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The Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch of

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand PO BOX 2168, Kopeopeo, Whakatane 3159

April 2019

RUNNING BOARD

Peter and Rosalie Donovan’s Jaguar, 1st in the 2019 Taupo Rally

Club Night: Last Thursday of the month (except December) at Whakatane Athletic Clubrooms, Short Street, Whakatane 7.00 pm Social get together Branch meeting starts at 7.30 PM

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THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NZ Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch Postal Address: PO Box 2168, Kopeopeo, Whakatane 3159 Branch Officers: 2018/2019 Honorary Branch Member

Lorolei Pollard

Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain

Les Costar Lytle Hall Karen Spackman Joy Growden Barry Keene

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les.gail.costar@slingshot.co.nz emeny.hall@nettel.net.nz karen2mark@xtra.co.nz growden@xtra.co.nz bkeene201@gmail.com

Committee:

Steve Growden Lorraine Stock Alan Stock Peter Hadley Mark Spackman Keith Watson Margaret Watson Gail Costar

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Editor

Margaret McKerras

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Beaded Wheels Reporter Almoner Name Badge Sales

Bruce Seddon Lorolei Pollard Peter Donovan

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bruce.seddon@xtra.co.nz

Parts Shed Supervisors:

Phil Leaming Steve Growden Keith Watson

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phil.leaming@xtra.co.nz growden@xtra.co.nz watsonkandm@gmail.com

Archivist VIC Collators:

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les.gail.costar@slingshot.co.nz watsonkandm@gmail.com les.gail.costar@slingshot.co.nz

Supper Supervisor Raffles

Gail Costar Keith Watson Les Costar Keith & Margaret Watson Margaret Watson Lorraine Stock

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watsonkandm@gmail.com watsonkandm@gmail.com alanlorraine.stock@gmail.com

Community Liaison:

Les Costar

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les.gail.costar@slingshot.co.nz

Saleable Items:

karen2mark@xtra.co.nz watsonkandm@gmail.com watsonkandm@gmail.com les.gail.costar@slingshot.co.nz

donovanz@xtra.co.nz

Club Regalia For Sale: Contact: Keith and Margaret Watson (these will be available at Club Nights) EBOP Cloth Jacket Badges $7.50 EBOP Cloth Jacket Patches $10.00 EBOP Car Window Stickers $1.00 EBOP Car Bumper Badges $20.00 EBOP Lapel Badges $6.00 EBOP VCC Windscreen Stickers $2.00 EBOP Cloth Caps $15.00 Rally Number Holders s/s $15.00 NZVCC Winged Lapel Badges $7.50 VCC Cloth Winged Badges $13.00 EBOP Name Badges $15.00 (to be ordered) Please wear your name badge to VCC functions.

Club Night: At:

Last Thursday of the month (except December) Whakatane Athletic Clubrooms, Short Street, Whakatane 7.00pm Social Get-together Branch Meeting starting at 7.30pm

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From your Chairman: Adding “Classic” to our Branch name: I am reading with interest that some Branches of the VCC wish to add to their Branch name the word “Classic”. I also read that some Members of Branches are trying to define the word “Classic” as to how it would describe a car. We have Classic Car Magazines, Classic Bike Magazines and usually they class Classic by age (older vehicles) although some magazines add so called modern classics to their pages. The reason I believe some Branches are wanting to add “Classic” to their name is to encourage more Members, especially younger folk, which has to be a good thing for our Branches going forward, as many of us are reaching our use-by date. Although the VCC have PV60 and PV80 and the 30 year rule, many members of the public find it hard to call these vehicles “Vintage”, “Classic” falls to mind more easily. I have found a few descriptions on how to define a Classic Car: The Classic Vehicle is an older vehicle, the exact definition varies around the world. The common theme seems to be of an older vehicle with enough historical interest to be collectable and worth preserving, but the definition remains subjective and is a matter of opinion. Another definition of “Classic” maybe not of vehicles but as a general description: “Old, well used, well known, with a dash of style – grace” “Of lasting interest or significance” “Continually in fashion because of its simple basic style” “Time honoured” Opinions are constantly being formed and changed on what is a “Classic Vehicle”. The general public opinion seems to be any vehicle produced in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s are regarded as “Classic”. These vehicles are usually American, Australian, European and British, but more and more Japanese vehicles have survived and have a following of the younger generation, because these are the cars and motorbikes that were on the road when they were growing up and hopefully these younger people are our Members of the future. In my opinion, if a vehicle has survived for 30 or more years, it doesn’t matter what its parentage is, it’s a “Classic” and our Branch is full of them. We still need the system we have in place for allocating years for “Veteran”, “Vintage”, “Post Vintage”, “Post War”, “PV60” and “PV80” and the “30 year rule”. Just by slipping in “Classic” to our name title won’t change any of this, but it may make the general public more aware of what the VCC stand for, not a group of “older folk with very old cars”. This is only my opinion, but is something to think about and maybe someday we could add “Classic” to our EBOP VCC name. Les. PS: Our Branch AGM on 30th May is fast approaching. I would like you to think about the part you could play in the direction of your Branch by becoming a Committee Member. Les

