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December 2019

CENTRAL HAWKE’S BAY BRANCH of the VINTAGE CAR CLUB of NZ (Inc) Lamb Country Branch Email: centralhawkesbay@vcc.org.nz

Contributions to the BLEAT should be emailed to the Editor no later than (25th of each month) joycecalder@gmail.com

Club Nights

7.30pm 3rd Wednesday of every Month

Postal Address C/-73 Porangahau Road Waipukurau, 4200 NOMINATED POSITIONS CHAIRMAN Lynn Cross secross@xtra.co.nz 06 858 9814 SECRETARY Ken Lyons Ken.lyons@xtra.co.nz 06 858 8093 TREASURER Kaye Carswell wpkmotors@gmail.com 021 124 3620

A Colourful History of Racing Hues British Racing Green is one of the most iconic colours of the automotive world. It’s provenance goes back 110 years and has decorated countless racing icons At the turn of the 20th century, Grand Prix racing was very different. Races were more a contest between nations than they were between drivers or factories. Wealthy American newspaper man James Gordon Bennett, Jr. organized an annual race pitting various countries against each another in a bid for automobile manufacturing supremacy. The Gordon Bennett Cup races were city-to-city contests, with entries required to consist entirely of components manufactured in their home country. Each country was limited to three entries each, and each car was required to carry both a driver and a riding mechanic at all times. To make National Identification of the participants easier, each country was required to adopt a national racing colour. They were: blue for France, yellow for Belgium, white for Germany and red for Italy. France walked away with the inaugural victory in 1900, and thus was given the honour of hosting the races for the 1901 race. British manufacturer David Napier opted to contest this second race, and entered with his own 50hp car. 1907 Napier 60hp T21

CLUB CAPTAIN Rod McKenzie rod.mckenzie.wpk@xtra.co.nz 06 858 9562 COMMITTEE Bruce Poole brucepoole1930@gmail.com 06 858 9940 Gary Weaver janetmweaver@gmail.com 06 858 9908 Iain and Eva Gollan nga-oki@xtra.co.nz 06 858 9105 Ruth Parker brparkrz@xtra.co.nz 06 858 5411 John Foot V.I.C. (I.D. Card) Coordinator jsfoot@xtra.co.nz 06 858 8301 PUBLICITY/WELFARE OFFICER Sandra Cross secross@xtra.co.nz 06 858 9814


A Colourful History of Racing Hues Unfortunately, this particular car weighed in at a massive three tons and could not keep its British (Dunlop) tyres underneath it. Selwyn F. Edge, the driver for the 1901 race, opted to fit more robust French tyres and was subsequently disqualified from the Cup. Most interestingly though, this Napier wore a pale shade of olive that the factory called Napier Green. It is unclear why Napier chose green as his colour of choice; most likely it was simply personal preference. Regardless, the deep green we know today had yet to become Britain’s official racing colour. With the disqualification of the heavy Napier, the first two years showcased complete domination by the French, and the other participating countries were beginning to sting at the embarrassment of being unable to challenge the Gallic successes. For the 1902 race, Napier was determined to address its failure from 1901 and developed a much lighter car weighing in at just a ton. With the car’s weight lowered dramatically, the British tyres survived the strain of the race. And it wasn’t just the tyres that survived – all other entrants for the 1902 race retired from the race due to mechanical problems. With the Napier alone, the Brits sailed to their first Gordon Bennett Cup victory. Due to their victory, England was scheduled to host the 1903 event. However, the rule of the British land was that no automobile was allowed to exceed 12mph, and this decree from parliament essentially made motor racing illegal in the entire island. In a mad scramble, the British organizers switched the location of the 1903 to Ireland, a land where the local laws were “adjusted” to accommodate road racing. A total of three Napier cars contested the 1903 race, and they were pitted against French, German and American entries. According to contemporary newspapers, the olive shade of Napier green was darkened to Shamrock Green in honour of Ireland hosting the races and this is the first public reference to a British car being painted green as a part of a national livery. While it would seem that Napier Green was the coincidental choice of a private manufacturer, what would eventually become known as British Racing Green was a tribute, ironically, to Ireland. As English auto manufacturers are nothing if not an independent lot, there has never been one true shade of British racing green. While most of us picture a deep forest green, this is not a steadfast rule. From Napier’s pale olive to Bentley’s near black, almost any emerald hue applied to a British car will be greeted with the name British Racing Green.

