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Monthly Newsletter of the Wairarapa Branch of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand October 2019

Delegate’s Report from National AGM and Executive Meeting held at Greymouth on 16th - 18th August 2019. As your branch delegate I attended the National AGM held this year at Greymouth – not the easiest place in the country to get to! Willie James came as Observer, thus providing continuity of representation with a reversal of our roles from the Executive meeting held in March. The weekend’s business commenced on Friday night with the Executive meeting which was concluded on Saturday afternoon. At the start, our President, Diane Quarrie, stressed the importance of giving a written report to all Branch members. A lack of reporting had led to confusion in the past. Items of note from the Executive meeting were: 1. Much work has gone into updating the Branch Constitution. This was presented in Draft form and approved at the AGM for use by branches if they wish.


2. We were shown what an on-line membership application could look like. There has been much discussion over this as there are a number of different joining procedures among the 36 branches. It was agreed that National would go ahead with further development of the concept. 3. It was decided to stick with the Cancer Society for another 3 years for our National Day. We were encouraged to use the opportunity to increase our public profile. Last year Nelson branch hosted 300 cars and 27 car clubs over 4 different routes! A report will be in the next Beaded Wheels. Annual General Meeting: Nine a.m. Saturday morning, Tony Kokshorn, Mayor of Greymouth welcomed us to the West Coast and wished us well. It was a packed venue, the delegates having been joined by Life Members and quite a number of local members. After the initial formalities, like apologies and minutes, were dealt with, Founding Member Andrew Anderson was asked to say a few words. He was inspirational in his message which was that in 1946, when he and his friends were young men with no money but with a passion for old cars that went well, they formed a club. They were the ‘boy racers’ of their day with the difference that they got on with authority. Unfortunately, the VCC has turned into an ‘Old People’s Club’ where the reaction to forward suggestions is “our people won’t like that”. Well, “our people” embraced the Targa Rally when it was opened to them this year. Youth does not take kindly to being told what to do all the time They need a challenge, that’s what gets things going. The financial report was adopted and it was decided to leave the annual subscription the same as last year as the accounts show a small profit of $4000 and ‘we are not in the business of making money’ The National Calendar of Events was approved, and then the series of reports was adopted. These had been circulated beforehand, but were also read at the meeting, several being illustrated by Powerpoint presentations. As there was quite a lot of interesting information included, I will attempt to pass this on in a series of short reports in coming newsletters. The John Goddard Award was announced (see Beaded Wheels for his name!) We were in awe of the ‘significant journey’ undertaken by this octogenarian and his wife from Tauranga when the citation was read out by Diane. As often happens at AGMs, the General Business yielded several items of interest. 1. Diane Quarrie has suggested that the time is right (70 years on) to look at our branding.


She suggests that we look at a new badge or logo and a slogan to identify who we are, e.g ‘VCC – driving our history.’ Andrew Anderson protested as he designed our current badge, but the meeting gave the Management approval to explore the subject further. 2. Gaynor Terrill presented the Strategic Plan Review – this is a five-year plan with two years to go. I will report on this separately. The AGM in 2020 will be held in Whanganui, August 14-16. I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in how the club operates nationally to attend as it was inspiring and interesting. Reports: Registrar’s Report, North Island Club Captain, South Island Club Captain, Long Service Badges ,Communications and Marketing, FIVA, NZTA, LVVTA, NZFOMC, Beaded Wheels, Archive, Festival of Motoring 2021, Speed Steward, National Day. If you would like to either read the reports or ask me about anything I have mentioned above, please do not hesitate to get in touch. -Tina Goodin Club Captains Report A busy period, with three rallies (including the Daffodil Rally), an excellent and wellsupported club night featuring jet boat adventures and a one-on-one session on running a rally with our editor, Chris Giles who is preparing the New Members event for later this month. Sadly, the Peter Smith Memorial Rally was the last organised by members of the Austin Register. Organiser Howard Sims said that after 27 years their numbers have reduced to the point where they can no longer do it. He asked that the branch take this event over, a request I would support. It was pleasing to see Peter’s widow, Mary Buick, and members of her family taking part. There was some excitement when Mary was reported to have landed in a ditch. She had simply run out of fuel. Howard came to her rescue in the Fiat Bambina tail-end Charlie . Peter and Elaine Jestin, from Feilding, in an Austin 7 Opal, were the overall winners, with Ian Lambess (1954 Austin A70) taking the Flying A and Carolyn Colquhoun (1958 Wolseley 1500) the honorary Austin awards. A large number of club members got involved with the Daffodil Rally, either driving or marshalling, and they did us proud. We had 95 cars and raised $950, both short of last year but still of great credit to the branch, which can expect to gain some new members from it. Well done, everybody. The Gravel Rally, organised by Francis and Gaye Pointon, attracted 16 entries and was


won by Ian Lambess in his Morris Cowley. That earns him the privilege of putting together next year’s run, the objective of which is to cover as much unsealed territory as possible. – Kevin Ball

Peter Smith Rally Austin Register Rally – 8th September 2019 Report by Carolyn Colquhoun

Mary Buick, widow of the late Peter Smith, with family members who turned up for the event

Howard & Marion Sims organised this Rally with assistance from their grandchildren. The Rally was well attended with 18 cars. It was also great to see Mary’s family including daughter Sharon, grandchildren and great grand-daughter attend the rally too.

