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November 2019

BRANCH of the VINTAGE CAR CLUB of NZ (Inc) Lamb Country Branch Email: Contributions to the BLEAT should be emailed to the Editor no later than (25th of each month)

Club Nights

7.30pm 3rd Wednesday of every Month

Car of the Month—1986 Mazda 323 Sedan

Postal Address C/-73 Porangahau Road Waipukurau, 4200 NOMINATED POSITIONS CHAIRMAN Lynn Cross 06 858 9814 SECRETARY Ken Lyons 06 858 8093 TREASURER Kaye Carswell 021 124 3620

Basil and Dianne Stephens new members to our CHB Branch enjoying their first time out in their recently purchased 1986 Mazda 323 Sedan. This car is in immaculate condition and came with all its service papers. Congratulations on such a great find.

CLUB CAPTAIN Rod McKenzie 06 858 9562 COMMITTEE Bruce Poole 06 858 9940 Gary Weaver 06 858 9908 Iain and Eva Gollan 06 858 9105 Ruth Parker 06 858 5411 John Foot V.I.C. (I.D. Card) Coordinator 06 858 8301

Basil Stephens talking to Gary Parker about his new purchase.

PUBLICITY/WELFARE OFFICER Sandra Cross 06 858 9814

Car of the Month—Inside this immaculate 1986 Mazda 323 Sedan

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 or download a set from the Club website. John Foot—Branch Vehicle Identity Card Coordinator 2


Saturday 16th November—Central Hawke’s Bay Branch of VCC—Veteran Rally 2019 Where: Based at Gavin and Vivienne Harris’s home 16 Petersen Place, Waipukurau (Off Porangahau Rd, Follow the signs) Friday Evening: Meet and Greet. Bring your fish and chips and come to Gavin and Vivienne’s place and catch up with other Veteran car lovers. Note: We buy ours from Ted’s on Racecourse Road, Blondie's Fish and Chip shop is on Porangahau road just down the road. Saturday: Meet and mingle at 9.30am. Tea and Coffee available. Be prepared to go on a journey around Central Hawke’s Bay with a lunch stop at a country pub ending back in Waipukurau, approx.75 miles, (but there are short cuts available just ask) Meals $10.00— $30 00 your cost. Saturday evening: You are all welcome to a BBQ at Gavin and Vivienne’s home. Bring your own drinks and meat, we will supply the salads. It may pay to bring a chair! Entry Fee:

$5.00per Vehicle. Sat Dinner $5 00 per person.

Bank account: 02 0780 0035502 000. Please put your surname in the reference section and Vet Rally as the Code. Eligible Vehicles: While this rally has been organised for Veteran Vehicles (pre 1919) we welcome 2 wheel braked Vintage Vehicles to take part. Other Vintage vehicles are welcome to follow on but we would appreciate all non veteran vehicles to please park separate from Veterans to allow for photos. Thank you. Billets:

Some Billets may be available

Closing Date: 3rd November.

Please email your entry to Gavin Harris Entrants Name:……………………………………………………………………………………………............................ Passengers Names:……………………………………...………………………………………………............................ ………………………………………………………............................................................................................ Number coming to Saturday BBQ:………………………...................................................................... Entrants Address:........................................................................................................................ Home phone number:................................................Mobil:...................................................... Email address:............................................................................................................................. 4 Vehicle make and Year………………………………...............Reg No………………………………………............

Sunday 17th November—CHB & HB Vintage Car Club Branches Combined “HOMESTEAD RUN ” Meet at Ongaonga village on Bridge Street at 10:30am for an 11:00am start. You will need to bring your picnic lunch and some chairs

(Please bring this page for directions) Instructions:

To get into the first Homestead, there will be a cost per car of $10.00.

1. Leave Ongaonga village heading West and turn right onto S/H50. 2. Take second left onto Wakarara Rd. [Note the extensive orchard development on your right at about 4 miles]. 3. After about 5 miles go left into McLeod Rd [Ex Springhill School on the corner] 4. Travel to the end of the road and park as directed. 5. LUNCH and a look round. 6. After lunch we will leave this property at about 1:15pm. 7. Return to Wakarara Rd and Turn right. 8. Cross S/H50 by going right and immediately left to stay on Wakarara Rd. 9. Go first right, then straight ahead at crossroads [take care here!!]. 10. Stay on this Waipukurau-Ongaonga Rd. 11. At T intersection [Ashcott Rd], turn right. 12. Turn first left into Burnside Rd and stay on this road. 13 Cross S/H2 with all due care onto Charlotte St. 14. Turn first left into Oruawharo Rd, just before the golf club. 15.Turn right into Oruawharo Homestead and park as directed. There is a charge of $15.00 per person here for your afternoon tea and a tour of the property. Find your own way home!


Wednesday 20th November 2019 Club Dinner and Meeting To be held at Skinny Mulligan's Restaurant & Bar, Islington Drive, Waipawa Arrive for refreshments from 6.00pm — MEETING at 6.30pm followed by MEAL One Main & One Dessert:

$25.00 per person—Please pay Eva on arrival


Steak (250gm) with Sauce of your choice, Salad and Chips. Seafood Platter with Salad. Chicken Schnitzel, Salad and Chips.

Dessert: Ice Cream Sundae with Topping of your choice. Please contact Eva Gollan 06 858 9105 or by Sunday 17th November 2019 Eva is required to forward food orders and numbers attending, to the restaurant by the above date. NO LATE BOOKINGS PLEASE: 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.


— 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.



Events Calendar Date


Other District's Events Date

Sat 2nd

Targa cars in Dannevirke at A&P show grounds from 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Sat 16th

CHB Veteran Rally will be held in CHBorganisers — Gavin and Vivienne Harris

Sun 17th

Homestead Run to Two homesteads inc Oruawharo

Sat 10th

Car Show and Swap Meet Dannevirke A&P Showground's– Entry gold coin donation.

HB Branch Homestead run comSun 17th bined with CHB

Mon 18th Committee Meeting Wed 20th Branch Dinner and Meeting


Jan 2020

Fri 22-24 Tin-Lizzie Run Tuakau

Sun 1st

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


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


Beach run to Herbertville-organiser Iain and Eva Gollan

Tue 31st

Taihape New Year Rally

Wed 15th Branch Dinner and Meeting -Venue TBA


Sun 26th

Wheels with Attitude-Dannevirke A&P show grounds


Shed raid around Waipukurau-organiserWayne McDonagh 8th 9th


Run to Haumoana –perhaps—organises Cross’s

Wed 19th Branch Dinner and Meeting Venue TBA


Wed 18th Branch Dinner and Meeting Venue TBA TBA

Lex Severinsen’s Museum—organisers Brian and Pat Malcolm


John and Shirley Foot-Run to Pongaroa


May June


Leadfoot Festival at Hahei

11th-16th Model T Club Rally in Gisborne 19th 23st Art Deco Napier

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.


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


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.


Travel home 2nd January via Gentle Anne Road.


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.


Chairman's Report The end of October has been and gone and Christmas is not far off. Rod and Carol Naylor’s run to the new Lemons’ Museum on Hedgley Road off Esk Valley was thoroughly enjoyable and the museum is being meticulously set up. Lunch at the Naylors’ house in the hills was delightful in every respect. Rod’s three day run into the King Country and Taranaki was a huge success, and Sandra and I were most disappointed to be unable to attend. Sunday the 27th saw a Model A run pass through Waipukurau on their way to Wimbledon, and it seems some Hawke’s Bay branch members joined in with other makes, although I’m not aware of any of our members attending. We (Sandra and I) attended the opening of a small museum at Porangahau on that day. The museum is totally dedicated to irons – not the golfing ones, but the heat-up-and-smooth-out your clothes type. There were about 800 of them, beautifully displayed, clean, tidy and recorded. This is a place which could become part of a VCC run sometime. Coming up next is the Veteran Rally on 15 November, the same day as the CHB A & P Show, with a homestead run next day open to all. Movember is Men’s Health Month and on Sunday the 10th from 10 00am to 3 00pm there is a car show at the Dannevirke showground's. The car show itself is not a serious affair and everything on wheels is welcome. What is serious, however, is the subject. There will be booths dealing with colon cancer and prostate problems which are very applicable to our age group. There will be a poster elsewhere in the “Bulletin” but I encourage as many members as possible to attend this event. Seeing it is Movember, there will be a few faces sporting an extra growth. I am issuing a challenge to members (preferably male) to grow a moustache during the month and an extra week so that they can be judged at our Christmas function. Rod McKenzie wants it to be judged in a blind kissing competition but since he has declined to be the kissee, I don’t think that will work and we will have to think of something else for the occasion. Only those who are normally clean faced may enter. Meantime, don’t be a retard and advance your spark after the motor starts.

Lynn Cross CHB Branch Chairman


Rod’s Rattling's On Wednesday, 16th October, 12 cars and crews headed out from CHB, mostly in their P60 and P80 vehicles, and met at Tarawera for morning coffee as they began a three day adventure that Scarlett and I had arranged heading into the King Country and Taranaki. It was a very successful few days of motoring, and one comment that was made to us was that “We had headed out with Vintage Car Club acquaintances, and come back as friends.” That to me made the trip of 1000km a worthwhile exercise, so there is the possibility we will do something similar next year. Watch this space! Rod and Carol Naylor had about two dozen cars come along on their trip to the “Lemmon Museum” near Napier on Sunday 20th. It was interesting to see what has been done with the articles that had come out of the Puketitiri Museum. A later visit to their home for lunch and Carol’s dessert was enjoyed too. Thank you. The branch has been invited to join with the “HB Model AClub” with a run out to the Hales’ Farm property at Wimbledon for an “Open Day”. I imagine that a report from one of the participants will be forthcoming. The “Targa Rally” cars will be in Dannevirke on Saturday 2nd November and one or two from the branch are likely to attend to check them out. Several “Vintage Car Club” cars are entered in this event. On 16th November, Gavin and Vivienne Harris have arranged the branch “Annual Veteran Rally”, and already have a number of entrants registered for this day of motoring in our very old cars. And the next day will be a “Homestead Run” that the branch will be sharing with the HB Branch of the VCC. This will take us out to an old home near Ongaonga where we will have lunch, and later cruise out to Oruawharo homestead where we will have afternoon tea and be able to have a tour of the property. All club eligible vehicles of whatever age are able to attend this fun day out. And if your elderly vehicle is not mobile, come along in your modern. On 18th November our bi-monthly committee meeting will be held. f you have something that needs to be discussed, give one of the committee a call. On 7th December the branch Christmas Party will be held at the home of Gary and Janet Weaver in Woburn Street. Some details will be printed in the “Bleat” as to what they have planned. On 15th December, Seton and Judy Thomsen are again arranging a “Reliability Trial” for the branch. This promises to be a social and fun event with a picnic lunch with your friends and vehicles. Again, details will be forthcoming in the “Bleat” closer to the timing of the event. Several branch members are planning a trip to Taihape for New Year, and for the run the locals up there put on. It was fun last year, and a number of us brought home prizes. I am still using the car cleaning gear we won. Iain and Eva Gollan are taking us out to Herbertville for our “Beach Run” in mid-January. He has family contacts out there which will add to the experience for our members. The VCC through its many member contacts are able to get into all sorts of places the general public are not, and this will be another one of those occasions. Watch out for the “Wheels-with-Attitude” event in Dannevirke in late January and a shed raid that Wayne McDonagh has in the planning stage for February/March. And there are several other events in the pipeline too for 2020.

