“The Godfather” Obin Hamrick, Remembers Our Beginnings
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Only two people showed up, J. K. Jackson, and later, his wife, Chris Moore, came out. (Look for the positive side: at least we did not run out of beer!) J. K. thought forming a VTR Chapter was a good idea, even if we were not overwhelmed with people rushing to find out about a new Tallahassee Triumph Club. He said he would contact his racer buddies and get their input and/or support. He did and we had a first meeting at Ricco's, Southernaire Inn, 1308 W. Brevard Street (at West Tennessee St. directly across the street from FSU campus) on March 1, 1989.
At this first meeting, many participants were already Vintage Triumph Register members, which VTR encourages for VTR Chapter status.
The following were elected to move forward with what became the Temple of Triumph, a Florida Chapter of the VTR:
Original Officers - 1989
President J. K. Jackson
Vice President Ken Blanton
Treasurer Steve Aldredge
Secretary Mike Chappell
Board of Directors Charles Smith
Membership Chairman Obin Hamrick
Newsletter Editor Teresa Hamrick
Looking back through the old newsletters brings back hilarious memories, such as the time when 12 Temple members attended the VTR National Convention in Asheville, N.C., and 8 continued up to the Roadster Factory Summer Party the next weekend. At the first motel where the group stayed, J. K. circled the wagons (he had us park all the TR's along the curb in front of the rooms and he parked his truck and trailer behind us). Inside, the blankets were "U-Haul" blankets probably used in their first life as packing pads! And at Gettysburg going through the area, Charlie Ball had the little recorder explaining things hung in front of his CB microphone and the rest of us listened on our CBs. Two fun weeks from a long time ago... Obin