Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                                 June 2004

June Meeting, Des Peres City Park, Wednesday June 9th, 2004, 6:00 PM

East side of North Ballas Road, just North of Manchester Road

Driving Directions:  Hwy 270  --  Exit Manchester Road.  --  Drive East about ¼ mile to Ballas Road.  --  Turn left (North) to Park entrance on right.

SLTOA Annual Picnic, Notes By Chief Grill Chef Karl Schmitt

Our "Annual Picnic" is scheduled for June 9th at Des Peres City Park.  All current and prospective members, and their immediate family are invited at no cost to the individual.

Typically, I arrive at the park around 3:45 PM to set up, get the fire started and do what ever else is required.  No help is required till around 5:15 when I can use the help of one or two volunteers to set out the snacks and food.  Brat's & Dog's will be available around 6:00 PM.

Food this year will feature Schnucks brats, hot dogs, slaw, potato salad, chips, a veggie tray and a crock-pot of hot nibbles.  I tried this last year and it was welcomed.

For beverages, I will bring soda (Joe, again please bring some ice), and of course, BYOB!

No dishes are required of attendees, as the Club will provide all that most will want.  How ever, if someone wants to, a small serving of desert would be welcomed.  Joe has in the past brought some Ted Drews ice cream, but no promises here.

Anticipate starting the formal business meeting around 7:15 pm.  We have to vacate the park just after sunset.  Cost for the Club will be about the same as last year.

Thank you, Karl J. Schmitt     636-797-4203

President’s Epistle, By Dave Massey

Dues are due.  Past due!  If you are reading this and you haven't paid up you will not get the July newsletter next month (unless you pay).  Due s actually come due every March and I guess we spent so much time trying to sucker somebody into being president that we forgot to mention dues so please pay up and don't make me resign in shame over having presided over the greatest membership decline in the history of the club.

I also want to remind you of the June meeting which will be not only a different week as per usual but also a different night.  We will be holding our annual Spring Picnic on the second Wednesday of June, the 9th, at Des Peres City Park (same place as last year - lets hope the weather is warmer this time).  Karl Schmitt is once again doing the honors of grilling up the brats and dogs, the club will be supplying potato salad and coleslaw and members are asked to bring nothing more than something to drink (unless you care to bring a desert but then we will probably end up with more food than we can eat.  Again.

Discussion at the May meeting revolved around the possibility of a quick overnight road trip.  Someplace within a two-hour drive with an economical hotel.  This way we can head out mid afternoon on Saturday and get back mid afternoon on Sunday.  This will leave at least part of the weekend available for whatever it is you do on a typical weekend.  Places like Hannibal, Hermann, St Genevieve come to mind and I'm sure there are plenty of other possibilities.  For instance, a quick drive to Farmington to watch an anvil shoot.  If you have an idea of where we could go, we're all ears.

Thanks again to Kathy Kresser for the calendar of upcoming events printed elsewhere in this newsletter.

See you on June 9 at Des Peres Park.  Dave

May 18th 2004 Minutes, By Chris Kresser

Please pay your membership dues to Bonnie David now. Discussed reducing membership fees for those members who elect electronic receipt of the newsletter. Will revisit this discussion at the end of the year.

The Polar Bear Run was a success despite the mechanical failures. It was a good drive. Thanks to Mel and Gail Parentin for planning the drive and providing brats and beer at their house.

The SLTOA picnic is Wednesday, June 9, at Des Peres City Park.

The last week of May is “Drive your British Car Week.”

Those members driving to Champagne, Illinois, for the Champagne British Car Festival, are invited to lunch at Ken Gano’s house. Plans include meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Galleria (Brentwood and Highway 40) Meet near the Famous Barr store. Depart sharply at 10:00 a.m.

John Lamberg is leading a drive to Campsville for lunch on Sunday, June 13. Meet at the Hardy’s on Highway 94 in Boscshertown at 10:30 a.m. Depart at 11:00 a.m.

John Lamberg will host the July SLTOA meeting. His address is: 14148 Cross Trails, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The club will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. Attendees should bring a dish to share and your beverage of choice.

An overnight road trip during the summer is in the works. Possible destination is Ste. Genevieve. More details as they are developed. An overnight excursion to Hannibal is planned for late September or early October. Dates and details will be provided later.

Andy Stark is not racing this season. Frank is racing and hopes to qualify for the SCCA National Runoffs in Mid Ohio this Fall.


June 5th, 2004


20th Annual Marques on the Green

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Contact: Michael Leezer  Telephone: 502-239-8343, Home  502-451-3230 Work  E-mail: mikes72mgmidget@earthlink.net

June 6th, 2004


St. Louis European Car Show

Location: Plaza Frontenac (Clayton Rd and Lindbergh)

Contact: Rick Siefert  

Telephone: 636-532-1051 Ext. 105 or 636-273-6971

Contact: Rodger Van Ness Telephone: 314-576-3647

Cost: $20 Preregistered, - $23 Day of Show

June 9th, 2004


SLTOA Annual Picnic  Location: Des Peres City Park

Time: Food available 6:00 p.m. - Meeting: 7:15 p.m.

