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Motorbike Rally



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

April 2019

NOGGIN ANDNATTER First Thursday of the Month


JULY 12TH July 21st

Thursday Saturday

Mid Week Run 50 yr Badge Presentation

August 4th August 9th August 16th August 26th

Saturday Thursday Thursday Sunday

Garage Raid —Timaru Mid Week Run Quiz Night with Ashburton @ Ash Cancer Society Run

September 9th September 30th

Sunday Sunday

Opening Run with Ashburton @Ash Continental Vehicle Day

October 20/21/22

Sat/Sun/Mon Mount Cook Rally

November 10/11 November 17/18 November 25th

Sat/Sun Sat/Sun Sunday

Safari weekend All American Weekend Vet/Vin/Comm Rally



Christmas Dinner



January 1st January 13th January 19th

Tuesday Sunday Saturday

February 2/3/4th February 24th

Sat/Sun /Mon Weekend Away Sunday Chairman’s Rally

March 3rd March 10th

Sunday Sunday

Motorcycle Rally Mid Island Rally

April 6th April 11th

Saturday Thursday

Swap Meet Mid Week Run

Fairlie New Years Day Parade Ladies Rally Open day

April 19/20/21


Easter Rally – Ashburton

May 9th May 19th May 26th

Thursday Sunday Sunday

June 2nd June 6th June 13th June 22nd

Sunday -Queens Bthday All British Run Thursday Branch AGM Thursday Mid Week Run Saturday Night trial

Mid Week Run PV/PWV/P60/P80 Rally Restoration Run


Branch Correspondence to PO Box 623, Timaru 7940

Phone: 03 6885234 Chairman: Secretary: (Evenings) Treasurer: Club Captain: Newsletter Ed:

Ashley Milliken (Evelyn) Miles Winter (Cia)

686 0834 021 344883

Nola Day (Alistair)

688 6108

Shona and Bill Weir 6886750 Email: 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: Neil Manchester 688 2112 John Campbell (Janet) 6860282 SWAPMEET COMMITTEE Chairman: Colin Johnstone (Trish) 03 693 9093 Treasurer: Nola Day (Alistair) 6886108 Site Convenor: Michelle Munro (Gavin) 686 4824 Grounds Convenor: Barry Smith 684 7405 Committee: Gavin Munro (Michelle) 686 4824 Alan Patrick 615 8803 Lex Westoby 03 612 6556 Allan Geary 021 062 2132 For Identification Certificate Processing – Alistair Day 688 6108 Warren Cox 688 8758 ——————————————————————————— The Swap Meet Committee has a speaker system for hire. Enquiries to Michelle Munro 03 6864824 Or email


COMING EVENTS NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday, 4th April 2019


7-30pm at Clubrooms, Redruth St, Timaru Kitchen Duty, Volunteers Please, Bar Duty, Volunteers Please We need volunteers for Kitchen duties.. Conditions for the Bar license is if we don’t have food we can not serve alcohol. Please contact Alister Day 6886108 ——————————————Ron Cooper and “navigator” Val receiving his 50year badge and certificate


Lionel Suter receiving his 50 year badge and certificate

Barry Barnes receiving his 60 year badge and certificate

Ron, Lionel and Barry

SWAPMEET April 6th at Winchester

Helpers are needed for the set up starting on 1st April Check for times on next page. ———————————Mid Week Run April 11th Thursday Meet at clubrooms 1-30pm for briefing and departure. Bring afternoon tea and chairs. ——————————————--

EASTER RALLY 19—22nd April

They have 171 vehicle entries. Great weekend of motoring and fellowship is assured.

————————————— PV/PWV/P60/P80 Rally May 19th Sunday

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.

Entry form in this TriCar, -Entries close 12th May—No late entries To Nola Day, 9 Wellington St, Timaru 6886108 ———————————————-

RESTORATION RUN May 26th - Sunday ————————————— AGM June 6th Thursday at 7-30pm at Clubrooms

Phone Alistair Day 688 6108 COVER

Deadline for Tricar is April 16th 2019 New Address

Our 50 year badge recipients Lionel Suter and Ron Cooper, Quite uncanney that they motor the same model Humber 80 cars . Lionel’s a 1958 model and Ron’s a 1957 model




There are a number of duplicate magazines on a table in the Clubrooms and members are invited to take as many as they want. Only one condition -DON'T BRING THEM BACK! Barry


