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THE TOURER Manawatu Branch Newsletter

Swap meet report, 2nd best on record.

Volume 1805

November 2019

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc.) Manawatu Branch Clubrooms “The Grove� 681 Kelvin Grove Road, Palmerston North Postal Address PO Box 385, Palmerston North. 4440 Email:

Branch Committee 2019 Chairman

Stan Garmonsway (Kate)

06 323 0553

Immediate Past Chair

Sarah Howell (Ian)

06 3746645

Vice Chair

Ron Persson (Josie)

06 3545266


Peter Robinson (Ann)

06 3567404


Ian Howell (Sarah)

06 3746645

Club Captain Vice Club Captain

Esther Williams (Dave) Vacant

06 3585155

Cliff Bennett (Jenny) Trevor Hardy (Sandra) John Ireland (Anne) Dave Williams (Esther),nz e

06 3563383 06 3234040 06 3234170 06 3585155

Social Convenor Committee Members

Appointed Positions 2019 Swapmeet Coordinators

Trevor Hardy (Sandra)


06 3234040

John Ireland

06 3234170

Stan Garmonsway (Kate)

06 3230553

Custodian & Librarian

Gary Millar (Marion)

06 3548298


Sarah Howell (Ian)

06 3746645

Beaded Wheels Scribe

Ian Howell (Sarah)

06 3746645

Parts Shed

Gary Millar (Marion)

06 3548298

ID Card Advisors

Dave Williams (Esther)

06 3585155

Editor Building Supervisor

John Ireland

06 3234170

Privacy Officer

Peter Robinson (Ann)

06 3567404

Welfare Officer

Ron Persson (Josie)

06 3545266


MANAWATU BRANCH — CALENDAR OF EVENTS Club nights are on the 3rd Wednesday of every month except January, at 7:00pm in the Clubrooms, “The Grove” Kelvin Grove Road, Palmerston North. Committee Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the monthexcept January, at 7:00pm BYO Tea : 1st Sunday of each month from 5:00pm at the club rooms. Parts Shed: Opens from 2:00pm 1st Sunday of each month. Library: Open on club nights by arrangement with the librarian. Noggin & Natter:: 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. Murray’s Irish Bar, Feilding



1,2. Targa Display the Square, Palmerston North .See Page 9 2 Wellington Branch Annual Rally 3 Sunday Tea at The Grove, 5pm 5 Noggin & Natter 13 Committee meeting, 9:00am for building survey. 2:00 pm for committee meeting, 7:pm for swapmeet de-brief . See Chairman’s Chat. 16 Central Hawkes Bay Veteran Rally 20 Club Night. 6:30pm NOTE CHANGE OF TIME 24 Club Christmas Lunch

1 SundayTea at the Grove, 5pm 7 Sunbeam Owners Club Annual Lake Ferry Run. Meet at Fell museum Featherston at 11:00 am for drive to Lake Ferry.. BYO picnic or have lunch in Lake Ferry Hotel. All clubs welcome. A popular excursion 3 Noggin & Natter 11 Committee Meeting, 7:00pm 18 Club Night, 7:30pm




No Tourer this month. No Committee Meeting No Club Night. Manawatu Branch in hibernation




Greetings everyone Peter Robinson is away on business this month and he sends his apologies for not having any scribbles for you. I have to say I was extremely disappointed at the turnout for club night, given the importance of the subject for the night. I can only guess that the Manawatu Branch members care not a jot for how the VCC is perceived and promoted. If that is the case then it is a very sad situation indeed. The move to change the club logo and perhaps the name will happen very rapidly. The President hopes to have it all done and dusted for the AGM next year. I showed her powerpoint of her proposal at clubnight and there was some discussion by the few that were present. Some interesting points of view were put forward. The swapmeet was as usual a huge success, being the second most profitable on record. Trevor Hardy and Sarah Howell are to be congratulated for managing the event and assembling the team to run it on the day.

Trevor has decided that after 20 years of coordinating the swapmeet, it is time to step down from the role and hand over to someone else. Sarah Howell has put up her hand to take over the role of swapmeet coordinator, and I know she has many ideas on how to organize it for next year. On that note, there will be a de-brief of the swapmeet at the clubrooms on November 13 at 7:00pm and all those who were helping are invited to attend. Your input will be welcome. The next committee meeting will be in two parts: It will be held on November 13, and will start at 9:00am with a survey of the clubrooms building to plan for future maintenance and upgrade issues. The committee meeting proper will be convened at 2:00pm for the routine attention to club business matters. All this will be followed by the swapmeet de-brief as mentioned above. January is a very quiet month for the Manawatu Branch, but our surrounding VCC neighbours have several activities from which to choose. I refer you to the various notices published in this issue.

