President’s Message – April 2023

President’s Message – April 2023

I wonder how long it’ll be before we can get our Triumphs out for a spin?  Hopefully not too long so we can get them in good running order for the driving season.   Here are some upcoming events where classic car drives might be possible, provided of course the road salt has been washed away by April showers.
Pub Lunch – Saturday 15th April
Derek will be sending out an invite shortly. 
Garage Visit to J.D. Auto – Wednesday 19th April 2023
Derek will be sending out an invite shortly.  If you have any specific car fixing requests for Joe to cover, please let Derek know at   Details follow:
Location:      J.D. Auto, 301 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1R8
Time:             7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (pizza included)  
Ancaster British Car Show & Flea Market – Sunday 23rd April 2023
This annual event is Southern Ontario’s largest British car parts flea market featuring both used and new parts for all types of British cars. You will also find books, clothing, regalia, car club information and much more.  We’ll have our usual TTC table set-up and look forward to seeing you there.   Event details follow:
Location:      Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fair Grounds, Highway 2 / 53 & 52, Ancaster
Time:             9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission:  $8.00 per person (Youth under 18 are free).
Spring Fling – 26th to 28th May 2023
This joint venture between the MG Car Club of Toronto (MGCCT) and the Toronto Triumph Club (TTC) has been a staple for many years.  As you may know the planning for this event has alternated between the two clubs, and this year the MGCCT is proud to be your host.  You received an invite in March, but it’s not too late to register.  Details follow:
Location:                  Midland, Ontario
Accommodation:    Quality Inn and Conference Centre, 924 King St, Midland, ON L4R 0B8          Reserve Hotel:        Hotel Reservation
Register On-line:                                                
Around Georgian Bay – 11th to 14th June 2023
Details were provided to everyone in March and we have 25 cars signed-up for this round-the-lake adventure.   Clive and Jacquelynne Huizinga are the organizers so if you have any questions about registration possibilities (initial registration closed on 31st March) please send an e-mail ASAP to    Talking of road trips I thought you would get a kick out of a message I just got from Clive: Here is a trip checklist before going on any trip as published by Classic Motorsports. Good list but was thinking if I had done this I would never have gone on any of our round the lake trips!!!!  Measuring cylinder compression for example. I have never done that yet. And my seats still do not slide I am sorry to say.  34-point road trip checklist | Articles | Classic Motorsports I mentioned in my last March message that Rye Livingstone was having problems getting the photos from Drive Your Triumph Day published.  
I’m pleased to report that all 748 photos are now available on Facebook at including this one of Chris Stewart all bundled-up for a snowy day in London.

In March we conducted a survey asking the question “How would you like to receive your quarterly Ragtop magazine”.  To date we have received over 150 responses and once we have completed our analysis on the survey, together with the financial impacts of the alternatives, we’ll let you know the results.

Finally, I have some exciting news regarding British Car Day.  Keith Smout, our Platinum Sponsor, has been involved with Formula 1 and Formula E for many years and he has some excellent connections in the industry.   Keith has persuaded his long- time friend Johnny Herbert to be the Grand Marshall at BCD this year.  

Johnny raced in Formula 1 from 1989 to 2000 winning three races and placing 4th in the 1995 World Drivers’ Championship. He raced sports cars too, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1991.  Johnny was also a Sky Sports F1 announcer for many years.   We will be looking at other activities during the BCD weekend aimed at attracting more cars and visitors to spend the weekend in S. Ontario.  Should be fun!

Look forward to seeing you this month at one of the face-to-face events.  In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers; Dave

Dave Sims, President, Toronto Triumph Club