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

February 2019

2019 Jackson Rally and visit to the Leslie Groves Rest Home 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


Keith Moore

453 0592


Bill Partel


Bill Veitch

489 1626


Eleanor Harrison

479 8280


Colin Winter

456 4382


Kevin Mason


Alistair Graham


Andrew Roxburgh

488 4033

488 5198

455 8834 488 3866


Moira Cunningham

453 5777


David Ross

455 8800


Bill Partel

488 4033


Bruce Murray

487 7281


Marion McConachie

453 0404


Bill Partel

488 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 , 9012 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 FEBRUARY 1st Moira Cunningham 8th Bryan McConachie 15th Kevin Mason 22nd Paddy Williams

Library open 8.00 - 9.30 Friday night MARCH 1st Bill Veitch 8th Bruce Murray 15th Kevin Mason 22nd Moira Cunningham 29th Bryan McConachie

Welcome to New Member: The Otago Branch extends a very warm welcome to

Errol Moore who owns a Clement Bayard and a selection of


Errol is joining the Motorcycle team at the National Motorcycle Rally in Nelson in February. We look forward to seeing you at local and neighbouring events. 4

BRANCH EVENTS (listed in bold) 2019 FEB Fri 1st Sun 17th Thurs 28th Fri 22nd

Motorcycle Group Meeting Ladies Run 23rd Feb – Best of British - Oamaru Midweek Run Club Night - No Guest speaker this month

MAR Fri 1st Tues Sat 2nd Thurs 28th Fri 29

Motorcycle Group Meeting Sparkaholics – see notice elsewhere Vintage/PV Rally 10th Best of British – Dunedin Midweek Run Club Night - Guest speaker tbc

APR Fri 5th 12 -14th 25th Fri 26th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Otago Rally 19th – 21st National Easter Rally - Ashburton Anzac Day ? Last Thursday Run Club Night – Guest speaker tbc

MAY Fri 3rd Sun 19th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Restoration Rally

JUNE Sun 16th

Branch AGM

6th -13th Vintage -Veteran Tour

VCC NATIONAL EVENTS 2019 March 7-13th

October 19-20th

North Island Club Captain’s Tour – Tauranga to Wanganui Contact - Kaaren Smylie 02166 43 41 Pre ’56 MG National Rally – Cromwell National Executive Meeting – Wellington National SI Easter Rally—Ashburton Branch 50th Anniversary. Entry forms are available at the clubrooms Veteran & Vintage Tour National AGM @ Executive Meeting – West Coast Greymouth National Veteran Rally – South Canterbury -Timaru

2020 October 16-18th

National Veteran Rally – Gore

2021 January 17 -22nd

International Rally -Taranaki area

March 3-8th March 23rd April 19-21st May 6th-13th August 16-17th

My Vintage - is a new online marketplace devoted to all those people who are passionate and enthusiastic about Old Cars and other old vehicles. 5

Ladies Run

Sunday 17 February

Mid-week Run

Thursday 28 February

Meet at clubrooms by 1pm. BYO afternoon tea

Sparkaholics in March will be making a visit to an interesting small factory out on the Taieri. Day, time etc will be advised in the next Roadrunner.

Vintage/PV Rally Saturday 2 March 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


In the Driving Seat Happy New Year - I hope that everyone has had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas and New Year and able to get out in your club vehicles. There was another great turnout to the end of year Christmas BBQ - I hope everyone enjoyed their evening. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day either in the preparation and cooking or in the serving and cleaning.

Our club activities have already started with the annual Jackson Tour which was held on the 20th January and organised by Bill Veitch and Bruce Murray. The following weekend was the 65th annual Dunedin - Brighton Rally organised by Colin Winter. My thanks to everyone who turned up and/or helped on both events - I know that this is greatly appreciated by the organisers. The annual Best of British is being held on the 10th March and I am looking for 4-6 club members to help at the finish. This year the venue is the Dunback Domain with the charity being the East Otago St Johns. All British vehicles welcome with the marque of the day being the Rootes group eg: Hillman, Humber, Singer, etc. Food and Drink will available to purchase or feel free to bring your own. Please contact me if you are available. As mentioned prior to Christmas we are working on getting the exterior of the club rooms painted and at the same time replace a window. The good news is that we have most of the funds that we have applied for so this project should now be completed prior to winter. As usual all events are advertised in the branch magazine. Happy Motoring and I look forward to catching up with you during the year. Nicola From 15-21 February, Blenheim is the venue for around two hundred bikers attending the National Rally. The two day event will end on the Sunday and for those who wish, there will be another four days riding in the Marlborough and Nelson areas, finishing with a ride to Hanmer Springs on the Thursday. As has been the case for the last number of Nationals held every second year, a number of enthusiasts from Australia will be over, and I believe there will also be a couple from the UK. Loaner bikes are used by the visitors, two being supplied by locals Bruce and Bill. Not sure but I believe we may have seven Branch Members heading north next month to the Sunshine Capital - here's hoping. Bill Veitch 7

FOMC Column Nov 2018

Could Compulsory Insurance Cover Cut Cost of Crashes? By Roy Hughes National Secretary Federation of Motoring Clubs