One event of interest is the Wellington Branch’s annual “Monte Carlo” Rally. It is run to link up with Whanganui’s Vintage Weekend at Anniversary weekend and the Whanganui Branch’s Burma Rally. There is no set starting point. You are given a list of places between Wellington and Whanganui to visit, each place having been allocated a points value. The more places you visit the better your score. You start anywhere you like from the list and provide proof of your visit to each place. EG: a photo, or receipt for a purchase. Lunch is usually in Woodville The event is very popular and great fun. Details from Neal Ryder, Wellington Club Captain, or Rally Secretary Diane White. Gary Millar has had a spell in hospital for some surgery. I spoke to him the day after he arrived home and he sounded quite chipper and reported he was recovering well and comfortably. Get well soon Gary.


CHRISTMAS CLUB LUNCH 24TH NOVEMBER 2019 Come to the club Christmas lunch party. It will be $25,00 per head for lunch. Please come wearing something Christmas. We are going to have secret Santa. You will need to bring a unisex present per person up to $10. Can you please let me know by 13th November with numbers and if there are any dietary requirements. Money is to be paid in advance to Esther or to club account 03 0718 0027253 00 by the 13th November.

No late entries. 5


Friday 1st NOVEMBER 2019 Change of plan from Rod Corbett from the Targa Rally. You can go down and the cars come in to the square around 6.15pm.

Saturday 2nd November 2019. Come to the Square in Palmerston North to meet the VCC Time Trial Cars. We will be parking our cars as guard of honour for the VCC Time Trial cars in the car park by the clock tower straight ahead from Rangitikei Street. Please be there at 5:30pm. We would like to see a lot of cars there as the public will be there and we can promote the club. This is the final of the Targa Rally.

Saturday 16th November 2019 Meet at the Railway Station in Fielding at 10:30am We will be going to the Cross Hills Garden Country Fair. Bring own lunch or buy it there. There is a cost to get into the fair of $15.00.

Wednesday 20th November 2019 This is a club night with a difference come and have some fun. We are going to have a Club Captains run around town. We are to meet at 6:30pm at the club rooms. Ladies please bring a plate to share for Supper. The run is not long so it will not be a late night.

Sunday 24th November 2019 This is the club Christmas Club Lunch. Please meet at Cloverlea Tavern Car Park at 10:30am. We will be having a car run to the lunch venue. Please let Esther know if you are coming by 13th November. It is $25.00 per head and please let me know if the are any dietary requirements needed .Payments details in the AD in the Tourer. Can phone on 027 2437275 or 06 3585155 or . Please wear something Christmassy and bring a unisex present wrapped, up to $10.00


Reports: I have an apology to the Austin Car Club as I forgot to mention that they had a car run for the Daffodil Day. They had raised over $200.00 and gave the funds to our club, which I included with our money to the Cancer Society. It was SAD that we had to cancel the 20th October Sunday run as I did not have enough numbers. Which leads me to is there something else that we should be doing as a club that you as club members would like to see happen. Please contact me with any suggestions. Is there a get together that the ladies would like to have regularly like a coffee morning or afternoon tea? The Noggin & Natter is in Fielding at 7:30pm at Murray’s Irish Bar. All are welcome to come along for a social time. Sunday Teas on the 1st Sunday of the Month is at the club rooms at 5:00pm. Come and bring your own tea and socialise

Roster: Suppers for the Club Nights. If you are UNABLE to do the duty please contact Esther, The milk and biscuits are all taken care of. You just need to make tea and coffee and then do the dishes. 20th November Cliff Bennett and Steve Bright 18th December Peter Bidlake and Graeme Blummont

The Focal Point Cinema & Café in Feilding Have starting on Thursday November 14 the movie “FORD VS FERRARI”. It tells the story of Caroll Shelby and Ken Miles building the car for Ford to beat Ferraris at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hours. (Hopefully Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon will not be left out.)




