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President’s Report – February 2024

Thursday, March 7th, 2024

We are back into the swing of things with normal club meetings resuming for 2024. We had a good turnout of members to our February meeting, and we had two cars on stage, both of which had been winners at last year’s Day of Triumph.

Firstly, Chris Marshall displayed and told us about his lovely “French blue” 1974 Stag. He purchased it from NSW about 5 years ago, and we heard about it being impounded upon delivery by the police, because it did not have an engine number stamped on the block. It did seem a bit of an overreaction by Motor Registration, but I suppose “rules are rules”. Luckily, this is now a distant memory for Chris, who is enjoying driving this very nice car whenever possible.

We then heard from Life Member Roger Lange about his TR7V8 which he also had on display. Roger purchased the car from another club member, Dino Vettese, and after lots of work previously by Dino, and then by Roger, this is now a really great Wedge, of which Roger is justifiably, very proud.

Bill Berlemon also gave us details of an exciting Weekender program for the weekend of 17th to 19th May, based at the Goolwa Motel. The club executive has increased the subsidy for the event to make its cost within the reach of all members, at only $260 per head (twin share) all inclusive. Bill and Margie have already put in a huge amount of time developing and fine tuning the program, and with only 15 rooms available, these will fill very quickly. If you have not booked in with Bill and Margie yet, I strongly suggest you do so as soon as you read this report.

The MSCA 50th Anniversary picnic was held at the Mount Barker Oval on Sunday 25th February. We had a record number of club members and well over 20 Triumph vehicles attend, and it was a most enjoyable day. Thanks to Roger Lange’s efforts to establish the theme of “Triumphs in the Pits” with lots of props, race numbers on cars etc, TSOA were runaway winners of the “best display” of any car club at the picnic. MSCA also made various presentations to drivers who had completed through the year, and as well as winning his class, our own Neil Martin won the prestigious “Sprint Driver of the Year” award. This is a great achievement, considering the amount of competition in MSCA, and it is the second time Neil has been awarded this trophy. Congratulations Neil, for doing our club proud on the racetrack.

Lastly, a final reminder that the All British Day is at Echunga Oval of Sunday 3rd March. If you have not registered, please still think about coming along as a spectator. It is always a great day, and this year, we plan to have our gazebos firmly tied down to heavy objects (e.g. Triumphs) to avoid a repeat of last year’s debacle. Stephen Wade has allocated specific parking for each TSOA entrant, so please look at Stephen’s email to know which spot you have been allocated.

Regards
Alex Smithson – President

President’s Report – January 2024

Friday, January 26th, 2024

I trust all TSOA members had a great Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to getting out in their Triumphs in 2024. We have not had formal club meetings in December and January, and so we will be getting back to business in earnest at our February meeting.

We had a great run to Gumeracha at the beginning of December, with a good turnout of members, and coffee enjoyed at a new café in Gumeracha. Members could then choose to go to either Torrens Valley Orchard or Kenton Valley Cherries. After the heavy rains a week or two earlier, we thought that supply of cherries might be limited, but at Kenton Valley Cherries at least, there were plenty available, and these were very reasonably priced. Thanks to Bill and Margie Berlemon for organising another great day.

The “Apres Run” was on the 28th December. I was unable to attend this run, but I understand that it was well attended with over 30 members and partners present. It was, as I understand, great weather, and the Macclesfield Hotel put on good quality and generous sized meals. Thanks to Roger and Cherri Lange for organising this ever-popular event.

I was also unable to attend the January informal meeting, and thanks to Duane Kaak for standing in for me. I understand that there was only a reasonably small number in attendance, however they were entertained and informed about model yacht racing by our multi-skilled racer, Neil Martin. Neil retired from work at Christmas and is now an even more dedicated competitor in classic car racing and his new passion with model yachts.
A small group of members had a very enjoyable picnic lunch at Lawrie and Kaye Placing’s house for Australia Day. The Placings provided ice-creams for all those there, in lieu of the traditional January ice-cream run to Noonies. Weather was good, and those of us who attended had a great time and an overload of ice-creams. Thanks Lawrie and Kaye for your ongoing hospitality.

The MSCA 50th Anniversary picnic is being held at the Mount Barker Oval on Sunday 25th February. We are making this an official club event, and hope that there will be a strong turnout. Roger Lange is organising a club display, and we have been successful in the past in winning the award for best club display. The venue is the shady western end of the Mount Barker Oval complex. Assembly of cars in club display groups are to be in place by 11.00 am. BYO everything for a picnic lunch. Talk to Neil Martin, Duane Kaak or Roger Lange if you would like more information or encouragement. Lots of us are going, so please, come along and enjoy the camaraderie.

