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all Vehicles over 30 years old”





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

April 2024


First Thursday of the Month

Barry Smith in his 1959 Studebaker Lark during Rock & Hop Friday night Cruise through Temuka

Hi Everyone,

Chairman’s Report

Colin and I attended he executive meeting in March. There will be a full report on this in the next Tricar.

Well the Cruise ship season is over for the year. Personally I think we have done really well to have had 27 visitors for the first season. Discussion will take place under General Business at the AGM to decide whether we will do it again next Season. I thank everyone of you who so generously gave of your time to bring your vehicles down for display, and also a huge thanks to all who helped Nola in the kitchen, and for having craft on display. The organisers think it could be tweaked a bit here and there which will make it more economical for our branch.

The Chairman’s Rally will be on the 21st April with a couple of visits included. 9.30am starting time, first car away at 10.00am. I hope you will make the effort to attend. It takes as much time to plot a rally for 1 or 2 cars as it does for 60 plus cars. You will need to bring your lunch and drinks as we will be at a picnic spot for lunch with no shops.

Remember it is our AGM on our Noggin Night in June so mark your calendars NOW!!

All positions are up for grabs so consider putting your name forward. It’s a great way to learn more about your branch and the actual Vintage Car Club movement. The Swap Meet is the next thing on our agenda. If you haven’t already been in contact with Gavin Munro then please do so now. All help is needed for the two days 5th and 6th April. Remember this helps to keep your membership fees low. Nola and I attended the Scenicland Rally at Greymouth, along with several other South Cantabrians. A brilliant run as per normal, with wonderful weather and a lot of camaraderie amongst the attendees. The final dinner and presentations was at the Hokitika Workingmen’s Club, with a beautiful meal. Sadly no South Canterbury members featured in the line up. All well worth while attending. As you read this a South Canterbury contingent will be heading to Nelson to attend the Easter Rally. More on that in the next Tricar.

Cheers to all and happy motoring. Alistair

Mid Island Rally 2024

On an overcast day, 40 vehicles and 2 motorcycles left the clubrooms for the 2024 Mid Island Rally. There was a choice of two rally routes, “A” being the sealed route and “B” included sections of gravel road..

There were a good cross section of vehicle on the rally with Dave Jones in his 1914 Buick Tourer being the oldest on the rally. Unfortunately for Dave the crankshaft broke on the return journey when nearing Pleasant Point.

Instructions for each route meant that at times along the way there were vehicles travelling in opposite directions which made for some head scratching amongst competitors.

As the weather had been dry prior to the rally those who travelled on route B encountered very dusty roads with most vehicles looking a bit two tone-ish by the end.

Lunch stop was at the Fairlie Motor Museum where all buildings were open for competitors to view once lunch was over.

Field tests were held before taking on the return trip to Timaru and the Club Rooms for afternoon tea and prize giving.

A full list of prize winners will be published in the May Tricar.

1926 Bugatti T37A Hamish Pidgeon Colin Hawke on Morning Tea Duty Competitors checking course notes and enjoying a cuppa before heading off Line up of vehicles prior to departure


ThursdayApril 4th 7.30 pmClubrooms, Redruth St Timaru.

SPEAKER :- Brian HighSouth Canterbury Photographer & Videographer

KITCHEN DUTY :- Ross Parker & Chris Chambers

BAR :- Sandy McMillan

Club Captain Vacancy

The Club Captain role in the Club will be vacant at theAGM as Gavin and Michelle Munro are stepping aside.

If you think this is something you could take on for the Club then please contact either Gavin (021 0528264) or Michelle (021 1726168) and have a chat.

They are happy to show you what is involved and to help you into the role over the next couple of months before they step aside.

Categories of Cruise ship Passengers (or so we’ve heard)

Category One -Newly Wed’s

Category Two- Over Fed’s

Category Three - Nearly Dead’s

Another month gone by and as I mentioned in the last report, we are close to the Swap meet once again.

Our Trusty Fergy. Tractor gave a whoopsie on the very day a Client called to pick up an engine. With both Alistair and John working on the problem they finally diagnosed the fault as in the fuel delivery from the carby.

