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NOVEMBER 2019

NEWSLETTER OF THE WAITEMATA BRANCH VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND

Vintagents at the start of Stan’s Western Wander – Mike Greig and Max Jamieson

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WAITEMATA BRANCH DIRECTORY CHAIRMAN: CLUB CAPTAIN: SECRETARY: TREASURER: BRANCH DELEGATE: EDITOR: SCRIBE PAST CHAIRMAN: COMMITTEE:

ROBERT CHAPMAN 021 038 3281 robman@orcon.net.nz STAN SMITH 0274 775 475 vintageaircraft@xtra.co.nz HAMISH ANDREW 027 296 9665 h.andrew@orcon.net.nz JACQUI GOLDINGHAM 09 445 8811 goldienz@orcon.net.nz GRAEME BANKS 027 500 3806 grabannz@gmail.com kandmbeesley@outlook.com KEVIN BEESLEY 021 765 860 goldienz@orcon.net.nz IAN GOLDINGHAM 09 445 8811 BRENDAN LAMAIN 021 132 4557 brendanandterry@gmail.com DI HUMPHREYS, MAX JAMIESON, MIKE GREIG, MIKE HOPE-CROSS and ROB SCOTT.

COMING EVENTS Looking Forward……… Month NOVEMBER DECEMBER

JANUARY FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

Waitemata

Dargaville Collection Visit 17 Club Night BBQ 5 New Year’s Eve Bash 31 Lochinver 18-19 Shed Raid with a Twist & Lunch 2 Pakiri Sealed Hill Climb 29 N.S. Airfield Sprint and Gymkhana 22 Monte Carlo tba

Other Events

BOP Car Show Tauranga 3

Swap Meets

Waikato Swap Meet 17

Hooters Taupo Tasman Revival Series, BMMP 5 Ellerslie Concours 9 Napier Art Deco Weekend 19-20 Brit & Euro Classic Car Show 1 Hooters BMMP Great Lake Taupo 28 Highland Fling B.O.P. 24-26

Drive & See 26 MAY

JUNE JULY

Kaipara Airfield Wings & Wheels 10 Roycroft Trophy Races Hampton Downs 2 Branch AGM 4 The R’Oilcan 11

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Club Night - Thursday 7th NOVEMBER Usual place AND AT THE NOW USUAL DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME OF

8.00pm. See you at the RSA Room, King George V

Memorial Hall, Library Lane, Albany, at 8.00pm.

Then‌

The Great All-Day Tour. 17 November. Being a long day of exhilarating driving to visit a special private collection of motorcycles and cars on the west coast south of Dargaville. (The land of alleged Spanish Galleons, Caravels, Chinese Junks and other ancient trading vessels.) We will meet around midday at the Dargaville Museum, up the hill at 32 Mount Wesley Coast Rd, Dargaville. Its car park commands a view over the town, the river and along the coast. Nibble on the lunch there or refuel with food from the wide variety of cafes in town. We then proceed about 14 Km from the Museum, say 30 minutes or so, to the collection, which is at 1300 Pouto Road, Pouto, Mr. Les Andrews. After an enjoyable look around, we wander back home at your own pace. Feel the adventure and the call of the open road. Register your interest with Mike Greig. michael.john.greig@gmail.com P a g e |3


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After that…

A heads-up that our December Club Night will be a little different this year. Yes, we will be having our usual end of year barbeque, kicking off at 7.00 pm, then the festivities will continue with Kevin Beesley being awarded his 50-year V.C.C membership badge. Yay!! And…

The Branch New Year’s Eve Bash. 31st December. At the Mike and Kris Hope-Cross estate, 10 Anzac Valley Road, Waitakere Township. Confirmation and full details next month. So, watch this space. Also… AUCKLAND BRANCH MID-WEEK RUN Wednesday 20th November Starts from the Drury Service Centre, on the Southern Motorway. 10-00 am for a 10-30 am departure. A 40-mile run. BYO everything, we are going to visit somewhere completely new to us, an amazing eclectic collection of --- you name it.

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Further Out…

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A message from Tim Hill – read, be informed and on notice! “We have some provisional dates for our VCC Hooters race series next season. Unfortunately, we cannot get a Pukekohe date as HRC only have one event there and it is oversubscribed already.

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Sunday 5th January 2020 Saturday 28th March 2020 Saturday 2nd May 2020

BMMP Taupo BMMP Taupo Hampton Downs

Tasman Revival Series Great Lake Taupo Roycroft Trophy Races

Please can you indicate to me if you intend entering this year and which events you are likely to be at. We really need to increase numbers of competitors entering our races as at present the events are unsustainable and we will lose our VCC grids is we don’t support the series. Any ideas of how to boost our competitor numbers are also welcome Cheers, Tim Hill. Series Co-ordinator. tim@hrcevents.co.nz 021 614600”

Sent herewith are the regs and manual entry form for the VCC Hooters Vintage Race Series round 2 at Taupo. Tim advises that following his article in Beaded Wheels, he has had a couple of enquiries, so hopefully some new entrants will be coming along. Entries now open on www.motorsportentry.com

Further Out Still…

2021 VERO International Festival of Historic Motoring 17-22 January 2021 Mark your diary now. Planning for the next VCC international rally in Taranaki is well underway. Come join the fun. ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞ P a g e |6


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PAST EVENTS Looking Back…. Kairangi Hill Climb 2019 – 6 October This report from Harold Booth.

Saturday afternoon I headed south for Cambridge in my trusty little Riley 9 Tourer. Roof down in true Waitemata style I reached my destination in 2 hours flat. Kairangi is about 25 kms south of Cambridge. Off the beaten track a bit, deep in the heart of the Waikato farming community. The Prince Albert Pub was the official meeting point for those attending the hill climb the next day. Kevin & Hamish also arrived so we sat down with the mainly Waikato VCC crowd and had a very enjoyable pub meal and of course a bit of a yak, not forgetting a beer to wash it all down. Andy the organizer had given Kevin the key to the Kairangi Hall which was to be the three out-of-towners accommodation for the night and also hill climb central headquarters on Sunday. The other out of towners, Terry Roycroft, David Adams & Ray Ferner were to arrive in the morning. About 8.45 pm the 3 of us departed the pub. The other two needed to get provisions from the supermarket so Kevin, being the considerate and kind soul he is, gave me the hall key as, naturally having a head start, not to mention being Riley mounted, I would be the first to arrive. I headed off, headlights blazing supported by the three-brush generator into the darkness. After some twenty minutes or so the GPS which I couldn’t hear over the engine revs, let alone read the route it was trying to take me on, was probably telling me to turn left. However, I carried on straight, eventually finding the bright lights of Te Awamutu. Oh dear! Oh well, a good opportunity to gas up and phone the boys. They had just arrived at the hall. I did wonder how popular I really was, but they sounded o.k. A further 20 or so minutes later I found the home base. Headlights still blazing. Amazing stuff this old technology!! Kevin & Hamish seemed genuinely pleased to see me. It must have been the key. We settled in for the night quite warm & comfortable. Around 6.30 a.m. there was a Harold having quiet pre-start chat with Riley 9 bang on the door and the organizers had turned up. The ladies took over the kitchen and before long there was tea and coffee brewing, scones in the oven plus other tasty morsels being manufactured. Gradually, other entrants and marshals arrived. The weather was looking a bit bleak with cold temperatures and lots of low-lying mist and steady rain, but inside the place had a real warm buzz going on. David The Roycroft Bug ready to go

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Adams turned up in true style with what looked like icicles hanging off his eyebrows, after a top down dash from Waiuku in the Sunbeam. So too did Terry and Ray although without the chill factor, having trailered their

Ray Ferner and Kevin Andrew attend respectively to the ’31 BSA and the ’58 Speedex Silverstone

respective Bugatti and BSA with the aid of modern air con. David Adams wringing the last drop out of the ’32 Sunbeam 20.

After the marshal & drivers’ briefings we all climbed aboard our steeds and followed the “Clerk of the Course” on a reconnaissance of the 2.1 Km course. The rain had eased by now but not so much the cold, as the 15 entrants plus the BMW demonstrator man Mike lined up for the practice run and then 2 timed runs before lunch. I found the course extension a big improvement since I last entered some 10 years ago. It consists of a flat start, then the moderate to steep climb with a right hander at the top, quite

a long straight with a short dip into a left hander followed by a 90 degree right down to a sharp hair pin and then up to a right

Riley rear. Harold ascending- consistently

hander then a left and another right to the finish. Since the time I last entered I have fitted a higher ratio 2nd gear to the silent third crash box so that now I can get into third gear on the hill without losing all my road speed, although the hill is a whisker steep for the little motor to accelerate on its ascent. Perhaps I’ll try 16-inch rims next time.

Ray Ferner and the BSA on their way to FTD

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Lunch consisted of a free sausage sizzle and more of the free food we had enjoyed in the morning. Everyone enjoyed themselves sitting around outside the hall in the now warm sun. Two more runs in the afternoon brought us to the prize giving, with the Waitemata-ites taking away most of the prizes. Ray Ferner in the ex-Ralph Watson BSA won FTD with 1min 10.5 seconds. Terry Roycroft took away fastest vintage in the Bug and myself with most consistent timed runs. All within 1min 48 secs. Only 38 seconds behind the BSA. Incidentally Mike doing the demonstration runs in the BMW did the course in 1-minute flat.

Kevin Andrew guiding the Speedex

What a fun day/weekend and a big thank you to Andy and the Waikato branch organizers, the ladies in the kitchen, scrutineers (Kevin in our case), Clerk of the Course and The Speed Steward for making it possible, and all for $75 plus a bit of fuel. Harold Booth

Left. David Adams directing the ‘Beam upwards.

Stan’s Western Wander and Dine – 20 October “The route will take you up there, then across there, then sort of around there, back down there and that’s about it,” said Stan Smith, waving his arms in a vaguely north-westerly direction. “There’s lots of metal, most of it rutted, corrugated, pot-holed and in generally poor condition”, he added. Gilly chipped in with “You know where you have to finish. If lost, use your phones!”

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So went the pre-start briefing for Stan’s Western Wander. The instructions were handed out and off we went, generally north, a little west, around a bit and then back down in a southerly direction to the Hallertau Brewery just outside of Riverhead for dinner and a cleansing ale, or similar, to quench the dust. The instructions recorded the total distance as approximately 121 kms which equates to 75 miles and the editorial Riley’s odometer recorded 74.2 miles as the actual distance covered. And yes, the metal roads around the back of Puhoi were in sad shape. Notwithstanding we have covered the general area any number of times in the

Rob and Mike

past, comment was made by at least a couple of entrants that some of the roads were new to them. The turn-out was very good, as attested to by the photos included herein, with a good mix of proper cars. Nice to have Mike and Adie Moffat with us in the gleaming red Morgan and Rob and Shona Williams in their trusty Austin Healey. Stan the organiser looking for lost sparks

A big thanks to Stan and Gilly Smith for the organising. Team Smith’s ability to arrange good weather for their runs is steadily gaining legendary status. Thanks also to Keith Humphreys for the photos Kevin Beesley

A grim business, these vintage run starts.

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Sunbeams to front and rear.

The Branch doing what it does so well … Dining. The finish at Hallertau Brewery

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FROM THE THRONE The weather is improving it is time to get the cars out of the garage and do some vintage motoring. One event held just recently was the Kairangi Hill Climb. The event was organised by the Waikato Vintage Car Club with some marshal assistance from Waitemata. A field of 18 cars assembled to test their skill on the winding hill course just south of Cambridge. The day started with light fog and mist which cleared before the first runs. With a damp road Terry Roycroft gave a couple of impressive controlled power slides in his Bugatti before the road dried. Each entrant had six timed runs over the course. Kevin Andrew in the Speedex Silverstone made the loudest sound of all the cars - you could hear the car revving to its limit as he negotiated the hill, music to P a g e | 11


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our ears. Ray Ferner was not far behind with the sound and recorded the day’s fastest time. Fastest vintage went to Terry Roycroft. It is hoped to run the event next year otherwise it will become a bi-annual event and a big thanks to Waikato and Andy Hammond for organising the event. Happy Motoring, Robert. ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞

FROM THE ED. There were a couple of noteworthy items in the recently circulated minutes of the last V.C.C A.G.M. The first was the input of our delegate, Graham Banks, in relation to LVVTA processes and promotion of the Hooters Race Series. Well done Graham. The second was the emphasis (should we say handwringing?) placed on encouraging younger members into the fold, the Club’s Strategic Intents Review and rebranding exercise on the one hand, and the departure of the Communications and Marketing Officer on the other. In relation to this departure the minutes record, in vacuous commercespeak, that “The Management Committee will be considering the options going forward.” Surely, marketing and communications is as essential to strategic intent and rebranding as electricity is to a light bulb. It is by way of marketing and communication that we get our message out there, that we present and represent our brand, that we deliver positively to an audience wider than the captives we already have. As recorded in the minutes, a prime function of the C & M Officer was the maintenance of the VCC Facebook page. Whilst it might not be daily activity for many of us Baby Boomers, it is via social media, of which Facebook is but one element, that younger people communicate, inform themselves and very quickly form opinions on what does and doesn’t interest them. To be of any relevance to millennials, to put ourselves forward to potential younger members, we must utilise this media to the fullest, constantly refreshing and updating our input; presenting ourselves, our activities, our interests (our brand) in positive, punchy fashion. In short, marketing and communicating. The minutes do note that our National Event Organiser, assisted by some others “supplying relevant material” has stepped up to administer our Facebook page and those involved are to be commended for doing so. However, ad hoc, part time activity is not the way to get our message across, enhance our public image and awareness and attract younger members. A dedicated, professional C&M officer is essential for this purpose. Reappointment of this officer should be a matter of priority. Surely, given the existential threats we are now facing, the key matter for the Management Committee to consider “going forward” should be the funding of our C&M activity and the possibility of increasing membership fees to maximise its effectiveness. Together with news of events coming and those past, this edition includes a continuation of the series written by Freddie Dixon on the development of his Riley based special, the ‘Red Mongrel’ plus two wonderful inclusions you are sure to enjoy, sent in by Tom King. Thank you Tom. Kevin Beesley. ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞ P a g e | 12


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RECYCLING SECTION…… For Sale: -

Early 30's Warner overdrive unit. Suit late vintage to mid-1930's large engined car, e.g. Hudson, Chrysler, Stutz, Packard, Studebaker etc. Some period workshop data sheets supplied. 1960's/70's Roof rack from Parkercraft. Tilts down for mounting the 8-10 foot tinny on the roof. Can mount a nice camping box for the holiday gear or tools and spares for the race machine. Uses gutter mounting. Good order. (Cannot get it to fit on the Riley, hence the reason for letting it go.).

For the above treasures, call Michael at 027 24 55 786

OTHER NEWS…… Continuing the series written by Freddie Dixon for the ‘Autocar’ back in September/October 1945, wherein Freddie describes his process, trials and tribulations in building up and campaigning his Riley 9 Special the ‘Red Mongrel’. With thanks to Rob Chapman for sending it in.

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BOOK REVIEW…… This is from Tom King who writes: “I enjoyed this book more than any other motoring books in a very long time, and submit a review in the hope that it will be appreciated by Phoenix readers.”

‘DRIVEN - AN ELEGY TO CARS, ROADS and MOTORSPORT’ John Aston The sub-title may call this book an elegy, but it goes so far beyond the “sad poem” dictionary definition that “celebration” is surely a better word for Aston’s reminiscences of over fifty years of following motor sport. A good introduction to John Aston and his writing skill is his collection of reviews on the speedreaders.info website. If you don’t follow this forum, masterminded by The Flying Lady editor Sabu Advani, start now, and select John Aston from the list of reviewers. He has had fifteen published there, and do read his thoughts on David Tremayne’s Jim Clark - the Best of the Best (Evro Publishing 2019), as well as the author’s response. The review of Russell Bulgin’s collected writing will also give you a taste of Aston’s style, with its blend of reminiscence, satire, keen observation, ability to have you right there during his experiences, and his very wide data base. Fifteen chapters deal with separate topics. For instance, Chapter 13 covers the author’s accounts of the diverse events he attended during the British 2017 competition year, from March, with snow still on the ground, to a very wintry October. This involved 5,000 miles and 120 hours of driving to hill-climbs, drag strips, trials, rallies, sprints and racing circuits. He interviewed spectators, marshals, organisers and competitors, and his impressions following each experience include “nature notes” (no global warming denier, he) and “catering” as well as the categories to be expected. Unable to resist a chapter entitled “A Reader Writes” I started at that, last, chapter, and was hooked immediately. Here, Aston has managed to distil the estimated 7,000 car magazines he has bought since the age of 17 in 1967, with his favourite writers coming back to life despite the dross they may have had to admire. “...in the pages of Autocar and Motor it was forever a sleety monochrome day in 1957. And in Motor Sport it was forever 1934, as every copy would feature some esoteric piece from editor Bill Boddy about the place he always called The Track: Brooklands.” Here your reviewer has discovered a problem; so many passages just need to be read out to loved ones, that eye rolling and brow clutching are likely. Another qualification is the amount of information contained in the book. With at least 600 words on each of those 272 pages, and a small font size, close reading is required; perhaps the available electronic versions would give the reader more choices for font size. Ideally, a good map of the British Isles should be handy, as well as access to reference sources which can identify the wide variety of cars and drivers encountered. It’s never too late to learn... John Aston started as a diffident teenager in Yorkshire, and volunteered to marshal, beginning with the Royal Automobile Club’s 1969 event; 160 entries, 73 Special Stages, and he and his friends helped with laying out directional arrows and other signs on a 20 mile Stage before the competitors’ arrival from 11:45pm. Sorry, another quote, “...car 9, Hannu Mikkola’s Escort, arrived, insanely sideways, hammering and barking that twin-cam song. He slid broadside, ran out of opposite lock and instantly went from ace to accident as the little white Ford rolled on its left side and disappeared into the trees, engine silent but P a g e | 19


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branches snapping and crackling as the car crashed violently in front of our disbelieving eyes, the consequence of a maximum attack strategy. Suddenly we were no longer spectators but players, running over the forest road, somebody’s whistle sounding, senior marshals shouting and torches flaring in the dark. Co-driver Mike Wood was lucid and calm but Mikkola was dazed and - yes - confused. We asked if he was okay, he mumbled incoherently - in Finnish, English, or a combination of the two - then he wandered back on to the stage, where older and wiser hands took charge...” There had been no application forms or parental consents required, and the day of training a year or so later followed marshalling at a wide variety of events. The reader can almost experience the long days following very short nights necessitated by travel to distant events, frequently by public transport; the discomfort caused by the frequently lousy weather; and the bad food and coffee available in the England of those days. John Aston’s (what better name for a British enthusiast?) exhilaration comes through very strongly. Britain it may have been, but there is also a vivid account of Mr and Mrs Aston’s travels in America, with the subtext of a deep knowledge of Americana gleaned from voracious reading, watching and listening, culminating in a NASCAR weekend. Marques? Colin Chapman’s creations and Enzo Ferrari’s are mentioned most often, whether for road or race, and Aston has enjoyed a series of Caterham Sevens, the authorised descendent of Chapman’s original Seven, often sold as a kit set to avoid the then punitive Purchase Tax. Club Lotus has its magazine aptly named “Low Flying”, and Aston is a frequent contributor to it. The cover of “Driven” (there are no illustrations to accompany the text) is a clever impression of a “flying” Seven pursuing a Grand Prix car of the 1970s and Mark 1 Lotus Cortina through the Scottish landscape which Aston celebrates so vividly. A chapter with the title “Refuge of the Roads” describes vividly the feeling of escaping from Aston’s workday stresses, to the Scottish Highlands, driving his Seven to a fly fishing break on his favourite roads. Your reviewer drove many of them fifty years ago, but in a rental Hillman Minx. That was the cheaper and nastier version of the Hillman Hunter sold here, and it lacked a front anti-roll bar, so that the bump steering induced on a fast bend near Glencoe would have killed its, and occupants of an approaching car, had there been one. Many readers will find parallels in their experiences. In the Foreword to one of John Clarke’s books he assured us, “The opinions expressed in this book are bloody good ones”, and so it is with “Driven”, where Aston’s often trenchant criticisms are expressed without the fascistic blather of another writer and television presenter afflicted by huge budgets, also born in Yorkshire, but ten years later. Another quote: “...was driven by one of those hard as nails Kiwis, sparing in conversation but the best of wing men, the guys like Denny Hulme, Howden Ganley, and Graham McRae who have peppered UK motorsport since Bruce McLaren first arrived in 1959.” Published on good quality paper, and written without the irritating attempts to turn nouns into adjectives (“race cars”, forsooth!), “Driven” is recommended unreservedly.

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Few companies escaped the Stock Market Crash of 1929 that plunged the United States and much of the western world into an abyss of economic recession. One of the worst hit was the automobile industry— because obviously it was hard to sell cars to people who were out of work. Prior to the market crash, sales had been booming for the American automobile manufacturer, Studebaker. The company was comfortably placed with three large plants spread over 225 acres manufacturing more than 180,000 cars per year. When the Great Depression hit, Studebaker, like many other companies responded by reducing the scale of their operations and laying off their workers. The company barely survived the depression. The chairman of the board committed suicide. A series of bad decisions throughout the 1930s and the 40s, and tough competition from Ford and General Motors sealed their fate. In the midst of all these difficulties, the Studebaker orchestrated one of the biggest automobile stunts by building an enormous replica of the Studebaker President out of wood. The President was one of their premier models. Released in 1926, it had a 5.8 litre six-cylinder engine (later models had a smaller 5.1 litre engine) capable of delivering 122 horsepower that made it a king in land speed records. It had modern filters for air, oil, and fuel, an improved thermostat, and a Lanchester vibration damper. In 1931, in order to promote sales, the company constructed a huge wooden replica of the President—two and a half times larger than its production counterpart. The model measured over forty feet long and fourteen feet tall. It weighed over 5.5 tons and had a body constructed of white pine. The wheels, supplied by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, measured seven foot across. The giant car was assembled near the main gate of the Studebaker Proving Grounds, just outside the automaker’s hometown of South Bend, Indiana. The display generated a fair share of publicity for the company and became an endless fascination for residents of the area and tourists passing through. The car also appeared in a ten-minute-long Studebaker promotional film entitled Wild Flowers. Unfortunately, few measures were taken to protect the all-wood construction from the ravages of the harsh winter. The car survived until the spring of 1936, when the company decided to burn it to the ground because it was in such a sorry state.

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DESPATCHES…. If you aren’t mentioned in despatches it means you aren’t telling the Editor what you are up to. ➢ Insult of the month, from when insults had class. "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder Perhaps not to every one’s taste – a special body based on a Cord 810, V8, FWD, probably about 1937 vintage.

Noted by Keith Humphreys in the Vintage Sports Car Club of Victoria October 2019 Newsletter. The ex-John Gairdner Sunbeam for sale in Oz!

FOR SALE 1925 Sunbeam 20/60 with factory tourer body, imported from NZ in 2012. Fitted with Sunbeam 25hp engine in c.1953 Work in recent years includes: rebuilt rear end complete with new axles and brakes, rebuilt front end and brakes, rebuilt generator and new custom distributor conversion. Price: $75,000 ONO Contact Grant Cowie (03)54705526 or 0427 666 449 or grantc@upcreek.com.au

➢ A bevy of beauties. Vaughan Beesley’s AM80 Hotchkiss gracing a pleasant selection of other models. All part of the Birkenhead Heritage Week celebrations.

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➢ Another entry from Keith H, this dramatically posed shot with the caption “1930-Monte Carlo rally Mrs. Schell/Talbot.” (Love the leather coat and boots!) A little research indicated that entry number 88, under American colours, was Lucy O’Reilly Schell, the only child of an American multi-millionaire of Irish origin, Francis P. O’Reilly. She, with husband Laury and son Harry were well known in motor sport circles and regular Monte Carlo competitors. It seems she finished 26th overall in 1930. The family lived in France and her signature on cars was "L O'R Schell". Hers, or rather theirs, is a fascinating story that will be featured next month. Watch this space.

➢ And now… compliments of Tom King some time ago – this is just brilliant* * ‘brilliant’ in the sense of being very clever rather than bright and shiny.

The Oxford Book of Footnotes Bruce McCall The New Yorker, October 1, 2018 Issue. Illustration by Luci Gutiérrez

*This book is unaffiliated with Oxford University or the Oxford University Press, but its editor drove a Morris Oxford for years. A footnote is meant to supplement textual information, usually on the same page as the subject matter being treated.* *The first use of a footnote has been traced to the year 1347,** in an indecipherable Nordic handbook of cute sayings.*** **Scholars disagree on the exact date; however, as the eminent radio-tune detective Dr. Sigmund Spaeth once said, “Scholars disagree on everything.” ***Lexicographers argue that “cute” is a crude mistranslation of the even cruder Nordic phrase “Ged rootentoota vow hibm oply gook! ” (“I want to take your pants down”), translated from the Danish by Professor Arnoldo Ploy,* of Upandownsala University. *Professor Ploy was arrested in 1985 for “debasing Nordic history” with repeated sexual distortions in his translation of “The Book of Death,”** published in 1984. It was proved at his trial that Professor Ploy had fabricated the book. Nonetheless, it zoomed to the top of the best-seller list, and earned Professor Ploy so much money that he moved to Bali.*** **One in a series of ancient books. Others include “The Book of Life,” “The Book of Love,” and “The Book of Jiffy Meals.” ***Bali is an Indonesian province in the South Pacific. It is unconnected to “Bali Hai,” a showstopper from the 1945 Broadway smash “Up in Central Park.”;* *“Up in Central Park” was adapted for radio and made into a motion picture with Deanna Durbin,** Dick Haymes, and Vincent Price.*** P a g e | 24


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**Deanna Durbin (1921-2013) sang songs. ***Vincent Price (1911-93) was born Price Vincent but changed his name “to confuse the cops.”* *Probably apocryphal.** **Apocryphalia is a disease of the nose. Little is known about it, but a recent walkathon by the Friends of the Nose* set out to banish apocryphalia from the medical lingo. While this story sounds true, it may or may not be. *Friends of the Nose has been accused of being a “phony front” for the tissue lobby.** **The term “lobby,” defined as a vestibular*** space between the entrance and the stairway/elevator of a commercial building, has been appropriated by the lobby lobby. Its new definition, “a covert**** means of influencing legislation with cash and prostitutes,” has virtually eclipsed its original meaning.* ***From the French word vestibule. ****Covert is the opposite of overt. Both are commonly understood to describe scummy attempts to evade government oversight of legislative priorities. *“Original meaning” is hotly debated by constitutional purists. Opponents claim that the phrase does not exist in any document related to the Constitution, and is therefore null and void.** Supporters reply that opponents are full of shit. **Null & Void were London barristers in the early nineteenth century, so notorious for bribing judges to quash* inventors’ patent applications that “null and void” entered the language as a synonym for crooked High Court rulings. *The quashes were written in a secret cellar of a building on the campus of Oxford University by impecunious law students.** **Unaffiliated with “The Oxford Book of Footnotes.” ➢ Extramural Branch activities. Over Labour Weekend Vaughan Beesley accompanied by his brother in Hotchkiss, Pat Bren and Mike Stuart in 12/50 Alvis, FOB’s Nicola and Oliver Midgley in 20/60 Sunbeam and Tony Prebensen in Feral Model A made an epic tour, organised by Mike and Pat, of the back country between Napier and Gisborne. Intrepid stuff! One of the roads on the return journey was signposted closed, due to logging. We went in anyway and managed to come out the other side, slowly and carefully. It was a little rough. Great fun.

