Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                               December 2004

December Meeting, Friday Dec. 10th, 2004, 8:00 PM, at Bevo Mill


2004 Holiday Party – Bevo Mill, Morganford & Gravois, St. Louis

Cost: $10 per member  (The club will cover the balance and meal gratuity.)

Make your reservation by mailing your check made out to St. Louis Triumph Owners Association or SLTOA and mail it to our treasurer Bonnie David at 500 Marie Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301-0500.  If you have procrastinated till it is too late to mail a check, call Bonnie to reserve your spot at the party.  Then pay her when you get there.  Her number is 636-949-0825.  Since this is she and Jacks business and home phone number she usually answers as “Resurfacing Plus”.  Note:  The club will pay for a minimum of 35 guests to reserve the room.  So sign up to make sure we don’t waste club money!  ;-)

Cash bar will be at 7:30 PM.  Dinner at 8:00 PM.  Following dinner we will have our traditional Trash & Treasure auction.  Every guest or couple brings a couple of gifts.  One nice gift (a treasure) and one gag give (the trash).  Most people usually add something a little nice like a can of peanuts to the trash gift so it is not a complete disappointment to the poor auction winner.

Somewhere before, after, or in between we will have our monthly meeting.

Arrive early and stay late to enjoy the warm friendship of fellow members!

President’s Epistle, By Dave Massey

The hibernation season is in full swing.  Not much to do and not much to say other than sweet dreams.  See you in January.  Dave

Polar Bear Run

The Polar Bear Run is set for Sunday February 13th, 2005.  Meet at Jack David’s at 10:30 AM – leave 11:00 AM.  Bring a dish to share.  Chili and soda furnished.  Bring other drinks if you want.  Drive will be 1 ½ to 2 hours starting and ending at the David’s home.  Lunch follows.

10th Annual Missouri Endurance Rally and 3rd Annual Missouri Mini-Endurance Trial.

March 19-20, 2005:  Open to all pre-1981 British-made vehicles.  Teams will meet in St Louis, Missouri and rally around the state.  For more information, contact Robert Rushing - mgslime@swbell.net or call (314) 995-8664.

The Missouri Endurance Rally and Mini-Endurance Trial is a "distance only rally where teams are given a set of locations to reach (the mini-rally has have the stops of the full-rally).  Each team must determine the best order and best route to take to the locations.  The team making it back to the start within the allotted time, while covering the least number of miles, wins.  Robert Rushing

2005 VTR National Convention – July 26-30, 2005  Details at:  www.VTR2005.org

Texas Triumph Register

P.O. Box 40847

Houston, TX  77240-0847



November 17, 2004


Dear Triumph Club:


The 2005 TRA – Bigger, Better, and Uncut


NEVER BEFORE has the TRA been held west of the Mississippi River, and NEVER BEFORE has there been a participants’ choice show at the TRA with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for all classes of cars entered.


The 2005 annual TRA national convention will be held in Branson, MO, from Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26, 2005, and is being sponsored by the Texas Triumph Register of Houston, TX.  For those of you who have never been, or feel that it’s been too long of a drive, now’s your opportunity to attend.  And because of the expansion of the participant’s choice show, this is an event for ALL Triumph owners, not just TR2, TR3, and TR4 owners.


We’re planning many events, drives, shows, and on-your-own options for everyone’s interests, including:


            The traditional TRA concours show for TR2’s through TR4A’s

A complete participant’s choice show for all Triumphs with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

awards for all registered classes of  competition

A paddlewheel riverboat ride, dinner, and show

A welcome dinner and events

An awards banquet with door prizes

The many shows, dining, attractions, and shopping of Branson, MO

A poker run and rally

An autorama

A funkana

A winery drive and tour

A breakfast run and rally

The beautiful weather of Branson, MO in late June


We have chosen a host hotel in Branson and have already negotiated an unbelievable price of $40 per night with them for all TRA attendees.  The actual schedule, costs, and details will be provided soon, but it’s time to start planning this event, so put it on your calendars for Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26, 2005.  Branson, MO is a vacation destination for the whole family, so start making your plans now!


We look forward to seeing many new faces and many new cars that will take advantage of this location and expanded events.


Stories About Those Triumph Cars, By Kathy Kresser

Year 2004 is coming to a close. I hope you had time to enjoy driving your L.B.C. Club members gathered for various activities this year including meetings at members’ homes, car shows and rallies, drives to state parks, wineries and more wineries, restaurants, rides on ferries and trains, and the road trip from Hannibal to Poplar Bluff. The weather was unbelievably perfect much of August and September for top down, flat out driving.  I really enjoyed the scenery on the country drives, but also liked the beautiful homes on the back roads of West County with big horse pastures and lovely old and new barns.

In reviewing the fun drives we have shared, my favorite was the Portland Place Mansion Tour back in July. As a lover of old homes for their charm, exquisite architectural details, long history and rich character, this drive was high on my list. I was interested from the time I learned of the first Portland Place tour several years ago. A collection of seven or eight cars slowly passed by and gawked at the old mansions while the residents looked in awe at our cars -- a very fair trade. The day was filled with clouds and some rain, but by 5:00 p.m., the skies cleared and we enjoyed a mini parade under the stars. It would be hard to forget the smaller children waiting at the entrance with flags waving. Next time, we will have Dave Massey serenade us with bagpipes. The evening was topped with frozen custard from another St. Louis classic, Ted Drewes. This event could be an annual affair.

Share your comments on your favorite car outing. My email is chkresser  at  juno dot com.

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.  What better Christmas gift could you buy to donate to the Christmas party auction?  (636) 949-0825

For Sale, 1980 TR7 Spider $1,800, Contact Dave Gries 618-514-1200 Cell

or Jim @ (618) 977-5548

1980 TR7 parts for sale - too numerous for this ad.  Please call or email for complete list.  618-514-1200 or 04to10@apci.net  Jim Alexandesr from Belleville  Dave Gries from Collinsville

61 TR3,  Call Joe Mann, (618) 357-8168, joegmann@webtv.net

Wanted: TR6.  Call Kevin McMahon (314) 997 7752 (O), (636) 207 6838 (H)

Cars for sale;  Charlie Key, British Cars of America - 314-428-9335

Triumph GT6, runs good, needs rust repair, bright yellow, I can E Mail pictures. asking $1200.

TR7 convertable,  original red paint, no rust, needs brake work. asking $2700.  314-428-9335

TR7 coupe, low miles, paint needs to be polished, has a dent in left front wing, rare car. asking $2500. 314-428-9335

TR6 have two of these. one a good rolling car without the engine, the other a rusted out car with an engine and trans that work.  The car with the engine will need wheels to move it. This is a great pair to build one good car and have alot of extras. Asking $1200.  314-428-9335

reason for selling all these is that I must have more space for customer's cars.  Thanks    Charlie

71 TR6 Project for sale.  I have finally decided that some one other than myself will complete this project.  Body and paintwork were done by the previous owner.  The frame is rotten, but I have a rust-free replacement.  The overdrive and transmission were professionally rebuilt by Bill Boemler.  I have an engine that could be built or a used engine that might be ready to go.  Asking $3500.  But it will sell for what I can get for it, so don’t be afraid to make an offer.      Creig Houghtaling, 636-305-1143 oldtoys@brick.net


St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling, Editor

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026