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Coming Events for Taupo VCC 2020 MARCH Wednesday 11th March

Club Night 7.30pm.

Fri/Sat/Sun, 13-15th March

Taupo VCC Annual Rally

Sunday 15th March

No Club Run due to Rally

Monday 16th March

Committee Meeting 7.30 pm.

Wednesday 18th March

Club Night 7.30 pm.

Tuesday 24th March

Hospice Morning Tea 9.45 am.

APRIL Sunday 5th April

“Blind Run” 1.30 pm. Club rooms.

Wednesday 8th April

Club Night 7.30 pm.

Sunday 19th April

Club Run. Lunch Run.

Monday 20th April

Committee Meeting 7.30 pm.

MAY Wednesday 13th May

Taupo VCC AGM

Club Night

Club Night, Catch Up with Tea/Coffee and Biscuits Wednesday 18th March 2020, 7.30pm. Discuss how the Rally went over a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits. See you there at 7.30pm. 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 9.30 am.

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Coming Events for Taupo VCC 2019

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Taupo Vintage Car Club Officers

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Printed Mag Now Available!

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Printing Tips

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Chairman’s Report

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Club Captain’s Report

13 Lucky 17 at Leadfoot! 17 Early Ford V8 Club Nationals 2020 25 Art Deco, Napier, 2020 29 Art Corner 31 Great Lake Picnic Cover: Bob and Julie Neville with Lucky 17 at Leadfoot, 2020

38 Taupo VCC 2020 Calendar Year.

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 • Norman Pointon CHAIRMAN Neil Chave 07 3765262 chairman@taupovcc.org 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 Brent Davidson 07 378 2691 Chris Smith 07 378 4582 Marty Sutherland 07 376 7259

Owen Duncan 07 378 8327 Trish Jefferies 07 378 4774 Murray Stanley 07 376 8930

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

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Printed Mag Now Available! Printed copies of our monthly magazine, Taupo Torque, are now available from Copy Solutions in Taupo! We email the magazine to Copy Solutions each month, so if you would like a copy, you can visit Copy Solutions in Taupo and purchase one of the following 3 options:

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Printing Tips Although you can print this magazine to A4 (either actual size or scaled to A4), this magazine has been set up in A5 format. This allows you to print 2 pages up on an A4 or even a booklet if your printer supports it. If you open the magazine file in Acrobat Reader, and select file>print, under Page Size and Handling (see image below), you can print multiple pages per sheet. Click File>Print>Multiple>Pages per sheet> 2 If your printer supports printing both sides of the paper, you can also print a ‘Booklet’. Which allows you to print, then staple and fold up into an A5 magazine.

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Chairman’s Report

Neil Chave Chairman’s Report – March 2020 Welcome to 2020! And hope you have been enjoying the great summer weather too. This great weather has meant we have had an excellent start to the year with firstly our annual ‘Open Day’ in early February. This was again a well supported day by our members. Special thanks to those that brought their car, and particularly the one or two that went the extra mile to bring additional vehicles from their collections. Although the open day was well supported by our members, the public failed to turn up in any significant numbers due mainly to a lack of medial support from our local newspapers who seem to hold little interest in local community events. We rely on this support to communicate with the local public, and without it, we may have to resort to the club paying for advertising in the future. We shall be reviewing as to where we will continue to hold the future open days. Maybe somewhere in the CBD is the best option for next year. The summer BBQ was another big hit for the club and again a great turnout to enjoy a great BBQ and club member’s salads & desserts. Also, in February, we held the picnic with the Great Lakes Club. Unfortunately, this one turned out to be scheduled on the one slightly damp day we have had since December, so rather than an outdoor picnic at the Epiphany Gardens on Broadlands Rd, we held the function at the clubrooms. MARCH 2020

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The Great lakes Club provided lunch, and we were entertained by a choir singing many of those old songs from the past we all remember. Coming up in March is the annual ‘Country Roads Rally,’ and we invite all those members that haven’t entered to get their entry form away as it closes soon. There will be a club night in March to have a chat about the rally and enjoy a quiet night out. Later in March, I will be attending the annual National Executive meeting in Wellington, so I will bring all the information and updates back for a future report on what’s happening on a national basis. Neil Chave

