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Club Members at Paul Robins Collection

Ron Galletly dealing to Kelvin Love’s Nash CLUBROOMS 19-25 REDRUTH ST TIMARU SOUTH

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

December 2017


Barry Barnes lovely old Studebaker on Right took out best presented Vintage award

NOGGIN ANDNATTER First Thursday of the Month



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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For Identification Certificate Processing – Alistair Day 688 6108 Warren Cox 688 8758

22 PARTS SHED We have some good 600x20 tyres new in, also a good assortment of radial and crossply sizes. New spark plugs, points, condensors, distributor caps, fuel pumps, carburettors, and a good assortment of new brake shoes and much more. Try your Parts Shed first!! John Campbell Parts Manager

————————————— COMMITTEE REPORT

An enquiry has been received from continental car owners for a rally featuring their marques! It was agreed they could organise a day perhaps Sept next year. Further information as it comes to hand. Because of the number of rallies now being run by our club funding charities, the annual Cancer Society run -The All British day and the All American weekend, it has been suggested that we need to form a sub-committee to organise these events as they create quite a work load what with setting up advertising, venues and the myriad of bits and pieces needed to run these events. ————————————-


Deadline for Tricar is - 19th December

COMING EVENTS NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday, 7th December 7-30pm at Clubrooms, Redruth St, Timaru Kitchen Duty, Bar Duty ———————————————-


Could we please have some Vintage cars at MARGARET WILSON COMPLEX, Seddon St., Timaru from 1.30 p.m. for the residents to view. If able to attend, could you please phone Frances 688 0370 evenings. If wet will rebook sometime in the New Year Thank you. ———————————————-

Saturday 9th December

1-30pm at Clubrooms for Big Kids (Adults) Kids and Grandkids for a fun rally with the younger ones of our club members. Will finish around 4— 4.30pm so you have time to go home and get ready for the

CHRISTMAS DINNER and 50yr Badge presentation for Alan Miller Clubrooms 6pm—7pm meal. Meal cost $32.00 per person. You should have your tickets by now. ————————————————

JANUARY 1st NEW YEARS DAY PARADE - FAIRLIE Meet at the Domain for a picnic lunch, Parade is around 2pm. Always a great day. —————————————————-

MYSTERY RAMBLE 4th March 2018

Joan Paul has reported on this very special run as it is the 50th Ramble. Will be a 60’s theme. (not compulsory) Mark this event on your calendar —————————————————


New Address —


A collection of Motor cycles at the Clubrooms before the start of the Annual Rally



Peter Casey (Bus Driver Casey) Peters service was held at the Sacred Heart Basilica, Craigie Ave where we had a good turnout of members Vintage vehicles on display to complement Peters 1935 Buick used to carry the casket to the Timaru Cemetery. The Buick had recently been sold to Mike Hanning of Chch who brought the car down to Timaru and drove it for Peters funeral. Peter was well known throughout the South Island as a driver for NZR Coach Lines, later Intercity Coach Lines as a tour driver. Editor Shona new Peter from when she worked at the Cave Post Office and Toll Room after leaving school as Peter did the afternoon NZR bus run to Fairlie and delivered the mail off on the way. While chatting to a chap after the Entourage at the cemetery service I asked how he knew Peter, his answer was, “ I operated the NZR depot garage at Mossburn which serviced coaches on the Milford run and also coaches from Invercargill and Queenstown and Peter was a regular driver through there”. The family were appreciative of VCC attendance and support for Peter’s send off .


Weekend Away - Moeraki

21 3/4/5 February

A laid back, non- competitive, event travelling to Moeraki. All welcome. Accommodation: There are a large number of holiday homes available on the internet. Google “Accommodation Moeraki” which will bring up Bookabach, Holiday Homes, plus other options, camping ground etc. Saturday 4th: Travel down along as little of the main road as reasonably possible, probable lunch stop at Oamaru. Sunday: Optional touring day and we hope to have the usual Sunday night gathering at our digs but that will depend on numbers participating. Monday: Head for home. Tuesday is actually the Waitangi Day holiday and intending participants may want to consider an extra night at Moeraki or another venue like say Danseys Pass Holiday Park and head home on the holiday. No entry fee and while club eligible vehicles are preferred, that is not at all essential. Further details and route instructions will be provided to participants prior to the event. Last call for participants! Would love to see some newer members join in. Contact Barry Barnes, preferably by email, or phone 6885105 to register your interest.

