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

September 2019

Overnight Run - 10 August: visit to Te Kiteroa Lodge 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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Bill Veitch

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Colin Winter

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Kevin Mason

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Moira Cunningham

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David Ross

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Bill Partel

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Bruce Murray

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Bill Veitch

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Bill Partel

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David Cunningham

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Kevin Mason

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Bruce Murray

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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 SEPTEMBER 6th Kevin Mason 13th Bryan McConachie 20th Paddy Williams 27th Moira Cunningham NOVEMBER 1st Moira Cunningham 8th Bill Veitch 15th Kevin Mason 22nd Paddy Williams 29th Bryan McConachie

Library open 8.00 - 9.30 Friday night OCTOBER 4th Bill Veitch 11th Kevin Mason 18th Paddy Williams 25th Bryan McConachie DECEMBER 6th Moira Cunningham 13th Bill Veitch 20th Kevin Mason 27th CLOSED

2021 Vero Festival of Historic Motoring

At the Club's Annual General Meeting I announced that Tony Haycock has reluctantly stood down as Festival Director due to work commitments which take him overseas for extended periods of time. However because of his enthusiasm and commitment to the Festival Tony will continue to have a role on the organising team and will also become the Management Committee representative on the Committee. In light of this, I am pleased to announce that Greg Terrill has agreed to step into the role of Festival Director. So we still have the same team, but in re-arranged positions. Diane Quarrie, National President 4

BRANCH EVENTS (listed in bold) 2019 SEPT Fri 6th Sat 7th Sun 22nd Thurs 26th Fri 27th OCT Fri 4th Sat 5th-6th 13-17th Fri 25th Thur 31st

Motorcycle Group Meeting GM Night Rally Autospectacular – Edgar Centre PWV/P60/P80 Rally Midweek Run - Meet at Outram School 12.50pm Club Night – Guest Speaker - Nicola Wilkinson Sat 28th Blossom Festival Rally – Central Otago Motorcycle Group Meeting Dunvegan Rally Prince Henry Tour 18th -20th National Veteran Rally Timaru Club Night – Meeting only Midweek Run

NOV Fri 1st Sat 2nd Sun 24th Thurs 28th Fri 29th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Taieri Tour Commercial and Veteran Rally Midweek Run Club Night – Meeting only

DEC Fri 6th Sun 8th Fri 20th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Christmas BBQ Last Friday

2020 April 3-5th

Otago Rally

9th Clutha Rally

Windsor Rally - Oamaru

VCC NATIONAL EVENTS 2019 October 18-20th October 13-17th 2020 TBA April August October 16-18th 2021 January 17 -22nd TBA

National Veteran Rally – South Canterbury -Timaru Prince Henry Tour – entry forms are out. South Island Club Captains Tour National North Island Easter Rally – Horowhenua National AGM & Executive Meeting - Wanganui National Veteran Rally – Gore

International Rally -Taranaki area National Motorcycle Rally (Wairarapa bid: tbc Aug 2019 AGM) . 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

FRIDAY NIGHTS will be back to normal opening hours from the first Friday of September

GM NIGHT RALLY – Saturday 7th September Meet at 6.30pm at the clubrooms

Sunday 8th September Afternoon tea for longer serving members of the club to help identify photos etc in relation to our branch history.

PW/P60/P80 Rally - Sunday 22nd September

Entry form on page 10 – Please get these into the organiser asap.

MIDWEEK RUN - THURSDAY 26th SEPTEMBER Meet 12.50 pm at Outram School

As you come into Outram turn Left onto Hoylake St, Right onto Beaumaris St. Park up and we will go in to the school together ** Please bring your VCC eligible vehicles – for the pupils to look at ** After the visit we will decide on a place to go for afternoon tea BYO afternoon tea if the weather looks good for an outside venue

GUEST SPEAKER – FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER – 8.00pm Nicola Wilkinson – avoiding scams and staying safe online

DUNVEGAN (Motorcycle) RALLY 5-6th October 2019 Entry forms are now available from the organisers If you would like one please contact: Bill Veitch 4891626