Hi Neil and Tony On behalf of The Great Lake Club, I would like to thank the Vintage Car Club members for your participation in our Picnic Day. Although the weather was against us, I still feel we had a great day by being able to use your club rooms. Thank you. Our members thoroughly enjoyed their car rides, even though they were a little bit shorter than anticipated, and one car broke down, but it all adds to the fabric of the occasion. The club would like to thank you both for your great organisation of the day, as apart from the weather our day went off without a hitch. Please thank your club members for their participation in a most enjoyable day. Kind regards Deidre Brocket SECRETARY

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Club Captain’s Report

Tony Mannington Club Captain’s Report – March 2020 Due to other commitments, Pam and I were unable to attend the last two Club events, travelling to Gisborne with the Model T Club and attending the Three Rivers Rally put on by the Gisborne Branch of the VCC. The “Clubs Open” went as planned, but unfortunately, the public was kept away due to a lack of support from our community Newspaper. Neil put a considerable effort into contacting the local media, but they choose not to support us. I want to thank all members that brought their cars along, and some of you came along with more than one. Thank you. What do we do next year? If you have idea’s for next year’s open day, talk to a committee member, and I am sure we will come up with a plan, whether it be at the Clubrooms or Downtown. Word on the street tells me all went to plan, great turn out for the Club’s MARCH 2020

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Summer BBQ night. Thanks to those that cooked and cleaned up. Due to the weather being beyond our control, The Great Lake Club Picnic Day, combined with the Taupo VCC on Sunday the 16th of February ended up in the Clubrooms. The only wet day we have had for weeks. Again thanks to all involved that made this a great day out.

Looking forward to March. Taupo VCC annual Rally 13/14th March, have you got your entries in yet. Time running out and we need a few more. You may have to drop into Heather or Maureen to make the deadline. As the guy said who started Contiki Tours, there’s only one seat left!!., so get in quick. Pam and I have stepped back this year and will be competing in the Rally. This will be our first rally since we have been involved with Taupo VCC. We are looking forward to being a competitive car. Watch this space. On the 18th of March we are planning a get together at the Clubrooms to discuss all things relating to Club issues. If you feel strongly about something, bring it along to discuss e.g., How do we improve on getting “Joe Public” to our open day. Club to provide tea/ coffee and biscuits. Hospice Morning Tea and Run on the 24th of March. (see notice next page) Keep the 19th of April free for our annual Picnic Lunch Run out to somewhere special, have you any ideas where to go. On Saturday the 8th of February, Pam and I set off in our Model A for our first

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night in Matangi to join up with the Model T Club and travel together to Gisborne. • Day 1 - On Sunday, we drove over to Morrinsville to meet up with 14 Model T’s and 4 Model A’s and continued onto Whakatane for our overnight stay. • Day 2 - Whakatane to Hicks Bays for our overnight stay. • Day 3 - Hicks Bay to Gisborne. • Day 4, 5 & 6 - Taking part in the Model T Rally organized by the local Model T member Mark Dunn. Mark set some very interesting runs to places like the Eastwood Hill Arboretum, Rere Falls, and Rockside. Visting a large carved Meeting House and welcomed by the pupils of Nukaka School and lunch at the Rocket Cafe at Mahia Penninsula, but couldn’t see the Rocket Launch Site. Visting Tolaga Bay Wharf and seeing a “Horse Whisperer” in action. • Day 7 - Three Rivers Rally touring through their hinterland... An interesting Rally with easy to follow instructions. First, an instruction, a diagram of the intersection, and then a photo of the intersection. Considering Gisborne has large flat areas growing a variety of crops, we still had plenty of hills to climb and descend and over 20 miles of metal roads. Lunch stop at the Tahunga Golf Club and back to Gisborne to take part in a Steam Train ride. Day 8 & 9 It was time to say our goodbyes and head back to Whakatane for a night. Pam and I broke ranks at Whakatane and headed back to Taupo via Galatea and Murupara. It was a great tour, even though we had some long, very hot days (and of course some grumpy people at times), touring our beautiful countryside, places we hadn’t been to or seen before Cheers, Tony

Hospice Morning Tea and Run

Tuesday 24th March, 2020 Meet at Hospice, Huka Falls Rd at 9.45pm for morning tea. After morning tea take Hospice Patients for a ride in our cars. If you can help out, Please give Tony a call on 07 377 1598 or 027 494 2445. MARCH 2020

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Lucky 17 at Leadfoot!

