RATTLES & sQUEAKS March 2020
Nora Batty and friends enjoy a cuppa and a gossip at the last of the summer wine “do”
Arapohue Show The Kaipara Mayor, Jason Smith, presents the cup for 'Best Presented" to Bruce & Claudia Jeffery for their 1936 Austin 7 Ruby.
Chairman’s Comments Hello from your Chairman. I missed last months newsletter, my fault and I wasn’t about to ask the Editor to hold it back because I was late. As it is we are now having reports from several people so the news is getting out. I also missed the first run of the year set by Claudia based on the Last of the Summer Wine TV series and by all accounts it was a run with a difference and enjoyed immensely by all who attended. We held the first third Friday of the month dinner at the clubrooms on Jan 17th and had club members Peter and Jen Lovatt talk about their trip to the Himalayas. A great evening enjoyed by all so if you missed it, it was your loss. The next one is Friday 21st Feb so by the time you get this is has probably been and gone so don’t miss the next on Friday 20th March. Last Sunday being the second Sunday of the month we had our normal monthly run which unfortunately clashed with the Waipu Car Show. There has been some comment that we should have changed the date of our run as some of our members went to the car show instead. Our runs are planned for the second Sunday of the month and if somebody else has something else for that day then so be it. We can't chop and change our dates every time something clashes, we will run our event anyway unless there is a very compelling reason not to do so. It is up to the individual members to do what they want to , but for those of us who decided to go on the NVCC run, we had a great run to a great venue and had a great day. People who set these runs do go to some effort to do so and it is disappointing when only a few members turn up so if you can, please at least try to attend. You will enjoy your day. One of our most important events of the year is coming up very soon and we can use your help. The Combined Car Clubs Swap Meet and Car Show is on Sunday 26th April, the day after ANZAC Day. It has been incorrectly listed in the Beaded Wheels Calendar of Events as Sunday 19th and we missed finding out until it was too late to change it so tell everybody you know, SUNDAY 26th APRIL, the day after ANZAC day. The Swap meet committee has already started planning and preparations are underway. More about that in the next newsletter. Regards, Ron Anderson
Club Captain’s report First Wednesday morning tea was well attended with lively talk and good food was much appreciated. Peter & Jen Lovatt’s Friday night talk also drew a good number of members. Very interesting. Thank You Peter & Jen. A good day was had by the members that went on the Club Run to Bert & Judy Parrish’s property at Ohiwai Bay. Judy gave a history of the area which was well received. Thank you Bert & Judy. Great seeing Arthurs Jewett going along the beach and around the headland. Really looked the part and easy to . imagine it doing that 70 years ago. Next months run is being set by Robert Young on Sunday March 8th. Details elsewhere in this newsletter. Cheers Keith In Hospital Wishing Bruce Cosson a speedy recovery after he broke his hip earlier this week. We hope you are up and about soon.
Hi all, this month there is not much happening in the secretary department, no exciting new things from head office, or from the branch. All I can say is that we had at the last committee meeting 5 new members applications to approve, so that is really good news. One couple found us on the website and showed up at the January run and I signed them up there and then and another members came with her mum and dad and also liked to get her membership organised on the same day. So we are growing as a club. Next month I will put the names in from our new members. If you see new faces at club events introduce yourself and make them feel welcome. Lou and I went to the Waipu Car Show and had a really good day. Lots of vehicles all ages, sizes, makes, models and colours. We expected it to be very hot but most of the morning it was overcast and very pleasant to wander around. The Zephyr Club was there with a big group some came up from Auckland the day before and stayed the night in Whangarei. We met up with approximate 8 cars of Vintage Car Club members whom also where happy l ooking around and supporting the locals (Bream Bay Collage and Bream Bay Swimming Club and also the Fire Service). The Waipu Lions are the organisers of this event. This year there were slightly less vehicles than the year before but still an impressive 500-600 vehicles and a 120-150 motor bikes. Name Badges If you like to get a name badge for club events please come and see me. Have an envelope within it $15 per name badge and your name clearly printed on the front. I will get them sorted as soon as possible, and contact you when they’re ready to be picked up. To keep up with club events don’t forget the WEBPAGE You’ll find the events here: https://northlandvcc.wixsite.com/nvcc/projects The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand has also their own Facebook page if you use this platform go to the search bar and type the above name in and then LIKE and FOLLOW it. You’ll get some interesting post and notifications from TARGA racing, National events and also interesting vehicle stories. Below something I found in another Car Club Magazine.
