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Clive Merry is always looking for more horsepower for the Buick. Looks like he found a couple more, while Penny sensibly abandon ship.


Line up of vintage vehicles at the Point domain. On the Vet Vin Commercial Rally


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

January 2018 Although Stick Campbell has just retired he got the spanners out to adjust the water pump on Phil Lawrence’s newly restored Whippet. Note how concerned Phil is looking.

The Goulds borrowed the kids car for the run. Eddie had to earn it though, doing the motor and refitting seats etc. The old VW’s are going for silly money these days. Eddie even saying they turned down good money on the personalised plate

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



The Parts Shed will be open as usual on Wednesdays with Dick Edwards in charge. Heaps of parts available so have a look ,you never know what you will find. —————————————-



NOGGIN & NATTER, Thursday, 4th January 2018 7-30pm at Clubrooms, Redruth St, Timaru Kitchen Duty, Volunteers Please Bar Duty Speaker, Ashley Milliken will talk about his recent trip. —————————————————

SCVCC SWAP MEET 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 this newsletter you will find 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

NEW YEARS DAY FAIRLIE PARADE 2018 1st January—Monday Meet at the Fairlie Domain, bring a Picnic Lunch Parade starts at 2pm. Always a great day. ————————————— 7th January 2018 Sunday Ladies Rally 9-30 at the Clubrooms First car leaving 10am . Ladies, where possible to drive and Hubbie is to make you a PICINC LUNCH and then judging to see who wins the Apron!! ————————————— 13th January 2018 Saturday, Night Trial 6-30pm at the Clubrooms bring Fish and Chips etc for Tea before the start of the Rally. ———————————————-

20th January 2018 Saturday OPEN DAY


Bring your car for display and wear NAME BADGE so public will know that you are a member. Please engage with the public as it is all about hopefully getting new members into our club. ————————————————

Deadline for Tricar is 16th January 2018

Continental Run to be organised for Sept Oct. Details later COVER

New Address

Photographed at the Club Christmas Dinner a large number of 50 yr badge recipients were in attendance From L. Barry Barnes, Barry Smith, Terry Wilson, Eric Robins, newest recipient Alan Miller, Kelvin Love and Rodney Don.

South Canterbury VCC Chairmans Report for January 2018 Well Christmas has arrived and a New Year about to begin The Club’s Christmas Dinner has been and gone and a great night it was, a big thank you to Nola for all her efforts in organising it, the committee for selling tickets and assisting with the set up & clean up. Plus the Wednesday crew for putting up & taking down the decorations. Congratulations to Alan Miller on receiving his 50yr badge on the night & to Sth Island Club Captain Alon Mayhew for coming down & presenting it, and to Barry Barnes for his research that made the award possible.. Thank you to those members who displayed their cars at The Margaret Wilson complex on Dec 6th The residents were very interested in the cars especially the ladies. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to those who have lost family members during the year as they will be sorely missed at this special time of year A BIG get well wish to those members recovering from illnesses over this Christmas/New Year period too. The New Year starts with the Fairlie Parade followed by the Ladies Rally on Jan 7th A reminder that we need to set up a group to run the next All British Day + the next Daffodil Run AND a possible all Continental Car day, don’t be shy, talk to me or any committee member. At the next Noggin & Natter Jan 4 th ,I will give a short illustrated talk on my old car contacts during my recent trip to Ireland & England A Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you all Ashley ————————————————-



VETERAN VINTAGE COMMERCIAL RALLY by I Do Rant This years run was organised by Barry Smith who couldn’t make it on the day as he was away at a Studebaker AGM. or was that just an excuse as he didn’t want to face the lynch mob later after we had travelled on every shingle road in South Canterbury? Nah, just joking cos it good to travel on some seldom used roads around the neighbourhood.

the river underneath. Boring! Then out to Cave and back to Pleasant Point domain for lunch and lies. ———————-

SUPPER DUTY AND BAR DUTY, Do not have to a license for the Bar.

Thanks Grant for supply of Script and photos!

Contact Alistair Day. 6886108 or 027 202 5007

More photos on the back page


The run took us out the back of Southburn, thru Holme Station and then Pareora River Ford. Looked forward to going thru the ford, but like everything these days its been Manified and has a concrete road with


Margaret Wilson Complex Visit I would like to thank John & Marion Foster, Barry Smith, Donald Campbell, Barry Yates, Alan Miller, John Campbell & Ashley Milliken for bringing their Vintage vehicles to the Margaret Wilson Complex . It was very much appreciated and enjoyed by all (ladies especially). THANK YOU VERY MUCH Frances.



