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November 2019 Issue: 352

Puff ‘n Stuff Central Otago Branch, Vintage Car Club of NZ Inc


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Front Cover: Noel White’s 1957 Chev. At Mount Cook, 26 October 2019. Photo by Ian Drummond Back Cover: Austins at Knights Point. Photo by John Taylor

Club nights: Second Wednesday of Month. 8pm Clubrooms / Parts Shed: Litany Street, Cromwell.

Minutes of the last Committee Meeting (Pages 7 & 8)

Next Committee Meeting The next committee meeting will be 5 Feb. 2020 at 7:30pm in the Club Rooms. All club members are welcome to attend.

NOTICES and EVENTS 11 December — Club Christmas Dinner, 5 pm at the Club Rooms. The format will be the same as last year, Pot Luck with the club supplying the ham, potatoes and peas. Members are to bring their choice of salad or desert or pre-dinner nibbles to share. Members are also requested to bring an item to put in a Christmas Hamper which will be raffled off at the dinner. We have two trophies to be presented, The Loudon Trophy (peoples choice) and the Tapper Trophy (for the best restoration, with emphasis on work done by the owner). Check page 14 for details. There will be no Sunday Run for December . 18 January 2020– Cromwell Classic Car Show New Member Gordon Souness, Patearoa, Holden HT and 27 Model T

Copy deadline for next edition FIVE days after meeting day. Stories and photos unable to be used in next edition will be saved for later editions. The opinions and information presented in this newsletter are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the club or its officers. No responsibility is accepted for the accuracy of information or opinions expressed.


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BRANCH OFFICERS Partner: Sheila

Patron:

John Loudon

Chairman:

Murray George Maryann

Vice Chairman: Noel Hassed

2019-2020.

Phone: 03 448 7192

E-Mail:

0274333321

murraygeorgeelec@xtra.co.nz

Bernice

442 3908

noel.hassed@gmail.com gtml@xtra.co.nz

Secretary:

Graham Taylor

Cheryl

443 1416

Treasurer:

Karelan Doran

Greg

027 274 3361

Mary

442 1146

Club Captain: Alister Stewart Committee:

Karelandoran@gmail.com alister.mary@xtra.co.nz

Greg Doran, 027 221 6105 gfdoran@gmail.com , John Martin, 445 0598 martin_jw@xtra.co.nz Roger Healy, 442 0861, twinbridges@xtra.co.nz Maureen Johnson. 409 8800 Rodger Bisset 445 0809 rodger.bisset@outlook.com Alistair Munro 441 8443 alross.munro@xtra.co.nz

Club Rooms / Yard: Ewen Duthie Social Conv.: Maryann Miguel Parts Conv.: Roger Healy Alister Stewart Noel Hassed John Martin

Arlene

027 838 8324 duthie.e@xtra.co.nz 445 1973

027 609 8766 Kay 442 0861 Mary 442 1146 Bernice 442 3908 Wendy 4450598

annmigdc_1215@yahoo.com twinbridges@xtra.co.nz alister.mary@xtra.co.nz noel.hassed@gmail.com martin_jw@xtra.co.nz

Editors: Don & Lynne Yeaman Idle Torque: Graham Taylor Cheryl Librarian: John Martin , Wendy

443 2730 443 1416 445 0598

Health and Safety: Greg Doran , Karelan

027 221 6105

Area Reps: Arrowtown Alexandra Cromwell Wanaka -

4421146 448 6508 445 0598 443 1416

Alister Stewart , Mary Barry Walker Sharon John Martin Wendy Graham Taylor Cheryl

yeaperson@xtra.co.nz gtml@xtra.co.n martin_jw@xtra.co.nz gfdoran@gmail.com

Alister.mary@xtra.co.nz

martin_jw@xtra.co.nz, gtml@xtra.co.nz

Social Manager: Charlie Storey Helen 445 3181 craftystorys@xtra.co.nz Rally Conveners: Blossom Festival; Murray George, Ewen Duthie, National Daffodil Day Co-Ordinator: Graham Taylor Golden Times: Greg Doran , Noel Hassed Moped Rally: John Martin


