The Automobile As Art VI

Who you gonna call?  (I-44 WB near Arsenal, Mon 12 Mar)


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Life in the Midwest

Sunday, 11 March, 1220 hrs, Des Peres.


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Back East

Back in the DC area again, short-notice short-duration trip in order to attend the funeral of an Air Force bud of yours truly.  In and around high winds, power outages and the farewell, have kept an eye out for TRs and other LBCs.  So far, this is the only wheeled transportation I’ve seen bearing the Triumph name.


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TR Sighting!

Ran across this one in the parking lot of Menards on Manchester, between I-270 and MO 141.   Got a brief glimpse of the driver before he entered the store; Mark and Andy in SLTOA have yellow TR6s, but this guy didn’t look like either of them.  A mystery…

BTW, the TR6 had period-correct Missouri plates for 1974.


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Fine Day

Initial late-winter/early spring yardwork (hey, the rain stopped and it got into the mid-50s today)? Undertake some other project inside the house, such as organizing the basement?

Naaah….went out for a drive (note the blue sky).


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No Polar, Plenty of Bear


In fact, the Bear even made the drive this year!  A total of 24 cars – a mix of Triumphs, MGs (thanks MG Club of St Louis members), BMWs and a couple of other brands – great weather, great route and a fine party afterwards.  All in all, a fine way to start the driving year!

(Photo by John Moore)

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Polar Bear Mod 1

Head’s up! The starting location and time for SLTOA’s Polar Bear Run this Sunday (11 Feb) has changed slightly.  The meet point is now the Mobil station on MO 94 at Thoele Plaza, immediately north of Fox Hill Rd.  Show time is 9:30 AM, the cars roll at 10 AM.

AND, the weather still looks reasonable (well, for January): mostly cloudy (hope for an improvement to partly cloudy), high of about 37.

See you there; the bear’s expecting you.


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One Week Until Polar Bear


Sunday, 11 February, meet at the Mobil on MO 94, right side, north of MO 370 at 10 AM for a drive through St Charles County, ending in a gathering at an SLTOA member’s house.  Top-down LBCs and their owners/pax are highly encourage to participate (weather forecast is for high in the mid-30s, partly cloudy, sounds great!) but bring any car and join in on a guaranteed good time.

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Why Yes, I DID get the HSD out today…


So, did you take your LBC out for a top-down patrol?  Following two months in the garage – and obviously, after checking fluids and connecting the battery – I got the TR8 out for about 40 minutes.  Had a major good time; during the course of the drive I observed several US-made convertibles, a Jaguar XK, really nice late-model red MGB and a few other cars with sporting pretensions.

BTW, enjoy the 60-degree weekend.  Polar Bear’s now three weeks away.

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Five Weeks Until Polar Bear!


Ah, but if the temps get above 50, as predicted for later in the week (undoubtedly the calm before the storm, eh?), I will most definitely get the TR8 out for a quick patrol.

In the meantime, spent the better part of the morning working on the January Exhaust Notes.  Here we are, one week into 2018 and the calendar’s already starting to fill up with events.  As a reminder, you can check on upcoming club events at; webmaster Stephen Paur does a great job of highlighting our activities, plus it’s easy enough to call up the club calendar, which is updated monthly.

As always, if you’re curious about what other clubs have planned, you can call up the St Louis Sports Car Council web page at and check it’s calendar, also updated regularly.  For example, in the next couple of weeks the MG club, Gateway Volvo and Jaguar Association of Greater St Louis are all having dinner events.

Check ’em out! AND, make sure your car is ready for Polar Bear, 11 February.  Start location and time will get posted after SLTOA’s January meeting.

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