Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† July 2006

July Meeting, Tuesday July 18th, 2006, 7:00 PM, at John Lambergís,

14148 Cross Trails Drive, Chesterfield MO 63017-3309, Phone, (314) 434-4467

Arrive anytime after 6:00 p.m.; meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. The club will provide grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. Attendees may bring a dish or dessert to share, your beverage of choice and lawn chairs.

Presidential Ramblings, By Craig Madsen

A small group of us made our way to Champagne, mostly an uneventful trip with the exception of rotor trouble with Roy's Healy and yours truly doesn't know when to pull over & get gas. Look for that gas can to surface at the Trash & Treasure Christmas exchange! Overall a very nice time was had by all that attended.

The Spitfire earned its' "Road Warrior" Wings, it sang all the way there and back and beat the living daylights out of me each way. I was wishing I had a different spring rate and a different rear end ratio. Steve and Sandy Street on the other hand had a very leisurely ride in the TR7 - which is a great highway ride as anyone will tell you that owns either a Seven or Eight.

I passed on the pub crawl, but Dave & Carol made us proud and set a new late night record or at least tied the old one! Our club also did well in the awards department - Chris Kresser took 1st in category AND best of show! Paul Schuessler took first in his class with the TR-6. Steve Street & Dave Massey tied for second in the TR7/TR8 category an edict that I understand but don't agree with..... & the Healy Girls took 1st place in the Photo Contest with their 2006 Calendar by a landslide! The Spitfire has yet to find its' "groove", too far along to be a contender in the Diamond in the Rough class, and not far enough along to do any good in the Spitfire class. It doesn't help that it's somewhat confused as to what year it actually is. My fault, and I wouldn't have it any other way! To the relief of myself & the rest of us, the "Blue" interior has almost completely been replaced by an or! iginal Caramel /Tan color. My apologies for putting all of us through that pain. A new pair of jets, floats, & a swap from AAE to AAR needles have brought the SU4 carburetors back into good graces. I tried a set of 2.5 oz. piston springs opposed to the 4 oz. & immediately went too rich. I am going to try a pair of AAL's and then make a choice. Now at least the car is behaving true to it's tradition.

We were blessed with great weather for our Summer Picnic. We had a smaller turnout than I had hoped for though. Hopefully the July meeting At John Lambergs' will break all records. Brief discussion was held about the Club Logo Magnets. The estimates for these are coming in exceedingly high, a recent effort on Roy's' part still came in at about $20.00 each. I think we need to determine if we want this item, & at what price. If we can't get it at a reasonable cost, maybe those that want them can individually purchase them individually with a % subsidy by the club. If we could find a vendor that didn'trequire a 500 count minimum order it would also help. Food for thought.

Along that Food for Thought line of thinking, - mention was made of possibly hosting a VTR in St. Louis... This is a huge amount of work, but can be again further discussed. I used the June picnic to reveal a secret personal ambition of my own. This probably also is a huge amount of work, but the pay off could be equally as big. I would like to see the Triumph folks of the state of Missouri gather together at Lake Ozark or Osage Beach for a show and festivities maybe next June. I thought we could possibly pull from Kansas City, Springfield, Anywhere! I'm going to need contact names of other groups, & volunteers from this one to get it off the ground. So, before the next meeting chew on this idea as well and be prepared to give your input. Remember there are no wrong or right answers, just what you all want to do.

Noticeably absent from our picnic meeting was our Treasure Bonnie David & Secretary Matt Gossett, - Again, when you score Cardinal tickets, they take priority!Bonnie had e-mailed Creig an update I just forgot to get a hold of it and read it, my apologies. I'm sure current numbers are published elsewhere in this newsletter. Matt was in the middle of three family moves and a medical support issue. Funny how we sometimes take these things for granted until they're unexpectedly missing!

Also I've been contacted by the MG club regarding the food vending for the upcoming Creve Cour Car Show. They need a list of people that will be handling the food, and hopefully I'll have something in my mailbox when I get home to fill out to get the ball rolling. There's another item for discussion at the next meeting.††† Surely that's enough to think about ?!

See You @ Johns!†† -†† Craig Madsen

 

5th Annual Brits in the Ozarks Car & Cycle Show

SLTOA received an invitation from Bill Watkins of British Iron Touring Club of Northwest Arkansas.I copied the following from their website www.Britishironnwa.org:

Benefitting the Razorback Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Sponsored by:

British Iron Touring Club of Northwest Arkansas

October 7,2006, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at Agri Park, on the University of Arkansas Campus Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Officially supported by the following:

British Iron Touring Club of Northwest Arkansas

British Motoring Club of Arkansas

St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Greater Ozarks British Motoring Club

Jaguar Club of Tulsa, Inc.

For registration information, contact Doug Schrantz, at 479-636-9172 or dschrantz@arkansasusa.com or Bill Watkins at 479-636-2168 or bwatkins@watkinslawoffice.com

For motorcycle-specific info, contact Wil Wing, at 479-855-1267 or wingbv@arkansas.net.

Please visit the web site for links to:

Pictures from previous shows

Directions to the show location

Judging classes

Information about the Fayetteville area and other events

Hotel info

Show activities, food, and dining

Info about the British Iron Touring Club of Northwest Arkansas

Registration form

 

Classified Ads:Contact Creig Houghtaling at , the address listed below, or 636-305-1143 to place a free ad in this newsletter.

v                 Just prior to publication, I received a note from a person wanting to sell a TR6.Watch for an ad next month or contact me directly.Iíll probably have more information soon.Creig

 

 

St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling, Editor

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026

www.sltoa.org