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NOGGIN ANDNATTER First Thursday of the Month CLUB ROOMS 19-25 REDRUTH ST AORANGI- TRICAR NEWSLETTER OF THE SOUTH CANTERBURY BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND INC. Replica Timaru’s First Car Built by C. W. Wood January 2023 50 Year Badge Recipients 2022 Back Row: (L to R) Rodger Baird, S.I. Club Captain - Alon Mayhew, Brian Grace Front Row: ( L to R) Tony Hobbs & Ron Hammer

50 Year Badge Presentations :

Presented by

Mayhew - S.I. Club Captain


Alon Tony Hobbs Brian Grace Rodger Baird Ron Hammer
COMING EVENTS —————————————NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday
7.30 pm at Clubrooms, Redruth St Timaru. SPEAKER :KITCHEN DUTY :- Kevin & Neil Manchester BAR :3 50 Year Badge Holders at 2022 Presentation. L to R Eric Robbins, Rodger Baird, Ron Hammer, Kelvin Love, Barry Smith, Brian Grace, Rodney Don, Tony Hobbs (sitting).
January 5th
Calendar of Events for the South Canterbury Branch of the VCC for 2023 2023 1st January
Year’s Day Fairlie 29th January
run 19th February
’s run 25th February Open day 5th March Motor bike rally 1st April Swap meet 13th April Mid-week Run 7th May PV Rally 11th May Mid-week run 28th May End of season run 1st June AGM 4th June All British 8th June Mid-week run 24th June Night trial

Chairman’s Report

Welcome to 2023. By now Christmas will almost be a distant memory. I hope you have all enjoyed time with family or friends and enjoyed the festive season. The Christmas Dinner and 50 year presentations went off like clockwork, with a beautiful meal provided once again by the Temuka Ladies Lions. Thank you to them. With the New Year ahead we once again will have many events for you all to join in with.

The New Years Day Parade at Fairlie, take your lunch, have a picnic, join the team at the Camping Ground. You turn past the toilet block and you will see all our cars. Don’t be frightened of you haven’t done this before. None of us bite. We all enjoy time with our cars and like minded people. If you can’t join us for lunch, then feel free to come and join the parade. We need to start lining up by 1.30pm, for parade start at 2pm. A fun relaxing day for all.

The Ladies Run is on Sunday 29th January. Remember it is the ladies turn to drive, and the husband, partner or friend with you needs to get the lunch for the Lady. The winner will be presented with the ever looked for embroidered Pinny. So come on men, do your stuff. The lady doesn’t have to drive of course, but the other half must get the dinner sorted. I hope the weather takes a turn for the better as it certainly hasn’t seemed like Christmas weather to me. However no doubt somewhere someone will be enjoying the rain. Just not me. I Look forward to catching up with you all at different events through the year. Good luck with all the restorations that may be happening. It would be nice to see some of our members that don’t normally attend, to come along and get to know us. We are a friendly bunch and always willing to pass on knowledge.

Nola and I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Cheers from Alistair your Chairman.


Dodge - Alistair Day

Vehicles in 2022 Timaru Christmas Parade
Chev Roadster - John Campbell Model T - Alan Dunn

S.C.V.C.C. Parts Dept. Report December 2022.

The Wednesday mornings have been busy this month. The Austin 8 has been stripped of everything required off it and has been moved on down the road to the scrapman.

Several car parts were collected from Ian Urquart's Place recently.

Mainly Wolseley Grills and Dashboards along with various items such as Hubcaps, clutch plates ,brake parts and other dashboard instruments plus a transmission assembly for an Austin Healy.

Shaun Hunter donated an Austin 1300 1969 model for parts, which has been pounced on by several members for their special projects.

Brian Grace has kindly donated two Hillman Hunter cars which were brought in, in two loads by our Wednesday collection crews. One of these is complete so a possible runner!

All in all this year has been a success in that parts have been moving through the shed as well as parts coming in quite steadily.

Just had an Email from a Richard Hogg donating two Austin Westminster cars!!. My thanks to the team for their great support and help over my first year as parts manager.

May you all have a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and we will see you all next year.

Cheers, Barry Smith. Parts Manager.

7 Deadline for Tricar is 20th January EmailAddress

To access other club newsletters go to scroll to News from our Branches as hard copy newsletters are not mailed out now.

- December newsletter placed up

- Links to stories, covering activities of SCVCC in local newspapers

- Events page updated

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

SCVCC Website Updates

Updated fares for travel on Interislander Ferries


Booking Reference: WH5465

The below rates are based on prices to date, inclusive of GST and subject to availability.

