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Magazine of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Otago Branch Inc.

April 2019

Vintage / Post Vintage Run: 2 March 2019 The Otago RoadRunner is the official newsletter of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Otago Branch Inc. Views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Editor or the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Otago Branch Inc.

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BRANCH EVENTS (listed in bold) 2019 APR Fri 5th 12 -14th 19th Friday 25th Fri 26th MAY Fri 3rd Sun 19th Thurs 30th Fri 31st

Motorcycle Group Meeting 6th – Swapmeet – Winchester 13th Gerald Lynch Bloose Motorcycle Rally - Oamaru Otago Rally 19th – 21st National Easter Rally – Ashburton CLUB ROOMS - CLOSED - GOOD FRIDAY Anzac Day - Last Thursday Run - tba Club Night – No Guest Speaker planned Motorcycle Group Meeting Restoration Rally Midweek Run Club Night - Guest speaker

4th - Swapmeet – Ashburton 6 -13th Vintage -Veteran Tour th

JUNE Fri 7th Sun 16th Thurs 27th Fri 28th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Branch AGM & Pot Luck Lunch Midweek Run - Midwinter Lunch time Club Night – Guest speaker

JULY Fri 5th Sat 13th Thurs 25th Friday 26th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Annual Branch Dinner Midweek Run Club Night

VCC National Events 2019

6th-13th May August 16-17th October 18-20th October tba

Veteran & Vintage Tour National AGM @ Executive Meeting – West Coast Greymouth National Veteran Rally – South Canterbury -Timaru Prince Henry Tour

2020 October 16-18th

National Veteran Rally – Gore

2021 January 17 -22nd TBA

International Rally -Taranaki area National Motorcycle Rally - Wairarapa

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Thursday 25 April (Anzac Day) Last Thursday Run—tba Sunday 19 May Restoration Rally 2019 VETERAN & VINTAGE TOUR START ASHBURTON MONDAY 6TH MAY FINISH HANMER SPRINGS MONDAY 13TH MAY Details yet to be finalised but we will be travelling through the Haast Pass Expressions of interest to Diane Ross, email; Address 38 Keenans Road RD 2, Ashburton. Phone 03 3082356


NEED A TEAM FROM OTAGO BRANCH TO ENTER THIS The rally is happening at Easter in Ashburton. There are a number of members going from Otago Branch. As with other Easter Rallies our branch enters a team for the Pennzoil Trophy – this is for Interbranch Competition. Each branch enters a team of four vehicles each of a different category class (i.e. Veteran, Vintage, PWV, P60,P80). I am not sure how this is going to be awarded this year. It can either be:an accumulation of all points gained by the team over the weekend or a separate competition for all team members e.g. gymkhana Please let me know if you are attending the Rally and if you will be interested in participating in this competition. Marion. 6

In the Driving Seat Easter is fast approaching and with it is the Easter Rally hosted by Ashburton Branch who will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary. It sounds like they have a good programme organised for the weekend with a good turnout of Otago members. During March was the Vintage/PV Venture organised this year by Bryan McConachie and Kevin Mason. Slight change in day in that it was held on a Saturday however I have been reliably informed that those who attended had a great day and were back in town in time to get to the Eagles Concert. March saw the Best of British Car Rally which this year went to the Dunback Domain. The weather gods didn’t quite play ball as the weather was inclement however we still had a good turnout of cars. My thanks to Mark Wilkinson who organised the route, David Cunningham, Keith Moore, Bruce Murray, Andrew Roxburgh, Colin Winter and Steven Wesselingh for working the main gate at Dunback. This coming weekend is the March National Executive meeting being held in Wellington - there will be a report in the next branch magazine. The committee has agreed to continue selling the Entertainment books again this year as a way to fund raise for the branch. We now have all funds in to pay for the painting of the outside of the building plus window replacement and this work will be starting shortly - programmed for the beginning of April. Selling the entertainment book is a good way to help rebuild the coffers as we will be looking to replace the roof in a couple of years. Coming up in May is the Restoration Rally. The rally is open to all members to attend and is preceded by the judging of the vehicles being put forward for the restoration award. Also coming up in May Mark Wilkinson will be giving a presentation on behalf of Perpetual Guardian Trust on changes to Enduring Power of Attorney’s and Wills. Further information is in the Road Runner however please put this in your diaries and guys - this would be of interest to the ladies so please remember to ask them if they would like to come. Until next month safe travels especially to anyone heading to the Easter Rally or Wanaka for the Wheels and Warbirds event. Nicola. 7

Vintage / Post Vintage Run – Report Seven vehicles arrived for the run on Saturday 2 nd March. This was a small number. Maybe it was because it was a Saturday instead of a Sunday, and also the Eagles Concert was on that evening. Organisers Kevin Mason and Bryan McConachie plotted the route to give them some great views over the Taieri as well as the coast line. The entrants travelled over all sealed roads or took the option of adding in a couple of gravel roads, as they motored to Livingstonia Park at Taieri Mouth, for afternoon and a natter, in glorious weather conditions. Could have gone for a walk or a swim on the beach if we didn’t need to head back to town for the concert. With a few motoring related questions to answer, and quess the number of items in the jar, we soon found worthy winners for the Trophies. Not many of them got the following questions correct - can you? - Motor vehicles constructed between …/…/19… and …./…/19… are known as Vintage Vehicles - Motor vehicles constructed between …/…/19… and …/…/19… are known as Post Vintage Vehicles Congratulations to: - David McCaskill in his 1928 Model A: 1st in the Vintage Class - he was on his own and tackled the gravel - Stu and Lyn Neill in their 1939 Dodge – 1st in the Post Vintage Class The other entrants were Merv Thomson, Neil Gamble, Ray Wilson, the Craigs, and Jefferson’s. Thanks to Kevin and Bryan for arranging this afternoon run. Vintage Vehicles = 1/1/1919 and 31/12/1931 Post Vintage = 1/1/1932 and 31/12/1945

Winner Vintage Class: David McCaskill

Winner Post Vintage: Lyn Neill


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Restoration Rally Sunday 19th May 2019 Meet at VCC clubrooms 125 Forbury Rd Dunedin at 1.00 pm Vehicles entering the Restoration Trophy Award & Rally are to meet at 12.30 pm To allow for judging of those vehicles This rally is open to all VCC eligible vehicles. ENTRY FORM:

Entrant’s (Driver’s) Name:…………...…………………..…………. Address:………………………………………………………………. Vehicle:……………………………………………………………….. Make:………………………… Year of Manufacture……….….….

Model:……………………….. ENTRY FEE: Entries Close:

Type: (car, m/cycle, truck etc)

($5.00 per vehicle)

$ 5.00

Thursday 16th May

Please make cheques payable to: V.C.C of NZ Otago Branch Inc POST TO: P.O. Box 5352, Dunedin 9054


OTAGO VINTAGE CAR CLUB RESTORATION TROPHY / ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS The main function of the event is to encourage all financial Otago Branch members to present their restored VCC club eligible vehicles, and for all club members to witness and celebrate the occasion, and generally have a fun day. All entrants will be required to present their vehicle at the venue and provide a restoration resume with the vehicle. At the completion of the formal procedure, all entrants may join with other members in a non-competitive restoration run. *This is the only qualifying requirement for the issue of the Restoration Achievement Award, which will be presented later in the day. Please Contact Branch Secretary for the appropriate paperwork that needs to be completed before the event if you are bringing a vehicle for consideration of the Restoration Trophy. As soon as possible. The Restoration awards will be competed for in two sections :

Restoration Achievement Award

This award will be issued to all entrants who have entered a club eligible vehicle for the event, irrespective of whether the vehicle has been restored, or an original vehicle ‘tidied up’. To qualify for acceptance, vehicles must have been returned to use, warranted, registered and/or licensed, if applicable before the 31st April 2019. There is no judging associated with this award. The award will be presented to all entrants to acknowledge the commitment and attainment of the member in making a club eligible vehicle roadworthy. Applications for Restored Vehicles which are not registered to be road worthy – will be considered on application.

Restoration Trophy Award

It will be totally at the discretion of the owner to enter a restored vehicle for judging and to compete for the Restoration Trophy. To qualify for acceptance for the Restoration Trophy, the vehicle would have undergone a significant restoration, in addition to the requirements in the previous section. The judging will be carried out by appointed branch members, at a time suitable to all parties and would be based on the finish, presentation and accuracy of the vehicle. The judges will report to the Chief Judge who will adjudicate on any matters arising. The trophy award will be issued to the vehicle judged with the greatest aggregate of points above a ‘bench mark’. Any vehicle failing to meet these criteria will not be considered for the trophy. The recipient of the Restoration Trophy will be announced at the Branch AGM. No correspondence will be entered into. All Restoration Trophy entrants will receive a Restoration Achievement Award. 10

Entry Conditions

The main objective is to have a simple, fair, equitable event with minimal rules, however it has been found necessary to incorporate the following: The term vehicle is intended to cover all VCC of NZ eligible vehicles. The Restoration Awards cover the period to 31st April 2014. All entrants will be required to ‘fill in’ and return an entry form, with the historic details of the vehicle, together with before and after restoration photos. These documents will be retained by the Branch to form an informal historic register of our member’s vehicles. The owner of the vehicle must be a financial member of the Branch. All entrants will be required to present their vehicle to the event, and may participate in the restoration run. All vehicles presented must have a current WOF and registration - non compliance will be considered on application. Once a vehicle has been submitted for either of these awards, it may not be re -submitted for a minimum period of 10 years, unless there are some substantiated reasons ( ie vehicle rebuilt following a major accident or damage).


The vehicle can be rebuilt mechanically leaving desirable original body, frame or paintwork. The vehicle could be completely rebuilt where necessary in every way including having parts, panels, and running gear renewed. A vehicle could be restored using parts from vehicles of a similar model and age. A vehicle would not be discounted if the owner had used the services of others to work on parts of the vehicle, because it is not our aim to have the membership completely competent in all skills required for restoration. A vehicle can be completely rebuilt where necessary in every way, using all the original parts where practical. A vehicle can also be constructed from parts recovered from other donor vehicles of a similar model and age, bearing in mind the final accuracy.

Replica Vehicles

According to a Club decision a vehicle built entirely or mainly from new parts would be considered a replica and would for Club purposes be dated from the date of manufacture. E.g. New parts of a 1960’s vehicle used in 1999 would constitute a replica dating from 1999. Accordingly this vehicle would not be club eligible until 2029.

NB: It is also the wish of the Branch Committee that all those vehicles presented for the Restoration Award will also be made available for the Otago Branch display at this years Autospectacular on a date yet to be advised. Further information will be supplied. 11

VIC Applications – When completing these forms please ensure that you have the most up to date form – check the VCC website as these continue to be updated as procedures change etc. Other Branch Rally Entry Forms - as you will see there are a lot of events happening in and around our region in March. I have emailed details to all members who have email addresses. There are also a few copies in the clubrooms - please ensure you leave at least one copy there, so that others can copy them. Photocopier is available. NNB: Please if you are planning to enter a local event, and running late with entry forms, please contact the organizer by phone or email to let them know you are coming. They need to know numbers for printing the instructions, and catering purposes for some events. Spare Parts Shed – Parts shed is usually open every Wednesday morning Friday evenings when the clubrooms are open. Reminder – see if you can effective recycle your parts before scrapping them. NO TYREs by request. The nearest AED defibrillator to the clubrooms is on the outside wall of the 4 Square shop on corner of Bayview Road. Please make a point of familiarising yourself of its location – never know when it might be needed. SOLD OR SELLING YOUR VIC’D VCC VEHICLE ENSURE YOU SEND VIC CARD ALONG WITH CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP DETAILS TO NATIONAL OFFICE – Remember this paperwork is the property of the National Club – this is their way of keeping records of Vehicle ownership etc. MIDWEEK RUNS - The next run will be the Thursday 28th of March. Meet at clubrooms by 1pm. BYO afternoon tea. If weather not suitable for a picnic, we will go to a café. Vero Insurance Scheme - Just a reminder, the VCC Vero insurance scheme is set up for those with current VCC membership. If they have insurance cover under the VCC Scheme with Vero, current membership is a requirement. Club Night - Guest Speakers As the last Friday of April is the end of Easter Week, it has been agreed that we would not have a speaker for this month. We have speakers arranged for May and June – these will be confirmed next month.

Guest Speakers – Club Nights Mark Wilkinson has offered to speak on Enduring Power of Attorney issues, and Neil Gamble has again offered to give us a talk about his vehicles. These will be advertised. 12

National Executive Meeting - Nicola has been at the National Exec Meeting the weekend that this was going to print. She reported that the National Motorcycle Rally will go ahead as a separate event to the International Rally in 2021. Many Motorcyclists had indicated that they did not want to see it incorporated into the International Rally. This is a great result. More on the Exec meeting in next months Roadrunner and at Club Night. BRANCH AGM 16th of June The AGM will come up quicker than you think. As with our new rules, all committee members are voted on for a two year term. Some of which will have reached the end of their term this year. We have had some great committee members over the years, they all bring their own touch of expertise, and enthusiasm to the group. Yes there is also time commitment involved. We would like to see this continue. Please consider putting yourself forward for a term on committee this year. Get to know how things work behind the scenes. This is also a great way to get to know your fellow branch members. Nomination forms will be out in next month’s Roadrunner.

Sparkaholics - 19 March 2019

On Tuesday 19 March Sparkaholics visited JTech Plastics, based at North Taieri. It was a very interesting morning spent with Jason explaining about his business. The visit was well attended, finishing up with those that wanted to going to lunch at Nellies. Ruth Edmunds


26th National Motorcycle Rally :

15-17 February 2019

Sunny Blenheim hosted this event and with almost 190 entries some from Australia, the UK and Netherlands it was a great gathering of like-minded Vintage bike enthusiasts. Seven from our branch entered - two stayed for the four day after tour rides, while the five “younger” boys returned to work after the rally itself. Meet and greet on Friday night was a catch up with folk we hadn’t seen for a couple of years as the Nat rally is a biennial event.

Saturday sunshine was typical Marlborough weather so an interesting selection of bikes took off on their timed rally, finishing at Havelock for the lunch stop. On Sunday at Omaka for the public day the field tests were shortened to one due to the fire risk and it was so hot just a few bothered to compete, most staying under trees or in the coffee café out of the sun. Prizegiving dinner was at the Convention Centre, Stewart Gutsell did well winning the Vintage Section, he also gained third place overall, a fine effort by him. The Southland boys did very well and it was great to see a young chap on a Veteran from down there win the Overall Trophy. Almost half of the entry stayed on for the rest of the week. Monday was a ride to Nelson with two visits to private motorcycle collections. Quite a few returned to Blenheim via the Golden Downs to St Arnaud, the Wairau Valley a total of about 220 miles, enough on an elderly bike in such hot temps - well it was for me!

Tuesday was a visit to a shed full of motorcycles at Seddon and what a variety of bikes to see. Very close to Seddon was a massive vineyard to visit, and a ride of a few kilometres through the grapevines. Wednesday we lined up at the Picton boat harbour to take a 20 minute barge trip to Torea Bay and a ride over the hill to Portage. As the barge would only take ten or so bikes and riders it took about 3 hours to ferry eighty or so bikes and riders, interesting though. At a bay on the way to Havelock a barbeque lunch was put on and back to Blenheim for a “rest”.

I’m not sure why but the last day Thursday was a ride south to Hanmer. This was fine for the Southern folk but many from North headed home from Blenheim. Not much point going to Hanmer then back to catch the Picton Ferry. 14

26th National Motorcycle Rally :

15-17 February 2019

There is talk of the next rally being in three years time rather than the normal two due to the 2021 Vero, but this was not a popular decision with the motorcyclists. Lets hope we can continue with the two year rallies. Snippets Never before in NZ have we seen seven beautiful four cylinder Veteran and Vintage motorcycles parked in a row. Mum and Dad de Boer came from Holland, as they do every two years. Their two sons Geert and Mark also came riding two Veterans purchased in NZ some time ago. Both belt drive machines performed well with a little fettling on the way. BSA and Triumph were the most popular bikes in the entry list about 25 of each.

Our Kevin missed the rally due to a personal oil pressure problem. Bill Veitch

Water Taxi - National Rally 15

South Canterbury Motorcycle Rally Sunday March 3rd saw some 18 motorcycle assemble at the South Canterbury VCC clubrooms for the annual rally. There were two Otago Members there - Stewart Gutsell myself. Morning tea and briefing, and then we were off the explore some back country roads through Levels Valley, around the back of Pleasant Point, Opihi road across to Totara Valley, to Cave and over Pareora Gorge to Gordons Valley to the lunch stop at Blue Cliffs Hall. Lunch was a boxed meal and during lunch the winners were announced as the organiser had to leave for a MG car rally being held in Cromwell. The afternoon run was more back roads back to the Clubrooms for afternoon tea. The rally cover 100 miles and the day was fine and hot. Bruce Murray

Lunch stop


Best of British: 10 March 2019

The Best of British Rally was held on 10 March finishing at Dunback. The weather conditions cleared up by lunch time. Our branch chairperson Nicola Wilkinson, organized a group of our club members for gate duties etc. I was informed that over $2,000 was raised for St Johns, Palmerston. Keith Moore


SOUTH OTAGO M/C RALLY With a nip in the air on the 9th March a few of our bike boys rode down to the rally start while the rest chose to transport their bikes. With a good number of entries from Invercargill the total was around 20 plus. After the normal impressive morning tea and a briefing from Roger it was off to do the timed section finishing at Clydevale. The roads from here to Waipahi then onto Tapanui must be just the best - great hills and corners and so much better surfaces than State Highway One on our ride down to Balclutha. After the barbecue lunch at the hotel Roger announced the rally results. The Southland chaps then headed south rather than riding back to Balclutha. With the assistance of a pillion navigator, Bruce Murray was the overall winner - well done. It was Bruce's day, as Bruce Christie's Norton was the riders choice. Eight from our branch attended - there would have been nine but new member David broke down before the start. Bruce M, Ken P, Kevin M, Bruce C, Les S, Trevor C, Bill V and Andrew R. Bill Veitch

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