Bob Neville

A bit of background Lucky 17 is fully road legal for NZ with a WOF and Rego, we met all rules for 'demo' run at Leadfoot (not timed) we both understand the risks of the event and the nature of lucky 17. We have now run the course many times (even in the wet), and in any car, you have to concentrate and keep momentum. Lucky 17 has heavy steering, it's old school.

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As we had just got through the very tight steep hairpin on the main hill I must have moved my leg onto a wasp(s)that was on my seat, I was stung three times just under my thigh on my right leg. Julie can verify. Note, I've been told first hand by members of the crowd they had also been stung. My 'reaction' was to move my right hand from the wheel momentarily, which you can't do in lucky 17 at that point on the track where it requires manhandling to make the bends. I must also have, in reflection, moved my foot off/on the accelerator, I'm not sure. With the narrow cross-ply tyres there is not a lot of grip on tarmac........ we went fully off the edge sideways, it's very steep. I then put a full left

lock-on and floored it, which brought us back on the track, over the curb at 90deg. I actually think the tyres on the rough stuff then helped as they cut in and got traction. The curb ripped the sump plug and insert out, so we lost all the oil, which we didn't know at the time. The crowd was cheering and clapping 'the save' as I went to carry on up the hill. Julie was not phased... like nothing was wrong. The crowd shouted, "STOP!" We got out and saw the oil, my hands were shaking with adrenaline as they do after a run anyway. The marshals and Clerk of the course were fantastic, we felt bad for the oil and delay. The car was parked safely in amongst the trees, and we rescued it after the racing finished at the end of the day. The car has been fully checked over by fully qualified vehicle certifiers, the only damage was the sump plug which has been welded up, and we are back on the road.

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Could it have ended very badly, yes it could have, but it didn't. Would it be safer with a roll cage, harness, fire suits, etc., etc? YES, it would, but then it would no longer be what we and many others love, hardcore old school cars. As a note, the top three cars in the pre-1960' race' had no roll cages were all open, one with no belts another with a lap belt. When I said to Julie maybe we just collect stamps and stop all the crazy stuff we do, she said, "Why? We weren't even going that fast, we go faster on our tandem (95kmph) let's grab some lunch!" In closing, we were driving a fully compliant road-legal car meeting all event rules and taking part in a private event, which is inherently dangerous, which we accept totally. As the driver, I take full responsibility for my actions. As a boy, I would look at the board track racers, Burt Munro, very early street and track racing, and I was captivated by the gentlemen drivers, the danger! Would we want to be in the situation again? Obviously not, I love my wife Julie and Lucky 17 too much, but... WE LOVE WHAT WE DO! And we have, as a result, a picture that captures what our incredible old cars are capable of. How many four-banger model A's have pulled a wheelie? We have! The picture has now been viewed over 110'000 times around the world. MARCH 2020

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Early Ford V8 Club Nationals 2020

Trish Jefferies

After 26 years in the Early Ford V8 Club, we decided it was time we went to one of the South Island Nationals. These are held every 3 years early in January, in alternate islands. We've been to most of the North Island ones but never down south. This year it was based in Christchurch, so it was an ideal chance to see how the city was faring since the earthquakes. Also, it would be 6 yrs before being down south again. Bruce had decided to take Fordy, the '46 convertible. However, Fordy developed an electrical problem, which saw him moved to the naughty corner, and Monty, our '53 Monterey, was elected to go. Yeeesss; hand pumps from me.

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All travel was taken care of by our mate from the club, Brendon. All we had to do was be at the ferry terminal on time. Eight cars travelling down together in our group, 25 from the north island altogether. Brendon's group went down from the H B, so we arranged to meet them there. A nice morning, no wind, and as a result, a beautiful crossing. First stop at Middle Park Motel Blenheim, booked in, then off to Omaka to the Peter Jackson Museum. What a fantastic set up there. The only problem was that it would take days to actually read all the display info. All agreed we could do with a repeat visit. The next morning, we stopped for an hour with the local Sunday morning brekky group, what a terrific line-up, about 80 vehicles. Had a coffee, bacon butty and yak but a cold wind sent us on our way. Stopped for lunch at the Caves CafĂŠ just south of Kaikoura (yummy) then off again. Couldn't help being amazed at the job done on the new roads along the coast, since their earthquake. Just fantastic. A good trip down to Chch; (with just a quick stop at friends of our President ( John) to pick up crayfish), no problems at all, found our way to the Elm Hotel. Mix & meet then settled for the night after a yummy crayfish tea in John's room. Monty at the Kaikoura lookout.

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Day one free, so our group drove out to Lyttleton for lunch & a look around. Back for registration etc. at 5pm, dinner then bed. Day two, we were taken around the red zone in 4 buses, finishing at Brighton for a late lunch. I can't believe the number of empty areas. Back to base so the men could do what men do to their cars to prepare for the next day's trip. Both these days windy & cool. Day 3 was a country ramble with areas of interest. Yummy packed lunch at a local hall. Then off to have group photo's taken. Then next door to a collection, including a working merry-go-round... I had a ride on that. Then a collection of all makes of cars. The owner, Ray Drury, in his 80's, didn't seem to have any special preference, but all to a top standard. Had a yummy spit roast/cum bbq meal and were entertained on his fantastic Wurlitzer organ, with his wife playing the bagpipes. An interesting day. Day 4 we went to Riccarton House for lunch and a tour, split into 2 groups, a terrific old place with a great history. Then away to the John Stewart collection. So much to see. Over 300 vehicles, huge sheds with all sorts of memorabilia, and in fact, so much it was hard to see it all. And guess who was last to leave there due to talking!! RSA tea that night. Monty & company in front of Riccarton House.

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Day 5 set off on a trip, no clue where to. We arrived at a property called Loburn Abbey. We all lined up along a private runway with a huge hanger and vintage planes out front. Had a yummy morning tea and a talk by the owner; whom since Tim Wallis's accident at Wanaka, has been producing a tevlar pilot's helmet that is all but indestructible to clients all over the world. Then his second side business, producing replica spitfires and hurricanes to clients around NZ. During morning tea, a mate of his buzzed us and landed in a spitfire. What an experience, they are awesome, then, of course, a flying display by the 2 of them. Got some great photo's. A highlight of our week.

After that amazing couple of hours, we went to Oxford for lunch and a look at the local museum. Couldn't believe it, a mate of Bruce's from his plough days was on duty. Last to leave again!! Back to our hotel and ready for the final dinner and prize giving. We were delighted when our Monty took first prize in his class. Of course, we were biased anyway.

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Above: Bruce Jefferies with the Titan Mustang, “Loburn Lady�

Next morning brekkie with everyone, then packed up and away to our different destinations. Arranging to meet Brendon & Jane back at Middle Park in Blenheim in 6 days time, off we went to explore. Arrived at Akaroa at midday, had a good look around & I shouted Bruce a ride out on the local jet boat with owner Brent. Got mildly wet but a good trip and lots of fun; then drove the 6 km to Devaushelle to stay. Back to Akaroa to see Ovation of the Seas, which was due on that day. However, the captain was a wuss, and thought it was too choppy. So after a coffee off again. Stayed a night with friends at Methvyn, great to catch up, then headed north again.

The next port of call was Hanmer Springs. Stayed 2 nights there, a nice spot with good memories for us. Saw Brendon's car at the local garage as we left. Stayed the next night at Top 10 at Kaikoura. MARCH 2020

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Finally treated ourselves to our special; a lovely meal of Blue Cod. Sooo fresh, just yum. Then our 2nd to last day, off to Blenheim again. Caught up with our mates; in a rental!! Yes, their car called Patches, gearbox trouble. Dinner at the local Irish bar. The next day, we spent a couple of hours around Picton before lining up to catch the ferry. Another beautiful, calm crossing. Arrived in Wellington about 5.10pm, unloaded and we all travelled out to Seatoun to stay with our mates from the club who had returned earlier that week. Their house overlooks the spot where the Wahine went down. We had a great evening with lots of V8 tales. Next morning watched the QE2 sail past into port, before saying our goodbyes & heading off back north. Hadn't figured on it being Wellington Anniversary weekend, so got caught in the traffic build-ups leaving town. A couple of times we were at a dead stop; and Monty didn't like the crawling pace in the heat. Finally picked up pace near Otaki. Stopped at PN to catch up with my son & family, and finally arrived home at about 9pm. I had to wait till the next day to collect my wee puss, who was so pleased to see us. All in all, a most enjoyable trip, first time down south since the World Ploughing final at Methvyn 10 yrs before. We were delighted with Monty; he purred his way around 1600 miles without missing a beat. Everywhere we went, he seemed to attract a crowd & some favourable comments. We were luckier than some of our North Island members; I think about 6 cars had problems, but Brendon's was the only one not drivable. Patch arrived home about a week later. We can all travel to some exotic & special places overseas; but we still think nothing beats a good trip in our own special NZ. Looking forward to our next trip south; maybe Wanaka for Easter 2021. Fingers crossed.

