Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                              September 2003

September Meeting, Chuck-A-Burger, Tuesday Sep. 16th, 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


What a weather change, from 104° to cool, maybe too cool!  Say good-bye to fears of overheat and fried feet!  Last night (Sept. 6) we put up the hood (top, to you non-Brits) to prevent "ear freeze."  The needed rain broke the heat, but adversely affected the Kansas City British Car Show.  The day before the show I heard that cars had been swept off the road by torrential rain in Emporia, Kansas.  Continued storms were predicted for Kansas City proper the day of the show.  I later spoke to an MG guy on a club hotline.  They had the show "rain or shine," but the crowd was small and he had left the show at 12:30 PM.  That's too bad that such a nice show was spoiled.  In other news, I hope everyone had a good time at the "Wheels in Motion" show on Sept. 7.  As of this writing, I am preparing to drop by the show.  All I know so far is that the weather is perfect.  Show proceeds benefit the National Children's Cancer Society.  Our membership authorized a club donation of $50 to this worthy cause.  The donation was in response to a Healey Club challenge to match their contribution.  They were auctioning a "Castrol" sign to raise the donation, which turned out to be $30.  The MG club out-did both clubs with a donation of $100!  Good work, MG fans.

Those who came to last month's meeting know we had a great time and a great turnout despite extreme heat.  The All-British Car Show of Sept. 21 was a major topic of conversation.  Joe Mueller has been organizing for our food booth and negotiating new health department rules so that this crucial fund-raiser may proceed.  Our secret 20W50 marinade is definitely out this year!  This booth was a great success last year largely because many people pitched in and helped at different times during the day.  Morning set-up was accomplished by a number of early-risers, followed by cooks, cashiers, and kitchen help.  I encourage everyone to speak to Joe and find out just what help he needs.  His home phone is (314) 965-7924.  Joe's e-mail is jcpa1@aol.com.  Final plans will be made at the September 16 meeting.  Thanks again, Joe, for all your work.  It should be a busy week-end with the annual Jaguar Club show at the History Museum, the Balloon Race, also in Forest Park, both on the 20th (Saturday) the day before the All British Show.  The Balloon Race has its own car show, which had a number of British cars in it last year.

Lately we've been talking about the lack of any formal welcoming procedure for our new members.  This has been a weakness in our club for as long as I can remember.  Perhaps we could develop a welcoming committee or elect an officer who would orient these newcomers and help them feel a part of the fellowship more quickly.  Bring your ideas to the next meeting.  Also, regarding meetings, we are set to start our winter venue in October.  "The Crossings" in Webster Groves has worked out well and will continue as our meeting spot this fall.  The holidays are just ahead.  Bevo Mill is now reserved for December 12, a Friday.  Healey Club confirms December 7 as its Holiday Party, so there should be no conflict.  I would like to finalize the Bevo buffet menu soon, so bring your ideas to our next meeting.

Two other items of note.  At last meeting, I neglected to mention the Scottish Games Car Show held on October 11.  The show is free and admission to the games is free to the driver of a car placed in the show.  A plaque will be provided to participants.  The Scottish Games is a really great event.  Talk to Dave Massey for further details and a description of that traditional game "Caber Toss."  Next, the September issue of  "Practical Classics" has a comparison test of two Triumph Stags.  One has a rebuilt version of the fiendish Triumph V8, the other has the popular Rover (Buick) V8 conversion.  The original V8 failure is attributed to "Build quality on the poor side of diabolical." (p. 58)  Interesting.

I look forward to seeing you all at our September 16 meeting at Chuck-A-Burger.

Happy Motoring!

July 2003 Minutes, By Chris Allgood

Old News

The trip to Joe Mann’s House was a lot of fun. The food and hospitality of Joe & Mary was great.  Driving around in the Model T and Pierce Arrow was very fun. The only downside of the day was the long hot drive home.

Carthage Car Show was a lot of fun. There was a Party on Friday Night. Then Car Show on Saturday on the Town Square. The only downside was the 5.5 hours it took to get there.

VTR Roadster Factory Show was a great Turnout with over 600 Triumphs. The downtown was blocked off for the show.  In the show was a T-S 1. This event was also the annual gatherings of TR 8’s. It was a Great Time Dave said.

New News

Welcome New Members John and Debra Manekey.