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Club Captain Report Classic Car Breakfast. Our usual crowd was there enjoying the food and company and admiring the cars. Bruce Taylor His funeral on Friday 8th was well attended by our members and Les Coster gave a good summary of his involvement in and contribution to our club. He will be missed. Bruce was also deeply involved in the local Fire Brigade for I think 32 years including several years as Chairman. As well he helped out at the Men's Shed. In these and other activities he was very well supported by Maureen. North Island Club Captain's Tour (NICC) We in our 1973 MGB Roadster joined this Tour in Taupo along with Harry and Gay in their 1961 Wolsley 6/99. Local Club Captains organised the tour when it was in their area. Just before the start of the tour Kaaren Smylie, the NI Club Captain, ended up in hospital with an eye complaint so could not lead us which was disappointing. John Foote was asked to take over and did an excellent job. At Taupo the Taupo Country Roads Rally was included in the tour. Other members of our club in this rally were Peter and Rosalie Donovan in their 1974 Daimler and Harry and Gay Sutcliffe who were passengers in Brian and Viv Guest's 1952 Desoto Diplomat. Brian and Viv are from Warkworth and Harry and Gay knew them from their time in the Wellsford-Warkworth VCC. There were two sections in the morning part of the rally and at the start and end of each section there was a question to answer. These were: what is the car on the front cover of the latest Beaded Wheels; which is the biggest tyre manufacturer in the world; how many roundabouts did you go through on Kinloch Road; and what are the colours on a Bunnings sign. (Answers: Bugatti, Bridgestone, three, and red, green and white). After lunch at the Mokai school we had a tour route back to Taupo. It was a good rally with good scenic roads, and good weather. The car harry and Gay were in came 3rd in its class and Peter and Rosalie won their class and also came first overall. A great effort on their part. The next day the NICC tour went to Napier and took 120miles to get there going via Tutira. Half way to Napier soon after the big 'banana' shaped bridge over the Mohaka River is an un-named side road on the left which with a few hundred turns ends up at Tutira. The road was gravel and corrugated and winding and as it was drizzling the cars got very muddy. The local school at Tutira put on lunch for us. After lunch we took a right turn just south of Tutira and this gravel road went into the hills and along the tops of ridges. The weather had cleared a bit so there were fabulous views. This road came out in Esk Valley. The next day the tour took us to Waipukurau, 42 miles away on SH2, but it took us about 90 miles to get there. Lunch stop was at Kairakau Beach. The local Club captain also found plenty of gravel roads for us and the weather was fine. From Waipukurau the tour took us to Palmerton North, 70 miles on SH2, but it took us 125 miles, via a lunch stop at Totara College in Dannevirke. Again this morning there were plenty of good gravel roads. In the afternoon there was a stop at the Tui Brewery in Maungatainoka then on to Pahiatua and then ending up at Manawatu Clubrooms. Once again the weather was kind to us. The final section was Palmerston North to Wanganui via Marton and here we had a very pleasant picnic lunch in the Museum grounds. Today the roads were all sealed. There were a few showers in the morning but they soon cleared. It was then onto Wanganui where the tour ended after the Final Dinner at the Wanganui VCC clubrooms.