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PHOENIX The OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER of THE WAITEMATA BRANCH of the VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF N.Z. INC.

CLUB NIGHT THURSDAY 7 November 8.00 pm at the RSA Room, King George V Memorial Hall, Library Lane, Albany. Take Exit 410 Oteha Valley Road. Travel west along Oteha Valley Road, ahead through 2 roundabouts and straight ahead at Traffic Lights into Albany Highway then almost immediately RIGHT into Library Lane then very soon go right again into the parking area. The RSA Room is at the rear.

From the Keith Humphreys collection – Ron Roycroft at a Marshall’s Road hill climb, 1975

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NAME: Round 2

HRC Legends of Speed TAUPO – Hooters Vintage Race Series

DATE:

Sunday 5th January 2020

VENUE:

BMMP Taupo

SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS PARTS ONE & TWO 16th October 2019 HRC Events Legends of Speed, Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, TAUPO

1. JURISDICTION This event, promoted by the Historic Racing Club, will take place at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, TAUPO on Sunday 5th January 2020. The VCC races (Hooters Vintage Race Series) will be held under the provision of the Vintage Car Club of NZ, section 23 of the VCC Branch Manual. The Vintage Car Club Race permit for the event is: TBA The MotorSport NZ Permit Number is TBA

2. MAJOR OFFICIALS 2.1 Organising Committee Chris Watson

chris@grandprix.org.nz

0274 827 542

09 377 0732

Tim Hill

tim@hrcevents.co.nz

021 614600

09 377 0732

2.2 Secretary of the Meeting Tim Hill

2.3 Officials of the Meeting Clerk of Course

TBA

Time Keeper

TBA

VCC Scrutineer

TBA

VCC Speed Steward

TBA

VCC Clerk of Course

TBA


A list of the Officials of the Meeting will be posted on the Official Notice Board.

3. VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS The race is scheduled for the following classes or types; • • • •

VCC Cars, Pre 31st Dec.1945, Pre 31st Dec.1960, Sports cars and or single seaters with a year representation prior to 31st Dec.1960, Saloon Cars pre 31st Dec. 1960. Front Engined Formula Junior Cars pre 1965.

Log Books/ VIC’s All race vehicles must have a Log Book. If a vehicle is found at the Scrutineering Audit to be technically at variance with the specifications and modifications as recorded on the Official Application Form, the vehicle may be prevented from competing. Tyres must be as per Log Book. Vehicle Identity Certificate: All vehicles must either have a Vintage Car Club of NZ VIC or Motorsport New Zealand Issued Certificate of Description, and it must be presented at Documentation. Race Wear: Basic 1 layer race suit with fire retardant or woollen underwear is the minimum. A 2 Layer Race Kit (race suit, boots, Gloves is appropriate). Cotton overalls or overalls containing polyester or nylon fabric will not be permitted.

4. ENTRY CLOSING DATES, ENTRY FEES & ACCEPTANCE OF ENTRY 4.1 Entry Closing Dates The entry closing date at normal fees is 10:00am Monday 30th December 2019. The entries must be PAID for (by either Bank Transfer, Credit Card or Cheque) and all monies to be received by HRC before the normal entry closing date. Entries or payments received after the normal entry closing date of 10:00am on Monday 30th December 2019 (including ALL pay on the day) will be subject to late entry fee of $20. No entries will be accepted after 5pm on Friday 3rd January 2020. Entries should be done on line at www.motorsportentry.com if this is not possible, postal entries will be accepted up to 10:00am on Monday 30th December 2019. Postal entries will attract a $20.00 administration fee. Please post these to the following address. Secretary of the Meeting P.O. Box 28 140 Remuera

4.2 Entry Fees


Hooters Vintage Race Series - Entry $295.00 per driver. ($1 Transponder Hire) Late fee and entry fee $315.00

Classic Trial Entry Competitors can take advantage of paying a $50 crossover fee to enter the PPG Classic Trial on Saturday 4th January 2020. Classic Trial crossover entries must hold a MSNZ M Grade Licence.

4.3 Acceptance of Entry Acceptance of entry will be emailed on or before Thursday 2nd January 2020. Competitors requiring circuit passes before this date please note on entry form and they will be posted when the entry fee is received. Competitors are reminded that they must be registered with series organisers to compete in this meeting; they should have also read and understood the series regulations. It should also be remembered that starters are limited by the track licence and entries for classes which are oversubscribed will be taken on a first come first served basis, the entry is deemed to have been made when payment is received.

4.4 Competition Numbers While every effort will be made to give competitors their requested number this may not always be possible especially if the competitor is entered in more than one class. In the case of a number change every effort will be made to notify the competitor as soon as possible, the organiser's decision on these matters will be final. Race numbers can be purchased from the Race Secretary for $5 per number. Each vehicle is required to have a set of number/s on each side of the vehicle.

5 COMPETITOR REQUIREMENTS & UNDERSTANDING 5.1 Competitor Requirements In signing the entry forms, competitors are deemed to fully understand the relevant articles and regulations as contained in the VCC Speed Regulations, Section 23 of the Branch Manual.

