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2019 Safari

Hawke’s Bay Branch Newsletter

THE MAG november 2019

Official publication of the Hawke’s Bay branch of the vintage car club of New Zealand (inc.)

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HAWKE’S BAY BRANCH CONTACTS// Chairman: Ian Elmsly (Kay) p. 06 845 0577 c. 0274 790 682 Club Captain: Esther Smith (Graham) c. 027 464-7314 Secretary: Peter Ball (Helen) p. 06 843 6979 Treasurer: Paul Eager (Carol) p. 06 845 4779 c. 027231 4304 Committee: Malcolm Blair (Lesley) p. 06 843 7664 c. 021 576 360 Kevin McGrath p. 06 844 7626 Steve Trott (Jo) p. 06 835 2452 c. 021 460 159 Steve Donovan (Pam) p. 06 835 9956 c. 027 217 7730 stevedon@xtra Librarian Allan Twort (Helen) p. 06 845 0438 Club Custodian: Steve Donovan p. 06 835 9956 c. 027 217 7730 stevedon@xtra

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HB Branch Life Members Allan Harris life member Trevor Charman life member

Volume 98 // Number 11 // November 2019

CONTENTS HB Branch Contacts 4 Chairman’s Report 6 Club Captains Report 7 Homestead Run 8 Up & Coming Events 9 Ladies Christmas Lunch 10 Christmas Club Run 11 Hooters 12 Your Branch Photos 14 Wanted 17 2019 Safari 18 Message to Club Members 21 Notice Board 22 Calendar of Events 24 Branch Events 25 For Sale 26

BRANCH DETAILS POSTAL: PO Box 3406, Napier 4142 Clubrooms: 67 Sandy Rd, Meeanee, Napier Phone: (06) 835 1483 email:

Club night 2nd Wednesday of month 7.30pm at Clubrooms supper provided. Clubrooms, library & Spares DEPARTMENT OPEN Tuesday morning 9-11am. Morning Tea available. 5


Well!! Now Safari is done & dusted I can write my report, and by the time you read this the Rugby World Cup will also be over (although for some it was over on Safari when those Pommy Fulla’s taught us a lesson!! Yes, sad but true so now we can get on with other things like keeping old cars on the road. We started the month with a quiet committee meeting and hoped to ramp things up on Club Night with the chance to view a couple of MG’s (sorry, not old but new ones) and the opportunity to look without being on a car yard. Those present I think were surprised with the product (and the complimentary drinks & supper as provided by Euro City Ltd) but alas, there was an embarrassing lack of numbers – 28!!! It is these sorts of numbers that have given rise to the committee considering (note I said “considering”) that perhaps we need to amalgamate Club Night and Kitchen night into one. I did float the idea on that club night and my initial feeling from the meeting is that it would not be such a bad idea. With our email system now up & running it is easy keep members abreast of what’s happening /events/ issues

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that are coming up. What we are noticing is that the Tuesday numbers seem to be on the rise and club nights in decline. So any feedback any of you have on this issue would be very welcome. Safari Weekend – Started good (for some!) but by the time we reached Mahia, the temperature had dropped and then the rain hit. Made for some interesting driving up over the hill to reconnect with the main road! It was short lived though and Saturday dawned fine, Sunday damn hot before Monday clouding over for the run back. All up though, a good weekend and thanks to Malcolm & Lesley Blair for organising. As we move forward to November don’t forget the upcoming events as per the MAG and regards any feedback, thoughts or otherwise, don’t stand back, let us know. Introduce a new member (or two). That’s it from me. See you at Club Night.

CLUB CAPTAIN// By Esther Smith

Another Successful Safari was held over Labour weekend, and what a great weekend it was. Thanks to the Gisborne Branch for hosting us for part of the weekend with a rally celebrating the sester centennial of Cooks arrival in NZ. Also many thanks to Malcolm and Lesley Blair for coordinating and organising the weekend. Just a point of interest, we were driving the 1929 Chev, and were the only Vintage entry from HB, while we had a few minor glitches, though no more than some others had in more modern cars (or our esteemed Chairman who I understand now has two cars for sale) I felt that we were out of place with the status quo, and I can understand why others are not driving their vintages, possibly that is how the veteran drivers felt some years ago. But all I can say is it was an amazing weekend for vintage touring , great scenery and 90% hood down weather. Well we have moved and what a major event it was, so much stuff, sorry Graham I meant important treasurers, and then the new owners sent a txt to say they had found a windscreen in the garage roof space another hidden treasure ???? Apparently 6 had been moved all ready but it appears you can never have too many. Many thanks to those who assisted us with time and grunt power it was really appreciated.

