TSOA Newsletters Archive

Thanks to Tom Householder and Lou Metelko for providing the information and support to finish the TSOA Archives
December 28, 2012
David Knopf, webmaster, TempleofTriumph.org

Special thanks goes to Leslie S. Lee for collecting and preserving so many early TSOAs, as well as Lou Metelko (Thanks again Lou)
 for sending the copies to us.
Dean Tetterton thanks for making five TSOAs from 1959 and 1960 readable.
Thanks to Mark Silverberg who found 54 TSOAs in a garage sale that were not on this site (posting completed August 17, 2009). The Triumph Sports Owners Association (TSOA) was the factory- sponsored club for 26 years from 1956-1981. The TSOA was originally started as a sales tool, with the TSOA Newsletter sent free to every new Triumph owner. From October of 1958 through December of 1981, the TSOA newsletter was published in the same format, changing at various times from a monthly to bi-monthly and quarterly publication.  The newsletter had a peak circulation of nearly 40,000, paid for by Triumph.  It ended however, with the demise of Triumph in 1981.

The Vintage Triumph Register took over the publication of Triumph information.  The VTR inherited the logo, badges, and history of the TSOA.
These newsletters are interesting to read, as they describe glory days of Triumph. and its role in the fascinating, volatile, always optimistic automotive business.
If you have any of the issues not listed in these archives, please contact us at Tallahicky@comcast.net
Tom Myers provided 72 original copies of TSOA issues. These newsletters have been copied into Acrobat Reader Format (pdf file). Thanks Tom!

TSOAs 1961- 1962, Added January 6, 2008. Thanks Steele Lipe.
Dale Fenwick sent us May 1962 and December 1963 added March 18, 2009.  Thanks Dale.

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TSOA Organization Letter

April 1955

Volume I  No. 1

May 1955

Volume I  No. 2

June 1955

Volume I  No. 3

July 1955

Volume I  No. 4

August 1955

Volume I  No. 5

September 1955

Volume I  No. 6

October 1955

Volume I  No. 7

November 1955

Volume I  No. 8

December 1955

Volume I  No. 9



January 1956

Volume II  No. 1

February 1956

Volume II  No. 2

March-April 1956

Volume II  No. 3 & 4

May 1956

Volume II  No. 5

June 1956

Volume II No. 6

July 1956

Volume II  No. 7

September-October 1956

Volume II  No. 8 & 9

November 1956

Volume II  No. 10

December 1956

Volume II  No. 11



January 1957

Volume III  No. 13

February 1957

Volume III No. 14

March-April 1957

Volume III No. 15 & 16

July-August 1957

Volume III No. 7 & 8

September 1957

Volume III No. 9

October-Nov 1957

Volume III No. 10 & 11

December 1957

Volume III No. 12



January 1958

Volume IV No . 1

February 1958

Volume IV No. 2        

March 1958

New York International Automobile Show

April-May 1958

They're Off

June 1958

They're Back

July 1958

Another Triumph In The Alps

Special Note*

*It has been decided that TSOA August 1958 and September 1958 were not written  because July 1958 is Vol. IV No.7
 and October 1958 is Vol. IV No. 8 . If anyone has TSOAs that contradict this conclusion please send electronic copies to us. 

October 1958

1958 Rally Photo Winners

November 1958

1959 Triumphs Announced

December 1958

Merry Christmas - Best Wishes for 1959



January 1959

Photo Contest Announced - Enter Now!

