Past Events

The TR Register recently hosted Peter Lund from the TR Register Denmark. Peter was here to attend and play at the Waiheke jazz festival along with two other members of the band
View the attached link to their website for photos

Kevin Tinkler, Jan Hendrix, Frank Cleary, Peter Lund,
Alisdair Keucke, Lasse Høj Jakobsen.


Oct 2012

A group of aviation enthusiasts totalling 30 cars from the TR Register, Auckland Triumph Car Club and Stag Club gathered early Saturday
morning to head for Ardmore aerodrome to see the first public display of a recently restored De Havilland Mosquito, the only flying
example anywhere in the world. It was a day to celebrate De Havilland and British aviation plus a large display of over 340 British
classic cars.

It was a day thoroughly enjoyed by all especially the thrill of seeing the Mosquito in the air and to hear the sound of its twin
Rolls Royce Merlin engines as it made numerous passes low overhead ably flown by Keith Skilling, a fellow TR member and TR2 owner.
Keith’s friendly approach and connection with the TR Register made the day for most of us

April 2012

New Group Leaders for Canterbury: David & Jenny Tong have announced that they wish to retire as Canterbury Group Leaders as from 1 May 2012, a role that they have done so well since taking over from Bernard Egan in 2009.   John & Denise Jones have now accepted the challenge and have accepted the role of Canterbury Group Leadership.  email addresses for canterbury@ & christchurch@ will remain unchanged.

Thank you David & Jenny

April 2012

Change of guard on the website: After over 12 years since this website was first established back at the end of the last century at the end of May it will be time to pass the day to day support on to a new webmaster.  About the last obvious update I have made is the new opening page and a general tidy up of quite a few other pages including this one to bring the website up to date for my successor, Brian Sadgrove.  I trust you have enjoyed browsing this wee bit of TR in the e-media and will continue to do so well into the future.

Thank you to everyone for your input & support 


Ian on the track at Ruapuna


April 2012
Saturday 1st
Waikato: Te Awamutu Classic Car Show + Swapmeet.  A good representation of TRs at this annual Southern
Waikato event.  Jan's easily recognised TR2, a TR5, 4 TR6s and Chris Empson's 1948 Triumph "Bergerac" roadster


March 2012
Sunday 25th
Auckland: A UK Visitor.  At a small function with the committee Ian Evans, a Vice President of the TR Register
(UK) presented a plate "TR Enthusiasts Award" to TR Register NZ Inc to use as a trophy to recognise enthusiasm or
contribution to the club. Ian, who held the position of Chairman of the TR Register for 17 years, made the
presentation during a recent visit to Auckland with his wife Leslie.

Ian Evans (2nd from right) & Leslie Evans (far left) with several Register members and their wives.
Kevin Tinkler & Frank Cleary are holding the "TR Enthusiasts Award" (centre).

Thursday 1st
Wednesday 7th
Christchurch: National Weekend 2012  Another very successful National Weekend and, to all accounts, the biggest
ever.   With just over 70 TRs gathered together in Christchurch everyone enjoyed a great extended weekend and,
for about 21 teams, a scenic tour across the alps to the West Coast for 3-4 days afterwards. At times the weather
was a
little reminiscent of the last year at Wanganui with the odd part of the journey in cloud across the Akaroa hills
but that just added to the overall experience.  A great thank you to Dave & Jenny Tong and the Canterbury team for
organising such a great weekend and the tour to the West Coast that followed.

Friday morning - sunshine at the RNZAF Wigram Museum for the Concours competitions.
This may be the most TRs (about 65) parked together in New Zealand - ever?


Behind the scenes at the Wigram RNZAF

Several older aircraft that have played a
special role in the RNZAF under restoration including an
Airspeed Oxford and stored in this hanger.  This image
shows several TR owners looking at part
of the collection of older engines.

Give Alan Wilkinson half a chance and he
would try to put one into a TR6!


The Forum ...after an excellent and very
filling lunch!

Maybe hold the forum before lunch
next year?


On the way to Akaroa

 ...Yes, that was about as far as you
could see in the fog, rain & mist.

In aeronautical terms definitely IFR


Morning tea stop on the second day of the tour.

The umbrellas were quite handy for those brave enough
 to put the tops down.

(Pity they did not put their cameras away at the same time!   ...RBJ)


Part of the tour convoy
lined up outside
"Formally The Blackball

at Blackball for another
excellent lunch on

February 2012
Sunday 26th
Auckland: Galaxy of Cars at Western Springs Speedway:

This was a fine sunny day with a wide range of classic cars from the early 20th century onwards on show at a new venue.    The TR Register and Auckland Triumph car Club put a number of cars on display.  Graeme Duff's TR2 managed to catch the eye of the team looking for the best cars at the show and was rewarded with a well earned 3rd place for the day following a 1964 Mercedes Benz 230SL (1st) and a very large 8 cylinder 1929 Packard Victoria (2nd) .

