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Index In this issue… Bulletin Changes 2017 Xmas Motorcycle Run 2018 New Year Day’s Run Vintage Muster March Club Night Auckland Branch Clubrooms Photos & Memories Wanted

Regular Features Chairman’s Report Club Captain’s Report Library Notes Motorcycle Notes Entertainment Notes Commercial Notes Veteran Notes Mid Week Tourers Coming Events New Members For Sale Your Committee

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The views expressed by the correspondents in this Bulletin are not necessarily those of the Editor or the Auckland Veteran & Vintage Car Club Inc. Any articles of interest, comments, letters to the Editor etc are welcome. All contributions are presented to and approved by the club committee prior to printing. Please forward any submissions to the Bulletin Editor.


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Chairman’s Report Hi everyone and happy New Year. The Branch’s Gymnic in December was held at Dick Langridge’s farm at Brookby. The weather was warm and sunny. We had a great turn out of 85 vehicles with around 200 people. This time we made it a free entry. Santa was there for the children and the Charabanc was busy all day. The December Motorcycle meeting had a great turn out of 24 bikes and 80 members, see report elsewhere in the Bulletin. The Midweek Tourers went to Norm and Pat Dewhurst for an end of year function. We ended the year with the pot luck dinner - what a good night. We had plenty of food, the tables decorated by Lynda looked great and Santa (Russel) and his cheeky little Elf (Rodger) gave out pressies to everyone. The new year started with the Fish n Chip run to Kaiaua, which had a magnificent turn out of 120 vehicles. See report elsewhere in the Bulletin. It's hard to imagine that a few days later Kaiaua was under water from the storm bomb and king tide. The Veteran section had it’s first meeting of the year on the 13th January and the first Mid Week Tourers Run for 2018 was on the 17th. The Motorcycle section had their first meeting on the 20th. Lower numbers were experienced all round due to members still being away enjoying the summer break. See their individual reports in this Bulletin. By the time you get this the Veteran Rally will have been run on the 10t February, a good number of entries being received at time of print. Dates for your diary: 22 February—Club Night and New Members – see Entertainment Notes. 25 February—Club Run – Tulip Rally. If you haven't been on one of these before, do come along and join us. The rally instructions are all diagrams and it is a fun run to do. I look forward to seeing you out and about enjoying your vehicles on runs and rallies. Martin Spicer


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Club Captain’s Report I am writing this on the second day of January and am wondering what happened to 2017? When I was young, a year seemed to go on and on but getting older the time just passes so fast. Such a lot is squeezed into each week, so many varied activities so I suppose that makes time whiz by. During 2017 I have met so many different and interesting people both within my work and through this Branch as your Club Captain. I am really looking forward to meeting many more of you during the next six months getting out and about in the Branch’s events. We have had an eventful time during December and January, lots of things to attend and enjoy. At the beginning of December we had the Gymnic at Dick Langridge’s farm in Brookby. What a great day. We had 85 vehicles in attendance, cars, bikes and commercial vehicles as well as some modern vehicles. There were over 200 people at the farm enjoying this beautiful sunny Sunday. The Charabanc was kept very busy all day and Santa arrived after lunch to meet the children and each one received a gift. Dick opened up his garages for us to drool over his fantastic collection of vehicles, also allowing us to visit his donkeys with the baby donkey, his variety of chickens, pigs and cows. I hope some of you visited the new chapel on the property, such a serene and beautiful venue for a wedding or a blessing. Thanks Dick for graciously opening your property to us once again. The Midweek Tourers had their end of year BBQ at Pat & Norm Dewhurst’s property, see their report. The last Motorcycle run ended up, as is the tradition, at our farm in Pokeno for a BBQ lunch. Luckily we had put the marquees up the night before, just as well as we all needed shelter from the sweltering sun. Peter and Robyn Levet came up from Paeroa to join us for the day which was lovely, and so 35 people enjoyed good food and great company. The final Motorcycle meeting of the year had a change of speaker as Grant Dalton found himself to be unavailable. Stewart Madgwick stepped in for us and treated us to a wonderful talk and film show of his working abroad and his bikes over the years. 75 people came to that meeting and they were treated to the usual huge Christmas afternoon tea. The final event of the year for the Branch was the Christmas Pot Luck dinner. 72 people attended the event and what an excellent night it was. We had lots of laughter and everyone who came put into Santa’s sack so we all went home with a different present. There was so much food the tables groaned – a wonderful selection of just about everything you could think of. I would like to thank Pat Campbell, Barbara Allbon, Shaaran Price and Diane Poole who worked tirelessly in the kitchen prepping all the food that the Branch supplied and organised the food that people brought along to share. Also thanks goes to John Campbell and Leo Fowler who were our BBQ maestros and to David Allbon and others that took over the washing up. It was a great night and a lovely way to end the year with fellow members. January 1st 2018—The traditional New Years Day Fish n Chip Run out to Kaiaua. Martin and I arrived at the Jolly Farmer to find over 80 vehicles parked and


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Club Captain’s Report Contd.. ready to go on the run and over 150 people. We set off in slightly overcast weather for a leisurely back road drive down to Kaiaua. When we arrived it was great to see that some of our retired members from Thames, Whangamata, Waihi, Katikati, Hamilton and Cambridge had made the effort to join us. On counting the vehicles in the car park in Kaiaua we had 120 vehicles and nearly 250 people enjoying either a picnic or fish n chips from either the shop or Pub and of course, the fellowship of Branch members. What a fantastic start to the 2018 year. The only other event in January was the Midweek Tourers event on 17th, see their report elsewhere in the Bulletin. That’s all from me this month folks. Martin and I would like to extend our good wishes to you all for 2018 and look forward to seeing you out and about enjoying your vehicles in runs and rallies and the friendship of the Branch. Keep those 2, 3 and 4 wheels turning safely Lynda Spicer

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Library Notes For years now we have had a space problem in the Library and we have used Lundia and Hydestor moving shelves to pack away as many books, manuals and magazines as we can. It all became worthwhile when just before Xmas a 1934 BSA owner came in looking for finishing details for his Motorcycle that were not shown in our handbooks. He had given up when I suggested looking in the shelves of The Motor Cycle (the Blue uns) and Motorcycling (the Green uns) and to our surprise he found exactly what he needed. The point of all this is to remind members that we have a lot of useful stuff packed away in the Library and the Barn that you will not find unless you ask. While on about the Barn most of our duplicate Manuals and Handbooks are getatable at present so see a Library team member if you need one. We also keep the Club Archives in the annex and find that we have very little to give to Tracey Winterbottom for her upcoming 60th Hunua planning. Lots of members have kept the rally number they were given (which may or may not have the year printed on them) but it is going to take a lot of searching through Bulletins to produce some interesting events that occurred through the years. This brings us to the next problem I see—the Library has a complete run of Bulletins from the 1955 foolscap through A4's (all held in ring binders) to a full shelf of A5 booklets as we know them today. It is proposed that we issue alternate months in A5 paper and something that can be read on a Computer screen then printed off and filed. We hope that we don’t have to look after alternate "big uns and little uns" on the same shelf. Things have been very quiet on the new additions scene. We purchased "Ford in New Zealand" by John Stokes (not our John Stokes) but a Wellington researcher who has found a lot more "new" stories about agencies and promotions that went on in NZ in our early motoring years. Its $50 in Whitcoulls. Barry Robert and the Library Team—Barry Birchall, Colin Bott, Owen Hayward, John Stokes & Chris Wood


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Motorcycle Notes December 2017 Meeting—We had a warm and sunny day that brought out 24 bikes and 80 members to our last meeting of the year. New member – Chris LeGrice. Visitors – David McRae, John Hansen. Reports: Graeme Crawley and Tony Vaughan reported on another successful Annual Auckland Motorcycle Rally. Mike O'Kane was given the youngest rider trophy, Paul Tomlin was given the First American trophy and Chris Clarke was given the Best Presented Motorcycle trophy. Martin thanked Lynda and her helper Nancy for the great after meeting tea's and presented them with flowers. Branch Gymnic—This was held at Dick Langridge's farm in Brookby and was a great day out with 85 vehicles and over 200 people there. Guest Speaker: Unfortunately Grant Dalton couldn’t make it so at very short notice I asked member Stewart Madgwick to come along and give us a talk on his life. Stewart has been to 60 countries and has worked in 14 of them. He worked for the dairy industry. He went to Europe on his first OE and was a tour bus driver. Later he took his wife and 3 children to Australia working on a large dairy project. He worked 2 terms in Indonesia on milk powder factory projects, his next posting was in Morocco East Africa. His next was his favourite, Singapore, then he was sent to Delhi India and then to Chile and a few more. At the moment he works as a consultant for the dairy industry mainly in California. Stewart’s club vehicles are – 1957 BSA Bantam 150 D3, a 1926 BSA 350 flat tanker, a 1928 Austin A7 and a 1936 Austin A7 Ruby. Stewart put together a collection of photos that he showed on the big screen. Martin thanked Stewart for coming to talk to us. January Meeting—We had a hot and humid afternoon that brought out 15 bikes and 45 members, a smaller turn out as some are still away on holiday. There were no new members or visitors. Reports: Martin reported on the Christmas Motorcycle run to his and Lynda's Pokeno farm, see full report elsewhere in the Bulletin. He also reported on a very good club night pot luck dinner. The next report was on a very successful New Years day run to Kaiaua with 120 vehicles and around 250 people taking part, see report in Bulletin. Don Green told us about a Norton engine that he is rebuilding for its owner after it was in the big Kaiaua floods. Coming Up: February 10th Motorcycle meeting, that’s a week earlier, speaker Auckland mayor Phil Goff. Peter Alderdice showed the meeting a selection of newly made Harley handle bar grips and foot-board rubbers in black or white - if you need items like these give Peter a call. Peter also told the meeting that he has booked a house in Blenheim for the February 2019 National Motorcycle rally that can sleep 15. Places are filling up so if you want to join our group let Peter know. As we didn’t have a speaker for this meeting Martin asked the members to recall their very first brushes with the law enforcement officers in their teenage years.


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Motorcycle Notes Contd... These members were the ones who were brave enough to tell us their tales that had us all smiling and bringing back memories of our teenage years – Julian Jones, Rob Lauder, Jack Clark, Martin Spicer, Malcolm Brown and a few others. John Bryant told us about his first ticket, it was 1961 and he had not been in the country very long and was living in Cambridge. He was offered a 350cc Velo to go for a ride, the owner was a learner so the bike had L plates. Anyway John and his girl friend set off on their ride only to be stopped by a traffic car, he was told he was speeding doing 50 mph and that the speed for a learner was 40 mph. John then showed his full licence but then he was told he was still speeding as you could only do 40 mph when carrying a pillion. He had to go to court and was find 8 pounds, quite a lot when he was earning 15 pounds a week. And so ended a fun meeting. Keep those 2,3,and 4 wheels turning safely. Martin Spicer and Jack Clark

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Entertainment Notes Here’s hoping 2018 has started well for everyone. January club night was a catch up noggin and natter. February club night (22nd), will be all about trams. With our “City Fathers” keen on running trams again down Dominion Road and on out to the Airport, you may find this video of the trams that once reigned supreme on 46 miles of Auckland streets from 1902 until their demise in 1956 quite interesting. There is just one set of traffic lights in this 36 minute production and when you have seen it, you can ask yourself, “will this really work in this age?” The movie was produced in 1956 and is narrated by Merv Smith. March club night (22nd), will be a Barn Machinery Training Night. I am sure many of you will have noted the new machinery we have recently acquired and to ensure health and safety of everyone involved, demonstrations and requirements on the use of these machines is essential. The machines involved are the Guillotine, the Folding Break, the Wheeling Machine and a 50 ton Press. There will also be a general run down on workshop safety etc. Once you’ve attended this training and it has been noted in the register that you have been to the Safety Training Course then you will be able to use these tools in the Barn. There will be future training courses during the year to ensure we allow everyone the opportunity to attend. Russel McAlpine


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Commercial Notes Between us, my son and I have one of the largest collections of American “Jerry” cans in New Zealand. We have slowed down a bit now, but there was a time we would never come home from a swap meet without at least one or two. I had never thought of writing about them before, until I read some interesting facts in a couple of Classic Military magazines during the holidays. “This is very abridged”. After German rearmament in the 1930’s, the Wehrmacht were putting plans in place for swiftly moving their forces and these could not be held up by fuel shortages. A design team was set up to develop an effective fuel container. Two steel pressings made up the main body and were joined together by a recessed welded seam. At the top, three handles were fitted, enabling one man to carry two full, or four empty cans. The cap operated on a cam system, which ensured a tight leak proof seal and the cap couldn’t get lost. The Wehrmacht built up huge stockpiles of these cans prior to the outbreak of World War two. By a means which is too protracted to print here, three of these cans were spirited out of Germany and on to the United States, eventually finding their way to Camp Holabird in Maryland, the U.S.’s testing and proving ground. For reason’s known only to the “Yanks”, they took this perfect design and discarded the brilliant cam lock mechanism, replacing it with their standard 2½ inch imperial threaded cap and easily lost flexible filler spout. Their method of construction was slightly different too, but still retained the same 20 litre, or 5 gallon capacity. It is widely felt that the Allies ability to emulate these Jerry cans gave them a huge logistical advantage, in that they were never behind the “eight ball” as far as fuel supplies was concerned. The Yanks alone made 32,000,000 of them, between 1940 and 1944. Although the troops were expected to return empty cans for refilling, few did and in October of 1944 alone, 3,500,000 were lost, no doubt the reason I’ve got so many!!! Keep M Rolling John Campbell


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Veteran Notes Decembers meeting had Phil Henley and Wellsford Branch member Doug Hamilton discussing their participation in the London Brighton Run. Phil spectated from a bus and Doug participated in a very original 1904 Cadillac that was loaned by Maltese enthusiast David Arrigo, unfortunately the car failed to finish. John Morrison celebrated his purchase of the late Mark Ball's 1913 Humberette by driving it to the meeting, down the northwest motorway and through the Waterview Tunnel. Jim Boag has sold the ex Paul Jones 1913 Overland speedster to Holland, while Mike Loosemore has completed the panel work on his 1916 Hupmobile. Barry Birchall is still battling with the starter on his 1912 Cadillac, and Roger Morrison has the ex Jim Montgomery 1918 Dodge hearse back on the road. Dennis Lowe has had new points for the Curved Dash Oldsmobile made up successfully. Januarys meeting saw Roy Sharman displaying a Gottlieb Daimler fuel atomiser patented in 1883, this is the ancestor of the carburettor. North Shore Branch member Tim Edney discussed the Pioneer Motoring Groups one and two cylinder tour at Arrowtown in which he drove his 1906 Alldays and Onions. He also discussed his inspection of a 1913 Fiat Model 56, which he considered purchasing in the USA. Grant Stott from Wellsford Branch had scored a vulcanising kit used in a 1919 Chandler. This car was brought in the USA by a Kiwi on tour and Grant owns the car. He is now in touch with the man who sold him the vuclaniser, as this man is the grandson of the man that brought the car. Some of our section members are celebrating 25 years of the Model T Ford Club in New Zealand. Roy Sharman has had the petrol tank on the 1915 Talbot repaired. We congratulate George Urquhart on his eighty fifth birthday. Entries for the Veteran Rally on the tenth of February appear to be going well. John Stokes


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Mid Week Tourers December 2017—A bumper day, a bumper attendance and a good time was had by all. A short run which finished at the Winterbottom’s property for a BBQ mid-day meal. Long time member Eb Moffit was well enough to come out and was welcomed by many of the old timers present. The day was a fitting end to all our activities for 2017 and credit was given to those who had organised runs for our enjoyment during the year. The weather office had been advocating continuous rain all week with thunder and lightning for the weekend. As it happened a northerly started blowing briskly from the start of the week with overcast skies, not exactly inviting weather for a picnic at Wenderholm for our January Mid Week Toureres run. Seventeen hardy souls turned up in eight club eligible vehicles for the start at Westgate. It was nice to have Robin and Aileen Elliot from Waiuku along to give their Porsche 924 an outing. Our run was via Massey and directly into some enjoyable rural countryside through Waitakere, Taupaki, and skirting Kumeu. We then passed through Waimauku in the direction of Helensville all on back roads. We then turned onto Inland Rd for some loose metal and then in the direction of Kaukapakapa. The run then passed through Waitoke and Wainui, toward Waiwera and to our destination of Wenderholm. Our members found a sheltered spot alongside some trees and the rain stayed away, being their reward for turning out. Jack Nazer. Thank you Jack, for a very enjoyable route to Wenderholm, many of those there made a point of remarking favourably on it. Well done!. Of note was the fact that half of the group had motored from the south end of our Branch just to get to the start. Another memorable day out despite the wind. Some also took the opportunity to visit Couldrey House, an historic homestead in the grounds of Wenderholm. Beautifully restored with very attractive gardens. Well worth the time to see. Coming Events: Wednesday 21 February: Starts from the Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. departure. Neil & Jan Bieleski are our organisers for this run to Miranda. BYO everything, including your togs. Wednesday 14 March: NB—a week earlier than usual to fit in with our host’s schedule. Starts from the Warehouse car-park, Westgate. 10:00am for a 10:30am departure. Jack and Gary are organising this run and are taking us to a collections of Buick cars. BYO everything. Wednesday 18 April: Starts from the Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway 10:00 a.m. to a 10:30 a.m. departure. Details to be confirmed, but we could be visiting an antique firearms collection.

