Hawke's Bay British & European Car Club Inc.




By Ray Knowles

A bunch of keen followers gathered on a damp and gloomy morning in Hastings to head for the Rush car collection in Fielding, stopping off in Waipukurau to pick up Seton & Judy and a stop in Dannevirke to meet up with our host and tour guide for the afternoon, Merv.   

After a damp and dismal start the clouds cleared to a sunny warm day from Dannevirke onwards. I imagine that there were a few of us that experienced some roads not previously traversed which made for an interesting drive.   

Upon arrival at the Rush Car Museum we were warmly greeted by Terry, Joy and Tim Rush who have been putting together their collection for a number of years now. Before entering the car collection, we gathered in the foyer where there was a huge collection of photos, magazines, manuals, toys and lots of other paraphernalia. Terry spoke to us about his fascination and involvement in motor racing, particularly the New Zealand motor racing scene, including his involvement in the establishment of the Manfield race track. Terry then conducted us into his museum, where he gave us a run down on the history of a number of the vehicles. The family collection is also not only about cars, but includes a fascinating collection of brassware and many other artefacts.   

The collection included open wheel race cars once driven by such famous names as Bruce McLaren, Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme, Chris Amon and Graeme McCrea. Terry has been very fortunate in securing these cars, one of which there are only two left in the world. This truly is an amazing collection well worth the visit or three.   

After ambling around the collection for about an hour, we headed off to Merv’s place for lunch and to see his little collection of vehicles that he is slowly restoring. The hot pumpkin soup with fresh bread rolls was superb consumed in front of a nice hot log fire. The trip around some back country roads to Merv’s place was interesting and pleasant.   

Following lunch there was a presentation and tasting of a variety of Ruahine Ports brewed by a private local vintner, Damon and Alisha. Needless to say a number of bottles of port changed hands.   

So after a very interesting day, it was time to head home. Thanks to Judy and Seton and Merv’s team for this excellent run. 



January 15, 2017

Neville Taylor organised the January run - The Tour de Manawatu

10 cars left Hastings and headed south, the weather was fine and sunny and there were tops down on all the soft tops.  We collected Merv and Sharon in Dannevirke and carried on to Woodville.  There was some wet stuff falling out of the sky at Woodville - oops tops up, something we haven't seen for quite some time.  A coffee and comfort stop then off over to the Te Apiti Windfarm, it was blowing a gale and raining but not cold.  As we headed back up the Pohangina Valley the sun came out and we were in awe of the landscape - green and lush!  We stopped at Totara Reserve and as it was hot, sunny and no wind, there we stayed for a bit longer than planned but some went down to the river and others took the time to chat.  By the time we headed back into Palmerston North the rain had once again started to fall so we made use of our back up venue for the club provided lunch.  Sue & Steven's daughter owns Contours Gym and we made full use of the area available to set ourselves up and have our lunch before heading back home.  A huge thank you to Neville Taylor for organising this run and to Mel Butler and Contours for the use of the gym.