The 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup, formally titled the IV Coupe International, was a motor race held on 2 July 1903, on the Athy Circuit consisting of closed roads in Ireland. The race consisted of seven laps alternating for six laps over a shorter circuit to the west of Athy and longer circuit to the East, before a final lap on the longer circuit to make the total distance 527km (327.5 miles). A British entry had won the previous edition of the race, which meant that the rights to host the race fell to the Automobile Club of Britain and Ireland. Legislation was passed to allow the race to take place on roads in Ireland, then a part of the United Kingdom. Britain were to attempt to defend the Gordon Bennett Cup against France, Germany and the USA. Each country was represented by three entries, with the car that finished the race in the shortest time winning the race on behalf of his country. The race was won by Camille Jenatzy driving a Mercedes and representing Germany, in a time of six hours and 39 minutes.

The Napier made its mark on racing history by winning the 1902 Gordon Bennett in the hands of an Edge. This was a tremendous victory for Great Britain, which till that time had always trailed the French in international motoring. This victory was especially sweat for Edge who had been racing the green Napier's at various events since 1900. He had entered a monstrous 17,157cc four-cylinder for the 1901 Gordon Bennett only to see his car disqualified for running foreign made tyres. This colossus produced 103bhp but weighed more than two tons. The following year Edge went the other direction and built a 6.5-lighter car that was rated to produce 30 bhp but actually delivered approximately 45 bhp. 2


Sunday 1st December.2019—Run to Callesen’s Shed at Longburn—organiser Bruce Poole John Callesen (Manawatu VCC member) is currently building three engines for three American clients who are restoring “Peerless” veteran cars. These engines have been completely made in the Manawatu (casting, machining, etc) Also under restoration is a 1928 Packard Tourer, plus other vehicles will be on show to us, such as a couple of veteran Cadillac's, an unusual Dodge, and a Clement Bayard. This car is usually driven by his wife, Judy, who will take the ladies on a garden walk around the property.

All participants are to meet at Woodville at around 10.00am. Coffee break optional. Leave Woodville about 10.30am. 1.

Travel West to the “Balance Bridge” which is at the beginning of the Manawatu gorge, turn left to cross the bridge.

2.

Follow this road to take the Pahiatua Track across the Tararua’s.

3.

At the T at Aukautere, turn left toward and enter into Palmerston North City.

4.

Cross the “Fitzherbert Bridge” into the city and go left at Park Rd (lights).

5.

Go left at lights onto Pioneer Highway (BP filling station across and on the right).

6.

Follow this road to pass through Longburn township.

7.

Cross the overhead railway bridge.

8.

Go left at Karere Rd.

9.

Go right into the main gateway at “Valhalla” (note the large silos).

10.

Park as directed near the sheds please.

Bring your own lunch and a chair each. FIND YOUR OWN WAY HOME.

1929 Peerless 6-61 Roadster

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1928 Packard Tourer


Saturday 7th December—Waipukurau Christmas Parade VCC Club members who would like to take part in the Christmas Parade are asked to Assemble from 9.30am.      

9.30am Kitchener Street Road closure. 9.45—10.15am –Parade Float check in window. 11.00am Parade starts. 11.30am—12noon Parade expected end at Russell Park. 1.45pm Prizegiving at Russell park.

Saturday 7th December—Club Xmas Party—Hosted & organised by Gary and Janet Weaver When: Where: Bring: Presents: Cost:

Saturday 7th December from 5.30pm onward. To be held at Gary and Janet Weavers residence, 2A Woburn St, Waipukurau. Bring your own drinks. Bring non perishable food items to the value of approx $10.00 per couple and the Club will donate them to a Charity for distribution. (No Secret Santa this year). Please bring $15.00 per couple ($7.50 single) this will cover all food etc. No need to bring any food. Club will provide all meat required. Ham on the bone, roast chickens. Janet and her team will supply all salads and deserts. Plates, cutlery and glasses will be hired. Sloans are kindly donating the use of tables and chairs.

