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U PCOMI NG E V E NT S • C H AI R MAN’S & CAPTA IN ’S RE POR T • L AKE TAUPO 2019 RAL LY I NF O R MAT I O N • OPEN DAY PH OTOS • PACKMO B I L E R E STORATION - PAR T 4 • H ISTORY O F T V CC - PAR T 4 • AR T C ORN ER


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Coming Events for Taupo VCC 2019 MARCH Sat/Sun, 9th /10th March

Taupo VCC Annual Rally.

Wednesday 13th March

Club Night 7.30 pm.

Sunday,17th March

Club Run.

Monday 18th March

Committee Meeting 7.30 pm.

Tuesday, 26th March

Hospice Morning Tea 9.45 am.

APRIL Wednesday, 10th April

Club Night 7.30 pm.

Sunday, 14th April

Club Run. Lunch Run.

Monday,15th April

Committee Meeting 7.30 pm.

MAY Wednesday, 8th May

Taupo VCC AGM.

Club Breakfast

First Sunday of each month At Coffee Club, Roberts Street. Special $10 menu for Club Members or order off their Menu. Register by phoning Owen on 07 378 8327. Be seated between 9.00 and 9.30am. May be followed by a run out in the country.

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Chairman’s Report

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Club Captain’s Report

11 Lake Taupo Country Roads Rally - 8Th, 9Th, And 10Th March 2019 13 Taupo Vintage Car Club Open Day - Photos 18 The Packmobile Special - Part 4: On the Home Stretch 30 History of the Taupo Vintage Car Club - Part Four 37 Art Corner Cover image: The Packmobile (rear view).

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CLUB NIGHT The second Wednesday of the month at the clubrooms - Hickling Park, AC Baths Ave, Taupo.

CLUB DAY Third Sunday of the Month. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the articles and materials presented in this magazine are those of the authors and/or reference sources, and do not necessarily reflect the views held by the Taupo Vintage Car Club or The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand. Our intention is to stimulate discussion and enthusiasm among the VCC membership and the wider community. All photos, product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners.

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Taupo Vintage Car Club Officers Taupo Vintage Car Club, PO Box 907, Taupo 3351

PATRON Graham Mock HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS Bob Pettigrew • Graham Mock • Joe Ridley CHAIRMAN Neil Chave 07 3765262 chairman@taupovcc.org SECRETARY (Vacant) secretary@taupovcc.org ACTING SECRETARY Eric Foley 07 378 7006 secretary@taupovcc.org TREASURER Maureen Ransley 07 3776360 treasurer@taupovcc.org CLUB CAPTAIN Tony Mannington 07 3771598 captain@taupovcc.org MAGAZINE EDITOR Dean Packwood editor@taupovcc.org COMMITTEE

Eric Foley Brent Davidson Kelvin Trim Owen Duncan Chris Smith

Non COMMITTEE POSITIONS ARCHIVISTS June & Graham Mock BEADED WHEELS SCRIBE Neil Chave CLUBROOM HIRE Eric Foley LIBRARIAN Trish Jefferies RAFFLES Pam Mannington RALLY SPONSOR Terrys Tyres. SPARE PARTS Bruce Jefferies CLUBROOMS CUSTODIAN Owen Duncan VIC CERTIFIERS Bruce Jefferies Norman Pointon Lester Strawbridge Brent Davidson

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Chairman’s Report

Neil Chave Chairman’s Report – March 2019 In February we held our annual ‘Open day,’ and we presented an excellent range of club cars as well as a few other local cars. The day was great and the weather close to perfect so there was a good number of the public that came along to have a look at the club the cars and share in a sausage or two. Following this was the club Summer BBQ, and we had 55 or more club members come along on a very pleasant evening to enjoy a wide range of summer foods and a BBQ dinner. The ‘Blind Run’ was scheduled for later in the month although regretfully the likely numbers from this organisation to go for a ride in one of our members’ cars was quite low. In fact, we considered the number too low to make it a worthwhile club event. Accordingly, it was decided that we would defer this run until the local blind organisers can muster a reasonable number – so it hasn’t been cancelled it’s just deferred until the numbers improve. As an alternative, we held a club run to Lake Maraetai, and 10 cars took a run to the lake for an ice cream in the sun. As you will all be aware on the weekend of 8th & 9th of March is our club rally, and it is pleasing to see our total numbers are growing although this is in the main due to entries from participants in the Club Captain’s Rally and from other areas. We could certainly do with many more of our own club members entering so if you want to participate then let our Rally Secretary Heather Duncan know ASAP! MARCH 2019