We are now living in Puketapu in our apartment/shed sharing it with all those “treasures” while the house is being completed, we are slowly getting organised, but have no landline at present, so email is the best way to contact us. UPCOMING EVENTS • Homestead Run-Sunday 17th of November, we will be joining up with the CHB VCC . Details of the run are elsewhere in the Mag. • Club Night-Wednesday the 13th of November, come along • Kitchen Night- Friday the 29th of November the final one for the year • December Club Run- This will be our Christmas run, this year it is been organised by Barrie and Lyndsay Browne. Preliminary details are elsewhere in the Mag Look forward to seeing you all out and about on our runs and club events. We are always looking for places of interest to visit or events to attend or participate in, let me know if you hear of anything, you can have full organising rights I am more than happy to share.

During the weekend I was talking to a Gisborne member about our move and what a huge effort it was, and they said they had just moved after 65 years. So after that I shut up. 7




SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2019 We are heading to Central Hawkes Bay to a Homestead that the club has never visited before. Meet at the FARMERS MARKET A and P showgrounds Hastings entrance off Kenilworth Road. Look for VCC sign. Ready for DEPARTURE AROUND 10AM. The Homestead owners are asking for a DONATION OF $10.00 PER CAR. This will go to the Local Springhill Community Facility. After visiting the homestead we have the option to continue onto Takapu to visit the well-known Oruawhero Homestead for a tour of the house and afternoon tea. The cost for this is $15.00 per person. We will need numbers for catering purposes by the EVENING OF MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER PLEASE. Fuel-allow for 68kms (approx. 42miles) before refuelling at Waipukurau. Please email Esther Smith or TEXT 0274647314. (As we have moved we do not currently have a land line number)

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UP & COMING EVENTS// MID WEEK RUN Wednesday 6th November

KITCHEN NIGHT Friday 29th November

ALWAYS 1st Wednesday of the Month.

Final one for the year. Cost is $7.50 per perosn. Christmas Theme.

• Where: Meet at HB Vintage Club Rooms • Time: 10.30am PHEASANT FARM RUN.

CLUB NIGHT Wednesday 13th November

Please contact Malcolm and Lesley Blair on 06 843 7664 or email If you are attending, no later than Tuesday 26th November.

Come along for a chat after the meeting while you have a cup of coffee or tea.

CLUB RUN Sunday 17th November

If you would like to bring a byo drink to have during the meeting you are most welcome.

This is the Annual Homestead Run. More details on page 8.

LADIES CHRISTMAS LUNCH Saturday 23rd November All details on page 10.

DECEMBER CLUB RUN Sunday 15th December All details on page 11.



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The December “Country Road Ramble” Christmas Club Run Sunday December 15th Start Point Waitangi Regional Park at Awatoto Arrival time 9.00am First car away 9.30 sharp. What to bring, a full tank and your morning tea. The run covers around 130KM the longest leg is the first leg which will take about one and a half hours if you don’t get lost. There is only one petrol station along the way and it is on the second leg. Finish point is quite special as is the morning tea stop, so an enjoyable day is guaranteed. Lunch will be ready at the finish and comes at a small charge so you do not need to worry about packing that. More details in the Nov Mag. To do this we need names numbers and payments first please. Wear a smile, your sunglasses a little tipple for lunch and your bathers, and no that is not your wife or your husband.

Yours to enjoy Barrie & Lyndsay Browne.

HBVCC supporting the Hawke’s Bay Breast Cancer Trust's, Pink Walk, held on Sunday, 20th Oct. Many thanks to those who supplied cars, and supported the event. All of the funds raised stays in Hawke’s Bay.


HOOTERS// Ana @ Hooters

Hi Folks, Wow, where does the time go? I can’t believe another month has flown by. Well in all honestly this season has started with more of a whimper than a bang on the cruise ship front. Our first cruise ship was a nice start to the season then sadly our next one the bigger Golden Princess sadly decided the seas were too rough and made a run back over the ditch instead. Which means the cruise season doesn’t really start up until mid November. On the bright side does give us a chance to get a few more odd jobs done, as we all know with more ships in Port this season, when it does start it’s thick and fast right through till April. We’ve had a busy month with meetings and catch up’s. It’s great to see what everybody has been up to and the new offerings for this season. It normally involves a glass of wine and a chat but what a way to get back into the swing of things. It can be hard for people to understand our business as we are such a seasonal business to a degree. When the sun is shining and the tourists are flocking into town then we don’t stop, but the shoulder season can leave you wondering where everyone has gone! It’s always great to see some new offerings to Hawke’s Bay and if you haven’t been to ‘The Art Shed’ yet it’s definitely worth a visit, perhaps a club run. It’s based at Crab Farm and Paula the owner has over 85 artists displaying their work. We loved the vibe at Crab Farm November 2019