Lastly, the All British Day is at Echunga Oval of Sunday 3rd March. There are 800+ people who have entered for this year event. Registrations closed some time ago, however if you have not registered, please still think about coming along as a spectator. It is always a great day, and this year, we plan to have our gazebos firmly tied down to heavy objects (e.g. Triumphs) to avoid a repeat of last year’s debacle.

I look forward to seeing as many members as possible at our February meeting. I believe supper may even include ice-creams for a lucky few.

Regards
Alex Smithson

President

President’s Report – November 2023

Sunday, November 26th, 2023

The 42nd TSOA Nationals were held in the last week of October, and were very successful, despite the less than perfect weather. The week-long event was at Lady Bay Resort, Warrnambool. The “Shipwreck Coast” as this locale is known, is one of the most stunning parts of Australia. TSOA Victoria organised a great week which was thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending.

I have done a full report of the event, and this is available on the TSOASA website. Some noticeable highlights were, however as follows:

Show and Shine winners: 1st– Trevor Norris (Dolomite Sprint) Vic; 2nd – Ron Farrugia (TR5) Vic; 3rd  -Dino Vettese (TR6) SA; 4th – Lisa Vettese (Stag) SA;  5th – Geoff Byrne (TR6) NSW; 6th – Alex Smithson (TR5) SA.

Movie watched at Port Fairy’s historic Reardon Picture Theatre – early 1970’s Australian cult classic, “The Cars that Ate Paris”. Reviews mixed.

Ironman Trophy winner – Western Australia. (Controversial as team only comprised two people, Ron and Leigh Marian).

It was a fabulous week of great food, great company, great events, and of course, great Triumphs. There were attendees from all mainland states, with a South Australian contingent of 17 attending. We are now looking forward to Albany next year.

I understand from the WA organisers, that Albany is already fully subscribed, however TSOA members can still place their names on the waiting list. We know, from previous experience, that as the event gets closer, there will be inevitable cancellations and I strongly recommend anyone interested to get their names on the waiting list post-haste, as offers will be made when cancellations occur on a strict order of initial application. Register at: https://tsoa-wa.com/triumph-tsoa-nationals-2024/.

Our Christmas dinner and trophy presentation night was on Saturday at Royal Adelaide Golf Club. Sue Gibson has yet again, done a great job organising this event and the club is greatly indebted to her for her ongoing hard work in making this dinner a real highlight of our club year. Special congratulations to Larie and Kaye Placing for winning the Clubman trophy.

At our November meeting, we also had three cars on stage. Firstly, Peter Bogatec had his TR7V8 displayed.  This car is in great condition, and Peter recently ran it is the Adelaide Rally.  This was not planned, as he had a race car entered, but was not able to use it due to mechanical problems.

Don Richards had his TR250 on display. Don is in the process of restoring two TR6’s and came across this car when sourcing parts for the TR6. Roger Lange commented that Don got it from under his nose, and that he was next in line if the sale to Don had fallen through.

Finally, our secretary, Duane Kaak had his TR7V8 race car on display. This car has had a new motor relatively recently (out of a Range Rover). Duane has had this car for quite a few years, and it has great sentimental value to him. A spur of the moment decision to advertise for a travelling companion to accompany him and share the costs of driving it back from Melbourne to Adelaide all those years ago resulted in him meeting Meranie, who fell in love with the man and his car.

We do not have a meeting in December, and the January meeting will be an informal gathering at the Sporting Car Club. Trevor Hawkins has suggested that we make this a “swap meet” where members bring any relatively small and easily carried parts along to find potential new homes. I will send out an email to all members before the January meeting as a reminder and confirm more details.

Regards

Alex Smithson

President’s Report – October 2023

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

The Day of Triumph (DOT) on Sunday 15th October was a great success, despite the rather ordinary weather forecast. We were threatened with showers through the day, and although it rained first thing, we had a reasonably dry day, and unlike the All British Day, also no serious wind issues. We had, however, tied down our new gazebos to vehicles and trees, so we were ready for any weather event.

