Competition Report – March 2009

The 2009 Competition season commenced on the 8th February with the Austin 7 Club Regularity event at Mallala. Neil Martin (TR7) and Peter Nelson (MX5) competed and by the end of the day’s competition, Neil had progressed to 2nd with a best time of 1:31.73 and Peter to 3rd with 1:27.47. Both had a great day whilst the rest of us enjoyed the All British Day at Uraidla.

It was somewhat cooler than past years for the MSCA picnic presentation day held on the grounds of Peter Lehmann’s winery on Sunday 15th February. Those attending in support of TSOA this year included Bob and Pat Cini, Rory and Sue Gibson, Lyall and Sue Taylor, Alan and Maureen Gold, Richard Sutherland, Trevor Lindsay, Peter Liebich and Mary, Neil Martin and a work mate from Qld., Steve Kernick from Tanunda, and of course, Roger and Cherri. Thank you all for supporting TSOA at this event. All enjoyed a pleasant picnic lunch, a huge display of cars from each of the affiliated clubs, and the presentation of awards for the 2008 season that finished with presentation of Life Membership for MSCA founding member Peter Hall.

Upcoming events include Round 1 of the MSCA Sprint series on Sunday 1st March where we expect to see the GT6 trio of Trevor Lindsay, Rod Carey and Roger Lange take part, as well as the reliable Neil Martin in his TR7V8. Jon Fechner intends to debut his new Mini after selling his TR6 to a happy Victorian buyer last year. It promises to be a great day.

I have found out a bit more regarding the Mt Alma Hillclimb that appears in the calendar for the first time this year. It is an event being run by the Southern Districts Car Club over the weekend of 18/19th April on a closed section of the Mt Alma Road, off the Yankalilla to Victor Harbor Road. The competition section is essentially a Hillclimb over a 1 mile or 1.6 km course. Full details can be found on the SDCC web site at – also found on this website are details for the Tarmac Rally Sprint being held over the weekend of the 30/31st May where some of our Tarmac competitors including Ian Wilson (TR7V8) may take part.

The Sporting Car Club are hosting two “Come and Try” Days at Collingrove this year, the first on Sunday, 26th April (Anzac Day long weekend) so if you have the faintest interest in finding out what Collingrove is all about then this is your opportunity. Go to the Sporting Car Club website (find the link on for full information and entry forms. Requirements are minimal but there is a small fee and an entry closing date.

The 6-Hour Regularity Relay is scheduled for 17th May and following our third place last year, TSOA is again fielding a team to contest this year’s event. As always, help is needed. This is a true Team event, with support required in a number of areas, from pit wall timing and lap board display, to sash changeover, driver support, and team runner. If you would like to be a part of Team Triumph this year, let me know – we need all the support we can get!

Clipsal 500 is fast approaching, as is the F1 carnival in Melbourne. Local races at Mallala including Historics at Easter time – something for everyone!

That’s enough from me . . . see you trackside!


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