already but this is a lovely addition to an already bohemian vibe. There does seem to be some amazing new businesses starting up such as restaurants, bars, cafe’s and activities along with current ones diversifying to offer a whole range of offerings. It’s certainly becoming a bountiful region for both locals and visitors alike. The new drivers have been out and about and getting themselves used to the wide variety of makes in the ‘shed’, as you know every original vintage car has their own personality and quirks, alot like the drivers too I guess. It’s always great to have a few ‘newbies’ on board to take a look at our business with a fresh perspective and we get to learn a lot through each new team member coming on board. It’s great being part of such a passionate team of crazy individuals. All the cars are looking great for the start of the season. Steve has been doing an excellent job keeping them all in tip top condition. The restoration with the new Hupmobile is going well and Colourwood have been doing an excellent job of restoring the bodywork. Tonight we look forward to hosting the Ahuriri Business Association so with that note I’m off to make platters and set up the showroom. Well that’s it for another month, be seeing you…

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» Mahia peninsula

» Mahia Beach Lunch stop

» Okepuha – Will Coop’s farm

» Aviation Museum


» Eastwood Hills Arboretum

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» Beautiful trees at Eastwood Hills Arboretum

» At Gisborne Car Club for start of Saturday afternoon Run

» Captain Cook on the Gisborne Foreshore » Sea fog rolling in

» Tolaga Bay wharf

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WANTED// WANTED BLACK TV CABINET, 350x700x430 with two glass doors. Phone Dave Roberton 843 5151 WANTED DODGE PARTS My son Alec’s 1925 has just wrecked a 20 inch steel disc rim, so we are desperately trying to locate at least one to get the vehicle back on the road. An extra 1 or 2 would be great so as to have a spare. Contact Simon O’Hara phone 06 370 8844 or cell 021 141 2332. WANTED RIMS 1928 Fast Four sedan, at least 2 x 19 inch split rims to fit onto the wooden spoke wheels. We would be keen to hear of any other spare Parts to suit the 1928 fast four and both 1924 and 1925 cars. Contact Simon O’Hara phone 06 370 8844 or cell 021 141 2332. WANTED AUSTIN CHAMP PARTS ph. Pete Judd 0274 483025.

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CLUB SPARE PARTS CORNER// For any enquiries phone Brian Taylor on 027 4436009 or contact the Club’s Spares Dept. on Tuesday mornings between 9am & 11am on 06 835 1483.


2019 SAFARI// By Juliette Cadwallader Friday 25th dawned fine and sunny. Yea, looking good for a great weekend. All 20

vehicles with happy participants inside arrived at Anderson Park ready to get under way. Included in the 20 were 3 from Levin, great that you could join us. Malcolm and Lesley handed out our rally packs and woohoo we were on our way. First stop was morning tea at the Putorino Hotel. Oops, all locked up and no one home. The best laid plans can sometimes go astray. Felt very sorry for our organisers who had put in all the time and effort to make things run smoothly. Oh well, we are a versatile lot, so off to Wairoa for our cuppa. Most parked along the river side and many visited Oslers famous bakery for a tasty treat then we headed to Mahia Beach for our lunch stop at the beachside house of Will Coop.

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keepers house from Portland Island and shifted to its present site. It makes for a unique holiday home with many original features. At this time the weather turned nasty with cold winds and plenty of rain. Will had the most amazing BBQ kitchen in front of the house which was under cover and we were grateful to be out of the rain. Will then talked about his adventures diving on the ship wreck of the Tasmania which sank off the peninsula many years ago. He has a number of interesting artefacts from the ship displayed in his house.

Next we headed over to the northern side of the peninsula. Will had kindly written up the directions which included a lot of local information on the various points of interest on the way to his home where he has tucked away in a shed a “Thornycroft� truck in which can only be described as in a sorry, unloved state. But Will has already started the restoration with a radiator

2019 SAFARI// By Juliette Cadwallader looking good to go and a pile of wood ready for the cab etc. He has managed to source some wheels/tyres and as he has a deadline the pressure is on. The next shed revealed two restored pristine stationery engines. One was the lighting plant from the light house keeper’s home and the other larger/ huge one for a shearing shed. One could imagine it chugging away all day. And no, although the Rocket Lab launch site was only 18ks away, we could not get close to it. Out the gate and head off to turn up a windy narrow hilly road. By now the weather was really soupy but the unsealed road was in good condition and took us out to the main road just north of Morere Hot springs. By the time we got to the outskirts of Gisborne the weather had cleared and we found our comfy motel near the beach and unpacked ready for the next day’s adventures. Saturday morning dawned fine and sunny. First stop was at the Aerodrome to visit the Aviation Museum. An interesting collection of large and smaller aeroplanes were on display and one of the personnel gave information on most of them.