Off Peak Fares: Each Way

Adult $54.00 Children $29.00 Motorcycle $47.00

Car/Van/Trailer up to 5.5 metres $139.00 Each half metre over5.5 metres $24.00

Premium Plus Lounge $80.00 18yrs plus Queen Charlotte Lounge (Kaitaki ONLY) $30.00 18yrs plus Off Peak Travel Dates

01 March – 05 April 23

12 April – 15 December 23

Peak Fares: Each Way

Adult $60.00 Children $29.00

Motorcycle $59.00

Car/Van/Trailer up to 5.5 metres $146.00 Each half metre over5.5 metres $25.00

Premium Plus Lounge $80.00 18yrs plus Queen Charlotte Lounge (Kaitaki ONLY) $30.00 18yrs plus Peak Travel Dates

01-28 February 23 06-11 April 23

Booking conditions and instructions for members are:

• Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander online using the special link below–

• Book online at

• To access these rates members must insert the reference “WH5465”

• Payment is required at the time of booking.• Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.

• Refunds

Once paid for fares are 90% refundable if cancelled prior to check-in and non-refundable if cancelled after check-in.

• Members are required to present their current NZ Vintage Car Club Membership credentials on check in or retail fares will be charged. Fares valid for travel 01 February through to 15 December 23


Day Tour Report

Day one briefing said to watch for wallabies, rabbits, cattle and sheep. Geez, I thought we’d already had Safari Weekend last month, cause this sounded like a real safari - and it was. Through the Mackenzie Pass, then on to Hakataramea Pass. About 8 or 9 fords here ( the river crossing type) with one of the middle ones causing the organisers a bit of concern as it had a loose shingle base (soggy bottom). Everyone got through to compare notes at Kurow. Then it was into Oamaru via the back way and side way. Evening get together at Oamaru Club finished off the day.

Day two was round the coast to start with, then Trotters Gorge, turning off 3/4 of the way through. It was here another warning was in the instructions, watch for blind crest. Basically in rollercoaster terms it was the big dipper if you went too fast!

Drove past McRae’s mine - probably the best word to describe this is humongous, couldn’t see much though. I had my eyes peeled on the road in front, just in case a gold nugget had fallen off the back of a truck. (This is how I do most of my deals anyway).

Up to Kyeburn, then a leftie to end up at Waipiata, where there is a pub in the wilderness to cater for the rail trail bike folk. Took a photo here of some of the cars, we didn't’ go inside - honest!

At Ida Valley there is a shingle back road that’s long and straight, so to make up for the straights after that we went over Crawford Hills Road, rather twisty going up, rather twisty going down.

The view here was absolutely brilliant looking across to Alexander and Clyde area, which is where we went.

Finished at Omarama, with evening meal and drinks at the Oasis, which had opened especially for us (cause we’re special). This was pretty much the end of the run with day 3 just a return to Timaru.


Good to have 4 vehicles down from Christchurch, De Soto, Vauxhall, Holden and Toyota. A Vanguard from Ashburton and Chrysler Valiant from the deep south. Also good to see the Holden Statesman on the shingle run, There was lots of it but that’s where the brilliant scenery is, and also the Fosters in the Daimler getting a bit dusty.

Both days were 300 to 400 km and 6 to 7 hours driving time.

12 “Wanted” 450x17 car tyre. If you have one in very good to excellent condition suited for a hard life on the rear of my Suzuki sidecar outfit. I would be pleased to hear from you. Barry Barnes or ph 6885105 " Situations Vacant Bar Person’s Volunteers are required to train as Bar Person’s. SCVCC will pay for training costs. Contact Alistair Day if interested

Off to the scrap heap

The 1948 Austin 8 was donated by Dave Roddick. The underside was rusty beyond redemption but it yielded useful spares including a motor and gearbox which is now fitted to another Austin 8

The Tractor was driven by John Campbell


Other Coming Events Elsewhere

Waimate Kickstart Motorcycle Rally 21st January 2023

Taupo Historic Grand Prix Taupo International Motorsport Park

21st/22nd January 2023

Ashburton Annual Rally 28th January 2023

Waimate Wallaby Rally 11th February 2023

Auckland National Veteran Rally 2023

Franklin Auckland Email:

23rd - 25th February 2023

Gore 56th Annual Festival Rally 25th February 2023 Wellington / Wairarapa / Wanganui

Vintage / Veteran Tour 12th 20th March 2023

Wanaka Wheels at Wanaka 7th - 9th April 2023

(Check our Web Page for further details on events listed below)

Chairman: Alistair Day (Nola) 6886108

Vice Chairman: Colin Hawke (Glenys) 6889955

Immediate Past Chairman: Ashley Milliken (Evelyn) 6860834

Secretary: Pauline Young (Wayne) 6861833

Treasurer: Nola Day (Alistair) 6886108

Club Captains: Gavin and Michelle Munro 6864824

News Letter Editor: Les Rzepecky (Helen) 021122 0011

Clubroom Convener: Krystal Munro 0278567940

Parts Manager: Barry Smith (Lynette) 6847405

Librarian: Barry Barnes (Carla) 6885105

IT Officer: Shannon Stevenson 6863263

Committee: All of the above and John Lester ( Mary ) 6158135

Identification and Certificate: Alistair Day, John Lester, Colin Hawke.

