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Concours Winners


2009 – 2012

2002 – 2008

Competition Winners


2009 – 2012

2002 – 2008 – file corrupted – need more time to investigate


The Triumph Saloon Racing group within the Triumph Sports Owners Association of NSW caters for member who have an interest in racing Triumph saloons, most notably Triumph 2000, 2500 and Dolomite/Sprint models.

Eligible cars are those that meet the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) Group 3J Improved Production Cars rules.

Improved Production is the fastest growing category of circuit racing in Australia. An Improved Production car is loosely based on a modified road car, and is made popular by the fact that it is fast and relatively inexpensive, as far as race cars go. Starting out with a production body shell, and then carrying out substantial modifications to engines, brakes and suspension, has proven popular both with beginners to the sport and more experienced competitors.

You are allowed to fit a bigger engine from the same manufacturer as the body shell. It can be a twin cam, or a turbo (with a restrictor), or a bridge or peripheral port in the case of a Mazda, depending on the model. You can lower the car to within 100mm of the ground, excluding the exhaust, and can change springs, shocks, sway bars and fit urethane bushes. Wheel width can be increased to 7 inches for a car up to 3 litres in capacity. Brakes can be anything you like but must be dual circuit, you can use close ratio gear boxes with a maximum of five forward gears, and locker or limited slip diffs are allowed. You are allowed to fit flares, and front and rear spoilers of limited sizes. Improved Production race cars use a control tyre which is the currently a Yokohama A032R.

To compete drivers must hold a CAMs General Competition License and wear safety clothing complying with the CAMs and FIA requirements for National competition status.

Triumph Saloon Racing (TSR) members compete within the NSW State Championship Improved Production category which usually consists of between six and eight rounds run at Eastern Creek, Oran Park and Wakefield Park raceways.

The category provides a progressive step from club level speed events to genuine circuit racing with all of the challenges and rewards associated with building, preparing and maintaining a race car together with qualifying and racing in what is one of the most competitive categories in Australia.

For more information contact Philip Larmour (home 02 97270458- or Mark Larmour (home 02 97267331).


  1. Triumph sports cars competing in races for Historic Production Sports Cars (CAMS Groups Sa, Sb and Sc) shall be eligible to compete for the John Thompson Performance Cars trophy.
  2. Drivers must be financial members of TSOA (N.S.W.) and included in the agreed “Ecurie Triumph” driver list to be eligible.
  3. Points will be awarded on the results of each race for Group S over the weekend. No points will be awarded for any handicap race
  4. Points will be awarded on the basis of 10,6,4,3,2,1,1,1,1, etc. using the driver’s outright finishing order. No points will be awarded for a DNF.
  5. If separate races are programmed for eligible Triumphs (e.g. Group Sa and Sb have different races) total race times will be used to determine Ecurie Triumph round placings. In the event that races are of different lengths, a pro rata adjustment of competitors race times will be used. A similar adjustment may be required in the event of lapped competitors.
  6. In the event that calculations in point 6 result in identical race times, the driver with the faster lap recorded in the feature race will take precedence.
  7. For the TSOA Super Sprint , the fastest official lap time only will determine the points awarded. If two driver record the same time the one recording the time first takes precident.
  8. Where a race requires 2 drivers, both eligible Ecurie Triumph drivers will be awarded full points for their placing provided that a driver has completed a minimum of 10% of the total laps.

Geoff Byrne Ecurie Triumph Captain

For those new to the club Ecurie Triumph is the name given to TSOA’s Triumph Sports Car Racing Team and has existed since the early 1960s.

In 2005 there were four club members racing Triumph Sports Cars in Ecurie Triumph:

  • Tony Dains in his red 1970 TR6;
  • Graeme Rutledge in his dark blue 1970 TR6;
  • Geoff Byrne in his java green 1969 TR6 and
  • Andrew Gibson in his dark green 1960 TR3.

All the cars run as CAMS category 5 Historic Sports cars in Group S. This category is aimed at racing cars true to their era and prevents anything but minor modifications.

Group S is divided into three subgroups based on age:

  • Sa are cars built before 1961;
  • Sb are cars built between 1961 and 1969; and
  • Sc are cars built between 1970 and 1977.

