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HUB 2019


Official Magazine of the



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CLUBROOMS: Cutler Park, McLean's Island CLUB NIGHT: 7.30pm Ist Thursday of the month Phone 03 359—7004

2018-2019 Main Committee Chairman

John Coomber (Christine)

027 2925206

03 310 7056


Rod Thrower (Lynda)

338 2320


Kevin Sarjeant (Joan)

365 1938

Club Captain

Dave Inwood (Linda)

327 4156

Vintage Convenor

Brendon Eason (Elizabeth)

Veteran Convenor

Tim Palmer (Barbara)

021 338 692

03 313 3952

Group Convenor

George R Kear (Jorden)

027 221 4332

347 0315

Commercial Convenor

Neil Shaskey (Louise)

027 289 6201

352 8802

027 346 8324

Cover photo: A line-up of some of the vehicles on the Rear Wheel Brake Rally, leaving Mt Grey. Photo Credit: Andrew Morison


2018-2019 Representatives Motor Cycle Convenor

Philip Jeeves (Marietta)

338 0666

Spare Part Shed Reps

Ross Butler Wayne Stocks

352 3160 383 1380

9-90's Co-ordinator:

John Kuipers

332 7926

VIC Representative

Don Bennetts (Judy)

385 6333


Mike Foster

359 8260

Bar Managers

Amanda Franklin (Wayne)

389 7066

Bar Managers

Gill Stevenson (Kevin)

327 5743

Noggin Displays

Don Muller (Marlene)

385 6850


Owen Genet

358 2514

Assistant Librarian

Kay Shaskey (Graeme)

Swap Meet Chair

Colin Hey (Jenny)

Swap Meet sites

Kevin Clarkson (Shona)

021 0270 6525

Barn Bookings/ Camping

Kevin and Claire Campion

027 407 5344

03 312 7255

Beaded Wheels Reporter

Tony Becker (Ngaire)

027 446 6964

421 2426

North Canty Noggin

Jeff Rogers

022 131 7235

03 313 8432

Hub Editor/Club Website

Brendon Eason


027 279 9195

352 5217 359 8737

027 346 8324

Club Events Month April




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Details 2 Day Autumn Run 9-90s M/C Noggin Annual P Group Rally ANZAC Day Run Scooter & Small M/C Run M/C Fish and Chip Run 9-90s M/C Noggin Rural Run M/C Fish and Chip Run M/C Rough Run Veteran Noggin

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Check the online calendar for more up-to-date Events information on our club website:

INSURANCE Vero CIS – telephone 0800 658 411 Canterbury Branch Agency Number 300130 This number needs to be quoted when taking out insurance, for Canterbury Branch to benefit. COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: The contents of this newsletter may not be reproduced in a commercial publication without the Editor’s permission. 5

Chairman’s Report The shocking events of 15 March in Christchurch have affected us all, and some of our members may have been directly affected in different ways. Our thoughts are with those families involved and all those in the wider community who have suffered as a result of this despicable act. We need to look after ourselves and each other, and show kindness to others around us. I hope that our events this month will help to bring a sense of normality back into our lives and take the focus away from the horror we have witnessed. We have the annual P Group rally on April 14 followed by the National South Island Easter Rally and the Anzac Day run. Thankyou to those who supported our Annual Branch rally, and special thanks to Katrina Shaw and her family for organising this event. This was the first rally that Katrina has undertaken, and she has put in a huge amount of work in very difficult circumstances. Thanks also to Dave Inwood and all those who volunteered to help run the event. The Executive meeting was held in Wellington last month, and a decision was made to allow the two-yearly National Motorcycle Rally to proceed separately from the 2021 International Rally in Taranaki. This was a little controversial and generated considerable discussion. I want to thank the motorcycle section for their input into the submissions, and Rod Thrower for all the work he did in putting the issues before the Executive. Kevin Clarkson also made a major contribution to the discussion, but abstained from voting as a management member. The Wairarapa Branch have offered to host the National Motorcycle rally in early 2021. This month will see the contractors commence painting the exterior of the clubrooms, and the replacement of the old louvre windows in the main hall with new double glazed units with remote opening units on both sides to allow for cross ventilation. Our thanks go to Phil Jeeves, George Kear and Neil Shaskey for the work they did as a sub-committee in researching and organising this work. I am sure you will all appreciate this upgrade, especially in winter. Mike Foster has purchased a new ride-on mower to replace the old one, so there will be no shortage of volunteers wanting to mow the lawns. Irishman is only two months away, so I hope you have your accommodation booked, and get your entries in early. Entry form is in this Hub. Happy motoring. John Coomber


New Members Welcome to our branch. We look forward to meeting you at our coming events and activities. •

Alan James Davies

Robert Alexander Spiers 1937 Austin 7 Ruby Special.

Craig Harman 1963 Ford Cortina 1967 Ford Cortina GT

Brett Kerry Shanks 1938 Chevrolet Sedan 1971 Morris Minor Van 1981 Holden One Ton Ute 1948 Chevrolet Thiftmaster Pickup

Anita & Brian van der Velden 1952 Morris Minor Saloon 1959 Morris Minor Saloon

John & Marg Walcott 1961 Morris 1000 4 door Sedan

Jason (Jake) Youngman 1929 Chrysler Plymouth 4 Sedan 1928 Chrysler Plymouth Sedan 1953 Austin A40 Truck


Commercial Report Graeme Shaskey hosted the March commercial noggin, a good turnout on a pleasant evening, thanks for emptying the garage to make room for the visitors and for the usual hospitality. The April commercial noggin will be on Wednesday 17th April at the Barn, mainly due to not having anywhere more interesting to go, see you there. Neil Shaskey.


Secretary’s Report

Could the following Member contact the Myself or Julie at National Office. “Hank De Leur” 05/00968 or anybody who knows his whereabouts let him know. Snippets from March Excutive Meeting. Time was given to thoughts for Members families and friends of those affected by the mass shooting in Christchurch on the 15th March. Canterbury Branch Membership Status: Feb 2019 Total Members 1281 up 21 on 2018 Total Vehicles 2705 up 33 0n 2018 Total ID's within Branch 1071 up 38 0n 2018 At 26th February there were 259 unfinancial members in the club of which 27 are Canterbury. (Some of you may have paid by the cut off time 23rd March 2019) Total Vehicles listed in Club 20,228 Total Membership in Club 8,445. There have been 351x 50yr and 34x 60yr nominations to date. Reminder to allow three months for applications to be approved. John Goddall Trophy: Nominations required could be a member from the a past nomination who was not successful. For the Motorcyclists : This motion is not word perfect; After a robust discussion a Motion was put to the executive, That a dispensation be made to the Club Rules to allow the Motorcycle Members to hold their National Rally in 2021 at a different time and place to the International Rally. Moved Wairarapa Branch, Seconded Canterbury Branch. The calendar of events will be updated to remove National Motorcycle Rally in 2022 and reinstate it in 2021 and 2023

Proposed Changes to By-law “Code of Conduct” Carried Remit for discussion re “Alterations to the constitution” Discuss at committee and report back to Rod Brashaw,Tony Bartlett. Nth Isl are looking into running a two day rally during either May/June/July Mths along similar line to the Canterbury Irishman Rally. Will have different name. There is a very good chance a National Vintage Rally is a go ahead in maybe 2020 incorpating Taihape and Napier.


Secretary’s Report... A Web Site from FIVA that may be of interest to members on FIVA Guide for responsible use of historic vehicles on todays roads. FIVA_guide_EN_single.pdf Comments about some garages having higher % of ethanol in fuel than others (they are allowed up to 5% without declaring it.) Check with your preferred Fuel supplier as ethanol is not good for some carburetors and fuel lines. Daffodil Rally; 2018 raised $62,000 from 28 Branches out of 36. 3000 cars entered. Contact Organisers with ideas for marketing in your local area. Like Local Businesses Sponsoring raffle prizes (Like Dinners , Nights Accommodation, etc) Local Free Papers for advertising. Stickers may not be produced this year. National and International Rallies: Only Vehicles up to B5 category are eligible for National and International Rallies. All C Category cars should be excluded from trophies but can attend. (Small number involved) New Pride of Ownership award : taken up by Ashburton Branch for Easter Rally . Maybe other Branches would like to take it up.

Reports given on 2021 International Rally. All planning well underway Visit of Tony Haycock or Tony Bartlett being planned for our Branch. Secretary Rod

Signs of the times...


Club Captain’s Report March has been a busy month for our club starting with the Back Country Run (see separate report). Thanks to Andrew Mehrtens and Geoff Townshend for organizing the day. Next, on the 10th March, Graeme Sword organized the Rear Wheel Brake Rally – another successful day with entries from Timaru to Wellington. Thanks Graeme. A good number of Canterbury members travelled to Greymouth for the Scenicland Rally. A damp day, most got lost, but added to an enjoyable rally - unless you were driving a more modern vehicle with less clearance – as the road quickly became a rough bush track. The Jim Toohey Motorcycle Run was held over the same weekend 16/17th March – centered around Fairlie (see Royce’s report). By the time you read this the Annual Rally will be done and dusted. Thank you to Katryna Shaw and the extended Kear family for taking on the organization at short notice. During April we look forward to the Autumn Run, the Annual P Group Rally, the Anzac Day Run and the Scooter and small Motorcycle Run. As announced at last week’s noggin, Mike Foster is in dire need of helpers on the maintenance crew for the first Sunday in every month. Now would be a good time for a group to start thinking about organizing the Women Drivers Rally (preferably ladies) to be held on Saturday, 7th or Sunday 8th September . Quotes have been received for the replacement of the ventilation windows and exterior painting of the main hall and are being processed by the committee. We seem to have mislaid a substantial number of our permanent hard plastic rally numbers. If you have any of these please return them to a committee member or preferably bring them on noggin night. Enjoy your motoring before winter sets in! Cheers Dave Inwood


McLachlan Trophy Awarded annually to the veteran vehicle, which covers the most mileage for the season. The mileage includes travelling to and from Calendar events and also includes the Mount Cook Rally. This trophy is for the combined competition between Canterbury, Ashburton, South Canterbury, West Coast and Banks Peninsula Branches.