Winners Peter and Elaine Jestin, from Fielding, in their Austin 7 Opal


After morning tea and Rally briefing we left the Club rooms to enjoy a great run up the Wangaehu Valley onto Route 52 then to the Marlene and Don Robbie’s farm woolshed for the lunch stop. Otapawa’ has impressive 10 stand woolshed with plenty of room and time to mix and mingle during the lunch break. After lunch we left to return to the club rooms back over a small stretch of metal, then over Dryers Rock Road, through Mauriceville Township out to the Main Highway. Off the main road out through the Loopline on to Ngaumutawa Road to Cornwall to do a loop back to the clubrooms. By the time Angeline and I returned to the clubrooms most members were enjoying afternoon tea. However time was marching on and Mary and her friend had not appeared. Of course ‘Tail End Charlie’ Howard Sims who had the results had not returned either. Then one of the Hockey players mentioned that a blue car was stuck in a ditch out Mauriceville way. So John Clark and Tony Lane kindly went out in search of Mary. In the meantime Mary and Howard returned to the clubrooms. It seems that Mary did not drive into a ditch but had merely run out of petrol!! Thank you to Howard and Marion and grandchildren for a well organised and relaxed run. Val for your assistance with the morning and afternoon teas at the club rooms. Also a thank you to Doug Curtis for the “Austin” sketching’s donated for the prize winners.

Former branch members Andrew and Sue Dittmer, now of Marton, enjoyed catching up with old friends


The winner of the Vintage Austin Register was Peter & Elaine Jestin (Austin 7 Opal) “Flying A” - Ian Lambess (Austin A70) “Honorary Austineer” - Carolyn & Angeline Colquhoun (1958 Wolseley 1500)

Mary Buick, right, presents Peter and Elaine Jestin with their trophy

Upcoming Rallies and Events Sunday 13th October: New Member’s Rally. Start: Meet at the VCC Clubrooms, Clareville When: 10.00 am for a briefing before getting underway at 10.30 The rally will consist of two sections The first section is 52km (32 miles) over sealed roads and should take about 50 minutes. There will be a checkpoint at the end of this section in Martinborough. This will also be the lunch break, so you can picnic in the square, or try out one of the many cafes. For the next section, there is a choice between a shorter and slower route, and a longer and faster one. Shorter and slower: 83 km (52 miles) with about 15 km of gravel and one ford (concrete), about 1hr 30min to complete. Longer and faster: 100km (62miles), no gravel, a bit of open road cruising if that's what you like. Should also take about 1hr 30 min to complete. The only competitive element, besides completing the routes, will be answering the questions provided and noting a few silent check points. We still need some extra hands to help on the day - so any new members available, give Chris a call on 021 433 995.


Saturday/Sunday November 30th: Gold Medal Motorbike Trial

Note the date change as organiser Peter Bull is unavailable on November 23rd Details and entry forms are on our website, click Here Sunday December 1st:

Janice Groves Run / Mauriceville Fair Rally Sunday 15th December Christmas Party Rally

Club Nights Monday October 7th:

NZ Road Memories 1920’s – 1960’s. This DVD looks at the cars, trucks and buses that have been used in New Zealand from the 1920’s to the mid 1960’s – and the roads they have been driven over – as recorded on newsreels and publicity films of the era. Come and enjoy the memories and perhaps spot your parents or grandparents car in the line-up! Monday November 4th: Twilight Rally to the South Wairarapa Working Mens Club As this is the night after the Clareville Show your committee have decided to hold club night at another venue. You will be able to purchase drinks and finger food at this venue...details to follow. Monday December 2nd Gymkhana and Noggin & Natter.

