end of that week and understandably they were probably getting their cars ready. In most respects it was a great run (cold in Clare)

On the return journey home I was lucky enough to come across the VERY expensive “Variety cars” sitting proudly outside of Seven Hill Hotel.

And with a short break over the Xmas period coming up it will be a time to gather our thoughts on what to do over the following months to entertain everyone. If you have something that you feel would be of interest please let our social ladies in on it and we will do our best to get something up and running.

Keep a look out for updates on our future events on the web.

Something already for us to consider:

This year the Federation had a run for all clubs to Wirrina and will be holding the event again next year. Apparently the event went off really well with multiple clubs joining in. The event is planned again next year on the 13th September 2020

This may be an opportunity to join in for that months run and showcase our club also.

Next year’s Nationals in NSW are to be held at the Anchorage 5-star beachfront resort at Port Stephens from 30th October to 6th November 2020.

Best regards

Ian Rigby

President.

President’s Report – September 2019

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

President’s Report – September 2019

Another year starts for the new (but not much has changed . . . ) TSOA SA Management team.

We have started off this month in review of the upcoming end of year dinner and the formation of the Nationals Committee for 2021.

Alex, as always, has started off well regarding the Nationals, and we have a few options being checked with discussions currently based around cost, content and timing. The better part of next year will be fine tuning so that we have something to present at the NSW Nationals next year. The preceding months will then be finishing off all requirements of the event and registering what we hope will be a good take up from the other States.

A letter received from The Federation of Historic Motoring regards working on our cars ourselves and issued a warning of caution. The ACCC had noted that 126 people had died while conducting DIY car maintenance. The main point covered was being crushed while working under the vehicle. Thought it may be a safety moment for the club members to always second check supports or “Makeshift” stands / structures that we use while doing work.  They also mentioned at times when the handbrake needs to be released to perform specific tasks and to make sure the Jacks / supports and remaining wheels are chocked to prevent movement.

The letter also discussed an issue regarding “older vehicles” (and their owners) with dwindling numbers of cars seen on runs. They mentioned that there is work in the background by some clubs to network specially organised days to cater for the older cars so these people and car would be part of a greater all included group. Noting that better communication between clubs would help in the arrangement and organisation of these events and they suggested each club is informed. I would be interested in discussing the proposal and will follow up at their next meeting.

The Annual “All Triumph Rally” on the weekend looked to be a wash out, but thankfully the rain held off.  We had around 34 attend and 10 Triumphs taking up the challenge. Alex and Sue fought through illness and presented a great run with lots of challenging questions and an end location in Macclesfield. The BBQ cooked up by a range of helpers so big thanks to everyone involved with the prep and cook.

Dean Berlemon & Lisa Macleod were the final Trophy winners and next year’s run challengers. Second place went to Peter and Michele Thornton with 3rd place taken out by Roger and Cherri Lange. The theme for the day was spring. Not quite sure that we had that but there was a short time there when the sun came out.

Our racing team is once again at Mallala on Sunday 29th September and the more support we can give them the better. We have a small team assisting with Flags and encouragement as they fly past. So maybe come and watch as it’s always a good day.

We also wish our SA Team well during the week of the WA Nationals and a safe trip both ways. I’m looking forward to the report and stories on the event when they return.

Now to the Day of Triumph on the 17th November and then the End of Year Presentation Dinner on Saturday 30th November.

The plan to have Triumphs from the TR Register and the Stag Club also on display should hopefully increase the numbers for the public to view. This sometimes encourages new memberships and we have certainly had this in the past. Let’s hope for good weather and a great display of the Triumph marque!

The End of Year Dinner is a must for all TSOA members – great location this year at the Edinburgh Hotel, and value subsidised by your club to encourage your participation. Make it a date! BE THERE!

Keep a look out for updates on our future events on the web.

Best regards

Ian Rigby

President.