After a strip down and a blow through of all the orifices and back on the tractor it fired up o.k. But now a new problem arose, in the form of a leak in the fuel line. By now the morning was almost over so a new pickup time for the client was arranged.

Alistair rebuilt the fuel line and now the 'Fixed Fergy' is ready once again thanks to both Alistair and John.

Our Parts Dept. has a great selection of parts so why don't you pop on down and have a look, that part might just be sitting on a shelf.

We are open every Wednesday Morning from 9am through to 12 noon.

I’m always looking for articles, even short ones, for the Tricar, or a photo or two of an event that you have attended in your club eligible vehicle.


SCVCC Website Updates

To access other club newsletters go to scroll to News from our Branches as hard copy newsletters are not mailed out now.

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

Calendar of Events 2023 /2024 for the South Canterbury Branch of the VCC

April 6th *** SWAP MEET ***

April 11th Mid-week Run

April 21st Chairman’s Rally

May 9th Mid-week Run

May 12th PV Rally

May 26th End of Season Run

June 2nd All British Run

June 6th *** AGM ***

We are proposing to run another vintage Trials this year, possibly earlier to allow for wetter conditions.

Watch this Space


Every once in a blue moon Grant Stewart comes up with a good idea, this one being to get the RNZAF aerobatics team to front up and do a display over Caroline Bay on the main gala day. After initial contact with the Black Falcons team Grant passed the buck (what he does best) to Pete O’Neil from the Hospice to sort, but a support team from the air-force needed picking up from the airport and dropping back after the display, the 1959 Chev Impala of the Weirs and 1959 Studebaker Lark with Continental rear of the Smiths were chosen as the Uber service. Brilliant 15 minute display from the Black Falcons and I think the air-force support team were impressed with the taxis, couple of selfies taking place.

Library Report April 2024.

The last month has been mostly spent keeping things ready for visits by cruise ship passengers.

It’s disappointing that they turned out to be so few over the season but it has been great conversing with the ones who did arrive. Some members who had vehicles on display also took the opportunity to wile away a little time in the Library too, with discussions on topics as diverse as Cecil Wood and the Tricar to Harley Davidson panhead motorcycles.

The month has also brought more donations for the Library with Shannon

Stevenson dropping off an old sales brochure for “Ricks” -mostly reproduction parts at prices which would be real bargains today but as its 50 to 60 years old that’s not altogether surprising.

Shannon also brought in an old book entitled “Metallurgy for Aircraft Engineers”. Most of the content is equally applicable to Motor Engineers. Date of publication is not shown but it does bear a logo and the legend “Book Production War

Economic Standard” and a declaration that the book conforms to those standards, so at a guess it goes back to the early or just postwar 1940s.

Bob Austin brought in a book of bound Popular Mechanics from 1957 and drew my attention to a survey of car owners on tubeless tyres which were introduced on U.S. production vehicles for the 1955 model year. Some owners were really quite anti at the time, but tubeless tyres are not at all controversial now.

Bob also donated another book, an encyclopedia of 40s and 50s cars.

Graeme Taylor, known to most as GT, brought in a boxful of stuff, mostly quite old publications, the oldest being a 1920s edition of the NZ Motorists Road Guide (SI).

One ad therein shows Dominion Motors as agents for Crossley, Angus Sanderson, and Ansaldo among others.

There are manuals parts catalogue and handbooks for Ford V8 and Mercury, Chev 1929-55, and Morris half ton model MCV circa 1950, a book on spray painting, 1951 and 52 Speedway manuals and the Atlantic Truck manual also circa 1950.

A different offering is entitled “Belt Up” a motoring manual by the cartoonist Thelwell which I have yet to investigate.

Thanks to all the donors.

Focus now shifts to organizing the stall for the Swap Meet.

The duplicated magazines will be free while we hope the books and manuals might bring in a dollar or two for the Library.

They will all be packed up before our Club Night so if you want to check them out come and see us at the Swap Meet.



