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

NOGGIN ANDNATTER First Thursday of the Month

December 2019

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

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: 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

03 693 9093 6886108 686 4824 684 7405 686 4824 615 8803 03 612 6556

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 ———————————————— 1939 Morris 12 FOR SALE

Comes with original 4 speed gearbox and 1500cc OHV motor which has a cracked head. Also comes with another motor in parts ready for assembly. Body tidy and virtually rust free. Rego. dormant and no wof. An easy project as it is all but complete. Price $1100.00. Phone Clive on 0274 409 384 to view

COMING EVENTS NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday, 5th December 2019

7-30pm at Clubrooms, Redruth St, Timaru Kitchen Duty, Bar Duty, Speaker. Hopefully a coverage on the Nat Veteran Rally. —————————————————— NEW YEARS DAY PARADE . Fairlie Jan 1st 2020 Wednesday Meet at the Fairlie Domain and bring your picnic lunch Parade starts at 2pm Always a very enjoyable day. —————————————————— LADIES RALLY January 12th Sunday 2020 More info next month. —————————————————— OPEN DAY at our Clubrooms January 18th 2020 —————————————————— WEEKEND AWAY February 6/7/8/9 More info in this TriCar ——————————————————


Deadline for Tricar is 17th December New Address


Entrants on the Mt Cook rally seen here on Landsborough Rd




I would like to say how good it is to be back in town and I'm gradually getting up to speed with developments in my absence and looking forward to participating in as many club motoring events over the summer as I can. I wish to thank John Campbell for covering for me during my two prolonged absences this year and for easing my transition back into the role of Parts Manager. We continue to receive parts donations from both club and non-club members and are grateful for these. Although being unable to acknowledge all donors here I would like to single out long-time member Dave Warlow to thank him for his kind donations of FJ Holden and other parts. The SCVCC prides itself on having the only carpeted parts shed that we know of in the country but the price paid for this luxury is that it requires regular vacuuming. Although our Wed. crew members and especially Warren Cox are happy to perform this task our present vacuum cleaner has suffered a terminal meltdown so I would ask that if anyone has a functional machine sitting at home doing nothing would they kindly consider donating it to the Parts Shed? The 1939 Morris 12 that was donated to the club is being offered for sale for the bargain price of $1100 to cover our costs. It is complete, tidy and virtually rust free. Black plates are there but the rego. is dormant and of course it does not have a current wof. It comes with the original 1500 cc OHV 4 cylinder motor and 4 speed gearbox that is out of the car and another similar engine ready to be fitted. Any interest or enquiries phone me on 0274 409 384. I wish everyone an enjoyable summer motoring season and encourage you to get the old girls out of the shed to have some fun with them.......and your cars as well! Regards Clive Merry Parts Manager

The Star of the day was the Loves 1908 REO we have never seen so 20 many people around a car at a show like this before! Kelvin and Janet were hardly able to move away from the Reo. A very good public attendance and a good entry made for a much appreciated addition to the SC Heart Kids finances.

SCVCC Chairman’s Report for December 2019


Hi All

This is my final report for 2019 ,the year has really accelerated to a close and by the time most of you read this the Club’s Christmas dinner will have been held, a big thank you to all those who arranged their tickets quickly enabling Nola and I to reach the critical number for it to go ahead without having to make too many phone calls.

As predicted, November has proved to be full on, I recon that the “Safari Crew” may be looking at another date as their weekend had weather woes again. The All American Day was an outstanding success ,Well done Shona,Bill & helpers. more elsewhere in the Tri car The Veteran, Vintage & Commercial Run was well attended on the 24th ,thank you “Stick” Campbell for planning this.

Many thanks to our team for their help and to our major sponsor S J Allen and our other sponsors for their contribution. More coverage next month on the All American. ——————————————————

Back Country Excursion 18th January 2020

This excursion which is intended for veteran vehicles only will travel from Hawarden to Whitnow Station and return to Hawarden. The total distance travelled will be 62 Kms, which includes 46 kms of good unsealed road. There are no fords on the road. The unsealed portion of the road carries very little traffic as it is only used for access to various stations and is mildly challenging as it includes hills. A backup vehicle and trailer will be provided. Entrants will require a packed lunch. Road speeds on the unsealed portion of the road are envisaged to be low in order to prevent stone chips to paintwork, and to allow an enjoyable veteran motoring experience. Meet at Hawarden at the Resene paint shop car park, Hawarden Waikari Rd, at 10.00 am. If the weather is unsuitable the event will be postponed. Space is available for parking trailers at the venue. If you wish to attend or for information please contact David and Marion Oakley, Ph 021370956 or 03 3087323, email

Looking forward we have the Noggin & Natter on Dec 5th and the New Years Day Parade in Fairlie .and the Ladies Rally on January 12th That I’m organising. On a Personal note, I have had a full on November with the ST John’s Opp shop Gala Day on Nov 16th, Helping with Rotary Club of Timaru Garage sale for 3 days including Nov 23rd. Plus battling a couple of “bugs” since Labour Weekend. In my workshop, the Mini Project is having a rear sub-frame rebuild before being repainted underneath. The Buick needs a left hand rear wheel rebuild. The Morris 8 will hopefully get a WOF very soon.

