Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org October 2001

October Meeting, October, 16, 2001, 7:00 PM, Patrick’s at Westport

SLTOA Meeting Minutes – September 18th, 2001 – Chuck-A-Burger, By Robin Borgstede

Bonnie David passed around the club treasury report

Car Show: The All British Car Show at Creve Coeur Park on September 16 was a success. There were 153 British cars in attendance. A hearty thanks to all the club members who volunteered their time to work in/coordinate our food booth! Charity Donation: The club members present at the meeting voted to donate $1,000.00 to the NY Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund. The money donated to this charity goes directly to the families of firefighters in NY who were injured or perished in the line of duty.

Communication: The club now has a set of Walkie Talkies (arranged by Charlie Keys as I understand it) to help make communication easier on drives. Great Idea!!!

Fall Color Tour: Jack Fansher will once again host our annual color drive to Bias Winery in Berger, MO. It is a beautiful, relaxing drive - if you have not been you should try to make the effort. The Winery is peaceful and has a friendly, homelike atmosphere. Shirts: Are on the way - they will hopefully be ready for the October meeting.

Upcoming Events: Scottish Days - October 13 &14 SLTOA Meeting - Tuesday, October 16 at Patrick's located in West Port Plaza Holiday Party: SLTOA Holiday party - December 13 (Thursday) at the Bevo Mill in St. Louis

Holiday Party: Austin Healy Holiday party - December 8 at Keith Bester's home in Glendale

St. Louis Scottish Games, British Car Show, Saturday, October 13th, 2001, Forest Park

Dave Massey has asked that you let him know if you are planning on showing your Triumph. If so, phone him at: (314) 966-6056

Fall Color Tour to Bias Winery, Sunday October 21st, 2001, 10:00 AM, By Jack Fansher

Meet at Manchester and Clarkson Road behind the Shell station on the K-Mart parking lot. The tour will leave promptly at 10:30 AM. Enjoy the fall colors and weather on a back-roads tour to the winery. Bring a lunch or purchase food at the winery. There will be music, rides through the vineyards, a nature trail, and a pond where you can feed the fish. As usual, Jim will provide the tour group with a parking corral on the hill.

The drive is approx. 2 hours through the beautiful countryside and hopefully we will see some lovely fall colors - keep your fingers crossed. For anyone who has not done this drive before – the Winery sells soda, wine, non-alcoholic wine, sausage & cheese plates, crackers, and brats. Most people bring along a picnic basket and we end up having a family style lunch on the lawn with food passing all around. Please come in any vehicle you can - it is a GREAT drive.

For more information, call Jack Fansher at (314) 275-2563

Halloween Rally, Saturday, October 27th, By Robert Rushing

On Saturday, October 27th, we will again hold what has become an annual event for us here in St. Louis—the Halloween Rally. John & Carol Mangles will again be hosting the after rally party at their house at 31 Canyon Court in St. Charles. For a change of pace this year, we will begin the rally at 1:00 PM at the commuter parking lot at Gravois and 270. This year’s rally will be a traditional question/answer rally with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. The rally will end at John & Carol’s, where we will have a cookout. The barbecue will be provided; however everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. There will be games and a big bonfire to relax by after an afternoon of good driving.

Remember, to dress up for a ghoulish time; as always, there will be a popular vote costume contest. The rally and party are open to members of the MG Club of St. Louis, the Triumph Club, the Jaguar Club, and the Healey Club. Or, if you know someone with a British car, talk them into coming out and having a good time with us. John asks that everyone RSVP to him at (636) 939-9338 by October 24th so he’ll know how much stuff to get for the party and what you’re bringing (so we don’t end up with 25 pumpkin shaped cakes!). Don’t miss out on a great time.

Joshua Drove A Triumph, Submitted by SLTOA Member

Editor's note:  At the time of publishing this newsletter, the original author of the following article was not known and therefore was not credited.  On November 16, 2002, we received the following note:

From: "Rivenburg, Roy" <Roy.Rivenburg@latimes.com>

To: <dretz@sbcglobal.net>

Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2002 2:08 AM

Subject: sltoa

> Hi. I notice that you have posted a page on "What Would Jesus Drive."

While I'm glad you found it funny enough to share with your audience, this

material is lifted from a copyrighted newspaper column I wrote Sept. 6, 2000

(www.offkilter.org/jesusdmv.html), distributed by Creators Syndicate. You

can further verify that I am the writer by visiting Ship-of-fools.com

(cargo.ship-of-fools.com/Captain/0900.html) and scrolling down. Please give

proper credit and link to my site or take down this page. Thank you.


