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

February 2018

Night Trial Thanks Shannon

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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Held at Winchester Showgrounds On Saturday 24th March 2018 If you wish to sell a vehicle regardless of type It cannot be put into the Display area. We ask you to book a site at our Club Member price To book ph Michelle 03 6864824 Swap Meet Roster time again. In last months newsletter you would have received a copy of the 2018 Swap meet roster for Saturday 24th March. Please ring Gavin Munro on 03 6864824 to confirm or deny your availability. There are several gaps so if you’re a new member or a longer term member and could help please ring to offer your help. Many hands make light work and your time is appreciated to make our only fundraiser a success.

Please ring Gavin on 03 6864824. Thanks —————————

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.

Deadline for Tricar is 20th Feb New Address



NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday, 1st February 2018 7-30pm at Clubrooms, Redruth St, Timaru Kitchen Duty, Bar Duty ——————————————

Saturday 10th February, Wallaby Run, Waimate 10am start from Clubrooms 4 Harris St, Waimate, Further info contact 03 689 906 ——————————————--

Sunday 18 February, Chairmans Rally

Meet at Clubrooms 9.30 am Leave 10 am head north for Lunch Venue 90-100 kms Visit place of interest $10.00 a head admittance Return home 80-90km Temuka /Geraldine members could meet up with us in Geraldine, 10.40 ish - contact Ashley for Details



Sunday 4th March MYSTERY RUN Info in this TriCar ———————————Sunday 11th March Mid Island Rally Meet at Clubrooms 9-30am for 10am start Entry Forms enclosed

——————————— Stories and photos from members are encouraged and please send to ———————————Next Issue—Coverage on the Open Day COVER

A line up of some of our earlier club vehicles created a lot of interest parked in the Fairlie village green after the New Years day parade.




Please meet at the Vintage Car Clubrooms, Redruth Street for Morning Tea at 9am sharp! Cars to leave at 9.30am for new Mystery Ramble venues This is the 50th Mystery Ramble and a very easy run Theme: the 60”s but not compulsory! Please bring picnic lunch, refreshments & seats Organised by: Joan Paul



Late 1950’s Rover. These cars were at the upper end of British car world being a quality car and consequently rather expensive which generally meant they were purchased by professional buyers Doctors Lawyers etc. The engine was Rovers long running six cylinder which I think started production in the late 1940’s continuing right through till the late 1960’s when it was replaced by the alloy V/8 in the last of the big bodied Rovers. I don’t think the “corrugated bonnet” on this example was an aftermarket option!

Our club member Barry Yates runs a very nice example of this model 1959 Rover 90.

Night Trial – by Shannon Stevenson


On an overcast Saturday's summer's evening, over 30 of us materialized at the clubrooms, over 'gourmet' meals of fast food for our night trial. Organized by Neil Manchester, the run was devised for this year as a regional time trial. At just after 7pm, after filling out our nominated speeds we were all off in stages – for myself a back seat spot on Ross and Trish Walkinshaw's Holden Commodore. The field was half and half – moderns and club-eligible. Neil's route was of the cross-country variety, and we soon found ourselves in Fairview, and travelling the breadth of Brockley Road to the rolling hills of Rosewill. Following Doake Road, we soon found ourselves at Pleasant Point, and out into Opihi and Hanging Rock. It was here that we discovered the McGillens travelling at full tilt in their 1936 Morris 8 – we cheered that car on as it intrepidly climbed the Hanging Rock hill. Further on, it was a trip into hill-climb country down Mulvihill Road, and onto the Geraldine-Fairlie highway – encountering Ron Hammer's Vauxhall Victor clearly adhering to the set average speed – and Gudex Road – a fair mix of intensive dairying and deer farming. Down into Raincliff we soon encountered a Ford collection in various states of disrepair, and up into Totara Valley – a fine place for go-cart racing according to Ross – with night falling we were soon headed into the rolling hills of Taiko, along Fairview Road, and down to our clubrooms. Winners of the time trial were the Luscombes, and all participants were soon over hot cups of tea and savouries Cheers Neil for a great time trial. Shannon Stevenson ——————————————-

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.

