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THE MOTORING SPIRIT The Wellington Branch Newsletter Dec/Jan 2019/2020

Peoples Choice Winners: 2019 November Rally Michael and Mary Taylor: 1930 Packard Custom 8: Peter Chaney: 1956 Packard Caribbean Photos: Will Chaney

Below Hal O’Rorke, Ian McCulloch and Geoff Neale, being presented with their 50 Year badges, by the National President, Diane Quarrie, at the 2019 November Rally Dinner.

Above photos: Ray Betteridge.

61 years of Vintage motoring 1958—2019

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc.) Wellington Branch Clubrooms



Postal Address

PO Box 38-418,

(East end of Jackson Street) Petone

Clubrooms Phone 568-7463

Email: wellington@vcc.org.nz

Web page address


Branch Committee Chairman

Bill Pinkham




Alastair McCarthy




Peter McKeown



Club Captain/Trophies

Neale Ryder



General Members

Don Hawkes



Brendon Priestley


Property Manager

Rob Horne



Club night coordinator

Brian Christensen



Newsletter Editor

Selwyn Warren


021-1928 222

Social Convenor

Jenny Jackson



Parts Mgr/memorabilia

Alick Jenner


Appointed Officers Librarian

David Crooks



Scribe to Beaded Wheels

Claire Benge



Fire Engine Custodian

John Jackson



Motorcycle Representative Peter Simpson



Vehicle ID

Roger White



W/Shop Cust./Vehicle ID

Don Hawkes



Rally Secretary

Diane White




Michael Curry



Web Master

Trevor Barnes




Sunday Run: First Sunday Of The Month.

Contact Ian McCulloch.

Kapiti Mid Week Run: Last Wed. Of The Month. Contact Ann O’Rorke. 2

04 237 6555 0274731136


Bill Pinkham

Damn, it’s December already and Christmas, the silly season, is almost upon us, but November was a great month starting with the November rally that was another success enjoyed by all that took part. Then there was the Dinner in the club rooms that had been transformed by Tasi and helpers into another world. Good food, good entertainment and good company including our national president and husband (Diane and Geoff) I was privileged to be able to present 35 Year badges to several long-standing members, congratulations to all. Diane had the privilege of presenting 3 x 50 year awards to Geoff Neil, Hal O’Rorke and Ian McCulloch. Congratulations to all. I am amazed to see how many long-standing members the branch has and the number of badges seems to increase every year. The weekend continued on the Sunday with a great display under the sails at Queens’s wharf. Here’s a lesson for some of us next year. Be careful where you park your car around Queens Wharf, I got ripped out by the cap parking company that manages the carpark under the Event Centre ($10 per hour) and another member parked in what he thought was a free park only to get an $80 parking ticket. (No such thing as a free park in Wellington. Ed) By the time you get to read this, the children’s Christmas party will be over and the last club night for the year will be looming up; I look forward to another great night. This will be my first children’s Christmas party with a granddaughter. As this is my last column for the year, I think it appropriate to say a big thanks to all those that have made this a great year, there are a lot of people that work tirelessly behind the scenes; the people who organise and work to make club nights happen, the rallies, the displays and the dinners. What would we do without them? Have a great Christmas and a brilliant New Year. Bill

REMEMBERING KATHRYN TAYLOR The Pratt and the Taylor families would like to thank all the VCC members who have exemplified the spirit of camaraderie and family, so very special in this club. It was a delight remembering the cute pig-tailed kid grinning with her siblings, in the back of the Crossley Tourer and how she grew into such a beloved mother, teacher and coach, positively affecting many hundreds of children. We're very grateful for all the support and kindness offered. Alan, Tony, Rachel, and Katz' kids Logan, Joshua and Amy-Lee. Many thanks, Tony



Neale Ryder

As there is no Captains Table this month, I have been able to include these photos from Ann and Hal taken at this months Kapiti mid week run. Story pg. 7 Ed.

These Photos are from “The Book” as mentioned in the story by Hal and Ann, on the next page.


