Events in 2015

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Fall Tour - Lobster Tour - Day of Triumph - Western MA Tour - Cape Ann Tour - So. NH Tour - Planning Meeting - Club Director Announcement - End of Year Party

Ned and Ellen's Fall Tour -- Sunday October 4, 2015

We had a very enjoyable last drive of the season. We followed the same route as last year but without rally questions so it was more relaxing this time around! The tour began at Kimball Farm in Lancaster, MA around 11am and followed back country roads of north central Massachusetts. After a break at the Dunkin Donuts on Devens we continued on to Kimball Farm in Littleton MA where we had lunch under the big tent and explored the grounds. All in all, a great day out!

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Our Famous Lobster Tour and Wendy's Birthday Drive -- Saturday September 26, 2015

The morning started out quite chilly but it warmed up enough by noon for top down driving weather for this year's Lobster Tour. We met up at our usual spot, the Stonewall Kitchen, York, ME. After secretly passing around a birthday card for Wendy for everyone to sign, we started the tour with a drive up Mount Agamenticus. We had enough time there to walk around and enjoy the beautiful view. From there we followed a coastal route with lots of great views of the water, ending up at the USS Albacore Museum in Portsmouth NH. We did not have time to take the tour of the submarine but it was interesting just to stand next to it and see what a sub looks like on the outside. I expect some of us will go back and tour the inside since Portsmouth is not that far away. The tour continued on to Brit Bits and then to dinner. I had to leave the tour at the museum so I can't report on the rest but overall I think everyone enjoyed the new route and the stops along the way. We lucked out again this year with the weather. And finally, I want to wish Wendy a very happy birthday!

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Day of Triumph -- Sunday July 26, 2015 -- Larz Anderson Museum, Brookline, MA

Fortunately the predicted storms never materialized and those who made the trip to the museum were rewarded with a great day out. There is a report including the list of award winners in the August 2015 newsletter.

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Western Massachusetts Cars-Coffee-Candle-Covered Bridge-Quaint Town Rally -- Sunday June 14, 2015

This was another great rally. When time allows I will update this report with some photos but for now, here is a brief summary of the event.

We met up at Kringle Candle's "Cars and Coffee" show in Bernardston, MA. There was a good turnout of NET members and we all took advantage of everything there was to see and do at Kringle Candle. It was a great spot to start our rally. After getting final instructions from Tony we were on our way. The route included several covered bridges and lots of good driving roads. We stopped for lunch at the Cold River Café in Charlemont which had an outdoor seating area for our group. After lunch we drove to the picturesque town of Shelburne Falls where we had over an hour to explore and shop. We crossed the famous Bridge of Flowers and walked down to see the glacial potholes.

After Shelburne Falls, we drove 20 miles to Yankee Candle where we enjoyed some ice cream (they have a Ben & Jerry's right in their store!) and other goodies. All in all it was a great drive, great weather and of course excellent company. Thanks again to Tony, Diane and John for organizing this fun event.

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Cape Ann Tour: Saturday May 30, 2015

I wasn't able to attend the Cape Ann Tour. If anyone would like to provide a write up and some photos I will be happy to post them here.

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Southern New Hampshire Tour: Sunday, April 26, 2015

We had a tremendous turnout of NET members for this event along with some members of BCNH (British Cars of New Hampshire). The unofficial car count was "at least 20". We filled the parking area at John Bowe's shop with a variety of British cars both large and small, mostly small. It was a chilly day but as you can see, many opted to put the top down. As long as you were bundled up it was fine.

TR6 rainbow I like this lineup of TR6s because by chance, we nearly created a TR6 rainbow. We just needed Dennis and Karen's topaz (don't call it orange) TR6 next to our red one and to swap the positions of the green and yellow cars.

Curvy road John took us on a great ride again this year, adding some new roads to the route that had us going uphill, downhill and around lots of curves. It made for some fun driving and some great photos. We drove by these two horses but they showed no interest in the horsepower passing by them.

Curvy road

We ended the tour with lunch at The Holy Grail. Someone from the restaurant took some photos of us and our cars and posted them on their facebook page. There are also a lot more photos from the event on our facebook page. Thanks John for a great day out!

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2015 Planning Meeting: Sunday March 15, 2015

Our annual start up meeting was held on Sunday March 15, 2015. A report was posted in the newsletter. Events discussed at the meeting have been posted to our club calendar so take a look!

