THE VOICE OF THE VINTAGE CAR JUNE 2019
GOAT FARM VISIT
BAY OF PLENTY VINTAGE CAR CLUB (INC) Email: email@example.com WEB SITE: www.bayofplentyvintagecarclub.com
JIM SMYLIE (KAAREN)
KEN FREW (DIANE)
021 664341 or 07 5764180 07 5706084
KEITH PERKINS (JANE)
BRIAN PRATT (CINDY)
STEVE TITMUSS (MARION)
LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)
DOUG BROWN (LINDA)
OTHER ELECTED OFFICERS CLUB PATRON
KAAREN SMYLIE (JIM)
YVONNE BECK (PAUL)
JACK ANDERSON (MERILYN)
JACK ANDERSON (MERILYN)
DAVID JOBLIN (NOLA)
MID WEEK RUN
STEPHEN & JANICE BELCHER
ALASTAIR JONES (GWEN)
ALASTAIR JONES (GWEN)
IVAN ALLEN (YVONNE)
LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)
LYNDA MANNING (STEVE)
LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)
HONORARY SOLICITOR PETER BUTLER (MARION)
PAUL BECK (YVONNE)
PAUL BECK (YVONNE)
DEIDRE RENNIE (TONY)
firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 07 5746482
CLUB WEBSITE: www.bayofplentyvintagecarclub.com SECRETARY EMAIL: email@example.com For anytime Club enquires: Kaaren Smylie (Committee) 07 576 4180 or 021-66-43-41 FACEBOOK bay of plenty vintage car club (Public page)
Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club
The Club Rooms are located at 29 Cliff Road Tauranga. P O Box 660, Tauranga, 3144. Key contacts are— Club Captain– Kaaren Smylie (Jim) Ph 021 664341 or 07 5764180 Secretary— John Payne 07 5706084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Monthly events— Club night (except January) 2nd Monday Start time 7.30pm Mid week run. Wednesday following the club night End of the month run. Held on the last Sunday of the month. Committee Meeting. Last Monday of the month Noggin ‘n’ Natter 4th Tuesday at 6pm Location Sequence of Noggin ‘n’ Natter 1, Tauranga- Tauranga Citz Club, Cameron Road. Organiser Jim Smylie 2. Te Puke– This is at the moment under review Contact is Paul McIndoe 5733328 3. Tauranga - Tauranga Citz Club, Cameron Road. Organiser Jim Smylie 4. KatikatiForta Leza Café, SH 2, Katikati. Contact Owen Smith, phone 07 570 2000 If your birthday falls in this month please remember it is your turn to provide a plate for supper. Our thanks go to last months birthday people for the food provided. PLEASE remember to wear your name badges to all events. They can be ordered from David Joblin phone 544 1690 LIBRARY HOURS— The library will be open on club nights from 7pm. Also on most Monday mornings until midday Yvonne & Paul work in the library and members are welcome to call in to search for or return books. If making a special trip please phone home beforehand to ensure they will be there, phone at home on (07 574 8482 or 027 6098510)
HELP US HIRE OUT THE CLUBROOMS! CONTACT KAAREN SMYLIE 07 5764180
Hall Cleaning Roster Volunteers We all use the hall and love to see it sparkling clean. If you have forgotten to add your name just email the Klaxon or contact Kaaren or Jack and they will do it for you. June: Alastair and Gwen Jones July: Janice and Stephen Belcher August: September: Alastair and Gwen Jones
NO OTHER NAMES ARE ON THE LIST Please enter you name on the notice board list if you are able to help. 3
BOP VCC Local Events
Tue 4th Jun
Seniors morning Tea. 10am at Clubrooms
Mon 10th Jun
Club night and AGM
Wed 12th Jun
Mid week run. No details available.
Mon 24th Jun
Committee meeting 7pm
Tue 25th Jun
Noggin Natter. Held at Tauranga Citz Club
Fri 28th Jun
Movie Night. Saving Mr Banks
Sun 30th Jun
End of month run. Organiser James Turner
End of the month run June 30th June 30th is to be a Scatter Run for something totally different, which will be followed by hot soup and buns afterwards. Assemble at the Club-Rooms for 1.30pm start. More details to follow in "BUZZ"
BOPVCC Movie Night - Friday 28th June
Saving Mr Banks Walt Disney for 20 years tried to obtain the rights to author P L Travers beloved book. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers and sets Mary Poppins free. The Movie is described as delightful, moving and very funny. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
Hall opens 6pm - Movie starts 7.30pm. Bring along a meal and your favourite tipple then sit down to watch a real classic movie
A request from a founding member of our club We have received a letter from Tony James the founder of the BOP branch, and he asks that we give you his address as he would like to hear from anyone who remembers him. He is about 92 and still drives on short runs in good weather. He counts his blessings and one of these is going to funerals which are not his own! His Email is --email@example.com He is living in England with his 2nd wife and 2 children and 2 grandchildren
SENIORS MORNING TEA Tuesday 4th June CLUBROOMS AT 10 AM. ALL INVITED - PLEASE BRING A PLATE Organiser: John Payne
Other club events of interest 1-3rd June
Canterbury Irishman Rally
Waikato Double 50 Rally
Waitemata Râ€™Oil Can Rally
National AGM. Hosted by West Coast Branch
Daffodil Rallies held most Branches in NZ
North Cape to Bluff Tour
Central Otago Blossom Rally
Manawatu Swap Meet
South Canterbury National Veteran Rally
Both Jim and Kaaren are retiring from their positions as Club Captain and Chairperson this year so there will be no report in this issue of Klaxon. Both will be submitting a final report at our AGM. On behalf of our members may I say a huge thank you to you both for your contribution towards the running of our Club. In particular to Kaaren for her dedication and contribution to Klaxon along with the creation of new ideas and organizing of events. We have all enjoyed the fruits of your labour. A difficult act to follow I am sure, but not impossible. Paul Beck Klaxon Editor.
Your Klaxon Editor Paul Beck
Contact Paul at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 5748482
This months end of the month run was great and congratulations must surely go to Roger and Rosemary Clark for the effort that went into it. A route that was planned down to the finest detail and with no errors. I thoroughly enjoyed the lovely roads over the Waikato. I didn't have a clue where I was after all the Tiki Tour around but the run sheet brought us all together again at the next destination. Pity though we were in fog most of the day but that cannot be helped. There is more to be said in the run reports elsewhere in this Klaxon. “Well done, Roger and Rosemary” Monday night is our AGM and the rumour vine is real quiet as to who will be standing for positions in the upper ranks of our Club. Several members have been alarmed as to how “LAZY” the majority of our membership is. Many of the members have the ability to do a task but just plain refuse to help and leave the work to someone else. It is quite soul destroying to see this happening and I do not understand what their problem is. Perhaps it’s a lack of faith in themselves having the ability to do the job or they may be even afraid to do something in case they make a mistake. Maybe the odd mistake is made but you can only make them if you are doing something. Yet the biggest mistake of all is by doing nothing to help or share the load. It is just plain laziness. Also at our AGM, discussion will arise on our name change. This bears careful thinking about as it will be seeing the Club into the future. It is important, even though many might not think so. It is going to be interesting to see how the membership feels about it. We made a step forward by going modern with digital magazines. That is now an everyday item readily accepted. This year we went to magazine subscription and the results of that effort may be seen in our balance sheet for the year. While it does not reflect a complete picture it must be remembered that the Klaxon subscription system has only been going for half of the year. So it is next years balance sheet that will give the complete picture. But a huge improvement all the same. This month’s Klaxon has a lot of photos and articles sent in from members and that is fantastic. So much does happen outside our patch that we don’t hear about, but this month with so many members away and responding to my appeals, we have a feast of photos. A good photo is worth a thousand words and takes so little effort to send these days. Even a bad one is better than nothing and with a little work done on a bad photo it is surprising how good it can look. Thank you to all those who have sent them in. WELL DONE! A REMINDER TO ALL RUN ORGANISERS. PLEASE ORGANISE SOMEONE TO DO A WRITE UP FOR KLAXON BEFORE THE RUN STARTS. THIS WILL THEN GIVE THAT PERSON TIME TO MAKE NOTES DURING THE RUN. DO NOT LEAVE IT TO THE END OF THE RUN OR YOU MAY FIND NOBODY WILL DO IT. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING INTERESTING THEN PLEASE TELL US ABOUT IT. “THANK YOU”. DON’T LEAVE IT TO ANOTHER PERSON. IT IS YOUR MAGAZINE AND IT IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE INFORMATION IT RECEIVES. All articles must be in writing and received PREFERABLY early in the month, the close off date being Wednesday after the committee meeting.
Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc) NOTICE OF
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
To be held at the Clubrooms, Cliff Road, Tauranga On Monday 10th June 2019 at 7.30 pm. AGENDA Present Apologies Minutes of previous meeting Matters arising Chairmans report
Treasurers report Club Captains report Election of officers Notices of motion General business
. Nominations are called for all positions and must include the name of mover and seconder. Nominations must be in the secretary’s hands in writing on or before 27th May. (Emails are acceptable) Send nominations or notices of motion to: The Secretary, John Payne, Email: email@example.com or Post to: The Secretary, PO Box 660, Tauranga, 3144
Remit To be discussed and voted on at our AGM to be held 10 th June 2019 at our Club Rooms 45 Cliff Road, Tauranga
Proposed: To change our registered name from “The Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club Incorporated” to “Bay of Plenty Classic and Vintage Car Club Incorporated”
Proposed: James Smylie Seconded: Douglas Brown
The committee are unanimous that our Club vote on the above remit to provide a name which will allow our Club to be more representative to prospective members who drive historic motor vehicle more modern than a veteran or vintage vehicle.