All Members who wish to compete for the above trophy should send a record of the rallies attended and their mileage covered to: Dave Inwood Canterbury Branch Club Captain 126 South Eyre Road, RD 2, Kaiapoi, 7692 (Telephone 03 327 4156) This is to arrive no later than 1 June 2019.

DEVELOPING NEWS... For some time now your committee has been concerned at the slow deterioration of the main club rooms. Most of the complex is 40 years old now and maintenance is needed. We are starting with the replacement of the windows on both sides of the hall and a repaint of the exterior. Both runs of windows on either side of the hall are being replaced with double glazed units, with three windows on each side having remote opening mechanisms so that ventilation is easily available. Competitive quotations were sought, and the order has been placed. By the time you read this, they should be very nearly ready for installation. We also sought competitive quotations for painting the exterior, and again the contract has been awarded to a company of commercial painters, and, if it has all gone to plan, this work should already be underway by the time you read this. There is further major maintenance work needed around the clubrooms, and we will be advising everyone in due course as these projects become affordable. At present there is a subcommittee of George Kear, Neil Shaskey and Philip Jeeves undertaking the supervision of this work, and if anybody has any questions, please feel free to contact any one of them. Philip


March 2019 Noggin Display Our March Noggin Display was, 2 of the winners, from the 2018 Annual Vintage Rally. Both of these cars have been very active in the Canterbury Branch for many years and have travelled thousands of miles at various rallies. Congratulations & thank you to the following. Margaret & Paul Seaton 1922 Dodge Tourer, 1st Field Tests. Marilyn & Ian McKinlay 1928 Austin 16/6, 1st overall.

Future Displays: This Month: May:

Canterbury Branch Annual Rally & Canterbury Branch National Motor Cycle Rally Winners. P Group Annual Rally & any Canterbury Branch winners from the South Island Easter Rally. (Ashburton).

Don Muller. Ph 3856850


Our deepest sympathies are extended to the families of:

Bruce Parker Bob Harrison 12

25,35, 50 and 60 YEAR BADGES (To be presented at the Branch Awards’ Dinner Sat 14 September 2019) If you are eligible for these badges, please contact Leigh Craythorne, telephone 342 9110 or email for the appropriate form. Members must provide the proof of having completed 25 years continuous membership themselves (as there were only limited records held at National level before the early 1990’s.) E.g. You may have a copy of your nomination form or early membership list; the branch has bound copies of the “Hub” held in the library that may help you; ask the Branch Secretary’s permission to search the Branch Minutes; or I may be able to assist, as I have copies of some of the early membership lists. Please attend to this as soon as possible as the badges have to be applied for via National Office and forwarded to us from Wellington - delay may mean a wait until next year’s Awards’ Dinner for presentation. Please note: Members do not have to have been in the same branch for 25, 35, 50, 60 years – it is recognition for continuous membership of the Club.


Motorcycle Report

Past Events. Moped Run. 8 bikes turned up, Graeme Barnett was finally decided the winner of the trophy after an enjoyable meander through the outskirts of Christchurch 9th March - Clip-on Run. Alistair McKenzie organised this event which started from Halswell, And meandered through to Lincoln for lunch, with a return to the finish at Halswell again. The general consensus of opinion from the 16 riders was that it was a thoroughly enjoyable day out in good weather. Hopefully, Alistair has written a fuller report that is elsewhere in this Hub. 16-17 March – Jim Rooney Run. 9 riders enjoyed this overnight event that went to Fairlie and back, with a visit to The South Canterbury Truck + Steam Museum on the way down, and on Sunday morning pre the run home paid a visit to High Country Motorcycles just outside Fairlie. Again this event got the thumbs up from all concerned. There is a more comprehensive report elsewhere. 30 March – Fish & Chip Run. Unfortunately on same day as the branch Annual Rally. In the future at time of writing; with luck the AJS and Norton Owners will join us for the ride too. Future Events. 10 April – Monthly Noggin. Being held at Casting Shop Ltd, 5a Watts Rd, Sockburn, 7.30pm start. BYO. 27 April – Scooter and under 250cc Motorcycle Run. See elsewhere for full details. Organiser is John Benn; he has whole event fully organised BUT... he must shift house that weekend. Can someone run the event? Please contact John at or contact Phil Jeeves at 8 May – Monthly Noggin. Being held at Dutton's Garage, 148 Carlyle Street, Sydenham. 7.30pm start, then adjourn to local watering hole afterwards. 25 May – Fish & Chip Run. As usual, PMH Hospital, 10.15 am for 10.30 am departure. Possibly a run to Ashburton to view a shed worthy of inspection. This was the run planned prior to Christmas but was cancelled due to heavy rain. 26 May – Rough Run, at McLeans Island. More details next month. That is about it for this month, enjoy the motorcycle before the really scrappy cold weather settles in... Cheers, CML.


