President’s Message – October 2022

President’s Message – October 2022

September has sure been a busy month and what a great day it was for British Car Day® and despite a late shower at the Park we estimate there were ~1,062 cars and motorbikes on the field. 

I sent a note out after BCD with a quick review of the day, however I should mention again that winner of the Charlie Conquergood Award this year, which is presented to a club member who has exhibited long-term dedication to Toronto Triumph Club, was David Tushingham.  Tush, past President of Toronto Triumph Club and former Chairman of British Car Day epitomises TTC’s mission “to Preserve and Drive the Triumph”. Tush is a superstar on YouTube and has his own channel which meticulously captures rebuilds of his TR6, TR250, TR3 and much more.   If you haven’t already check this out …   Congratulations on being the recipient of this prestigious award Tush and also for being awarded the second-place prize for your newly finished TR250.  The following week Tush and Elin drove down to the Six Pack event in Lexington, Kentucky and the TR250 won awards for both Best in Class as well as the Participants Award for Best in Show.  Quite a week and well-deserved recognition of the great work that Tush – with Elin’s help – has completed over the past few years.  Here’s a photo of Tush receiving his CC Award.

I received a sad note recently from Kent Sparling, nephew of Ron and Hilda Pincoe, advising us that Hilda passed away last November.  We at Toronto Triumph Club had no idea that Hilda passed away last year.  I think the last time I saw Hilda was at Ron’s funeral which was over 6 years ago now.  My how time goes by!  Ron and Hilda were a lovely couple and Maggie and I enjoyed chatting with them on the car weekends that we spent together.   After Ron died Hilda kept up her membership in our club and I know that Hilda was keen to drive both the Spitfire and TR6.   Contents of the estate are going up for auction next month and there are a number of items that may be of interest to the Triumph community, including Ron and Hilda’s Spitfire, a bin of TR6/Spitfire parts and lots of literature.  Here’s a link to the auction site    Bidding Opens on Sunday, October 9th, 2022 at 12:00 noon and closes on Thursday, October 13th, 2022 at 8:00pm.

In October there are a number of events planned:

  1. Sunday 2nd October; Central Drive led by Derek McAllister.  What a beautiful fall day for a drive and a good time was had by all.  For more on this drive check out our Facebook page and there will be more in the fall Ragtop.
  2. Saturday 8th October; West-end Thanksgiving Drive.  We will send out an invite shortly but as the colder weather approaches this maybe one of the last runs of the year.
  3. from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Rockton All British Flea Market & Car Show, Rockton Fairgrounds, 812 Old Highway 8, Rockton. L0R 1X0.  Hosted by the Austin Healey Club of S. Ontario and British Sports Car Club of Hamilton the entrance fee is $8.   We will have a TTC table there but I need a two volunteers to spell off Rob Ragsdale and me, so if you have a couple of hours to spare, please let me know.    I have paid for 2 additional volunteers so you could be the lucky recipient of free admission.  Thanks!
  4. ; MG Car Club of Toronto Brass Monkey Run.   This is MGCCT’s Annual Charity Event and a nominal registration fee will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots. For more details please contact John Burrows at
  5. Sunday 16th October; Waterford Pumpkinfest Car Show – 76 Main St S, Waterford, N0E 1Y0.   I’m not familiar with this weekend show but apparently there is a large car show starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday.  For further details go to
  6. Saturday 22nd October; Restoration E30 Plus, DELAYED UNTIL THE SPRING.  Lorenzo, owner of Restoration E30 Plus, has been in the car business for years and he is expanding into all aspects of classic cars and wants to tell us all about what he’s up to.   We couldn’t make it work for this year but we’ll set something up for spring 2023.
  7. Tuesday 25th October @ 7 a.m., British Car Day Volunteer Feedback Meeting; Rob Ragsdale is hosting a get together of volunteers to discuss British Car Day and get feedback on what went well and what we can do better.  Rob will send out an invite to all volunteers.  I suspect it will be at a Legion in Mississauga but stay tuned for details.  Hope you can make it

I look forward to seeing you at one of the October events but in the meantime if you have any questions, please call me.

Cheers; Dave

Dave Sims, President Toronto Triumph Club