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

August 2019

Next meeting: 10th September

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 Rod Bell Charlie Davis Greg Elder Ray Taylor 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 Front cover picture:


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Chairman's Report September 2019 Well another month has come and gone since my last report. A good turnout of members at the August monthly meeting to hear Tony Haycock give us a talk on how the 2021 Vero International Festival will be run in New Plymouth. Tony spoke for about one hour about a new format that will be used compared to past events. A big thank you to Matt Cook, Ken and Team for the big effort of installing the new overhead projector and the new wide retractable screen. Unfortunately Tony could not get his lap top to work so we were unable to see his powerpoint presentation although Matt did show some old motor racing footage to show members how it all worked. Just back from the Combined Rally. Great event. Hopefully there is a report in this month’s Wiper. Well the daylight hours are getting longer and I hope you are all out in your sheds and garages polishing up your vehicles and looking forward to some great motoring events coming up. Happy Motoring Greg Elder

Sent in by Stewart Quertier 4

Club Captain’s Report September 2019 Katy and I attended the Combined Rally in Cromwell over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of August. It was great to see a large turnout of Gore members and the weather was fine but cold. We had a nice simple rally on Saturday afternoon which included a visit to Bendigo Station where owner John Perriam told us about the history of the place. We then visited Tarras before looping back to Cromwell via Luggate. Saturday night we enjoyed a meal together at the Harvest Hotel before catching the end of the All Blacks smashing the Wallabies. On Sunday morning we did field tests at the Central Otago Clubrooms before visits that included John Martin’s workshop, Old Cromwell town, Highlands Motorsport Park and a private collection of speedway bikes, belonging to Willy, which was fantastic, 60 bikes with heaps of memorabilia. The weekend ended with lunch and prize giving at the Harvest Hotel. A great job done by John & Wendy Martin. Next year Southland Branch will be organising the Combined Rally which seems to have become an annual event. By the time this goes to print the National Daffodil Rally for Cancer will have happened so I hope we have had good support for this worthy cause. Our first Branch run for the year, the Opening Run, is scheduled for Sunday the 15th of October. This run is being organised by Charlie Davis & Ray Taylor and details are given later in The Wiper. Charlie and Ray are changing the format so please give them your support. John Parish


From the Editor’s keyboard A big “Thank You” to the Tuesday Ramblers for the “Get Well” card they sent me, very much appreciated! I am now back home and recovering after a week in Dunedin hospital where I had my aortic valve replaced, my ascending aorta repaired and a coronary artery bypass graft. After a couple of little hiccups (one in hospital and one after being at home for a week) I am now on the mend but it is going to be a slow process. Don’t expect to see me at meetings or on events for at least another month or two so it will be up to you all to keep me supplied with material for The Wiper. I will especially be looking for photos and reports on the usual mix of runs, rallies and trips, not to mention stories about the new vehicles some of you have acquired. As always, if you want something to read, somebody needs to send me something! Talking of which, thanks to Donna, I am trying out a new feature this month, Crafty Connections. Donna has supplied some video links, partly instructional and partly amusing and also a simple crochet pattern. Perhaps this will inspire some of you who don’t cook to send in some of your own favourite craft things! 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.






Tuesday Ramble July 30th Winton Good turnout for our Ramble to Winton, the day started and finished in the rain. On arrival in Winton we met up at the Middle Pub for lunch. Nice and warm and what a great meal. Roast beef and all the roast veges plus apple crumble and ice cream. A few stuffed bodies. A bit of time before we headed out to the Central Southland Vintage Machinery Club and were met by Colin Davidson and crew with a very warm welcome.

Some of the Ramblers’ cars

We were told of the history of the building, which started as an A1 Dairy Factory and was later used by the Southland County as their workshop, then taken over by the Central Vintage Club. What a great range of old tractors and machinery, plus many other old collectible tools etc. and we were treated to tea, coffee and biscuits. This topped off a great day.

The Ramblers outside Inside the building (All photos by Murray Proctor)

