Triumphs Gather in California

Each year, five big West Coast Triumph clubs get together to hold a major event they call Triumphest. And every year, the Vintage Triumph Register holds its national meet, called the North American Triumph Challenge. This year, the two events will join together in San Luis Obispo, California, for one giant weekend of Triumph fun, from September 30 through October 4. Called Triumphest 2009, the event has all the makings of the largest gathering ever of Triumphs in North America.Triumphest 2009

The event has everything you would expect, and some things you might not. Of course there’s a concours, with every variety of sporting Triumph, as well as an autocross, a funkhana, tech sessions, a time-speed-distance rally and a rally that’s just for fun. There’s also a Le Mans start contest, a “walking rally” through lovely San Luis Obispo, dinner cruises to some of the finest dining the West Coast has to offer, and a “funcours” for all that puts the emphasis on enjoyment of the car.

Triumphest is also the finish line for the transcontinental 2009 Triumph Trans-AmeriCan Charity Drive, in which John Macartney is driving a Stag from coast to coast to raise money for organizations that deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Registration is $85 for one car and driver, and $25 for each additional car. Registration forms are available at the Triumphest website, Hotel rooms are going fast, so make reservations now so that you don’t miss out. And be sure to say thank you to this year’s host club, the Southern California Triumph Owners Association.