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EVENTS CALLENDAR Please take care to read and copy to your diary! COVCC EVENTS 2020

10 February– Sunday run to Waipiata and the Heritage Garden. Organized by Rob & Robyn McGregor 18 April– Arrowtown Autumn Festival Golden Times Rally 23 August– Daffodil Day Rally 26 September– Blossom Festival Rally

The stickers are now available to COVCC members Let others know which Branch you belong to at events away from home. These are produced locally and are made of high quality vinyl. They are external stickers and go on the outside of the windscreen or on the body-work. (They are easily removed with a hair-dryer.) Cost $1.50 each. (A small profit goes to our club.) To order yours, contact Lindsay Olsen; Phone: (03) 445 0065 E-mail: olsen.cromwell@gmail.com


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OTHER EVENTS 2019 December 1– Otago MOPED Rally ( Bill Veitch 0272010565 ) December 7– North Otago Windsor Rally ( Kathleen Perry) 2020 January 18– Cromwell Classic Car show February 20-23 Art Deco Weekend HBVCC STEVE TROTT stevetrott@xtra.co.nz STEVE DONOVAN stevedon@xtra.co.nz February 1– Southland Rally February 22– Gore Festival Rally (Dennis Knight) February 22– Nelson Swap Meet March 15- Gore Swap Meet March 15-22 South Island Club Captains Tour April 3-5– Otago Rally April 4– Winchester Swap Meet, Sth Canterbury ( Michelle 03 6939093)

April 10-13 North Island Easter Rally (Flyer page

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April 10-12 National Morris Minor Convention, Greymouth. (Ross McClelland rossrachaelmc@gmail.com) April 24-26 Highland Fling BOPVCC

(Flyer page 18.)

May 2– Ashburton Swap Meet August 15– National AGM & Exec. Meeting, Wanganui October 16-18 National Veteran Rally, Gore 2021 January 17-21st Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, New Plymouth. Check all the details on the website www.historicmotoring.co.nz

VCC Branches that would like any of their events noted in our magazine, please contact us with the details. Don & Lynne Yeaman ( yeaperson@xtra.co.nz )


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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT After many recent happenings, involving our Clubrooms and grounds, ie hoist, MENZ Shed, working bees, lease renewal. I am coming to realize that our club needs a group of keen members, probably retired and not necessarily local to form a group, come to the clubroom once a week and potter around the shed. Maybe pull parts off cars we have gathered or collate and put parts away while socializing with other members. This forms a bond or friendship just like the MENZ Shed group but we will be working for a common goal that being keeping our yard clear and hopefully allowing the parts members more saleble stock and therefore more money for our kitty. This works very well in other VCC clubs like Sparkaholics in Otago and McCleans Island in Christchurch. The time is coming when all those parts that we have as individuals have been collecting at home will become surplus to our requirements due to downsizing -health or other circumstances. These will be most likely donated to the club because you know other club members can continue to use those parts which are no longer made or sold and so prolonging our hobby. I know we have already spare parts committee and also some other local members pitch-in and collect and wreck cars for parts and funds for the club, but this is more than that. It's about bonding and buddyship and hopefully growing a stronger club. How about we consider this, available members come one day a forthnight at their leisure, could have lunch at clubrooms for out-of-towners. Have groups removing parts of cars and others compiling parts. Probably leaving the listed parts team doing the sourcing of parts and selling. Just a thought. If that's you, talk to a committee member and let the club prosper. The committee have organized our usual Christmas party on the 2nd Wednesday at 5pm on so all be merry for Christmas and have a safe one. Cheers!! Murray George

Otago Branch Moped Run Sunday 1st December. Gather at the car park north end of the Dunedin Railway Station 10.00 am.