Many thanks all. Gerry Kennedy 11

Annual Dinner & Trophy Night 13th July 2019 About 70 people attended our Annual Dinner & Trophy Night on the evening of Saturday 13th of July. It was great to welcome guests from Southland and South Otago branches who came along to celebrate Gerry Kennedy getting presented with his 50-years’ membership badge. We also welcomed a number of members of Gerry’s family who came to show their support. The evening started with a happy hour from 5.30 pm and the volume of conversation steadily increased over the next hour as more and more people arrived. We delayed the meal slightly to present about half of the trophies and were delighted to have South Island Club Captain Alon Mayhew with us to carry out the presentations. The meal was once again catered by “Food Affair” and they did a wonderful job with lots of variety and plenty to go around. After the first course we had a break and presented the rest of the trophies. It was pleasing that this year all but four of the recipients were at the dinner to receive their trophies and the balance were presented at the August meeting night. After dessert we moved on to the highlight of the evening, the presentation of the badges. Alon Mayhew presented John & Mary Tremaine with their 25-year badges and then called Gerry forward to receive his 50-year badge. He proceeded to read a summary of Gerry’s involvement in our branch. Gerry has been and continues to be one of our most active members and has held positions in all but 3 of the 50 years he has been a member. In many years he has held more than one position in the running of the branch. It is not often that Gerry is lost for words but he was on this night. He recovered enough to try and say that he is just part of the team and can’t take all the credit, but nobody was buying that. Ray Tressler gave a lovely tribute to Gerry as he was the member who encouraged Gerry to join all those years ago. The evening carried on with lots of talk and laughter and nobody was in any hurry to go home. Thanks to Des and Gerry for organising the dinner and to Murray for manning the bar. Thanks also to Alon Mayhew for traveling down from Canterbury to present the awards. John Parish 12


Gerry Kennedy - 50-year Award – Resumé

Gerry Kennedy (L) and Alon Mayhew (photo by the Editor)

Gerry Kennedy is one of those guys that is the life of the Gore Branch. He loves to clown around but is also a dedicated Branch member who over his 50 years’ membership has been a successful and ingenious fundraiser and always pitched in wherever needed. He has also been very active in the running of our Branch, having held major roles in the Branch administration throughout his 50 years’ membership. After his first two years of membership he has held some active role in all but 3 years and these roles are varied including Branch Chairman, House Convenor, Club Captain, Festival Rally Organiser and Assistant, Branch Recorder, Swap Meet Organiser, the Organiser of our Tuesday 14

Rambles where he always arranged interesting visits, Raffle Organiser and as Sheriff much to the detriment of Star McDougal’s wealth. He has also served on the Social Committee, Maintenance Committee and the Parts Department team as well as one year as our liaison person with the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum. Over the years Gerry rallied other members’ cars before his 1935 Ford V8 which he has owned for many years. More recently he has added a 1968 Vauxhall Cresta PC to the garage which he did a major tidy up to. As said, Gerry has been a major organiser of fundraising for the Branch over many years. He organised bike-a-thons from Riversdale, Balfour, Lumsden and Edendale all coming back to Gore. He participated in the opening and selling of oysters generally 2-3 sacks per week and on one occasion 5 sacks in the week. He organised the purchase and dressing of geese and chooks and the distribution of them. Gerry was a helper with the dismantling, transporting and reconstruction of our present clubrooms, this was a time period where every weekend for months a large contingent of members worked and if you’ve heard of golfing widows, we had car club widows. Along with Gerry’s many positions must be included unofficial Branch Jester. Gerry has entertained at social events being Carmaine Kennedy in a drag parade. He has been a Russian weight lifter, a Pakistani bus conductor and quite a few other characters over the years. Gerry has been our go-to auctioneer over the years with a hard sell to our members, including maybe not so genuine phone bids, all done with his trademark humour. Gerry has always been proactive, his love of the Gore Branch goes without saying and he is a very worthy recipient of a 50-year Award.


The stage dressed and ready

Neil McVicar, Alon Mayhew Greg Elder

Mary & John Tremaine Alon Mayhew

Ray Tressler

Murray Proctor

Russell Newland

Bryan Neilson

John Tremaine

Stewart Quertier

Janet Brewster

Greg Elder

Bill Sheddan


Katy Parish

Gerry Kennedy

Paul Herron

Jim McFadzien

Ken Youngson

The crowd

All photos by the Editor




Opening Run Sunday 15th September

Meet at the Clubrooms 11.00am: first car away on all tar seal roads Lunch at the Greenfield Tavern ($15 per head) Charlie Davis: 027 451 5234 Ray Taylor: 027 696 2965 20

Tuesday Ramble 24th September

11.00am: meet at Gore VCC 11.30 am: depart for Woodlands 12.30 pm: lunch at Woodlands Tavern (blue cod, salad, chips, tea & coffee, cost $18.00 per head) May have a speaker or we could have karaoke Numbers for meals before 19th September to Gerry Kennedy cellphone 027 233 4634 21

Gore Branch Events for the 2019-20 Season


Proposed Date


2019 Opening Run

Sunday 15th September

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor

P60 Run

Sunday 27th October

John Parish

Josephville Hillclimb

Sunday 24th November

Evan Henderson, Stewart Quertier

Christmas Run

Sunday 8th December

John Parish

2020 Overnighter (possibly)

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th January

Rod Bell

Diggers Run

February? To be confirmed.

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor

Festival Rally

Saturday 22nd February

Denis Knight

Clearwater Capers Run

Sunday 1st March

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor

Frank Robson Run

Sunday 8th March

Greg Elder

Gore Swap Meet

Sunday 15th March

Gerry Kennedy

Ladies Run

Sunday 5th April

Ladies Run

Night Trial

Saturday 9th May

John Parish, Greg Elder

End of Season Run

Saturday 6th June

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor

Tuesday Ramble

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

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! 22

Other Events 2019 th

7 September

Autospectacular, Edgar Centre, Dunedin. 100 years of Bentley and 60 years of the Mini.

5th October

Vintage/Post Vintage Rally, Southland Branch

5th October

Dunvegan Rally, Otago Branch

11th – 13th October

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

19th October

Riverton Car Show. Details from 027 302 3551 or email

13th – 17th October

Prince Henry Tour, Otago Branch. Organiser: Nevin Gough email or cellphone 0211150312

18th – 20th October

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

2nd November

Commercial Rally, Southland Branch

2nd November

Taieri Tour, Otago Branch

15th – 17th November

Motoring Mad, Mataura Scouts Fundraiser. Email or phone Tony on 027 211 3076 2020


2 May

Ashburton Swapmeet

16th to 18th October

National Veteran Rally, Gore Branch. Contact Paul Herron: phone (03) 208 6121 2021

17 – 22 January th


Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, New Plymouth.




Combined Rally 17th & 18th August 2019 With our 1974 Mk 1 Ford Escort Sport polished up and ready for action after a tune up on the Weber carb (bigger jets fitted) it was out onto the highway on the Friday afternoon and away to stay the weekend with friends at their new home at the Highlands Race track at Cromwell. With the weather forecast not looking too good for the weekend we were met by very strong winds and heavy rain between Lumsden and Kingston which certainly made the little Escort a handful to drive. Lucky the weather calmed down around the lake and we made it safely to our destination.

Some of the cars

Saturday morning at 11.30 am we assembled at the Central Otago Branch Clubrooms along with members from Gore, Southland, South Otago and Central Otago Branches where lunch and a briefing were held. The bad weather which had been forecast had gone and we were in for a nice fine afternoon. The rally commenced at 1pm with no timed sections, so it was vehicles away at one minute intervals. There was a short route of 70 kms and a long route of 100kms which is what we took. First stop was at the Bendigo Station where we entered the property, driving through a mob of merino sheep.


We parked up in front of the old restored homestead and buildings. There owner John Perriam gave us a talk on the history of the property and the present day operations which was very interesting. From there we left and drove out through the back of the property via the gravel loop road. A great drive including a small ford to navigate. A vast area of grapes planted along with irrigation and cattle grazing. From there it was back out onto the main highway heading north for a short distance to where we turned off to the east and circled around to stop at Tarras for a coffee and shopping.

Leaving Tarras we motored up the north side of the Clutha River and crossed over to Luggate where we stopped at a property where we were told to identify 4 items that had been marked with fluorescent paint. A very interesting yard with a huge amount of machinery collected from the area. Then out on to the main Wanaka – Cromwell highway with a drive around Pisa Moorings and then a stop at the Hogland Art Glass Gallery before arriving back at Central Otago Branch Clubrooms for refreshments and a look through the part sheds. At 6pm it was along to the Harvest Hotel for a Noggin and Natter before the evening meal. Sunday morning arrived with fine clear skies after a frost. We all met again at 9 am at the Clubrooms where interesting field tests were held, along with morning tea and then you could follow the maps supplied to a few places of interest including to John and Wendy Martin’s place where John is building up a Chevrolet Woody Station Wagon for a client. Amazing work along with other projects John has on the go. 27

Bill Sheddan looking at John Martin’s veteran motorbike and maybe wondering if he should buy a veteran bike to complement the veteran Saxon?!?