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Art Deco, Napier, 2020

Eric and Terri Foley

Having been an irregular observer of Napier’s Art Deco Parade, the opportunity to be a participant was one that I found hard to resist. That chance came along recently when one of our members, Andy Guest, was looking for a navigator for his 1928 Oldsmobile for the rally which takes place the day before the parade. Andy also intended driving in the parade, and passengers were welcome!

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The rally on the Friday morning was interesting on several fronts. About 150 cars gathered at the Hawkes Bay Vintage Car Club grounds from about 9.00 a.m. No morning tea was provided prior to the first car (Andy’s) heading off at 10.30. Three route options were offered, a short (10 miles), a medium (33 miles), and a long (65 miles). The medium route preferred by Andy took us into Napier, along Marine Parade, where there were scores, literally scores, of camper vans parked on the foreshore and through the port area, before we headed off towards Bayview. From there, we traversed very parched hill country into the Esk Valley, then through more hill country west of Napier with many valleys displaying vast acreage of grapevines before arriving at the lunch stop on the shores of a large privately-owned lake. At this point, most of the participants sat down on their groundcover and scoffed their sammies. Some were observed in easy chairs with their crystal glasses, fizzy plonk, and cucumber sandwiches. The whole rally took us about 1.5 hours in 34-degree heat, which did cause some problems for the Olds, requiring the odd stop for cooling down. Needless to say, Bob and Julie Neville with Lucky 17 at Art Deco (photographer Steve Jones)

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the air conditioning (manually operated windows) was essential. After lunch under the trees, we returned via Puketapu to Napier. There were no questions, no silent checks, no winners or losers, and no prizes. We were back at Clive, where Andy was staying by about 2.00. Soon after that, Terri and I were in our motel with our feet up and the air-con on chill. The Art Deco Parade takes place on the Saturday and had about 300 cars entered. Prior to this, many of the participants were assembled at the HBVCC facility at Meeanee. This time morning tea was served, and 500 people had been catered for! Many of the cars for the parade were also lined up. There were some very beautiful cars on display including a 1934 Chrysler Imperial Le Baron roadster bought over from Australia, a 1934 Pierce Arrow sedan, Auburns, Cords, Duesenberg’s, Packard’s of various styles including a “Woodie”, a couple of V12 Lincolns, a drop-dead gorgeous 1938 Mercedes 540K roadster, along with vast numbers of Ford Model A’s and other bread and butter cars. The vast majority of cars were of American origin. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but those big, glossy, mid-thirty American vehicles appealed to me. Prior to the parade kicking off at 12.30, the vehicles were marshalled in 4 areas around Clive Square before slowly making their way into Emerson St. Terri and I have witnessed this parade on a number of occasions, but being on the inside looking out was a completely different perspective. The marshalling that went on before the event and at the conclusion was very slick. The crowds were huge- possibly the biggest crowd that we have seen at this event - and appeared appreciative. (The Art Deco week is reputed to bring 40, 000 people into Hawkes Bay). The weather was kind, and the threatened rain was a non-event. We are both grateful to Andy for providing us with the opportunity to participate in these two events. MARCH 2020

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Lucky 17 at Art Deco (photographer Nigel Watts)

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Art Corner

“Pink Lemonade” 1931 Chrysler CM6 Roadster. Painting inspired by the Napier Art Deco Event 2012, New Zealand. Original oil on canvas by Don Packwood www.donpackwood.co.nz

Chrysler Corp was founded by Walter P Chrysler (1875–1940) on June 6, 1925, when the Maxwell Motor Company (est. 1904) was re-organized into the Chrysler Corporation.

