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Southland Branch - Vintage Car Club of NZ Inc. PO Box 1240, Invercargill 9840

June Mid-Week Rally lunch, Pioneer Tavern, Edendale.

Next Meeting 7:30pm Thursday, 25th July, 2019 Ariki Lodge, 46 Ariki Ave, Otatara



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Office Bearers 2019/2020 Patron Chairman Secretary

Wayne Nicoll Ray McCulloch Janet McCulloch Treasurer Sheryn Warren Club Captain Tony Warren Grounds Olly Olsson Buildings John Burke Bulletin Rae Wilson Editor Ken Officer Trevor Wilkey Librarian Roy Shanks Parts Shed John Burke Alwyn Hoskins Neil Kidd ID Cards etc Ferg McDowell Southland Branch website VCC website My Vintage website

215 7136 217 9667 217 9667 217 0524 217 0524

Executive Executive Executive

235 8567 (027 499 8769)

Executive Executive Executive Executive Executive Executive Executive

216 6056 217 8177 2159302 216 3788 235 8449 Buy & Sell

Bar Roster The bar is open from 4:30pm until 9:00pm July 06 Ron Irwin August 13 Wayne Calderwood 20 Russell Jenkins 27 Peter Pryde

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Tony Warren

Trevor Wilkey Dave Birss Brian Dunick Ron Irwin


NEXT WEDNESDAY RUN – 7 August 2019 Starts from Racecourse gates at 10.30am. Lunch $15 per person, payable at the start. Numbers please by Sunday 4 August to Malcolm and Noeline Shaw, Ph. 235 8438.

Editor’s comments We are taught at an early age (or maybe we just learn by osmosis) that there is a consequence to everything we do. The great cries of today are conservation and protection of the environment. It strikes me as rather strange that the powers that be get so excited about the adoption of electric vehicles and even hydrogen powered vehicles without immediate planning and budgeting for the greatly expanded electricity generation and distribution network requirements to support these. There also doesn’t seem to be any consideration given to the carbon footprint or the pollution created by the manufacture, delivery and disposals required. It strikes me these will be the consequences of another generation’s righteous yet ill-conceived development. Next month I am introducing a member profile article, initially profiling for you the officeholders of our club. There are 10 members on the club Executive, so that represents eight editions, since four of our members are couples and will therefore be profiled together. I will start with a profile of our club Patron, Wayne Nicoll. Thank you for leading the way Wayne.

August Rumour closing date is August 15th. Please note this as it is earlier than usual because I will be away for a couple of weeks. Rae.

Your Ad Here Contact Dave Harris for details (03) 2156068 or 027 201 6722 SVCC Rumour

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From the Chair It’s been relatively quiet in regards to vintage motoring lately, so now is a good time to give your vehicles some TLC. Further to the question in last month’s Rumour regards having a Welfare Officer for the branch we have a good result with 3 members volunteering their time – Rae Wilson, Barry Hayman and Roy Shanks. If you know of any member that would want some assistance with attending meetings or whatever please contact any of these gentlemen. Next month on 26th is the National Cancer Run, this is being organised by Tony Warren and his team and is open to the public and ourselves and you don’t have to bring your vintage vehicles along. It’s starting 1pm at Club Southland, 115 Leet St. and is $10 per vehicle with members bringing a packet of biscuits please, back to the clubrooms for afternoon tea. Leading up to this event we would like to hold a raffle consisting of hampers so if members could bring something non-perishable items along to the next meeting for this that would be greatly appreciated. You will all have recently received your voting papers for the National body. Once again we will be doing a bulk postage so if you want to bring your envelope along to the next meeting or drop it off to 9 Abbot St prior to 4th August, we will send it away thereby saving you a $1.30 stamp. Further to the discussion regards Arrowtown Motorcycle Rally there has been a meeting with relevant people. The outcome of this is it will stay with the status quo however there will be some tighter safety regulations put in place.

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An idea has been thrown around of having a social motorcycle run - day trip – around Southland in addition to the Arrowtown Rally. There are still some points to sort out but if you have any ideas for this please contact either Tony Warren or me. Ray.

This month’s meeting After this month’s meeting Dale Simmons will display and talk to us about his PAX Vauxhall.