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30 March– 2 April—National North Island Easter Rally (Waikato Branch) 3 Tues Committee Meeting 7:30pm 7 Sat Mooloo Meander—Motorcycle (Waikato Branch) 12 Thurs Bulleting Mailing 7:30pm 15 Sun Northern Raid (North Shore Branch) 14 Sat Veteran Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm 18 Wed Mid Week Tourers Starts Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway 10:00am 21 Sat Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm 22 Sun Swapmeet (Northland Branch) 21-22 Maunga Moana Rally (Taranaki Branch) 25 Wed Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm 26 Thurs Club Night & New Members 8:00pm 29 Sun Club Run Note: The clubrooms are open on the second and fourth Thursday evenings each month from 7:30pm till 10:00pm and every Saturday afternoon from 4:30pm till 6:30pm.


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Thursday 22 February 8:00 p.m. An evening about TRAMS

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New Members A most sincere welcome is extended to the following new members. We hope to see you taking an active part in Club activities whenever possible. Should you or any member require any assistance or advice, please feel free to ask any Committee member. (Refer back page of this Bulletin). Eric Drabble Waiuku 1973 Triumph 1957 BSA 1963 Triumph Chris Brake Auckland 1931 BSA Chris and Robyn Le Grice Mairangi Bay 1959 Matchless 1960 AJS 1951 BSA 1975 Harley Davidson Owen Exlar Papakura 1954 Chev 1971 Triumph Tiger Terry Jenkins Papakura 1922 Jewett Arthur Jenkins Papakura 1924 Jewett Greg and Joanna Martin New Windsor 1942 Willys Jeep Zeev Barvish Northcote 1967 Piaggio

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2017 Xmas Motorcycle Run We woke up to fog but it soon cleared and the sun came out. We set up the two marquees and got the BBQ out ready for lunch time - Lynda was busy making the burgers and other goodies. As I was leaving on the Honda CBX to go to the start at the Jolly Farmer, Drury, Peter and Robyn Levet arrived from Paeroa. At the Jolly Farmer there was 15 solos and 3 sidecars lined up and 5 cars. We then had the customary joke to send us on our way this time told by Alastair Moffat. With me leading the way we set off along the Great South Road, then took Burtt Road, Tuimata Road and into Paerata, went along Highway 22 turned right at Heights Road, then onto Helvetia Road and into Pukekohe. We then went past the A & P show grounds onto Logan Road, Harrisville Road into Tuakau, turned left onto Bollard Road and left again onto Whangarata and Pokeno Roads then on to Pokeno and our farm. By now the sun was beating down so the 30 people took shelter under the marquees and we chatted while Don Green and Alistair Moffat cooked the sausages and burgers for us that went with the assorted salads finishing lunch with strawberries and blueberry pavlovas. Thanks go to Don and Brenda Green and Alastir Moffat and Robyn Levet for all their help and Lynda the hostess - they all made it a great end of year event. Keep those 2, 3 and 4 wheels turning safely in the new year.