2019/20 Canterbury Branch Committee Nominations This is your chance to assist us with helping to run the Branch, from organising rallies, maintaining the grounds and buildings, organising social events, in fact most things the Club does at the local level. The committee meets once a month on the first Monday of every month. All positions are open for nomination: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Group Convenors, Social Convenor etc. All you need to do is fill out the form below, and give it in person to Rod Thrower, the Club Secretary, post it or scan and email it to the addresses below .

Canterbury Branch Committee Nomination Form 2019 I,

agree to be nominated for the

position of

on the Canterbury Branch Committee.


Membership No


Membership No


Membership No

Nominee, Proposer and Seconder must be financial members of the Canterbury Branch. BIOGRAPHY: Post to the Secretary, P O Box 11082, Christchurch, or email to To arrive no later than 27th May 2019 15

9-90s Report

9 - 90s

Hi to you all Les Sloan took care of this outing and a great day we had. Perfect weather, a lovely ride through the countryside and we went to places we don't visit too often, Rakaia Huts, Taumutu, Timberyards Road and we stopped at Leeston Domain for lunch. After lunch we visited McLachlan's collection of Cadillacs, and assorted vintage cars, motor bikes, farm machinery and ex army trucks. A great day was had by all. A good raffle and 50 cars. Les Sloan donated the $100 entry fees to The Friends of Ellesmere Hospital. April 10 Ray and Linda Maginnes Meet at Dunsandel Community Centre at 9.55am May 8 Dave and Pam Dacombe Meet at Princess Margaret Hospital at 9.55am June 12 Kevin and Jane Jury July 10 Mid Winter Christmas Lunch at The Barn. Pot Luck and remember the Maori custom. (Bring for 2 and eat for 1. Colin Clutterbuck is organising a hobby display for all those who have hobbies and like to share them with us. Looking forward to seeing you all next month. J K and The Team.


Tony Becker Phone 421-2426 16

Committee Members Needed - Swap Meet Roles The Swap Meet committee has 2 vacancies which urgently need filling before our first meeting for Swap Meet 2019. The first is a Sites Coordinator to take over from Kevin Clarkson, who has enjoyed the role for the last few years. Reasonable computer skills are required to maintain the site register and spreadsheet and manage the bookings and payments. Most of the work occurs during Swap Meet, but enquiries do continue during the year from time to time. The pay is rubbish, but the satisfaction of a successful Swap Meet and working alongside a dedicated group of new friends is a reward that will more than compensate for your time and effort. We also need a Workforce Coordinator who can take over from Ian McKinlay, who has championed this role for more years than he can remember. Ian would like to phase a new person into this role so he can step aside this coming year. Again, most of the work is immediately before and after Swap Meet, and is all about ensuring the grounds and basic infrastructure is set up on time and ready to roll come Swap Meet weekend, and then everything is packed up again and put away afterwards. Contact Ian for further information on 03 349 6951 or Colin Hey on 03 359 8737. If you're interested in either role please give Colin Hey a call on 03-359-8737 or 021-883-807.

VCC Club Regalia FOR SALE The ideal gift for all members and their partners... For those who want to look the part on runs and events, we can now offer for sale the following items, all with the ‘VCC Canterbury Branch’ winged logo, tastefully embroidered onto it. All items are high quality and smart in appearance. Caps $25.00 Polo Shirts $65.00 Dress Shirts $75.00 Rainproof Dress Jackets $175.00 Shirts and jackets are available in men’s and women’s styles, in all sizes from S to XXL. Jackets have detachable zip-in hoods, lots of pockets for all of your manly possessions (tools, cell phone and VCC membership cards), and are available in genuine “Ice Breaker” or alternative “Biz” brand, depending on the style and fabric you prefer. All items are available at the bar at noggins, or you can contact Colin Hey (phone 03 359 8737, or 021 883 807) if you are unable to get to the clubrooms. 17

Back Country Run


Back Country Run A fine morning dawned on Saturday, 2nd March. We had been instructed to meet at the Oxford Workingmens Club with a full tank of fuel ready for the Back Country Run. Andrew Mehrtens “The Organiser” had received 29 entries, approx. 27 turned up in anticipation of a great day ahead. The oldest car being a 1925 Fiat driven by Norman Willis of Wellington. The most modern car was a 1938 Chev Coupe, with a couple of PWV Landrovers in the mix. One lady driver, Linda Dawber in the 1929 Plymouth. Also two Duzgo’s had made the trip over from the West Coast. A relaxed start with such a good day – nobody in a hurry, participants standing around relaying their previous experiences and the usual gossip, lies and bulldust. We all collected our rally sheets from Geoff Townshend and Andrew presented the rally briefing and warnings, i.e. gates, fire extinguishers etc. The Run started with a short tour around the back of Oxford - then back across the Ashley Gorge bridge to Zig Zag through the backroads on the north side of the Ashley River – eventually veering left on to Stoneyflat Road and onto the Loburn-Whiterock Road heading for Okuku Pass. Okuku Pass is mostly single lane and a great road – ideal for vintage cars, climbing through native bush and up onto the tops with great views of North Canterbury and surrounding areas – leading down into Lees Valley to cross the Upper Okuku River. Our lunch stop was at the Okuku River Crossing. Andrew had towed a portable toilet to the lunch stop just as well as there was not a tree in sight! Quite a relief really in more ways than one. Our afternoon run continued on down the Lees Valley Road to turn left into Island Hills Station. We travelled a farm track right around the back of “Island Hill” - slow going but a great privilege to be able to get into the back of these stations miles from anywhere. The 2nd major ford for the day was the Upper Ashley River running through the station – after which the track eventually led us out onto the Lees Valley Road a few kilometres further towards the Gorge. We then travelled through the rest of the valley over the Gorge Hill and out onto the tarseal back to Oxford Workingmens Club for refreshments. On behalf of the participants, many thanks to the owners and manager of Island Hills Station and thanks to Andrew and Geoff for organizing the day and the Mehrtens family and friends for backup. A great day was enjoyed by all those on the run! Dave Inwood


Moped Run Sunday 3rd March 2019 A total of eight keen riders arrived on a glorious Sunday morning and following the welcome took off from Princess Margaret Hospital, past Halswell Quarry, for a photo stop at the Tai Tapu Memorial Gates. he bikes and drivers were (f.l.t.r.) Matt Opie (Vespa), Arthur Poll, Thomas Brown, Gary Arps (all Honda), Kurt Ebrecht, Gary Hodder (both Puch), John Benn (Benelli) and Graham Barnett (Victoria). The riders then drove the loop down Rhodes Road, with sloping curves and a bit of gravel. After crossing SH75, more bends and gravel were waiting along River Road, and then the race was on to Motukarara for morning tea at Waihora Park where Sharon was already waiting with freshly baked muffins and cinnamon scones. John Benn provided the entertainment with his ongoing efforts to get his 1970 Benelli Gentlemen started at each stop. With all the extra weight, the mopeds had their work cut out to climb Gebbies Pass. Graham’s 1959 Victoria wasn’t quite up to the task and wanted to be pushed. Sharon had to come to the rescue with the backup trailer to bring the Vicky over the hill and down to the Wheatsheaf. The Vicky was offloaded and Graham persisted, but later both needed to be retired to the trailer. The road from the Wheatsheaf to Lyttelton has been done hundreds of times, but on this Sunday, what a glorious sight with the sun out and the tide in. After an uneventful cruise through the tunnel, the participants reassembled at the Valley Inn for much needed refreshments, lunch and prize giving. The publican even put on a $50 bar tab! The Owen Dawson Memorial Trophy “for the rider who tries hardest” had to go to Graham Bennet, although John Benn came in a close second. The Publican’s Choice Award went to Garry Hodder on his 1957 Puch VS50L. Those who completed the round trip back to Cashmere had travelled 80 km. Special thanks again to Sharon for being back the up driver so the rest of us could enjoy a day out with security that we would get home one way or another. Kurt Ebrecht.


Velosolex Owners Group (VOG’s) FEBRUARY AND MARCH REPORTS The month of February VOG 1 joined the droves of Grey Nomads and hit the road in his caravan along with his lovely wife Jan. But as we now have a well oiled machine and a keen bunch of enthusiastic Velosolex riders the monthly run carried on just the same thanks to Noel Niven who stepped in for the day and organized a great day out. The report this time is from the eyes of our long time VCC member Terry McQuinn who has penned a magnificent piece of prose as written here. “VOG’ers Day Out”

12th of February was the monthly outing for the VOG enthusiast’s, meeting at Pete Gatehouse’s vineyard they eventually donned safety gear and mounted their steeds. I would think that the Knights of the roundtable would have taken less time suiting up catching a horse and mounting it and taken off to save a damsel in distress! But the temperature and the fact that they all carried gold cards may be used as an excuse for the time taken. Eventually they formed a line and left for the first stage of the trip and the lunch stop. Lots of dust, shingle flying and battle cries saw the group head off to follow their instructions. When they arrived at the lunch stop, fortunately there were only 4 directions that they could approach the Hotel as they used all roads to get to their destination. Over lunch it could be heard some members of the group deciding which way was left and right so this explained the divergence of riders when approaching the lunch stop.

After eating an enjoyable lunch the intrepid riders again set forth to complete the trip and arrive at Pete Gatehouse’s property to remove safety gear and load their delightful wee mounts onto trailers and set off for their homes. Thanks for sharing your day with us. Terry, Pete and Murray. March 12th and we did it all again. This time a large team of 15 riders assembled at the start on a very hot morning.We once again had 2 more new members join us viz John Benn who said to me “do you realise I took a day off work to do this ride” good on ya’ John I’m sure it was a day worth remembering after all the banter you had heard about our group. We also welcomed Pieter Maat out for his 2nd ride with the group. The ride this month took us along the Southern Motorway bike trail (once again) from the start by Meadow Mushrooms on Wilmers Rd to our eventual destination of the Wigram Airforce Museum. But this was not without some backtracking and lost and found missions by VOG 1 – talk about herding cats. It’s quite a straight forward route I thought but there are always the stragglers that we have to round up. Dave Backhouse always does a great job of this as “tail end Charlie”. But being a caring and safety first bunch we like to go the “extra mile” to make sure everyone gets there. This epic journey took us at least 30 minutes I’m sure I could have done it quicker on my pushbike. But we all finally made it in time for our 11am appointment at the museum where a “Behind The Scenes” tour was organized. Very interesting as you get to go out into the workshops and see the continual aircraft restoration work being carried out by a team of hard working volunteers who all have aeronautical backgrounds. There is also a great line up of old aircraft engines, Pratt & Witney, Rolls Royce, Mosquito , early jet engines and several older style radial engines. By the sound of the chatting over our lunch this tour was well received by all. Lunch this month was at the “Harvard Bar & Restaurant” in Henry Wigram Drive. A lovely old building that