Please contact Eva Gollan by 1st December to advise if you are attending nga-oki@xtra.co.nz or Ph 06 8589105

Merry Xmas

Merry Xmas

Wishing you all a very fun filled festive season and a very Happy and Healthy New Year 4


SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER 2019—REGULARITY TRIAL— Organisers Seton and Judy Thomsen

Meet at the bottom of Pukeora Scenic Road, (Waipukurau end) next to the Forest of Memories Park at 10.30am. We will start with morning tea and then do the first of our two runs, along the lower road and up and over the hill. The second run will be after lunch. Each run will be timed and the winner will be the person with the closest two times. We will have a little something for everyone to participate in while the runs are taking place. Bring your own morning tea and a picnic lunch, as well as a chair. Hot water will be available.

For any questions 0274380245.

VEHICLE IDENTITY CARDS As there have been changes made to the application forms that you fill in for the VEHICLE IDENTITY CARD could you all PLEASE MAKE SURE that the forms you fill in have the DATE OF 09/2019 IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER of each page underneath the page number. If you need a set of papers please contact me on (06)858-8301 or email jsfoot@xtra.co.nz or download a set from the Club website.

John Foot—Branch Vehicle Identity Card Coordinator Movie—Ford v Ferrari—(titled Le Mans '66 in the UK and other territories) At the meeting on Wednesday Bruce Poole recommended the movie “Ford v Ferrari” The plot follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver,Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. For anyone who is interested in the story but not be able to get to the movie, there is a very good alternative. It is a documentary of the same story on Netflix which is called “24 hours” It was made as a 50th anniversary of the same event (but without any actors) – an excellent watch.

Brian Connor

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CHB VCC

Events Calendar Date

December

Jan 2020

Date

Sun 1st

Bruce Poole’s run to John Callesen’s shed at Longburn

NB

No Monthly meeting in December

Sat 7th

Waipukurau Christmas Parade—Assemble from 10.00am– start time 11.00am

Sat 7th

Christmas Party at Gary and Janet Weavers Home

Sun 15th

Reliability Trial and competitionorganisers Seton and Judy Thomsen

Tue 31st

Some of our members will be attending the Annual Taihape New Year Rally

Tue 31st

Taihape New Year Rally

Mon 13th Committee Meeting Wed 15th Branch Dinner and Meeting -Venue TBA Beach run to Herbertville-organiser Iain Sun 26th and Eva Gollan

Feb

Other District's Events

TAB

Wheels with Attitude-Dannevirke Sun 26th A&P show grounds

Shed raid around Waipukurau-organiserWayne McDonagh 8th 9th

Leadfoot Festival at Hahei

11th-16th Model T Club Rally in Gisborne Wed 19th Branch Dinner and Meeting Venue TBA

March

19th 23st Art Deco Napier

Wed 18th Branch Dinner and Meeting Venue TBA TBA

Lex Severinsen’s Museum—organisers Brian and Pat Malcolm

TBA

John and Shirley Foot-Run to Pongaroa

April

May June Outstanding opportunity to drive iconic North Island roads as a Time Trial This is not a race, but rather an exercise in precise driving and time keeping to maintain a set average speed through all closed tarmac stages, (similar to a regularity trial, but with the safety of knowing that all participants have staggered start times, drive in the same direction, on the same road, with nothing coming towards them!)

2020

Entry: “Super Early Bird” discount entry fee is available until 16 December 2019 for VCC members in VCC eligible, road-legal cars (30+ years old), with a VIC (Vehicle Identity Card), and minimum third-party insurance. (“Early Bird” discount entry fee is also available to VCC members from 17 December 2019 to 31 January 2020). No special car modifications (roll cage etc), are required. Refer www.vcc.org.nz “National Events” for details. 6For more information check out www.targa.nz “2020 Events” Rod Corbett rod.corbett88@gmail.com 027 433 8772