June meeting address We had an interesting address from Bruce Moore followed by a demonstration of the Arapal Therapeutic Massage equipment. A number of members took advantage of the opportunity to personally assess this equipment and get a feeling for its effectiveness. Bruce sends his thanks for the opportunity to speak to us and appreciated the interest shown. If you missed out on the opportunity you can still ask Rae Wilson for a personal/confidential home demonstration/assessment.

North Cape to Bluff Rally The North Shore Branch has requested our branch to host them for a meal while in Invercargill. The executive has agreed to do this on Friday October 18. We have yet to hear numbers but we would like to see a number of our members to welcome them to Southland. The Rally is expected to arrive in Invercargill late on Thursday, October 17. We will be providing more information on this one as time progresses.

Chalmers Fire Tender There was some discussion at the AGM regarding the status of the Club's Chalmers Fire Tender. It appeared that many members present had either forgotten about the existence of this vehicle or in fact didn't know about it. The Fire Tender is currently on loan to the Mataura Fire Brigade. There is a legal agreement regarding this loan and its maintenance and storage. A copy of the document is stored in the club documents. Depending on availability of enthusiastic Fire Brigade members and the weather, this vehicle can be seen at appropriate vintage rallies. SVCC Rumour

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1936 AJS R10 Colour: Black Capacity: 500cc Engine Number: 36 / 10R 1061 Frame Number: T8 2232 Cylinders: 1

Prior to its demise and takeover by Matchless in 1931, AJS used a model designation system that contained an alphabet character to denote the year and a number to denote the particular model. For example, 'M' was used in 1929 and '10' denoted the 498cc, overhead-camshaft engine used on racing and competition machines. The 500cc racing models always carried the number 10 and the 350cc models the number 7. When Matchless revived the models in 1933, the year was denoted by the number 33 and the model number was added after a forward stroke so that the 500cc racer was designated 33/10 and the 350cc version 33/7. 'Racing' models were not equipped with a kick starter or instrument panel in the tank and had a shorter gear lever. 'Competition' models could be ordered with electrical equipment and had a smaller oil tank in order to accommodate a battery. They could also have an upswept exhaust pipe or a straight-through system with no silencer. This very rare example was owned and rebuilt by Ken Campbell and family in New Zealand. It has a bronze cylinder head, a new crankshaft, steel flywheels, a Carrillo connecting rod and an Arias forged piston. It runs on methanol and is believed to develop around 38hp. It has been on the NZCMRR Classic Race scene in New Zealand for some time. Visitors to the museum might notice the word 'Kay' painted on the fuel tank. The story goes that when Ken was rebuilding it, he spent many hours out in his shed working on it and when his wife told him that dinner was ready, he would say, "O.K., I'll be there soon." However, "soon" could be hours and the family called the bike 'Kay' and developed the saying that he was out in his shed with Kay. It was acquired by Transport World for their Classic Motorcycle Mecca collection in May 2016. SVCC Rumour

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Russell’s Ramblings The Transport Museum has obtained from Holland a 1946 Ford V8 Woody station wagon to complement their Ford collection. Motor Cycle Mecca has added a basement display of a number of George Begg's racing cars. They continue to add interesting displays that should keep people returning. Two 1930s films of Southland motoring competition events have been lost to our branch. These films were to be put on to discs. Please have a look in your wardrobes/bookshelves etc and discreetly return them if you find them. Remember our club rooms are open for a social occasion on Saturday evenings from 4:30 pm where you can hear lies and misinformation and generally get access to the parts shed. Please don't forget that visitors are welcome too. It is good to note that at the Club’s Annual Meeting all our branch executive and almost all social positions were filled and we have a new President, Club Captain and some new executive members.

Mid week Rally Report WEDNESDAY RUN 3rd July 2019 Fifty people in twenty two cars left the Racecourse gates on a cool and showery day, going south onto Motu Rimu Road, through Gorge Road, left at the Mataura Island Road, passing through Waimahaka, Pine Bush, onto Letterbox Road, through Glenham and into Wyndham then onto Edendale via Coalpit Road to enjoy a very nice roast ham meal at the Pioneer Tavern. Thanks to Stuart and Judith Russell.

