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

Next Meeting - AGM - Ariki Lodge, 46 Ariki Ave, Otatara 7:30pm Thursday, 30th May, 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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Wayne Calderwood Peter Pryde Tony Warren Trevor Wilkey Dave Birss Brian Dunick Ron Irwin Russell Jenkins

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From the Editor I have thought long and hard about this but have decided not to continue as Rumour editor. There are a number of things that caused me to come to this decision, most of which I will not go into here. One of the reasons is actually keeping up with what is going on in the Club. Although I am a member of the Executive, I have not been able to get to many of the meetings, due to both being out of town or having other commitments on the same night. I had two trips to Australia in the past year missing two meetings because of these and I am a member of the Southland Fish & Game Council and they have their meeting on the second Thursday of the month, every second month. I have also not been on a VCC event (other than Wednesday runs) for two years and don’t see that changing in the near future. I just feel I am too out of touch with what is going on to continue as editor. This means that we need a new editor. It is not as big a job as some would make out and it is easier if you get assistance from other member with the supply of articles (of course I have prepared about 100 Rumours so know what to do). The Wednesday run group are good in that there is a protocol that always provides an article on each run and details of the next run. I have been taking my own photos on this run but Bob has supplied me with photos when I am not on the run. Russell has also been great with his contribution. Generally, I gather everything up, type what comes in handwritten (or get Barbara to type it) but don’t actually start to assemble the Rumour until the day before it goes to the printer (by email). I will be available to get the new editor underway. You do need to have some computer skills and access to Publisher, but my understanding is that the Club has a copy of this. I have always had my own so have never followed up on the Club copy.

Dave

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Chairman’s Report Twelve Southland members and crew attended the South Island Easter Rally at Ashburton. However, unlike the National Motorbike Rally, only 1 prize returned to the south. This was the Hard Luck Trophy won by Glenys McKenzie who did some of the trip without a windscreen. The Waimea Motorcycle Run had 15 entrants and the PWV/P60/P80 run at time of writing has 36 entries. Librarian Roy has several old photographs, mainly of old motorcycle rallies and past Club members. He would like these people identified if possible. If you think you may be able to help please contact Roy The next meeting will be followed by the AGM. I urge members to attend this meeting and maybe put your name forward for one of the positions that help to make the Club a success. We have several people available to help in the kitchen, but would like someone to co-ordinate this work, order supplies etc. Plenty of help is available to get you started in this position. We will also need a Bulletin Editor so if you have a hankering to produce a magazine please don’t be shy in coming forward. The various committees all need members as well. Nominations can be taken from the floor at the meeting.

Gerry

Missing From Our Library Large Chrysler book and matching library card (B-0014) and DVD “Ford Mustang Racing History” (B-0023). If you know anything about these items please contact: Roy Shanks (03) 216 6065.

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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

Cover Photo 1930 Auburn 125 Speedster on display at the 2018 Phillip Island Classic Motor Race Meeting.

June Rumour. Closing date for the June Rumour is June 14th. Note that this is a couple of days earlier than normal. This will give our new editor a bit more time to prepare their first Rumour.

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. Rumour

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Wednesday Run - 1st May

It was a lovely autumn morning when 42 people in 19 cars met at the Racecourse gates for the Wednesday run. We headed out of town by going down Herbert Street, Dee Street and left into Moores Road and out Steele Road and onto the Rivertown Highway before turning and heading towards Drummond. We went through Fairfax before going into Centre Road where we had a lovely drive through the bush coming out on to the Tuatapere road just past Colac Bay. From there it was on to the Orepuki Tavern for a lovely roast lunch. Many thanks Bob and Maribel for a lovely day out. Louisa.

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Wednesday Run - 5th June

Leaving the racecourse at 10 30 Meal $16 payable at the start. Numbers to Allan and Louisa Black on (03) 217 2144 by Sunday 2nd June

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1924 Raleigh Model 12 Stewart Russell, while emptying Brough Superior drip trays, showed me the Motorcycle Mecca’s 1924 Raleigh twin which he thought was one of the best there. It was fitted with a clock and speedo and very well restored. Raleigh motorcycles, like that of many others, began with the establishment of a bicycle manufacturer. It was located in Raleigh Street, Nottingham, from 1885 and in 1888 Frank Bowden became the principle investor and the Raleigh Bicycle Company was established in 1890. The first commercial product was introduced in 1901 featuring a Schwan engine mounted over the front wheel, which it drove via a belt. The company's motorcycles soon acquired a more conventional design and a forecar motor tricycle, the Raleighette, was also produced. However, sales were poor and the company suspended motorcycle production in 1906 to concentrate on bicycles. Of note during that period, the company developed and began marketing the Sturmey-Archer hub gearbox. Following the First World War, Raleigh developed a 698cc flat-twin engine and supplied it to several other manufacturers as well as introducing it in a 1920 model with the engine mounted longitudinally in the frame. In 1922, two single-cylinder, belt-drive models were launched with a choice of either a two- or three-speed gearbox. The flat-twin model was expensive to manufacture and in 1924 it was replaced by a 798cc, 60-degree, side-valve, V-twin which, in turn, lasted in production until only 1927.

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The V-twin engine with a three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox was used in the Model 12 solo motorcycle and the Model 13 and 15 sidecar combinations. This example was restored to a high standard when it was part of director Michael Moore's collection in the late 1990s. It was purchased for the NZ Classic Motorcycles collection via an auction in Staffordshire in April, 2009. It was acquired by Transport World in May 2016.