Chairman's Report November has been a month of action within the Branch. A few cars went to the Men’s Health Day in Dannevirke on the 10th. We were totally uncoordinated and it has been suggested that in future someone who is going to such an event should state a time and place for leaving in an effort to all travel together. Secretary Ken has agreed to email members a day or two beforehand to facilitate this. We’ll see how this works in the future. As for the day: those who went early had quite a good time but rain started at about 11.45 and by 12.15 the showground's were near deserted. On the matter of Movember, there seems to be a serious shortage of members taking up the challenge to grow a moustache, with only Rod McKenzie and myself showing any growth. Unless some others turn up, we’ll have to call it a draw and share the prize? How does half of a chocolate fish each sound? The 15th, 16th and 17th were taken up with the Veteran Rally and the Homestead run in conjunction with Hawke’s Bay Branch which all went well. (Report elsewhere on these.) The Management Committee met on the 18th and our monthly dinner meeting on the 20th at Skinny Mulligan’s in Waipawa was well attended and enjoyed by all. Coming up, expect a busy time until Christmas. I’d like to take the opportunity here to thank all members who have participated in events during 2019, particularly office bearers and others who organised runs, etc. Sandra and I wish you all a very pleasant and relaxing festive season and good health in the year to come. Be careful of the dreaded wardrobe-it is which is what causes your clothes to shrink over the holidays. LYNN CROSS CHB Branch Chairman

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Rod’s Rattling's Nine veteran vehicles fronted the starter at Gavin and Vivienne Harris’ home on Saturday the 16 th November and we headed out into the Ongaonga area initially, before passing through Waipawa on our way to a stop at the McCool’s home to check out the progress on Peter’s Chalmers car. Lunch was at the Patangata Tavern before we ventured back to Waipukurau and a BBQ at the Harris’ home where stories were told, some of them were even almost true. The following day, sixty one cars attended the joint venture between CHB and HB branches being the “Homestead Run” at the McLeod homestead near Ongaonga, where we had a picnic lunch before heading off to Takapau for afternoon tea at Oruawharo. Not all folk went there as many had been through the home before at some stage. On 1st December, several members will venture to the Manawatu to have a look at what John Callesen has been accomplishing with the building of complete engines for “Peerless” motorcars for folk from the USA who are restoring those particular vehicles. Ladies will check out the gardens with Judy, John’s wife. Our Christmas party will be at Gary and Janet Weaver’s home this year on 7 th December and we look forward to good company and some lovely food. Earlier in the day, some of our members will take part in the Annual Waipukurau Town Christmas Parade with their vehicles. I hope the weather is not too hot as the older cars get a bit over-heated having to drive so slowly in the parade [walking pace!]. Although we could do with the rain, let us hope we don’t get a repeat of the deluge we had a couple of years ago at Michael and Vicki Harding’s home. On 15th December, Seton and Judy Thomsen will be hosting a “Reliability Trial” which is fun and very social, with some of our members taking others for a ride around the roads chosen. Not all members have ridden in a “Spitfire”, a Jaguar, a Rolls-Royce, a vintage Chrysler or a Model T for that matter, and the owners enjoy sharing their ride with others. That will be the last event for the year before we have a “Beach Run” in late January being put on for us by Iain and Eva Gollan who will be taking us to Herbertville. Bring your sunscreen! Scarlett joins me in wishing all our members and friends a happy family festive season, and a fun and healthy New Year for 2020.

Rod McKenzie. CHB Branch Club Captain

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Saturday 16th November CHB “Veteran Rally” and Sunday 17th November CHB & HB Combined "HOMESTEAD RUN ”—Written by Scarlett McKenzie. Entrants are from Left to Right Geoff & Diane Quarrie 1915 G W K Tony Prebensen & Mike Stuart 1903 Holley Peter & Suzanne McCool 1917 Model T Gavin & Vivienne Harris 1918 Model T Rod & Scarlett McKenzie 1913 Model T Len & Gladys Haycock 1916 Chevrolet Peter & Teresa Johns 1911 Wolseley Andrew & Wendy Heffey 1916 Model T Mike & Neroli Perry 1904 Napoleon A weekend of oldies. No…….not folk who are “oldies”, but old and pre 1919 veteran cars, and old homes too! The first event, on Saturday 16th November, was the CHB Veteran Rally which saw nine very “old” cars lined up at Gavin and Vivienne Harris’ home that morning. The run they had planned was through the green and lush countryside travelling from Waipukurau through to Ongaonga, onto Waipawa to find Elsthorpe Rd and to stop at Peter and Suzanne McCool’s home. Peter had on display the veteran Chandler car he has been working on for a while now, with the body really showing what we can expect it to be in the future. Our next stop was at the Patangata Tavern for lunch. One vehicle was on a trailer by then having suffered a minor breakage, with another couple having to have a few tweaks made to them to give them a bit more energy. The run continued on back to Waipukurau and concluded with a barbeque dinner at Gavin and Vivienne’s home. They must be thanked for organising and hosting such a lovely event at relatively short notice.