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For Sale 1. 1960 Triumph Cub 200cc motorbike, in very tidy condition. Rego on hold. Offers please. Phone Jim on 03 216 9290. 2. Borg Warner transmissions. 2 available, both in good condition. Phone Bill Gibb 03 215 7667 3. Bursgreen Saw Bench (3 phase) 38cm blade, top adjustable for height & angle, open to offers. Ring Bill Skeggs (03)212 8786. 4. Variety of tyres 525 x 550 x 17 450 x 17 575 x 600 x 16 525 x 650 x 16 525 x 17 white wall 5. E Hayes still have copies of the first Motorcycle Magazine written in 1903 6. Matchless G3L 1958 very tidy nothing to do WOF and REG $5,500 contact R Eunson. 0273677676

Wanted to Buy 1. For a 1934 ASX Vauxhall sedan  

The Key / light switch which has a built-in regulator (hard to describe what it looks like – but like an older oven switch – a flick switch with a central keyhole. Two headlight top buttons – either with Vauxhall or Lucas written on.

Ph 03 541 8019 (Nelson area). 2. MGB GT 4 speed with overdrive. Contact Barry Hayman on cell: 021 949 531 or ph: 03 216 3639 3. Vespa motor scooter (1960’ to 1970’s model) Phone, email or text Mac Lindsay, any time. cell: 027 553 7503 email:

Sound System Some of you will no doubt be excited to hear that the Executive is investigating an improved method for those of us who are suffering hearing difficulties to hear what is being said much more easily. This involves some new equipment and a change to the way speakers address the meeting. Don't necessarily expect all this to be in place for this month's meeting. Good things take time so don’t hold your breath.

Name Badges Anyone who doesn't have a name badge (new members in particular) or needs a replacement for one reason or another should contact the secretary. SVCC Rumour

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Challenge What do you call an MG with dual exhaust? How do you double the value of a Triumph?

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A Wheelbarrow. Fill it up with gas.


Parts Shed The parts shed will be open the afternoon of meeting nights between 1 & 4 p.m. The following people can be contacted at any time if requiring parts or information on parts in our Parts Shed. John Burke 217 8177 Alwyn Hoskins 215 9302 Neil Kidd 216 3788

Library The lending library will issue books on the afternoon of meeting nights between 1 & 4 p.m. Other times by appointment - phone 216 6056 Thanks to a keen VCC volunteer all the library cards have recently been catalogued onto a memory stick. The process has revealed that 18 books and record matching cards are missing from our 2000 valuable collection dating from the 1880s. Eleven of these are workshop manuals, two are instruction manuals-handbooks, four are volumes of earliest motoring history, and one volume is related to (possibly) road tests. Members did remove books in the 1980s when the library was to be kept locked. The new alphabetical catalogue is now available for viewing during club hours and if you have an urgent request please phone (216 6056).

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Here is the list of volumes that have been identified as missing. Volume Type




Chrysler Section

Overhaul Manuals

Reference C-0012










Road Tests

Volume Type

Historical Section





D-0006 D-0007

Please check your bookshelves for any of these and return any you may find. Roy.

Daffodil Rally This year's Cancer Society Rally will be held on August 25 leaving from Club Southland at 1 PM. Please be early. Entry fee is $10 per car and a packet of biscuits for afternoon tea at the Club rooms. There will be the awarding of a few prizes and the drawing of the raffle hamper as well. Please bring with you to this month's meeting donations of nonperishable items so we can fill at least one hamper for this raffle. Tickets will be on sale from this month’s meeting until the event. As in previous years, we have agreed to assist the Cancer Society with the delivery of daffodils to the individuals and businesses that have prepurchased them. Two people will be required for each vehicle, one as driver and the other to do the physical delivery. If you could make yourself available, please advise the President or Vice President . SVCC Rumour

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Important dates Meetings and Social functions Southland

July August

26 15 15 29

SVCC monthly meeting 7:30 pm. SVCC Exec mtg 7:30 pm. Closing date for the August Rumour SVCC monthly meeting 7:30 pm.

