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BRANCH DETAILS CLUBROOMS ‘The Grove’ - 681 Kelvin Grove Road, Palmerston North POSTAL ADDRESS P.O. Box 385, Palmerston North. 4440 EMAIL manawatu@vcc.org.nz COMMITTEE MEETING Second Wednesday of each month - 7.00 pm at ‘The Grove’. CLUB NIGHT Third Wednesday of each month (except January) - meet from 7.15 pm at ‘The Grove’. Meetings start at 7.30 pm. Club Nights cancelled until further notice as a result of COVID-19 PARTS SHED Open by arrangement - contact Gary Millar. LIBRARY Open by arrangement - contact Gary Millar. BOOKINGS FOR ‘THE GROVE’ VENUE Can be made through Creative Catering, Awapuni Racecourse. Phone (06) 354 2780 or Email : info@creativecatering.co.nz

COVER PHOTOGRAPHS : FRONT - Some of the participants’ cars parked up on the ‘Grove’ lawn before the Ruahine Ramble. BACK - The Ruahine Ramble prize-winners.

MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS FROM ALL VCC BRANCHES ARE ONLINE To see the Newsletters online and in colour go to www.vcc.org.nz then go to News from our Branches. Page 2



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– VOLUME 1811

Branch Information In this Issue Message from VCCNZ National President in relation to COVID-19 Coming Events & Editorial Chairman’s Chat Secretary’s Scribble Club Captain’s Corner Ruahine Ramble Report Condolences Bits & Pieces from Bygone Days Photographs from Recent Events Tourer Trader Parts Shed & Library Notice Board and Messages to Members Branch Committee and Appointed Positions - 2019/2020 VCC ID Cards & VCC Vehicle Classifications 

Photographs in this issue have been contributed by Esther Williams, Lyn James and Bryan Abraham


Please send your contributions on rally reports, your motoring stories, restorations, technical reports, articles, photos etc., to : The Editor – 81 Apollo Parade, Palmerston North 4414 Email : bryana@xtra.co.nz - or phone : (06) 358 4014 Page 3





20 MARCH 2020

Dear Member, As you will be aware the COVID-19 crisis has had an impact on almost every aspect of life in New Zealand and the Vintage Car Club is no exception. This unprecedented and previously unimaginable situation is evolving daily, if not hourly. I sent an email out to branches on Tuesday advising that it was important that we took our time to evaluate options and to make the right decisions for our members, rather than knee jerk reactions. You will be aware that the Government has now issued a ban on groups exceeding 100 in number but that may be reduced further going forward. Expert advice is saying that the peak of the pandemic could possibly be as late as August. The Management Committee of the Vintage Car Club held an emergency meeting last night to discuss the crisis and the effects on upcoming national and branch events. In relation to the Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, in conjunction with the Festival Director Greg Terrill, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Festival until early 2022. This decision was not taken lightly. Due to the uncertainty around how long it will take for the pandemic to run its course and the potential of facing a financial loss, if due to lack of entries the event had to be cancelled, it is the right decision to make. The Executive Meeting which was due to be held in Wellington on Saturday 28 March is also cancelled and we have also decided that our National Day Daffodil Rally will also not go ahead for 2020. I also had no option yesterday but to cancel the National North Island Easter Rally and by now all entrants should have been directly contacted by the event organisers. During the next week or so we will be contacting the organisers of national events that are being held later this year and early next year to discuss Page 4

what options we have in relation to those events. We will keep you posted on that. Because the International Rally will now not be held in 2021 it does give us room to move national events into next year. Some branches have already made the hard decision to cancel meetings, club nights, branch runs and events and even to postpone annual general meetings. A communication has gone out to all branches today with a strong recommendation that they also review all of their events with a view to cancelling or postponing them, at least until the end of June or until the situation improves. The club website and Facebook page along with branch websites will keep you updated and the next issue of Beaded Wheels will have up-to-date information as of going to print. I hope you understand the reason for these actions. Over half of our members are in the high risk bracket in terms of this pandemic. The cancellation of events now will mean that we’ve done our very best to keep our members safe. Best regards and stay safe

Diane Quarrie National President

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MARCH 29TH (Sun)

