President’s Report – June 2024

Most members have now paid their subscriptions, and we ask that all get their payments into our account by 30th June. It really makes our treasurer, Lisa’s job so much easier if she does not have to chase late payers. Remember that all logbooks need to be stamped or replaced if 3 years old by 30th June, or else vehicles are not legally registered. If you have not got your logbook stamped by then, you should not drive your vehicle until this has been completed.

Natalie Farrell organised another great run through the Adelaide Hills to Beach Road Winery at McLaren Vale on Sunday 19th. We were blessed with good weather and had a strong turnout of members and Triumphs for what was a most successful and enjoyable day.

I am organising the next run, being Christmas in July, and we will cover some of the same ground as last month. Now that the countryside has had rain and is green again, I am sure no one will begrudge seeing some of it again. If you would like to get in to the spirit of things, please decorate your vehicle and/or yourself in traditional Christmas decorations or clothing. There will be Christmas gifts for all at lunch at the Old Noarlunga Hotel.

We are also having a mid-week run to the Green Man Inn, Ashbourne on 10th July. The drive to Ashbourne is great, this time of year, so please let Lawrie and Kaye Placing know if you can attend.

We had another well attended club meeting this month, which is, no doubt due in part to members bringing their logbooks for stamping. Our Registrar, Ian Rigby had a very busy time last Tuesday, and I know he was very pleased to see assistant registrars Kevin Foster and Graham Dean arrive to take some of the load off him on the night. For those who are not regular attendees, I trust that you enjoyed the night and hope to see you again soon at a club meeting or other event.

We once again two member’s cars on stage at our June meeting. Steve Hickingbotham had his TR7, which looked great after he and son Hunter polished it for the night. Steve has only owned the car for 10 months, but he and Hunter are greatly enjoying it. Dan George then showed us his Dolomite Sprint, which he has taken over from his father David, after a nasty prang at Mallala some years ago.  Dan has repaired this damage and has also just about rebuilt the car from end to end, and it is now looking like new, and probably driving much better than new. Dan plans to get the car back on the track, which is great news as our competition group is currently quite small.

Finally, the Annual General Meeting is now only 2 months away, after August general meeting. All positions in the club will be declared vacant. Please call me (ph 0412 823789) or email me ( if you wish to stand for any position in the club or are prepared to help. We have numerous jobs within the club and would welcome new faces.


Alex Smithson


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