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Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                                            March 2001

March Meeting:  McNulty’s – Westport Plaza – 7:00 PM, Mar. 20th, 2001

Dues are Due

Now is the time to renew your membership in the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association.  Renewal notification was sent out last month.  If you haven’t already done so, write a check for $20 made payable to St. Louis Triumph Owners Association (or SLTOA), and mail it to Bonnie David, 500 Marie Drive, St. Charles, MO  63301.

SLTOA Meeting Minutes - February 20, 2001 -McNulty's at Westport, By Robin Borgstede

Treasury report passed around the table

Dave Massey distributed a schedule of known events for 2001 (British Car related)

Old Business:

2002 Calendar – send your pictures to Arlie or Creig.  The pictures (hard copies) will be returned to you.  If you have a saying or motto that you would like under the photo send it along with the pic.  We need a volunteer to head the project – call Arlie if you are interested. 

Cancellation: Drive to Joe & Mary Mann’s has been cancelled for now – it will be rescheduled for a later date.

2002 Dues are due ASAP!!!!  Send your dues check made payable to SLTOA to Bonnie David.

New Business:

New officer Nominations – Elections in April.  Please bring your nominations along to the March meeting.

WANTED: Newsletter articles!  Please send your tidbits, stories, tips, etc to Creig.  Something that seems unimportant or insignificant to you may be just what someone else has been looking for or needs to hear.

DECISION needed regarding sending hard copy newsletters to everyone.  What are your thoughts?  Please come to the meeting or contact Arlie or Creig at or before the March meeting.  We will be making a decision at the March meeting.

HOW TO SPEND OUR FUNDS – Dave Massey brought up the fact that we are a Not for Profit organization and as such we need to keep a low account balance or face the IRS!  Here are some suggestions raised at the meeting: Tools for club use, shirts or jackets for club members.  What are your ideas??  Arlie tabled the topic until the March meeting so please come to the meeting and share your thoughts.

WEBSITE – any ideas of things people would like to see on our website?  A suggestion was offered that more resources on the resource page would be appreciated.  What are your thoughts?

Creig is willing to enter data if someone is unable to enter it (lack of computer access).  Here are some other suggestions: create a way to search for names in the phone list (a fast way), part swapping on line.

EASTER car show at Forest Park – Jack Fansher will be contacting the Horseless Carriage club and will have details at the March meeting.

THANKS to Charlie Keys who gave a very informative mini Tech session at the meeting! 

Arlie opened the floor to a round table session where everyone gave an update on their current car projects.

Meeting adjourned.


March 24-25 – MG Club Endurance rally = 1000 miles!  Creig Houghtaling is looking for a navigator.  Any volunteers???

April 1 – April Fool’s Run

May 5 – Brits by the shore in Arkansas

June 20 – Great American Race is stopping overnite in Kirkwood.  Dave & Linda Massey are working with the Kirkwood Chamber of Commerce to see if the TR club can play an active role.  Updates & details will be forthcoming.


March    McNulty’s at Westport 7 pm                                             June        Chuck-A-Burger on St.Charles Rock Road in St. John

April       McNulty’s at Westport 7 pm                                             July         Chuck-A-Burger

May        Picnic – place to be determined                                         August  Chuck-A-Burger

The First Annual April Fool's Run and Stress Reduction Clinic, April 1st, 2001, By John Strowbridge

Where   We will meet at the Firstar Bank in Alton, Illinois at 10:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, London) Tour departs at 10:30 a.m. or so . . .   Leave St. Louis in a Northeastern Direction to cross the Clark Bridge.  After crossing the bridge into Alton, Illinois, turn left at the light. You will see the Firstar Bank on your right.  Additional Hint: Look for Little British Cars.

The Event Itself    I realize it is a bit of a trip for a lot of people just to get to Alton, so the tour itself will not be that extensive and will focus on relaxation.  We will drive North along the Mississippi River bluffs (excellent road) approximately 22 miles (˝ hour) to Pere Marquette Lodge.  We will probably have the opportunity to park near the water so that our cars will not be exposed to the parking lot at the lodge.  We have our own banquet room reserved for us and our guests.  We will be able to enjoy the Sunday Brunch Buffet at The Lodge.  Cost for the brunch is $12.45 per person.  After a relaxing brunch we will drive back down the river road five miles to Grafton and stop at the Piasa Winery for further relaxation.  The winery is a single building with parking off the street.  You can purchase wine by the bottle and enjoy it on the premises.  The winery has a deck overlooking the river and a "downstairs" room with a fireplace and big comfy sofas. Definite stress reduction . . .

Easter Car Show at Forest Park, April 15, 2001

At our last meeting the club decided to enter the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri’s Concours d’Elegance 2001 as a club.  If we do this, we can show as a group and get a discount rate for entering.  The price will be $10 per car.  Jack Fansher has volunteered to handle our group registration.  If you would like to show your car please contact Jack Fansher at 314-275-2563.  Jack will tell you exactly how much you will need to pay to enter.  He suggested that perhaps SLTOA could pay part.  We’ll have to discuss that at the Tuesday meeting.  Jack also suggested that we could have some kind of display promoting SLTOA.  These kind of shows always garners a new member or two.  Please bring your ideas to the meeting or call Jack Fansher.

Missouri Endurance Rally, By Creig Houghtaling

The rally will be March 24th and 25th.  I have registered and plan to drive my TR6.  So far, Charlie Key and I are the only Triumph club members that I know of planning to compete.  If there is anyone out there who would like to drive but still has not registered, Robert Rushing (rally director) has informed me that last minute registration will be accepted.  For more information, see:  http://www.stlouismgclub.com/mer.html or ring me at 636-305-1143.

News, By Arlie King

Thanks Charlie,
If you did not attend our last meeting you missed the Tech Session by Charlie Keys. Charlie reviewed all the subtle
points of bleeding your clutch. Along with the discussion,  DOT fluids and electronic ignitions were mentioned for the members. It was a fine presentation and we all enjoyed it Charlie.
On another note please be prepared to vote for a new President/Vice President for the coming two years. I'm sure someone else would like the opportunity to work with the Triumph club. I am starting to go out of town more and it is difficult to keep up. Please think about it and bring your proposal in to the next meeting. Regards Arlie King

Digital Bits, by Gary Allgood

Web Site statistics? I have been tracking web site usage since we went on-line. In December of 2000 we had 183 hits. Since the beginning of 2001 the amount of hits are January 498, February 304, and as of today March 9, 121 hits. We were also able to get the search engines to serve up our web site, if you search for Saint Louis and Triumph you should find us at the top of the list.

Web Site of the Month: 1958 Turner Sports 950S Roadster. ( http://users.erols.com/puff4/turner.htm )

Classified Ads Contact Creig Houghtaling at the address listed below, or CreigKay@aol.com or 636-305-1143 to place a free ad in this newsletter.

63 TR4, Second owner, 43,603 miles, new interior, new valves/guides/seals, new brakes, new fuel pump, no rust, $9,500.  Mel Parentin 314-961-8567

1966 Triumph TR4A, IRS. New tires, decent top, fair interior, new head on engine. Normal rust in rocker panels and lower front fenders. Car does run, but has been sitting for over a year. No overdrive on it. Asking $1800.00 Contact Pete at 314-220-1974 or peteprenger@AOL.COM   Photographs of this car can be viewed at: http://www.sltoa.org/classifieds/Prenger/TR4for_sale.htm


St. Louis Triumph Owners Association 

Creig Houghtaling

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026-5682