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

April 2020

Best of British - 8 March 2020 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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Nicola Wilkinson


476 4004


David Ross


455 8800


Marion McConachie


453 0404


Bill Partel


489 4033


Bill Veitch


489 1626


Eleanor Harrison


479 8280


Colin Winter


456 4382


Kevin Mason

027 2286431

488 5198


Andrew Roxburgh


Ken Pledger


488 3866 kmpledger@outlook.com



Moira Cunningham

453 5777


David Ross

455 8800


Bill Partel

489 4033


Bruce Murray

487 7281


Bill Veitch

489 1626


Marion McConachie

453 0404


Bill Partel

489 4033

George Martin

489 3621

David Cunningham

453 5777

Kevin Mason

488 5198


Bruce Murray

487 7281


Marion McConachie

453 0404


Joe O’Neill

477 6801


Arthur Patton



CLUBROOMS 125 Forbury Rd., Dunedin , 9054 Phone 455 0586

P O Box 5352 Dunedin 9054




2nd Monday of month 7.30pm Friday 7.30pm to 11.00pm


First Friday of the month


Last Friday of the month 8.30pm


Friday 7.30pm – 9.30 pm. Wednesday 09.00am – 12.00 noon


Can be forwarded to your editor by the 3rd Wednesday of the month please

VERO INSURANCE APPLICATIONS Please quote Otago “Agent No H0300145— Inspector No 916” LIBRARY ROSTER

Library CLOSED until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions

VCC National Events Please note changes may arise due to Covid-19 restrictions - please see page 6 2020 10-13th April 15th August 23rd August Tba September 16 -18th October 2021 January 17 -22nd March August TBA

CANCELLED - National North Island Easter Rally – Horowhenua National AGM & Executive Meeting – Wanganui CANCELLED - 2020 VCC National Day/Daffodil Day National Day National Vintage Rally – Central Hawkes Bay/Hawkes Bay National Veteran Rally – Gore

POSTPONED TO 2022 International Rally -Taranaki area National Exec Meeting National AGM - Canterbury National Motorcycle Rally – (Wairarapa bid, tbc Aug 2019 AGM) 4

BRANCH EVENTS (listed in bold) PLEASE SEE PAGE 6 Please note changes may arise due to Covid-19 restrictions


APRIL Fri 3rd 3-5th 24th

Motorcycle Group Meeting - CANCELLED 5th South Canterbury Swapmeet - CANCELLED Otago Rally CANCELLED Club Night - CANCELLED

ALL DATES LISTED BELOW ARE TO BE CONFIRMED : MAY Fri 1st Sun 17th Thurs 28th Fri 29th

Motorcycle Group Meeting 2nd Ashburton Swapmeet - CANCELLED Restoration Rally Midweek Run Club Night

JUNE Fri 5th Sun 14th Thurs 25th Fri 26th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Branch AGM & Pot Luck Lunch Midweek Run - Midwinter Lunch Club Night

JULY Fri 3rd Sat 18th Thurs 30th Fri 31st

Motorcycle Group Meeting Branch Annual Dinner Midweek Run Club Night

AUG Fri 7th

Motorcycle Group Meeting 23rd National Day – Daffodil Rally for Cancer - CANCELLED Midweek Run Club Night

Thur 27th Fri 28th SEPT Fri 4th Tba Thu 24th Fri 25th

Motorcycle Group Meeting GM Night Rally Midweek Run Clubnight

OCT Fri 2nd Sat 3-4th Thurs 29th Fri 30th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Dunvegan Rally Prince Henry Tour Midweek Run 16-18th National Veteran Rally - Gore Club Night

NOV Fri 6th Sat 7th 21st /28th Thurs 26th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Taieri Tour Commercial Veteran Rally Club Night

DEC Sat 5th

Moped Rally

tba Autospectacular

14th Clutha Rally


Covid-19 Restrictions As most of you will know, on 22 March the Prime Minister announced a new alert system for New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and placed the country on Alert Level 2. This means that COVID-19 remains contained, but the risks are higher than at the minimum status of Alert Level 1. We are all expected to limit our movement around the country to essential travel only, those who are over 70 years of age or who have underlying health issues are asked to stay at home, and businesses are asked to implement working from home arrangements for staff where possible.

All branch and national events have been cancelled for the next 4-6 weeks. Decisions beyond then will be made closer to the time. With the government alert level being currently at Level 2 the following will apply until further notice:

Wednesday mornings- essential maintenance work only. No gatherings.

