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Presidents Report October 2018

Hello Red River Triumph Club,   A slight reduction in the daily high temperatures and we have more comfortable Triumph driving days. The 32 Southern Cross, the Herald and the TR3 have all been exercised a bit this last month. And Jane and I took a 1st real drive in the Caterham now that we have a working speedometer and some higher octane gas. There is a little news later on the how we are getting this gas. Pages 36-38 of the Oct 2018 RRTC Newsletter The real subject to address here is the RRTC European Car and Motorcycle show. Hopefully you are reading this before Saturday morning as this is the weekend for our scholarship fund raiser at Tarrant Community College. Last years’ show was a great event with lots of interesting cars and people. I hope everyone makes the effort to come. The weather now looks to be

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Presidents Report September 2018

Hello Red River Triumph Club, Another month of summer and the temperature is still in the 100’s. It is cool enough in the morning to take a drive in a Triumph and maybe later in the day if your cooling system is working well and maybe if you have more “air conditioning” than the vent on the bonnet of the TR3s. Speaking of cooling systems, the debate goes on regarding waterless coolant. This was the subject of last month’s tech session. There is a follow up article below. Anyone with experience with a waterless coolant is encouraged to step forward! I would be glad to do a comparison but it is not a simple task to change back and forth between coolants. Thank you to John Hayes for starting the conversation. Now let’s see what John has for our next discussion. Looking forward, it is time to make reservations for

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Presidents Report August 2018

Hello Red River Triumph Club, Another month of summer and the temperature has reached the 100’s and then some. One might think the Texas summer warm spell chased a us to Wisconsin for the VTR National meet. But that was not the reason for making the near 1,000 mile jaunt. We had just enough time to make the trip and had promised to be there, so off we went this time with the TR3 on a flat bed trailer. Jane and I have been driving the TR3 a good deal more now that the overdrive and brakes are working. We have had the usual occasional beep from a horn and thumbs up from people that liked the car, but this trip did a lot to reminded us how much people like seeing the older classic sports cars. Dare I say cars that are not all cookie cutter alike in appearance? 

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Presidents Report June 2018

Hello Red River Triumph Club,   This month has again been busy. We had a great turn out at the white Rock Lake All British and European car show. There were more than 300 cars with a wide variety of cars. Unfortunately, the large turnout caused our contingent to be mostly along the entrance road. This made it look like a lot of parked cars coming to the meet than entrants. We will have a word with Kip and crew about this for next year. On the other hand the Kip Motors folks and their volunteers did a great job of staffing the event. Tom Harrison’s TR3, David’s Gt6 and Duncan’s Gloria Southern Cross all took ribbons. Jane and I had promised our neighbor, whose husband had assembled this Caterham, at trip to a car show. So Jane and I took the Super 7 to the meet. It was well

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Presidents Report May 2018

Hello Red River Triumph Club,   This month has been busy and eventful. Starting with the last monthly meeting I would like to thank Duncan for bringing information and a discussion on his electronic controlled coolant system he has installed in his Stag. I will also extend birthday greetings as I am writing this on his 80th birthday. Having missed the last meeting do to tough duty involving a job to do in Saint Lucia, I cannot pass on any information on the experiment with holding the monthly meeting at Bone Daddy’s so I will leave that to others. The weather, food and people really were wonderful in St. Lucia but I still content it was work. Would I go again if the chance came up? Yes. So on to some comments on the VTR South Central Regional meet hosted by the Texas Triumph Register in Conroe. Once again, this

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President’s Report April 2018

The President’s Report by Paul Higley Hello Red River Triumph Club, Last month we reported on the Polar Bear Rally and this month we are reporting on an Autocross run on a windy but near 80 degree day. Spring has sprung. We give a hearty thanks to Ray and Ruth Josey for their considerable efforts in setting up and running the Autocross at the community college. We also want to thank several people that showed up early and some that even stayed late to help make this a success. We also thank Dennis for the timing equipment that survived and operated throughout the changing sun angles on the sensors. We all have 5 runs through a course that at first looked confusing but really worked out very well. The only cone to get knocked was in the stop gate by the first car to run. DNFs were virtually non-existent and

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President’s Report – March 2018

Hello Red River Triumph Club, The weather is offering up some great short periods when the sun in out and the temperatures are warm enough to really enjoy a drive in the triumph, without calling it a Polar Bear run. That said, the Polar Bear Rally put together by Samantha and TD on Sir John Black’s birthday was a well planned and attended event. To TD and Samantha, a hearty “thank you” for your efforts. It was enjoyable despite the weather doing its best to earn being called a polar bear rally. TD drove the run in his TR3 with the top down and no side curtains but with a very warm hat. By contrast, and three weeks later, I drove the TR3 around a bit today and it was above 70 degrees and sunny. So, the weather is improving. The door is back in place on the TR3, the

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President’s Report – February 2018

Hello Red River Triumph Club, Another new year with a club full of good friends and true Triumph devotees, a full slate of activities planned, club members filling all club positions and a club in very good shape. Jane and I are looking forward to 2018. We would like to start by thanking everyone for making the extended trip to the Christmas party/January meeting and to Lois and Chuck for doing so much preparation before the flu prevented them from hosting the meeting. So, what are we doing this year? Well the “have something for everyone” approach sure has worked well. This should continue this year with breakfast runs, pool parties, lunch drives, turkey trot rally, monthly meetings, regional meet, the Red River Shootout, national meet, and all the interclub garage get togethers to help with everything from minor Triumph maintenance to engine overhauls (and occasional set downs with a

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President’s Report – January 2018

Hello RRTC Members, Welcome to 2018, hopefully we will have a big year, there are already some fun items on the schedule. Lets start with the annual Christmas party at the Murphy’s on the 13th, I’m already hungry thinking about all the good food there. Samantha and I have tested and completed the route and rally for the Polar Bear Rally, now we are just working on the “Fabulous Prizes”. The 2018 Regionals in Lake Conroe is looking like it’s gonna be a blast and the venue looks spectacular. I have already begun menu planning for the 3rd annual Breakfast run to our house in May or June. There will surely a be a pool party or two this summer. We will have the 2nd annual Red River European Motorcycle and car show, should be bigger and better than the 1st. Dave Pilcher and Jim Thompson have taken the reigns

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President’s Report – December 2017

Hello RRTC Members, Well December is here, but you could not tell until this last week by the weather we have been having. Hope you all have been using this good weather to get some last miles of 2017 on your Triumphs. Duncan and Sheila had Samantha’s TR6 seats restuffed and they are like brand new, looking forward to some lengthy drives in those new seats. It has almost been a year since I was elected President, while it is generally “understood” that this is a two year term, I believe that would also only apply to someone wearing only 1 RRTC hat, the Presidents hat. I have spent the better part of a year in every newsletter and meeting asking for someone to take over the newsletter. Since I have not found anyone to take on the role as newsletter editor, I will resign as President at the January

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