Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                               January 2006

January Meeting, Tue. Jan. 17th, 2006, 7:00 PM, at Tsevis' Restaurant

Location is Concord Plaza at the southwest corner of Lindbergh and Baptist Church Road. 
Address is 189 Concord Plaza and phone is (314) 729 7540

President’s Epistle, By Dave Massey

Where does the time go?  Here it is 2006 already.  It seems like it was only two years ago that I assumed the presidency of this esteemed organization.  Where does the time go?  This past year was successful from a club point of view.  This is mostly due to the efforts of the folks that have pitched in to make this a success and a thank you is due to all but especially to the Kressers for their efforts at lining up the drives, to Creig for his tireless efforts getting the newsletter out each month, to Joe Mueller for handling all the logistics with the car show food vending, to Karl Schmidt for his culinary activities at the car show and the picnic, to Bonnie David for handling the books and John Lamberg for his Member-at-Large activities.

SLTOA was well represented at various regional and National events.  The first was the Champagne British Car Festival in Champaign, IL.  This year the theme was Wild, Wild Brits (a western theme) and Linda Massey took first in the Photo contest with her picture of a 1992 Morgan (the four legged, one HP variety).  John Lamberg spent most of Saturday evening on his back saving Howard's bacon when Howard's U-joint cashed in but the show was otherwise pleasant with cooperative weather which is not par for the course for this show.  Chris and Kathy took a First Place trophy with their award winning TR3.

TRA was held in Branson this year and it has never been this close before so a few of us took advantage of the logistics and attended.  SLTOA was represented by Chris and Kathy Kresser, Arlie King and his entourage which included his wife Linda and his machinist Charlie Borrine, and Dave and Linda Massey.  Chris subjected himself to the usual abuse from the TRA concours judges and walked away with a 2nd place trophy, Arlie won a 3rd place Popular Choice trophy and yours truly took second in the Autocross.

A large number of SLTOA members attended the VTR which was held in Rockford, IL.  Not as close as Branson but an easy 1/2 day's drive.  In addition to the closeness the weather cooperated to the maximum extent and cooled off quite nicely for the show.  The SLTOA was well represented and the results show it:

Concours: Brian Borgstede: Bronze Award Modified Class.  --  Autocross: Chris and Kathy Kresser, 2nd TR3; John Lamberg, 2nd, TR7.  --  Popular Choice: Chris and Kathy Kresser, TR3; Craig Madsen, TR7; Paul Schuessler and Kathy Henning, TR6; Dave and Linda Massey, TR8.

Not only that but a good time was had by all.

The All British Car Show rewarded a few SLTOA members with awards as well.  A number of SLTOA members also took home trophies but I apologize in advance but these were not reported in the Exhaust Notes so perhaps we can reconstruct a report for a future newsletter.

Let's hope that we'll have a commensurate level of success this coming year.

See you on the road.  Dave

Sunday, February 12th

Hosted by SLTOA on Jefferson County roads and at the home of Kay & Creig Houghtaling.

Come one, come all!  Every British car enthusiasts is invited.  Yes it is the middle of winter, but most of our cars have tops for some cold weather protection if needed.  But you can never tell.  This is St. Louis.  Many past Runs have been warm enough for open top cruising.  But if it turns out to be at the other extreme, too cold for your classic British car, break out the modern SUV and join the party.

On Sunday morning February 12th, let’s meet in Fenton just south of Highway 30 off Highway 141 on Gravois Bluffs Circuit City parking lot at 9:30 AM.  At that time we’ll hand out maps for a fabulous tour of Jefferson County back-roads, then depart at 10:00 AM.  First and last stop will be the home of Creig & Kay Houghtaling at 36 Copper Mountain Court just south of Fenton.  At the end of the drive (about 12:30 PM) we will have a chili-fest at the Houghtaling’s.  Chili (condiments plates and utensils) will be provided by the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association and be prepared by master chef Craig Ingraham.  Participants are invited to bring other food and drinks as desired for potluck sharing.  That is why the first stop (after Gravois Bluffs) will be the Houghtaling’s.

Gravois Bluffs Shopping Center is located on both the east and west side of Highway 141 just south of Highway 30.  There is almost every name store and restaurant you can imagine.  So meet your friends an hour or two early to shop or have breakfast or a cup of coffee.  Our meeting place on the open end of the Circuit City parking lot is right between Steak & Shake and Starbucks.  This is on the East side of 141, but there is a lot more on the west side if you are early enough to have the time.  In addition to the drive and the party, playing cards will be handed out at each stop.  At the end, the top three poker hands will win nominal prizes.

Maps of the run are on line at www.sltoa.org.  Print your own copy and bring it along.  That way you can review the route ahead of time.

It’s the middle of winter.  LET’S PARTY!!!

The MG Club Of St. Louis

Annual Christmakah Holiday Party


   Sunday, January 21    ·    2 PM to 6 PM

Saratoga Lanes, 2725-A Sutton

In Maplewood –1 block south of Manchester- East of Big Bend



                             - Featuring -

                                    Unlimited Bowling

                                            Free Shoe Rental

                                      Unlimited Billiards

                                                 Complimentary Soft Drinks

                                                 Cash Bar

                                         Hors d’oeurve Buffet

 And our very famous and fun Gift Exchange ($10 Limit)


Your Cost: $10 per person
This Event Is Underwritten In Part By The Events Committee of the MG Club



Or mail to: Bill Fox,  998 Northwestern Ave., Fairview Heights, IL 62208


Sorry – No Refunds! Make your check payable to “MG Club of St. Louis”


QUESTIONS?? Call Bill Fox at 618-624-2762



Classified Ads:  Contact Creig Houghtaling at the address listed below, or 636-305-1143, or oldtoys @ charter . net   to place a free ad in this newsletter.

ü                           This photograph was forwarded to me from Dave Massey.  Here is the information that I have regarding these parts:  E-mail address: N197TR4 @ cs.com - Subject: TR6 Stainless Carbureter Steel Heat Shield  -  Photograph: TR3/TR4 to the left TR6 in the middle Alloy TR3/4 front engine mounting plate.
  Club Discounts would be available, if 2 or more folks are interested in anything and it is shipped to one address.  I'm adding more and more stuff. I hope to make #197 faster.  Joe Alexander, TR4 racing enthusiast and long time Triumph owner.

ü                           Looking for a Spitfire.  This is another item forwarded to the newsletter by Dave Massey.  hello my name is steve;   I live near aurora illinois and im looking for an affordable spitfire.  I was 17 when i purchased my spitfire from elk grove h.s. in 1992.  I loved that car. I took it everywhere with everyone.  About 3 years later my son was born.  Money was tight and i had to sell the car for almost nothing.  Im not rich but if you know of anyone that has a spitfire that is in ok to good shape and they are not looking for a lot of money please post this message i hope to hear from some people.   --   In a later email he said he was looking for something in the $2,000.00 range.   --   NFI.  Contact him directly at sid1871 @ sbcglobal.net if you can help him get back into a Triumph!

ü                           Original TR3 &TR4 tools: I have some original TR tools available, in very nice condition. Please contact Don Weinberger - vallarta@enter.net

ü                           I have an old Thor made in England hammer that went with the very old Tr2s - it is in pretty good shape - copper on one end and on the other there was leather insert that is missing but could be replaced.   --   Do you know anyone interested in purchase of the same?
Karl M. Kindt III  314 335 1159  314 961 0987



St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling, Editor

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026