For catering please advise Bill V your entry. 027 2010565 or email w.veitch@extra.co.nz


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Minutes Of COVCC Management Committee Meeting Held at The Clubrooms Litany St

6 November 2019 7:30 pm

Notice Of Meeting Attendance; Murray George, Karelan and Greg Doran, Mary Ann, Don and Lynne Yeaman, John Martin, Noel Hassed, Rodger Bisset, Alister Stewart, Graham Taylor. Apologies; Roger Healey, Alister Monroe, m Noel Hassed / Graham Taylor carried Minutes of previous meeting: were read by Secretary; Moved “that they are an accurate and correct record� m Graham Taylor / John Martin carried Matters Arising; none Correspondence: from CODC re lease asking for comment on latest proposal. Big Sky re the possible use of part of our yard for storage approx. 70m2 VCC speed permit for Highlands next year. VCC re national management committee minutes. VCC re membership list as of 1st November. Business arising; Re the lease renewal, Secretary to write the CODC seeking clarification on the Litany St, boundary, and right of access, as the Neplusultra St reserve width is 30 m and this would bring the boundary to our eastern wall of the clubrooms. Our first preference is to retain the area defined in our existing lease, which would not interfere with our access or fence. Noel Hassed/ Greg Doran. Big Sky, secretary to write and ask for an on site meeting to discuss location, access, terms of occupation, time required, bond deposit, restoration of site. Karelan Doran / Murray George. Treasurers report, accounts presented for payment; VCC $218.00 life membership. Murray George $256.42 Blossom Festival. $603.00 Travel reimbursement AGM. Quantum Print $284.62 Blossom Festival. Fire Watch $55.20 Service Fire extinguisher. Don Yeaman $247.08 Puff n Stuff. John Martin $18.95 Combined Rally. Monthly statements were presented for September and October. Karelan queried the high cost of printing for the Blossom Rally, and relatively low entrance fee. Karelan Doran / Alister Stewart.


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Events; November 17th Sunday Run to the Roxburgh Millers Flat area leaving from the Shannon St car park 10:30 am Sunday. February: to the Maniototo, to visit the Waipiata Sanitorium and a Ladies treat Heritage Garden guided visit a $ 10 per head charge will apply for this. Christmas function: 5pm onwards at the clubrooms, ham and potatoes supplied, pot luck for everything else, bring a small gift for a Christmas Hamper raffle. Constitution; Noel talked the meeting through with his summary of options and changes he will write up a new draft to be considered. Secretary to write the national administrator to clarify that there is no indemnity clause, or is this covered by the branch being an incorporated society. General: New Member Gordon Souness, Patearoa, Holden HT and 27 Model T discussion re yard surface, and completing the spouting. That Vero no longer had a windscreen extension cover. No payment for Stu Millis advertising last year or this year. Two Cheques sent to Heartland print but not yet received by them. Our Branch will be 50 years old next August. Volunteers asked for so far one for the Golden Times rally, Four for the Highlands event, Swap meet, none. Appreciation to Alister Stewart for use of his trailer, collecting stuff from Paul Crump, and John Loudon, and to Rodger Bisset and Lindsay Olsen for their work. The Petanque club will be using the yard 25th and 26th January. Garth Hogan will be approached to finish his talk in February. Next Committee meeting Wednesday 5th February.

Name Badges Orders are being taken for Club Name badges. Orders must be in by Nov. 30 We encourage all members to wear a name badge at all functions and events both at home and away. If you don’t have one or have put it somewhere safe so that you could easily find it when needed, but now can’t remember where that safe place is, please contact the Club Secretary Graham Taylor ( gtml@xtra.co.nz, or 027 248 9942.


