An Introduction By Joan Parker
The club was formed after two gentlemen, John Cruickshank (Solicitor) and Paul Person (Real Estate Agent) had been working together in their professional capacities for a couple of years before realising they each shared a common interest in Stag ownership. In June 1984 they placed an advertisement in an Auckland newspaper asking those interested in forming a Stag Car Club to respond to them. From this, a meeting was held in John Cruickshank’s chambers where it was a unanimous decision by all those who attended to proceed with forming a club.
The Inaugural meeting was held in July 1984 where the Executive Committee was elected along with 3 other Committee members.
John Parker's duties as Secretary also comprised of sourcing spare parts and “Stag spotting” which he did from his work office window overlooking one of Auckland’s main shopping centres. From this we started forming a register of vehicles.
At the completion of our 1st year we had 50 members (cars) and whilst the club was initially set up as an Auckland club, word soon circulated and we had enthusiasts from other parts of the country wanting to be associated with a club where they could receive support, technical advice and the access to spare parts. In 1989/90, financial members reached 140 after a membership drive, but over the years numbers have stabilised between 120 and 130.
We still have 5 members in our club from that very 1st year the club was formed. A club magazine is published quarterly and we regularly pass on technical advice extracted from the SOC UK magazine.
Whilst most of the social events are held in the Auckland region, area co-ordinators have been set up throughout New Zealand to organise their own events. Many of our members over the years have been involved in organised week long rallies, such as the “AA Classic Car Rally” which was held every two years alternating between the North and South Islands and a one off “British Link Rally” which covered both the North and South Islands. In both these events the Stag has always out-numbered any other make as the most cars represented of the one model. We also participate in the annually held “Intermarque Concours d’Elegance” at Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland. But as our owners love to drive their cars on a regular basis, we are not into presenting our cars in immaculate condition for judging, but are more interested in presenting a club display set by the organisers with a “theme”. In 1987 “Triumphs at Taupo” was started which was a weekend event that saw Saturday at central North Island’s “Taupo Centennial Park” race track with all types of Triumphs racing and plenty of others parked on the embankment with their occupants watching. Sunday was a social day with more relaxed events held before returning home. However over the years has seen a fall off of Stags as members find it becoming costly keeping their prized possessions in full mechanical condition. A more relaxed event has now been organised with a lesser demand on the cars. As often as possible the various Triumph Clubs like to combine a social outing such as ‘The Isadora Duncan Rally’, ‘Show N Shine’ where many models of Triumph are on display, the ‘Kaiaua Fish & Chip Run’ a lovely drive down the Firth of Thames to one of NZ’s best fish & chip shops, to name a few. In 1995, John Parker and Ian Skene participated in the ‘Inaugural Targa NZ Rally’ which is a 5 day road race with closed stages on public roads using Ian’s 1973 non modified Stag, apart from the compulsory roll cage (removable). Much to the surprise of most competitors, who found it hard to believe a Stag could perform so well, they were placed 1st in their category beating off a challenge from a Dino Ferrari.
In 2004 we celebrated 20 years of our Club with an extended gathering over several days in the Bay of Plenty area.
In 2009 for our 25th year, we undertook a two-week tour incorporating both the North & South Islands. We set off from Auckland and finally ended up in Dunedin, a fantastic tour with some taking part in the whole tour and others joining and leaving at various stages along the way.
To date there are about 320 Stags in New Zealand, we certainly enjoy our cars and it is not uncommon to see a group of us out in the middle of winter with tops down. Most of us never put our hard tops on the car; they just seem to spend their life suspended from the garage ceiling. From a population base of 4 million people, we, like the UK Club are the biggest single model club in N.Z.
If you are interested in joining the club please email the Secretary.