A BIG thanks to Brian Roycroft for sorting the Parts shed sky lights so quickly after the hailstorm. My sympathy to members who have had cars damaged by the storm & sincerely hope getting them sorted is not too difficult. I would like to extend my sympathy to Club families who have lost loved ones during the year and support to those battling illness over the Christmas period See some of you at the dinner or next noggin and natter Ashley


Notes from the Library

by Barry B


Much of my time in the Library has been spent preparing a display relating to the First National Veteran Rally held here in Timaru in 1975. I was privileged to take part with the 1915 BSA and sidecar with then fiancée Carla riding in the sidecar. My dad Jack entered his 1915 Humber so it was quite a family affair with several others from Southland, our then abode, venturing north for the event. It was hugely successful with over 70 entries and the organizing committee, headed by a hirsute, youthful looking Dereck Brownie, then Branch Chairman, put on a tremendous event. Key among the display items are pages from the Veteran Chronicle, a multi page newspaper supplement, which was an amazing piece of work. Some of the pages protected by lamination are on the south wall of the Club Rooms. Have a look next Club Night. There are a couple of complete copies in the Library archives should anyone wish to view the full thing. One article of interest was by Russell Stevenson in relation to an amazing journey undertaken by his uncle in a veteran Darracq, but the most amazing thing about that is that Russell managed to gather up sufficient parts to rebuild a similar Darracq as basically a replica of his uncle’s car. Sadly Russell did not get to quite finish it before his untimely passing but as could be expected the restoration was done to exacting standards. I understand Penny has the car virtually completed. A couple of other veterans featured were the 1906 Darracq of Eric Robins and the 1912 Overland of Allan Averis, who happily were both entrants in the recent event, which has also been greeted with great acclaim. Interestingly when looking for material for the event I was seeking an entry list and finally Kathleen Perry from Oamaru came to my rescue, providing one along with all the material Keith had kept relating to the Rally. Subsequently, I was searching in the garage amongst a box of items relating to the 1970 Australian International Rally that I am currently researching, when I found not only all my own stuff but my Dad’s too! I still have a faded photo of the Humber taken at a stone bridge in Guscott Road where I think all the entry were photographed but have been unable to find the one of the BSA Carla and me. I’ve got it somewhere!. I want to acknowledge some donated material from Rodger Baird, several books including a really good one entitled “The Great Racing Cars and Drivers. “

USA WEEKEND 2019 by the Editors The event went very well with a lot of American vehicle owners having it on their calendar from year to year. The weather was great (no hail storm luckily), the cruise starting from the bay on Saturday evening, traveling west of Timaru then Pareora West ending up at Normanby to the venue owned by Toni Gilbert and Craig Timmings. The garage visit was very well set up with lots to look at. Many thanks to Toni and Craig for hosting the approx. 50 vehicles which took part. SC Heart Kids team put on an Entrants Gavin Ladbrook and Garry Black in Craig excellent Timmings garage B.B.Q. Sundays public display was very well supported with 150 vehicles coming into the bay display site, a good turnout of our club US vehicles was appreciated, two did leave at lunch time to attend an MG rally (we presumed they changed vehicles. “Cross dressers”)


Also a 2 part VHS series The Power and the Glory, a BBC production 7 covering pretty much 100 years to 1992. It is actually a duplication, so if some racing enthusiast wishes to take it and copy it to DVD they are welcome. There were about another 18 videos again mostly motor racing related’ Also, someone left a pile of NZ Classic Cars and Classic Drivers at the parts shed. We now have ALL the Classic Cars up to Novr 2019, bar 2 issues, so please, no more NZ Classic Cars thank you. The Classic Drivers however were mostly ones we did not have. I also need to acknowledge the 3,8 Jag manual recently dropped off, plus a non member came in with a number of items including some Airfix models that go back to the 1950s They are pretty fragile and could do with some loving care from an experienced modeller and we could then think about getting a display case for models as I am sure there will be others out there likely to make their way to us sooner or later. Librarian —————————————————-

2020 Weekend Away

6/7/8/9 February


Getting close to the last call! This year we are taking advantage of Waitangi Day getting close to the weekend with an extra day away for those who want to. Oamaru has a variety of accommodations available and we already have a holiday home booked to provide the host venue for our communal meal. Leave Club Rooms around 9am on Thursday but nothing else finalized let alone set in stone but the rough itinerary was laid out in a previous Tricar. As usual no entry fee. Instructions provided before-hand. Club eligible vehicles welcomed but not essential. Nothing is mandatory just a relaxed weekend, plus. Would hope to see some new faces among the regulars. Prospective participants are invited to register their interest by email or ring Barry Barnes 6885105. ——————————————————NEW MEMBERS Ben Jones, Timaru David Baynes, Temuka Welcome to our club. Hope to see you at club events.


