THE MOTORING SPIRIT The Wellington Branch Newsletter February 2019 And the band played on! Christmas party 2018
2018 Restoration of the year. See page 8
60 years of Vintage motoring 1958â€”2018
The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc.) Wellington Branch Clubrooms
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2018 ended nicely and I enjoyed my break from work. This is the first newsletter for 2019 and the year has started with a hiss and a roar, with the New Year picnic, and then the January club night with the first car in the club rooms for 2019, another great Packard. Then there was the Club Captains Safari/Monte Carlo Rally. All these can now be committed to history, and as I write this, it is only the 28th day of 2019. I am sure there will be lots of info and photos regarding these events elsewhere in the newsletter. You all will have heard of the incident the Austin register experienced at the Whanganui Vintage weekend, a reminder to us all that there are some strange people out there and to check that our insurance is adequate and up to date. On a personal note, our annual pilgrimage to the Art Deco weekend is coming up and I hope that this year will be as enjoyable as the last 18 that we have attended. Bill Pinkham
THE SUNDAY RUN
3rd February 2019
You can contact Ian McCulloch re future events, on (04) 237 6555
As the date coincides with The American Car Day at Trentham Racecourse, I would suggest going to that. No meeting place first, just arrive at the racecourse at 10.00am (to get a park) and then just stay as long as you like. I am trying to organise a visit to a large tractor collection, so watch out for that. Looking forward to seeing a good turnout on Sunday. Ian
Contributions for the Motoring Spirit are always welcome Articles, photos, reports or titbits. Electronic versions are preferred, but photos and text can be scanned or typed up. Send to the editorâ€”Selwyn Warren, or arrange by phone with me, to get a hard copy by mail or at Club Nights. Contacts on inside front cover. 3
FROM THE CAPTAINâ€™S TABLE
Happy New Year to everyone, 2019 has got off to a great start with our "Monte Carlo" rally to Whanganui's Vintage Weekend. This year we had entrants from Horowhenua VCC, as well as Wellington. A number of our way points had changed from previous years but the basic format stayed the same, start wherever and whenever you like, just don't record your proof of being at a way point until at least 8.00am, and be at Woodville by noon, or your possibly hard earned points start eroding away. Following lunch, we continuing on to Whanganui to arrive by 5.00pm. Sometimes it would seem that finding and proving you visited the places named as way points was a bit of a challenge as a few seem to be literally just a name on a map. The Motel we use in Whanganui is ideal for us as not only is it comfortable and conveniently situated, but we were able to use their conference room for the barbeque & "prize giving". This year our visitors did very well for themselves by winning the event. Saturday saw the car display in Victoria street with around 350 vehicles of all types on display, vintage, classic, hot rods, motorcycles, trucks, and speedway machines, plus two traction engines towing trailers, taking people for rides around the block down by the river. I have to admire the skill of the guys driving these as the streets used were not closed off to traffic. As in previous years, a really good variety of entertainment was available all day. Following the display we took part in the evening cruise; this took us out to Kai iwi Beach via Castlecliff. Joanne and I did not enter the "Burma Rally" on Sunday; instead we visited a few of the many galleries around the town. There seems to be a lot of very talented people in this area. Later, we went for a ride on the steam train travelling out towards Turakina, hauled by J1236, now named Joanne. Mainline steam's air-conditioned cars are very comfortable on a hot day, but you do loose the real experience of travelling behind a steam locomotive in wooden balcony cars, as you can scarcely hear it, nor smell it. Still the scenery looks just the same. We had also booked to go for a flight in a DC3 later but this had to be cancelled due to a maintenance issue of some sort; something for next year then. Will we be back next year? Of course, the motel has already been booked. Will you be there too? Regards Neale Checking way point visits at the lunch stop. Photo: Stan Garmonsway
FROM THE EDITOR’S LAPTOP
Hello everyone, Nice to see you all. From today, anyone who hasn’t yet had a birthday this year, is going to get one. This will make you all 1 year older! Sobering or what? Commiserations to those who have already had one. Christmas and the New Year celebrations seem like a distant memory. It’s already getting darker earlier and last years Easter eggs that didn’t sell, will very soon be in the shops. Wellington Anniversary will have come and gone, so too will Waitangi Day, before you get a chance to read this. Don’t blink or you’ll miss Valentines and then it’s a wait till Easter and the obligatory watching of those old eggs being scoffed by the young ones, with some green faces in the mix. If you’ve got the time, I would like some book reviews from books in our library, so that I can revive the “Borrowed From The Library” Column. I am happy, really I am. Ed.
P.S. It’s now the 30th and I’m just doing a check of this edition, to make sure everything is in order, but man, it’s hot. It was VERY hot yesterday. Kicked the sheet around a bit last night, but today, my crayons are melting, so I am getting in a bit of a mess!! That’s it, I’m off for a swim.
