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“For all Vehicles over 30 years old”





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

May 2024


First Thursday of the Month

Grant Stewart “Testing the Water” during Chairman’s Run


Well this will be my 2nd last chairman’s report. I hope I haven’t bored you in the past. A huge thanks goes to the SWAPMEET committee and all the members who gave their time so generously for the set up on the Friday and also the clean up on the Saturday after the swapmeet. What a terrific well set up swap meet it was this year. Always a few teething problems at a new venue but these are in hand. Roll on 2025.

Thankyou to all those who supported myself and Nola on the chairman’s rally. We both appreciated your support. A huge thanks to John Bissett for allowing us time to meander in his private “man cave”.

Our P Classes rally is coming up. Please support this and get your entries into Gavin and Michelle early to make their lives easier. Just a reminder that our AGM is coming up at the noggin in June.

Please consider putting your name forward for the committee. It is not a hard job, in fact it is very rewarding and you can learn a great deal about the club you belong to. Don’t be shy.

I am happy to put your name forward, or fee l free to ask any committee member what is involved. If you would like to know more don’t hesitate to ask. The season is coming to an end. I hope you have enjoyed your year with our branch. It is always pleasing to see visitors from other branches come to join us on our rallies. We have a great clubroom and an amazing parts shed. These are envied by many. Also something else to note is that we have a cuppa before our rallies start. After having been to Blenheim, Napier, West Coast and Nelson Branches this year, it was very noticeable that a cuppa is not on their agenda. Think about joining the committee and remember the AGM is on Noggin night in June. Remember you will not be alone.

Happy Motoring.

The 2024 South Canterbury Branch Chairman’s Rally took place on Sunday 21 April.

With over 20 cars outside the club rooms of varying ages, shapes and forms, it was on the road by mid morning, travelling via the Port of Timaru and Centennial park to reach Fairview, before a trip down the hill and across the Pareora River into Holme Station –one eye on the left-right-left instruction sheet, the other on the scenery to look at instructions for the quiz questions.

With Southburn and its dairy farm conversions reached it was up the hill, passing the pig farms and down into Esk Valley before reaching potato fries central, Makikihi and Waimate.

With the route headed through the grid of Waimate streets the lunch stop was at Seddon Square, the murals on the silos looming on the park from above, the Seddon Square tree leaves falling on to our vehicles.

With the sun overhead, it was tops down for most of the canvas topped cars, the afternoon route taking us north via the rural environs of Hunter, Esk Valley and Lyalldale to Timaru, where the end venue turned out to be a real surprise for participants the West End property of Timaru Herald photographer John Bisset.–his sheds a well laid out space full, of steam-punk, repurposed car parts, interactive audio visuals, model train sets and memorabilia, each shed leading to the other using a mix of secret doors keeping us entertained for hours.

Shannon Stevenson.


Thursday May 2nd 7.30 pmClubrooms, Redruth St Timaru.


Colin Hawke & Grant Mitchell

Cruise Ship visit’s review

KITCHEN DUTY :- Barbara & Roger Baird

BAR :- Sandy McMillan

Club Captain Vacancy

The Club Captain role in the Club will be vacant at theAGM as Gavin and Michelle Munro are stepping aside. If you think this is something you could take on for the Club then please contact either Gavin (021 0528264) or Michelle (021 1726168) and have a chat. They are happy to show you what is involved and to help you into the role over the next couple of months before they step aside.

Magazine Articles

I’m always looking for articles, even short ones, for the Tricar, or a photo or two of an event that you have attended in your club eligible vehicle.


With the Swapmeet over we can all give a sigh of relief and say 'Well done All'. Thanks to the Wednesday Team who loaded the two trailers in readiness for the Swapmeet, and for those who emptied them after the event.

My thanks to both John Campbell and Clive Merry for towing the two trailers to and from the sites at Orari and for manning them for the day.

With hard work comes rewards, and so it was that we made sales of $421.00 off the trailers and on Sunday I was able to extract another $296.00 from the visitors.

