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February 2019

CENTRAL HAWKE’S BAY BRANCH of the VINTAGE CAR CLUB of NZ (Inc) Lamb Country Branch Email:

Contributions should be emailed to the Editor no later than (25th of each month)

Club Nights

7.30pm 3rd Wednesday of every Month

A Brief History of Studebaker—1852-1966

Postal Address

C/-73 Porangahau Road On January 24, 1871, Albert Erskine, who headed up Waipukurau, 4200 the pioneering American automaker Studebaker before NOMINATED POSITIONS

it went bankrupt during the Great Depression was born CHAIRMAN Lynn Cross in Huntsville, Alabama. Erskine joined the South Bend, Indiana-based automaker in 1911. Studebaker Corp. dates back to 1852, when brothers Henry & Clement Studebaker opened a blacksmith shop in South Bend. Studebaker became a leading manufacturer of horse-drawn wagons and supplied wagons to the U.S. Army during the Civil War. 06 858 9814 SECRETARY Ken Lyons 06 858 8093

TREASURER Kaye Carswell 06 856 9777

As the 20th century dawned, the company entered the fledgling auto industry with an electric car in 1902 and a gas-powered vehicle two years later. After CLUB CAPTAIN partnering with other automakers, Studebaker started selling gas-powered cars Rod McKenzie under its own name in 1913 and made wagons until 1920. 06 858 9562

Albert Erskine became president of Studebaker in 1915. During his tenure, the company bought luxury automaker Pierce-Arrow in the late 1920s and launched the lower-priced but short-lived Erskine and Rockne lines, the latter named for Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne (1888-1931).

COMMITTEE John Foot V.I.C. (I.D. Card) Coordinator 06 858 8301

In the early 1930s, the Great Depression hit Studebaker hard, and Erskine was accused of mismanaging company finances. In March 1933, the company had to declare bankruptcy. Erskine, also dealing with personal debt and health issues, killed himself on July 1st 1933 at the age of 62.

Peter McCool 06 856 8087 Barry Smales 06 858 9956 Ruth Parker 06 858 5411 PUBLICITY OFFICER Sandra Cross 06 858 9814

1928 Studebaker GB Commander crossing the continent of Australia on unmade roads in 1975

Designer Raymond Loewy (left) and Studebaker president Sherwood Egbert admire a prototype of the 1963 Avanti.

EDITOR Joyce Calder 022 166 1403

Sunday 10th February — Club run organized — by Wayne McDonagh Meet in Tavistock Place at 12 45pm. From there we will be visiting four very interesting local sheds. Approximately 10km in total. The day will finish with an afternoon tea provided by Wayne McDonagh and his wife at their home around 3.30pm.

Wednesday 20th February 2019 – Club Dinner and Meeting To be held at the Waipukurau Club, 10 Russell Street, Waipukurau (plenty of parking and an entrance around the back of the building. Arrive for refreshments from 6.00pm Meal 6.30pm followed by the Meeting at 7.30pm. $25.00 per person - please pay on arrival If you have any dietary needs, please say when you are booking your meal. Smorgasbord:

Roast beef with condiments, chicken & mushroom hotpot, new potatoes buttered and sprinkled with parsley, peas, garden salad, mixed bean salad, & pasta salad.


Fruit salad, cheesecake & cream.

Tea & Coffee.

Please contact Barry Smales 858 9956 or by Sunday 17th Feb with numbers attending. Barry is required to forward numbers to the restaurant a few days before to ensure we receive the service we require. PLEASE NOTE: Due to catering considerations, catering company policy the CHBVCC branch will make payment for any late dinner cancellations or no shows, then an invoice will be sent to the member/members concerned.

Lynn Cross CHB Branch Chairman.

January Beach Run—by Sandra Cross On 27th January about 16 cars and over thirty members plus friends congregated at Shoal Bay, Aramoana to visit the beach house of Paul and Judy Jensen. They are building a lovely two-storey home there, with room for visiting friends and family, and we all had a relaxing lunch on the balcony which overlooks the reserve and even the deep blue sea. It was really interesting looking at this new building with its airy rooms. Mention was made of the polished concrete floors downstairs. Apparently all the timber was milled on the Jensen property at Makaretu. It was a typical Hawke’s Bay summer’s day, with a pleasant breeze blowing off the sea. Some of us meandered down to the beach and even went for a paddle in the seawater which, I was told, was quite pleasantly warm. Others of us (no names mentioned!) just quietly lazed around upstairs. Perhaps the tripping down to Dannevirke for the “Wheels with Attitude” show before coming out to Shoal Bay had something to do with it? All in all it was just a great day spent by the beach. 2Many thanks go to our hosts, Paul and Judy, for their wonderful hospitality.