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Editor’s Comments Christmas and New Year are fast approaching and there are a number of events coming up in the lower half of the South Island. I try to list most of them but do not always have space for every entry form, therefore if you wish to enter one of these events and don’t know who to contact, please get in touch with me and if I don’t have the form then I can usually put you in touch with someone. Our guest speaker last club night was Laurie Stanton, who gave a great talk on converting his Berkeley to electric. He even managed to just barely squeeze the Berkeley into the club rooms to show us all the results and it looked fantastic. It just goes to show how much talent we have in our club, what he did is just way beyond my skill level. Why did he do it? In his words, “Why not.” Our Christmas function this year is the same format as last year so please read the notice on page 2, and remember to bring your latest and greatest pride and joy as we have two trophies to present. The details of these is outlined on page 14. We would like to thank those who stepped forward to volunteer to help out for some of our coming events, it is very much appreciated. Greg now has enough help with the Classic Racing at Highlands but we could still do with one more volunteer for the Golden Times (Autumn Festival) and some for the Swapmeet subcommittee. If you can possibly help, please contact someone on the committee. While on the subject of volunteers, we extend our thanks to Rob and Robyn McGregor for organizing the February Sunday Run to Waipiata and the Heritage Garden. We encourage any other members who may have an idea for a Sunday Run destination or trip to please contact our Club Captain, it would be great to hear from you. Next August is the 50th Anniversary of the Central Otago Vintage Car Club and we are contemplating celebrating the event. A suggestion at the moment is a meal out which could include all present and past members. I’m sure that if any of you have any other ideas then the Committee would be more than happy to hear from you. A couple of years ago the Puff’n Stuff ran a few articles on the apprentice days of John Loudon, our club Patron. In the next few issues we will run a few more articles of his early years following his apprenticeship. ( pages 16-18 ) My apologies for this edition of Puff’n Stuff being a few days late. Although we may be away for a while over Christmas we hope to be able to produce a December and January edition. Cheers for now. Don


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Mt. Cook Run 26 October 2019 On a sunny Saturday six cars and eleven people met at Tarras, then to Twizel for a coffee stop and the Hooker Valley road terminal for a picnic lunch. The cars were mostly English and in order of size were Mini, Triumph TR2, Ford Capri 3L, Triumph 2.5, Daimler V8, and 1957 Chevrolet Bel air. From Tarras the travelling time was 1.5 hrs to Twizel and .8 to Mt Cook and even though it was a holiday weekend the traffic was flowing quite well. Twizel had its origins as a works camp for the McKenzie basin power scheme and drifted along for a while with a few ‘cribbies’. It then started to grow from the early 2000’s to a town that has a lot of Buzz, with a busy commercial/ shopping centre, growing housing, growing commercial and accommodation sectors. As it is alongside SH 8 it is a good stop for a break with restaurants and facilities. There is a fascinating hardware shop, and a world class Blade Shearer was giving a demonstration and commenting on the value of wool to us all. The Run up to Mt Cook is on a very good road with enough variation in topography and views to keep one awake and interested. We had a very pleasant lunch stop sitting in the tussock as the shelter was packed and the view of Mt Cook was excellent. There was a slight dust haze and as the wind got up, some smoke haze from Australia. The Glaciers high up on Mt Cook were very thick, threatening, and tramping on the valley floors was discouraged. After the current storm there should be some spectacular avalanches. Some of us had to head for home after lunch, the rest went up the Tasman valley and walked up for a view of the Glacier and Lake. Apart from the TR2 which has a re-occurring fuel problem all the cars went well, Cheryl’s 79 mini 1000 had no problem at keeping pace with modern traffic and is getting better with every trip, also managing the Lindis and Cluden hills in top gear on the way home, doing over 40mpg as well. I caught up with some of the South Canterbury Branch and Nelson Branch participants on their South Canterbury Mt Cook Rally, which we had intended to meet up with in the Mt. Cook area on Sunday, but looming bad weather had changed our trip to the Saturday. A Model A had a misfiring problem which may have been a protruding rivet on the points breaker contacting the cam, so hopefully that was sorted. Also spotted were Colin and Joan Pearce, in their blue Sunbeam. They are an amazing couple. I wonder how many events they have supported over the years. I first met them in the late 1960’s on a Gore Rally. I guess the point I am making is that this is yet another ‘touring’ event’ that we have enjoyed. Many of our Club members have cars that are suitable for these trips. Both cars and people benefit from having the dust blown off, social contact, problems are few, and there is always some back up humorous or otherwise. All the information is in the Puff N Stuff, and not just that English cars are better forThe this either! worker Graham


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Above: Morning tea at Twizel.

Right: Mt Cook

Above and Below: Lunch break at Mt. cook

Below: Maryann, Murray, Rob & Robyn

Left: Tasman Glacier and Lake.

Below: Murray’s Escort, “No problem, just checking”.