Programme of events as follows:-

Friday 5th April 8AM SHARP

Set up sites, Pegs and Numbers Tape off Areas and Lanes

Put up Signage Put out Rubbish Bins

Site Holders – Gate opens 3.00PM (not before)

Gates close 7.00pm SHARP

Saturday 6th April –Gatekeepers by 6.30am

Site Holders – Gate open 7AM

Public Gate open 8.00am

Swapmeet Finish approx. 4.00pm

Clean up and Pack up BEGINS 4.00pm

Empty Rubbish Bins, Pack up Container


Need people for set up and laying out grounds Gate

Contact Grounds Convenor - Barry Smith - 03 684 7405 Gate Keepers and Parking - Gavin Munro - 021 052 8264 Site Sales - Michelle Munro - 027 284 6422 Chairman - Colin Johnstone - 03 693 9093 021 0818 9988
Site Marshalls, Parking assistants, Clean up and Pack up Personnel

Three of the “regulars” at “The Landing Service Centre” where Cruise Liner guests arrived by bus from their ships.

Cruise ship visitors on 27th Feb L-R Grant Mitchell, Les Rzepecky, Nora Hawke. Photo taken by Chris Chambers who also was a “regular”

Further Photos from Mid Island Rally

Rock and Hop Weekend


A (somewhat whimsical) account of the VCC North Island Club Captain's Tour of the lower part of the central North Island undertaken between Saturday 2nd March and Sunday 10th March 2024.

North Island Club Captain Glyn Clements ably assisted by Good Wife Cathy planned and led the rambling rabble of assorted members and their cars from Whanganui to Palmerston North via a circuitous route over roads less travelled during the first week in March.

Participants came from Kerikeri in the Far North to Cromwell in Central Otago and many places in between. Vehicles ranged in age from a 1922 Essex 4 to a pair of Mazda MX5 convertibles constructed around the turn of the Millennium. Some 15 vehicles comprised the core group of the tour with many of us joining or leaving at various points dictated by alternative commitments, or in several cases by unscheduled failures to proceed.

At times we were accompanied by local VCC club members which added regional variation to an already eclectic mix.

One constant over the tour was the presence of Desmond the squawking orange rubber duck (N.I. equivalent of the S.I. wooden spoon). He travelled in a different vehicle each day, the actual one being decided on by the previous day's recipient of his nefarious charms. It did not necessarily require a misdemeanour to attract his companionship, but neither could that be entirely ruled out!

Conveyance of the Dreaded Desmond dictated the provision of several photos taken during the course of each day proving beyond reasonable doubt that he had in fact accompanied that vehicle and its hapless occupants to various landmarks visited during their tenure. Most parties seemed suitably relieved to be divested of the sycophantic squawking sucker at the following morning's briefing!

Friday, Saturday

Penny and I left Timaru in our 38 Chev on the morning of Friday 1st March and after a pleasant and uneventful trip to Picton stayed overnight before crossing the expensive bit of water via Interislander the next morning. We continued to Whanganui that afternoon and arrived in time for registration and dinner that evening at The Barracks Sports Bar.

We were joined by an old school friend of mine whom I have known almost 50 years and who accompanied us on our jaunts the next day. Coincidentally he had farmed just a few kms away from another of our tour participants in the Eastern Bay of Plenty for some years.

Sunday 3rd March

At our first morning briefing we were introduced to Dodgy Desmond and discussed the route for the day which was up the Whanganui River Road to Jerusalem and Pipiriki. Light rain accompanied us most of the morning but cleared in the afternoon. The road was all sealed but narrow and winding and contained some poorly marked "traffic calmers" that jolted us back into the 21st Century! After turning east at Pipiriki and leaving the Whanganui River we travelled through steep bush and then pine plantations which morphed into farm land as we approached Raetihi and then our lunch stop in Ohakune.

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The afternoon route took us south through steep farmland over Fields Track to join the Parapara road returning to Whanganui, and we had travelled 167 miles that day.

The Whanganui VCC clubrooms were the venue for our evening meal where we were expertly catered for by local branch members. We enjoyed the convivial atmosphere and were impressed by the organisation and layout of their facilities which started out life as a ladies bowling club.

Monday 4th March

Today was our Coast to Coast escapade, involving a caper up the Turakina Valley from Whanganui and the first of the gravel roads we encountered on tour after leaving the valley and climbing through steep hill country towards the Central Plateau. Ridge Road near Mataroa was a particular highlight with a strong tail wind up a steep climb causing a rise in engine temp, then a temporary relocation of my hat to a roadside blackberry bush upon stopping to admire the view.

