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March - April 2019


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From the Chairperson A good group of members attended Max & Tom’s run. This was a simply with no silent checks but a few questions to answer as we went around. The course took us over the Bertrand Rd bridge (which we were tested before leaving, if we could cross with our vehicle) through Tarata and back through Inglewood and ending back at the Clubrooms. Well done and thank you Max and Tom. We will be having an update of the 2021 rally at the February Club night. This will give members what has been happening. We have been given the chance to promote the Vintage Car Club by way of a raffle. This is yet to be given some thought and some information still needed before going ahead with this. We will need someone to be the organiser for this to take place. Once a decision is made members will be informed. The Mini Vin is coming up on 24 February, organised by Colin and his team. This is one of many runs in the upcoming months.

Veronica Oliver Chairperson

From the Editor Hullo Folks, how about the current spell of weather, great if you are not a farmer I suppose. Don’t forget that Colin is hosting us once again for the 46th Mini Vin on Sunday, hope to see you all there. Also our big Branch event of the year, coming soon in April the Maunga Moana Rally, organised again by Rob Thomson, so you know its going to be a beauty, so get your entry in asap. Rob is also looking for helpers on the day of the Rally so if you are not intending to rally please give him a call For our Mid Week run next month we are going to visit a members farm collection in the country, then onto a lovely old country café for afternoon tea, see Johns report for details. That’s all this month

Jim Logan Editor

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On the Cover:

All set for a great day on Honnor's Farm - Feb 2019


Club Captain’s Report The Family Friendly car Rally held last month was well attended and enjoyed by all that entered. Unfortunately Meg and I were unable to attend due to another commitment that weekend. Many thanks to Max and Tom for organising this successful event. On February 12th a group of us visited four rest homes in New Plymouth. The residents were extremely enthusiastic over the vehicles which brought back memories of their own earlier cars. We should make this a calendar event as it proved to be so popular with the older age group. I have received a phone call from Rod Corbett who is the organizer for Targa N Z time trials, for which our VCC vehicles are now eligible. Their first rally is a 3 day event in Hawkes Bay from May 17. The second event starts on October 29th and will be coming through New Plymouth. Anyone interested can contact Rod, Email— rodcorbett88@gmail.com and early bird discounted entry fees are available. I have been unable to find a guest speaker this month so if anyone knows of one please let me know.

Upcoming Events:

John Muter

24 February

WAITARA MINI VIN, meet at the Waitara Town and Country Club at 1.30pm. The run will finish at Colin’s home for afternoon tea and a viewing of his collections. Please bring a plate for a shared afternoon tea. Our clubrooms will not be open.

17 March

Picnic Run to Lake’s Rotorangi and Rotokare Scenic Reserve, meet at Bath St in Eltham at 11.00am, bring your lunch as there are no shops out there.

21 March

Club Night

28 March

Mid Week Run, meet at the clubrooms at 1.00pm

31 March

Club rooms open from 2.00pm

18 April

Club night

26-27 April

MAUNGA MOANA RALLY (Please contact Rob Thomson if you can help in any way)

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Branch Events Report STRATFORD MIDWEEK RUN Arriving at Orlando Street Playground early, Marlene and I took advantage of the time to have a picnic lunch. No sooner that was over, the Ice Cream van arrived and it was decided to try one of the products. Marlene promptly dropped half of her one on the grass, however a duck soon took care of that! As the Ice Cream van drove out, Bryan Morris arrived with his Bedford. It wasn’t long before other VCC members turned up as well. All in all about seventeen, with Des and Phyllis organising the activities for the afternoon. The first port of call was Des and Phyllis’s garage, to catch up on progress Des has made on the Model T coupe over the last few months. Progress looked to be well under way there. The next stop was to view an immaculately restored Stewart truck. Owned by Dave Sandson. What a masterpiece it is too. I believe the Stewart spent many of its early years on a farm, near Bryan and his family, as did Bryan’s Bedford. Both trucks were used to take the milk to the factory, as well as other farm jobs such as carting fertilizer from the rail. As for going to the factory each day, I wonder whether there was some racing, from time to time! If Bryan was driving, I wager there was. He might arrive at the factory with a can short, probably lost over the side, with one of Bryan’s cornering manoeuvres! (No more malicious attacks to Bryan from now on.) As well as the Stewart, there were a couple of motor bikes to look at. One of them was ridden by Des’s father for many years until just recently. From Dave’s, we drove around to John Campbell’s to catch up on Des’s other Model T project. Progress is also under way there. On looking around the work shop, we found other interesting vehicles awaiting restoration. Tucked away in the corner was an Allis Chalmers Model B tractor, which brought back memories to me, as an Allis B was the first tractor I drove in 1948. The tractor belonged to my uncle, where our Dodge came from. The tractor took over sweeping hay from the Dodge, plus many jobs the old truck used to do. After viewing and much discussion, it was time to sit around for afternoon tea and socialise, until it was time to head home. Another enjoyable afternoon. Thank you to Des and Phyllis for organising.

