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May-June 2019


Taranaki Branch Committee Chair Chair VERONICA OLIVER E: fordt@xtra.co.nz Ph: 06 752 2149

Past Chair COLIN JOHNSTON E: cajohnstoncollections@xtra.co.nz Ph: 06 754 6216

Secretary RAEWYNN KRUSE E: taranaki@vcc.org.nz Ph: 06 753 9743 | M: 027 243 8565

Treasurer ROB THOMSON E: railmodels1@xtra.co.nz Ph: 06 758 4881

Club Captain Secretary John Muter E: megandjohnny@xtra.co.nz Ph: 06 751 5554

Custodian Secretary Rob Gudopp E: vintagerob@hotmail.co.nz Ph: 06 751 1395

Librarian BILL DURLING E: elinorandbill@hotmail.com Ph: 06 758 4244

Topical Torque Editor Secretary JIM LOGAN E: logandj49@gmail.com Ph: 06 751 0316 | M: 027 604 4821 Committee

LES BOGNUDA JOHN MUTER STEVEN OLIVER MOTORCYCLE REP

Email: bognuda63@xtra.co.nz Email: megandjohnny@xtra.co.nz Email: fordt@xtra.co.nz Pat Steer

Ph: 06 755 2810 Ph: 06 751 5554 Ph: 06 752 2149 Ph: 06 757 3022

Topical Torque Editor Historian

Name Tags Badges

ROSE COX E: roselcox7@gmail.com Ph: 06 752 2525 Mob: 027 353 9968

GEOFF BLACKBOURN E: dblackbourn@orcon.net.nz 06 752 7671

Groundsman LES BOGNUDA

Beaded Wheels COLIN JOHNSTON

Ph: 06 754 6216

Parts Committee NEIL ROOK JOHN MUTER PAT STIELLER CES BUDD

Ph: 06 758 6737 Ph: 06 751 5554 Ph: 06 754 6096 Ph: 06 758 7685

Ph: 06 755 2810

Vehicle VIN’s / VIC’s MIKE WILLIAMS Ph: 06 765 4419 Mid Week Coordinators PHYLLIS & DES CORNWALL, 06 765 6505


From the Chairperson .We had 3 cars attend a visit to Hospice Taranaki and I would like to thank Jim Logan, Brian Bollard and Tiddley Cox for taking time to show off their vehicles and taking residents for a ride. The Maunga Moana rally is fast approaching and hope the weather is nice to us. We have currently forty plus entrants this year. There are 2 members that will be celebrating special acknowledgments for their service at the dinner, Colin Johnston 50 years and Brian Morris 35 years. Well done to you both. As advised last month the Branch has been given the chance to promote the Vintage Car Club by way of a raffle for the rally in 2021. The vehicle is a 1972 Rover, manual and fawn in colour. It will have a new WoF, panel, paint and upholstery attended too before the branch has delivery of the vehicle. Once we have this vehicle it will the Branch’s responsibility to maintain it, i.e. insurance, WoF storage, fuel and any maintenance needed. We will need to promote the Vintage Car Club by way of taking the vehicle to events and public displays until the rally starts in January 2021. If a prize for a raffle is over the value of $5000 a permit is required and comes with certain conditions. These would need to taken into account when this raffle is to run. An organiser is sort after to take charge of this raffle. One of the raffle conditions is that we would have only approx 3 months to sell tickets before the raffle to drawn at the conclusion of the Rally 2021. Any queries regarding this, please contact either Rob Thomson or myself. The AGM is next month and John Muter has indicated that he does not want to stand for Club Captain this year. All positions are available so please get your nomination in to any committee member 2 full days prior to the AGM (16 May 2019). If any member has restored a vehicle or motorcycle please contact the committee with details . Happy motoring. Veronica Oliver Chairperson

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Club Captain’s Report Our last mid week run was well a ended beginning with a tour of George and Sharon Jupp’s tractor collec on at Tikorangi. They have and amazing collec on of Fergusson and Shibaura Tractors plus all the a achments ever made for Fergusson's back in the 1950’s and 60’s to make farming easier at the me. This was followed by a short run to Urenui for a delicious Devonshire a ernoon tea at the Old Town Hall Café. Thanks Jim for an interes ng a ernoon. I will be standing down from the Club Captains posi on at our A G M and would like to thank all members who have competed in Branch events over the last Year. I like to see someone with new ideas take over this posi on and am ready to help with organising a few events if needed.