> Roy Rivenburg

Our sincere apology to Roy!  We did not go to offkilter and copy the article.  It was one of those things floating around in entertaining e-mail that people pass around.  If, as editor of Exhaust Notes, I would have known it was a copyrighted article, I would have never published it.   Sorry Roy!

Most people assume WWJD is for "What would Jesus do?" But the initials really stand for "What would Jesus drive?"

One theory is that Jesus would tool around in an old Plymouth because "the Bible says God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a Fury."

But in Psalm 83, the Almighty clearly owns a Pontiac and a Geo. The passage urges the Lord to "pursue your enemies with your Tempest and terrify them with your Storm."

Perhaps God favors Dodge pickup trucks, because Moses' followers are warned not to go up a mountain "until the Ram's horn sounds a long blast."

Some scholars insist that Jesus drove a Honda but didn't like to talk about it. As proof, they cite a verse in St. John's gospel where Christ tells the crowd, "For I did not speak of my own Accord..."

Meanwhile, Moses rode an old British motorcycle, as evidenced by a Bible passage declaring that "the roar of Moses' Triumph is heard in the hills."

Joshua drove a Triumph sports car with a hole in its muffler: "Joshua's Triumph was heard throughout the land."

[Editor’s note: He must have been driving John Lamberg’s Spitfire! ;-) ]

And, following the Master's lead, the Apostles car pooled in a Honda..."The Apostles were in one Accord."

Digital Bits, by Gary Allgood

The SLTOA Web Site is now officially 1 year old. Happy Birthday! The site has grown, and become a very active asset for our members and the whole Triumph world.

There are costs associated with having a dynamic web site, costs which we are able to manage and afford for our members and the whole Triumph Community. Anybody can put a static web page on a free server on the Internet. We brought it to a vote last year and decided that the SLTOA needed an active and dynamic web site. Up to date information, and current events for those of us that cannot remember what we had for breakfast!

To offset some costs we created the "Triumph Spotlight", which allows a member to donate $20.00 to the SLTOA. For this donation the member’s Triumph will be "Front and Center" on the main web page of the SLTOA for one month. After the month is over, the members Triumph will be in a place of honour in the Triumph Spotlight Archives permanently. To put your Triumph in the Spotlight contact the Webmaster at leyte@lvs.net.

And don’t forget your web site maintenance team. Creig Houghtaling, Editor of the Exhaust Notes Newsletter and web site design. Gary Allgood, Webmaster. And finally our esteemed President, John Strowbrige who is actively working on the web site and submitting monthly articles to the Exhaust Notes Newsletter. You can assist the team by submitting pictures, articles, and tech & tuning tips.

Web Site of the Month: Lucas Petrol Injection ( http://www.kvaleberg.com/t_pi.html ) I found this site during my research on the Triumph 2500 MKII PI Saloon. Yes I would have one for an everyday driver!

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

Dianne Rains has her beautiful TR7 for sale. She sent me some new pictures, which I have posted on the web. She also sent me some text for this ad, which I have lost. (Sorry Dianne!) Give her a call and talk to her and she can give you the details, which I have failed to post here. Dianne Rains (314) 772-1306 StLouisRains@hotmail.com

74 TR6 Parts, $500, Perfect frame. Body, front suspension, other parts. No engine, transmission, or rear end. John Ritter 314-965-5618

St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026-5682

We are about to enter the "crisp air zone".


As the humidity wanes and the autumnal equinox passes many things are still happening within the SLTOA.


In chronological order we have:


The St. Louis Scottish Games British Car Show – Dave and Linda Massey have put forth considerable effort to pull this off. The show is on October 13th. Gates open at 8:00 am in Forest Park, immediately east of the History Museum. Forms & info. available on the website.

Fall Colour Tour to Bias Winery – Jack Fansher is doing the honors in organizing this annual event. October 21st at 10: am, meet at Manchester & Clarkson Rd. behind the Shell station in the K Mart lot. Once again, see the website or this issue of Exhaust Notes for details.

NOTE: Our next monthly meeting is in a new location, Patrick’s at Westport. It is in the same basic area as Mc Nulty’s, which we closed down. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday the 16th at 7:00 pm.

SLTOA Christmas Party is scheduled for Thursday, December 13th. We will be dining in the Oak Room at Bevo Mill. Discussions on menu items, etc. will take place at the next meeting, come let your opinion be known. We will be setting up a network to get a "headcount" in the near future.


We should all thank Creig Houghtaling for putting together a current register of the club membership. Also, we should be proud . . . as an organization SLTOA donated one thousand dollars to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund. One hundred percent of all funds donated go to help the families of New York’s Bravest who fell that day.