Velosolex Owners Group... (VOG’s) FEBRUARY AND MARCH REPORTS Lunch this month was at the “Harvard Bar & Restaurant” in Henry Wigram Drive. A lovely old building that was once the Airforce’s Officers Mess. Lots of memorabilia around the walls of times gone by for the RNZAF. The afternoon run was just a quick jaunt back in the heat via Wigram Rd and through Westlake Reserve where VOG 1 nearly got confused by taking a wrong track out to the road again, I can be excused as there are lots of different tracks that one could navigate but there was a specific one I needed to take to get out onto Arkright Place, whew we made it. There were some hair raising experiences getting back to the start where we had to cross over Halswell Junction Rd around the new motorway. There are temporary bike and pedestrian crossings that cross over Halswell Junction and Springs Roads and crikey there is a lot of traffic uses that area around 3pm. Most of us made the trip today unscathed except poor Noel Niven who’s trusty machine cut out on him very near the end and with a lot of help from Dave Backhouse there was no way the “little tart” would fire into life. So Noel ended up on the end of a tow rope with Dave as the “tow- er” what a sight to behold, the power of his machine is unbelievable. The two made it safely back to the finish line. Well done. And yet another fantastic day out enjoyed by all (I think) Royce VOG 1


Clip On Run The weather for the Clipon Run was very kind but not the days before and after. 17 riders left from Halswell for the 26km round road trip venturing to Lincoln via a new subdivision. On arrival at the 'Mens Shed' car park at Lincoln riders were asked some questions by the marshals on the subject of Clipons sourced from the book “The Stinkwheel Saga�. A short ride to the lunch stop then a quiet ride back to Halswell finished the day. The Clipon and Nut Strangler trophies were presented along with a couple of automotive products which were donated.

Rear Wheel Brake Rally


Rear Wheel Brake Rally...


REAR WHEEL BRAKE RALLY 2019 REPORT On awakening on Sunday the 10th March we drew back the drapes and with a sigh of relief we muttered “At least it isn’t raining”. Drivers of two wheel brake vehicles know only too well that wet weather and two rear brakes are not an ideal combination. As we motored to the rally start in Kaiapoi, the weather started to deteriorate, and there was surface water lying on the road. We had a couple of incidents approaching changing traffic signals to remind us of the challenges of driving these old cars in the wet. On arrival at the Kaiapoi New World car park we joined the other twenty plus cars including members from three other branches, Timaru, Ashburton and Wellington which was very pleasing for the organisers. The welcoming morning tea was provided by the Sword Family. The delicious lemon muffins were well received. The Rally was to take us north to Rangiora, over the Ashley River, down the back roads to Sefton, Balcairn, and Broomfield, connecting the Main Highway and on to our lunchtime destination at the Glenmark Railway Station. By now the weather was showing signs of clearing and our thoughts went out to the farming communities as we had travelled through the parched country side, so the rain would have been welcomed by the areas farmers. After lunch Graeme’s grandson Matthew spoke about his volunteer work and history associated with the Weka Pass Railway. This was followed by a conducted tour around the railway workshop for those who wanted with the rest choosing to stay at the station. The afternoon run went through Amberley country side ending up at “Mt Grey Olives”, a property owned by John and Jan Field-Dodgson. John spoke to the group about the history and the products produced from their Olive Trees and Lavender Plants, Olive Oil production was John’s responsibility while Jan produced handmade soaps and skincare products. Afternoon tea was provided by the Sword family while we were invited to look around the olive groves or try samples or purchase products made at the farm from the sales table. After leaving “Mt Grey Olives” we travelled on back roads back to “Pineacres Restaurant” where 49 of our members enjoyed the early delicious two course dinners. Many thanks to Graeme Sword and his family and the helpers for providing us a most enjoyable and memorable Rally. June & Don McClelland. P/S from the organisers, Many thanks to the entrants, marshals, backups, Weka Pass Railway, Mt Grey Olives & Pineacres Restauant, with a special thanks to our guests from other VCC branches namely, Alister Day (Timaru), Paul Finch Ashburton & Norman Willis (Wellington) and their Families for helping to make this rally a success. Graeme Sword & Family.


