Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                                                           May 2008

May Meeting, Tuesday May 20th, 2008 7:00 PM at Bonnie and Jack David’s 500 Marie Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301-0500, (636) 949-0825

Driving Directions:

Hwy 270 north to 370, west to Elm/New Town exit.  Left under hwy & stay on Elm to Marie Dr. – left go approximately 1 ˝ blocks (street numbers make no sense).

Hwy 70 west to First Capitol, right to Kingshighway (past Lindenwood College) to Elm – several miles to Marie Drturn right.  (See previous.)

Page Extension west to St Charles/Hwy 94/First Capitol exit – stay on first capitol/94 till you cross over Hwy 70  (See previous.)

Presidential Ramblings, by Craig Madsen

Out-of-Towners Rejoice!  We have firmed up our June picnic date and voted to move the picnic to a Sunday so we can include the folks we rarely get to see from out of town. While Matt Gossett was calling people to attend the Easter Car Show, he mentioned to me that somebody asked him why we never had any meetings in Illinois?  I'm sure there's no other reason other than no one has suggested a place, or volunteered to host one there. So in the spirit of inclusiveness (is that a word?) members voted that the June Picnic/ meeting, will be held in Columbia Illinois on Sunday June 22. The event will be held at the home of Ron Spiegelman. Grillemeister Karl Schmitt will be on duty as in previous years at the helm providing the Brats, soda, ice - etc. You may bring desert to share if desired and drinks other than soda. Also, bring lawn chairs so you'll be guaranteed a place to plop! Ron is going to set up a short drive in the local area on some fun roads he knows prior to eating. So arrive early, take a short jaunt, eat, we'll have a meeting and enjoy each others company. Actual directions & time to be announced later (this is in June remember) we have May to get through first! I just wanted to make everyone aware so they can mark their calendar!

As long as we're moving meeting dates around -( I'm not fond of doing this because everyone has the 3rd Tuesday of the month in their head)- The month of July brings us a challenge. The MG Conversion Group is hosting their 2008 British Meet National Convention July 13 -16 in Port Washington Wisconsin. I'll be attending, which is not a problem as Vice President John Lamberg is quite capable but he's also expressed interest in attending as well as others in our group. We'll know more as we get closer to that date. There's a possibility me might move that meeting to the week following. This show is mostly about V8 conversions in general on all models of British cars. Not a competition, but more of an information sharing/get together have fun kind of deal. I believe there is a display, but I don't think awards are given. One event is a tour of Elkhardt Lake Race Track. I believe you can view this from the driver’s seat of your car which is good because it's a hellish long walk! This is truly a beautiful race track rich with history. Those interested can get more information by going to www.britishv8.org/British-V8-Meetings.htm

Things are always in the state of flux it seems- the time line for completion of my patio project keeps getting moved back because of the rain. It looks as though it won't be done in time for the May meeting as I had hoped. Bonnie & Jack David have volunteered to bail me out & host the May meeting. Tuesday, May 20 (Thankyou!)  I'll volunteer to host the August meeting which looks to be a bit more realistic. I'm sure Creig has directions on the cover. Bring lawn chairs if you have them to be sure of a comfortable spot. Also bring a side dish of your choice, I'm uncertain of the main course as I've just now talked to Bonnie & she was on her way out the door!

I've received my first newsletter from the Triumph Wedge Owners Association (formerly known as Prince, er- TR8CCA) A worthwhile investment in my opinion, a nice article on clock repair for wedge owners - step by step. I take encouragement & inspiration where ever I can get it lately, I'll bring it to the meeting to share with you. I also have a handful of membership registrations as does Dave Massey. Dave is the Southern Regional Director for this group.

This just in - somewhere elsewhere on the pages of this fine publication is information Creig Houghtaling has just e-mailed me concerning what looks to be a worthwhile event in Blytheville Arkansas on June 7th. I'm not sure if it's an exclusive all British event or not, but there seems to be a fair amount of our British brethren attending - check it out!

I will see you all at Jack & Bonnie's on the 20th!           Craig Madsen

Annual dues are due

The following members have not yet renewed: Mel & Barbara Alcorn, Jeff Bateman, George W. & Shirley Bentz, Cheryl Swift/Bob Berger, Keith Bester, Brian & Robin Borgstede, John F. Bush, Lisa Ciampoli, Ken & Sue Dahman, Clifford Davis, Gail & Ann Edmunds, Richard & Anice Etz, Byford & Kay Gullett, Dan Jones, John Kilburn, Edward Kilper, Arlie & Linda King, Damian Kostiuk, David & Jeanne Layton, Chip Logan, Bill & Christina Love, John & Carol  angles, Joe & Mary Ann Mann, Mark Marshall, Katherine Cuba/Michael Mason, Gary & Linda Mazzaola, Terry Merrell, Christopher Nohr, Tony Panchot, Wanda & Charles Rain, Bill & Jacquie Reck, John Ritter, Karl & Barbara Schmitt, Paul M. & Kathy Schuessler, David Schulz, Kurt & Betty Schumacher, Ron Spiegelman, Steven & Sandy Street, Michael & Andrea  Thomas, Mark & Darcy Weinstein, Jeff Weintrop

I meant to send out personal notices to the people listed above.  But I have been too busy.  So renewal will be stretched one more month.  If you know any of the people on the list above, let them know you would love to see them renew and remain a member.

