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THE MOTORING SPIRIT The Wellington Branch Newsletter July 2019

Irishman 2019: Roger and Brad Whites De Soto in the snow. See also back page.

60 years of Vintage motoring 1958—2018

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


Web page address

Branch Committee Chairman

Bill Pinkham



Alastair McCarthy



Peter McKeown


Club Captain/Trophies

Neale Ryder


General Members

Don Hawkes


Brendon Priestley


Rob Horne


Property Manager

Club night coordinator

Brian Christensen


Newsletter Editor

Selwyn Warren

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Social Convenor

Jenny Jackson


Parts Mgr/memorabilia

Alick Jenner


Appointed Officers Librarian

David Crooks


Scribe to Beaded Wheels

Claire Benge


Workshop Custodian

Don Hawkes


Fire Engine Custodian

John Jackson


Motorcycle Representative Peter Simpson


Vehicle ID

Roger White


Vehicle ID

Don Hawkes


Rally Secretary

Diane White



Michael Curry


Web Master

Trevor Barnes





Bill Pinkham

ANNUAL REPORT 2018 - 2019 This year has been a good one for the Wellington Branch and has gone smoothly, with many well run events. The Daffodil rally was run by a dedicated team of volunteers, excellently guided by Roger White. The list of helpers and sponsors is extensive, but we all know who they are. The money raised - $5000 plus, all went to the Cancer Society. We all enjoyed the Annual November rally and dinner with our National President Diane Quarry and our 50-year award guests. The Colonial Cup and winning restoration, was where we got a chance to see the quality of restorations that are in the Wellington area. Sunday Runs are attended by a dedicated group, with varying numbers due to the places they visit, interesting some more than others and covering a wide variety of subjects from Alpacas to tanks (the military kind).

The Mid-week runs are also very popular and well organised, visiting a range of locations and interests ranging from Breweries to Gardens and Movie Theatres, and the odd car related site. (Have considered taking the day off work a few times) Club night speakers continue to be varied and interesting with Brian Christenson able to find people to talk on a wide range of subjects. As the year comes to an end, I would like to thank: The committee for their services over the last 12 months: All the appointed position members for their work: The rally committee for working so well to bring you so many great events: All the other people who did such a great job, no matter how small a task it was. It all goes towards making the branch work so well, and is very much appreciated. We look forward to another great year. Bill Pinkham Chairman 3


Neale Ryder

CLUB CAPTAINS REPORT 2018-2019 Another year has passed us by, some members have participated in our events and some have not, so be it. Those who did participate, have, I believe, enjoyed themselves. This past year we put a great deal of effort into the "Daffodil Rally for Cancer" and raised a significant sum of money for a good cause. Let’s hope that this year we can do even better with more cars and people attending and of course putting their hands in their pockets. The Monte Carlo rally in January seems to be a well-liked format, so it will continue this way for a while yet. This year we invited Horowhenua branch to take part and they did well and won, so next year we will have to try a bit harder won't we! The gymkhana just gets better each year. Usually I don’t like gymkhanas and avoid them like the plague, but I think we might have hit on just the right formula and venue. There is of course still work to be done, most likely around keeping things flexible so we can change to suit our circumstances. I realise that everyone’s weekends are a lot busier than in years past, this is just a fact of life now. Attendances will probably never reach the levels they once were, but it would be nice to be proved wrong. Finally, a vote of thanks must go to the rally committee, without whom I couldn't and wouldn't do this job. Neale

Two female rhinoceros at the zoo were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new male. When he was led into the paddock, they quickly went over and introduced themselves. ‘Hi,’ said one, ‘I’m Sharon and this is my friend Linda.’ ‘Hi,’ said the male. ‘My names’s Neil.’ ‘Ooooh!’ they trilled. ‘Not the rhino Neil?’ Think about it!!




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

Well, here it is 12 months since I took over the editorship from Claire Benge and I find myself doing it again for the next 12 months, having been voted in again at this years’ AGM, or should I say, not voted out, which is a different thing altogether!! It was a shaky start, and a whole new learning curve, after having last done it back in 197273, using a telephone, a typewriter and a gestetner (you'll have to look that up on Google, but you could use a dictionary,-remember those) Anyway, a few mistakes were made and probably still will be made as I go along.

Only a couple of changes to the committee this year, as Tasi and Colin have stood down. Both vacancies have been filled and we also have an extra committee person swelling the ranks for the first time in a good while. To those leaving, thank you for your sterling work and to those joining, welcome. We've had some good events over the last year, so let’s keep the momentum going. The Winter weather has been very kind thus far, so I hope you haven’t moth-balled your cars just yet and can squeeze another few outings in (isn’t the English language wonderful) Who knows, you may be able to stretch to Spring and on to Summer!! You have to have them ready for Daffodil Day in August anyway, remember. Ed.

OBITUARIES Condolences to Jenny and John Jackson and family, on the recent passing of Jenny's Mother. We also record the passing of a former Wellington Branch member, Neville Trethewey.


MOTORCYCLE REPORT 24TH JUNE: Trevor Barnes Past Events: Nothing to report: Coming Events: Daffodil Day, 25th August: At McKays Crossing, Kapiti. This fundraiser for the Cancer Society raised over $5000 last year – we aim to better that sum this time. Bring along your bike or interesting car for display, and volunteer to assist – see your Motoring Spirit. Also promote it amongst your friends and clubs. Taranaki Rubber Duckie, Saturday 21st September: The date has been confirmed. Aaron’s South Island Tour 20-26th March 2020: 20th: 5pm sailing to Blenheim. 21st to Rangiora 2224th: Akaroa. 25th: Kaikoura via inland route. Aaron has already paid for the accommodation and wants $200 pp by November with the balance of the $343 tour charge by January. Planning for the 2020 Biennial Rally: Date of the Biennial: 25-26 January 2020 (Auckland anniversary w/e). Admin: Peter Simpson: In hand. Prizes & trophies: Warrick Laing and John Neill: In hand. Castrol has been secured. Advertising: Ashley Blair; In hand: Catering: Peter has confirmed Valley Caterers. Dinner is $29 and Sunday BBQ, $15. Pub Charity: Hal O’Rorke: Two quotes have been obtained for T shirts. To formalise the application to Pub Charity the following motion was moved by Hal O’Rorke, seconded by Aaron Janes: “The Motorcycle Section of the Wellington Vintage Car Club applies to Pub Charity Limited for funding for the 2020 Biennial Motorcycle Rally” Route Organiser, including Marshalls, route notes, Sunday ride: A route has been proposed by John and Gerry Appel, starting in Featherston and lunching at Wainuioru. John, Gerry, Peter Wright and Trevor Barnes have done an initial recce and this route will be used subject to confirming the lunch venue. We still do not have a person to manage the routes on the day. Two Sunday run suggestions were Whitemans Valley Film Set and Titahi Bay to Ohariu. Other suggestions are welcome. National Motorcycle Rally 2021: Messrs Simpson and Barnes still to meet the committee for the Wairarapa 2021 National Motorcycle Rally, to provide support for organising it. Other Business: Appointment of Motorcycle Rep to the Wellington Branch: Peter Simpson will continue in this role. No other nominations were received James Chambers showed a petrol tank from a flat tank BSA, with oil pump and drip feed. He would like to know the model it belongs to. No one could assist but the unusual drip feed adjuster was noted. Next Meeting: July: 4th Monday 22nd At The Butcher and Brewer, 7:30pm: Future meeting dates: August: 4th Monday 26th September: 4th Monday 23rd October: 3rd Monday 21st (Labour Day is 4th Monday 28th)


June Kapiti Mid Week Run

Ann O’Rorke

A happy group of twenty five members gathered at the Masonic Cafe in Levin for a June midwinter Christmas lunch. The cafe did us proud with Christmas crackers and decorated tables. The festive spread was enjoyed by all: roast chicken, ham on the bone, vegetables followed by cheesecake and fruit salad. It's a good thing we were in a separate room as the conversation and laughter soared higher. It was a beautiful sunny day too. Ann

The oldest Essex in NZ has its 100th birthday.

Phil Kidd

Car number A35668 was number 5642 on the assembly line, followed closely by number A35666, assembly number 6650. As there were 1598 Essex’s built ready to market in 1918, it follows that these two cars fell into the assembly line some 4000 numbers later. At a build rate of 200+ cars per week, the numbers line up with other data that survives, to have emerged from the factory in about May 1919. Therefore, it’s the oldest Essex in New Zealand (by assembly number) and came here some time before November 1919, when it was used to pick up Mr Geoff Mardon, from the Christchurch Railway station, on his return from the Great War. Mr Mardon demonstrated the car for about a year, before selling it to a woman who had the rear screen installed for it to be chauffeur driven. It later found its way back into Mr Mardons care and was later seen languishing at the rear of Prestons garage in Christchurch in 1972, when Paul Stitchbury from Havelock North, brought the car up to the North Island and after several owners, was located at Patoka, where in 1996, it came into my ownership.

