RATTLES & sQUEAKS December 2019
Sue competing in the world loo roll tossing champs - were there extra points for getting one under the bonnet?!
ST Michaels Church in Ohaewai
Hello from your Chairman The Far North Tour has come and gone for another year. It was great to see a bit more local participation this year and hopefully we will see more next year. The new end point it Kerikeri with a new venue and caterers proved to be very successful although moving the end point closer to Whangarei resulted in more people opting to head back to Whangarei rather than staying for the Saturday night dinner. The dinner was a great event and the caterers gave us a great meal, so those who didn't attend missed a good one. Normally in November because of the FNT we don't have a local run, but our Club Captain Keith Taylor organized Bruce Cosson and Peter Meares who set a run on the weekend following the FNT. The weather forecast was poor but a few of us turned up and we had a great run to Pahi on the Kaipara Harbour. The weather mostly behaved itself and although a missing road sign saw a number of us missing a very scenic part of the route, it was a great day. November was busy with the next weekend seeing a run organized for Cancer fund raising by the Northland Cancer Society. I couldn't make that one so can only hope it went well. Then just to round off the month the Dunny Run which is an annual run shared with the Far North VCC was last weekend. It started in Kawakawa and finished at a Far North members residence in Haruru Falls road above Paihia. Another great run which was organized this year by Doug and Bev Grant and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Don't forget the morning tea next Wednesday the 4th Dec and our Christmas party on Sunday 8th at the clubrooms. More about this in this newsletter. The Memorandum of Participation I mentioned previously regarding the lease agreement between the clubs at Kiwi North and the Trust is still receiving attention and we expect more progress on this soon as the clubs have now had time to discuss it. Once we have received agreement from the clubs we can present the amended agreement to the Trust Board. Something that does need serious consideration is that we will need to find a new Chairperson and a new Hall Custodian at the next AGM and both myself and Trevor Reilly will not be available for these positions next term. I realize the AGM is some time away, but it will come up quickly enough so have a good think about who can fill these positions. Regards, Ron Anderson
Far North Tour.
Christmas lunch and Gymkhana
On Sunday 8th December we will be holding a Gymkhana and a Lunch at the NVCC Clubrooms starting at 10:30am. The club will supply Ham, Chicken and Buns and the BBQ will be available also. It will be up to you to bring a shared salad and anything else you may wish to bring. BYO drinks. We will supply Tea and Coffee. This promises to be a great day with interesting Gymkhana events being thought up by the organizers. Who knows what may happen so come along and see what Bert and Lou and helpers have got in store for us. As an addition to the day, we would like to have a "Mystery Table" covered with interesting objects which will be bought along by yourselves. That obscure object that you have in your shed that nobody will know what it is (or you don't) or something that is worth showing off. We intend to hold a show and tell at some point during the day to clear up the mystery or just to talk about the object or its history and really want the objects to create interest so the success of this relies on you to bring an object for us to look at. How long is it since you looked through the newly organised Library or wandered through the vehicle shed. Take the opportunity to visit your club and see how some of your fellow members have spent time in making it a club to be proud of. Even if the Gymkhana isn't your thing, bring your club vehicle along anyway so we can show what we have and why we belong to the club and while you are there, enjoy a relaxing day chatting with your fellow members. We do need you help with catering however as we need to know how many are coming as we don't want to run out of food, but we don't want to waste food either. Can you please respond to this email by telling us how many are intending to come. If you decide to come at the last moment or for some reason can't attend at the last moment that's fine, just give us something to work with. We would also like your help with a working bee on the day before. Please come and help as your committee shouldn't be the only ones doing all the work. Ron.
LIBRARY WORKING BEE Saturday 7th December. The Library Team would love to see YOU with your bucket, mops, scrubbers, long handled mops, brooms, cleaning rags and favorite cleaners at the Club Rooms at 9amish ready to give our revamped library the spring clean it deserves. The Committee has a few buckets but limited other gear. We hope that â€œmany hands will make light workâ€? Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for the workers.