Each subgroup is them broken up into engine capacity classes viz up to 1300 cc; 1600 to 2000cc; and over 2000cc.

The three TR6s run together in Sb over 2000 cc and compete in this class with the V8 Morgans, and Sunbeam Tigers.Andrew in his TR3 is in Group Sa and competes with very quick Elva Couriers and Porsche 356.The front runners in Group S are the Sc Porsche Carrera’s. MGBGTV8 and Datsun 240Z. Group S is a very popular class with regular grids of 20 to 30 cars and racing is always close and positions strongly contested right through the field.

The NSW Historic Sports and Racing Car Association (HSRCA) runs a series for category 5 cars and there are inter state events . The annual point score consists of six local rounds and five away rounds. The most popular away round is Philip Island in February at which all 4 Ecurie Triumph cars ran.

The most successful drivers for the year were Andrew Gibson and Tony Dains who competed in all six local rounds and two away rounds at PI and Winton. Tony competed in the hotly contested Sb Sc category and was always reliable and competitive and up the front of the grid and the faster of the three TR6’s . Tony won the Sb over 2000 point score and came second over all in Sb, Graeme came third and Geoff fourth. Andrew won Sa over 2000cc

The John Thompson Trophy is awarded each year by the club to the most successful Ecurie Triumph driver. Any member interested in joining Ecurie Triumph should contact the Captain Graeme Rutledge

All Triumph Race

2012 results

2012 All Triumph Race, 1 July 2012, Wakefield Park

Trophy Winners on the Day

All Triumph Reverse Grid Mark Lamour
Trophy Race Outright Jeff Wards
Over 3.5 Litre Class 1. Jeff Wards (TR8)
2. Bill Birney (TR8)
3. Elliot Wright (TR8)
2 to 3.5 Litre Class 1. Geoff Byrne (TR6)
Under 2 litre Class 1. Mark Lamour (Dolomite)
2. Howard Glinn (Dolomite)
3. John Lamond (TR2)
First Sidescreen home
sponsored by World Wide Quality Management
John Lamond
First Woman home Sue Tahir
Most cars passed in the day Mark Morsillo
Best drive of the day Mark Lamour
Dumbest Move of the Day Darren Reynolds


ATR – The whole story – 1972 to present

The Annual All Triumph Race in Australia has a rich and varied history since its inception at Warwick Farm in the 1970’s.

It has been held at 3 different circuits, Warwick Farm, Amaroo Park and now Wakefield Park, Goulburn. Of these, only Wakefield Park survives. Most types of Triumphs have competed from TR’s and Dolomites to Mk.1 saloons and even a Herald.

Rod Chivas has been provided with some copies of early race results, but would appreciate receiving a copy of Official Results from any events held prior to 1976. Known results are:

28 May 1972, Warwick Farm 1. Ken Hannaford
2. Graeme Laurie
3. Graeme Rutledge
The second known event was held the following year, with George Mangan driving Peter Irwin’s TR5 into 3rd place behind long term competitor Geoff Byrne in his immaculate GT6.
12 August 1973, Warwick Farm 1. Graham Bland
2. Geoff Byrne
3. George Mangan
In 1976, the event moved to Amaroo Park, where A.A.R.C. Race Secretary, the late Mary Packard, was always accommodating as we drummed up last minute entries to ensure we had sufficient numbers for a race. Bob Kennedy scored successive wins in his TR5, which was also a regular competitor in the Australian Sports Car Championship.
24 October 1976, Amaroo Park 1. Bob Kennedy
2. Geoff Byrne
3. George Mangan
9 October 1977, Amaroo Park 1. Bob Kennedy
2. Warwick Dawson
3. Graeme Rutledge
1978 saw a record 18 entries and the first appearance of Dolomite Sprints, which were very successful at the time in the “Street Sedan” category for near-standard touring cars. But it was Graeme Rutledge who broke through for the first of many wins. We also saw the first interstate entrant with Chris Swingler bring up his Spitfire from Melbourne.
8 October 1978, Amaroo Park 1. Graeme Rutledge
2. Warwick Dawson
3. Bob Kennedy
1979 was the first year we faced a serious interstate challenge with Chris now the owner of the black “Playboy” TR7 formerly raced by Group 44’s Bob Tullius in the U.S. But it was brother Neal in his GT6 who took the win by just 0.4 sec. Unluckiest driver was pole-sitter, Rick Pierce who stalled the ex-Geoff Byrne GT6 at the start.
7 October 1979, Amaroo Park 1. Neal Swingler (Vic)
2. Rod Chivas
3. Chris Swingler (Vic)
1980 saw a number of TR7’s from the ProCar series compete. Whilst they didn’t have the outright pace, they certainly boosted the numbers. Roger Gates finished a creditable 5th in a race which had a high attrition rate. Rick made up for the previous year with a comfortable win and sold the car soon after.
26 October 1980, Amaroo Park 1. Rick Pierce
2. Bob Kennedy
3. Ian Black
Another strong entry of 18 cars for 1981 included two lady drivers, Carol Barker-Alldis (TR7) and Verona Larkin who was well known for pedalling her Spitfire and later a very quick MG Midget.
25 October 1981, Amaroo Park 1. Graeme Rutledge
2. Ian Black
3. Bob Kennedy
1982 saw Philip Larmour debut his “improved” Dolomite – the ex-Ron Hodgson car which had been driven by Bob Morris with great success – but a Dolomite was not to win the race for another 23 years! Another close finish saw Graeme take the win by 0.5 seconds from third-time runner-up, Warwick Dawson.
24 October 1982, Amaroo Park 1. Graeme Rutledge
2. Warwick Dawson
3. Ian Black
The 1983 race attracted sponsorship from long-time Triumph distributor, Reg Smith Motors. It had one of the most controversial finishes with Mike Patten’s Spitfire leading for most of the race until contact with Ian Black on the last corner saw Mike spin to the infield. His only consolation was the fastest lap of 59.9 as the stewards let the results stand.
23 October 1983, Amaroo Park 1. Ian Black
2. Mike Cullen (S.A)
3. Bob Anderson (S.A)
Sufficient numbers could not be mustered for a race in 1984, but a race was scheduled for 1985 with Reg Smith Motors again providing prizemoney. Despite 3 GT6’s making the trip from Adelaide, only 7 Triumphs survived the preliminary races. The organizers combined the Triumphs in a 7 lap race with other Marque Sports cars. This was one of Mike Patten’s first races in his TR8 and he finished a creditable 4th. Although this race could not be included as an Annual All Triumph Race, the best Triumph finishers were:
30 June 1985, Amaroo Park 4. Mike Patten
6. Bob Anderson (S.A)
7. Rod Chivas
After a break of 19 years the All Triumph Race was revived in 2004, mainly thanks to the efforts of Tony Dains and Ecurie Triumph Captain, Graeme Rutledge. A field of 10 cars faced the starter with the ex-Mike Patten TR8 looking as pristine as it had 19 years earlier. This car is now owned by Gary Angel, who asked Phil Poat to drive it in 2004. Dolomites now matched the sports cars 1:1, but familiar names like Graeme Rutledge and Geoff Byrne were still competing.
27 June 2004, Wakefield Park 1. Phil Poat
2. Ian Cowie (Vic)
3. Mark Morsillo