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Club Night, the technical manager, Tony Blackburn from Has ngs and the local rep Ian Mckinstry from Total Oil will update us on the correct oils to use in our cars.

27– 27April MAUNGA MOANA RALLY, phone Rob T if you can help. Please note our clubrooms will NOT be open 27 Sunday. 16 May

Club Night and our A G M.

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Mid week run South Taranaki, to be advised.

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There will probably be a run to visit a Restora on shop and a couple of collec ons, further details next month. Safe Motoring John Muter

RESTORATION BOARD If you have completed a vehicle restoration in 2017 or 2018 Please give details of same to Rob Gudopp ph 7511395 3


NI Club Captains Tour Dad’s A Crew Continued... After negotiating the Saddle road, without incident, we took the opportunity to call on a cousin who lives in Aokautere whom we had not seen for a few years. She was surprised to see us and we enjoyed catching up with her. Then off to locate the Manawatu Branch clubrooms, just past Ashhurst village but easy to locate from the morning run sheet we had been given. We had arrived in good time so had about an hour to get together with the rest of the Tour party, enjoy a refreshing drink or two in a lovely space , overlooking a large grassed area, on the other side of which was located the Branch spare parts shed, which attracted some interest from the party. We all enjoyed a catered BBQ style meal for dinner following which some of the party drifted off into Palmerston to locate our motels for the nights stay. We were staying at the Hotel Coachman, with the Blackbourn family just over the road at the Chancellor, both located on Fitzherbert Ave so easy to find. WEDNESDAY After a restful night we were up and packed ready to go about 8 am with just time to fill up the petrol tank before heading to the morning assembly point at the Drovers Inn on Main St. Our destination at the end of todays run was to be Whanganui, via Sanson and Marton, where we would be stopping for lunch. Although the weather was threatening rain, we travelled from P North in fairly good weather to arrive at the Woolshed Café, just out of Sanson for our morning tea stop. Refreshed and refuelled we left on the next leg of our journey on backroads towards Bulls. A feature on this section was a visit to the Harrisville Speedway, on Tangimoana Rd, alongside the Ohakea Air Force Base, about a mile or two from SH 1. There was an opportunity for us to try out the track, which a few of us did despite the wet conditions but most were content to wander around the village setup, taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere, the whole complex a credit to its founder Mr Harris. Then it was off through Bulls towards Marton for lunch. The lunch top was at the Marton Museum and Historical Society grounds, about .3 km’s past the New World Supermarket, a large area for everyone to park and enjoy their picnic lunch in the sunshine. Continued Page 5 4


NI Club Captains Tour Continued from Page 4 The afternoon instructions were handed out after lunch by Bruce Ardell, during which some of us were interested to look through the Museum collections which had been opened just for us, for a gold coin donation. Following lunch we were escorted to a lovely old residence in Marton, good friends of Bruce's, which was in the process of being restored and renovated, all the work being done by the owner’s over a period, back to original. We then left for Whanganui, and after a sometimes slow trip up the hills north of Turakina, then Fordell, we reached our motel. The Finale Dinner was being hosted by the Whanganui Branch at their clubrooms and this was a great occasion with their clubrooms filled to nearly over flow and the meal was a credit to their Branch. After much merry making, eating, drinking and reminiscing it was time to say our good byes and after a group photo we left for our respective abodes after a mainly enjoyable Tour one that we would love to do again.

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Some scenes from our Midweek visit to the Jupp’s Collec on.

From the Editor Another year has own, here we are, April already and our A G M on the 16 of next month. There will be nomina on forms for you to use in this months mag, please give some thought to who you want on commi ee and get them into Raewynn by May 14. This months Branch event is the Maunga Moana, if you haven't got your entry in then you have missed out on what promises to be beauty! See you at the Plymouth on Rally weekend. Jim - Editor 7


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Closing date for JUNE Topical Torque, 11 May. Please forward articles to the Editor, Jim Logan 76C South Road N P 4310-or email to logandj49@gmail.com This magazine is also available by e-mail as a PDF file. If you would prefer to receive a copy this way please contact the Editor. Pictures are usually in colour. Views and opinions expressed in Topical Torque are those of contributors and not necessarily those of the Taranaki Branch of the V C C of N Z, the Branch Executive or the Editor. Clubrooms: 1040 Mountain Road - SH 3A Inglewood. 8


