|What can I say? The "Littlest Stag Club" will be 16 this year! |
It all started when a mere hand-full of friends sat around a table in the garden of the Robin Hood pub at Botany Bay Enfield in the Autumn of 1992. We wanted to set up our own club, we were fed-up with the bureaucracy of large clubs, we wanted to have fun. We choose a name for the club - not easy - and Middleton Design Assoc. came up with several different designs for club logos. We'd chosen a venue for meetings. We thrashed out a club constitution (has anyone still got a copy?).
Things moved on fast during our first year. Our North London Area was joined by our Manchester/North Cheshire area. We needed a club sign and a flag to fly from our flag-pole if we were to attend shows. As we didn't have much money members donated services and loaned the club funds so that we could even get membership cards printed. We picked up lots of members. Many had 'come with us' from our former Monday night venue where we met as the North London area of a large one-make club. Lots came along through 'word of mouth'. Others came along from area's other than the old North and West London. At our first show at Enfield in May we collected even more members. Things were looking up, money was coming in and we were even able to add bits and pieces to our shows equipment. We've even had club stickers, shirts and even enamel grill-badges made.
We never set out to 'rival' any established club - we were just doing what we always did, having a fun time with the cars that we loved.
Over the years we've taken part in all sorts of car shows, mostly outdoor, but also at one of our favourite venues - Alexandra Palace (we're back this year for the fourth year running this time with the third joint Stand with the Stag Owners Club). Many of these shows have become regular, annual favourites at Bromley, Enfield, Uxbridge, Knebworth, Stoneleigh, the NEC and HMC Gaydon to name only a few. On the subject of annual events we can't help but mention the TSE/LHI holidays - Nth York's, Somerset, Derbyshire, Scotland, Devon, Cornwall, Norfolk, Wales, Galway, Nth Norfolk, back to Devon the beautiful English Lakes and this year our most luxurious holiday yet in Herefordshire - but do we take the Stag's? (sometimes.....) Road runs are becommng more popular with our members, take your choice from Ipswich-Felixstowe, London-Southend, Dover-Le Touquet or the mamouth Hackett Beaujolais Run. Not to mention the ledgendary TSE Christmas parties the '007' theme Casino night was a huge success with well over 40 members attending, last year we shared with a Hen Night - only the TSE!.... We can't help but mention several members huge birthday parties celebrating 40th and 50th milestones, the skiing holidays, Goodwood Festival of Speed weekends, Stag club National Days.....
Many members have come and gone over the years - people move on and sell cars after all. However, when I look through the membership lists I still see many, many names that have been there right from the start in 1992 - and many of them don't even own a Stag anymore! A very high proportion of these members have become much loved personal friends - we've stayed with many of you, partied long and hard together and holidayed together with and without the Stags.
That is what this club is all about!
Triumph Stag Enthusiasts
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