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Checkingthrough past issues of the TSOANewsletter, we discovered that it was way back in the August 1960 issue No!. VI, NO.8) that we



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that "the TSOA national membership

We agreedwith Charliethat the increasewas somethingto crow about; at the sametime visualizing our lead story for the Januaryissue of the Newsletter. There was a slight pausein the conversation.Then Charliesaid: "How do I go about joining your TSOA?I'm thinking of buying a sports car in

has swelled to over 6,500." The article continued:"This could in almost any light be called remarkableprogressfor our five year old organization." Well, here we are some3 years and 4 months later; we thought as we watched the minute hand of the office clock creep slowly around to 4:30 p.m. Wonderwhat the present membershipis, say as of January1, 1964, we continued to think; at the same time convincingourselves by observation,that as soon as the hand gets around to 4:30 p.m., the minute handslows up, until by the time it approaches p.m., its progress 5 is downright painfully slow. If you think we're clock watchers from the foregoing, you're wrong. If's just that the office clock is a recent acquisi. tion, and the novelty hasn't worn off yet. Fascinating just to watch time perambulatealong. . . . ) But, back to the story. To be honest,we had a pretty fair idea of what the total was, but we decided to obtain an accurate count from our mailing service. It was 4:47 p.m., as we picked up the phone,dialedthe number.Pretty soon. . . .

theSpring.. . I guesst'll beaSpitfire. . . . . . . . " . i .

Well, well we thought, as we put the phone down after giving Charlie the informationhe wanted.Neverknowwho your next TSOA membermight be. Hmmm. . . ten thousand,four hunderd and eighteen with Charlie's application. . .,

"Hi Charlie," e said."Thisis TSOA. . . No,T-S-0-A. . . . w . Triumphports wners S O Association. Remember.. ?" .. ~ChMlie dulyrememberedwith;p;~empt~~y~~ah. . . . " andreminded

us in the same breath that 'he was a very busy man, it was nearly 5 o'clock, and what the devil did we want anyway?' . We should explain here that we rarely have occasionto call Charlie, except when a mistake has been made with mailings, or something.So, naturally enough,Charlie tends to be on his guard when we call. He's really a very niceguy. . . . After assuring Charlie that nothing, but nothing was wrong, we asked him to give us a count of TSOA membersas of January1, 1964. Charlie, happythat nothingwas wrong,but by no meansoverjoyedwith our request, promisedto call back early the next morning.In fact, Charliecalled back within 15 minutes,just as we were putting on our coats to go home. "Ten thousand,four hundredand seventeen,"Charliesaid as we put the receiver to our ear. "ThanksCharlie,"we said.ThenCharliewas gone.

Early the next morning.

It was Charlie.

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well, about 10:30

. . . our

phone rang.

"Say," he said, "your TSOAmembershiphas really jumped during the past year. Must be more people are buying Triumphs. Did you realize you've addednearly a couple of thousandnew membersduring the past 12 months?"

New members' TSOA Handbooks ready for mailing. . . and behind it all, Pat Lawlor, your editor's charming and efficient secretary. Pat is processing about 40 new applications a week right now, and like the rest of us is delighted with the spectacular growth of TSOA during the past 12 months. Our thanks to everyone who has contributed to this growth.


Backlast Fall,the sportscar clubsof Hawaii,n cooperation ith the Aloha i w WeekCommittee, introduced Honolulu FirstAnnual portsCarFestival. to the S StuartM. Cowan, president f the youngbut veryactiveTriumph o SportsCar Clubof Hawaii, ctedasGeneral a Chairman; Nicholas arrillow, fellowTR-club W a member, wasthe Co-Chairman. A program eventscovering phases sportscaractivitywaspresented, of all of commencing a week-long isplayof 1964sportscarsat the International with d MarketPlacein the heartof Waikiki. uthentic A colormotionpicturesof sports caractivitiesfromaround worldwereshown the daily. A Concours'Elegance d washeldin the beautiful rounds theRoyal awaiian g of H Hotel.Beneath palmtreesof the mauka the lawn,pastgloriesof the classic Lincolns, uesenbergs, D Essex, ackards nd RollsRoyce P a wererelived.As an addedattraction,authenticperiodCiJstumes wereshownduringthe "Classic Fashion Parade." coupleof dayslater,the sceneshiftedfrom elegance A to action,with the openingof the Hawaiian GrandPrix Racesat the Kahuku RaceTrack. In the Production portsCarraces,the TR'swerewell placed takinginto S consideration theywerecompeting that againstAC-Cobras, Corvette Specials,