Sunday Run - CANCELLED



Kimbolton Sculpture Festival - CANCELLED



Sunday Tea at Clubrooms – Bring your own tea - CANCELLED



Noggin & Natter – Murray’s Irish Pub Bar, Feilding - CANCELLED



Working Bee – 10.00am at the Clubrooms - CANCELLED National North Island Easter Rally - CANCELLED

15TH (Wed) Club Night – meeting starts 7.30 pm - CANCELLED Highland Fling – CANCELLED



Manawatu Branch PV,PWV,P60,P80 Rally - CANCELLED



Sunday Tea at Clubrooms – Bring your own tea - CANCELLED



Noggin & Natter – Murray’s Irish Pub Bar, Feilding - CANCELLED

10TH (Sun)

Hawkes Bay Vintage Car Club Swap Meet - CANCELLED


Working Bee – 10.00am at the Clubrooms - CANCELLED



20TH (Wed) Club Night – meet after 7.00 pm – meeting starts 7.30 pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - POSTPONED



As I finalise my first edition of the Tourer, with events now being cancelled I am already thinking about the content of the next few editions. While there has always been an invitation out there for members to provide contributions for the Tourer such as progress on restorations etc., just at the moment more than ever, your contributions would be very much appreciated - whether it be a photograph of your pride and joy with a brief (or longer) history, or maybe a technical article, or some other interesting reading to share with your fellow members such as a report on a fairly recent VCC trip. Please give it some thought over the coming weeks and forward any contributions to me if you are able to help to keep your magazine interesting for our members to read. Page 6




Amongst the events held since last month was a very successful Ruahine Ramble. Captain Esther set a very interesting and scenic route over mostly sealed roads to a very pleasant lunch stop at the Junction Winery. A more detailed account of the day is reported elsewhere in this issue. I would say the most significant situation facing the Vintage Car Club is the Covid 19 virus and its effect on our lives. A great many of us are now advised to stay at home and not undertake needless travel. This and other restrictions have meant major decisions have had to be taken regarding planned events. The Management Committee has postponed the Vero International Festival of Motoring until 2022. The Executive Meeting is canceled and the Daffodil Day postponed. Also, The North Island Easter Rally has been canceled. The Management Committee has advised all branches to consider their options for future events. The Manawatu Branch committee has decided to suspend all branch activities until further notice, and will review the situation on July 31. The committee is also considering what to do about the swapmeet. The AGM will need to be postponed. Until then the present committee will remain in place. As for clubrooms hire for weddings, there are no weddings booked for the next 3 months. Hopefully the restrictions we are facing can be lifted before the end of the year. Meanwhile, keep safe and healthy. Cheers Stan

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The Manawatu Branch Chairman presenting Trevor Hardy with a thank you for his work on the committee over the last 25 years.





Firstly, a very warm welcome to new members Bruce and Jennifer Stewart of Feilding. The Stewarts have a largely unrestored 1927 Dodge tourer. We hope to see you both come along to a club night or run in the very near future. I have had name badges produced for you both, which I will present to you when we get to see you. As I write this (Monday 16 March), we have this morning provided the Palmerston North Greyhound club with 13 cars for transportation of their guests from the Airport to the trotting track in Pioneer Highway. That club extended an invitation to race callers from around the country to come to Palmy and call a race each. The object of the exercise for us is part of ongoing efforts to raise the profile of our Branch within the local community. By so doing, it is hoped to gain more new members. I am given to understand there will be a TV program on Trackside to commemorate the day, and our cars and Branch should feature prominently. Recently, we provided 21 cars for a display at the Manawatu Vintage Agricultural Expo held at Manfeild. As well as a day long static display, we made several circuits of the rink so the patrons could get a view of our cars in action. As each car entered the arena, the driver was asked to introduce himself via the audio system, and to give a short description of his vehicle. A great idea. Again, this type of activity raises our profile. We had an extremely positive feedback from folk, and the day resulted in one new member, and two prospective ones. Similarly, the display we had in Foxton resulted in another new member who incidentally has a number of vehicles. The point I am making here is that if we want to attract new folks to our organisation, we need to get out there and make ourselves heard. I know it can be somewhat boring at some of these static displays, but we must be seen to be heard. “Nothing venture, nothing win� someone, not sure who, once said. We have recently received from our National Office newly prepared membership lists. As well as a list of the Manawatu members, there are national membership lists.

