Summertime, and the living is easy…

Beautiful weekend, great weather (okay, okay, a tad warm) and how do you spend your time? Yup, working on the TR8 again, utilizing a number of tools and the convenient rolling work table. The brake lights failure still has me stumped but the effort continues, resuming next weekend. Best case, I get the lights fixed Saturday and therefore get to drive the HSD in Sunday’s SLTOA drive to Eckert’s, over near Belleville. Stay tuned…

When In the Northwest

I mentioned travel in the previous blog…if you’re reading this and are in the vicinity of Vancouver, Washington/Portland, Oregon, drop by Commonwealth Classics Ltd, located at 1613 E 4th Street (to the immediate east of Vancouver Barracks National Historic Site). Second Sunday of each month, the owner hosts “Classics & Coffee,” always a good turnout of interesting cars and their owners.

Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted…

Yup, roughly six months from the last post, the result of a few technical issues and increasing, post-pandemic travel, official and otherwise. Anyway, the local clubs are getting back on the road and resuming in-person meetings (yahoo!) and we’ll make an effort to resume regular posts in this forum concerning SLTOA activities plus whatever else piques our interest.

Toys for Tots Run

Quite a day yesterday, as a good number of SLTOA members and their Triumphs (as well as a few other cars, including a really nice 1960 Jaguar Mk2 2.4L) turned out in great weather for the club’s first Toys for Tots delivery run. Organized by Chief Elf Bonnie (with the assistance husband Santa Jack) and coordinated through reps of the US Marine Corps Reserve, the Marine Corps League and St Charles Harley Davidson, the participants made a fine progression west on I-70 and donated something like four boxes of toys. Details to follow in the January Exhaust Notes but in the meantime, Bravo Zulu to all who participated and contributed!

The Search for LBCs…

…continues this week from the Alabama Gulf Coast, where rebuild and recovery operations continue post-Hurricane Sally. Lots of piles of debris everywhere, lots of disaster cleanup specialists working and a lot of buildings that received damage.

Regret to say, in the week we’ve been down here, I haven’t seen one LBC, save for a couple of modern Jags and one XJ/Vanden Plas saloon/sedan. I did stumble across this Kelmark yesterday, on US 98 east of Foley, AL. If you can work with fiberglass, the body’s in pretty good shape and probably just needs minor work and a new coat of paint. You’d have to source a replacement VW beetle chassis with engine and trans, though….the car’s minus its engine and the chassis looked pretty far gone.

Couple more days, maybe I’ll stumble across a proper British sports car…

7th Annual Lake Garnett Grand Prix Revival

Greetings from Garnett, Kansas, where it’s been a long day and processing photos is making for a late night. I made the trip from St Louis to attend and photograph the LGGPR, observed annually in commemoration of Lake Garnett Park’s status as the site of SCCA racing between 1958 and 1972. The turnout was incredible, with a large variety of cars including members of Heartland Vintage Racing as well as a substantial number of spectators who outlasted the fog and had a grand old time.

Two Triumphs made today’s race: a 1962 TR4 owned by Harvey Kinnard of Leawood, Kansas (No. 111) and another ’62 (appropriately, No. 62), owned by Matt Jenkinson of the KC TRs. Oh, and I finally got to meet my editorial counterpart with the Lawrence Area British Car Club, Bill Fisher; he edits “Brit’s Bits” and served as the head of the photographer contingent at today’s event. I also managed to spend a fair amount of time talking with Phil Taxman of the Jaguar Association of Greater St Louis, a regular on the HVR circuit in his ’64 E-Type FHC. Hoo-hah, that car’s fast…

More racing tomorrow, and hopefully more Triumphs (a really nice TR3 was on display at the Anderson County courthouse show following the day’s track activities.

Meanwhile, at Family Arena

Earlier today, SCCA Solo II/autocross event No. 6 at Family Arena in St Charles and the usual assortment of highly entertaining vehicles, fast drivers, chills, thrills and the occasional spin-out.

And yeah, while I’m the owner of an LBC and proponent of competing in autocrosses in old sports cars, I have to admit: with the Boeing Sports Car Club, SCCA and Misfit Toys series, there’s a fair amount American heavy metal taking to the pavement. Yeah, Mustang and Camaro owners turn out in good numbers, but you gotta applaud anyone who’s willing to get out and autocross a ’70 AMC Javelin, ’70 Plymouth Road Runner or a ’68 Chevy Nova.

Still several events left in the season, come on out and watch for a while. Or, better yet, bring a helmet and go for a spin!