Walter P. Chrysler did an awful lot of work to launch his fledgling car company, and by the time they were in the early 1930s, had established a reputation for powerful, reliable, and occasionally sporty vehicles. The CM Series in particular was a favorite among those who loved to drive, combining lightweight bodywork with a powerful six-cylinder engine and a capable chassis, complete with hydraulic brakes. Cars like this CM6 roadster were often used in competition and succeeded in competing on level footing with the best Europe had to offer. Today they are highly prized by collectors who prefer to drive their hardware rather than look at it on a show field. MARCH 2020

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Photo : Proshotz Photography – 1957 MGA

13 - 18 OCTOBER 2020

Outstanding opportunity to drive iconic North Island roads as a Time Trial This is not a race, but rather an exercise in precise driving and time keeping to maintain a set average speed through all closed tarmac stages, (similar to a regularity trial, but with the safety of knowing that all participants have staggered start times, drive in the same direction, on the same road, with nothing coming towards them!) Entry: Discount entry fee for VCC members in VCC eligible, road-legal cars (30+ years old), with a VIC (Vehicle Identity Card), and minimum third-party insurance. No special car modifications (roll cage etc), are required. Refer www.vcc.org.nz “National Events” for details. For more information check out www.targa.nz “2020 Events” Rod Corbett rod.corbett88@gmail.com 027 433 8772

For Sale! 1954 Wolseley, 444. (No Warrant or Rego.)


Taupo Vintage Car Club Magazine | Taupo Torque

Great Lake Picnic A well needed ‘drop of rain ‘ was long and heavy enough to prevent us going to the Epiphany Gardens for a planned run and Picnic with the Great Lake Club But despite the weather, the day turned out to be most enjoyable. The Clubrooms became the picnic venue and the Great Lake Club members were taken for a Tiki Tour in our cars, as the rain had settled. We returned to be entertained by the AA65 singers ,who had an excellent repertoire of songs and the 70 of us all joined in with the well known songs (even some of the lyrics altered to a vintage car theme) The delicious luncheon provide by the Great Lakes Club followed, and we all agreed that despite the disappointment of not being able to visit the gardens, the day was very successful. It was agreed that we will all get together to make the Epiphany Gardens visit in the future.

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13th, 14th and 15th March 2020 Enquiries to Rally Secretary – Heather Duncan Email - heatherduncan@xtra.co.nz Phone 027 232 4866 | P O Box 907, Taupo 3351

TAUPO

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED!


PROGRAMME: Friday 13th March 6.00pm

At the VCC (Clubrooms), off Spa Road. BYO food and drinks Tea and coffee provided

Collect rally packs / noggin and natter

Saturday 14th March 9.00 am 9.15am 9.30am

6.00pm 7.00pm

Registration rally packs available before start at Clubrooms Briefing Stage 1 – First cars away to the morning tea stop. Stage 2 – Cars away to the lunch stop. Stage 3 – Cars away to finish at Clubrooms Tea and coffee will be available at morning tea and lunch stops. Morning tea stop has café or BYO. Happy hour - BYO Drinks Dinner and prizegiving Rally presentation dinner will be held at: Taupo VCC Clubrooms.

Sunday 15th March 9.30am

Meet at Clubrooms for farewell cuppa. Parts shed will be open

CLASSES Class 1

Veteran and vintage vehicles (VET and (VV) Before 1931

Class 2

Post-vintage vehicles (PVV) 1932-1945

Class 3

Post-war vehicles (PWV) 1946-1960

Class 4

Post 1960 Vehicles (P60V) 1961-1980

Class 5

Post 1980 Vehicles (P80V) 1981 onwards

Touring Non-competitive

RALLY REGULATIONS 1.

One person in each vehicle MUST be a financial member of the Vintage Car Club of NZ and may be called upon to produce their current membership.

2.

If fewer than three vehicles are entered in a particular class, then these vehicles will be placed in the next appropriate class.

3.

In the event of a dispute, the decision of the organiser, in consultation with the Chairman and Club Captain of the Taupo Car Club Incorporated will be final.

Please “Tick” the lunch option and help support a Country Kids Education fundraising committee.


ENTRIES NOW CLOSED!


