President’s Message – October 2023

After a whirlwind summer all of a sudden October is upon us and wonderful cool and refreshing top-down motoring to finish off the driving season in style.

So what’s going on in the next couple of months at Toronto Triumph Club?

  • In October there will be some Central and West club drives to attend and they will be advised in the usual way by Derek and Terence.
  • On 15th October the All-British Auto Swap Meet will take place in Rockton Fairgrounds, 812 Old Hwy. from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Hosted by Austin Healey Club of Southern Ontario Spectator admission is $8 cash only.
  • The Brass Monkey Run, organized by John Burrows of MGCTT and in aid of Toys for Tots will be held on Sunday October 22nd.   The starting point will be Tim Hortons, Hyde Park Gate /Dundas Street. Mississauga L6H 6G6 at 9.30 am for a run up to Lake Huron and Lunch.   You will receive an invite shortly.
  • On Saturday 18th November we are planning to hold a combination in-person / Zoom Annual General Meeting; stay tuned for details.
  • The fall Ragtop will contain a special memento celebrating 40 years of Toronto Triumph Club.

Many of you have probably received my message sent to all attendees at British Car Day but for those of you who didn’t here goes …

What a great day it was for British Car Day® on Sunday 17th September and I’m delighted to report that there were 855 cars and motorbikes on the field.   I think we were fortunate to enjoy a fair-weather day and I do hope that everyone got home safely before the rains came.

Johnny Herbert was a great draw and he signed autographs, helped with selecting the Best of Show car and handed out prizes to the lucky winners of the Participants’ Choice Awards.    CHCH ran a short piece on our show and here’s the link

Here’s a photo of Johnny looking super cool on Declan O’Sullivan’s 1956 Ariel Square 4 motorbike.  Declan took the photo and told us “I have owned this bike for 49 years and yesterday was one of the most enjoyable.   The comments that I received was amazing.  Johnny Herbert was a lovely surprise as I have been a F1 fan for many years”.

Congratulations to those of you who won a Participants’ Choice Award; a complete listing of winners is posted on our website at

Our 100 Years of Triumph Motor Cars display looked wonderful and there were 25 Triumphs on hand with different models spanning from 1937 to 1981 providing a veritable walk through six decades of Triumph Car production.

The Best of Show car, selected by a panel of judges headed by Toronto Triumph Club member Tony Fox, was a rare and spectacular 1956 Jensen 541 owned by Peter Brook of Barrie, Ontario.  Congratulations to Peter and many thanks to our team of judges for selecting this British gem.   It was a herculean task for Johnny Herbert, John Burrows, Tony Fox and Alan Lingelbach to select the winning car from the many fantastic cars on the field!  

Winners of the Charlie Conquergood Award this year, which is presented to a club member who has exhibited long-term dedication to Toronto Triumph Club, were Keith and Christine Stewart.  Here they are receiving the award from Johnny.

Winner of the Long Distance Award for pre-registered cars driven (not trailered) to British Car Day® was Julian Chin who drove his 1992 Mini some 730 kms. from Sault Ste. Marie.   Well done Julian!

A big thank you to our classic car owners, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, spectators and of course Johnny Herbert, who made our event possible.    We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event on Sunday 15th September 2024.  We officially start planning in February but before that we’ll discuss do-betters and done-wells from this year and put together a Post Mortem to document potential improvements. We strive to get better every year.

Cheers; Dave

Dave Sims

President, Toronto Triumph Club