Triumph Sports Car Profiles – The Spitfire
The Triumph Spitfire sports car was designed by the Italian Giovanni Michelotti and built by Leyland Motors in Coventry, England. From 1963 Spitfires were assembled from ‘kits’ here in Port Melbourne by Australian Motor Industries (AMI). If you have just purchased a new Spitfire, check the Commission number to see if it is an ‘Australian Spitfire’- Commission numbers beginning with a ‘2’ are AMI built. The Mk1 and 2 Spitfires had an 1147cc engine, Mk3 and Mk4 a 1296cc capacity and the final 1500 model had a torquey 1493cc motor. Australian built Spitfires were painted in unique local colour shades and contain numerous locally source components. The later Mk4 and 1500 models were assembled in England, and more recently many local enthusiasts have imported them from overseas.
TSOA Victoria has had a long and distinguished association with Triumph Spitfires. Many famous local racing cars and Concours winners have been part of the Club, as well as many daily drivers and much loved classics over the years. Many club members have restored and modified their Spitfires and are keen to assist new owners in offering advice and experience to keep these classic cars on the road.
In recent years there have been many Spitfire based activities organised by TSOA Vic – including Concours events, Historic Film Nights, Garage Workshop sessions, MSCA Race events, Sunday Drives and Photo Days as well as many feature articles and ‘Spitty Tips’ in the regular TRaction Club Magazine. So, if you own a Triumph Spitfire and wish to participate in regular events and meet fellow enthusiasts, or just need some restoration advice, join TSOA Vic Inc and become part of the action.
Referenced from ‘ The Triumph Spitfire – A Melbourne Perspective’ by Larry Mundell
Spitfire & GT6 Film Night
Great to see so many people turn up to the film day in Greensborough yesterday – 20+ Spitfire & GT6 owners (including one new Mk3 owner). We had 8 Spitfires throughout the afternoon (unfortunately a GT6 did a clutch 500m short of the venue & had to be towed home). Terrific to see many owners of race cars & Spitties currently in the workshop also come along in MX5s, Honda s2000 etc.
The ‘Garage Chat’ & ‘Pop-up Street Car Show / Photo session’ was very popular – just shows that most car enthusiasts enjoy viewing the cars, chatting to fellow owners & taking a few pics.
In the evening the ‘hard core’ viewers watched some of the many You Tube videos online & ate pizza………Larry Mundell
Drive your Triumph Day 2019
TSOA , TCCV and the Triumph Register members enjoyed Sunday 10th February having a drive to the Flowerdale pub for lunch for the now annual Drive Your Triumph Day to celebrate Sir John Black’s birthday.
The meeting point this year was the park in the middle of Yarra Glen for a 11 am start.
Ineke and I decided arrival at 10.30 in our TR7 track car would give ample time to park and meet a few hardy souls prior to leaving on the run to Flowerdale but hardly that as the car park was already nearly full with happy Triumph people.
After a Klaxon horn blast ,courtesy Graeme Oxley TCCV, to gain attention the travel route and last minute instructions were given for the drive up to Flowerdale. I’m not sure but there would have been at least 40 Triumph cars of various ilk soon on their way via a very scenic route through the forest.
The car park at the Flowerdale pub was soon packed with lines of Triumph numbering 53 cars and 98 drivers and passengers. A splendid sight to be enjoyed I’m sure you would agree.
Lunch was soon on its way from a moderately overwhelmed but pleasant staff. The rooms were a hubub of chatter and laughter.
As part of the day and in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Black Saturday fire tragedy some tins were passed around for donations to the local Flowerdale CFA along with a significant individual contribution by TCCV of $500. A small presentation to representatives of the CFA was made and gratefully accepted.
Keith Atherton TSOA had made up some Triumph Challenge flyers which were spread around and has certainly raised the awareness of this years event to be held August 11 at the Winton Raceway.
The Drive Your Triumph Day 2019 was a great success and personally I’d like to thank TCCV, Triumph Register and TSOA for a terrific day.
Australia Day Fish and Chips
It was a cool cloudy morning on Australia Day 26th January 2019, much to the relief of the 20 Members of the Club, who set out for the run to St. Leonard’s, after the 40 plus degrees in Melbourne on the previous few days. A light sprinkle of rain as we neared the meeting point at B.P. Avalon, not enough to necessitate putting the roof up on the TR7.
After giving George and Jean our orders for fish and chips, so that they could ring ahead to Peter and Jenelle waiting at St. Leonards, we headed out onto the Geelong Road to our destination. It was a slow trip through traffic in Geelong on a Saturday morning. Finally, through the city and onto the Portarlington Road it was full steam ahead until we reached Drysdale and another bank-up of traffic causing a stop start run to the St. Leonard’s road.
Some unlucky members came to a standstill at a collision on the Geelong Hwy. and another stop to let a bunch of Bike riders pass by, delaying them for an hour or so, but they made it in time to enjoy the fish and chips that Peter and George had organized with the owner of the Local/ only fish shop in the Main Street of St. Leonards.
Peter and Jenelle had set up and area near the Tennis courts under the pine trees, with TSOA signs and Australian flags and bunting. Even though there was a local market on the foreshore there was plenty of room for us to spread ourselves around.
In a case of mismanagement, the brand-new Uni-sex toilet block on the foreshore next to the Tennis courts was still a work in progress and not yet open for the Holiday weekend, causing some inconvenience.
Our sports cars lined up got plenty of interest from the Locals passing by. By 3 pm most members had started to pack up and head for home. John and I stayed on a little longer as it was lovely sitting in the shade with a cooling breeze off the water.
All in all, it was a most enjoyable day. Big thanks to George, Peter, Jean and Jenelle for organising the Day. Let’s hope we can do it all again next year.