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

April 2018

NOGGIN ANDNATTER First Thursday of the

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2017—2018 August 3rd August 10th August 27th

Thursday Thursday Sunday

Quiz Night with Ashburton Mid Week Run Cancer Run

September 3rd


Opening Run with Ashburton

October 21/22/23


Mt Cook Rally


November 5th Sunday November 10/11/12 Fri/Sat/Sun November 18/19 Sat/Sun November 26th Sunday

Motorcycle Rally Safari Weekend All American Weekend Vet/Vin/Comm Rally

December 9th


Christmas Dinner

2018 January 1st January 7th January 13th January 20th

Monday Sunday Saturday Saturday

New Years Day Parade @Fairlie Ladies Rally Night Trial Open Day

February 3/4/5 February 18th

Sat/Sun/Mon Sunday

Weekend Away Chairman’s Rally

March 4th March 11th March 24th March 30th/April 1st

Sunday Sunday Saturday Fri/Sat/Sun

Mystery Run Mid Island Rally Swap Meet Sth Is Easter RallyAt Invercargill

April 12th


Mid Week Run

May10th May 13th

Thursday Sunday

Mid week Run PV/PWV/P60/P80 Rally

June 3rd June 14th June 17th

Sunday Thursday Sunday

All British Day Mid Week Run Restoration Run

July 5th



COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2017 – 2018 Branch Correspondence to PO Box 623, Timaru 7940 Email: – Phone: 03 688 5234 Chairman Ashley Milliken (Evelyn) Immediate Past: John Foster (Marion) Secretary Miles Winter (Trish_) Treasurer Nola Day (Alistair) Club Captain Darren Ladbrook (Jo) Newsletter Ed Bill & Shona Weir Email: C/R Convenor Alistair Day (Nola) Parts Manager John Campbell (Janet) Librarian Barry Barnes (Carla) IT Officer Shannon Stevenson Committee Wayne Irving (Michelle) Frances Irving Clive Merry Neil Manchester Trailer Hire John Campbell SWAPMEET COMMITTEE Chairman John Knowles Treasurer Nola Day (Alistair) Site Convenor Michelle Munro (Gavin) Grounds Convenor Colin Johnstone (Trish) Committee Gavin Munro (Michelle) Murray Martin Alan Patrick Lex Westoby Allan Geary Robert Bray

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22 ‘50th MYSTERY RAMBLE’ SUNDAY, 4 MARCH 2018 To Members of the S.C. Branch of the Vintage Car Club

I would like to thank you all for supporting this special rally. My thanks must go to Dave & Min Mackenzie, Geraldine, for bringing the Hupmobile and also Malcolm & Anita McGibbon all the way from Darfield with the Renault. To members who do not know, these 2 vehicles belonged to Russell and I and we have motored them extensively throughout New Zealand. I also appreciated my friend Colin Lyon being able to attend, as he has helped and supported me for the last few years of ‘Mystery Rambles’ We have always tried to make the rally routes a ‘mystery’ over mainly tarsealed roads. It has been a real pleasure organizing the ‘Mystery Rambles’ over the last 50 years.

COMING EVENTS NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday, 5th April 2018

7-30pm at Clubrooms, Redruth St, Timaru Kitchen Duty, Pauline and Wayne Young Bar Duty Sandy McMillan Raffles, Don Cameron Speaker, Grant Mitchell will talk on the history of the Port ———————————————


Thank you all for your support Joan Paul — ————————————————


We have new Brake Shoes galore and some Disc Pads, Plugs, Points, Condensors, Distributor Caps, Rotors, Fuel & Water Pumps, Tyres both radial & crossply. Try your Parts Shed first.

