President’s Message – May 2020

President’s Message – May 2020

Good day everyone and I do hope that all of you out there are keeping well.   What a strange world we live in right now.

I’ve just been reading the spring Ragtop which is focussed on the TR6 and includes some great articles which I’m sure you will enjoy.   Ragtop was mailed yesterday (Tuesday) so it should be arriving in your mailbox early next week.  Enjoy!

The latest event to be impacted by Covid19 is the Canadian Classic which was scheduled for 14th August.  Regrettably our get together in Midland has been postponed until 2021.   A tough decision but there are just too many unknowns at this time including a big question mark over which facilities will be open then and how many club members will want to attend.  We felt it was prudent to make the decision now to avoid incurring additional costs and to protect our membership.   The organizing team also considered moving the Classic to October however there is so much talk about a Covid19 “flare up” later this year it was decided to just wait a year.   Thank you to Andre & Dianne Fleury together with Barry & Dianne O’Rourke for taking this on in 2021!

I’ve also heard from Ian McNab one of the organizers of Brits-in-the-Park which is scheduled to be held on 19th July in Lindsay.   He advised that if Brits cannot be held then they have selected the alternative date of Sunday October 4th.    Whatever the date, I’ll keep you advised.

Terence has been in touch with the editor of the Triumph World publication which sadly will be closing down after the summer edition has been produced.   We understand that subscribers will be entitled to a refund or subscription to any other Kelsey title.  Another print magazine bites the dust!

One of the Ragtop articles written by Terence McKillen is entitled Exercise is good for you and your classic car.  A good read and I should add that you need to exercise ALL your cars which maybe not getting much use during the pandemic.   We’ve heard many people say they let their cars sit for months in a garage with no problems, but you’re better off driving it a couple of times each month and for at least 10 miles, with some speeds over 50 mph if possible. You not only want your engine to get fully warmed up but for the entire car to get some exercise as well which will help to keep the battery charged, avoid flat spots on your tires, keep moisture out of your gas tank and critters form taking up residence.  Of course it’s also good for the driver … provided of course that you abide by the recommendations as directed by the Chief Medical Officer.

We are working on holding a virtual Club Meeting in May.  Other car clubs are having a go and it seems to be quite effective.  Once we get the details sorted out, I’ll drop you a line with details.

Hopefully we’ll be able to get together for some drives in our Triumphs during the summer but in the meantime look after yourselves and make sure that your cars are in tip-top shape and ready for the open road.  In the meantime take care and don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you have any questions or concerns.

Dave Sims

President Toronto Triumph Club


Happier times! Coffee stop at the Trail Eatery in Campbellville – Victoria Day long weekend drive 2019.