Mark these dates in your calendar now. Other Notices and Events Clareville Show: This year the show is being held over the weekend of the 1st to 3rd November, 2019. You are invited to display your pride and joy at this event. This is a great promotion of our club and always attracts a lot of people interested in our cars. Canterbury Branch VCC McLeans Island Swap meet: 11th, 12th 13th October. More information at National Veteran Rally 18-20 October in Timaru. Register your interest with Rally Director Alistair Day, Phone (03)6886108 Manawatu Classic Motorcycle Club SWAP MEET – Sunday 10th November at the


clubrooms, The Grove, Kelvin Grove Road, Palmerston North. 8am to 1.30pm. Contact Dave (021715201) or Clive (063555953) for more details or email Sunbeam Car Club (Wellington) 39th Annual Lake Ferry Excursion 14th December 2019 Please meet at the big oak tree outside the Fell Museum in Featherston at 11am for a briefing. The hotel at Lake Ferry will have lunch available or you can bring a picnic lunch. In the past there have been cars from many car clubs in the Wellington area, vintage cars from the Wairarapa are very welcome. Contact Bryan Atkins on (04) 562 7424 or for more details National North Island Easter Rally Horowhenua 10 – 13 April, 2020 This event is being held in Levin. Contact Michael Gaffaney on (04) 905 2402 or Wolseley Car Club National Rally – We will be hosting participants of this rally at the club rooms on Wednesday 11th March, 2020. There will be 40 to 50 people joining us for a BBQ dinner. Mangatainoka Motors Events On the last Sunday of each month from March to November, the Tui Brewery host these events. Our club has been asked to host the "Vintage Car" event in November 2020. Events remaining for this year are: Sunday 29th September: Hot Rod Day Sunday 27th October: Two Wheels Day

Market Place - Buy, Sell or Swap If you want to advertise something here, send an email to:

Book Swap I have the book "Seventy Years of Chrysler" by George H Damman I would like to swap it for "The Dodge Plymouth Desoto Story" Call Hugh Hunter 06 306 9847 Garage Clearance John Deere STX30 ride-on mower, side outlet, gearbox faulty and removed, Good Kohler 9 HP engine , good tyres, service manual. Rover Quantum STX 50 4 stroke Rotary mower with catcher, electric or manual start, has


had minimal use, needs servicing, service manual. Husqvarna 125C line trimmer, needs servicing. J.A.P. model 3 industrial engine, 150cc single cylinder, 1.75 HP, service manual, needs servicing. ALL FOR SALE AS IS - NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED. phone Gary Lang at 372-7593. (Longbush). New Opening Hours for the Spare Parts Department From August, the Spare Parts Department will be open on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 9.30am to 12 noon. This will enable those members who are unable to get to the spare parts during the week. The first date for this will be Sunday August 18th. Don’t forget our spare parts department is open the first Tuesday in the month from 9am to 12 noon, or you can contact Frank Lipinski (06 379 7167) for a private appointment.

Horowhenua branch members explore Wairarapa's parts department during a return visit, after some of our members visited them this month.

Welcome to new members – a big welcome to all new members, we look forward to you joining us in the various activities of the club. If you have not received a name badge please contact Beth Taylor to arrange this. The cost of the badge is $15.50 each. Library Book Sale – There is still a great selection of books available to purchase. These books are either duplicate copies or are not required by the club. These books will again be on display at the next club night. Note To access other club newsletters go to Scroll to ‘news from our branches”. Hard copies of newsletters are no longer mailed out.


Wairarapa Branch of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Clubrooms: A&P Showgrounds, Chester Road, Clareville Postal Address: PO Box 7, Masterton 5840 Branch Website: Club Night: First Monday of the month (except January) and June (second Monday) at 7.30pm. Spare Parts: Open each Tuesday morning following club night and the 3rd Sunday in the month 9.30am -12 noon. Committee meet: Second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm

2019/20 Committee and Office Holders Chairperson - Tina Goodin - - 0204 109 9552 Secretary - Beth Taylor - - 06 379 6040 Treasurer - Graham Hodder - - 06 308 9087 Club Captain - Kevin Ball - - 06 377 1236 Committee John Clark - - 06 378 0380 Chris Giles - - 021 433 995 Simon O'Hara - - 021 141 2332 Carolyn Colquhoun - - 06 378 0306 Hugh Hunter - - 06 306 9847 Frank Lipinski - 06 379 7167 Social Convener - Val Ball - - 06 377 1236 Custodian - Earl Goodin - - 0204 062 4986 Beaded Wheels Scribe - Kevin Ball - - 06 377 1236 Librarian - Pat Dutton - - 06 379 7918 Spares Frank Lipinski - 06 379 7167 Tom Mitchelmore - - 06 379 7573 Barry Wells - - 06 377 1152 Jeff Percy - - 06 377 4622 Vehicle Inspectors Francis Pointon - - 06 378 6710 Graham Reidy - - 06 372 7855 Hugh Hunter - - 06 306 9847 Š 2019 Wairarapa Branch Vintage Car Club


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Wairarapa VCC - October 2019  

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