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

November 2019

Next meeting: 12th November

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

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Front cover picture: Des Brewster discovers the joint delights of grandchildren and Facebook!



Chairman's Report November 2019 Well another month has rolled on since my last report. Great to see our Wiper Editor back from a rest and firing on all cylinders!! Paul Herron and I are taking our Veteran Cars up to Timaru for the National Veteran Rally on the 18th – 20th October. As our Gore Club is running this event in October 2020 it will be good to meet up with other members and invite them to Gore. The following weekend (Labour Weekend) Daphne and I will run the Cadillac on the Timaru – Mount Cook Rally, so fingers crossed that all goes well. I will try and have a report on both events for the next Wiper. Enjoy the P60 Run on the 27th October. The Josephville Hillclimb is being run on the 24th November so tune up your cars, get a licence and we will see you there. Happy Motoring Greg Elder


Club Captain’s Report November 2019 The year is rapidly heading towards Christmas which is a bit scary. As I write this, the P60 Run is coming up on the 27th of October and we are headed to Arrowtown for lunch then to a couple of sheds that I hope members will find interesting. It is quite a long way to go but should be no problem for P60 vehicles and the participants can decide whether or not they wish to stay the night. The NZ section of the Bentley Drivers Club is doing a centenary tour which started in Auckland on 11th of October and will be in Queenstown on the 27th of October. They are traveling from Wanaka to Queenstown with lunch at the Cardrona Hotel and then Arrowtown in the afternoon. If you plan to stay the night on the P60 Run or if you are interested you may want to return to Arrowtown after our shed visits and check out the Bentleys. Failing that if you want they will be at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill on the nights of the 29th and 30th. Evan and his team are all set for the Josephville Hillclimb on the 24th of November. This is always a fun day for participants and spectators. If you haven’t been to the hillclimb before it is worth going as a spectator to see what it is all about. You may catch the bug and decide to be a participant the next year. The Christmas Run is on the 8th of December and will be a similar format to last year. We will have a short run that incorporates visits to a shed or two then return to the Clubrooms for a pot luck BBQ. It seemed to work quite well last year and is a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Details in an advert in this Wiper. John Parish


From the Editor’s keyboard As those of you who were at last month’s Tuesday Ramble or this month’s meeting will know, I am now back to firing on all four cylinders after my “top end overhaul” but still with some “running in” to do before I am completely back to normal duties. The good news is that I am now able to get to meetings and runs, the bad news is that, once again, you can all look forward to me being able to twist your arms and badger you in person for material for The Wiper. Having said that, most of this month’s contributions appeared completely voluntarily, so a very big “Thank you” to those wise people who have realised that volunteering a story stops the constant pestering from me for quite some time! There are a lot of Branch events coming up in November and the first week of December so have a good look at the middle pages of this issue for all the details. You will also find details of a couple of interesting events a bit (and a lot!) further afield next year, as well as an entry form for the Gore Festival Rally (to be held on the 22nd February) for those keen people who like to get organised nice and early. David North

New Member A very warm welcome to another new member, Karen Green. Karen is married to Victor Green and has joined as a joint member. Between them they own a 1947 Vauxhall 14hp and a couple of Austins - a 14/6 Saloon from 1934 and a 1937 Big Seven saloon. I don’t know if Karen owns or drives any of their cars but, in any event, I hope we see her (and Victor!) with one or more of the cars on our Branch Runs and Rallies as well as at the monthly meetings. The Editor 6




Members of Gore VCC Thank you all for the sympathy card along with your kind words of support at this sad time with the passing of my father Jack Knight. Dad was a past member of South Otago VCC with his 1953 Morris Minor prior to losing his sight but he always kept a keen interest in vintage motor vehicles. Dad also held the honour and was very proud of the fact that he was the southern-most member of the Morris Owners Club South Island.

A special thanks to Bryan Neilsen for his help getting my old 1938 Morris 10/4 running properly so we could use it at the service at Owaka.


