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 Canterbury Club Events 2003


Completed 2003 Events

Sunday Dec 14th 2003 - Annual Christmas outing

Once again the Christmas Breakfast was well attended. The venue was the Cabbage  Tree Restaurant on Moorhouse Avenue. Following an enjoyable buffet breakfast,  members took the ponies for a run over the Port Hills, and wound their way to  the home of Denis & Erica Philips for a relaxing afternoon.

Sun 7th December 2003 - Ford Christmas Parade, Hanmer Springs

The Hanmer springs Lions Club invited members of CMOC to attend their Ford Xmas Parade in Hanmer. Several club members made the trip, and of course the hot pools provided a welcome spot of relaxation after the parade.

Labour Weekend 2003 - National Mustang Convention - Christchurch

Full details here 

Sat 23/Sun 24 August 2003 - Concourse D'Elegance

This year the Mustang Club was represented by Graham & Kathryn Fairbrass with  their Mach 1 along with Mark & Shelley Ansell with their 1966 Notchback. both  received 2nd place certificates for their respective classes and Graham took
3rd place in "People's Choice". The theme for the 2004 Concourse is "Holidays", so put your thinking caps on now for some creative ideas for the display this  year!

Sunday 27th July 2003 - 10th Annual Henry ford Memorial Run

After a cold damp start to the day, the weather cleared before we reached our  destination in Rangiora. There were a variety of mustangs on the run this  year - and as always they were a crowd pleaser. Warm afternoon weather made
for a pleasant afternoon strolling the grounds of the Sparks' Museum viewing the 276 Fords which participated in this event.

Sunday 13th July 2003 - Ferrymead Historic Park

The day dawned crisp and clear and saw 10 Mustang families assemble at the  Ferrymead Tavern for a quick lunch before heading off to Ferrymead Historic  Park for the afternoon. An enjoyable day out for all those who attended.

May 31st and June 1st/2nd. Buller All Ford Weekend

The Buller All Ford Day was held this year at Queens Birthday Weekend.   We met up with Falcon Club for the run over to the Buller.  

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Cruising through Hanmer.

Sunday 25th May: Ring Road Rally

Details in May newsletter

Wheels Week – Ashburton, Sunday May 4th 

The Ashburton Plains Rotary Club hosted the 10th Annual Classic, Vintage and Veteran Car Run on Sunday 4th May 2003. Registration was from 8.30am to 10am in the Hotel Ashburton Carpark.It was open to all Classic, Vintage or Veteran cars. 

April 6th

“Ash Vegas” event is postponed...so instead we have....

100 Years of Ford day, Ashburton: DEPART Cookie Time at 8.45am to be at Ashburton showgrounds by 10am. Street Parade to follow and then finishing at the Tinwald Domain for a display of anything & everything FORD.  This is a 100 Years of Ford celebration Day which is being organised by Gluyas Ford.  Commemorative T-shirts will be available on the day.

Sunday March 16th

Day trip to Akaroa.  Meeting at the Halswell Pool at 9.30am.  Always a popular day out.   

12 March: Mount Cook Photo Shoot

The CMOC was recently approached by an advertising agency in Auckland on behalf of Visa.  They needed a red Mustang convertible and selected our ‘68 for the shoot. 

With short notice, since we had just got back from holiday, it was the following week, Wednesday 12th March.  Myself and a mate Mike to keep me company, headed off for the 400km haul to Mt Cook.  A quick breakie at Mackers in Hornby at 8.30am then we were off.  With the top down, and an average kind of day, it was quite fresh for the first half of the trip until we hit a beautiful day at Burkes Pass. 

The location for the photos was at a T intersection that leads to the airport right at the foot of Mt Cook and about 2 minutes from the Hermitage.  This was the first time I had been there and I was blown away by the unreal scenery and the sheer size of the snow covered Mt Cook. 

We arrived at midday just as the camera crew arrived from staying the night in Twizel.  A council worker coned off the road as we parked the car in the middle of the intersection.  The photos took about 3 hours in total and they had hired a couple of models to sit in the car for the shots.  Carla and I didn’t fit the brief!!

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(Click on this ...its a great pic!)

After the session we headed for the Hermitage and had a nice cold one before heading on the long haul home.  By the time I dropped Mike off and got home it was 8pm and I was feeling a bit shattered.  A big day out with over 800km travelled.  The car went like a dream and never missed a beat. 

The advertisement will be published in various magazines and material here and in Aussie, promoting “Visa Gold, Heads or Tails - you choose”, so you might see it around some time! 

-  Ian Blokland.

March 1st and 2nd USA Day Dunedin. 

The annual trek to Dunedin for the USA weekend took place at the first weekend of March.  As everyone had varying work commitments on the Friday, we all travelled down to Dunedin at different times of the day, meeting up in Kaikorai Valley Road at about 6pm to view the impressive line-up of cars before departing for the evening car run which this year went over Three Mile Hill to Outram and then back thru East Taieri and over the motorway before coming to rest at the Hot-Rod Club-rooms up behind Brockville.  There were a few heart-stopping moments for some people when they found that the hilly grass car-park area had become very frosty and slippery!!  I also had a heart-stopper when we went to leave as I thought my car had rolled down the bank and was upside-down in the garden, but fortunately it turned out to be an old cart parked up quite neatly in the garden area.  And I hadn’t even had a drink at that stage!!  My eyes were playing tricks in the moonlight!! 

Once back at the motels we all agreed (??!!) to join the Spencer/Martin party in their motel unit.  I don’t think Ray will let us back into his motel room again as we got officially growled at via a phone call at about 12.15am!!  Until that point Ray had apparently been a ‘virgin’ when it comes to being growled at, at motels!  Dawn & Greg can do all the future bookings, eh, Ray?? 

Saturday was show day at the Tahuna Showgrounds, and a chance to get a good look at all the cars on display.  Paul West, who was in Dunedin “working” had managed to sneak away to come down and catch up with everybody, and as punishment for shirking, he got to drive a car-load of lovely ladies into town to do the shopping thing, via Carisbrook as Greg had decided to go to the Highlanders Rugby match and could not convince any die-hard Crusaders Supporters to join him at the House of Pain!!!  Saturday night had the whole “Team Canty” dining together at the Lone Star Café and I think everyone did justice to the huge meals served!

After a brief but hilarious so-journ to a neighbouring “adult-shop”, it was off to the Octagon for a bevvy or two.  Some of the gang packed up and went home reasonably early (probably so they could bolt their doors securely!!).

Greg and I, and Paul West were the stayers of the evening, and ended up having a few laughs at a nightclub ominously known as the “Woolshed”  at the back of the Octagon. 

Everyone headed for home on the Sunday morning, with a stop off for lunch in Timaru on the way back..  Greg and I got delayed in Oamaru and missed the lunch in Timaru, but we caught up with Pete & Gaye checking out the Ford dealer  at Washdyke, so travelled the rest of the way home in “convoy” with them.

Sunday February 16th

2nd Annual Caving Expedition for all the would-be bears in the club!!

February 1st and 2nd

Wings and Wheels extravaganza to be held at Wigram Air Base.  

Sunday January 19th

Picnic day out to Coes Ford.  Meeting at Halswell Pool at 10.30am to travel in convoy to Coes Ford.