Michael Curry


Don’t forget, if you have any archival material about the club, that may be of value, and worth saving, let me know, and I can assess it for possible inclusion in the club archives. Michael


Selwyn Warren

You know we’re getting to the end of the year when it’s time for the Xmas BBQ. It’s the last meeting before the new decade begins. Should be great fun as usual. Sorry to end the year on a gripe, but you will recall in his last “Captains Table” report, Neale mentioned the annoyance of cell phones going off in the middle of a meeting. Well, I’m sorry to say, it happened again this month and the person concerned, just let it ring. Before the time of mobile phones, if you were expecting an important call, you stayed home!

Now, in this technicolorillogical era, this doesn’t happen, and people have become very rude. If you absolutely have to bring your phone to club night, MAKE SURE IT’S TURNED OFF! Just saying…… To all those people who have contributed to the club newsletter this year, I would like to say thank you and have a great festive break and I hope that you continue to do so next year. Selwyn Warren.


January Club Night No fun run, instead we will meet at Racetech, 18 Barnes St. Seaview. Please be there by 7.30pm, as the owner does not want to keep his staff behind any longer than necessary. Racetech manufacture seats for the motor racing industry, and are well worth the visit.




Hal O’Rorke.

Apologies: Trevor Barnes and John Pace. Past Events: Manawatu Classic Motorcycle Club 40th Anniversary Rally: Two members attended this significant event which attracted 89 entries from pre-war to modern. Among these were some very rare, unusual bikes many of them beautifully restored; A very successful event. Mansfield Classic Motorcycle Races: This was the destination for the BSA/Classic clubs end of month ride and 3 of our members took part. An enjoyable event held in good weather. Coming Events: Wairarapa Gold Medal Trial, 30th November: 11 of our riders are attending leaving from Brown Owl at 8.00am. Peter Simpson is taking his trailer as back up for the journey to and from the event. The majority of riders are riding home directly after the end of the rally ride. December Meeting, 17th December: Combined with car section for the Christmas BBQ Aaron's Christmas Ride to the Wairarapa, 20th December: Leaves Brown Owl at 10.00am. Aaron has arranged a visit to a Taxidermist and we’ll ride from there to Lake Ferry for lunch then back to Featherston for afternoon tea. Back up is a van and a driver, towing a trailer. Informal Meeting Tuesday January 21st 2020: Members are invited to the Butcher and Brewer where arrangements for the Biennial Rally will be confirmed for the next weekend. The 2020 Biennial Rally 25-26 January: Everything is now in place. Catering has been arranged, T-shirts and badges purchased and sponsorship arranged (Red Baron, Castrol and CRC). The route has been finalised and tested by David Gwynne and Dennis Palmer and a final test by Paul Switzerand Trevor Barnes. Aaron's South Island Tour 20-26th March 2020: The Interislander advise that sailing is now 4pm so we need to be at the Terminal at 3pm. Aaron says all is in place and 11 riders plus 2 in the van are expected; balance of the $343 ($143) is to be paid to Aaron by January. Other Business: Adrian recently returned from a motorcycle tour in India and said it was an exciting and very interesting trip. Des Vinten described an excellent motorcycling road near Norsewood that he drove that day, which could be good to include in a future ride like the RubberDuckie. Next Meeting: December 17th: Meet with the car section at the clubrooms

Future Meetings: At The Butcher and Brewer, 7:30pm. January 3rd TUESDAY 21st (To be confirmed with B&B) February 4th Monday 24th. March 4th Monday 23rd April 3rd Monday 20th (because of Anzac Day)