Monday 1 April - 6pm - Put up fence across grounds. North and South. Tuesday 2nd - 6pm - Mark out grounds – Gateways – Starter pegs. rd Wednesday 3 - Mark out Grounds. Thursday 4th - 9 am Mark out grounds. Friday 5th - 9am - Mark Parking - Signs - Numbers – Bins. Saturday 6th SWAPMEET DAY Sunday 7th 8-30am Clean Up, Pack Containers, DeBrief. CONTACTS Chairman - Colin Johnstone 039711979 day - 036939093, A.H. Site Bookings, Michelle Munro – 6864824 Grounds Convenor, - Barry Smith—6847405 Gate Keepers – Parking, Gavin Munro 6864824 Office, - Nola Day 6886108 Display Cars - Sandy McMillan 0276155150 Courtesy Van - Ross Working Bees - Please bring Hammers, Pliers, Knife. Display Cars Area, NO CARS “FOR SALE” in display area Gate Keepers $ 5-00 entry per adult NO EXEMPTIONS

Hello EVERY branch member. The swap meet committee are looking for helpers on the swap meet day 6th April to help man our very important speaker system. You won’t be alone as our very experienced Val Hatton will be holding the fort, she will help you, but she can’t do it on her own. SO the committee are asking for your help. Even if you can only give a couple of hours that would be a huge boost . SO PLEASE CONSIDER HAVING A GO. You are sure to have a fun time. Please phone Nola on 6886108 or txt her on 027 2035007 and offer your time. Its our once a year fundraiser. Very little is asked of you during the year, so now is the time to step up. Many Thanks. REMEMBER THIS IS YOUR CLUB YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL




TENDER FOR CLUB - A60 VAN The Parts Van has failed it's wof. primarily due to structural rust in both B pillars and across the rear of the chassis. It has been decided to offer it for tender to anyone interested in purchasing it. -Rego. on hold. -The vehicle is offered for sale on an as is/where is basis. -In the system as a 1973 model. -Licence plate is TX 5625. -Inspections can be made preferably on Wednesday mornings at the Parts Shed or at other times by arrangement with Parts Manager Clive Merry on 0274 409 384. -Tenders are to be in writing and must be received by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 26th of April. -Tenders may be delivered by hand or e-mailed to or posted to Clive Merry P.O. Box 4111 Highfield Timaru 7942. -Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Regards Clive Merry Parts Manager SCVCC



Parts shed activity is centered around swap meet preparation with a number of items identified as being suitable for sale on the day. These have been sorted and cleaned up so they will present well when on sale. We have seen plenty of activity on Wednesday mornings this year but welcome your visit and can assist with parts supply and identification in most cases.

Regards Clive Merry Parts Manager



1937 Buick Special Sedan. OHV Straight 8. Needs restoring. Rego. dead but have old plates and history. Runs, drives and stops very well. New exhaust and all brake cylinders sleeved in stainless. Price $6000. Phone Clive on 0274 409 384. Clive Merry ( Seen receiving awards for P80 time trial and field tests on the Mid Island) Clive was heard to say “How the mighty have fallen” as Clive and Penny showed up in the Mid Island in “Wait for it” A 1988 Toyota Corolla!

A Buick above for sale! Are the Mercs too unreliable? The Corolla will certainly be cheaper to run! Tell us more Clive!



SCVCC Chairman’s Report for April 2019


Hi Fellow members, Whew , the silly season is nearly over or is it ? The Motor cycle rally was a great success , thank you Neil, and the Mid island rally attracted 57 entries and by and large was judged to be a good event. Thank you Ross and Delwyn for their secretarial assistance and checking the routes. We can’t always run events that please all the people all the time when we try different approaches. The committee would welcome any member who would like to plan a future rally and every assistance & guidance will be given, don’t be shy , give it a go. The Noggin & Natter is on April 4th Coming up is the Swap Meet on April 6th , assistance is required during the week leading up to it, Contact Colin Johnstone for info, his contact details are on the inside back page of the Tricar. The first Mid Week run is on Thurs April 11th ‘ Entries for the Easter Rally in Ashburton have closed off at 170. May 19th is the PV –P80 Rally, Nola and Neil are organizing this. May 26th is the Restoration Run AND , the Branch AGM is on June 6th. I & John Campbell attended the bi annual VCC National Executive Meeting in Wellington on your behalf on Saturday march 23rd. Full Report to follow. BUT, The GOOD NEWS for our motorcycle members is that there will be a National Motorcycle rally in 2021 , hosted by the Wairarapa Branch . I’m planning to join the Veteran & Vintage Tour round the West Coast in May along with other branch members. See you on the 4th of April Ashley