Jim Toohey Memorial Rally FROM THE BACKUP DRIVERS SEAT The weekend of 16th & 17 March was the date for this years’ annual motorcycle sections Jim Toohey Memorial Rally. This year Fairlie was our destination and a smaller than normal team arrived at the start in Rolleston on the forecourt of the new NPD petrol station out there ( or as some call it the “New York Police Department”). The route set by Mike Glenday saw us head out of Rolleston and out through Kirwee and Darfield via some minor roads, although Mike who was absent this weekend doing the Scenic Land Rally caused some confusion to the riders. Soon after leaving Rolleston there was an instruction that read “right into Railway Rd” but alas it was a “No Exit” Road. Turns out the instruction should have read “right into Wards Road “ tsk tsk that was okay no one got lost. Passing Darfield we turned off on Bangor Rd to head through to the Rakaia Gorge and over the gorge bridge “Top of the gorge and left into Waimarama Rd” read the next instruction quite plain to Jan and I but oh no the riders took the first left after the bridge not Waimarama Rd. This may sound fine to all who read this but in practice this was not the case. An SOS phonecall was received by the backup vehicle to say Joseph McClintock had a malfunction with the points system on his amazing Henderson motorbike and was about 5k from the “turnoff” how far away were we “not far” I commented. Okay Joseph and Quentin will head off back to ChCh on Quentin’s bike and pick up Joseph’s Suzuki and head back and meet us at the lunch stop so he can continue the ride. Very dedicated riders are these guys. Blandy, Graham Barnett and Paul Ainsworth will wait with the bike until we turn up. Guess what we never found the waiting party or the bike. Got all the way to Methven without siting them!! Some of the team were still in Methven supping on coffee “all okay” they ask No! says I we can’t find the broken down lot. Oh they’re straight back up that road pointing to where we had just come from - strange we thought. That’s when we realised the error of the riders ways they had misunderstood the instruction and were stranded on the bit of road from the gorge and where Waimarama Rd comes out onto the Methven road. So off back down the road we go in hot pursuit and hey presto there they were – whew!! Henderson was loaded safely on the trailer and back to Methven we go for a well earned coffee. Morning break complete and off we go again heading to our lunch destination in Temuka via Mayfield, Lismore Mayfeld Rd, Moronan Ealing Rd and through to SH1 near Orari and then on to Temuka for the lunch stop. By this time the sun was shining and it was actually very warm considering rain had been expected for the weekend but that never came to anything.


Jim Toohey Memorial Rally... True to their word Joseph and Quentin arrived back just as the last morsels of our sausie rolls and sammies were consumed unfortunately there was no time for them to graze so it was back on the bikes and off we went towards Falvey Rd and turn off opposite the old Seadown garage to view the South Canterbury Steam and Truck Museum. Very impressive. I would call it a junior version of the Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill with lots of old trucks out of the 50’s and 60’s on display I think all the surviving Thames Trader trucks from around NZ must be there, crikey there were heaps. Obviously a popular transport operators choice of commercial vehicle in their day. By this stage the time was creeping on so it was “Fairlie here we come” and after passing through Cave and Albury we managed to make it before dark to our destination and our nights accommodation at The Top Pub Fairlie. Sunday most of us headed back via Geraldine – Mayfield and Thompsons Track and out onto SH1 at Rakaia although 3 riders decided to take the “Scenic Route” back via Rakaia Gorge. As backup vehicle we assume they made it safely home, there were no reports of missing motorcyclists on the wireless. Winner of the Jim Toohey trophy this year was Kurt Ebrect on his 1952 Puch 250cc. Kurt had a lot of small niggly problems with the bike during the Saturday run but due to his tenacity and stick at it ability he managed to repair these problems on the side of the road and make it to the overnight stop without putting his bike on the trailer. That Man Certainly deserved the prize. Royce & Jan from the Backup vehicle.

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Upcoming Events Two Day Autumn Overnight Run Sat 6th and Sun 7th April 2019 Open to all VCC Members Starting in (KAIAPOI NEW WORLD CARPARK). Be there by 9.00am for a 9,30 Start. Morning tea supplied at the start. Information for participants: Please bring along some cash for a raffle, also for the lunch on Sunday which will cost $15 per person profits going to two charitable organisations in Waiau. Saturday lunch will be a bring your own lunch at Kaikoura.





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Notice of Veteran Noggin Thursday 16th May 2019 The first of what might be regular noggins for veteran car and motorcycle owners. To be held at the home of Colin & Jenny Hey, 34 Rossington Drive, West Melton. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and supper provided - please BYO alcoholic drinks (in moderation please). Start time is 7.30pm.


65th Irishman Creek Rally 2019 1-3 June 2019 This year’s rally will start opposite the Gladstone Hotel in the main street of Fairlie. Please remember this is a state highway and can be very busy. Park back from the road in a considered manor to allow enough space for the 150 plus vehicles that normally attend. Can we please gather at 8.00am for a quick briefing before departing at 8.30am. Rally sheets can be collect from the Gladstone Hotel in Fairlie on Friday 31st May from 6pm -9pm. If it is possible it would be far easier if everyone can collect their packs on this night. Sundays run will start from outside the Gladstone Hotel again. Can we please gather at 8.30am before the start. Prize giving and supper will be in the community hall which will open from 6.30 for a 7.30 presentation. While back up vehicles are provided all vehicles must be self sufficient and carry chains for mud or snow and be adequately prepared to cover some distance on back country roads with river crossings. The Irishman Rally is open to Vintage Car Club Members only and for Vintage and Veteran aged vehicles. The winner and runner up will be drawn as per tradition from the entrants participating. All entrants are eligible without exception. The winner and runner up will be joined by a small team to assist with the task of organising the following year’s event. This is what makes the rally special and provides the variety we see each year as a new person gets to put their mark on this event. While this is a challenge there is a team behind you.