Any questions to Lynora - phone 4356366
Motorcycle Report Sunday 3rd November and summer had finally arrived. The first thing to do was take the winter lining out of our jackets. We met as usual at Frings. Everyone was early so it was obviously a good day for a ride. There were 10 bikes in total with a couple of riders who only occasionally come on the rides. 2 Triumphs, 1 Harley Davidson, 1 Moto Guzzi, 1 BSA, 3 AJS, 1 Matchless, 1 Vincent and one pillion which was myself. Robert and Lorraine were there to meet us. Robert has had his leg operation so he is on crutches. No riding for them for a few months. Lofty took the lead intending to go over the lift up bridge, out through Abbey Caves, past the site of the fire the night before, and then into Whareora. Unfortunately, Lofty had spark plug trouble 2 minutes into the ride. We all stopped to offer support but were pleased when he was going again as it was so hot standing around in all our bike gear. At the top of Tikipunga hill we found Trevor on the side of the road with none of the leading bikes to be seen. Turned out that Trevor had been separated from the leading group by traffic and so decided to wait for us to catch up after we had negotiated traffic at the lift bridge. Warwick was then in the lead, over Vinegar hill, along Apotu Road, Jordan Valley Road and, after a bit of guess work, finding the back way over the Hikurangi Swamp finishing at the Hukerenui CafĂŠ. The first group of riders were well settled with their drinks by the time our group arrived. It is a nice ride out that way and the smells remind you that it is a rural road! On the way home everyone except us took the main road. We chose to go back the way we came on the quieter roads, which is fine with me. Warwick and I enjoy riding with this group and it is a great way to get out and see our countryside with going a different route each month. There may be changes to the December run to accommodate our Christmas ride so please keep an eye out for any updates. Dawn Dahlberg
Milestone On December 4th our long time member Elmer Music will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of him purchasing his 1923 Buick 4 - and he still has it. Well done Elmer!
Line up at lunch - Dunny Run Unfortunately, Ernie Dawes had a work call out at the last minute leaving three Dargaville cars to join the Far North Tour, while Mike McGinley was a passenger in an Auckland car. Great back roads which we haven’t travelled on for a long time, through Pipiwai to Morewa, onto Ohaeawai and then came the dust through the Puketi Forest to the lunch stop at Kaeo. The PTA ladies did us all proud with a welcome cold drink on arrival and a plentiful variety of food to satisfy the hungry throng. A picturesque drive around the coastline of Tauranga, Te Ngaere and Matauri Bays before the finish at Kerikeri. Dinner at the Cornerstone Hall was by caterers who provided a well laden table of salmon, meats and vegetables - your choice, followed by small cakes and slices for dessert. The November mid-week run was set by Iris & George Tier and they took us to Tom Jensen’s “Clyde Street Station” HQ. Tom has cumulated a collection of old farm and timber working treasures, and he has built furniture and his house from recycled kauri saved from a house demolition, that was going to be used for a fire brigade practise. He is building a glow worm grotto, so hope we can return when it is finished and has inhabitants! We then drove to Kai Iwi lakes for afternoon tea sitting in the sun by the water. A good way to finish the day. Thank you Iris & George. Saturday 23rd dawned a clear sunny day for the annual “Dunny Run” set this year by Bev & Doug Grant. Northland entries always seem to be out- numbered by Far North, but a good showing never-the–less. The theme was ‘Churches and Cemeteries’, so the first stop was at Pakaraka followed by St Michaels at Ohaeawai, site of the ‘Battle of Ohaeawai’. After driving rural roads we arrived at the Waimate Mission Station, church and graveyard. Then a pleasant drive to end the run at Bev & Matt Sharpe’s home on a hill at Haruru Falls looking out to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Here four games were set out for a little exercise after sitting in the cars for some time, golf putting, quoits, petanque and ‘throw toilet rolls into a bucket’! Two Far North members had to ‘putt off’ to decide the winner as they had come first equal with the questions. Congratulations Dave & Dorothy Duirs with Phyllis Crisp, we look forward to next year’s 21st event. Next month, we have a combined meeting/event. No midweek run. NOTE: Wednesday 11th December from 5pm with a BYO take away meal at the Aero Club, Hoanga Road. Please bring a Christmas style dessert to share (instead of a plate for supper). Arrangements are in hand for a fun night instead of driving to look at Christmas Light displays as in previous years. There are plans for a “Last of the summer wine” picnic in January. (An idea from the last R&S cover page – thanks Donna!) So, check out your favourite character in the TV series on You Tube, and come dressed to suit. More details to come when date and destination finalised. Every one welcome. The Dargaville Group wish all members a very happy Christmas, safe driving and look forward to the New Year’s vintage activities. Claudia
A perfect place for afternoon tea by the lake.