Lunch was enjoyed in Taihape followed by some spectacular rolling country over the notorious Taihape to Napier road which includes the Gentle Annie Hill. Anything but gentle, however again the whole road was sealed and a fair amount of second gear travel was called for. This road claimed the first casualty for our group with the splash fed bottom end of the Essex succumbing to the downhill gradient and starving the rear main of oil an hour and a half out of Napier and before the actual Annie Hill. Nothing a tow truck callout and breakdown insurance couldn't handle.

Upon reaching Napier we enjoyed a convivial meal by our hosts at Palm City Motel and re-lived the day's events over the 183 miles completed today.

Tuesday 5th March

From our motel in Napier today's run headed south through Clive and on to Waimarama Beach for a lunch stop before returning to Havelock North and a steep climb up Te Mata Peak where the majority of Hawkes Bay was like a panorama vista laid out before us. The Chev left a small puddle of green coolant at the top as some sort of offering to the Gods of Internal Combustion. 126 miles were covered today.

The local Hawkes Bay branch of the VCC hosted us in their Meeanee clubrooms with the provision of a delicious meal whilst showcasing their impressive layout, well organised parts stock, and a library of such calibre that every other club librarian should aspire to visit. A huge asset to their obvious dedication and continued efforts of preservation.

Wednesday 6th March

We were free to experience the Art Deco attractions of Napier this morning which we shared with passengers off several cruise ships which were also visiting the Port. After convening for lunch at the Hawkes Bay clubrooms we travelled via secondary roads east of SH 2 through rolling farmland to eventually arrive at Dannevirke after travelling 114 miles. This was our overnight destination and our group dinner was very well catered for by the local RSA.

We had an experience on this leg that can occur at any time on back country roads whereby a local farmer on his tractor came out of his driveway on to the road labouring under the misconception that it would be unoccupied like every other day he performed that manoeuvre. However that was not the case and the MX5 we were following decided to stop in a sensible display of defensive driving to avoid being hit by said tractor. It's 4 wheel discs did a fine job of bringing the small car to a rapid halt but in doing so created quite the challenge to us in the Chev following at a good rate of knots. I was still deciding whether to take on the tractor, climb over the back of the MX5, or rearrange the ditch on the left hand side as the old Chev made a pretty rapid and respectable stop! A salutary reminder to stay alert, get the big picture, expect the unexpected, and to have an alternative plan.

Thursday 7th March

From Dannevirke we headed east to the Waihi Valley and Falls through rolling farm country and vast areas of newly planted Pine plantations obviously implemented by some carbon credit crazed confusion resulting in an ecological imbalance and making a disfiguring eyesore of our once beautiful rural countryside. We climbed up to the skyline by the Towai Limeworks where the ocean was visible far in front of us before descending to travel through a valley on the Pahiatua Pongaroa road and on to our lunch stop in Pahiatua. The afternoon run to Masterton again took us east of SH 2 through dry rolling farmland near Alfredton and Bideford to deliver us into our overnight stop in Masterton after travelling 118 miles for the day. Again we enjoyed our evening meal courtesy of the local RSA.

Largest Vehicle

Bob White - 1964 Land Rover

Forward control and caravan

Unfortunately by this stage we had become leaderless as a result of fuel starvation and contamination problems experienced by our intrepid leaders in their Rover P4. I am told they were grateful to be towed in to Masterton by an A90 Austin and then hitched a ride on a tow truck back to home base in the Manawatu.

Friday 8th March

From Masterton we travelled South East for a pleasant brunch in Martinborough before heading out to the Cape Palliser lighthouse at the extreme South East tip of the North Island. Some of our more intrepid members including Desmond ascended the 253 stairs to the lighthouse whilst others were happy to remain close to sea level. There was dramatic evidence of Cook Strait encroachment on the road leading to the Cape.

Another highlight was the line-up of vintage boat launching bulldozers at Ngawi standing as stark sentinels against the harsh coastal climate. After circumnavigating Lake Ferry where we had said our farewells to our fellow tourists the group arrived in Featherston and returned via back roads to Masterton, whilst Penny and myself pointed the trusty Chev south over the Rimutaka Hill for it's well deserved 5 week hiatus in Upper Hutt before embarking on another North Island adventure.

