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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 Challenge'
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 organise it.
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 Twizel.

 
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 next year!
 

 

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