Page 1


HUB 2019


Official Magazine of the



Have you thought about getting your copy of The Hub via email each month? Fill in the online form to help the save the Club printing and postage costs.

(The online edition is in full COLOUR!)


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


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 2019 Annual Rally. Photo Credit: Colin Hey


03 310 7056

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

Neil Shaskey (Louise)

027 289 6201

352 8802

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 May


July August September



Wed Wed Sat Thurs Sat Sat Sun Sat-Mon Sun Wed Wed Wed Sun Sat

8 8 11 16 18 25 26 1-3 9 12 12 10 25 14

Details 9-90s M/C Noggin Rural Run Veteran Noggin Quiz Night M/C Fish and Chip Run M/C Rough Run Irishman Creek Rally Restoration of the Year 9-90s M/C Noggin 9-90s Mid Winter Christmas Daffodil Rally for Cancer Branch Awards Dinner

Page No 16 14 28 28 28 14 14 30-31 33 16 14 16 18 13

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 We really enjoyed the P Group rally which ended up in Motanau with the prize giving just beating off the rain. Thanks George for another great event. The South Island Easter Rally was also a very relaxed and enjoyable event despite the rain on Sunday forcing the cancellation of then field tests. Our National President was very impressed with the large number of entries, especially the number of veterans which were entered. We managed to have about three times the number of entries they have for the North Island National Easter Rally. Our congratulations go to the Ashburton Branch organising committee. Canterbury branch was well represented at this rally and certainly made their presence felt at the Saturday night function. Trophies were brought home by Graeme Sword on his 1914 Triumph motorcycle, and Dave Backhouse in his 1925 Hupmobile. Sadly we were not good enough to bring home the Penzoil Trophy this year, or the Sun Alliance trophy. Our congratulations go to South Canterbury who took these trophies home. South Canterbury Branch are hosting the National Veteran Rally in October this year, and they have offered a free entry to the Mount Cook Rally a week later for any veterans entering the National Veteran Rally. Arrangements can be made to leave the vehicles in safe keeping in Timaru so owners can return the next weekend for the Mount Cook Rally. This is a great opportunity for you veteran owners, so plan to take in both for the price of one. The clubrooms are looking good with a fresh coat of paint and the new Windows installed. Next project we will look at is an upgrade of the kitchen, after consultation with those who use it. Have you thought about accepting a nomination for the branch committee? Nomination forms are in the last hub. We need a Vintage convenor and a P Group convenor as well as a Club Captain. This is your opportunity to get involved in the decision making and future direction of club activities. Things will change, and you can be part of that. This month we have the Rural run on the 11th and Quiz night on the 18th. Looking forward to Irishman at the end of the month. Safe motoring. John Coomber


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

William Datlen/Chelsea Jones 1922 Cadillac Type 61 Phaeton 1989 BMW E30 316 coupe

Peter Rhodes

Steven Williams 1930 Chevrolet Wentworth Sedan

Dave Blyth/Jo Walden 1937 Morris 8 4 Door Sedan 1955 Morris Minor Convertible 1981 Jaguar XJ6 series3 4 Door Sedan 1978 Holden Sandman Panel Van 1981 Roll-Royce Silver Spirit 4 Door Sedan


Commercial Report The April commercial noggin was held at The Barn, with a smaller than usual number attending, but still a chance to catch up regardless Wayne McCrone has volunteered to host the May commercial noggin, 3rd Wednesday as usual on 15th May at 134 Hoon Hay Road, all welcome and will see you there. I’ve had a couple of suggestions of possible places to visit, but am always open to ideas and happy to follow up to see if we can make something work, so if something comes to mind please let me know. Neil Shaskey.


Secretary’s Report

Gee it's May already, Car up on Blocks preparing for Irishman Rally. Looking forward to some new brakes. Get your entry in as it's going to be a biggie. By now the replacement windows should have been installed in the main hall, that will help get rid of the cold drafts that come though the louvers during the winter. As the committee had budgeted for this and the painting of the outside of the main hall last year it will be of great benefit and protection of this wonderful asset for future years. We thank one of our hard working members for his effots in trying to block the drafts around the windows last year,but this work had already been programmed in to be done after the bar renovations. Next on our list will be the kitchen upgrade, which is long overdue. Well onward and upward it is time to get those nomination forms in for your stint on the committee, we really would love to see some of our younger newer members join us with their fresh ideas and wouldn't it be great to have to vote on the numbers this year instead of pleading to you for help. I am happy to give the Branch another year as your Secretary as I really enjoy the comraderie and challenges this roll brings. Secretary Rod.

Signs of the times...


A selection of vehicles on the P Group Rally

A selection of vehicles on the Branch Annual Rally


Club Captain’s Report April has been another busy month for the club before winter sets in. On Saturday, 6th April, Graeme's 2 Day Autumn Run started at the Kaiapoi New World Car Park. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated just as the rally started. Thankfully the rain held off until after the briefing and morning tea. Thanks to Graeme Sword and his family for organizing the weekend and hopefully there is a rally report in this HUB. The Annual P Group rally had better luck with the weather. An enjoyable run starting with field trials at Cutler Park and ended with lunch at Motunau Beach. Thanks to George Kear and family for a great day out. At the time of writing we have just finished the Anzac Day Run. Cold and fog to start, but by the time we left the Darfield Recreation Centre the sun was shining to develop into a really great day. Both of the above rallys had a really good turnout of vehicles. Thanks to Malcolm McGibbon, his family and helpers for another successful Anzac Run. Thanks also to Duttons for their sponsorship. The Rural Run on the 11th May is being organized by Rose & Mick Mariner details in April Hub. Irishmans Rally is 1st-3rd June - Entries close 10th May. Veteran followers - don't forget Colin & Jenny Hey's veteran noggin on Thursday 16th May. Cheers Dave Inwood


April 2019 Noggin Display


April 2019 Noggin Display Our April Noggin Display was a combination of, 4 of the winners from the Canterbury Branch Annual Vintage Rally & 3 of the winners, from the National Motor Cycle Rally, held at Blenheim. Congratulations & thank you, to the following for displaying their vehicles. National M/C Rally Winners. Joseph McClintock 1917 Henderson, 2nd Veteran Class Fiona Clark 1959 Triumph, Best Lady Rider. (Helen Lane Memorial trophy) Peter Barnett 1985 BMW R80 G/S. Best Performance, P80 Annual Rally Winners. Graeme Sword Shirley & Bruce Shadbolt Shona & Kevin Clarkson Shirley & Alan Wills

1914 Triumph M/C, Overall Winner & Veteran Concours 1952 Morris Minor Convertible, PWV Concours 1972 Rover V8, P60 Concours 1934 Alvis Silver Eagle

May, This Month:

P Group Annual Rally & Canterbury Branch winners from the South Island Easter Rally. (Ashburton).


Clip on Bikes & Irishman Rally Winner.

Don Muller. Ph 3856850


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 This month heralds the beginning of the long winter; motorcycling events do tend to thin out from here on in until August or September. Past Events. 30 March – Fish & Chip Run. Small turn-out (the date clashed with the running of the Branch Annual Rally), those that did front up underwent a circuitous run to Lincoln for lunch. 10 April – Motorcycle Noggin, at The Casting Shop, Watts Road. Unfortunately this had to be cancelled at the very last minute by the company management. They were very apologetic, and assured us they will be happy to host us sometime in the future. 27 April – Scooter & Small (under 250 cc motorcycles) Run. This will be reported on next month. 27 April – Fish & Chip Run. Again, will be reported on next month. Future Events. 8 May, Motorcycle Noggin. Being held at the premises of Duttons Garage, 148 Carlyle Street, Sydenham, from 7.30 pm. Adjourn to a local watering hole afterwards.

25 May – Fish & Chip Run. Meet outside PMH Hospital, 10.15 am for a 10.30 am departure. With some luck the intended destination is Ashburton, there is a garage there well worth while raiding. This is the run that was supposed to have occurred last November, but got cancelled due to torrential rain forecast that day. 26 May – Ruff Run, Macleans Island’s Cutler Park. This is a day where a BBQ lunch can be partaken of, you get to see all sorts of interesting bikes, rat machines, etc. You might even get to ride one or two of them… Advance Notice. 12 June, Motorcycle Noggin Night. This doubles as the AGM of the Motorcycle Section, often supper is served. Some presentations of annual trophies, and the usual committee nominations etc. We are always on the lookout for good keen younger members of the section who would like to put forward their ideas on the future of the section through membership of the committee. Consider standing, it can be a bucket load of fun… Starts 7.30 pm, at The Barn, Cutler Park, Macleans Island. More info next month. That is about it for this month, catch you next time. 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

Ray and Linda Maguinnes took care of this month's outing. The weather Gods were kind to us and we went to Ashburton. 45 cars. Destination - Bruce McIlroy's garage. For anyone who hasn't been there it is the limit. A beautiful garage situated in park-like surroundings and Bruce made us very welcome and invited everyone to wander through his workshops and storage facilities to look at his beautiful Bentleys and Rolls Royces from today and yesteryear. There were a few for sale and when you had a good look at them with all the restoration that had been done they were priced very reasonably.