This event was Run by the New Lynn Lions Club as a fundraising event - all proceeds from 2012 event will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand.   MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology) also supported the day.

Sunday 12th Auckland: 2012 NZ Classic Car Weekend (Intermarque Concours d'Elegance.) Over the years the TR Register
Auckland Group has been a strong supporter of this event and, for 2012, entered a team in the concours d'Elegance
competition.   This year two sidescreen TRs, Graeme Duff's red TR2 and Ian Macpherson's green TR3A braved the
somewhat inclement weather to score a well earned 5th place as a team with Graeme's TR achieving 4th equal of all
12 cars entered in the whole event.  This was a good result overall and about the best for the Register for about 8 or
9 years.!

For more about the 2012 NZ Classic Car Weekend & Intermarque Concours d'Elegance and full details of the results
go to 

The 2012 People

The 2012 TRs


Also recorded at the Ellerslie display - Frank Cleary's TR4A "Dove" on the road again

November 2011
Sunday 27th
Auckland: ATCC & TR Register  "Show & Shine" at St Heliers:  After a convoy from central Auckland 12 TRs joined a
record number of about 40 other Triumphs for this annual event held on Vellenoweth Green alongside the beach
at St Heliers. 

A perfect day with Auckland's best weather saw plenty of interest from the many people of all ages visiting this
popular seaside location. 

A keen couple from ATCC produced an excellent short video covering the day that is available on YouTube. 
Follow this link to have a look 

October 2011
Sunday 30th
The 35th Isadora Duncan Rally.  This special event was held today in Auckland with perfect weather.  Drivers and
navigators in TRs, Sunbeams, Stags and a few others all enjoyed another excellent day out organised again by
Jan & Marian Hendrix.  Jan usually has a few tricks up his sleeve and today's event was no exception much to the
enjoyment of everyone.   The rally ended up at a good restaurant for lunch and the prize presentation.

To look at some of the photographs captured during the day follow this link and select
2011 Isadora Duncan - Images

June 2011
Saturday 25th
Sunday 26th
North Island - Mid Winter Christmas Dinner.  Over the weekend of June 25th-June 26th about 20 hardy souls
gathered in Taihape, the Gumboot Capital of New Zealand for another very enjoyable experience.  Arriving from
Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Wanganui and Wellington on Saturday afternoon mostly in real TRs but also a few who shall
remain nameless in a TR-BMW and the odd TR-Honda, the team gathered in the traditional spot under the
Big Gumboot for a briefing from Barry & Lynda.

Major event of the afternoon was the traditional Taihape sport of "Gumboot Throwing" with some interesting
results .. some of the gumboots made quite a bit of altitude but not so much distance!   Later everyone
regrouped at the Gretna for some well earned refreshment before dinner.   On Sunday Barry & Lynda led the
convoy on a scenic tour around this very hilly region before a farewell lunch under the DC3 at the Mangaweka
International Airport Cafe.

Thanks Barry & Lynda for yet another very enjoyable weekend.


Lynda showing how it SHOULD be done!

19 + the photographer for the traditional
photo shoot

March 2011
Thursday 3rd
Sunday 6th
National Weekend 2011   Another TRemendous weekend enjoyed by all in spite of somewhat damp weather. 
For more about the weekend follow this link
National Weekend 2011 News

Thursday morning .. The concours before the rain poured down

February 2011
Sunday 6th
Auckland: Galaxy of Cars at MOTAT.   The Auckland TR Register team together ATCC with a range of other Triumph
cars braved the crowds at this annual event.  The day started out a little damp but developed into a hot sunny
afternoon at Auckland's Museum of Transport & Technology.

Graeme Duff's TR2 fresh from restoration and looking immaculate.

The TR Register display: TR8 TR7 TR250
TR2 TR2 TR8 with a few Spitfires etc

November 2010
Sunday 7th
Auckland: Classic Car Club Challenge:  This was held at the Formosa Country Club at Beachlands and attracted a
range of classis and other cars from Britain, USA and Australia.   The TR Register joined forces with the Stag Club
and Auckland Triumph Car Club to mount a display and entry into the days proceedings.  Ian Harris's TR6 received
quite a lot of attention from the judges, Robert's TR5 was soaked when the irrigation system for the adjacent golf
green burst into life .. an event not foreseen in the organisers planning.