The restoration was finished by 1998, in time for the commemoration of the centenary of the passing of the McLean Motor Act, which allowed the use of cars on the roads of NZ. It was jokingly suggested by Coral, that it should get a telegram from the Queen, but as that only applies to England, it was suggested that Donald should do the honours. One thing led to another and a call, an email and a personal approach by a mutual friend, was made, to the United States Ambassador, to make the presentation of the 100 year badge, provided by the VCC, at a function to mark the occasion at our home, on the 17th of May, 2019.

Ambassador Scott Brown and his wife Gail, accepted and Gail cut the 100 birthday cake. Photos of the birthday celebrations are on pages 15 and 16.



JUNE CLUB NIGHT (AGM) This months club night was our Annual General Meeting and the usual reports were read out and duly accepted. The Treasurers report indicated that the Branch was in very good shape and the budget for the next 12 months seemed to be on track. Next came the election of Officers and committee members and all but two were reelected, Tasi Betteridge has stood down after a sterling effort and was thanked by members for her services. Tasi will be available to help out with some events. Her place has gone to Jenny Jackson, who will be assisted by Angelica Edgley. Colin White has stood down as property manager, which left the committee with a position short. We were already light on members and so needed another general member. As a result of nominations from the floor, we have now got two new committee members and so our numbers are good. Those two new members are Brendon Priestley and Rob Horne. After some questions, the formal meeting concluded and we had our guest speaker, who was Bill Guthrie, from the Prostate Cancer Society. Bill is a volunteer who goes around providing awareness of Prostate Cancer. Bill is not a medical person, but did have Prostate Cancer himself, and is happy to impart his knowledge in the hope that it takes away the anxiety of the condition, for men and their families and makes them aware of what can be done. During the talk, it became very obvious that in general, not enough emphasis is given to this condition by G.P’s and it is by and large, symptomless until almost too late. It was stressed that men between the age of 50 to 69, should ask their Doctor about the early tests. If there has been a history of Prostate Cancer in the family, then much younger men should seek the tests. One very sobering fact was that if a Father had it, then there was a high risk a Son would have it and if the Father and his Brother had it, then it was almost certain a Son would get it. The stats are such that the numbers of Prostate Cancer sufferers is very close to that of Breast Cancer sufferers. Remember, women talk about these issues, men don’t. Treatment is available and getting better all the time, but needs to be diagnosed more quickly, so men, go to your Doctor and ask about it, as it is most likely your Doctor wont bring it up. Thank you Bill for a very enlightening talk.



Ladies Rally 26th May.


Entrants: 13 Total, 10 Lady Drivers, 8 Lady Drivers in club eligible vehicles. Vehicles: 2 Vintage, 2 Post vintage, 1 Post war, 5 Post 60, 1 Post 80, 2 moderns. Rally Results:

First: Claire Benge, 1946 Ford ‘Jailbar’ pickup. Second: Stephanie McGreevy, 1967 MGBGT Third: Elizabeth Josephson, 1966 Mini Cooper S (new member) Cake baking results: First: John Blakemore, Chocolate, fig and walnut Xmas salami. Second: Roger White, Rocky Road Brownie Irishman Rally: Queens Birthday Weekend.

Roger White.

The 65th Irishman Rally was held around the Fairlie area, over Queens Birthday weekend. It really was a fantastic weekend drive, surrounded by snow, yet with clear blue skies. There were 170 entries, 72 of which were model A Fords!

Wellington was well represented, with 4 cars entered: Barry and Hilary Pettengell (Chrysler) Ray Betteridge and Bruce Benge (Ford A) Greg Haines and friend Geoff (Ford A) and Roger and Brad White (De Soto) With Brad Driving, we won the Shand Trophy! by Roger. Ed.


