President’s Message – October 2021

President’s Message – October 2021

Good day everyone.    It’s not quite October, however I wanted to send this message early as there are two events coming up this weekend which you may want to attend. 

I really enjoy this time of year as it’s perfect for top-down motoring.  Last Friday I met the boys for a coffee and while I had the top down I kept nice and warm with the heater going.   On what would have been British Car Day Terence designed a lovely drive which started in Milton and ended in Campbellville.   The weather was spectacular and there were 23 cars in attendance including 9 TR6s, 4 Stags, 2 TR4As, 2 Spitfires, 1 TR3A, 1 TR250, 1 TVR, 1 big Healey, 1 Ferrari and a Ford. 

Earlier in the month the Drive Festival, held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, attracted a good number of Triumphs.   Over the 3 days we had space for 10 Triumphs each day and the spots were about two thirds filled.   Those who attended had a good time and you can read more about this event in the next Ragtop from our roving reporter Paul Cocarell whose lovely Triumph Roadster is shown below.

Derek McAllister organised our 16th September club meeting at the Junction Craft Brewery where 24 club members had the opportunity to enjoy a tour and tasting paid for by the club.  There was of course an opportunity to chat about our favourite cars too!

A few of our club members entered the Hagerty Maple Mille which ran last weekend through Muskoka.    I haven’t heard how it went but I’m sure there will be a report in the next Ragtop.

Which bring us to what’s happening in October …

Saturday 2nd October – Club Drive starting in Vaughan

Derek McAllister is organizing a drive this Saturday morning starting in Vaughan at the McDonald’s at 3500 Major MacKenzie Drive W.  If you plan to attend please start to gather at 9:30 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. sharp start. The 90-minute drive will take you through Kleinburg, Bolton and Kettleby on nice backroads. There will be an opportunity to buy something for lunch at the Maple Bakery at 10040 Keele St in Maple.and room for parking in the back.  A formal invitation was sent earlier today.

Sunday 3rd October – Christmas Toy Drive – Milton

The annual Christmas Toy Drive is scheduled for this weekend – Sunday 3rd October – at Country Heritage Park in Milton starting at 9:00 a.m.  Paul Dullaert has worked out a very interesting run as always, and the idea is that you drop your new unwrapped toy or cash donation at the collection area at the Conestoga room, pick up your route directions and follow them at your own convenience.   Details are included in the below flyer.

Sunday 10th October – West-end Thanksgiving Drive

We haven’t finalized the route yet but will soon at which time we’ll send a formal invite to this Thanksgiving drive.  The drive will start on the north western edge of Milton at the Starbucks parking lot on Tremaine (same start location as for our last drive) and head-off into the country, ending up in Waterdown.  Hopefully we’ll see some fall colours.  Stay tuned for details.

Sunday 17th October – MGCCT’s Brass Monkey Run in aid of TOYS FOR TOTS.

John Burrows from the MG Car club of Toronto has kindly invited our club members to join the Annual Brass Monkey Run on Sunday October 17th, 2021 with all proceeds going to the Georgetown Salvation Army TOYS FOR TOTS.  John tells us that …

The start will be in the area of Mississauga Road and Steeles Avenue, a bit north of the 407. Depending on how many sign-up we may have two start points. Closer to the time you will be advised of your starting point and the exact timings. The route will take us through as many wooded and twisty roads as I have reasonably found on our way to Grey County.  It will be a morning start and the drive will be ~ 85 miles.  Our preferred lunch destination has set us a capacity restriction and we are still looking for additional lunch spots in the vicinity of our planned finishing area if we need them.  We do know that there are lunch spots a few miles away so there is no restriction on how many can participate in the run, just how many can sit down for lunch at the preferred spot. Of course, you can always bring your own lunch. We will endeavour to allocate seats at the preferred lunch spot based on when we receive your registration so register quickly. Completing the lunch seating request does not guarantee a seat. Closer to the event you will receive more information.

If you want to join in the run please complete the attached form and pay the $15.00 registration fee per car by October 4th.

Thanks to John and the MGCCT for the invite.

Sunday 17th October – Rockton British Car Show, Sale and Flea Market

The Rockton British Car Show, Sale and Flea Market will be held at Rockton Fairgrounds and the gate will open to the general public from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Entry fee is $7 per person.  If you have never been to Rockton, the event will be the same as Ancaster in that all vendors will be inside the main building including Toronto Triumph Club.   Here’s the URL location

We look forward to seeing you there.   The organizer says …

Present COVID regulations limit the number of people in the main hall and once the limit is reached it will be one out, one in.  Proof of full vaccination is required for all of the guests and vendors entering the main hall. This is to comply with the new regulations that comes into effect on September 22. Full vaccination is 2 jabs with the second before October 3 (14 days before the event).  Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.   Masks will be required in the main building and hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance.

If you have any questions you can e-mail David Jones at or call 905-687-0377.

I do hope that you are managing to enjoy some of the TTC events and let’s hope they continue well into the fall.    Should you have any questions, please call me.

Cheers; Dave

Dave Sims, President Toronto Triumph Club