October 2010
Saturday 10th
Waikato: "Brits at the Beach"  A weekend for British cars at the popular Coromandel seaside resort of Tairua. 
Held as an alternative to the somewhat more attention grabbing "Beach Hop" at nearby Whangamata this show
attracted a range of British cars on display.   May be held again over the weekend October 8th -10th 2011.  
Two very tidy TRs were on display,  Bob Birdsall's TR3A and Ian Harris's TR6

August 2010
Saturday 14th
Sunday 15th
Canterbury:  Classic Car Show.  Over the weekend the Canterbury Group had a successful exhibit at the show
 with a TR2 and TR6.  Tim Palmer's black TR2 was awarded 3rd prize in class "C" of the concours.

July 2010
Sunday 18th July
Waikato & Auckland Groups - Combined Sunday event:
On Sunday 18th July the Waikato Group organised a drive starting at Cambridge and then heading to Waharoa
for coffee & lunch.   The Auckland Group was also invited and  a number of members from the big city set off
south to meet with the Waikato contingent at Waharoa.  Altogether about 25 members and a couple of guests
enjoyed a good lunch at the Kaimai Cheese Factory before heading off the the Firth Tower & Museum to learn a
little (quite a lot?) about the history of the Piakao & Matamata area and the construction of the Kaimai railway tunnel.
Some hardy souls also finished the day at the nearby hot pools.

Line-up of real (and honorary) TRs at the Firth Tower Museum


Engine bay of the famous orange TR7 "SKID MK" that joined in for the afternoon.  This car is regularly raced by Mark Parson & Mal Clark and recently added to its long list of successes by winning a Taga event at Rotorua.

Waikato Group Leader Steve Payne
(Centre) with guests
Joy & Gideon DeLautour

3rd July Deep South Group Exhibit at Dunedin AutoSpectacular:   Click on the link to view a short video clip of this great
exhibit in Dunedin  
TRRNZ Deep South Group at Dunedin AutoSpectacular 2010 .. Theme for the display was "Four Seasons"


May 2010
29th - 30th May
2010 North Island Mid-winter Christmas Dinner In spite of the weather about 20 keen members from all around the
North Island - Auckland, Wellington, Napier, Wanganui gathered again at the Gumboot capital of New Zealand -
Taihape for an early mid-winter Christmas Dinner. Saturday afternoon ended up at the Gretna Hotel as the rain
poured down outside but the dinner that evening was great. On Sunday morning a burst of retail therapy at a nearby
woollen outlet and then a drive to River Valley Lodge located in a valley on the Rangitikei River about 32km east of
Taihape for an excellent lunch before setting off for home. ..

This looks like becoming an annual event.   A very special tanks to Barry & Lynda for arranging another enjoyable

Taihape 2010 - same gumboot, same clouds .. and many of the same faces

16th May Auckland: On another pleasantly fine and sunny autumn Sunday a group of Auckland members ventured north to
the Puhoi Pub for lunch is the sun. A classic in its own right the pub dates back to 1847 and is one of the oldest in
the Auckland area and worth a visit at any time. Amongst quite a selection of classic cars, bikes and trikes the lunch,
the afternoon and the refreshments were enjoyed by everyone.

Kiwi version of Antique Roadshow as Helen Keucke somehow manages to squeeze an antique chair into Alasdair's TR6 outside the Puhoi Pub.   Alisdair noted a sudden increase in enthusiasm for top down motoring!

April 2010
18th April
Auckland: On a fine early autumn day a few Auckland members enjoyed an excellent visit to Kerr Farm Vineyard
at Kumeu in West Auckland for a picnic and wine tasting accompanied by a very informative presentation by the
winemaker, Jaison Kerr.

Auckland Group Leader Jan Hendrix ... no, he is not looking for another TR but  checking the brix level of a sample of grape juice

50 years of Triumph history from the
1930 Triumph Super 7 to a 1981 TR8

March 2010
21st March
Auckland - THE Opening: Group Leader Jan Hendrix invited the Auckland Group to celebrate the opening of his new
200m2 "shed"  !!  Completed in what must be about a record time of about 3 months Jan's new "shed" was opened
 by Alisdair Keucke. An excellent lunch followed.


About a record turnout .....

February-March 2010
TR Register NZ National Weekend 2010.  The weekend and the tour that followed were thoroughly enjoyed by
everyone who attended.   With about 110 people at the Waitomo Weekend and 34 staying on for the subsequent
tour around the Waikato and Coromandel area this was another TRemendous event that will be remembered for a
long time.   This weekend again saw a visitor from the UK, Paul Tunnadine.  Paul is a Director of the UK TR Register
and also the Midlands Group Co-ordinator.