PRINCE HENRY TOUR 14-18th October Time keepers needed

About 2 time keepers needed on Monday 14th October for about an hour to assist with time section as participants depart Dunedin. Please contact either: Nevin Gough (organizer) 0211150312 or Bryan McConachie

47th Annual Taieri Tour - 2 November Entry form on page 13 6

In the Driving Seat I really love this time of the year with the new born lambs, daffodils and blossom trees out in abundance. It means that Spring is nearly here and we can enjoy the long fine days outdoors either in the garden or motoring in our classics. Mark and I have just returned from the West Coast attending the National AGM and National Executive meetings. The underlining theme of the weekend was “youth” as nearly every presentation starting with our Foundation Member Andrew Anderson was on how can we encourage the youth to not only join our club but also take an active part - do we hold events that they will want to participate in. By youth we are not just talking of the junior membership which is under 21 - one interesting statistic that came out of the weekend is that 34% of the national membership is under 65 so we need to encourage more members in this age group as they will be leading the club in years to come. During the weekend we had a presentation on online registration, re-branding and also an update on the strategic plan. I will expand on these in my report and also go through the presentations on a Friday night when they are sent out. As a branch we cater very well for those in the over 66 age group however I would be interested in hearing from members in the younger age group and young at heart on ideas on what we can offer you. This coming weekend is the Daffodil Rally for Cancer where we are travelling from Dunedin to Waihola to meet up with participants travelling up from South Otago. Advertising so far has been predominately via Facebook with our event being shared by quite a few different pages or groups so it will be interesting to see how many turn up. At the AGM it was agreed that we would continue fund-raising for the Cancer Society for another 2 years. On the 31st August we are helping with the launch of the Cable Car Restoration while the following weekend is the Autospectacular Car Show followed that night with the GM Night Rally which is again open to all vehicles - modern or classic and is a fun drive around the city with supper at the end. The entry form for the Taieri Tour is in this month’s Road Runner and my thanks to Travis Michelle and Ross Jefferson for agreeing to organise this year’s tour. From what I have heard so far they have two interesting routes and field tests arranged for us plus plan to incorporate some ideas from previous tours as a way to encourage the whole family to take part. Nicola 7

Blossom Festival 28th September – is now available - You can access this through their Newsletter or contact me for a copy. 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.

Guest Speakers – Club Nights

Member Nicola Wilkinson will speak on 27 September. We have also had an indication from member Bob Woodford, who has agreed to talk about his interests. We would like to hear from anyone else who would like to speak about their hobbies etc for about 30 – 45 mins - then we can set a date for you.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS - ARE NOW AVAILABLE for the 2019-2020 year $60 per book

All you members who come along to our Thursday Runs or even attend out of town events, you will be surprised which cafes and restaurants offer some amazing discounts. Also when travelling in NZ and Australia there are deals available for hire vehicles, flights, accommodation. Check out the sample book at the clubrooms and contact your branch secretary if you would like to purchase one. Savings of up to 50% in some cases. $11 from each sale goes to your branch. A sample of the book is available for looking at at the clubrooms.

VIC Applications – please note - VIC Application forms have been updated. 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 address’s. 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, and

Friday evenings when the clubrooms are open. Reminder – see if you can effectively recycle your parts before scrapping them. NO TYREs by request. 8

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 they have insurance cover under the VCC Scheme with Vero, current membership is a requirement.

VERO 2021 Presentation / Information evening Thanks to Tony Haycock who gave an interesting presentation to Club members on Monday 11th of August. We had members from South Otago and Oamaru come along for this as well. We were not able to get the Power Point working so Tony was left to do this off the cuff so to speak. Lots of information and a few questions at the end. The evening was finished with a hot cuppa and biscuits.

DAFFODIL DELIVERIES MONDAY 26TH AUGUST CANCER SOCIETY Thanks to all our members who have volunteered to deliver daffodils on Monday. We had a full roster of drivers. Well Done team. You do our branch proud.



PWV/P60/P80 RALLY SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2019 Assemble at Clubrooms 10 AM for 10.15 am start

All classes of vehicles welcome PWV / P60/P80 classes only eligible for trophies Bring your own lunch Please complete and return form below to: Kevin Mason at clubrooms on a Wednesday Or: Vintage Car Club of N.Z Inc Otago Branch, PO Box 5352, Dunedin 9054 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ENTRY FORM Entrant (Driver's) Name:___________________________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________ Vehicle:__________________________________________________ Make:___________________ Year of Manufacture:_______________ Model:___________________________________________________ Entry Fee:

Entries Close

$5.00 per vehicle

Wednesday 18th Sept 2019

NB Cheques to be made payable to Vintage Car Club of NZ Otago Branch Or Cash







The VCC of NZ Otago Branch Inc invites members to join us for our major event of the year, the Annual Taieri Tour. Get prepared for some good vintage motoring in the Taieri area with a picnic lunch stop. Bring your own lunch and hot drinks. Hot Water will be available at lunch venue. We welcome you to take part in this friendly, informal, family event. NB Getting to Wingatui Community Hall – Drive to Mosgiel via SH1 – Turn Right onto Gladstone Road (before the Railway Crossing and opposite the Z petrol Station) Follow this road until you reach the Hall TOUR FORMAT: 9.30 am

Assemble at Wingatui Community Hall - Collect Rally Packs and Morning tea 10.00 am Driver briefing 10.15 am First car away 12.30–2 approx Lunch - People’s Choice voting 2.00 approx You are free to motor back to the clubrooms at your leisure. 4.30 pm Drinks available at the bar. Parts shed open 5.30 pm Dinner and Prizegiving Presentation of 50 Year Awards ELIGIBILITY:

The Tour is open to all VCC of NZ eligible vehicles and will be divided into the following classes: Veteran, Vintage, PV, PW, P60, P80 Motorcycles. Includes commercials and motorcycles over all classes. All entrants must be financial members of the VCC of NZ. TROPHIES:

A Trophy cup will be presented to the overall winner of the Tour. Trophies and Certificates will be awarded in each class. Certificate will be awarded for ‘People’s Choice’ SOCIAL EVENTS:

All participants are invited to join the regular Friday evening club night Friday 2nd November, at the clubrooms, 125 Forbury Road from 8.00 pm onwards.

We ask that you indicate your intentions to attend the Dinner for Saturday 12


47th Annual Taieri Tour Saturday 2nd November 2019 NB: Meet at Wingatui Hall, Gladstone Road North, Mosgiel ENTRANTS NAME _________________________________________

ADDRESS ________________________________________________ DRIVERS NAME __________________________________________ VEHICLE MAKE ____________________ Year ______________

ROUTE Medium Long

Nominated Speed

Approx 50 miles some gravel Approx 70 miles some gravel




miles per hour



RALLY BADGE (Please indicate if not required) PRIZE GIVING DINNER:




(Please note venue on facing page)

No: _____


Dietary requirements please indicate PAYMENT ENCLOSED



ENTRIES CLOSE: Friday 25TH OCTOBER 2019 Cheques Payable to: VCC of NZ Otago Branch Inc Internet banking: 030903039095100 Surname and Taieri Tour as Ref Post your entries to: P.O. Box 5352, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058 Email your entries to: 13

For More Information contact: Trav Michelle 489 8115, 0274342300

Ross Jefferson 489 2326 Email entries to:

INVITATION TO ALL VCC MEMBERS To attend the presentation of

50 YEAR AWARDS To Ivan Bennett

Bob Herron To be presented during the Taieri Tour Prizegiving Dinner Please indicate your intention to attend the Dinner by completing the Entry form attached, and advising the organisers