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Remember too even if you are not a full club member you can still join the rally in the touring class. Apart from the rally we will hold a club night in March firstly to have a debrief of the rally and a social night with some interesting DVD’s on show and later next month is the Hospice run. Also in March, I will be attending the National Executive meeting in Wellington where progress on some national issues such as a standard branch constitution will be discussed along with a plan to allow new members to join the VCC online and hopefully dispense with the forms currently in use. Finally, we mentioned that the committee was looking into providing hard copies of the newsletter for those members that would prefer to read their newsletter in that format. Our editor Dean has completed some work on this project and has detailed in this newsletter how you can purchase a newsletter in your desired format direct from Copy Solutions. Details on page 5. Neil

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Club Captain’s Report

Tony Mannington Club Captain’s Report – March 2019 What a wonderful Club Summer BBQ we had on the 13th of Feb. Friends staying with us on Wednesday evening were asked along to our BBQ before we all travelled over to Art Deco together on Thursday. They are members of the Auckland VCC, and they thoroughly enjoyed their evening with the Taupo Club. They all enjoyed the meal that the Club had put together, they providing salads and they also commented on the yummy dessert. Thanks to all members that came and provided some great dishes. A great Summer BBQ success Also thanks to the Cooks and Clean up Team and those who reset the Clubrooms back up for Massey Exams the next day. It’s great to see Dean’s car the Packmoblie just about ready for the highway and byways. Dean has been working long hours over his summer break to get ready for our Rally. Dean also showed off his barbecuing skills at our Summer BBQ, great sausages. Pam and I have been attending the Art Deco Rally in Napier and getting involved with Hawkes Bay VCC. We took part in Fridays Rally involving about a 50-mile Rally Run ending up at a beautiful homestead surrounded by stunning gardens complete with very mature trees, which we all had our lunch under. Also at this property was a large collection of Vintage Cars.

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On Saturday the VCC put on a morning tea, and then we headed back into the city to watch the Car Parade. Back out to the VCC for Sunday brunch and then our Model A group headed off to drive up to Te Mata Peak. It was then back to town for a late lunch. The Hawkes Bay VCC and the Art Deco Trust put on a great weekend, one of the largest crowds and of course the weather played its part. Anyone interested in making up a group to go over next year. A reminder to all VCC members if you are driving your pride and joy on extended trips, made sure you are members of AA-plus. Unfortunately, one of our Model A cars had engine problems on their way down and was unable to drive back to Auckland. AA picked up the car and owners and delivered them back to Auckland on Monday after Art Deco had finished. We are presently in Nelson at the Model T Rally and will be home in time to help get the final touches done for our rally. Hope you have your entry in as we have a great rally planned. Tony.

Club merchandise available on Club Nights. Baseball Cap - $14.00 Polo Shirt - $33.50 Bucket Hat - $17.00 Fleece Jacket - $59.00 Club Lapel Badges and Car Stickers We have most stock available at the club rooms.

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Lake Taupo Country Roads Rally 8Th, 9Th, And 10Th March 2019 Our club's annual rally is being held on 8th, 9th, and 10th March. The 8th will be a meet and greet at the Clubrooms, with an opportunity to pick up your rally pack, the 9th being the rally itself with an early start from the Clubrooms, and prizegiving and dinner that night, culminating with a farewell cuppa at the Clubrooms 9.30am on Sunday. Tony and his helpers have mapped out a rally route, and although he's keeping everything secret, I am sure it will be an interesting route, taking us to some spots we would not normally venture to. We have a large number of entries from participants of the National Club Captains run. They are coming from all over New Zealand in a variety of vehicles, some of them relatively old. It will be an interesting lineup, and they are all very keen to meet us. An opportunity for us to make new friends, and other like-minded enthusiasts. NOTE: If you have sent in your entry form and have not received confirmation of your entry from Heather Duncan, please let her know by e-mailing rallysecretary@taupovcc.org or contact me at home on 07 3788327 or 027 232 4866. Entries closed on 23 February. Remember if you are making an internet banking transaction to pay your entry, use the correct rally account number detailed in the entry form as it's different from the regular club account, and use your car rego as a reference, along with your name. If anyone has any queries feel free to contact me, anytime. Heather Rally Secretary