SCVCC Bike Rally 3 rd March Lex Westoby


I counted 12 bikes outside the Bluecliffs Hall at the lunch stop with one being a side car combo. The oldest was Russell Dale on his 1911 Abingdon King Dick and the youngest John Crowther on his 650 Honda trail bike. After the normal morning cup of tea at the club rooms we headed off on the time trial stage out through Fairview, Hadlow on great bike roads ending the timed section near the end of Spur Rd. The little bit of gravel road was a good test of the repair job I had carried out on the front suspension of my bike after the bike breaking ride in the National rally in Blenheim 2 weeks ago. After handing in our time cards we carried on to Rosewill corner, we kept heading true north. We crossed the Cave highway and headed towards Totara Valley, up and over Cleland’s Hill then turned towards Cave. From there we went over the hill and down the Pareora Valley, and over the Gorge and on to Holme station Corner, where we turned up Gordons Valley Rd. I always think this road goes forever but I had to turn onto Bluecliffs School road which got me to the old Hall and lunch. As Neil was leaving us to go through to Cromwell for the MG rally he decided to have the prize giving there at the hall. Concourse went to Davy Jones with his nice Harley Davidson sidecar combo, about a 1924 model I think. The Time trial went to Gary Hawke on his 1929 BSA, but that was after Neil had already presented it to another rider. He had to ask for it back, (the rider was almost in tears or so Stick Campbell thought). And the Rally winner was Bruce Watt from Oamaru riding a 350 Moto Gussy. The afternoon run took us down Bluecliffs road to Talbots Road up and over the nice rolling country to Pareora river road over Brasells Bridge to Otipua then just follow the road, to the main road and back to the clubrooms. Afternoon tea was made and we could reflect on the days ride. Neil set out a great ride on roads that suit a bike well, plenty of places to stop and let other riders catch up, and not a lot of traffic, well done Neil

See photos back page


2019 National bike Rally, Blenheim. By Lex Westoby


I planned to be on the road at about 9.00am and I wasn’t far off. I had two bikes on the trailer My 1936 Royal Enfield that I had entered and planed to ride and my 1978 Yamaha SR500 as a get around town bike and for my brother Keith to ride on the tour with me. I noticed Grant Mitchell on the road at Winchester, with his Jawa on behind so I knew I would be travelling up with someone. I ducked into Christchurch to drop off my rev counter to Parrott’s to have them repair it for the 4th time and also to get some castings done for the Norton barrels, and water pumps for the race engine that I’m making. I stopped in Rangiora for lunch and happened to see Russell and Margaret Dale in there camper van also with two bikes on behind so it was shaping up to be a good team from South Canterbury attending. In all there were 10 riders from our club a great effort. Russell Dale, 1911 Abingdon King Dick veteran class, Margaret Dale 1924 AJS vintage class, Lex Westoby 1936 Royal Enfield post vintage class, John Austin 1951 Matchless, John Pateman 1954 Norton, Neil Manchester 1955 AJS and Grant Mitchell on his 1956 Jawa were all in the post war vintage class. The P60 class was ridden by Leigh Crowe on a 1966 BSA Lightning, and John Crowther 1974 Honda CL350, and the Combination class was the domain of Barry and Carla Barnes on their 1979 Suzuki GS850, so we had all the classes covered. In total there were 190 odd entries 12 from overseas and the bikes ranged from 25 BSA’s to 1 LMC, 1 NSU, 1 P&M, 1 Tomos, 1 Cotton, and even a Rudge Whitworth just to name a few. I was staying with my brother, but most of the campers were jammed in the paddock behind the club rooms at Brayshaw Park. Rally packs were available from 10am Friday and that was a great time to meet with people from other districts, with a social on at the Convention-Centre in the evening. Saturday Rally day was fine and warm and the line up off bikes on the green behind the club rooms was amazing, they just never stopped arriving. I think the oldest competitor was in his 90’s. With riders briefing over it was time to get on the road. A bit of a mad scramble but with 190 bikes trying to get out on their allotted time what do you expect, but once under way things settled down and you could concentrate on your rally sheet. I had chosen the Challenge Route of the 4 options, short, Med, long or Challenge which was about 108 miles with a lot of Gravel 43 odd miles, as it turned out it was a challenge too! (With a lot of riders