Coming Events MAY Local Events 2 16 23 26

Committee meets at 7.30 Club night + Branch AGM Midweek Run South Taranaki Clubrooms and Parts Shed open, 2pm

Other Branch Events 4/5 Wairarapa Motorcycle Reliability Trial 4 Central Hawkes Bay Twilight Rally 4 Manawatu Post Vintage Rally 11 Wellington Leprechaun Rally 12 Far North Mothers Day Rally 18 Northland Motorcycle Rally 19 North Shore Triple combined Rally 26 Wellington 50th Ladies Rally

JUNE Local Events 6 Committee meets at 7.30 20 Club night 30 End of Rego Run to the Mountain House Other Branch Events 1-3 Waikato Double Fifty Rally 29 Far North Malloy Trophy 30 Auckland/Nth Shore Combined Rally

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VINTAGE CAR CLUB EXECUTIVE MEETING WELLINGTON MARCH 23.03.2019 Upon the completion of the normal formal agenda items at the start of the meeting, members of the Management Committee made Power Point presentations to the meeting, most of which had already been forwarded to Branches, and which Delegates had hard copies of. In all these presentations consumed considerable time impacting on the Chair being unable to get through the days agenda for the meeting, the meeting having to be closed just after 5.00pm. The Club finances are in a healthy state with income ahead of budget and expenses below budget. The support from Vero in commissions etc exceeded $36000.00. Gross funds exceed $1.3 million though this figure includes the insurance payout for the National Office building, and Vero sponsorship. 50 and 60 year member nominations. Branches reminded to make applications at least three months ahead of presentation event. 34 in number 60 year badge presentations have been made to date. The N.I. Club Captain, Kareen Smylie, expressed satisfaction upon the success of the recent Club Captains Tour. Kaaren outlined the progress so far in the discussions being had in organizing an event in the North Island similar to Irishmans Creek held annually in the ‘mainland’. Taihape and Tutira are areas being assessed. Kevin Clarkson, in his comments about Beaded Wheels, commented on suggestions for improving photographs for publication, using suitable samples of good high resolution, and unsuitable photographs for comparisons, hence enhancing the presentation of the publication. Captions to photographs should be included. B. W. Committee currently assessing putting B.W. on line. The ‘Targa’ Rally event last year which allowed vintage car club member participation attracted 22 new members. This years Targa’ is again open to VCC participation, with Taranaki included in the Rally Route. The event has possibly become an excellent promotion avenue for the Club. Archives. The Club Archivist has put an enormous amount of time into the National Archives. One thousand books have now been catalogued using a Library computer programme (which is free to download). The prospects of a VINTAGE Rally in 2020 is on the agenda of the Central Hawkes Bay and Hawkes Bay branches. They are tentatively looking at the Taihape area as a ‘venue’. Rod Brayshaw submitted comprehensive reports covering F.I.V.A. following his attendance as the V.C.C representative to their meeting in Gibraltar last November. . 10


66 countries have representation in the Federation with almost 40 professional companies and institutions from the automotive world also becoming part of the Federation. The need to strengthen our motoring heritage is gaining strength. Some of his comments and/or observations were of concern as well as some being of interest. A world wide trend is now being seen in a change in the values of our Heritage fleet. A growing awareness that vehicles that are truly original, having not been restored but in suburb original condition are overtaking the value of the same model that has undergone restoration. F.I.V.A. introduced its ‘Guide for responsible use of historic vehicles on today’s roads’. [A reminder for those operating a historic vehicle on today’s roads to give consideration to other road users]. F.I.V.A. has entered the 2021 International Rally in their National Rally category, providing the opportunity to assess the event before being accepted as an International event. W.O.F’s for our historic fleet continue to be a source of issues, one being where testing personnel have limited knowledge and understanding of Historic Vehicles. Concluding comments in the Clubs Registrar’s report are very relevant. [1] ‘Baby boomers now retiring and many of these experts do not seek successors to continue their knowledge and experience. [2] Increasing world skills shortage for restoring and maintaining historic vehicles. Old fossil fueled vehicles are in the ‘gun sights’ of some our ‘environmentalists’. Are we being looked upon as part of the ‘polluting’ parade, and if so, be deemed polluters, then become subjected to a ‘polluter pay’ policy. The evolution of the E.V. is on steroids, so fast in fact that fossil fueled vehicles in some countries will face restrictions of some sort as soon as next year. (Restrictions are already in place in Central London). A short discussion prevailed on the addition of ethanol in our fuel. A concern is the corrosion that can occur in carburetor components with the addition of ethanol above a defined percentage. Tony Bartlett, as the VCC representative on the NZFOMC, briefed the meeting on matters that that organization has on its agenda which are relevant and/or of concern to the VCC. Tony is involved with updating the NZFOMC constitution, together with discussions relating to liability insurance for small organizations, 3rd party insurance, WOF for our older vehicles and the difficulties some members are having with WOF inspections in some testing establishments.

