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

Thursday/Friday Registration

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

                   Place                Winners                               Club                Sponsor
1964 1/2 -1966 Hardtop
1st  Jill and Maurice Barrington  Canterbury Avon City Ford
2nd  Ross Cheer  Manawatu
3rd  Peter Geddes  Canterbury
1964 1/2 - 1966 Fastback
1st Kathryn and Glenn Martin Canterbury Team Hutchison Ford
2nd Barry Fairbrass Canterbury
3rd  Jason Burke Canterbury
1967-1968 Hardtop
1st Murray Strang  Southern Smiths Dealers
2nd Alan and Karen Wilson  Southern
3rd Neil Rogan  Southern
1967 -1968 Fastback
1st Terry and Krys Prisk  Canterbury Christchurch Ready Mix
2nd Forbes Gourlay  Canterbury
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
3rd Moses Bristowe Auckland
1971 - 1973 Mach 1
1st  Noel and Rose King Taranaki R J Paterson Ltd
2nd Craig Mackenzie Canterbury
3rd  Vic and John Keen Southern
1964 -1969 GT
1st  Philip and Marie Scott Auckland  Albert Street Panel and Paint
2nd  Colin Lambert Canterbury
3rd  Paul West Canterbury
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
3rd  Jeff Tobin Auckland
1964 1/2 to 1973 Convertibles
1st Phil and Liz Munt Auckland Mag and Turbo
2nd Ashley and Sandy Smith Canterbury
3rd Dale Such Manawatu
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
3rd  Philps Rinaldo  Canterbury
1st Paul West Canterbury Southern Mustang and Ford
2nd Wal Marshall Manawatu
3rd Boyd Roberts Canterbury
Best Paint and Panel
1st Ray and Gail Spencer Canterbury Burkes Metal Works
Equal Jason Burke Canterbury
2nd Chris Stone and John Camm Manawatu
3rd Phil and Liz Munt Auckland
Best Engine Bay
1st Ray and Gail Spencer Canterbury Automotive Services
2nd Paul West Canterbury
3rd Ross Cheer Manawatu
Best Interior
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
Equal Dale Such Manawatu
  Ashley Smith Canterbury
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
Peoples Choice
1st Wayne and Leone Beckett Southern

Focal Point & Mothers

2nd Steve McLoughlin Canterbury
3rd Ashley Smith Canterbury
Dipstick Award
Mark Ansell Canterbury

For wearing Chevy belt buckle on show day!

First Registration
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.
(Includes all Awards)


Cars Registered








Bay of Plenty


















       (Canterbury....didn't they do well!)

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