Events Calendar

Other District's Events





Sunday 10th

Date Shed raid by Wayne McDonagh. See note 15thelsewhere. 17th

Art Deco Napier

Wed 20th Branch Dinner and Meeting

2nd-3rd Leadfoot Festival, Hahei

Monday 11th

North Island Club Captain's Tour passes through CHB

3rd February Manawatu Veteran Rally 7th to 13th North Island Club Captain's tour.

Mon 18th

Committee meeting

2nd March

Manawatu Ruahine Ramble.

Wed 20th Branch Dinner and Meeting


Taupo Rally [part of Club Capt's Tour]

Sunday 24th

Murphy's run to Napier.

29th to 31st

Model T Club Rally in CHB

Cross's Church visit

19th to 22nd

Easter Rally South Island

Sunday 14th

Wed 15th Branch Dinner and Meeting


Sat 4th

Twilight rally [Bruce Poole and other helpers] 4th May Manawatu Post-Vintage Rally

Wed 15th Branch Dinner and Meeting


Wed 19th Branch Dinner and Meeting TBA

Nothing arranged yet



Nothing arranged yet



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Nothing arranged yet

Wednesday 13th February — Woburn Home Residents Outing — Thank you—Rod McKenzie We have been asked to attend Woburn Home at 7 Holyrood Terrace, Waipukarau on Wednesday 13th February at 1.00pm to take some of the residents, those of whom are able to travel, for a ride in our vintage [and not so vintage] cars. The folk there will relate not only to cars their parents or other family owned, but will also relate to cars they may have owned earlier in their lives. Many of the residents are in their 80’s and 90’s. It would be good if we could get a dozen or so of our retired members to front up for this contribution to our community. 3

RUAHINE RAMBLE – 2rd March 2019 Coach House Museum, 121 South Street, Fielding Meet at the Coach House Museum, 121 South

Street, Fielding at 8.45am for a hot drink before the 9.15am briefing. The Ruahine Ramble will this year again not cross the ranges and will follow the theme of recent years, that of an easy relaxing noncompetitive outing. The morning route is an easy one of approx. 68 miles (110 Kms) through rolling countryside which will suit vehicles of all VCC Vehicle Classifications.

The afternoon run back to Palmerston North is approx. 30 miles (46 Kms) and provides for stopping at a Café on the way back for those who may wish to do so. There are no unsealed roads on this Ramble and the route passes a couple of public conveniences. Petrol is available at the end of the morning section. Like last year, there is no straight line navigation. If for whatever reason you are unable to (or don’t wish to) bring your vintage on the Ramble then come along in your modern. Bring your own lunch, hot water etc., plus chairs, picnic rug or whatever to help you settle in for an enjoyable lunch stop. But if the weather is against us or if you wish to have your lunch out of the sun there is a comfortable sheltered area with chairs and tables which will be at our disposal. As the Ramble ends for lunch at gardens with over ten acres to explore, consider bringing some comfortable walking shoes. Entry Form Options:  Complete the entry form and mail it to the address on the form.  If you would like the form emailed to you, email the Rally Organiser requesting that a PDF version be emailed to you.  Alternatively just send an email to the Rally Organiser with ALL of the details that are requested on the form. Payment Options:  Send a cheque in the post with your entry form.  Pay on the day.  Email the Rally Organiser requesting account details so that you can pay by internet banking. Rally Organiser: Rally Organiser email: Entries Close:

Bryan Abraham - phone (06) 358 4014 Thursday 21st February 2019


NORTH ISLAND CLUB CAPTAIN’S TOUR For those of you who are intending to take part in daily sections of the tour and HAVE NOT ALREADY ENTERED please note the following: Day 4 Sunday 10th of March Taupo to Napier: You can either join this days tour from Taupo or the Tarawera Cafe. If you are joining at the Tarawera Cafe you would need to be there by 9.30am. .(Waipukurau to Tarawera approx. 141Km 2 hours). The lunch is being catered for us by the Tutira School and there is a cost of $12.00 per person. The evening meal is being catered by the Hawke’s Bay Branch at their clubrooms with a cost of $20.00 per person. Day 5 Monday 11th of March Napier to Waipukurau: You can join today’s section at the Rose and Shamrock hotel corner of Porter Drive and Napier Road Havelock North at 10.00am. Today is a B.Y.O. lunch with the evening dinner being catered by the Waipukurau Bowling Club, Mount Herbert Road at a cost of $25.00 per person. Day 6 Tuesday 12th March Waipukurau to Palmerston North: Join today’s section at the rear of Thornton Lodge Motel Takapau Road at 9.30am. Today’s lunch is being catered by Totara College at Dannevirke at a cost of $14.00 per person and we are expected at approx 12.00 o’clock. The Manawatu Branch will take over from here to Palmerston North and they are also catering the evening meal at their clubrooms in Kelvin Grove Road at a cost of $25.00 per person. Please note: All evening meals and lunches need to be prepaid and I have volunteered to do this for the North Island Club Captain. Please make Cheques payable to J Smylie For booking and payments post cheques and dietary needs to: John & Shirley Foot 3 Fergusson Avenue Waipukurau 4200 NO LATER THAN 11TH FEBRUARY 2019 Sunday 10th March Lunch at Tutira Evening meal at the HB Branch Clubrooms

$12.00 per person $20.00 per person

Monday 11th March Evening Meal in Waipukurau

$25.00 per person

Tuesday 12th March Lunch in Dannevirke Evening Meal in Palmerston North

$14.00 per person $25-00 per person

Regards John Foot, my Contact Details: 06 858 8301 or


Chairman's Report 2019 started with a good contingent from the Branch attending the Taihape Gumboot Rally which Sandra and I won , driving in our 15 year old Subaru Forester. As we had a guest staying with us, we opted for the “modern” which is halfway to club-qualifiable already. Many of those in open and/or older closed cars would have wished for the dust proofing we had and required for quite a few miles. As for winning that was more by good luck than skill, as long as you picked up a random card from six different points, you had a chance and our number came up. I got to draw the raffle and who else could it be “Bruce Poole”!. Which just goes to show that in some rallies and all raffles there is no substitute for “tin arse” luck. The committee meeting on 14th January among other things discussed meeting venues and concluded that the Waipukurau Hotel, which has raised the price of meals and are likely to charge a room hire in future, is now not a favoured option. Therefore the February meeting will be at the Waipukurau Club which was enjoyed in November. The Waipukurau Hotel’s unwillingness to negotiate even on prior bookings has also impacted on the Club Captain’s tour in March. More on this shortly. Our 10th January meeting was held at the Paper Mulberry, opposite Te Aute College. It was attended by 45 members who fitted into the room comfortably, though the acoustics were not good. We were well catered for and had an enjoyable night. The North Island Club Captain’s tour is staying overnight in Waipukurau on 11th March and the meal venue will be the Bowling Club. Catering will be by their chef and the number could be upwards of eighty. Those from the Central Hawke’s Bay branch can join in anywhere but will need to pay for and order their meals well before that date. See elsewhere for details. For our beach run on 27th January we were invited to Paul and Judy Jensen’s place at Shoal Bay, Aramoana, where we enjoyed their hospitality on a hot summer’s day which had many paddling in the Pacific or sitting about lazily. Some of our members had already been to Dannevirke to the "Wheels with Attitude” car display which was full to overflowing by 11 00am. The Targa rally will be lunching at Waipawa School on Sunday, 19th May. They would like us to display our cars there and probably supply them with some parking marshals. They also give discount to VCC members wishing to take part in their event. Expect further information through Secretary Ken as time proceeds.

Lynn Cross CHB Branch Chairman





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Rod’s Rattling's Several CHB Branch members attended the New Year Rally at Taihape, and, as we were told would happen, several of us brought home prizes. This was more by good luck than good management, as the winners were pretty much drawn from the hat. We got a box of car cleaning gear which was put to work cleaning up the Ford Escort once we got home. I must have made a reasonable job, as the first looker decided to buy it and it is now resident in Taupo. This weekend we will be going to what has turned out to be an annual run to a beach, with the run this year being to Shoal Beach to My New Holden visit the home of members, Paul and Judy Jensen. I imagine there will be a story to tell to be printed in the March “Bleat”. Congratulations to our Editor Joyce on the recent arrival of twin grand-daughters. I do hope she still is able to find the time to get the “Bleat” through to our membership. We hope all are well, and Granny is too. In February there will be a short run round Waipukurau visiting four sheds where we can see what a few of our locals have collected or are working on. Wayne and Linda McDonagh will be hosting the event, and the run will finish at their home on the Mangatarata hills with a cuppa. It might be an idea to throw a couple of chairs and cups into the trunk when you leave home. A few of our members will be heading to Napier for the Annual Art Deco extravaganza later in February. The organisers have requested that some veteran cars and commercial vehicles attend, so we have entered our 1913 Ford T in the Rally. The North Island Club Captains run will pass through CHB on Monday, 11 th March. This will be a good day out and you may well see some of CHB if you have not had the chance to pass through before. Take your other half to Havelock North for the start and do a spot of shopping or coffee drinking prior to the cars getting away. If you want to take part in the evening meal and festivities, give John and Shirley Foot a call. Bernard and Chris Murphy will be hosting the branch to their home patch of Napier in March, so come along and see what they have to interest us all. In April, Lynn and Sandra Cross will be taking us all to church. The building is set very high on a hill with the most amazing views. It could be the closest some of us might get to heaven, so it will be worth making the effort to attend. Monsignor Cross will be taking a reading, but it is suspected it will more than likely be from a comic book! Bruce Poole is making plans for our annual “Twilight Rally” in early May. He has some interesting places for us to go to, and the evening meal is bound to be very good I am assured. Rod McKenzie.

Rod McKenzie CHB Branch Club Captain 7

" Stop that neck-to-neck racing you two ..... you've got traffic held up all the way back to Waipawa!"

THE FEET HAVE BEEN WANDERING AGAIN— by John and Shirley Foot On Boxing day we left Waipukurau after lunch for a trip to Wanganui arriving there early evening. The next day we travelled North to Wainui Beach to visit friends for a few hours then on our trip back to Wanganui we stopped at Ashley Park Gardens and museum. The gardens are quite extensive and also feature an aviary, lake and museum/collection of memorabilia which is worth a visit but allow plenty of time. The following day Ashley Park Homestead we travelled to New Plymouth and in the evening we went to the festival of lights at Pukekura Park which is well worth seeing but wear walking shoes as a lot of the pathways are gravel. 29th December, today we travelled S.H.45 around the coast to Opunake and from here went inland to Kaponga where we visited Roy King’s workshop. Some of you will probably remember Roy from the Te Onepu Some of the Collection and Pukeora hill climbs. At present Roy is restoring an Aroll Johnson for a client and his own project Scripps Booth racer. He now also has a sizeable collection of bubble cars. Sunday we went for a look around Waitara and then back roads to Egmont village then up the mountain via Egmont Rd to the North Egmont Visitor Centre. At the centre there is a lot of information about the mountain.

Lunch Stop on the Turakina Valley Road

New Years Eve we left New Plymouth at 9.00am and travelled south to Wanganui then inland to Fordell. From here we travelled Kauangaroa, Mangatipona, Turakina Valley, Pohonui, Koeke, Rongoiti and Mataroa roads (Three hours of glorious motoring Fordell to S.H.1 without another vehicle in sight) to S.H.1 then on to Taihape arriving at approximately 3.00pm just as the group from Waipukurau arrived New Years Day and the gumboot rally is starting about 9.00am. A report on this will be elsewhere in The Bleat. We arrived home the day after New Year’s Day, having covered 1500 km., with a very dusty car having covered approximately 600 km of gravel roads. The cheapest fuel was $1.75.9 per litre at Taihape, perhaps the new Gull service centre had an effect. We also saw several extremely stupid passing manoeuvres by motorcyclists and also the odd car driver Pohonui and Turakina Valley Road Junction 8 passing on yellow lines, no wonder our road toll is where it is. Safe motoring. Wild Goats on Pohonui Road