gb

RESTORATION BOARD If you have completed a vehicle restoration in 2017 or 2018 Please give details of same to Rob Gudopp ph 7511395 So that our Restoration Board can be updated 4


Burma Rally 2019 Our preparations for the weekend started the week before with cleaning the car (wash and polish), vacuum, grease and oil etc plus gather up clothes and picnic gear as we had to provide our own lunch on Rally day. Friday afternoon it was off to the Grand on Hill St where we were based for the weekend. At the allotted time of 5.30 we gathered in the Hotel’s Jubilee Room for the official start to the weekend, opened by the Mayor and followed by a finger food tea.

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First thinf for the day was for the drivers, Geoff, Willy and myself to take the cars around into the main street for display for the day. Meantime the Navigators went off to get lunch for the next day and take it back to the hotel. With this chore done we all wandered down to the market for a look before going back up Victoria St for an early lunch. The girls then went back to the pub and the guys wandered up and down the street looking and talking cars to anyone that stopped to look. We decided to not go on the town cruise this year as we had all done it a number of times before plus we wanted to save our parking space at the hotel.

SUNDAY Gathered on Taupo Quay for the start.. After a common sense briefing it was off to cross the Dublin St bridge and make our way onto No 3 Line where the timed section started. I still can’t work out how they timed this as we were given a fast speed which was 30 to 40 mph, did this mean we were to average 35 mph? Who knows? Apart from this we had a good run down to Turakina and onto the Whanganui road. Heading for Marton, right into Union Rd and onto Santoff Rd and the start of another timed section. This took us through Bulls turning right at Kakariki Rd to go through Halcombe and onto Fielding for the lunch stop at Kowhai Park. After lunch the run took us out through Rongatea and on towards Tangimoana, from there it was back through Bulls, through Croften and into Marton then back to Whanganui. Most of the afternoon was hard going as we had to battle a head wind (gale) all the way back. It sure can blow down that way! The evening prize giving and meal was once again held at the Laird Park Bowling Club and was to a high standard. Taranaki, however did not feature in the Prize winners, must have had something to do with that timing thing and the fact that we didn't see many silent checks'.

MONDAY Wellington Anniversary Run. This was a short run around town and its outskirts to end up at an historic homestead for morning tea. We left for home just before 12pm and yes we got some rain and still that jolly head wind. Had a latish lunch at Hawera then off home. All in all a great weekend. You should go next year, we will be,

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APRIL

Closing date for APRIL Topical Torque, 10 March. Please forward articles to the Editor, Jim Logan 76C South Road N P 4310 -or email to logandj49@gmail.com

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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.


Coming Events MARCH Local Events 7 Committee meets at 7.30pm 17 Rotorangi Picnic Run, meet at Bath St, 11.00am 21 Club Night 28 Mid Week Run, Meet at the clubrooms at 1.00pm 31 Club Rooms Open Other Branch Events 2 Manawatu Ruahine Ramble 7-13 N I Club Captain’s Tour 9 Taupo Lake Taupo Rally 9 Wairarapa Rex Porter Memorial Rally 10 Auckland Vintage Muster 10 Wellsford/W’worth Are We There Yet Rally 16 Horowhenua Swap Meet 17 Waikato Vintage Venture

APRIL Local Events 4 Committee meets at 7.30pm 18 Club Night 26-27 MAUNGA MOANA RALLY 28 Club rooms open Other Branch Events 6 Waikato Mooloo Meander 13 Far North Brian Parker Memorial Rally 13 Whanganui Autumn M/cycle Trial 28 Wellington Dawn Breaker Rally