Rod McKenzie. CHB Branch Club Captain 10

Rod McKenzie standing beside the statue of Colin Meads in Te Kuiti

Extended Mid-Week Run — October 2019 — Day 1— written by Amanda Carswell On Wednesday morning 16th October we were off on our three day mid week run. Everyone met at the Tarawera cafe for coffee and instructions for the days journey. Garry, Kaye and I (Amanda) headed off down to Mobil first to fuel up ready for the journey (first mistake-we let Garry fill Kayes car ).

Lunch time at Whakamaru Dam. Clements MX5 Mazda, Thomsen's Triumph 2.5, Smales Ford Anglia 105E, McKenzie's Holden Commodore VL

The weather was horrid, raining and of course the wiper in the Desoto are slow but steady. Driving up to Hastings we were amazed at the amount of water flowing over the roads Kaye got to the first round about in Hastings and screamed “NO brakes “Oh my God”. Garry reassured her that they were fine and told her to hold the brakes on and they will dry out. We reached Bay-view and Kaye decided she wasn't keen to drive. Garry took the wheel. As we got closer to Tarawera the weather seemed to be clearing, thank goodness. Everyone had arrived safely. Garry needed a pit stop and when walking back to the Desoto he discovered there was NO fuel cap (Garry had left it at Mobil, Waipukarau) never the less he opened the boot and got out a trusty old rag.

We all headed towards Taupo veering off at the new express way and now heading towards Tokoroa. We then turned onto Link Road and onwards to Whakamaru Dam where we enjoyed a picnic lunch. We then went for a walk to look at the Dam, and speaking to one of the workmen we had timed it perCarswell's De Soto, Harris' Triumph Spitfire, fectly to see the Dam gate open and the incredible force of water going Richards' Chrysler Valiant, Clents' Mazda through. He said the gates were only open 1.4M out of the 7M possible. We MX5. were off again heading passed the Kinloch turn off towards the biggest Totara tree (Pouakani Totara tree walk). Even through it was the biggest Totara tree, we walked right past it like many other. We rolled in Te Kuiti with three priorities. The Colin Mead Museum, Bottle shop and fuel cap. Garry thought he could pretend to be Pinetree HaHa!!. The memorabilia of Colin and Stanley Meads brought back fond memories of listening to a rugby game over the radio. We all regrouped at the Panorama Motor Inn for drinks where we all chattered and had the most massive banquet dinner you could ever wish for. Bring on day two.

The statue of the shearer in Te Kuiti. This was made at Oruawharo near Takapau some years ago by Dennis Hall.

Amanda and Kaye Carswell with a Totara Tree in the background. 11

Gary Carswell standing beside the statue of Colin Meads in Te Kuiti

Extended Mid-Week Run — October 2019 — Day 2 — written by Judy Thomsen After a not so restful sleep, even with the supplied ear plugs, we were ready to head for Whangamomona and experience the Forgotten Highway. Parts of it where surely forgotten by the grader, the pot holes had only gotten bigger since our last trip several years ago. For those of us with mal- functioning devices and no phone coverage it was the trustie paper maps we pored over. Even the working devices caused amusement as one was reported as directing the user to find the nearest road.

Gary and Kaye Carswell's 1938 De Soto at the Whangmomona Hotel.

Whangamomna Hotel was a very welcome lunch stop to stretch the legs, gain sustenance and share stories of the adventures of the morning. From here on, the road was sealed and it seemed no time before we were back in settled communities and cultivated farm land. Kerry Lane Motel in Hawera was to be our over night stop and after settling in everyone congregated in Scarlett and Rods unit for happy hour. Turkish take-aways were ordered and enjoyed by everyone. Rod bid us goodnight by reading a version of Cinderella. Congratulations Rod on being able to keep a straight face. There was not a dry eye in the room. A great finish to a great day.

Bernard and Chris Murphy driving through the road from Tongaparutu toward Ohura in their 1975 Triumph Spitfire. 12

Glyn and Cath Clements coming through a Taranaki tunnel on the mid-week tour

Extended Mid-Week Run — October 2019 — Day 3— written by Rachel Bishop

One of the many Dioramas at the Tawhiti Museum, Model T at the Railway Station. Diorama of Maori warriors crossing the river near Tongaparutu river mouth [Tawhiti Museum]

Day 3 (Hawera to Waipukurau) CHB VCC members were relieved to finally wake up after their nightmares involving the multiple cluster potholes and innumerable blind corners of Day 2. Mt Taranaki was cloaked in cloud as we left Kerry Lane Motel but this lifted as people checked out. Some going on to breakfast in Hawera while others enjoyed the tranquillity of King Edward Park, its bronze statue of Wendy and huge Totara trees. We all vowed to do more weeding when we got home!

Nigel Ogle’s Tawhiti Museum was the highlight of the day where members became totally absorbed in the wonderfully creative renditions of past life in the area. After refuelling at Mr Badger’s on site Cafe it would have been easy to spend several more hours there. However, after seeing the many different ways that horse power was used in times gone by it was time to turn the key and head home. 270km of smooth asphalt seemed like a real treat! Thank you Rod for arranging such a great run. Your thoughtfulness and attention to detail meant that there was something for everybody each day. Well done.

Barry Smales beside a huge "racing tractor" at Rod and Scarlett beside the 1905 Deering "Reaper and Binder" Tawhiti. Note the great big V8 that Barry is attached that was once her father's and Grand-fathers at Tawhiti to, seems it would be an improvement on the power 13 the Anglia produces.

Sunday 20th October 2019 —Club run to Lemon's Museum—written by Heather Cheer As we got up at 6 00am to watch a recording of the A.B.’s quarter final thrashing of Ireland, we decided to take our modern ford on Carol and Rod Naylor’s Run. 12 vintage cars and 3 moderns met at Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory at 10 00am for morning tea in the warm sunshine. From there we had a short country drive through Taradale and into the Puketitiri area for our visit to Lemon’s Museum. Although we had been there 2 months before with the Model A Club, we saw things that we had missed.

Rod Naylor speaks to the members about his 1937 MG VA sports whist parked at the start of his run to the Lemmon Neil Malcolm’s brother brought their 98 year old father

along and he could tell us about some of the more obscure items. He really enjoyed his visit. A truly wonderful display of early N.Z. history. Then the fun began!! Our rally instructions were to take us to the Naylor’s for a picnic lunch. Along the way we saw lots of hot rods and classic cars in convoy along Marine Parade.

Joyce Calder's 1947 Austin 8 Sports at the start of the run to Lemmon's Museum from the "Silky Oaks" coffee and

Various interpretations of the instructions saw all 28 people eventually arrive for lunch. Several sat under a lovely shade tree on the front lawn and enjoyed watching a Keruru feasting on new shoots. A pheasant could be heard calling in the area below the house. Carol had made dessert with the menu on the kitchen counter; Pavlova, Blueberry and Apple Sponge, French Lemon Tart, with bowls of strawberries and ice cream. Yum Yum.

Carol gave a brief history of the area which involved two local Maori tribes, who at one stage were fighting amongst themselves. A Mr Chambers who owned land in the area was well respected and when he needed to return home they agreed to halt their warring activities to Members enjoying morning tea at the Chocolate Factory allow his safe passage. The weather was perfect for a day of VCC Club motoring.

After leaving we followed the road from Kahuranaki, through Elsthorpe, Patangata and to my sisters in Waipawa for a cuppa and a catch up. Finally getting home about 6.00pm after another great day of motoring on such a beautiful day. Many thanks Rod and Carol for hosting us all. 14

Sunday 20th October 2019 —Club run to Lemon's Museum—written by Heather Cheer Very rare 1921 Napier

Very rare 1923 Bean

1926 Ford Model T roadster at Lemmon's Museum. Rod McKenzie and John Cleland delighted in showing the proprietor how one would drive the old thing.

All parked up on Rod & Carol Naylor's property

Carol Naylor watching over Heather carefully cutting the pavlova and other desserts so beautifully prepared for us by Carol.

Famous Five? On the front lawn of Rod and Carol Naylor's home.