Combined Clubs’ Northland Daffodil Rally Around 50 vehicles gathered at Kensington Stadium on a stunning day for the Northland Cancer Society Daffodil Rally to Paihia. The rally took us up Three Mile Bush Road, across the Hikurangi Swamp to Hukeranui and up to the Bay of Islands. A handful of Northland Vintage Car Club members attended along with Hot Rods, Sports Cars and motorbikes. It was great to see Graham and Nancy Dawson and Jean Roxburgh and family giving their cars a run. There were some interesting “Daffodil” outfits, loud shirts and well dressed vehicles with well deserved prizes presented to those who made the effort. A huge thank you to the hard working Northland Cancer Society members who organized the Rally, lunch and the raffles etc. Donna
These two guys won best dressed.
People went to great efforts with their costumes.
Northland VCC members cars at Paihia.
Spares Report The team have been very busy this month processing the many donations we have received from various people. First was a trailer load from Ron Dixon from Waipu of mostly Austin parts. A lot of A70 panel parts. Then there was another trailer load of parts from Trevor Vale who for years has run Waipu Motors and has now closed the business. The parts from here are many and varied, a lot of tailights and other lights plus some mechanical parts many new stock. We thank Trevor for his generosity and also thank Ron Dixon again who not only arranged the donation with Trevor but also took the trouble to deliver them to us. Last week we received a station-wagon full of air and oil filters from Auto One in Dargaville. These are new old stock and although they may be a bit late model for our needs the day will come when they will sell and if we don't take them and they get dumped they are gone forever. They came with an application guide so if you are looking for one give us a call. There is an addition to our vehicle display in the vehicle shed. Bruce Cossen purchased BSA Bantam motorcycle a couple of years ago but has difficulty riding it so he has offered to the club to display in the shed. This old motorcycle is in immaculate condition and makes a fine addition to our display. It is on permanent loan to the club to be displaed and ridden by members. a big thanks to Bruce for his contribution. Our Wednesday morning openings continue to be very popular, remember if you would like to come along you are welcome, come to shop, look or just chat you will be welcome. Cheers Lawrence
Journey through time 2019 On 19th October 2019, the King Country branch of the Vintage Car Club held their 25th annual Spring run through the hills around Taumarunui. Five members of our Northland Club made the 500km trip each way for the 1 day event. Bruce and Claudia Jeffery in their 1934 Austin Ruby, Doug and Bev Grant in their 1937 Hillman Hawk, Ernie and Beryl Dawes in their 1966 Wolseley Mark 2 6/110. Don and Sue Dreardon in their 1971 Austin 3 litre and Jen and Steve Cornwall in our 1951 Citroen Traction Avant aka Light 15, 28 cars were entered so our club's entry of 5 vehicles made up about 20% of the total field. This year was the 25th running of event by a small club with only 28 paid-up members; well done. The Ford Model A's were the oldest vehicles there and included a roadster, a tudor and a pick-up, however most vehicles were in the 1960 to 1969 era. Taumarunui is a great place for vintage car rallies because there are a large number of roads "less travelled" that are close to town and you can travel to the north, south, east and west. This year we travelled across the Whanganui River, just out of town, and drove around the tar sealed and gravel roads to the south. The route was a normal navigation