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Index In this issue… Ladies Rally 2019 Rubber Duckie Rally Wet Leg Motorcycle Run 2019 Hunua 100 Rally 2019 Gymnic Book Sale 2019 Annual PV to P80V Rally September Club Run Ford Motor Company & the First Ford in NZ Vero International Festival of Motoring Vintage Section

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Regular Features Chairman’s Report Club Captain’s Report Veteran Notes Library Notes Motorcycle Notes Secretary Notes Commercial Notes Mid Week Tourers Coming Events For Sale Your Committee

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November Bulletin closing date

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Cover Designed by Melanie Ball

The views expressed by the correspondents in this Bulletin are not necessarily those of the Editor or the Auckland Veteran & Vintage Car Club Inc. Any articles of interest, comments, letters to the Editor etc are welcome. All contributions are presented to and approved by the club committee prior to printing. Please forward any submissions to the Bulletin Editor.


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Chairman’s Report Well by the time you read this, clocks would have changed and we’re into longer evenings and then it’s only two months to Christmas. Since the last Bulletin we have had the Veteran Section’s meeting that always has great veteran topics to discuss. Do go and join John’s section if you’re into veteran vehicles. Then it was the Annual PV Rally which Tracey & Stephen Winterbottom plotted. I was on an off course check that caught out a few unsuspecting competitors. Congratulations to the winners Gavin Welch and Sophie Zhao. Next up was the Motorcycle meeting which had a very good turn out of our members, ‘66’ plus a few visitors who came to hear guest speakers Rob Creemers and Ken McIntosh talk about Rob’s 1927 1150 cc racing Brough Superior, it’s the only one being raced in the world. The Brough looked great sitting in the clubrooms. Between them Rob and Ken did a very good talk on the Brough Superior. The day after the Motorcycle Meeting was the motorcycle Wet Leg Run, plotted by Ian Bell. This run was cancelled in August due to bad weather but this time we had sunshine and 16 bikes and 4 cars (24 people) come out for the run that finished at multi motorcycle champion Paul Pavletich’s home to view his large motorcycle collection, The winner of the Wet Leg Run was Buster West-Hill riding his 1950’s Matchless G80. Buster and his son Bruce rode down from Orewa. John Campbell’s Commercial Section is the place for you if you are into trucks, vans or Ute’s. The September club run was plotted by Alan & Shaaran Price. Coming up: October Motorcycle Meeting Guest speaker will be Chris Minnee from Cambridge. Chris will bring his helicopter gas turbine jet engine motorcycle, which is probably one of the most powerful motorcycles in New Zealand. Do come along and see and hear this incredible machine start up in the carpark. All Branch members are welcome. Our Annual Hunua 100 Rally is held on Labour weekend. Russel & Jocelyn McAlpine are the plotters and they promise you a great rally, so get your entries in now. November sees the Annual Auckland Motorcycle Rally which starts in Drury and finishes in Thames. We will be visiting a DOC centre and the famous Pump House museum and then lunch at the Boiler House Brewery, that is run by Lynda Spicer, your Club Captain. So come on all you motorcycle riders, put your entry in and support your section. Keep all those 2, 3 and 4 wheels turning safely. Martin Spicer


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Club Captain’s Report Spring has finally sprung and with it a lot more rain. With the clocks going forward, it launches us into looking forward to summer time and lots of wonderful motoring. John Stokes’ Veteran meetings continue to get excellent attendance and new members on a regular basis. If you are interested in Veteran vehicles, why don’t you go along to John’s next meeting? September’s Motorcycle Section meeting had the wonderful opportunity of seeing the only racing Brough Superior in the world. They learned of how this fantastic piece of machinery had come together over a number of years and of its racing career to date. Midweek Tourers continue with good attendance. The Motorcycle Section’s August rally was finally run on September 15 and thankfully it was a relatively fine day for riding their machines. Paul Pavletich opened up his excellent collection of motorcycles for the boys to visit. Winner was Buster West-Hill. Stephen & Tracey Winterbottom plotted this years PV Rally and it covered an excellent rally route. The rally, by tradition, finished with a lovely meal at the Clubrooms. Thank you to Stephen & Tracey and all their helpers for an excellent event. Congratulations to the various winners and the overall winner, Gavin Welch and Sophie Zhao. However, it was extremely disappointing to see only 14 member vehicles enter – why was this? This rally covers a huge time scale from 1932–1988, therefore one would expect an entry of 50 plus vehicles. A great amount of time and effort goes into plotting the major events. Routes are checked countless times, on the morning of the event the route is run again, putting out silent checks, marshals are met and instructed as to where they are needed to be and a tail end-charlie coming around behind the last entrant picking up the silent checks. There is no recompense for any of these people and to have 14 entries makes one ask the question—What do we as a Branch, need to do to get you out on the Rally Events? Club Night had a good attendance and a big thank you to Don Green for sharing his story of working on flight simulators and other related aircraft stories. The September club run was plotted by Alan & Shaaran Price. A good attendance of 18 cars and 1 motorcycle enjoyed the route they had plotted and thoroughly enjoyed the finishing venue. Thank you Alan & Shaaran for plotting this monthly run. October’s Club Night will be Rally Rules night - a must for new members and a great reminder for those entering the Hunua of what “straight ahead rule” or ‘straight line navigation” is. Do come along that evening and be reminded of how our rallies are run. Russel McAlpine will be your host. If you haven’t got your entry in yet for the Hunua 100 there is still time to do so. It will be a cracker of a run as Russel & Jocelyn McAlpine are this years plotters. Don’t forget the Saturday afternoon Garden Party with special presentations and Saturday evening meal for you to attend and enjoy. If you cannot enter, you can always help out being a marshal on the Sunday. I do apologize for not being able to attend any of last months events but my business has gotten in the way. I will see you all at the Hunua events. So until then, take care. Lynda Spicer