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National Veteran Rally, Timaru 19-20 October

Driving up to Timaru the heavens opened up in North Otago and over an inch of rain fell in the afternoon of Friday 18th and the reasonably clean Model T was covered in road film and the newly polished brass became tarnished. The South Canterbury club made everyone very welcome and the Friday get together was a bit sobering with the heavy rain but the excellent food put on took our minds off the weather. Saturday saw the sun come out and a morning run to Claremont Castle for a photo shoot with the 52 vehicles making it to the castle and back into town for a great display at Caroline Bay. Saturday evening at the club rooms with a wonderful meal which was a credit the the committee and a sing along from the local ukulele club of Timaru. Sunday started again with a great morning tea and off through the rural roads ending in Geraldine for lunch and a visit to the Geraldine Auto Restorations workshop with a great display of cars of various eras. The return journey back to Timaru by another route through the luscious green country side shows what an excellent spring they have had. Sunday evening meal and prize giving again went very well and another big meal at the 7 Seasons Lodge was a credit to the committee and the club in general, thoroughly enjoyed by all and many cars carried on to Mt Cook the following day. Cheers Murray Pryde


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Haast/Knights Point/Jacksons Bay Run

9 November 2019 This is what happens when history is re-enacted. 54 years ago an Austin 7 ‘raced’ from Dunedin via the Arthurs Pass to Knights Point, 20 km north of Haast for the opening of SH6 to complete that Highway.

The Austin Club went to the big effort and some of us from our local COVCC travelled over to meet them and then on to Jacksons Bay to the ‘Craypot’ for lunch and a leisurely trip home. Needless to say the weather was on the damp side with the air full of smoke from the Australian bushfires. Graham

Photo by John Taylor

Our intrepid crew. Photo by Maryann

Left: George Wallis leading Murray Pryde and Alex Dempster in prayer for the Riley. “ Please let there be spark”. Photo by Lynne Just like the original opening, pouring rain. Photo by Graham

Editor’s Note: A bit of trivia: The road was opened in Nov 1965 and was closed 5 hours later due to a slip. If you view film or photos from 1965, you’ll see that it was raining that day as well, so re-enactment from that point was spot on. Knights Point was named after the chief surveyor's Norman McGeorge’s dog Knight, a black lab who he took to work with him each day.


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Club Trophies Our Central Otago branch has two trophies available to be presented each year. To be eligible, bring your “Pride and Joy” along to the Club Christmas function.

Tapper Trophy Rules 

Must be a current financial member of the Central Otago Branch VCC.

Vehicle must be registered and have a current WOF

There is no objection to modification from original in the interest of safety. Eg: Brakes, lights, indicators, etc.

Judging by Chairman and other committee members.

When judging, due regard should be extended to owner supplied details of work done by the owner as against a professional restoration.

Can be won only once, but can be entered two consecutive years if not successful.

Rules to be published in Puff’n Stuff two months before presentation date.

Loudon Trophy This trophy is Members Choice, voted on by those members present on the day.


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November Sunday Run The Sunday run was through Roxbugh and Millers Flat with stops at the old restored bakery at Millers Flat and a cup of tea at Faigan’s Store. Doug Withers arranged another stop at the Teviot Wool shed ruins. Graham T. said that they had nine cars attending which was very good and another great day out. The Bakery and Tea Room was built by Louis Faigan around 1908 to service the Millers Flat area. It is now fully restored including working ovens. The Teviot Woolshed was built about 1865 and was the largest woolshed in the southern hemisphere. It measured approximately 137 by 47.3 meters, had 40 stands and reputedly could hold more than 8000 sheep. Much of the shed was destroyed by fire in Nov 1924, possibly arson.