John Cleland, Neil Malcolm, Graham Cheer, Lynn Cross, Brian Malcolm. 15

2019 Founders Prince Henry Tour—13th—17th October Written by Suzanne McCool Two of the really great things about Vintage and Veteran motoring are the wonderful people you meet, and the enjoyment of slowly driving through the beautiful scenery that NZ has to offer, and this tour had both. We trailered our Model T from home to Christchurch, via a short stop in Blenheim at the home of a fellow Fordson tractor enthusiast to view his collection. Peter is a little disappointed to find his tractor is now believed to be the 3rd oldest in the country but at least it’s still 101 years old, then on down for Peter to go to the Christchurch Swap Meet to find some treasures, and visit the Mustang Centre for some parts. After which we carried on down south of Dunedin to East Taieri where one of the organisers of the tour Nevin Gough, very kindly offered to store our Ute and trailer while we took part in the Prince Henry Veteran Tour, named after the Prince Henry make of car. This tour is run in conjunction with the National Veteran Rally and can either be held pre or post the Rally, and was organised this year by Nevin Gough and Kelly Findlay, ably assisted by the back-up driver team of Bryan and Marion McConachie. We drove our T from East Taieri to our accommodation in Dunedin, then began the tour that Sunday evening with a get together dinner at the Cobb n Co in the old Dunedin Railway Station, where we met the other participants for the first time. From an original entry number of 8 cars, 2 withdrew due to mechanical problems, and 2 withdrew for health reasons leaving 4 cars to line up the following day on a beautiful sunny morning at the Ross Home for the start of 500km of Veteran motoring. Nevin Gough and Kelly Findlay driving a 1918 Model T Delivery van, us in our 1917 Model T Pickup truck, Rob and Diane Ross in their 1915 Dodge, and Colin and Joan Pearce in their Sunbeam.

As an aside, the Ross home opened in October 1918 providing dormitory style accommodation for up to 28 older ladies, who were then referred to as ‘inmates’, and who had to prove with references that they were of good character. Fast forward to today and Ross Home provides aged care residential accommodation for 124 residents at varying levels of care, and support services, by Presbyterian Support Otago. The home has an onsite a Café and the Manager Margaret Pearce, staff and residents warmly greeted us as they viewed our cars, while we enjoyed the tea and scones they kindly provided. We were flagged away by one of the senior residents while the Otago Daily Times videoed our start and interviewed Nevin. Keeping to quieter roads we made our way from north Dunedin to Oamaru, with one question to answer which proved to be more of a challenge than you might think, and a competitive timed section early in the piece, after which the rest of the day’s tour consisted of relaxed rural motoring along the coast as much as possible. Pearce’s Sunbeam succumbed to mechanical problems before lunch on Day 1, so they returned home, and readied another Veteran vehicle in time for the National Veteran Rally but not in time to resume the tour. Palmerston was our lunch stop on day one where Peter and I noted the hardiness of South Islanders as they wandered around in T shirts while we had puffer jackets on trying to keep warm. At Kakanui store we all stopped for ice creams (looking like we’d come from the Antartic) before heading to our accommodation at the North Star Hotel, where we were joined for dinner 16 that night by the participants of Paul Collins Cape to Bluff tour.

2019 Founders Prince Henry Tour—13th—17th October Written by Suzanne McCool Day 2, after overnight rain we headed off on a damp, overcast morning travelling inland, then the sun came out as we headed up the Waitaki Valley past the Waitaki Dam, Aviemore Dam, Benmore Dam, some very barren rocky farmland, salmon farms, around the Pukaki Canal and on into Twizel for our overnight stop, beautiful motoring conditions but man was it cold with the top down!

