South Canterbury VCC - July 2021

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

July 2021

NOGGIN ANDNATTER First Thursday of the Month

SCVCC CALENDAR OF EVENTS. 2021 8th July: 24th July ) 12th August 19th August 29th August

2021 - 2022 Year

Mid-week run Garage raid (organised by Waimate) Mid-week run Quiz Night with Ashburton at Ashburton Daffodil Rally for Cancer Run

5th September 19th September

Opening Run (South Canterbury hosting) Continental run

23/24/25 October

Mt Cook Annual Rally

5/6/7 November 13/14 November 21st November 27th November

Safari weekend All American weekend Vintage / Veteran / Commercial run Xmas Party

NEW YEAR 2022 1st January 30th January

New Year’s Day Fairlie Ladies run

5/6/7 February 20th February 26th February

Away weekend Chairman’s run Open day

6th March 13th March

Motor bike rally Mid Island

2nd April

Swap meet

8th May 22May

“P” Classes Rally End of season run

5th June 25th June

All British Night trial



NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday, July 1st 7-30pm at Club rooms, Redruth St, Timaru Kitchen Duty, Lex Westoby and Graham Jarvis Bar Duty Mid Week Run

GARAGE RAID Waimate Date July 24th Meet at Waimate Clubrooms at 9 am. For Morning tea 5 Premises to visit Pea-Pie & Pud Lunch $5.00 at Clubrooms

Quiz Night with Ashburton

at Ashburton (It was canned last year be-

cause of Covid19}

ORGANIZE Your Team Now

Cover Photo—- Eric Robbins being presented with the Chairman’s Trophy at the AGM

Chairman’s & (Temporary Editor’s) Report Hi Fellow Members

As you can read I’m still the Chairman and since Shona & Bill Weir have stepped down from The Tri Car’s Editorship after 25years Fantastic service, I’m the temporary Editor as no one is currently prepared to step up to the mark. Frankly I’m VERY DISAPPOINTED at the seemingly apathetic attitude to helping with the running of the club. If you want the club to continue to operate in the current manner then some assistance is required. Personally this will be my 9th year as chairman ,4 in the 90’s and 5 currently & it’s time for a change. Nola has done at least 18 years as Treasurer and I’m sure she would relish the opportunity to step down. On a positive note, I would like to welcome onto the committee Michelle & Gavin Munro in the role of Club Captain in addition to their roles on the Swap Meet Committee. Also Krystal Munro who has stepped up to the role of Club Rooms convenor and Colin Hawke who has come onto the committee. On behalf of all members I would like tp sincerely thank the members who have stepped down from the committee this year, Shona & Bill Weir, Neil Manchester for his great Club Captains efforts, Alistair Day for handling the Clubrooms Convenor role & getting the roof sorted, and Oliver Irving for his input & holding his own with the “oldies” The Club’s finances are in good stead as a result of a good swap meet, going forward , major expenditure is planned to replace the remainder of the roof. Alistair Day has this under control. The next Noggin & Natter should be interesting as Murray Trounson from The National Management Committee will give a presentation on the new National computer system and other matters.



Unusual Puncture It’s not only cars that get flatties, picked up this Allen Key recently on King St just near Austin’s Foundry New tyre & tube needed


June Website Updates

- June newsletter placed up - All British Day video placed up. - 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


JUNE PARTS SHED REPORT Activity and sales have slowed during the cooler winter months but we are still being visited by members from other branches who seem pleased with their various finds. We still have the 87 Corona sedan for sale for $1000. Rego. is on hold and the car runs, drives and stops. It would benefit from a paint job and doesn't come with a battery. We welcome your visit on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 12 and other than a huge range of well-priced vintage parts we offer a warm and convivial atmosphere with plenty of knowledge to assist with your current project. Remember to bring a sample of the part you are looking for if at all possible. Stay warm and Covid free. Kind regards Clive Merry


National Vintage Rally Well Easter has been and gone and what a full weekend it was for all VINTAGE enthusiasts. Not as many entries as we had hoped for, but the commardary amongst the attendees far outweighed the fewer numbers. The weather gods played in our favour, and our entrants really lapped up the beautiful South Canterbury countryside, with views and roads to die for. It was wonderful having so many entrants from the North Island attend. Good Friday started off with a Bar B Que lunch for those that wanted it, with an afternoon and evening rally pack pick ups, concluding with supper. Saturday started the two rally days. Surprisingly very few took the sealed route, with the majority really enjoying their 100 mile trip to Fairlie. This is normally a short Timaru to Fairlie trip of about 40 miles. Many couldn’t believe the wonderful countryside that is so hidden from the normal driver in a modern vehicle. The heights reached, and the views, needed to be seen to be believed. Amazing what is in the back of beyond that we are all too unaware of unless one is a vintage car club nutter. After the collection and partaking of well stocked lunch boxes provided by our wonderful South Canterbury Caterers, there was plenty of time for viewing all the other vehicles on the rally as we assembled on the Village Green in Fairlie township. The local paper had printed an article about the rally and many people wandered around for a look. The entrants took their own leave when they were ready and headed back to Timaru to get prepared for the evening Dinner and entertainment at the Phar Lap Raceway, catered again by our South Canterbury Caterers. The husband and wife band from Geraldine was enjoyed by all and it was a pleasure to watch 2 young people from our branch, Matthew and Julie Milne dance so elegantly. Matthew’s parents were also attendees and they really enjoyed being able to watch such superb dancing, as they don’t get to see them dance very often because they live in the North Island.

We had pre ordered buses available to take us to and from the venue.11 This caused a lot of hilarity when we couldn’t find one couples motel, only to discover the male had the wrong name, however the motilier dropped them off and we took them home on the bus. It all adds to the fun of the weekend. Sunday saw us all heading to my home town of Geraldine. Greatly changed from when I grew up there of course. Just one rally route there with our first visit to the newly opened ROUTE 79 Museum. This is owned by Paul Robins and a real credit to him. His father (Eric Robins) Darracq, sitting in pride of place, and much admired. Lunch was in the Geraldine domain which is a beautiful setting. That is until the wind started and the acorns from the trees started landing. No more needs to be said on that. So after lunch a short drive to the next visit, which was at Roger Mahans new museum at the north entrance to Geraldine. An extremely hot afternoon by now, and I was thankful to sit on the cold concrete in the shade of the building and wait for my driver. Another rally route took those that wanted to, back to Timaru via the outskirts of Temuka, then out the back of Seadown and thru part of Timaru’s Industrial Park. After arriving back at the accommodation it was time for a rest after the roasting hot day before we went back to Phar Lap Raceway for another superb evening meal and more music. The entertainment we had organised for Sunday let us down, so we were very thankful the band from the night before offered to fill in for us, and again provided us with a great night of dancing, or just listening to music, or just catching up with others. Music from our era which we could all relate to. Very enjoyable. Thanks to Vero for their sponsorship as it was impossible to ask for local sponsorship the way economics have been since Covid hit. Nola Day.


A Brace of Classic Mini Clubmans

Outside The Cave Hall


Inside the Cave Hall

A Impressive line at the Bay


Nelson Bowden receiving the Parts Shed Trophy at the AGM

Shona & Bill Weir receiving the Gordon Stevenson Trophy for Restoration of the year at the AGM


Neil Manchester receiving the Lyalldale Trophy for best branchNeil performance at the AGM Manchester

Nola & Alistair Day receiving their 25 year Membership Ship badges at the AGM

John Campbell receiving his 25 year badge at the AGM

The All British Car Day June 6th 2021 The day dawned overcast and damp with a cold Southerly breeze when we were setting up at the Bay, A big thank you to all the helpers who assisted with the setting up Taking the entries and selling the raffle tickets I took my van to transport all the “gear” Neil Manchester planned the route which had to be tweaked slightly be cause of the previous weekend’s weather . The route took entrants southwest of Timaru , north through Ara whenua to Waitohi , Totara Valley, to the Cave Hall where lunch was held and raffle & prizes were drawn. I would like to acknowledge The following Firms that Donated prizes The Front Store Trade Zone BNT Independent Engineering Supplies, Also Andrew Milliken of MIllikens Furniture & Beds who donated the advert on the front page of the Courier Newspaper (worth $ 287.50incl GST) The net proceeds from the event are to go to The C Play project.



A very nice ute conversion



A well presented PB Vauxhall beside a genuine Sunbeam Tiger


A little bit of Buick History There has been much made of Packard cars recently on Facebook and no doubt the ad very stylish bodywork but the early 30’s cars were not mechanically in the same league as Buick’s. The Buick straight 8 was initially developed to fit in the same space as the 6 but ended up about an inch longer. After a fairly rapid development period ,protype engine were subjected to engine destruction driving tests. Comparing the engines to the older Buick 6’s as well as a Packard 733. Two 1930 Buick 6’s were sent to the proving grounds, driven for 25 miles at 65mph & then 25 miles at full throttle then back to 65mph for as long as they could. The first car lasted 2857 mile when the balancer broke & the second 3972 miles. A new 1931 Buick went though the same sequence,70mph 7 the full throttle ,it lasted 5094 miles .Another car with an oilcooler lasted 7952 miles before running big ends. A Packard 733 withan oil cooler was driven similarly and failed at 2431 miles & re equipped with new bearings lasted only 2819 miles. Pre production testing of the new engines totalled 616627 miles, 903397 for front axles ,868884 miles for the rear axles,745293 for clutches, 823432 for transmissions, 677007 for steering ,705797 for chassis & 635995 for bodies. Buick wanted to make sure the car was suitable for the new engines. Three engine sizes were initially produced,220.7 cuinch,(77hp) 272.6 cu inch (90hp)& the 344.8 cu inch (104hp) Interestingly my 1926 Buick Master 6 is 274 cu inch (75hp) But does not have the counter balanced crankshaft of later models like Clive Merry’s 28 Master.


Model 30/45 Phaeton in the service of the Oakland California Police Dept With officer Frank C Hughes pointing out the aperture in the bullet proof windscreen through which a rifle my be fired in relative safety



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

Henry Ford Day at Waimate, July 31st Display in Queen Street.

Deadline for Tricar is 20th July New Address


COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2021—2022 Branch Correspondence to PO Box 623, Timaru 7940 Phone: 03 6885234 Chairperson Secretary Treasurer Club Captains Newsletter Editor

Ashley Milliken (Evelyn) Pauline Young (Wayne) Nola Day (Alistair) Gavin and Michelle Munro To be filled Email: Clubrooms Convenor Krystal Munro Parts Manger Clive Merry Librarian Barry Barnes (Carla) IT Officer Shannon Stevenson Committee John Lester Ross Parker Colin Hawke

SWAPMEET COMMITTEE Chairman Treasurer Site Convenor Grounds Convenor Committee

Colin Johnson (Trish) Nola Day (Alistair) Michelle Munro (Gavin) Barry Smith Gavin Munro (Michelle) Alan Patrick Lex Westoby Sandy McMillan Krystal Munro

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