December Kapiti Mid Week Run
At last Year's Kapiti Christmas lunch, Alison and John Kinvig were thanked for all their hard work in arranging the monthly runs. A group of four, Hal O'Rorke, Trevor Barnes, Roderick Kinghorn and Ann O'Rorke, will take on the task, with Ann acting as secretary for the team. The next run details are to be found in this issue, should be a good one. Ed 5
MOTORCYCLE REPORT 28 JANUARY Trevor Barnes 16 people attended the meeting. Past Events: Kickback Motorcycle Show 3-4 November: Report from John Neill. The club showed about 10 bikes out of 175 in total. We should have done better because we do have a good variety of motorcycle makes and models. Never the less, we did have good public interest and most of the pamphlets we had on the help desk were taken. We do need something better regarding the bike section, for the motorcycle enthusiasts. I was busy at times talking and explaining our Club involvement in the classic scene. The proceeds taken during the two days hasn't been finalised to date but it appears the Life Flight Trust will receive approximately $4000.00. The VCC did very well though, with a recognition prize from the organisers, for Hal O'Rorke's Francis Barnett, and People's Choice 3rd prize, for James Chamber's immaculate Henderson 4 which was a credit to him. The arrangement of bikes for the show was so much better than in the past, in that ropes to keep the public from getting too close were dispensed with and they could wander around to take photos etc. and study the bikes in detail. The security for the owners of bikes, undertaken to prevent any disputes, was to note their driving license number on the registration form for the bike to enter the hall and to recite the number on the way out after the show. Everyone agreed it was a good procedure. It was a great show for the public and Life Flight Trust. Credit and an appreciation must be given to the organisers from the N.Z.BSA Owner's Club in the promotion of our Vintage and Classic motorcycles. Christmas Ride Friday 14th December: Aaron’s run to Stonehenge. Eleven riders attended the run, which started at Brown Owl. After an early lunch (brunch?) at the Corner Café in Greytown, we rode to Stonehenge where we were given an address on henges and this henge in particular, before being shown it’s features. Fascinating, and emphasised the science. Thanks Aaron for organising a good day out. Coming Events: National Motorcycle Rally, Blenheim 15-17 February 2019. Plus tours 18-22nd: Those attending are David Gwynn, Paul Switzer (and son), Peter Simpson and Trevor Barnes. Mail Run. Taupo to Napier, Saturday 9th March 2019: Entry forms are available. Open to all girder fork bikes and rigid frame bikes with sprung saddles, or plunger suspension. At least four people are intending to go. Trevor will coordinate with Dennis Palmer to sort transport and accommodation. BSA Rally 22-24 February: This is being held in the Raglan area. Jam pot Rally 8-10 March: At Pohangina Valley. Cont. next page.. 6
Aarons North Island Tour 16-20th March 2019: Fourteen riders and two in the van. Ted Green M/C Rally Horowhenua, Sunday, 7th April: Whanganui Motorcycle Trial, 13 April 2019: Note the date in the national calendar is wrong. Other Business: None. Next Meeting: February: 4th Monday 25th, at The Butcher and Brewer, 7:30pm. Future meeting dates: March: 4th Monday 25th. April: 3rd Monday 15th. (4th Monday is Easter Monday) May: 4th Monday 27th.
A line-up of vehicles in Victoria Ave. during the recent Whanganui Vintage weekend. The Ukelele Ladies, performing at the same venue. Photos: Stan Garmonsway.
DECEMBER CLUB NIGHT A great turn out for our December club night Christmas Party, the theme of which, was “A Loud Shirt”. Good imaginative ideas there! Tasi and the team did a great job with the food and the weather was kind, so the BBQ could be set up outside. Oh the games Tasi plays now, at every Christmas party wow. Never meaning what she says now, never saying what she means. Apologies for tinkering with Joe South’s lyrics, but her “Left, Right” game is guaranteed to have us all in fits. Ed.
JANUARY CLUB NIGHT David Howard speaking on his Colonial Cup winning restoration. The car is a 1939 Packard 110 coupe. The restoration started out with an imported coupe from the USA, which on arrival, wasn't as good as expected. David acquired a 1939 sedan from Hamilton and with a team of mates, decided to pull both cars apart and see what could be done. It was decided that the sedan was also not as good as expected, so it was decided to use the sedan chassis as the base, and put the coupe body onto it. A lot of repair work was done on both cars as a result, but things like the sedan floor and firewall and the bonnet, nose cone and guards, were used for the coupe. The restoration was a 2 year project, with the deadline being to have the car ready for the 2018 “Warbirds over Wanaka” weekend. This was achieved, but with not a lot of time to spare. To help things along a bit, the car has been fitted with an electric overdrive and also has a brake booster fitted. All in all, a lovely restoration and well deserved of the Restoration Of The Year trophy. Thank you David.