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Saturday 16th November CHB “Veteran Rally” and Sunday 17th November CHB & HB Combined "HOMESTEAD RUN ”—Written by Scarlett McKenzie. The second event, on Sunday, was the Central Hawke’s Bay and Hawke’s Bay VCC Branch’s combined “Homestead Run”. This event saw sixty-one cars arrive at the McLeod homestead at Springhill off the Wakarara road near Ongaonga. The lawn was then covered with picnickers all enjoying their lunch and the splendid views across the Totara clad farmland hills. David McLeod [fifth generation farming on the property] and his father, Ian, gave us a talk about the history of the property going well back into the 19th century. The remains of the original Totara slab house built by ancestors is still standing under the big old macrocarpa and pine trees planted long ago. The building didn’t look too cosy any more, but would have been a big improvement from living in a tent with a young family. The cars then motored onto Takapau and to Oruawharo Homestead where everyone was able to enjoy the lovely garden and the beautiful workmanship of the old homestead. Peter and Diane Harris, who own and live in the homestead, put on afternoon tea. Sitting out in the garden with tea and scones was very relaxing. Many thanks to Esther, Bruce and Rod for arranging the day’s outing. The weather on both days was perfect for “oldies” motoring in old cars to old places. Thanks, too, to our hosts for allowing members of the local VCC branches to have access to their homes.

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Sunday 27th October 2019—Open Day on Wimbledon Farm—Written by Ella Domper Henk, Ella, Simon and Marianna travelled in their Morris 8 to Wimbledon Farm open day held on Sunday 27th October, (Labour weekend). The view during this trip was fantastic, but the condition of the road was challenging. The annual exotic sheep shearing event was on. It started at 10.00am. Everybody was welcomed with a cup of tea, cake and biscuits. Photos of the Morris Eights taken in the September run Five BBQ's were cooking small meat samples of the various exotic breeds and dishes to taste. spit roast with meat master sheep. Four Hangies were ready later that morning. The bagpipe band played a few times, and the Norsewood choir was singing. The sheep were looking amazing. The wool was incredible. Brian Hales from Wimbledon was well organised and invited people to his farm to view fourteen different types of sheep including the most ancient breeds. Wool for spinners and weavers was available on the day. Was a fantastic day and a great turnout. This will definitely be on our Calendar for 2020.

Pitt Island Ram

LEADFOOT FESTIVAL—Feb-8th-9th-2020 UNIQUE DISPLAY OF MACHINERY

— from

classic formula and road race cars to off-road

machines and motorcycles, Leadfoot attracts competitors and race vehicles in an enthusiastic display of speed, style, sound, smell and colour. More than 130 champion and competitive racers are handpicked by Rod Millen to receive the coveted invitation to participate in the Leadfoot Festival. 11


Wed 1st January 2020—Annual Taihape Gumboot Rally—organised by Bruce Poole Its Touring time again. After a very successful 3 day tour to Te Kuiti and Hawera organised by our Club Captain Rod Mckenzie, the time has come to think about the Annual Gumboot Rally in Taihape on 1st January 2020. For those who have not been to the Gumboot rally the format is as follows: 1.

Leave Waipukurau on the morning of 31st December 2019 at about 9:30am. We will travel South to Woodville, and over the Saddle road, through Ashurst, Colyton, Chel tenham, Vinegar Hill and onto Taihape arriving mid afternoon.

2.

Dinner at a Cafe or hotel with Taihape members and others and after dinner there will be a quiz night.

3.

Meet on 1st January at a local park for an interesting run around the area finishing at a local members property for a BBQ. The cost for this is a $5 raffle ticket and everyone gets some very generous prizes donated by local businesses.

4.

Travel home 2nd January via Gentle Anne Road.

5.

We all stay at the Taihape hotels (0800 200 029 free phone.) Tell Con you are with the VCC.