TAIHAPE GUMBOOT RALLY – JANUARY 2019 – by Glyn and Cath Clements

Glyn and Cath Clements and friends

When Bruce Poole told me back in November that it was the 35 th year of this event and that CHB had a contingent going over it planted the seed that Cath and I should go. I was a regular attendee to this rally in the days of the old ABBA Motor Camp venue, from the 2nd rally in 1985 right through the 1980’s and 1990’s, even the 2000 Millennium year when everyone was heading to the East Coast to watch the sun come up, a few of us from Napier ventured over the Gentle Annie and met our mates from Northland VCC for a great start to the 2000’s. I was last there in 2005 and somehow 14 years had shot by and I hadn’t been back. (No excuse now really as we live less than 50 miles from Taihape).

For the past few years we have been more involved in the motorcycle side of the VCC, so knowing the type of roads we were likely to encounter, a suitable four wheeled vehicle would have to be found. Cath and I had talked about getting a suitable car for club events and thought a Rootes Group product (Hillman, Humber, Singer) of the late 1950’s to mid 1960’s would fit the bill nicely. As luck would have it, the following Saturday night after a few beers at the neighbours, I got onto Trade Me and there she was a “1964 Series 5 Hillman Minx”. I went down to the bedroom to discuss this with my better half, but she was sound asleep so I made “an Executive decision!” (I find it easier to be forgiven than to ask permission!). With the “Buy Now” button pushed, and contact made, it was then the question of how to get this wee car home from Nelson!

CHB Branch line up for the Gumboot Rally in Taihape From Left: Peter and Suzanne McCool: 1929 Ford Model A Roadster pickup. Bruce Poole and Mia Wairau: 1964 Hillman Minx. Tony Prebensen's: 1928 Ford Model A Phaeton. Glyn and Cath Clements: 1964 Hillman Minx. Lynn and Sandra Cross: Modern Subaru SUV. Rod and Scarlett McKenzie: 1979 Ford Escort Estate John and Shirley Foot: 1986 Nissan. Gavin and Vivienne Harris: 1975 Triumph Spitfire.

My off-siders work covers the top of the South Island and his trip down there fitted perfectly with our plans, so Cath and I both went down with him and drove the Hillman home which was a couple of days before our Branch Christmas “Do” at Dannevirke, so that was the car’s first outing and “Gumboot” was to be its second. Both Bruce Poole and ourselves found a master design flaw in our perspective Hillman Minx’s. The boot seal is purely ornamental and it took a spade and brush to empty the boot of its dust content!! John Foote had a route planned from Waipukurau to our home at Kimbolton which was to be the lunch stop. Some devious back country gravel roads from Ashhurst to come out at Kiwitea and then up to Kimbolton. Some quite high ridges, some with gravel in the middle of the road made it quite challenging for the low slung cars. Vivienne Harris found the little Triumph Spitfire did not like being turned into a grader!

John and Shirley Foot's 1986 Nissan parked among other entrants at Mataroa where we had lunch.

After a pleasant lunch on our deck, the next set of instructions which Cath and I had organised were handed out and we all headed up through Apiti into the Kawhatau Valley and came out on State Highway 1 just south of Taihape and onto our motel – the Taihape Motel in Kuku Street. Con, the owner has been there for 50 years. What an achievement! A really nice studio ensuite unit, welcoming Christmas card, two packets of crisps on the table and two cans of beer in the fridge, all 9 for $95.00 a night – Brilliant!