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Enquiries to Rally Secretary – Heather Duncan Email - rallysecretary@taupovcc.org Phone 027 232 4866 PO Box 907, Taupo 3351

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Taupo Vintage Car Club Open Day - Photos In February we held our annual ‘Open day,’ and we presented an excellent range of club cars as well as a few other local cars.

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An immaculate 1934 Chrysler Six. Fully restored, it made a stop in at the Taupo VCC open day before heading off to Art Deco weekend in Napier.

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Above: Maureen’s 1961 Ford Prefect. Below: Bruce Jefferies’ 1946 Ford V8 Super Deluxe Convertible.

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Above: Graham Mock’s 1924 Durant Sport Tourer. Right: The Taupo Embroidery Club joined us for the day. Bottom: The Men’s Shed had had their wares on display and a tempting sale of second hand tools and refurbished toys.

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The Packmobile Special Part 4: On the Home Stretch

by Dean Packwood

Well, we’re in the closing chapters of the Packmobile restoration. Although I had a hiccup and 4-month break, progress ramped up, especially once I finished the fuel tank. Due to the Packmobiles’ design, the body needs to be off the chassis to remove and replace the fuel tank. So, once the tank was done, I could finally drop the body and dismantle the lifting frame to give me a bit more room… and no more banging my head on the crossbars :P The original wiring was a bit of a mess, and I figured instead of trying to figure it all out, it was probably going to

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be easier just to rip it all out and start from scratch. I had a wiring diagram my father drew up and a Trekka wiring diagram. I hadn’t done really any auto wiring before, so I started off with the basics… I purchased some 2-core, 5-core and 7-core trailer wire, connectors and a few other bits and bobs. The cockpit floor was bare timber, and even though it had marine-ply paneling, I decided to seal it further with body deadener. Not-so-much for the noise, but I have driven the car in a torrential downpour, and it gets pretty wet. I may have to think about a drain hole or bung just in case.

Above: Septone® Body Deadener used for extra sealing of the cockpit before the carpet went down.

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A couple of meters of outdoor carpet from Mitre10 and cut to shape. It’s basic geometry, not too difficult to take measurements and draw out a flat pattern. Once the carpet was secured, on when the interior side panels which are made from thin board and lined with the same vinyl as the exterior. It’s durable stuff, these were made 30 years ago.

Above: Carpet marked out and cut, ready to be installed into the Packmobile’s cockpit.

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The Seats are made from marine ply, some padding and upholstered in leather. The seats are the original seats my father made, the leather was supplied by my grandfather, so, I won’t be replacing the old leather anytime soon, and I don’t really mind the old look anyway. No holes in the leather either, and they suit the style.


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I installed the hand-brake (outer right) and the spare wheel bracket (left-hand side), then went onto wiring up the tail lights. I use a single line of 7-core trailer cable which runs up to the firewall.

I wired up the headlights, indicators and running lights back to the firewall. After talking with a few guys, I decided to add in some relays for the headlights and horn, and a fuse-box (instead of MARCH 2019

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Above: Hand brake and spare tyre bracket installed. Below: Rear tail lights all wired up.

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the old in-line fuses that were all over the place). I also wanted to make it easier to remove the body in future, so used waterproof connectors so pretty much the entire front end electrics can be unclipped.

Under the dash, I also wired up all the instruments with connectors. I couldn’t figure out how to hook up the old fuel gauge with the new fuel gauge sensor, so I removed the Ammeter gauge and inserted the new fuel gauge in its place.

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This is a temporary fix as I intend to get a whole new complete set of vintage mechanical instruments. There’s plenty of places online that sell new ‘retro’ instrument sets. My mother had bought a sweet looking horn for the Packmobile when it was initially built. I think it’s actually off a train but looks fantastic when polished up. The internals (which was just a regular car horn) was a bit worse for wear, so I grabbed a new one from Supercheap Auto, and it was back in business.