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Veteran Notes Numbers were down for the September meeting, with apologies from Roy Sharman and Rob Webster, who were at Howard Porteous' funeral and David Oliver who had family commitments. A date change to accommodate the Motorcycle Section may also have contributed to the smaller turnout. Michael Pellow has his 1905 Rover running and Barry Robert had a session with Peter Le Gros and Barry Birchall on his single cylinder Rover, which produced better running. It was noted that the spark plug was relocated over the inlet valve rather than the exhaust. Kit Maxwell has the radiator for his 1916 Maxwell back and I'm given to understand that George Mihaljevich has a new clutch in the 1912 Hudson. Terry Jenkins described an electrolytic parts cleaner he had made using 1kg of baking soda to ten litres of water, he connects the positive pole to the article and the negative pole to a sacrifice block of whatever material he is cleaning. he uses DC current. George Urquhart says his newly polished brass on his Model T Ford is holding up well. There was discussion about next years Veteran Rally and that will probably start and finish at Waiuku. Recently I received a phone call from Mike Hilliar, advising during the early and mid 'seventies Mike brought a super eight movie camera and filmed parts of the second and fourth Veteran rallies and also the 1976, then H.C.C.A. Brass Era Tour to Hamilton. Mike has given this material to John Campbell, who hopefully can transcribe it to digital format. It is very interesting to see a number of cars no longer in the country and what some of us looked like forty five years ago. So that's it, short and sweet for this month. John Stokes

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Library Notes The new book cabinet is now in place and is the new home of our collection of motor racing books. Having these books in such a conspicuous location outside the Library, we are hoping that members will take the opportunity to check out what is available for them to borrow as they may choose. Please contact any member of the Library Team for the cabinet to be opened. Many thanks to Alan Price for so superbly fitting locks to the cabinet doors. Books added to our collection this month include the following: La Lancia, by Oude Weernick, 1979 and 1990 (2 books) and Lancia, by Hamlyn, all donated by Ron Jacob. Cadillac, model 314 V8 (1926,) work-shop manual, donated by John Stewart. Daimler 2.5 L V8 Saloon, work-shop manual, donated by Alastair & Karen Moffatt. Triumph 2000, Vauxhall Viva HC, Ford Laser hand-books, Martin Spicer. We are constantly on the lookout for the following items: Any early photos of cars, taken in NZ and especially prior to WW II. Any photos of Service Stations and Showrooms, especially prior to 1950. Specific copies of Beaded Wheels i.e. no’s: 333,335,351,352. Any Issues of Radiator Magazine. Any issues of Auto Age Magazine prior to 1960. Please contact any member of our team if you can help with any of the above items, or call Chris on 021 988 684. Gem of the month: ‘The Grand Prix Car’, Volumes I and II by Laurence Pomeroy, illustrated by L.C. Cresswell. First published in book form in 1949 by Motor Racing Publications Ltd., the work succeeds ‘The Grand Prix Car 1906-39’ which was based on a series of articles in The Motor magazine, called ‘Milestones of Speed’. In essence, these books progressively review the progress of Grand Prix racing cars from their beginnings before 1906, through to the late 1950’s. The level of detail in these books is astounding and in particular the individual technical description and design background of each type of car is superb. Cresswell’s sectional drawings are works of art, as are the fold-out plates. Arguably, the most significant technical development of racing cars was achieved in the first half of the 20th century and this work is so superbly displayed in these special books. They reside in the ‘Rare Books’ section of the library and are available for members viewing. Chris Wood and the Library Team:—Owen Hayward, Colin Bott, Barry Birchall, John Stokes & Barry Robert.