ADVANCED NOTICE Veteran and Vintage Tour 2019 VETERAN & VINTAGE TOUR START ASHBURTON MONDAY 6 MAY TH
FINISH HANMER SPRINGS MONDAY 13 MAY TH
Details yet to be finalised but we will be travelling through the Haast Pass Expressions of interest to Diane Ross, email; firstname.lastname@example.org Address 38 Keenans Road RD 2, Ashburton: Phone 03 3082356
BRITISH & EUROPEAN CAR DAY 10th February 2019 This year features a special display of classic race cars. Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt Use Barton Road, off Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 10am to 4pm OPEN TO ALL BRITISH AND EUROPEAN CARS. Entry $10.00 per display vehicle Contact Ric Tyson, Phone: 027 449 1980 Email: email@example.com or go to British-Car-Day-Wellington on Facebook Sponsored by Ray Hartley Motors Wellington
TWILIGHT RALLY SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY The twilight rally will be held on the 23rd February. This will be a bit of a difference, held on a lovely summer’s night for a lovely drive in the Hutt Valley area. Briefing will be at 6.30pm at the club rooms and first car away at 6.45pm. If you would like to bring takeaways to have at the clubrooms before the start, please feel welcome to do so. The Clubrooms will be open at 5.15pm. After the event, supper will be had at the clubrooms along with the prize giving. Let’s see a good turnout for this event as the run is very good for a summer drive. If you haven’t got a club eligible car, come modern but you will not be able to compete, however we are sure that you will enjoy the drive.
December ’18 and January ’19 Sunday Runs 02/12/18: By 11.00 am only 2 cars had turned up, the McCulloch’s 1929 Pontiac, and me in the 1957 Simca. We decided to drive to Days Bay, for our picnic lunch, arriving about 11.30. We found a wooden bench seat on the beach and had our picnic lunch in nice, fine weather. After lunch, we departed for the VCC clubrooms, and stayed awhile there, before going our separate ways. 06/01/19: The day dawned fine but dull and windy, but by about 11.15, 4 members had arrived at Janis Bakery in Lower Hutt: they were, Stuart: 1953 Armstrong Siddeley. Dave: 1919 Hupmobile. Tony: 1974 BMW, and myself in the 1957 Simca. Earlier in the week Dave had suggested Eastbourne as a destination. That was fine by me and the others, so off we went, departing about 11.40 and arriving just on 12.00. We sat down next to our cars and enjoyed a picnic lunch in fine but windy weather. There were plenty of laughs and good conversation. Round about 1.40 we packed up and left. Richard Davies. Ian McCulloch is working on future Sunday runs and they will be documented in future Newsletters. Ed.
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COMING EVENTS To Wairarapa and Wellington Branches, Post Vintage Talbot owners, Alistair Robinson and Kevin Beesley, have organised a tour of New Zealand on behalf of the U.K. based Talbot Owners’ Club. There are 20 vehicles in total on the tour, mainly 1930’s vintage, with 11 Talbots, 3 Sunbeams and a Speed 25 Alvis coming in from U.K. and Europe. They’ll be passing through the Wairarapa and Wellington on 20 - 22 February, staying overnight in Wellington. Any of your Branch members who come across them during their travels, please say hello or give them a toot and a wave if you see them pass by. Thanks and regards, Kevin Beesley __________________________________________________________________________ Kapiti Horowhenua Zephyr Zodiac Car Club, are putting on a Car Show. The show includes local Volunteer clubs taking part on the day, providing BBQ food etc. The date is 3rd March 2019, at the Otaki Maori Racing Club, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Entry is $5.00 per car. We invite all makes & models of Cars, Vintage-Classic-Collectable Cars-Mussel Cars-Hot Rods-High end European Cars and EV Vehicles. All vehicles taking part must be road legal Kind Regards, Peter Morton, Secretary KHZZCC 027 4429244
My apologies for the mistake with the names to this photograph in the last newsletter. It should of course have read Peter Simpson and Cathye Haddock, not Robin Simpson. Ed. 12
ANOTHER COMING EVENT
As promised, photos from November’s Kapiti run to Lindale and Nick Sparrow’s vapour blasting business at Otaihanga. Ed. 13
Club Captains Monte Carlo Rally Results Bruce and Raewynn Lawrie: 1937 Chrysler: 1st PVV and 1st Overall. Phil and Coral Kidd: 1928 Essex: 1st Vintage and 2nd Overall. Don Mclaren and Julie Riepen: 1931 Ford Model A: 2nd Vintage and 3rd Overall. John and Deirdre Blakemore: 1937 Terraplane: 2nd PVV and 4th Overall. Fred and Elisabeth Smits: 1928 Whippet: 3rd Vintage and 5th Overall. Barry and Hillary Pettengell: 1926 Chrysler: 4th Vintage and 6th Overall. Vernon Heath: 1964 Saab: 1st PW and 7th Overall. Bruce and Claire Benge: 1946 Ford Pickup: 2nd PW and 8th Overall. Murray and Kay Hislop: 1957 Jaguar: 3rd PW and 9th Overall. Bernie Quin: 1966 Hillman Super Minx: 4th PW and10th Overall.
