Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                               January 2003

November Meeting, Danny O’Tooles, Tuesday November 19th, 2002, 7:00 PM

Danny O’Tooles is located at Westport Plaza in the old McNulty’s location

President's Corner, By Richard Etz


News flash: Polar Bear Run February 2!  Meet at 11 AM on the parking lot at the Beaumont/Antire exit off Highway 44.  The drive will be about two hours, then we will go to Mel's and Gail's house for chili.  If you bring something to share, make sure it is ready to serve with no additional cooking or dishes.  Pray to the weather gods!

We finished the year in grand style with our December banquet.  Bevo Mill was excellent and we had about 35 participants.  Some of us had to rush from one holiday party to another, yet it was not to be missed.  I'll highly recommend next year's banquet in advance.  Great to see some of our far-flung members.  Gary and Karla Fuqua came all the way from Branson.  This was their first activity despite club membership for some time.  Gary has an enviable collection of cars that includes a number of Triumphs.  He suggested a Branson visit for club members this summer.

Joe and Mary Ann Mann came from Pinckneyville.  Joe has acquired another Pierce Arrow.  The pictures of it were quite excellent.  Hopefully, we'll see it during another summer visit to his place.  On another subject, don't forget the Chicagoland All British Swap Meet on Feb. 23.  This might be a good activity in an otherwise bleak portion of winter.  Check the Chicagoland MG website:  http://www.chicagolandmgclub.com/swapmeet/index.html.

In other news, "Thoroughbred and Classic Cars" magazine features a TR6 on the cover of the February issue.  Actually, it is not a "Bargain for the Brave" as the cover might suggest, but is compared to a Golf GTI and a Capri Mk I.  Where they came up with that comparison, I'll never know!  Also, the February issue of "Grassroots Motorsports" talks about restoring the performance of a rubber-bumpered MGB through the retro-fitting of earlier model parts.  Sections of this article are quite interesting.  For instance, they experimented with different kinds of oil in the carb dampers and found good old 30 weight as good as any and better than some of the oils they tried.

Hope you got to drive your Triumphs last Wednesday and Thursday to keep them percolating.  I look forward to seeing you members this coming Tuesday!

Happy motoring (stay warm)!

SLTOA Meeting Minutes, November 19th Danny O’Tooles: Chris Allgood

It was discussed that all remaining Meetings will be held at Danny O’Tooles until this spring.

December Meeting will take place at the Christmas Party on December 20 Th.  Please plan on arriving around 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m. There will be a gift exchange you are asked to bring two gifts one trash and one treasure. The gifts are to be wrapped and there is a price limit of 10.00 dollars. The cost is 11.50 per person and should be paid to Bonnie.

The club is invited to Christmas Light Show at the Kirkwood Train Station on December 21 st at 7:00. The cruise will be mapped out.  Look for more information on website.

Mel has volunteered to coordinator the Poplar Bear Run next year. All that was asked is that it does not fall on Super Bowl weekend.

Craig is looking for any input that you would like to add to this newsletter. Feel free to  E-mail him with information you would like to pass on to other members.

Some items that club members where looking for:  TR 6 Axles, GT 6 Gearbox, and U Joint.

Looking ahead into next year events.

February 23rd there will be a British Car Swap Meet at the Depage Fairgrounds in Wheaton Il.  The Chicago Land MG Club will host it. Some of our club members mentioned it was worth going to.

March 22nd will be the Endurance Rally. Look on website for more information.

Dave Massey will be the point of contact for any one who is thinking about going to England for the 100 Anniversary of the Triumph.

Upcoming Events:

February 2nd  -  Polar Bear Run

March 22nd & 23rd   -  Eighth Annual Missouri Endurance Rally:  I hope everyone has had a good holiday and I hope that you will have a good New Year too!  Hopefully, you got a bunch of British car parts as gifts and are getting your cars ready.  It's just three short months until the 2003 driving season is kicked off with the 8th Annual Missouri Endurance Rally! March 22-23, 2003 starting from here in St Louis.  We'll start off at 7 a.m. for the driver's meeting and odometer check runs.  Teams will have until 9 a.m. the next morning to complete the course with awards being given out at 10 a.m.    The host hotel will be the same as the last few years - the Red Roof Inn Westport.  For reservations, call 314-991-4900.

I have registration forms and an information sheet I can mail to anyone that needs one.  Just e-mail me back at rarushin@up.com and mgslime@swbell.net, and I'll get it in the mail (or send it to you if you have Word.)

Also, remember, new this year is the 1st Ever Mini-Endurance Trial.  Half the distance as the regular rally with just over half the time.  Teams will have to make it to 5 out of the 10 stops for the regular rally and will have until midnight that night to complete it.  Should be a great way for those who have never attempted a full endurance rally to get their first taste!

Plus, another new feature this year is the new rally series which consists of the Missouri Endurance Rally, the Lap of the Lake Rally, and the Abingdon Endurance Trials.  The team covering the least number of total miles wins the championship!

Please make sure that newsletter editor has this information listed in your club's newsletter so we can make this another record year!  If you need any additional information, please contact me.

Thanks!  Robert Rushing  MG Club of St Louis  North American MGB Register Hammer & Tongs Register - HT#273

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.

1973 TR6 - Partially restored - rebuilt engine, new top, tires, gas tank, red with tan seats and top. Asking $6,750. Call 314-878-8230 or e-mail to V1014@msn.com.

Wanted: Spitfire or Herald 1200cc engine in good rebuildable condition.  Should have all parts with it. May need other Spitfire parts later.  Robert 636 639-6119 or mailto:rdchambers@worldnet.att.net

1979 Triumph Spitfire, white with black interior, hard and soft tops, 3,000 miles on rebuilt engine, radio, good tires, recent brake and clutch work. Runs and drives well. $2500.00 for a decent driver. Contact Arlie @636-677-0545 or email bailees@aol.com.

SLTOA Shirts, $20, Call Bonnie David for delivery to out next meeting.  (636) 949-0825


St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026-5682