In 2005 the Dolomite Sprints outnumbered the sports cars, although the pole position jinx struck Jeff Wards (TR7V8) who was judged to have crept at the start and given a drive-through penalty. Nevertheless, 2005 saw one of the most exciting duels between the Dolomites of Mark Larmour and Mark Morsillo with the latter gaining the upper hand on the second last corner.
5 June 2005, Wakefield Park 1. Mark Morsillo
2. Mark Larmour
3. Philip Larmour
2006 saw a strong challenge from South Australia, with the GT6’s of Trevor Lindsay and Roger Lange being the two fastest qualifiers. Unfortunately, Roger broke his diff in the preliminary race, but a strong field of 16 cars faced the starter for the 2006 race. Trevor dominated the race, setting the fastest All Triumph race lap at Wakefield of 1:07.8239. Graeme Rutledge stormed through from the back of the grid to finish second in his TR8. Brothers Mark and Greg Morsillo finished 4th and 5th separated by less than a tenth of a second.
25 June 2006, Wakefield Park 1. Trevor Lindsay, South Australia
2. Graeme Rutledge
3. Jeff Wards
TR7 V8
Sportscar Spares sponsored the 2007 race and a record field of 19 cars started with all cars finishing. The 2004 winning TR8, this time driven by owner, Gary Angel took the flag, with Mark Morsillo and Philip Larmour (Dolomite Sprints) also sharing in the prizemoney. A perpetual trophy provided by Sportscar Spares was presented for the first time, and Queenslander Adrian Diehm (2.5PI) was the first competitor to make the trip south. Another interesting car making its first appearance was Rod Carey (S.A.) in the famous ex-AMI Racing Team lightweight Spitfire. Pit Stop Bookshop in Perth also provided their support with five gift vouchers.
24 June 2007, Wakefield Park 1. Gary Angel
2. Jeff Wards
3. Mark Morsillo
TR7 V8
Dolomite Sprint turbo
The 2008 event saw 16 entries with four “new faces” in Dave Bruton (TR7PRO), John Buddee (TR7), Glen Coutinho (TR7V8) and Ian Watt from Victoria in his Group Nc 2.5PI Mk. 2. 2006 winner Trevor Lindsay stamped his mark on the day with a convincing pole time in his GT6, but second-fastest Jeff Wards (TR7V8) and Mark Morsillo (Dolomite Sprint Turbo) were separated by less than one-hundredth of second, a margin that was to continue through the day’s races. Sportscar Spares again provided prizemoney to the class winners and PitStop Bookshop provided 6 gift vouchers.
29 June 2008, Wakefield Park 1. Trevor Lindsay, S.A.
2. Jeff Wards
3. Mark Morsillo
TR7 V8
Dolomite Sprint turbo
Mobil Lagoon Service Centre was welcomed on board as the 2009 race sponsor. 20 entries were received, although Malcolm Lowe was a late withdrawal after damaging his TR7 motor at Oran Park the week before. Newcomers included Bill Birney (Vic.) in a TR8; Brian Falloon (Qld.) in a TR5 and Tony Hudson (GT6 Mk.3). Two spins during the first of 8 laps (Bill Birney and Jon Newell, TR7) livened up proceedings, although at race end the first 4 placegetters were actually identical to the previous year. As well as prizemoney from Mobil Lagoon, The Old Goulburn Brewery also donated two bottles of their finest beer to placegetters.
2 August 2009, Wakefield Park 1. Trevor Lindsay, S.A.
2. Jeff Wards
3. Mark Morsillo
TR7 V8
Dolomite Sprint turbo
2010 again saw sponsorship from both Mobil Lagoon and Sportscar Spares with a record $2,000 in prize money available to the first 4 placegetters in the 3 classes.
The previous year’s entry was bettered with 22 Triumphs on the grid for the 10 lap race. A storming start from 5th place saw Bill Birney (TR7V8, Vic.) lead the field into turn one, but pole sitter Mark Morsillo took the lead on the back straight and wasn’t headed. Geoff Byrne’s Group S TR6 ran strongly beating Mark Larmour’s Dolomite Sprint home after a race-long duel.
Another innovation was the WWQM trophy donated by Bill Revill for the first sidescreen TR home. Five pristine examples were entered, and Andrew Gibson (TR3A) put in a fine drive to 8th place outright to be the inaugural trophy winner.
26 June 2010, Wakefield Park 1. Mark Morsillo
2. Bill Birney (Vic)
3. Geoff Byrne
Dolomite Sprint
Mobil Lagoon assumed sole sponsorship of the 2011 race, providing total prizemoney of $2,000. The previous year’s record of 23 entries was matched and with Gary Angel losing oil pressure in the preliminary, we again had 22 Triumphs on the grid. After a break of some 30 years, we had 2 female competitors, Susan Tahir and Shirley St. John-Cox (Vic.) in TR7V8’s. Other debutants were Allan Cameron (TR7) and at 17 years, our youngest-ever competitor, Nick Barker (Dolomite Sprint).