We had 33 vehicles on display and around 25 submitted for judging. Congratulations to all winners, and in particular, the overall Concours winner, Trevor Hawkins and his magnificently restored TR4A. Roger Lange was second with his TR7V8, and Dino and Lisa Vitesse came third with their Stag. Our new DOT convenor, Dean Berlemon did a great job in organising the day, although as Dean said, he relied heavily on Ian Rigby, our previous DOT convenor who provided great on-the-job training to Dean and also worked extra hard on the day. Dean was also ably supported by his wife Lisa on the gate, Dean and Marg Bogisch who tallied the results and a plethora of others who helped with judging.

Quite a few of our members took advantage of the $10 breakfast/lunch at Café Primo Tea Tree Plaza. Thanks again to Dino and Lisa Vettese for their ongoing generous support of our club.

We looked resplendent in our new hi-vis vests with TSOA logos which we have purchased as part of the SA Car Club Program (SACCP) government grant received in June.

At our October meeting, we also had two cars on stage. Firstly, Steve Ferguson had his TR7V8 hardtop. Steve also has a TR7V8 convertible, and both cars are in mint condition. Steve was previously a member of TSOA SA until about 10 years ago when he moved to Queensland and joined TSOA Qld. He has returned to Adelaide recently and rejoined us. Steve has restored the cars over 15 or so years.

We also had Trevor Hawkins show us his TR4A, fresh from his win at the Day of Triumph. Trevor told us that he bought the car essentially as a “wreck” and took on the restoration as a retirement project. He had previously restored his TR6 and had learned a lot with this first project. Trevor did most of the work on the car himself, and his skills were very much on display at the Day of Triumph.

Social secretary Natalie has a lot of great events planned in the next few months, and we really hope club members take full advantage of their club membership and attend these upcoming functions. The Christmas Dinner is on Saturday 25th November at Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Seaton. This is a club sponsored event with the cost being only $50 per head for members and $70/head for non-members. We keep going back to the RAG because there is always excellent quality food and great surroundings. Pre-dinner drinks are provided by our club, and DOT trophies will be presented on the night. I urge all members to attend if they can, and contact Sue Gibson on 0428 735 960 as soon as possible to book in.

A group of 17 members and partners are about to head off to the TSOA National Meeting in Warrnambool, and I will report on this event at the next club meeting.

Regards

Alex Smithson

President’s Report – September 2023

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

Firstly, I am very pleased to welcome Natalie Farrell to the Committee as Social Secretary. Natalie is a Life Member of the club and has held numerous positions in the past during her long membership. Natalie has always been super-efficient and dedicated in everything she does, and I know she will be very successful as Social Secretary.

We have had a great start to the Club year with two very successful Sunday events. The run to Bethany on 27th August was reported on in the last edition of Fastrak, and was well attended, with a gourmet lunch supplied by the tireless team of Bill and Margie Berlemon.

The Berlemon team was again at the fore with the All-Triumph Observation Run on Sunday 17th September, this time with Dean and Lisa organising a very enjoyable run along the metropolitan coast with stops at Henley Square and Semaphore Road, Exeter for a series of challenging questions, before having another great BBQ lunch (supplied and prepared by Bill and Margie) at Osborne Foreshore Reserve, North Haven. The weather was near perfect, and we had a great turnout of members, with lots of them in their Triumphs.

We have also had a mid-week run to the Aussie Inn Hotel at Hackham, once again organised by Laurie and Kaye Placing.  There are a group of regulars to these lunches, and there is always a convivial atmosphere. All club members are welcome to attend, and I am sure you will enjoy yourselves.

Ian Rigby explained at our September club meeting, the problems he has had in following up members to have their logbooks updated for this year. Ian puts in countless hours in ensuring that TSOA is “Gold Standard” in the Conditional Registration Scheme, and that members do not get in trouble with DIT, the Police or their insurer by being non-compliant and driving a technically unregistered vehicle. We are a club of over 250 members, and the amount of work Ian does to follow up those who do not comply with our procedures is immense. I ask all members to do all they can to make Ian’s job as easy as possible and get logbooks to him next year in a timely manner.

We had two new members, John Watts and David Marlow have their vehicles, a TR7 and a TR6 on stage at the September meeting. Both cars looked great, and John and David were able to tell us about their ownerships. Members’ cars on stage is something I would like to get back to on a regular basis, and I will be asking new and recent members to get involved by presenting their cars to club meetings.

Our next big event is the Day of Triumph on Sunday October 15th at Civic Park. Modbury. Dean Berlemon is convening this event for the first time, although I am sure that previous convenor, Ian Rigby will still be a key part of Dean’s team. It would be great to see a record number of cars there, and I ask all members to make a special effort to have their cars on display. You definitely don’t need to have a Concours standard car, and do not need to enter it into the judging. Please come along however and add to the spectacle of the day. Club members Dino and Lisa Vettese, who own Café Primo at Tea Tree Plaza are offering a super cut-price breakfast at only $10.00 to all club members.  Thanks Dino and Lisa, and please, take advantage of this great offer.

You don’t need to book or advise anyone in advance of your attendance at the Day of Triumph. Just turn up to Civic Park, Modbury prior to 10.00am on Sunday 15th October.

Dean also asked for judges to volunteer to help on the day. This is a great way to have a close look at a lot of cars and be involved. Judging is not hard, as we are not looking for originality, and is great fun. We need more members to help out, so please contact Dean ASAP.

Lastly the Christmas Dinner is coming up on Saturday 25th November. This is a great night and super value at $50.00 per head, with sponsorship by the club, including drinks before the meal. Please contact Sue Gibson to register your attendance.

Regards

Alex Smithson

President’s Report – August 2023

Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

I am very pleased to become TSOA (SA) President after serving my apprenticeship as Treasurer and then Vice
President and have some big shoes to fill from outgoing President, Peter Davidge.
Peter was Treasurer for our club for a decade or so and President for 3 years. He and wife Julie have also been key
members of several Nationals organisation committees, and they have been passionate advocates for our club. Julie
has been a great support to Peter and is almost always at club meetings and regularly organises supper. Thanks,
Peter and Julie, for everything you have done for our club, and we hope your move to Victoria goes well. Luckily,
Peter and Julie have a strong connection with several TSOA members in Victoria through attending many Nationals,
so they should soon feel right at home.
I joined TSOA when I purchased my TR6 in 2008 and kept that car for some 14 years before buying my current TR5.
It has been a great journey, and my wife Sue and I have loved every minute of being in the club. We have both been
on three Nationals committees (the last as conveners) and have, like Peter and Julie, made many friends in TSOA
clubs around Australia.
Our club is strong with a membership of over 250, however we only see a reasonably small proportion of those
members at club activities. Filling committee positions remains difficult, and for the club to continue to prosper, others
will need to take on some responsibilities in running the club in the future. We do, however have quite a few very
dedicated and hard-working members, who Peter and Tony Case acknowledged at the AGM.
The President’s Award for members of the Executive committee was jointly awarded to Fastrak editor Katherine
Bradley and Treasurer Lisa Macleod. Kat and Lisa are both relatively recent members who took over their roles after
the last AGM and have done outstanding jobs, so much so, that they were both re-elected unopposed at the AGM this
year.
The Vice President’s award for non-executive members was jointly awarded to Laurie and Kaye Placing. Laurie and
Kaye have been long-serving members of TSOA NSW, however moved to Adelaide a couple of years ago. They
have run mid-week get togethers each month and invited all members to an Australia Day BBQ at their house in
January. They were also very supportive of me for the 2022 Nationals and a regular attendee at almost all club
events.
Secretary Duane, Membership/Historic Registrar Ian and Competition Secretary Neil have continued to do a great job
in their respective roles, and the club would not be able to operate in its current form without any one of these three
members. I am extremely grateful that they are all continuing for 2023/24.
Life members, Bill and Margie Berlemon are retiring from the Social Secretary role, however will still be organising the
Club Weekender, the door at club meetings, supper etc, so it is hardly a retirement. Bill and Margie are tireless
workers for TSOA, despite having many other community roles, and it is almost impossible to imagine our club without
them. Thanks to Bill and Margie for everything they have done and will continue to do for TSOA.
Whilst the Social Secretary role remains open, the Regalia role, which my wife, Sue has done for many years has
been filled. Thank Sue for doing such a great job and thanks to Dean Berlemon for taking this on for the future. Dean
(Bill’s son) is also running the Day of Triumph, our club’s premier event, and his wife Lisa is Treasurer. As I have said
previously, the work of the club is done by a small portion of the membership.
We do, however welcome Richard Sellers to the Executive Committee as Vice President.
Finally, I congratulate our newest life members, Rory and Sue Gibson, who were unanimously elected to Life
Membership at the AGM. Rory and Sue have been the epitome of dedicated and hard working TSOA members for as
long as most of us can remember, having been part of our club for over 30 years. Rory ran Day of Triumph for 8
years and both have been integral members of the last five Nationals organising committees, including putting the
Rally Guide together, arguably the biggest job on the committee. Sue was social secretary for 8 years and has
organised the club Christmas Dinner for 10 years. They have won the Clubman Award around 8 times, run many club
runs and observation runs and prepared many suppers over their 30 years with our club.
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I look forward to another successful year of TSOA. The club has been going for nearly 60 years, and we are very
fortunate to still have our joint founder, Tony Case in our club, and who remains an active (and vocal) part of Club
activities. Thanks, Tony, for all you have done, and continue to do for your brainchild all those years ago.
Regards,
Alex Smithson
TSOA SA President

President’s Report – July 2023

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – July 2023

Well we are close to wrapping up another TSOA SA year and interest in club activities continues at pleasing levels.  No doubt there is room for improvement and a new Committee and a new President will, I am sure, add further value to the Club.

