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Rick Fletcher -TR3A - 1960 model
TS 80116 eng. no. TS 80257E

Webmanager - TR Register Australia Inc. - see also my previous 1954 TR2
Taken at the Echuca Concours 2013 (photo Marlene Lyell©)

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Taken on a Mountain Rally 2000
2001 - the year of the first Tassie TouR
Returned from Southern Victoria to Oberon without a clutch 2002
Swan Hill 2002
QLD May 2003 - special
"Targa Top" (!)
Armidale Concours 2003
This is a little Surrey top I have made. It also has a tonneau which waterproofs the car when parked.

As set up for the Vigil Alpine Rally in 1998 - Rally details on Powder Blue Page. This is similar to the way the car was prepared in Victoria in 1970
- rack & pinion steering, sway bars, balanced & tuned motor, brake booster, lightened flywheel etc. etc.

The photographs below were taken in June 1973 when the then owner, Jim French, was on a trip to Lake Eildon - Victoria.
As can be seen, part of Jim's modifications were the GT Falcon "12 slotters". Jim never ran with a grille or front bumper.

As purchased - this front end damage was the result of the previous owner replacing the steering column universal joint bolts (normally 1/4" high tensile UNF) with 3/16" gutter bolts!
The body of the car was in sound condition (albeit slightly "bent") but mechanically it was very tired.
The Mota Lita wheel sits on a TR5 boss on top of the TR4 steering column. Jim French fitted the rack&pinion steering around 1970. This has now been completely rebuilt following a fatigue failure in the original mounting.
The "engine room" has now been further modified by the removal of the unsightly oil catch tank alongside the battery. Instead, the car now has a sealed crankcase and a TR4 rocker cover. This is vented to the inlet manifold via a PCV valve. Another useful addition is an expansion tank for the radiator which resides just to the left of the washer bottle.

Some previous owners:

This sticker was/is attached to the hardtop.

Recently discovered - it seems likely that the "blank" period before 1970 may have been partially occupied by the car residing in the Malaysian state of Perak.
Further research by John Pike has revealed that this car was imported directly into Melbourne Australia
so the decal must have been an owners whim. See below on the link to Perak.

Some notes about Perak from the internet:

"Raja Din was the founder and President of the Triumph Owners Club Perak for many years. Grass track races were often held in Ipoh and Kuala Kangsar. Many TR2, TR3,TR4, Herald and even Mayflower were seen at such meets. I think Perak State had the most number of Triumphs... "

Previous Owners:

  • 1970, Judy Brooks, ST KILDA VIC, Reg HTM531
  • 1970/71 Lyon Roberts HAMPTON VIC,
  • 1971 James French BRUNSWICK, VIC -various mods carried out car intended to be raced. Offered for sale in 1974 for $1450
  • 1975 Christian Roysland - FITZROY VIC Reg LVH702
  • 1977 Leighton Watts, WINDSOR,VIC, TR303
  • 1977/87 sold to Bruce Aitken - ST. IVES NSW for $2000 - possibly HVX170. Changed to KQX067 and offered for sale though TR Register in 1983 for $4000 - unregistered at this time and had been stored for 2 years. Not sold. Re-registered as NUP988
  • 1989/94 Ian Major - RYDE, moved to QLD & rego 244ASD. Out of rego in 1993 as a result of front end damage.
  • Oct 1994 - I purchased the car and restored it to running order - registered 18.4.95 as ACV32V (Now 21184H)

I previously owned an early TR2

From Graeme White 5 August 2018

Well known club Life Member and Historian Graeme White has shed some more light on the Perak connection and on some of Bluey's previous owners. He says:

"Maybe, just maybe the following could be of interest to you and Bluey?

As you know I often browse our Website because I find it interesting and enjoy seeing old period photos of TR 2 –3 –3As from yesterday and learn a little bit more of our history as it comes to light. With Bluey you show a Triumph Owners Club Perak sticker.

Well when I first joined TSOA Melbourne Branch back in 1975, there was a very close association with the Perak Club and while I am unsure of the actual year now,TSOA compiled a photograph album of the club Triumphs and sent it over to Perak. I think it was in the early 1980s ?

Maybe as a good will gesture stickers could have been exchanged during that period as well, and the local members at that time may have attached them to their windscreens.

In the late 1980s, when I became State President of TSOA I do not think that the links were as strong as I cannot recall having any contact or exchange of information with Perak ? I do however recall seeing the Perak Club on a 1980 mailing list as :- Triumph Owners Club Perak, Peti Surat 101 IPOH , Perak Malaysia

TSOA in those early years had stronger links with a number of TR clubs ( local /world wide ) in particular the USA. Willow Tree Road Mob.

The above may throw some light on the Malaysian sticker .... after all this time ??"

More from Graeme on owners:

My very old personal records, indicate that Bluey was registered in Victoria on 01 .06. 1963 as HTM 531.

In your findings in 1975, a C. Peter Roysland became the 3A's custodian, and Peter was very active in TSOA Victoria owning a number of Triumphs (and could well have place a sticker on the windscreen ).

When I knew him Peter lived then (circa 1970s and early 1980s) at Fitzroy Melbourne, Victoria. He also owned a green GT6 - registered in Victoria as GT 606.

The next owner on your list is Leighton Watts, also an active member of TSOA in that 1970 era (until he went overseas) . This was in a period when club members often traded cars between members.