TAIHAPE GUMBOOT RALLY – JANUARY 2019 – by Glyn and Cath Clements A few afternoon beers in the McCool/Harris Suite and then we all walked down to the Gretna Pub to meet the other entrants and have an evening meal. Back to the motel and a few more beers before bed. Some did see in the New Year but some only got close! New Years Day and what a cracker it was! We all assembled at Memorial Park for a 9.30am start. There were 33 entries, with 9 from CHB and the home branch (Whanganui) making up most of the field, but also entrants from Auckland, Waikato, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Manawatu and Horowhenua. Interesting to note, only 4 vintage cars, all Model “A’s”, 2 post vintage and the rest being Post War and the majority in the Post 1960 era. $5.00 a head registration which got you a raffle ticket and BBQ meal for the evening was more than reasonable, especially considering the prizes that were handed out in the afternoon at the prize-giving. The Branch must have some really great sponsors behind them. A few lefts and rights in the town which is not flat saw most doing U turns here and there when entering No Exit roads we weren’t supposed to use! Not that Jim Spicer could do a U Turn in the big Pontiac (I kept calling it the Ark Royal because it is the size of an aircraft carrier!). Poor Jim, more like 18 point turns in his case! We joined the main road at the northern end of town for about a mile before turning left towards Mataroa and into the real motoring. Magnificent gravel back roads, stunning scenery, with only 4 instructions in about 30 miles before reaching the Mataroa Hall, our lunch stop. It was shortly after leaving the lunch stop that for me at least, came the highlight of the day’s motoring. The Mataroa Saddle. A long winding, continuous uphill climb to reach the peak at 862 metres and then a just as steep decline down the other side. After cresting the Saddle and instruction read – “turn acute left into Pukenaua Road” – Acute! more like turn and go back up your own exhaust pipe! Once more Jim Spicer had to show his 18 point skills and even the short wheel base cars of Poole’s Hillman and McCool’s “A” could not get around in one sweep. (It was a great place to take some of the photos accompanying this write up). We dropped down to SH1 again and headed north for a short distance before turning right to cover a large loop to the east of Taihape through Taoroa Junction and back onto SH1 just South of Taihape and onto Jack and Lynsie Horton’s residence for the prize-giving and BBQ. Lovely grounds to sit under the shade of the trees, have a cold one and discuss the day’s proceedings. At prize-giving most people got something, a bit like a primary school sports day, with CHB being mentioned in dispatches with the Cross’s taking line honours (I believe this not their 1st time either!). Back to the motel with plenty of daylight left and the thoughts of having a few more cold ones. But for many the heat of the day had caught up and that the idea of a “Nana Nap” was too good to pass up. For some (me included) we didn’t surface again until the next morning! 10

TAIHAPE GUMBOOT RALLY – JANUARY 2019 – by Glyn and Cath Clements Day 3 of the adventure started with a group photo of the CHB cars (except Jim who had headed home early). Gavin and Viv headed north for a couple more days away, the Cross’s straight home, and the rest of us got a new run sheet from John and Shirley for the run through to Cheltenham Pub – our lunch stop. The first instruction was to head North on SH1 out of Taihape and first left into Pukenaua Rd. Cath and I were talking too much and sailed on by before realising it at the last minute. A quick U turn up the road and back to Pukenaua Rd only to see John and Shirley over shoot as well by a couple of car lengths – Good God, they’re the Organisers and have gone wrong on the first instruction! Manawatu member Chris Rhodes joined us for this run but started late and we never saw them until the lunch stop. Judy and Chris couldn’t quite understand why they didn’t come across Pukenaua Rd and it wasn’t until stopping and actually reading the instructions properly that they realised they had headed South from Taihape! Cath and I followed Rod and Scarlett in the Escort and the McCool’s were behind us in the Model “A” as we approached the Mataroa Saddle again, but in reverse from the previous day. I know how well Model “A’s” can climb and I didn’t want to hold the McCool’s back so was conscious of them in my mirrors but lost sight of then early on. It wasn’t until the lunch stop that we found out that a four cylinder Hillman goes as good as a 3 cylinder Model “A”! They had had a spark plug lead come off. A mixture of gravel and seal roads saw us come out just North of Hunterville, then onto SH54, Vinegar Hill to Cheltenham for lunch. A lovely buffet lunch, a bit of banter, and it was time for Cath and I to say our goodbyes and head North to Kimbolton while the others headed homeward. Our thanks to all involved in a terrific 3 days! We will be back next year? I hope so, but as New Years Day is Cath’s birthday I’ll let her make that call. One thing is for certain – it won’t be another 14 years, that’s for sure.


