Bloke tour will reveal shed secrets

22:57, Sep 02 2013
Traction engine
Morton Crooks shows off a traction engine in his shed, as Southland Boys’ High School students William Brown, left, and Daniel Plunkett look on.

About three busloads of blokes, blokettes, and apprentice blokes are expected to explore some of Invercargill's best sheds on Sunday.

Tour organiser Ken Bowie said the group would visit five sheds on the mystery tour, with proceeds from the ticket sales going to the Southland Boys' High School Parent Teacher Association.

He expected to raise between $2500 and $3000 this year.

While Mr Bowie was closely guarding the secret locations of each shed, he did give away a hint or two.

"The tour will include a little bit of Southland history, as well as sheds containing some impressive collections," he said.

The collections would include cars, motorbikes and machinery.

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While the tour was for men or "blokes in general," blokettes were welcome too, Mr Bowie said.

There would be a "smoko break" of a sausage sizzle and a beer, or soft drink for the "apprentice blokes," he said.

He encouraged blokes of all types to get their tickets before the buses filled up.

Tickets are $35 for adult blokes, or $15 for apprentice (school-age) blokes, and are available from Southland Boys' High School and the Invercargill City Council.

The Southland Times