For lunch we sat on their lawn and, believe it or not, we managed to make the biggest circle ever. Talk about herding stray cats! I had to walk around to announce the raffle winners. I could have done with a loud hailer. A great day was had by all. The Maguinnes's did a great job. They donated $80.00 entry fees to The Ellesmere Heritage Park. Thank you very much and a big thanks to Bruce McIlroy. May 8 Dave and Pam Dacombe Meet at Princess Margaret Hospital at 9.55am. June 12 Kevin and Jane Jory Meet at the Peg Carpark, Belfast Hotel at 9.55am. There will be a little bit of shingle on this outing. July 10 The Barn Mid Winter Christmas Potluck Lunch. Remember the Maori custom. Bring for 2 and eat for 1. Colin Clutterbuck is organising a hobby display for all those who have a hobby they like to share. Looking forward to seeing you all next month. J K and the Team.


Tony Becker Phone 421-2426 16

2019 Swap Meet Committee Nominations This is your chance to assist with this year’s Swap Meet, by joining the committee and having some active input into the organisation of the 2019 event. Our aim is to do our very best to raise funds to help maintain and run our branch and facilities for the benefit of all VCC members, and to have fun doing it. The committee meets once a month from April until November, on the second Thursday of every month. Meetings are relatively informal and social, but we get stuff done! All positions are open for nomination: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Site co-ordinators (2), Camping co-ordinator, Workforce, Traffic, Handbook Editor, Promotions. If you want to make new friends and enjoy a challenge, we have a job for you! All you need to do is fill out the form below, and give it in person to Colin Hey or Katryna Shaw on Noggin night, post it or scan and email it to the addresses below. Swap Meet Committee Nomination Form 2019 I,

agree to be nominated for the

position of

on the 2019 Swap Meet Committee.


Membership No


Membership No


Membership No

Post to the Secretary, P O Box 11082, Christchurch, or email to To arrive no later than 16th May 2019 All enquiries contact Colin Hey, phone 03 359 8737 17

2019 Daffodil Rally for Cancer Sunday 25th August As part of a VCC National initiative to fundraise for the NZ Cancer Society, the VCC Canterbury Branch is once again running a special and open event on Sunday 25th August. As happened last year, this will be one of dozens of similar events held around the country on the same day. All veteran, vintage and classic vehicle owners, including individual enthusiasts, and member of ALL motoring clubs (including Custom and Hot-Rod Clubs) will be invited to participate in what was last year one of the largest old-vehicle runs the city has seen. As the host club, it would be great if we could once again lead the way and have a great turn-out of members and vehicles, so please mark the date in your diary now and plan to take part on the day and enjoy a great day out. Anyone keen on assisting with organising the event (particularly on the day), please contact Colin Hey, Ph 359-8737

Car Boot Sale

Ken Lowden cooking the sausages for the customers at The Boot Sale in March. Ken has just had a spell in hospital but is on the mend now. Wayne Stocks. 18