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Most of the group were staying at the Grand Hotel in Wanganui and as a finale we had the fire alarms go off at about 11.00pm. All the guests ended up out on the footpath most in their pyjamas. The fire engines arrived promptly, and it was later found that someone was smoking in their room so it was a false alarm. The print on each rooms fire notice said that if smoking in the room set off the alarm it would involve $1,000 fine. Some sections of the tour also had interesting stops including Museums, car collections, a drive around the Harrisville Speedway, spare parts sheds, Aratiatia rapids and plenty of good food. We thoroughly enjoyed this well organised tour and can recommend the next one to you. We hope to do the one next year which will be in the South Island. March Club Run. Our Run to join the Model Aero Club at their Otakiri Airstrip has been on again and off again and I was rung again to be asked if we could postpone it again. So our March Run was slightly changed. We now have an afternoon short straight-line exercise ending at Gary and Liz Bryson's maize factory. April Club Run . Tessa and I will be away in the South Island and as part of the trip we will be doing the South Island National Easter Rally. Les and Gail have kindly offered to arrange the April Club Run. This starts at Bunnings at 11.00am on Sunday 14th April. Bring a picnic lunch. AGM. This will be held at the Athletic Club Rooms on Thursday 30th May starting at 7.30pm. All positions are open for election. Several committee members have offered to stay on but if you know someone that you would like to see on the committee obtain a form from our Club Secretary Karen Spackman and get it filled out. Barry

From the Secretary After a few hiccoughs with attachments on emails I was beginning to wonder if dementia was setting in, (no joking matter) but I’m fairly sure computers could be planning to take over by driving humans crazy! Anyway, this month we have received from Head Office 3 variations of the new Membership List via email. Those at Club Night have received a hard copy of our own Branch members. (Excluding those with suppressed details.) Also available is the full national list of members in: Branch Membership order Vehicles in Club Surname order As these run to 400plus pages I will email only to those members who request a copy. As I have just received the paperwork back from Head Office, we welcome new members to our Branch;

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A warm Welcome and we look forward to seeing you out & about on Club runs đ&#x;˜Š. The Branch AGM is coming up in May so please give some thought to how You can help your Club, there will be a Change at the Top this year, and the Vice Chairman’s position while not vacant right now, may be if the current vice president steps up to the role of president. Also our Editor Margaret has indicated she will stand down this year, so if anyone would like to take on this extremely important role please make yourself known!! COOK STRAIT FERRY BOOKINGS Both Interislander and Bluebridge ferries offer discounts to VCC Members. Contact them directly: Interislander: 0800 878 898 Quote WH 5465 Bluebridge: 0800 844 844 Quote ANTIQUE CAR

Last but not least Thank you to Ian Lawrence for giving members an ‘Icebreaker’ talk on the beginnings of his involvement with classic machinery! Safe motoring Karen

From the Editor’s Desk As I am writing this, the weather tells me we are really in Autumn with the cooler evenings and mornings. That means winter is just around the corner. Daylight Saving finishes next week and soon it will be the shortest day. Yuk. Personally, I detest the wet and cold, but it spells the end of the plant life and spring won’t happen I am told until that happens, and then we will see new growth on the trees and the flowers will start to bud again. Earlier this month, John and I spent 9 days in Auckland (I attended an art workshop in Takapuna) and the Auckland traffic – I really don’t know how they stand it. I would hate to spend an hour and a half or more getting to work when it should only take 10 minutes. Then one has to go home at the end of the day. Going to the airport the last day was interesting. Being a Monday, we set off from Lake Road, Takapuna at 6.50 AM, with our fingers crossed that there would be no accidents. It took 25 minutes to crawl to the bridge (on a good day, it would take less that 5 minutes) and then drove onto the North Western motorway, then took the off ramp for the new tunnel. After getting through that we heaved a sigh of relief that there hadn’t been too many holdups. Coming onto the new motorway link from the tunnel took a bit of time – crawling again, then onto the old part of the motorway which wasn’t too bad. Finally made it about 8.30 AM for my friend to catch her flight to Napier. Navman said 53 minutes for that trip and we took 1 hour 40 minutes. After that, I reckon living here in Whakatane is a breeze. Until next time, safe and happy (and stress free) motoring. Margaret

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Bruce Taylor On Sunday 3rd March Bruce passed away at Golden Pond Rest Home after a short stay. As an apprentice motor mechanic in the early 1960’s I remember Bruce at E R Dillicar Motors, the Standard and Triumph agent. He was the man to see if you had a query on any of these makes. He was a very patient and knowledgeable man after spending his working life in the motor trade. Bruce joined the Vintage Car Club on January 30th 1987 so that he could go Motorcycle Rallying with John Shapley. Bruce had had two or three English Motorbikes, but when Maureen bought him a basket case BMW 250 he was smitten and BMW became his favourite machine. He restored, rode and rallied BMW’s for many years. Bruce also restored a beautiful green Triumph Spitfire which was a credit to his workmanship and attention to detail as was the many BMW Motorbikes he restored. Bruce and Maureen travelled many miles in their Spitfire attending many Club Runs, Rallies and Events. Sadly, Bruce’s health declined but he was able to finish his last BMW restoration, but never rode the beautiful red machine. On 12th August 2018 Bruce was presented with his 25 year badge. Bruce will be missed by all of his friends and Club Members as he was a quiet unassuming Member and an inspiration to us all. Our condolences go to Maureen and her family.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc)

Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch Annual General Meeting To be held at the Athletic Clubrooms, Short Street, Whakatane

On Thursday 30th May 2019 Preceded by the Branch Meeting

at 7.30 pm AGENDA Present Apologies Minutes of previous AGM Matters Arising Chairman’s Report Treasurer’s Report Club Captain’s Report Election of Officers General Business

All Welcome Secretary: Karen Spackman

All positions are up for nomination and if you would like to make a difference to the running of your Branch, please come along and either nominate a Member you wish to have on Committee, or maybe be part of the Committee yourself. Remember this is your Branch of the Vintage Car Club and your input is vital to the running of our Club.

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The Vintage Car Club of NZ, Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch (Inc.)

NOMINATION FORM for

COMMITTEE POSITIONS 2019-2020

I wish to propose: ……………………………………………………………………………………………. For the position of: ………………………………………………………………………………………….. Name of Proposer: ………………………………………………………………………………………….. Signature of Proposer………………………………………………………………………………………. Name of Seconder…………………………………………………………………………………………... Signature of Seconder……………………………………………………………………………………… Signature of Nominee………………………………………………………………………………………

The Vintage Car Club of NZ, Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch (Inc).

NOMINATION FORM For

COMMITTEE POSITIONS 2019-2020

I wish to propose: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… For the position of: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………... Name of proposer: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Signature of proposer:………………………………………………………………………………………………... Name of seconder: …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Signature of seconder: ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. Signature of Nominee:…………………………………………………………………………………………………

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For Sale VCC of NZ Winged Cloth Badges $13.00 each. Contact EBOPVCC on easterbayofplenty@vcc.org.nz or Keith Watson on watsonkandm@gmail.com

Out and About

Photo supplied by Joy Growdon – Napier Art Deco, morning tea before the Parade.

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Following are 2 photos from Joy - 4 cars from our club joined the Falcon club on their Annual trip to Te Kaha, it was a great day

Morning tea stop in Opotiki on the way to Te Kaha with the Falcon group on St Patricks day, Les and Gail with their green

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Working Bee March 5th

First load of junk loaded on John Lamont’s truck

John loading the second lot of junk to take to the recycling yard

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Club Captain, Barry’s photos from Taupo Rally

2019 Taupo rally Briefing

Peter & Rosalie 1st overall.

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Club Captain, Barry’s photos from NICC Rally

DOC Waitara RD Campsite

Kairakau Beach lunch stop

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Harrisville Speedway

Grand Hotel Fire Alarm at 11 PM

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And finally, some yummy cars at the March Classic Car Breakfast, photos taken by Barry.

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Our Calendar of Events April 2019 April Sunday 14th Thursday 25th (Anzac Day) May Sunday 19th Thursday 30th

June Saturday 22nd Thursday 27th

Club Run. Meet at Bunnings before 11.00am for an 11.00am departure to go up to 'Eight Acres'. Bring your lunch and a chair Club Night at the Athletic Club at 7.00pm, meeting starts at 7.30pm

Club Run.. Meet at the Riverslea car park in Edgecumbe at 1.15pm. From there we visit the Manawahe Eco Trust. Afternoon tea supplied but bring your food. EBOP VCC AGM. At the Athletic Club Rooms in Short Street. Meet from 7.00pm and the AGM meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Club Run. Our annual Night Owl Rally arranged by Peter and Robyn Hadley. Pot Luck Tea after the run. Meet at Athletic Club Rooms at 5.00pm Club Night. At the Athletic Club Rooms in Short Street. Meet from 7.00pm and the meeting starts at 7.30pm

Events At Other Clubs April 2019 April Saturday 6th Monday 15th Easter Weekend Thursday 25th Saturday 27th

Waikato Mooloo Meander Model A Rally Te Anau South Island National Easter Rally at Ashburton Taranaki Maunga Moana. If interested our secretary Karen can email you the entry form.

May Sunday 5th

Classic Car Breakfast. At the Red Barn from 8.00am

June Queen's B'Day

Waikato Double Fifty

If you don't have a vintage on the road, come along to club runs in your modern

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