StuartCowan the left, with Nic Warrillow on andCowan's fully preparedR.4. T

Cooper uicks,and othersimilarexoticmachinery. B Nic Warrillow placed in Class 1st and3rdoverall,StuCowan 2nd in Class, th overall,both in TR.4's. 6 In the Grand Prix,NicWarrillow placed in Class, th 1st 7 overallahead anXK-E of anda LotusSuper7. The TriumphSportsCar Clubof Hawaiiis to be congratulatedfor their part in whatwasobviously very a successful andenjoyable event.


We wereparticularlypleased receivea letter from R. W. ('Kas')Kastner, to Standard.Triumph's Competitions anager,n which he suggested M i that the followinginformation wouldbe of considerable interestto Triumphdrivers. Just recently,'Kas' met with PaulAnfang,manager f the Goodyear o Tire distributorship the WestCoast. ccording him,Goodyear on A to havea limited number f new590x 15BlueStreak o T-4racingtires available, a verymuch at reduced price.Thisis becauseheT.4lineis no longerin production. t Normally, thesetires sell for $37.00 each,plusexcisetax. However, pricehasbeen this reduced $27.75 to eachplus$1.59excise tax.Alsoavailable area few520x 13 T-4BlueStreakracingtires, whichnormally soldfor $33.80 plusexcise,and cannowbe hadfor $25.35 plus$1.40excise tax.Thesepricesdonot include freight coststo the purchaser. 'Kas' assuresus that theseare all perfect, brandnewracingtires suitablefor the TR-3, R.4and the SPITFIRE. T Those interestedshouldimmediately contact:PaulAnfang,Goodyear RacingTires, 3219Carter,Venice, alifornia. Knock timesand sayTSOA C ( 3 sent you )


Alongwith the letter, 'Kas'sent us this photoof Jerry Rosenberg his SPITFIRE. in According 'Kas,':"This to younggentleman very enthusiastic has concen. is and trated on slaloms with his car. Heconstantly runsvery high in his Classand we expecthim to shortlybe a threatfor fastesttimeof theday.Slaloms areextremely popularin California. heentriesaverage T 150cars.Mr. Rosenberg doinga greatjob with his car, and con. is sidering that his Classin competition includes suchcars asthe. . . . . . .. hasshown that thepriceof thevehicle doesnot always makea winner." (Noteto 'Kas':Onlythe namewasremoved. . . to pro. . teet the innocent!)


Accordingto a press releasewhich we receivedfrom the Standard.Triumph International, ltd., Coventry,England:"The first TriumphSPITFIRE be preparedfor competition use to by the factory was placed 2nd overall in the 800 mile Welsh International Rally, which ended at Cardiff on Sunday,January5. It also returned the best performanceof any sports car in the event." The release continued: "A private entry, the SPITFIRE was driven by 33 year old Roy Fidler. . . with John Hopwood. . . as co-driver." Apparentlythere were more than 100 competitorsfrom all parts of the British Isles. Therally itself coveredalmostthe lengthandbreadthof Wales,with severalspecialstages

withset averagepeeds upto 50 m.p.h. onditions s of C werevery foggyandthe roadsicy throughout event. the

It would seemthe companyintends to gain further domestic rally experiencewith the car, which is homologated with the F.I.A.,before moving into the International rally scene. It's our opinion that, for the first time out, the car - and Roy Fidler - put up a jolly good show! And we mean it!

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Speciallyor the gals. . . PeterFonda fine actor)anda SPITFIRE. f (a Car and star will be seenin the newTigertailProduction entitled "The Young Lovers". lsostarringin this UnitedArtists releaseare A NickAdams ndSharon a Hugueny. MeetDonna Michelle,he delectable t Playmate featured the bumper in December issueof PLAYBOY magazine. you can see,Donna a * As is TR-3owner,andas pretty a Triumph enthusiast s we'veseenin a ~ a longtime.