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John Gibbs - Our New Club Director!

John becomes Club Director Effective January 24, 2015 Stan Foster has stepped down as Club Director. John Gibbs has been serving as Assistant Director for the past year and has agreed to become our new Director! Stan will assume John's former role as Assistant.

In addition to being a very active club member, John handles the printing and distribution of the club newsletter. He created and manages the club's Facebook page. John provides and sets up the audio/video equipment at the EOY party and the kickoff meeting, entertaining us with slide shows of past club events as a backdrop for our meetings. Tricia Gibbs is our newsletter editor and both Tricia and John have organized club events including our Drive-In Movie Night. They help out at many other events as well so our club is definitely in good hands!

New England Triumphs relies on our members to volunteer to plan, host and help run club events. Please contact John to volunteer your help and support!

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End of Year Party, Saturday January 24, 2015

We had a fantastic turnout for our traditional End of Year Party despite the surprise snow storm. In the days leading up to the party the weather forecast evolved from “no snow” to “snow in the evening” to “snow all day” on Saturday. Since we were past our cancellation deadline we had to pay for all the meals we ordered whether anyone showed up or not so there was no turning back – the party was on, it was just a question of how many people would turn up. A total of 41 (or maybe it was 43?) members managed to make it to the Holiday Inn in Boxborough MA for the event and we had a great time.

After dinner Stan gave a short speech to close out the year and to thank everyone for helping make the club so successful. This includes the club officers who help keep the club running but especially Debbie Christopher who maintains the NET web site, Rick Trowel for serving as the club treasurer and John and Tricia Gibbs for the great work that they do in editing, publishing and distributing the newsletter and managing the club’s Facebook page. We are also very grateful to the members who organize driving events throughout the year. In 2014 we had one of our best years for touring with some new driving tours in addition to our traditional ones.

John Bowe gets award
This year the Stripped Gear award was presented to John Bowe. We present this award annually to a club member who has gone above and beyond in his/her contribution to the club and helping others.

John organizes driving tours, hosted our drive-in movie night and is very generous with his time helping other club members with repairs and restoration projects. Congratulations John and thanks for everything that you do for the club.

John becomes Club Director


 
 

The other big announcement of the evening is that effective January 24, 2015 Stan Foster has stepped down as Club Director. John Gibbs has been serving as Assistant Director for the past year and has agreed to become our new Director! Stan will assume John's former role as Assistant.

In addition to being a very active club member, John handles the printing and distribution of the club newsletter. He created and manages the club's Facebook page. John provides and sets up the audio/video equipment at the EOY party and the kickoff meeting, entertaining us with slide shows of past club events as a backdrop for our meetings. Tricia Gibbs is our newsletter editor and both Tricia and John have organized club events including our Drive-In Movie Night. They help out at many other events as well so our club is definitely in good hands!

Stan's Mug Shot

In his first act as Club Director, John thanked Stan for his years of service as Director and presented him with this legal reproduction 1959 Massachusetts vanity plate: BLU TR3. This plate follows the tradition of Stan and Debbie’s RED TR6 license plate and John and Tricia’s GRN TR6 license plate. The plate came with a stand so that it can be displayed in Stan’s home office while he continues working on his powder blue TR3.

Rick Trowel took great delight in having Stan pose for a traditional mug shot with the plate.

Tom and Wendy facilitated the Yankee Swap (aka “Have Your Photo Taken with the Mailbox”) which as always blended a mixture of fun and anxiety as you never know how long you will get to hold on to your chosen swap item. The gift table was loaded this year with large, beautifully wrapped gifts. There were several car themed gifts, great looking gift baskets, chocolates, interesting adult beverages, a wicker picnic basket that would look great on the luggage rack of any Triumph, BBQ sets, gift cards, and many other great gifts this year.

John Bowe disguised his custom painted Triumph mailbox this year by putting it inside an oddly shaped package. It wasn’t discovered until about half way through the swap but once it was unwrapped, it became the hot item again this year. It changed hands multiple times and since each owner understood they would possess the mailbox for only a short time, commemorative photos were taken of each iterim owner. In the end, the mailbox went home with John Cyganowski who was fortunate to have pulled the number 1 ticket from the hat making him eligible to select any of the swap items.

Mailbox1 Mailbox2 Mailbox3

Mailbox4 Mailbox5 The winner! The winner!

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