OVERNIGHT RUN REPORT On the 10th of August 2 Cortinas, 1 Scimitar, 1 Riley, 1 Vauxhall 1 modern car departed the clubrooms, and headed north over the old Main Road around Mount Cargill down to Waitati. Then onto the Coast Road via Seacliff and Karitane. Having encountered a brief sleet shower around Mount Cargill the remainder of the day saw us traveling in rain. Regrouped at Palmerston, another member joined us for the drive through to Oamaru via Kakanui. We all welcomed the warmth of The Galley Café for lunch. Riverstone was the next stop, where we had a wander through the sheds and made the odd purchase. We had an appointment with Waimate Club members John and Barbara Dawson at 3pm, so no time to linger here. The Scimitar was having electrical problems at Oamaru, so they carried on to Waimate. Having to stop at a Stop sign, it refused to budge. When some of us finally arrived at Waimate we found the driver under the bonnet, getting wet and frustrated. Out came a few more parts and tools from other members, as they tried to get to the route of the problem. Before that though a push from 4-5 members saw the car being pushed onto the footpath and under cover of the veranda. Don’t know if they realise they were parked beside the Police Station. Problem solved we all headed to the clubrooms, to a warm welcome and a short talk on the history of Waimate from John. The men then went to have a look at a members car collection while the ladies went to visit Te Kiteroa Homestead. The ladies were treated to a cup of tea and a talk on its history. What amazing insight the original owner had all those years ago. Now, the owners take in boarders most of whom are in NZ on work visas, working at the Diary Factory not far from Waimate. Ron and Linley Hammer, and the Dawson’s joined us for a very sociable dinner at the Royal Hotel that evening. Heavy rain saw gutters over flowing in many areas. Next morning, cool, but no rain, we had a brief guided tour of ‘Bushtown’ a heritage site being developed to replicate the sawmilling era and the mighty native forests. It recalls the story of early settlers, bushmen and their families when Waimate was a thriving sawmill town. It is still a work in progress, with many native trees having been planted around the area and the development of a Minature Railway. The amount of volunteer work that has gone into this project is huge. But their focus is to make this an educational and family focused place for people to utilise well into the future. From here we took the inland route to Kurow for lunch at the Wild Sage Café. Sun and snow covered mountains popped through the clouds as we drove home via Duntroon, Five Forks and back to SHI at Maheno. Final cuppa was had at Waikouaiti before everyone made their way home. Thanks to Kevin, and Ruth for their input – the visits they arranged were well worth it. Does anyone want to do another Overnight Run? - Probably when it is a bit warmer though. Marion See Page 22 for photos 15

Report - August 2019 AGM and National Exec Meeting National Exec Meeting: Matters arising from the March meeting - the notice of motion that we put forward last year for ratification may soon be finalised as under the main club constitution clauses 15.10 and 6.5 the executive are able to delegate authority when required. As well as our notice of motion there was also a change from the Manawatu branch that required ratifying so the executive have delegated the authority for this to the Honorary Secretary/Treasurer. Beaded Wheels - instead of transferring these onto a CD these are now being posted onto a link via their web page and will be available to be downloaded. Budget for 2019/2020 - no increase in National Subscriptions. Changes to the Bylaws - the private remit put forward by Rod Brayshaw and Tony Bartlett was approved after a lengthy discussion - 33 for and 5 against. The other remit regarding presenting 50 year badges was withdrawn as the current bylaw allows the National President to delegate this out to the branch chairmen, patrons etc which has happened in the past as the occasion warrants. Bay of Plenty branch put forward a request to include the word Classic in their name. This request was voted on by delegates and declined. The main reason being that we are all branches of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand and should be stylised as such. There are a couple of exceptions however those branches were clubs set up prior to joining the VCC and so were given permission to keep their original name. Rallies - the inaugural National Vintage Rally is being held in the Hawkes Bay region on September 2020 and being hosted by the Central Hawkes Bay and Hawkes Bay branches. It will be a 3 day event possibly limited to 75 entrants. Another new event being held next year is the Highland Fling which is being held on ANZAC weekend around the Taihape region. This event is being held in the North Island and is modelled on the Irishman Creek rally. Like the Irishman - it tailors for Veteran and Vintage vehicles however unlike the Irishman - will be held on a different date each year as the premise is for a different branch to organise the event each year so the date will be one that suits them. Online Registration. For a couple of years the management committee have been looking at implementing online registrations to make it easier for new members to join and had asked Murray Trounson from Canterbury Branch to look into this further. One of Murray’s son’s works in IT and had drafted up a possible online form for us to look at. Murray’s son is in his mid 30’s so the application process was drafted with what this age group are looking for - something that is quick and easy to use. The proposal is that the standard form would be sent to National Office who would then forward to a branch for approval. The proposal also included the prospective member paying the membership fee up front so there is still some work on what this would look like. It is planned that the final draft will be available for the March Executive meeting and then signed off at next years AGM. The paper registration form will modified at the same time so both options are user friendly. Draft Constitution - as previously mentioned it is not compulsory for branches to adopt this however as there were no other changes to be made it is now available to be used on request to National Office. 16