Photos on front and back covers, supplied

June Sunday Run: Ian McCulloch We met again, at the Mayfair theatre café, in Upper Hutt; some 10 or 12 cars attending. The drivers and passengers making use of the fire, on a cold day. There wasn't really a plan for anything later and we were quite happy sitting in the warm, until Martin Ferner arrived and said he had the top off the mid 20’s Alvis and did we want to come and have a look at it and see what else he had in his garage. It was too good an opportunity to miss, so we went there. The Alvis has a new motor and rebuilt diff, all done by Martin. There was an early 50’s Bentley, a 1917 Dodge and a 50’s Alvis.

Thanks Martin, for the viewing and a fascinating talk.

A Rare photo of a mother wrench feeding her young

David Young supplied this very rare photograph


Colonial Cup Run. Ray Betteridge You could have called it a United Nations Rally, there were cars from America (of course) the UK, Germany, France, Australia, Italy and NZ assembled, gathered at Porirua for the run. It was great to see three generations of the Ewing family, Mother Elsie, Daughter Kirsty, Son in law Greg and Granddaughter Amie, come along and very surprising to see Don and Maureen Hawkes out in the Jaguar (some people probably thought it was a myth!). John and Deidre sent us out around the hills towards Titahi Bay. The number of speed humps tells you there are quite a few hoons in the area who need a bit of taming. There were questions of a colonial nature, requiring a bit of searching at times, interspersed with some great views before we travelled over Whitirea Rd and down to the beautiful coast at Onehunga Bay. Some inconsiderate public cars chose to share this road with us, necessitating some care on the very narrow sections. We then returned to pass through Porirua and head north on SH 1, then into Whitby for a timed section before returning to the Hutt Valley and a welcome lunch stop at the Clubrooms. A bit of rain in the latter part did not dampen our spirits and everyone had a great day. (I think John had a cover over a silent check when we passed it!) Thanks John and Deirdre for a great event.

LEFT The Colonial Cup start Lined up at Pataka.

RIGHT The Hawkes Jaguar. Yes, It’s real!

Photos by Ray Betteridge





Help Wanted We have a 12 yr. old son who loves cars and we’re wondering if there is anyone willing to take him under their wing (maybe restoration of a car/ mechanical skills) he is homeschooled so available during week or weekends, whatever suits. Looking for around 2 hours a week if possible; he is very polite, quiet and kind and unfortunately none of us in the family have the skills or money to support him in his passion. If you can’t help, do you know of anyone who may be good for us to make contact with? It’s basically hands on experience we are looking for, like a grandfather role, I’m sure a lot of your members grew up with someone in their family, sharing their passion, so hopefully someone would like to pass knowledge on to next generations. We live in wainuiomata. Cheers, Ryan and Clare Cook

I have followed this up with the Cooks and no one has contacted them as yet. Is there someone who could help out. We are looking for young people to come into the club, so a very good opportunity here. Ed Contacts: 976 7084 or 027 4588 160


Targa 2019 Time Trial When: Monday 28th October to Saturday 2nd Nov 2019. Where: Central and Lower/Mid North Island – Refer Draft Event Programme. What and Why: Outstanding opportunity for VCC members to drive iconic North Island roads as a time trial. This is not a race, but rather an exercise in safe, precise driving to maintain a set average speed over closed tarmac stages (Similar to a regularity trial). It’s also a great opportunity for VCC branches to raise public awareness of the VCC and hopefully attract some new and younger members. Cost: Substantial 30% discount off standard entry fee for VCC members with VCC/VIC eligible cars = $4,790 reduced to $3,353 + Medical Levy and RallySafe. (All entry fees are + GST). Refer for further details & discounts. This is a very special year for Targa NZ and a great opportunity for VCC - It's Targa's 25th anniversary and only the second time VCCNZ have been invited to join the Time Trial with a special discount entry fee available exclusively to VCC members with a VCC/VIC eligible car. This event is a great opportunity for North Island branches of VCC collectively to raise the profile of VCC/their branch and hopefully attract some new and younger members. As always, any queries, concerns or requests for further info, please contact me. Regards, Rod Corbett. +64 27 433 8772 Alastair McCarthy has a draft of the event program to view, if you are interested. Ed

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 editor—Selwyn Warren, or arrange by phone with me, to get a hard copy by mail or at Club Nights. Contacts on inside front cover.




This is on again: SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST.