run, with questions, and an average time test in the morning with their traditional "straight line" navigation test in the afternoon. There was a debate at the prize giving as to what was a street, with or without houses and whether named or un-named "existed" so there was some light hearted grumbling about the result. The weather before the rally was rather rough in central North Island with major slips on State Highways 4 and 43, south and west of Taumarunui. The consequence of this bad weather was that the organisers had to liaise with forestry logging companies to ensure that roads were still useable for our rally traffic. A section of the route went through a pine plantation that was being harvested so the local club members arranged for a section of roadway to be cleared of logs and machinery before being graded to let our cars through; even having to cut off a piece of fallen log the night before our start. After we left Taumarunui, in the morning, and travelled through the rugged farmland we eventually arrived back at the tarseal at Raurimu and carried onto Owhango School for a wonderful country lunch, having travelled for 46 km on gravel roads; some with grass growing up the middle. Because we were driving in low cloud and rain it was difficult to judge our locations in the valleys and at the summits but we drove from 170 metres above sea level at Taumarunui up into the clouds and hills up to 650 metres above sea level at the last summit before we returned to State Highway 4 at Raurimu. The elevations are is 570 feet up to 2,100 feet in old language. In the afternoon we then returned to Taumarunui township where the "straight line navigation" took place before returning to their club rooms for afternoon tea. Dinner at the local RSA finished off another great King Country rally. In the middle of nowhere, at a place named Katieke is a large statue of a horse made entirely out of horse shoes and was a place worth stopping and taking a photograph. Some of the communities that we visited that are off the "beaten track" included Sunshine town, Taumaruniti, Hikumutu, Kawautahi, Kaitieke and Kakahi. It was a long trip home to Paihia however with day light saving we were home before dark, albeit rather tired even when sharing the driving. An enjoyable motoring experience!
Jen and Steve Cornwall Paihia
Calendar of Events 2019
December Sunday 1st. Motorcycle Run. Meet at Town Basin at 8.30am for breakfast at Serenity Café. 9.30 am depart for Warkworth (route to be confirmed). 11.30 am arrive at Donn’s Classic Motorcycles 207 Matakana Road Warkworth. 1. 00 pm depart to Matakana for lunch. 2.00 pm depart for Whangarei. Wednesday 4th. Sunday 8th.
Morning Tea at VCC Clubrooms 10 am.
Please bring a salad.
Gymkhana NVCC Clubrooms from 10-30 am.
Wednesday 11th. From 5pm with a BYO take away meal at the Aero Club, Hoanga Road, Dargaville. Please bring a Christmas style dessert to share (instead of a plate for supper).
January Sunday 5th.
Meet at Frings 1pm.
Sunday 12th. Claudia Jeffery’s “Last of the summer wine” picnic. 10-30am start at Clubrooms. BYO lunch etc. Sunday 19th. Friday 24th.
Rotorua VCC 8th Annual Car Show at the Rotorua Lake front Domain. NVCC Club night
Clubrooms. Speaker Peter & Jen Lovatt.
Saturday 25th. NVCC Parts Shed morning. Thursday 30th.
NVCC Committee meeting Clubrooms 7pm.
February Sunday 2nd.
Meet at Frings 1pm.
Wednesday 5th. Morning tea NVCC Clubrooms. Sunday 9th. NVCC Club run.
Set by Adam Young.
Wednesday 19th. Dargaville Event. Friday 21st. NVCC Club night Clubrooms. Saturday 22nd.
NVCC Parts Morning.
NVCC Committee night Clubrooms 7pm.
Parts shed open every Wednesday morning 9-12 noon.
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