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Best Motors, Triumph dealers in Rochester, New York, him been kind enoughto release some very interesting information to TSOA,concerning their plansfor the 1964RallySeason, It seemsthat at long last, we have a Triumph dealer who appreciatesthe promotional and publicity values inherent in running a team of Triumphs in National Rallies.That's exactly what Best Motors intend to do for '64. They have formed a team of 3 TR-4's,with a fourth car as reserve,to com. pete in the ManufacturersClass in approximatelyten National Rallies. Drivers/navigatorsselected are as follows: Ed and Shirley Homsey,Bob Henderson,Bill Ben, GeneHondorf and Keistin Berglund.All have National Rally experience,and are expectedto do Triumph proud. - --Needless-to~Yr-the_team~-and .not~.tbeleast~imporlantrjhe_sponsoring-~dealer - have our very best wishes for a successfulseason. Our thanks to Commander H. M. Winner for sending along this photo of


Confirmed! Stand.ard-Triumph to enter a team of 3 TR-4 Hardtops in this year's SHELL 4000 Trans-Canada Rally. Preparation of the cars being carried out at the factory in England, with final tuning to be the responsibility of 'Kas' Kastner, S-T's Competitions Manager. Cars to be prepared to full F.!.A. specs. 3 teams, each consisting of a driver and a navigator - one British, one Canadian, one American. Rally starts Vancouver April 18, finish Montreal April 24 distance approx. 4,100 miles. More det,ails next NEWSLETTER.

his TR-2, with a coveringletter. Here's part of what the Commanderhad

to say: "Just a short fan leffer. I've enclosed a picture of my 1954 Triumph TR-Z, which is now dodging the traffic of Japan. The top is the original as is the tonneau cover. The repaint is of the original color geranium."


"I've been a rather good booster of Triumph since 1954, and am looking forward to many more years of service." Quite naturally, we were pleased to note the TSOA badge set on the grille!


It is with deep regret that TSOAhas learned of the untimely death of Bill Weatherly,recently-electedpresident of the Sacra. mento TriumphSports Car Club. Bill was 41 yearsof age, and is survivedby his wife, Virginia - an active memberof the Cluband his step-son, DouglasCallon. Our sincerest sympathiesto them, andall whosharetheir sorrow.


TSDAis indebted to the Standard-Triumph Service Departmentfor sendingalong a copy of a recently-issuedGIRLING Service Bulletin, tersely titled, "Procedure for Bleeding Girling Brake Systemswith C.V.MasterCylinder." Naturallywe felt this would be of considerable interest to the more mechanicallymindedTSDAmembers,so here's the Bulletin, in toto: "Bleeding" is the process of removingair from the pipe line and cylinders and is necessary wheneverany part of the systemhas been disconnected, r the level of fluid in the supplytank hasbeenallowed o to fall so low that air has beendrawninto the master cylinder. Whensealsare worn it is possiblefor air to enter the wheelcylinders without any sign of leaking fluid, and causea "spongy" pedal action which is the usual indicationof bubblesof air in the system. The equipmentthat is necessaryfor bleeding is, a can of CastrolGirling Brakeand Clutch Fluid,a rubber bleedtube with a glasstube attached and a seven-sixteenths inch A F Spanner.A small spanner should be used as bleed screws should never be overtightened. 4 t() 6 Ibs. ft. torque is sufficient. Fill up the supply tank with the approvedfluid direct from the can and the level shouldbe maintainedduring bleeding. The adjusters on front drum brakes should be slackenedright off (anti-clockwise) and the adjusterson rear drum brakes,with disc or drum front brakes,should be locked hard (clockwise).This reduces the space in the cylindersand economises time and fluid. in Bleedingshould start at the rear left side wheel if the car has drum brakes all round or disc brakes all round, but if it has disc front and drum rear bleeding should start at the front left side wheel. Unscrewthe bleed nippleenoughto allow the fluid to be pushedout, half a turn, and proceedto eachwheel in turn from the farthest to the nearest to the master cylinder, pumpingthe fluid through until no more bubblesappearthen closingthe bleed screwon a downward stroke of the pedal. The pedalshouldbe operatedby a succession rapid long and short of strokes as shown in the diagram.The pedal is pusheddownthrough its full stroke, followed by two or three short rapid strokes,and then allowedto fly back to the stop with the foot right off. It is unnecessary to stamp hard on the pedal but a quick full stroke is required. If the floor mat or anything else obstructs the full stroke of the pedal it should be removed.

