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[Fot] Invitation: Sixth Annual Martha McDougal Triumph Ghetto Event

Subject: [Fot] Invitation: Sixth Annual Martha McDougal Triumph Ghetto Event
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:38:22 -0500 (EST)
The Triumph Ghetto is pleased to announce that they will award the Sixth
Annual Martha McDougal Trophy, as part of the 2012 VDCA Wild Hare Run, at
Virginia International Raceway. The dates for this year's event are April 13th
through the 15th.

Mark your calendar now and join your fellow Triumph racers at this prestigious
event. The Wild Hare features generous amounts of track time, including a free
enduro, on one of the most challenging long tracks in the country.

Topping off the weekend will be the presentation of the coveted "Martha"
trophy to the Triumph racer that displays a high level of performance on
track, camaraderie in the paddock and general good-guy/gal-ness. In addition
to the standard fun on and off the track, the Ghetto will provide their world
famous surf and turf dinner on Friday evening.

Mark your calendars and watch for posting of the entry form at the link below.
We look forward to seeing you there.

The TR Ghetto

PS: Here is Martha's story

This race weekend honors Ms. Martha McDougal, a woman who toiled in almost
total obscurity for many years at the Triumph automobile plant in
Coventry, England.  According to sources believed to be reliable, Martha
was born in Coventry in January, 1923. Her parents were tragically
killed in the Blitz and Martha was left an orphan at age 16. Although
she was not overly bright, she was very resourceful and within months
had gotten a job at the Standard Triumph factory emptying the dust bins.
Throughout the war and until the demise of the company, Martha made the
rounds, day after day, month after month, year after year, transferring
the trash into her cart and then into the large bins behind the factory,
without complaint or even one day's absence.

Over the years Martha became known as the single person who had
completed the most "laps" of the Triumph factory and, upon her
retirement a few months before the final closing of the Coventry plant,
she was honored with a bronzed pair of high top Keds, her signature
footwear.  It is rumored that at the presentation, Sir John himself
reminisced about how Martha, who had an endearing habit of assigning
nicknames to all the staff, would push past him in the hallway and
mumble, "Get out of my way you fat bastard".


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