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2020 03 01

A great photo of Paul Cocarell and his beautiful 1949 TRA2000 Roadster on the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia celebrating “Drive Your Triumph Day”

Good day everyone and hope all is well! Last weekend was spectacular with highs of 10C which meant I was able to give my cars a thorough wash on the driveway. Oh joy! Today though the weather tuned a little wintry and I was out clearing snow … so I guess it’s going to be a little while before we can get our Triumphs on the road.

First of all I’m delighted to report that 21 of us sent pictures of our 22 Triumphs to “Drive Your Triumph Day” on 10th February to celebrate Sir John Black’s 125th birthday. Paul Cocarell’s Roadster is shown above and here’s the URL if you want to take a look at the over 300 photos on the web site that were sent from all over the world

Our winter Ragtop featured some excellent articles on the Stag which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As a follow-up, Tony Fox came across rare development footage of ‘Project Stag’, a Triumph Stag documentary entitled THE DREAM CAR (1970). It’s quite long at 40 minutes but very informative and shows how much effort went into bring the Michelotti-designed Stag into production.

Which brings me to our upcoming events …

Club Meeting at J.D. Auto on Tuesday 10th March

DATE: Tuesday 10th March

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

ADDRESS: 301 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 1R8.

Joe Dudovac will be hosting us for an evening of discussions on what makes your car tick (noisy tappets perhaps). We’ve received a couple of requests from club members on what they would like Joe to review – carburation, gear boxes and strange noises from drive trains – but if there’s something else you would like to know about please drop Rob Ragsdale a line asap at so that Joe can be prepared. Joe is looking after quite a few club members’ cars and is fast becoming the go-to guy for looking after LBCs. He really knows his stuff. The club will provide finger food and soft drinks around 8:15 p.m.

MGCCT Go Kart Night on Tuesday 17th March
As mentioned in my recent e-blast the MG Car Club of Toronto has kindly invited Toronto Triumph Club members to their Go Kart Night at k1 SPEED, located at Downsview Park. If you want to participate and challenge our MG friends you MUST register by 6th March. Here are the details:

Calling all Go Kart Racers – We’ve managed to arrange a fun night of indoor Go Kart racing. Don’t worry about any fumes or loud noise. There aren’t any. The Go Karts are electric. And FAST! We held similar events for several years at this location when it was operating as Grand Prix Kartways and were very impressed with the performance of the karts and the quality of the track. The new owners have improved the facilities, karts and track layout, so come on out for a fun night.

  • Location: k1 SPEED, 75 Carl Hall Road, Unit 9, Toronto, ON. M3K 2B9 (for more information on the karts and the track, visit:
  • Timing: Plan to arrive at 7:00pm – Drivers’ meeting at 7:15pm – Start racing at 7:30pm.
  • Price: The cost is $65.00 per person ($55.00 + HST + Handling Fee) for 2 races which includes private race times for our group, trophies or medals, personalized score sheets for each racer, a podium ceremony at the end and a complimentary balaclava for you to keep. We are inviting members of the Toronto Triumph Club to participate which should make it a bit of a challenge event between the clubs.
  • Registration: As we are booking this as a group event, each participant will need to register and pay in advance. We are limited in numbers so registration will be first come, first served. Please register by March 6 at the following URL:

39th Annual Ancaster British Car Flea Market & Car Show – Sunday 19th April
I’m looking forward to getting out to Ancaster in April … less than 2 months away. The TTC booth will be in its usual location – please drop by and say “HI!” Let’s hope for some decent weather so that we can get our Triumphs out for a spring spin. Details are included on our Events Calendar and at

Look forward to seeing a good crowd at Joe’s on 10th March, in the meantime keep warm!

Cheers; Dave

Dave Sims
President, Toronto Triumph Club

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2020 02 08

Ralph Kimberley’s Triumph Continental out for a spin (with some young friends!) to celebrate Sir John Black’s birthday in 2019.

Good day everyone and hope all is well!   Here are a couple of reminders for events taking place in the coming week.

1. Drive Your Triumph Day – 10th February

Are you ready for Drive Your Triumph Day tomorrow to celebrate Sir John Black’s birthday?   This celebratory drive has been building momentum every year. Last year Rye Livingstone, Activities Chairman, Triumph Travelers Sports Car Club, received close to 350 photos from all over the world (including 14 from TTC).

This is what Rye has to say … The concept is straightforward; please submit photos only taken on Monday, February 10th, 2020.    On February 10th, go for a drive in your Triumph.  Take a scenic drive on a country road or out to lunch, to the market, to work, where ever. The photo is mainly of the car – and the owner if possible – ideally in front a cool spot, landmark, scenic view, in front of the hardware store or in your driveway.  If it’s the middle of the winter where you live and your car is in hibernation, or in the middle of a restoration, take a photo of it anyway in the garage.  Some winter photos I’ve received have the garage door open with the car tucked under a cover, and snow outside.   The next step is to email a high-resolution photo to along with some basic information: owner’s name, year and model of car, and place photo was taken (city, state, country). The photos will then be published not only in our club newsletter, but also in USA’s national magazine: Vintage Triumph Registry, and on the Drive Your Triumph Day website:

Have fun with it, and participate and let’s see if we can get a few more TTC cars this year.

2. Next Club Meeting – Quiz Night at the Legion

DATE:            Thursday 13th February – NOT A TUESDAY!

TIME:             7:00 p.m.

ADDRESS:    Port Credit Canadian Legion, 35 Front St N, Mississauga, ON L5H 2E1.

ROOM:           Downstairs Roundroom


Terence McKillen will be testing our knowledge of “anything related to cars” and I suspect it will be challenging!   In Wayne McGill’s absence last year Tony Fox walked off with the winning prize … is it your turn this year?    The club will provide pizza after the quiz and your choice of beverage will be available at the bar throughout the evening.

Finally, I received this neat Triumph Spitfire clip from Vic Whitmore which I thought you might enjoy

Look forward to seeing a good crowd at the Legion on Thursday 13th February.

Cheers; Dave

Dave Sims
President, Toronto Triumph Club

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