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Triumph Trans-AmeriCan Charity Drive 2009
Southern Ontario Leg

Take one Brit, John Macartney, one Triumph Stag, Uncle Jack, and one Continent, North America. Put them all in a big pot, heat, stir, and add a sprinkling of British car clubs along with their membership, technology for on the spot reporting and you have the Triumph Trans-AmeriCan!

John suffered the debilitation of P.T.S.D. for the better part of three decades. Thought mostly to affect military personnel, P.T.S.D. can afflict any front line person, first on scene person, and normal everyday person caught in a traumatic event.

A charity helped John get his life back and now he is raising money and awareness for them and charities in Canada and the U.S. with a driving odyssey of North America.

See triumphtransamerica.org.uk for details.



Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain

Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain

Uncle Jack signage showing supporters, sponsors and benefactors.



Kirk Blake-Dixon

Kirk Blake-Dickson's MGB GT next to Uncle Jack at Niagara Falls just prior to touring to Tony's place in Burlington. Kirk and his son David were there to welcome John and Uncle Jack.

John started his tour in Florida, worked his way north, and turned west. All of this time he had members of various British car clubs running with him, getting and giving help when needed. Along the north west of New York he was touring with the Greater Rochester Triumph Touring Club and the MG Car Club Western New York Centre

At the border, The BSCCoC and the Toronto Triumph Club picked up John and Uncle Jack for an overnight stay at Tony Fox's in Burlington before heading off to Sarnia.



Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain



Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain

John fixing Toronto Triumph Club sticker to boot lid of Uncle Jack. The only problem I can see with a Stag in this situation is there is not enough room for stickers.



Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain

John Macartney and Uncle Jack at Tony's



Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain

Tony's Stag next to Uncle Jack at Tony's



Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain

Transfer at Tim Horton's London South end



Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain



Tony Fox/Barry Quartermain

Off to Sarnia. Members from the Bluewater British Car Club met and joined the group for the journey to Sarnia


Triumph Trans-AmeriCan Site with Blogs

Official Triumph Trans-American Site
(With most current Blog entry)

Ontario Blog Entries Late July Early June 2009

West Winfield, NY to Burlington, Ontario
A big THANK YOU to Sunoco!
Burlington, ON to Sarnia, Ontario
TTA Stag (a.k.a. "Uncle Jack") and John Macartney re-enter US of A-visa SOLVED
Corunna, Ontario to Hampshire, Illinois

Quebec Blog Entries Late July 2009

Crossin' the Line to Montreal
Montreal, Quebec - "Le Rendez-Vous des Anglaises"
Montreal, Quebec to Brunswick, Maine

Western Canada Blog Entries Early September 2009

Hello Canada (for the third time!)
Winnipeg to Regina
The loneliness of the Long Distance Runner!
Calgary Capers
Calgary to Jasper
Jasper to Vancouver
Hey - it’s the Pacific! Time to turn left for the ‘downhill’ bit
The Clubs pull out ALL the stops for TTACD - AGAIN!!!


Other Sites

David LaChance's Blog
You may have to look to previous blog entries
David LaChance's Interview with John Macartney

The Observer, Sarnia ON
(beware the audio is highly compressed and loud)

Flickr Triumph Trans-American Group Site


North to Manitoba


Tony Fox

The run for the Border to pick up John and Uncle Jack



Tony Fox

The border, any minute John and Uncle Jack will be coming through



Tony Fox

John and Uncle Jack make it to Manitoba (see the sign) Here he is greeted by members of the 4 Winnipeg British Car Clubs



Tony Fox

This has been almost home to John throughout these last weeks. Kind of looks like my car except for the expensive electronics.



Tony Fox

Burke’s Steak Pit in Morris, Manitoba, about 30 minutes south of Winnipeg



Tony Fox

The steaks were plentiful, inexpensive and very, very good.



Tony Fox

In front of the Headingley Museum near Winnipeg, home to Jim's Garage. On the left is a low mileage Stag owned by Tom Struther, the right is Uncle Jack.
Here the four area clubs, the Triumph Drivers Club, the Austin-Healey Club, the Mid-Canada Mini Group and the Jaguar club, got together for a BBQ



Brian Lanoway

Here John and the group are at a private Jaguar and British motorcycle collection in Winnipeg.



Brian Lanoway

In a corner of the collection is the Jag's Head Pub. Here Jean Caron from the Austin-Healey Club of Manitoba and our Tony Fox have taken up residence.

Turn Left at Winnipeg

Saskatchewan British Car Club article

Quebec

Rendez-Vous des Anglaises du Québec photos


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