5.2 Licence Requirements Race Licence - Current VCC Competition Historic Racing Licence (HRL) – Minimum Or Current Motorsport Race Licence. Classic Trial crossover entries must hold a MSNZ M Grade Licence. When applying for or renewing your Historic Racing Licence (HRL) you will now be asked for a Medical Declaration.


Do you currently or have you ever suffered from any seizures, blackouts or heart conditions, or any other medical issue which may interfere with your ability to safely drive a car in a VCC Speed Event? If you have answered YES you will be asked to give full details. The following points are also on the HRL Form and you will need to be continually vigilant about the issues raised. A medical certificate to confirm your fitness to safely compete in a VCC Speed Event may at the request of the National Speed Steward be required before issuing of a Historic Racing Licence. Knowingly withholding any relevant information in regard to the above question will result in the immediate cancellation of the Historic Racing Licence for a minimum period of six (6) months. If during the validity of the Historic Racing Licence the holder should suffer from any medical condition as outlined above, they must advise the national Speed Steward accordingly, who may suspend the licence and request a medical certificate to confirm the Holder’s fitness to take part in a VCC Speed Event.

5.3 Drivers Briefing Drivers briefing will be at 08.30am on Sunday 5th January 2020 in the paddock area. The briefing will cover starting, finishing and emergency procedures and the meaning and use of flags, and lights if used. All drivers must take part in at least one official practice prior to competition commencing. Any driver who is not present at the briefing or does not complete practice must personally contact the Clerk of Course

5.4 New Drivers Any driver(s) who have not previously competed at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, TAUPO must indicate the fact on the entry form and attend the New Competitors Briefing sessions. Competitors who have not competed at 3 race meetings must attend New Drivers briefing. These briefings will be held immediately after the driver’s briefings and will take priority over any series briefing.

5.5 Competitor understanding In signing the entry forms competitors (Entrant and Drivers) are deemed to fully understand the Motorsport NZ National Sporting Code and its relevant Appendices and Schedules.

5.6 Re- Start Procedure Where fewer than four laps have been completed the re-start will be deemed as a new race/event and will be restarted using the original grid positions. Should a second stop occur, the race/event will be declared complete and a result declared based on the last completed lap. If no laps have


been completed, the organizers reserve the right to abandon that race/event or to re-run it later in the meeting.

5.7 Non Sanctioned Series Organisers and Competitors in a series which is not sanctioned by Motorsport New Zealand are governed by the current Motorsport Manual for Scrutineering, Eligibility and Disciplinary Purposes. Series disputes must be resolved by the series organisers as the meeting officials are not empowered to make rulings on series which are not sanctioned by Motorsport New Zealand. These decisions may not affect any grid determinations and all races will be run in accordance with Schedule Z.

6. DOCUMENTATION & SCRUTINEERING AUDIT INSPECTION 6.1 Documentation Will take place at the Paddock Office commencing at 12:00 noon on Friday 3rd January 2020 Recommencing at 07:00 Saturday 4th January 2020 and on Sunday 5th January 2020 at 07:30

6.2 Scrutineering These inspections will occur concurrently with documentation. Competitors must present themselves at Venue Documentation for the checking of licences and Log Book after scrutineering. Only the entrant or their authorised representative, holding written authority, shall be permitted to accompany the car during its scrutineering audit. The Vehicle Safety Statement has extra requirements : • • •

Crankcase Breather: Crankcase breathers fitted “Where possible without modification to vehicle” with suitable catch bottle. Cooling System: Non-sealed cooling system fitted with overflow catch bottle. The use of non-water based coolant is strongly discouraged. Sump Plug: To be wired in place for all circuit events. If your vehicle does not meet these requirements it will be refused entry.

7. POSTPONEMENT CANCELLATION ABANDONMENT & ORGANISERS RIGHTS The organisers reserve the right to cancel or abandon the meeting or part thereof should less than the minimum number of entries as prescribed in the regulations/articles not be achieved. In most other instances the minimum number is 100 entries. In most cases the minimum number of entrants for a class is 10.


For reasons of Force Majeure should a meeting or part thereof be cancelled any entry fee refund will be made only at the discretion of the organisers. Full refunds will be paid to competitors who advise in writing. (email: info@grandprix.org.nz ) before 5pm Friday 3rd January 2020.

8. GENERAL INFORMATION A. Circuit Hire - Testing The circuit is available for private hire by contacting Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, TAUPO for a schedule of dates, hire conditions and applicable fees. Race Car Test Day Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, TAUPO will be running a Race Car test day on Friday 3rd January 2020. All competitors who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity, please book direct with Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, TAUPO. All drivers must report to the circuit office to sign the terms and conditions indemnity form and pay the appropriate fee before testing.

B. Fuel Competitors, Teams and other organizations handling Fuel should familiarize themselves with The Motorsport Code of Practice for Fuel Handling.

C. Circuit Width A competitor may use no more than the full width of the circuit which is defined as being the area between the outer edges of the white line along each side of the sealed surface

D. Abuse of Officials Abuse of any event official will result in immediate exclusion from the event, with no refund of any entry fees paid.

E. Insurance Competitors are advised that the MSNZ insurance has an excess of $3,000. With any damage to the track, the competitor will be required to pay the first $3,000 of any claim.

9. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS The intended Programme of events will be emailed 3 days before the event. In accordance with Appendix Four Schedule Z the organisers reserve the right to amalgamate or delete any event or cancel any race should less than 10 entries be received by the closing date. Practice: There will be 15 minutes practice time.