Easter Rally at Invercargill - 30 March – 1 April 2018 Is anyone else thinking of attending this event? We are planning on heading down in Studebaker on Thursday 29th and staying on a couple of extra nights after Easter visiting friends (and check out Motorcycle Mecca). Would be interested in travelling with others and it would just be good to know who else is going. Barry


South Canterbury VCC Chairmans Report for December 2017

Hi Everyone Christmas is nearly upon us Well, I’m pleased to be back in NZ’s Vintage motoring paradise after a memorable 5 week trip to Ireland and England ( mainly Yorkshire} & no I didn’t come across James Heriott but certainly drove through similar areas, Our trip started in Chch ,onto Auckland, overnight in Singapore,onto Frankfurt & finally to Dublin 2 nights in the centre of Dublin,(If you need a pint of Guinness poured then I’m your man, have certificate to prove it) North to the Boyne Valley overnight then on to Evelyn’s cousin Andrew at Florence Court that was our base .The Monday saw us heading to Donegal with cousin David & partner Daphne overnighting in Letterkenny, north to the Famine Village & down to Londonderry to walk the city wall affording us great views of the infamous Bogside area Visits to various cousins plus some private vintage car collections a detour to County Roscommon ,a Buick contact, a family wedding in Enniskillen , North to Belfast and another private tractor/car collection plus the New Titanic centre Over to Manchester ,north to Great Harward overnight in the Blackburn area (a Buick contact) Down to Stafford ,3 nights with our niece,+ a visit to the RAF Cosford Museum Very good. North to York, The National Railway Museum, The Shambles plus the Jorvick centre Up to Whitby , Scarborough , and Staithes village , home via Manchester Airport, Dublin, Frankfurt etc arriving in Timaru on the 21st by 8 pm Lots of stories and photo’s to share.. To days Vintage ,Veteran & commercial run reinforced the fact that we have so many wonderful wide secondary roads ,free of much modern traffic, so no excuses, get out and enjoy your cars as much as possible !! A big thank you to Barry Smith for planning to days run & to Darren for making it happen. I would also like to thank John Foster & the committee for keeping the wheels turning during my absence Look forward to seeing as many as possible at the Christmas Dinner on December 9th Ashley


Another story from the Mt COOK RALLY

An enthusiastic pair of “Aussies” show up in our vintage scene in NZ quite regular, they are Jeff and Barbara Clegg (Barbara is ex Timaru) who motored a 1970 Daimler which they have in NZ for local use. We first met these folk when on the Dunedin Vero rally last year. For that event they bought over from Australia their 1929 Chev Roadster (same model as mine) and motored it as well on the rally and throughout the country then freighting it home from Auckland ED Bill


SAFARI 2017.


All packed and heading out of driveway at 0915 Thursday morning, hoping to meet up with Don Campbell and Les Wenlock at WhaleBone Cnr. No longer at Coonoor Rd. I travel up Pages Rd. along Rosebrook Rd. turning down Brockley Rd. then left into Claremont rd. Coming up to Whalebone Cnr. I glance left hoping to catch a glimpse of any vehicles coming along Fairview Rd. – But no, Nothing! I pull up just beyond the corner, stop and get out. After waiting for about 5 mins. Beside the car I hear the noise of vehicles coming and sure enough here is Don in his Chev. Truck with Les close behind in the Daihatsu truck. Off we go down the Taiko Zig –Zag along past the lime works into Davison Rd. coming out onto Pleasant Point / Cave highway. A short way towards Cave then right into O’Neils Reserve to our campsite at 10 am. Time for a coffee.. Smoko over its time to put up tents. Soon two Model ‘A’s arrive with Wayne, Ollie and Terrance, Who set to and erect a block of motels! Prime position of the campsite was already occupied by a Housebus containing a family ,complete with 4 children + one Dog! Hubbie left early each morning on a motorbike for work at Temuka leaving Wife and kids for the day and returning late afternoon. However they were never a problem, except they tended to neglect dog _ chained to back of the bus,who was always glad for anyone to walk over to speak to it or to give it a pat. It would stand up with tail wagging just lapping up the attention. Early afternoon the wind came up from the west with the real threat of ripping our tents to shreads. However, by using about 100 metres of rope we prevailed and the wind gave up. We decided there would be No fire that night! Friday dawned. We had coffee, talked, then had breakfast, dishes washed, then coffee time, talked and it was lunch, more dishes, you get the picture and day is over. Time for around the fire and a beer or three. Saturday – Jo came with Cooper, Alanna and a friend. Weather threatened all day but never came to anything. Max arrived but his tent had a ‘tin roof’. Late evening around fire, cloud moved aside to reveal night sky – superb! And here we are, magic hour (pumpkin time) early this time, douse the fire and some beauty sleep! Sunday morning after breakfast etc, its that dreaded time to pull down tents and pack up. Another safari ended all too quick. Sorry folks, no drama this year i.e. no bubbles coming from sausages, no one falling into river (with clothes on). Except that there was that visit on Saturday night from a guy in a very important position who had a chat about our fire!