Autumn Run

Report from the 2019 overnight Autumn run organised by Graeme Sword This report contains Fact, fable and fiction which goes to mean if I get anything wrong I can't be held responsible a pretty good out don't you think, so here goes. Around 44 cars parked at New World car park Kaiapoi with drivers and crew enjoying tea/coffee and fresh scones and cream, awaiting team talk and the starters orders from the boss Graeme. Boy O boy did I mention that the rain stayed away but there was the cold wind, never the less all cars heaters on and go, Graeme and Kay Shaskey in/on their Essex speedster assured me that heat was just a state of mind sounds like a Tui ad to me,anyway back to the run, 1st real point of interest was the traffic police parked off the road in the bush hoping to take pretty pictures of cars coming towards him, then next onto a comfort stop at Cheviot, then onto South Bay for bring your own lunch in the teeth of that southerly. After a shortened lunch stop it was off to Mr Harmons to view, 52 yankee cars, Chevs, Caddies and Fords including a couple of Edsels, as well as the cars on show a young Fella had painted the inside walls of the shed with a glorious mural of Kaikoura. Even though we were inside, outside the rain had set in, this was to continue until we passed Amberley on Sunday which didn't help my driving through the inland road without wipers. Back to Saturday arvo. most of us including the Blenheim members left Mr Harmons cars to go to their Motels or to Donegal house for rest or refreshments before again joining the members from Blenheim for an evening meal and social event. I believe they served 110 meals to us, there was a choice of roast pork or lamb a mix of roast veges along with carrots broccoli and cauliflower cheese all very tasty and then the band (Break Thru) played on, it was great to see many couples on the dance floor competing for space, we even did the gypsy tap, boy that brings back the Yaldhurst days, in the end the band stopped playing, I guess they didn't want any heart attacks but quiet a few stayed a bit longer catching up, after all we had another hour to spend in bed and there is only so much rain you can listen to. Sunday dawned wet, we met at the New World car park after a bit of a catch up it was through the Inland road to Waiau where we met for a light lunch supplied by local ladies with proceeds going to the local community, the lunch consisted of ham, corned-beef and salads followed by sweet cakes Juice, tea and coffee, a few of us went across the road to view the museum and model railway display, then it was time to make our way home. Most vehicles behaved but a Mk 2 Zephyr flat battery, ride upon car lost a wheel, and as mentioned the Mk 2 Triumph window wipers, flooded toilets for some rooms at Donegal House [probably due to high water table but all seemed corrected after breakfast, a few sore limbs from dance floor madness. However a great weekend thanks to the efforts of Graeme Sword and his family. Report from Jane and Kevin Jory. PS at the time of writing this Monday am wipers fixed as well as xmas tree tail lights after all it,s 9/90,s Wednesday and P Rally Sunday, a week off then around eastern bays last Sunday of the month, a busy car. 19





Open Hours Monday to Friday 8:00 - 5:00 Saturday 8:00 - 12:00 Roy & Annette Adams Phone/Fax 03 327 8155 After Hours 027 435 0636 Free Battery Check - MTA Member 96 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 7630 BATTERIES, AIR CONDITIONING, STARTER MOTORS, BULBS AND LAMPS, AUTO ELECTRICS

Autumn Run (from the organisers) Thank you to all the members who entered in this years event, (A very good number including some first timers and a bonus of some Blenheim VCC members), a pity about the weather as we had to cancel the calendar photo shoot beside the lake at Donegal House on Saturday afternoon. A very big thank you must go to Kathern Millar for inviting and organizing for the Blenheim VCC Member to join us at the Dinner and social and for organizing the excellent visit for all of us to Jeff Harman's shed full of very nice mostly large American cars and the very nice very large art works on all the walls. We also must thank all of you for the overwhelming support of the raffle, (all proceeds going towards everyone's Rally Plaques). We have already started the organizing of the 2020 Three day Rally, heading down to the Geraldine and South Canterbury Areas. (Watch this space) Graeme Sword & Family.


Autumn Run...


