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August 2019

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Commercial Notes A good turnout of Commercial aficionados sat around the table last month and solved the world’s problems. Trevor Kenworthy produced some interesting historical articles on the Japanese presence around New Zealand in 1942. Photographic evidence exists of a 1000 ton submarine, three times the size of any allied submarine, complete with a float plane that flew sorties over much of the country. This would surely have been before the attack on Pearl Harbour, as after that they would have had much more on their mind than little old N.Z. Auckland is currently experiencing a water shortage. Heaven forbid that it reaches the proportions of 1994. During that time contractors who would normally have been able to use a metred standpipe from a hydrant on council jobs, were forbidden to do so. Even many householders baulked at me using their own supply to cool my diamond blades as I expansion cut their new concrete. I sourced a 1000 litre caged tank and captured rain water from my roof, and I managed to buy an old 1300 litre ex diesel tanker and converted it to deliver water. I could fill this from my roof or collect free water from Western Springs lake, via a standpipe the council erected. It meant using two vehicles each day and much inconvenience. It was after this that consent was given to draw water from the Waikato river. That little interlude cost me a bundle, so as far as I’m concerned they can drain the Waikato to a trickle to supply us “Jafas”. This OLB Bedford was the answer to many a housewife’s shopping woes in the late forties when new suburbs were springing up around the country. The chassis would have been extended, as the rear axle is in line with the word “at”. Note the brand new state houses above the windscreen. It has come to my attention, that a third contender for Auckland’s mayoralty has entered the fray and he has some empathy for classic cars and motorsport. I understand his take on Western Springs Stadium is, “leave it alone”. I haven’t committed myself yet, but you can be sure I’ll be listening to everything this guy, Craig Lord has to say.

Keep M Rolling John Campbell

Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Auckland VCC - August 2019  

Auckland VCC - August 2019