All in all, a great effort on everyone's part in making this swapmeet a success. Now it's back to normal . Now where did I put that last part that came off the trailer?.

Parts Dept always open on Wednesday mornings from 9am till 12 noon

Barry Smith

Parts Manager.

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.

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

Calendar of Events 2023 /2024 for the South Canterbury Branch of the VCC

May 9th Mid-week Run

May 12th PV Rally

May 26th End of Season Run

June 2nd All British Run

June 6th *** AGM ***


June 6th



We are proposing to run another vintage Trials this year, possibly earlier to allow for wetter conditions.

Watch this Space

Hi all

Thank you for all your help at this year’s Laps at Levels. There are always some learnings (who would have thought someone could go the wrong way!) but overall it all went well. Thanks to you.

We received a number of comments from registrants who were very happy to have had the chance to take their precious vehicles around the track, and we made $4300 from the day, twice what we made last year. While the money is obviously important, the Laps at Levels provides another dimension to the whole event that is not available at most car shows.

Overall we are thrilled to announce that the four-day event raised $175,000, a record. All this goes directly to patient care of local people.

Once again, a huge thanks for the part you have played in that.

Reminder PV Rally 12th May 2024 Contact Michelle Munro for entry forms 021 1726168

Notes from the Library

May 2024

The Swap Meet stall was successful in passing on a good number of magazines though I still ended up having to bring some back. Very few books were sold with just $11 being added to the Library coffers.

The continuing storage of duplicated items is not really desirable so I plan to publicise their availability via Beaded Wheels or maybe a sales website like Marketplace. In the meantime the duplicate magazines and a selection of books and manuals are displayed in the Clubrooms. Help yourself to magazines and see me for any of the books/manuals you are interested in.

Two large donations of books have surfaced recently.

Neil Manchester brought in a large number from the collection of the late John “Potty” Pateman most of which were motorcycle related. This created a minor problem with not enough room on the shelves where the motorbike books are stored but I have moved some stuff around and cleared an adjacent shelf where the “John Pateman Collection” of no less than 48 items will be housed. There are some quality books among these and I would recommend to our biker members to take a look and feel free to borrow some of Potty’s literary treasures. I have myself been reading one of these books entitled Classic Motorcycles and found it a very good in depth commentary on a wide topic.

A couple of months ago I was surprised and saddened to learn that Lionel Suter, a member for 55 years, had passed away. I had known Lionel for over 50 years and enjoyed our encounters on many occasions over the years. I can recall his participation in events with the very original 1929 Studebaker Director that had at one time been his father’s car, which Lionel managed to purchase back some years later. This was back in the days when I used to come up from Invercargill to take part in various South Canterbury events. Lionel ultimately acquired a number of other desirable examples of the Studebaker marque.

I have since retrieved a large number of motoring books from Lionel’s residence at the invitation of his son Barrie. Some good Studebaker books among those, and a number of manuals for other vehicles too.

I have not yet had time to sort through them all and again I’m not too sure where we are going to fit them in.




Organisers -Roger and Barbara Baird

National South Island Easter Rally

Having not attended an Easter Rally for some years, Carla and I thought we would give the one to be held at Nelson a go. Nine other crews from South Canterbury thought like-wise so our Branch was well represented. Some of the 100 or so entrants, including Alistair and Nola Day, 1939 Chevrolet coupe, had also attended the West Coast Rally the previous weekend then quietly made their way to Nelson making a proper break away of it.

We were not amongst them, opting to take the Suzuki and sidecar on the trailer as far as Blenheim on the Thursday staying overnight with our son and his family.

Good plan, except that just as we were approaching Waipara we received a call from our daughter in law who had learned there had just been a fatal accident near Kekerengu north of Kaikoura.

As the road was expected to be closed for several hours we opted to turn off at Waipara and take the inland route which is actually the shortest route to Nelson, but by needing to still go to Blenheim we ended up doing an extra 150 k or so, with the trip from home taking around 9.5 hours.