A call from the Bay of Plenty Jaguar Enthusiasts Club to make third party motor vehicle insurance compulsory was strongly endorsed by a majority of the club delegates at the NZFOMC’s annual general meeting. Submitted as a topic of concern the recommendation highlighted the increasing cost of repairing accident damage often avoided by uninsured drivers and shouldered by the responsible vehicle owners. Commonly imposed in other countries it was contended by the Jaguar enthusiasts that making third party insurance compulsory in New Zealand too could encourage more careful road habits by younger drivers. If it was legally required to have third party cover before they were allowed to drive a vehicle there would be a price incentive to adopt safer driving practices to maintain a clean driving record, and they would also be dissuaded from buying over-powered, high risk cars which would be too costly to insure.

Following various comments in support of the argument from other delegates the FOMC AGM passed a motion that appropriate legal provisions to require compulsory third-party insurance cover on all vehicles be investigated and considered by the executive with the findings reported back to clubs. In a previous role as Minister of Road Safety, current FOMC president Harry Duynhoven mounted a strenuous campaign to make third party insurance compulsory. But it was opposed by the insurance industry, Business NZ, and the Automobile Association Concerned that it was the responsible motorists who were meeting all the costs when involved in collisions that were often not their fault, back in 2008 Duynhoven contended insurance companies were spending from $50 to $85Million a year covering the cost of crashes caused by uninsured motorists. However, a sample survey undertaken by the Ministry of Transport indicated that more than 90 per cent of vehicles on the road had some form of insurance cover and less than 8 per cent of drivers were totally uninsured. And it was argued that making third party cover compulsory would make little difference as those driving uninsured cars would also cease to register and warrant their vehicles also but still use them. However, with the advance of technology and widespread use of electronic number plate recognition, it is no longer so easy to drive unregistered vehicles. 8

While motor vehicle insurance is compulsory in many countries it is often in order to provide death and injury cover which here in New Zealand is provided by the Accident Compensation Corporation. For European classic vehicle collectors and enthusiasts, the requirements for compulsory injury insurance cover has resulted in a rather curious unanticipated increase in the costs they will now have to meet. As a result of a recent finding of the European Court of Justice it is now compulsory for unused and immobilized vehicles to also be insured. This is because a Portugese grandmother, who became too old drive, left her car parked in the back yard and allowed the insurance to lapse without formally de-registering it. Without her knowledge her son took the car and then killed himself and two passengers in an accident. Portugal’s State Insurance Fund has successfully sued her to recover the pay-outs they made to the families of the accident victims. As a result of this case and another recent ruling, vehicles which are still registered and therefore have not been officially withdrawn from use, and are still capable of being driven, remain subject to the insurance obligation even if the owners no longer intend to drive them and have left them immobilised on private land. What this means is that all collectable and heritage vehicles which are on the European equivalent of our “on hold” register must now remain insured even if they are stored in museums or undergoing a rebuild in a restoration shop. Letter to Secretary:

Hi Otago Branch, As p.v.v Talbot owners ourselves Alistair Robinson and I have organised a tour of New Zealand on behalf of the U.K. based Talbot Owners’ Club. There are 20 vehicles in total on the tour, mainly 1930’s vintage, with 11 Talbots, 3 Sunbeams and a Speed 25 Alvis coming in from U.K. and Europe. We’ll be travelling through Otago on 28 February – 2 March, staying overnight in Dunedin. Any of your Branch members who come across us during our travels, please say hello or give us a toot and a wave if you see us pass by. Thanks and regards, Kevin Beesley


Entry Forms for other Branch Events - If you are looking for entry

forms for rallies being run by other branches please contact your branch secretary or you can usually find them on the VCC website. Some will also be available at the clubrooms

NB National South Island Easter Rally - Ashburton And North Island Club Captain Rally - Entry forms are available at the clubrooms

NB: 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.



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 February. Meet at clubrooms by 1pm. BYO afternoon tea. 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.

CHANGE OF BRANCH MAILING ADDRESS – Please note our new address is now P.O. Box 5352, Dunedin 9054 - Our Post Office Box is now situated in the Lobby in the exchange.

Best of British on the 10th of March: 4-6 marshals required at the lunch stop. Please contact our Branch Chairperson if you are able to help. Club Night - Guest Speakers - It has been suggested that we ask you our Branch Members to step forward and offer to give a short presentation of a subject of interest to you. It may be your vehicle and its history, your past or present job, any travel, or visits to places of interest that might be of interest to your fellow members. Go on - many of you will have some really interesting stories to tell. 10