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A NEW START IN OAMARU– John Loudon 1959 was the start of a different lifestyle again, as now living back home with the parents on a lifestyle block, as it's called these days, which consisted of 37 acres in 4 paddocks. Very rough house and sheds but on a rise and nice view. New job started with Doug Ireland Engineering in Oamaru which meant a 9 mile run from Enfield to work so back to a packed lunch every day, no change in that respect from the last few years. Doug turned out to be still a single bloke and a self-taught engineer and worked from his parents’ home in a small shed, repairing lawn mowers and other light metal works, after leaving school. He eventually built a larger workshop on Thames Highway next to RW Firman Ltd., out the north end of Oamaru. This consisted of office/showroom/storeroom on the street front with machine shop inside, and out the back quite a large open front building as the main work area. Machines consisted of small metal lathe and a medium sized lathe with all geared headstock, bench drill, and a radial arm drill, which was made by an old engineer further up Thames Highway. This old fellow was a real 'Gyro Gear Loose' (remember the Walt Disney comic cartoon inventor) and was always into making up odd-ball things. Most things he made always worked and he would nut out a problem, if you explained what you wanted, but never tell him what to do as he would just clam up and walk off, so you would go back another day with a different approach. A cup of tea with him was to dip the kettle into the water barrel beside the forge and into the forge fire to boil. Most times when he wasn't looking, you would empty some of this brew alongside, it tasted bloody awful, as it was the same water he used for cooling hot iron with. Back to Irelands, the quite large open shed with various cutting gear and folders, plus welders and jigs etc., and a profile gas-cutting machine for the various machinery, we manufactured. Acetylene gas for this machine was from a carbide producer and worked quite well but sometimes the gauge showed over 201bs. If this happened, it was a case of turn the machine off quickly and get well away until it lowered down to nothing, but don't have naked flames near it. What this told us was the large water cylinder underneath needed emptying of the white residue left from the powder. We had to carry this tank away out the rear of the shop and empty it out in the rough area left from a sawmill that operated there many years ago. On one occasion, I recall Allan and I were in the process of shifting it, when we bumped against something and the whole thing exploded, with us and all round, just covered in a white mess, so another lesson was learned on the dangers of the stuff in bulk and seemingly inert. Just as a bit of fun from the team, when Sheila and I returned from our honeymoon, to our newly acquired house on the corner of Caledonian Road and North Beach Street, we could see our roof from a block away, with the words, in 3' high letters "BIG BAD JOHN" and the rest of the house decorated as well. The white stuff to do this was the proceeds of the acetylene tank and as it looked like whitewash, would be ok, they thought.


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As it wouldn't easily wash off, it was still visible until I painted the roof a couple of years later and even then it required two coats to cover it. One of the main items done just about all year around, were haybale stackers for the small bales, at that time, and, also, the pickup and combined stackers, much the same as McCormick Deering. All parts were made on site, except for castings for hubs, pulley sprockets etc. I spent many days on the lathe boring out sprockets and pulleys and machining the 'V' belt groove. Hubs and castings were supplied by GT Gillies, the local foundry. Most of it was easy machining, but on the odd occasion some would turn up with blow holes or hard spots and these were returned and replaced with good ones. All stubs were machined from a good grade of axle steel with the use of tip tools, as the ordinary tools didn't stand up too long, before needing a sharpen. Wheel rims came from Transport Wholesale and we welded in our own centres, which were cut out on the profile cutter. We got very quick at fitting tyres and tubes, as we had no machine to do it the easy way. After half a day of doing this, you were very pleased to fit some on machines ready for delivery. One guy we had over the Christmas holidays was a University student. We nicknamed him "Speedy" because he didn't move very fast and it was, we thought, because of the big boots he wore. "Speedy" was given the job of fitting tyres on rims one day and all went well for a while until after smoko, when the first one to be fitted, caused some bad language and the poor bloke was nearly in tears. During smoko, some nameless member, put a 15" tyre in with the 16" ones and he just happened to pick it up. There was no-way in hell it was going to fit, so he learnt a lesson to check each one after that. The rim was badly bent, as well. Depending on what orders had to be delivered and where to, Doug sometimes had up to 4 hooked up and well tied together. To do this, the first one had another up on top and the second one in tandem with a draw bar to the first lot and another on top of it. OSH would have the big book out if they saw that today, but hundreds were delivered all over the South Island in the 1960's and 70's with nothing more than the odd puncture for excitement. 3 nights a week and most Saturday mornings, and sometimes all day, was worked, to keep up production, as along with the stackers there was the Ewing bale carrier to make and sometimes to fit out in the field for the cockies, if they were too busy to come in. This carrier fitted on the rear of the baler and held 3 bales at a time and dropped by auto release when full, the bales could be then stacked 3 up, as required. This, also, made it a lot easier for the pickup stacker if they were being lifted right after baling and one person on the ground to line them up. Sometimes after fitting it up we got roped into giving a hand if there was no rush to get back to the workshop. One particular job I went to, only the boss and boy were trying to do everything, so I was asked to drive the Bedford 5 ton truck. Ended up working all afternoon and got a few thousand bales in before it rained. The cocky was that pleased he paid extra above my wages for the day.