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. November Website Updates - November 2019 newsletter placed up - Links to articles on Veteran Rally - Get to the Point Day photos link by Ambodavenz - All American Weekend photos and article link - 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

17 Tony Montgomery not only had his Norton end up in a river bed but was later in the toilet at the camping ground when said structure blew away leaving Tony rather exposed. Howard Kingsford Smith had brought my BSA up to Timaru on the back of his 1958 Holden ute and he was prevailed upon by one of the motorcyclists to go and rescue his bike, so with some trepidation the 3 of us set forth with the wind still gusting strongly. I was amazed to find the road swept totally clear of any gravel, it was of course unsealed in those days. However, there was still flying grit coming from everywhere and at one corner Howard said he would go no further due to the strength of the wind. The Holden was parked in the lea of a bluff and we went to walk around the corner, for the rider thought we were close to where the bike was. Well the wind gusts were so strong that to avoid being blown away it was necessary to fling ourselves to the ground during the peak gusts. Needless to say we did not hang around for long and the bike rescue was abandoned. The windscreen on the FE was badly sandblasted and upon return to Invercargill was immediately replaced. Alan concluded his Beaded Wheels report by saying, “Yes, we will remember Mount Cook 1969!� Both Howard and I certainly have! Barry Barnes


Mt Cook Rally

This year and 50 years ago

This year’s Mt Cook was memorable for the large entry with a great representation of veteran vehicles that had participated in the National Veteran Rally the weekend before, with a lovely day for the trip to Twizel as a bonus. Sunday started out OK with the field tests at Twizel and a Graham Pauley organized tour of Twizel’s growing environs, but en route to Mt Cook the wind started to really blow, to the difficulty of many lower powered vehicles, some of which were well cut back in speed and at times had to use a lower gear to proceed. Some vehicles had windscreens and paintwork sandblasted. Our motorcyclists fared worse though, with two blown off course, a most alarming experience. What has this got to do with 50 years ago? In 1969, everyone got to the Hermitage OK, but for the trip home the wind really started to pipe. It was actually measured at Mt John Observatory at 126mph. There were 5 motorcyclists, 4 of whom ended up blown off the road into the bracken or into river beds. Alan Brehaut, who was riding an Excelsior reported in Beaded Wheels, “The writer, riding a 1000cc twin found himself airborne (a following vehicle saw daylight under his wheels) so decided to call it quits while still in one piece.” One motorcyclist (me) finished the course on board the 1927 BSA ridden solo on this occasion, by luck missing the worst of the gusts. I realized the wind was pretty strong and in places was leaning well over into the wind to try to maintain a straight course. A bus passed me and a little further on I saw it parked on the side of the road with all the passengers out. I thought they must have stopped to get a better look at all the old vehicles so gave them a wave as I leaned into the breeze. It wasn’t until we were back at Pukaki that I found the driver stopped because he could not handle the side wind and got the passengers out when the stopped bus actually moved sideways in the wind. Near Glentanner, I saw a veteran car stop to put the hood down which was threatening to blow away and at that point an iron shed collapsed and a swirl of iron and 3x2s went high into the air just in front of the car and disappeared into the lake. Participating cars lost hoods or had them damaged, their rear portions were sandblasted and Rodney Don had the rear windscreen on his Mark 3 Zephyr broken by flying stones. Amazingly, no one was hurt.


