“Dripfeed” NEWSLETTER OF THE BANKS PENINSULA BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF New Zealand (INC) VOLUME 41, No 3 APRIL 2018 Editor: Michael Williams 10 Selwyn Parade Lyttelton Ph 328 8043, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Officers: Craig Keenan 322 1006 Ron Hasell 942 1105
Branch Address: 27 Showgate Ave, ChCh 8042 E-mail: email@example.com Noggin & Natter: 2nd Thursday of the Month
Noggin 7.30 pm at the Papanui RSA. Upham Room – enter either from 55 Bellvue Ave or the first entrance on the left on Harewood Road (Papanui / Main North Road) Thursday 12th of April. We look forward to seeing you there. Supper is provided.
From the Editor: Last weekend we held the Pomeroy Trophy, for many the signature event of our branch. It was last run four years ago, and this year we were pleased with the number and variety of entries. The origins of the original Pom, as it is known, are somewhat obscured by the mists of time, but it started in the UK in 1947 or thereabouts. Back in N.Z., two young and enterprising branch members, Gavin Bain and Peter Croft, decided that it would be an ideal event for the new Banks Peninsula branch and thus wrote to the suitable chaps in Blighty to find out if the arcane secrets of the event could be transferred to the colonies. They were of course, successful, and the first New Zealand Pom was run at Ruapuna in 1978. I have before me the winner’s tankard, and the list of winners , and what they drove, makes fascinating reading. The most successful marque is Bentley, which is as it should be, with 6 wins followed by Fiat with 5 wins, M.G. and Citroen with 3 wins, Bugatti, Triumph and Daimler with 2 wins. Other winning marques include Rover, Jenson – Healey, Bond, Vauxhall, Riley, Ferrari, and Alvis. The most successful driver has been Bruce Pidgeon, with 5 wins in a Fiat or Bugatti, followed by Michael Haggitt with 4 wins in his Bentley. Gavin Bain won the first Pom in his Bentley, and won in the same car 27 years later. He also won in a Ferrari. Michael Williams has also had 3 wins, all in a Citroen. What a wonderfully diverse range of cars and drivers the Pom attracts and we hope to run it on a more regular basis in future.
Welcome to two new members. Pikari Whetu, is that rare creature, a young member, and is the grandson of Graeme Taylor. Alyson Gardner, who was married to the late Bruce Robson, has rejoined the branch. We hope to see you both at future events. Mark Dawber sent through some recently discovered photos of the first Deans Bush Veteran rally in 1954. Wonderful to see, as many of the cars are still running well. Almost as wonderful were the clothes and hairstyles on display. Short back and sides was clearly in vogue. We’ll try and publish them next month. Monte Carlo organisation is about to swing into action, and thanks to Vaughan Morrison for entering a team. It’s on the 16th -18th of November, so start booking accommodation at Akaroa, as it always fills up over Show Weekend. The indefatigable Rod Corbett has sent through another update on the impending Targa Event. There are to be time trials for intending entrants at Highlands Motor Park on the 21 st of April, and the same at Ruapuna at a date yet to be announced. Rules and Regs are being finalised. For more information, contact Rod firstname.lastname@example.org 03 423 1551, 027 4338772. Vaughan Morrison wants a Ford Model B engine, anything considered, and some 21 inch Model A rims. Phone Vaughan on 021 660762
Coming Events: The AGM: Thursday 10th of May at the Papanui RSA. 7.30pm. This riveting event is a must for all those seeking political power and influence within the branch, so do come along and organise a palace coup. We are always keen for new committee members, if only to keep the current lot awake at meetings. Talk to Ron about a nomination form. Or better still, just turn up on the night. You’ll get a free supper! The Hadstock Gymkhana: To be held on Sunday the 20th of May, 9.30 am, at Hadstock, the stately home of Squire Chamberlain and his ancestors since 1066. I’m fairly sure they are mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Be that as it may, our annual gymkhana is always great fun and last year was especially thrilling, as there were lots of like, Young People, a species not often seen at our events. I hope they will return. So put it in your diary and come and see the usual variety of vehicles and drivers prove that they can’t follow simple instructions. And it’s about time someone beat Avon Hyde. To get there, turn into the Leeston Rd from Springston, then right into Bethells Rd just before the Selwyn Bridge. Go past assorted peasants, villeins and serfs, toiling on the ancestral acres, and after 2.3 k turn left into ye fallow field by the VCC sign. Irishman Creek: Although this is a Canterbury Branch event, George Kear has asked us to include the entry form. This year it’s being organised by two Banks Peninsula branch stalwarts, James Webb and John Chamberlain so a splendid time should be guaranteed for all. The start is in Oamaru and accommodation will be at a premium, so book now. Vaughan Morrison tells me that there is room at the St Kevins College Hostel. It’s $40 a night, breakfast is available on Saturday morning. Contact email@example.com or phone Justin 027 4265370. Rosco Sporting Trial: This world famous event is on Sunday 17th of June, at Reefton, so bring your thigh waders and snorkel, as exotic Reefton can get a trifle damp. Entry forms later. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Run by the Westland VCC branch.