Russell’s Rambling Transport World took their Ford collection of autos to the “Wheels at Wanaka” event at Easter. The replica Ford Quadracycle had carburation problems but this was overcome by fitting an early English motorcycle one in place of the Schebler. It did about seven laps before breaking a crankshaft key. Ray McCulloch has restored a 1939 V8 Delux Ford chassis and running gear. This car was last registered in 1974. Also on the floor was Colin Pearce’s 1913 12/16 Sunbeam sports, with ignition problems, and two motor cycles, a 1911 Ariel and 1913 LMC. Ross Gibb has been motoring his veteran Renault and is driving to Tuatapere to show a member. An Australian bulletin has a picture of a competitor sitting with hands on head, effected by D.I.M. – meaning Dismounted In Motion, otherwise “he came a gutsa off his bike mate”. For Sale. E Hayes have copies of Volume 1 No.1 of the 1903 Motor Cycle Magazine and the 1930 Motor Cycle Show edition.

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PW P60’s P80’s Rally 2019 18th May dawned wet and windy, at the Clubrooms 36 brave and hearty members with their vehicles parked sedately, gathered prior to the start of the PW, P60’s, P80’s, Rally. After a quick cuppa and briefing the first vehicle left at 10am with others following at minute intervals. Theryfollowed a small time section then, travelling on in their own fashion to the destination which was the Waikawa Domain. Actually sitting at the end of the time section we were parked beside a compulsory stop which turned into an interesting exercise – those who completely stopped, those who pulled up then pulled away, also seeing those that indicated or not!! At the domain we had the use of the community hall, which allowed us to eat our lunch in the warmth. We had a quick whip around with a bucket to help pay for the use of the hall and were able to donate to the hall committee the amount of $94.40, thank you for emptying the shrapnel from your pockets, well done guys and from the committee many thanks. On leaving Waikawa, we headed back home via Fortrose into Curio Bay where we stopped and visited the Information Centre – well worth a visit – very interesting display of history, petrified wood, etc. From here we headed back towards Fortrose then turning off at the Waimahaka turnoff following thru Waimahaka on to Wyndham, Seaward Downs eventually coming out at Tweed St where we continued on towards the Clubrooms for tea. After prizegiving we all sat down to a meal of Pea, Pie and Spud, then desert which was very ably cooked, served by the Otatara PTO girls. They did a brilliant job and everyone thanked them for their time. After tea we were able to sit and turn the world to rights amongst ourselves. We had quite a bit of feedback regards the Otatara PTO cooking, serving the meal with everyone saying it was lovely to be able to sit back and relax and not have the worry of helping with the meal, cleanup etc. Results: 1st PW Time Section 1st P60’s Time Section 1st P80’s Time Section Overall Winner 10

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Bill Ainge receiving his certificate for winning the P60 section of the PW, P60, P80 Rally in his 1976 MGB GT.

Cars gathering at the Clubrooms for the start of the PW, P60, P80 Rally

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Waimea Run After what you could consider a less than marginal week weather wise, 13 bikes and riders gathered at the Crescent on a nice mild and still morning, including myself for my first real run on a newly acquired 62 BSA Rocket Gold. Leaving at approximately 9:30 the usual route was adopted going out Tay St, Racecourse Rd, Finlay Rd to Lorneville and Dacre with a steady pace being set by Casey Lions on his nearly restored Velocette. Cutting across through Brydone - Glencoe, the temp noticeably dropped and quite a chill had set in on most by the time we reached the Gore club rooms. Once again Gore hit the spot with a big pot of vegetable soup and warm mouse traps and a very warm club rooms to set people up for the next part of the trip. While in Gore an inspection of the bikes was carried out and Casey was awarded a small prize for best prepared bike, well done Casey and a big thanks to Gore for their hospitality. Hopping back on the BSA and small smile when it roared back into life (what do they say about counting those chickens) we set off out through the back of Gore taking the gravel behind Dolamore Park (some electing to take the main road), popping out in Mandeville for a short stint before climbing up onto the Kingston-Crossing Rd, dropping down into Riversdale for bikes that needed a top up and back up off the main road for the remainder of the trip into Balfour. Now about those chickens, as I ap-

Bikes at the start of the Waimea Run

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proached the Kingston Crossing – Lumsden Riversdale highway one cylinder seemed to stop working and approaching the Balfour Hotel (in-fact right out front) the mag decided to give up altogether. Upon arriving at Balfour, we were met by the regular Te Anau riders and a lovely and rather large lunch was enjoyed by all. After trying everything to coax the BSA into life, including a large contingent of on lookers with all the helpful advice in the world, the BSA went on the trailer and I climbed on the back of Donald’s Ducati for the remainder of the trip. The Glenure Hill gravel section is always a challenge on old bikes but this year the road was newly gravelled and took it to another level with most riders electing to skip the forestry section into Dipton and heading out to the main road, it was hell on two wheels. Home-ward bound on Dipton West Road is always a pleasure to ride with some stopping for the bikes to cool down in Winton and then out to the club for drink and prize giving. Thanks to Donald Ward for organising an always enjoyable run. Results: Casey Loins – Gore Club best prepared on his Velocette, Stewart Russell – Publicans Choice Balfour Hotel on his Triumph Tiger 80, Dave Sycamore – overall winner on his Yamaha 350.

Tony Dave Sycamore receiving the Waimea winners trophy from Chairman Gerry Pethick.

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events 30th May

AGM Ariki Lodge

Other Branch Events 13th July

Gore Branch Annual Dinner & 50 year badge presentation to Gerry Kennedy

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 Tanner Thicknesser, Burscreen Saw Bench 38cm blade, top adjustable for height & angle, Hydraulic Hub Puller with 10 threaded sleeves to fit most vintage cars, and various other tools & vintage parts open to offers for all! ring Bill Skeggs (03)2128786. 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 Anyone interested please contact Ray McCulloch 03 2179667

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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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