Please make out your check today for $15 or $25 to St. Louis Triumph Owners Association (or SLTOA) and mail it to Bonnie David at 500 Marie Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301-0500.  Either price gets you full membership in the club with many chances to meet other Triumph nuts who will help you with your own affliction.  The lower price gets you an e-mail note when the newsletter is available on-line.  The higher price gets you a hard copy of the newsletter in your mail box.  Either price is cheap

Calendar of Regional and National Events. By Chris Kresser

DATE                          EVENT                                                            LOCATION

April 27                        Model A Swap Meet St. Louis, MO                 Gateway

May 16-18                   Carlisle Import/Kit Car Show                           Carlisle, PA

May 23-25                   Champagne British Car Festival                        Champaign, IL

June 1                          St. Louis Euro Show                                         Plaza Frontenac, MO

June 6-8                       Ault Park Concours                                          Cincinnati, OH

June 6-7                       Louisville British Car Show                               Louisville, OH

June 10-14                   TRA National                                                   Huron, OH

June 19-22                   Roadster Factory Summer Party                       Indiana, PA

June 26-29                   Official Spridget Golden Anniversary                 Osage Beach, MO

July 12                         Springfield Car Show                                        Springfield, IL

TBA                             London to Brighton Run                                    London, IN

TBA                             Cincinnati British Car Show                              Cincinnati, OH

August 5-9                   VTR National                                                   Xpsilanti, MI

August 30-31               Kansas City British Car Show                           Kansas City, MO

September 7                 Chicagoland British Car Show                          Chicago, IL

September 19-20         St. Louis All British Car Show                          St. Louis, MO

October TBA               Indiana British Car Union Show                        Indianapolis, IN

TBA                             Memphis British Car Show                               Memphis, TN

TBA                             MG Club Halloween Rally and Party                 St. Louis, MO

December 5                 SLTOA Holiday Party                                      Bevo Mill, St. Louis, MO

Cars & Cycles Against Cancer, Blytheville Arkansas Car Show, Jun 7 2008

Hello St Louis!!  We need you guys and your cars in Blytheville June 6th and 7th to celebrate National British Car Week and to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Its only 3 hours down I-55 to Blytheville. Here is what you get for coming.

Friday night a hospitality room and tailgate party at the Holiday Inn

Saturday morning early morning dice run for cash prizes

Show all day in Historic Walker park. Full shade. No tents needed here!

Live entertainment, tons of door prizes, raffles, auctions.

$5000 in cash given away that day!!!! Other prizes are TV's, Shotguns, large tool boxes, air compressors.

Get 10% from MOSS Motors the next 6 months just for attending this show.

Your club will be given the Key to the City and a POLICE ESCORT to the show. how cool is that?

Your family gets free swimming, tennis, golf, and fishing. Ladies lunch in a tea room and antique shop on Main Street.

Private party Saturday night at the Mayors house for the Brits that spend the night. Fish and Chips, Beer, Wine and more.

British clubs from Fayetteville, Little Rock, Nashville, Chattanooga, Kansas City, West Va, Springfield and Memphis are sending cars.  I have a bet that says I cant get 5 cars from your club. If i can get 5 Ill win $1000 bucks for the American Cancer Society. I need you guys. Send me 5 cars!!!

You will have a great time.

Barry Harrison 870-763-9043

Classified Ads:  Contact Creig Houghtaling at , the address listed below, or 314-401-7817 to place a free ad in this newsletter.


·              Needed:  Splined hub wire wheel adapter for the passenger side of a Triumph TR6. Ron Theel - 636-931-6058


·              1976 Triumph TR6, All original, 25,000 miles, new brakes/clutch, hardtop, redlines, white/black, mint condition. If you're looking for an all original TR6 that's been well cared for ready to enjoy, this is the car. One of the last low mile all originals around. $16,995 obo. 515-253-0633, dc.stephens@earthlink.net. Car located in Des Moines, Iowa. Additional pictures/videos available upon request.  Here's a link to more information about the car:  http://www.vtr.org/classifieds/detail.php?siteid=3325
Dale Stephens              515.253.0633                 dc.stephens@earthlink.net


·              Triumph – 1973 Stag rebuilt 1979 Mercury motor and transmission (less than 320 miles), white (newly painted) wire wheel, good frame/ body and floors, automatic with a hard top interior needs to be redone. (pics available) $5,000 – St. Louis, MO. ssrebel10@aol.com


·              1974 Triumph, in process of restoration, 90% dis-assembled, over 500.00 in new parts in the suspension,
Chassis completely stripped and painted. All paint to finish body once assmbly is complete, over 300.00 in BC/CC Black paint including epoxy primer, hardner and thinner, 1976 Parts car included.  750.00
New Lincoln MIG Welder, used no more than 2 hours. New conversion kit for GAS, installed never used. 469.00 invested, asking 400
There should be pictures of the chassis on file as they have been in the newsletter.  I hate to do this but I will be moving cross country. Michael Thomas [michaelthomas8@hotmail.com]

·              For Sale: 1979 TR7 rolling chassis - Texas car, solid floors straight body with exception of nose but have straight replacement sheet metal. Your choice of 390:1 or 345:1 rear end ratios. Additional parts negotiable, details -  636-734-3937  ask for Craig.

·              Arlie King has a set of TR3 spoke wheels and tires for sale, Call today to get a really low price.  Please call him at 636-677-0545

·              I’ve got a new supply of Castrol GT LMA brake fluid.  $10 for a quart.  $5 for a 12 oz.  Creig Houghtaling 314-401-7817

Matt Gossett Ex-Newsletter Editor

Matt volunteered to help out, then immediately got himself a job out of town.  I haven’t heard from him, so I am presuming the newsletter editor job is open again.  Please volunteer if you can help with anything from gathering stories to doing the whole thing.

Thanks, Creig Houghtaling

St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling, Editor

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026