Trevor Lindsay (S.A.) returned with his GT6 to take out his fourth race win from Mark Morsillo (Dolomite turbo) and Victorian Bill Birney (TR7V8). Graeme Rutledge’s TR8 dropped its coolant on lap 4, a number of cars spun on the fluid to shake up the field. Andrew Gibson (TR3A) retained the WWQMS “Sidescreen” trophy. A large crowd was on hand as many former competitors were attending the inaugural Ecurie Triumph reunion the following Tuesday.

27 June 2011, Wakefield Park 1. Trevor Lindsay
2. Mark Morsillo
3. Bill Birney (Vic)
Dolomite Sprint
A big thank you to our financial sponsor for 2012, once again Mobil Lagoon
Sunday morning early it was lovely and sunny but of course freezing cold – Goulburn weather.
Everyone made qualifying except Rod Chivas and Chris Swingler.
Darren Reynolds was there with his “new” left-hand drive TR8. A spin out on his out lap for qualifying had him awarded the “Dumbest Move of the Day” trophy.
Mark Morsillo had problems in qualifying, so started Race One from the rear, he still managed a second behind Jeff Wards.
Race Two was a Reverse Grid – it was great to see a TR3 in pole position!
Won by Mark Larmour, with John Newell, Jeff Wards, Darren Reynolds and Ian Barker following.
Overall winners shown below.
1 July 2012, Wakefield Park 1. Jeff Wards
2. Bill Birney
3. Elliot Wright
It should be noted that other All Triumph Races were held in conjunction with TSOA National Meetings in 1981, 1982, 1985 and 2010. Race permits were obtained from CAMS and these events were typically run in 2 heats during one of the competition days. Qualifying times were taken from the morning lap dash runs. Graeme Rutledge also found success at these events, taking a particularly fortunate win in Race 2 at Adelaide International Raceway when his GT6 broke a crankshaft on the last lap and “Gentleman Bob” Anderson coasted to the line behind Graeme to give his interstate visitor the win.

Results from these events were:

  • 1981 A.I.R., South Australia, Race 1 G. Rutledge, GT6. Race 2 G. Rutledge, GT6
  • 1982 Calder Park, Vic. Race 1 G. Rutledge, GT6. Race 2 (rain) R. Chivas, Spitfire
  • 1985 Oran Park, N.S.W. M. Patten, TR8
  • 2010 Wakefield Park, NSW, 1. Peter Wards, TR7V8, 2. Geoff Byrne, TR6, 3. John Newell, TR7V8


TSOA Nationals Motorsport Events

Year State Competition event 1 Competiton event 2
1979 Vic Hume Weir TriState meeting, Albury
1980 NSW Amaroo Park
1981 SA AIR* Collingrove Hillclimb *including All Triumph Races
1982 Vic Calder* Lakeland Hillclimb *including All Triumph Races
1983 Qld Surfer’s Paradise International* Go Karts *Open race meeting, Nerang circuit
1984 WA Wanneroo Park
1985 NSW Catalina Park Oran Park* *including All Triumph Races
1986 SA AIR Mallala
1987 Vic Calder Motorkhana
1988 Qld Lakeside Mt Cotton Hillclimb
1989 WA Wanneroo Park Motorkhana
1990 NSW Fairbairn Park Hillclimb Oran Park
1991 SA Mallala
1992 Vic Phillip Island Morwell Hillclimb
1993 Qld Lakeside Mt Cotton Hillclimb
1994 WA Wanneroo Park now renamed Barbagello Raceway
1995 NSW Wakefield Park Eastern Creek
1996 SA Mallala
1997 Vic Phillip Island
1998 Qld Lakeside
1999 WA Wanneroo Park Motorkhana
2000 NSW Wakefield Park Mt Panorama Chase sprints
2001 SA Mallala Collingrove Hillclimb
2002 Vic Winton
2003 Qld Queendland Raceway, Ipswich Morgan Park, Warwick
2004 WA Wanneroo Park
2005 NSW Eastern Creek Ringwood Hillclimb
2006 SA Mallala Collingrove Hillclimb
2007 Vic Phillip Island Morwell Hillclimb
2008 Qld Morgan Park Mt Cotton Hillclimb
2009 WA Collie Motoplex Autokhana
2010 NSW Wakefield Park Marulan DTC

Information supplied by Rod Chivas and Mark Morsillo

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