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President’s Report – July 2017

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Sunday 18th June David Stephens organised a run to Tanunda and we were joined by some TR Register members.  Following Lunch David had organised a visit to a private Jaguar museum – 30 cars on display, 6 in progress and lots in storage . . . wow! what a great experience and a huge thanks to David for organising such a brilliant event.

After another successful weekender, I put to the members at the meeting whether they would like three day, two night weekender in 2018, or revert to two day, one night . . . most people at the meeting suggested a three day, two night, but if you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Kevin Foster has given the Editors an update on the Historic Registration to be included in this edition of Trak . . . some discussion was had at the meeting.

The Coorong Mechanical Restoration Club emailed us the info regarding the 4 Clubs tour, which has also been included in the Trak.

’til we meet again

Bill Berlemon


President’s Report – May 2017

Monday, May 29th, 2017

From our front door we covered 698km over our three day, two night weekender to the Coorong. With several of our regulars away doing other things we still had 28 Adults and 1 young James Lipsham on tour. One day of rain and two day’s fine provided the perfect opportunity to explore the Coorong which was our aim for the weekend. As usual, the members who attended were a great social lot and good to see some new faces.

As in the past, we try to use local community clubs wherever we can and we supported the Meningie Sailing Club, Lions Club, Golf Club, Automotive Restorers Club, Kingston Bowling Club, and the RFDS. Accommodation at the Lake Albert Motel was good as was their coffee on arrival. AS the Motel was full my family opted for a B&B owned by a friend of Margie’s and in fact was a cost saving.

The TSOA boosted the local economy by around $6,500 and an estimated $1,500 by members plus fuel!

A discussion needs to be had for next year whether we regularly have a 2 night, 3 day weekender or 1 night, 2 day event and the occasional 2 nighter….Decisions….decisions…..decisions…..

‘til we meet again

Bill Berlemon

President’s Report – April 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Chicken and Salad in the park……What’s this all about?? That question I wrote in the February report was well and truly answered on Sunday 19th March at Heywood Park, Unley Park. We dropped off our chairs and tables as requested, went on a great run for about 1 hour through our fabulous Adelaide Hill and returned to find a fabulous spread ready and waiting for us – Chicken, salad and fruits a plenty! We all went home well fed! Thanks to Peggy and Sue for organising this event.

A good crowd turned up for the Informal Lunch at Café Buongiorno, Mitcham.  Good to see a few blokes turning up to these events.

Don’t forget the Historic Race Meeting at Mallala on the 22nd and23rd April.  Refer to the Sporting Car Club or Mallala Motor Sport Park websites for details.

Our annual Weekender is fast approaching and Margie and I will be checking more details over Easter. 27 People have booked so far – a great value 2-night weekender!

Helpers needed for Sunday May 7th Mallala MSCA 6-hour regularity relay. A great day for the volunteers with some very close action supporting our drivers.

See the club calendar for all future events and get involved.

’til we meet again

Bill Berlemon

President’s Report – March 2017

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

All British Day was again a very successful day for the organising committee. Our thanks to member Geoff Ellis for being part of the crew.  22 Triumphs were on the TSOA site with a ‘couple of guests’. Down on previous years, hope we improve next year. Our two club marquees make a difference to our set up and comfort and in the absence of Arrand Ellery, our thanks to Ian Rigby and Kate Berlemon for looking after the parking. Kate also did a marshal training course to qualify. Also thanks to Margie for producing and organising an information flyer able to be handed out on the day to interested public.

Coming events are mentioned in my January report and hope to see lots of members enjoying our summer events.

Margie and I (more Margie than I) have been working hard on our next weekender and its looking like a great three-day event.  We will be covering quite a few k’s so check your car thoroughly before the event. The committee has approved double subsidy for the three-day event ($50.00 per person, max $2,000) so it will again be extremely good value.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

Chicken and salad in the park . . . what’s this all about??

‘til we meet again

Bill Berlemon

President’s Report – February 2017

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

With Christmas and New Year Celebrations behind us we look forward to another TSOA calendar year. Our first meeting for the year on the 17th Jan was our informal meeting and thanks to Kevin McEnroe for bringing his Norton motor bike and Roger Lange for his ultra-modern slot car set.  My little TQ Speedcar also created good interest. Would have liked to have seen more boys toys on the stage though…. maybe next year.

First run for the year is the Annual Ice Cream Run on 28th January followed by the All British Day at Echunga on 12th February -if you have not entered your car, spectators are most welcome.  26th February is the Annual MSCA Picnic presentation day at Virgara Winery, Angle Vale. This is generally a very pleasant day and hoping for a good turn out to support our racing fraternity.  MSCA super sprint start on the 12th March.

Don’t forget to put March 19th in your social calendar for ‘An Evening in Heywood Park’ starting at 4.30pm for a scenic run followed by a chicken and salad dinner provided by the club.

Again your committee is working hard to provide a great mix of events but we need you to participate to make these events a success.

News Flash – date for our annual Weekender is 19th-21st May yes three days two nights….

Till we meet again

Bill Berlemon.

