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Far North Focus

April 2019

Vintage cars are serious business

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The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Far North Focus Who’s Who for 2018/19 Chairman

Murray Cormack

m.g.cormack@xtra.co.nz

Vice Chairman

Winston Matthews

Secretary

Gloria Cormack

m.g.cormack@xtra.co.nz

09 409 3823

Treasurer

Robyn Mackay

wmackay@vodafone.co.nz

09 406 1955

Club Captain

Naomi Mason

vinomi88@gmail.com

09 408 1376

Editor

Peg Hills

comstockdowns@gmail.com

09 406 1077

Communications Officer

Ruth Reid

r.t.reid@xtra.co.nz

09 4060 392

Welfare Officer

Margaret Wallace

johnandmarga@actrix.gen.nz

09 407 8251

New Member Liaison

Murray Cormack

m.g.cormack@xtra.co.nz

09 409 3823

Beaded Wheels Scribe

Dave Duirs

dave.duirs@xtra.co.nz

09 406 1288

Area Rep North

Ruth Reid

r.t.reid@xtra.co.nz

09 406 0392

Area Rep South

Warwick Woollams

w.woollams@gmail.com

09 407 7494

Committee

Murray Cormack, Robyn Mackay, Winston Matthews, Graeme Moore,

win@matthewsvintage.com

09 409 3823 09 406 0203

Paul Sullivan, Vince Mason, Mike Pooley, Margaret Wallace, Gloria Cormack Building Officer

Peter Mason

09 406 1409

A full list of elected officers was circulated with the minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting

Club meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at the Aurere Clubrooms at 7.30pm.

CLUB CLEANING ROSTER 2018-2019 During the month, and preferably before the main calendar event, please give the clubrooms a thorough check over, as in: Clean the toilets and hand basins, check kitchen, window ledges etc, and sweep the floors. Window cleaning, washing walls etc will be done at working bees.

Note any required maintenance and pass on to the Building Officer- Peter Mason, ph 406 1409. If your date doesn’t suit you, please swap with someone else. For any other enquiries please contact the Club Captain.

April W & R Mackay July

C Brownlie

January

D & P Hills

August

D & D Duirs

February

G Coulson

September

P & Z Mason

March

C & M Ilton

October

Everyone– working bee

April

W & R Mackay

November

G & S Mc Mullen

May

G Moore & M Cornwall

December

P O’Dell

June

C & M Ilton

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Calendar of Events 2018 / 2019 April 13th

Brian Parker Rally

Hills & Pooley

April 28th

Whangarei Swapmeet

Anyone

May 12th

Mothers Day Rally

Dave & Dorothy

May 14th

AGM

Everyone

June

Molloy Trophy Rally

There’s still time to enter…...

The Brian Parker Memorial Rally Saturday 13th April A day on the Road, a Challenge And a Trophy to be won Meet at Mangamuka Bridge at 11.30am Bring your lunch and afternoon tea Entries close Friday 5th April Entry form in this newsletter Far North VCC Clubrooms will be open after the rally, with tea and coffee available and a chance to freshen up. Dinner has been moved to the Mangonui Cruising Clubrooms, Silver Egg Road, Mangonui. Clubrooms and Bar open from 5pm.

Club meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, at the Aurere Clubrooms, unless otherwise advised. The Far North Branch of the VCC does have a policy that pets are not brought to any Club events. We do ask that this policy is respected.

I was tired and had just reached that almost asleep moment when my teenage daughter let out a terrifying wail. Our normally placid cat had caught a mouse and both were under her bed. This woke her room-mate, my son’s girlfriend, who added to the din. Realising I had to do something before the neighbours complained, I called my son away from his usual position in front of the television and told him it was his problem: his sister, his girlfriend and his cat. He dealt with it promptly by sending in his dog.

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Cheryl Burn


The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

From the Chair……. March has been a busy month for our Branch. Terry and Sue’s rally focused on the Marsden Cross memorial and certainly lived up to expectations. Our members excelled with the walk, and the organisers had put a lot of thought and effort into the format of the day. A big thanks to you both. The Noggin’n’Natter and pot-luck dinner events provide great social occasions, and the monthly Caffeine’n’Classics at Taipa provides further interaction for car enthusiasts. Our southern members are planning a beach picnic prior to month’s end. A very successful working bee was held at the clubrooms involving scrap metal collection and painting. The Rover Car Club’s visit to Winston’s museum was a great success. The two-day Kaipara Cruise was most interesting and enjoyable. I was personally humbled by its size and my ignorance of its details and history.

requested by 30th April but no date has been set for acceptance. Total paid-up membership of NZVCC at 28th Feb stands at 8445, slightly down on 8483 at the same time last year. Our own branch numbers at the same date were 111. Thank you for your continued membership. Following the success over many years of the midwinter Irishman’s Creek Rally in the lower South Island, a North Island equivalent is planned for 2020. Watch Beaded Wheels in the future for this. This year our Brian Parker Memorial Rally on 13th April looks really interesting and is sure to be a great event. I would encourage your participation. A big thanks to those organising this special club trophy rally.