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Motorcycle Notes We had a dry day, which brought out 18 motorcycles, all gleaming in the sunshine. Guest speaker was Rob Creemers. He and son Ben arrived with their racing 1927 Brough Superior and set it up in the clubrooms. The motorcycle looked stunning sitting there, in its black paintwork and chrome bits. There were 66 members plus visitors in attendance. Visitors: Dave Wakefield, Trish Darrow, Hamish Lieish, Terry Dougherty, Ken McIntosh. Martin reminded those present who won last month’s Cecil Light restoration trophy, Paul Downie with his 1937 Army Norton. Martin mentioned the August club run was the Vintage Car Club’s National Rally day, ‘The Daffodil Cancer Run’, which raised around $750.00 and the Committee topped it up to a $1000.00. Coming Up: Peter Alderdice went over what will be happening on Friday morning 20th September when the Auckland group travel to New Plymouth for the Rubber Duckie Motorcycle Rally weekend. October’s Motorcycle meeting speaker will be Chris Minnee, who is coming from Cambridge and is bringing his helicopter engine gas turbine jet bike, so make a note of this date Saturday 19th October. Labour weekend is our Annual Hunua 100 Rally, please support this Branch event. In November is our Auckland Motorcycle Rally, if you haven’t come out this year to support the Motorcycle Section’s run’s and rallies, please come and join us on this great event. The event starts from Drury and finishes up in Thames, where we shall visit a DOC centre and the famous Pumphouse Museum, then just down the road to lunch at the Boiler House Brewery Bar & Cafe which is run by Lynda Spicer, your Club Captain and my lovely wife. Guest Speaker’s: Rob Creemers with son Ben and Ken McIntosh. Rob has been racing classic motorcycles for a great many years and has a great collection of race bikes. 18 year old Ben is now also racing Rob’s bikes. A long time ago Rob bought the 1927 Brough Superior on auction from the UK. When the bike arrived, it was in road trim. Rob took it along to his mate Ken McIntosh, who took it out for a ride but on his way back the Brough went bang! Ken looked down to see a conrod sticking out the side of the engine, also a barrel and head had shot upwards pushing up the tank, which then pushed the handlebars up off the headstock. Ken who was travelling at 40 mph and holding the bars in mid air, somehow managed to stop safely. He managed to push the remains back to his workshop. Rob couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw his bike. Ken worked miracles on rebuilding the Brough, with an engine size of 1150cc, a 3 speed gearbox and it will cruise easily at 80mph. Ken told us in detail about the rebuilding of the Brough. For those that don’t know Brough Superiors command massive amounts of money, when they rarely come up for sale. Rob thinks he is the only one racing a Brough in the world. The bike is very reliable under racing conditions. Rob has seen 115mph on the speedo down the Pukekohe back straight and it wasn’t flat out. Rob also races pre-war and post-war Manx Norton’s. Rob also races on the dirt and his recent highlight was racing in the world famous Baha Mexican desert race in California. It’s 1000 miles long and is for motorcycles, cars, trucks and anything else. Participants come from all over the


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Motorcycle Notes Contd... world. Rob did very well in his class. At the end of the meeting, Rob demonstrated the Brough up and down Fairfax Avenue with many photos being taken. Martin thanked Rob and Ken for their interesting talk. Keep those two and three wheels turning safely. Martin Spicer & Jack Clark

Above: Ben Creemers, Martin Spicer and Rob Creemers with the 1927 Brough Superior


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Secretary’s Notes This month your annual subscription is due. To get your 10% discount you need to have paid by the 20th of this month, so go and do it now! Entry forms are out for King Country’s Journey thru Time in October and The Far North Tour for the first weekend in November—see me if you would like a soft copy emailed. Entry Forms for Easter next year are also available and I hope to have more details for you next month on an informal “Back Road Tour” to get to Levin. Remember you need a VIC to enter the Easter Rally and watch for a date in February when we will hold another VIC afternoon at the Clubrooms to help you with these applications. Our Club National Daffodil Day was a great success with a national total of $75k being raised for the Cancer Society and an awesome day to promote our Club . I hope to see a lot of you over Labour Weekend at our Hunua 100. Russel & Jocelyn McAlpine have put a lot of time into plotting a great rally on the Sunday and come along to the Saturday Garden Party and celebrate as Bruce Madgwick receives his 50 year membership award and Barry Robert receives his 60 year badge. Tracey Winterbottom

