View Full Version : Triumph Trans-American Charity Drive 2009

02-07-2008, 08:51 PM
Any body particpating in this?

Sports Cars
Triumphs across America

The Triumph Trans-AmeriCan Charity Drive 2009 will wind its way across the U.S. and Canada between July 4 and September 29, 2009.
They have their route, and now they have the money for a car. The organizers of the Triumph Trans-AmeriCan Charity Drive 2009, a trans-continental drive intended to raise at least $100,000 for each of three charities in the U.S., Great Britain and Canada, put out the word last fall that they were looking for a solid Triumph Stag that could be restored with volunteer labor and donations. When a promising car came up for sale in Georgia, word spread quickly through a Triumph e-mail list, resulting in more than $5,000 pledged toward its purchase and restoration within 24 hours. “You people are fantastic!” said John Macartney, a historian and well-known Triumph enthusiast who is a main organizer of the drive. Macartney said the Georgia car and another located in Chicago are under consideration.

Macartney has also sketched out the Charity Drive’s route, which will begin somewhere in Florida on July 4, 2009, and end in San Luis Obispo, California, on September 29, 2009, to coincide with two major events, Triumphest and the Vintage Triumph Register North American Triumph Challenge. Clubs and individuals will have the opportunity to join the drive in progress. To see where the route will come nearest to you, check out the map at the event’s Web site.

Finally, Macartney reports that an anonymous donor in England has donated a UK-spec Spitfire to The Macartney Charitable Trust, the organization he founded for the event. Both the Spitfire, which was voted Car of the Show at the 1996 Triumph Sports Six Club (TSSC) National, and the Stag will be raffled off at the end of the drive. Glenn Merrell, Chairman of the Triumph Stag Club USA, is working with Macartney to organize the event, which will benefit non-profit organizations dedicated to treating people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Visit the Web site for more information.
- By David LaChance

Mickey Richaud
02-07-2008, 09:01 PM
Glenn Merrell's on the Forum - he'll be along shortly, I'm sure, with a report.

02-08-2008, 03:24 AM
I will be there.

At San Luis Obispo anyway, and if the route comes anywhere near Fresno, I'll drive with them for the rest of the way.

02-08-2008, 08:46 AM
maybe I'm kerfluzzled again ... can't find the website mentioned in the first post.

interesting idea tho'


02-08-2008, 08:53 AM
Found it!


02-08-2008, 07:52 PM
I would love to host a barbeque at the beach house for forum members, not sure how all the scheduling will work out.

02-08-2008, 07:58 PM
There's a beach in Fresno. I must have missed that news report of California sliding into the ocean.

02-09-2008, 02:52 AM
Ah, I see the confusion...

We always say the nice thing about Fresno is that it is within driving distance of everything. Yosemite is 2 hours, Kings Canyon is 1 hour, San Francisco is 2 1/2 hours, Los angeles is about 3 hours, and Pismo Beach/Shell Beach/San Luis Obispo is about 2 hours.

The beach house is in Shell Beach.

02-09-2008, 02:50 PM
Ah, I see the confusion...

We always say the nice thing about Fresno is that ....

I had better not /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/jester.gif