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Replica Timaru’s First Car Built by C. W. Wood

April 2020


NOGGIN ANDNATTER First Thursday of the Month

SCVCC CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2019 --2020 2019 JULY 11TH Thursday Mid Week Run

August 1st ru August 8th August 10th August 25th


Quiz Night with Ashburton at Tima-

Thursday Saturday Sunday

Mid Week Run Garage Raid at Ashburton Cancer Society Run

September 8th September 29th October 18/19/20 October 26/27/28

Sunday Opening Run with Ashburton at Tim Sunday Continental Vehicle Day Fri/Sat/Sun National Veteran Rally at Timaru Sat/Sun/Mon Mount Cook Rally

November 9/10 November 16/17 November 24th November 30th 2020 January 1st January 12th January 18th

Sat/Sun Sat/Sun Sunday Saturday

Safari weekend All American Weekend Vet/Vin/Comm Rally Christmas Dinner

Wednesday Sunday Saturday

Fairlie New Years Day Parade Ladies Rally Open day

February 6/7/8/9 February 23rd

Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun Weekend Away Sunday Chairman’s Rally

March 1st March 8th

Sunday Sunday

April 4th April 9th April 25/26/27

Saturday Swap Meet Thursday Mid Week Run Sat/Sun/Mon Vintage Only Rally at Timaru

May 7th May 10th May 24th May 31st

Thursday Mid Week Run Sunday PV/PWV/P60/P80 Rally Sunday Restoration Run Sunday -Queens Birthday All British Run

June 4th June 11th June 20th

Thursday Thursday Saturday

Motorcycle Rally Mid Island Rally

Branch AGM Mid Week Run Night trial



NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday, 2nd April, 7-30pm at Clubrooms, Redruth St, Timaru Kitchen Duty, Bar Duty, CANCELLED ———————————————-


The committee thank all those who put their name forward to fill the many positions on the gate roster, and the ssistance that had been offered. All this help will be required again next year. The 2021 Swap Meet will be held the last Saturday in March because Easter falls the first weekend in April. You could make a note on your calendars now to keep the date free. Many thanks, Colin Johnstone, Swap Meet Chairman. —————————————ASHBURTON SWAP MEET on the 2nd May has also been CANCELLED. —————————————MID WEEK RUN Hi folks I think the carpet has been pulled from under our feet by todays Government announcements so I will have to cancel them Mid week runs until the dust settles. Cheers for now Barry Yates ———————————————

It is with deep regret that we are forced to cancel the Vintage Car Rally at ANZAC WEEKEND. Those who have already paid for this rally will be reimbursed. we thank you for your understanding. Nola and Alistair Day


SCVCC Chairman’s Report April 2020 5 Hi Fellow Enthusiasts Well , no past Chairman has ever had to write & advise that the Club is effectively closed for the next 4 weeks as a result of the Government’s Covid 19 Level 2 alert. The likelihood of contamination is low and the Club probably could continue as normal, BUT what If we are wrong ! The Club Committee have had to take a conservative approach to club operations for the protection of the well being of all members This includes Cancelling the next Noggin & Natter,. Swap Meet, Mid Week Run, Vintage Rally, PV--P80,Rally ,closing the Parts shed for 4 weeks. I would like to acknowledge all the work that Colin Johnston & his team have put in preparing for the Swap Meet and the extra work that has fallen on Secretary Michelle Munro dealing with site bookings etc. Nationally , The Executive meeting on March 28, The Cancer Run in August, Nth Island Easter Rally , Have been cancelled plus The National Vero Rally has been postponed till 2022. Whilst I don’t consider my self “Elderly” at all ,we all have differing levels of health and fitness and the ability to handle such a scourge as Covid 19. We should all maintain contact with each other where practicable and don’t be afraid to use the phone if you feel like a natter.. Any member needing assistance in the future, don’t be afraid to contact me or other committee members for help/guidance. , Keep warm keep well & hopefully the club will be up and running soon Ashley

OUR BRANCH Annual General Meeting is “Noggin” night JUNE. All positions are available for re-election.