Velosolex Owners Group (VOG’s) Bob’s April Run – The challenge of the “HILL” Picture if you will ten late 60’s to early 70 year old male bikies faced with the challenge of scaling the “heights” of Cashmere Rd around the foot of the hills leading to Halswell Quarry. This was the challenge we were given by Bob Kinnaird who organised our April run but unfortunately couldn’t make it on the day. The fear was on the faces of the 10 riders who turned up on a fantastic morning on April 9th at the Old Stone House on Shalamar Drive when they read Bob’s route sheet and were faced with the reality of what was about to unfold on the first part of this month’s run. “How are our meagre little machines going to tackle these heights and how are our bodies going to cope with the pedalling that might be involved to get us over the “hills”. So it was with fear and trepidation that we set off into the unknown VOG 1 in the lead and Dave Backhouse as “tail end Charlie”. The 1st part on the flat along Cashmere Rd was great and then once we veered left at the “Y” intersection with Hendersons Rd the challenge started, believe it or not there is actually a “slight” incline from the time you take this turn, well it felt like it by the change in sound from the wee 49cc engine powering us along but this was only a promise of bigger things to come once we hit the real hills closer to the Quarry. Surprisingly enough slowly but surely everybody made it to the regroup point on the corner of Cashmere and Kennedys Bush Roads. It was interesting to hear of the different techniques the riders had come up with on how to tackle the mission, Rhys Jones’ theory was to build up a great amount of speed before approaching the foot of the hill and keep this power on all the time leaning into the corners and screaming down the other side of the hill so there was enough momentum to get him up the top of the next hill. It must have worked well as Rhys overtook VOG 1 near the brow of the 1st hill as though he was standing still (I think I was clocking 8kmh) Gary Thompson and Ray Oakes Solex’s were going extremely well this month also as they too zoomed past me. Must get my fuel filter cleaned as I’m sure my wee girl performed better the last time we did that route. A ride into the Halswell Quarry was next on the route sheet, Bob had organised some information sheets on the history of the Quarry, we discovered some interesting facts from these sheets on quarrying techniques in the early days and the transporting of the rocks and the stone into Christchurch city during the late 1800’s and 1900’s for the construction of our early buildings and the forming of our roads. Bullock teams in the early days would pull waggons of stone from the rock face down a long ridge and then to the point of sale in Christchurch. Later stone was transported to town by horse and cart and then between 1900 and 1926 traction engines were used to move the stone. In one day they could make three return trips to Christchurch with three waggons of stone. Over the years as transport technology improved so did the quarry efficiency. Trucks arrived in the early 1920’s and gradually replaced traction engines and horses and drays for carting stone. That’s enough of the Halswell Quarry history, which we know now as the park that we enjoy today, great for many activities including a pleasant picnic spot that many families enjoy in the summer months. From the Quarry it was then a pleasant ride to the lunch stop at the TaiTapu Hotel via Ellesmere Road where once again the race was on. It’s amazing how a long straight road can bring out the “boy” in us old fella’s as we all try to outdo each other squeezing that last bit of speed out of these incredible wee bikes. An enjoyable lunch break gave us a chance to restore our weary bodies after the mornings strenuous activity. For the afternoon run Bob had organised a visit to VCC club member Peter Monro’s homestead off Old Tai Tapu Road to view his collection of Mini’s, wow he has a few and what a magnificent job he makes of his restorations. There were Mini pickups, Travellers, Vans a Mini Cooper “S” an Aussie Mini Cooper


Velosolex Owners Group... (VOG’s) 1275cc plus a few more variants waiting in the wings for Peter’s TLC. Thanks for allowing us to view these Peter. So after all the day’s excitement It was then back to the start / finish line and load the bikes on the trailers and head for home. Thanks to Bob for an interesting day, sorry you missed the fun, but I think secretly Bob didn’t want to take on the Challenge of the Hill! Royce VOG 1

Recuperating after the Hill Climb.


2019 Annual Rally I spent most of the week prior to the Annual Rally on the West Coast working on the recovery effort following the loss of the Waiho Bridge at Franz Josef on 26th March. I got home at 5.00pm on the Friday, having spent the previous hour on the phone as I drove from Springfield dealing with a very technical enquiry, so by the time I walked in the door I was pretty much shot. I remember thinking “do I really want to go on the Annual Rally now – I’d rather just spend some time in my shed getting my head straight again”. I’d entered our veteran Wolseley in the Rally, so it wasn’t going to be the easiest or most comfortable car to take, and it needed an hour or so of cleaning and checking before it was good to go. I seriously considered calling Katryna Shaw and putting an apology in, or perhaps taking one of the later Wolseleys we own, to make it easier.