Notes from the Library


by Barry Barnes

I have been quietly perusing Terry Wilson’s book “The Cars in my Life” and what a wonderful read it is. Most of us have had a fair assortment of vehicles in our life-times and Terry, being no different, has documented a large number of these (64 are listed in the front of the book) and the restorations he has undertaken. Most members will be familiar with the little Zero Fiat roadster campaigned by Terry for over 60 years and the 1928 Fiat 521 C saloon he still has. I remember the 1930 Rolls Phantom 1 and the 3 litre Bentley, the 1921 Itala Tipo50, the Daimler Special Sports, and the ex Dr Trotter 1908 De Dion Bouton, now living near Winton, close to Dr Trotters old area of Riverton in Southland There are pieces on a number of other interesting vehicles some bought new and now collector’s pieces. It also gives an insight into how our hobby and Club developed as well as recording highlights of Terry’s life-long enthusiasm. I am confident this will become our most popular book with Kelvin Love having already staked a claim to have it next! Well done Terry and thank you again for your generosity There have been other arrivals in the Library too, so thanks to the donors mentioned below. Mr Vince Smith, a non member contacted me to donate the 5 volume series Modern Motor Engineer (1962). Barry Yates brought in from Pleasant Point Railway 2 volumes of the British Repair Manual covering vehicles of the period up to 1952 plus National Service Data for us vehicles 1946-55. Jim Rae has donated handbooks for Land Rover Discovery and Ford Telstar TX5 and I thinned out a few books from my own collection. One that might be of interest to those who follow motor sport is the William Boddy book “Montlhery” about the famous circuit, which has been the scene of a recent event, the Montlhery Vintage Revival. ——————————————

For Sale. 1987 Honda City new WOF and reg to 30/3. 147,000km.

Economical runner. Recently fitted new front pads and rear shoes. Tidy interior. Has a split in hatch door frame and paint faded. Will throw in sufficient light metallic green dulon to repaint. Cheap Club eligible car at $650.00 Contact Barry Barnes


Dear Members of SCVCC By the time you read this it will be under 2 months to our annual swapmeet which I cannot stress enough that we need every able member to participate to make this swapmeet the success that we have in the past. Through the swapmeet we are able to keep our annual sub at a lower level and to carry out maintanance and improvements to our buildings which are in very good order.and a credit to the club. Any member can display their car but to have a car for sale one must buy a site. Please give some thought in assisting in making this meet a ripper subject to the weather.. Regards John Knowles Chairman Swapmeet




Quite a large number of restorations have showed up from club members recently, a brief coverage follows. . (Colin Lyons 1925 Delage has already been featured)

Keith Gray

As seen by the front page article in the Herald, Keith has just completed a 40 year project building his 1911 Willys Overland. Originally gathered up from a farm at Springfield Nth Canterbury (where the engine was used to power a shearing plant) Keith found, like a lot of us, the challenge is finding parts to put a restoration together. Alan Averis who motors his very similar 1912 Overland has been of assistance to Keith over the years on the project so it goes without saying that Alan was on hand for the initial firing up of Keith’s Overland, after some fine tuning amid clouds of blue smoke Alan was off out the drive behind the wheel, down Otipua Road with myself and Keith in the truck following in hot pursuit, a good job we did as Alan struck a steep climb back into Church St, couldn’t get the planetary first so stalled. Back to base on a towrope for “further adjustments”! A great achievement to see the Overland on the road after 40years. ED Bill

Club Captains Report I would like to start by wishing you all a happy new year and that you have a healthy & wealthy 2018. The year has started with a bang, the great show of support from our club members attending the Fairlie parade was muchly appreciated by the machinery club and locals alike. Making for a great day out for all involved. The weather held out for the ladies run following an all seal route!!!! With a guided garden walk at our lunch stop as the full force of the sun burnt of any remaining cloud to highlight the beautifully landscaped grounds. As is tradition at this event there had to be the judging of the best laid on picnic by the men. Competition was fierce with the coveted Piny up for grabs and after much deliberation Mr B Barnes took the title for 2018, after going all out with period dress, family heirloom tables and chairs with the comedy routine of Barry falling through his chair as an entertaining way to pass our lunch. After review of the names of past winners I think Mr Barnes may have to run a training course prior to the next event to allow for a more even playing field. Thank you to Neil and Kevin Manchester for organising a very successful night trial that was well attended and enjoyed by all. I look forward to seeing you all on the upcoming rally’s Cheers Darren Ladbrook


1970 Fiat 124 -Neil Manchester


Neil Manchester our club member of “many talents” has just completed this Fiat, the latest of several vehicles and motor cycles. Fiats of this series out performed most cars of this era being quite sporty models. Not many are left now as the European especially Italian built vehicles were very much rust prone, however Neil’s car was in quite good shape when he acquired it so it is a very good example after it’s restoration, so much so that he has received the Fairlie New Years day procession Rose Bowl for his efforts. Congratulations Neil.