About belonging to a club: Someone said the membership of every organisation is made up of four kinds of bones. The wishbones, who spend all their time wishing someone else would do the work. The jawbones, who do all the talking and very little else. The knuckle bones, who knock everything anyone else tries to do. The backbones, who get under the load and do the work. What kind of bone are you? Ans Schoenmaekers.
Wellington Branch Biennial Motorcycle Rally The Rally started from Anzac Hall in Featherston 55 bikes entered. First I had to get from Petone over the Rimutaka. It didn’t help that I got into the wrong lane, you get that sinking feeling when you see the lane you should have been in veering off to your right but too late to do anything about it. So into Wellington turning off at the Ferry Terminal exit. Back onto the main road heading north this time. On my way up the Rimutaka I spotted Simon and Sylvia Clearwater at the side of the road, as someone with a car and trailer with a bike on the back had already stopped I gave them a wave and carried on.( I was informed later that it was a broken primary chain). The route took us North East into Wairarapa on some very hot dry roads, no metal roads were encountered. At the hall where we were to have lunch those of us who had selected medium and fast speeds carried on to do a Regularity Trial. I presume it was to allow slow bikes to catch up and we could all have lunch together. This Trial consisted of your time being taken traveling a number of miles to a checkpoint where your time was logged waiting 15 minutes which was your responsibility then going back to the lunch stop and your time had to be the same both ways. I got distracted on the way out and took a wrong turn, realised what I had done, turned round back on the correct road. When I got to the checkpoint had trouble finding the clock. So just guessed it - you can imagine the surprise at the prize giving that night when it was announced that 4 people had the exact time and I was one of them. The afternoon run was supposed to be a no pressure leisurely ride I had filled the Harley in Featherston before the start and my trip meter only goes to 99.9 miles which I work out to be approximately 90 miles as my speedo reads a bit fast. So when the trip meter went back to 0, I was defintately getting worried and looking for a service station. Fortunately I made it with just some fumes left in the tank. On the way back fortunately I was on the South side of the Rimutaka when the bike started missing. I stopped to have a look for the problem Robert Simpson, from Hamilton, on a ‘47 Indian Chief stopped. I got it going again with some difficulty and told Robert I would nurse it along, it’s a long way from the bottom of Rimutaka to Petone and quite a few sets of lights. Just got into Petone when the bike completely died. I told Robert that I could walk for where we were and come back with a trailer. He said to take his bike and he would wait there with mine. Well talk about Baptism of fire first time riding an Indian Chief in Saturday afternoon traffic in Petone isn’t my idea of fun. When I got the bike back I checked it out and found the coil wasn’t working. An enjoyable day, a good meal at the VCC club rooms that evening was had by all. I got the Regularity Certificate and a Second place for Post Vintage riding my 1935 Harley Davidson VLD. Unfortunately, as Simon and Sylvia didn’t start the Rally they weren’t eligible for the Hard luck Prize. The Sunday run was Eastern Hutt and Whitemans Valley with a Barbeque back at the clubrooms. I couldn’t go on the ride but enjoyed the after ride Barbeque and a talk with old friend and new ones. Cam
Motorcycle Report The first run of the new year saw 13 bikes turn out, one of the biggest runs we have had. The group travelled out to Tangowahine and then north to Pakatai with a stop at the old Parakao store and then home. This month’s run was a far different cry from last months with only 6 bikes turning up. Being partly due to the classic race meet at Pukekohe on the same day. It was hot, humid, sunny and still this month , so it was decided to track out to Whangarei heads and Ocean beach with the hope of a sea breeze and some shelter from large overhanging trees on the road side. there were 3 AJSs a Triumph, Honda and Moto Guzzi . All the bikes performed well and a much needed break was taken on the way back at the Parua Bay Tavern for refreshments. Several of us have been to a three day Waikato VCC run down to Whakamaru and Taupo, while others have attended one make rallies at Whanganui and Nelson. Lofty
Club Run - Sunday 8th March Non-competitive run starting at 1pm sharp at the clubrooms. We will be going to Paul Leonard’s private “Chainsaw and Early Timber Tool” Museum. Entry fee to the Museum is $5.00 per person It is well worth a visit. Please bring a plate for afternoon tea.
