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Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                               September 2006

Meeting, Tuesday September 12th, 7:00 PM, at Chuck-A-Burger, St. John MO

9025 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. John, MO 63114, 314-428-5009 (On St. Charles Rock Road, about one mile east of I 170)

Presidential Ramblings, By Craig Madsen

I'm still smiling when I think about the August meeting. What a great turn out, great weather, great hosts, great people, & more new members! I was getting discouraged, I need to keep reminding myself that not every one can be there every time. It was awesome to see all of you!

Before I forget, and continuing on that theme, Bonnie got home, looked at their calendar to discover her & Jack have ball tickets that night so we're going to the old haunt at Chuck-A-Burger on St. Charles Rock Road. Creig promised me no hassle directions published for our members that haven't been there before, & I'll probably need them as well! remember - we've moved it up to the 2nd Tuesday 12th for this month to get all our ducks in a row for the upcoming All British Car Show on September 17th. I received phone confirmation on the 19th that our request had been granted for the permit at Creve Coeur Park . I expect the paperwork to be in my hands before the week ends - they were mailing it. I'll get copies to the MG club so they can proceed with there tasks. We too have a lot to pull together as this approaches, so please try to make the meeting if at all possible.

Labor day is fast approaching (where has summer gone?) I'm going to make an effort to go to the Kansas City Show. I'm not sure why this wasn't on our radar screen, but I hope to bend some ears and see if there's any interest in that Lake Ozark / Osage Beach Show I've been wanting to get off the ground.

As I sit here hammering this thing out, I thought I would have all sorts things to write about, especially since the deadline was moved up a week to accommodate the earlier meeting. Typically what happens is Creig calls me and reminds me "it's due today!" I scramble to get something entertaining together. What has dawned upon me is what a great opportunity this is. I am learning all sorts of new things & reaffirming some that I'd forgotten. I still go brain dead and can't recall simple names that I know - that will probably happen 'till the day I die. (it's just SO frustrating). Mostly I'm amazed at how well this group works (& plays) together. Most of the membership has found somehow to contribute for the betterment of the group, - Pretty much everybody has found a niche - a task they're comfortable doing. This may have been the way it's always been but watching this event come together it's now quite evident that we have some real workhorses in this group. This makes my task much easier, and for that Thank You.

My hope for our new members is that they'll find support, and a new friend and the much-needed enthusiasm required as the owner of a Triumph automobile. Search out members that own the same models as yourself - they're full of entertaining experiences, knowledge & expertise. If they don't know the answer to your dilemma, they do know who to direct you to. Welcome!

Chris & Cathy Kresser are off to Europe. I'm hoping they'll see lots of neat sheet metal & Cathy will get inspired and send us a story. We've been spoiled by these 4 to 6 page news letters & she's been a big part of that. I don't think writers can actually stop writing, so I imagine we'll see something again soon.

It just dawned on me, someone ELSE will actually get first prize in the TR3 class @ the all British Car show! They will be missed, but they will be back!

      I received a letter from Elliott Cytron AKA - Horseless Carriage Club, requesting those that wish, to attend two events. Sunday September 10 Wheels in Motion is a charity car show which benefits children with cancer. This is a fun and entertaining event (no judging) with all proceeds going to The National Children's Cancer Society based in St. Louis. Time & location: 9:00am to 4:00 at Westport Plaza. for more info call Elliott (314) 878-0534 or Jack (314) 423-0003. Also- Sunday, September 24, The HCCM 28th Annual Swap Meet & Car Show @ Queeny Park. Registration forms may be downloaded from the club website, www.hccmo.com or by contacting Elliott (314) 727-1170 days, or (314) 878-0534 evenings. I will see if we can get the form scanned in & published elsewhere in this newsletter.

     I need to go out to make copies of the membership form as requested at our last meeting - So, I'll see you @ Chuck-A-Burger!

Craig Madsen

Event Invitation, Forwarded by Chris Kresser

All SLTOA members are invited to Lou and Marilyn Salini's (Gateway Healey Members) 6th Annual Garage and Retirement Party on September 30th. This is an event not to be missed. Bring a side dish. For further info contact the Salinis at  msalini@sbcglobal.net.

Fall Color Tour, By Chris Kresser

For the second year in a row the SLTOA will join with the St Louis MG club for a Fall Color Tour on October 22. The meeting point will be The Smoke House in Chesterfield Valley and the time will be 10:30 with departure beginning at 11:00. The route will be approximately 50 miles and should take less than two hours. The tour will end at Balducci Winery where wine and food will be available for purchase. If you prefer you may take a picnic lunch. However, no alcoholic beverages can be brought in. Balducci Winery is west of Augusta on Hwy 94. 

For further info, contact Chris Kresser.  636-394-3012

SLTOA Meeting for August 2006, Minutes by Matt Gossett

Meeting held at the home of Tom Stark in Ladue.  Thank you Tom and Anne!

·        President’s Report – Craig Madsen:

o       Welcomes visitors and new members to the meeting.

o       Reminds membership of the All British Car Show in Creve Coeur Park on September 16 and 17.

o       The SLTOA has acquired a permit for food vending during the September British car show.  Volunteers are needed for food concessions.

o       The attendees are encouraged to promote the SLTOA during car shows and potentially recruit new members.  It has been decided that several membership applications will be printed and distributed to SLTOA members participating in future car shows.

o       It has been decided that a membership application will be added to this month’s newsletter.

o       The next SLTOA meeting will be held early this month.  The September 11th SLTOA meeting will be at the home of the Jack and Bonnie David.