February 1959

U. S. Monte Carlo Team Drivers Triumph

March 1959

March Photo Winner -Final Rally Itineraries Announced

April 1959

TR-3 Gets 97.40 Miles Per Gallon

May 1959

Three-Car Factory Team Entered At LeMans

June 1959

1959 Rally Issue

July 1959

2 Class Wins In Alpine...2nd At Marlboro

August 1959

Class Records Smashed by TR-3 At Monza

September 1959

Four Triumphs Entered in USAC American Int'l Rally

October 1959

Winter Service Issue

November 1959

 TR-3 American International Rally Team Takes 5 Awards

December 1959

Cover: Merry Christmas



January 1960

 1960 Triumph Rallies of Europe Announced

February 1960

 New Member Handbooks Off The Press

March 1960

SCCA Adopts "Performance" Classification for 1960 Racing Season

April 1960

 New Triumph Herald Sports Coupe and Convertible Unveiled

May 1960

 Happy Americans Leave for Triumph Rally of Europe

June 1960

 Yankees Go Home After Glorious European Rally

July 1960

 Meet The TR-S

August 1960

 TSOA 6500 Strong

September 1960

 Regional TSOA's Adopt Emblems

October 1960

 1961 Fifth Year For Triumph Rallies of Europe

November 1960

 Standard-Triumph Auto Association Announced

December 1960

 1961 Triumph Rally Plans Changed



January 1961

 Our Plans For TSOA In 1961

February 1961

 Triumph Herald Does It Again

March 1961

Northern Illinois TSOA Wins Challenge Cup

April 1961

1961 Spring Service Issue

May 1961

TEJAS TSOA Sponsors Gala Benefit

June 1961

Herald Coupe Wins Tulip Rally

July 1961

Le Mans Team Victory To Triumph!

August 1961

Two New Local Chapters Started

September 1961

 Special Edition (Triumph TR4)

October 1961

Congratulations, Phil Hill!

November 1961

38.99 MPG, Triumph TR3 Wins Mobil Rally

December 1961

TSOA Wishes You All A Merry Christmas And A Happy And Successful New Year



January 1962

1962 Is Sure To Be A Triumph Year

February 1962

Triumph Racing Plans Announced

March 1962

Yes- There Will Be A TR-4 Rally of Europe!

April 1962

European Rally Deadline Approaches

May 1962

Make Your European Rally Decision Now!

June 1962

Exciting New Car Introduced By Triumph

July 1962

Triumph Leads National And 3 Divisional Championships

August 1962

TSOA Congratulates the Rogans

Sept-October 1962

Bob Tulius Clinches National EP Championship

November 1962

 Triumph Racing Plans For 1963

December 1962

TSOA Wishes You All A Good Olde-Fashioned Merrie Christmas



January 1963

Triumph's Exciting New Sports Car

February 1963


Mar-April 1963

Sebring '63 Souvenir Issue

May 1963

Star Attractions At The N.Y. Auto Show

June 1963

Bridgehampton Nationals

July 1963


August 1963

Jim Spencer 1st Overall CP, DP At Watkins Glen Nationals

September 1963

Tullius Takes DP: Spencer Settles For For 2nd

October 1963

British Car Trophy Day

November 1963

This Story Really Needs No Headline..

December 1963

Season's Greeting



January 1964

 Ten Thousand Four Hundred and Seventeen  plus Charlie

February 1964

 Look Out World - Here Come the Spitfires

March 1964

Competition Issue...And The Issue Is Competition

April 1964


May 1964

 Quo Vadis Triumph...and for why?

June 1964

Bob Tullius - Triumph's two-years-in-a-row SCCA Nat'l Champ

July 1964


August 1964

Team Triumph Wins MG 1000 Rally

September 1964

  Canadian American Triumph Meet

October 1964

A True Story... About An Adventurous Frenchman

November 1964

A Year Of Triumph

December 1964

Season's Greetings



January 1965

TSOA Membership Tops 13,000!

February 1965

Triumph At Sebring '65

March 1965


April 1965

Triumph At Sebring

May 1965

 The New York International Automobile Show

June 1965

 National Championship Races and Results That Speak For Themselves

July 1965

Triumph At Le Mans

August 1965

From The Rocker Cover

September 1965

We're Stealing Once Again

October 1965

The Triumph 2000

November 1965

Triumph In Competition

December 1965

Seasons Greetings



January 1966


February 1966

 Sebring TR-4A's Ready; Tri-O-Rama Set

March 1966

 TR-4 Vies With TR-4A At Daytona

April 1966

 Triumphs Take Sebring Team Trophy; They Win What They Set Out To Win!

May 1966

Britain By Triumph

June 1966

How To Watch A Race

July 1966

Triumph Touring

August 1966

 100,00 Mile Triumph


 Cleveland Clubs Boom!

October 1966

The Kukla Kaper II

November 1966

Sebring Come Home!

December 1966

 International Registration Letters



January 1967

Triumph Launches New GT-6

February 1967

The Crafty Spitfire Caper

March 1967

On Show at the Shows

April 1967

Triumph Breaks Fast In '67

May 1967

Triumph Mark III Spitfire here

June 1967

Corsa Nostra Takes Over Wisconsin TSOA!

