The Triumphs of Southwest Florida
Our Triumphs & Our Club
History of the Triumphs of Southwest Florida, a Triumph Car Club located in South Florida
When Dennis McKinley left Connecticut to retire to Cape Coral Florida he brought the last two Triumphs he owned, a 1981 TR7 FL and a 1965 TR4A to Florida with him. Dennis had been one of the founding members in 1980 of the Connecticut Triumph club, The Connecticut Triumph Register, (CTR), so he was looking for a Triumph Car Club in the Cape Coral area.
The closest club he was able to locate was a British car club who's members owned a variety of British Marques, one being Triumph. After a year of attending their events, which were mainly driving to eat dinners, lunches or breakfasts, he approached some of the Triumph owners to see if they would be interested in have a club only for Triumph owners and their Triumph cars. Several of them thought it would be a great idea, so the birth of the Triumphs of Southwest Florida took place in June of 2012. With twelve members forming a new Triumph Club in Florida.
The club became known as The Triumphs of Southwest Florida, a not for profit organization with the original twelve members also joining the Vintage Triumph Register, (VTR) to gain VTR chapter status. One of the officers of VTR stated as the Triumphs of Southwest Florida was nationally recognized as an official VTR Chapter, "VTR had not seen a new Triumph club since the 1980s".
In the first three years of the existence, the Triumphs of Southwest Florida club grew to thirty eight members and developed a philosophy of helping each other in keeping the member's Triumphs running well, so all members could participate in any Triumph club adventure within Florida. The club is more than just a club, it is a Triumph Clan with each member's family being welcomed into the Clan and of course along with the member's Triumph(s).
Click this link to view The History of the Founding President's Triumphs.
The Triumphs of Southwest Florida's history of Triumphs with the member's cars in the presentation:
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