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2018 New Year’s Day Run We awoke to an overcast morning. Lynda and I plus our 2 3/4 year old grandson arrived at the Jolly Farmer in Drury at 10:45 a.m. for our New Year’s day run and what a magnificent sight greeted us - the car parks were over flowing with members waiting the start of our run to Kaiaua. As is the norm before a run, we had a joke to send people on their way with a smile. We waited till last to catch the late arrivals and give them the rally instructions. The trip down to Kaiaua was very pleasant with no traffic apart from our endless line of cars, motorbikes and commercials. As always, we got that great view when coming down into Kaiaua of the Firth of Thames and the hills of Coromandel. The car parks of the Fish n Chip shop and the Hotel were over flowing. The queue to order your fish n chips was rather long, but the staff coped well with getting our orders completed. A number also went into the Hotel for their lunch. Lynda and I wandered around wishing members a happy New Year and having chats with as many as we could. I counted around 120 + vehicles that was a mixture of club and modern, if you take into account some bikes had pillions and most cars had 2 - 4 passengers we then had over 250 people enjoying their lunch, and chatting with old friends. The run had brought out a number of faces we hadn't seen for awhile plus a few new members out for their first club run. I think there was only one break down and that was Paul Greet who's Velo's timing had slipped, so it refused to start, but on hand was a good Samaritan in Don Green who rode his Norton back home to South Auckland and returned with car and trailer to take Paul home to Auckland city. Thank you Don. We were the last to leave Kaiaua at 3:30 p.m. and so ended a great start to 2018. Keep those 2, 3 and 4 wheels turning safely. Martin Spicer

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Auckland Branch Clubrooms When I joined the Vintage Car Club we were meeting in a hall at MOTAT. As the exhibits arrived our great hall started to disappear. The Charabanc had been restored in a tin shed on the MOTAT site. The social events after a run in those days were very popular and as we no longer had the space at MOTAT they were moved out to the Bowling Club hall in Blockhouse Bay. In 1970 at the AGM the Committee were told we could look for a new club rooms. This story of our clubrooms was found in material collected by Barry Robert. They were for a while going to build a new purpose-built building on the MOTAT site in the area now where the Library sits. John Irvine provided us with a drawing of the proposed building. That never proceeded and just as well now. We then went out and looked at several sites. We looked at a property down by the sewage works in Mangere, but although it was close to the sewage pond there was no sewage connection. We then looked at a disused church in Walls Road, a playing field in Michaels Ave, and a large two storey brick house on the water front under the bridge at Panmure with quite bit of land. I remember going to the house several times, but the Committee felt that it was remote and we could have burglaries. The house came down later when they built the new bridge. Jim Lewis who was in the chair at the time and very much the driver, then asked Les Keys and John Williams, who were both outside the Committee, to come up with a property. Les at that time had a Real Estate company in the city and within 48 hours they found 39 Fairfax Ave which was for sale for $18,000. However, by the time all the Committee inspected the property the price had gone up to $18,500. We finally agreed on $18,300 and Eben Moffat the Treasurer secured an ASB mortgage for the balance. When I first saw the building, it was a fourbedroom house with a clothes line and small garden behind and lots of volcanic rock. Fund raising started in earnest and a building levy was agreed upon to use as security. Norm Dewhurst organised a vintage car run over 24 hours and the run would finish at Western Springs where the public could view the old cars to raise some funds. Many members spent a lot of hours in the house removing walls and strengthening the roof. We were lucky we had builders, plumbers and electricians among our members who donated their labour and sometime material for free. The first walls to come out were the walls on both sides of the dining room. For some members however, the new clubrooms site was too far south and there was no motorway through to the city and as a result they broke away from the Auckland Branch and formed the North Shore Branch of the VCC. On the 28th of November 1970, the formal opening ceremony was performed by Miss Amy Moore and Mr Dick Messenger, who were life members, both no longer with us. Joe Empen then paid off the mortgage and gave us a piano and paid for the first heating system. We are indebted to Jim Lewis who was the driver behind the project, Joe who paid off the mortgage, and all those who helped. There have been many more alterations to the clubrooms over the years. Barry Birchall


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Auckland Branch Clubrooms Contd.. Below is the artists impression of the afore mentioned Clubrooms for the Auckland Branch at MOTAT, along with the letter to Branch members from Jim Lewis, the Chairman of the day.


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Photos & Memories Wanted

Photos & Memories Wanted October 2018 sees our 60th Hunua 100. I am looking to collate some photos and stories from Hunua’s over the last 60 years. If you are in a position to scan photos and email them to me with some captions that would be great. If not, just let me know and I can scan photos and return to you. All stories gratefully received, from a couple of sentences to a couple of pages. Many of you will have anecdotes from the humorous to hard luck and all sorts in between, so don’t wait for me to tap you on the shoulder. Please drop me an email or call me. TraceyWinterbottom vintagesunbeam@hotmail.co.nz or 021 732 209 or (09) 232 0246

