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“Dripfeed” NEWSLETTER OF THE BANKS PENINSULA BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF New Zealand (INC) VOLUME 42, No 2 march 2019 Editor: Michael Williams 10 Selwyn Parade Lyttelton Ph 328 8043, email mimiandmichael@yahoo.co.nz

Chairman: Secretary:

Club Officers: Craig Keenan 322 1006 Ron Hasell 942 1105

Branch Address: 27 Showgate Ave, ChCh 8042 E-mail: bankspeninsula@vcc.org.nz Noggin & Natter: 2nd Thursday of the Month • •

Noggin 7.30 pm at the Papanui RSA. Upham Room – enter either from 55 Bellvue Ave or the first entrance on the left on Harewood Road (Papanui / Main North Road) Thursday 14th of March. We look forward to seeing you there. Supper is provided.

From the Editor: A quiet month from a motoring perspective, with little to report, unless you were part of the recent Talbot Rally which traversed the country. Craig and Elizabeth Keenan set off nervously in their magnificent Talbot 110, hoping that the many small problems of the previous months were but a distant memory, and so it proved to be. They joined the Talbots in Hawkes Bay for the Art Deco weekend, and then proceeded south via Taupo to Whanganui. Craig especially liked the road sign that warned of 64k of twisting roads, as they drove down the side of the Whanganui river via Jerusalem to a much needed rest for aching arms and shoulders. The tour continued to Wellington, Nelson, Haast, Queenstown, Dunedin, Oamaru, Terrace Station at Hororata, and back to Christchurch. About 4,000k was covered by the Keenans, with virtually no trouble, so long as water and oil were added in generous quantities at regular intervals, thanks to the miracle of internal and external lubrication that tends to be the hallmark of classic British engineering. Welcome to new members Colin and Norma Craig, with a 1972 MGB GT. The April edition of Dripfeed will be late by about ten days, because I will in the North Island for two weeks, celebrating the centennial of Citroen at a rally in Cambridge, followed by a North Island tour. As part of the centennial celebrations, I have put together a slim volume about the history of Citroen in New Zealand, and I have set aside copies for the innumerable Austin 7 owners who will be


clamouring for such a riveting read. I can’t resist including some Citroen trivia for the more erudite and intellectually curious amongst our members, although others might want to skip to the next paragraph. The first Citroen to arrive in Christchurch was in 1921, and it was bodied by H. Stevens and Co of Worcester Street, subsequently being put on display at the Auckland A and P Show. The Farmers Co Op Garage became the first Citroen agents here in 1922, followed by Provincial Motors, 7 Hereford Street, and then Osborne and Palmer, 229 Durham Street. All these agencies lasted about 2 years each. Cooper and Pryce of Victoria Street built bodies for some Citroen models in the 1920s, one of which is still in Christchurch. It could be said that the early Citroens were not ideally suited to NZ conditions, and from 1928 -36 there was no Citroen agent in Christchurch until Archibalds became the agents, selling their first Citroen in 1936 to Mrs C. Hillier, for £398. In 1939, all Citroens came to NZ in CKD form and were locally assembled here by Huntons, the panelbeaters, for 17 pounds each. In 1951 Archibalds sold 66 Light 15s, a considerable number. The first DS model was sold in 1957, for £1,777. All this information comes from the Archibalds ledgers that they kept from 1930 through to 1982. They are beautifully hand written, with precise details of every car they sold during that time. Archibalds were agents for all sorts of marques over the years. Alex Archibald started the company in 1919, with sons Ray, Ian and Noel taking over in the 1950s. In the early days they were agents for Pontiac, Chevrolet, Morris and Oldsmobile before getting the Citroen agency, and after WW2, they were agents for Bradford, selling 50 of them, Armstrong- Siddeley, selling 100, Googomobile, selling 11, Renault, selling 18, Isuzu, selling 50, Jenson-Healey, selling 9. They sold 2 Lotuses (Lotti?), and best of all, 1 NSU Prinz. Plus of course Jaguar, Honda and so on. A very successful company that moved with the times, and is still trading today. I also discovered an article about French Transvestites. Now before you start getting too excited or horrified, it was about cars that used the Traction Avant bodyshell, and in the late 1930s, both Delage, with the D6-60 model, and Licorne, with the Rivoli did so. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The Tractions Sans Frontieres tour, a group of 22 European Citroen owners will be driving round NZ for a few weeks. The cars are in Christchurch being processed. They will be going to Akaroa on the 20th of March, for those of you who would like to see them.