Prior to last meeting I was able, on behalf of the Club, to thank those members who actively ensure that the Club runs smoothly and continues to provide an entertaining array of activities.  They are the heart beat of the Club and many thanks to them all!  Think about joining them at our upcoming AGM next month.

This is my third and final year as Club President and I have enjoyed every moment of it.  It has been a privilege and honour to serve a Club that Julie and I have been  members of for more than twenty years.  And the rewards have been enormous!  I miraculously restored a beautiful TR6 (Rory Gibson was unbelievable), am the proud owner of a genuine TR8 and have formed many TSOA friendships both locally and across Australia.

TR6 in a WA Forest                            The Wasp 150GS                                   The TR8 at Glenelg

My first mode of mechanised transport was a Vespa 150 GS (see above)- a triumphant Italian design which, strangely, led me into a corresponding Italian automotive design 50 years later.  The TR6 took Julie and I to at least 10 TSOA Nationals and the TR8 to 4 or 5 and continuing.  We’ve been into the Swan, Barossa and ClareValleys, to Busselton, Brisbane, across the Nullabor, Creswick, Bathurst, Warwick, Sydney, Ballarat, Wangaratta, the Flinders, Mt Gambier, Noosa and Victor Harbor.  We’ve been everywhere man!  And both cars provided us with those special moments we cherish, by breaking down in Tamworth, Albany, Bathurst and Wangaratta.  Thank God for the RAA!  And good TSOAmaritans got us going again on each occasion.  Fabulous memories that will be with us forever.  Viva la Triumph!!.

The social calendar is humming along well & the Observation Run (17 September),  Day of Triumph (15 October) and Christmas Dinner (27 November), need member’s serious consideration over the coming weeks.  They are not only important but high quality events in the Club’s calendar.  If you haven’t attended before, why not make a special effort this year.

Whilst the next 6 month’s social activities are well laid out, we seriously need someone to take on the role of Social Director for 2023/24– not necessarily to do all the work but to oversee, coordinate and plan the various activities that we undertake each year.   In addition, as mentioned at our last meeting, we are looking for volunteers to take on the roles of Equipment Steward (see Bill Berlemon) and Regalia Manager (see Sue Smithson).  I will be very disappointed if, with more than 200 members, we fall short on filling these vital roles.

A final reminder about the AGM, which is coming up at our next meeting.  Think about what you might do to contribute to the Club and let us know at the AGM or before.  All members of the Committee are available at any time to chat about their roles.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Kind regards,

Peter Davidge (President)

President’s Report – June 2023

Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

This year’s Weekender was arranged in late May, around the Riverland visiting Waikerie, Barmera and Loxton.  Highlights for Julie and I were the Waikerie Machinery Museum, Rocky’s Hall of Fame and Pioneers Museum (large country and western music section) at Barmera and accommodation at the Golf Club.  Unfortunately we had to leave early on Sunday as we were heading for a week in Melbourne but we’d already had a great time.  Thanks to Bill and Margie for another wonderful weekender.

Once again at our last meeting there was an excellent turn-up as members came along to get their logbooks signed off before the end of the financial year.  It was particularly pleasing to see the camaraderie that was displayed and the vigorous discussions taking place as members renewed friendships and common interests.

The night was added to by a spontaneous on-stage display of Mike Bonning’s MD MK1 Saloon with triple carbies.  A reasonably rare saloon in good condition which Mike picked up 3 years ago after a whirlwind trip to Queensland.  The car created quite a degree of interest despite Mike apologising for some of the paintwork.  Many thanks Mike.

Another reminder about the AGM, which is coming up at the August meeting.  A strong Club thrives because of strong participation by members at all levels.  Think about what you might do to contribute to the Club (particularly taking over Regalia or the Social Secretary positions) and let us know at the AGM or before.  All members of the Committee are available at any time to chat about their roles.

