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This page introduces the First tr Register Concours in 1978   Click Pics to View
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Ray Potbury, Laurie Cousin and President Che Guevara (aka John Murn). Ray has just been awarded the perpetual trophy donated by Laurie.
The Laurie Cousin perpetual trophy for the Concours Winner.
An interesting comparison - the sophistication of the 2005 Concours - but still sitting there is the Laurie Cousin Trophy.
Ray Potbury's tr3A took out the first Concours. At that time Ray was in NSW but has now moved to Queensland.
Ray Potbury's tr2 and some other interesting cars (and contemporary road cars)

John Pike (Club Historian) writes:

"The Brisbane Concours (2005) was our 28th consecutive Concours, and while members and cars have come and gone over the years, there is one item which has been present at every event since that inaugural one way back in 1978.

The item is the Perpetual Trophy for the outright winner of the Concours. This imposing trophy was donated to the Register by very long time South Australian member Laurie Cousin, who was running a very fast tr3A and a tr restoration business at the time. He was also instrumental in providing parts for Register members in those early days when the Register didn't have anything like the stocks of new and used parts that we now have. Laurie brought the trophy to Sydney , helped judge the Concours and made the appropriate presentation.

I wonder whether Laurie ever thought that his trophy would still be a keenly contested prize all these years later, and would survive well into the next century!!

The Register had been in existence for around 18 months at the time, and the inaugural Concours was held at Parramatta Park, Sydney , on 30 th January 1978 . Oddly, this was a Monday, being the last day of a long weekend. The setting in the park was quoted at ideal and the weather conditions were perfect. Laurie and Geoff Cousin had travelled from Adelaide , while other members had come from Nambucca Heads and Grafton, with the bulk of attendees being from the Sydney region.

A total of 18 cars faced the three judges. Competition was very close, with only one point separating first and second. The winner was Ray Potbury's tr3A, (and Ray only recently left the Register.) Second place went to the tr2 of Roland Hill and third to one of our Life Members, Alan Mitchell with his blue 3A. The winner of the Competition Class, plus best tr3 in the Concours, was the car driven by Geoff Cousin, who not only is still a member, but still has the same car, which he has owned since 1970.

The Restoration Award went to our present Second Hand Parts guru, Brian Richards, with Andrew Gibson runner-up. Other current members competing were now Life Member John Murn, Malcolm Parker, Bob Fast and Roger Gates."

Alan Mitchell has provided the following:

The attendees at the first Concours at Parramatta Park on the Monday 30th January 1978 were:

1st Ray Potbury White tr3A   104.5 1st outright and best tr3A
2nd Roland Hill Red tr2   103.5 2nd outright and best tr2
3rd Alan Mitchell Blue tr3A   99.5 3rd outright
4th Malcolm Parker Blue tr3A   98  
5th John Murn Red tr3A   92  
6th Geoff Cousin White tr3 Adelaide 89.5 Best tr3, best competing car
7th Mick Johnson Red tr3A   81  
8th Ted Hinton Red tr2 Nambucca Heads 79  
9th Mark Lamour Tan tr3A   73  
10th Bob Fish Black tr3 Grafton 71.5  
11th Bob Fast Green tr3A Brisbane 71  
12th Don Hughes Blue tr3A   71  
13th Roger Gates Blue tr3A   66.5  
14th John Culvenor Green tr3A   66  
15th Keith Manion Green tr3A   61  
  Brian Richards Rolling chassis and body shell, tr3A, best uncompleted
  Andrew Gibson Rolling chassis.
  Ashley Cowan Damaged tr2.

Laurie Cousin donated the perpetual trophy, and Mark, Phil and Graham Lamour made the piston trophies from tr Register stock of old pistons.

The two judges were Dick Beck and Bruce Naesmith although Alan recollects that Laurie Cousin also judged the cars and may have initiated how the cars should be judged.

Alan also mentions that cleanliness was not awarded points at all, just taken into consideration in judging each of the 8 categories.