·        Treasurer’s Report – Bonnie David:

o       Checkbook balance as of July 18, 2006                                 $2,787.82

John Lamberg, July meeting host                          - $108.92

3 dues – 1 Easter Show                                       +$  82.50

Bank service change                                                        - $    7.50

Creig Houghtaling – August newsletter                 - $  27.65

Checkbook balance as of August 15, 2006                      $2,726.25

·        Chris Kesser:

o       A SCCA rally will be held this weekend.  Check the SLTOA website for more information.  www.sltoa.org.

o       The SCCA will sponsor a Grand Prix cart event in Earth City on Monday.

o       The MG Club will hold a pre-dawn rally starting at 4 am on August 27.

o       The Indianapolis British Car Show will be held just following the September British car show in Creve Coeur Park.

o       There will also be a large car show in Kansas City, MO over the Labor Day weekend.

·        Joe Mueller: (regarding the All British Car Show held in Creve Coeur Park)

o       Tom Culverson, US Food employee and SLTOA member, has procured food for the car show.  Yea Tom!

o       Volunteers will be needed to pick up beverages and food.  Please call Joe Mueller for more information.

o       6 to 7 coolers will be needed the Saturday before to hold food and drink during the show.

o       Setup will begin at 8 am at Creve Coeur Park with the day winding down at 4 pm.

·        New Business:

o       Dave Massey entertained the attendees with a story about a 1935 Triumph Dolomite he saw at a recent car show that was selling for $3 million!

Meeting adjourned at 8:20

Sixth annual St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival, By Dave Massey


The sixth annual St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival is fast approaching.  The games will be Saturday, Oct 7th in forest park in the field just east of the History Museum.  Featuring all the classic attractions found at most Scottish Games, this event is a great activity for the entire family.  Children’s activities include golf, cardboard caber tossing and Nessie, the Loch Nes Monster.

Some very talented youngsters will be competing in highland dancing.

Animal lovers will enjoy the raptores on display, the highland cows, and especially the sheep dog demonstrations.

Perhaps you have seen on TV shepherds using boarder collies to herd sheep.  Here’s a chance to see it live.

Athletics were the main purpose of the original incarnation of these events.  At the St. Louis games you will see all the traditional athletic contests such as the caber toss, hammer throw, stone toss, and shieve toss.  In 2004 a world record was set in shieve toss which is a contest to throw a weighted burlap bag over a bar set about 30 ft. off the ground using a pitch fork.  New this year will be a tug of war pitting the St. Louis Police against the St. Louis Fire Department.


                   Caber Toss                                                                  Shieve Toss

Of course, my favorite is the bagpiping.  Bagpipers from as far away as Michigan will come to St. Louis to compete in bagpiping solo events and in band competitions.  And at the end of the day every piper on site will take to the field together for a Massed Band ceremony.

       Pipers lead a procession                                                           Massed bands

Many other attractions await the games goer including Celtic music and dancing, storytelling, genealogy, Scottish food and drink, and a British Car Display.  And here’s how you can be a part of the event.  Bring your car to the Scottish Games for display and you will receive a dash plaque and one free entry to the games (a $15 value).  Plus you get the very best parking place that can be had.  Even the honored guests and VIP’s don’t get to park this close to the games.  So mark your calendar for October 7th and come on out to Forest Park and show off your car and enjoy the many sights and sounds of the St. Louis Scottish Games.  For more information go to the website at: http://www.stlouis-scottishgames.com/









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

v                 1971  TR6, Nice straight body work and Royal Blue paint.  Correct badges, total engine compartment reworked, new black seats and interior components, trunk reworked, bumpers rechromed, frame good, new full black carpet set, new top, tonneau, convertible top cover, dash reworked, engine is strong with new SU conversion carbs and has an Overdrive transmission,  new dual twin exhaust, new brake master cylinders, brakes and front end totally reworked, two sets of tires, one mounted red line on wires and the other set is steel wheels with new tires mounted (wires are mounted and painted but are original) the new steel wheels come with the proper lug nuts to fit the steel wheels,  original radio installed and works great,  new headlights, tools, jack and manual, just inspected everything works. Clear title.
This is a nice car that will show well and is ready to drive. $12,500, make offer, no trades, it will be is listed elsewhere.  Arlie King  3620 Log Cabin Lane  House Springs MO 63051  Cell: 314-713-9482  Home: 636-677-0545

v                 I am new to the STL area and have inherited a 1968 Triumph 250. It has been in my family for many, many years. It runs, (but hasn’t been ran since the first of the year) and is in pretty good shape. I would like to begin restoration and need help on all fronts. Please send any contacts for body, engine, etc. Thanks! Matt Willis RSG-ST.LOUIS 314-664-0123

v                 Hi, Got your email address from the ST Louis Triumph Owners webpage. I'm looking for a TR4 to restore.  I've been watching Ebay for many months, but have seen nothing in this area that's suitable, especially from a price standpoint.  My first car was a new '65 TR4 when I got out of school.  I had a '64 in the 80's.  Wish I still had either one of them.  Anyway, I've got more time than money (and sense?), so I'm prepared to do quite a lot of work on it.  I don't care about the condition of the engine and trans.
Just thought you might know somebody with a candidate.  If so, please let me know.
Thanks in advance. Dick Olds 636-493-0043 cell 314.229.2499 Saint Charles

v                 For sale: four disc wheels with tires, plus a 4" spare; one set of TR3 hub caps with medallions in great condition. A heater core for a TR3 (make offer)
mgreaves@gtec.com  or phone: 618-639-4978

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St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling, Editor

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026