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These latter are in various formats: 1. Surname order, 2. Branch and surname order, & 3. Vehicle name order. Please note that none of these lists contain the names of those who have asked their details remain confidential. These membership lists are available to all financial members only, and if you want a copy, they are available in electronic format. Email me at manawatu@vcc.org.nz and please, let me know which list you would like. I must say I am more than a little surprised at the lack of response to the offer of free framing of a picture of your car to hang in the Members' Room. You produce the picture, and I'll frame it for you. The picture view area is 16cm wide x 11cm high, so the overall size needs to be larger than that to allow for framing, and the image of the vehicle needs to be able to fit that given size. Let’s have a good response to give me something to do. The Covid-19 virus is certainly spreading panic around the globe in an unprecedented way. I wonder how this will impact on our hobby. Will it mean that rallies and other gatherings will not take place in order to help contain the spread of the virus? Who knows what measures the government is likely to introduce. Whilst I do not believe we need to wear a mask or full body armour whenever we venture out from home, if we all practice good hygiene measures at all times, we should make it through. Stay safe, and if you have to self-isolate, spend the time in the garage tending your beloved steed! Cheers, Peter.

A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had just gotten two new dogs. “What did you name them? the girl asked her friend, The blonde said, “One is named Rolex and the other is named Timex.” “Those are unusual names,” her friend said. “How did you come up with them?” “Well, duh,” the blonde replied, “they’re watchdogs.” Page 10





As the COVID-19 is taking hold in New Zealand the committee of the Manawatu Branch has decided that all activities for the Branch will be cancelled until 31st July. All branch runs, club nights, working bees will be cancelled. As a club we would like to keep in touch with everyone. If you are not getting my emails and wish to have updates please email Esther or phone with your email address. If you are unwell or need help please contact Esther or Ron Persson who is our welfare officer.

REPORTS On the 29th February 2020 - Manawatu Vintage Ag Expo at Manfield. We had 16 cars turn up for the Expo. The weather started to turn sour with much needed rain. We were lined up in front of the ring where they were holding displays and activities with different types of tractors, trucks etc. It was great to sit in the cars to watch. The weather improved by lunch time. They had asked the vintage car club to drive around the ring. As we drove in we were all asked one by one to talk about our cars. It was very great exposure for our club. 7th March 2020 - Ruahine Ramble. We had a great turn out of cars with 1 car from Central Hawkes Bay, 3 from Horowhenua, 2 from Wanganui giving a total of 62 people and 30 cars. The day was fine with great motoring weather and roads. 16th March 2020 We were asked by the Palmerston North Greyhound Racing club to supply some cars to transport people from the Airport to the Trotting Club. The President had lined up helicopters but they all got grounded. He wanted around 20 cars. I managed to get around that many and then the Government said that everyone coming into the country had to go into Self Quarantine. Those coming from Australia had to cancel. He lost a lot of people. We had 12 cars that took the people to the trotting club. We drove around the track once and were then given lunch. We got a substantial donation towards the new Audio Visual. I would like to thank everyone for their support for this project. Page 11