TOURER TRADER FOR SALE Set of four simulated wire wheel covers (hub caps). These are original Ford USA accessory items for 14inch wheels. Correct for 1960’s vehicles. These come with the blue centre inserts, and also have the centre spinners. I have seen these sell for US$500 on eBay. Very popular for early Mustangs and Cougar. The owner is asking $320 for the set. If you are interested call Peter Robinson on 06 3567404, who will put you in touch with the vendor. 1956 Austin A30. Approximately 88,000 miles. Cream colour. Not used in last few years. Reg & WoF on hold. Has been garaged. Needs some work. $4000 ono. Contact Sandy & Terry Williams. 06 328 8558 Peter Robinson has a Triumph Motorcycle brochure to give away and is looking for headlight lenses for 1928 Dodge Contact him on 06 356 7404. (Engine only) Thames Trader 4 cylinder engine 1937 -1939 Dismantled. Motor Machinists reground the crank some years ago. $300.00 Please phone Trevor Cheetham 06 3568343 Palmerston North. 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante 3.5lt V6, Tiptronic transmission. Excellent family touring car. 5 seats, huge boot. NZ new. 2 owners. Serviced and maintained religiously. Tow bar with power connection. We have owned this car for 11 years and had excellent service from it. (Radio/tape/cd player now not working). 290,500 km. Cambelt changed at 250,000. WoF to 5/20, Reg to 26/11/19 Now excess to requirements. $2400 ono. Ph Stan, 06 3230553 or 0211018612 (VCC member)

FROM THE EDITOR Contributions to ”The Tourer” are welcome, but please remember the deadline is the 20th of the month. Use the Arial font at 10 point and bear in mind the newsletter format is A5 with 1 cm borders. If you take photos with a cell phone, please don’t compose landscape scenes in portrait setting. If you do I have to crop out huge amounts of foreground and sky, 2/3 of the photo, to produce a landscape format to get to the subject of the photo.


ART DECO WEEKEND 2020 A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HBVCC Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for Art Deco Weekend 2020 from February 20th -23rd. Kindly sponsored again this year by Euro City Ltd In 2020 the Featured Group will be an A-Z of Motor Vehicles. We are aiming to have a motor vehicle representing each letter of the alphabet. This may be a make or model. There will be a mixture of cars, commercials and motorcycles. Also we expect a mix of veterans, vintage and PV’s… manufactured in UK, Europe and USA. We currently have several cars coming in 2020 that have not been to ADW before. These include NZ’s second Duesenberg, our first L29 Cord, and a Stutz to name a few. We are still looking for a “Napier” vehicle to represent the letter “N”. I am also trying to find the owner of the Willys Knight roadster circa 1929-31 era that has the unusual paint design on the doors. We would also like to get leads on vehicles or vehicle models starting with letters Q, U, X, Y, Z. Please email any leads or ideas to asap. For 2020 the annual rally is again on Friday and we plan to have a touring run plus a picnic lunch at a great lunch venue. On Saturday we will have the morning tea and car show and popular choice at the HBVCC clubrooms, followed by the grand parade. Sunday events include a breakfast surprise at the HBVCC clubrooms and the Gatsby picnic in the afternoon. There are many other ADT events to choose from on Friday and Saturday nights. Come and join the other 180 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter the 2020 Event. Go to the HBVCC website for an Entry Form. ( Entry forms for 2020 are available now. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment. We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on Thursday 20th so you can attend the Dinner at the Clubrooms that evening. We have prizes for the best dressed couples again this year. Contacts:



Steve Bright

96 Churcher Street




99a Lombard Street Palmerston North E:


Number 09/300139 When insuring your valuable items (property, car etc) with Vero, quoting the above number results in a commission being made to the Manawatu Branch. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Discounts on Cook Strait Ferry Crossings All financial members of the VCC of NZ Inc can obtain a discount on ferry crossings, for individual or group bookings. You must show your membership card. Quote therequired codes:

Interislander WH5465 0800 878898 Blue Bridge – ANTIQUECAR

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 the 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 during that time. It is compulsory for all National and International VCC Rallies that vehicles entered must have a current valid ID Card.

0800 844844

New Members contact the Secretary, Peter Robinson,

to organise to collect their free name badge. or other members: to arrange a replacement for a lost or damaged badge at cost



VINTAGE RALLY We had a great day with having lunch outside in Taihape. The winner of the rally was Goff Briant with Navigator Angela Cameron. Photos supplied by Esther Williams


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