Ashburton Swapmeet 5th May, —————————————



Would people who dump ‘old’ worn out tyres at the Clubrooms, please refrain from doing so as it costs your Club $5 each tyre to dump them, so


Deadline for Tricar is 18th April New Address



April 21-22 at Rangitata Island Aerodrome More info in this newsletter ———————————————-

May 13th Sunday PV/PWV/P60/P80 Rally Meet at Clubrooms 9-30 for 10am start. Entry form in this issue. Entries close 6th May ————————————COVER Ashley presenting a commemorative photo in recognition of the 50th Mystery Ramble to Joan Paul.

SCVCC Chairman’s Report April 2018


HI fellow enthusiasts, Well this years Swap Meet has been & gone, a VERY successful event despite the unfavourable weather forecasts leading up to it. The day dawned fine after the overnight rain & just got better as the day progressed. This year was the first time that I had been able to go out and help with the set up ,and I have to say that I felt humbled by the huge effort put into the set up by the Swap Meet Committee and other club members during the week that ensured we were ready to go by mid afternoon Friday. Sunday’s clean up was all completed by Midday. My Heartfelt thanks to John Knowles , the Swap Meet Committee and all club members who contributed in any way to the success of the event March has been a busy month for the Club with the 50th Mystery Run. What a mile stone. The Club presented Joan Paul a canvas print of the Renault & the Hupmobile as an appreciation from the club members for the many years of Interesting runs organised by Joan and her late Husband Russell. March 11th saw the Mid Island Rally well organised by Darren Ladbrook with a good number of entries. The National Executive meeting was held in Christchurch on the same day as the Swap Meet. Our Branch was ably represented at the meeting by Barry Barnes .Thank you Barry for enabling me to attend the Swap Meet . The Easter Rally in Invercargill is followed by the South Island Club Captains Tour which will stop off in Timaru the day after the April Noggin & Natter. We will be hosting them at the clubrooms for a meal on the Friday night. April’s Noggin will have Grant Mitchell giving an illustrated presentation on the Historical development of the Port of Timaru. May 13th is the PV/PWV/P60/P80 Rally, Entry form in this Bulletin.

Good Motoring Ashley

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 at home on 03 6886108 , or on his mobile 027 202 5007.

A Bar Person and a Raffle Seller are required for our “Noggin” night. You don’t need a Bar License to do this. These are easy jobs so don’t be shy. Also a great way to actually talk to everyone that comes to our Noggin Night. Please phone Alistair and put your name forward . Every month we require 2 people for doing this, and also o 2 to serve our suppers. Choose your month and let us have a forward roster. It’s only once a month, so don’t be afraid to put your name forward. Many thanks. Alistair – Clubroom Convenor. With Central City Motors no longer on the scene, Just thought I would let you know that Muffler and Auto Shop, are happy to take over the warrants and mechanicals for your Vintage and everyday vehicles. Their phone number is 03 688 9412. They are in what was the old Morton & Co Auction rooms, cnr Station & George Streets. I will be helping them out as required, and keeping my WOF certificate live to assist them. Cheers Alistair.