Ann O’Rorke

It was a small but enthusiastic group that met to tour the NZ Rugby Museum in Palmerston North. The tour took us through the exhibits from the 1870s to the present day. Many of the various displays are above drawers which open to reveal further presentations of memorabilia; embroidered caps from way back, boots, and balls made of materials such as flax, picture cards, and many other small items. A couple of drawers are devoted to ‘pink’: Women’s jerseys, boots and even a photo of Ritchie McCaw and his team in pink. Speaking of Ritchie McCaw, his portrait looks over the museum and, as you draw closer, you realise it’s comprised of small cubes of bread toasted to varying shades of brown to burnt! It is polyurethaned to prevent the occasional visiting sparrow viewing it as dinner. The host of the tour (the museum curator) was excellent having a huge knowledge of the early days of rugby from its inception in England through New Zealand to the present day with many interesting and humorous anecdotes in each era such as: during the campaign in the African desert, the commander of the NZ contingent, General Freyberg, realised that the opportunity for the troops to play rugby would give them a small respite from the harshness of continuous warfare. Games were arranged between various units playing for a large cup (the Freyberg cup which still exists). In 1937 South Africa had given the ABs quite a thrashing so that when a “test” match was arranged between NZ and SA troops in 1940, it was keenly contested. NZ won the match and accordingly produced a publication called “This is the Book” which depicted a Kiwi teaching a Springbok how to play rugby. Copies were issued to SA which were well received – “NOT”! A re-match was organised, which SA won after which they presented a book to NZ showing a Springbok teaching the “rules of rugby” to a Kiwi and named - ”De Book” – touché! In the centre of the museum is a netted ‘have a go’ space where one can kick a rugby ball or attack the large tackle bags which are fixed to the floor. We were able to watch another visitor (in the same age group as many of us) hurling himself at each tackle bag with great energy. He might be a bit achy tonight! The progression of rugby through the ages parallels major events in NZ history; Māori in rugby, the World Wars, changing fashion and materials, anti-apartheid. Every NZ Army unit serving overseas travels with rugby equipment and goal posts so that a field can be set up e.g. in Afghanistan. Who knew? Lunch was taken a little way away at The Verdict where the group chatted vigorously over a yummy meal. A lovely day out! Hal and Ann O’Rorke


NOVEMBER CLUB NIGHT This month, we had Gordon McIntosh speaking about his ‘Restoration of the Year” winning Toyota MR2. This particular car is a 2 seater, with a mid-engine turbocharged 1600cc motor, developing 145H.P, as opposed to the naturally aspirated versions that came to N.Z, developing either 112 H.P or 128 H.P. The MR2 designation refers to Midship Runabout, 2 Seater. Gordon found the car in Pukerua Bay, about 18 months ago, as part of a deceased estate. It was in reasonable condition, under a cover, but the interior had been dismantled and some frontal damage had been repaired. No serious rust was found, apart from some surface bits under the primer over the damage. The car was last registered in 2004 but registration was on hold and the speedometer had roughly 129000 kms. on it. After getting the car back to the workshop, the first priority was to get the engine running and so the petrol tank was dropped, in order to replace the internal fuel pump, and a nonstandard front pulley was fitted, just to get it running. The engine smoked, so rings and valves were done and a correct front pulley with the extra grove for the supercharger belts was fitted, after being imported from the U.K. Next came a repaint, then the interior was put back in and lights fitted. Some missing bits were found at Pick a Part, which was very fortuitous. Some other smaller bits were found in England too. After road testing, there was a strange noise on start-up, similar to a noisy idler, which was found to be coming from the pulley, so it was shimmed and the noise has now gone. As this car has a Targa Top, it has glass panels in the roof which come out and sit behind the seats, for open air motoring. Ongoing work is to fix the seals in the top so that it doesn’t leak, and to find some small bits, like the correct ashtray etc. The MR2 fits in nicely with a group of cars, including the FIAT Bertone X1/9, the Alfa Romeo Spider (although the Spider isn’t mid-engine) and the Pontiac Fiero which had 2.4 and 2.5 engines. Gordon’s car looks very smart in its blue livery and according to Billy Munro, who sat in it and could even get out again, it is super comfortable and Billy would have run off with it if he could! Thanks Gordon, for bringing the car in and providing us with a good evening. Ed.

Photos on the back page.


Trophies Presented At The November Rally And Dinner NAVIGATOR OF THE YEAR. 1st

Angelica Edgley.

2nd Equal Hilary Petengell and Judy Wood.


Daniel Keller and Aimee Walker. CHALLENGE TROPHY.


John Blakemore.

2nd Roger White.

3rd Tony Pratt.