65th Irishman Creek Rally 1-3 June 2019 ENTRY FORM Entrant

No. of crew







Vehicle Vehicle Year

Regn No.

VCC Branch

Mem No.

Entry Fee per Vehicle


Irishman 2019 Plaque

@ $10.00 ea

Saturday Lunch

@ $20.00/head

Sunday Lunch

@ $20.00/head TOTAL$

Or by email to: Or mail to: George Kear, 40 Rossendale Road, RD 5 CHCH 7677 Payment by direct credit, with your name and “Irishman Rally” to: VCC Canterbury Branch,03-1594-0096832-00 Or by cheque, payable to VCC Canterbury Branch.

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Dutton Garage Malvern ANZAC Day Run Thursday 25th April 2019 Reminder for those intending to enter the Malvern runs on Anzac day that the shut off for entries is 31st March 2019. No late entries can be accepted. So far we are pleased to have accepted entries from not only Canterbury branch members but also from other South Island branches and even Australia. As most of you will have participated last year I request that you have some means to attach the rally numbers to your cars, reason being that the Malvern News once again will publish the entrants list along with their numbers for the benefit of the public. In addition to the car display there will be an entrants and people’s choice so please have your pens ready and your numbers on your car. The results of this will be announced at the start briefing. It was hoped that we would have four times Bathurst winner, Greg Murphy, participating this year. I made an approach to him last year and he was keen to come but unfortunately commitments in the USA have prevented this from happening this year but he did say that the producers of the Sky Speed Show along with Steven McIvor are working to fit the Malvern Run into their schedule. Lets hope they can make it. Thanks to all of you who have entered so far, your meal choices have all been clearly stated. We are working hard to ensure that we don’t have the hold ups that we did last year, The Willows Cafe is now fully functioning so things should be a lot smoother this year. Actually it was an absolute credit to them that they achieved what they did and as far as I was concerned the quality of meal made up for any delay that I may have suffered. For any enquiries do not hesitate to call me. Malcolm McGibbon 027 433 8047 or Dave Inwood 03 327 4156


FOR SALE Car Transporter for Hire. $50 Per day. Minimum 2 day hire. Club members only. Phone: Bob Hayes 352 1449 I am a member of the Gisborne VCC and am restoring a 1938 Vauxhall 10. Our branch secretary has told me that someone from your branch was also restoring a Vauxhall 10 and was looking for a contact for more parts/information, etc. I have several spare books and a lot of information that I may be able to help with. Can you please pass this information on? Thanks Keith Clare Ph 021 253 8549 News from the Parts Shed 1979 Morris Marina Saloon. One family ownership from new. Club acceptable as a P60 Vehicle. Going condition, rego on hold. Good tyres all round. $1500 Talk to us in the Parts Shed or contact: Ross Butler, 352-3160 or 021 314-221

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1976 Triumph 2.5 TC great condition runs well Auto Power steering reg & wof, Plus 1975 Parts car 2.5 TC 4 speed Manual can be driven reg on hold plus parts.$3,000.00 the lot. Contact Ross: 021 022 76569

WANTED Hello. Anyone help with this request please. Will writes. I am a new member [North Otago Branch]. I have Italian Vintage cars. Both an Ansoldo and a Diatto [both of 1923 vintage] and [naturally] would like to meet the owner of a Vintage Ceirano which I understand is in N.Z. and [hopefully] a member of the club. May I request your help with his contact details please. Best, Will.

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Can you Name the Vehicle Brand? How many brands of motor vehicles can you name from their logo? Hint: This month = starts with N & O




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OTHER BRANCH and ORGANISATIONS EVENTS See Notice board posters for more information.

Saturday 6th April 2019 - Pomeroy Trophy Meeting Details available on next page Easter Weekend, 19th til 22nd April 2019 - VCC National Sth Island Easter Rally Details available from Clubroom Noticeboard

North Canterbury Noggin Fourth Wednesday of the month, Rangiora RSA from 7:30pm

North Canterbury Noggin that was held at Allan Rennie's place in Amberley. Allan had invited the members to his car collection and museum as a fund raiser for the St John. A collection of Fiat cars is the main stay of his collection along with an eclectic mix of motoring memorabilia, electrical, oil lamps, stamps, etcetera. There was a good turn out of about thirty-eight members, Allan provided free tea and coffee along with a good pile of savories and other refreshments was BYO, as many did. The evening was filled with yarns and finger pointing and " do you remembers ", I am sure all that attended enjoyed themselves. Thank-You very much Allan on behalf. Regards Jeff Rogers


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