Some interesting Club events are coming up so check out the social calendar.   I look forward to seeing you in July (my second last meeting before we move to Melbourne) and then at the AGM.

Kind regards, Peter Davidge (President)

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – JUNE 2023

Monday, May 29th, 2023

 

What a magnificent TR5, owned and presented by Alex Smithson at our last Club meeting!  This is what you miss out on if you don’t attend monthly TSOA meetings.  With logbooks due for annual renewal there was a larger than normal attendance, all of whom were able to inspect a beautifully restored Triumph.  And excluding our annual membership fee (which must be paid before 30 June), all it cost was the price of a raffle ticket and that’s not mandatory either.  Great enjoyment and great value!

And a giant thank you to Ian Rigby who worked solely and solidly for the whole meeting so that all logbooks presented were updated.  Ian had just driven back from Victoria, arriving an hour or so before the meeting to ensure that logbooks would be renewed.

Kaye and Lawrie Placing, with their mid week runs, are getting us out and taking us to venues that we mightn’t otherwise visit.  Their May run took members to the Meadows Hotel and although I couldn’t make it, I believe there was a good turn out.  Thanks Kay and Lawrie for your enjoyable and enthusiastic contribution.

As I am writing, we are 1 day away from the next Berlemon Weekender, this time to Barmera and Loxton.   Julie and I, together with more than 18 others, are looking forward to another interesting event.

2 meetings ago Rod Chivas from TSOA NSW introduced us to the workings of the Australian Motor Heritage Foundation (AMHF). By chance I was able to present him with a poster celebrating Triumph’s 50-year anniversary of civilised motoring.

Rod subsequently sent us this photo indicating it had been professionally framed and would be proudly hung in AMHF premises for all to see. They will also acknowledge TSOA SA as a contributor on their web site.

Don’t forget to pay your subs and get your logbooks sorted before 30 June 2023.  And remember the AGM is not far away (August meeting) so start thinking about a position on the Committee.  Confirmed vacancies include the positions of President, Social Secretary and Regalia.

Check out the social calendar.   I look forward to seeing you in June.

Kind regards,

Peter Davidge (President)

President’s Report – April / May 2023

Thursday, April 27th, 2023

Our March meeting was another good one.  Surprise visitors were Rod and Maggie Chivas from TSOA NSW.  Rod is a keen supporter of the Australian Motor Heritage Foundation (motorheritage.org.au) and spoke to us briefly on its objectives.  If you’ve not heard of the Foundation, as I hadn’t, check out its website and, in particular, read the details of its origin.  A very impressive and professional beginning (from 2016) and although centred in NSW it aims to provide a basis of historical record for all Australia.

Rod was also around in the early 1980’s when the first National TSOA Meetings were inaugurated.  He was quick to acknowledge TSOA SA initiating the first 7 day National in 1981.  Auctioning the last remaining bottle of TSOA SA 1981 Port (how sweet it might be!) raised $100 for Club funds.

What a day at the Bend for Laps and Lunch (Wednesday 29 March)!   TSOA SA and the TR Register were there in force (12 cars) and had a ball.  Even behind the pace car some of the tight and blind corners on the 7.8km circuit were heart pumpers for both Julie and me.  $40 per person was unbelievable value for the 2 laps and a Michelin Star restaurant lunch.  I’d do it again in a heartbeat!  So, when the next event is organised make sure you’re there.

Our recent Committee meeting considered the forecast financial results for this year and next year.  I am pleased to advise that the approved 2023/24 budget provides for no increase in subscriptions.   Although a growing deficit is expected given no increase in subscriptions, the Committee considers the forecast deficit manageable.  Maintaining subs at their current levels will benefit all members, given increases in other costs elsewhere.

Looking forward to next year, there will be some significant retirees from Committee and club representative positions.  I will be stepping down as President and the Social Secretary (Bill and Margie Berlemon) and Regalia (Sue Smithson) positions will become vacant.  Elections occur in August, and I am asking all members to consider nominating.  The positions are important but not too onerous.  Speak to the incumbents between now and then and decide to contribute.

I’m writing this report from Perth and have been able to catch up with a few other car enthusiasts, including TSOA WA members (see above).  The beautiful Stag in the middle belongs to Ron and Leigh Marian.  Planning for the 2024 Nationals in Albany is well advanced and promises to be another great event.

With the mid-week run and Weekender coming up in May there is quite a lot to look forward to.  Check out the Social Report later in this edition.

To all members and your families, stay safe and I look forward to seeing you in May.

Kind regards,

Peter Davidge (President)