2019 Jackson Rally In the best Hollywood tradition, as winner of the Jackson Rally this year, I should thank my parents/grandparents/family/wife/ pet cat – or possibly thank my dedicated navigator – a $6 music stand imported from China (where else?) – which cleverly holds the rally instructions at a level which is easy to read while driving??? The reality is of course, Bill Veitch & his team have a complicated and devious formula of producing the results which possibly involves looking around to see who hasn’t written a piece for the newsletter and promptly announcing them winner!!! The motorcycle section was won by Andrew Roxburgh on his Ariel. Andrew followed me for some time, can I claim a part in his win?? Anyway a perfect day saw 27 entries including 4 motorcycles heading off from the clubrooms. The route took us about halfway down the peninsula, back again, then down the other side of the harbour for some distance, then by a devious route over to Wakari, ending at Leslie Groves Rest Home. The route managed to include just about every steep St in Dunedin , which we fearlessly attacked both uphill & downhill. All in all an imaginative and interesting rally – thanks team! On arrival at Leslie Groves, the cars were displayed for the inhabitants to check over while our entrants were treated to a very welcome afternoon tea – thanks to the Leslie Grove people for their generosity. We possibly don’t realise how much it means to the rest home ‘guests’ to have this kind of change in routine and get out to look at the cars. I met one old gent who was a fanatic on Cortina’s – I’m sure if the keys had been left in the Cortina’s parked there, he would have been off down the road!. The VCC should be commended for this kind of display which brings back memories for the elderly in this kind of institution. Overall, a great day, thanks to all involved. Neil Gamble


VINTAGE / POST VINTAGE RALLY Saturday 2nd March 2019 Meet at the VCC clubrooms, 125 Forbury Road at 1.00pm for 1.15pm departure Please bring your own afternoon tea – come along and enjoy a leisurely run in the country Members are cordially invited to attend this Annual event. All VCC eligible vehicles and moderns are welcome Vintage and Post Vintage Vehicles only are eligible for Trophies.

ENTRY FORM Entrant’s (Driver’s) Name……………………………………….

Address……………………………………………………….…… Vehicle………………………………………………………..…… Make…………………………………………...……………….…. Year of Manufacture……………..……………..… Model…………………………………..…………… Type……………………………………………..…. ENTRY FEE


Entries forms can be left in the box provided at the clubrooms Post to Vintage Car Club P.O.Box 5352, Dunedin 9054 Or please advise numbers to: Kevin Mason 488 5198 or Bryan McConachie 4530404 or email to 12


2 December 2018

PO Box 2546, Christchurch 8140 Telephone (03) 366 4461 Fax (03) 366 0273 Email Website 14

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Otago Branch Inc

Ladies Run

Sunday 17 February 2019 Meet at the VCC Clubrooms 25 Forbury Road, Dunedin At 1.00 pm NB: Please bring your own afternoon tea ENTRY FORM: Entrant’s Name:………………………….…………………….…..…………………

Address:…………………..……………….………………………………………….. Drivers Name:…………………..…….……………………………………………… Vehicle:………………………..…...………………………………….……………... Make:………………….…...…………….. Year of Manufacture….….……...……... Model:………………………….…….. ENTRY FEE: Entries Close:

$5.00 per vehicle

$ 5.00

Friday 15th February 2019

Please make cheques payable to: POST TO:

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

V.C.C of N.Z. Otago Branch Inc

Vintage Car Club P.O. Box 5352,

Dunedin, 9054

NB Cash payment can be made on the day – please notify the Club Secretary of your intentions

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Mopeds in South Otago Nine Otago Branch Mopeders entered the ride in South Otago on December 2nd. Total entered exceeded the mid 20’s and after the normal morning cuppa it was off in a cloud of smoke towards Kaka Point. A look around the buildings at Telford was interesting as was a look through the original old stone office block. Our hosts had arranged a couple of gates opened at the Nugget’s Lighthouse area, sadly the sea fog blocked any sight-seeing but the steep climb tested the fitness of a few riders, dismounting and running alongside their bike was necessary. It was back to the Kaka Point Fire Station for an excellent lunch and for some, a full-on race back to the clubrooms. One of our members who shall remain nameless missed the turn off just past the Telford visit arriving at Owaka to find all of us – NOT THERE. Perhaps he just didn’t read his instructions. Then was the silly bit, why on earth would a bunch of grown men want to boil water in a Thermette just to see who could do it the fastest - beats me. We had just had a cup of tea, didn’t need the hot water (I came second to Gill Edmunds). Bill Veitch


BEST OF BRITISH Charity Motoring Day

Sunday March 10th, 2019 A Great Day Out - All British Vehicles Welcome! Car Trial – Show’n’Shine - BBQ Marque of the Day: ROOTES GROUP All Proceeds to ST JOHNS AMBULANCE PALMERSTON

Departing: 9am–10.30am, Ice Stadium car-park, 120 Victoria Road, St Kilda. Destination: Dunback Domain, 23 Domain Rd, Makareao Entry Fee: $10/bike, $20/car - Public entry gold coin Check our Facebook page for updates


2019 Jackson Rally

Leslie Groves Rest Home

Happy New Year everyone. Hopefully you all had a great Christmas and are enjoying the summer. I spent Christmas day in Iceland where there was only four hours of daylight each day! An interesting experience but it is good to be back to the summer and lots of daylight for motoring. A reminder to please send me your photos, articles and any items of interest for the magazine. Looking forward to another year of fun vintage runs and great company. Regards, Eleanor

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Phone: Sue – (Dunedin) 03 488 4033/021 146 4987



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