Arrowtown Motorcycle Rally

50 years ago I took part in the first Arrowtown Rally, so was keen to attend again this year. I took down the 1979 Suzuki and chair a totally different beast to the 1913 BSA ridden in 1967 and last year for the 50th celebrations. Brother Trevor brought down two of the three bikes he owns that were on that first event, his 1927 Triumph and 1930 Sunbeam, the latter ridden by Gerry Appel, a mate from Wellington VCC. Stewart Gutsell, BSA mounted, also represented South Canterbury. When we were heading south from Queenstown, our overnight stop, to the start at Lumsden we spied Stewart waiting for the lights at the Kawarau Bridge and he steadily pulled away ahead of us, the crisp exhaust not gradually fading from earshot. It was very chilly riding around the lake and I was glad I had fixed the heated hand grips which had stopped working. What with electric start too I’m getting soft! The run went well for all our bikes though not featuring in the awards. We stayed an extra night and took the Suzuki for a run up to Glenorchy on the Sunday, for lunch, a very nice ride. Carla had to drive the van Trev and Gerry brought the bikes down in and so did not get to ride in the chair on the Rally, though she rode with me down to Lumsden, so my passenger was Alex Nicoll, grandson of my old mate Wayne, who was the only other rider from 50 years ago. All up the Suzuki clocked up 1020 km which is not bad for the weekend. Barry



We have received some great material from Barry and Carla Barnes for this section, of vehicles spotted in Canada. This photo shows a 1940 s Coupe and a 1940-41 Ford Pickup.


It transpired it was our cooking fire so he was happy, we were happy, everyone was happy! Visitors during the weekend for a cuppa were Frances Irving, Rosalind Wenlock along with an old school friend from Wellington and friends of Darren Ladbrook. On Saturday we had Paul Chapman and son in the minor, Grant Mitchell with family in the mini came for a chat around fire till late. Well I guess that wraps it up till next year. Barry. ———————————————


Mrs R M Morton, Orari Estate John Darling, Timaru Mr and Mrs Marris, Makikihi Ewen and Analiza Howard, Normanby. Welcome to our club and hope to see you on some rallies and at the Noggin.


SCVCC Website Updates



A good number of our Vintage Car owners supported the Esk Valley St Marys Church open day recently celebrating 150 yrs and also canvassing for funds to restore the excellent set of stained glass windows in the church. Locals dressed in period costume for the event. A re-enactment was staged for a wedding party who were married at the church 40plus years ago. They were Marilyn and Gavin Ladbrook with attendant Ruth Campbell flanked by a member of the clergy from the Anglican Diocese on right and local resident William Rolleston of Bluecliffs Station dressed up for the day on the left. The afternoon was most enjoyable with the history of the church being explained

and tours of the graveyard which gave us an insight into residents of the district.

November Website Updates - November Newsletter placed up - All American Info placed up - Motorcycle Rally article - Timaru Herald - Get to the Point Festival - Behind the scenes Wordpress updates. - Further new vehicles placed into Photo gallery

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

Parking at Paul Robins


An interesting entry on the USA cruise was a 1946-47 Ford V/8 sedan motored by the Kyle family. This very nice red car it turns out was owned by John Kyle’s father many years ago and fortunately in a round about way John heard about it recently and was able to buy it back. Unfortunately on route back to Pleasant Point it ended up on the end of a tow rope behind a 1960 Chev, nothing serious, but we won’t upset John too much about that as he had the indignity of attending the USA public day in Esme’s, his wifes, 1952 Chev! A completely original car made a great fuss of by Brent Birchfield the commentator from Port FM. Definitely a item of dissension in the Kyle all Ford stable! —————————— ———————-