Coming Events. La Grande Auto Show Akaroa Sunday 31st of March. Some of us went to this event last year. You pay $30 to put your car on show and the money goes to the Akaroa Health Hub and Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade. It’s on from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Akaroa Recreation ground and last year there were certainly an interesting display of vehicles, including Rod Spyker’s Spyker that he drove in the Paris to Peking event a few years ago. A pleasant day out. For more details, Pam.Beatson@outlook.com or 021 756911.

Pomeroy Trophy, 6th of April. An entry form is included, so do fill it out and enter this wonderful event, one of the highlights of our motoring year. The thrice victorious editorial Citroen will be elsewhere, so there’s a chance for the rest of you to claim victory. Let’s hope the Mk 2 Jag team from Ashburton , with their very chic


matching overalls and matching oil leaks will be competing, and that Peter Croft might show off the HRG and it’s supposed sporting prowess for once. The Morgan trike of Giles Gill will be puttering around, so you won’t come last. Giles is still trying to find the back axle of said Morgan, so he can do some measuring. Donald Williamson, part of the Mk 2 Jag team, sent me the entry list for ‘The Vintage Sports Car Club 64th Pomeroy Trophy” that was run in the U.K. on the 16th of February. There were 119 entrants, with an extraordinary range of vehicles. The VSCC allows moderns, so there were a few Subarus and Mazdas and Porsches to lower the tone, but the rest of the field was amazing. There were17 FrazerNashes, 2 30/98 Vauxhalls, an Alfa –Romeo 8C, an Elva Courier, a GN Thunderbug, an Invicta S type, a Delahaye 135, and so on. At the other end of the scale, Ivan Dutton entered an Austin A30, (with a 1275cc motor), and there was the inevitable A7 Chummy , and even worse, an Austin Maxi. The most unlikely car seemed to be a1954 Armstrong-Siddeley 346, but it does have a nice long wheel base. I wonder if it accidentally ran over an A7 as it wallowed round the track.

Ashburton Rotary Club Run, 5th of May. This is the 27th time that the Ashburton Rotary Club has organised this popular event, with the $20 entry fee going to a local charity. It starts at the Ashburton racecourse at 10.15am and finishes at Mt Somers. No shingle roads, so ideal for frail British sports cars. Contact Owen Moore at owen@moorepark.net.nz for more details.

Veteran and Vintage Rally, May 6th – 13th. Details to be finalised, going through the Haast. Contact Diane Ross at randross@kinect.co.nz or 03 3082356 for more details.

Annual General Meeting 9th of May. Please come along and tell the committee what a fabulous job they are doing. We are looking for new committee members, so any volunteers will be welcome. You can be appointed in your absence, so don’t think that staying away lets you off the hook. We hope to find someone under the age of 501

Hadstock, 19th of May (to be confirmed) Our annual gymkhana is always huge fun , and another key event in the calendar.

Irishman Creek Rally, Queens Birthday Weekend, 1st, 2nd, 3rd of June. Starting in Fairlie, so book now.

Night Trial, Saturday 15th of June. To be set by the not usually devious Michael Pidgeon. It’s been suggested that we use the same trial as last year, as there was such thick fog that none of us had a clue where we were or where we had been, so to do it again on a clear night would save Michael a lot of trouble. Let’s hope that Vaughan Morrison and Morris Wright have all their lights working this year.


