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All British day


April 2019

The North Otago Branch of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Inc.

Exhaust Specialists Pipe Bending Radiator repairs 30 Ribble street, Oamaru Phone/Fax

434 8777

Get the newsletter quickly and in colour. Send me an email at the address below and I will send a copy to you each month by email. If you have email please put it on our mailing list as it is an excellent way of providing updates and information during the month between newsletters. So the options are: 1. Receive Email newsletter but no printed version (saves the club printing costs) 2. Receive Email newsletter and printed version 3. Just be on our email list for updates. I use a list that hides the emails so yours will not be visible to other recipients. Graeme

Items for the Newsletter can be posted or dropped off to 6 Waiareka lane, off Saleyards road Or emailed to Secretary Jerry Wing 439-5197 Branch Address PO Box 360, Oamaru 9444 Email:

Newsletter submissions. Preferred formats are Open-office, Libre-office or MS Word as an attached document. Plain emails create extra work. Please, no “enter� key at the end of every line. Contact me for advice if not sure. Thanks, Graeme

Guest Speaker for next club night will be Les Gardner to talk about his cars




Patron Chairman

Gilbert Ellery


Vice Chairman

Peter Fulton



Jerry Wing (Margaret)



Wanda Kent

434 7999


John Adamson (Wanda)


Les Gardner (Nola)

022 150 1955

Ralph Weir (Lois)


Lynette Newell (Jim)


Murray Frew


Beaded Wheels Scribe

Kathleen Perry



John Adamson (Wanda)



Robert Hutton (Mandy)

437 0774


Kathleen Perry


Newsletter Editor

Graeme Simpson (Wendy)

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Newsletter Distribution

Lindsay Schaffer (Christine) (with Verna)

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Vehicle Verifier

Royston Shirreffs


Spare Parts

John Adamson (Wanda)


Royston Shirreffs


Immediate Past Chairman Club Captain/Joint

Club email address rd Committee Meetings 3 Tuesday of the month., Club Nights 1st Wednesday of the month (details in The Distributor)

From the Committee Guest Speaker for next club night will be Les Gardner to talk about his cars 10 Members turned up for the working bee, trees trimmed parts sorted, cups polished. Entries coming in for Lynch Blosse Motor Cycle rally. AGM coming up positions vacant Secretary, Treasurer Club Captain, etc think about standing and take part in running the club. Microcar rally in UK Around The Corner - How Differential Steering Works (1937)

HI all. I received this from Matt this week. Anyone with an idea? Matt says “I am in the process of fixing up a 1954 Cadillac for my boss. But having a hard time sourcing parts . Would the VCC know of anyone that has or could steer me in the right direction.� Ross Holden Communications & Marketing Officer Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc.) Email: Phone 021 2638488

South Canterbury Mid Island Rally Two North Otago VCC members attended the South Canterbury Mid Island Rally on 10th March 2019, with Gordon and Joy Hay in their 1915 Studebaker SPA and John Adamson and Wanda in the 1968 Hillman Imp. There were 57 cars entered. The weather was good for a Rally and the run till lunch time was a timed trial with a set speed of 22.5mph. This was an interesting speed to try and maintain but as a large part of the run was around the streets of Timaru there was little chance of speeding. The navigator was kept busy with left, right and straight through or "take the 2nd exit at next roundabout" instructions. No time to look at the architecture of the houses or the gardens. The A route took the vehicles through Timaru and then westward to circle back to the south of Timaru finishing at the Timaru Botanical Gardens for lunch. There were many beautifully restored cars and all owners could be proud of the display they provided for some members of the public to view. As usual overheard was a "grumbler' who stated that driving round the streets was not a rally in his opinion. Was this because he could not achieve the 22.5mph or did his navigator get them lost?? The North Otago participants really enjoyed the experience. Perhaps a certificate for the best navigator would have been in ordered this time. After a leisurely lunch it was time for the field tests. These were very interesting but still included the dreaded quoits for both driver and navigator. (Never was any good at throwing things to hit a target!) The afternoon run headed out to Pareora Valley by various back roads and on to Cave, where the poor shop keeper was inundated with people stopping for an icecream. The look on his face was a picture as his door buzzer kept pinging with more people entering and lining up. Eventually the vehicles arrived at the Golf Course which was our venue for the prize giving and meal. Special presentations were made for two 50 year badges and one 60 year badge, the recipients being piped into the room with due ceremony. North Otago Members were successful in gaining certificates no actual trophies were presented as appears to be happening with most clubs (good! no polishing the silver ware) Gordon and Joy in the Veteran Class gained 2nd place in the Field Tests and John and Wanda in the Post 60 class were 1st in the field Tests and Best Post 60 vehicle. The journey home was completed in rain which had held off until after the prize giving. An enjoyable outing with great camaraderie.

