Judd’s babe magnet

Judd LohmannGriff Wigley and babeI walked out of the Goodbye Blue Monday on Saturday morning to see a 1971 Triumph TR6 parked outside. I bought one new after I got my first job after college so I was curious to find out who owned this one. Back into GBM I went to learn that it belonged to Northfielder Judd Lohmann (aka the main squeeze of Susan Lohmann of Over and Back fame). His dad, Art Lohmann (see the license plate, “ARTS TR”) bought the car new from the factory and shipped it back here. He invited me to take it out for a spin, warning me that it was a babe magnet. Shore ’nuff, a few hours later I picked one up and we spent the day tooling around the hills of Red Wing.

5 thoughts on “Judd’s babe magnet”

  1. When I saw the word “Triumph” and TR, I immediately thought of the blue TR120 650cc motorcycle I did some spinning on myself back in the day.
    And can you see me driving a ’49 fully dressed Indian on a snow covered highway? It happened.

    But I am envious of your Red Wing tour in the Triumph convertible on such a nice day.

  2. Those ’50 & ’60’s British cars were really something in their day. I had some friends in college who had a couple models of the Triumphs. One had an Austin Healy Sprite. I think it had a 863 cc 4-cylinder engine in it. I took my (now) wife for a spin in it one day and noticed the gas guage was on empty. I filled the thing for about $2.50. That was when gas was about $.29/ gallon. He had put a Roots axial-flow supercharger on the thing and was trying to run it on regular. I put premium in it, and it really came alive. The amazing thing about those British cars is that none of them were synchronized into 1st. gear. You had to double clutch the things to shift into low on the move. I had another friend who had his brother-in-law’s AH 3000 while he was in ‘Nam. The engine had been racing balanced to 6000 rpm. We had it up to about 135 mph. one night. It is a wonder I actually survived those college years. Thanks for reviving the fond memories, Griff.

  3. I would like to personally vouch for this car.

    In 1976 at the ripe old age of 18 years and 1 month, I rode in this car with Judd from Hopkins, Minnesota to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring Break our Senior Year of High School.

    I also drove over a railroad tie in Chicago on the way back and we have to go out on the freeway and pick up the muffler with coke bottles stuck in each end. I can report that on long trips one person is very hot and the other is very cold….but its a cool car.

    My mom packed us a Coffee can of Snickerdoodle cookies for the ride. I still remember putting the top down and cruised the streets of Ft. Lauderdale…way back when…. Steve

  4. Ahh, nice to hear about that spring break road trip, Steve. I’ll make sure Judd sees your comment. Someone else from his high school days just submitted a comment, too. I’m trying to confirm a last name for, um, her.

    John, I also had an Austin Healy Sprite, 1964. Glad you mentioned the lack of synchronization in 1st gear. I’d forgotten about that. Double clutching… important to know!

    1. I too was fortunate to have ridden that car… It must have been “dad Art” driving then as Judd was just starting Driver’s Ed.

      I was a guest living in their home as a Rotary Exchange Student back in ’75.

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