Following on from our successful display last Year at QE2 Park, we have again booked the same venue. The Tramways Museum and Kapiti Stables will also participate. WE NEED EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE! (All cars are eligible irrespective of age or club affiliation.) Last year we had over 150 vehicles and raised over $4000.00!!! We can do better, how about 200 cars and over $5000.00 raised! If you can help with the organisation or on the day please call Diane White 5636236 or


Above: 100 year old Essex in party mode. Above right: As you would normally see it. Right: Ambassador Scott Brown and Mrs Gail Brown, having a drive during the celebration and presentation of the VCC 100 year badge.


The 100 year birthday cake, and right, Gail Brown, Cutting the cake, while Coral Kidd looks on.

Trevor Barnes found this in our archives


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

31st July 2019 Visit to North End Brewery and Salt & Wood Restaurant Salt & Wood Collective (American BBQ Restaurant & Brewpub) 11 Ngaio Road, Waikanae From north or south: From the expressway take the Waikanae off ramp and turn onto Te Moana Rd towards Waikanae. Nearing the end of Te Moana Rd, turn left onto Marae Lane. Near the end of Marae Lane turn into either the carpark on the left, or the shopping centre parks on the right. Salt & Wood Collective is directly across Ngaio Rd from Marae Lane. The brewery is accessed via the restaurant.

Brewery visit and tasting Tasting is $10 per person. Please be at the restaurant by 11am (Maybe a coffee at 10:30?) We will view the brewery and partake of the tasting before lunch. Lunch will be from 12 noon in the restaurant, dining from their menu. To view the menu Please see my Dropbox link: Important: Please let Hal or Ann know by text, email or a call whether you’re coming, by Friday July 26th, as catering numbers are needed by then. Please advise whether or not you want the tasting, as there is a minimum of 20 people required. Maximum is 45 people. You may view the brewery (for free) if you do not want the tasting. If you wish to attend the restaurant but not the brewery, please still advise us. Hal 0274118162: Ann 0274731136: or 045651162. Email is:






FOR SALE 1. Band saw: homemade, for wood, solid construction, 340mm throat, 160mm height of cut, table 360mm square, tilts to 45 degrees, no guard on blade. Not been used for some time, Motor runs. $90. 2. Old reel mower: Looks like an Atco with Villiers engine, 520mm cut, differential split roller, kick start, clutch lever, did run 30 years ago. $70. Contact: Warren Corkin: 021 712 008. 4/4

FOR SALE 1974 Triumph 2000 MKII 4 speed manual. 1000000kms, yellow. One small rust spot on the bottom of one door. Asking $4500. 1990 Jaguar XJS C. 3.6 litre 4 speed auto. 96000kms. 2 owners. Maroon. Good condition. Asking $22000. 1914 Matchless 1000cc Motorcycle with side car. Has been owned by the same family since new. Asking $60000 ono. Contact Jim Boaden. Mob. 0274578158 or 034372525. Oamaru.


Coming up next club night Claude Poulsen from the miniature railway society.

Gemac Motor Services 5 Parliament Street, Lower Hutt, 04 589 5483 Ring Gordon for WOF and minor repairs on both vintage and modern vehicles


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:

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, for conditions. NOTE; Remember to get this discount. For this 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. Also it may not be enough to have booked electronically unless you have a printed copy of your electronic 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. 22

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.

July 2019

August 2019

Sunday Run


Sunday Run


Committee Meeting


Committee Meeting


Club Night


National AGM. West Coast.

Remberance Rally/Social

16th & 17th

Club Night


Country Run


Colonial Cup Judging


Motorcycle Meeting


Daffodil Run


Kapiti Mid Week Run


Motorcycle Meeting


Kapiti Mid Week Run


Supper Roster Norm Willis & David Nisbet

Supper Roster

Colin White & Tasi

AUGUST 2019 CLUB NIGHT Grant Sidaway from seniornet with a 3D printer presentation/demonstration. September 2019

October 2019

Sunday Run


North Cape to Bluff Dinner


Committee Meeting


Sunday Run


Upper Hutt Spring Festival


Committee Meeting


Club Night


Heritage Rally


Club Night entries close annual rally


Tom’s Tour

21st & 22nd

Motorcycle Meeting


Motorcycle Meeting


Kapiti Mid Week Run


Kapiti Mid Week Run


Supper Roster

Jenny & John Jackson

Supper Roster Terry O’Leary/Ray Betteridge



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Wellington VCC - July 2019  

Wellington VCC - July 2019