Next leg of the trip to Nelson on Friday was readily achieved and we had plenty of time to unload the bike, settle in to our accommodation before heading to Nelson Br Club Rooms and Rally HQ for check in and to receive our well put together Rally pack along with a welcoming cuppa.

Next morning was cool at the early start but a nice day beckoned and we enjoyed a really good run over unfamiliar territory to the lunch stop at Motueka. For some reason the organisers had stressed that we should not leave Motueka before 2pm and while it is always nice to have time to chat with other entrants and check out the other vehicles the last hour dragged a bit. The run back was excellent and ended up back at the Club Rooms where we were to hand in our Rally silent check sheets.

We had expected that the kettle would be on again, but were disappointed in that, so just headed back to our digs for refreshment.

The evening function appeared to us to go off well but it was disconcerting to learn the food had run out at the buffet and some tables missed out on much of the main course though those tables did get first go at the dessert course.

Sunday was another lovely day and the field tests and Concours judging were held. There were only 4 bikes but special tests were set out for us which was appreciated because the car tests were not all suitable for bikes. For once I did not muff all of them but Andrew Morrison with a little 150cc CZ blitzed the field and did the same in the road section. The gathered vehicles made a great display representing all the Classes catered for by the Club. If I had to pick one to take home it would be the superb 1911 Overland Model 46 roadster of Lou McDowell while Carla would settle for Jim and Kyra Wareing’s beautiful 1930 Chrysler 70 convertible coupe.

The prize giving function and dinner was a very good evening with the deficiencies of the previous evening’s meal well overcome.

Fellow South Cantabrians seemed in good spirits especially Alan Geary and partner Ann who picked up a gong or two with the 1981 Cortina V6. I think we would all say we enjoyed the event.

As a shakedown for the International in 2026, the organisers will have taken note of some areas to work on and I am sure they will put on a worthy event. We’ve put in our expression of interest anyway.

The event also included a reportedly very enjoyable optional after match tour of Golden Bay in which Gavin and Marilyn Ladbrook took part with their lovely 1931 Chrysler Drop Head Coupe coming home via the West Coast for good measure. Other South Canterbury participants were;

Andre & Christina Kraenzlin 1930 Model A Ford

Kevin and Ruth Mercer 1931 Model A Ford

Graham Jarvis and Debbie More 1958 Ford Zodiac

Ross and Delwynne Luscombe 1960 Vauxhall Victor F

Eddie Gould and Ron Hammer 1974 Triumph Stag

Alan Ferguson and Raewyn Meredith 1978 Vauxhall Cavalier coupe

B31 BSA, Veteran Bard V twin (JAP Engine), Suzuki & CZ Chrysler 70 Convertible Coupe Nelson Lunch time lineup. 1911 Overland on right Two South Canterbury Model A’s

North Otago Motorcycle Rally

Photo’s courtesy Barry Barnes

Suzuki GT750 waterbus and Norton Pre-war Ariel in foreground with Lex Westoby's Norton poking its nose out at the rear. Outside Fort Enfield tavern 1929AJS on right .

Swap Meet Photos

Mid Island Presentations

Dave Jones receiving one of a list of trophies and certificates for his wins in the Mid Island Rally.


Sarah Doggett with Stan Brehaut Trophy for overall Vintage motorcycle Pauline YoungSCVCC Trophy for best overall Commercial Melanie Bates Jim & Pat Geddes Trophy for best Post 60 Overall More Photos taken during the Chairman’s Rally

National South Island Easter Rally and 60th Anniversary –Nelson

Part of the South Canterbury Contingent at the final dinner in Nelson.

From left are Alan Ferguson, Raewyn Meridith, Delwyn & Ross Luscombe, Marilyn Ladbrook & Carla & Barry Barnes.

Ruth & Kevin Mercer on

left. Andre & Christina Kraezlin on the right

Ruth Mercer getting a hug from Nelson Chairman Mike Bryan while Kevin Mercer on the right watches on the Alan Ferguson proudly stands in front of the Kritz car which was on display at the final dinner Photos Courtesy of Nola Day

Carla Barnes Pauline Young and Helen Rzepecky cleaning the silver on one of the cruise ship days. A job badly needing doing. Well done.


On an overcast (threatening rain) day, 6 cars and their passengers left the clubrooms and travelled to SH1. Turning left then first right we continued up to Priests Cnr. Turning left we carried on and turned into Gordons Valley Rd. towards the planned afternoon stop at Otaio Gorge Reserve. The weather by now had turned to heavy rain. We made the decision to take the alternative destination and returned to the clubrooms for afternoon tea and a chat, where by now there was not a rain drop in sight. Thanks to Linda & Barry for arranging the run.

April Mid week run. Long and short of it!!

Photo courtesy of Penny Merry New Member Stewart Garchow

Oamaru Motorcycle Rally

Carla and I have always enjoyed the North Otago Branch Motorcycle rally so despite the fact it would be the third weekend in a row for VCC events we put in an entry for the run. We had debated riding down and back but these days I am finding 300k or so in one day a bit much, so opted to trailer it down a decision further justified by the gloomy weather forecast, and we loaded the Suzuki and sidecar on to the trailer.

It was just a bit spitty on arrival and much the same when we headed off after the usual sumptuous morning tea in the Club Rooms .

About 46 riders had entered and we had a pleasant run over the excellent North Otago motorcycling roads to the lunch stop at Fort Enfield tavern. The staff did an impressive job of rolling out feeds for hungry bikers but during this time the weather deteriorated.

Nevertheless, we headed off on the 35 mile return route but when we reached SH1 the rain was a bit more steady so being a proper wuss turned the rig back toward town and eschewed the ride around the coastal road which would have been lovely on a better day.

The Rally had a record number of riders despite the poorer than usual support from South Canterbury with many of the first time riders vowing to return next year as indeed we hope to do.

The other South Canterbury entrants were Lex Westoby with newly completed Norton Dominator 88, a very impressive bike and Neil Manchester rode down on the Triumph Bonneville left to him by John Pateman, looking great and motoring crisply after some careful fettling.

Thanks to Robert Hutton for a well organized run and North Otago Branch for their great hospitality.

Checking the tie downs

Other Coming Events Elsewhere

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

Ashburton Swap Meet

Southland Waimea Motorcycle Rally

Waimate Three Passe/Gorges

Southland P60/P80 Rally

Canterbury Irishman Creek Rally

Banks Peninsula Autumn Fling

Ashburton Solstice Run


Deadline for June 2024

May 4th

May 11th

May 11th

May 18th

May 31st /June 2nd

June 15th

June 30th

Tricar 20th May 2024

Chairman’s Rally

April 2024

A cloudy day greeted members as we assembled at the clubrooms for morning tea, before a briefing by Chairman Alistair, who assured us we would see the sun at our lunch destination. Our instructions also included 20 questions, posed no doubt by Nola.

Left clubrooms a little after 10.00am, via Rothwell St., to underbridge and along South St., then Hayes St., through the Port to Loop Rd., viewing the Gypsy Fair parked up, to lights on main road. Along Wai-iti Rd., Otipua Rd., then Quarry Rd. took us down to Centennial Park Rd. Beautiful drive through it with the trees showing their Autumn colours, and many people out walking dogs and bikers on the tracks.

Barton Rd. took us out through Fairview, down to Holme Station Rd. Maungati corner. Great views down the zig zag to Guscott Rd., Beaconsfield Rd., Holme Station Rd., Pareora River Rd. and then on to Cairds Rd. Needed to stop here to find out what the big rock represented Lest we Forget All those fallen from the area in WW2.

2km of gravelon Mile Cutting Rd. kept traffic some distance apart. Grays Crossing Rd. took us down to near St. Andrew, a Give Wat CAUTION as we turned on to main SHW 1 near Otaio. Past Makikihi Fries, then a left turn took us down towards the sea to Hook Swamp Rd. ( new territory for some perhaps). Back to SHW 1 (left turn) CAUTION, down road towards Waimate at Nosh Café. We had a short detour around the town, past the stadium, to our destination for lunch, the park on the main street next to the community garden area.

A picturesque spot, trees very colourful, & now a warm sunny afternoon, as Alistair promised.

As a visit has been arranged at the end of the afternoon run, we needed to be on the road again before 1.30pm. With new instructions for the return trip (no questions) most of us were away a little after 1.00p.m.

Drove through the main street of Waimate, turning left into Parsonage Rd., took in nice views of the golf course, then on to Waimate Hunter Rd. for some distance, on to Pakihi Rd., Teschmaker Valley Rd., Tavistock Rd., and back on to gravel (1km) at Woolshed Valley Rd., Kotinga Rd., then Agnew Rd. took us back into Esk Valley.

Grays Corner, up Brassells Rd., Beaconsfield Rd., Rockdale and up to Otipua Rd. and finally into Raymond St., No7, our afternoon venue.

Jon Bisset’s “Bissyville” is an Emporium/museum of wonderful creations, memorabilia, photos, SC history, quirky gadgets, hidden doors so much to look at and touch. A real treat to have been able to view John’s lifetime hobby. A very interesting asset to our community that he opens by arrangement to the public.

Many thanks to Nola and Alistair for a very enjoyable run, the fine weather, and arranging the afternoon visit.

Gail Parker.

(Photos elsewhere in Tricar. –Editor)

Mid Island Rally Results - 3rd March 2024


Dave Jones 1914 Buick


Dave Jones 1914 Buick


Dave Jones 1914 Buick

A V MARTYN TROPHY –Vintage Field Test

David Oakley

1926 Austin12/4 Clifton Tourer

SCVCC CUP –Vintage Time Trial

David Oakley

1926 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer


David Oakley

Datsun 240Z

1926 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer

STAN BREHAUT TROPHY –Overall Vintage Motorcycle

Sarah Doggett 1951 Matchless


Sarah Doggett 1951 Matchless


Lex Westoby 1978 Yamaha SR500


Pauline Young 1930 Rugby Truck

A V MARTYN TROPHY –Aged Mileage, Oldest vehicle on Rally

Dave Jones 1914 Buick


John Foster 1939 Buick Series 60 Coupe


John Foster 1939 Buick Series 60 Coupe


Alvan Jones 1975 Ford Cortina E


Melanie Bates 1977 MGB Roadster

JIM & PAT GEDDES TROPHY-Best Post 60 Overall

Melanie Bates 1977 MGB Roadster


Ross Brown 1982 Mercedes Benz Coupe


Ross Brown

Mercedes Benz Coupe


Office Bearers 2023-2024

Chairperson: Alistair Day (Nola) 027 2025007

Vice Chairperson: Colin Hawke (Glenys) 6889955

Secretary: Pauline Young (Wayne) 6861833

Treasurer: Nola Day (Alistair) 027 2035007

Club Captains: Gavin and Michelle Munro Michelle 021 1726168 Gavin 021 0528264

News Letter Editor: Les Rzepecky (Helen) 021 1220011

Clubroom Convener: Sandy McMillan 027 6155150

Parts Shed Manager: Barry Smith (Lynette) 6847405

Librarian: Barry Barnes (Carla) 6885105

IT Officer: Shannon Stevenson 6863263

Committee: All of the above

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

Swap Meet:

Chairman: Colin Johnstone (Trish) 6939093

Secretary / Site convenor: Michelle Munro (Gavin) 6864824

Treasurer: Nola Day (Alistair) 027 2035007

Ground Convenor Barry Smith ( Lynette) 6847405

Committee: Gavin Munro (Michelle) 6864824

(Plus all above) Krystal Munro 027 8567940

John Lester (Mary) 6158135

Sandy McMillan 027 6155150 027 4484655

Alan Patrick 6158803

Glen Hawkins 027 2076625

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