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Wayne Tonkin 06-12-2011 07:26 PM

1957 Triden (Ex.Driscoll/Tonkin)
 
In February 2011 I Obtained An Aussie Special Sports Race Car That My Father Ron Tonkin Built 50+ Years Ago. It's A 1957 'TRIDEN', Built Up From A 1949 Triumph Chassis With 1957 Era Holden Running Gear. The Car Was Fully Restored Some 10 Years Ago & Is Still Looking & Running Fantastic. The Car Is Now Currently Conditional / Historic Registered In NSW...

In 1962 This Car Was Sold By My Dad & Has Travelled From SA To WA, To Coffs Harbour & Was, Until Recently, Located Just Out Of Yackandandah, 30 Minutes From Home. It Was Owned By A Gentleman By The Name Of Graham Waller. He Used This Car To Race @ Historic Meetings (Class Lb) & Was Really Surprised When I Contacted Him About The Car. My Family & I Went Out To 'Check Out Dads Handy Work' When Disscussions Turned In To Negotiating A $$$ To Buy It. Anyways, I Felt It Was Uncanny That It Had Travelled Halfway Around The Country Over The Last 50+ Years & Ended Up Only 30 Minutes From Where I Live, Amazing Really!!! So, I Bought It, Ha Ha...

My Father Used To Make Fibreglass Bodies For The Early Elfin Clubman's & Alongside Some Big Names In The Day Used To Race Elfin Catalina's & Mono's. You Can See Some Elfin Influence In This Car I Think. It's A Pretty Amazing Story That I Love Telling, It Makes The Car Worth So Much More For Me Personally & My Family...

In My Research Over The Last Few Months, I've Been Amazed With The Amount Of Interest People Have Had With Dads Elfin's & This Car & The Amount Of 'Do Tell' Emails I've Received Has Been Overwhelming...

Anyways, There Are Still Many Untold Stories About This Car & Unfortunately I Can't Ask Dad As He Passed Away Some 15 Years Ago...

* Pic 1 Is An Early Photo From Mallala 1960 Before The Custom Body Dad Made Was Fitted To The Triden...
* Pic 2 Is Taken From Collingrove Hillclimb 1961 &
* Pic 3 & 4 Is The Triden Today :)

If Anyone Has Any Information Or Photos They Wish To Share, They Are More Than Welcome To Post Here :)

Cheers, Wayne Tonkin... :)

Wayne Tonkin 06-12-2011 07:29 PM

1957 TRIDEN (Ex.Driscoll/Tonkin)
 
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sagman 08-12-2011 05:09 AM

Well put Wayne ...... great to see you are enjoying one of your dad's old cars.


Larry K

Wayne Tonkin 08-12-2011 11:45 PM

4 Sure Mate :) Lovin' It :)


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