Sunday, 14 October 2012

Christmas Party - Sunday 9 December

Christmas Party


Sunday 9 December, 12 noon


Springers Rest Cafe, 16-18 Barton Highway, Murrumbateman – from Canberra, follow Barton Highway to Murrumbateman.  Springers Rest is located on the left hand side just prior to the service station.  Ample parking is available at the rear via the side road immediately after the hotel but prior to the service station.


Menu at subsidised rates for members.  3 courses with 3 choices per course  $35.00 members & partners - ($55.00 for non members).


Please respond to either contact by no later than Friday, 30 November


Daryl Mouser                       6291 9309 or 0422 840 748

       Anthony Ockwell                 0418 438 783


Terribly British Day – Sunday 2 December

This annual event is an excellent opportunity to showcase the best of British auto engineering, particularly for our club and our much loved Triumphs.  We have traditionally had a strong showing of a broad range of Triumphs, so let’s maintain that support.  I urge all members to plan ahead and come along with your car(s).

The venue is the Treasury car park off Langton Crescent Parkes.  Unfortunately, the number of available grassed areas is fast diminishing and the potential cost in repairing damage is becoming prohibitive.  This year we have secured exclusive use of the car park for the display.  Visitor parking is available in the nearby car park off Newlands Street.  Set up will be from 8.00am till 9.00am and the display will open to the public from 10.00am till 3.00pm.

Bowler hats will be a feature of the day and the event organisers are encouraging all clubs to support this theme.  Real felt bowler hats will be available at a special discounted price of $10 (compared to a retail price of around $20).  Watch this space for further details on how to purchase hats.

Importantly for our club, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Triumph Spitfire and the Triumph Vitesse .  We plan to feature the Spitfire at our display.  So if you are a Spitfire owner, make every effort to come along with your vehicle.  Let’s not limit ourselves to road going examples.  I know of a few restoration projects underway, so why not consider loading them onto a trailer and bringing them along.  It would be a great opportunity to show the engineering that lies beneath the sporty lines of this classic British sports car.  In addition, I’m looking for a volunteer, preferably a Spitfire owner, to coordinate the Spitfire display.  As well as the cars themselves, it would worthwhile presenting the history of the vehicle, its links to the Triumph Herald, the engineering and its evolution over the several years of production.   Get in touch with me if you’re prepared to take on this role, or failing that, let me have any documents or other material that would be of interest in assembling the display.

Let’s not forget the Vitesse.  Although none are presently listed amongst our members vehicles, it would be great to have one on display on the day.  Contact – Rick Wade (ph 6231 4609, email: )

Mid Week Lunch Run – Wednesday 31 October

We’ll be dining at another local venue this month - the Lookout Red Hill Cafe & Bar.  Sit back and enjoy a tasty lunch with great views over Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra City and beyond.  Meet at the cafe at 12.30pm.  Given that it is a popular venue, I’ll need to make an early reservation, so please let me know by Sunday 28 October if you will be joining us.  Contact – Rick Wade (ph 6231 4609, email: )

Member’s Report – Mid Week Lunch Run - Bushranger Pub

By Rick Wade

The Tinks and Wades along with Trevor Lloyd and Noel Karppinen set off from EPIC for the quick dash along the Federal Highway to Collector where we were met by the Listers who’d travelled across from Cootamundra to join us for lunch.  Anthony Ockwell arrived a short time later, taking a more direct route from Murrumbateman.  A fine selection of Triumphs (2500S, 2.5PI. Stag and Spitfire) lined up opposite the Bushranger Hotel.

A leisurely lunch in the beer garden provided an opportunity to talk Triumphs and catch up with Marian and Ian Lister.  The Bushranger Hotel is a typical no-frills country pub serving reasonably priced meals - a possible option for a Sunday run in the future.

Anthony and the Wades opted for the long route home via Gunning and Gundaroo.  This is certainly a more enjoyable drive than the highway, although meeting an oncoming truck on the single lane of bitumen from Collector to Gunning can set the heart racing!

Trevor Lloyd, Anthony Ockwell and Rick Wade

Brian Tink, Noel Karppinen and Ian Lister

Diane Wade with Jan Tink

Marion Lister and Trevor Lloyd