July 1967

Test Your Memory

August 1967

The Hill Climb Angle

September 1967

TR's Flock To Leyland-Triumph Trophy Race

October 1967

Something New's Shaping Up Here

November 1967

TR250 Joins Triumph Line

December 1967

Seasons Greetings



January 1968

Kas will Keep New Year's Resolution

February 1968

TF Prototype Slated for Sebring

March 1968

Triumphs Win-Place-Show At Vegas National, Odds Look Good For '68 Season

April 1968

250-K Shines Briefly at Sebring

May 1968

Auto Show Crowds Turn On At TR-250 Psychedelic Light Display

June 1968

MK 3 Spitfire Stars Coast to Coast

July 1968

Speeders Beware! GT-6 On Patrol

August 1968

World Market Challenge

September 1968

1968 Champions Emerge

Oct-November 1968

1969 New Model Section - ARRC Qualifiers

December 1968

A Real Rousing Christmas! -Three For Triumph At Riverside



January 1969

Cover: Here's The TR6

February 1969

TR-6 Deliveries Held Up By Dock Strike

March 1969

Up, Up And Away

April 1969

Triumph's Magic Box

May 1969

Car And Driver Award to MK3

 June 1969

Charlie Gates Takes Cal Club SCCA Post

 July 1969


August 1969

New Jackets Available For Style-Wise Members

September 1969

TR-6 Conquers Nurburgring

October 1969

Ventura Group Completes Mission

November 1969

Olympic Challenge Planned

December 1969

Thanksgiving At Daytona



January 1970

'70 Support Program Announced

February 1970

The 70's...More Than Meets the Eye

March 1970


April 1970

Spitfire Does It Again

May 1970

Auto Show Issue

June 1970

Wisconsin Members Enjoy "Triumph Clinic"

July 1970

V-8 Stag Introduced in England

August 1970

Our Lucky Number Is Six

September 1970

Wolf-Man Becomes Rallymaster

October 1970

Road Atlanta

November 1970

Rallies Still Tops With Local TSOA Clubs

December 1970

Christmas Cheers For John Kelly And Don Devendorf!



January 1971

Spitfire Mark IV Is Here

February 1971

Now its the GT-6 MK 3

March 1971

Triumph Stag To Debut 

April 1971

Presenting...The Triumph Stag

May 1971

Kastner-Brophy Spitfire Tops DP Cars

June 1971

Triumph Sales Headed Up!

July 1971

 Resume for a Car Sales"Man"

August 1971

 Mission Trail 4

September 1971

Triumph Sales Near Record

October 1971  

ARRC, 1971...Down To The Wire

Nov-December 1971

Best Wishes for 1972



January 1972

Triumph Sells Record Number of Sports Cars

February 1972

Triumphant Bus Tour

March 1972

Early Races Won By Triumph Teams

April 1972

Computer Selects Your Triumph

May 1972

Triumph Offers Historic Poster

June 1972

"U.S.A. Only"-What It Means

July 1972

Racing Season Peaks

August 1972

Triumph Will Pace 1973 Sebring Race

September 1972

Triumph Sponsors M*A*S*H

October 1972

Divisional Champs Acclaimed

November 1972

20 Years of TRs

December 1972

Best Wishes For 1973!



January 1973

Here Come the '73 Triumphs

Feb-March 1973

Triumph Touring Club Charity Rally Smashes All Records

April 1973

Triumph's Golden Anniversary

May 1973

Spitfire Rated Tops by Car and Driver readers

June 1973

Triumph Competition Victories Multiply

July 1973

 200,000 Spitfires Built

August 1973

TR6 Stars

September 1973

Nelson Ledges Gets British Leyland Bridge

October 1973

Triumphs Take Road To Atlanta Cline Qualifies There

November 1973

Spitfires Win Two National Championships At Atlanta

December 1973

British Leyland Announces 1974 Triumphs



January 1974

 'The Making of a Race Driver'

February 1974

Fuel Economy and the 1974 Triumphs

March 1974 

Fuel Economy and Your Right Foot

April 1974

That's Show Business!

May 1974

Triumph Race Team Resumes its Winning Ways

June 1974

The Short & Happy Life of the Sensational Straight 8 Dolomite

July 1974

Wimbledon Tennis Champs Awarded Triumph Cars

August 1974

 For Group 44 Fans...