CLUB CAPTAINS AWARD. Richard Davies. GAVIN CROFT MEMORIAL TROPHY. OVERALL WINNER NOV. RALLY. 1st Equal. Selwyn Warren. Kevin Buck and Ric Lindsay. 3rd Equal. Ray and Tasi Betteridge and Brian Ward and Tony Pratt. NOVEMBER RALLY CLASS WINNERS. Vintage Vehicles. 1st.

Ray and Tasi Betteridge. 1928 Model A Ford.


Terry Mathers and Judy Wood. 1929 Model A Ford.


Geoff Neale and Linda Solly. 1925 Willys Knight 70.

Carried over to next page.



1st Equal.

POST WAR VEHICLES. Bruce and Claire Benge. 1946 Ford Jail bar. Paul Switzer and Alick Jenner. 1960 Ford Prefect.


Murray and Kay Hislop. 1957 Jaguar. POST 1960 VEHICLES.

1st Equal.

Kevin Buck and Ric Lindsay. 1966 Daimler. Selwyn Warren.


1989 Mazda MX5 Roadster.

Brian Ward and Tony Pratt. 1970 Jaguar E Type. MOST DESIRABLE VEHICLE. ENTRANTS CHOICE.

1st Equal.

Michael and Mary Taylor.

1930 Packard Custom 8.

Peter Chaney.

1956 Packard Caribbean.

Congratulations! To:

Hal O’Rorke, Ian McCulloch and Geoff Neale, on their 50 year badges.


Russell Thomas, on his 35 year badge.

The coach of the struggling Wellington Phoenix football club was furious when he spotted two lads climbing over the stadium wall. He grabbed them by the scruffs of their necks and threw them back, shouting: ‘You stay in there and watch the match till the end, like everyone else!’



COMING EVENTS CLUB CAPTAINS MONTE CARLO RALLY: Friday 17th January, 2020: Entry Forms for this rally and the Burma Rally available from Diane White white.house.stokesvalley@xtra.co.nz

Manawatu Branch Veteran Rally Sunday 26th January 2020 For Veteran class vehicles, Two wheel brake Vintage vehicles and Pre 1930 Motorcycles. Contact Alastair McCarthy for further details. NELSON ANNUAL SWAP MEET: 22nd February 2020.

North Island Highland Fling Rally .24th – 26th April 2020 This will be centred around Taihape and entry forms should be with your Branch Secretary. Similar to the Irishman, so should be fun. NEW YEARS DAY PICNIC: This year we are going to meet at Queen Elizabeth Park: South End. Drive through the shopping centre and Turn North towards the motor camp. Follow along till you find the club flag. Bring you lunch. Chairs, drinks, suntan lotion and a good sense of humour. Start time is from 11.00am. Past Event Thank you to all the helpers who turned out to set up the rooms and who helped out on the day of the Children’s Christmas Party. Without your help this would never have happened. Diane White.

Please note that the clubrooms will not be open for the usual Wednesday morning chat session on Wednesday 25th December and Wednesday 1st January.



Photos: Courtesy of Stuart Hunter. Showing the start at the clubrooms, and

The Kidds’ veteran Essex en route.



Photos this page, provided by:

Ray Betteridge: Will Chaney: Selwyn Warren: 14


Winner of the Challenge Trophy: John Blakemore.

2nd = winners of Navigator Of The Year: Hilary Petengell and Judy Wood:

Joint overall winners of the Gavin Croft Memorial Trophy:

Kevin Buck and Selwyn Warren. Photos: Ray Betteridge.



Queens Wharf Sunday Display: Photos: Stuart Hunter.

Queens Wharf. Worth a visit any day!!

T.S. Esmeralda and restored crane, Queens Wharf, Photos: Selwyn Warren 16

This is the Oct. Nov. Dec. edition of the NZ Classic Driver magazine. I was thumbing through it at a local bookshop, as you do, and found it had a write-up with pictures, of our recent Daffodil Day For Cancer outing at Queen Elizabeth Park. It also featured an article on the life and racing times of New ZealanderGrahame Harvey, of Elfin 400 and Golden Holden fame. Well worth the read, if you can get a copy. It is the current edition. Ed

On the first day of the new academic year, the school secretary was filling out forms relating to each student’s personal details. ‘What is your father’s occupation? She asked a new boy at school. ‘He’s a magician,’ replied the boy. ‘A magician! How interesting! What’s his favourite trick?’ ‘He saws people in half’. ‘Gosh! That’s amazing! Now, next question. Any brothers or sisters?’ ‘Yes, one half-brother and two half-sisters.’