Great day and huge turnout. entry fee for Amberley St. John & Waiau school (small country school) which was damaged in the kaikoura earthquake. put on stalls & food as way to raise funds for their new pool.

Hello Best of British (Dunedin) enthusiasts, A big thank-you to everyone who came along to Best of British Charity Motoring Day at Dunback on Sunday. You made the day a great success, despite the inclement weather, and we were most impressed by the range and quality of the vehicles on display. 78 cars took part in the Car Trial and in total over 100 cars were displayed, though with a few latecomers the exact number is uncertain. Although we still have some bills to pay, and the coffee and ice cream vans are donating a percentage of their takings to our charity, I’m confident that we will have raised well in excess of $2,000 for St John Palmerston. So thank you very much for your support. We will announce final figures later. East Otago High School provided the food and hopefully made a tidy sum towards their trip overseas. The list of prize winners is attached, and you will be able to see a large collection of photos on our BOB Facebook page So as we wind down from this year’s event, we will be contacting you again in October - November, when we begin planning for next year. Cheers Barbara

Mid Month Run March 2019 Ten cars and 17 people took part in a short run through the countryside on a pleasant day to end up at The Mill Dam , opposite Clark’s Mill . The water levels were low and showed the large exposed rocks that once formed part of the Mill Dam. This water was used to generate power for Clark's Mill. We found a flat area to put our chairs on , opened the thermos for a cuppa and spent time yarning with each other, before returning to our homes. Wills Hearne brought his delightful? yellow machine along and John shared a ride with him. Verna Chambers

All British Day. (North Otago) I would like to thank all those who helped to make the day a success, especially Bev and Peter Rodwell, the owners of Elderslie. $490.00 in total was donated to the Salvation Army here in Oamaru, we were assured that it would be spent in the Oamaru community. Picture of the presentation of the cheque to Major Kathy Garbett by our Chairman Gilbert Ellory and the organizer of All British Day yours truly. Thank you all. Clive.

Adventures of an Old Restorer. It was good to see Peter's Morris 8 special at the last club night, he has made a great job of it, I particularly liked the 'boat tail' rear end and the wood work, thank you Peter for bringing it along. My Morris 8 project is at last taking shape. After spending so much time on her and seemingly not getting anywhere, I think I can at last see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I no longer think that is a oncoming train! After four coats of primer and a lot of rubbing down, what a tedious job that is, I have at last put the final coat on the Morris, it's a Red from the 1940's, the only difference is that the mudguards are red as well. I watched a video from a Club in Northland, there was a Morris 8 sports shown with the same colour scheme, we thought it looked good, although I was still not convinced right up to spraying the red, but now that it is finished I am. The car will have a black vinyl roof, so there will be plenty of black. Have secured the rear bumper, and attached the winkers to it, the original round rear light has been resurrected and now illuminates the rear number plate, there is also a stop light in it. It has been a mostly a labour of love, so to speak, but there have been times when I have wondered what I have got myself into, I think Jen sums it up.... "What else would you do in your retirement?" All the best, Clive.


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Latest Listings : Cars - Rolling Cars Low Lite Morris Minor, Straight, looks rust free, complete, good for restoration. Austin A30 and 2 A35's 1954 Hillman Husky SV Austin Ruby bonnet and front guards in restored condition. Offers wanted Rare Spares: 1 Dort Block 1 Saxon Car Motor CITROEN motor spares STUDEBAKER COMMANDER blocks (2) 1926 Buick chassis and parts Chev blocks and heads, some crack tested NOS BMC parts some panels and bumpers 1954-55 Vauxhall diffs and suspension parts Ford 10 motors complete 1 100E 50's Chev doors and bonnets, chromes and spats Reconditioned crank shafts for Wolseley Austin 110 and Morris Oxford Van Large selection tail light lenses Assortment new tie rod ends Hub caps and speedos Parts shed open every Tuesday afternoon 1:30pm to 4:00pm or by appointment Contacts:

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