A very informal, enjoyable rally to start off the New Year. Contact Bruce Poole: 06 8589940 or 027 244 9090 to confirm numbers for dinner 31st December 2019 and BBQ 1st January. 2020. The route to Taihape and return are all sealed roads. The Rallies back country roads around Taihape have gravel and grass growing up in the middle, a bit like the 3 day tour. Look forward to hearing from you.

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THE MANAWATU BRANCH

Veteran Rally Sunday 26th January 2020 For Veteran classification vehicles Two wheel brake Vintage and Pre 1930 Motorcycles Meet at the VCC clubrooms in Kelvin Grove Road any time after 9.00 am for cup of tea / coffee. The briefing will be at 9.30 am. Rally start at your leisure after this time. This will be a very casual rally with a few stops of interest on the way. But everyone on the Rally will have to carry current photo ID to gain access RNZAF Ohakea BYO lunch & hot water for drinks etc. and chairs etc. for a picnic. BBQ dinner at clubrooms. ENTRANT: ............................................................................................................................................................ NAVIGATOR: ........................................................................................................................................................ ADDRESS: ………………………................................................................................................................................... TOWN / CITY: .……………….…................................................................................................................................ TELEPHONE: (........).....................................

Email ........................................................................................

VEHICLE MAKE & MODEL: ................................................................................................. YEAR: .....................................

REG No. .....................................................

ENTRY FEE: RALLY PLAQUE: BBQ DINNER PP:

$15.00 $15.00 $15.00

TOTAL: PAYMENT METHOD: Cheques payable to:

$............ Cheque attached or Pay on Rally Day Manawatu Branch VCC’

ENTRIES CLOSE:

15TH January 2020

RALLY ORGANISER: Derek Haycock Phone (06) 356 1056 or 0274 419153 Email: derek.and.beck@inspire.net.nz ENTRIES & ENQUIRIES: Derek Haycock, 375 Albert Street, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North 4410 13


FEBRUARY 19th—23rd-2020-ART DECO WEEKEND A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HB VCC Come to Napier to join the HB VCC for Art Deco Weekend 2020 from February 19th—23rd Kindly sponsored again this year by Euro City Ltd In 2020 the Featured Group will be an A-Z of Motor Vehicles. We are aiming to have a motor vehicle representing each letter of the alphabet. This may be a make or model. There will be a mixture of cars, commercials and motorcycles. Also we expect a mix of veterans, vintage and PV’s manufactured in UK, Europe and USA. We currently have several cars coming in 2020 that have not been to an Art Deco Weekend before. These include NZ’s second Duesenberg, our first L29 Cord, and a Stutz to name a few. We are still looking for a “Napier” vehicle to represent the letter “N”. I am also trying to find the owner of the Willys Knight roadster circa 1929-31 era that has the unusual paint design on the doors. We would also like to get leads on vehicles or vehicle models starting with letters Q, U, X, Y, Z. Please email any leads or ideas to stevetrott@xtra.co.nz asap. For 2020 the annual rally is again on Friday and we plan to have a touring run plus a picnic lunch at a great lunch venue. On Saturday we will have the morning tea and car show and popular choice at the HB VCC clubrooms, followed by the grand parade. Sunday events include a breakfast surprise at the HB VCC Clubrooms and the Gatsby picnic in the afternoon. There are many other Art Deco Weekend events to choose from on Friday and Saturday nights. Come and join the other 180 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter in the 2020 event. Go to the HB VCC website for an Entry Form. (www.hbvcc.org.nz). Entry forms for 2020 are available now. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for the Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment. We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on Thursday 20 th so you can attend the Dinner at the HB VCC Clubrooms that evening. We have prizes for the best dressed couples again this year. Contacts:

STEVE TROTT STEVE DONOVAN

stevetrott@xtra.co.nz stevedon@xtra.co.nz 14


Wairarapa VCC’s

3rd annual “Stretched Gymkhana To be held on Saturday February 22nd 2020—”