September 1974

Co-operative Effort Helps Nelson Ledges, Ohio, Racetrack

October 1974

Tennis Champion Gets His TR6

November 1974

 Rick Cline / Road Atlanta Wrap-Up

December 1974

British Leyland Announces New Triumphs



January 1975

 Triumph's Entirely New Sports Car - The TR7

Feb-March 1975

TR7 On The Road

Apr-May 1975

 Group 44 Celebrates 10th Anniversary

June-July 1975

Cover: Special TR6 Pick-Up

Aug-September 1975

 Rally to Triumph -- Yes Really!

Oct-November 1975

Triumph Sets New Class Records At Atlanta

December 1975

 Happy New Year from Triumph



Jan-February 1976

1976 Looks Big for Triumph in Motorsports

Mar-April 1976

 The TR7 Sports/Racer

May-June 1976

 Sliding Sunroof for TR7

Jul-August 1976

 Special TR7 Announced

Sep-October 1976

 Paul Newman's TR6 Wins at Atlanta

Nov-December 1976

TR7's First Full Year in America



Jan-February 1977

 Triumph TR7 Enters the Exciting World of High Performance Rallies

Mar-May 1977

 1977 Triumph Line Announced

June-July 1977

 Triumph International Rally Held on Long Island

Aug-September 1977

News of Two More Big Triumph Rallies

Oct-November 1977

 Spitfire 1500's First, Second and Third in Class At Atlanta Championship

December 1977

Buffum's TR7 Wins 1977 Pro Rally Championship



Jan-February 1978

Convertibles Are For Skate-Boarding

Mar-April 1978

 New Triumph Line Announced For 1978

May-June 1978

  "No Title" (continues from March April) 

Jul-August 1978

Sixty TR-2 and TR-3 Series Triumphs Compete At West Virginia National Meet

Sep-October 1978

Triumph TR7 Production Starts At Coventry

Nov-December 1978

A Hobby Second To None



Jan-February 1979

New Cooling System, New Bumpers For 1979 Spitfire

Mar-April 1979

The Story of  TR7 To Date

May-June 1979

And Now - The TR7 Convertible

Jul-August 1979

New V8 Triumphs In Races And Rallies

Sep-November 1979

Lee Mueller Wins National Racing Championship with TR7

December 1979

World's Fastest Triumph (178 mph) TR8



Jan-February 1980

1980 Triumph Spitfire Sports Car Announced

Mar-April 1980

Triumph Introduces a V8-Powered Sports Car - The TR8

May-July 1980

 Concourse Season Off To A Hot Start

Aug-September 1980

A New Triumph Model -TR7 Sprint 

Oct-November 1980

 1980 SCCA Road Racing Championships At Atlanta

December 1980

 TR8 and Buffum - Champions Again



Jan-February 1981

 Special 'Tribute to Spitfire' Issue

Mar-June 1981

 Triumph TR7 Adds Fuel Injection for 1981

July-September 1981

Over 100 Triumphs At TRA Annual  Meet

Oct-December 1981

 TSOA to be merged into Vintage Triumph Register



Jan-February 1982

English Channel and TSOA Merge


Special thanks to Jack Sutherland (pictured at top fending off a Lotus Elite in his 1960 TR3A at Delmar, CA - 1962) for lending us his extensive collection of TSOA newsletters (1959-1969). Other contributors who have lent us their TSOA issues are Robert L. Nelson, Derek Graham (Lancashire, UK), Bob Jones, past MEHP Temple of Triumph; Glynn Ford who contributed many issues from the '70s, and Andy Mace, President, VTR, for lending us his '80s issues. Also, Hans Roensch of Brookfield, MO for issues May 1972, March 1967, August 1959, August 1967, September 1973, July 1961, August 1962, and October 1966, Brad Eels of Bakersfield, Ca, for the January, February, May and September 1964 issues; and Lou Metelko (Auburn, IN) for the March 1965 issue.   David Somerville (Telford, Shropshire, UK) provided over 15 issues between 1957 and 1971.  Mel and Kristie Hildebrandt of San Diego, California provided us pdf. files of TSOA issues from 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982. Thanks Mel and Kristie!  January, 2009 Dave Edwards from Alameda, California sent 60 TSOAs to post on this web page.  Thanks so much Dave for sharing your newsletters with everyone.  Are there other Triumph fans out there that can help us complete this page?   

Thank you all!

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