After all four wheelshavebeenbled checkthe pedalstroke. Turnthe front brake adjusters(if drum brakes)clockwiseto expandthe shoes tc the drumsand the pedal,after the free movementhas beentaken ' up, shouldfeel quite solid. If there is a springy feeling to the pedal bleed again at each nipple to finally confirm that all air has been eliminated. A slight variation of the routine is favoured by some mechanics.They prefer to go roundthe systemtwice. The first time (to fill the system)each bleed screw is closed as soon as fluid is beingdischargedregardlessof the small bubblesthat maybe present and the secondtime round only a few strokes at each bleed screw are neededto finally dischargethe air. Springinessof the brake pedalcan haveother causesthan air in the system. Flexingof the pedal lever, of the pedal mountingor of the master cylinder mountingis not uncommon can be seen if looked and for. Other causesnot so easily seen are, badly fitted linings, warpedor otherwise distorted shoes,maladjustedshoe steadyposts and deflection of the brake drums. This last fault is now uncommon although still not unknown.


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FOR SALE: For TR-2-3-3A, wjnd wings, sun visor, transistor radio, shop manual and anti-sway bar for TR-3A. Contact: Walter A. Jordan, P.O. Box 5, Spencer, Massachusetts. FOR SALE: Le Chaperon transistor portable car radi~$35.00. TR-3-Amco Ski Rack-$12.00, Amco Wind Wings-$8.00, Sway bar and mounting brackets-$12.00, Service Manual-$5.00, Std. 2-front shocks (1500 mi.)-$14.00, 2-coil springs (1500 mi.)-$10.00, 1 wire wheel (tuned)-$20.00, 2 std. steel rims-$10.00 ea., SU electric fuel pump and mounting bracket--$10.00. Also have: starter, generator, rear end, disc brakes and drum, exhaust manifold, SU carburetors, front suspension components, front steering components. Contact: David B. Hammond, 2778 Garden Hwy., Yuba City, Calif. FOR SALE: Brand new black soft top for TR-4, complete with all fittings-$85.00. TR-4 rear seat, black, like new-$18.00. Contact: C. M. Jadwat, M.D., 157 Old Army Rd., Scarsdale, New York. Phone SC 5-2345 (evenings). FOR SALE: 1958 TR-3 completely prepared for race. Has been a consistent class winner in Regional events throughout New Mexico and Texas. Many spare parts, engine, transmission and rear end, some spare body parts-$1400. Contact: Gerald Sanders, 10077 Keystone Drive, El Paso, Texas. WANTED: TR-3A hardtop, approximately $50.00; wind wings. Contact: Van Snyder, 116 Clowes Terrace, Waterbury 10,Conn. WANTED: SCCA Roll Bar for 1963 TR-3B which will permit use of convertible toP. Prefer bolt-on type kit. .Contact: Paul Welker, 7711 Bristow Drive, Annandale, Va. WANTED: Service Manual for 1962 TR-4. State Price. Contact: Harry W. Schuster, Glenwood Addition, Marseilles, Illinois. WANTED: Used tonneau cover in good condition for TR-4. Contact: Capt. Seibel, 1127th F.A.G., Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Phone 780-1100, ext. 35259.

The TSOA NEWSLETTER is published monthly by the Triumph Sports Owners Association, Box 3273, Grand Central Station, New York 17, N. Y. TSOA is a national organization of American sports car enthusiasts who own a Triumph Sports Car (TR-2, TR-3, TR-4 or Spitfire), Herald Sports Coupe, 1200 Convertible,. or Sports Six, or are interested in the purposes of the Association. Subscription is included with a $5.00 lifetime membership in the club.


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