Back to the Northwest


Two-week exercise in western Washington, courtesy of your United States Air Force; the trip up here to my old stomping grounds (1976, 1996-1998, 1999-2005) marked my second in only three months.

As always, the search for LBCs and in particular, Triumphs, continues.  While Puget Sound has a particularly large, active Triumph club – Tyee Triumph – I haven’t seen any yet, nor any other classic British car for that matter.  Several hot rods, yes, plus the two rather unique vehicles in the photo.

I took the shot at Grant County International Airport, Moses Lake, on Thursday 3 August while documenting the exercise.  The vehicle on the left is an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), while the wheeled conveyance on the right is an M1131 Stryker Fire Support Vehicle (FSV).  Something tells me the drivers of these two fine examples of technology rarely have to contend with road rage…

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Oh by the way…


One more from the Scott Centennial show: when was the last time you saw a Pinto, let alone two?

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Well, best laid plans and all that.  We welcomed the rain, donder und blitzen last PM as the lawn sorely needed water above and beyond periodic watering.  This morning, however…

Up at oh-dark-thirty, checked the weather radar. Hmmm…scattered thunderstorms, all over the place BUT, I figured I could wend my way through them on the drive to Scott with the TR8. Stepped outside and sure ’nuff, downpour.  The TR8’s top leaks (hey, it’s British…and yes, I do have a TR towel), the wipers have two speeds (slow and glacial) and what with the torque generated by the 3.5L, handling in the wet is a tad squirrely.  Also, with the early hour and seeing as I’d managed my standard mid-week five hours of sleep, I decided to take the all-weather vehicle, the Kia.  Two more major downpours on the way to the base plus the usual semis and people doing ~70 in lousy conditions pretty much reinforced my decision.

Naturally, by late morning the sun was out; by the time I got to the lot by the club at 3:15, the event was going full blast, with a fairly eclectic mix of vehicles.  To be sure, the majority consisted of contemporary Mustangs/Challengers/Camaros but there were others that stood out, like the lineup of older pickup trucks and a really nice 1940 Packard Club Sedan (at least, I think that’s what it was).

And, four cars held the day for the Brit community: a Lotus Elise, two original Minis (one was the car I saw yesterday) and – ta-da! – a TR3, seen here.  I didn’t recognize the car; according to the info card, the owner lived in Flora, IL.  Didn’t get a chance to talk with him, but left a card on the driver’s seat with the SLTOA web address. Hopefully we’ll hear from him.

Cars and Coffee in the morning!

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Driving off Scott AFB today, had to do a 180 and get this photo. Not something you normally see over there?

Possibly, the Mini’s on base for Friday’s big Scott Centennial Auto Show, 1400-1800. I’ve entered the TR8 (my arrival on base at my normal time of 0530 should rouse a few light sleepers); according to the event organizer, they’re expecting 150 cars.  Should be fun, stand by for a report with photos.

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In Search of Mark Twain

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Only a week following the group drive to Blackhawk Farms, some other hardy SLTOA members did an RON (remain overnight) drive to Hannibal for some good food, history, scenery and a visit with Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher.

Only three cars/five members made the drive but word is they had a ball (your scribe should know: I was in the third Triumph, the HSD).  Perfect weather and road conditions, good lunch at Finn’s downtown and from the photos taken by those who remained overnight, plenty of interesting sites visited and more great food consumed.

Pity we didn’t turn out more members/cars but hey, anything over two vehicles with this bunch constitutes a quorum.   We just might have to do this trip (or similar) again next year.

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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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