Other places visited were a private collection of approx. 60 Speedway Bikes, Highlands Motorsport Park Museum, and the Cromwell Heritage Precinct. Lunch was held again at the Harvest Hotel followed by the Prize Giving. Congratulation to Gore Members John and Katy Parish who won the Rally in their 1963 Bentley. Hard Luck prize went to Bill and Dawn Sheddan in their 1972 Sunbeam Rapier with a minor electrical fault. Overall a great weekend and very pleasing to see sixteen of the 36 entries were from our Gore Club. Late Sunday afternoon we motored home in perfect weather and the Escort never missed a beat after its longest run in many years. Happy Motoring Greg Elder 28

More photos from the Combined Rally

John & Katy Parish, overall winners. (Photo by Annette Ainge)

(Photo by John Parish) 29

More of the cars and some of the participants. (Photos by John Parish)

Photos by Evan Henderson


Photos by Evan Henderson

(Photos by Greg Elder) 31

Photo by Greg Elder



Crafty Connections Firstly, a simple pattern to try:

Magic ring OR Invisible Join

and now, some bits of fun: Knitting:


Crochet blog – see the videos about half way down the page:

Link to all her YouTube videos:

Finland Hosts Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship: XYnR6xx9hUA-WjUbfU5C4xqMsRRBBLzf3SuoEfeFbU

Donna North

Spotted by the Editor


Bristol Zoo Car Park Outside England's Bristol Zoo there is a car park where cars and coaches can park. There was also a nice bloke with a hat and a ticket machine charging cars and coaches. This parking attendant worked there for about 25 years and then, one day, didn’t turn up for work. “Ho hum,” said Bristol Zoo Management, “better phone up the City Council and get them to send a new parking attendant.” “Err, no”, said the Council, “the car park is your responsibility.” “Err, no,” said the Zoo, “the attendant was employed by you, wasn’t he?” “Err, no,” responded the City Council, “the car park attendant has never been on the City payroll.” Meanwhile, sitting in a villa in Spain, is a bloke who'd apparently been taking the parking fees for the last 25 years. Sent in by Gerry Kennedy 36

The Latest in Child Safety Equipment?

Sent in by Murray Proctor


Online Bonuses Just chilling and eating hay: Some good news for the owner: This might strike a chord with some of the menfolk: The most expensive car in New Zealand to be sold at Pebble Beach: The Antarctic Snow Cruiser: CkbSD17vqf40y5VoLfRAE One for the Alvis fans out there: The Editor

Radio New Zealand Interviews: Last year Lynne Freeman from Radio New Zealand interviewed Life Member Roger White from Wellington Branch and Diane Humphreys from Waitemata Branch for her Summer Days radio programme. The following are links to the interviews plus there are lots of great photos as well: and These links can also be found on the Club's Facebook page. Regards, VCC Facebook team 38

Football in Heaven Two 80 year old men, Mike and Joe, have been friends all of their lives. When it’s clear that Joe is dying, Mike visits him every day. One day Mike says, “Joe, we both loved football all our lives, and we played football on Sundays together for so many years. Please do me one favour, when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there’s football there.” Joe looks up at Mike from his death bed,” Mike, you’ve been my best friend for many years. If it’s at all possible, I’ll do this favour for you. Shortly after that, Joe passes on. At midnight a couple of nights later, Mike is awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to him, “Mike–Mike.” “Who is it? Asks Mike sitting up suddenly. “Who is it?” “Mike–it’s me, Joe.” “You’re not Joe. Joe just died.” “I’m telling you, it’s me, Joe,” insists the voice. “Joe! Where are you?” “In heaven,” replies Joe. “I have some really good news and a little bad news.” “Tell me the good news first,” says Mike. “The good news,” Joe says, “is that there’s football in heaven. Better yet, all of our old friends who died before us are here, too. Better than that, we’re all young again. Better still, it’s always spring time and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play football all we want, and we never get tired.” “That’s fantastic,” says Mike. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams! So what’s the bad news?” “You’re in the team for this Saturday.” Spotted by the Editor



September Ken Buchanan Rod Bell October Ray Taylor & November Charlie Davis December Frances Neilson To be advised January February To be advised To be advised March To be advised April To be advised May To be advised June To be advised July To be advised August

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

Sent in by Stewart Quertier 40

The Roadtrip While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant, and resumed their trip. When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table, and she didn’t miss them until they had been driving for about forty minutes. By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around, in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses. All the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy man. He fussed and complained, and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn’t let up for a single minute. To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car, and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, “While you’re in there, you might as well get my hat and the credit card.” Spotted by the Editor

With all the other things in this world to think about, here are some that perhaps hadn't crossed your mind. Think about these: What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it? Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and it just takes 75-100 years to fully work. Sent in by Bill Sheddan


COOKERY CORNER 5 Minute Chocolate Cake Ingredients 4 tablespoons self raising flour 4 tablespoons sugar (I use only half and it tastes ok) 2 tablespoons cocoa 1 egg 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil 1 coffee mug (large) Method Into mug, mix flour and sugar and cocoa Spoon in egg, add milk and oil and mix well Cook in microwave for 3 minutes When finished rising turn onto plate Makes a nice pudding with custard and ice cream. Marilyn Proctor



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) 021 172 3281 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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