About The Minnesota Triumphs Sports Car Club
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A Brief History By Jim Malinski
In the year 1974 Joe Bisanz, owner of a new TR6, joined Triumph Sports Owners Association (TSOA) . TSOA sponsor, British Lyland granted to Joe the TSOA Minnesota chapter status.
In 1980 a different group of Triumph owners met to organize the Minnesota-Wisconsin Triumph Club. This group was not associated with TSOA. The first newsletter of July 21, 1981 under the Title of MN-WI Triumph Club. The second newsletter of August 27, 1981 was issued under the title of Triumphs of Minnesota. The Wisconsin portion of the club name was dropped because, for clarity, there were several Triumph clubs in Wisconsin. The membership list of July 1981 there were seventeen members. The original club officers were: Terry Telke, President, Dale Peterson, Vice-President, Lou Bardel, Secretary and Treasurer.
In 1983 the club was granted chapter status in the Vintage Triumph Register. The VTR is the one national club that represents all Triumphs models and years. With the clubs application for chapter status the VTR suggested a name change to "Minnesota Triumphs". The reason given was all chapters are listed alphabetically by state in their publications. However, the Chapter certificate was issued as "Triumphs of Minnesota".
The club enjoyed excellent growth, by 1985 there were 88 paid members. In 1987 the paid membership stood at 44. In 1989 the paid membership stood at 30. The all time low not counting the formative years. By 1993 the paid membership had recovered to 116. In the year 2000 there are 186 paid memberships.
The club activities are the usual meetings, drives, picnics, rallies and technical sessions. MN Triumphs also joins other British car clubs on intermarque events.
Beginning in 1988 the Triumph club of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois joined in an event called Quadfest. Over the past years, ten events were held. In 1998 Minnesota Triumph club hosted the Vintage Triumph Register National Convention on July 21 thru 24. The event was held at Hudson, Wisconsin. Winona, Minnesota was to be the venue, however unresolveable complications forced a change of venue. There were 233 cars in attendance. The weather in the 70's and 80's, sunny and no rain or fog. The convention was a complete success. All VTR requirements were met and Minnesota Triumphs enjoyed a great social and financial event.
In recent years many of our members have driven to other VTR national conventions. In conclusion may Minnesota Triumphs continue to prosper in the coming years.
September 27, 2000
2002 VTR National Convention
The club hosted its second VTR National Convention at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino near Red Wing, Minnesota on Tuesday, July 16 to Friday, July 20, 2002. There were about 250 cars in attendance. At this convention, the club established itself as a concours club with winning 14 CONCOURS and ONE PARTICIPANTS' CHOICE TROPHIES as well as 20 CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE!!
The weather was ideal for the event with temperatures in the 70's and 80's. The club was fortunate to have chosen Tuesday thru Friday for the event because on Saturday, the traditional day for the concours, it rained very hard.
The event was a financial success and at the end, all volunteers wondered what they would do with their spare time.
Click here to see the flyer for this event.
October 14, 2003
Yahoo! E-mail Group
Minnesota Triumphs has an active Yahoo Group. When a member post a message on this group the message is automatically e-mailed to all members. It is a great way to get late-breaking news.
Membership in the Minnesota Triumphs Sports Car Club in not requied but, you must register with Yahoo.
Home Page: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/mntriumphsgroup/
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The Minnesota Triumphs meet at Old Mexico! which is located at 1754 Lexington Ave. North in Roseville, MN 55113. Click here to see a larger version of the map.
See you there!
Meetings are the second Thursday of the month January through October. People meet in the parking lot to kick tires at 6 p.m. on nice days. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
Next Club Meetings:
Jan. 11, 2018
1754 Lexington Ave. North
Roseville, MN 55113
Tire-Kicking: 6 p.m.
Meeting: 7 p.m.
Minnesota Triumphs is a not-for-profit club which encourages and promotes the preservation, general enjoyment and maintenance of Triumph sports cars for educational, recreational and historic interest.
Minnesota Triumphs welcomes all Triumph enthusiasts. Ownership of a Triumph sports car is not required. Just an interest in the Triumph sports car. Minnesota Triumphs is dedicated to the 2000, TR2, TR3, TR4, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, Stag, GT6, TVR and yes, even the Herald.
Minnesota Triumphs is an officially chartered chapter of the Vintage Triumph Register.