I sat down and watched the Crusaders (are we still allowed to say that word?) beat the Hurricanes, and felt a bit better, so I checked the weather forecast. Fine and 20 degrees for Saturday and Sunday, so things were looking much more promising. I decided that a day in the veteran with Jenny, and with good friends around, would be much better than being at home, so it was all on! Up at 6.00am, have breakfast, and then outside to wipe the car over, polish the brass, and do all the usual checks before we head off for the 9.00am start time at Cutler Park. A little bit fresh first thing in the morning, but so good to be out in an open car in the morning sun, cruising along at 30mph. Twenty minutes later we arrived at Cutler Park, the main oval already full with vehicles of all ages, and people wandering around talking and in good spirits. At 9.15am Katryna called everyone together to give us an outline of the day’s events, emphasising that the day was intended to be easy and good fun, and to stay safe on the roads. Long, medium and short routes had been organised to the finish point at Rangiora Showgrounds, beginning with a short timed section as we headed away from Cutler Park. Jenny and I delayed our departure until many of the cars had left – we were doing the short run, and we didn’t want to hold anyone up. We travelled towards the north side of town, through Northwood, soon catching up with Graeme Sword cruising along on his veteran Triumph motorcycle. He stopped beside us at the Main North Road lights, asking if he could follow us, as he’d sellotaped his instructions into the scroll on his handlebars not realising that the second page was on the reverse side of the paper. For the rest of the run we could hear and see him, tucked up behind and to the left of us, maintaining about the same speed as we could manage. We carried on out through Marshlands, then on through the now bare red-zoned Brooklands, then Kaianga. Into Kaiapoi, crossing over the motorway there, and then heading north again through Tuahiwi, and onwards to Rangiora. We then did a loop taking us through the main street, carrying on to the west of town, heading north again to the Ashley river and then back to the Showgrounds. By now it was 11.00am, but we were still only about the 5th car to arrive. Soon, other cars began rolling in. The medium route had gone out through Darfield, and through the Waimak and Ashley Gorges before heading to Rangiora. The long route had made an excursion through the Pyramid Valley and Hawarden – those cars now looking a bit dusty. Everyone I spoke to had enjoyed their runs. We were later told by Gerorge Kear that the same routes were used for the Annual Rally 30 years ago – as he said, the roads were the same as they were then, but the cars and owners are now 30 years older! As we enjoyed our picnic lunches, the field tests got underway. The first involved tying a board on a rope behind each vehicle, onto which a wine bottle was placed. The aim was to tow it from point A to B as quickly as possible without losing the bottle off the board. Jenny and I aced that one. The second test was a blindfold test negotiating some cones. It would be fair to say Jenny and I had a communication problem (slight difference of opinion about what left-hand down means – all my fault of course), and destroyed our chances of a podium placing. All good fun though.


2019 Annual Rally... Tony Craythorne and I then did the concours judging, not the easiest of tasks when so many great vehicles are present. I was particularly impressed by the Model AA Ford tow-truck owned by Martin Rooney – freshly restored to perfection, and looking so good. Another was the Morris Minor convertible owned by Shirley and Bruce Shadbolt – a car that didn’t necessarily stand out at first, but when we had a look, what a beautiful car and what a superb restoration – just as it would have been when it left the showroom. It turned out this was actually Shirley’s first car – sold years ago, found and then bought back again, and now restored. Choosing the best motorcycle was difficult. Graeme Sword’s Triumph was excellent, but so was Joseph McClintock’s recently restored 4-cylinder Henderson. Joseph had chosen to retain the original ‘patina’ on his machine, so it wasn’t quite as bright and shiny as Graeme’s, but if there was a prize for the most impressive sounding machine on the rally, Joseph would have won it hands-down. Around about 2pm, Katryna gathered everyone together again to explain the plan for Day 2 of the Rally, then we all headed for home. Still enough time left to go home and mow the lawns and spend a bit of time in the shed! Sunday’s event was simple, but a great way to end the Annual Rally. We were to all meet at 12.00pm at the new ‘Platform Bar, Restaurant and Café’, on Tram Road in Mandeville for lunch and the prizegiving. No pressure or instructions – just a good enjoyable and social way to end the Rally. This proved to be an excellent venue, being new, and spacious enough to accommodate everyone. There was also plenty of room for everyone to park in a reserve area right next door. Better still, the weather was once again perfect, so most people chose to sit and eat outdoors. It was interesting to see that probably half of the Rally entrant’s chose to bring a different vehicle to the one used the day before, with many of those being another club-eligible vehicle. Jenny and I were one of those, bringing our Wolseley 6/90 instead of a second run in the veteran, which would have been from West Melton and return again. It was a good excuse to get another car out and give it some exercise. After lunch, the winners of each category were announced by Katryna, with the trophies presented by George Kear. These are listed below, so congratulations to you all. To everyone else – thanks for your participation. We were all winners in a way – it was a very, very good Annual Rally, and I’m so glad we took part in it. A special thanks too to Katryna and Bryce, and to the wider Kear family and other helpers who made it all happen. Colin Hey Results Motorcycle Concours Veteran Concours PV Concours PWV Concours P60 Concours P80 Overall Time Trial Gymkhana Overall Winner

