Triumphs distinguished themselves quite well in mixed events, with a Turbocharged Sprint mixing it with ultra-fast modern Nissans and Mitsubishis, whilst the TR8 and GT6's were well ahead of many modern sports cars. The stand-out car of the meeting was probably a Mk2 MG Midget, which repeatedly swept aside a brace of modern and more powerful cars. The all Mini-race produced the only nasty bingle of the week-end, with several cars being extensively damaged in an event just past the starting grid.
There are suggestions the 2010 event may be able to be combined with the TSOA National Meeting.
Brian Falloon was the only competitor from Queensland. Brian's TR5 fared well against the locals on Saturday but unfortunately he broke a rear axle during qualifying on Sunday and was unable to compete in the "Triumph Only" and "All British" races.
Visit to John Shepherd
The pride of John's small collection is a 1934 Gloria totally rebuild by himself from several collections of parts. Body parts came from the remnants 5 different cars found in Australia, with large segments totally remade by John. Lots of small parts and that unique spun metal spare wheel cover, were bought back from the UK by the O'Beirnes in their various trips.
This lovely car is the oldest of its type still running. Originally sent to Australia as a rolling chassis, it was bodied by Ruskins of Melbourne in a contemporary style. It is very unusual in that it sports a factory twin carby engine (overhead inlet, side exhaust). Although only rated at 40hp, the car gets along just fine, and even when fully loaded with passengers, it still gets along at near legal speed limit. Hydraulic brakes to all wheels give confidence in stopping in modern traffic.
Johns enthusiasm for the marque has rubbed off, with his neighbor restoring a 1920's Super 9, and driving a Renown.