[TR] 2018 Kastner Cup
dconnitt at fuse.net
Sun Jul 8 12:23:04 MDT 2018
I just got home from one of the best Triumph times I have had.
This was the longest trip so far in my 1967 Triumph TR4A IRS (recently
Friday, I left from work at 11:00 AM (in eastern side of Cincinnati, Oh)
heading for Mars, PA which is where the host hotel was located. The weather
was just a little misty when I left. Not enough for wipers but I had coated
the windshield with RainX.. The overdrive worked great and I had no problem
at all keeping up with the traffic.
By the time I was half way to Columbus the sun was out and perfect for a
drive. Traffic was kind of heavy as I got closer to Columbus but the
highlight of that part of the trip was when a couple drove past me in a
Lamborghini convertible and they took pictures of me!
Driving into Pennsylvania, I thought the mountain highways were awesome. I
haven't been to Pennsylvania much and really enjoyed that part of the trip.
Driving by one town, I saw probably the largest American flag of my life.
When I checked into the hotel, there were 4-5 other Triumphs parked in the
lot. I didn't see anybody until I had gotten back from eating dinner and
there were 4 guys sitting in the lobby and found the TR's belong to them.
As we were making introductions, I found I was sitting there with Steve
Yott, Irv Cory, Jay Hoekamp and Mark (sorry, I forgot your last name Mark..)
I told Steve I have on of his modified cluster gears in my transmission and
told Jay I had one of his overdrive pressure gauges!
It was great putting some faces to the names. The next morning I followed
them to the race track and had one of the best Triumph days of my life. My
good friend Jerry had sent me a one day pit pass which was great. I was
able to park with the other TR's and by midday there were a lot of them. I
met a lot more of the Western Pennsylvania Triumph Association members which
by the way is a very active club. This is a great bunch of guys. Through my
friend Jerry I have gotten a lot of support, questions answered, technical
advice and actual parts when I was going thru getting my TR finished up and
it was great meeting all those guys and I look forward to the next time we
can meet up.
One more thing, I have the honor of saying I am an official FOG #51! I even
got to meet Kas Kastner and he signed a poster for me.
Even the trip back home was great!
I woke up about 5:30 Sunday and laid there until I decided I had to pee and
at that point, jumped into the shower and packed up. I was on the road by
6:00AM and noticed that Irv and Mark had already left. Stopped in some
little town just north of Wheeling, WV for a sumptuous Denny's breakfast and
off I went. The rest of the trip went fast with perfect temperature and
little traffic (until I got to Columbus). By the way, my new driving pet
peeve is the driver who doesn't understand that the left lane is a "passing
lane" not your personal "parade" lane.
The car.. my Triumph drove perfectly the entire trip which was not quite 800
miles I think. I did have one issue with my choice of navigation getting
there. I planned on just using the Waze app on my phone thinking since my
radio has a USB port, I thought I would just plug in the phone and the radio
would keep the phone charged.. Not so. I had to stop at two rest stops to
charge the phone with added about an hour to my trip up there. That was fun
as the plugs are next to the bathrooms so I looked like I was some kind of
dirty old man. Once I got to the hotel, I found a Walmart and bought 2 of
those auxiliary phone batteries. On the way back, I was able to get back to
Columbus using one of the auxiliary batteries so life is good. I am planning
on adding a auxiliary power receptacle before my next trip so I can just
plug a charger into that and not have to worry about losing my navigation.
In closing I would say that if you can swing it, definitely go on a long
trip in your TR.
'67 TR4A IRS
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