Parking at Paul Robins Museum At Geraldine Auto Restoration

Notes from the Library

by Barry Barnes9

Sorry that I did not get to contribute any Library Notes last month. We were in London and our tablet would not charge up so flagged it away. While we were in the UK we visited the Isle of Wight, a beautiful and historic place and while old cars were few and far between I bought a book entitled “DL”. Unusual title but its subject matter is vehicles bearing DL number plates which were the series issued on the Island from about 1904 A new series started in 2001. Very interesting with a magnificent photo of an early Humber (1905) on the cover. Also visited Morden Hall Park which is a National Trust property and has a second hand bookshop with a good selection of motoring titles. Suitcase room was a bit tight so only bought 2, having bought also an interesting encyclopedia of WW2 aircraft for eldest son. We also visited the RAF museum at Hendon, The Science Museum and Brooklands. Interesting vehicles were among the displays at all 3. In contrast to British Columbia, very few vehicles of our era were encountered on the road, which is the opposite of what I would have expected. Upon return home I was delighted to find everything in the Library in pretty good order but was then presented with a huge number of books donated by Graeme Nind. Many of these were manuals and include just about everything ever written about Austin Healey Sprites and MG Midgets! The manuals have been filed in the manual section and work is progressing for the remainder to be filed in a separate area labelled the Graeme Nind Collection. This has been a major donation and hearty thanks are extended to Graeme for his generosity. Also just arrived is a number of items donated by Ashley Southgate which have yet to be processed but again sincere thanks are extended to Ashley.

SCVCC Motorcycle Rally – by Shannon Stevenson




On a sunny early November Sunday, 15 motorcycles from thoughout the central South Island materialized upon our Redruth clubrooms for the annual motorcycle rally, organized by Neil Manchester. With cuppas in hand, there were a number of bikes to admire, mainly pre1980 and of UK and US origin, with a few classic Continental and Japanese bikes thrown in for good measure. Further admiring our bikes were members of the local 'paparazzi' – a Herald reporter and photographer keen for a good story for the next day's paper, and that night's update.

Our annual All American Weekend was a great success with approx. 55 vehicles on the Sat evening cruise ending up at Geraldine Auto Restorations which put on a display of their work in progress. Many thanks for the hospitality. Heart Kids Sth Cant. put on a BBQ. From there a visit was planned to Paul Robins collection in his very large barn just along Hwy 79 which had an interesting variety of exhibits. A diverse route was then followed via Hilton & Waitohi ending up at the Levels Raceway for entrants attending the Drive in Movie. A very enjoyable afternoon and evening.

With the starting blocks away at 10, it was a trip out to Levels and Washdyke flat, where at Spur Road, I was present with non-motorbike 4wheeled Ford to take time trial cards – all riders coming through at great pace within a 20 minute window. Once the stop signage was in the rearvision mirrors it was a run out through Hadlow and Fairview, and down into Lyalldale and Southburn, Neil's own stamping ground – albeit with a couple of entrants making an unexpected trip down to SH1. It was at Southburn where Terence and Ollie Irving, on 'Tail-end Charlie' duties found their services duly required – a 1952 AJS failing to proceed. Continuing up towards Holme Station, it was a trip into Elworthy country along Gordons Valley Road, and due south into Bluecliffs – where ready waiting for intrepid cyclists was an incredibly fine spread of food, coffees and teas, put on by St Andrews School supporters at Bluecliffs Hall. With a fine midday sun looming overhead, it was a great time to take a closer look at the bikes outside in the former schoolyard – a St Andrews supporter having a great trip around the paddock in Barry Barnes' sidecar. With stomachs full, it was time again to hit the back roads back to town – however on Bluecliffs Road near Drinnan's corner, the 1941 'Army bike' came into mechanical strife – quick work by the Irvings had it joining the AJS on the trailer behind the Ford Falcon. With two-wheeled travels through Bluecliffs and Beaconsfield, it was back to our clubrooms for prizegiving – and many a great story about the day's travels to be had. Cheers Neil for a great day's run. Shannon Stevenson

Public Display Day.

Script and photos by Shannon. Thank-you

A very good turnout of 160 plus vehicles showed up on a beautiful day. With a large number of the public along for a look. Many thanks to Darren Ladbrook and S J Allen for their work and support also to the rest of the team, Sth Cant Heart Kids for their help and sponsors. ED. Bill

Clive Merry has had a change of tack, seen entered in the All American event in a “MUSTANG� A strange mix amongst Buicks,




Grant Jones team and friends waiting for the movie to start

The HeartKids group catering for the evening Cruise at Geraldine Auto Restoration



Annual Motorcycle Rally

ESK VALLEY HERITAGE DAY St Mary’s Church celebrating 150 yrs Photos by Marion Foster,


South Canterbury VCC December 2017