Burma Rally in Whanganui 2019 — by Michael and Vicky Harding Two cars from CHB VCC attended, Lesley & Brian Ennor in their 1964 Jaguar and Vicky and I in our 1962 Studebaker Hawk. As usual we booked into the Grand Hotel where participants had Saturday dinner it was also very convenient to the main event in the main street Victoria Avenue. We won a spot prize at dinner (because Bruce Poole was not there). We arrived on the Friday for meet and greet at the Grand Hotel with the Mayor & learnt about the early beginnings of the weekend. On Saturday we were up early to have the cars parked in the main street by 9.00am with all the other cars, including vintage, veteran, classics, and custom including hot rods. The town folk came out in style as well. We then walked down to the farmers market by the river and other displays, had morning coffee & lunch and generally taking in the activities with plenty of shopping by the girls, before all the cars gathered at the Mitre 10 car park and a one hour tour around Wanganui, which included old peoples homes and a camping ground. On Sunday, we assembled at Moutoa gardens for the rally. The rally lunch stop was at Feilding in a park next to the Mansfield race way. It was a bit windy, but we sheltered behind large bushes, for a pleasant lunch break. We ended up back at Moutoa Gardens, and then back to the VCC club rooms for afternoon tea. We spent the rest of the day sight seeing, before attending dinner and prize giving at the Wanganui bowling club, which was a bit small for such a large gathering. Brian picked up the Hard Luck Trophy because his car would not start for a while at the beginning of the Rally. On Monday, we assembled at 9.30am with cars of various ages and went on another tour of Whanganui and surrounds to end up for morning tea and farewells at a local homestead. There is plenty to do and see at the Wanganui vintage weekend, including the River boat and Steam Train. I recommend the Vintage Weekend to any VCC member.


A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HBVCC TO OWNERS OF CLUB ELIGIBLE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 2019 IS THE YEAR OF THE COMMERCIAL For the first time ever Commercial Vehicles will be the Featured Marque for 2019. Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for the 2019Art Deco Weekend 2019 to be held from February 14 th -17th.

Kindly sponsored again this year by Euro City Ltd. 45000 people attended ADW in 2018 The Grand Parade on the Saturday will be limited to pre 1946 vehicles with a wheelbase of 160� or less. No tractors or trailers allowed. A weight limit of 3 tons will also apply. Here is your chance to show off that great Commercial vehicle along with Commercials from the Bill Richardson Transport Museum. We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on Wednesday 13th February so you can participate in a special run for just the Commercials on the Thursday ending up at Off the Track restaurant for lunch. Attend our Valentine’s Dinner at the HBVCC Clubrooms that evening. Prizes for best dressed COUPLES this year. For 2019 the main rally is again on Friday and we plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus a picnic lunch at an historic Hawkes Bay homestead. Come and join the other 180 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter the 2019 Event. Go to the HBVCC website for an Entry Form. ( Entry forms for 2019 will be available from 20th August 2018. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment.




A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HBVCC TO OWNERS OF 100 YEARS PLUS OLD VETERAN CARS Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for Art Deco Weekend 2019 from February 14 th -17th

Kindly sponsored again this year by Euro City Ltd Following the great response from the public to the 23 veteran cars we had in 2018 Art Deco weekend we again want to show them what the earliest cars look like, how they perform and where it all started from. We already have several early commitments including

ADW first timers 1915 Locomobile 1918 Twin Six Packard Veteran Renault Veteran Renault

1910 Locomobile

For 2019 the annual rally is again on Friday and we plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus a picnic lunch at an historic Hawkes Bay homestead. If there is sufficient demand there will be a special rally route for the early veterans (plotted by local veteran owners) to get you to the picnic on time. There will be a special prize draw ($250 of petrol vouchers) made for just the 100 year or older cars entered in the 2019 rally event. Come and join the other 180 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter in the 2019Event. Go to the HBVCC website for an Entry Form. ( Entry forms for 2019 will be available from 20th August 2018. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend already so book now to avoid disappointment. We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on Thursday 14 th so you can attend our Valentine’s Dinner at the Clubrooms that evening. Prizes for the best dressed couples this year. Contacts: STEVE TROTT STEVE DONOVAN

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Angela Annear Travel Broker PO Box 264 Waipukurau, Central HB 4242 New Zealand For more details: Email:

Phone: 06 858 9082 Cell: 027 281 1306 Website:

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Central Hawke's Bay Branch of the Vintage Car Club of NZ


$3.00 each Contact—Kaye Carswell 06 856 977

CHB Information Centre at the Old Railway Station Phone 06 8586488 17

Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Central Hawkes Bay VCC - February 2019  

Central Hawkes Bay VCC - February 2019