Enter before 7 February 2020 to avoid late fee

Final Closing Date – 12 March 2020 and must be with the Rally Secretary PO Box 458 Levin or to Michael Gaffaney - michael@gaffaney.com


ENTRY FORM 2020 VCC North Island Easter Rally Final Entries Close 12 March 2020

ENTRY FORM 2020 VCC North Island Easter Rally Final Entries Close 12 March 2020

VEHICLE Vehicle Make: Model: Year: Reg No: Vehicle Class: VCC VIC No: Rating cc: Competition(circle) Competitive Non Competitive Nominated Speed mph(circle) A:20-30 B:30-40 Route (circle) Short 55 miles Long 65 miles FEES Entry Fee Car plus Driver (Includes Rally Plaque) if paid before 7 Feb 2020: $15 pp x Extra Person: Late Entry Fee: Paid after 7 Feb 2020 $50 $30 x Extra Plaque: Friday BBQ: $15 pp x Child<12 $8 pp x $15 pp x Saturday Lunch: Child<12 $8 pp x Saturday Dinner BYO drinks: (Inc Museum Entry) $45 pp x Child<12 $25 pp x Bus Fare (return): $10 pp x $15 pp x Sunday Lunch: Child<12 $8 pp x Sunday Prize Giving Dinner Open Bar no BYO: $40 pp x Child<12 $10 pp x Total Payable: Please detail dietary requirements:

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ENTRANT’S COPY Please remove this insert, complete both copies and retain the Entrant’s Copy. Mail the handwritten form to the address below or scan and email.

ENTRANTS Driver’s Name: Navigator’s Name: VCC Membership No: Address:

Branch:

Email: Phone No: Mobile No: VEHICLE Vehicle Make: Model: Year: Reg No: Vehicle Class: VCC VIC No: Rating cc: Competition(circle) Competitive Non Competitive Nominated Speed mph(circle) A:20-30 B:30-40 Route (circle) Short 55 miles Long 65 miles FEES Entry Fee Car plus Driver (Includes Rally Plaque) if paid before 7 Feb 2020: Extra Person: $15 pp x Late Entry Fee: Paid after 7 Feb 2020 $50 Extra Plaque: $30 x $15 pp x Friday BBQ: Child<12 $8 pp x Saturday Lunch: $15 pp x Child<12 $8 pp x Saturday Dinner BYO drinks: (Inc Museum Entry) $45 pp x Child<12 $25 pp x Bus Fare (return): $10 pp x Sunday Lunch: $15 pp x Child<12 $8 pp x Sunday Prize Giving Dinner Open Bar no BYO: $40 pp x Child<12 $10 pp x Total Payable: Please detail dietary requirements:

Bank A/c No: 03 0667 0269227 02 Ref: Your Surname Code: Vehicle Reg No Cheques made payable to: Vintage Car Club of NZ Horowhenua Branch Post Entry to: Easter Rally Secretary PO Box 458 Levin 5540 or email: michael@gaffaney.com

$ 65 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $_____


Hawkes Bay Branch

Proudly presents the

Back to Basics Swap Meet Meeanee Speedway Pit area 67 Sandy Road, Meeanee 10th May 2020 

New and Used Automotive Parts

Automotive Memorabilia + Collectables

Models, Books + Brochures

Car Corral for the sale of cars—$20.00 at the Meeanee Speedway pits

Sellers to set up at 7am

Public Entry 8am—entry $10 per person

Site $20.00, includes one person

Any enquiries: Phone Steve Donovan on 027 217 7730 Or contact HBVCC at www.hbvcc.org.nz or


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Taupo VCC 2020 Calendar Year. 2020 Wednesday 11th March ���������������Club Night 7.30pm. Fri/Sat/Sun, 13-15th March �������Taupo VCC Annual Rally Sunday 15th March �����������������������No Club Run due to Rally Monday 16th March ���������������������Committee Meeting 7.30 pm. Wednesday 18th March ���������������Club Night 7.30 pm. Tuesday 24th March ���������������������Hospice Morning Tea 9.45 am. Sunday 5th April ���������������������������“Blind Run” 1.30 pm. Club rooms. Wednesday 8th April ���������������������Club Night 7.30 pm. Sunday 19th April �������������������������Club Run. Lunch Run. Monday 20th April �����������������������Committee Meeting 7.30 pm. Wednesday 13th May �������������������Taupo VCC AGM.

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand invites you to the 2021 Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring. More information visit www.historicmotoring.co.nz

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Taupo Vintage Car Club Magazine | Taupo Torque

The menu shown here is what is on offer at Coffee Club Taupo during the evenings. The Manager of Coffee Club Taupo wishes to offer VCC members a complimentary glass of wine with every evening meal purchased. For your free glass of wine, be sure to state you are a member of the VCC when you go in. 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 9.30 am. 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. MARCH 2020

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