With only 4 weeks until the end of year my thoughts have been turning to the car shows, weekends and drives we attended in 2019. It was a super year and on the Triumph front Maggie and I attended many events and managed to add another few thousand miles to the TR250 odometer between mid-April, when I met the guys for our first drive and a coffee, and 1st November, when I filled up the TR with gas in readiness for the winter. Almost seven months with the top down is not too shabby … but we always hope for more! Now it’s time to make a list of the odd jobs that need to be done before the spring arrives.
Our first Board Meeting of 2020 will be scheduled for early January and one of the first items on the agenda will be to review our Events Calendar for the year. While we don’t yet have a Meeting Coordinator, I’m still hoping the events will be as varied and enjoyable as in 2019. The good news is that a number of you have recommended / volunteered to host club meeting for the first few months of the year including:
- 14th January at 7 p.m. – Apple Auto Glass in Oakville recommended by Wayne McGill. Mario Radice & Mark Gordon have invited us to their shop at 1033 Speers Road, Unit #2, Oakville, L6L 2X5 to give us a review of what they can do for club members relating to windshields, upholstery and convertible tops whether it be for your Triumph or daily driver. We know from experience that they do very good work on both classic and modern cars.
- 10th February – Drive Your Triumph Day. Rye Livingston, Activities Chairman, Triumph Travellers Sports Car Club contacted me to advise that once again he is encouraging Triumph Clubs from around the world, to celebrate Sir John Black’s Birthday on February 10th, the man who bought Standard/Triumph after WWII and built many of the Triumphs we enjoy today.
- 11th February at 7 p.m. – Terence McKillen will be challenging us once more with a variety of questions during the annual TTC quiz. Location TBD. Last year’s champion was Tony Fox.
- 10th March at J.D. Auto – Rob Ragsdale is leading the charge on this and would like to hear from you on any particular subject you would like Joe to cover. Rob can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 19th April – Ancaster British Car Show and Flea Market. This is the traditional start to the LBC year and TTC will be in the usual location when Board members will be available to chat with club members and renew memberships.
- 25th April – Barrie O’Rourke has arranged for us to visit Legendary Motors for a tour of their premises. They are located at 8220 5th Line North, Halton Hills, L7G 4S6 and we will meet at a local Tim Horton’s first to drive there.
On a completely different note I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the F1 season which concluded Sunday with another win by Lewis Hamilton, our 6-time World Champion, driving his #44 Mercedes Silver Arrow. Like Lewis I’m looking forward to watching him defend his title against a young and talented group in 2020 starting with the Australian GP scheduled for 15th March in Melbourne … only 3 months away!
The winter weather has already arrived, so drive carefully on your winter tires as we head into the Christmas season.
Dave Sims, President, Toronto Triumph Club.
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