Rallys Southland

August August

October November








Mid-week Rally. Closes Sunday August 4. Departs Racecourse 10:30 am.. 25 Daffodil Rally. Support the Cancer Society 31 Round the Taki’s run. More info next month. 5 Vintage/Post Vintage Rally 2 Commercial Rally 9/10 Arrowtown m/c rally Keep this weekend free. 17/ Combined Rally (Gore, Southland, South 18 Otago and Central Otago Branches). Contact John or Wendy Martin 03 445 0598 Entry form in June Bulletin. 11/ Canterbury Branch Swap Meet & Display, 13 Cutler Park. Contact: Neil, email 1820 26/ 27

National Veteran Rally Entries close September 27 Entry form in June Bulletin. Mt Cook rally.

The police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off. What kind of car does a lady in a pantomime drive?

A dame-ler

Why did the Classic Car Owner install a rear window heater even though it wasn't an original factory feature? So his family could keep their hands warm when pushing SVCC Rumour

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Arrowtown Rally The Arrowtown motorcycle rally is happening on the weekend of 9/10 November and the destination will again be Arrowtown. In response to concerns that have been raised about the safety round the lake road, new rules are being developed for this event. Current thinking is that:  it will be compulsory to wear Hi Viz jackets,  it will be compulsory to attend a safety briefing  slower bikes will be required to leave Kingston at regular intervals to make it easier for traffic to pass these vehicles one by one. The attempt here is to keep the slower vehicles from becoming bunched up and therefore creating a hazard for themselves and other road users.  A risk assessment is to be undertaken. Another major change to this event is that it will be run by the Rally Committee this year. Field tests will be held in Arrowtown on Sunday morning. There will be more information produced as arrangements are finalised. *************** Copyright of the contents of the “Rumour” magazine rests with the VCC of NZ Inc. (Southland Branch) unless otherwise stated. ***************

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*************** Views and opinions expressed in the Rumour are those of the authors of the articles and are not necessarily those of the Southland Branch of the VCC of NZ, the Branch Executive or the Editor. Mistakes will be corrected if possible. ***************

National Veteran Rally The National Veteran Rally being organised by the Timaru Branch is followed by the Mount Cook Rally a week later. The Executive is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in taking the Darracq to the National Veteran Rally. The Timaru Branch is happy to assist with storage of vehicles for the weekend between the two rallies so if someone else would like to take the Darracq on the Mount Cook Rally, and bring it home, please talk to the Club Captain. Darracqs were the original buses used on the Mount Cook route. Although the club Darracq worked out of Mossburn it is not expected that there will be any other Darracqs in this Rally. The same crew does not need to commit itself to both rallies. It would be really good if two crews (one for each Rally) could cooperate on this one. NATIONAL VETERAN RALLY 18/20 October 2019 UPDATE Entries are starting to come in and interest seems high. If you are planning to attend - have you organised your accommodation yet? It would be a good idea, if you haven’t. We are pleased with the number of entrants already deciding to take in Mt Cook Rally as well, and for those unfamiliar with it, here is a brief rundown on the event. It was first run in 1956 and has been held every Labour Weekend since and as such is one of the longest established events in the country. It has, of course, seen some changes. The Saturday night venue for many years would now be under the water of the raised Lake Pukaki and much of the original road to Mt Cook is under water. The road is all sealed nowadays but it is still a significant weekend’s motoring. The format of the weekend is as follows: Saturday: Start in Timaru. Run finishes at Twizel. Sunday: Run to Mt Cook with lunch able to be booked at the Hermitage. Return to Twizel. Prizegiving dinner Monday: Head for home! SVCC Rumour

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The run has had a strong veteran tradition over the years but numbers have dwindled over more recent years. We are excited about having something of a revival this year! Accommodation has always been in demand, being a holiday weekend, and again we would advise early booking. The Mackenzie Country Inn is the venue for the Sunday dinner and could be an accommodation option. Those who indicate on their National Veteran Rally entry form they wish to attend, will receive a Mt Cook entry form in due course, to book meals etc. To anyone contemplating coming to both events and heading home for the intervening days, we will, on request, try to provide accommodation for your veteran for those days. DON’T FORGET THE PRINCE HENRY TOUR. 13/16 October Contact Nevin Gough, or 0211150312

Auction Night It doesn't seem to be 11 months since the last auction night. Our August meeting is again auction night. Start sorting through those boxes of bits and anything else suitable that someone may be interested in. We have an auctioneer organised and should have some fun as usual.

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Why can’t cars play football?

Because they only have one boot

What do you get when you cross a car and a pet?

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