20 NIGHT TRIAL (NICHOLSON STYLE) by Terry Wilson Word came out that Darcy Nicholson was seeking entries for a night trial he had planed for the Saturday night of the next weekend. Having no idea what was involved with a night trial not having done anything like that before I made inquiries to see if my 1913 Fiat would be suitable with only carbide lights. Of course the answer was yes but came with a warning to take extra carbide which I usually carried anyway. The usual practice is to only partially fill the carbide container because a full charge might last for a few hours but once used any carbide left at the end of the journey has to be dumped and a new lot added before the next use. The night was to start from the Terminus hotel where the club had the use of a small room occasionally. My usual navigator was not available that night but my youngest brother Robin would be home that weekend from university and would be keen to come along. At that time there were a limited number of club members with mobile vehicles and not everyone’s choice would be a night trial. So I think there were only about five or six starters. It was to be a mystery run and remains so to me to this day. Apparently Darcy who set the course was a friend of the land owner who owned a large farm on the southwest side of the Back Line road, not far from Bluecliffs Station. Darcy had apparantly driven through this farm property on one of his Sunday drives. He gave us good instructions to arrive at the first of five farm gates. The instructions were that each gate was to be left exactly as found. We had been starting to think that perhaps we had made a mistake as it had been a long way to this point and it was already getting dark. However we lit the gas lights and continued on. From the first gate we could see the direction the farm road was taking us. Knowing that particular district quite well through our logging work at Bluecliffs Station and other sites I could see had we been an hour or so earlier we would have had a perfect view of the Hunter Hills, Mt Nimrod and all that country beyond. Although a few cars had passed us soon after leaving the Terminus we were now reasonably sure all the other starters were in front of us. It was quite some distance between the gates and just after gate 4 the lights went dim and were soon out. Going through the process of emptying the ash from the generator, cleaning the filters and toping up the carbide and water is a simple job in daylight but on a dark night with only a small torch these jobs take a wee bit longer. This time we put a decent amount of carbide into the chamber and the lights were still burning brightly when we arrived home a few hours later. The last gate took us back onto the Backline road and it was all downhill to St Andrews and the Terminus. Our lot were all there but starting to wonder where they should start looking for us. No mobile phones in those days! We can still say we enjoyed the run but really we saw nothing and nobody. I can honestly say though, that it has only been other circumstances that have prevented me from entering in other night trials since that time. Another great memory from Terry. Thank You



Another Mid Island rally has come and gone, with 59 entrants taking part. The weather played its part allowing good views of the country side and a comfortable temperature for lunch at the old Lyalldale school. After lunch we continued south via some fords with a few on the C run getting wet feet and a tow from the Irving’s model A’s , thanks to Wayne and Terence for manning this crossing. On to the Makikihi hotel for prize giving and dinner, special thanks to Nola for calculating the results and sorting trophy’s ,no small task. From the feedback I have had , a great day had by all. Cheers Darren Ladbrook ——————————————

BEHIND THE HEDGE No, I don’t think this massive toadstool was growing on the back of the Club Captain Darren Ladbrooks 1928 Dodge 6, rather probably been placed there by the Ladbrook children after finding the toadstool in the trees at the old Lyalldale school grounds

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SCVCC Website Updates

March Website Updates - March

Newsletter placed up - Joan Paul Mystery Ramble Article link placed up - Rock and Hop article - links to Timaru Herald articles, slideshow by Ian Mann - Links placed up for VCC 'News from our branches' and VCC Facebook page, under news menu heading - 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



in Action warmly welcomes owners of vintage and classic cars to our 2018 event. We will have dedicated display parking in our main field for all cars that wish to participate. Entry to the event for a car, driver and up to 1 adult passenger are FREE. Additional adult passengers are $10 each, with children 15 and under FREE. Also have space for self-contained caravans and mobile homes if people wish to stay for the weekend. The charge for this $10 per night per van. Bring a picnic o sample from our delicious food stalls onsite and enjoy another fun filled event at Anzac in Action 2018.’ for more info


Thank You, Frances Irving and Family would like to thank everyone who attended Les’s funeral. Special thanks to the caterers and everyone that bought the cars as well. Les would have been so proud. Great to see Les’s Model A brought back for his service .


Traffic Marshall Grant Stewart complete with High Viz RED HAT

Post 80 Field Tests- 1st Vern Ellis 2nd Alan Geary 3rd Ross Brown SC VCC Cup - Motor Cycle- Concours N/A Motor Cycle -Field Tests – Lex Westoby Motor Cycle - Time trial - Lex Westoby Commercial Field Test – 1st Pauline Young 2nd Donald Campbell Commercial Time Trial – 1st Pauline Young 2nd Donald Campbell SCVCC Trophy Commercial Overall = Pauline Young Aged Mileage Trophy Rob & Diane Ross

