2003 - 24th National Ford Mustang Convention
The 24th National Mustang Convention was hosted by the Canterbury Mustang Owners Club in Christchurch on 24-27th Oct 2003. 113 cars and over 200 people registered, making it the largest South Island convention ever. Of particular note for this convention was the very welcome formal inclusion of the two newest clubs: Bay of Plenty Mustang Club based in Tauranga, who attended with 5 cars, and the Southern Mustang Club based in Invercargill, who brought 26 cars.
- Chch Convention Centre was the fabulous venue for the Mustang Show
- Convention HQ was Shirley Lodge
- Ray Spencer was both President and the Convention’s lead organiser
The convention was headquartered at the Garden Hotel in Shirley, with others booked into motels nearby. Cars began arriving all during the week with a big influx on Thursday.
Stories of speeding tickets, mechanical dramas and other problems abounded. At least three people got tickets between Picton and Christchurch, Noel and Rose King had a wheel bearing collapse in their Mach 1 at Foxton, and then had alternator and sick running engine problems. Wal Marshall's Boss 429 boiled the battery nearly dry due to a faulty voltage regulator, and refused to idle under 1500 rpm. It got a new battery, and a new voltage regulator - thank you Bart for carrying a spare one!. Several cars struck idling problems and, as no obvious cause could be found, poor fuel quality was suspected.
Ross Cheer and Bev Brooke found the newly rebuilt auto in their 65 hardtop would not upshift out of second, so were forced to drive all the way from Dannevirke to convention in 2nd gear! Colin and Merlyn Bates and Kevin and Margaret Mold of Waikato Club, had their cars backed into by a semi trailer truck unit at Turangi. Miraculously only the bumpers on both cars were damaged. The Mold's Mach 1 was another that stopped idling on the way down.
For those that arrived on Thursday or earlier, long hours were spent cleaning (and in some cases repairing) cars ready for the show. Three cars went out to Hornby for dyno tuning on Friday morning to try to cure various problems.
The rarity of a Boss 429 in ChCh ensured some dedicated attention! Wal's Boss 429 at full blast on dyno: 370 ft/lb of torque at 3000 rpm.
Saturday Car Show
Sure enough it rained overnight but the morning was clear and fine. After the usual towelling off, the cars headed out progressively from 6.30 am to the Canterbury Convention centre across the road from the Town Hall in the centre of Christchurch. By 10 am, 103 cars were positioned and detailed ready for the show opening at 10 am.
Peter Plumridge and Terry Prisk display by main entrance. (Photos courtesy of Tim Dickson)
Saturday Evening : Social Evening(+ Rugby!)
After the show closed at 5 pm, the cars came storming back to the Garden Hotel and other the nearby Motels. The evening was a free one but at the Garden Hotel there was a band playing and keen supper later for those who came to check it out
Sunday Cruise out to Akaroa
Sunday morning and everyone was keen to get rolling on the cruise to Akaroa. The weather was fine (if a mite chilly at times). The route was most pleasant and took the cars across Christchurch, through the Lyttelton road tunnel, around the harbour through Governor's Bay, over Gebbies Pass and across the hills to Akaroa..
The drive out around the harbour was greatly enjoyed by all. Most (who had not been there before) were quite surprised about who how far it was, but once there were charmed by the quant French town. The cars were parked up on the local school playing field, once everyone had negotiated the narrow entranceway. (Photos courtesy of Tim Dickson)
The stangs at school. (Photos courtesy of Tim Dickson)
Next was a Canterbury version of the push and grunt race. Four spark plugs were run across the field by ladies from each club, then their men folk had to install them into a cylinder head. The race was won by the Auckland Club, with the fastest women and the quickest screwers...ahem.
Spark Plug install race games challenge.
Spark Plug install race - "Push and grunt" ladies race - Stangs parked at the school
After the racing, hungry tums were filled in the frm of a very filling boxed lunch, and the rest of the afternoon was free to explore the lovely shops, cafes, quaint back streets and French colonial architecture that Akaroa is famous for.
(Photos courtesy of Tim Dickson)
Sunday Evening Prize Giving, Dinner and Dance
Sunday evening was of course the prize giving and dinner/dance. The event theme was "The letter C", and some imaginative costumes appeared! Cowboys, Call girls, Cat girls, Caveman, Chefs, and many Cops and Convicts etc etc
The first event of the evening was an excellent buffet dinner which ensured everyone ate too much and arrived at the prize giving part of the evening with no prospect of any hunger pangs for many hours.
After the excellent buffet dinner and prize giving were completed, a live band played popular music till well into the night ...
