Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                               August 2003

July Meeting, Chuck-A-Burger, Tuesday August 19th, 2003, 7:00 PM

Chuck-A-Burger is located west of I-170 at 9025 St. Charles Rock Road

President's Corner, By Richard Etz


First of all, a big "thank you" to Joe and Mary Ann Mann for their hospitality to our members on July 20.  There was lots of great food, things to see, and just good socializing.  The drive on the way up on two lane back roads was really pleasant.  Ken Dahman set a good pace in his (oops) 356 Porsche.  He even stopped and waited for the group when we were separated by stoplights!  The Berger brothers got antsy and were wringing out the Spitfires, though.  Our buffet, a mixture of brought, bought, and homemade was quite good and really more than we could eat!  Joe is quite a collector: I wish I had that much space for stuff.  We saw his clocks—there must be 100 or more--including a tower clock that is driven by two 200-pound weights.  The pendulum actually hangs through a hole in the second floor of the barn.  We rode in two of Joe's model Ts and in his Pierce Arrow roadster, which has a rumble seat.  The Pierce is an awesome car, the brand my father called "the American Rolls Royce".  I drove the Model T: The controls are really different!  I was less than skilled, but there was no permanent damage.  I was the nervous one, especially in traffic, Joe took it in stride.  The boldest club members rode Joe's "Whizzer".  Actually he has three Whizzers, ancient motorized bicycles.  Joe has other cars, too, including two TR 3s.  Ask him next time we see him for a complete list!  I told you he is an interesting guy!  We took the highway back, cruising with the "semis".  The TR 6 never missed a beat, but we were fried!  Next time I'll try putting up the top and unzipping the rear window. Let's just put this activity on next year's calendar right now!

In other news, the meeting last month was well attended.  Thirty-eight people were there.  I saw several cars I'd not seen lately, including one with its new owner.  I also hear that Chris's and Kathy's "tub party" was a great success.  Not as sordid as it may sound, members lifted a TR 3 body tub on to its frame.  Chris's restoration was looking good the last time I saw it.

I hope the summer has been treating you well and that you've had time to enjoy your Triumphs.  I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!

Happy Motoring!

Hats, By Richard Etz

Sue Dahman has checked with Marilyn Salini, our embroidery connection.  SLTOA hats with our logo would cost approximately $12 per hat after a set-up fee of about $200.  At the next meeting we'll take an interest survey and discuss club subsidy for some amount of the cost.  Bring you suggestions/requests.



July 2003 Minutes, By Chris Allgood

European Car Show was a good show, plenty of high dollar cars.  A new Lotus was there for everyone to view, and managed to get a lot of attention even from the Triumph folks.

National MGB Convention was reported as good also, with hot weather and good turnout was good. One of the convention highlights was the Waco Fly In Club, Waco being a flying machine. The Waco folks put on a very nice show for the convention. The only complaint was the lack of vendors on hand.

When the Great Race came to town there where a couple of folks from the club on hand, it was a decent turnout but the Kirkwood run two years ago seem to weigh in as a better production. There were about 100 cars on hand. Sue and Ken’s Healey ended up on the evening news that night, it seems the television camera crews have very ken eyes!

TRA Rally in Indiana was a good event for TR-2 and TR-3. We where told that the Museum there is worth the drive regardless of how many TR’s are there. It must be good!

Fireman’s Picnic Run had a turn out of 8-10 cars.

The SLTOA has received Rimmer Brother’s Bucks recently, which is the result of our placing their info in our newsletter. Do you have any ideals on how you want to see them spent? A couple of ideas where to give them out as gift certificates for working the up coming events, or to give them out as door prizes at the Christmas Party.

Next Meeting will be August 19 at Chuck a Burger.

Upcoming events include the following.

Kansas City All British Car Show is on August 31st. This is a one-day show but we have heard that it is a great show.

Wheels in Motion September 7. Sponsored by MGB Car Club. The cost for this event is $15.00, which benefits the National Children’s Cancer Society.

On September 20 there will be a British Car Display in Forest Park. There is a $5.00 Pre registration fee for those who are interested.  Also a Hanger Dance will take place at a cost of $25.00 a couple. A few of the club members say that this is a great event.

All British Car Show, in Creve Coeur Park on September 21st.  This event is where our club has worked a food booth. We need volunteers to run this event, and work this event. We usually provide at a small cost hot dogs, chips and soda. Please help out! There was also a need to possibly create other classes for judging at this event, with the amount of cars in classes growing. Charlie Key was looking for suggestions.

Digital Bits, By Gary Allgood

The web server our site is on has been completely updated. New Sun Unix hardware and the latest Unix software. We now have a world-class mailing list running on a Unix Server! Hurrah!