Past Events: Picnic Run, 3rd of March. Because there wasn’t much happening in February, the committee thought that we should organise a driving event to a rural destination. Bad weather forced a postponement date, and that was perhaps one of the reasons that we only managed seven cars on the day, It was a quality not quantity field that set off, with Italian flair represented by Alfa-Romeo, Ansaldo and Fiat. French honour was upheld by Citroen, America was made great by a Graham Paige, and the Brexitiers muddled along with a sturdy Standard. There was also a non descript modern. The route took us through north eastern suburbia, Brooklands, (home of the infamous Chrysler), Tuahiwi, Loburn and to the Birch Hill cemetery. Colonel Milton was an early landowner in the district, and in 1911 he bought a new Wolesley-Siddeley, which he drove across the Ashley River regularly to get supplies. The car was sold to the Newell family in 1950 and it still in their ownership. Colonel Milton was a great horse lover, and after WW1 he had a memorial built at Birch Hill to honour the thousands of NZ horses that died overseas during the war. It’s an imposing structure, probably 15 metres long and 2 metres high, and is set amongst what is now a cemetery for people as well as horses, in a very remote setting. It’s the only memorial of its type in New Zealand. We then pushed on to Ashley Gorge and via more interesting back roads, paused in Oxford before getting to the lunch spot, View Hill School. Most people hadn’t been there before, but the school has been going since the 1880s, and after many years as a sole charge school, now has three classrooms and is growing, because families from nearby Oxford want their children to experience a traditional country education, where children are allowed bare feet, and can climb trees. We had lunch under the lovely old trees and then meandered back home via Coopers Creek. It was good to see the Ansaldo for the first time in many years. It belongs to the Newbury family and was driven by David, son of Keith Newbury. Keith bought the car in the 1950s. It’s a 1923 4C model, 1800cc and 3 speed. It has a saloon body now, but was originally a roadster. Although by no means an original car, it’s still very appealing, with many interesting features. The handbrake and the gearlever are identical and are very close together, so concentration is needed in all situations. David hopes to restore the car to original when he returns to live in Christchurch.


Figure 1Rare Italian

Figure 2A well bred Italian 1962 Alfa Romeo SZ

Figure 3Common Italian - cleaning up its act


Gavin Bain on his first trip to Old Blighty – you guess the year..

From the archives – The Newels at speed treating an Austin with the respect it deserves


THE POMEROY TROPHY SATURDAY 6th APRIL 2019 INTRODUCTION Members of the VCC are invited to take part in the Pomeroy Trophy to be held at Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna on Saturday 6TH April 2019 The event will be held in the morning (we have the track booked from 8am but hope we may be able to get on earlier) and will conclude with a short touring section to a suitable Bar where a function will be held and trophies presented. Rather than straight out racing the Pomeroy Trophy is a series of speed based driving tests performed on a race track. The purpose of the event is to find the ideal touring car. A good touring car will have good acceleration, good handling excellent brakes and reliability at high speeds that will be tested by five driving tests: 1 A standing quarter mile sprint 2 A flying quarter mile sprint 3 A zig-zag timed test (Hood to be erected) 4 A braking test (Hood to be erected) 5 A twenty minute reliability trial To allow for differences between cars, a handicapping formula is used which takes the time for each car to complete the test and adjusts it to take into account the vehicles year of manufacture, engine capacity, wheel base, brake configuration and relative performance to other vehicles. Other factors that will affect the score are whether the car can hold two regulation sized suit cases, is currently road legal,has more than one seat, and has a hood-all important factors when assessing whether a car is ideal for touring. The event will end with a road section with points awarded for completion only. ELIGIBILITY: The event is open to all members of the Vintage Car Club of N.Z. (Inc). With a Club eligible vehicle. 1


AWARDS: Class A: Unmodified, road equipped cars with two or more seats having if pre 1932 a capacity greater than 1495cc and if post 1932 a capacity greater than 1950cc (1495 supercharged) Supercharged and turbocharged cars will be deemed to have their capacity increased by one third for the purposes of calculating the handicap formula. The winner of which will receive the POMEROY TROPHY Class B: All cars below the capacity limits stated above and modified cars. The winner of which will receive the trophy called THE HAGGITT Three additional awards may be made as follows: The ‘Alexandre Darracq Trophy’ will be awarded to the person driving the best performing two-wheeled brake car. The ‘VSCC Anniversary Trophy’ will be awarded to the person driving the best performing British made vehicle. The ‘Sharp Family Trust Trophy’ will be awarded to the entrant who best epitomises the spirit of the event. Upon receipt of entry, entrants will receive a further detailed description of the tests, the marking system used, a timetable, scrutineering and auditing requirements. If you intend competing at this event please return enclosed entry form and indemnity form fully completed together with payment. FEES: Entry $50.00 Please make Cheque payable to B.P.V.C.C. Payment may also be made by INTERNET banking PLEASE remember to enter your name with the payment. BANK A/C SBS 03 1355 0611198 00 ENTRIES CLOSE 31st MARCH 2019. Please post to: B.P.V.C.C. If paying by Internet Entry & Indemnity forms may be Pomeroy Trophy emailed to bankspeninsula@vcc.org.nz 27 Showgate Ave Christchurch 8042 For further information contact Ron Ph (03)9421105 or Email bankspeninsula@vcc.org.nz 2


POMEROY TROPHY ENTRY FORM ENTRIES CLOSE 31st MARCH 2019 ALL PARTS OF THE ENTRY AND INDEMNITY FORMS MUST BE FILLED IN NAME: ............................................................................................................................................ ADDRESS:........................................................................................................................................ ......................................................................................................................................... PHONE NUMBER:........................................................................................................................... EMAIL ADDRESS: ........................................................................................................................... V.C.C.MEMBERSHIP NUMBER: ..................................................................................................... V.C.C. VEHICLE IDENTITY NUMBER:(Optional) ............................................................................... MAKE & MODEL OF CAR: .............................................................................................................. YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: ............................................................................................................. CAPACITY IN CUBIC CENTIMETRES: .............................................................................................. SUPERCHARGED OR TURBOCHARGED? YES / NO TWO WHEEL BRAKES / FOUR WHEEL BRAKES / DISC BRAKES ? (Cross out those not applicable) HORIZONTAL DISTANCE IN INCHES ? ................................................ If the car is front engine from the rearmost point of the clutch pedal to the centre line of the rear axle. If the car is rear or mid engined from the rearmost point of the clutch pedal to the foremost point of the bulkhead dividing the passenger compartment from the engine. MODIFICATIONS ? Please give details of any major modifications the vehicle has from a standard production model. ........................................................................................................................................................ .... ........................................................................................................................................................ ... ........................................................................................................................................................ ... ENTRY FEE $50.00: Please make Cheque payable to B.P.V.C.C. Payment may also be made by INTERNET banking, please remember to enter your name with Payment. Bank a/c SBS 03 1355 0611198 00 Please return to: B.P.V.C.C. 27 Showgate Ave., Christchurch 8042. 3


BANKS PENINSULA BRANCH THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND (INC.) EVENT: THE POMEROY TROPHY INDEMNITY FORM: IN CONSIDERATION of the acceptance of this entry and my being permitted to take part in this event I hereby agree to save harmless and keep indemnified THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF N.Z.INCORPORATED and its Branches and its associated organisations and their respective officials, servants, members, representatives and agents from and against all actions, claims, costs, expenses and demands in respect of death or injury to any person including the person of myself, driver and passengers and in respect of loss of or damage to property of any nature howsoever caused arising out of or in connection with this entry or my taking part in this event and NOTWITHSTANDING that the same may have been contributed to or occasioned by the negligence of the said Club, Branches and associated organisations their officials, servants, members, representatives or agents. AND I AGREE that both at the date of acceptance of this entry and at the date of the event,the competing vehicle does and will comply with the rules of the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc.),the speed regulations and any supplementary regulations as notified with the entry form. I also consent to the collection of the detail on this form by the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc.) for the purposes of registration, administration and the publication of results. I acknowledge my right to access and correction of this information. This consent is given in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. ................................................................... ................................................................. Name of Owner(print in full) Signature of Owner .................................................................... .................................................................. Name of Entrant (print in full) Signature of Entrant ..................................................................... ................................................................... Name of Driver (print in full) Signature of Driver Dated:......................................................... If any of the above persons is under the age of twenty (20) years the parent or guardian must print their own name in full sign opposite the name of such minor. If any of the above persons is under the age of twenty (20) years the parent or guardian must complete the following: IN CONSIDERATION of the acceptance of the entry of the Above named, I.............................................................................the parent/guardian Of..........................................................................the above named minor HEREBY UNDERTAKE AND AGREE TO the indemnity terms and conditions set out above. DATED..................................................SIGNATURE.................................................................... 4

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