Mid-week run to Surtees Boat Builders on 15-5-2019 - by Bryce Strong
This run was organized by Alastair and Gwen Jones, and 30 cars met at Pikowai Camp (along the Matata Straights) for an early BYO morning cuppa tea. We left Pikowai and travelled over the ‘scenic route’ devised by Alastair and Gwen (read several narrow, twisting back country roads - mainly unsealed) which I am sure had never been travelled by most members of our group! Arriving at Surtees about 11:20am, we entered the wrong gate and ended up in the yard /home of Neil Surtees, who was totally unaware and unprepared for our visit. However, he was most hospitable, explained the how’s and why’s of Surtees Boatbuilding, and then allowed us to wander and inspect his many sheds that are crammed full of really interesting stuff! Old cars, motorbikes, many hot rods, extensive and comprehensively equipped workshops, museum and artefact’s – the list goes on. He even built a car from scratch complete with a Tiger Moth aviation engine. Surtees Boat Builders. Neil explained how, a few years ago, he built himself a boat. Someone liked it and asked him to build them one. He did – and repeat again and again and again – and very quickly he had a thriving boat building business! After 10 years he had 35 employees, and a full order book, so two Tauranga men bought into the business and continued working and expanding on the same site. They now have 65 employees. While Neil retains a shareholding he simply leases the premises to Surtees Boats, and basically does anything he likes. And he likes Hot Rods, building one every 18 months. He has all the gear, and even paints the cars himself. I would like to have in my garage his 1940 Ford pickup truck, and a 1948 Cadillac (the very Art Deco model). So, by mistake, we ended up with two attractions to see rather than one. We then moved over to Surtees Boat Builders where we were given a quick trip around their many sheds. From the computer controlled cutting machine precisely cutting aluminium, to the pre-assembly shop (where components such as dodgers, deck fittings etc. are welded together) to the welding shed where each hull is welded together by just one welder per boat – and that welder gets to weld his initials into the transom! We then visited the finishing bay, where the boats are completed. Most interesting, and their construction methods and welding finishes are superb. Surtees completes one boat every week. Order one today and you may get it after Xmas! We then moved on to the Whakatane Fishing Club where we enjoyed lunch and a natter before making our way home. Our thanks to Alastair and Gwen for an interesting day.
Mid week run to Surtees Boats. - photos by Brian Pratt and Paul Beck
Top: Morning tea assembly at Pikowai Domain 1st Left: A Rodded Pick up Truck
1st Right: A 30 year old collection of Gas torches of Neilâ€™s father. All different. 2nd Left: A hand built Sports car with a Tiger Moth Engine 2nd Right: Future projects Left: A Chevy Belair fully restored.
Mid week run to Surtees Boats
1st Left: Sheets of aluminium are computer cut 1st Right: Component parts are made. Cabin, tank, etc. 2nd Left: Hull construction starts. 2nd Right: The stern is fitted 3rd Left: Decks fitted. 3rd Right: Cabin and component parts fitted. Bottom: The boat gets its upholstery and BLING fitted.
End of Month - Goat Farm Run - Part 1 by Alastair Jones
The day put out a welcome mat in the form of brilliant sunshine for some 17 crews and their cars at Barke’s Corner where the crews were briefed by Roger and Rosemary Clark, and the added instruction to be observant left one thinking. The trees in their neon sign foliage promised colourful motoring with two Model A’s at full chat adding a bit more eye candy; an interesting day was on the cards. However, the top of the Kaimai Range looked like a table covered with a dirty tablecloth and the descent shortly thereafter into the Waikato landscape had the look of a cigarette burn on a grey army blanket. The possibility that we might be having morning tea in our vehicles was looking quite likely but on arrival at Totara Springs Christian Centre the first arrivals had set the scene by bravely setting up chairs and tables for tea or coffee in what would be a lovely outdoor spot in SUMMER. Here the crews had the chance to prove they had been observant when they were asked 10 questions about the trip so far and Ron Elton got a School Cert pass with 5 correct for his efforts. Onwards we went captivated by mature trees showing off their finest autumn foliage along great roads without any white paint splashed along the center and sides, looking for a tractor parked on the roadside at the entrance to our lunch-stop. There was no tractor, but Beck’s Super Snipe in silvery grey provided a welcoming sight against a similar coloured backdrop. Parked in a grassy area were 5 nicely restored tractors belonging to Rose’s brother Ken, ranging in size from a rather large Case to a diminutive Farmall with a seat perched way off to one side presumably to allow the farmer unrestricted views along his crop rows. One make not
previously heard of was an EBRO (google that). After giving them the once over we walked a short distance and set up our chairs in front of the house designed by Mary, Roseâ€™s mother, and despite the rather dreary sky, everyone seemed to have a most convivial time. Our instruction then led us a very short distance down the road to the property belonging to Rogerâ€™s cousin Earl and Louise Bonnar who have a sizeable dairy goat herd. Part 2 - by Yvonne Beck Arriving at the farm we were welcomed by Earl, Louise and their young daughter. They happily talked to us describing the operation and management of the herd. The herd of many hundreds is about average size and the milk taken for processing into infant formula and exported. They patiently answered the dozens of questions and eventually we donned gumboots and made our way to the huge goat shed. These goats are housed mainly under cover and were divided into younger, and older nannies and billies. It was cute to see three young kids roaming, being able to slip through the fences and running back to mum at feedtime. These animals are princesses explained Louise and are fed high grade feed and fresh cut grass and clover. As the milking season is not yet in full swing only a few nannies were to be milked and we watched the thirty or so hurry to the milking shed when gates were opened. There, mouths tucked into feed boxes, filling one end while the other end was emptied. Goats are not dumb animals; Iâ€™m sure they enjoyed the diversion of watching several dozen humans watching them, and leaning out to sample the odd trouser leg, shirt sleeve, gumboot and flapping shoe lace. A great day and many thanks to Roger and Rose Clark for great organizing and instructions and their family and extended family for their hospitality.
End of Month - The Goat Run by Ron Elton The 9.30 am start was most welcome, given that we are at the start of winter and the smallest hint of frost on the side of the road getting to the start. Nineteen cars in all and what a variety. Two Model A’s, Zephyrs Mk 2 and 3,a Citroen 2CV, Daimler Sports, a late model Humber and a Singer Gazelle from the same English Stable, a mid 50’s Vauxhall, a TR3, MG TD and an MGB of open topped variety, Mark 2 Jaguar 3.8 plus a white E type, the now rare Morris Minor Traveller, and a Mini, a Mustang and a late 50’s Chev, all out for a country ride. The first stage was over the Kaimai Ranges following the highway towards Matamata. In an open topped car it was fairly raw at the top and as we found out later the Waikato fog hung around till about 2pm just taking the edge off the day. The first and only casualty of the day occurred when the Vauxhall possibly on its first club run appeared to have a seized brake with considerable smoke. I hope it looked worse that it was. Morning tea was at Totora Christian Centre in rural Matamata where the Kaimai Quiz of nine questions was won jointly by Alastair Jones and Ron Elton with only 5 correct answers although Ron took the box of chocolates! A very pleasant rural drive through Kereone and Kiwitahi and to our lunch stop where we were treated to a restored tractor display and an octagonal house with its central fire place. A newly and immaculately restored red Ford Model T roadster arrived to complement our vehicles. Down the road we had a full tour of the Goat Farm. These goats are farmed mainly for their milk. They live primarily in a huge shed, automated to a certain extent for central feeding out and a unique robotic device that periodically pushed the feed closer to the goats. These goats aren’t the blackberry eating sort but more fussy eaters where green grass is trimmed in the paddock and feed to them within the shed. Milking like that for cows is twice daily and almost as automated. Goat’s milk is used for infant formula and as a consequence all stages of production are closely monitored with ongoing product testing and checking. A great day out with good instructions and a clean car upon return to Tauranga. Thanks to Earl and Louise Bonnar for their goat farming tour and to Rosemary Clarkes mother for hosting the lunch stop. Well done Roger and Rosemary.
Presentation to Kaaren Smylie for NI Club Captains Tour 2019
A big surprise for our Club Captain Kaaren Smylie at our May meeting night when John and Shirley Foote came in the door followed by many of the people who attended the recent North Island Club Captains Tour. That tour was organized by Kaaren but due to an unexpected health problem had to withdraw. John and Shirley Foote who also attended took over the reins and carried on with the overseeing of the run which all participants well and truly appreciated. It was suggested a collection be taken so as to be able to make a presentation to Kaaren for all the good work done. During the presentation John also made reference to the work load entailed while being National North Island Club Captain and the hours involved while he also was previously in the same role. Well done Kaaren. Well and truly deserved.
TIPS FROM ROBBIE Many of the older members will remember tuning in to a ZB Station on a Saturday morning for Motoring with Robbie. An hour of tips and answers to questions from his listeners. A page was given to me by Maurice Nottle out of a magazine which I have copied some of the relevant tips that may even be useful today. A temporary socket set reducer can easily be made if your one has been mislaid. Find a bolt that will fit nicely into a larger socket and carefully grind the end down to a square that will fit the smaller sized socket that you have.
For pulling bushes or bearings out of their mounting or hole. Find a suitable sized Raw bolt (such as is used for fastening items to concrete) that will fit inside the bearing or bush. Expand the Raw bolt and pull. A couple of washers under the head of the bolt may also may give a platform to lever against. To replace a broken valve spring without removing the cylinder head. Simply remove the spark plug with the piston at the bottom of the stroke. Feed in a length of light rope carefully keeping hold of one end. Slowly turn the engine over by hand and the rising piston will compress the rope tight against the valve holding it in position while replacing the spring.
A home made hub puller can be made to fit either 3 or 5 stud hubs. The legs can be made from 11/4 x 3/16in mild steel, cut and bent so the bases are identical and the top ends overlap. (Remember that each leg is 3/16in longer than the last) Drill and tap the upper end hole to 1/2in BSF with all 3 legs clamped together and use a 4in long Allen screw. By using 2 legs it can also be used on a 4 stud hub.
2019 Veteran and Vintage Tour – South Island, New Zealand.
By Raewyn and Graeme Fenn Graeme and I have taken part in a number of Veteran and Vintage Tours around New Zealand over the past ten or so years in our Graham Paige 612 Coupe and in doing so, we have made a lot of friends with similar interests, who enjoy “Old Car Motoring”. In 2016 we took part in a V & V Tour that covered a large part of the Northern South Island, travelling largely on back roads and off the main highways. At the conclusion of that Tour, one of the members announced that he was turning 80 in May 2019 and did not want a party, but preferred to spend it with his mates on another V & V Tour, which his wife offered to plan for us all. And so the adventure began to be planned again! On the 29th of April this year, we had loaded our motorhome and had the Graham Paige on the trailer as we set off from our home in Waihi Beach, in the Bay of Plenty, to travel the 1000plus kilometres to Ashburton in Canterbury, about an hour south of Christchurch. We were travelling with friends who were also attending the Tour with their 1926 Chrysler Roadster. There are two reasons to trailer, one being the speed and ease of getting through the congested roads of the North Island, and the other being, if there are problems, we only have to get back to our Van and trailer and we can get home. Day 2 saw us reach Wellington in preparation for sailing across the Cook Strait next day. We were very lucky to have a beautiful sailing, calm seas and sunny for the entire crossing. Next morning, we set off down the Kaikoura Coast which suffered a devastating earthquake in 2016 and the whole coastline has changed. The road and rail was closed for many months and there is still huge work going on to create new roads, tunnels and huge reinstatement of some areas of land. It was slow going with all the road work but we were amazed at the work that has been completed. The huge seal colony on the coast has remained, with new viewing areas making it accessible for people to view these incredible animals in their natural habitat. We eventually arrived in Ashburton on Friday afternoon, unloaded the cars and had a look around town. On Saturday morning the boys were off to the Swapmeet held by the local Vintage Car Club. Sunday we took part in a Car Rally run by the local Rotary Club, with in excess of 150 vehicles taking part. It was a lovely day for a run in the country, on clear, smooth roads, so different from the North Island. We got our first glimpse of snow for the winter, on the Southern Alps. That evening we met up with the other Tourists and renewed many old friendships and were introduced to a number of new folk. Announcements made and 25 cars and crew were ready to head off the next morning. We woke to a very overcast morning with the odd bit of drizzle. That was to be almost the last sun we saw until the tour had finished in Hanmer Springs 7 days later. We headed South from Ashburton and then towards the coast, through Longbeach Farm where the Queen had stayed in 1953. Easy motoring along smooth, unsealed roads led us inland to cross the Rakaia River, then back to the coast until we reached Temuka. State Highway 1 took us to Timaru, where we again headed off the main road and to lunch at the amazing complex belonging to Gavin Ladbrook and his wife. Gavin has a wonderful display of cars and workshops that had the men drooling over. After lunch, Gavin joined the group for the rest of the tour. Day one ended in Waimate, where we enjoyed a meal together and chatted about the amazing roads and views we had seen today.
Tuesday, Cromwell here we come, through the Waimate Gorge and on into the countryside to take on the challenge of Danseys Pass, a narrow winding road over a mountain pass with amazing views, both above and below the clouds. For some, the Danseys Pass Hotel was a relief to see and coffee was enjoyed in the sun! At dinner that night, we talked about the quiet roads and lack of traffic compared to the North Island and were all very surprised to hear that two of our group had been pulled up by the Police and given a written warning for “Impeding Traffic”. Both had just let traffic past and had built up a queue of 3 cars behind them while trying to get up to speed again! With a free day in Cromwell, there were a number of places we could all go and visit. Highlands Motorsport Park was high on the agenda for some, while we preferred to go and try some very nice Central Otago Pinot Noirs and sent a package home for our pleasure on cool winter evenings! Lunch at Bannockburn was enjoyed by quite a group of tourers, after which we decided to tackle the Hawksburn Range Road and friends decided to come with us. Easy going for the first few miles, then we came to a gate which had a sign on “Not Suitable for Cars”, but we were in OLD cars, made for these roads the boys said, so on we continued and boy was that a magical drive! Thankfully a grader had been through the road a few days before and there was very little rutting, but the road twisted and turned and climbed and dived for a good hour of slow driving, culminating in reaching a bluff looking out over the townships of Clyde and Alexandra in the distance – Stunning! AND then we dropped down into Clyde – WOW! What a ride down the hill. Not for the faint hearted! Glad we went the way we did as I do not think our cars would have climbed that steep grade. Day 4 – Cromwell to Haast. We set off in very thick fog, which did not clear until we had passed through Wanaka and Hawea, but enabled us to enjoy the magnificent Haast Pass. This is quite something else but when travelled at leisure in a Vintage Car, you appreciate the steep gradients and precipitous terrain that those men traversed to put such a road in and open up the West Coast to the bottom of the South Island. There were obligatory stops to view waterfalls and photograph our car crossing the Gates of Haast Bridge, and taking in the magnificent bush scenery, before we arrived in Haast Village by lunchtime. We had previously travelled to the northern most point of roads on the West Coast at Karamea, so we headed out to Jackson Bay, the southern most point of the road, after lunch. After passing 3 cars on the 26km trip, one of them being one of our group, we arrived at a fishing village with one shop – and it was closed! A very desolate fishing village, renowned for crayfish, was a very dismal place on a cold, wet afternoon, so to escape the sandflies,
almost the size of cats, we headed back to Haast. That evening the group had dinner at the Hard Antler Restaurant and Bar. Following a delicious meal and the presentation of the Wooden Spoon again, we were treated to another tune on the bagpipes by one of our Tourers, who plays them each evening for the group. This time however, a patron in the bar, an older lady, approached John and asked if she could do the Highland Fling to his piping – and did, before a bar-lady came from the Bar and asked to play John’s pipes – and OH MY GOODNESS! She was amazing! She played some modern tunes – fast, and soon had all the bar patrons and staff in the room with us. She then danced to John’s piping, and she was good…. What an amazing evening it was. Who would have thought that in a small place like Haast, there would be two ladies who could dance and play the bagpipes like these ladies. Today we had our first breakdown of the group. A 1912 Renault two-seater has ended terminally and they were continuing in a rental car. Day 5 – Haast to Hokitika. A long day of 160 miles and our instructions read “Keep the sea on your left and the mountains on your right”, so that is what we did and we saw trees, trees, more trees, rivers, mountains including snow on Mount Cook and beautiful as it was, it was a long day. We went to a motorcycle and car collection in Fox Glacier, owned by the local garage owner, before continuing North and passing over the bridge that washed away in severe storms several weeks before, effectively cutting the State Highway, with no way around. It is not as long as we imagined but the torrent of water that came down from the mountains did amazing damage in the area. Lunch in Franz Joseph was enjoyed in a little bit of sun. Finally we arrived in Hokitika late afternoon and found that our friends 1926 Chrysler had some serious motor damage. They grabbed a rental car on Saturday morning and went to Ashburton to collect their motorhome and trailer, arriving back on Saturday night. On Saturday it became obvious that the 1926 Hupmobile was also travelling home by transporter and its crew joined us in a rental car. Three vehicles down. Saturday morning of Day 6, some of us ladies decided to visit a quilt shop in Hokitika, leaving the men to their own devices. After some Tiki Touring around and getting some local knowledge, it was decided that the shop had moved north to Nelson, some 7 years ago, but was still advertising on the internet from Hokitika. Never mind, we made it back for lunch with a group of Tourers, before we were led on a scenic tour by a local vintage car driver. During the tour we visited a Memorial to 7 New Zealand Policemen who were shot in 1841, by an enraged local man whose milk had been downgraded by the Dairy Inspector – very moving, and had a line-up photo of some of the cars on tour. We then went on to visit the Hokitika Gorge which is set in native bush and very beautiful, with the river changing colour with the sky. Many of us enjoyed the swing-bridge over the river. Our final adventure for the day was to visit the Westland Heritage Museum at Hokitika Airport, where a dedicated group of local men are restoring a number of engines from various mills in the area, plus various collections of “things”, gigs, outboard motors, fire engines, chainsaws and the like, while another man is teaching young men to weld and build a miniature railway to run around the complex, to hopefully help them gain employment. This was a really interesting place. Our last day – Day 7 – and boy did it rain in the morning. Typical West Coast rain and wind, while we noted that every house we saw in Kumara, Greymouth and Reefton had at least one chimney, some with two or three, all belching coal smoke and the air was heavy with the associated smells.
A visit to the village of Blackball saw us enjoying coffee at the famous “Blackball Hilton” Hotel. Gosh it would really take a special kind of person to live in these tiny communities. Apparently the party in the hall, the night before had been amazing! Next stop for us was a visit to the Pike River Disaster Memorial, at the time they are trying to re-enter the mine. It is a very moving place to be, very personal and I personally left, thinking it would be nicer to leave the 29 miners together and have this wonderful memorial to them, rather than split them all up after so long. We reached Hanmer Springs for our final evening together, in the late afternoon, so after a walk and a spruce up, it was time to relax and celebrate Rob Ross’s 80th birthday and the end of another wonderful tour. After another lovely meal, Rob and Diane were presented with a gift from all the tourers and then we took Rob on a “This is Your Life” Story. With a wonderful speech made by their son Ashley, Rob’s birthday cake was piped into the room, carried by daughter-in-law Jo and grand-daughter Tayla. When the Hooter and Wooden Spoon were handed over to Nola and Alistair Day from Timaru, to plan the next Tour in late 2021, another very successful Veteran and Vintage Tour was completed. Next morning we woke to brilliant sunshine with a covering of snow on the ranges around Hanmer and the very sad news that a dear friend who was to have been on the Tour with us, but had collapsed on the Friday night before, had passed away. For us, we headed back to Ashburton to collect our motorhome and trailer, visiting friends and family along the way, and then began the trek north again. Sadly, on the way back to Auckland, Car number 4, a 1924 Velie, broke a crankshaft just south of Blenheim and Carrie and Wayne Roberts also found alternative means to travel home. We had a wonderful three week holiday, saw some amazing sights and are already planning to join the Days in our 1929 Graham Paige Coupe in 2021. Thank you Diane and Rob Ross. Rest in Peace Glenis Miller from Hawarden. Love to your wonderful husband Ray and all your family.
All together we travelled 2175 kms in our motorhome and 1180 miles in our Graham Paige 612 Coupe.
Dip Pens Indian Ink and Vellum: by Peter Butler The impact of technology has always affected us all - from steam engines to microchips. For us baby boomers the impact of computers has been huge and (mostly) enjoyable. When I was a boy the idea of Buck Rogers being able to speak to a wristwatch was pure fantasy. Cricket matches from England were broadcast by shortwave radio with a technician in Wellington making sound effects of the bat on the ball. Things have changed a bit! Now that cars of the 1960s are Club eligible and collectible I thought it might be interesting to reminisce on some of the other technology of the 60s as well. Some of the jobs of that era remain as they once were while others have changed almost out of sight. Still others have disappeared completely. A major part of my early work as a law clerk involved the use of goatskin, vellum, sandpaper, ink wells and dip pens with Indian ink. No this was not 19 th century Dickensian England. It was the Land Transfer Office in Wellington in the 1960s. Most of us at some stage have bought or sold land. Not many of us have had to be concerned with how the deal is finalised and officially recorded. I was born sometime close to the Normandy landings and my first job was in 1962 when I was employed as a law clerk to a very small Wellington law firm (which coincidently was the second oldest in the city). In those days becoming a law clerk was like becoming an apprentice. You were expected to do two years full-time university study. Then you bought yourself a suit and you became a part time student, whilst you worked for a law firm, to gain practical experience. It was an apprenticeship really. As a result all the law clerks spent a lot of time learning on the job in the Land Transfer Office and the Courts. The Land Transfer Office in Wellington was situated in a building the outside of which was featured many years later as the outside of the Public Service building in the TV series “Gliding On”. In those days the Land Transfer Office made me think of a Roman bathhouse because of all the latest news (gossip!) exchanged about the various firms and their staff not to mention the Land Transfer Office staff as well.
The Wellington Land Registry covered a territory from Wellington up to Hawke’s Bay on one coast and Taranaki on the other. For some strange reason it also included the Chatham Islands. When I first went there I knew what a title was but I had no idea of what it looked like. I guess it would be fair to say that unless you were involved in the business, most other people would not know either. The oldest titles that I dealt with were in large books bound in volumes which measured approximately 90cm by 75cm. The covers were thick cardboard bound with canvas. They had to be durable because they were being handled many times a day by lots of people. The books were referred to as Volumes and the pages were Folios. The Titles were called “duplicate originals”. The Land Transfer Office had one and the owner had the other. Each was identical. Each page was for a separate piece of land. Consequently you could be looking at a house property in Wellington on one page and turn over to a sheep station in the Wairarapa on the next. The information on each page set out the details of the property such as the area, the location, and the owner. Each of the titles also had a diagram of the property showing the measurements and boundary details. These were all very accurate and were done by hand and in colour for each individual title. Many of these were
works of art in their own right, especially when there were many different colours used to define Rights of Way. The base form of these early titles was printed but the individual variable details had to be written by hand as it was impossible to remove the pages. Most of the handwriting was done in beautiful copperplate. All of the information was written in a special ink which was similar to Indian ink. It may in fact have been Indian ink as it was extremely black and seemed to have a high iron content. Also it had to be indelible so as to avoid the possibility of unauthorised changes being made to a title. Each page was made of parchment or vellum. This was usually made from calfskin or goatskin. The skin had a very shiny and smooth surface rather like wax paper. This made it impossible to write on unless the surface was first prepared by rubbing it with sandpaper. It was a bit like preparing for a painting job! After the ink had dried the natural oils in the vellum would reinstate and the new entry would be as indelible as the rest of the page. These pages were almost indestructible. I remember seeing one which had been through a fire. It had not been destroyed but had been shrivelled like a crisp rasher of bacon. It was still easily legible. The later more modern forms of the titles were of a similar size but were on a sturdy type of paper almost as thick as light cardboard. The original details were now typed on the owner’s Title. However the changes were still added by hand to the title ledger book as the pages could not be removed.
