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Coming Events

  • Norwell Motorplex Sun. 30 Oct, 2016 (10:00 am - 3:00 pm) Social Events a free Car and Bike Rally at Norwell Motorplex (20 minutes from the Gold Coast North and 30 minutes south of Brisbane) on Sunday 30th October 2016 from 10am to 3pm. This is a casual fun day where we encourage people to take the drive to Norwell and park up around the track – kick back and enjoy the live music, delicious food, beverages and kids entertainment and a number of displays.
  • 1st Sunday of the MONTH Sun. 6 Nov, 2016 (9:00 am) Social Events The First Sunday of the Month Meet at Arthur Earle Park, Nerang, Exit 71 next to the kids Skate Park by 0900. For a Magical Mystery Tour. At 0930 we depart for a coffee venue and then onto a nice drive and lunch. Contact Paul Bingham - 0419 740717
  • Monthly Meeting Wed. 9 Nov, 2016 (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm) Club Meetings All members and newbies and peole just interested in joining are most welcome. If you have a Standard or Triumph of any year, model yuo are welcome to attend. Find out about the people who have a similar interest to you. If your car is running or being restored you will certainly find an understanding ear!!!
  • TSOAQ Annual Christmas Party Sun. 20 Nov, 2016 (3:00 pm - 9:00 pm) Social Events This also includes the presentations of annual club trophies!!
  • 1st Sunday of the MONTH Sun. 4 Dec, 2016 (9:00 am) Social Events The First Sunday of the Month Meet at Arthur Earle Park, Nerang, Exit 71 next to the kids Skate Park by 0900. For a Magical Mystery Tour. At 0930 we depart for a coffee venue and then onto a nice drive and lunch. Contact Paul Bingham - 0419 740717

Triumph Sports Owners Association

Club Overview

The Triumph Sports Owners Association of Queensland is a CAMS affiliated car club catering for the preservation of the Triumph car marque. The Club is based in Brisbane and has approximately 200 members. The club holds regular meetings and various social and motoring events.

If you would like to become a new member of the TSOAQ or you are are en existing member wishing to renew your membership you will find membership form the TSOAQ Memberships section below

Club Contact Details:

Phone : 0417 193 611


Postal Address:
Triumph Sports Owners Association
1376 Old Cleveland Road,
Carindale QLD, 4152.

Club Meetings:
Held the 2nd Wednesday of each Month at
The Veteran Car Club of Australia
1376 Old Cleveland Road

(Check the Events Calendar for updates)



Written by Philip Strong

I left Brisbane knowing I had organised a chance in a life-time, while I drove through Germany to Switzerland !!!

It only dawned on me after I had paid for our flight tickets and a major part of the planning had been put in place. I woke up one day, thinking that I will be travelling between Amsterdam and Switzerland. My first question was – “ Where is the Nurburgring??”

The answer was astonishing! Answer: You drive only a few k west of the town.

Could I stay overnight? Modest accommodation found in Welcherath, just outside of Nurburg.

Firstly some facts. – Location Eifel Mountains, Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Nick-named “The Green Hell” by the legendary Jackie Stewart.
Length: 22.8 klms or 14 .17 miles.

The general public can hire a lap! In fact the lap is only 20.8 klm or 12.9 miles. This is due to a toll plaza with boom gates to control entry access. It is still an enormous circuit, even though you don’t get to enter the F1 part of the circuit. In my humble opinion the sections of the track are all longer than all of the full lap distances of all of the circuits in Australia.


Labor Day Men's Shed Run !!

Written by Philip Strong

The Monday event for October involved organising many guests driving from a few varied locations to enjoy a coffee/breakfast at Redcliffe followed by a short drive to the location of a Stag restoration project of some special appeal. This car has been the topic of monthly articles detailing progress reports for publication in Classics Monthly magazine. A good number of members attended todays event to enjoy a detailed story of the work to date performed by Mike. Here a some photos from days event.


leyburn Sprints 2014

Written by Graeme Spender

THE Historic Leyburn Sprints are on! Cars have begun their timed runs this morning. Rain has been only light and the Darling Downs forecast is for only isolated showers clearing in the late morning.

leyburn Sprints 2014


40th Anniversary of the TR7

Written by Robert Avis

Looking backwards to The Shape of the Future


The TSOAQ is celebrating 40 years of the TR7 with a club run and barbecue.

 Destination ? The club rooms, Carindale.
 When ? Sunday 21 September. Arrive around 11am.
 How ? Cruise from your home, meet with others at your usual gathering spot and make your way to the club rooms for a great barbecue lunch.

Gold Coast run August 2014

Written by Paul Bingham

Hi everyone

Yes we are still here the Gold Coast run had 9 cars this week went over the border to Lismore to Sumerland car display 

weather not to kind but about 100 cars of all types on display 

a good run for the cars that have just had some engine work done and they all went well

its just great to see these cars out on the road and the people enjoying the way these cars should be used

The cars from the 1950 to 1970 and all keeping up with each other also the guys enjoying the time in the cars

Never to far in a TR 

Paul Bingham


Triumph Sprints Revival

Written by Robert Hanton



A healthy field of 10 cars assembled for the 2014 Triumph Sprints, round 1

This event was alongside the Qld Raceway Open Sprints, with Triumph having its own group, with 3 other miscellaneous groups running as per the normal sprint series.