Thanks to Cazna, Steve and the Waikato team for all their hard work that made this work so well.  .

Photos from the weekend and tour can be viewed at Garrick's website as below:

Friday morning - Concours in progress at Waitomo

February 2010
Sunday 14th
Auckland: The Sixth Classic Car Weekend: 37th Intermarque Concours d'Elegance and Classic Car Display   The day
was somewhat damp to begin with but improved during the afternoon. A number of very good TRs were on display at
this premier northern event and attracted good interest from the crowd.
Sunday 7th Auckland: Galaxy of Cars at MOTAT.   The Auckland TR Register team alongside ATCC exhibited a range of TRs at
this popular event under a brilliant summer sky.
January 2010
Sunday 24th
Auckland - TR Register & ATCC Fish 'n Chips Run:.   A pleasant summer afternoon for this traditional event.  
Countryside looking a little brown but still a very enjoyable drive to Kaiaua, a drop of refreshment at the old pub
followed by the familiar Fish 'n Chips.
November 2009
Sunday 29th
Auckland: ATCC "Show & Shine" at St Heliers:  After a convoy from central Auckland 11 TRs joined 23 other Triumphs
for this annual event held on Vellenoweth Green alongside the beach at St Heliers.   The weather, a bit doubtful early
in the morning, improved during the day as forecast.  This event is showing a steady improvement in the overall
standard of cars each year and attracts plenty of attention from the passing public.

One of the highlights was Ian Bradley's very tidy TR4 on the road again after a prolonged restoration.

The line up of TRs: TR2 TR2 TR4 TR5 TR6 TR6 TR6 TR6 TR7 TR8 TR7

Saturday 28th &
Sunday 29th
Deep South -  End of Year Run:  Follow link for a "Mehrtens' Movie" Deep South Group End of Year Run
Sunday 22nd 2009 Isadora Duncan Rally - Auckland. Even with not so wonderful weather almost 20 teams joined into this
traditional event the Auckland Group organise and share with other clubs each year.  A great run with Jan's impeccable
tulip diagrams to follow, a simple time trial and a few cunning tricks as well just to keep everyone on their toes. The
event started from the Brigham Restaurant in West Auckland, navigated around quite a few roads that many of us
had never seen before before returning to the same restaurant for an excellent lunch.  Jan and his team organised
another excellent event that will leave everyone looking forward to the next one.  Thank you.

August 2009
Thursday 6th
Sunday 9th
2009 Winter Challenge.  Organised by Mainland Classics (David Mehrtens) this winter's coast to coast classic rally ran
from Timaru to Haast and then back to Cromwell.  Click on the link to read all about it.
DSG Winter Challenge
July 2009 TRansmission:  The Register is very please to announce a Dunedin group who have undertaken the task of producing
TRansmission.   The team is led by Stephen Higgs in the role of Editor together with Trevor Payton and Brian Hope.
  We all wish them well and thank them for undertaking this essential role.
June 2009
Saturday 21st
Sunday 22nd
2009 North Island Mid-winter Christmas Dinner Over the weekend 28 keen members gathered at the  Gumboot
capital of New Zealand - Taihape for a mid-winter Christmas Dinner.   Lost of fun with a tandem gumboot race, a
great Saturday evening dinner and a Sunday visit to Gravity Canyon for brunch and, for anyone keen enough,
fantastic bungee jumps. 

The unanimous chorus from all present was for this  weekend to be repeated somewhere in the Central North
Island next year.   Thanks to Barry & Lynda for arranging such a fun weekend.

Below: (Left) Everyone (almost) gathered at "The Big Gumboot".  Right: Tandem Gumboot race.


February/March 2009
2009 National Weekend  Another great weekend at Cromwell, Central Otago amongst some of New Zealand's
finest scenery (and wineries).  Weather was almost perfect and the camaraderie unbeatable.  Follow the link for
the story and views.

 TR Register NZ 2009 National Weekend - Cromwell

January 2009
Sunday 24th
Deep South Group - Mystery Run.  Now that it is history  - its no longer a mystery.   Follow the link to a YouTube
video of the day from Dave Mehrtens.  
Deep South Group at CromwellSee if you can find a TR that is not painted
January 2009
Sunday 18th
Auckland - TR Register Fish 'n Chips Run:.   In spite of a dreary weather forecast for Sunday the afternoon turned
out just about perfect and saw about 25 cars set off for Kaiaua and, reputedly, the word's best Fish 'n Chips. 
Including guests from ATCC & Sunbeam around 50 people enjoyed the sunshine and the views over the Firth of
Thames from the northern end of the Seabird Coast.



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