If the property had a mortgage the owner’s Title would be posted to the Mortgagee (Lender) - usually a Bank or an Insurance Company. Ballpoint pens were strictly forbidden! A daily Journal was kept of all entries on every title. One day a Land Transfer Office staff member mistakenly used a ballpoint pen and returned after lunch to find blank pages as all the morning entries had completely faded in the sun. The law firm I worked for was a Wellington agent for some out-of-town law firms. My work for out of town firms had two main aspects. Firstly when a sale or purchase was being negotiated the out of town law firm would ask for a title search. This required finding the correct title and copying out the up-to-date details by hand into a manifold book using carbon paper to keep a copy for reference. (Remember carbon paper?!) Eventually the Land Transfer Office bought one of the early photocopiers. It was a 3M brand machine and it was the 8th wonder of the world to us. However it could be used only to copy the very new Titles which were printed on foolscap size light cardboard. Also the paper it used was specialised and heat sensitive. Like the early ballpoint pens the copies faded if left in sunlight. If the sale went ahead the next I saw of it was the change of ownership papers. The process of changing land ownership was fairly straightforward but heavy on the paper work. The law clerk prepared an abstract form giving details of the old owner and the old mortgages together with details of the new owner and new mortgages. The actual physical paper title and mortgage documents were then presented personally at the Land Transfer Office together with the papers recording the new owner’s details. Then over the course of the next few days the change of ownership would be registered and the title and mortgage would be returned by post to the new owner’s solicitor. By today’s standards it was a very slow process. Because of this there were a few cases where the time delay allowed unscrupulous people to register a
fraudulent document ahead of the legitimate first one.
As faxes and better photocopiers became available the process sped up somewhat. However at first (as usual) the new technology was quite expensive. I remember getting a quote for a fax machine in the mid 70s. It was priced at just over $6000.00. The Land Transfer system was paper based from the 1840s until 2002 when it became electronic. Most land records held by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) are now stored in digital form on the system known as “LandonLine”. It is administered by LINZ. Since 2002 New Zealand Land Professionals (e.g. lawyers and surveyors) have been able to lodge and search title and survey records electronically (and since 2009 have been required to work this way). The effect of this on the work of lawyers and surveyors was ground-breaking, innovative and exciting. Now the entire Records of the Land Transfer Office are instantly available in every Solicitor’s or Surveyor’s office. Local Authorities also have access to the records. A title search is now immediately available instead of taking upwards of a week when I started. Another by-product of the change is that an owner of a property no longer has a formal paper title in their possession. There is still an official title but the only paper record of it is a print out from the electronic database produced on the lawyers’ or surveyors’ computer. The art work and detail of the olden days has gone. There are no more hand drawn plans and everything is now in black and white. However the speed and security of the new system is far superior to the old paper based one. Now when a sale has been arranged the solicitors for the Vendor and Purchaser each set up an electronic workspace on the LINZ computer so that once the funds have been transferred from the purchaser’s solicitor to the vendor’s solicitor the property can be transferred immediately. The system works very well and LINZ has gone to a lot of trouble to make it user-friendly to the Land Professionals who use it.
The contrast between the paper based system (which did work very well in its time) and the electronic system brings home yet again how much technology has affected us. In my opinion there is a similar comparison to be made between the cars of the 60s and the cars of today. Each technology:- land transfer or automotive still does what it did in the 60s but is now vastly better at it. The old paper records have not been disposed of. Far from it. LINZ has preserved and scanned the older paper-based records to create a comprehensive electronic database of Land Title and Survey information. Creating a digital record has also helped to protect the original historic documents.
Digital copies of some older records can be accessed through Archives New Zealand’s online Archway. Also LINZ is now working closely with Archives New Zealand to manage the paper copies of historic land records, and together the two organisations ensure they are preserved and accessible to the public. My purpose in writing this was to compare our historical method of land dealings with what we do now. If you would like further information the very helpful and user friendly website of LINZ is www.linz.govt.nz and it covers all aspects of land dealings including land, sea, Crown land etc.
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