Swap meet Our combined Club’s swap meet is on
Sunday, April 26th.
Helpers are required for the parking paddock to relieve the volunteers there. If you are attending the swap meet and have had a look around, a cup of tea etc then please ask one of our parking attendants if they would like a break to do the same.
Mike McGinleys’s A7 Chummy
Dargaville Doings The NW A&P Show was held at Arapohue, on Saturday 8th Feb. We have long been invited to show our cars, and since 1990 a cup has been presented for the “Best Presented Vehicle” chosen by public vote. The first to win was Trevor Froggatt with his Model A. This year the Show committee added additional incentives with vouchers for a lucky voter draw, Best Presented and also for “Peoples’ Choice”. The winner this year was Bruce Jeffery’s 1936 Austin 7 Ruby for both categories. There were 12 cars on display which attracted a good deal of attention and appreciation. George Tier also took his trailer with his Go-kart and Bruce’s Moulton bicycle for display. Thanks to Bev & Doug for supplying their gazebo for shade on a hot sunny day. February mid-week run saw 11 cars drive out to Tangowahine Valley and then across country to Waihue, past the Avoca cemetery, small church and hall. We finished at Harding Park at the Museum site, on Mt Wesley. Brenda Lupton opened the Genealogy rooms and told us about the local (and further afield) records and data base, they hold for research. Anyone is able to contact them for assistance with their family history. We all made our way to the large roof/open sided area for our afternoon tea – again welcome shade. It was pleasing to see 5 ‘vintage’ vehicles – 1928 Chev Tourer (Rob & Ngaire Wade), 1924 Jewett Tourer (Arthur Jenkins), 1929 A 7 Chummy (Mike McGinley) and 1925 Austin 12/4 Tourer (Bruce & Claudia Jeffery), and 1930 Oldsmobile (Ian Mold). Thanks Bev & Doug for the plan – you have been very busy this month! NEXT MONTH – Mid-week Run. MARCH 18th, Wednesday. NOTE: Change of time and venue. Vonnie has arranged for us to give some enjoyment to a section of the community, namely the residents of the Kauri Court Rest Home, corner Hokianga Road and Haimoana Street. We will meet at the Rest Home at 9.30am. When we are all ready, we will drive around the district (route still to be determined) and return by noon. The Rest Home will provide lunch for the drivers and encourages interaction with the residents. It is a real highlight for them. Please ring Vonnie (09 439 7773) by 16th if you can provide a car, about 8-10 are needed, please. Claudia
"When a car bonnet is lifted, it is like bees around the honey pot!"
Calendar of Events 2020 March Sunday 1st.
Meet at Frings 1pm.
Wednesday 4th. Morning Tea NVCC Clubrooms Sunday 8th.
NVCC Club Run.
Wednesday 18th. Friday 27th.
Start Clubrooms 1pm.
Bring $5 entry fee and a plate for Afternoon tea.
See Dargaville Doings for information.
NVCC Club night Clubrooms
NVCC Parts Afternoon 2-5pm
April Wednesday 1st. Morning Tea NVCC Clubrooms. Thursday 2nd.
VCC Committee night Clubrooms 7pm.
Saturday 4th. Sunday 5th.
Far North VCC Brian Parker Memorial Rally. Motorcycle Run.
Meet at Frings 1pm.
NVCC Club run.
Wednesday 16th. Friday 24th.
Entry form with Secretary.
NVCC Club night Clubrooms.
Saturday 25th. Sunday 26th
NVCC Parts Afternoon 2-5pm. Combined Club Swap meet. Kiwi North & Clubrooms.
NVCC Committee night Clubrooms 7pm.
MAY Sunday 3rd.
Meet at Frings 1pm.
Wednesday 6th. Morning Tea NVCC Clubrooms Sunday 10th.
NVCC Club Run
Northland VCC Motorcycle Rally
Taipa Bay Beach Hop. 9am to 3pm Taipa beach front.
Wednesday 20th. Friday 22nd.
NVCC Club night Clubrooms
NVCC Committee Night Clubrooms 7pm
Parts Afternoon 2-5pm
Parts shed open every Wednesday morning 9-12 noon. Check out the Northland Branch VCC Facebook page for more photos of club events etc.
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