Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                              February 2003

February Meeting, The Crossings, Tuesday Feb. 17th, 2004, 7:00 PM

The Crossings is located in Webster Groves at 35 North Gore

Presidents Corner, By Richard Etz


Well, winter has arrived!  I'm glad that the Polar Bear Run wasn't last Sunday, as the weather was really crummy.  Hopefully the eighth will be better, though a repeat of last's year's 70-degree weather is probably too much for which to hope.  On another subject, those of you who made it to the car show at the dome got to see the new Ford GT 40, possibly worth the price of admission.  This is a $150K Ferrari-beater, which, incidentally, had a suspicious puddle under the motor!  Perhaps there's a British connection!  For the most part, I found the new cars bland and gravitated to the 1954 and 1957 Corvettes, 1957 Nomad, 1920s Moon (a fine St. Louis brand), and the Hug truck (made in Highland, Illinois). 

I saw Chris and Kathy Kresser's TR 3 recently.  Named after its former home, Collinsville, "Colin" is a beautiful car.  It is painted in the Mel and Gail Parentin Healey color combination of British Green over tan.  Fantastic!  I've also been looking at Ebay lately.  Triumphs remain a relatively good value.  Some of the ads are weird, but often interesting.  For instance, a TR6 and a Stag both had Chevy V 8 conversions.  Equally strange yet intriguing, a fellow in Kansas City is selling ten TR6s as a single lot!

As my presidential term draws to a close, I'd like to thank the membership for its assistance and support these last two years.  The presidency has been a good experience.  This is in large part because I have been able to depend on our officers and active members to share the load.  The club remains active and vital, as well as a fine place to meet some great people.  I look forward to a return to "civilian" life and to the ideas of the next president.  Bring your nominations to the February meeting!

Keep on Motoring!

January 2004 Minutes, By Creig Houghtaling

The January meeting was at The Crossings in Webster Groves.  Details for the Polar Bear Run were discussed.  Many people discussed their intent to attend the Champagne British Car Festival on May 28th to 30th, 2004.  Show information can be found at http://www.wvbscc.org/cbcf/.  Dave Massey told about a Triumph gathering in New Orleans on March 20th.  Contact Dave for more info (314) 966-6056.  Elections for new officers will be held in March.  Please consider running for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Newsletter Editor.  Richard discussed the possibility of meeting at Schlafly’s during the summer.  We are going to try to schedule the summer picnic for June 15th.  2004 VTR convention July 14th through 17th.  See update next page.

2004 VTR National Convention Update July 14 – 17, 2004 Richmond, Virginia
Check out the website at www.vtr2004.com

This is the latest in a series of updates over the next six months highlighting the 2004 Vintage Triumph Register National Convention, Wednesday, July 14 through Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the Richmond Sheraton West Hotel in historic Richmond, Virginia.

Members of the Richmond Triumph Register have been working hard on convention organization, and are proud to announce that the convention registration brochure is now available at www.vtr2004.com in both downloadable (.pdf) and on-line registration format. Check out what we have in store! The registration brochure will also be distributed in the spring issue of the Vintage Triumph Register magazine.

As of mid-January, more than 100 people had already made reservations at the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel, site of this year’s convention. Don’t delay registering and making room reservations! Call 888-565-7654 to reserve the special VTR rate of $85 (plus tax) per night, or visit www.sheraton.com for more hotel information.

Check www.vtr2004.com for regular updates. For more information, contact the Richmond Triumph Register at 804-746-9409 (voice or fax) or e-mail us at info@vtr2004.com.

Attention Newsletter Editors: A downloadable version of this announcement in MS Word format is available by e-mailing Glenn Larson at GLARSON182@aol.com. Copies of the official VTR 2004 logo can be downloaded from http://www.vtr2004.com/, under the FAQ page.

Expect more in 2004!  See you in Richmond!

PRESS RELEASE: 2004 Michigan British Reliability Run

Hi everyone...

I've just announced the dates and route for the 2004 Michigan British Reliability Run.  First two paragraphs of the press release are below.  For the entire release visit the event website at <http://www.mibrr.com/> and see the MEDIA INFORMATION links in the left column.