The good turnout of 30 entrant vehicles and over 60 people showed that most didn’t mind the slightly earlier than usual start. After a natter over a cuppa, and attempting to answer six questions which tested knowledge on a range of topics, and the briefing, the cars left the clubrooms in approximate vehicle age order with the earlier vehicles heading away first. There were no questions en-route so the scenery and the fine weather was able to be enjoyed to the fullest. The route took the cars through Ashhurst and over the Saddle Road, through Woodville then east along Range Road towards the Waewaepa Range. With a left turn onto Bluff Road we were soon heading in a northerly direction which after a while bought us out on SH2 at Oringi. We remained on SH2 all the way to Dannevirke where we turned right onto Miller Street (which became Weber Road) - having been warned at the briefing that if we reached Weber then we had missed a turn and gone too far and needed to backtrack to save the day. After a number of miles on Weber Road, then Mangahei Road, the Ormondville-Te Uri Road and the Takapau Ormondville Road we arrived at Takapau. A left turn took us to SH2 where another left turn had us pointing the noses of our cars south and quite soon after we reached our lunch stop destination which was Junction Winery. As we arrived at the lunch stop there were two further questions waiting for us before we parked up and headed to the covered seating areas to have lunch and a natter. After lunch the owners (John and Jo Ashworth) handed out sampling glasses charged with a wine which they spoke about, then refilled – and refilled – and refilled …. (for those who wanted to partake) with different types of wine. John is a former All Black front row forward who played 24 tests for the All Blacks between 1977 and 1986. A great host, easy to listen to, and between talking about the various types of wines which were being provided for sampling he told stories from his tours as an All Black along with yarns on a mixture of other subjects – all with a light hearted and amusing theme. After an enjoyable stop at the vineyard it was back on the road for 60 odd happy souls (hopefully after the sampling not too much happier than they were when they arrived at the Winery) - heading to Norsewood via Snee, Page 12

Ellison and Ngamoko Roads where some took advantage of the petrol pump to top up their cars, then on through Ormondville and onto Dannevirke where the Ramble ended with a stop for afternoon tea at the Dannevirke Services and Citizens Club. It was here that Allan and Suzanne Hardacre learned that they had won first prize for the Ramble - decided by the answers given at the start and on arrival at the lunch stop. Second prize went to Len and Gladys Haycock. Rob Eason and navigator Pat Henaghan were awarded third prize. An enjoyable and relaxing day out for all. Thanks to Esther and Dave for organising the 2020 Ruahine Ramble.

Lunch break at the Junction Winery

John and Jo Ashworth speaking on their wines at Junction Winery Wine Tasting

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An attentive audience at the Junction Winery Wine Tasting

Club cars parked up at the Junction Winery

Afternoon tea stop at the Dannevirke Services and Citizens Club

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Donald Lloyd DENNIS (Don). Don passed away on 22nd January 2020 – aged 88 years. He was an active member of the VCC Manawatu Branch for 45 years. Don was Chairman of our branch in 1979, 1980 and 1981. He was a committee member in 1982 and was Vice Chairman in 2000. Norman POINTON The VCC Taupo Branch has advised the recent passing of Norman who was Chairman of their branch for several years and had been a member of the VCC Technical Committee since 2007.

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Cars gathering at the Coachhouse Museum in Feilding before heading off to the Vintage Agriculture Expo at Manfield.

VCC cars on display at the Vintage Agriculture Expo.

VCC cars on display at the Vintage Agriculture Expo.

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Veteran cars on display at the Vintage Agriculture Expo.

VCC members dropping passengers off at the Trotting Club after picking them up from the airport.

VCC cars parked up at the Trotting Club.

VCC cars parked up at the Trotting Club after delivering passengers.

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Some of the Horowhenua and Manawatu Branch VCC cars on display at the Shannon Supercheap Auto Spectacular Car Show.

Avoiding mobile obstacles on the 2020 Ruahine Ramble - at least the farmer had taught them to keep left !

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WANTED : The March Tourer included an advertisement from Simon O’Hara who was looking for split rims to suit a 1927/28 Dodge Fast Four. Simon has been able to source some wheels, complete with split rims, but is now keen to find some 19 inch locking bands for steel wheels. If you can help please contact Simon on simonsandieohara@gmail.com

FOR SALE : Three 1930 Plymouth split rims. Contact Simon on simonsandieohara@gmail.com

(VCC Member : Wairarapa Branch)

GARAGE SALE : Those Manawatu Branch members who are on the branch email list would have already received an email from the Secretary as follows : Very warm congratulations to our Life Member, Murray Martin. Murray has just turned 90!!, and has decided at long last to hang up his tools. Personally, I think your retirement is long overdue Murray, but you have had a ball in the meantime from what you tell me. Anyway, now that Murray is actively doing not too much, he has decided to have a purge in his garage. This means that there are a whole heap of tools he wishes to dispose of. Not just automotive, but panel beating tools as well. There are also welders, a compressor, lots of nuts, bolts and screws, plus all sorts of other good stuff. You can give Murray a call on 354 5960 to arrange a viewing. Take plenty of money with you. Make money by getting rid of those unwanted parts or vehicles that you no longer want. Forward your advertisements to the Editor. Advertising in the Tourer is at no cost to VCC members. Remember that these adverts are not only read by local branch members but by VCC members in other VCC branches and members of other car clubs. Page 21




The Manawatu Branch of the VCC is committed to helping you with the restoration and ongoing maintenance of your valued vintage & classic vehicle, endeavouring to maintain a supply of quality second hand tools and parts covering all ages and types of early vehicles. Any time is a good time to declutter your sheds and you and your friends are invited to donate any unwanted old car and motorcycle parts to the branch so that we can trade them onto vintage enthusiasts who are looking for that rare part needed for completing a restoration or keeping a car on the road. At the Parts Shed all parts are priced to move off the shelves. Gary looks forward to assisting you with finding that unusual, rare and valuable part or tool which will help you restore and maintain your pride and joy. Contact Gary on (06) 354 8298 - or email gw.millar@hotmail.com SCRAP METAL COLLECTION

A large bin for disposal of old scrap metal including your old (clean) household tins etc. is located on the eastern side of the main parts shed (i.e. between the two parts sheds). Money raised from the sale of scrap helps with the ongoing maintenance of the clubrooms and parts sheds. IBRARY


The Club Library is located upstairs in the main function hall at the club rooms. There are sections on Veteran, Vintage, Post Vintage, Post War Vintage, Post 60’s and Commercial vehicles; a comprehensive section on technical topics; and a large number of general books. The Library can be opened by arrangement - contact Gary on (06) 354 8298 - or email gw.millar@hotmail.com. Page 22

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A REQUEST FOR WEDDING CARS Urgently needed, cars for a wedding on the 24th of October for the Granddaughter of Stuart Dyke. The cars need to seat at least 4, and as the wedding party consists of 16 people including 4 children, at least 4 cars will be required. Please contact Esther on 027 243 7275 or 06 358 5155 urgently. It would be good if we could supply some cars for them.

PHOTOS OF MEMBERS VEHICLES TO DISPLAY IN THE CLUBROOMS With the Branch being Manawatu’s foremost historical motoring authority it is hoped that we can continue to maintain the display which depicts the wide range of cars, trucks and bikes that members have. It does not matter whether your vehicle is original condition, restored or unrestored. If your vehicle is not currently displayed in the members room send a photograph of it to - The Secretary, P.O. Box 385, Palmerston North 4440 All that is needed is a photograph in landscape layout which has a picture view area of 16cm wide x 11 cm high - meaning that the image of the vehicle needs to fit into that given size although the photograph size will be a little larger (i.e. 18cm x 13cm (5 x 7 inches)). Include your name, together with the year, make and model of your vehicle. Framing and hanging will be taken care of by your committee. NAME BADGES NEW MEMBERS should contact the branch Secretary, Peter Robinson, to organise to collect their free name badge. EXISTING MEMBERS should contact the branch Secretary, Peter Robinson, to arrange a replacement for a lost or damaged badge - at cost.

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CONTRIBUTIONS FOR ‘THE TOURER’ Because the Tourer is the Magazine for your branch – it is your magazine. Should you come across anything that you think could interest your fellow members - or if you wish to contribute an article on any of your motoring projects (past or present) - or your recent participation in runs or events with other branches, please do not hesitate to send it along with any photographs which you may have, to the editor. BRANCH EMAILS Have you been receiving notification emails from our Club Captain and from our Secretary ??? There is an ongoing effort to keep all members right up to date with happenings that they may be interested in – especially in the weeks between publication / release of the Tourer. If you have not been receiving these email notifications it will be because we do not have your email address on file, or because you have chosen to keep your details confidential. Either way, if you want to get on the list, then please advise your details to manawatu@vcc.co.org Members can be assured of confidentiality as the emails are released using the Bcc field meaning that email addresses are suppressed from other recipients.

