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

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

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Office Bearers 2018/2019 215 7136 216 5496 217 9667 southland@vcc.org.nz Treasurer Sheryn Warren 2170524 Club Captain Ray McCulloch 217 9667 Bulletin Editor Dave Harris 215 6068 or 0272016722 dcharris@southnet.co.nz Southland Branch website www.sporty.co.nz/southlandvintagecar VCC website www.vcc.org.nz VCC forum www.trash.co.nz/vccbb

Patron Chairman Secretary

Wayne Nicoll Gerry Pethick Janet McCulloch

Social Roster Bar Duty

Bar Open 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Dave Birss Brian Dunick Ron Irwin Waimea M/C Run Russell Jenkins Post War, 60, 80 Run Wayne Calderwood Peter Pryde Tony Warren Trevor Wilkey

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From the Editor I would like to thank Stuart for preparing the March Rumour while I was away in Australia. My trip to Australia was to go to the Phillip Island Classic Motor Race Meeting and the Australian F1 Grand Prix. As has happened the previous two year my brother, Howard travelled with me and we stayed with a friend in Melbourne. We were invited to stay an extra week to take one of his cars to an American Car Show. The car was the ’67 Ford Falcon Futura Sport Coupe that we had taken to Phillip Island the previous two years (and again this year). He took his ’73 Cadillac Sedan de Ville to the show. I had turned down an offer to take this to Phillip Island as it is just too big for me. The final thing we did in Melbourne was to help out at a Rotary Club gala day. They had a French theme for the day and there were a number of French cars on display including the 1911 Renault that is on the cover of this copy of Rumour. There was also a Renault R8 Gordini there and this was of interest to me as I had owned a Renault R8 many years ago. Once I returned from Australia, I had to get a car ready for the Autumn Rally. Neither the TVR or the Oakland had wofs so these had to be sorted out. I knew there were a couple of jobs to do on the Oakland so started with the TVR which went through first time. I then had to swap the cars around so the Oakland was at home to allow me to sort out its issues. Once they were sorted it was into town and another wof. It had been my intention to take a friend in the Oakland on the Autumn Rally but he was not available so Barbara came along with me. However, she didn’t want to go in the Oakland so we took the TVR and it gave no issues at all.

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Chairman’s Report The May General Meeting will be followed by the Annual General Meeting. Please give some thought to the way in which you can serve our Club. Nominations are needed for all positions - Chairman, Club Captain, Executive, Social, Rally and Grounds Committee etc. We desperately need a Kitchen Committee to arrange and serve meeting night suppers and rally catering. If these positions can't be filled then these services will not take place. Imagine a Club of over 300 members not having a rally - or even a cup of tea - because there was no one to organise it! Four members, three with their own vehicles and one driving the Darracq, assisted the Lions Club with the Drive A Dream, carrying participants between the various events. Some members of the public were concerned that the mascot was missing from the Darracq headlight. I have been assured that he will find his way back shortly. Eleven members took part in the Autumn Rally to Te Anau and had an enjoyable weekend, without any too serious problems. Cheers

Gerry

April Meeting David Brown from Classic Car Developments will be bringing a replica Ford GT40 along to the April meeting. The GT40 is the car that Ford developed to beat Ferrari at the Le Mans 24 hour race after Enzo Ferrari refused to sell his company to Ford.

May Rumour. Closing date for the May Rumour is May 19th.

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National Executive Meeting - March 23rd, 2019

The total membership of the VCCNZ is 8512. The Southland Branch is the 5th largest with a membership of 363, and 774 vehicles listed. There has been 331 50 year badges issued and 34 60 year certificates presented. 11341 VICs have been issued. The amount received by the National Body from Vero Insurance is $36,945. The organisers of the recent Targa Rally were very pleased with the support received from local branches, particularly from the Southland Branch. Well done and thanks to all who participated in any way. The 2021 Vero International Rally organisers are hoping for plenty of entries from the Mainland. They are having an extra award at this rally called "Pride of Ownership" for tidy and original vehicles not necessarily in concours condition. It has been a rule that a National Rally shall not be held the same year as an International Rally. This rule was brought in to encourage entries to the International Rally. However, this rule has been exempted to allow the National Motor Cycle Rally to go ahead in 2021. This Rally will be hosted by the Wairarapa Branch.

