The original club was conceived by several racing enthusiasts in early 1963 and, on July 12 of that year, filed with the State of California as a non-profit corporation. The club had seven members. The club survived for 15 years, with as many as 50 members during its peak. The club was a member of the Sports Car Club of America for several years and during its most active period conducted regular monthly meetings, rallyes, picnics, car shows, concours, slaloms, hill climbs, brunches, and social events.
The club progressed through the years until 1978 when the membership was so low (5 members) that the club was disbanded when the treasurer closed out the club bank account and disappeared with the funds.
All was quiet until November 1979 when the club was re-organized with new officers. President, Vice-President, and Secretary along with four other members gave a grand total of seven.
A newsletter was suggested with one member as Editor, and was named "Triumphs, Trials, and Tribulations." The first issue was out in December 1979 and has gone from two typed pages to what it is today. In 1981 TSCCSD became the 15th chapter of the "Vintage Triumph Register" and in 1982 won VTR's Richard M. Langworth Award for Newsletter Excellence.
The club prospered and grew to over 120 members. At that time TR2, TR3, TR3A, TR3B, were the dominant cars, while today it is the TR6. Membership has stabilized at around 80-90 members for several years now.
We have increased club officers from three to five, and have added several appointed positions. There are representatives on the San Diego British Car Club Council, and the San Diego Automotive Museum Board.
Community activities have also increased by showing our cars in parades and charity car shows, as well as supporting a local children's shelter with an annual "Christmas in July" visit to deliver much needed toys, clothing, and other items.
Our "event of the year" has always been Triumph Appreciation Day (TAD). It started as a full-blown concours-type of event, but has become more of a social event than a judging contest. We still rallye whenever possible, being the defenders of the Ball Bearing Breaker Challenge Cup, and we still enjoy tech sessions, long drives, picnics, and many other diversions and delights.