Graeme Sword, 1914 Triumph Alistair and Denise MacKenzie, 1915 Model T Ford Alan & Shirley Wills, 1936 Alvis Drophead Shirley & Bruce Shadbolt, 1952 Morris Minor Convertible Kevin & Shona Clarkson, 1972 Rover 3500 Marlene & Don Muller, 1981 Fiat X19 Owen Genet, 1928 Essex Alan & Barbara Hill, Model A Ford Pick-up. Graeme Sword, 1914 Triumph


2019 Annual Rally...


P Group Rally 2019 Results Burbery Trophy

Time Trial

Paul Collison

1952 Jowett

Sandy Goodman Trophy

Field Tests

A & T Meikle

1956 Morris Minor

Less Humm Trophy Concours

Roy Granger

1966 Mustang

Ritchie Trophy

David Backhouse

1973 Toyota Crown

Overall Winner

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.



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.



Come along and enjoy a fun night out.

Saturday 18th May

Bar opens 7:00pm

Quiz starts at 7:30pm

Get your team together

(6 - 8 people per team)

Men $5 Ladies - a plate 28

Upcoming Events Restoration of the Year Sunday 9 June The restoration of the year rally is an opportunity for you to tick off one of your club events to meet the regulations before entering for a restoration trophy. It is a small run starting from the clubrooms around 10am and returning for a picnic lunch around midday. While lunching in the sun cars that are entered for a trophy will be judged in front of the hall.

To make things easier for the Judges we request that the following form be completed by those who wish to enter for a Trophy. This will allow the judges to have more information on the vehicles before the day to correctly put them in the right category and understand their history. There is no cost for entering but the close off date for this information is Friday 31 rd of May. Only cars entering for a trophy need to provide this information. It would be great to see any members join us for lunch and look over the cars during judging. If you want to participate in the run just turn up on the day.

Forward Notice: Autumn Run 2020 Information for members who usually attend the Autumn Run Next year we intend going south for a three day run based at The Geraldine Heritage Hotel on ANZAC weekend 2020. I have already pencilled the Hotel and will confirm this after the committee OK this date at this month’s meeting as it does coincide with the ANZAC Run but we have used this date for over five years, (on the last three runs when we have gone South.) We will be starting at Darfield so our members can support the display of vehicles at the start of the ANZAC run 2020. Our intention is to attend the ANZAC in Action at Rangitata Island Air Field, a day trip to Tekapo and Saturday and Sunday morning teas and Dinners at the Hotel. By the time you read this the committee will have had their meeting so you could pencil your accommodation in at a motel , motor camp or hotel everyone is to book their own accommodation. For confirmation of the date please ring Graeme Sword 3277812, the tentative date for accommodation is Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of April 2020 with our return home on Monday 27th (ANZAC Day observed)


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.

Entries close 10 May 2019 31


Restoration of the Year Sunday 9th June 2019 ENTRY FORM Entrant Make


Vehicle Vehicle Year

Group Trophy

Date Restoration Completed Known History of Vehicle

Please describe the extent of the restoration:

Please Indicate what task completed by yourself and/or by professional:

We would appreciate any photos you have tracking the progress from start to finish being made available on the day of judging.

By email to:

Or mail to:

George Kear, 40 Rossendale Road, RD 5 CHCH 7677

Entries close 31 May 2019 33

FOR SALE Car Transporter for Hire. $50 Per day. Minimum 2 day hire. Club members only. Contact: Bob Hayes 352 1449 2 scooters needing new homes. 2010 150cc Fonta. Blue and silver with top box- bin. Current W.O.F. & Rego. 3883 km. $800.00 O.N.O. 2006 125cc Suzuki. Water cooled. Silver. Reg on hold. Will have W.O.F. when sold. 1773 km.$500.00 O.N.O. Contact: Keith on 383 5808 or text 027 346 1310 1935 Austin 7 Ruby In very good condition, with current WOF and rego. Been on many VCC runs and hoping to go on many more with new owners. $10,000 ono. Contact: Brendon 027 3468 324 or News from the Parts Shed We now have a second Morris Marina. This one has been parked up for some time and is rusty but has a 1700 cc overhead cam motor which is believed to have been reconditioned not long prior to the car being taken off the road. Disc brakes on the front and feels like a good steering rack. Talk to us in the Parts Shed or contact: Ross Butler, 352-3160 or 021 314-221

PARTS SHED OPEN EVERY WEDNESDAY 1 pm – 4:30 pm THIRD & FOURTH SUNDAY 9 am – 12 noon Open first Thursday of the month on Noggin Night from 7:00pm. 34

