Kastner Cup


The end of a long, hot, humid day with everyone in the SLTOA contingent getting in a lot of exercise walking around the course (and, in Creig and Ed’s case, a few laps driving around the course).

After a full day of vintage racing by a large number of interesting cars, 36 Triumphs took the grid for the 14th Annual Kastner Cup Race, named for Triumph racing legend RW “Kas” Kastner.  After a spirited 18 laps, each class (TR2, TR4, etc) winner received an award along with awards for the top three finishers.  Then, the announcement of this year’s Kastner Cup winner, graded in three categories: Jeff Shook.

The party started immediately after the awards ceremony but first, a photo of the SLTOAers with Kas. From the left: Kaizer, Dooley, Morgan, Kastner, Houghtaling, John Moore and Prez Steve Moore.

Great weekend!

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Yurp Auto Show


Have a little time here in advance of this weekend’s run to the Kastner Cup proceedings at Blackhawk Farms to get caught up on a few posts.

Submitted for your consideration: the annual St Louis European Auto Show, held once again this year at one of the outlet malls in Chesterfield Valley.  Perfect weather (if a tad on the warm side), hordes of Porsches and BMWs, a fair number of businesses set up and a good representation by the LBC community.  The Jaguar Association of Greater St Louis had a nice assortment of cars on display and a few yards away, two MGs (immaculate examples of the TC and TD) and two reps from SLTOA: Kevin with his early TR6 and David with his equally nice TR4.

As per usual, not a bad show, plenty to see and plenty to gawk at (including Hyman’s ’37 or thereabouts Morgan trike).

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Gas Pump Woes

“Honest officer, I was just driving by and my car suddenly went out of control!”


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SLTOA 35th

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Man oh man, what a day!  Temperature in the low 70s, severe clear skies, 22 cars (about 18 of them Triumphs) and around 40 people.   We made a 70 mile drive from the Lewis & Clark Boathouse in St Charles, out through New Melle and Foristell, winding up at the clubhouse in St Peters.  There we enjoyed great food (shameless plug: Kenrick’s!), great conversation, photos, a few artifacts and even worked in a very brief business meeting.

To all who participated, hope you enjoyed the 35th birthday celebration for St Louis Triumph Owners Association.   This is one fine club and we do manage to have a lot of fun.


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Forest Park Redux


THE trophy, back in SLTOA’s possession.  Now to come up with a catchy phrase for the plaque…

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For those who appreciate the classic VW Beetle.   They were on a ’67 Beetle sighted at Scott AFB last week (having learned to drive a stick in my dad’s ’63 Beetle convertible back during the early 70’s, I can vouch for both statements).

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The Automobile As Art V


Sighted Friday night at the Dierberg’s lot on Manchester at Sulphur Spring.   The “I Like Ike” bumper sticker’s a nice touch…

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Sighted Tuesday, on Barrett Station near Manchester.  Been a long time since I’ve seen a first-generation GTI; nice….


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Double TR Siting

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Things you don’t expect to see while taking a guided tour of Vancouver Barracks and Pearson Airfield, WA…  While heading from the Pearson Field Education Center, friend Ron said, “Hey, when you get up to the corner, look right.  I think I saw some sports cars.” I replied I’d seen the Jaguar/Land Rover shop on the corner but he said, “No, around the corner, there are some other cars that look British.”

Yeah, whatever…got to the corner and good grief, a 1976 TR6 and MG TF.  At that point I left the tour and checked out Commonwealth Classics, apparently one of a number of British repair shops in the Portland-Vancouver vicinity.  Another TR6 sat inside, along with an MGB GT, Austin-Healey 3000 up on a lift sans wheels and two Austin-Healey Bugeye/Frogeye Sprites.  And then one of the proprietors drove up in a light blue TR3 that’s a ringer for Dave Massey’s car.

A very pleasant surprise.  Now, where did our tour group go…?

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Shameless Plug No. 2

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Further down the road (OR 18), between Dundee and McMinnville, south of the small town of Lafayette, is British Parts Northwest.  Most of us in SLTOA have bought parts from this concern, which works out of a couple of warehouses (and one recently installed 40-ft container) perched on the Lafayette Highway.  What the heck, it’s on the way and I’m one of the company’s customers, I decided to drop in and take a look.

The joint was jumping, with several people moving around the various buildings bringing in and dispatching parts.  Still, owner Greg Sherick (who owns an ’80 TR8) happily gave me the grand tour of the property and yes, we talked plenty about the joys of LBC ownership and the LBC parts business.

Glad I stopped by.  If anyone who reads this finds they’re driving between Portland and Lincoln City, stop by and say hello.  It’ll be worth your time.

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