Please see in this Focus notice of our AGM on 14th May, and accompanying nomination forms for club ofUnfortunately I was unable to get to the Executive ficers. The positions of Chairman and Club Captain meeting in Wellington due to fog at Auckland airport. are for a maximum two-year period. This year will see My planned arrival time in Wellington was 9am for a the completion of this period for our Club Captain. 10am meeting. Following numerous flight delays my Matters Mechanical: Modern car headlights, old eyes. revised arrival was to be 2.30pm, which made attend- Many of us in vintage cars struggle with night driving, ance pointless. Northland Branch suffered the same particularly in adverse weather conditions or heavy fate, never leaving Whangarei. Subsequent discus- open road traffic. Please take any safety measures sions with Head Office confirmed the Code of Conduct you think are appropriate for you. ruling was passed. It appears the concept of a common branch constitution was discussed, but it appears Enjoy your autumn driving. some distance from acceptance. Submissions are still Murray

You are invited to join us for MOTHERS DAY LUNCHEON at the exciting new MINT RESTAURANT At LEFT BANK in KAIKOHE The setup is unique and fresh We are still planning the day, but the menu is a choice of main @ $28, and a choice of dessert at $12 The menu will be issued early in the run. YOU choose and WE co-ordinate and order BEFORE we get there. Numbers will be limited to 45 and a deadline to book will come later. PLEASE crank up eligible vehicles for some memorable photo shots. The run there will be simple. Dorothy and Dave Duirs

09 406 1288

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027 406 8812


Club Captain’s ReportHi there everyone,

Harbour Cruise. This was a wonderful two days relaxing on a boat and learning about Another month gone, and so has summer, although the history of the area that we certainly didn’t know we still have nice warm weather. The little bit of rain about. Thank you Murray and Gloria for inviting us we had on Sunday was very welcome, and we look to come along and join with them. forward to a whole lot more. April 13th is our Brian Parker Rally organised by Just letting everyone know that Vince has had his Dave and Peg Hills as well as Mike and Lynn shoulder operation two weeks ago, so he is now unPooley. This is one of our trophy events and is alable to work for some months, but he is doing well. ways a good day out. Come along and join in, even Frustrated with not being able to do a lot but glad of you haven’t got a vintage car working. Vince and I that he has finally had his op. Now for recovery. He haven’t, but we go along in our modern and thoris coming along with me and the grandkids to Mainly oughly enjoy the rally. Come along and support this Music and Playcentre and enjoying doing things event and enjoy the Club friendship. It takes a lot of with them. It is great to have him with us. We are organisation to prepare these events, so get your able to catch up a little with things that we couldn’t registrations in. This will help our organisers who do when he was working. have put in a lot of work to make this event happen. Our March event, organised by Terry Rogers, was a Details and registration in the Focus. great day out. He had organised each car registraOn May the 12th is a special Mothers Day rally ortion to be given to attendees, and they had to find ganised by Dave and Dorothy Duirs. Lunch will be in the owner of the car and learn its history, and any the old BNZ bank in Kaikohe. Come and check it out funny stories about it. A great way to get to know and give the special ladies in your life a great day people. Well done Terry. We took our two grandout and treat. I’m sure it will be lots of fun. sons with us, and they loved the walk to Marsden Cross, then having a paddle in the sea and play. It Another thing to think about is our AGM. Please was a lovely sunny day with a shower or two, but it take time to think about the positions available. We was so enjoyable. Great to learn a bit of history too are all here to support the members who step up to about the area. It was lovely to see our friends do these jobs and we need your input. Everyone’s Bruce and Claudia Jeffrey from Dargaville in their input is appreciated. little Austin 7 join us this day too. Happy motoring and fun. On the 18th and 19th of March a group of four couNaomi ples from our Club joined together on the Kaipara

FAR NORTH VCC

Stu-

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT THE AURERE CLUBROOMS TUESDAY 14TH MAY, 7.30PM All positions up for re-election

We will need a new Club Captain Please give it some thought, and come prepared

Well groomed Rovers at Matthews Museum on the 7th of March.

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Welfare Report, from Margaret Wallace As I have been away most of this month I have been a bit out of the loop! However, on phoning Naomi the other night to find out how her specialist appointment went, I discovered that Vince has recently had the operation on his shoulder to fix the problem from his fall last October. The ligaments have all been reattached, and post operation, things were looking good, and all had gone well. However, more will be known when he has his follow up appointment next week. Naomi herself is waiting for an operation on her eye to fix a hole in her macular. We wish them both well, and hopefully by the end of the year, they will be fit as fiddles! Earlier in the month, Ian Macgregor was getting his

Lagonda ready for a Coromandel Rally, when he slipped on his garage floor (watch out for those wet patches from the radiator!) Unfortunately he landed hard on his hip, and he ended up in Whangarei Hospital for a 7 hour operation to fix it! Mary had to spend the next few days cancelling all their reservations for the rally! Ian is still in hospital for at least another week to 10 days, but hopefully he will be ready to start recuperating at home after that. A card was sent on behalf of the Club. Remember to call me on 09 407 8251, or 027 298 7322 if you have anything to let me know about. Alternatively you can email me on johnandmarga@actrix.gen.nz

TERRY'S HISTORIC ADVENTURE 12 cars (two moderns and a great variety of older cars including the Jefferies all the way from Dargaville in their newly restored Big Seven Austin (which is quite small!), arrived at the Kaeo museum full of expectation for an adventure and we certainly were not disappointed. We were given a map from which to choose one of three possible routes which would take us to the Rangihaua Heritage Park. We chose to take Kapiro Rd on to Purirua Rd which became gravel on to Rangihaua Rd through some beautiful farm land which was originally Subritzky/ Purirua Station country, then , with huge views over the Bay of islands, on to Oihi Rd and the destination car park, Rangihaua Heritage Park which was opened in December 2014 to commemorate the bicentenary of the landing of the first European settlers. Loaded with chairs and picnic gear, we took a short walk to a very imposing look out shelter, Rore Kahu, built with rammed earth with a large steel sunshade supported by very substantial steel poles. The view down the valley towards Marsden Cross and the sea was amazing. After lunch and much chatter we set off for the walk to the Cross. This was a well formed path with information panels on the way telling the history of the first missionaries who set up home in Rangihaua Bay. It was very easy to visualise a substantial settlement (the first permanent European settlement) in such a peaceful bay. The Marsden Cross commemorates the first Christian sermon in New Zealand on Christmas day 1814. On a hillside above the cross were gravestones and information about the buildings in the settlement, none of which remain. After a most enlightening look around we made our way back (puff,puff!) and were all so glad to have had this opportunity. Thanks, indeed, Sue and Terry for a most enjoyable and educational outing. Dorothy Duirs Thanks for photos Mike.

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Gay and was delicious!! And enjoyed by everyone. Again calling by different bays and a commentary about them. When we were on our last section back it rained steadily for a short time, but that didn’t matter as we were now covering an area that was seen the day before. Everyone enjoyed the company of each other in the cabin. We arrived back at 7pm. It all comes to an end and we all left having met new people and made new friends.

The Kaipara Harbour Cruise

Monday 18th March 2019. Driving down to Helensville, we encountered some heavy rain showers. Oh Dear!! Well we’re committed now. Just take what comes. We arrived for the bus pickup just in the nick of time. The sun was out, we were happy and on our way. The bus took us to the cruise boat Kewpie Too. It turns out that this was the famous Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock tourist cruise boat, now being used for Kaipara Tours, so it was What a lovely two days away, and great relaxation. We recommend anyone doing this cruise. It is very interestperfect for us all. ing and very worthwhile. The Kaipara Harbour is the world’s largest harbour in the Vince southern hemisphere, also its tributaries are very far reaching, with rivers reaching almost up to Whangarei in the north and into the Waikato in the south. Most of us had no idea of the magnitude of the harbour or the significance of the harbour and its tributaries. Our captain gave us an interesting commentary of different places that we came to along the way, also a few interesting stories for entertainment. His crew was his wife, a lovely lady named Gay who was a wonderful host, checking everyone was fine and providing tea and coffee, morning tea and lunches with a lovely manner. Well we didn’t have to worry about the weather. The sun just smiled and shone on us. The harbour water was calm, so an idyllic environment to be in. We heard about the kauri bush timber industry, saw mills, ship building yards, vineyards and winery, flax mills, brick making, dairy factories and cream boats collecting cream from farms, all up these various tributaries. These were also used as transport and freight deliveries. Our first day took us up to Pahi where we met with the bus to take us on to Dargaville for our stay in the historic Northern Wairoa Hotel overnight. A lovely vintage setting and mix and mingle time after a well put on dinner. We had a treat. Keith informed us that it was Lyn’s birthday that day after we heard ‘Happy Birthday’ being sung to another person. We all sang her ‘Happy Birthday’ and one of the chefs brought her a ‘Special’ dessert just for her, all decorated with Happy Birthday and a candle. What a wonderful thing for the chef to do, and how special for Lyn. Next morning we visited the Dargaville Museum while the tide was coming in, so our cruise The boat start, could come into the wharf and we could then get back on again for our second part of the cruise. We had a barbecue lunch on the boat, once we got under way, which was prepared by

Thanks for photos Naomi.

THE CATERING COMMITTEE

CLUB SHIRTS AVAILABLE:

Mike & Lynn Pooley

Contact Ruth- see her at a meeting, call her on 09 406 0392, email her at r.t.reid@xtra.co.nz

Dorothy & Dave Duirs

There will be samples at the Clubrooms to try on for size.

The finish,

Winston Matthews Colleen Brownlie

Margaret Cornwall

Raewyn Pennell

Dave & Peg Hills

Margaret Ilton

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FAR NORTH VINTAGE CAR CLUB

BRIAN PARKER MEMORIAL RALLY SATURDAY 13TH APRIL 2019 ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 5TH APRIL 2019 Format: The rally will start at Mangamuka Bridge at 11.30am and finish at Oturu School, followed by a social get-together at the VCC Clubrooms before dinner at 6.00pm. Bring your picnic lunch and afternoon tea. There will be gravelled sections Conditions of entry: 1.

Vehicles must be entered by a financial member of the VCC Club of New Zealand.

2.

Traffic regulations must be strictly observed. Driving licences and membership cards must be carried.

3.

All vehicles must meet the required standards of the Club (clean, tidy and presentable).

4.

The use of computerised navigational equipment is not permitted in or on vehicles entered in VCC of NZ events. Mobile phones permitted in emergency only.

5.

Winner to be VCC eligible vehicle.

We look forward to Members from other branches participating in this rally. In the event of the rally winner being from another branch a miniature trophy will be presented so that the major trophy remains with the Far North branch. ENJOY YOUR DAY!

……………………………………………………………………………………………… ENTRY FORM Name of entrant………………………………………………………………………. Address………………………………………………………………………………….. Phone Numbers…………………………………………………………………………. Name of Driver…………………………………………………………………………. Name of Navigator…………………………………………………………………….. Passenger(s) names…………………………………………………………………… Make, model and year of car……………………………………………………….. VCC Membership Number…………………………………………………………… Entry form and payment to The Treasurer, Robyn Mackay, 108 Taipa View Rd, RD3 Kaitaia 0483. Cheques payable to Far North VCC or by online Kiwibank Account NO:38 9001 0577961 00 Ref:BPKR, your surname in ‘Particulars’. Organisers: Mike & Lynn Pooley, & Dave & Peg Hills. Ph 09 406 0170 , or 09 406 1077

Entry per vehicle: $10.00………………………………………….$

Plaque (optional) $5.00…………………………………………….$ Evening meal: Number of adults Number of children

@$17.50………………………………..$ @$8.00………………………………….$

Total……………………………………………………………………...$

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Notice of Meeting Far North Vintage Car Club Annual General Meeting Held at Clubrooms Aurere Taipa Tuesday 14th May 2019, 7.30pm

Agenda 1 Attendance 2 Apologies 3 Minutes of Previous AGM 8th May 2018

4 Matters Arising 5 Correspondence 6 Presentation Audited Financial Accounts for year ended 31st March 2019 7 Reports: Chairman, Club Captain 8 Election of Officers for coming year 9 Reappointment of Auditor for coming year 10 General Business A normal monthly meeting will follow the AGM. Far North Vintage Car Club Annual General Meeting 14th May 2019 Nomination Form

It is preferred completed forms be with the secretary by Wednesday 8th May. Nominations for all officers’ positions will be accepted from the floor as well on the night of the AGM being 14th May.

I nominate ……………………………………………………………………… For the position of ………………………………………………………………………… Signature of proposer ………………………………………………………………………… Signature of seconder ……………………………………………………………………………………. I accept nomination for the above position ……………………………………………………

I nominate …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. For the position of …………………………………………………………………………………………. Signature of Proposer ……………………………………………………………………………………. Signature of Seconder …………………………………………………………………………………….

I accept nomination for the above position …………………………………………………….

All positions within the club will be voted for at the AGM. Please return your nomination form to: Secretary FNVCC, Gloria Cormack, 2534 Kaitaia-Awaroa Road, Herekino, R D 1 Kaitaia 0481

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