Building on the success of the last 2 year’s events (and originally inspired by some of the “off-tarmac” events reported in the Beaded Wheels) We are inviting members from the lower North Island VCC branches to enter this event. Do you like the excitement of gymkhana style driving, on grass? Would you enjoy the challenge of trying to navigate at a constant speed, through a winding course, against the clock? The course will be sufficiently challenging to ensure unsafe speeds cannot be obtained – this isn’t a “Speed Event”. Can you meet the challenge of driving a course consistently, so as to maintain, as far as possible, the same time each lap? If you answer YES to all of these, then the Stretched Gymkhana is an event not to be missed. Event outline: Driver’s briefing will be at 8:45am, with the event expected to finish mid/late afternoon (BYO lunch.BBQ sausages and bread will be available). The course will be around a ½ mile in length The course will be on grass, a bit like a classic gymkhana’s cones course, there will be lots of sharp turns, to ensure that excessive speeds (i.e. greater than the speed limit) cannot be obtained All drivers will have 3 (or more) timed runs over the course, after which the best time for each driver will be calculated (this becomes their individual target time). From then on drivers have to try and match their target time, with 1/2 the field dropping out each time, until a winner is found For example, if there were 16 drivers, once each driver’s target time has been determined (from the practice runs), all 16 drivers have another run. Then the 8 drivers whose time was closest to their target time would move into the next round. These 8 drivers would have another run, and the 4 whose time was closest to their target time would have another run etc. Notes: This event is not a “Speed Event”. It falls under section 20 of the Branch Manual, as a driving test. For more information please contact the organiser, Simon O’Hara ((06) 3708844 or simonsandieohara@gmail.com). The event is limited to 32 combinations (driver + vehicle), so please register early to ensure you don’t miss out The event is reliant on ground conditions being suitable. The organiser may cancel the event at late notice if necessary, as dictated by the weather. Photos and results from last year’s event are available on our website: https://www.sporty.co.nz/wairarapavcc/2019-STRETCHED-GYMKHANA-FOOTAGE All vehicles are required to carry a fire extinguisher, due to time of year and dry grass conditions. All drivers will be required to sign an indemnity waiver statement on the day. A copy can be Emailed if required prior to the day of the gymkhana, upon request. If your vehicle is fitted with seat belt/s, they must be worn. 15


Wairarapa VCC’s

3rd annual “Stretched Gymkhana To be held on Saturday February 22nd 2020—”

Location: Masterton A & P Showground's, off York Street, Solway, Masterton. Driver Briefing: 8:45 am First timed lap: 9:00am Limited to 32 entries. Early bird entries close 16th February 2020 Post entries to: Simon O’Hara Rally Organiser 36 Ranfurly Street Solway Masterton Email entries to: simonsandieohara@gmail.com Organiser: Simon O’Hara (06) 3708844, or mobile: 0211412332

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Entry Form

Wairarapa VCC—Stretched Gymkhana 2020

Names of Driver(s): ............................................................................................................................................... VCC Branch: .......................................................................................................................................................... Contact details (Phone number and or email): ..................................................................................................... Make, model and year of vehicle: ......................................................................................................................... Entry Fee: $20 00 (per combination driver + vehicle) Late entry fee: additional $5 00 (for entries after 16th February) TOTAL:

$ ................................... $ ................................... $ ...................................

Please make cheques payable to Wairarapa VCC or pay by internet banking to A/C 03-0687-0323649-01 Please put your “NAME” and “STGYM” in the reference. Camping Options The A & P Showground's have camping / camper van sites available on the Friday and Saturday nights. Please let the organiser know early if you would like to book a site.

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For Sale

For Sale

PONTIAC LAURENTIAN

One of 60 imported new from Canada R/H drive Six months rego and new WOF. 1972 Hillman Hunter.

$28.500 Please phone Jim Spicer 0272468715 email rustypatch.wpk@xtra.co.nz

Excellent original condition. Only 47300 miles.

Also wanted a front bumper for a 1946 Vauxhall J 14

Polar white with red upholstery. Automatic transmission. Been used on a number of VCC events for a number of years.

For Sale $5500.00 Contact Ray Freemantle 06 858 865.

Competing in the CHB Veteran Rally, February 2016

1914 Overland Model 79T Touring

The Vintage Car Club of NZ is looking at

Fully Restored A great motoring vehicle, Spare parts and information Won best restoration award in 2008 at the Willys Overland Club Victoria, Australia.

REBRANDING What do members think? “Have your say�

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Central Hawkes Bay VCC - December 2019  

Central Hawkes Bay VCC - December 2019