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.
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.
British car manufacturer, Standard-Triumph established the Triumph Sports Owners Association (TSOA), in late 1955 to encourage new TR2 sports car owners to partake in the full capabilities of their car. Factory sponsorship of what was once the worlds' largest single-make club continued in various ways for 27 years, until the demise of the TR range in 1981. The first TSOA handbook proudly proclaimed the real rationale behind the Association "The Triumph TR2 Sports car has been designed to provide a high performance. When it leaves the works it is capable of maximum speed of 100 miles and hour". With a basis such as this, it is no wonder the TSOA has always had a strong competition base.
If you would like to be involved with motor sport or find out more about motor sport events involving Triumphs and other interesting cars look in the Motor Sport section of the Events Planner
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.
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
To log into the TSOAQ web site use the login tool bar at the top of the screen
The public can also register to get automatic access to both the Classifieds and the Forum.
If you are a Financial Member of the club, and don't have full access to the website,
(click link) and I'll create you an account.
Please Note: Membership renewal forms are posted out to all financial members in January each year. Payment is due by 1st March.
TSOA Nationals 2013
The TSOA of each state take turns to host a National Event. The 2012 National Event was hosted by TSOA Victoria. The 2013 TSOA National Event will be hosted by TSOA Queensland. Thanks to TSOA Victoria for an excellent week of events and we all look forward to the next National event.