Cheers, Blake Discher, event organizer

On September 25th and 26th, up to 50 vintage British cars will depart Sarnia, Ontario, Canada for a demanding 36-hour, 800-mile drive, the "Michigan British Reliability Run" around Lake Huron to raise money for charity.  The event is open to any British marque vehicle such as Triumph, MG, Jaguar, Austin-Healey, Rolls Royce, Land Rover and Mini Cooper.

Last year's run was around the lower peninsula of Michigan and raised an incredible $12,100 for the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan.  Teams will collect donations in an effort to raise $500 per vehicle to be given to the American Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes Association to help send kids to each organization's educational summer camps.  At the camps, children are able to connect with other children with the same disease and learn to grow more independent.

Stories About Those Triumph Cars, By Kathy Kresser

Look for a new column in this publication.  It will showcase stories about Triumph car owners and their cars.  Perhaps you will share an interesting story about your car.

Solicitation for newsletter content, from Creig Houghtaling

As you can see in the previous introduction, Exhaust Notes has a new contributor.  Talk to Kathy Kresser and tell her your Triumph story.  If you have something you would like to write, please do so and mail it to the editor.

The Last Open Road, Book Review, by Creig Houghtaling

Burt Levy has written three novels for “People who don’t read”.  Hey, that’s me!  I don’t read novels, but Burt’s writing has captured my interest.  His first book “The Last Open Road” was originally published in 1994.  He writes the story of a young man named Buddy Palumbo in Passaic, NJ in the 1950’s.  Out of high school, Buddy goes to work for the local Sinclair station as an auto mechanic.  Another character, Big Ed Baumstein owns a Jaguar XK 120, which naturally needs maintenance and repairs on a regular basis.  As the story develops, Buddy and Big Ed learn about sports car racing of the day and become good friends.  In the 50’s many races were held on local roads.  Burt spins a tale of the characters involved in this kind of racing and the exciting drama of the races.  Burt writes his stories in the down-home first person voice of his main character Buddy.  Buddy’s stories of keeping old cars running and dealing with an eclectic mix of characters will ring a familiar tune with any Triumph owner.  Burt’s sequels to “The Last Open Road” are “Montezuma’s Ferrari” and “The Fabulous Trashwagon”.  I’ve read the first two, but I am just starting the third.  Kay bought that one for me last Christmas.  To buy your own copies of these wonderful books, or to just learn more about this crazy guy named Burt Levy go to www.thelastopenroad.com.

I wrote Burt earlier this week and he has given me permission to reproduce some of his stories here in Exhaust Notes.  So next month we’ll hear from Burt!

Missouri Endurance Rally, March 20th & 21st 2004, by Creig Houghtaling

The Missouri Endurance Rally is the first of three major Midwest Rallies this year.  For more details check on-line at: http://www.mgcars.org.uk/namgbr/triplecrown.doc.  I have volunteered to try to find helpers for the calibration run prior to the rally start.  What I need is volunteers to lead small groups of cars through a prescribed distance starting and ending at the Red Roof Inn near Westport.  If you are driving the rally, then you will be running the route anyway, so why not lead instead of just following.  If you aren’t driving the rally, then this gives you a chance to come out in the morning and encourage the rally drivers along.  Then perhaps you and a few other SLTOA volunteers can get together afterward for brunch.

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.

SLTOA Shirts, $25, Call Bonnie David for delivery to out next meeting.  (636) 949-0825

Castrol GT LMA Brake Fluid $10.00 per quart.  Major mail-order vendors sell 12-ounce containers for $5 plus shipping.  No major auto suppliers sell it locally.  So I bought a 12-quart case from the St. Louis distributor so that I could have a quart to do some brake work.  This is the fluid recommended for our Triumphs.  I’ll use nothing else!  Creig Houghtaling oldtoys@brick.net 636-305-1143

Auto Painting  Steve Street is looking for someone to do some body and paint work on his Spitfire.  If you know of someone who can do good work at a reasonable price, please give him a call at: (314) 846-2554

St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling, Editor

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026