Don’t forget this on the 14th December 2019 marks the 39th anniversary of the annual Lake Ferry Excursion, organised by the Sunbeam Car Club of NZ (Wellington). To make sure everyone has this date down early to save conflicts with other events, the Lake Ferry Excursion is always the 2nd Saturday in December. This year that makes it the 14th of December. As always, we meet at the Fell Museum at 11am for an 11.30 departure from Featherston to Lake Ferry, where we meet to talk over lunch – or some wander across to the Lake Ferry Hotel for a pub meal. Please note that we meet at the big oak tree outside the Fell Museum at 11.20 for a driver’s briefing.


Inside the tunnels at Wrights Hill, Nov. Rally. Selwyn Warren

Top: Left and right: Inside two of the 620 mts. Of massive tunnels. Bottom Left: Two 6VCR Ruston Hornsby motors, and a 4VCR, to drive the generators. Bottom Right: Japanese Govt. one pound note, already printed for the invasion of NZ.


Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run (last Wednesday of the month)

11th December 2019 Christmas Lunch at the Winemaker’s Daughter, 1081 SH1, Te Horo Cost $30 per head, payable individually on arrival. Arrive at 11.30am when a variety of nibbles will be served. A buffet lunch will be served at 12.00. It includes: Roast Pork with stuffing, apple sauce and gravy Chicken Curry with green beans Fish and Spinach Pie Beef in red wine sauce Penne Pasta with tomato and fresh herbs Potatoes, rice, vegetables, cold meats, salad, bread.

All the above will be followed by a range of yummy desserts and tea or coffee. Drinks are extra; the Winemaker’s Daughter is licensed. There will be a reserved seating area for us. Directions: The restaurant is on SH1, 1.4km north of Café Te Horo, Te Horo Beach Rd., or coming from the north, 2.6km from the Otaki River Bridge. If turning right from the north, cross into the restaurant with great care. The same applies when leaving to travel south. If you would like to come, please let Ann or Hal O'Rorke know by Sunday 8 December as we must let the restaurant know the final numbers. Email, ph. or text: ann@annandhal.com Ann 0274 731136 or Hal 0274 118162 Extra News: We have welcomed Kevin Buck to the Midweek Organising Team of Trevor Barnes, Roderick Kinghorn and Hal ‘n Me.


FOR SALE FOR SALE – QUICK LIFT RAMP WORK STATION  Lifts 500mm for working underneath your car  Easy to use – one jack action to raise  Strong and safe work station  Easy access to use with creeper trolley  3.6m long 1.75m wide  Suits all small medium size vehicles (De Soto Roadster no problem)  When not in use just park a car on top  $1,000 ono Phone Roger 5636 236 or email white.house.stokesvalley@xtra.co.nz





Classic Car Coop Long term classic car storage Greytown 021 0603457 elisabethcreevey@hotmail.com 1/4 Help Needed Can you help? I’d like to have a contact for someone who repairs car valve radios. Greg Haines. Ph. 04 5628366 or 027 4370275 or carshedgreg@gmail.com 1/4

Wanted Excelsior series 18 Big X parts wanted to continue with an original paint rebuild. I need hubs, handlebars and linkages in particular. I have a few Indian pieces to swap or sell. Thanks, Rob.McIntyre. 027 622 1275 chout.rider@gmail.com 4/4

Coming up next club night CHRISTMAS BBQ FOR SALE 1925 Hupmobile Roadster for sale. (Going and in good order) Photos and details can be supplied on request. Contact: Rachel Goodman Waikanae 0275521555. lancerach252@gmail.com 1/4


your one stop automotive shop We can offer almost any service required on a motor vehicle and all under one roof. We do complete engine rebuilding. We can service modern, vintage and classic cars, performance and muscle cars, hot rods, micro cars and most importantly, your car. Other services we offer:  Upholstery  Vintage Wooden Bodies Contact us at:

40 Ward Street

Upper Hutt Ph/Fax 04 528 2580




For details refer to the noticeboard in the Clubrooms or contact the Branch Secretary


 POWDER COATING We are the company that offers you Total immersion stripping of Car bodies and panels WE TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR NEEDS Contact: Warren Leslie Phone: (04) 232 6880 Fax: (04) 232 6882 11 Wall Place, Tawa Email: wleslie@ihug.co.nz

VERO INSURANCE If you arrange your car and household insurance through Vero, the Wellington Branch gets a commission. Last year it amounted to $2,300.00.


66 Killarney Rd

Apex Auto



0800 10 27 39

FOR HARD TO SOURCE CABLES, BRAKE PARTS OR HOSES Speedo cable, Handbrake cable, Accelerator cable, Choke cable Reline shoes, Cylinder repair Stainless Re sleeving, Booster overhaul Brake hoses, Braided hoses, Power steering hoses

Call the Specialists

Mention this ad and receive 10% discount BLUEBRIDGE COOK STRAIT FERRY Now to 30 June 2019 Bluebridge has notified us of the latest discounts for vehicles on their ferry between Wellington and Picton for Vintage Car Club members as follows: The VCC code is ANTIQUECAR. It excludes travel between 15 Dec. and 15 Jan. Plus Easter weekend. Discounted - 10% off all available fares. Ring 0800 844 844, www.bluebridge.co.nz for conditions. NOTE; Remember to get this discount, you must present your VCC membership card when you check in on the day of your trip. It is not enough to have quoted it when you booked and paid for the ticket. It may not be enough to have booked electronically unless you have a printed copy of your booking on the day. If not, you may have to pay again, then go for a refund for the original booking. These rules may apply to the Interislander also. BEWARE.

THE INTERISLANDER Code WH5465 The Interislander has sent an updated quote. There is not enough space to list it all, so we suggest if you are planning to book from now

to 15 December 2019,

ring the Interislander for quotes or click on Group Bookings at the foot of their home page www.interislander. 26

WELLINGTON BRANCH—CALENDAR OF EVENTS Club nights are on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Clubrooms, Halford Place, Petone (eastern end of Jackson St) at 7:30pm. The Clubrooms are also open Wednesdays from 9:30 to 12:00, and for Noggin & Natter Fridays from 7:00pm ($1 for biscuits, tea and coffee free) Motorcycle Meetings are usually held on the 4th Monday of the month in the Butcher & Brewer, 175 Jackson Street, Petone, at 7:30pm.

December 2019 Children’s Christmas Party

January 2020 1st

New Years Day Picnic


Sunday Run possibly combined with above

Sunday Run possibly combined with above

Committee Meeting


Committee Meeting


Kapiti Mid Week Christmas Lunch


Club night at Racetech


Lake Ferry Run


Monte Carlo Rally

Club Night Christmas BBQ


Motorcycle Meeting

17 18 &19th 21st

Biennial Motorcycle Rally Supper Roster

25th & 26th

Dave Gwynn/Alick Jenner

JANUARY 2020 CLUB NIGHT Racetech Seaview: See page 5 of this magazine. February 2020

March 2020

Sunday Run.


Sunday Run.


American Car Day.


Committee Meeting


British & European Car Day.


Club night/Rally Comm. Meeting


Committee Meeting


Gymkhana & Picnic


Club night/Rally Comm. Meeting


Motorcycle Meeting


Twilight Rally


Kapiti Mid Week Run


Motorcycle Meeting


Supper Roster

Kapiti Mid Week Run


Supper Roster Alastair McCarthy & Angelica Edgley


Tasi & Ray Betteridge

Above is Gordon McIntosh’s 1989 Toyota MR2, taken at the last club night.

Left and below: Publicity shots for the Toyota MR2.

0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds was a pretty Respectable time for the day. Photos: Selwyn Warren and Toyota.


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