No age barriers for vintage fans

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 15/01/2014
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YOUNG ENTHUSIASTS: Teenage members of the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club, Terence Irving, 15, and Krystal Munro, 17, with a vintage Ford Model A car ourside the club show rooms.

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Not having a licence isn't a problem for young vintage car enthusiasts.

Terence Irving has been involved in the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club with his parents since he was young and became a member at 15.

Although he doesn't have a licence yet, he has a few old cars of his own and enjoys seeing all the cars in the club.

He said his favourite part of being involved in the club was the "noggin and natters" at the monthly meetings.

Getting to meet people with similar interests in vintage cars was also one of the best parts for young member Krystal Munro. The 17-year-old has also been involved with the club from a young age with her parents.

As a club member, Krystal gets to drive or navigate on their countryside drives and competes in field test competitions. She even learnt to drive in a vintage Ford Model A car and said compared to modern cars it was actually easier.

The South Canterbury Vintage Car Club is holding its first open day on Saturday at its Redruth St club rooms.

Club secretary Michelle Munro said it would give people the opportunity to look at the club's facilities, what they did, and go for a drive in some of the cars.

She said people didn't have to own a vintage car to be a member, just have an interest and fascination with them.

For cars to be classified as vintage in the club, Mrs Munro said they had to be at least 30 years old.

The South Canterbury branch has about 300 members with cars ranging from the very first cars through to cars from the 1970s and 1980s.

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- The Timaru Herald

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