"Echuca located on the majestic Murray River is steeped in pioneering history and is promoted as Australia’s Paddlesteam capital with the historic Port of Echuca wharf.
In the months leading up to the 1992 TR Register Concours, the country surrounding Echuca received more than three times their average rainfall. The concours had been promoted as part of the local Rich River Festival by the Festivals organisers, and an area behind the gem club had been set aside especially for the Register display of Triumphs. However, with the Murray River running at high water mark and the forecast for further heavy rain; not to mention that the gem club site was already water-logged, the Register Committee decided on Saturday morning to conduct the concours at our spacious Moama Motel.
The decision was rewarded with a tremendous turn-out of 34 gleaming TRs to be judged, making the gathering one of the biggest yet for the Register. The winners were announced and trophies presented at the presentation dinner held in the Adelaide Room, the Motels conference centre. The Mayor of Echuca Peter Scott, assisted with the presentation of trophies and the drawing of the various raffles. Jeff Scorer from Melbourne was the guest speaker having owned his geranium Red TR2 from brand new.
On the Sunday, members enjoyed a very pleasant two hour luncheon cruise on the Paddle Steamer, the “Canberra” on a swiftly flowing Murray River, while a local service club provided security for members TRs. Bob Slender won the Laurie Cousin Trophy with his immaculate BRG TR3A. "
The following photos are general views of the Concours - from Graeme White.
IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OR DETAILS - THEY WOULD BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED (to Graeme or Rick)
1. Bob Slender won the Laurie Cousin Trophy with his most original TR3A (photo Rick Fletcher)
This photo was not taken at the Concours but was taken in the same year - does anyone have an original concours photo?
2. L to R: Gavin Rea’s Red TR3A alongside Roger Walkers BRG TR3 then Ian Nuttall's TR3A
3. Chris Freeman's immaculate Red TR3A
4. L to R: - Bob Saunders Silver TR3A next to the Red TR3A owned by Dean Lewis
5. Rick Steele’s White TR3 small mouth next to Rick Fletchers Red TR2,
Alan Bare’s TR3 in the background in front of Brendan Blohms Blue TR2 and Tony Knowlson TR3A..
6. Lyle Copelands Red TR3A alongside Margaret Wicke’s Black TR3A and Ross McKinnons black wheeled, Red TR3A.
7. Heavy rain fell during the final stages of the judging with members seeking shelter in their rooms.
8. Tight security for the two hour luncheon cruise.
9. Max Floriani trailered his TR2 restoration project to Echuca.
10. Members gathering for the luncheon cruise..
11. Phil Weston's Yellow TR3A in the secured parking area..
12. Looking back to the car-park from the Paddle Steamer Canberra.
13. Coming off the cruise – walking the temporary gang-plank.