turning back). First we went north of Blenheim and did a full circuit of 8 the old Hawkesbury race track, (which I twice raced on), then crossed over the Nelson road near Renwick and worked our way down towards Spring Creek. We then followed the road to Picton and on through to Waikawa Bay, and just kept on going around the top and down to Port Underwood, by this time it was all gravel and talk about ROUGH! I’ve ridden on ploughed paddocks smother. Now if you think you are lost at this stage, well the rally sheet said on direction 30, “Follow road ignoring all side roads for approx 27.5 miles” how they worked out the distance was a mystery to me, as I was off the ground more than I was on it, so my distance travelled was all to shit, and I don’t have a Speedo anyway. It was at the start of this rough section that I notice that the front spring on the bike had broken away from the top clamp and the forks had come up to their full travel and jammed there, giving me no front suspension. Luckily I could still turn the steering, the front guard just touching the down tube. I had to keep going, most of it in 2nd gear, and the seat took a pounding as I had no suspension at all. It took a while but finally I reached Tua Marina School and the lunch stop. I checked out the damage and found that it could not be repaired. The bike was still ride able, so I decided to carry on and finish the rally. I latter found out that I got off light, as other riders had bigger problems, one even going over a bank, but he wasn’t on the Challenge route. I’ll let Grant Mitchell tell you his version of how not to wave to the Asian Tourists. The afternoon route took us back towards Picton and then turned off on to more shingle roads heading west towards Renwick, at least they weren’t so rough, they did worn us on the rally sheet to be prepared! Ha Ha, but I found the loose gravel on the sealed roads more of a problem. We zigzagged our way back to Brayshaw Park only to find bikes in bits everywhere. A Matchless with a clutch in bits, a Harley Davidson with the rear brake out of it, and an Excelsior with the complete steering head out with the bearings collapsed. There were many stories to tell but I went home to repair the bike and have a cold beer. When we jacked the front of the bike up, the spring just fell out. We then adjusted it till it looked right and tied two nylon straps around the suspension members to hold it there and placed 1 the opposite way to brace it. What that did was sit the bike level, but I still had no springing, to solve that I let the tyres down a little, to give it some bounce. Saturday evening was a meal at the Convention-Centre again with Graeme Crosby as guest speaker, (always great value and a good mate of mine as he used to stay at home during the Marlboro racing days). On Sunday we met at Brayshaw Park before making our way to Omaka Heritage Centre for the field tests and public display. Due to the fire problems in the district there was only 1 field test which was very hard to understand but relatively easy to execute. Continued on page 16


As mentioned in Lex’s script, apparently Grant Mitchell did the Rock Star act on his Jawa waving to tourists while on route through Queen Charlotte drive and ended up over a bank! Tell us more Grant!

More photos at the Mid Island Prize Giving


National Bike Rally How they marked it is still a mystery, but we all did our best. Grant was still a bit sore after his adventures of yesterday and gave it a miss. I do hope he gives his version of events, its well worth hearing. By mid afternoon most people were heading away and getting ready for the Dinner and prize giving once again at the Convention Centre. As I was one of the people to be short changed with their meal on Saturday I was determined to get a good table tonight, as luck would have it we managed to get most of the South Canterbury riders together? The meal was better organized and was good. The prize giving, well Grant Mitchell collected a book for his off road excretions. He then thanked the 10 other riders that had their pants around their ankles while using their belts all linked together to drag his bike back up the bank. Russell Dale got a gift for it being his birthday, (69 I think?), and I got a certificate for third in the PV class. After that there was a Discussion on when the next National Rally was to be held, normally every 2 years but as it clashes with the Vero rally in New Plymouth it was deemed not allowed. We will see!! Packing up and travelling home was a bit of a anticlimax after a great weekend, only 1 thing that upset me coming home was seeing a tie down let go holding a Veteran bike on a trailer and watching it topple over the side of the trailer and being dragged along the road upside down beside the trailer. I could not stop to help as we were in one of those stop go areas on the Kaikoura coast and fortunately going slowly. I stopped in at Parrott’s to pick up my Rev counter and was home by 4pm. High for the Rally, coming in third in class, and the low, not having 1st, 2nd and 3rd in every class, Report from the saddle. Thanks Lex. Great story. ED


SCVCC Website Updates

To access other club newsletters go to scroll to News from our Branches as hard copy newsletters are not mailed out now. March Website Updates - Focus given to Swapmeet on homepage - Content update made for Veteran Rally page - March 2019 newsletter placed up - Caroline Bay Rock and Hop articles and links placed up - Further members vehicles added to gallery - Behind the scenes Wordpress updates 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

Thank you .