If you have what it takes to keep our club running then consider putting your name forward It is a very worthwhile and rewarding thing to do. You learn a lot of how the club is run. Have your say. The meetings are only once a month, so just 12 for the year. CHAIRMAN, (your deputy is selected at the committee meeting) SECRETARY (our existing secretary leaves this year for greener pastures) TREASURER CLUB CAPTAIN CLUB ROOM CONVENOR (includes managing the Bar, a bar licence is not required) NEWSLETTER EDITOR LIBRARIAN PARTS MANAGER Also other committee members required. ALSO consider being on the SWAPMEET committee. Only about 4/5 meetings per year. It’s YOUR CLUB. Do you bit and put your name forward. All positions give a great way to meet your fellow members. If you have done a stint previously, then maybe consider coming back onto the committee and bringing your expertise with you. Nomination forms will be in your next Tri-Car.



Spotted south of Oamaru recently were these two workhorses of the 1960s. A Morris and a TK Bedford both of about 7 ton payload and both powered by 6 cylinder petrol engines, the Morris and Austins were about 260 cu.in and the Bedford 300 cu.in in the heavier rated T K series, (the smaller models were only 216 cu.in.) These two trucks shown here were used by farmers and local town carriers as back then freight was carried by the N Z Railways as there was a 100 mile restriction on the distance truck carriers could travel with freight, hence every town and city had a large number of local carriers carting to and from railway depots and the Morris and Bedford model ( as well as several other makes) were the most popular size used, unlike today where large rigs cart freight throughout the country. Ed Bill


NEW MEMBERS Hayden and Kendall Lamont, Timaru Stevan Lovelace, Whangarei Hope to see you at club events and Noggins


SCVCC Website Updates www.southcanterburyvintagecarclub.co.nz

To access other club newsletters go to www.vcc.org.nz scroll to News from our Branches as hard copy newsletters are not mailed out now. ——————————————— February Website Updates

- February 2020 newsletter placed up - Oliver Irving article placed up - Ian Mann video, showing various South Canterbury scenery from his VW Beetle - Behind the scenes Wordpress updates, tweaks Upcoming - More stories of various runs, online version of newsletter, information about upcoming events, members vehicles in gallery Stories and photos from members are ENCOURAGED and can be sent through to shannon.nzd@gmail.com




One of our largest rallies of the year attracted over 50 vehicles on a rather damp drizzly day but luckily it wasn’t cold. Both the short and long routes took entrants west of Timaru, the long route going further west than the short one which dropped down into Pleasant Point then via Gays Pass to the lunch stop at Totara Valley Hall. Club captain Neil had organised his brother Kevin to collect the key and open the hall but somehow Kevin and navigator Ngadia “got lost” however Alan Geary knew where to get the key so whipped away to get it before everyone got too wet. Field tests were conducted by Ashley and Evelyn Milliken helped by Trevor Walker as vehicles left the lunch venue. Prize giving was held back at the clubrooms.

Thanks to Neil and his team for an enjoyable Mid Island Rally.


Stick Campbell endeavoring to get the “glow worms” working at the start of the mid island.

Some of the “Vintage” section at the lunch stop.




Mid Island Rally Results 2020 Annett & Darling Challenge Cup.—Veteran Field Test Robert Wood—1914 Buick West End Motors Trophy Veteran Time Trial David Jones 1914 Buick Hugh Mercer Trophy Best Veteran Overall Robert wood 1914 Buick SCVCC Cup Vintage Concours Phil Lawrence 1926 Whippet Roadster AV Martyn Cup Vintage Field Tests Gavin Munro 1930 Chev Tourer SCVCC Cup Vintage Time Trial Phil Lawrence 1926 Whippet Roadster Excelsior Trophy Best Vintage Overall Phil Lawrence 1926 Whippet Roadster PV & PWV Field Test Certificate Ros Walkinshaw 1950 Vauxhall Velox M&M Small Cup PV&PWV Time Trial Ross Walkinshaw 1950 Vauxhall Velox P60 Field test Certificate Rodney Don 1976 Fiat 128 Jim & Pat Geddes Trophy P60 Concours Ross Luscombe 1975 Vauxhall Viva Jim & Pat Geddes Trophy Best P60 Overall Ross Luscombe 1975 Vauxhall Viva SCVCC Cup Best Commercial Overall Pauline Young 1930 Rugby Truck Post 80 Field Test Certificate Ross Brown 1982 Mercedes 380 Post 80 Time Trial Certificate Lyndon Goodman 1986 Ford Fairmont The Kevin Heywood Memorial Trophy, Best P80 Overall Lyndon Goodman 1988 Ford Fairmont




Notes from the Library

by Barry Barnes

How things are changing around us at the moment.


