Completed Southern Club Events 2016
SOUTHERN MUSTANG RUN TO TE ANAU
- 1ST – 2ND OCTOBER 2106
Saturday 1st October on a cool and foggy morning in Invercargill our Mustangs
started rumbling up to Feldwick Gates. A hot coffee was enjoyed by many and
Wendy presented each car with an entertainment pack containing sweets, quiz
questions and a Te Anau map. Then it was off to Gore to meet more Mustang
enthusiasts from Dunedin and Tapanui – quite a spectacular scene for a busload
of Asian tourists who snapped many photo shots of the mustangs and in particular
themselves standing by the Mustangs!! Still under fog cover the entourage then
headed for Riversdale where Roger Cunningham had arranged for us to view Gil
Kaye’s collection of cars. This included older hot rods, and projects in various
stages of repair......then across the yard in an 8 bay shed, 3 rows deep many
Falcons, Valiant’s and Holden’s were housed with a very rare factory built
Falcon 4 wheel drive Ute in shocking pink!!.......a total of 25 vehicles in
all!! Just in case you had not seen enough of Gil’s treasures we were then
invited down to his panel shop to view some vehicles under restoration with an
extra bonus of a wander through the X-Riversdale District Hall which has been
converted to a vehicle storage facility – containing further vehicles in various
stages of repair.
By this time ‘most’ of the sweets had been consumed and I can say they were
certainly a very sweet surprise and enjoyed by everyone. On to the next stop
which was a lunch at Route 6 Cafe in Lumsden. The sun finally shone through the
fog and a warm sunny afternoon then ensued. Here we met friends from Winton,
Pisa Moorings and Wanaka which completed the mustang contingent. After an
enjoyable time lunching and chatting we headed north enroute to Duncan and Tina
McGregor’s Military Museum at Gorge Hill. A truly amazing collection in 2 large
sheds of wartime artefacts including models, photos, movies, wartime vehicles
such as an armoured personnel carrier, heavy trucks, digger, bulldozers, jeeps
and a replica of an army bunker. Tina prepared afternoon tea for us including
freshly baked hot cheese scones and pikelets. Tina also took the opportunity to
photograph everyone on the bridge and many also enjoyed a meander around the
grounds among the rhododendrons she has in her garden – this will be an amazing
sight come November I am sure.
Our final leg was on to Te Anau where we enjoyed relaxing in the Te Anau
sunshine with a few beverages and nibbles at Bruce and Wendy Jenks home. After a
wonderful meal prepared by the kitchen team, everyone continued to socialize
into the night, and a big thank you is extended to Wendy and Bruce for their
hospitality. The following morning saw everyone arrive at Barbara and Roger
Cunningham’s home where all the Mustangs were parked in-formation on the
adjacent section, quite a sight as you approached their home. A full continental
and cooked breakfast was enjoyed by all, again thank you to the kitchen and BBQ
team for their great service. Many took the opportunity to look around ‘Roger’s
Lane’ to view his current mustang project. A big thank you to Barbara and Roger
for opening their home and shed to us.
Bob and Lorraine from Dunedin won the quiz, no protests were upheld as many
failed to present their answer sheets on the Saturday evening as instructed.
A most enjoyable time was had by all and we wish to extend our grateful thanks
on behalf of everyone to Wendy and Bruce, Barbara and Roger for their efforts in
organizing such a wonderful weekend!!
Derek and Maree
Photos by Bob & Lorraine King....
Donation to Hospice Southland
Roger handing a Cheque for $1000.00 to Georgia Weaver.
This is the profit of the 2 'Brown Paper
Bag' auctions that were held at hotel in Twizel for our 'Mainland Mustang
between the Southern Mustang Club Inc and the Canterbury Mustang Owners Club.
Hospice Southland were very appreciative of this donation.
2016 Mainland Mustang Challenge
Sometimes you can look forward to something so much, that when it actually
happens, you can be disappointed. That is definitely NOT the case with the 2016
Mainland Mustang Challenge Weekend held over the weekend of August 24-26th. This
event, otherwise known as the Mainland Muster, is for the Canterbury and
Southern Mustang Owners Clubs, with each club taking turn about each year to
Many people took the Friday off work and made the most of the day and the great
roads, to enjoy the drive to the McKenzie Country. The scenery is spectacular,
and best enjoyed from inside a Mustang. This year’s event was based at the
McKenzie Country Inn in Twizel.
The weather wasn't great on Friday, but it got better the closer we got to
After unpacking the cars and settling in to our rooms, it was off to the
restaurant/bar to meet up with all the other entrants for a drink and a catch
up. A fantastic buffet dinner was followed by the first of the paper bag
auctions in aid of Hospice Southland. Unless it was bottle shaped, you had no
idea what you were bidding on, so there were some bargains, some groans, and
plenty of laughs to be had. Who wouldn’t want to own a singing and dancing
chicken that lays plastic eggs!
On Saturday morning all the cars lined up for the run to Lake Pukaki, where we
stopped for a photo opportunity.
The occupants of the sole campervan in the Lake Pukaki carpark
had their quiet breakfast interrupted by the influx of rumbling ponies. They
were great sports and moved their camper out from the lineup, so as not to ruin
some fine photos. The sun was out, and it was a little cool; but 45 Mustangs of
all models and colours lined up, made for an impressive sight with the brilliant
blue of Lake Pukaki as a backdrop.
From there, most cars headed off to Mt
Cook for lunch, with the rest of us heading to Tekapo. Some made the drive up to
the Mt John Observatory, which offered great views of Lake Tekapo and the
surrounding area, but it was pretty fresh!!! We then went down to Tekapo
township, with some opting for a dip in the hot pools, while others relaxed with
a coffee in the sun, or checked out the shopping.
Everyone made their own way back to Twizel late in the afternoon to prepare for
the night’s fancy dress party. Convicts and Criminals was the theme, and there
were some pretty shady looking characters in attendance.
I don’t think the Asian tourists in the Hotel knew what to
make of it all! Another beautiful buffet meal was laid on, followed by the
second paper bag auction, just in case you missed out on that must-have singing
chicken on Friday night. There was also a prize giving and some lucky draws,
with the Southern club taking home the Challenge trophy. The Bledisloe Cup test
was on telly, so that attracted many to the bar to watch on the big screen. A
great night was had by all, and we went to bed tired after a long, but fun day.
Sunday dawned fine and frosty, and after a substantial breakfast to set us up
for the drive home, there were some farewell speeches to conclude the weekend.
We said our goodbyes and set the horses loose for the trip back home.
Thanks to Roger and Anne for organising the weekend, and to
all the participants that made it such a good event. I can’t wait till August