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Comment was also made about the review of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. On the radar again as the result of change of government. Changes could come into law as early as late this year. VCC National Day / Daffodil Day 20 August next. Discussion centered around the promotion of the event in various media. A little over $5600 was spent nationally on promoting the fund raising event. The event in 2018 attracted approx. 3000 vehicles with a gross take in excess of $62000.00 for the Cancer Society. Using the publication ‘Petrol Head’ to promote the fund raising event was worthwhile. Tony Haycock and Greg Terrill updated the meeting on the progress being made in organizing the Festival of Motoring, January 2021. For the days programmed as motoring days, Short. Medium, and Long routes have been mapped to cater for the anticipated categories of entered vehicles. Final preparations for the event are anticipated to be almost complete by this years end. Promotional magnetic signs, at $40.00 per set of two, are available to all Branches. Tony Haycock will follow the suggestion Branch Newsletter Editors be supplied with more frequent Rally updates, possibly monthly. There will not be a speed event as part of the events programme. The issue of National Events being held the same year of an International Event became the subject of a lively discussion. At the conclusion of the National Motorcycle Rally in Blenheim this year, a discussion arose over the date for the next National Motorcycle Rally, normally held in the odd numbered years, hence the next event would coincide with the 2021 International Rally. The meeting very strongly supported a dispensation be made allowing the 2021 National Motorcycle Rally to take place, with the offer from the Wairarapa Branch to host the event being accepted by the meeting. Motorcycle entries will still be eligible to enter the International event, but a competitive National Motorcycle Rally event will not be included in the International Rally programme. Our Branch Membership has declined in numbers over the last twelve months, a trend reflected in a number of other branches. Has the membership of the Vintage Car Club plateaued? Rob Thomson, Branch Delegate 12


2019 A G M REMIT At the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Vintage Car Club of N.Z., Taranaki Branch, the following Notice of Motion be put to the members present. ‘The Taranaki Branch membership accept or decline the offer of the opportunity to raffle a 1973 Rover 2000 car, providing a Raffle Organizer has been confirmed. The net proceeds of this raffle to be made available to augment the Taranaki Branch funds.’ Before the following Notice of Motion can be put, a person, either by offering, or by being nominated, must be prepared to take on the role of RAFFLE ORGANISER, and fulfil the mandatory responsibilities of the position. The responsibilities adjunct to the task are straight forward. Contact Rob Thomson, Branch Treasurer, for an outline of the responsibilities in more detail.

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND TARANAKI BRANCH (INC) TO BE HELD AT THE CLUBROOMS AT WAIONGONA ON THURSDAY 16 MAY 2019 COMMENCING AT 8PM Notice of Motion of all amendments to the rules must be given in writing to the Secretary twenty eight (28) days before the meeting. ELECTION OF BRANCH COMMITTEE: Written nominations for Officers must be received by the Secretary two (2) clear days (i.e. 14th May) before the day appointed for the Annual General Meeting.

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For Sale / Swap Chair 1923 Darracq DC Tourer

Chair

Owned for 40+ years, currently Rego’d and WOF’d, runs well. Ph John 751 5554

Original paint and upholstery. Low milage and runs well. This would be a great rally car Ph John 06 7515554

1950 Morris Minor Low Light model, current WOF and registra on, Offers, Ph John 751 5554

Chair

1936 Aus n 6

Parts for Sale

A large collection of new parts - ring sets pistons, gasket sets, water pumps, brake shoes etc. Will sell as a bulk lot or individually. Ph John 751 5444

The Taranaki Vintage Car Club does not take any responsibility items appearing in these classified pages.

North Island Club Captains Tour Photos


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Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Date Taranaki Branch Nomination Form We hereby nominate For the position of Proposer Seconder Nomination accepted (signed)

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