Cleaning Our Club Rooms Two people are required each month, to vacuum the floors, check the cleanliness of the toilets and have a general tidy up in our Club Rooms. For two people, these jobs take approximately a couple of hours. No two people will be expected to do this job more than once a year. This system has worked well for the last few years and will continue to do so, if we get the volunteers. There is a list on the notice board at the club, so if you can help, please put your name on the list Any enquiries, please phone Trevor Wilkey at 03 212 8971.

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Mid Week Run - 3rd April.

It was a nice day for a drive, 22 cars and about 41 people left the start at the racecourse gates and went towards Kennington, then out Rimu Road then across to Mokotua down to Fortrose and a loop onto Otara Road and back to Fortrose then right at Mataura Island Road, Seaward Downs Gorge Road, Morton Mains Gorge Road, Woodlands and SH1 to the Eastern Suburbs pub for a great lunch. Thanks to Barry and Viv for your time to make another great drive in our cars. Bob and Maribel.

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Mid Week Run 1st May Leave Racecourse at 10:30am. Out of town meal $15.00, pay at start please. About 10ks of good flat gravel, Numbers must be in Sunday 28th April to Bob and Maribel 032130589.

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Southland Branch, Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Notice is hereby given that THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of this branch will be held following the monthly members meeting on Thursday 30th May 2019 AGENDA Apologies Minutes of the 2018 AGM Matters Arising Chairman’s Report Annual Accounts Election of Officers Signatories to Cheque Account Presentation of Trophies General Business (Note all General Business is to be in the hands of the Secretary 14 days prior to the meeting) Nominations for Office Bearers must be in by 16th May 2019 J McCulloch Branch Secretary Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Southland Branch (Inc) Nomination Form Nominations close with the Secretary, P O Box 1240 Invercargill 14 days before the Annual Meeting. If less than the required nominations are received, extra nominations may be called for at the Annual Meeting. Note that Nominator, Seconder and Nominee must be financial members. I nominate ……………………………………... for the position of ……………………………… (Please Print) Nominated by ………………………………….. (Please Print) Signed ………………………………………….. Seconded by …………………………………… (Please Print) Signed ………………………………………...... I ………………………………………….accept the nomination ………………………………………… (Signature of Nominee) 8

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Autumn Rally After some discussion John Burke and myself decided we should try and revive the Autumn Rally. I can remember some great Autumn Rallies organised by Arthur Kent going to all sorts of interesting places. We decided to keep it simple this time and just go to Te Anau. We didn’t particularly push the event but eventually had 11 people in 6 cars, 4 of which were VCC eligible. Oldest of the eligible cars was John’s ’72 Jaguar XJ6 and I had the newest with my ’87 TVR. The other eligible cars were Trevor Wilkey’s ’75 Triumph 2500 and Peter Hilston’s ’85 Mercedes. We also had Colin Fleet and Murray Gilmore in Colin’s modern and Brian Dunnick in his work ute. The run started at Feldwick Gates on a fine morning and we headed through Gore to the Moth at Mandeville for lunch. From Mandeville we headed up through Lumsden and turned off at The Key and up past the Mararoa Weir to Manapouri for afternoon tea. It was very pleasant sitting out the front of the hotel in the sun, overlooking the lake. Dinner on Saturday evening was at the Te Anau Club and it was a fine meal. Sunday morning saw us meet up at the Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum. It was here that John had some issues with the Jag, with it stopping on the way in and refusing to start. It was an issue with the carburettors and didn’t seem to be new problem. He finally got it running again with assistance from Peter. Trevor & Norma had decided to stay another night in Te Anau and John wanted to head home down the main road so it was just four cars that headed back down to Manapouri, over Black Mount Hill and on to Orepuki for lunch. From Orepuki it was on home. A good run and we need to have another next year, hopefully with a few more cars.

