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SOUTH OTAGO BRANCH Monthly Meeting 24th September 2019 7.30 p.m.

Split Rim


Robin McCall

03 4159 288


Gary Beaumont

03 415 9169


Paul McNabb

03 418 0539

Newsletter Noeline Milne 03 417 4352

September 2019 Beautiful spring blooms, frost and wind to spoil them have been happening lately, our magnolia is always at its best when we get a frost turning it quite brown but the next flush of flowers has been worth waiting for. Snippets from the August Meeting: Noeline is taking names for Club Badges if you missed ordering one earlier, some came with incorrect spelling which is being attended to. Daffodil Run Fundraiser was a successful afternoons outing which saw good support from South Otago. $220.00 was raised from local attendees. There were approximately 100 vehicles gathered beside the lake at Waihola, there being a big contingent from Otago. The day was a little cool but the rain stayed away for us. Several decorated their vehicles for the occasion. A suggestion was put forward that a donation by those coming along on the Wednesday Runs each month be put in to help Club Funds or a Raffle could be held which would be drawn at Afternoon Tea time. Phil Sell thanked those who came along to help with the Working Bee in the Parts Store. Another day will be held soon. The Annual Dinner was held at Milton catered by Kelly. Another great evening with delicious food. For some light hearted amusement Gordon Duthie was this year awarded the Dave Williamson Ladies Trophy and Noeline Milne was presented with the Mel Tapp Service Tankard, each accepted with gratitude. Southland Branch will organise the next Combined Rally, with Ray McCulloch looking after the event. Te Anau to be the venue. Following the business Neville King showed a DVD of 30 year old scenes of Benhar and the Ceramic Factory which was destroyed by fire on the 18th February 1990. We will finish this month’s meeting with a colour source film of the Benhar factory operating with close ups of staff at work in and around the tunnel kilns. The factory closed for good 26 th April 1990. Wednesday Run for this month was held but I have not heard how that went. I hear that Lucy Pringle and her friends from team “Pulled Up In A Lemon” had a great time on their rally and are now safely returned to N.Z. which I am sure will please the parents. An ex South Otago resident from Garvan Homestead, Joanna Lower, is away

sailing on the yacht Maiden, last report was they were in L.A. What an experience that will be for her. We had a visit from Eric Brockie of Dunedin just after the big Machinery Sale at the Allison’s farm of all the various items from John Goldsworthy’s estate. Eric is still in the business of Models being a long member of that organisation. He spends a lot of time driving vehicles for the Rental Car industry shifting their locations for them. Many interesting tales to tell.

Wednesday Run 2nd October Leave 1 p.m. from the Clubrooms. The Run will be over sealed and gravel roads to south of Balclutha to visit the garden and nursery of the McLaren Family, finishing up at Kaka Point for Tea and Cakes. It is 6 months since the Wednesday Run was held south of the Clutha River so come along to view the lambs, daffodils and seaside. Neville King.

Opening Run Sunday 6th October. Departing Milton at 9.30 and heading through Dunedin to the Killmog calling in to Keith Harrington’s at the north end. He often has vehicles for sale on your left. Lunch (take your own) is at the Waikouaiti Rugby Club rooms at about 12.30, hot water and toilets available, a collection will be made to cover the $70.00 hire. After lunch you may visit the Museum at the Bank building on the corner, $5.00 pp. Afternoon tea at around 4pm at The Nornamby Tavern & Bistro, you pay, the same as the last time we were there, remember the scones! Gordon Duthie 03 485 9543

Annual Clutha Rally Saturday 9th November 2019 Gary Beaumont tells me all is in hand for this upcoming event – not to be missed so we look forward to Club members support for our yearly event. The Entry Forms are at the final checking stage which means they will be available very soon. Thankyou Gary and Robin for getting the Rally organised at this busy time of year on the farming calendar. Chairman Robin is off to Japan for the Rugby World Cup to cheer on the mighty All Blacks just after our monthly meeting so we wish him well on his journey. A wee tale from the ODT 100 years ago column. Road Hog’s escapade. An Alford Forest correspondent writing to the Ashburton Guardian states that last week a resident left his car outside the store with the engine running. In the car was a pig, which in its struggles got mixed up with the gear lever, with the result that the car was put into the low gear and the pig immediately started off on a joy ride. The owner came out just after the pig had decided to start and had to put in a good spring to rescue the car. (11.9.1919)

Coming Events: September October


Monthly Meeting & Film 7.30 p.m.


Wednesday Run 1 p.m. Clubrooms



Opening Run 9.30 a.m. Milton


Annual Clutha Rally

6 November


Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

South Otago VCC - September 2019  

South Otago VCC - September 2019