Things to know: Web Site: URL: http://www.sltoa.org

The current web site is undergoing updates and changes. Currently I have not made the needed migrations in the databases, so things like Membership listing, Local Resources are not on-line. Look for them soon.

I have also been working on broken links that appeared not to migrate over in the process; these too will be repaired as soon as possible. If you see a broken link, e-mail me and I will fix it up. gallgoodATlvsDOTnet


Saturday Sept. 20th & Sunday, Sept. 21st 2003

Saturday, Sept. 20th:  Hospitality and registration at the Host Hotel 8 AM to 10:30 AM.

CARAVAN from, Red Roof Inn. Page & Concourse – Westport to Forrest Park at 11:30 AM.  Cars assemble for display at Forest Park in conjunction with the Great Forest Park Balloon Race.

Noon to 4:30 PM in front of 130,000 spectators who have come to see 70 Hot Air Balloons.

Pre race festivities include skydivers, amateur photo contest plus food and beverage concessions, and an entertainment stage.  The first balloon lifts off around 4:30 PM

Saturday night - optional benefit “WWII-Style” Hangar Dance Smartt Field in St. Charles, MO

Sunday, Sept. 21st:  Registration for the 22nd Annual Midwest Region All British Car Show opens at 9 AM at the Car Show Venue – Marine Ave. – opposite beautiful Creve Coeur Lake – in Creve Coeur Lake Park.  Popular voting takes place from 11 AM to 1 PM.  Trophies will be awarded at the show at 3 PM.  Awards to include Popular Voting plus Chairmen’s Choice; Diamond In The Rough; plus Door Prizes awarded through out the show.  Three or more cars will constitute a class, less than three cars will be added to the closest Marque.

For More Info: Visit www.stlouismgclub.com or call the HOTLINE at 314-995-TOMG


Registration Form:  Please fill out and return to:  Charlie Key – 2845 Gilwood Ave. – St. Louis, MO 63114  (314) 428-9335.




Phone #_(_____)_____________________

Early Brit Car Show Registration PRIOR TO 9/14: $22.00 per car =_______.___

After 9/14/03 or VENDOR SPACE $25.00  (Sunday)  = ________________

Check _____PLUS great Forest Park Balloon Race/ Car Display $5.00 (Saturday)=_________.

T-shirts (L) (XL) @ $15.00 (XXL) @ $16.00 (Quantity / sizes) = ___________________

Embroidered Picque Golf Shirts (L) (XL) @ $35.00 (XXL) A $38.00 = ______________

                                                                        TOTAL REMITTANCES:____________




CALL 1-800-874-9000 FOR SPECIAL RATE

Check here_____for Optional WWII Style Hanger Dance at Smart Field. Saturday Night—22 piece Big Band Orch. Reserved Tables. Benfitting Commemrative Air Force. 

BE THERE!!!!!!!!

E-Mail Mailing List, by Creig Houghtaling

Since we have a new SLTOA server system, everyone who would like to be on the list must either subscribe or re-subscribe.  Detailed directions for automatic subscription are provided below.

Many members are familiar with the SLTOA e-mail mailing list.  For those of you who are not, it is a way for members of the list to automatically (and immediately) send an e-mail note to all other members of the list.  So how does this work?  First you must “subscribe” to the list.  Directions for subscribing are detailed below.  Once you are a member, you may write an e-mail and send it to Triumphs@SLTOA.org.  (Case is not important.  Use upper or lower case to suit your own taste.)  That e-mail will automatically be forwarded to all members of the list.  Yes, you will get a copy back into your own mailbox.  Then those members can reply to your inquiry either directly to you or back to the whole list if the subject is of common interest.

To become a “subscriber” to the list, send an e-mail to majordomo@sltoa.org from the e-mail address/server that you would like to subscribe under.  Leave the subject line blank.  In the body of the e-mail write subscribe triumphs.

For an example, this is what my subscription e-mail looked like:

From: Houghtaling [mailto:oldtoys@brick.net]

Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 8:20 PM

To: majordomo@sltoa.org




subscribe triumphs

After I sent that e-mail, I immediately got a reply back from the server telling me that my subscription was successful, and another giving me directions on how to unsubscribe when I don’t want to be on the list any more.

So sign up today so you will be the first to know what is happening within the club.

LBC Pinafore, Contributed by Don Huber

Don picked up the following while on vacation.  He sent it to share it with the club:


Triumph wanted for weekend, By Creig Houghtaling


The following is an e-mail I received from a young lady in the St. Louis area.  Next is my response to her, then two replies back from her.  This seems to be legitimate.  If anyone has an idea that might help, please contact Jennifer directly.

Creig Houghtaling


From: JLP11118@aol.com

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 5:19 PM

To: oldtoys@brick.net

Subject: Information

Dear Mr. Houghtaling,

My name is Jennifer Pettit and I am writing to you to request some information.