Master Chef: Karl Schmitt

June 9th – 11th, 2004

Sunday - Tuesday

Gold Cup Historic Races  Location: Virginia International Raceway

1245 Pine Tree Road, Alton, Virginia 24520

Grand Marshall: Denise McLuggage

Telephone: 888-RACE099 or 434-822-7700, Fax: 434-822-8033

Email: info@virclub.com

June 13th, 2004


SLTOA Drive to Campsville for Lunch  Led by John Lamberg

Meet at Hardy’s on Highway 94 in Boschertown at 10:30 a.m.

Depart promptly at 11:00 a.m.

June 19th, 2004


Pinnacle Motorsports 2nd Annual Indianapolis Concours Grand Prix

Location: Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Indiana

Featured Marque: Auburn

Contact: Andrew Lee,  Telephone: 317-358-1942

June 24th – 26th, 2004

Thursday - Saturday

TRA 2004 Annual Meeting

Location: Springfield, Ohio

Website: www.triumphregister.com or www.miamivalleytriumphs.org

Contact: Bruce Clough  Telephone: 937-255-2831

mail: clough@erinet.com

July 14th – 17th, 2004

Wednesday – Saturday

Vintage Triumph Register 2004 National Convention

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Website: www.vtr.org or http://www.vtr2004.com

Contact: Ken Nachman Telephone: 804-272-7523

Email: kmntr6@hotmail.com

July 17th, 2004


Southern Indiana London to Brighton Run

Location: Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Contact: Don Hayman  Telephone: 317-887-3867

Email: mgdr@quicknet.net

July 18th, 2004


British Car Day  Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Contact: Robert Merten  Telephone: 513-941-4911

Email: bobmert@fuse.net

July ?th, 2004

Possible Dahman Mansion Tour  Date and details to follow.

July 20th, 2004


SLTOA Summer Meeting hosted by John Lamberg

Address: 14148 Cross Trails, Chesterfield, 63017

Telephone: 314-434-4467 Home   314-496-4278 Cell

Time: Anytime after 6:00 p.m., meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Bring: Side Dish, Beverages, Lawn Chairs

2004 VTR National Convention Update

July 14 through 17, 2004  Richmond, Virginia  Check out the website at www.vtr2004.com

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

Hotel Update: Due to the demand for reservations at the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel, we’ve added additional blocks of rooms at the nearby Holiday Inn ($77 per night plus tax) and Embassy Suites (King $109/night; Two Doubles $129/night, plus tax.). Reservation information for the Sheraton, Holiday Inn and Embassy Suites is posted at www.vtr2004.com.

Early Registration By June 1: Convention registrations postmarked by Tuesday, June 1 get a $10 discount and a free VTR 2004 cap! Haven’t made up your mind? Register on-line or by mail right up to the opening of the convention. We’ll even accept walk-up registrations at the convention up to 6 p.m. Friday, July 16.

Get Ready For The Auction: We’ve hired professional auctioneer Barry Cole for this year’s VTR convention auction. Mr. Cole has extensive automotive auction experience, and we hope the auction will be one of the highlights of this year’s convention. Start getting your auction items together today!

Optional Tour Update: As an "add-on" for the ladies (and any interested gentlemen), we have arranged a special visit to Agecroft Hall on Friday, July 16th.  Agecroft Hall is a beautiful English Tudor Estate which was originally built in Lancashire, England in the late 15th Century. In 1925 it was dismantled and reassembled here in Richmond.  Join us for a guided tour of the great rooms of Agecroft Hall, followed by a walk through the gardens to the terrace of Virginia House for Afternoon Tea.  Conclude your visit with a tour of the great rooms of Virginia House.  The Tea and Tour is available for $25.  Reservations may be made at the VTR 2004 Registration Desk upon your arrival.

“Spirit of Triumph” Award: The Vintage Triumph Register 2004 Convention Committee is honored to announce that Richard Sharp of Rimmer Brothers has established a one-time award to be presented at this year’s convention. The award will be presented to the individual that Mr. Sharp believes to best represent the spirit of Triumph ownership. This award is intended to recognize long-term devotion to the marque and will be determined by length of membership in VTR, convention attendance, and the daily use of a Triumph. Other criteria include a high degree of visibility on the local, regional, and national levels including offices held, technical expertise and the willingness to share that with others, thoughtfully executed upgrades to his/her automobile, and the giving of oneself to help other TR owners. If any VTR Chapters or Zones have a member(s) who they believe should be considered, they are encouraged to forward those nominations, along with supporting testimony by e-mail to info@vtr2004.com, or by mail to VTR 2004, PO Box 3876, Richmond, VA 23235. The members of the VTR 2004 Convention Committee will consider all of the nominees and select a list of finalists. The finalists will be interviewed at the 2004 convention by Mr. Sharp, and the person he selects as most deserving will be announced at the Awards Banquet. Attendance is a prerequisite to consideration, and all nominations must be received no later than July 1, 2004. July 14 – 17, 2004 Richmond, Virginia Check out the website at http://www.vtr2004.com/

Stories About Those Triumph Cars, By Kathy Kresser

Roy, I heard you once bought a Triumph for $1.00. How about sharing that story?