Photos from Barry Barnes taken at Whistler, Canada


Phil Lawrence


Phil has recently had his Whippet Roadster complied and on the road for the Veteran Vintage rally, seen here in this photo from Grant Stewart, getting a “fine tune” from Stick Campbell. This car was built up from “bare bones” gathered up, the panel work done by Steve Geddes @ Redruth, not sure who did the paint job, but Phil presumably did the upholstery and soft top (him being an upholster by trade !!) This car is the same model as Graham Taylor has recently restored and had at the New Year Fairlie parade last year.

SCVCC Website Updates January Website Updates - January Newsletter placed up - 'Stories about members vehicles' - links to articles on members vehicles page created - Swap meet page content reorganized - Swap meet map added - Further members vehicles added to website gallery - 50 year image added to about us page - 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

Alistair Day


Alistair continues his “mixed allegiance” to vehicles added to his stable as together with USA sourced examples of Dodge and Chev he has a British vehicle or two in the mix the latest being this Hillman Super Minx completed last year, it is not quite standard due to being fitted with GT wheels but we presume the driveline is standard with the 1725 cc engine and four speed gearbox for this model. It is a very nice example of this popular model.



Hi Fellow Members The year has started with a flourish ,a well attended Fairlie Parade and relaxed day on the Ladies Rally, Congratulation to Barry & Carla Barnes on receiving the “Apron’ A well done to all the other spouses who made a real effort to participate in a fun day. The Night Trial was a success , thank you to Neil Manchester for ably organising the event It was almost night with the heavy overcast, headlights were needed We are seriously considering shifting the date to April 2019 so it will be “Night” more to come. The open day was held on Jan 20th more to come in next Tricar Looking forward, we have the weekend away on the 3/4/5/ Feb & the Chairman’s Rally on Feb 18th The 50th Mystery Run on March 4th.

Volunteers are needed to assist Alistair Day with running the noggin & natters so don’t be reluctant to put your hand up to help with the supper or serving behind the bar or selling the raffle tickets Don’t just leave it to the same people, have a turn please Ashley ——————————————

On Wednesday14TH of February at 7.00pm at the Vintage Car Club Rooms the Timaru Patchwork & Quilters are having an

OPEN NIGHT with a glimpse of what the club activities We meet on the second Wednesday and the 4th Saturday of every month Feb- Nov Please come along and have a look and see if patchwork is for you. Linda Anderson President


Gavin Ladbrook Gavins latest restoration adds to a long line of Dodges in the Ladbrook stable. This latest addition is a very nice 1938 Dodge Coupe which apparently Gavin has had stored away for several years. The body work was in a sad state and meant finding panels and guards etc to rebuild it. Rob Ross of Ashburton the VCC “Dodge Guru” was quite a help in the rebuild. The Coupe is finished in an attractive two tone paint job of light bronze and burgundy-brown. A feature of the upholstery is the Dodge Ram motive embossed onto it. The Coupe’s first official outing was on the 2017 Mt Cook rally where it performed very well.

Ladies Rally


Club Captain Darren organised an interesting route around Timaru then out west through Rosewill area via Pleasant Point to Geraldine. Travelling up onto the Downs was a very interesting area to travel through, from there the route took us from Geraldine out the north side and across to Orari Back Line road finishing up at the Burdon Homestead where we parked. Everyone enjoyed a guided tour around the beautifully kept grounds and woodlands after lunch. We had the “Clampets” in attendance (Barnes) dressed for the occasion who of course took the premium pinny award for Barry’s lunch efforts. Penny faced with a challenge! Driving Clives big Buick, she did very well.

Great effort John with the lunch.





This popular event was perhaps the best in recent years with the local vintage machinery club parading a large variety of their equipment. Also a large contingent of trucks from the Levels truck museum added to the day. A very good representation, everything from early vintage

to post 80 was paraded from our club. A good photo of Bob Austin in his Morris 8 showed up in the Herald coverage.

Ladies Rally Great day for a picnic




Dave and Leigh Roddick in their new driver ex Neil Manchester (Leigh really pedalled it)

Ladies Rally


South Canterbury VCC February 2018  
South Canterbury VCC February 2018