Sunday VCC Races – There will be 3 races on Sunday 5th January 2020. Format TBA. Notes: Competitors entering races which are part of a series must have the series organiser approval prior to entering this event. Any Competitors requiring GST receipts please note this in the entry field comments field.


Competition Number

For Race Secretary’s Use Only

HRC TASMAN REVIVAL - TAUPO Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, TAUPO

Sunday 5th JANUARY 2020 Driver / Entrant Details: Driver’s Name:

1st time Driver (3 or less events) (tick………….) 1st time Competitor at Venue (tick………….)

Physical Address: Postal Address : (to confirm acceptance of entry if sent by mail)

Email Address : (to confirm acceptance of entry if sent by email) Telephone - Home

Telephone – mob.

Telephone - Business

VCC Competition Licence Number

Civil Drivers Licence Number

Financial Member of the following VCCNZ Branch:

VCC Membership Number

Required for statistical purposes Date of Birth: ...... / ...... / ...... Age Group (please circle appropriate): Under 18 18-25 26-35 36-60 61 plus Entrant: (to be completed in all cases if Entrant is other than the driver. Licence must be presented at documentation) Entrant’s Name Postal Address

Email Address Telephone - Home

Telephone - Business

Telephone - Mobile

Entrants Licence Number

Licence Expiry Date ...... / ...... / ......

Vehicle Details Vehicle Make

Vehicle Model

VCC VIC No

Registration #

Capacity in cc

Year of manufacture

WOF Expiry date

Vehicle History: Please complete this section (Continue on separate sheet if required – this

helps with commentary during event )

Form: RT 01 Date: 01/12


1. Indemnity: I have received the Supplementary Regulations and all other regulations or Articles for my entry to this Meeting and agreed to be bound by them and by the Vintage Car Club Of New Zealand speed regulations. In consideration of the acceptance of this entry and of my being permitted to take part in the Meeting or Events detailed, I agree to save harmless and keep indemnified Vintage Car Club NZ, MotorSport New Zealand Inc., The MotorSport Company Ltd., and it's Shareholding Car Clubs, and Race circuit owner / operators. All the owners and tenants of private property traversed, and the respective officials, fellow competitors, servants, representatives and agents from and against all losses, actions, claims, expenses and demands in respect of death, injury, loss or damage to persons or property of myself, my drivers, passengers or mechanics or any other persons whatsoever howsoever caused arising out of or in connection with this entry or taking part in the events this entry covers specified notwithstanding that such death, injury, loss or damage may have been contributed to or caused by the negligence of the Inviting Club or MotorSport New Zealand Inc or any of their respective officials, servants, representatives or agents or by any other person. 2. Ability to Control a Vehicle Declaration by Driver: I declare that should I at the time of any event this entry form relates to be suffering from any disability of any kind whether permanent or temporary which is likely to detrimentally affect my control of my automobile or my fitness to drive, I will not participate. 3. Vehicle Conformance with Schedule A Declaration by Driver: I declare the vehicle detailed on this entry form complies with the vehicle safety items set out below and will be presented on request to an appointed scrutineer or Technical Officer complying at all times with the safety and eligibility requirements detailed in the VCCNZ Speed Regulations/National Sporting Code and its Appendices and Schedules.

CATEGORY 1 Critical Safety

CATEGORY 2 Non-Critical Safety

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➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢

Helmet and Overall Seat(s) and Mountings Braking System Safety Harness Fire Extinguisher Steering System Roll Cage Wheels and Tyres

➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢

Engine and Transmission Power Unit Mounts Lubrication and Cooling Systems Battery Ignition Switch/Circuit Breaker Interior Cockpit Fittings Reverse Gear Throttle Return Wipers and Demister

CATEGORY 3 Non Safety ➢

➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢

Body Condition and Suspension (not affecting Critical Safety items) Rain/Tail Lamp Front Doors Bulkhead Rear Vision Mirrors Starter Motor Oil Catch Tank Fuel Tank

➢ ➢ ➢ ➢

Competition Numbers Sponsorship Decals Exhaust System Body Appearance and Aerodynamic Aids

I acknowledge that where any breach of the Safety Schedule is found during a Scrutineering Audit I may be not be allowed to compete and may subject to penalties under the National Sporting Code where applicable and my signature below indicates my acceptance of this undertaking. 4. Consent: I consent to the details contained on this form being held by the Inviting Clubs for the purpose of the promotion and benefit of the Race Meetings concerned, and Motorsport in general. I acknowledge my right to access and correction of this information. This consent is given in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. Signature of Driver:…………………………………………………………..Date: ………………….. Signature of Entrant:…………………………………………………………..Date: ………………... Emergency Contact : NAME…………………………………….PHONE……………………………….RELATIONSHIP……………………………………. FOR ENTRY TO BE CORRECT, PLEASE ENSURE SIGNATURES ARE COMPLETED PRIOR TO POSTING Note: If Driver and entrant are the same, only one signature is required to cover the (1) Indemnity, (2 & 3) Declarations and (4) Consent Enter and pay on-line www.motorsportentry.com by 30th December 2019

Schedule of Fees:

If mail entry please post with entry fee to : VCC Hooters Vintage Race Series. c/o- HRC P.O Box 28-140, Remuera Auckland 1541

ENTRY FEE $295.00 : Extra $1 Timing cost Option Classic Trial Crossover Fee $ 50.00

HRC TASMAN REVIVAL TAUPO Entrants : 1 day Sun. 5th JAN 2020

LATE ENTRY/LATE PAYMENT FEE $20

For Office Use Only Date Entry Received: ....... / ....... / .......

Form: RT 01 Date: 01/12

Chq / Cash Total amount ………………….Receipt Number: .........................

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