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Commercial Notes Our September meeting on the 25th was on a night no warmer than any we have had all year. Some would have said, “why were we there”. The fact that we enjoy great camaraderie makes it worth the effort. Nothing much to report, though Gavin Abbot’s being indoctrinated into the New Zealand Road Transport’s Hall of Fame, at the Bill Richardson Museum in Invercargill a few days later, gave us all warm fuzzies. The above photo is Gavin’s Opotiki Transport from many years ago. He has written numerous books on the New Zealand Transport operators from around the country over many years and no one would be more deserving of such an award. We are constantly being bombarded in the media about giving up our fossil fuelled vehicles and using public transport, or embracing EV’s, reducing our plastic footprint and giving up eating meats etc, etc. Then in the Herald on Saturday (21st of September), a two page article on how seaweed can save the world. Apparently there are seaweeds that can grow ½ a metre a day, to 50 metres long, they draw down Carbon Dioxide, thousands of tons per square kilometre per year. We can eat seaweed, so can cows. We can make clothes and plastic from seaweed, it can be turned into biofuels to run our vehicles and into fertiliser, to grow other food. It is laden with Omega 3. One scientist claims we can feed 10 billion people from marine permaculture. What are we waiting for? I guess it’s not time yet to send our classics to Pacific Steel !! It has been suggested to me, and when I ran it past she who must be obeyed, Pat agreed as well, that it was a good idea. So, instead of having our end of year function in early December, when everybody is trying to fit everything in to those few weeks before Christmas, we are looking at having ours in January. So, that’s it then. I’ll be pressing the troops for a commitment (or not) by our final meeting for this year, on December the 23rd., for a meal at our home on either the 12th, or the 19th of January. Keep “M” Rolling John Campbell


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Mid Week Tourers Last month we went to Waiuku to the District Pioneer Museum. I had reservations about a second museum in Waiuku in only two months, but the turnout proved me wrong. Including those who met us at the Museum, there must have been at least thirty vehicles, ranging from Alex Wilson’s Veteran Model T to ex Auckland members Robert and Beth Page who had come down from Kaiwaka in their modern. Good comments about the route (quiet, sealed roads through some magnificent countryside close to the west coast) despite the fact that one of us, who had no navigator, didn’t quite make it. A number of cars had their hoods down, including Mike Wigg, and John Caulfield out for the first time in a while. Summer’s here, what better way to enjoy the panoramas. Ed Pollard’s vintage RR completed the run without puffing, then stopped for a smoke at the finish. Ed told me that a simple 50 cent spring in the autovac was the culprit, easily fixed with long nosed pliers, (pending replacement). Mike Loosemore had his latest out and running, a very original “as found” Austin 16. I actually know the non VCC previous owner, have been to the property and yet never knew about the car. Yes, they are still to be found. Sorry about a little confusion when we got to Waiuku, seems my contact there didn’t pass on the arrangements to the other staff and she was absent herself! I think most of our people eventually found the upstairs lunch room. Pat and I are giving advance notice now that we are going to retire next year from organising these Mid-Week Tourer runs. 2020 will make it 20 years since we took over, first from Ray Clarke, who did the south end, followed later that year from the late Russ Miell who had been doing the north. We have had several hiccups lately, and, enjoyable as it has been, we feel that we are ready. The exact date, watch this page! The group needs a “co-ordinator” to write these notes each month, make sure that someone organises the run and generally look after things. If you think you would like to have a go, then talk to us. There is a good team of volunteers in place, so you won’t be on your own. Early next year we hope to finish a run again at Waiuku, with a short lunch cruise on the Manukau. Looks like $27.00pp, probably 2 hours. Let us know if you are interested, otherwise it won’t happen. Coming Events: Wednesday 9 October: Sorry, you’ve missed this one because it was a week earlier than usual so as to include the school holidays. Wednesday 20 November: Starts from the Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. departure. A 40 mile run. BYO everything, we are going to visit somewhere completely new to us, an amazing eclectic collection of - you name it. Wednesday 11 December: Note: A week earlier than usual, it’s Christmas. Starts from the Warehouse Carpark, Westgate. 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. departure. Jack Nazer will be taking us to Wenderholm for our annual picnic run. BYO everything. BBQ’s available. The Dewdrops & the Mid-Week Team Ph: (09) 232 0245 or email dewdrops@xtra.co.nz


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2019 Rubber Duckie Rally Eight of us set off from BP Drury for New Plymouth at 8am Friday 20 September, picking up Trevor Appleby down the line. Dave & Ilona Warren joined us down there at the Top 10, having trailered their motorcycle. The legendary Ronnies Cafe at Otorohanga was our first stop for breakfast/ morning tea before we set off again for Taumarunui to pick up State Highway 43, commonly known as The Forgotten Highway. This road is remote and mysterious to the extreme running 143 km to Stratford and containing the only unsealed portion of the NZ state highway network. Afternoon tea at the world famous Whangamomona Hotel was a welcome break. The Highway? certainly lived up to its reputation with large potholes and loose shingle on top of a packed underlayer. It certainly presented a challenge for us, witnessed by Don Green’s front forks locking at the top of his Norton’s stanchions, rendering his suspension inoperable. A solid whack with a block of wood freed them, so off we go again. We arrived late in the afternoon in time for registration, a catch up with some old mates, then a light dinner at the motel, being Rally HQ. We woke on Saturday to Egmont in all its majesty, with its near perfect symmetry, a generous covering of snow and crisp mountain air. Rally briefing followed with the first riders setting off about 9:30am. The rally itself was 119 miles with lunch at Tawhiti Military Museum south of Hawera. This museum is a must for students of NZ history, having been created by artist Nigel Ogle. Its attention to detail is simply stunning. The rally dinner and prize giving was on the Saturday night, with some of our group winning minor prizes. Sunday was another clear day as we set off along the coast road visiting the Taranaki Aviation and Transport Museum (TATATM), then on to Marokopa, then tracking east to Waitomo where we stayed in that grand old lady of yesteryear, the ex THC Waitomo. Peter Alderdice reckons he stayed in the same room as the Queen. Off to Curly’s Bar for dinner and a chance to catch up with the Rugby World Cup matches. Monday back to Otorohanga to Ronnies for breakfast, then a leisurely ride back home. Peter Alderdice organised the trip which will be remembered for lots of lies, laughter and the odd bit of larrikinism. To those of you who have not been on an away rally, consider our next one as they are great fun. Ian Hubbard

Right—Breakfast at Ronnies. From Left, Don Green, Paul Tomlin, Chris Clark, Mark Tomlin, Leo Fowler, Michael Watts, Graeme Crawley & Peter Alderdice.


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Wet Leg Motorcycle Run The Wet Leg Motorcycle run which was originally planned for August was cancelled due to very wet weather, no don’t laugh, took place on 15th September. The forecast was for scattered showers. When I arrived at the start at the BP service centre on the Southern Motorway, it was spitting. Plotter, Ian Bell was there handing out the rally route instructions. We had a few members who had come a distance, Buster West Hill and son Bruce from Orewa, Chris Goode from the Coromandel and some from the North Shore and the rest from Auckland. 16 motorcycles and 4 cars, with 24 people all up. Ian gave the briefing and I sent them on their way with a joke. We travelled up to Bombay then to Helenslee, Pokeno, then over the Tuakau Bridge, onto State Highway 22. We then crossed the river at Mercer and then made our way to Mangatawhiri Road, Lyons Road, Paparimu and Ararimu Roads before finishing at multi motorcycle champion Paul Pavletich’s home. Paul is still racing in the post Japanese class and is one of the front runners. While there, we looked over Paul’s great collection of Japanese motorcycles. Thank you Paul for hosting us and also thank you Ian for plotting a great Wet Leg run. Congratulations to the winner of the Wet Leg Run - Buster West-Hill. Martin Spicer


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Veteran Section Meeting—Clubrooms Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms Journey through Time (King Country Branch) Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms Club Night—Rally Instructions Night Annual Hunua 100 Rally

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Far North Tour (Northland Branch) Committee Meeting 7:30pm Veteran Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Ladies Rally (Plotted by the Ladies) Starts Ray Small Park, Carpark, Papakura 1:30pm Bulletin Via Website or email Annual Motorcycle Rally Vintage Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Swap Meet (Waikato Branch) Mid Week Tourers Starts Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway 10:00am Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm Club Night 8:00pm

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Annual Gymnic—to be held at Meadow Brook Farm 10:00am Committee Meeting—Clubrooms 7:30pm Mid Week Tourers 10:00am Starts The Warehouse Carpark, Westgate Bulletin Mailing Night 7:30pm Veteran Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm Club Night—Xmas Pot Luck Dinner & New Members 7:00pm Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Motorcycle Xmas BBQ—Spicer’s Farm Clubrooms Closed Vintage Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm

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Coming Events

Thursday 24 October 8:00 p.m. Rally Instructions

61st Hunua 100 Rally Sunday 27 October (By entry only)

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Corbans Estate Art Centre 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson

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Meadow Brook Farm (By courtesy of Dick Langridge Annual picnic will be held on his farm.)

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Book Sale

Saturday 26 October 2:30 p.m. (Hunua 100 Weekend)

Sale of Hand Books & Workshop Manuals, Books on the History of Motoring, History of Marques, Motor Racing, Technical Papers, Magazines and much more. Pricing will be very realistic and there will be many specials! Mezzanine Floor of the Barn At our Clubrooms 39 Fairfax Ave Penrose


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2019 Annual PV to P80V Rally This year 14 entrants started in our Annual PV to P80V Rally and all appeared to finish with a smile on their face. The vehicles ranged from Michael & Elizabeth Hilliar in their 1930 Model A (non competitive) through to Alan & Christine Allbon in their 1988 Mazda Eunos. The cars set off from Papakura and travelled quickly out toward Kingseat, through Patumahoe and over the hill to brush the side of Tuakau before over Tuakau Bridge and onto real rural roads, Onewhero, Te Kohanga and a lunch break at the Port Waikato Holiday Park. While most were pretty close with their timing, quite a few entrants visited one or both off course manned checks (with or without realising). After lunch we quickly finished the timed section to allow everyone to enjoy the motoring, where piglets, turkeys, pheasants, goats and lambs far outnumbered the modern traffic. The field travelled up and over Klondyke Rd and then along the ridge where we were on top of the world with great views in all directions, despite the grey day. Through Wairamarama and Glen Murray, with views of Lake Whangape to arrive at the finish at Rangiriri. 100 miles travelled with a good proportion of gravel, mostly in good condition, although there was quite a difference in 24 hours on Klondyke Rd with the overnight rain! Hats off to Mark and John Heaslip, who travelled well rugged up but hood down and hopefully it won’t take long for Russel &Jocelyn McAlpine to have the Sprite muffler back where it should be, rather than unattached from the car! Shout out to Rodger & Val Ball, Glenn & Marion Morris, John Stokes, Martin Spicer, Ken & Annette Foot and Murray & Penny Firth - our marshals, without you it is very difficult to run an event, thank you very much. Unfortunately the event has run at a loss due to the very low entrant numbers, plaques and externally catered dinners become unviable with low numbers, but the Committee will review these things. If you have a view, please call and have a chat. Results as follows: Slow Class 1st Gavin Welch & Sophie Zhao 1934 Ford Y 37 pts 2nd John & Janice Garden 1953 Ford Prefect 90 pts Fast Class 1st Alan & Christine Allbon 1988 Mazda Eunos 101 pts 2nd Alan & Shaaran Price 1965 Vauxhall VX490 102 pts Overall Winner—Gavin Welch & Sophie Zhao Tracey, Stephen and Ryan Winterbottom

Right: Ryan, Stephen & Tracey Winterbottom and Gavin Welch & Sophie Zhao


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September Club Run After a couple of right turns at lights from the Westgate Carpark, the run quickly took the entrants into the country and out to Herald Island where, except for one, every road on the island was used. Motoring through Whenuapai a taste of one of the many housing developments we are seeing all over the West was passed. Country motoring ran through Taupaki, the outskirts of Waitakere, a magnificent view of Auckland City from Crows Road and on through Swanson. Ascending Tunnel Hill, (on the outskirts of Waitakere Village), instructions told entrants a little history of this area, where, during World War II, to their left was the site of a top-secret fuel storage tank hidden near the railway tunnel. It held back-up fuel for use if the Japanese bombed fuel tanks at Freemans Bay or Whenuapai. The run finished at a property where afternoon tea was provided and we were welcomed and shown a private collection of Opel cars, their motoring history and memorabilia. Walking through the garden many interesting artefacts and statues were viewed and at the back of the section a remaining “Anzac Cottage� has been set up as a little museum of kitchen memorabilia. Note: this area was the site of one of the World War II Camps. A big thank you to our hosts Marion and Jan. We hope that those who attended, enjoyed their day and remind members that our monthly Club Runs are non-competitive. Alan & Shaaran Price


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Ford Motor Company & the First Ford in NZ Henry Ford had built several cars before his first production car for the Ford Motor Company. He built his first car in a brick shed behind a rented house in Detroit in 1895 while he was still working for the Detroit Edison plant as chief engineer. Several replicas of that car have been manufactured. He then joined the Detroit Automobile Company in 1898, as chief engineer, set up by some wellknown local businessman. They built a few cars and one van until they had a fallout with Henry Ford over his plans to build a second racing car. At the time, Leland and Faulconer had been making most of the components for the new cars. Alexandra Malcomson, a coal merchant from Detroit, did continue to support him and the second race car was built. Ford seemed to be fixed on creating a name for himself as a race car builder and driver. The machinery from the Detroit Automobile Company was sold off to the new Cadillac Motor Company in Detroit. Ford was then offered a job as chief engineer at the Cadillac Motor Company, but Leland and Ford would never have agreed over the motor and clearly by now Ford wanted to see his name on the radiator. Ford had always used a twin cylinder motor and Leland wanted to use a single cylinder motor in the new Cadillac, so the partnership was not going to work. Leland had already manufactured the new motor and had tried to sell it to Oldsmobile. Oldsmobile had that many back orders for cars by 1902 they did not have the time to alter the chassis to fit a new motor. Ford would have known by now he had to raise funds if he wanted to start his own company and he could not do it alone. Shareholders had told him he had to remove himself from car racing until the new company was established and he had collected cash, for each vehicle sold. He went on to acquire a building at 86 Mark Avenue Detroit, about March 1903 and he contracted Dodge Brothers to manufacture and build the first Model A Ford. It was June 1903 before he had enough shareholders around him to float the new company called The Ford Motor Company. He was able to demonstrate to the new shareholders that all the experimental work had been done. He had learnt a lot from the two racing cars he had built. He could produce a new car very quickly, if most of the major items were built by large established manufacturers the same as Oldsmobile and Cadillac had done. Dodge Brothers were given the order to supply the complete chassis, Prudden Company in Lansing were suppling the wheels, Hartford Rubber Company was suppling the tires and the Wilson Carriage Company were to supply the wooden bodies complete with upholstery. They did have overheating issues with the first batch manufactured and at his cost he had the cars modified. There are a huge number of variables and changes in the first 677 units, as they found better ways to do things. On the later cars he increased the weight of the flywheel and increased the stroke, so the power was increased from eight to ten horsepower. The Ford Motor Company quite quickly had back orders and were getting paid for the cars before they were delivered. In the first year he went on to manufacture 1,700 new cars and the new Model A Ford was a huge success. The base price was $750 and if you wanted the rear tonneau it cost you another $100. The car had a flat twin engine which developed eight horsepower and had a two-speed elliptic gearbox with reverse which gave the car a top speed