In earlier days, as I walked the kids to school, we passed a house where the owner had a brown 1973 TR6. I shared with the kids that “Dad would love to own that car someday.” Well, years later, when I worked at Sherwood Ford, this same neighbor walked in and traded the TR6 on the purchase of a new car. What a joy to see this car, I immediately took the TR6 and stowed it away the best way I could and wrote a bill of sale for $1.00 to myself. My thoughts were that it was a perk of the job, which is what I later told the owner.

The TR6 provided hours of enjoyment driving around town. When the car needed some welding, I took it to Sherwood Ford. While waiting for the car, the owner asked if I was interested in buying another car, specifically a white 1962 Austin Healey 3000. He had the car in the shop for years and recently moved it to the field under a tarp as the owner still owed for the repairs and had basically abandoned the car. A check for $500 and I was the proud owner of a “diamond in the rough,” but what car! Since I did not have a title with this transfer, I contacted the state and obtained it. Some months later, I received a panic call from the owner of Sherwood Ford; the owner of the Austin arrived at the shop and wanted his car. In the end, I agreed to pay the car owner $1,000 and the deal was settled. Still, $1,500 for the car was a steal.

As a Christmas present, I purchased a white 1963 TR4. Sad to say, it did not come with an interesting story about the purchase. Plus, I had to pay $3,500 for it!

There seems to be a trend here on the cost of cars from $1.00 to $1,500 to $3,500. The trend suggests the next car could cost significantly more.

Look out!

I still own the three cars and never tire of driving them or simply enjoying them.

Roy Matteson.

The Road Beyond:  By Richard Etz


About this time of year my thoughts turn to The Great Race.  This is not a supremacist interest, but has to do with a time trial type of race that involves vintage cars.  In June of 2003 and June of 2001 the race came through St. Louis.  It was a big thrill for me to see those old cars in action.  This year the race will begin in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 19 and end in Monterey, California, on July 3.  This 2004 race goes through Hayti, West Plains, and Springfield, Missouri, as well as Overland Park, Kansas, but unfortunately misses the St. Louis area.  Looking back, it provided some great moments for a car enthusiast like me.

The 2001 race stopped in Kirkwood, with a display area by the old train station off Kirkwood Road.  Organizers made it an event, with marching bands, vendors, and a small car show.  Dave Massey organized a British car display, which consisted primarily of Triumphs and Healeys.  In spite of torrential rain for much of the day, I recall a turnout of at least a dozen Brits.   Under umbrellas, we stood on the side of the road as contestants in cars from 1909 to 1958 sped in to the final checkpoint for the day.  Many of the cars were open roadsters or racers, their occupants attired in yellow rain slickers and goggles.  One of the cars was a 1957 Triumph TR 3, operated by "Team Scrappy."  Our club actually sponsored Scrappy in some small way.  The weather cleared and throngs of people admired the cars till dusk.  An American Lafrance roadster  ( I believe it was a 1913) made the ground shake as it swerved by, powered by a misfiring 900 cubic inch engine. It parked by the fire station, making me wonder if this enormous roadster had once been a fire truck!

The 2002 race was abbreviated due to financial problems, but it was back in 2003.  Union Station hosted the stopover.  The event was poorly publicized and the crowds were small in spite of great weather.  The day of the event I called the information desk at the station and the receptionist knew nothing about it.  I could find no mention of it in any papers.  Yet, some preparations had been made, including live entertainment and an appearance by Fredbird in his miniature Mustang.  A few intrepid souls managed to display their British cars in front of the Hard Rock Cafe.  As I recall, Mel and Gail’s Healey, John Lamberg’s late-lamented Spitfire, and Ken and Sue’s TR 3 represented our club.  From the Healey Club, Lou Salini brought a Big Healey.  Sorry if I forgot anyone's car! Other club members came by just to see the racers: Even the Manns from Pinckneyville were there!  The vintage setting was great for photos: I got a few pictures of pre-war cars in front of old Pullman coaches parked under the train shed.  Custom cars that were made for the 1965 movie "The Great Race" were on display.  The slapstick movie starred Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Natalie Wood.  It is now available on DVD.  Hopefully my pictures of the "Leslie Special" and the "Hannibal Eight" make it to the newsletter.  I had to leave early for evening work, but came by early in the morning to see the racers leave.  Team Scrappy was packing.  The Triumph's owner runs a parts supply for Land Rovers.

Good memories, that's what a club's all about!          Happy Motoring!

Dues  Last month we listed all members who had not yet renewed.  Anyone who has paid is now off that list.  Anyone not renewing by next newsletter will see this June letter as his or her last.  I hope everyone renews.  It’s only $20.  That’s about one dinner at an average restaurant these days!  It’s not too late.  Put your check (made out to SLTOA) in the mail today to Bonnie David, 500 Marie Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301-0500.  If you have any questions, call (636) 949-0825

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