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This series of pages touches on the early days of the TR marque in Australia 
Early TR History
Photos and information courtesy Graeme White©
"Despite slithering off the road on the final day of the rally with an untimely and serious brake problem, well known Australian motoring journalist and sports car driver David McKay heaped much praise on his factory Triumph TR3A drive in the hard-fought and gruelling 1958 Tour De France.

No Australian had ever competed in this event, so David McKay (and co-driver David Lewin) jumped at the chance to drive a “works” Triumph 3A (Car No. 156) and even with Australie painted across the front apron and boot lid, his drive was somehow overlooked by the British author of “Works Cars” during that most exciting era of the 1950s and 1960s when TRs were extremely competitive in the great European rallies."

This photo is courtesy of the car's current owner Pascal Quirynen©.
This photo shows David McKay exiting the TR3 - photo Graeme White©

"We Aussie TR enthusiasts should not forget this history making TR drive as a one-off “works”driver opportunity. David McKay passed away in 2004 after a long battle with cancer. He had an extremely interesting career as a journalist/ motoring writer and sports and touring car racing driver.

Like many from that amazing era, David McKay started his motor racing career in an MG TC at Bathurst, circa 1950, and was subsequently bitten by the racing bug. He then went on and raced an MG TC known as the “Red Cigar “ for several seasons with some success in sprints and hillclimbs. During 1955, as a motoring journalist, David and his wife drove to England in “Modern Motor’s” Volkswagon Kombi Van to report on the 1955 European Grand Prix season for the magazine.

Back home, McKay alternated between a number of sports cars and touring cars and drove a factory-modified Jaguar 3.4 successfully, in addition to a very rapid Aston Martin DB3S, in which he beat many of the best Australian drivers, to take out several major events. He should have won the 1961 Australian Grand Prix in his Cooper, except he was penalised for jumping the start and was relegated to third place. During his colourful driving career McKay achieved some notable success for Morgan at Warwick Farm. It is also interesting to note that in 1968, he was associated with the establishment of the Holden Dealer Racing Team.

He also drove an Austin A40 in the 1953 REDeX trial and finished in 7th place outright, however it is his historic TR drive that we wish to hold high"

Graeme White       (edited and expanded 12 Jan 2014)