I could not put pen to paper this month without commenting on the International.
It was a great success, made possible by the helpers and the participants. I personally enjoyed every part of it, and often wish that I could start organising another one..........
My only disappointment was that it was impossible to look at every vehicle in detail, and get to talk to more people. When you've got to look at about 146 vehicles and around 300 people all gathered in one place it was obvious that it was going to be a big ask.
Comments are still being made by the general public that they could not get over the number of cars, and also the professional way the people conducted themselves over the weekend.
It seems that no-one can relate to someone else's hobby until they come across it or get involved in one way or another, and I guess that they have not really thought about it before anyway.
The Convention Committee de-brief will take place within the next few weeks as soon as our finances are finalised, so please, any comments will be appreciated.
The AGM will be over by the time you read this, so please give your Executive your full support over the next 12 months.
Thank you all very much, and take care.
Well, the Convention has been and gone, and at the risk of stating the obvious, what a great weekend - one to remember - even for those of us that had car problems!
I was somewhat embarrassed to have the Zodiac play up shortly after handing it over the Arthur & Laurie McNae from Queensland, and consequently we spent some time trying to trace the problem, which turned out to be a faulty petrol pump operating arm.
After discovering what the problem was - at the side of the road at Cave in full view of most of the other participants - we made a temporary repair, only to have the car stop again 3 miles up the road - this time with a broken contact on the rotor arm, so we towed it into Albury, with much support from a number of passing entrants. Fortunately Stick managed to find a new rotor at a garage in Fairlie, so it wasn't all bad luck!
In spite of all the problems Arthur & Laurie still insist they had a great time.......
The web site has had 190 visitors this month, a large increase in the usual number, and has now had over 1000 hits since being set up. I can only assume that people are looking for information on the Convention, and I hope to have a full report - courtesy of Barry Goddard - on the site within the next few days, along with over 70 pictures of the weekend's happenings. If anybody has photo's, particularly any taken at Fairlie, Levels, and Winchester, I would appreciate a loan of them so that I can get them scanned for inclusion on the site - your prints will be returned - thanks!
A great turnout from the Austin club with cars ranging in size from a 1923 Seven to a couple of huge Sheerlines and there was also a good selection of other British machinery including an immaculate Jaguar XK150 with a paint job under the car as good as that on top.
Apart from the cars, there were a number of motorbikes on display, and other things to do and see, such as the indoor market, Penny-Farthing rides - well, there was a static one to try out - not that I saw any of our members having a go, and also a brass band playing stirring British music!
After a pleasant day wandering around the various displays, and a final cup of tea/coffee, we made our way home in twos &
(and also ones and fours for that matter.........)
Sunday 6 June All British Car Day Timaru
27-29 August Garden City Zephyrs 10th Anniversary Weekend in Kaikoura
25 -27 Sept Weekend run to Alexandra Blossom Festival
Due to demand, it is planned to place an order for more caps & shirts printed with the Convention logo - this will definitely be your only chance to order more of these popular items - the order will be placed with the printer in 2 weeks time.
Phone Bob Stevens 688-1296 for more details
Friday 27 August
5.00pm Earlybird registrations at the Adelphi Hotel(Back Bar)
10.00am Registrations in Back Bar at Adelphi Hotel
12-2.0pm Show & Shine participant visiting
Barbecue lunch (in carpark beside
Information Centre - to be confirmed)
2.30pm Mystery run and sightseeing tour
7.00pm Social Evening/Prizegiving Adelphi Hotel
Free morning to experience Kaikoura's attractions at your leisure
12.00pm Barbecue lunch at Kaikoura Motels
Farewells ( plenty of off road parking)
MkI Grille & Boot Badges - Mint condition $180 per set
Ron Thompson Ph 03 688-6807
MkII 1959 Olive green/white, 81,000 miles, 2 owners, the last for 14 years $4000 Contact Bob Stevens 03 688-1296
1961 MkII Zephyr Station Wagon, blue/white, in very good condition. Original crossply whitewall tyres, chrome roofrack, 4 speed gearbox.
Contact Garey Hanifin Ph +64 3 688-6663
MkIII Zephyr in original condition
Paul Breen Ph/Fax 03 614-7664
MkII Sunvisor, and MkII Zodiac chrome wheel bands Bob Stevens Ph 03 688-1296
MkII Zodiac Grille Barry Goddard Ph 03 686-2076
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