Swap Meet:

Chairman: Colin Johnstone (Trish) 36939093

Secretary / Site convenor: Michelle Munro (Gavin) 6864824

Treasurer: Nola Day (Alistair) 6886108

Ground Convenor Barry Smith ( Lynette) 6847405

Committee: Gavin Munro (Michelle) 6864824

Krystal Munro 0278567940 Lex Westoby 036126556 Sandy McMillan 6155150 Alan Patrick 6158803

Office Bearers 2022-


There is nothing the matter with me, I’m as healthy as I can be! I have Arthritis in both my knees, and when I talk, I talk with a wheeze My pulse is weak and my blood is thin, But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in!

Arch supports I have for my feet, or I wouldn’t be able to be on the street.

Sleep is denied me, night after night, but every morning I find I’m all right.

My memory’s fading, my heads in a spin, but I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in. The Moral is this – as my tale I unfold, That for you, and for me, who are growing old, It’s better to say – Oh I’m fine, with a grin, than to let people know the shape I’m in!

How do I know that my youth is all spent? Well, My get up and go has got up and went, But I really don’t mind, when I think with a grin, of all the grand places my get up has bin!

Old age is golden – I’ve heard it said, but sometimes I wonder, as I get into bed, With my ears in a dryer, and my teeth in a cup, my eyes on the table until I get up.

Here sleep overtakes me, I say to myself – Is there anything else I could lay on the shelf?

When I was young, my slippers were red, I could kick my heels right over my head,

When I was older, my slippers were blue, but still I could dance the whole night through!!

Now I’m old and my slippers are black, I walk to the store and puff my way back. I get up each morning, and dust my old wits, and pick up the paper, and read the Obits!!

If my name isn’t there, I know I’m not dead – so I have a good breakfast and go back to bed!!






1. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

2. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."

3. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

4. "We booked an excursion to a water park, but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price."

5. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."

6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."

7. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time this should be banned."

8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."

9. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."

10. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."


11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."

12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."

13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' threebedroom and ours was significantly smaller."

14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort.' We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."

15. "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."

16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no airconditioning."

17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

18. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."

19. "My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked." BE AWARE … THEY WALK AMONG US .... THEY HAVE VOTED!!


Bill Weir with his “special” certificates delivered by Snail Mail and even eaten by Snails while in transit.!!!!

Will be very unique certificates and should be framed.


Why Temuka?

This is a question Helen and I have been asked many times since we moved here two years ago from Greymouth with our two Dachshunds, Otto & Skye, and cat Marmi. The short answer is, “we found a house we liked,” but the story has lots of twists and turns. I won’t bore you with them all. Temuka, up until two years ago, was just a town we passed through on our visits to Oamaru where my parents moved to in 1972 when my father got a transfer with the New Zealand Railways. When it was coming up time for me to retire back in 2017 we started to look for houses on this side of the island to be closer to my brother and sister in Oamaru, my sister in Christchurch and Helen’s brother in Balclutha. It would also be easier to get to Palmerston North where Helen’s sister lives. So we finally, or so we thought, found a house in St Andrews in September 2020 which was going to auction. On the night of the auction we decided after our first bid it didn’t “feel right” so stopped bidding. In the meantime I had been looking on line and said to Helen “ have you seen this house in Temuka? We already had been to St Andrews and back to Greymouth on the Wednesday and so we did a run to Temuka on Saturday to see the house we now live in. Once we got settled in it was time to find some activities or groups to join to help to get to know people. One of the groups on the list was the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club as we had our, PV80, 1985 Honda City which was originally owned by Helen’s mother since new. We attended the open day in 2021 and from there were invited to the next Noggin and Natter. Who should we see that night? Kevin Manchester. We had got to know Kevin, Ngadia and some of the Timaru Indoor bowlers when they visited Greymouth for the annual Queen’s Birthday Tournament where Helen and myself used to cater the meals as a fundraiser for the local Girls’ Brigade Company. We also met Barry Manchester during this time. As a result of meeting Kevin we now also enjoy Indoor bowls, although that was not our intention. We had only wanted to visit the club and say Hi to other bowlers we had come to know, but Kevin had other idea’s!!! We are thoroughly enjoying our time with SCVCC and are slowly getting to know some of you as we go on the mid week runs and other Rally’s.

Maybe someone else has a story they could share as to how they came to join SCVCC or a story that other members would like to hear. Love to hear from you.

Santa & “Christmas Cracker” Christmas Dinner 2022
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