Desmond McAnelly (1930-2001)
McAnelly's modeling activities started in the late 1930's as an
impressionable teenager carving solid scale models of wartime
aircraft. He started work in 1947 and joined and became a very
active member of the newly reformed Southland Model Aero Club.
Des could wall paper a room with all the
tickets and pennants awarded for his contest flying. He was
perhaps best known for his Class B Team Racing in the 1960,s and
early 70's. Son's Peter, Nigel and Stephen were all part of the
McAnelly team. Des also specialised in C/L Speed. He represented
NZ at TT level in 76, 80, 83, 91, and 95. He flew in the World C/L
Champs in 84 and was manager of the C/L TT team in 1985.
flew FF F1C for NZ at Lost Hills in California as well in1993.
Through those years Des was active in
administration, chairing at least two separate South Island
Association's, as well as being instrumental in hosting the
Southland Nationals in 1978. He has also served as Chairman of
both C/L and FF tech committees at different times.
Always the gentleman, Des was honored with Life Membership of the
Southland Model Aero Club in the 1980's.
Des met and married
soul-mate Alvena, who predeceased him on 5th April 2001 after 48
years together. No contest in the South Island or a Nationals
would be complete without the McAnelly family and caravan. Alvena
was very supportive and, not one to be left at the camp made
certain that the van arrived each day at the field, a facility not
lost on the rest of the competitors especially in inclement
weather. In latter years the family aspect changed almost
seamlessly to Grandchildren instead. It certainly did not do the
Southland MAC points tally any harm.
The family business in
the 70's was The Southland Foundry where Des learned the casting
trade. From the earliest days he cast his own pans for team racers
and speed models. This hobby developed into a business that
supplied pans and engine mounts to the modelling trade. It also
expanded into other lines, motoring accessories etc and soon out
grew his garage and was taken over as McAnelly Castings by his
daughter Maryanne and son-in-law Wayne Renton.