AGM report: The AGM was opened by Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and then followed by an address by founding member Andrew Anderson. Andrew’s address set the underlining theme for the AGM which as I mentioned in my chairman's report was plugging into youth for the future for the club. Give them the events that they want - i.e: the Targa Rally. encouraging youth to join and organising events that they want to participate. As Andrew said “Our people like what we have as other challenges aren’t there for them”. Matters arising from the previous AGM: There was an article sent to branches advising how to join the club Facebook page search Vintage Car Club of New Zealand. Work is being done on updating the club brochures. WOF issues - branches are still encouraged to produce a list of local garages/WOF testing stations that can assist members to find one that is sympathetic to our vehicles. Beaded Wheels - can be purchased online and can also be sent electronically to members. Reports: The presidents report was included with the notice of meeting and there was no discussion on this. I will arrange for the others to be emailed out to branch members. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. During the report session we had a presentation from Roger White Chairman of the Vehicle Technical Committee on what they do. The members on this committee are have extensive experience in the Motor industry. With VIC applications they would like us to make sure that all information is supplied - the more information is better and recommended taking good quality photos of old registration and warrant stickers, engine and chassis numbers etc as these all help with dating the vehicle. Roger gave a couple of examples of vehicles which have been double dated which in the case of one meant that until the owner can produce more information is classified as a Vintage instead of a Veteran. He also recommended that when restoring a vehicle to find materials that are as close to the original as possible. Election of Officers: The successful candidates for the 3 Management Committee positions were Tony Bartlett, Ed Boyd and George R Kear. Of the 8673 members, 1805 voted which equates to 19% of members who voted. Otago had the 4th highest percentage of members per branch with 32% of branch members voting. The highest was Gisborne with 39% followed by Horowhenua with 34% and Wanganui with 33%. Due to work commitments Tony Haycock has stood down as the Rally Director for the 2021 Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring and has been replaced by Greg Terrill. Tony is still very committed to the festival and will remain committee as the National Management Committee Liaison member. John L Goddard Trophy was presented to Murray Thoms from Tauranga. Murray and his wife spent a month travelling around the South Island at the end of last year in their Veteran car. 17

Updating VCC Image - President Diane Quarrie gave a presentation on a proposal to update our image which includes a possible tag line of “Driving Our History� and possible change of the logo which can incorporate the tag line. I am hoping that the presentation will be forwarded to branches so we will be able to go through it at a monthly club night. The members present were very positive towards updating our image to make it more relevant. Strategic Plan: Gaynor Terrill gave an update on the strategic plan that was implemented at the 2015 AGM. She went through ways of increasing public awareness which included branch visibility - visits to retirement homes/schools etc; using the Youth Subsidy Grant; Advertising in other car magazines and the Facebook page. Her recommendations for improving club visibility include: Continue liking the Facebook page. Contributions for the Facebook page can be sent to These can include photos with a brief 3-4 line comment. Increase the functionality of the VCC website. National Day to become a priority. Upload branch magazines to the website on a regular basis. Things to consider: How is our branch friendly and welcoming? Do we have a designated person to look after new members? Are our premises clean and tidy? Do the clubrooms interior fit with a younger generation or is it more like a museum? Are they bright and fresh looking? Are the photos current? Does the library and parts shed cater for more modern vehicles? Would our guest speakers be of interest to the age of people we are trying to attract? Recommendations: Branches should have a delegated person(s) to look after new members Consider what we do as a branch and its perception to others Guest speakers may need to reflect the age of the audience Complete the development of the online membership application Seek consensus from AGM to investigate and develop possible re-branding scenarios

