CAN­TER­BURY ALL BRI­TISH DAY

New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Words and pho­tos: Trevor Stan­ley-joblin

Ire­mem­ber the day well; it was back in 1988. I was sit­ting in my con­ser­va­tory / spa room read­ing. The phone rang; I an­swered. “Colin here, what are you do­ing?” My re­ply, “Ac­tu­ally, I’m read­ing a story about an all-bri­tish day in the Aus­tralian Re­stored Cars mag­a­zine.”

Colin replied, “That’s a great idea. I’ll start one here” — and so the Can­ter­bury All Bri­tish Day was born. Thirty-one years later, and here we are in 2018 and Colin Hey is still at the helm.

This year’s an­nual event was held on 28 Oc­to­ber, as usual start­ing at the Vin­tage Car Club ( VCC) Can­ter­bury Branch grounds at Mcleans Is­land. The weather was as per­fect as you could wish for — start­ing off cloudy but break­ing mid-morn­ing into a bright, sunny day with vir­tu­ally no wind. An added bonus was that the VCC an­nual Vet­eran Rally was be­ing held on the same day, with both ral­lies co­or­di­nated to use the same start and fin­ish venues, mak­ing the va­ri­ety and ages of the ve­hi­cles more in­ter­est­ing for ev­ery­one tak­ing part in either event.

The old­est car present was Ge­orge and Sue Lee’s 1905 All­days. This twin-cylin­der vet­eran won the restora­tion of the year award back in 2000. Ge­orge is now restor­ing a sin­gle­cylin­der 1904 All­days.

As has be­come the tra­di­tion for the event, a se­ries of three runs de­parted the VCC Can­ter­bury grounds, con­sist­ing of a short, medium, and long route. These all fin­ished at the Kir­wee sports and re­cre­ation grounds about 20km away, with the longer routes cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the dis­trict be­fore fi­nally fin­ish­ing in Kir­wee. The grounds them­selves were in per­fect con­di­tion, and, be­ing sur­rounded on three sides by large trees and with ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties, it would have been hard to find some­where bet­ter to be on such a nice day.

At 2pm, a brief prize-giv­ing was held, with the win­ners of each of the rally routes de­cided us­ing the clos­est to the av­er­age time for all who sub­mit­ted their rally sheets at the end. The Best of Bri­tish Tro­phy was also awarded again — this be­ing de­cided by peo­ple’s choice vot­ing.

The event motto has al­ways been, “If it’s Bri­tish and road­wor­thy, bring it”, so, if you have a Bri­tish ve­hi­cle that meets those cri­te­ria, and you live in Can­ter­bury, mark Sun­day, 27 Oc­to­ber 2019 in your di­ary now.

The money raised at the 2018 event was once again for the van Asch Deaf Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, lo­cated in Sum­ner, Christchurch.

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