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Stan Garmonsway (Kate) stan-kate@outlook.com 06 323 0553

APPOINTED POSITIONS Swapmeet Sarah Howell (Ian) Coordinator iansarahhowell@gmail.com 06 374 6645

Immediate Sarah Howell (Ian) Past Chair iansarahhowell@gmail.com 06 374 6645

Swapmeet John Ireland (Anne) Coordinator ireland.clan@inspire.net.nz 06 323 4170

Vice Chair

Ron Persson (Josie) ron.persson@gmail.com 06 354 5266



Peter Robinson (Ann) bestlife@xtra.co.nz 06 356 7404

Bldg Supervisor, Gary Millar (Marion) Custodian & gw.millar@hotmail.com Librarian 06 354 8298


Ian Howell (Sarah) iansarahhowell@gmail.com 06 374 6645


Sarah Howell (Ian) iansarahhowell@gmail.com 06 374 6645

Club Captain

Esther Williams (Dave) e_williams@xtra.co.nz 06 358 5155

Beaded Wheels Scribe

Ian Howell (Sarah) iansarahhowell@gmail.com 06 374 6645

Vice Club Captain

Vacant Position

Parts Shed

Gary Millar (Marion) gw.millar@hotmail.com 06 354 8298

Committee Cliff Bennett (Jenny) Member cliffbennett@xtra.co.nz 06 356 3383

ID Card Advisor

Dave Williams (Esther) e_williams@xtra.co.nz 06 358 5155

Committee Trevor Hardy (Sandra) Member ts.hardy@xtra.co.nz 06 323 4040

ID Card Advisor

John Ireland (Anne) ireland.clan@inspire.net.nz 06 323 4170

Committee John Ireland (Anne) Member ireland.clan@inspire.net.nz 06 323 4170

Privacy Officer

Peter Robinson (Ann) bestlife@xtra.co.nz 06 356 7404

Committee Dave Williams (Esther) Member e_williams@xtra.co.nz 06 358 5155

Welfare Officer

Ron Persson (Josie) ron.persson@gmail.com 06 354 5266

Bryan Abraham (Catherine) bryana@xtra.co.nz 06 358 4014

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VCC ID CARDS - RENEWAL APPLICATIONS - MESSAGE FROM HEAD OFFICE NZVCC Please note that all VCC ID Cards have an expiry. This expiry is upon change of ownership, or 10 years from the issue date. Your vehicle must also be as described on the card. A renewal form personalised for each vehicle ID Card is distributed by National Office to current financial members, approximately 3 months before the expiration. Even if your vehicle has had no changes, this form must be checked, signed and forwarded to your Branch, along with the ID Card (if the photo correctly shows your vehicle in its present state), or three new photos, as stated on the form. Upon receipt at the National Office, the ID Card will be reissued and will be valid for a further 10 years unless there is a change of ownership or major changes to the vehicle in that time. It is compulsory for all National and International Rallies that vehicles entered must have a current valid ID Card.

VINTAGE CAR CLUB VEHICLE CLASSIFICATIONS Motor Vehicles constructed prior to 31st December 1918.


Motor Vehicles constructed between 1st January 1919 and 31st December 1931.

POST VINTAGE : Motor Vehicles constructed between 1st January 1932 and 31st December 1945.


Motor Vehicles constructed between 1st January 1946 and 31st December 1960.

POST 1960 :

Motor Vehicles constructed between 1st January 1961 and 31st December 1980.

POST 1980 :

Motor Vehicles constructed after 1st January 1981 provided that no vehicle is accepted for this class until January 1st of the year that is thirty years after its original year of construction.

FACTORY BUILT & HISTORIC RACING VEHICLES : as described in the Club By-laws

PERIOD SPECIALS : as described in the Club By-laws THE TOURER : New Zealand Registered Magazine. The Official Newsletter of the Manawatu Branch of the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc).

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Manawatu Branch Club Captain Esther Williams presenting prizes to the winners of the 2020 Ruahine Ramble : Top Left

– 1st – Allan Hardacre

Bottom Left – 2nd – Len Haycock Bottom Right – 3rd – Rob Eason

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Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Manawatu VCC - April 2020  

Manawatu VCC - April 2020