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For Sale 1917 Moon 6-36 six cylinder. Refurbished early 1970s, repainted once since. Interesting history and believed to be sole survivor of model. Very reliable and usable veteran well-known in the club, with many spares. Many small blemishes and a few scrapes during this use, particularly on some wings. Minor modifications for reliability. Mileage 50,000. Price $35,000 ono. Phone Tony Barnes (Member) (09) 620 1913 …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. A friend of mine (retired contractor) has the following he wants to dispose of. Bedford model TK truck. Six new tyres. He thinks about $3000. A 4door Austin A35. I should have more info on both by the time you read this. Contact me in the first instance. Norm Dewhurst—dewdrops@xtra.co.nz A home made GoKart. Goes like stink in the paddock once one gets it going. (powered by a Kawasaki motor-cycle 2 stroke engine and gear box). Cost $400, offers. Norm Dewhurst—dewdrops@xtra.co.nz 1937 Buick Series 40 Sedan—Reluctantly we are offering our much loved and well used car for sale. It is a great reliable touring car with plenty of power and will cruise all day at 60 m.p.h. if you want. We have owned this car for 30 years and have most of its history. Has been converted to 12 volt and had recent engine work. The interior is basically original and does show its age but is still serviceable. The car has never been restored but has had work done to keep it reliable and road worthy. Asking $20,000-00 or near offer. For further information contact John or Shirley Foot Ph (06) 858-8301 or email jsfoot@xtra.co.nz …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1919 Ford TT Truck—Solid rear tyres. Complete but partially disassembled. Rust free. Some restoration. Cab and deck sound. Engine C.85574 new rings. Blue plate L4750. Researched history. Located Rotorua. $3000 ono. Ph: (07) 357 4876 or 027 757 4876 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..


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Your Committee Chairman/Motorcycle Rep: Martin Spicer (Lynda)

Emal: spicerclan2017@gmail.com Ph: (09) 233 6382 or 0274 454 593

Immediate Past Chairman: Colin Bell (Pam) Email: camero@xtra.co.nz Ph: 299 6457 or 021 798 171 Vice Chairman/ Entertainment: Russel McAlpine (Jocelyn) Email: rjmcalpine@xtra.co.nz Ph: 818 4285 or 0274 735 451 Secretary / Privacy Officer: Tracey Winterbottom Email: vintagesunbeam@hotmail.co.nz (Stephen) Ph: (09) 232 0246 or 021 732 209 Treasurer: Ian Hubbard (Lesley) Email: ian@fhp.co.nz Ph: 575 8236 or 0274 426748 Club Captain: Lynda Spicer (Martin) Email: spicerclan2017@gmail.com Ph: (09) 233 6382 or 021 454 593 Committee Members: John Campbell (Pat) Commercial Rep/Clubroom Bookings Email: mightymite@xtra.co.nz Ph: 828 7850 or 0272 446 928 Pat Campbell (John) Social Conveyor Email: mightymite@xtra.co.nz Ph: 828 7850 or 0272 446 928 Don Green (Brenda) Email: greend@slingshot.co.nz Ph: 266 8836 Len Harvey (Jan) Email: beaconview8@xtra.so.nz Ph: 576 8599 John Stokes Veteran Rep/Spares Email: jcstokes96a@xtra.co.nz Ph: (09) 236 4582 or 021 185 5915 Non-Committee Officers: Librarian Bulletin Editor Barry Robert (Elva) Val Ball (Rodger) Ph: 627 9451 Ph: 298 6476 E-mail: rvball@xtra.co.nz Beaded Wheels Reporter New Membership Liaison Officers John Stokes Bob & Debbie Ballantyne Ph: (09) 426 3365 Ph: (09) 444 4066 Continuous Membership Awards Steward Glenn Morris (Marion) Ph: 273 4975 or 021 136 5926 Insurance: Vero Consumer Insurance Specialist 0800 505 905 or 356 4501 Agency Number: 0300126 Clubrooms Street Address: Postal Address: Open: Club Night:

Ph: 579 5625 39 Fairfax Ave, Penrose P O Box 12 138, Penrose, Auckland 1642 2nd & 4th Thursday 7:30-10:00pm, Every Saturday 4:30-6:30 pm 4th Thursday of the month

Branch Email Address Branch Website

auckland@vcc.org.nz www.avvcc.org.nz

Branch Honorary Life Members:

Barry Robert Norm Dewhurst Alan Roberts


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