Last month I was saying how surplus material from the Library would be going out to the Swap Meet. Now that the Swap Meet has been cancelled that plan has turned to custard! It does mean, though, there is further opportunity for members to grab a bagful. With the way things are going with the dreaded coronavirus Covid 19 some (if not all) of us could be facing self isolation for a greater or lesser period. Be prepared! Grab some of these free offerings or take out some of our extensive stock of motoring books and magazines. I still plan to be at the Library on Wednesday mornings but as things develop that could change! So be quick. Meanwhile the usual activities continue with heaps of stuff coming in. Recent arrivals include about 3 boxes of manuals acquired by Chris Chamber from a friend in Auckland who had a bookshop and was disposing of these items. Chris grabbed them before they went for paper recycling. I haven’t examined the contents in full yet but there is bound to be material we did not have, so a big thank you to Chris. Other stuff to arrive included “Jeep goes to War” a book donated by Clive Merry and an interesting little publication “Austin Revival” the story of the firm of Edwards and Hardy hunting out an Austin or Morris J2 Ute similar to ones they ran in their fleet when new and describing its restoration. Chairman Ashley brought in a large box of books, generously donated by Mrs Anne Shanks. These had been the property of her late husband. Many of these were manuals etc relating to tractors and farm equipment and I will endeavor to pass them on to a more appropriate organization. (Interested Parties invited to contact me). I suppose I should keep the John Deere stuff for Editor Bill though! There were also some other items not particularly related to our operations and again I will try to to rehome them appropriately BUT there were over 50 items of interest to us. Some examples: Complete History of GM 1908-1986, about 6 books relating to Austin 10s 1932 to 1948, British Repair Manuals, 100 Years of Motoring, produced by RAC in UK, Consumer guide to 1955-57 Chevrolet. The most interesting I thought was named “Flywheel” and it is the story of a motor club started by prisoners of war in Stalag IVb and how they surreptiously produced a magazine hand written and complete with illustrations, which were all based on prewar memory and the single copy of each issue was smuggled from member to member,. Now this would be an inspiring read during self isolation! Our most grateful thanks to Mrs Shanks. Cheers and keep well everyone!



Motorbike Rally 2020

(From the Saddle)

My turn again to write the report, I must tell a good yarn or write a lot of rubbish but we all must do our bit, and hopefully it makes a good story! 18 bikes started the rally this year with riders and one passenger taking part; they came from Christchurch and Dunedin, and all points in between. The lone passenger came from Perth in Australia, and was unfortunate to be on the only retiring bike after they got a puncture, but still completed the course in the back up vehicle kindly driven by Allen Geary. The first part of the rally was a timed section with your designated average speed, I chose 43 mph but as usual the first part of the rally was in the town boundary, so my average was shot to bits unless I could make it up once out of town, and plenty of open road. We headed down Connor Rd and thru Fairview to Taiko Rd, on this section I sped up to 50 mph in the hope of getting back some time, but I think the end of the timed section arrived too soon, at Whale Bone Corner. From there it was up to Cliffs Rd, and the first of the gravel sections along Rolling Ridges Rd, turning into Doake Rd then Smart Munro Rd thru to Sutherlands and the Cave Highway, Up and over the great Cleland’s hill (great bike road),then turning left for Hazelburn, where I had been the weekend before on the Chairman’s Rally. We continued on up Middle Valley, to the Geraldine Fairlie Highway, going towards Geraldine and our lunch venue at The Village Inn. All the bikes lined up on the grass and the public and tourist took quite a liking to our display, as many came and talked about the bikes. There was 4 blokes on bikes from the North Island and a group of 8 bikers touring NZ from Australia, all good to talk to.


After lunch the afternoon tour took us out to Orari, across S Hwy1 and down Muff Rd, past the Clandeboye Cheese Factory and on into Temuka. Russell Dale was going to leave us at this point but as he said he would come in to the club rooms to see who the “POT Hunters were�! The remaining ride back to the club rooms was strait forward, in time for afternoon tea and the prize giving. Nothing for me but Russell Dale was one of the winners taking home a POT for best looking bike, and well deserved too. 102 miles of really great bike roads, thank you John Pateman for planning the route and Neil Manchester for running it. Come on people get your bikes out and have a go.



