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TexasKnucklehead

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I found https://www.triumphregister.com/ and after reading the 'TRA Philosophy' in the ABOUT section, I filled out the application and sent them a check. It's been some time, but I haven't heard anything from them. I was hoping they'd send me some information on the VINs I sent -or anything. I didn't check to see if they cashed the check but wonder about it.

Jer

-Maybe the register is just for cash.
 
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DougF

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A friend of mine had a similar problem.
I belonged several years ago, for about four years. Went to a couple of their nationals. I bought the concourse standards book. But I found that if I wanted to go away for a quiet weekend and didn't want anybody to talk to me, a TRA National was the perfect place.
 

Tinkerman

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Unfortunatly Doug, I had a similar experience. However We did get to meet the Metelko's and I was very pleased to see Lou on the forum. I offered my services as a freshman Concours judge and it was quite an education. All in all I find the magazines very interesting and do plan to attend some of the national meets when my car is finished. If nothing else my wife and I can sit with Lou and his wife and baffle each other.
By the way Lou I still have and use that magnetic "My Other Car is a Triumph" Sticker I use it for local events.

Regards, Tinkerman
 
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DougF

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I was brought in with fellow members from our local club when I bought my TR3. My first National was at Hershey in '93. I too was invited by a friend of mine to assist in concourse judging of engine compartments, which was interesting.

I made attempts at conversation and did succeed a couple times. I met some nice people, but for the most part, it was a forgettable weekend.

The '94 meet was sponsored by our club and I helped with the organizing and the events. But again, the core of the group stuck with themselves.

I understand that friends are friends, but the group didn't present themselves as wanting to grow. It was more a vacation opportunity where they could take their cars.

I sound negative. But I got to tell it how I see it.
 

Geo Hahn

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Alas, this is not a condition unique to TRA (which I was a member when I lived in the Midwest). At many of the National and big Regional events I have attended it has been like pulling teeth to get past 'when did you get in?' and 'nice car'.

Sometimes the only enthusiastic conversations are with casual onlookers who 'used ot have one'. They're always ready to talk!

I'm not a natural extrovert but TRs are a topic I could talk about and listen about all day.

When our local all-marque club hosted a small regional event I really tried to encourage our members to be more outgoing and tried to set an example. But some of this is simply human nature and the habits of a lifetime.

I try to enjoy the cars and not take the social scene too personally.
 

TR4nut

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Agree completely with Geo. I'm an introverted engineer, and I suspect there are a lot of similar types interested in the TRs. Just takes a while to break into the discussions.
 

angelfj1

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I'm a member, but I have not attended any events. I joined for the magazine and technical support during the restoration of the gray lady. Perhaps next year when the TRA national will be in WV - not a long drive from SE PA.
 

DNK

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Not a member of the semi-local show I attended beginning of the month. When I arrived with my 7/8 there was no room it the Wedge section so I parked in the next row over flow area. All the owners eventually came over to look. Didn't say word one to me and went back to their group.
 
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DougF

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I remember the experience every time I see a new face at our local club functions and try to use it in a positive way.
 

angelfj1

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When first inaugurated, TRA only recognized sidescreen (side curtain) cars. I understand that this eventually evolved into allowing TR-4. Not sure if they include 4A's because there was a significant change in chassis.
 
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DougF

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The change to TR4 was only within the past 5-7 years or so. At that time, I don't believe they allowed them to judged for best of show. Things may have changed since, but I don't know.
 

AngliaGT

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This sounds sad.Why don't these people act like
they're the kind of people you'd like to be with?
It should be a "fun group" - not an "insider" type
of club.This runs off a lot of new people.

- Doug
 

Twosheds

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angelfj said:
Perhaps next year when the TRA national will be in WV - not a long drive from SE PA.

I hope you come, Frank. And the others as well.

My local, Mason-Dixon TRA, is hosting and I have been involved. It's in a very scenic area with sports car roads. We have some fun events planned like some laps of nearby Summit Point.

I'll try to make you feel welcome.

By the way, TR4A is included. The logo for the event shows a TR2 and TR4A (CinneaghTR's).
 

CinneaghTR

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Oh boy!!! I can't wait to see that!!

For what it's worth, I have not noticed the "cold shoulder" attitude described above in my dealings with Mason-Dixon TRA. Twosheds especially is very inclusive and welcoming to all Triumph people and, if you could not tell already, an all-around nice guy.
 
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DougF

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My comments were only relating to the TRA national meets. Local clubs tend to be a more social atmosphere.
 

CinneaghTR

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Hopefully, I did not sound like I was taking your comments to task, DougF. Your description of the national events spoke to my general experience with local clubs. Unfortunately, I think what we have been talking about here can be found in all clubs at all levels. The sifting through that is the challenge.
 
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