North Can­ter­bury Clas­sic Tour

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News - Words and Pho­tos So­phie O’grady 1

Can­ter­bury, like most of New Zealand, en­joyed a mag­nif­i­cent sum­mer, so it was dis­ap­point­ing come the day of this event to wake up to light driz­zle.

How­ever, in spite of the dull weather, on Sun­day, March 22, 112 clas­sics en­tered the 13th an­nual North Can­ter­bury Clas­sic Tour — an event run by my grand­par­ents, Trevor and Lor­raine Stan­ley-joblin. As a re­sult, th­ese Sun­days in March have al­ways been a mem­o­rable part of my life grow­ing up, and I’ve helped with the or­ga­ni­za­tion of this event for eight years.

The NCCT al­ways at­tracts a mix­ture of young and old en­thu­si­asts alike, trav­el­ling from far and wide to at­tend. Lind­say Mcken­zie drove up from Oa­maru in his 1947 Ply­mouth coupé for the day, and the first to ar­rive at 9.15am was a gen­tle­man from Auck­land tour­ing the South Is­land in his Lo­tus.

There are al­ways those cheeky driv­ers who turn up at the last minute, and this year was no ex­cep­tion — one of our regular en­trants, an Alfa Romeo sign­writ­ten ‘Polizia Squadra Volante’, ar­rived just in the nick of time.

This year the clas­sics ranged from two lit­tle early ’50s Re­nault 750s right through to the very lat­est Corvette.

As well as many reg­u­lars on th­ese events, there were a few first timers — such as Carol Ka­vanagh, driv­ing her re­cently ac­quired Mazda MX-5 S1. She was hav­ing a ball, and was very pleased with her ‘new’ sports car, which my aunty was nav­i­gat­ing. They both en­joyed the tour im­mensely, and are now look­ing for­ward to the North Can­ter­bury Clas­sic Tour Christ­mas Pic­nic com­ing up in Novem­ber — for that one they plan to drive their own MX-5S, coin­ci­den­tally they’re both red.

The tour once again was a real fam­ily af­fair for my fam­ily. Un­cle Paul trav­elled in his Porsche Boxster, with Nana and Grandad in their MX-5 S2.

We de­parted from the event spon­sor’s premises, Rus­s­ley Porta­bles, in Wairakei Road, with the first ve­hi­cle flagged away at 10.30am. Within min­utes of leav­ing, the tour led en­trants on a drive through the up­mar­ket sub­urb of North­wood where, as a re­sult of an ex­ten­sive let­ter­box drop, hun­dreds of res­i­dents were out­side watch­ing the pa­rade and wav­ing them on. The route then took them through Clarkville, Man­dev­ille, Ohoka and South­brook to Ran­giora. It was here that the morn­ing sec­tion high­light took place — a drive through the over-55 com­plex of North­brook Vil­las in Ran­giora. On ar­rival, the tour mem­bers were greeted and cheered on by the res­i­dents, many of whom had dressed up in pe­riod cos­tume.

From Ran­giora the tour con­tin­ued through the coun­try, to end up in the small sea­side vil­lage of Waikuku for the of­fi­cial lunch break. Dur­ing this twohour stop there was the op­por­tu­nity to walk around to check out what other peo­ple had brought out of the garage for the day, while Phil and Colin once again en­ter­tained driv­ers and pas­sen­gers by play­ing songs and mu­sic from the ’60s and ’70s.

Af­ter lunch the drive took ev­ery­one on beau­ti­ful scenic routes through Loburn, Ash­ley and Sefton to Lei­th­field, end­ing with a visit to Bains Clas­sic Cars and the build­ing of the late Gary Mcvicar (G Mcvicar & Co Mo­tor Garage). We ded­i­cated this year’s tour to Gary, as he was an in­spi­ra­tion to many, build­ing up a col­lec­tion of clas­sic cars from a young age. Gary passed away on Novem­ber 21, 2014, only two years af­ter es­tab­lish­ing this build­ing to house all his cars next to the café he built.

Many peo­ple fin­ished their day re­lax­ing with a cup of tea or cof­fee in the café be­fore head­ing home and look­ing for­ward to their next sum­mer out­ing.

Thanks again to Ste­warts Clas­sic Cars and Park­side Me­dia for spon­sor­ing this event.

A date for your di­ary — this year’s Christ­mas Pic­nic, spon­sored by Park­side Me­dia and Nzclassiccar, is sched­uled to take place on Sun­day, Novem­ber 22, 2015, start­ing at 10am and de­part­ing from Am­ber­ley St Johns Am­bu­lance HQ be­side the Hu­runui Dis­trict Coun­cil SH1, Am­ber­ley, North Can­ter­bury.

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Lunch amongst the sports cars at Waikuku Trevor flags off the first car Three gen­er­a­tions of Re­nault fan Phil and Colin pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment at the lunch stop How about this for a clas­sic garage scene?

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