Saturday 9th March and Sunday 10th March

After a morning visit to Francis Pointon's Masterton museum the remainder of the tour participants made their way east to Castlepoint and then back to Pahiatua and over the Pahiatua Track to Palmerston North where the next day they participated in the Manawatu Branch's 60th Anniversary Annual Ruahine Ramble. As we were not present for these final 2 Tour days someone else may step up to the plate to flesh out the finer details.

I conclude by offering an enthusiastic recommendation to all club members to consider participating in future Club Captain's Tours. The non-competitive camaraderie and forging of new bonds and friendships is highly enjoyable, and the pleasure of travelling with like-minded enthusiasts over unfamiliar roads helps to cement some of the principles on which the VCC was founded.

Finally, a huge vote of thanks to Club Captain Glyn and wife Cathy for the massive amount of work and effort put in to planning, driving and documenting the route, as well as arranging meals and accommodation. Route instructions were accurate and neither too detailed or too vague. Their communication with tour participants both before and during the Tour was exemplary, resulting in all of us, without exception, enjoying a totally positive and fun event.

I would like to think that in spite of all the responsibility and even having experienced mechanical issues that they too gained much pleasure from our combined experience.

Thank you again to both of you.

South Canterbury VCC

Chev on Ridge Road, near Taihape Church at Jerusalem as seen by Clive and Penny on North Island Club Captain’s Tour Club Captain Glyn’s opening address Dodgy Desmond Impressive Hawkes Bay VCC Library Bulldozers at Ngawi, near Cape Palliser

Mountain Goat

What do you think of when you hear, or see, the words “Mountain Goat?”

Most people would imagine or say a goat that lives on a mountain, but to some it would be motor cycle. Yes, a motor cycle !!

The Mountain Goat Motorcycle was specifically built in 1963 by Jonny Callender of New Plymouth, for use on rough farmland. It was the first specifically designed farm bike in the world. It was produced from 1963 to the 1970’s. It proceeded all now common brands of Farm specific motorcycles.

On a recent visit down south, club member, Kevin Manchester found one of these bikes, as they say, in a shed. It hadn’t been running for about 20years. After some chatter with the shed owner Kevin managed to “purchase” the “said bike” for a 24 pack of beer.

Once back at his place Kevin cleaned out the carby, unseized cables and brakes added some fuel and away it went. Still need some more work in some areas but Kevin has been out around hid farm on it.

The motor on Kevin’s bike is a Kawasaki 80cc with 4 speed gearbox. Later versions went to Suzuki motors and had a high /Low ratio option.

Top speed is about 30kph.

Hawkes Bay VCC Library Mountain Goat motorcycle at the Packard and Pioneer Museum at Maungatapere. Kevin Manchester’s Mountain Goat Motorcycle
(Check our Web Page for further details on events listed below) Ashburton Wheat & Wheels Rally 6th-7th April North Otago Gerald Lynch-Blosse Motor Cycle Rally 13th April Ashburton Aviation Extravaganza 20th-21st April Ashburton Rotary Club of Ashburton Plains Classic Car Run 28th April
Other Coming Events Elsewhere

Cruise Ship Visit’s Debrief Meeting

A debrief of this season’s Cruise Ship Visit’s will be held at the May Noggin and Natter. Please come along to share your thoughts about how you found the experience and how we could improve for next season.

Deadline for May 2024 Tricar 20thApril 2024

Email Address







Barry Smith


Office Bearers 2023-2024

Vice Chairperson:


Day (Nola)

Hawke (Glenys)


Young (Wayne) 6861833

Treasurer: Nola Day (Alistair)

Club Captains:

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and Michelle Munro

Rzepecky (Helen)

Committee: All of the above

Identification and Certificate:

Swap Meet:


Secretary / Site




Alistair Day, John Lester, Colin Hawke.


021 1726168

Gavin 021 0528264


Day (Alistair)

Smith ( Lynette)

John Lester (Mary)

Sandy McMillan

Alan Patrick

Glen Hawkins






Editor: Les
Convener: Sandy McMillan 027
Shed Manager: Barry Smith (Lynette) 6847405
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