My father owned a yellow triumph when he met my mother in the 70s.  After having kids they sold the car to make way for station wagon.  My father was very sad to see the car go and still gets excited when he sees one on the road.

My father was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood-bone cancer, last year, and at the time he was given 9 months to live.  He has beat that, but unfortunately after chemo treatments, a stem cell transplant, and numerous clinical trials the doctors have run out of treatments for this non-curable cancer.  He has been married to my mom for 26 years on July 23rd, and will be turning 50 on sept. 23rd.  The doctors don't believe that he will make it, but I feel that he will with his courage and strength.

I was hoping that you would know of someone who would rent a triumph to my father and mother for a weekend to recapture there early years of no kids, less stress, and no cancer.  The past year has been difficult for the two of them, and I feel that a gift like this would allow them relive the days of their youth and give them just a few days of peace without worrying about doctors, medicine, getting sick, or just plain hurt from knowing that they will not grow old together.

I would appreciate any information you can supply.


Jennifer Pettit


From: Houghtaling [oldtoys@brick.net]

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 6:53 PM

To: JLP11118@aol.com

Subject: RE: Information


If your story is true, I am sure we could find someone in the area who could accommodate your dad.  What year, make and model Triumph did your dad have? (A Spitfire is quite different from a TR6, which are both quite different from several other models Triumph made.)



From: JLP11118@aol.com

Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 6:48 AM

To: oldtoys@brick.net

Subject: Re: Information

Mr. Houghtaling,

Thank you so much for getting back to me!  It means so much to me, and know that my parents would just be so moved by it.  I will ask them today in a round about way (bc I want it to be a suprise) and get back to you later on today.

My story is true, we have lived in st. louis for almost all of our lives. My brothers and I went to elementary school in the rockwood school district, then my brothers went to high school at SLUH, and I went to St. Joseph's Academy.  My mother works at Missouri Baptist as an occupational therapist, and my father worked at Anhueser-Busch before his illness.  I am sure that you get tons of junk email like the rest of us, but rest assured this is not one of those emails,  its just a 22 year old daughter trying to give my parents just one weekend or even one day of relaxation to recaputure a time when life and their future together doesn't seem so stressful and their world does not revovle around cancer.

I appreciate you getting back to me so much!!  Thank you and I will get back to you with the information today!


Jennifer Pettit


From: JLP11118@aol.com

Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:17 AM

To: oldtoys@brick.net

Subject: Re: Information

Mr. Houghtaling,

I just got off the phone with my mom and she said it was a 1975 Triumph spitfire, black rag top, and yellow finish.

She also told me a funny story about the car too:  When they moved to St. Louis my dad worked for the old international paper company in North County. He was 22 years old and for a joke on his b-day they built a box the size of the car and put it in the box.  So when my dad went to leave work he found a huge (ok not huge since the car isn't a SUV or anything :)  )box with his car inside.

Thanks so much!

Jennifer Pettit


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Items For Sale

Uni-Sync carburetor adjustment tool, new.  $19.00

The T-Series Handbook, Golden Aniversary edition.  Essential information from the pages of The Sacred Octagon, late 80’s copy.  $20.00

MG Midget Series TD and TF Workshop Manual.  Original BMC issue, not a reprint,  Useful and a collectors item.  $50.00

Chilton’s Repair & Tune Up Guide, MGB, C, A, Midget, 1100 & others.  Basic info, well used.  $5.00

Tuning BL’s A-Series Engine, by David Vizard, first edition.  The most authoritative, comprehensive & pratical manual on the A-series (and applies to the b-series also) engine and ancillaries.  New condition.  $20.00

Great American Automobiles by John Bentley.  An interesting and pleasant book that covers cars and racers prior to WW-I.  $10.00

A History of Sports Cars by C. N. Georgano.  Written & pictorial (color, B&W) history book of sports cars up to the mid 60’s.  A fun book to look at and read.  $15.00

Karl Schmitt,  (636) 797-4203

79 TR7 conv, auto, needs work, $500. Call (636) 940-0091 for more details

67 - 69 Spitfire MKII parts and parts car for sale.  Call Brian at (314) 494-6176.

1973 TR6
Well maintained. Ready for the road! Good paint and body, 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@sbcglobal.net

Triumph Spitfire Factory Hardtop, good condition, yellow paint.  -  Joe Odgers 314-821-4121 joe@jfodgers.com  http://jfodgers.com

1958 TR-3A for sale.  Very presentable and drivable condition.  Signal Red with black interior.  One family owner.  Asking $8500, please call 636-458-9163 for more details.  Located in Wildwood, MO

SLTOA Shirts, $25, 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