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President’s Report November 2021

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

Another eventful meeting in October when we learnt of long time member Rod Carey’s unfortunate tangle with a tree at the top of Greenhill Road.  Best wishes to Rod from the Club for a speedy recovery and we hope those broken ribs mend quickly and don’t give you too much ongoing discomfort. 

Katherine Bradley a relatively new member (May2021) and already keen enthusiast, proudly displayed her beautiful TR4A on stage.  Most impressive and she showed great judgement in shifting from a Sunbeam admirer to a Triumph owner. 

Good luck to Duane Kaak and Neil Martin in once again undertaking the Legends of the Lake Hillclimb at Mt Gambier on the extended weekend of 29 to 31 October.

November looks like being a busy month with 3 major events planned, apart from our normal Club meeting on Tuesday 16 November.  If you are keen to meet some other Club members and share in a chat about your car or theirs, how about joining us on one or all of these occasions.

Saturday, 13 November – run to Monarto Safari Park

If you’ve been unable to make any of the Club’s Sunday Runs here is your opportunity to join us on a Saturday!   This may not be repeated soon, and it is club sponsored (including kids) – $14 per adult, $5 per child.  So don’t miss out!    A fantastic opportunity to get your car out for a cobweb-blowing run to Monarto and then enjoy the animals and facilities at your leisure.  Monarto is the largest open range zoo in Australia and one of the largest (1500 hectares) in the world.  It is also home to the southern white rhinoceros and Australia’s largest giraffe herd. 

Note that because we have got special pricing (normally $39 per adult) for the event, we need to know names and numbers before 13 November, including those who may have free entry because they are zoo members.  Please contact me (text or phone 0438 765 358, email to confirm who will be attending (see separate advert).

Tuesday, 16 November – Trip down Memory Lane

A segment of our next normal meeting will be devoted to some observations of what it was like to be a member in the very early days of TSOA(SA).  2 antique members will host a Q&A session aimed at extracting distant memories, if possible, of what it was like to own and drive a Triumph in the mid 1960’s/early 1970’s.   So bring yourself and a few long lost members that you know. If the event is successful, it will be repeated in March or April next year. 

Saturday 27 November – Club Christmas Dinner (see separate advert)

The Christmas dinner has always been a great social event.  And at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club it is not only a superb venue, but the quality of the food is outstanding.  At present we seem to be having difficulty in getting numbers up to around 60 or 70 despite the generous subsidies the Club is offering (happy hour and discounted meal for members).  Check out the separate ad. and book now.  You won’t be disappointed!!  See you there with your friends and family if you wish.

And finally what a brilliant Run to the Birdwood Mill on Sunday 17 October.  Magnificent weather, a record turnout of sparkling Triumphs (we could have held a Concours event!) and a very tasty lunch.  You can’t beat that!  Congratulations again to Bill, Margie, and their team.

Not long to the next meeting.  I hope to see you there.  TRavel safely in the meantime.

Peter Davidge, President

Socially Speaking October 2021

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

Socially Speaking for November 2021

Sunday 17th October – Club run to National Motor Museum, Birdwood. Fabulous day with 25 Triumph’s in attendance. Good run, despite Wayne and Carolyn not making it to the finish line!

40 people enjoyed a club Gourmet Sausage Sizzle for Lunch, then a great viewing of the Museum and their attractions.

Saturday 13th November – Club run to Monarto Zoo – Meet Crafers Hotel -9.15am for a 9.30am departure.

November 27th is the Christmas Dinner at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club.  Details in this edition of Fast Trak.  Bookings and monies are due NOW.

December 29th – After Christmas Club run – details to follow.

Stay safe everyone.

Bill and Margie



Sat 13th                 Club run to Monarto – Meet Crafers Hotel 9.15am for 9.30am departure. See flyer

Tues 16th              General Meeting – Sporting Car Club, King William Road, Hyde Park 8.00pm

Sat 27th                 Christmas Dinner –Royal Adelaide Golf Club – Details in this edition of Fast Trak.


Wed 29th              After Christmas Club run – Details to follow.

President’s Report September 20201

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – September 2021

Well the new year is underway, and we had an enjoyable and well attended Club meeting in September.  Prior to the meeting the Committee met and discussed possible candidates for the Committee as well as the role of Club representatives, the Day of Triumph and our forward program. 

Following the success of the train trip from Mt Barker to Strathalbyn (great effort Bill and Margie!), we are now planning a run to Monarto Safari Park on Saturday 13 November.  Slot this into your diary now!  Details will be provided in next month’s Trak including confirmation of a club subsidy.  A fantastic opportunity to get your car out for a cobweb-blowing run to Monarto (65kms) prior to Summer and then enjoying the animals and facilities at your leisure.  Monarto is the largest open range zoo in Australia and one of the largest (1500 hectares) in the world. Julie and I are zoo members, and the Safari Park keeps getting better and better.

 Triumph travellers on board out of Strath on a wintry afternoon

A train with smoke coming out of it

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Vale Graham Robson (1936-2021)       

Graham Robson’s writings may figure on your bookshelf as they certainly do in the Club library.   As mentioned in last month’s Fastrak he had a particular interest in the Triumph marque.  His favourite car was the TR3A, but I believe he was also keen on the TR8.  He will be sadly missed but it is interesting to note that he has a particular connection with TSOA(SA).

In the 1980’s on a trip to Australia visiting TSOA(Vic), Graham was invited by Tony Case to be a guest of TSOA(SA) as a speaker at a general meeting, and a part concours judge at an event at the Birdwood Mill.  He was accommodated by the Bills’ family and father Malcolm provided him his TR250 for the week.  What generous gestures these were!  But typical of TSOA generosity anywhere in Australia. Tony tells me that he has a photo of Graham standing beside his 2500TC, the car appropriately adorned with a British flag.

At our last meeting Neil Martin gave a very comprehensive Competition Report.  Both he and Duane seem to be getting out on the track whenever they can and performing well when they do so.  We wish them PB’s when they compete in the Legends of the Lake hill climb at Mt Gambier next month.

Don’t forget to browse the social calendar later in this FASTRAK.  The Christmas dinner, back at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club, is coming up in late November and bookings/payment are due by our October meeting.  It is an excellent venue so please try to get there and invite some friends.  You will not be disappointed! 

We look forward to seeing you at the next Club meeting.

Kind Regards, Peter Davidge, President