Sue and John have looked into getting a new tape made of our Logo. Some members have showing an interest in having Hats made. The cost for the new tape would be about 200.00. Then we as a club would have to buy in the lot of 25 hats per order.

John was going to bring about five different hats to the next meeting for us to chose from. The cost of the hats would be about 12.00 for those who would like to buy one.

In case anyone needs a shirt we still have 13 left to sell.

Hannibal Mo. Is having a Hot August Night Festival August 22-23. It would make a nice cruise for anyone interesting in going. Just take Highway 79 North and you should be able to find the Carnival.

Kansas City is having a Car Show on August 31.  You register on Saturday for the Show on Sunday.  The Show will take place at the Intentional Airport.  Some place else that you might to go check out is Weston Mo. This town is located West of Kansas City off of interstate 29. It is know for it’s great Irish Pub.

Festus Crystal City is having a Car Show on September 6th .

Wheels in Motion Car Show will take place at Westport Plaza on September 7 th from 9:00 – 4:00.  This event will benefit The National Children’s Cancer Society. The Healy Club has challenged our club to match their contribution. Our club voted to donate 50.00 to this event.

All British Car Show in September is our Biggest Fund Raiser for the Club.

Joe Mueller has step up to run this event this year.  The Food Booth will consist of Hot Dogs, Brats, Chips, Soda and Water. We NEED HELP setting up which will require 4-5 people. Joe would like to meet at the McDonald’s at Westport that morning.

We NEED help working the booth such as cooking and serving.  Please consider to working one hour so that we all can enjoy the car show.  We also need Coolers to hold the Drinks. WE will not need any Ice since a new Member has offered to donate the ice for us.  A Big thank you to John and Debra Manekey.

October 3rd – 5th is the Tri Healy in Kimberling City. If you would like more information please Contact Roy, Sue, Mel or Gail.

October 19th is the Healy Winery Tour.

December 12th is our Christmas Party at Bevo  Mill .  Look for more information in the next month’s newsletter.

Next Meeting will be September 15 at the Chuck A Burger.


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!!!!!!!!


Triumph wanted for weekend Update By Creig Houghtaling

Last month I included some e-mail communication from a young lady, Jennifer Pettit, who was looking for a Triumph for her dad and mom to drive for a weekend.  Her dad has been diagnosed with and incurable fatal cancer.  In his younger days he enjoyed driving a Spitfire, but as his family grew, it was traded for more practical transportation.  Jennifer knew her dad and mom still had a nostalgic fondness for the Triumph so she wanted to treat her parents to a weekend of memories and good times.  Many of you were touched by Jennifer’s love for her parents.  Jack and Bonnie David volunteered their Spitfire.  I asked Bonnie how it was going and the following is her reply:

We have communicated with the daughter several times and finally she told her Dad the surprise.  He and Jack have talked and the couple are going to use the car sometime the end of this month or early next month when it cools off a little.  They will probably do a B & B in wine country and will let us know as soon as they make the arrangements.

Will keep you posted.  Thanks for checking.  Bonnie

2004 Missouri Endurance Rally By Creig Houghtaling

The 2004 Missouri Endurance rally date has been set for March 20th & 21st.  Craig Ingraham and I have signed up to try our luck for a third year.  Two years ago we had clutch problems, cutting our drive short.  Last year Craig was out of town, so Tom Jones and I drove his car to a first-place win in the mini-rally.  In 2004, Craig & I are going for the big win with the 24-hour rally.  Mark your calendars and begin getting your car ready.

Robert Rushing puts a lot of work into the rally.  I have volunteered to make his work a little easier by helping with the calibration runs which might be done Friday evening this year so that participants can get an earlier start.  I could use a few helpers from the club for this.  The calibration run is simply leading groups of cars on a fixed course, and recording the odometer readings.  Runs will start and end at Red Roof Inn near Westport.  Please contact me if you are willing to help.  oldtoys@brick.net or 636-305-1143

Two Dog Racing Update By Creig Houghtaling

I talked to Andy a couple of days ago.  He doesn’t think he will make the October race at Gateway.  His truck needed some major repairs, which used up his racing money for this year.  He is working hard to have his car prepared and ready for the All British Car Show.  He and Frank are going to make a display with their two racecars under their racing canopy.  He is considering raffling chances to drive his GT6 in an October autocross.  If he does, I’ll be the first in line to buy a chance.  That would be totally AWSOME!!!

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.

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