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It took me about 2-3 weeks to complete the wiring… most of that was standing around, staring at the car, wondering “what the heck am I meant to be doing,” but go there in the end. I’m glad I put the fuse box in as I blew about 5 fuses just getting the indicators to work, only to realize that at one indicator, I had the positive and earth around the wrong way… what a noob! Finally, after finishing all the work under the dash, I could install the wind deflectors, steering wheel, and final bits and pieces, until about 2am, just in time

to take it to our club open day that day. A mate lent me his car trailer, I’m still yet to get a Rego and WOF. Speaking of which, I’ve had an initial consult with the certifier, and apart from having just a couple of minor alterations I need to make to the seatbelt mounts and steering column, it should be no problem re-registering the Packmobile. I’ve applied to retain the old white-on-black plates with NZTA and will go through the re-vining etc. in the next few weeks, so fingers crossed.

Below: Dean and Kathy Packwood sitting in the Packmobile at the Taupo VCC open day.

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History of the Taupo Vintage Car Club - Part Four

compiled by Graham Mock

1988 A New Era

Graham Mock Taupo VCC Life Member

It is with pleasure that I join with others in writing for this history of the Vintage Car Club of Taupo.

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The larger club rooms, the infectious enthusiasm of Tom & Bronwen Biggar and the quiet support of Joe & Beryl Ridley revitalised the Branch. With the advent of the Andrews family moving to Te Puke in 1987 and leaving a big hole, the Mocks got re-enthused and involved. The Motor Show raised $782 (very welcome funds.) followed by the 21st Rally in March. This was a huge success. Tom and Joe travelled far and wide to promote the event and the 101 entries reflected their effort. In May, Jack & Aileen Hindess produced a Riley for its maiden club run to Kinloch and the new Club Badges were ready for distribution. June saw the Goodson Concors’ Cup won by Harold Watkins with his 1928 Dodge Victory Coupe. At the AGM Joe Ridley took over from Tom Biggar as Club Captain and continued a varied and interesting programme of activities. On July 10th a Local Knowledge Run and on July 23rd a Brass Monkey Run organised by Rex Tindall. The building construction continued with working bees twice weekly and donations of furniture and


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fittings included an electric stove, heaters, two toilet pans and cisterns and a Zip water heater. Peter Attwood reported that Debentures were coming in steadily. September brought on the Spring Rally organised by Brian Grace and an October run/gymkhana by Jack Hindess. The North Island Club Captains Tour were hosted for a BBQ in November and this included a tour of Fletcher Woodpanels Plant arranged by Lester & Rex for the Rallyists and interested Branch members. Vintage cars again joined the Xmas Parade in Taupo. Bronwen Biggar organised a Christmas treat for the Crippled Children. Among other cars was Roy Stewart with his 1929 Chevrolet Roadster and the Christmas Dinner was held on December 10th. at Gulliver’s. Five Vintage Tractors were hosted to a pot luck dinner at short notice on their 100 years of the Tractor Journey in January 1989. The third impromptu Motor Show in Elders’ building, organised by Peter Attwood, netted $868.00. The Annual Picnic Run in February, a Gymkhana in March, Ron & Rays Run in April were well patronised. A ‘Shed Raid’ in May, with the Rotorua Branch as guests, and after a picnic lunch in the car park, visits to the Mocks, to see the Durant and their under restoration 1938 Chevrolet, to Bonds to view the 1933 Singer Sport and then on to see the Strawbridge’s Vauxhall in their marvellous workshop, a restorers dream. The final run for that year was the ‘Brass Monkey.’ All in all a very full year.