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2019 VINTAGE HAY DAY Wow, what a day, lot’s of sunshine, mum’s and dad’s and their families and a great effort from the members of the Vintage Machinery Club together with the Honnor family saw what might have been the most successful Hay Day yet. With Traction engines, large and small, providing free rides around the ground all day and stall holders offering crafts, scones, food and drinks, you would have been hard to please if you went away unhappy with the entertainment provided. Some vintage skills were also on display including portable saw milling, the old style of hay stacking, used before the powered hay baler came along, sheep shearing using hand powered hand piece’s, threshing of barley using a vintage 1929 belt driven threshing machine, also potato digging using tractor operated potato digger. The Military Vehicle group were also at the Hay Day with an impressive display of vehicles including a Stuart Tank, G M C and Ford four wheel drive transporters and various examples of the well known Willy’s jeep’s. The crowd were well entertained also by a group of Morris dancers who performed their traditional dances in front of a very appreciative crowd and the children from the Huirangi School who showed the results of hours of practise in performing very accomplished dance routines around the Maypole set up in the centre of the show ground. The competition between the children and tractor in the fun Tug O War, was so popular that a rematch was staged with the victory tilting towards the tractor at the end. Amongst the exhibits in the stationary engine display area I spotted Branch member Rob Gudopp who had his Lister powered Davies water pump operating , its first outing after a long restoration, nice one Rob. Also spotted was Local farmer and member, George Gupp who was busy sawing firewood with his Tractor mounted circular saw. George was telling me that he had also delivered seven of the tractors on display from his collection. I think that there would have been upwards of forty wheeled and tracked tractors there, a most impressive display, one which caught my eye , a 1905 replica of the first “Automated Plow” designed and built by Henry Ford.

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Some scenes from the very successful Hay Day held at Honnors Farm, Waitara Road on Saturday 16 February

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2021 FESTIVAL OF HISTORIC MOTORING The 2021 Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring would like announce that our websitewww.historicmotoring.co.nzis now live. We would like to invite all our members and off-shore friends to go to the site and register your interest in attending the VCC's showcase event. This will assist us with projected numbers and the type of vehicles we will need to cater for. We would also like to introduce our official accommodation suppliers for the Festival, the Plymouth International Hotel and the Auto Lodge Motor Inn.. Both are offering special discounted rates for Festival entrants and offer a full range of accommodation from self-contained motel type units to luxury suites. You can follow the link from the Sponsors section of our website to contact them. When booking, please ensure you mention that you are attending the Vero International Festival of Historic Motoringat the time of booking. Don't forget we also have a Facebook page,International Festival of Motoring 2021our page and keep an eye out for future updates

Tony Haycock Festival Director

MAX & TOM’S FAMILY RALLY Despite the overcast and showery weather we were pleased to have 15 cars set out on our “simple Sunday drive” rally on the 19th. Unfortunately 2 cars never returned as they had break downs and that also delayed two other contestants who stopped to render help. Thanks go to Neil Rook and Ron Hyatt for their help. It was not our intention to discourage members who enjoy the more complicated rally with ‘straight line’ and other methods of navigating. We were merely offering a simple alternative where the driver and passengers could enjoy the scenery and if they wished, to take part in the question answering side of the rally. Some crews were a little surprised to be confronted with two stakes at the start line. They had to fit their car between them or they would be given alternative instructions to avoid the narrow Bertram Road swing bridge. No one needed the alternative instructions but some cars probably had to fold in their side mirrors as I do when going across it. One or two crews did have problems in the streets of Inglewood but no one ended up in Wellington so all was well. There were 15 questions asked about various signs and features along the way but the highest scores were 14. Two crews achieved that and along with three others on 13-1/2 and 13 received a book as a prize for their troubles. highest scoring crews were Ron Hyatt, Alie and Bryan Bolland, Veronica and Steve Oliver. We thank the club members who supplied and served afternoon tea. We are possibly up for another try at running a rally later in the year.

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Tom Mazey and Max Rutherford


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For Sale / Swap Chair 1952 Citroen Light 15 New WOF & Current Rego. New hood lining and side trims. Engine & clutch reconditioned, brake linings done. Estate sale, as is where is $12500 ono. Ph: Steve 06 7522149

1936 Austin 6

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

Austin Big 7 1938 Current WOF and Rego, drive away, Original upholstery—$5,000 Ph Darren at Corson Tyres, 7586100 Office hours

Bikes

These bikes are located in Auckland. For enquires phone Bruce Davidson 06 758 6154 or 0274 834 800 NP

1952 AJS 500cc Twin Model 30 A complete bike in barn-find condition. All correct but would need full restoration. Early AJS Twins are quite rare in NZ.

1951 Matchless 500cc Twin G9 Bike fairly complete apart from rear chain-guard and no Exhaust System. Not running. Reground crankshaft and new rings. New armature.

1954 Matchless 500cc Twin G9 A complete bike but exhaust would need work and new wiring would be required. New armature The Taranaki Vintage Car Club does not take any responsibility for claims made in relation to condition or performance of items appearing in these classified pages.

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