10 The 64th Mt Cook Rally – by Shannon Stevenson A grand total of 69 entrants signed up our annual Labour Weekend trek into the hills. With preparation work from Ashley Milliken, Luscombe's and supporters, we met up at the Redruth Clubrooms, vehicles all oiled and watered up and ready to go. With the rally one weekend past the National Veteran Rally, there were a number of over 100-year olds present, the oldest 1912 models; Alan Averis' Overland and Joseph McClintock's Ford Model T. A fair few of the entrants were pre-1940, the youngest entrant the Barnes' 1986 Mitsubishi L300 Camper. An interesting touch inside the club rooms was the presence of Davy Jones' front-wheel-drive Dayton motorcycle. With a briefing and teas, coffees and rally-pack lollies consumed, it was staggered starts after 10am. Headed into the Mackenzie this time, it was a trip south-west to the Pareora Gorge and Cannington – a member or two seen taking a wrong turn headed Waimate way along Back Line Road. For the hardy ones on the gravel section, it was a trip up into the far reaches of Monavale, and a 'climb' up Mt Nessing – with the option of the Askins Road ford for those with higher ground clearance. Passing Opawa homestead, it was a traverse along Coalpit and Waratah Roads to reach the Mackenzie Pass – a few of us stopped halfway up to take in the views, or for Lex Westoby, to do running adjustments of his bike. Passing the spot James Mackenzie was captured, it was soon into the flat expanses near Haldon Station, and to meet with the sealed section entrants on SH8, headed towards Tekapo. With the Tekapo lunch-stop reached, a few of us sought shelter under the trees near the camp grounds – away from the overhead sun and strong winds from the lake. These winds continued with us to Twizel, most of us arriving mid-afternoon, allowing our cars a good cool-down. Field tests took place the following morning from 9:15am outside the AFrame Chalets. Tests included a challenging quiz, how many nuts and bolts, and distance between two points. With the tests done it was a trip, set out by Graham Pauley of Twizel's new subdivisions, seeing runners in action at Twizel's 'Hard Labour' sports event, and along the Pukaki Canal to reach SH80. On co-pilot duties in the Escort were the Barnes, having left their Camper back in Twizel. With the strong winds for the trip up there were cautious driving techniques by a number of us – especially for those with canvas tops or on two wheels. At one point, with the winds having a fair rate of knots, and in combination with Escort's brick like aerodynamics it was foot to the floor at one point in top with the car only reaching 60 km/h.



1 1st PVV Time Trial Ross Parker 1934 Chev Master 2 1st PVV Field Tests Ross Parker 1934 Chev Master 3 1st PWV Time Trial Dave Cornelius 1952 Chev 4 !st PWV Field Tests John Mclachlan 1959 Austin Healy 5 1st P60 Time Trial Donald Cameron 1977 MGB GT st 6 1 P60 Field Tests Hamish Cameron 1967 MG 1100 7 1st Commercial Time trial Alan Hill 1930 Model a pick Up 8 1st Commercial Field test Pauline Young 1930 Rugby truck 9 Best Commercial Overall Pauline Young 1930 Rugby truck 10 1st Motorcycle Time Trial Lex Westoby 1979 Yamaha 11 !st Motorcycle Field test Grant Jones 1941 Indian

Prize Giving

SCVCC Mount Cook Rally 2019 Trophies 1



Marchant Wigley Rutherford Bros Challenge for Veteran Vehicles Best Overall Allan Averis 1912 Overland 2 John Dowling Cup—Veteran Time trial Jim Smylie 1913 Model T 3 Sandwich Tray ---Veteran Field tests Greg Elder 1917 Cadillac 55 V8 4 Laycock Cup –Best Vintage Time trial Joe Barker 1930 Studebaker 5 A V Martyn Challenge Trophy –Vintage Field Tests Brendon Wilshire 1928 Model A 6 Ces England Trophy—Best Vintage Overall John Foster 1923 Delaunay Belleville 7 Twizel Branch Trophy--- Best Overall PVV Ross Parker 1934 Chev Master 8 Barry & Jennifer Goodman Trophy---Best PWV Overall Colin Rae 1959 MG Magnette 9 Pat & Jim Geddes Trophy—Best in “P” Classes Donald Cameron 1977 MGB GT 10 Owen Jones Memorial Trophy---Veteran or Vintage Vehicle Further est driven to Rally Ron Johnston 1930 Model A Roadster 11 Mercer Trophy---Best performance by 2 Wheel Braked Vehicle , other than a class winner. Colin Pearce 1912 Sunbeam 12 Jim Sullivan Cup for the Vehicle driven in the Spirit of Vintage Motoring. Vernon Hoffman 1931 Morris Minor Roadster 13 Brian Goodman Trophy --- Best Motorcycle Performance Lex Westoby 1979 Yamaha 14 J M Craig Memorial Trophy --- for Best Prepared Vehicle for Vintage Motoring Paul Finch 1924 Dodge Tourer

With the Hermitage reached, it was a lunch for a number of us out of11 the cold in the newly-remodeled restaurant, our cars outside attracting the eyes and phone-camera lenses of a number of the visiting tour groups. With inclement weather continuing into the afternoon, a fair few of us were blown back to Twizel in due time for our evening presentation, at Mackenzie Country Hotel – many a story from the weekend were shared between tables. Monday was a home day for many, weather having settled down for us by that stage, a few of us taking the route via the Waitaki Valley Cheers to the organizers for an interesting Mt Cook Rally – we look forward to the 65th. Shannon Stevenson.


15 Hard Luck Trophy Kevin Mercer 1931 Model A

Mt Cook rally Prize Giving

Mt Cook Rally



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