2nd Pan Pacific Rally 1992 Taupo was appointed as one of the starting venues for this event. Some 300 competitors starting from the Fire Station on the Lake front. Joe Ridley was the Taupo to Palmerston North Route Controller. Graham Mock completed the restoration of his 1938 Chevrolet Sedan with the great assistance of Les Hayter and Shane Hobman. He intended entering this event, but took his responsibilities as chairman seriously and did not enter the Rally but was fully involved with our enthusiastic members in hosting, starting, manning check points and arranging the delivering to Palmerston North of seven vehicles and trailers that participants used in getting their Rally vehicles to Taupo. Thanks were extended to Brian Grace who provided a ten seat mini van to use as Tail End Charlie and bring back the drivers of the delivery vehicles. Ten of our members competed in the Rally namely, John Mazey, Rex Bond, Harold Watkins, Ray Perry, Les Hayter with Phil Andrews as Navigator, Jack Hindess, Tom Biggar, Ron Anderson, Keith Carr and David Grayson. MARCH 2019

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Above: Te Puke Run 1992. (Left to Right) Fred & Nancy Roberts, Bob Pettigrew, Trevor Dean, Maree Strawbridge, Bronwen Biggar, Lester Strawbridge, June Mock, Mary Dean, Phil Andrews, Evelyn Pettigrew, Fay Andrews, Joy Hayter, Loris & Ray Perry.

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Motor Show 1993

Above: Les Hayter display co-ordinater

John Mazey’s Reminiscences My first car ( or more correctly a car converted to a small truck ) was a 1921 Fiat 501. This car had been an open tourer, and had been converted to a pickup, with the body still intact except for a section cut out at the rear to make a tailgate. It was the narrow track model with no front wheel brakes. A few years later I bought a wide track 501 which I believe was a 1926 model. Both vehicles had the four speed gate gear lever mounted adjacent to the handbrake to the right of the driver’s seat and both gave excellent service, the magnetos being the only equipment I can remember requiring servicing. Comfortable cruising speed was about 40m.p.h.with MARCH 2019

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no problems in pulling away in top gear from as low as lOm.p.h. I never cease to be surprised that so few of the model seem to have survived or how seldom I ever see reference to them in vintage car publications. From Fiats I then bought a 12/4 Austin which was either a 1928 or 1929 model. What a car. The interior was immaculate with armchair like leather seats, deep pile maroon carpet, all instruments working and all the trim and fitting complete. Bodywork was just as smart with a gold paint job which I was told had taken 16 coats of paint. Even though it was very heavy to drive with the driver needing a strong right leg for the brakes, it too gave excellent service. A short flirtation with a Talbot 14/45 was next. This was about a 1928 model, a coupe’ with a custom-built body with the maker’s nameplate still attached to the dashboard. The next buy was almost an impulse purchase, an immaculate dark blue and black Chevrolet Wentworth. This car had been a showroom model with chrome plated valve cover, wire wheels, polished engine etc. I fell in love at first sight, bought it, then drove it regularly for six years.

Trout Hatchery Run 1989

Sold the Chevy for £55 at a time when I had no garage for it and have kicked myself ever since. Time and circumstances didn't permit of anymore old cars until retirement, when I bought the 1950 Riley 1.5 R.M.A model. EDITORS NOTE: The Riley was John Mazey’s vintage car when he wrote this in 1987. He later added a 1939 Morris Series E, a 1938 Austin Big 7 then a 1957 Morris Minor, but the Riley was his favourite.

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We learnt our Lesson that day (Ray Harwood) I sold the Morris Series E to John - it needed lots of work. However there is a story to tell. Joe Ridley and myself took to delivering the car. Joe said “No problem� so up it went on my big flat deck trailer. We fastened it down with a rope around the front bumper and down to a hook on the trailer. Once secured I proceeded up my steep driveway with Joe following in his van. As it got to the top of the driveway I had to brake quite hard before going out onto the road. This caused the Morris to jump back a little cutting the rope on the sharp edge of the front bumper. Off the back of the trailer shot the car, down the driveway gathering speed heading straight for Joe in his van. There was a look of horror on both our faces as it sped down, all we could do was wait for what was going to happen. Just at the last moment luck was upon us as the front bumper caught a line of Pongas lining the side of the drive, ripping out a metre or two then coming to a halt just in time. We both then had a good laugh to ease the tension and decided from now on we would use chain to hold cars on trailers. We learnt our lesson that day and have only used chains ever since. John Mazey with his beloved 1950 Riley RMA Saloon.