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Another machine that was in big demand, in the grain season, was the motorized bag loader. This had a 3HP Briggs & Stratton engine and belt drive and pulley on to a Ford 10 ring gear and pinion. The small pinion was prone to wear and with a re-design on the later ones we converted to chain drive and gave it some grease occasionally, a great help. Clutch was very simple with just a free running wheel on the "V" belt drive. The whole unit was mounted on the rear corner of the truck deck and a swivel head could lift a full bag of grain, no problem, and lots of other stuff as well. We were told of one contractor using it to load bags of cement with different grab on it. Punch and shears were used to cut most steel but pipe was done on the abrasive disc cut off machine until one day it disintegrated and bits flew in all directions. No-one got injured but the machine was no longer used and it was back to the old hacksaw, much slower and always left a sharp rag. Later on, I mounted a 9" high speed steel blade on a reduction box and this cut the time on h" pipe to about 15 seconds. We cut a lot of h" galvanized water pipe at one stage as Doug tendered and got the job of making 'Jungle Gyms' for schools all over the South Island, from memory. The parts for these were laid out on a big flat board and done in sections with a welder on each side, doing halfway round each section, then turned over to do the other side. John Loudon Targa 2019 VCC Time Trial Results – VCC Branches Thanks to very enthusiastic support from central North Island VCC branches, especially Taupo and Manawatu, the Targa 2019 VCC Time Trial was a great success. Over 5 days we drove almost 2,000km through stunning central North Island countryside, comprising over 760km timed special stages and almost 1,200km of touring stages. Event Placings-: First: Russell Yates & daughter Alise Inger (1977 MGB Roadster); Second: Grant Ford & Gary Smith (1977 Holden Monaro); Third: Tim Evans & father Wylie Evans (1970 Alfa Romeo GTV); Parent/Grandparent & Offspring: Russell Yates & daughter Alise Inger (1977 MGB Roadster); Matrimonial: Malcolm Fleming & Gina Jones (1957 MGA Roadster); Best Presented Finisher: Ash Price & Grant Simpson (1968 Volvo 131 Amazon); Best Team Theme: “The Beach Boys” Fraser Kear & Daniel Steel (1987 VW Golf complete with surfboard!); Spirit of VCC: Mark Errington & Peter Cameron (1974 MGB GT). After engine failure in their MG, they rejoined the event in a Subaru & then loaned car parts from the expired MG to enable three other VCC entrants to continue in the time trial, (back axle & diff to Russell Yates MGB, coil to Ross Hamilton’s Ford Escort & tow rope to Malcolm Fleming’s MGA). Dates & Entry for 2020-: Dates for the next North Island Targa VCC Time Trial are 13 – 18 October 2020. We’re very much looking forward to more VCC members joining us for this next event. “Super Early Bird” discount entry fee is available until 16 December 2019 for VCC members in VCC eligible, road legal cars with a VIC, and minimum third-party insurance. (“Early Bird” discount entry fee is also available to VCC members from 17 Dec 2019 to 31 Jan 2020). Refer www.targa.nz “2020 Events” or contact Rod Corbett rod.corbett88@gmail.com 027 433 8772 for more information. Rod Corbett.

