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1957 Triden - Tawonga Gap Road ;)

By Triden57 - Published on 22 February 2012

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 My Dad Sold The Triden. It Has Travelled From SA Over To The West, Up North, Down South & Was, Until Recently, Located Just Out Of Yackandandah, 30 Minutes From My Home. It Was Owned By A Gentleman Who Used This Car To Race @ Historic Meetings (Class Lb). He 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 $$$ To Buy It. Anyways, I Felt It Was Uncanny That It Had Travelled Halfway Around The Country Over The Last 50+ Years, Built 20+ Years Before I Was Born, & 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 An Elfin Catalina & A Mono. 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... Anyways, Maybe There Are Some Viewers Here That May Have Some Comments & Or Photos That May Fill In A Few Gaps.