Competitors were:

  • Roy Davis - GT6
  • Brian Ferrabee - GT6
  • Simon Rhodes - TR7 V8
  • Robert Hanton - TR7 V8
  • Daryl Tonkin - TR7 half V8
  • Matt Taylor - TR7 half V8 (the other half ?)
  • Terry O'Beirne - 2500 PI  (Cindy was in the main sprint group in the MR2 Spyder)
  • Brian Falloon - TR5
  • Phil Strong - TR4
  • Don Milner - Dolomite Sprint


Triumphs put on a good show, looked great and ended up with 4 cars in the top ten out of the full field of 44 (and last place was not a Triumph)

The only casualties were Simon who lost a belt and overheated the TR&, hopefully no damage done, and Daryl who had a vibration and parked up only to find 2 sheared wheel studs-time to replace all those 35yr old ones.

A few hearty souls came out to spectate, need to loan them a helmet next time and they can join in the fun.

Next round is in August I think (Daryl - was that the agreed date, or is it October, December or better all)

Many thanks to Daryl Tonkin for organising this event, a great day of motorsport and a good club event.

Hopefully we can see a few more at the next round and get a few teams out to represent Triumph at the Teams Regularity at Lakeside, August 31st



Buying A Triumph ?

Written by Frank Jacobson




The Triumph Sports Owners Association is often approached for an opinion on how much should be paid for a particular Triumph model, how much its insurance value should be, or just for answers to fairly general questions about the worth of whole cars or parts of cars. Usually, but not always, the enquirer is new to classic cars and/or Triumph cars and has little idea of value. We are also in an age where there is readily available information on almost any imaginable subject, so when faced with something we don’t know, we simply enquire. This article is designed to make the search for information on buying Triumphs a little easier for the enquirer who we hope will make a Triumph, his or her classic car of choice.


Stag 40 years old.

Written by Rob Avis

When Triumph released its new "gentleman's sports tourer" - the Stag - in 1970, the order books quickly overflowed. Waiting lists grew from weeks to months. It was a beautiful convertible with 2+2 seating that came with an optional hardtop that would soon become standard. Those expecting a TR6 eating, fire breathing monster were in for a surprise. It was more gentlemanly than manly. It was more touring than sports. It had more saloon comfort than the loosen your fillings, bone jarring firmness of a TR.

And now it is 40 years old.

And its list of devotees is growing. In England it has the unenviable reputation of most stolen classic car. The engine woes that struck after it was several years old have long been overcome and there is a movement to reinstall the original Stag V8, discarding the Rover 3.5 and saloon 2.5s that ended up under many Stag bonnets. The TSOAQ held a special celebratory club run to Imbil - a deer farm at Borumba. 

Here is the video of the run: If you weren't there, please enjoy the day from the comfort of your computer chair.


Rob Avis.


Lismore Motor Spectacular - see the video!

Written by Rob Avis

The Gold Coast club run on the 1st of August was to Lismore. Missed it? No problems. Catch the highlights.

Here is the youtube video to catch up on what the drive and show had to offer.




Fancy power steering?

Written by Rob Avis


Power Assisted Steering (PAS) is a desirable addition for our Triumphs. Stag owners and 2500S Saloon owners are the only ones to enjoy this aid to pleasant motoring. Modern cars, irrespective of their size and weight, have power steering. Once moving, power assistance is of little value. Parking speeds is where assistance is really appreciated. There are two methods to achieve a little worthwhile assistance. Well, three if you include a Bullworker course. 


TR7 - an owner's perspective.

Written by Rob Avis

This story is about my experiences with a TR7 as my daily driver.

Tamborine TR No 6TR7s are a pretty rare sight on the road today. I've only owned mine for a couple of months and because it is my daily driver, it has to be reliable. I had never driven a TR7 before I bought this one. When you factor in a motorcar that is thirty two years old, it's a sports car, it was purchased 'condition unknown', the possibility that it is a catastrophe waiting to disassemble itself is uppermost in my thinking. Added to this is the anecdotal evidence that TR7s are horrors.


Registration Concession

Written by Adrian Diehm

Most Triumphs qualify for the "Special Interest Vehicle Concession" with the Queensland Government Department of Transport. There are limitations as to which types of vehicles qualify for concessional registration and where and when the vehicle can be used.

To qualify for the Special Interest Vehicle Concession:

  • The vehicle must be at least 30 years old.
  • You must be a member of an incorporated car club  or association eg TSOAQ
  • The Vehicle must be in original condition
  • Have a certificate issued by the dating officer of the TSOAQ authenticating its condition and year of manufacture

Note : Vehicles fitted with a modification plate, code LH10 are not eligible for a special interest vehicle concession.

Vehicles with Special Interest Vehicle Concession Registration can only be driven under the following situations.

  • Participating in rallies organised by incorporated car clubs.
  • Participating in processions for which a Special Events Permit has been issued.
  • Travel in order to have the vehicle repaired.
  • Road testing within a 15 kilometre radius from the place where the vehicle is garaged.


QGblack_dad8bc This is only a brief extract of the Queensland Government, Department of Transport conditions and requirements of "Tthe special interest vehicle scheme". More information can be found on the QLD Govenmrnt web site here


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