Terry Mathers and Judy Wood: 1930 Ford Model A: 5th Vintage and 11th Overall. Alastair McCarthy and Angelica Edgley: 1935 Riley: 3rd PVV and 12th Overall. Twinning Team Challenge: Horowhenua Branch: 6331.25: Wellington Branch. 6146.50. The points were taken from the top three competitors and added together to get the winner.
Checking in at the lunch stop at Woodville. Photo: Stan Garmonsway.
Next month, there will be a report on the run, from the winners, Brian and Raewynn Lawrie.
This was sent in from one of our South Island Branches. Ed
A reminder that one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition. UP Read until the end ... you'll laugh. This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv.], [prep.], [adj.], [n], [v]. It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car. At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special. And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning, but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, the earth soaks it UP. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP! Oh . . . one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night? U P! Did that one crack you UP? Don't screw UP. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book . . . or not . . . it's UP to you. Now I'll just shut UP!
Advanced Notice Of February Club Night Guest Speakers. Fred and Elisabeth Smits. In late November 2018, Elisabeth and Fred Smits returned to N.Z after 4.5 years travelling through the Americas as part of their “Tour around the World in a 1957 MercedesBenz”. They will update us on their last three years exploring Latin America, hiking Antarctica and the Amazonas, taking their car Abel, over 5,000 meter high Andes passes, driving across precipitous mountain roads and participating in many local car shows and rallies. In late March this year, they will leave New Zealand again, planning to be away for several more years, visiting Southern Africa before heading off to the UK to drive Abel through Europe, Russia, the “Stans”, Iran, Turkey and Northern Africa.
New Members Graeme and Elizabeth Josephson. Lower Hutt. 1966 Mini Cooper S. Welcome to you both.
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Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run (last Wednesday of the month)
27th February 2019 Visit to Gill and Brian Ward’s home, 12 midday,73 Rosetta Rd, Raumati South. Gill and Brian have kindly offered to host our first ‘run’ of the year with a barbeque lunch at their home. Members are encouraged to bring their club-eligible vehicles to add to the display of Brian's interesting cars and memorabilia. All lunch food will be provided but please bring a donation of $5.00 per person to contribute to the cost. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your favourite tipple should you prefer other refreshment. Directions: From the south, take the first expressway exit then left at the roundabout to Raumati South, on to Poplar Avenue. At the end of Poplar Avenue, turn right into Rosetta Rd., then left, into Hydes Rd, opposite Tirimoana Rd. From the north, take the old SH1 to turn right on to Raumati Rd by the Chocolate Factory. At the end of the road, turn left into Rosetta Rd. Hydes Rd will be a little way on your right. Parking: If you bring your club vehicle, please park on the driveway which leads into the garage. If you’re in your modern, there should be ample parking in front of the house but if this is not available (due to wet weather) there is plenty more parking in Hydes Road. Important: Please let Hal or Ann know by text, email or a call whether you’re coming, by Saturday February 23rd as catering numbers are needed by then. Hal: 0274118162. Ann: 0274731136, or 045651162, or firstname.lastname@example.org Those that have been fortunate enough to have previously visited Brian and Gill's lovely home will vouch for the wonderful views, surroundings and hospitality to be enjoyed there. Should be a lovely day!
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WELLINGTON BRANCHâ€”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.
British & European Car Day
March Ex. Meeting
Twilight Rally C.T
Gymkhana & Picnic
Kapiti Mid-week Run
Kapiti Mid Week Run
Alistair & Angelica.
Supper Roster Dedre & John Blackmore/
MARCH 2019 CLUB NIGHT Dr. Michael Taylor on his 2nd place restoration of the year. April 2019
March Ex. Meeting
AGM Club Night
Kapiti Mid-week Run
Dawn Breaker Rally
Kapiti Mid Week Run
Bruce Benge & Tasi.
Supper Roster Terry Mathers & Judy Wood
In the Dec/Jan. newsletter, I featured an article from David Wilkens, on the recent Motorclassica held in Melbourne, in which the 1932 Alfa Romeo owned by Lawrence Southward, and restored by Bristols Group Ltd, won best in show. David also sent me photos of some of the other entrants and I have showcased them above. Ed. Top left: