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THE WIPER The Newsletter of the Gore Branch of the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc.)

July 2019

Next meeting: 9th July MEETINGS: SECOND TUESDAY of the month at the Clubrooms, Waimea Street, Gore Branch telephone number: 03 208 7424

2019-2020 Committee and Officers Branch Patrons Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain Assistant Club Captains

Neil McVicar, Ray Tressler Greg Elder Paul Herron Bill Ainge Tim Walsh John Parish Ray Taylor Charlie Davis Greg Elder Rod Bell Branch Recorder (Wiper Editor) David North Assistant Branch Recorder Position not filled at present House Convenor Des Brewster Assistant House Convenor Paul Corcoran Social Committee Beb Kennedy, David McDowell, Russell Newland Beaded Wheels Reporter Jim McFadzien Festival Rally Organiser Denis Knight Assistant Rally Organiser Vacant Bar Manager Chris Scoles Assistant Bar Manager Murray Proctor Maintenance Supervisor Keith Nunn Maintenance Assistants Bill Ainge, Barry Clearwater, Keith Dodds, Russell Newland, Ken Youngson Swapmeet & Parts Gerry Kennedy Swapmeet & Parts Assistants Barry Clearwater, Paul Corcoran, Evan Henderson, Bryan Neilson Hill Climb Evan Henderson Hill Climb Assistant Stewart Quertier Sheriff Denis Knight Librarian Stewart Quertier Raffles Starr McDougall National Delegate David North Privacy Officer Bill Ainge Health & Safety Officer Murray Low Museum & HPV David McDowell Tuesday Ramble Co-ordinator Gerry Kennedy Branch Daffodil Day Co-ordinator John Tremaine Vehicle Identity Card signatories Evan Henderson, John Parish, John Tremaine

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Front cover picture: Don and Audrey Ferguson receiving their 25-year badges from John Parish (L) during the Tuesday Ramble. (Photo by the Editor)



Chairman's Report July 2019 The June monthly meeting was started at 7.30pm followed by the AGM at 8pm. Thanks to members who have taken up the various positions. The nomination forms certainly speed up the meeting which was over within the hour. Our Branch is in a sound position and I am sure we will be in for a great year. Now that we have had the End of Season Run it’s timely to service our vehicles and get them into tip-top condition for lots of adventures in the new season. So put some antifreeze in your vehicles and keep yourselves warm over the winter. Remember the Branch is running the National Veteran Rally in 2020 so all get out and buy a Veteran!! (Just joking but it would be great!) Happy Motoring Greg Elder

Reminders Non-commercial FOR SALE and WANTED advertisements are free to Club members. Each advertisement will be published in 3 consecutive issues of The Wiper. Please contact the Editor. The vinyl “VCC Wings” badges (as featured on the front cover) are still available from the Treasurer, cost $2 each. VCC name badges If you haven't got one, they are available from Van De Water Jewellers at a discounted cost of $18. The badges are black with white lettering and bear your name and Gore VCC. NB. Not wearing one at a meeting is likely to attract the Sheriff’s attention and result in a fine!


Club Captain’s Report July 2019 The End of Season Run had a good turnout with 18 cars and occupants travelling to Balclutha. We visited a workshop where the owner specialises in making Hot Rods for clients and then looked through his private collection of cars and memorabilia. There was something to interest everyone. We then travelled to a second shed or man cave would be more accurate. The owner had been collecting since he was 8 years old and hasn’t stopped. He had all sorts in a large basement garage, all very well displayed and we spent some time looking and re looking at stuff we missed the first time. Finally, we travelled back to Clinton for afternoon tea at the café there before heading for home. Thanks to Ray Taylor and Charlie Davis for an interesting afternoon. The AGM had a fairly small attendance but most positions were filled, except for the Assistant Editor and Festival Rally Assistant. David is quite happy to carry on as Editor without an assistant but if anyone can help with the Festival Rally please let the Chairman know. Our Annual Dinner and Prize-giving is on the 13th of July at a cost of $30 per head. It is always a fun night so see Gerry or Des for tickets and come and join the celebrations. The Wiper contains an entry form for the Combined Rally being held in Cromwell on the 17th & 18th of August. This event nearly died after a failed attempt in South Otago a few years ago but had a good turnout last year in Gore. It is a lot of fun and a good opportunity to socialise with members of the other lower South Island branches. There is plenty of accommodation in Cromwell so have a night away and join in. John Parish


From the Editor’s keyboard A big “Thank you” for having sufficient faith in my abilities to vote me in for another year as your Editor and National Delegate at the AGM. I will do my very best to repay that faith. You will, of course, also find that the pestering for stories continues! This month’s issue contains the AGM Minutes and the Annual Accounts, particularly for the benefit of those of you who were unable to attend. Thanks to a pleasing number of voluntary contributions there are also reports on Branch runs and Evan Henderson’s experiences at the Nelson Bay Hillclimb. Happy reading! David North




Newsletters from other branches Most Branch Newsletters are now posted monthly on the VCC Website: A very few branches are still sending us printed copies and these are displayed on the stand in the Library. Others are received as pdf files or by email and can be requested from the Editor or the Secretary.








May Tuesday Ramble The Story of Robertson’s Place We met at 45 Bowmont Street in Invercargill to view Robertson’s Place. The home of the can-covered ceilings! And sure enough the ceilings were covered with cans! And, according to the publicity, the only one like it in the world. There are 6,283 cans in total, and there are even cans on the ceiling in the toilet.

Apart from cans there is a doll collection, 311 of these, all shapes and sizes and then there are 98 cups, 1,018 fridge magnets and 257 flags. And I haven’t told you about the paua shells! 1,704 of these! Graeme Robertson, the owner of these remarkable collections made us all very welcome and told us how, why and when he began to collect, put them on display and open his house to the public. 16

A very interesting visit to a unique home. Fay Graves 17

End of Season Run 1 - An Organiser’s View We all woke to a very cold morning on Saturday 8th June, the heaters in our cars must have been better than our houses because 18 cars took part in a shed raid to Balclutha. Shed 1 was Flatout Engineering where Drew Galog met us, man is he a magic engineer plus all the tools he has with which he builds T-Bucket types of cars – as a business and as a hobby. Magic! (He is also a big fan of the movie “American Graffiti”. The Editor)

Drew’s replica of the ‘32 Ford Coupe from “American Graffiti”


Shed no. 2 was Greg Holgate’s place. Collectables, old road classification signs, old number plates, steering wheels, car signs etc., a Vauxhall Viscount which there aren’t too many in NZ. Greg also had a very nice VG Valiant Pacer imported out of Australia.

The Valiant Pacer

Shed no. 3 was in Clinton for afternoon tea at “Food for Thought”, the Clinton Dairy and Tearooms which was very well done. Thank you Ray for a great day, it was so cold you did most of the work I only had to set the cars off at the club rooms. Thank you everyone. Charlie Davis (Photos by the Editor) 19

Annual Dinner & Trophy Nite Saturday 13th July at the Clubrooms

Cost $30 per head for a two course meal (Caterers once again are Food Affair)

5.30pm: Happy Hour 6.30pm: Dinner There will be the odd raffle or two so bring some extra cash! Contact: Gerry Kennedy 027 233 4634 or Des Brewster (03) 208 1960

before the 7th July 20

Tuesday Ramble 30th July

10.45am: meet at the Clubrooms 11.00am: depart for Winton 12.30pm: lunch at Central Southland Lodge (The Middle Pub, 232 Great North Road, Winton)

$20 per head for roast & veg plus dessert

2.00pm: visit Central Southland Vintage Machinery Club

Numbers to Gerry Kennedy: 027 233 4634 No later than Friday 26th July 21

Gore Branch Events for the 2019-20 Season Event



2019 Annual Dinner & Trophy Night

Saturday 13th July

Gerry Kennedy Des Brewster

National Daffodil Rally for Cancer

25th August

John Tremaine

Josephville Hillclimb

24th November

Evan Henderson

Tuesday Ramble

Normally the last Co-ordinated by Tuesday of the month. Gerry Kennedy (Variable in December)

2020 National Veteran Rally

16th to 18th October

Paul Herron

Editor's note to event organisers: if you want to see a report in The Wiper please provide one yourselves or organise somebody to do it for you. (N.B. This usually works best if you ask them before the event!


Other Events 2019 th


14 July

39 Central North Island Swap Meet & Car Show Spectacular, Rotorua Branch. Site enquiries to Neville Harper: email or phone 027 494 7249 or 07 348 2412 Show cars: Bob Mackay: phone 07 332 3849 or email

17th August

National AGM, Ashley Hotel, Greymouth

17th – 18th August

Combined Rally (Gore, Southland, South Otago and Central Otago Branches). Contact John & Wendy Martin 03 445 0598

25th August

National Day - Daffodil Rally for Cancer

11th – 13th October

Canterbury Branch Swap Meet & Display, Cutler Park, McLeans Island Road. Contact: Neil, email

18th – 20th October

National Veteran Rally Timaru, South Canterbury Branch. Register interest: Alistair Day 03 688 6108 2020



16 - 18 October

National Veteran Rally, Gore Branch 2021

17 – 22 January th


Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, New Plymouth.

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I’m sure many Ramblers will remember Caroline Dore’s talk at the Gore T & C and our visit to Biddy’s Barn afterwards. Coralie Bewley is one of the knitters at the Barn and this is what they do. Anyone can go along and help, or knit or crochet squares or blankets at home, or donate wool. The squares are put together to make “Hug Rugs” which are then donated to the needy. It’s a great cause! The Editor 25

Spotted! By Denis Knight in the Rural Life section of The Otago Daily Times on the 18th May 2019, Charlie Davis talking about efforts to preserve the old Kelso Dairy Factory: In the June issue of New Zealand Classic Car, pages 86-90, an article entitled “When New Zealand Built the MGB� about the Rod Brayshaw-built MGBs from 1988-90. This is the same Rod Brayshaw who is the current Registrar of the VCC of NZ: In the June 3rd issue of The Southland Times, Ian Coard, who gave the Tuesday Ramblers a guided tour of the Riverton Coastguard Station in January, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit: The Editor

GETTING OLDER Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know why I look this way. I've travelled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved. Sent in by Evan Henderson 26


End of Season Run (2) – A Navigator’s View It was wet and windy when we left Riverton and not much better by the time we got to the clubrooms but the heater in the Editorial Toyota works and I’m not afraid to use it  We were given our instructions as we left and there was no chance of missing a turn on this run as the directions were more in the way of guidance to make sure you were on the right track: • “Drive past the big trout and head north through Pukerau • Next town is Waipahi, scene of a major fatal train crash 19 years ago • You are now on the Presidential Highway, heading towards a town with a recent President’s surname • As you veer left over the railway line, the team of horses on the left confirm it’s not a one horse town • Proceed onto Big River Town • Travel down the hill, then left onto bypass and stop near the big red shed on your right • Our first shed to visit is next door” A navigator with a stress free run, not worried she’s going to miss a direction is a happy navigator. And we all know a happy navigator means a happy run  The first shed was definitely a man shed but some of us ladies did our duty and accompanied our drivers into the depths of man shed heaven. Then we wandered next door to Drew’s “museum”, much more fun. There were cars, models, memorabilia and even a (Vespa) scooter in a corner. (Don’t mention it to the Ed, he’s a Lambretta man.) Before we left, John Parish, the Club Captain, presented Don and Audrey Ferguson with their 25-year badges because they won’t be able to make the Annual Dinner. (See front cover photo. The Editor.)


Then in procession to the 2nd shed. This was much more to the ladies’ tastes, it had heating for a start  Greg started collecting beer cans when he was 8 years old (he made a point of saying he hadn’t started emptying them at that time) and has carried on collecting anything that looks interesting ever since. Every time I turned around thinking I’d seen it all, there was something else and not just car stuff, there were even meat mincers hanging from the ceiling!

A toy bus (top) and Ramblers in Greg’s shed 29

From there we made our way back to Clinton for a very nice afternoon tea at the café, a first visit for us but now we know the menu says they can accommodate the Editor’s dodgy digestion we’ll stop there again.

The café (top) and a sample of the wall art inside

Thank you Charlie & Ray it was a great day out. Donna North (Photos by the Editor) 30

Reminder The Wiper is also available by email. It arrives earlier than the postal or hand-delivered ones, the pictures are in colour and there are (working) hyperlinks. There are two versions, a pdf file and an online one. Let me know if you would like to try this out. The Editor 31

Sandy Bay Hillclimb Report On Thursday May 16th I left Charlton Road in the pouring rain with Rhonda Wilson in my Mk2 Jaguar to have another shot at the Sandy Bay Hillclimb (run by the Nelson Sports Car Club and the Vintage Car Club of NZ). We met up with my brother Willie and his wife Sharon in his Mk2 Jaguar at Palmerston, and from there it was on to Christchurch. After staying the night, we woke to a moderate frost and a beautiful clear blue sky. Hitting the road after a quick breakfast, we travelled through the Lewis Pass on our way to sunny Nelson. After a great trip and a fine day, we arrived to a warm welcome from my sister Flo and her partner Phil Benvin, who was also competing in the event with his Jaguar XK 140. At this stage it was mid-afternoon and there were no problems with any of the Jags, all three appearing in great working order. On the Saturday it was down to Gordon Dacombe's restoration workshop (Autofocus) for scrutineering, where all passed with flying colours. After scrutineering we went back to Phil's for some "liquid refreshment" and an early night in preparation for the day ahead. Sunday morning came and it was an early rise, then off up the road to the Sandy Bay Hill. Sandy Bay Hill is located next to the Takaka Hill and leads directly into Sandy Bay where one of the oldest competitors in motor sport, Doug MacDonald, owns a local camping ground. Doug is originally from Mataura and this year he won the Vintage section, the same category we were competing in, with his Alfa Special. A great effort as I believe at the time of writing he is 87 years young! The battle between Willie, Phil and myself was won by Willie, although I came in a very close second. It may have been different if Phil, trying his best to beat us on his home track, hadn't taken an unlucky spin. He was extremely fortunate to escape unscathed with no damage to his car. However, things could have been so much different as it’s unforgiving hill with steep banks on one side and a large drop on the other!


Doug MacDonald

Evan Henderson 33

Phil Benvin

Willie Henderson


Phil's spin may have been a bad omen, as following that incident Willie's Jag lost most of its oil, with the pressure dropping to 10psi. At the end of the day’s event he drove it back to Phil's place in Mapua, where we began diagnosing the problem. After a few quick checks we thought the issue had been identified and successfully resolved, so we hit the road heading homeward via Blenheim. But things with old vehicles are rarely that simple, and shortly after the same problem returned and his Jag again started losing oil pressure. We managed to make it to Blenheim and began the process of arranging transport to get the Mk2 back to Alexandra. Once this was completed, it was all aboard my Jag and we continued the journey home, staying the night in the old Pier Hotel at the south end of Kaikoura. The evening meal was top class, and I must say it is one of the best I have had in many a year. Not surprisingly the place was packed, with queues stretching out into the street. The next day (Tuesday) it was on to Alexandra to deliver Willie and Sharon. A quick cup of coffee was the perfect pick-me-up and then it was on our way to Gore. Luckily my old Jag held together and we made it home safe and sound, and despite Willie's car troubles a great weekend was had by all. For those drivers who like a challenge it is definitely a hillclimb worth considering, as it is a very complex course of approximately 35 corners and spanning over 3km in length. This makes the track nearly impossible to memorise (unless, perhaps, you are a local) and I encourage anyone who hasn't already had the experience to give it a go. Evan Henderson

More Puns Please It’s a lengthy article about ancient Japanese sword fighters but I can Samurais it for you. It’s not that the man couldn’t juggle, he just didn’t have the balls to do it. Alternative facts are aversion of the truth. Sent in by Janet Brewster 35