Off again and this time to the Eastwood Hills Arboretum. The shady spots under the trees were appreciated to eat lunch and then wander along the various walkways to enjoy the lovely specimens and marvel at the size of the ginormous redwood tree! Finished lunch early as were due back in town at the VCC clubrooms. Here we were welcomed along with members of other clubs for the “James Cook Sestercentennial Rally” Crikey that really is a mouthful!!

Gisborne members had organised an around and about town tour to visit various places of interest (some of us got a little lost/confused) but we all made it back to the motel in time for happy hour before heading off to dinner at the RSA. Sunday's run, again organised by Gisborne, had us heading out of town. The lovely weather had many people out enjoying the 19

2019 SAFARI// By Juliette Cadwallader inviting looking sea with all parking spots taken up along the various lovely golden sandy beaches. Those on the long route (110ks) turned inland up an interesting valley. A motor cross event was taking place in a paddock along the side of the road which was fun to watch for a time. Back on the main road we next came to Tolaga Bay, so had to visit & walk the longest wharf in NZ (660metres). Phew, that got todays walk crossed off! Some restoration work has been done but there is still much to be done. Costs are estimated in the millions. Next off to Anaura Bay for our lunch stop. What a lovely bay. The day was perfect, sunny, warm/hot and a gentle breeze. After finding a semi shady spot for lunch (they were in demand) we wandered down towards the beach. But, hang on a minute, what is happening? Oops, sea fog was coming in at a steady pace obliterating the island which was just off shore, the beach, the sea, the hills, people etc. It was the first time that I had ever experienced this happening. It was strange walking down the beach and not seeing the sea. People just appearing out November 2019

of the fog etc. Yep, I had to go for a paddle and the sea was a not nearly as cold as I had expected, but certainly not enticing enough to go for a swim!! Headed off back to town and that evening enjoyed a Chinese smorgasbord meal, also arranged by the Gisborne branch.

Monday saw everyone packing up and heading out to the VCC clubrooms. The parts department was open for the blokes to rummage in. (I have heard that there are parts making their way back to HB and beyond)! After a lovely morning tea we headed towards home. Our instructions had us heading inland through Tiniroto. This was an enjoyable drive with little traffic and the Te Reinga Falls were well worth the visit. We eventually arrived in Wairoa and several members stopped at the 286 Cafe just out of town for lunch before taking off for home. All in all a most enjoyable weekend and a big thank you to Malcolm and Lesley, as well as the Gisborne branch, for all the work you put in to make this a lovely way to get out of town for the weekend and see places not visited before. Juliette Cadwallader (with a little help from my friend)!


Name badges are available to members at the cost of $12:50 and are available with either magnetic holding or pin clip holding. CONTACT SECRETARY PETER BALL WITH YOUR ORDER. Delivery is normally within one week, dependent on the Post.

Rally celebrating Sestercentennial of Cooks arrival October 26/27th 2019 Members that attended this year who were also at the first rally held in 1969 exactly 50 years ago. WERE: Neville Wilson, Hawke’s Bay Marie & Wayne Evans, Hawke’s Bay Colin & Lucy Smith (originally from Gisborne now Hawke’s Bay) Rodney Clague Gisborne » Unable to attend Doug & Barbara Bixley Hawkes Bay (insert)


NOTICE BOARD// If you want to add any notices to the notice board please contact the Editor.


Biennial Motorcycle Rally 25-26 January 2020




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FOR SALE// CLOTHING TAPE Mend your furs in time for Art Deco Festival 2020. $4 per metre. Phone Carolyn on 06 844 3323 or email FOR SALE 1952 Ford Perfect – Car is virtually complete and goes. Needs Restoration - $100.00 Phone Bruce 06 8444 408 FOR SALE Portable gramophone with a number of 78 records. This gramophone has been restored and is in excellent playable condition. A must for Gatsby Picnic, Art Deco, homestead run etc. $275 Mark Jenkinson 027 942 1146. FOR SALE 963 AUSTIN A40 farina Mk 2 Countryman with spares, mobile, partly dismantled in preparation for painting, as is, Rego on hold 1937 DODGE commercial Coupe, leather seat 230c, imotor, good reliable vehicle in good condition. 1982 TVR Tasmin 2.8l roadster, collectors model, first of modern wedge styling, built by old established british company, based on space frame, ford cologne v6 motor and ford components, holds VCC P80 classification. Phone Neville Wilson on 06 845 3333 to view. FOR SALE 1952 MORRIS MINOR CONVERTABLE. Fitted with reconditioned 1098 motor and gearbox. Fully restored, painted Old English White with black towp. Seats re-upholstered, new carpet. No rust, good top, runs well uses no oil to speak of. Has Vic card. Fitted with 1000 diff. $12,000. Phone Alison or Bruce 8436717.

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