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Reproduction of Timaru’s first automobile can’t be pushed in Christmas Parade

A completely operational three-wheeled reproduction of Timaru’s first automobile needs to be towed on a trailer in Timaru’s Christmas parade this Sunday, which certainly one of its builders says is ridiculous.

The tri-car, constructed by Jim Geddes and John Campbell not less than 16 years in the past, mirrors the car inbuilt Timaru by Cecil Woods within the late Nineties/early 1900s.

Regardless of the car, which has a high pace of about 15kph, having been pushed in previous parades and there being no issues from police and the Timaru District Council, the South Canterbury Classic Automobile Membership (SCVCC) has dominated it has to “keep on the trailer”.

SCVCC president Alistair Day mentioned the car was neither registered nor warranted, and to his information had by no means achieved a parade.

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“I believe it will wrestle to rise up Ballantynes hill, then what do you do with it,” Day mentioned, including the membership’s insurance coverage did not stretch far sufficient for it to run within the parade, and he questioned what would occur if a baby ran out in entrance of it.

“So far as I am involved, it stays on the trailer. For it to be thought-about for the parade, we’d like extra discover.”

Police, when proven a photograph of the tri-car within the 2016 Christmas parade and instructed it was unregistered or warranted, mentioned “in essence, within the context of a neighborhood Site visitors Administration Plan for an occasion on a closed street, like a Christmas parade, police can be unlikely to take enforcement motion supplied this instance car (or different automobiles/floats of the type you would possibly see in a parade) was getting used safely”.

Jim Geddes pilots the tri-car up Stafford St and past Ballantynes in the 2016 Christmas Parade in Timaru.

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Jim Geddes pilots the tri-car up Stafford St and previous Ballantynes within the 2016 Christmas Parade in Timaru.

The Timaru District Council mentioned whereas its Land Transport Unit had not spoken with Geddes, “we now have no issues with him driving within the Christmas Parade this 12 months, as he has achieved in previous years. If he has any questions he can be happy to cellphone council and communicate with the hall supervisor.

“Chubby gadgets (resembling tractor engines) do require a particular chubby allow to take part within the parade – that is consistent with normal weight guidelines for transport on our city street community – this exercise is regulated for street security and to assist stop street harm.”

Timaru’s Christmas Parade organising committee spokesperson Teressa Could mentioned the choice rested with the SCVCC as they have been liable for their automobiles.


Spectators each younger and previous line Stafford St to observe the 2016 Timaru Christmas Parade.

Geddes, 82, mentioned “it’s hardly prone to run away and trigger issues”.

“It has in all probability obtained higher brakes on it than a whole lot of blimmin’ motorbikes have gotten on them.

“However sadly we’ve obtained to go together with that as a result of that’s the way in which it’s.”

Geddes mentioned the car “doesn’t have a hope in hell of passing registration or a warrant” as a result of it’s a new car constructed like one that’s over 100 years previous.

He admits to having pushed it on the roads earlier than, and mentioned he had carried mayoralty (Janie Annear) beforehand.

Jim Geddes and John Campbell with the replica of Timaru’s first car built by them a number of years ago.


Jim Geddes and John Campbell with the reproduction of Timaru’s first automobile constructed by them numerous years in the past.

“I’ve achieved just a few wee issues with it, however I’m not imagined to have it on the roads in any respect now. I can perceive it to some extent, however for god’s sake what pace does a parade do. It’s fairly gradual, now I’ve obtained to place it behind this previous Holden wagon.”

Geddes mentioned he and Williams determined to construct the car after a drawing of it had adorned the membership’s journal cowl for a few years.

Jim Geddes shows Oceanview Heights pupils his replica of Timaru's first motorcar in 2009.

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Jim Geddes reveals Oceanview Heights pupils his reproduction of Timaru’s first motorcar in 2009.

“I assumed for lengthy sufficient, it’s our motto, why don’t we do it.

“God is aware of how lengthy it took. It is like restoring a automobile, you do not take into consideration your time, you simply do it.

“We needed to make all the things. We had to attract out a plan for a begin.

“I obtained the engine from one of many guys within the membership.”

The poaching pan which Jim Geddes bought from the Crow’s Nest to copy an electrical cover on their replica tri-car.


The poaching pan which Jim Geddes purchased from the Crow’s Nest to repeat {an electrical} cowl on their reproduction tri-car.

A novel half is a “poaching pan” on the aspect that protects the electrics.

“I went to the Crows Nest, had a nosey round. It value me about $4 and needed to lower a gap within the center and match it on.

“The throttle got here out of the components shed, god is aware of what it was.”

Dega Proudman gets a ride from Jim Geddes in the tri-car at Timaru’s Phar Lap Raceway in 2013.

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Dega Proudman will get a journey from Jim Geddes within the tri-car at Timaru’s Phar Lap Raceway in 2013.

Geddes mentioned the car was “as near the unique as we might get it”.

The octogenarian mentioned the phrase “form of obtained out” that it could not be pushed within the parade this 12 months.

“It was overlook it, you’re not allowed to except it’s registered and warranted. It might probably undergo on a trailer. To me that is foolish.”

Geddes mentioned he hoped somebody youthful would have run it by means of the parade.

“I will simply stroll away and go away it for them to place it on the trailer.”

  • The Timaru Christmas Parade is on Sunday, beginning at 2pm, travelling Stafford St, down Port Loop Rd to Caroline Bay.

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