What is VTR?
As late as 1970, despite a long and prestigious history of automobile production dating to 1923, and a corporate history reaching back to the 1880’s, there was no American organization dedicated to the history, preservation, and enjoyment of Triumph automobiles. Aware that a large percentage of Triumphs built since World War II had been sold in the USA and Canada, a dedicated group of Triumph owners, enthusiasts, and historians in 1973 planted the early seeds of what would become the Vintage Triumph Register. In 1974 the organization began to take shape, and by January, 1975, the club’s first professionally edited and printed magazine appeared. At last there was a club for all Triumph owners; and growth of the club since has been steady, with more than 2,600 members!
Milestones along the way have included:
- adoption of color covers on The Vintage Triumph
- reprinting of valuable Triumph manuals
- efforts to save obsolete Triumph spares from destruction
- a concerted effort to encourage quality reproduction of needed spares
- the establishment of a VTR archival collection
- the introduction of VTR judging standards
- the creation of a discount Triumph book service
- absorption of the Triumph Sports Owners Association (TSOA), the factory-sponsored owners’ club for 26 years from 1955 to 1981.
An important annual event is the VTR Convention. Called the North American Triumph Challenge, it is held in a different state each year. Every convention includes a fun-filled activity schedule with rallies, autocross, a judged concours d’elegance and participant’s choice car show, autojumble, parts vendor sales, and much, much more. VTR’s national gatherings are always exciting, rewarding and over the years have introduced many, many Triumph owners to one another and produced fond memories. We hope you’ll join VTR and one of our over 70 local VTR Chapters, as we pursue a bright and promising future for the ownership, operation, and preservation of Triumph automobiles.
The administration of the VTR consists almost entirely of unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the Triumph legend. These folks all strive to maintain the high-quality standards to which the VTR has been dedicated from the beginning. Contact information for these key VTR individuals is on the Contact Us page of the web site. The Board of Directors and staff is comprised as follows:
The Vintage Triumph, our bi-monthly magazine, features articles of historic or technical significance. However, features such as reprints of period articles, maintenance and restoration columns, spares news, and book reviews are commonly found in its pages. The staff of The Vintage Triumph is mostly volunteer, and we are proud to count as contributors some of the world’s leading Triumph experts. The magazine covers all Triumph cars built from 1923 to 1981, but the emphasis is on the models owned by the majority of VTR members.
Also included within The Vintage Triumph are articles designed to keep VTR members informed of club events, both past and future, as well as news from chapters across the United States and Canada. Major suppliers of Triumph parts and accessories frequently contribute valuable information. The classified ad section is free of charge to members, putting you in contact with the largest all-Triumph marketplace in the USA!
- Back issues of The Vintage Triumph are still available and provide an invaluable reference source.
- Club identity items such as car badges, decals, jacket patches and other regalia will identify you as a knowledgeable and friendly Triumph enthusiast!
- A members travel assistance program puts you in touch with helpful Triumph enthusiasts if you encounter difficulties on a cross-country trek.
- A discount collector car insurance program has been coordinated with a National insurer.
- Unique and valuable items that the VTR occasionally makes available to VTR members. Past efforts have included exact reproductions of TR3 manuals, a beautiful TR3 plastic model kit, and a Triumph calendar.
- A staff of Vehicle Consultants is maintained to assist members with specific inquiries pertaining to vehicles recognized by the Register.
- Various supporting activities are provided to local VTR chapters.
- Assistance to start new chapters is offered to those individuals desiring.
Why Should I Join?
In addition to what you’ve already read, VTR works to maximize the enjoyment all of us have when driving a Triumph and emphasizes camaraderie and social interaction among Triumph owners. As the only North American organization which recognizes each and every Triumph model, we hope you’ll want to join us as we strive to achieve these goals.
We also hope you’ll attend either the National or regional gatherings of VTR members. These conventions are always fun for attendees, and joining a VTR chapter will introduce you to others in your area who share your passion for Triumphs. Car shows, rallies, autocrosses, tours, vintage racing, and social gatherings are a regular part of the VTR scene.
Won’t you join us? ?
Your dues provide the following: