Sports Car Club
In 1974 a group of enthusiastic owners of Triumph TR sports cars in Johannesburg and in
Natal came together to form the TR Register of South Africa. Membership was limited to
owners of TR's only, but by 1979 the Register evolved into the Triumph Sports Car Club of
South Africa (TSCC of SA), making it possible for owners of all Triumph cars to become
By 1980 some owners of Triumphs in Pretoria, Centurion and environs expressed the need
to organize themselves in a club of their own. Shortly afterwards, in January 1981 the
Pretoria Centre, known as the Pretoria Triumph Sports Car Club (PTSCC) was formally
established to become one of the regional centres of the TSCC of SA. Today it is one of
seven such regional groupings, the other six being Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Border (East
London), Kwazulu-Natal, Bloemfontein, and Johannesburg. From a small beginning of less
than 20 enthusiastic and enterprising members, a dynamic local Triumph club has grown
from strength to strength in the years that followed.
Essentially a social club and non-profit organization, the PTSCC objective is to preserve,
maintain and promote the enjoyment derived from the ownership of Triumph cars. It
provides a home for owners of Triumphs who share the same sentiment and who wish to
belong to a club that is dedicated to the pursuit of the above objective. As no more
Triumph cars are being manufactured since 1981, keeping the proud classic sporting
brand, Triumph, on the road nowadays has become a special challenge that club members
are meeting with great success and pride. Towards this end the Club provides
opportunities for members and their families and friends to have a 'triumphantly' great
time behind the wheel of their Triumphs in the company of like-minded fellow club
Activities and organization
The PTSCC has a monthly "Noggin 'n Natter" on the third Wednesday of the month in Menlo
Park, Pretoria. This meeting is usually followed by at least one club activity, event or
excursion per month. These are usually social events in the form of breakfast runs to
places of interest, a treasure hunt, a driving test or car gymkhana, participation in classic
car exhibitions or car show events, etc. Those who wish to have their pride and joy
adjudicated in terms of its cleanliness, condition and originality, can participate in a
concours d' elegance or concours d'etat at regional and national level.
The Pretoria Club has four so called 'Houses' or groupings that provide a home for the
particular model or type of Triumph a member may own. The 'Sidescreen' House caters for
owners of the early classic TR's (TR2/3/3A), while the 'Michelotti' House is there for
owners of TR's designed by the Italian maestro, Giovanni Michelotti (TR4/4A/5/6/Stag).
The relatively modern wedge-shaped Triumphs (TR7/8) find a home in the 'Amaseven'
House, while the 'Spitfire Plus' House groups together owners of the Triumph Spitfire, GT6,
Herald, Vitesse, as well as small and large saloon cars, including the Chicane. Houses take
turns to host 'noggins' and events in order to add entertainment and an interesting flavour
to club meetings. In addition, houses enjoy a friendly rivalry among one another whereby
efforts in service of the club get rewarded by accumulating points towards an inter-house
trophy awarded annually.
A democratically elected committee of club officials is responsible for club management
and consists of a chairperson, secretary/treasurer, events coordinator, regalia officer,
newsletter editor, and points scorer. The house captains of the four Houses form part of the
extended committee. Participation and contribution to club activities by members get
rewarded by the annual presentation of floating trophies for points earned towards the
victor ludorum (gentlemen) and victrix ludorum (ladies) floating trophies. In addition, a
competitions trophy goes to the member who has the highest total score in competitive
club events such as the concours, driving test, participation in rallies, as well as a treasure
Newsletters & Benefits
The Club is very proud of its monthly newsletter, the Triumph Herald, which publishes
reports about club events, and inter alia carries news about the Houses, members, as well
as members' contributions and Triumph related articles. Club members also receive
Sabrina, quarterly magazine of the TSCC of SA. In addition, the regalia officer makes
available useful club regalia such as jackets, shirts, caps, etc., at very keen prices. A
comprehensive club insurance scheme is available for members' Triumphs, providing
cover at agreed value and at attractive premiums. The TSCC of SA also runs a service
sourcing Triumph parts from the United Kingdom to which Pretoria members have access.
Cooperation with other car clubs
Events and many excursions are usually held jointly with the neighbouring Johannesburg
Centre of the TSCC. The biennial show day and concours take turns to be hosted by either
Pretoria or Johannesburg. An annual inter club quiz between the neighbours is a regular
competitive yet friendly event. The biennial national gathering of the TSCC of SA is always
very keenly attended by Pretoria members irrespective of the location of that may be at a
distant venue in South Africa.
Pretoria Triumph also has a fine tradition of supporting some events of the MG Car Club
(Northern Centre) such as the Cats Eyes Rally and the Jacaranda Run. In turn their
members support some of our events such as the annual "gymkhana" driving test. Regular
participation in some events organized by the Pretoria Old Motor Club include the annual
'British Day', Mampoer Rally, and Cars in the Park at Zwartkops Raceway.
Some club achievements
In the past the PTSCC organized the largest gatherings of Triumph cars and their owners
ever on South African soil. In celebration of their 10th anniversary in 1991, Pretoria
organized the first 'Triumph 100' whereby 150 Triumphs gathered at Unisa and formed a
unique motorcade through Pretoria culminating in a picnic and braai reception at the
Pioneer Museum in Silverton. In 1998 the PTSCC organized the Grand Anniversary
Gathering to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Triumph cars and managed to assemble no
less than 253 Triumphs and their owners at AFB Swartkop in Valhalla in a magnificent '75'
shaped presentation recorded by means of an aerial photograph. This event received good
coverage in classic car publications internationally. After this occasion and exposure the
club's paid membership grew to more than 90. Membership numbers have since
consolidated between 50 and 60 annually.
The Club's silver anniversary celebration in 2006 was the reason for the second 'Triumph
100' held at the Voortrekker Monument that resulted in 110 Triumphs and their owners
providing a real party atmosphere at Pretoria's famous landmark. Again, in 2014 the PTSCC
took the initiative to organize and host the South African chapter of the 40th anniversary
of the Triumph TR7 by means of 74 cars and even more members from Pretoria,
Johannesburg, Kwazulu-Natal and Bloemfontein. This event and the celebratory
photograph once again attracted international coverage.
The PTSCC organized and hosted the following national gatherings of the TSCC of SA:
Loskop Dam (1992), Mount Amanzi at Hartbeespoort Dam, as well as the Triumph National
Tour (1998), and at Maselspoort near Bloemfontein (2008). In addition, Pretoria also
organized the South African chapter's 50th celebration of the Triumph TR, also at the
centrally located Maselspoort in 2003. In 2018 it will be Pretoria's turn to organize and
host the national gathering of the TSCC of SA again.
Hope to see you and your Triumph there!
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