Dave. Post War, P60, P80 Rally The Post War, P60, P80 Rally is being held on May 18th starting at the Club Rooms at 10:00am and will be followed by a pea, pie and pud meal at the Club Rooms. Entries close on May 10th. Entry form was in the March Rumour. Entry forms are also available at www.sporty.co.nz/southlandvintagecar. You can enter on-line or print out an entry form at this site. Rumour

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1912 Bradbury - Frame No 39294

Purchased in 1968 by Ian Bade, then of Tawa and a member of the Wellington Branch of the NZVCC, from Don Laing of Masterton. It was purchased as a complete motorbike although as a box of parts. And it proved to be almost 100%. Ian and Keith Bade (Ian's brother) assembled the bike. It was their first attempt at putting together a veteran bike, although Ian did and still does have a 1913 LMC. Keith's recollection is that it was like doing a jigsaw puzzle without a picture. Having got the bike assembled attempts were made to start it - no go. The magneto was tested and had a good spark, but when put on the bike, no spark. It took a while to work out that testing the magneto was clockwise, while on the bike, it ran anticlockwise. A working anticlockwise magneto was obtained and installed and the motor ran. After some effort and running the bike up and down the local back road in Tawa, the bike was registered (reg Number 334OZ) and obtained a Warrant of Fitness early in 1970. Keith rode the bike in the VCCNZ North Island Rally in Masterton, February 1970 and the 2nd National Motorcycle Rally in Whanganui, February 1971. The bike did not finish in either rally as after about 30 - 40 minutes of continuous running the motor seized up. Unfortunately, we do not have any photos of the bike being ridden, but efforts are in place to obtain photos from a film that was made of the 1970 rally. After pulling the engine apart and considerable checking, it was found the con rod was very slightly bent and with cast iron piston and cylinder, seizure was inevitable. Much effort was made to have the con rod straightened. Only one place said they could handle it, but when they saw the age, decided they wouldn't risk working on the con rod. The photos of the bike taken in 1974 show the bike basically as it was initially reassembled and ridden in the rallies, but with a little restoration started. The restoration went on intermittently until 1983 when it was swapped for some LMC parts with Lindsay Williams of Totara Park, Upper Hutt. Ian has always had a greater interest in and has specialised in LMC motorbikes. There is a photo of the bike undergoing restoration by Lindsay Williams post 1983. It is understood that Lindsay Williams sold the bike to Auckland, where restoration was finished and the chair was added. It is also understood the executors of the Auckland owner put the bike and chair up for Auction with Webbs and it was sold to the Motorcycle Museum in Nelson. Ian believes the current red pinstriping should be green and yellow. 10

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Bradbury started out as a sewing machine manufacturer in the 1850s in Oldham UK, but ceased production in 1924 and was dissolved in 1929. Apparently there are still businesses in the Oldham area using the Bradbury name and a member of the Horowhenua Branch used to work for one of them before emigrating to NZ.

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MenzShed Invercargill Paul Goffin from MenzShed Invercargill was our guest speaker at the March Monthly Meeting. MenzShed is a group of older gentlemen who get together in one community space to share their skills, have a laugh and work on practical tasks individually (personal projects) or as a group (for the Shed or the community). It is something these gentlemen do to fill in time in their retirement (and keep them from being under their wives’ feet). Paul ran through where they are, when they are there and a number of tasks the group has undertaken.

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Transport World Ford Cars Transport World sent these two cars to Wanaka for the Easter Show. They are Ford Quadracycle replica (left with Howard Kingsford-Smith at the controls) and a 1907 Model K Ford (opposite page & below).

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events

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Waimea Motorcycle Rally PV/P60/P80 Rally Entry form in last month’s Rumour or at www.sporty.co.nz/southlandvintagecar

Other Branch Events Other Events 6th - 13th May

Veteran & Vintage Tour Starts Ashburton, finishes Hanmer Springs via Haast Pass. Expressions of interest to Diane Ross, (03) 308 2356 randross@kinect.co.nz

For Sale 1972 P6 Rover. Reg and Wof. Tidy condition. Vehicle is situated at Browns. Ph Tony 03 236 4179 Borg Warner transmissions. 2 available, both in good condition. Phone Bill Gibb 03 215 7667

Cover Photo. 1911 Renault on display at a Rotary Club gala day in Melbourne.

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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 anytime 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 Copyright of the contents of the “Rumour� magazine rests with the VCC of NZ (Southland Branch) unless otherwise stated. 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 if they are pointed out to the Editor. 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.

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