Potatoes Well, a Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other, and finally they got married, and had a little sweet potato, which they called 'Yam'. Of course, they wanted the best for Yam. When it was time, they told her about the facts of life. They warned her about going out and getting half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and get a bad name for herself like 'Hot Potato'. Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her! But on the other hand she wouldn't stay home and become a Couch Potato either. She would eat properly so as not to be skinny like her Shoestring Cousins. When she went off to Europe, Mr. and Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for those hard-boiled guys from Ireland and the greasy guys from France called the French Fries, and when she went out West, she must watch out for the Indians so she wouldn't get scalloped. They sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University). So that when she graduated she'd really be "in the Chips". But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced she was going to marry Richie Benaud. "Richie Benaud!!!!" they cried. They were very upset and told Yam "You can't possibly marry Richie Benaud because he's just ......... Are you ready for this? Are you sure? * OK! You asked for it: Here it is! * * * ... just a COMMONTATER!" Sent in by Des Brewster 38

Online Bonuses Robertson’s Place, Invercargill: Flatout engineering, Balclutha: American Graffiti Drag Race at Paradise Road: Vauxhall Viscount: and VG Valiant Pacer and The Nattering Knitter: and a year ago Ford's self-braking supermarket trolley: Bucket T: The Editor


Gore VCC Supper Roster 2019/20 July August September October November December January February March April May June


Mary Tremaine Murray Proctor Ken Buchanan Rod Bell Ray Taylor & Charlie Davis Frances Neilson To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised

We need to cater for about 3040 members each night. The cuppa and serving of the supper is to be arranged within the Social Committee. If necessary, small items can be bought at Gore New World and charged to the Gore VCC account.

My thanks to those who have come forward. If the month you are listed for doesn’t suit let me know so I can rearrange them or you can work with another person on the roster to swap. Des Brewster


ADVERTISEMENTS WANTED Hi, I’m a Vauxhall enthusiast who is restoring a 1934 ASX Vauxhall sedan. I live inWakefield outside of Nelson and I’m struggling for a couple of parts and wondered if there was anyone within your club who may be able to help me out. The parts I need are:1. The key / light switch which has a built in regulator (hard to describe what it looks like – bit like an older oven switch – a flick switch with a central key hole. Hope that makes some sense to your members). 2. Two headlight top buttons – either with Vauxhall or Lucas written on. I am happy to pay for these parts if someone has spares they’re willing to sell. Thanks for your help with this matter. Would love to hear from someone and make progress getting my Vauxhall on the road. Kind Regards, David Ching. Email or phone 035418019 or 0272229254 WANTED [via Ross Holden] Hi, I’m trying to find this type of wheel hoping you can help, it’s a 4 stud pattern with a pcd of 110mm. Justin. Contact Ross Holden, Communications & Marketing Officer, VCC Email: or phone 021 2638488

Getting Older First you forget names, then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper, it's worse when you forget to pull it down. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. Sent in by Evan Henderson 41

COOKERY CORNER Fish Pie (An easy recipe for the grandchildren) Make cheese sauce Add in 1 tin salmon, 1 tin asparagus, boiled eggs and if you like, cook cauliflower, celery and onions and add to the pie Just cook these for a short time should you want to reheat this dish Add parsley to garnish Natalie Kennedy



Run reports, articles of interest, photos, technical tips, letters and feedback are always welcome. Please send all contributions to David North

before the 21st of each month for inclusion in the next Wiper If you don't have a computer I can type up a hand-written article or put your notes or jottings into shape for The Wiper. If you prefer I can even take notes as you talk to me and write up the story for you - I am always ready to help so just let me know how! e-mail: physical mail: 4 Trotter Street, Riverton 9822 telephone (mobile) 021 1723281 Remember that insuring your vehicle(s), boat(s), house(s), contents or travel with Vero Insurance and quoting the branch number (300135) results in the branch receiving a commission payment Please support our advertisers so that they, in turn, can continue to support the Branch The opinions and statements in The Wiper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the Gore branch or of the VCC. The branch accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any statements. The Wiper is printed by i-Cue 10 Wood Street, Invercargill. Telephone (03) 218 3350 43




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