President’s Report – December 2016

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Presidents Report for December

It was nice to see some new members at our last general meeting for the year, and it is encouraging that the interest of Triumph’s and our club still remains strong. The future of our Club remains with its ability to attract new members and retain existing ones – hence our club display days like the day of Triumph and all British Day remain very relevant to the strength of our club.  We need to continue to promote ourselves to remain the successful club that it is. Making new members welcome remains paramount.

Talking of new members Bill Galler and his wife Chris took out the Annual Observation run on Sunday 20th November set by Alex and Sue Smithson. Bill’s Mk II Spitfire has come up a treat and the day was enjoyed in splendid weather with a BBQ Lunch at Lobethal.

Our next club function is the Christmas Dinner where Margie and I will receive our Life Membership Badges. We are looking forward to this great honour. Nearly 70 people have booked in so will as usual be a great night!

First meeting for 2017 will January 17th which is our informal night. I want to theme this night as a ‘big boys’ toys night’ – I will be bringing along my Vintage TQ Speedcar, Kevin McEnroe will be bringing a vintage motor bike, and two Soap Box cars have been entered.  Looking for more additions to make this a truly fun night …let me know if you have any special toys eg speedboat, quad bike, jet ski’s etc to bring along.  Greg will be holding an auction of surplus club books.

Margie and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Till we meet again

Bill Berlemon.

President’s Report – October 2016

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

As I recommenced my semi-retirement work with Pete for the summer season from 1st October, and Margie had Children’s Week from October 21st – 30th, we were unable to participate in the Nationals this year. However, we did manage to go to Auburn for the show and shine day – wow what a great day with so many great cars. Good turnout from our club members visiting the day as well.  Thanks to the Nationals committee for an excellent day, and getting the local school involved to cook the BBQ lunch!

The day of Triumph was well run and despite the floods the week beforehand, we managed to get through the day and hoe just in time for more rain. Thanks to Ian Rigby and team for organising another great day – lots of spectators enjoyed our display as well!

Coming up is the Observation run and the Christmas Dinner – look out for more info in Trak.

Until we meet again

Bill Berlemon

President’s Report

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Sunday 25th September (3 months to Christmas!) – this morning Margie and I parked along Lower North East Road next to Mercato Continental Deli (for coffee and breakfast) and watched about 1,000 Vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles go past in the Bay to Birdwood. What a sight to behold – their enthusiastic owners, lots in period costume, the smell of exhaust fumes particularly from the two stokes, the various states of repair from the definite ‘barn’ finds to the pristine Concours entrants all making this a wonderful event. Saw only three Triumphs – one Mayflower and two TR3’s – one belonging to Vic Neeve – sorry if I missed any!

We are just so lucky to be able to participate in these motoring events at all levels from Club runs, State Events, Major Display days, Track events and Hillclimbs.

Oh for the love of Vintage motoring!

Bill Berlemon

President’s Report – Sept 2016

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Well it’s been a long time since I wrote my last President’s report for this newsletter. So here we go again.

Firstly, Congratulations to this club and its members for finally coming of age and accepting a new Constitution. What a tremendous job Mike Temby and the committee have done to give us and up to date, workable Constitution which allows up to proceed us to proceed forward without the divisive membership criteria of the past and the ability to review the document on a regular basis and make changes as required fairly simply. Our past (91) Constitution I must say served us well for a long time but as with all such documents became outdated.

As Vice President for the membership year, it was my privilege to be able to nominate Ian Rigby for the Vice President’s Award. As I said at the AGM, Ian over the last year was the convenor of our Day of Triumph Event, organised a Club visit to the Sub Marine Corporation (which would not have been easy) has organised several club runs and contributed to our club magazine, has supplied some fabulous photos for our club calendar, is a member of our National Rally Committee and is an all-round good guy!

I look forward to working with our (new) committee for the next 12 months and continue to work for the greater good of our club.

I feel privileged to be awarded Life membership of this Club for Margie and myself and thank you all for this acknowledgement.

Until we meet again

Bill Berlemon

President’s Report – June 2016

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Now that the federal elections are out of the way, it’s time to turn our attention to the TSOA elections coming up in August. As usual, all committee positions will be declared vacant at the AGM and nominations will be called for. If you are thinking about how you might be able to become more involved in the TSOA, I would like to encourage you to talk to one of the committee members and think about a position that might suit you. It’s always great to have more people involved in the running of the club.

We are now finalising the constitution based on feedback received from members, and will be publishing an update before the August AGM where we will be voting on it. Please mark the date (Tuesday August 16) in your calendar now, as we would like to see as many members attend the meeting as possible to ensure we have a quorum for the voting process.

There are now some opportunities for TSOA SA members to come along to some of the Nationals events over the weekend. This is for members who want to join in the Nationals but aren’t able to make it to the full event. If you would like to register your interest for this option, please contact either Alex Smithson or myself so that we can get an idea of numbers for accommodation.

I would like to thank Ian Rigby for stepping in and taking the Minutes at the June meeting while Dwayne was away.

Mike Temby