Notes from the Library

by Barry Barnes6

I have finally finishing processing the books donated by Graeme Nind, and these are now in place in the separate area suitably labelled as the Graeme Nind Collection. I would recommend members check out this new collection. The items donated by Ashley Southgate have now been processed and revealed a large amount of information on overdrive units as fitted to Triumph 2.5s, technical info on carburetion and a Vanguard workshop manual which have all been placed in the technical library (access on request). Other interesting items included a booklet on the Daily Express London to Sydney marathon won (surprisingly) by Andrew Cowan in Hillman Hunter with second place taken by Paddy Hopkirk and BMC 1800, which, of course, is the vehicle on which Brian Grace’s replica is very accurately based. There was also a book on the Goodwood Revival (2004). At the excellent and well attended Christmas Dinner and 50 year badge presentation to Alan Miller, Chairman Ashley acknowledged the donation by Terry Wilson of a copy of his self-authored and professionally produced book on vehicles he has owned. Usually it is the Librarian’s perk to get first go at such interesting new acquisitions but this time not only Ashley beat me to the punch, but our newly inducted 50 year badge holder Alan was next in line! A brief perusal confirmed it will make very interesting reading. Well done Terry and thank you again for your generosity

Weekend Away - Moeraki

3/4/5 February

Embarassingly, I left my notebook containing the names of prospective participants in the plane on the way back from a short trip to Aussie recently. The following list from memory will, I hope, cover everyone, but if you have put your name down and your name is not there, please contact me again. John Foster, Don Cameron, Jim Geddes, Norm Bunt, Shannon Stevenson, Tony Roddick, Peter Grant, Clive Merry. I am starting to get around to preparing instructions etc (Don’t rush me!) and these will be sent to participants mid to late January. Contact Barry Barnes, preferably by email, or phone 6885105.

There is a big range of bikes on display covering vintage and later bikes many of which are for sale. He had on display a 1926 BSA vtwin and when I told him I had a 1927 model E sidecar outfit he showed me a photo of one he had recently sold. Sidecar was factory but different to mine but lo and behold there was a 1927 BSA 500 single with sidecar very similar to mine still on display. Bikes were mostly English and mostly sourced from England, several BSAs, Ariels, Nortons, including a Manx Triumphs, Douglas, a well restored Scott, a nice Royal Enfield vtwin and a lovely HRD, but also a good range of Jap bikes too including a barn find rotary engine Suzuki RE5, (for sale) several Hondas, including 400/4 Sports and “naked” Gold Wing, both the same as bikes owned by my brothers. There was a beautifully restored Suzuki “Waterbus”, the 3 cyl 750cc watercooled 2stroke, which I believe Mark got from the States. The workshop was crammed with bikes with a speed twin Triumph the current restoration, and a couple of Nortons prominent. There is not enough space to elaborate further or provide photos of all the bikes, but bikies may like to checkout the website Saw a lot of good bikes too at Brooklands in Southern England including the most exquisite Brough Superior sidecar outfit - quite the best Brough I have ever seen. There was an early veteran Peugeot which appealed to me as a Peugeot owner, as did the very old Peugeot car in of the car galleries. Brooklands was a great visit, but that’s another story!


Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum by Barry Barnes While touring inland British Columbia on our most recent trip we had left the town of Salmon Arm and were heading west on the Trans Canada Highway back to our son’s place on the coast when we saw a sign directing passers-by to the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum. I had never heard of it but thought we would take a look. It seemed to be a fairly new establishment and proprietor Mark Lane showed us around. First exhibit was a rare 1910 Pierce made by the Pierce Arrow company. A quality machine with 4 in line motor it has clean lines accentuated by the petrol and oil storage being the frame tubes. Mark told us that the motor was incomplete internally so he had it as a display only as he could not find the missing pieces and had no patterns to manufacture parts from. One day a local wandered in spotted the bike and was peering intently at the motor. He approached Mark and said, “You know I’ve got one of those motors. Its out of a bike my Grandad bought new. He pulled the bike to bits in the 1920s and the rest of the bike was lost but he hung on to the motor and especially willed it to my Dad who kept it for years and I got it when Dad died. Neither Dad nor I knew what it was.” That’s the motor you can see in the photo and I believe it is now Mark’s. He is not however going to cannibalise it for his motor which he will rebuild using the parts from the other motor for patterns only. There was also an original Indian Powerplus, all complete and apparently in going order, just alongside the Pierce. On the opposite side was a racing 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 which had a spectacularly successful career in Canada Europe and USA ridden by Kiwi, Gary Goodfellow.


Easter Rally at Invercargill - 30 March – 1 April 2018 I have heard there are a few South Canterbury members attending this event. If anyone else is considering entering, we may be able to help with accommodation. We have booked a holiday home for the time we will be down there and there is still some room available. Barry —————————————




SCVCC Website Updates

December Website Updates - December

Newsletter placed up - Link to comprehensive All American Weekend gallery - SCVCC January Open Day information placed up - Further members vehicles added to website 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

NEW MEMBER Andrew Tallett - Timaru Welcome to our club and look forward to seeing at our Noggin and also Rallies. ——————————————————-