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Ford Motor Company & the First Ford in NZ of 30 mph. Ford had decided from the start he was not going to pay the Seldon’s patent fees and the battle through the courts went on for eight years. The first Model A Fords were imported into Australia by Tarrant Motors in Melbourne in February 1904 and one of those cars was sold to John Boyd, a Wellington builder living in Kilbirnie. John Boyd in 1908 left the car in Wellington and moved to Aramoho near Wanganui to build houses and establish a Zoological Park. He did not have the support of the local council, so moved on to Onehunga to build more houses and establish a Zoo. When he first established the Zoological Park at Royal Oak in 1911, the local council and businessman’s association closed him down as neighbours said the park was a breeding ground for rats. Not to be put off, the building continued, the animals kept arriving and at the next election he ran for mayor and was successful. The park was officially open to the public in 1915. Boyd was a true Kiwi battler and he was constantly fighting the locals and the council over work not done without a permit, noise, rats and how he was feeding the animals. The Zoo, that the authorities had been trying to close for years, had become that popular with the public that the Auckland City Council had to pick up the reins and establish a Zoo at Western Springs which opened in 1922. Today at Western Springs there are 850 animals. Boyd had 3,000 animals at Royal Oak, with over 100 big cats. Boyd might have returned to Wellington not long before he died in 1928. His family found the old car under his house in Wellington after his wife died. The car was still very complete, but the wheels had some wood rot and had to be replaced. The family passed the car onto Avery Motors, a local Ford dealer in Wellington, in about 1949. A set of Model T Ford wheels were fitted and the car was made mobile again and used in Christmas parades. The car first appeared at the MK1 Zephyr launch in Avery Motors in 1951. The Colonial Motor Company was the master agent for Ford in NZ and had always wanted that vehicle and in 1957 they acquired the car for a new Ford Prefect and one hundred pounds. Len Southward did try to buy the car off them as he said he wanted to take the vehicle to the UK for the Brighton run. The Colonial Motor Company had said the car would never leave NZ. Gordon Darnella, a vintage car enthusiast and Service Manager at Stevens Motors, a Ford dealer in Lower Hutt, did some work on the vehicle in the sixties to keep the vehicle on the road. In 1972 Gordon Hugham Ltd, a Ford dealer in Masterton, arranged with Colonial Motors to restore the car at agreed rates. Rex Porter was working there at the time as an accountant and was very active in the Vintage Car Club and agreed to track costs and keep an eye on the restoration. The crankshaft had broken so the vehicle was no longer mobile. Bernie Cheer did the mechanical work required on the chassis, with Lambert Engineering in Masterton making the new crankshaft from a single billet of steel. Brian Billing manufactured three new hub caps to match the only original one on the vehicle. Ian Renall, a cabinet maker from Carterton, restored the wood work. Ian Clarke made four new wheels to the original specifications to take 30 x 3 tires. Bill Bell retrimmed the seats using old material he had acquired from Standard Motor Bodies plant


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Ford Motor Company & the First Ford in NZ in Wellington, where he had served his apprenticeship and Athol Ross of Greytown painted the wooden body Carmine Red, the same as the original. He masked out the original transfers on the body, so they would remain. Car number 1016 looks almost as good today as it had been when it first left the factory. All the cars manufactured with larger engine were referred to as Model AC and that is what we have here. Bernie Cheer was made custodian of the car after Rex Porter died. Roger Gardner is the present custodian of the car. I could not have written this article, had Roger Gardner not kept a record of the restoration and then let me use the material. Ford was clearly a brilliant engineer as the Detroit Motor Car Company and Dodge Brothers at the time could not have built a motor car with out Henry Ford’s input. Two more private imports of the Model A Ford did find there way to New Zealand. Barry Birchall