The VCC motorcycle section is selling its Suzuki A50 moped. The starting price is $400. For more information, please see TradeMe auction. 2036142499. Diff Head Assembly 11/43 (3.909 to- 1 ratio), good condition, Suit Austin and Wolseley 110 and Austin Healey 3000. 2 only 15 x 5 1/2 x 72 spoke chrome wire wheel , rims only. 1 only centre hub for above. 2 x CV 103 constant velocity kits. 2 x CV 105 slip yolk kits plus bearings. 1 x CV 114 boot service kit. Above CV gear suit Austin / Morris 1100 Contact: John Roberts 03 344 0482 Here is a project for the winter months, a half finished Honda C50 "cafe" racer. It will look pretty cool when finished. OFFERS WANTED.. Contact: Arthur 331 6225 1957 Puch 150 cc Scooter Twin rubber seat model was a good runner but has been disassembled and partially restored most panel work done and primed good tyres all parts there, with another bike in parts. All parts in good condition Offers over $500.00 Contact: Graeme 327 7812 The following tyres and tubes to fit Mk2 Jag, Daimler or other vehicle with 15 inch wheels (eg Citroen DS). All were taken off a Mk2 Jag that has been in storage for nearly 40 years. They appear to be brand new and unused on the road. The cross ply tyre MAY have been the original spare when the car left the factory in 1961. The radial tyres were fitted approximately 30 - 35 years ago, and are NOT tubeless type. They come with tubes. All were made before manufacturing dates on tyres became the norm. Because of their age they may or may not be suitable for use on the road, and/or may have developed flat spots. Certainly suitable for fitting to a car under restoration or for a display vehicle. 1 * Reidrubber 5.75/6.00/6.40-15 6 ply Cross Ply tyre and tube. 1 * Michelin X 185 * 15 radial and tube. 1 * Michelin XVS 185*15 radial and tube. 2 * Michelin XAS 185*15 radial and tube. $50 each or make me a sensible offer for the lot. Contact: Bevars Binnie 021 0266 2425



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

Interesting extra‌ How many people currently own one of these cars? Which Brand? Answers for last month (N & O vehicles) How many could you guess?









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

The editor has not been notified of any upcoming events for other Branches prior to publishing this edition.

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

Some Canterbury cars at the Easter Rally

A selection of cars visited during the Morris Club Captains Run


Copy for the June Hub closes on 29 May 2019 Contact "The Editor", Brendon Eason By phone 027 346 8324 or preferably email The views expressed in ‘The Hub' are those of the contributors and are not necessarily those of the Committee, Editor, Branch or Club.


The Barn is available for hire to all members for birthdays, anniversaries, meetings, and other functions. Contact Kevin or Claire on 03 312 7255

Canterbury Branch Web Site PO Box 11-082, Sockburn, Christchurch Our bank for direct credit payments is Westpac Barrington Mall A/C 03 1594 0096832 00 Please enter your name and event entered or other details of deposit. 40

The Club Fire Engine - Update Our Club Fire Engine caught fire coming back from Cust after the 2018 Commercial Rally. It was towed back to the tunnel barn the same day ($700 later) Thanks to Vero Insurance we came to a good agreement as the fire engine was under-insured. Our Branch got a payout so it was left to our Branch to sort things out. The fire engine was towed away to have the motor removed then bought back to the tunnel barn again. Once again it was towed south of Lincoln for panel & paint work (which has nearly been completed by George Campbell). A new wooden dashboard has been made by Colin Clutterbuck. The wood was supplied by Donald Crawford (Crawford Mouldings) plus varnishing. The carb which melted and fell off is being converted to an SU type. Dave Bennetts and his work Volvo truck with a straight bar has done all the towing since the fire engine arrived at the tunnel barn. He has provided this free of charge. Electric work (lots of it) is being carried out by Roy and Annette (Kaiapoi Auto Electrics). Roy has heaps on his plate. He has started on the engine and dash gauges etc. When the fire engine comes back to the tunnel barn, then all the rest still needs to be done. More to come‌ Mark Drury and Don Bennetts






Brake Shoes and Band Relined Brake Drum Machining (Including steel drums) Clutch Plates Relined Brake Hoses and Brake Pipes Manufactured Hydraulic Components Reconditioned Brake Cables Repaired 44

Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Canterbury VCC - May 2019  

Canterbury VCC - May 2019