Christmas Scavenger Run


Our Club Captain Darren organised a very interesting run with a few tasks to complete as we travelled around Timaru. Your Editor decided as it was such a hot day that Air-Condition was the order of the day so opted to take the truck rather than my 59 Chev. (wise decision) The Ladbrook, Millikens and Weirs along with Shannon had a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon. We did learn some of the history of our City. We travelled around the south end of Timaru thru the cemetery (How many green door on the first building on the left? ) down to the beach to get some flat stones then over rail bridge on South St and around to the monument in Queens St,(What is the monument in memory of?) then Botanical Gardens(What is the name of the gates?). then the Band Rotunda((who was it built to commemorate the Coronation of) Driving thru Stafford St was asked to count( “how many Angels on Stafford St”) not an easy task when you are driving and trying to count as well and having one child in the back giving different numbers. We made it with 64 being the total. Next was Centennial park where we had to get 1 duck feather. I think young Ladbrook decided that he really needed to catch the duck to get the feather (they were a bit to smart for him ) so ended up picking one up that was on the ground (no harm to the duck!) from there down to the Bay for cold drinks and a lolly scramble for the young ones. We all scored well with the lollies. A very enjoyable afternoon and I am sure that some of the Adults didn’t know the answers. Shona



This is a rather sad example of a 1947-48 Chev Stylemaster. When GM returned to car production after the 2nd World War an upgraded late 30s design was carried into the 40s for Chev and were named Fleetmaster and Stylemaster depending on the trim level. Supply of new cars at this time were very limited, essential uses had priority so most were sold to Doctors, back country farmers, stock agents and several became taxis. Not many of this series seem to have survived into the VCC collections, when I commented on this to people having experience with this model I was told that being a lot of double skin around the rear wheel arches etc, they rusted badly so a lot were scrapped over the years. About 1950, My mother after using a 1934 then a 1936 farm pickup as family transport convinced father to purchase a car which was a 1948 Fleetmaster. I was only a little “carpet grubber” at the time but remember it as quite a heavy bulky car which didn’t perform all that well, the column gear shift was vacume assisted and very slow to change so when the Fleetmaster was upgraded to a 1952 Chev in the mid fifties, the 52 was a marked improvement. ED Bill

Our Fleetmaster in front of the original house on FairviewRockdale Rd corner where I grew up

Club Captains Report 19/12/17


On the 9th December 2017 we held the first “Scavenger Run” with 5 club members attending along with 8 children in tow. All enjoyed a fine afternoon rambling around points of interest in Timaru finishing at the bay playground. The intention of this event is to help generate an interest in vintage motoring for the younger generations and to have something out of the ordinary for current club members, but as always you only get out what you put in and only the club member support will future events be successful. A reminder for those staying local over the holiday period the New Year’s day parade in Fairlie is well worth attending either joining in the parade or just as a spectator our older vehicles always generate a lot of interest. Planning is well underway for the ladies run on the 7th January 2018, men you need to get your creative juices flowing, as only the best thought out picnic will win the coveted pinny. With the night trial on the following weekend this makes January a busy start to the 2018 motoring calendar. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy & safe New Year with lots of enjoyable vintage motoring ahead. Darren Ladbrook


Christmas Dinner Alon Mayhew Sth Island Club Captain Introducing Alan Miller on the occasion of receiving his 50yr Badge



A very social evening was enjoyed by a large number of members, partners and friends for our pre Christmas event with the highlight of the occasion being the presentation of Alan Miller’s 50 year of membership badge by Alon Mayhew, South Island Club Captain. There was some confusion as to Alan Millers club affiliations as he seemed to “hover” between Invercargill branch and the newly formed Gore branch, it was thanks to Barry Barnes’s (an Invercargill member at the time) memories and research that resolved the issue. As seen by the front cover of this Tri Car issue a large number of 50 year badge holders were present on the night, a good opportunity to get a photo. Being a “car buff” I’m sure Alan and Lynley have no doubt lost count of the cars they have owned over the years, most come and gone except one, the 1928 Model A Roadster. (Shown in photo on right ) Alan bought the Model A when he was a “young fella” to use as a farm hack at lambing time, I’m not sure whether it was used for that job or was given a reprieve and restored at that point so it has had a long history with the Millers. Apparently it is one of the earliest Model A’s built after the demise of the Model T. ED, Bill


by Grant Stewart


This year our club entered a couple of tourers and also a couple of trucks with pedal cars on the back. The crowd got thicker the further we went along Stafford St (talking in numbers, not IQ) till by Farmers to the old Hydro corner they were wall to wall. Saw a few of our members watching but it was too late for them to earn more brownie points for the fat man in the red suit. I know I’m still in the negatives! John Smallridge had his 1942 Chev army truck ready for when North Korea presses the nuke button . Ashley Milliken was off to Bethlehem ( see sign)

The Editors couldn’t make the parade (gone fishing) so kindly lent their International. However driver Alistair Day was perplexed by the “Look” sign on the dashboard. I know we’re supposed to glance at the instruments occasionally, but to have a note to tell you to do this must mean the old brains not what it used to be, eh Billy

SCVCC participants in the annual 12 Christmas Parade

50 yr badge recipient Alan Miller

The Ladbrooks Dodge Tourer

Flying the flag for the VCC with Gavin Munro and Ashley Milliken lined up at the Christmas Tree lights (get it ) ready for the slowest drag race ever, AA mini ready to pick up the pieces. New radiator mascot for the Munro’ss Model A A Truck

Fire Brigade 1934 Bedford got in the way when I was photographing Weirs International

Childrens Scavenger Run


South Canterbury VCC January 2018  
South Canterbury VCC January 2018