Targa VCC Time Trial Steward


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2020 South Island Club Captains Tour I usually say I have some of my favourite roads to share with you and this tour is no different. I was pondering the other day about what makes a favourite road and I’m thinking it is pretty much any road that you have a good experience on. That also however depends on your state of mind at the time. There are a couple of roads that I have travelled as a case of necessity where fuel is few and far between and these roads have not become favorites! For obvious reasons. I have travelled the road from Wanaka to Christchurch and back approximately 450 times over the last 37 years and while I don’t hate this road, I am not unhappy to not have to do it so often now. On the mornings where you are relaxed and just enjoying the ride, I find these are the times I most enjoy, so the road I find myself on becomes a favourite road. For my job in Rangiora I find myself on some new rural roads and some days I have to pinch myself to make sure it is real - I love driving and to do it in an older vehicle with like minded people is just heaven. Both Tracy & I hope you enjoy your time with us and if this is your first time, you will find I enjoy gravel even more then tar seal. This year we are heading south through the Molesworth - I’m hoping it will look completely different going in the other direction. I am particularly excited to show you Mangles Valley. We stumbled on it quite by chance and it shot to immediate stardom. As you can imagine, it has a gravel component! Some roads we have travelled before in part but this enables us to link in with other neat places. The day from Richmond to Blenheim is a short drive as it will allow some maintenance on vehicles and some maintenance on persons and their cladding. The accommodation list will enable you to make your motel bookings early and the entry form will follow soon as there are still a couple of meal prices to nail down. Tracy and I are looking forward to meeting you all again and possibly some new recruits. So welcome along and enjoy the ride. Cheers Alon. 2020 South Island Club Captain’s Tour Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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Assemble in Rangiora Methven Greymouth Westport Richmond Blenheim Hanmer Springs Kaikoura

Entrants may join and leave at any point of the tour. Accommodation list and entry forms are available from Alon Mayhew 027 202 9491 Email sicc@vcc.org.nz or alon.tacy@xtra.co.nz As there is limited accommodation in some areas, prompt booking is recommended.


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Parts Dept. The Parts Department is the place to go if you are looking for that electrical and related bits; points, condensers, spark plugs, distributor caps including some magneto caps, and that is only part of two shelves. A lot of this is NOS . There are quite a few bits for Triumph 2000 s and Hillman hunters including instruments Carburettors manifolds, steering racks, also quite a lot of BMC stuff. There are filters, fan belts, gaskets, motors, gearboxes, new speedo conversion drives ie mph to KPH make your car 20% faster!

Puff N Stuff DISPLAY ADVERTISEMENT RATES From June 2017 Full Page $300.00 Half Page $ 150,00 Quarter Page $ 75.00 Contact the Ed for info.


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For Sale FOR SALE: Hillman 1936 ?? plus a significant amount of spares. A good

restoration project for someone. The car and spares can be viewed at the Club Rooms. The Club is selling “on behalf� and is open to good offers. Any interest contact John Martin 445 0598 martin_jw@xtra.co.nz

For Sale: a very tidy 1967 Morris 1100 mk1, reg on hold, ideal for Sunday runs and tours. A good car to get started with before the Jag upgrade. Contact: Charlie Storey 03 445 3181,

For Sale:1937 Buick Series 40 Sedan. Straight 8 motor. I have the original ownership papers & the papers from when I bought it & had it put into my name. Registration is not on hold & there is no window sticker present. I drove it into my garage about 19 or 20 years ago. There is no battery (6 volt) & the radiator needs repair as it leaked some time ago. I have a workshop manual that will go with the car & some spare parts. I have no idea what it may be worth & would be open to offers. It would have to be regarded as a project for somebody & would need to be taken away on a transporter or trailer. The car is at 3 Dale Street,Albert Town,Wanaka. Brian McMillan Phone 4431917 02108185060 email brianmcmillan48@gmail.com


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Watch Repairs

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Level 2 O’Connells Pavillion Queenstown 027 217 0442

twinbridges@xtra.co.nz 5-14

Graham Taylor Mechanical Ltd 114 Shortcut Road, Luggate. gtml@xtra.co.nz 443 1416 027 248 9942 MAXXIS TYRES -- MIXTECH BATTERIES — SPAREX AG PARTS

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Return Address: 10 Clan Mac Road, RD2, Wanaka, 9382

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Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Central Otago VCC - November 2019  

Central Otago VCC - November 2019