Denis Knight

REMINDERS VCC name badges: are available from Van De Water Jewellers at a discounted cost of $18. These badges are black with white lettering and bear your name and “Gore VCC”. N.B. If you’re not wearing one at a meeting you are likely to attract the Sheriff’s attention and be fined! The vinyl “VCC Wings” badges (as featured on the front cover) are still available from the Treasurer, cost $2 each. To Let: the Gore Vintage Car Club rooms are available to VCC members for personal functions at very reasonable cost. Email version of The Wiper A reminder for the computer whizz-kids out there. The Wiper is also available by email; either as a link to an online version or as an emailed pdf file. The pictures are in colour, it arrives earlier and the hyperlinks work too! Just send me your email address if you would like to try this. The Editor 11

What’s In Your Shed? A Seed Planted by Janet Brewster Some years ago the Gore Vintage Car Club paid a visit to the Gore Woodworkers Club at the A&P Showgrounds. Bob Morrison showed us around as people were working at the lathes and various other machines, making intriguing “things”. This visit piqued my interest and I wondered if I could ever use such machinery and handle tools with any skill at all. The idea of making an idiot of myself, or cutting off the odd finger, stopped me taking it any further for some years. Recently I’ve had what people call a “Significant Birthday” and I came to the realisation that…if not now, then never. So I took the plunge and went along to see what I could achieve, and do you know what? It’s as dirty and scary and challenging as I feared it would be, and I love it! With help from Stan, Bob, and many other men and women in the Club I have discovered I can do stuff I had no idea I could. I now own my very own pyrography machine which I’m currently making a carry box for. I have designed and made document boxes and have decorated them with individualised artwork and the initials of each of my boys (ssshh it’s their Christmas present).


I’ve enjoyed learning to cut and shape wooden spoons and I had some of them for sale on the Gore Woodworkers Club stall at the Gore Rhododendron Festival. I’m still very much a novice and still a bit nervous around some of the machinery but I have made new friends and learnt new skills. I have ambitions beyond my current skill levels but I am enjoying the challenge and I just want to thank whoever it was that arranged that visit to the Woodworking Club so long ago. I also want to use that sickening cliché, follow your dreams and DO IT NOW! Maybe you came to the stall at the Rhododendron Festival and saw my work, perhaps you were even tempted to buy a spoon! Whether you did or not, you may have seen the display of work from the woodworking guys that was on show in the window of the old craft shop on the corner of Mersey and Main Streets in Gore. Janet Brewster 13

Opening Run 15th September (1) (by one of the organisers) On Sunday 15th September the Opening Run took place on a nice sunny day. Approximately 19 cars left Gore then travelled via Raes Junction through Beaumont and onto Clydevale to the Greenfield Tavern where a finger-food lunch and hot drinks were enjoyed by all.

Cars at the Greenfield Tavern (photo by Greg Elder)

Bruce Price’s Mustang (photo from the Editor’s files) 14

Bruce Price, the proud owner of an early-model black Mustang Notchback, was chosen by the hotel owner Karen as the winner of a bottle of Canterbury Cream for her choice of best car on the day.

Greg Elder’s Ford V8 (green) and Charlie Davis’ Chev head the line at the Tavern. (Photo by Greg Elder)

This was a well-supported event, looking forward to even more cars on the next Run. Ray Taylor

Opening Run (2) (A participant’s view) What a cracker of a day to open our season of motoring from the Gore Clubrooms! Charlie Davis and Ray Taylor must have put in some serious time on their knees to get that one in the bag. In glorious sunshine we set off from the aforementioned rooms and at a gentle pace motored to Tapanui. From there we followed State Highway 90 to Raes Junction. Although some were seen to divert from the instructions and take the shortcut (you know who you are!). An eastern aspect at the junction took us to the turnoff onto Rongahere Road. The scenic views of the Clutha River gathering its might together, glimpsed between native and exotic trees, were almost bucolic in the spring sunshine. 15

A kilometre after crossing the Clutha we convened at the Greenfield Tavern for lunch, libation and conversation, all of them most agreeable.

Travelling home was by the route of your choice, either via Balclutha or the shorter road to Popotunoa, missing Clinton out and only 30 minutes or so, depending on whether or not you missed the Miller Road turnoff. It was an enjoyable run through scenic countryside in glorious spring sunshine - and what could be better than to share it with our motoring mates! Many thanks Charlie and Ray. Janet Brewster 16


AUCTION NIGHT November 12th (after the monthly meeting)

Bring along veges, baking, sauces, eggs, bulbs, jams, flowers, sewing etc

We will sell anything!! All money raised will go to the kitchen fund Taste & buy Mary’s grapefruit and tangelo marmalade all grown at 45 Anzac Street Bring plenty of money, it will be a great night of fun Contact: Gerry Kennedy

027 233 4634


Janet Brewster

(03) 208 1960 18



Tuesday Ramble 26th November

11.00am: meet at the Clubrooms 11.15am: depart for Lumsden 12.30pm: lunch at the Lumsden Hotel (Roast meal & dessert, $25 per head) After lunch visit Steve & Kelly Taylor They roast coffee beans and sell them around Southland Contact Gerry 027 233 4634 No later than 21st November for catering 21

Gore Branch Events for the 2019-20 Season Event

Proposed Date


2019 Josephville Hillclimb

Sunday 24th November

Evan Henderson, Stewart Quertier

Christmas Run

Sunday 8th December

John Parish

2020 Diggers Run

February? To be confirmed.

Festival Rally

Saturday 22nd February Denis Knight

Clearwater Capers Run

Sunday 1st March

Frank Robson Run Sunday 8th March

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor 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

Annual Dinner & Trophy Night

Saturday 18th July


National Day Daffodil Sunday 23rd August Rally for Cancer


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 2nd November

Commercial Rally, Southland Branch

2nd November

47th Annual Taieri Tour, Otago Branch

15th – 17th November

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

16th November

North Otago Branch Swapmeet, Oamaru Contact John Adamson (03) 434 7999

24th November

Commercial & Veteran Rally, Otago Branch 2020

25 – 26 January

Edendale Crank Up. Featured marques European Tractors, Japanese Cars pre 1990

22nd February

Nelson Swap Meet Bazaar, Richmond Phone 03 540 3115 or mobile 027 590 1042

4th April

South Canterbury Swapmeet & Bazaar Contact: Michelle 03 693 9093

10th – 12th April (Easter Weekend)

28th National Morris Minor Convention. To be held in Greymouth. Contact Ross McClelland

10th – 13th April

National North Island Easter Rally, Horowhenua. Contact Michael Gaffaney: phone 04 905 2402 or email

2nd May

Ashburton Swapmeet

23rd August

National Day Daffodil Rally for Cancer



10th – 13th September Hawke’s Bay Vintage Only Rally Contact Esther Smith or Rod McKenzie email

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. 23

Attention Tuesday Ramblers

This year’s Christmas Dinner will be on Thursday 5th December at the Gore Racecourse Cost $25 per head catered by Food Affair

11.30am: meet at the Racecourse 12.30 pm: lunch. Cash bar available Raffle on sale Numbers before 29th November to Gerry Kennedy cellphone 027 233 4634 24

Christmas Run Sunday 8th December 2019

Assemble at the Clubrooms at 3.00 pm for a short run followed by a BBQ tea at the Clubrooms Bring along a salad and some Christmas nibbles to share and some meat for the BBQ Decorate your car in the Christmas theme and be in with a chance to win a prize Any enquiries contact John Parish Ph 208 5505 25





September Tuesday Ramble After picking up Coralie we met at the car club before heading to the Woodlands Tavern (in our modern car). The day was overcast and cool. We travelled down the main highway to our venue. On arrival it started to rain so we hurried inside. We met and chatted over a beer or wine. Gerry welcomed everyone, commenting on how good it was to see David & Donna North back. Also mentioned apologies from members who had sickness that week. On looking round “Sunset Boulevard� many bikes and memorabilia were displayed around the walls. Very well maintained bikes were on stands, I counted 14. As we strolled around, this brought back memories of the teenage years. I had a Rabbit scooter, not in the same class as these bikes. Some jackets and hats were displayed with the bikes.


A sign said “Local bikes from Southland Riders” (Photos by the Editor)

We were given a meal of blue cod and chips and salad. Delicious and when we finished tea and coffee were available also. David gave us an informative history of his heart events and surgery and follow-up treatment. David said he was much better but needed to take time to increase his activity. (Brief details have been in The Wiper.) After having a chat with everyone we left the Tavern to hurry to our cars as it was raining again. Gerry decided to go home through Kamahi Forest road. Travelling along you get a different view on the Edendale complex. We were up in the hills looking across. Wishing a speedy recovery to those who didn’t make it. Hope you can join us next time. Mary & Gerry Kennedy (More photos by the Editor overleaf.)


More photos from the Tuesday Ramble l

Top: Yamaha motorcycle displayed above the bar. Below left: jukebox in the bar; below right: Tuesday Ramblers enjoying lunch


What was Murray up to? (Photo supplied by Bill Sheddan)

Spotted! In The Ensign dated 21st September, Bill Sheddan stars in his Hillman Minx convertible: QEzmZTwfIlubbXx9y9o The Editor


Hairy! A guy stuck his head into a barbershop and asked, "How long before I can get a haircut?" The barber looked around the shop full of customers and said, "About two hours." The guy left. A few days later, the same guy stuck his head in the door and asked, "How long before I can get a haircut?" The barber looked around at the shop and said, "About three hours." The guy left. A week later, the same guy stuck his head in the shop and asked, "How long before I can get a haircut?" The barber looked around the shop and said, "About an hour and a half." The guy left. The barber turned to his friend and said, "Hey, Bob, do me a favor, follow him and see where he goes. He keeps asking how long he has to wait for a haircut, but he never comes back." A little while later, Bob returned to the shop, laughing hysterically. The barber asked, "So, where does he go when he leaves?" Bob looked up, wiped the tears from his eyes and said, "Your house!" Sent in by Evan Henderson

More Puns Please So what if I don’t know the meaning of the word ‘apocalypse’? It’s not the end of the world. Police were called to the day-care centre. A 3-year old was resisting a rest. Sent in by Janet Brewster 34


Online Bonuses Gore Woodworkers Club: Fuji Rabbit scooter: and A Youngson has reached 100, no, not Ken, his mother! Congratulations! The Wood Turner Car Crazy Cutie

Forthcoming Motor Sport Films Brabham (2019) Official Trailer:

Ford versus Ferrari (2019) Official trailers: The Editor 36

Crafty Corner Easy Knit Dishcloth / Washcloth You will need Cotton DK 4mm (UK 8) knitting needles 2 Stitch markers Dimensions 18cm x 18cm (7″ x 7″) Abbreviations: K = knit; P = purl; rep = repeat; Garter stitch = Knit every row

st(s) = stitch(es);

Instructions Cast on 31 Row 1 – 6 Garter stitch Row 7: K 4 sts, place marker, K to last four st, place marker, K last 4 sts Row 8: K 4, P to marker, K 4 Row 9: K 4, K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to marker, K 4 Row 10: K 4, P to marker, K4 Repeat these 4 Rows until your piece measures 18cm x 18 cm (7” x 7”) Row 11 – 16 Garter stitch Cast off Weave in all ends Online extra – picture tutorial and picture of finished cloth: Donna North 37

COOKERY CORNER Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken Preparation time - less than 30 minutes. Cooking time - less than 10 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 1 x 425g can pineapple chunks in natural juice 2 tbsp cornflour 2 tbsp dark soy sauce 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tbsp soft light brown sugar 2 tbsp tomato ketchup ½ tsp dried chilli flakes 1 x 225g can water chestnuts 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 tbsp sunflower oil 1 medium onion, cut into 12 wedges 2 peppers, any colour combo, deseeded & cut into chunks of about 3cm 25g piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated Freshly ground black pepper Method To make the sauce, drain the pineapple in a sieve over a bowl and keep all the juice – you should have about 150ml. Put the cornflour in a large bowl and stir in three tablespoons of the pineapple juice to make a smooth paste. Add the remaining juice and 150ml water, then stir in the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, ketchup and chilli flakes until thoroughly combined. Set aside. Cut each chicken breast into eight or nine even pieces. Heat a tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok and stir-fry the onion and peppers for two minutes over a high heat. Drain the water chestnuts and cut them in half horizontally. Add the remaining oil and the chicken to the pan and stir-fry for two minutes until coloured on all sides. Add the garlic, ginger, pineapple chunks and water chestnuts and stir-fry for 30–60 seconds.


Give the cornflour and pineapple mixture a good stir and add it to the pan with the chicken and vegetables. Stir well, season with some ground black pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook for 4–6 minutes until the sauce is thickened and glossy and the chicken is tender and cooked through, turning the chicken and vegetables a few times. Serve with a small portion of rice. Donna North

A Toast To All My Dear Friends In a convent in Ireland, the 98-year-old Mother Superior lay dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable. They tried giving her warm milk to drink but she refused it. One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Then, remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey that had been received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. Back at the Mother Superior's bed, they held the glass to her lips. The frail nun drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had finished the whole glass down to the last drop. As her eyes brightened, the nuns thought it would be a good opportunity to have one last talk with their spiritual leader. "Mother," the nuns asked earnestly, "Please give us some of your wisdom before you leave us." She raised herself up in bed on one elbow, looked at them and said, "DON'T SELL THAT COW." Sent in by Russell Newland


Gore VCC Supper Roster 2019/20 Ray Taylor & Charlie Davis December Frances Neilson Gerry Kennedy January February Russel Newland To be advised March To be advised April To be advised May To be advised June To be advised July To be advised August September To be advised To be advised October



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 FOR SALE Expressions of interest are invited for 4 Firestone tyres size 6.00 x 20 inch in good order and suitable for split-rim wheels. Contact Gary Mulqueen 03 208 9232 2/3

WANTED Hello from a fellow Canterbury VCC member. I am currently restoring a 1920 Davis Phaeton and am currently in the middle of rebuilding the engine, which was dismantled and packed away in a crate approx 50 years ago! The same goes for the rest of the car - a big jigsaw of parts to put back together, but slowly starting to get to the running chassis stage - just the engine to complete before commencing the body work. The engine is a Continental 7R six cylinder and I am looking to see if anyone in your club has a spare parts engine in their workshop / parts shed as I am missing some parts to complete the rebuild. I can be contacted on 0274481430 to discuss any further details. Regards John Lynn WANTED Attention Austin enthusiasts. Can I buy (preferably) or borrow (for copying) or steal (just joking) an owners handbook or workshop manual for 1936 Austin 14/6.?? Also can anyone advise (or tell me where to look) size of crankshaft at main and big end bearings in an Austin Big 7 ??? Replies please to Vic Green 03 207 6773. 2/3

FOR SALE and WANTED advertisements are free to Club members. Each advertisement will be published in 3 consecutive issues. Please contact the Editor.


Newsletters from other branches Most of the Branch Newsletters are now posted on the VCC Website each month: A handful of branches still send us printed copies and these are displayed on the stand in the Library. Most of the others are received by email as pdf files or links to online versions. These can be requested from the Editor or the Secretary.



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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