This month the Parts Shed has benefited from kind donations from Phil Richardson ( Triumph Herald parts), member Barry Mawhinney (large quantity of 37 Chev parts), and Murray Gibbs. ( 28 Chev 4 chassis and axles and series E Morris 8 guards.) We are most grateful to these people for thinking of our club before consigning parts to the scrap man. Not only does the club benefit financially buy they are vital in keeping our older vehicles in running condition.

We are kept busy on Wednesday morning processing these donations and locating other parts requested, but welcome all visitors to the shed between 9 and 12 o'clock. Time perhaps to consider winter tune-up items for easier starting in the cold weather ahead. Cheers Clive Merry Parts Manager


‘OLD RACE CAR’ REGISTER The recent display and demonstration of Old Race Cars at this years’ Skope Race Meeting in February at Ruapuna was a big success and both the Canterbury Car Club and the Skope Committee have already indicated that they wish it to be repeated at next years’ event – bigger and better and we already have another three interesting cars lined-up. To help us with this project, the Banks Peninsular Branch of the VCC, wish to compile a free register of all such vehicles whatever their state of repair, restoration or condition, so that these ‘Old Race Cars’ are never lost or lose their identity. This documented information may also help owners to obtain history, knowledge and even valuable parts required to enable these race-cars to once more be active. It was very apparent from many enthusiasts and spectators at Februarys’ event that these old race cars create huge interest and are a vital part of the old car movement which needs to be resurrected and encouraged. So if you missed this years’ display, have such a car or know of some-one who has, please drop an email with the details to either of the contacts below and we will be pleased to include on the register. Don Gerrard (021 2123074) email; gerrards2@yahoo.com or, Kelvin Brown, email; kelvinbrownnz@gmail.com

Penrite Oils


Just to let you all know that I am still able to supply you with Penrite Oils for your Vintage Vehicles. Engine and Gear Box oils, also Steering Box grease. Phone Alistair Day 688 6108 ————————————————The Swap Meet Committee has a speaker system for hire. Enquiries to Michelle Munro 03 686 4824 or email scvccswapmeet@hotmail.com ————————————————

REMEMBER in August we have our annual Daffodil Car Rally of which each Vintage Car Club supports. I am again happy to start collecting gifts for prizes for our well looked for raffle. If you have fly buy points going spare or other points on cards, you might like to keep a watch on what is on offer and make a donation to our raffle prizes. I am also happy to receive cash donations to make purchases on websites I use as I can often get good deals throughout the year. So anytime from now until August I am happy to receive donations. thanks for reading this, Cancer is affecting more and more people each year and there will not be many families that are exempt. Cheers Nola Day.


With the cancellation of the Cancer Rally in August we do not require gifts for the raffle. just keep it in mind for next year. Many thanks Nola Day

Deadline for Tricar is 20th April New Address tricar.scvcc@gmail.com

COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2019-2020 Branch Correspondence to PO Box 623, Timaru 7940 Phone: 03 6885234 Chairman: Secretary: Treasurer: Club Captain: Newsletter Ed:

Ashley Milliken (Evelyn) 686 0834 Miles Winter (Cia) 021 344883 (Evenings) Nola Day (Alistair) 688 6108 Neil Manchester 6882112 Shona and Bill Weir 6886750 Email: tricar.scvcc@gmail.com C/R Convenor: Alistair Day (Nola) 688 6108 Parts Manager: Clive Merry 0274 409 384 Librarian: Barry Barnes (Carla) 688 5105 IT Officer: Shannon Stevenson 686 3263 Committee: Ross Walkinshaw 6880207 Ross Parker 6158260 Pauline Young 6861833 Oliver Irving 0223847784 SWAPMEET COMMITTEE Chairman: Colin Johnstone (Trish) Treasurer: Nola Day (Alistair) Site Convenor: Michelle Munro (Gavin) Grounds Convenor: Barry Smith Committee: Gavin Munro (Michelle) Alan Patrick Lex Westoby Sandy McMillan For Identification Certificate Processing – Alistair Day 688 6108 Warren Cox 688 8758

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