Monday Morning Breakfast and Farewells
After a relaxing lie-in Monday morning more than a few red eyes emerged to pack up the cars. At 8.30 am a meeting of the Presidents from the seven clubs was held. (The minutes of this meeting can be found here Wal). The meeting was followed at 9 am by a yummy cooked breakfast, where everyone had a chance to say their farewells till next year
(In answer to questions from dozens who asked me what the fuel consumption was on the Boss 429 for the trip, I can now advise that it was 13.8mpg overall. (Imperial Gallons). This includes two periods of appalling running with a flooded carb. It suggests I can expect to get about 15-16 mpg in 100kph cruise. Wal)
2003 Canterbury National Mustang Awards
Judging Results: Convention 2003
|1964 1/2 -1966 Hardtop|
|1st||Jill and Maurice Barrington||Canterbury||Avon City Ford|
|1964 1/2 - 1966 Fastback|
|1st||Kathryn and Glenn Martin||Canterbury||Team Hutchison Ford|
|1st||Murray Strang||Southern||Smiths Dealers|
|2nd||Alan and Karen Wilson||Southern|
|1967 -1968 Fastback|
|1st||Terry and Krys Prisk||Canterbury||Christchurch Ready Mix|
|3rd||Robbie and Jennie Kelly||Southern|
|1969-1970 All Models|
|1st||Neil and Judy Robinson||Bay of Plenty||R&G Spencer Builders|
|2nd||Peter and Gaye Plumridge||Canterbury|
|3rd||Steven McIntyre||Bay of Plenty|
|1971 -1978 All Models|
|1st||Doug and Angela Scott||Auckland||Nissbits Dismantlers|
|2nd||Rusty and Wendy McYowan||Bay of Plenty|
|1979 - 2003 All Models|
|1st||Shaun and Barbara Jackson||Auckland||AR Smith Ltd|
|2nd||Mike and Sue Wright||Canterbury|
|1969-1970 Mach 1|
|1st||Roger Bugden||Southern||Maurice Barrington Builders|
|Equal||Graham and Kathryn Fairbrass||Canterbury|
|2nd||Barry and Nellie Bender||Auckland|
|1971 - 1973 Mach 1|
|1st||Noel and Rose King||Taranaki||R J Paterson Ltd|
|3rd||Vic and John Keen||Southern|
|1964 -1969 GT|
|1st||Philip and Marie Scott||Auckland||Albert Street Panel and Paint|
|1982 - 1993 GT|
|1st||Ross Nicholas||Auckland||John Gluyas|
|1994 - 2003 GT and Cobra|
|1st||Ray and Gail Spencer||Canterbury||Smiths Hire|
|2nd||Ron and Val Johnston||Manawatu|
|1964 1/2 to 1973 Convertibles|
|1st||Phil and Liz Munt||Auckland||Mag and Turbo|
|2nd||Ashley and Sandy Smith||Canterbury|
|1983 - 2003 Convertibles|
|1st||Tracey and Greg Roberts||Canterbury||Australian Auto Parts|
|1st||Mathew Barr||Canterbury||Sutherland and Co Ltd|
|2nd||Evan and Lyn Sanderson||Southern|
|1st||Paul West||Canterbury||Southern Mustang and Ford|
|Best Paint and Panel|
|1st||Ray and Gail Spencer||Canterbury||Burkes Metal Works|
|2nd||Chris Stone and John Camm||Manawatu|
|3rd||Phil and Liz Munt||Auckland|
|Best Engine Bay|
|1st||Ray and Gail Spencer||Canterbury||Automotive Services|
|1st||Phil and Liz Munt||Auckland||Kaiapoi Alignment and Tyres|
|2nd||Phil and Marie Scott||Auckland|
|Equal||Ray and Gail Spencer||Canterbury|
|3rd||Chris Stone and John Camm||Manawatu|
|Best Individual Display|
|1st||Peter and Gaye Plumridge||Canterbury||The Garden Hotel|
|Equal||Terry and Krys Prisk||Canterbury|
|2nd||Ray and Gail Spencer||Canterbury|
|3rd||Ian and Carla Blockland||Canterbury|
|1st||Wayne and Leone Beckett||Southern||
Focal Point & Mothers
For wearing Chevy belt buckle on show day!
|Barry and Nellie Bender||Auckland|
|Push and Grunt|
|Run + four spark plug install race.||Auckland|
The overall prize giving results for each club are set out below.
Total Prize Pool by Club.
Bay of Plenty
(Canterbury....didn't they do well!)