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1989 Continuing Progress Tom Biggar took over from Peter Attwood as Chairman in June 1989, Harold Watkins accepted the job as Newsletter Editor and immediately put it back on a revenue producing basis by including paid advertisements to cover costs. This practice had lapsed for a couple of years. The usual monthly events were continued. A Garage Raid to Rotorua was held in August; Building additions progressed, the toilet block got its roof and planning had started for the 2nd Pan Pacific Rally 1992. In January 1990 Joe Ridley announced the “Toilets Now Open, so come along ladies it’s all for your convenience.“ Weekly working bees continued, the Harrier Club contributed to the finances with the use of the expanded clubrooms on Saturdays in the Running season. The Taupo Night Spinners used the hall on Thursday nights and the hire of particularly Post Vintage Cars for Weddings became a regular source of income for some years; the latter thanks mainly to Harold Watkins’ efforts. Also in January 1990 the Veteran Rally started in Taupo and were hosted by the Branch with another successful fund raising Public Motor Show at the Keith Hay Homes complex in Crown Road. The Taupo Picnic Run was held in wet weather in March and Graham & Lester organised the April run. Notable restoration of the year was Ron Anderson’s Model A Roadster. Brian Grace became Club Captain with a full year’s activities printed in the July 1998 Newsletter. Peter Attwood died in September and this was a big shock to the Branch. Max Gibb organised an overnight run to Iwitahi Forest Camp to see the rare native orchids growing wild, then on the Sunday a run to Waikite Valley via forest roads for a swim before returning to Taupo. Graham Mock was recalled as Branch Chairman in June 1991. He came with a two fold mission. 1. To complete the clubrooms and furnish them to a good standard 2. To repay the debenture holders who made the extensions possible. This was achieved in two years with the 100% participation of all branch members and the almost $6,000 profit from an ambitious Vintage and Classic Car Show held in the recently constructed Great Lake Centre on Auckland Anniversary weekend in January 1993. Thanks are recorded to those Club members from as far a field as Whangarei, Wanganui to Wellington who loaned us their cars and thus contributed to our success.

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Art Corner

Stirling Moss - 1955 Mille Miglia Original oil on canvas by Don Packwood www.donpackwood.co.nz

In 1955, Stirling Moss won the world’s most famous road race, the Mille Miglia, completing the near-1000 mile distance in a barely believable 10 hours seven minutes and 48 seconds, at an average speed of 98mph. His car, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, number 722, is now reckoned to be the most valuable car in the world. More importantly, Sir Stirling’s win is widely regarded as the single greatest drive in motorsport history. The 22. edizione Mille Miglia was a motor race held on a 992.332 mile (1597 km) course made up entirely of public roads around Italy, mostly on the outer parts of the country on April 30-May 1, 1955. The route was based on a round trip beMARCH 2019

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tween Brescia and Rome, with start/finish, in Brescia. It was the 3rd round of the 1955 World Sportscar Championship and for the Coppa Franco Mazzotti. As in previous years, the event this not strictly a race against each other, this is race against the clock, as the cars are released at one-minute intervals with the larger professional class cars going before the slower cars, in the Mille Miglia, however the smaller displacement slower cars started first. Each car number related to their allocated start time. For example, Luigi Musso’s car had the number 651, he left Brescia at 6:51am, while the first cars had started late in the evening on the previous day. Some drivers went with navigators, others didn’t; a number of local Italian drivers had knowledge of the routes being used and felt confident enough that they wouldn’t need one Moss and Jenkinson were the favourites to win although they had no knowledge of the local roads being used despite this being Moss’s fifth attempt at the Mille Miglia, but Moss was relying entirely on Jenkinson’s pace notes (now used ubiquitously in modern rallying) that they spent months accumulating. Jenkinson’s innovative pace notes were written on a home-made roller scroll.

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Taupo VCC 2019 Calendar Year. 2019 Sat/Sun, 9th /10th March �����������Taupo VCC Annual Rally. Wednesday 13th March ���������������Club Night 7.30 pm. Sunday,17th March �����������������������Club Run. Monday 18th March ���������������������Committee Meeting 7.30 pm. Tuesday, 26th March ���������������������Hospice Morning Tea 9.45 am. Wednesday, 10th April �����������������Club Night 7.30 pm. Sunday, 14th April �������������������������Club Run. Lunch Run. Monday,15th April �������������������������Committee Meeting 7.30 pm. Wednesday, 8th May ���������������������Taupo VCC AGM.

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