Longest Distance travelled to Rally Nevin Gough- Mosgiel


MID ISLAND RESULTS. 11th March 2018


HUGH MERCER TROPHY - Overall Veteran Dave Jones LINDIS SPRAY PAINTING- Veteran Concours - N/A ANNETT & DARLING TROPHY- Veteran Field test – 1st- Dave Jones 2nd-Rob Ross WEST END MOTORS TROPHY – Veteran Time trial- 1st Dave Jones 2nd Rob Ross st A V MARTYN CUP – Vintage Time Trial- 1 Rodger Baird 2nd Eric Robins 3rd Dave Warlow SC VCC CUP- Vintage Field Tests - 1st Les Bennett 2nd Ian Moore 3 rd Barry Smith Excelsior Trophy - Vintage Overall- Eric Robins SC VCC Cup- Vintage Concours- Philip Lawrence M & M Small Trophy - - PV & PWV Time Trail- 1st Mel Lewis 2nd John Foster rd 3 Kelvin Love st PV & PWV Field Tests - 1 Tony Roddick 2nd Mel Lewis 3rd Kelvin Love PV & PWV Overall- Mel Lewis Jim & Pat Geddes Trophy- Best Post 60 Overall- Alan Hawke Post 60 Plaque- Concours- N/A Post 60 Time Trial – 1st Alan Hawke 2nd Eddy Gould 3rd Rodney Don Post 60 Field Tests- 1st Alan Hawke 2nd Rodney Don 3rd Joyce Jones Kevin Heywood Memorial Trophy- Post 80 Overall – Alan Geary Post 80 Time Trial- 1st Alan Geary 2nd Ross Brown rd 3 Vern Ellis



Joan Paul put together an interesting event for her “swansong” the 50th and final Ramble. After leaving the clubrooms it was into Stafford St and a visit to Timarus old theatres the Theatre Royal and what was the Majestic Movie theatre opposite.

From There it was out to Keanes Road complex of the Point Railway which of course the late Russel and Joan have had a huge input in over the years. The complex has some very well presented exhibits covering all aspects of the Fairlie rail history.

. Brian Blanchard in charge of the movie theatre showed 60s theme10 newsreels, fascinating to see the Beatles, building of the Berlin Wall, the huge Martin Luther King rally “I have a dream” on Negro rights etc,etc. The route then took us via Waitohi to Temuka then on down into Milford where we were hosted at “Strathearn Farm” home of Joan’s daughter Michelle and son-in-law Nick Ward. Lunch was in the beautiful tree lined grounds with the “Dixie Land Band” providing entertainment, making a very pleasant afternoon.


Many thanks Joan and team for a very enjoyable 50th Ramble

Clive Merry supervising brake repairs on his 1939 Chev. Not sure who the legs belong to” —————————————————— Robert Bray beside his 1952 Packard. Never seen one of these in NZ before. Apparently it came into NZ in right hand drive form in 1991 The engine is a straight 8 flathead developing 135 HP.



MID ISLAND RALLY 2018, A large entry of well over 60 vehicles were welcomed for one of our major rallies of the SCVCC calendar. The route took us for a look around the streets of Timaru then onto a checkpoint in the Scenic Reserve end of time trial, this was a “trap� as usually the time trial section covers some open road motoring, not so this time as town driving is 50k -30mph so 40 mph which we put down was not really achievable !! From the Scenic Reserve the long route took us out around the hinterland of Sth Canterbury, the most interesting bit the Pareora River ford crossing having quite a big flow over it due to the recent rain, up to floor level on the Chev. It was then up through Maungati area Backline Road Esk Valley area eventually arriving at the old Lyalldale Hall for field tests and lunch stop, a very pleasant spot. The afternoon run was via a series of back roads in the Hunter area ending up at the Makikihi Hotel for prizegiving. Thanks to Darren and his team for putting together a interesting and diverse Mid Island rally.

Also on the rally was the Hupmobile that the Pauls originally owned now owned by Dave and Min MacKenzie



Flower Power of the 60s. Guess who !!

New owners of the Paul’s Renault Malcolm and Anita McGibbon

50th Mystery Ramble

Mid Island Rally

South Canterbury VCC April 2018  
South Canterbury VCC April 2018