Joy and I really enjoyed the evening. We also loved the ' there and back ' car rides. Joy was particularly thrilled with the Hillman . I would make the point that rather than a ' single Tiga ', we actually built 400 Tiga's Best to you all - .Howden Ganley.


Mid Island Rally 2019 Results

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ANNETT&DARLING TROPHY - Veteran Time Trial -1 Stewart Frew1913 Model T 2nd Davie Jones - 1914 Buick WESTEND MOTORS TROPHY –Veteran Field Tests1st Davie Jones 1914 Buick 2nd Gordon Hay-1915 Studebaker HUGH MERCER TROPHY—Veteran Overall Davie Jones 1914 Buick A V MARTYN CUP –Vintage Time Trial 1st Barry Smith 1927 Erskine 2nd David Oakley 1930 Model A SCVCC CUP Vintage Field Tests 1st David Oakley 1930 Model A 2nd equal Barry Crossman 1929 Dodge 2nd equal Gavin Ladbrook 1931 Chrysler EXCELSIOR TROPHY Best Vintage Overall David Oakley 1930 Model A M&M SMALL TROPHY PV & PWV -Time Trial 1st Trevor Begg 1937 Chevrolet Delux 2nd Peter Cook 1936 Ford V8 PV& PWV FIELD TESTS 1st Trevor Begg 1937 Chevrolet Delux 2nd Russell Dale 1954 MG TF POST 60 Time Trial 1st Nevin Gough 1965 Studebaker 2nd Max Miller 1977 Daimler POST 60 Field Tests 1st John Adamson 1968 Hillman Imp 2nd Bruce McMillan 1964 MGB JIM&PAT GEDDES TROPHY-Best Post 60 Overall John Adamson - 1968 Hillman Imp POST 80 TIME TRIAL 1st Ross Brown 1982 Mercedes Benz 380 2nd Clive Merry 1988 Toyota Corolla POST 80 FIELD TESTS 1st Ross Brown 1982 Mercedes Benz 380 2nd Clive Merry 1988 Toyota Corolla KEVIN HEYWOOD TROPHY -Best P80 Overall Ross Brown 1982 Mercedes Benz 380 MOTORCYCLE TIME TRIAL Lex Westoby 1979 Yamaha XS1100 MOTORCYCLE FIELD TESTS Lex Westoby 1979 Yamaha XS 1100 COMMERCIAL TIME TRIAL 1st Don Campbell 1928 Chevrolet Truck 2nd Pauline Young 1930 Rugby Truck COMMERCIAL FIELD TESTS 1st Pauline Young 1930 Rugby Truck 2nd Eddy Gould 1953 Vauxhall Ute SCVCC TROPHY -COMMERCIAL OVERALL Pauline Young 1930 Rugby Truck LONGEST DISTANCE TRAVELLED TO RALLY Nevin Gough 1965 Studebaker Cruiser AGE/MILEAGE TROPHY Gordon Hay 1915 Studebaker SF4




Editor Bill

Being one of our major events of the SCVCC year it was good to see close on 60 vehicles entered. Chairman Ashley put together a different format to usual but a successful days program, although some were a little “frustrated “ at changing gears on the morning, stated ” Tour Of Timaru”, it was surprising how many streets, even for us locals, that we hadn’t been on! A surprise destination for the lunch stop was the Botanical Gardens, which was an excellent venue with spacious parking for all the entrants and shaded areas to have lunch, field tests were held after lunch in the same area. A diverse tour of the district followed out through Pareora Gorge with a stopover in Cave township where the local store did a roaring trade in icecream sales. From there it was on via Rolling Ridges etc to the Gleniti Golf club where prizegiving was held then a very enjoyable dinner combining the 50 year badge presentation to Ron Cooper and Lionel Sutter by Sth Island Club Captain Alon Mayhew. Also a 60 year badge was presented to Barry Barnes, quite an achievement This finished off an enjoyable days event. Thanks to Chairman Ashleigh and his team.


Bruce and Jan McMillan, Timaru Welcome to our club and we look forward to seeing you on our club events.



Lunch stop at Botanic Gardens. Barry Barnes with battery trouble

Locals Peter Cooke 1936 Ford and Phil Lawrence with his 1926 Whippet

Entrants traversing Cave Hill

The Jones’s in the 1914 Buick .

Icecream stop at Cave

Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

South Canterbury VCC - April 2019  

South Canterbury VCC - April 2019