A recent photo of the first Model A Ford


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Vero International Festival of Motoring

January 17 to 22, 2021 Register your interest on the website, check out the Facebook page. Preparation continues for the Vero Festival of Motoring. There will be one day where there will be the opportunity for one day rallies in classes. There will be separate rallies on this day for Veteran, Vintage and all PV classes and perhaps Motorcycles and Commercials. This will be the only competitive day and the competition will be in the form of a timed section. Catering is still being investigated, and the entry fee is still to be set but the Committee are quite sure it will be very affordable. Tony Haycock is still on the Committee, but due to work commitments taking him out of the country for considerable periods, he has stepped down as Rally Director and fellow Committee member Greg Terrill will be taking on the Director’s role. At this point there are no plans for an “overseas guest�. Some motels are now booked out and suggest you book accommodation if you are thinking of attending and have not yet made any bookings.


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Vintage Section We are investigating whether there is any interest in forming a ‘Vintage Section’ within Auckland Branch, along the lines of the very successful ‘Veteran’ and ‘Motorcycle’ sections. Although there are a lot of Vintage cars within the membership, many of these vehicles are now seldom seen. As an important part of New Zealand’s motoring history, it is important that they do not get forgotten. We are hoping that anyone with an enthusiasm for this era will come along to the Clubrooms on Saturday 16 November at 2:30 p.m. with ideas and suggestions as to where we could go from here. If you are interested but can’t make this date, please ring us on (09) 818 6434 or email pennyandmurray@xtra.co.nz Murray and Penny Firth


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For Sale 1982 Toyota Cressida—Two owners from new. In need of minor work. The car is in Otahuhu. The price is $400 ono. Last driven twelve months ago. The registration is on hold. Ph: John Kirby (09) 276 1752. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Your Committee Chairman/Motorcycle Rep/Delegate Martin Spicer (Lynda) Email: spicerclan2017@gmail.com Ph: (09) 233 6382 or 0274 454 593 Vice Chairman/Clubrooms Booking/Name Badges Don Green (Brenda) Email: greend@slingshot.co.nz Ph: 266 8836 or 021 073 2642 Secretary/Privacy Officer: Tracey Winterbottom Email: vintagesunbeam@hotmail.co.nz (Stephen) Ph: (09) 232 0246 or 021 732 209 Treasurer: Ian Hubbard (Lesley) Email: ian@fhp.co.nz Ph: 575 8236 or 0274 426 748 Club Captain: Lynda Spicer (Martin) Email: spicerclan2017@gmail.com Ph: (09) 233 6382 or 021 454 593 Committee Members: Warwick Darrow (Trisha) Building Maintenance Email: waktrish@gmail.com Ph: 520 2882 or 021 203 4562 Robin Elliott Entertainment Officer/Spares Email: robaleen@actrix.co.nz Ph: 0274 922 188 Alan Price (Shaaran) Building Maintenance Email: birdwoodprices@gmail.com Ph: 833 8575 Shaaran Price (Alan) Social Convenor/New Membership Liaison Officer Email: birdwoodprices@gmail.com Ph: 833 8575 John Stokes Veteran Rep/Spares/Trophy Steward Email: jcstokes96a@xtra.co.nz Ph: (09) 236 4582 or 0272 772 108 Non-Committee Officers: Librarian Bulletin Editor Chris Wood (Diana) Val Ball (Rodger) Ph: 524 9478 Ph: 298 6476 Email: rvball@xtra.co.nz Beaded Wheels Reporter Commercial Rep John Stokes John Campbell (Pat) Continuous Membership Awards Steward Ph: 828 7850 or 0272 446 928 Glenn Morris (Marion) VIC Officer Ph: 273 4975 or 021 136 5926 Michael O’Kane Insurance: Ph: 813 4944 Vero Consumer Insurance Specialist 0800 505 905 or 356 4501 Agency Number: 0300126 Clubrooms Ph: 579 5625 Street Address: 39 Fairfax Ave, Penrose Postal Address: P O Box 12 138, Penrose, Auckland 1642 Open: 2nd & 4th Thursday 7:30-10:00pm, Every Saturday 4:30-6:30 pm Club Night: 4th Thursday of the month Branch Email Address Library Email Address Branch Website

auckland@vcc.org.nz libraryavvcc@gmail.com www.avvcc.org.nz

Branch Honorary Life Members:

Barry Robert Norm Dewhurst QSM Alan Roberts


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Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Auckland VCC - October 2019  

Auckland VCC - October 2019