The prize giving dinner was held earlier in the tour that originally planned while we were dining at the Mackenzie Country Hotel in Twizel, and much to our surprise and pleasure, we were awarded the Prince Henry Tour Trophy for our Time trial results, a huge shield, looking not dissimilar in size to the Ranfurly shield. Fortunately it is held in the capable care of the Otago Branch or we would have had a problem finding space for it in our little truck. Day 3, my phone said it was 2 degrees as we headed off early on a crisp, clear morning towards our final destination of Timaru, but again stunning scenery, particularly the snow covered mountains and Lake Tekapo. We stopped for lunch in Fairlie, then the Ross’s left us to return home to Ashburton to change cars for the National Veteran Rally hosted by the South Canterbury Branch in Timaru, 18th-20th. Unfortunately for us however, not far out of Fairlie, just past a sign saying we had 52kms to go to Timaru we came to a grinding halt, in fact very sudden, metal on metal grinding halt that signalled the demise of the Pinion. Peter and I struggled to push the T off the road, then waited for our back up team of Marion and Bryan, who then very kindly rang everyone they could think of locally who might be able to get us going again, then, having made contact with Chris Sheppard in Hinds, who has a huge shed and big collection of Model T parts trailered us there, while Nevin and Kelly carried on alone to our final stop. Bryan & Marion then made arrangements to stay on in Timaru with us instead of returning home the next day as originally planned, then Bryan and Peter returned to Hinds and spent the whole day with Chris working on our Model T, completely rebuilding our Diff so Peter was finally able to motor from Hinds into Timaru to finish the Prince Henry Tour under his own steam. The following morning Bryan and Marion returned home to East Taieri kindly giving Peter a ride back and lunch at their home, so he could pick up the Ute and trailer and return to Timaru in time to collect our Rally pack to begin the National Veteran Rally. Without the help and support of this small but wonderful group of people we would not have been able to repair our T and take part in the Rally the following day. By the time Peter returned to Timaru with the Ute he had trailered over 1254 kms from home, to get there, and including the National Veteran Rally & Prince Henry Tour we motored the Model T over approximately 600kms, then finally we trailered another approx.1018km and endured a horrendous 6 ¼ hour very rough ferry crossing to return home. Thank you Nevin and Kelly, Bryan and Marion for an awesome Prince Henry tour experience, we loved it, will be hard to beat.


National Veteran Rally 18th-20th October—written by Suzanne McCool Friday late afternoon, we collected our Rally packs from the South Canterbury VCC club rooms, complete with a cuppa and afternoon tea, then most people stayed to further enjoy their hospitality with a ‘Finger food dinner’, which set the scene for all the food to come. Saturday was primarily an Open day, we began bright and early after a night of very heavy rain which sadly effected several veteran cars, with a short drive to a photo shoot at Claremont Castle, formerly a monastery now a private residence, then back into Timaru to Caroline Bay where the cars were assembled for public display. During this time the cars and occupants took part is some fun field tests, and I have to say I was very impressed with the number of entrants who dressed in period costume, it certainly made for a much better spectacle. Saturday night the club put on a bountiful BBQ dinner, complete with entertainment from a local small musical group. Sunday morning saw us all ready to go on the Rally day, having chosen either a short (35 miles) or in our case long run of (65miles), but first Peter had to bypass the water pump which left the Model T vulnerable to overheating, fortunately stops for morning tea at Pleasant Point to look through “Obsolete Iron” and lunch at Geraldine, where we visited Geraldine Auto Restorations, happened at just the right times to prevent us boiling too long, and despite a coil wire coming off which instantly stopped us in our tracks we finished the day’s very pleasant run without needing any assistance! Sunday evening culminated in a Presentation dinner at Seven Oaks, with an excellent buffet meal, and prize giving. Then, much to our surprise and pleasure we found we had come 2nd equal in the Commercial section, won the Achievement Award, and the South Canterbury club’s Spirit of Veteran motoring Trophy, a rather overwhelming night in all, but our sincere thanks go to the South Canterbury branch for graciously hosting such a wonderful, well planned event, and for their extraordinary hospitality, they are to be congratulated for all their hard work.


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 AZ 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 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. ( 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:



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

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Excellent original condition. Only 47300 miles.

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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

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

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Central Hawkes Bay VCC - November 2019  

Central Hawkes Bay VCC - November 2019