Friday nights - speakers cancelled, bar and club rooms will be closed.

Club rooms only open for members doing maintenance work—cutting grass etc (one member on site).

Last Thursday run (26 March) will be held only if the weather is fine as it will be BYO afternoon tea at an outside venue.

At this stage we will still proceed as planned with the Restoration Rally in May and the AGM in June however will review this as this situation evolves and advise members via email etc. I remind everyone to look after yourself and each other. Remember there is no need to panic and following advice from the Ministry of Health will help keep you and other members of our community safe and well. Branch committee will keep members advised by email with any further cancellations we make. Email is the quickest way that we will be able to update you so please provide your email addresses to Marion if you have not already done so. Members need to be guided by information coming through from the Ministry of Health and announcements from Government leaders. Look after yourselves and Wash Your Hands!

Nicola 6

February/March was a busy time for the branch with members attending rallies both locally and at neighbouring branches. From reading reports all enjoyed themselves with some being mentioned in the results. The beginning of March was the biannual Wings and Wheels organised by the Otago Aero Club. The weather gods were kind, the sun was shining and everyone enjoyed their day. The following weekend was the Best of British Car Rally which ended up at Portobello. Both events were a great opportunity for the branch to fly the flag and let others know who we are. The branch were in charge of looking after the gates at Portobello and my thanks to Andrew and Donna Roxburgh, Colin and Judy Winter, Ross McTaggart, Bruce Murray, Kevin Mason and Paddy Williams for looking after the gates. My thanks also to Mark Wilkinson who organised the route. This year the route went through Chatsford and I have heard that the residents were outside lining the route through the village. Both events were a great opportunity for the branch to fly the flag and let others know who we are. Also during March was the South Island Club Captains tour. Alon and Tracey always try to find new roads that have been less travelled and I am sure that this year was no different with everyone enjoying the route and camaraderie of the event. The National Executive meeting in Wellington on the 28th March has been cancelled due to Covid-19. The meeting was to include discussions on a proposed notice of motion and remit. The notice of motion is to give prospective members the option to join the club via the website whereas the remit is updating the club bylaws to allow for online payment of subscriptions. This will now take place at a future time. 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. Please contact Marion if you are interested in entering a vehicle for judging. Nicola. 7

Information Needed for the Club History Anyone who took part with their cars in movies or documentaries, apart from the Hanlon Series, contact David Mills on 027 222 4751 or mrdavidmills@gmail.com please. My deadline for the history is now the end of April so get in touch soon. Thanks, David

Wee Wheelie Wander Oamaru Mopeds Report 2020 On Saturday 15th February I rode in the Inaugural, and my inaugural Rally of the North Otago Branch of the VCC Mopeds, Wee Wheelie Wander. It was a great day, we travelled to Herbert with the bikes on the trailer, had morning tea and a briefing at the meeting house, given our instructions then headed away. Travelling on seal then onto the gravel, around past All day Bay and ending up at the Kakanui Fishing Club for lunch. We had a field test task to complete as well. After lunch we were given Run Sheets for the afternoon, which included a ‘Shed’ visit which housed some very special cars and bikes. After viewing these had a delicious afternoon tea and headed back to Herbert, where the bikes were loaded back onto the trailers. I really enjoyed the day as I had not been on a 2 wheeler bike for many, many years, I was a bit wobbly at first but got better each km I travelled. We covered at least 30km in total. Extra special thanks to Wendy & Gordon Pringle for the organisation of such a great day. There were 4 of us that had never been on a Moped Rally before, and this being our first one were each given a medal. - Reported by Ruth Edmunds 8

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Otago Branch) Inc

Restoration Rally Sunday 17th May 2020 Meet at VCC clubrooms 125 Forbury Rd Dunedin at 1.00 pm

Vehicles entering the Restoration Trophy Awards & Rally are to meet at 12.30 pm This rally is open to all VCC eligible vehicles. The rally will return to the clubrooms for afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be provided.

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

Model:……………………….. ENTRY FEE:

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

($5.00 per vehicle) Entries Close:

$ 5.00

Thursday 14th May

Organisers; Kevin Mason – 4885198, Andrew Roxburgh 488 3866 Please make cheques payable to: V.C.C of NZ Otago Branch Inc POST TO: P.O. Box 5352, Dunedin 9054, NB: Entries can be left with the organisers on a Wednesday morning at the clubrooms 9

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 2020. • 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) Guidelines • 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

RESTORATION RALLY – Details are enclosed for members who have just finished restoring or got a VCC eligible vehicle back on the road over the past 12 months. We encourage you to bring it out for this rally – it doesn’t need to be put forward for the Trophy Award, but it is a great opportunity for our members to see what members have been restoring, and to see these vehicles being used. Also, we encourage all our members to come out for a drive – no questions no challenges and a good chance to socialize with our members. NB Contact your secretary if you intend to enter the Trophy Award. We need to know your intentions as soon as possible, so that our judges have the details on hand before the day. BRANCH AGM Our AGM is coming up in June. The Agenda and call for nominations for Secretary, and other committee members will be advertised in May’s Roadrunner. Please put some serious thought into putting you name forward for a committee member position. This gives you the opportunity to learn what is involved in running our branch and how the whole Club works. We are all aware that these are voluntary positions, but as they say many hands make light work. Aprils club night Speaker – CANCELLED 2020 VCC National Day / Daffodil Day which was to be held on 23 August 2020 has been cancelled by National Office. Upcoming Events at other branches - Entry Forms If you would like a copy of entry forms for events that are happening elsewhere. There should be a copy in the clubrooms or contact me for a copy. I have a pile of different ones at the moment as we head into a busy few months of motoring. Entries usually close within two weeks of the event. Library Roster: We have had a few members pull out of the library Roster. If you can spare a few hours on a Friday evening every 5-6 weeks please let us know. Thanks. Note: The Library is now closed until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions. VIC Applications – please note - VIC Application forms have been updated - again. When completing these forms please ensure that you have the most up to date form titled Sept 2019 – Check the VCC website. –These continue to be updated as procedures change etc. 12

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, and Friday evenings when the clubrooms are open. Reminder – see if you can effectively 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. Vero Insurance Scheme - Just a reminder, the VCC Vero insurance scheme is set up for those with current VCC membership. If you become unfinancial you will no longer receive discounted insurance premiums.


- CANCELLED Thanks to all those who were willing to volunteer. My Vintage - www.myvintage.co.nz is a new online marketplace devoted to all those people who are passionate and enthusiastic about Old Cars and other old vehicles. KIWI FUEL CARD

For those folks who have a Kiwi Fuelcard this is a fantastic offer! If any members would like to find out how to get a kiwifuelcard and are unsure how to go about it, please feel free to contact me. Kaaren Smylie nicc@vcc.org.nz 075764180


Best of British The last time we were eligible to attend the Dunedin Best of British outing was in 1998. After a hiatus of over 20 years we returned to the fold. Having recently purchased a low mileage MG F. The old netball courts on Victoria Road were where the entrants arrived and also departed from. This year’s event honoured the Standard and Triumph marques. After a lengthy drive most of the participants arrived at the Portobello Reserve on Allen's Beach Road. The Otago Jaguar's Club who were the organisers of the days outing had done a marvelous job in having vehicles at the final destination parked in their tribal groups. All proceeds from the days outing we being donated to the Dunedin Coastguard. Unfortunately the day was really overcast - though not too cold. We enjoyed the days outing catching up with long lost friends. John Noble






Marque of the Day Best Standard Triumph

Trevor Payton





Best Ford

Pip Chapman Brian McConnachie


Cortina Mk4 Ghia

Best Jaguar/Daimler

Craig Miller



Best Mini

Ruth Edmunds Ross & Shona Osborne George & Pat Munro


Austin Mini Pickup







Best Vauxhall

Chris Willis James & Sharon Bascombe



Best Wolseley

Gavin Turner



Best Special/Replica

Brian Stewart


Ford GT40

Best Motorcycle

Gary Winter



Oldest Vehicle

Colin Winter






Darrin Gibbs & Family


Triumph Toledo

Geoff Moir


Ford Zodiac

Trevor Deaker


Triumph Stag

Boyd Wilkinson


Talbot Sunbeam Lotus

Chris LovellSmith


SS Jaguar

Best Austin

Best MG Best Morris Best Rover

PRIZE CAR TRIAL – FIRST Mehrtens Tyres Trophy CAR TRIAL Second place CAR TRIAL Third place JUDGES CHOICE Southern Classics Trophy PEOPLES CHOICE Classic Jaguar Limosines Trophy


Thursday February 27th VCC mid-week run to Middlemarch

Photos supplied by Bruce Murray 16





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