I would like to thank everyone for their support with my bid for the National Management Committee. While the vote was close, I unfortunately missed out - this time. It was encouraging to see that behind the two biggest branches of Auckland and Canterbury - Otago had the next highest number of votes. After talking to quite a few members at the AGM there is a mood for change so I am reviewing my options and look at trying again next year. Mark Wilkinson 18


SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2019 90 minutes of night time navigation and observation –


BRING YOUR IMAGINATIONS AND TORCHES Start and Finish at the Otago Branch of the VCC clubrooms 125 Forbury Road, Dunedin from 6.30 pm Rally to start at 7.00 pm

All makes of vehicles are welcome, especially GM Vehicles (even trucks and Japanese cars!)

Entry per Vehicle $5.00

Includes supper.


The Mewhinney Norton Part 3 The Final By the mid 1950’s the Norton became obsolete and I recall both bikes in Earle’s Filleul Street shop about this time. A chap by the name of Noel Mains took ownership of both the Norton and the Triumph Tiger 100 but probably at different times. Earle had purchased the T100 from his employer at the time Allan Crighton, this was February 1947 shortly before opening his own shop. It was thought he was perhaps the first ever to turn the Triumph head back to front with straight pipes from the rear and the carbs out front. However he wasn’t the first, in a pre-war magazine there was an article of someone in Ireland who did this mod. I digress. Noel entered a few local events on the Norton but being obsolete in the 1960’s met with little success, so a battery and lights were fitted and he rode it to work for a time. Noel left the bike at Crighton’s for sale, the price, forty pounds but there were no takers for this old pre-war useless motorcycle. He took it home and dismantled it for parts. Noel must have worn out a number of hacksaw blades as he cut all the “Beart” fins off the head and cylinder, sacrilege, but who cared back then. So as previously mentioned the demise, but not quite. I did some lunchtime repairs to an outboard motor for Colin Marsden who was working at Crighton’s at the time. Payment, that old Norton engine in the window, the one with no cooling fins. This would have been about 1965, the local motorcycle club was to celebrate 21 years in 1967 to include a hill climb at Bethunes Gully, also to allow any of the older past members to have a ride at their pace on a bike of their era. I knew where most of the parts were for the bike, gearbox unused in Christchurch, frame and forks out at Waitati, in fact most parts were located, just the impressive wrap around oil tank had disappeared. The oil tank was manufactured from photos, the bike assembled, the motor on cool running alcohol due to having no fins, all ready for a couple of ex club members to ride the hill climb. What happened next would bring tears to both eyes, just three weeks before the reunion through no fault of mine, this rare old racer was crashed, so bad the girder forks were demolished to a state where the front axle was in line with the engine sprocket. Yes there was human damage but we won’t go there, that’s another story! 20

The Mewhinney Norton Part 3 continued ... Some years later the Classic Racing scene came alive and so did the Norton. With a frame re-align, second hand forks, wheels rebuilt plus other repairs including good condition head and cylinder with fins fitted, the Norton came alive once again. The bike performed well at the 1983 and 86 Cust Revival meetings and over the years since has been entered in a number of Classic meetings. Now retired from any competition (as is the owner) this Norton, after a rather checkered life is fortunately resting in one piece, now with the original found oil tank. Bill Veitch

Calling out to the younger age group and young at heart - I would love to find out what activities, events, runs etc would interest you. Do you want monthly runs similar to the Thursday group but on a Sunday? Is there a topic of interest that we can arrange a guest speaker for - or maybe we can put you in touch with another member who has some knowledge & skills to help with a restoration? Please email or phone me - or 021 180 3225.

Nicola 21

Overnight Run to Waimate - see report on page 15


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