The South African Triumph Motorcycle Owners Club History
The Triumph Owners Club was started by the late Lawson Gunn, Brian Rouse and Alan Leech in 1984.
At the time, everybody said that they were not any Triumph owners in Cape Town.
How wrong they were. At the first meeting about seven people turned up after they saw our advert in a newspaper. Alan Leech was made chairman and Lawson Gunn club treasurer. Ken Mercer was made the scribe/treasurer and did a magnificent job for about 15 years after this position was filled by Gavin Allison who still ably holds this office.
Lawson soon got cracking on ordering spares with money collected from subscriptions. He found the money to buy job lots and also attended auctions at the South African Defence Force stores at Wingfield, near Cape Town, where motorcycle spares were up for grabs.
Over the years he doubled and trebled the spares on offer for club members. He even acquired spares from such places as Holland, New Zealand and of course the United Kingdom.
The club has recently celebrated its 25th birthday with a well-attended dinner dance held at the Crankhandle Club in Wynberg, Cape Town.
The club currently has about approximately 115 enthusiastic members