Past Events: The Veteran Trial: This year’s rally started at The Store at Tai Tapu and headed across country towards Leeston via Coes Ford, which actually had some water in it. Tony Airs, with his F.N. met us at the Glentunnel Museum, where we had a good look around. From there we motored off to Terrace Station at Hororata, where we did some driving tests in the driveway before heading to the homestead grounds for lunch. We were able to look around the wonderful gardens and homestead before checking out Richard’s sheds. Thanks to Kate and Richard Foster for their generous hospitality, and to Tony Airs for helping to organise aspects of the day. A visit to Terrace Station on one of their open days is highly recommended, as it is one of Canterbury’s significant houses, and the gardens are superb. The overall winner was Bevars Binnie in his Hupmobile. The Field tests were won by the Maclins in a Model T, and the Concours by Bob Hayes in his Renault. There were no Banks Peninsula branch vehicles at the event this year, so we do hope for some support next year.
Craig Keenan. The Pomeroy Trophy: Understanding the intricacies of the scoring and handicapping system of the Pom is a gift that very few have, so we have to be very grateful to Jason, who works for Craig Keenan. Jason is not a car person but loves the weird and bizarre system that Mr Pomeroy foisted upon us and he gave up a great deal of his time to make up the results which are hopefully readable. (And thanks also to Craig and Ron for the many hours they put into the organising of what is quite a complex event.) The handicapping figure, for example, is H = 70CY / L., and the wiggle woggle equation is F = T + 0.013H. For those of us who found School Cert maths a bit of a struggle, it’s incomprehensible. The joy of it all is of course, that the fastest car is not necessarily the winner. Russell Yates’ hideous great 6 litre Mustang Tackmobile was incredibly fast, but on handicap was beaten by George Kear’s 1 litre Mini Cooper, and Tim Palmer’s wonderfully throaty sounding Morgan Plus 8 3.5 litre was beaten by the immaculate pre war MG VA 1.5litre of Rick Jones. So in some senses it’s not fair and upper lips have to be kept stiff in the face of adversity, because in Mr Pomeroy’s world, size doesn’t matter. The driving tests were a bit of a challenge, because the track was wet, so caution had to be exercised at the end of the flying quarter and wiggle woggle, as braking in the wet can have some wonderful outcomes. However, all were sensible, and the same could be said for the braking test, which has been the graveyard of expectation in the past. For many, the 20 minute reliability trial is
the highlight, and the field was sensibly split into slower and faster cars, both heats using the short and very twisty track. The two extremes were represented by the Yates family, with Russell driving the incredibly fast Mustang, and wife Brenda the incredibly slow vintage Austin. The Austin was fitted with very non standard twin SU’s and was rumoured to have got to 60kph in the flying quarter. Heady stuff for an Austin. Russell got to 160kph, mostly sideways. In the slower field, there were some great battles, with the fast Frogmobile holding off a group of battling and baffled Brits. It’s amazing what a well sorted French saloon can achieve against a British “sports car”. It was a joy to see Donald Williamson and Wayne O’Donnell in a pair of very original Mark 2 3.4 Jags, and a pair of non original matching Jaguar overalls. Both basically barn finds, they were in lovely original order, were not red, and did not have wire wheels, like every other Mark 2 these days. Donald bought his from the original owner, and did very well too, considering the car hadn’t run for many years. Wayne’s car got a bit too excited and started leaking water all over the place, as distinct from the oil that Jags can usually be relied upon to spray everywhere. As Wayne said, “What other car has internal and external lubrication?” It was marvellous to see Gavin Bain out in the D type again, and Lynn Scott who was going very well in the TR7, complete with original tartan upholstery. The Sunbeam Alpine of Baden Reilly was circulating well, and the two Porsches were quietly efficient. Dallas Yates in the hot MGB drove well, and Peter Croft in the Bond showed admirable restraint, given the tendencies of Triumph rear suspension. A pleasing feature of both races was that the slower drivers always allowed the faster cars through by showing courtesy and track manners, which is what the day should be all about. Three trophies were presented. The most splendid of them all is the Sharp family Trophy, presented to the branch by Gordon Sharp of Dunedin. It’s for “The Spirit of the Event”, and it’s an enormous carburettor from a 6 litre Bentley. The clear and obvious winner was Brenda Yates, driving the 1928(?) Austin. To drive a vintage Austin anywhere is pretty damm brave but to drive one on a track is really the supreme sacrifice. She completely captured the spirit of the Pom, and was a worthy winner. Another trophy is a bit of an oxymoron as it’s for ”The Top Scoring English Car”, and was presented to the branch by the VSCC of GB. It’s a large and wobbly steering wheel. This was won by Dave Provan in his very fast supercharged MG TF. Dave also won the B Class trophy, which is the Haggitt Trophy donated by the late Michael Haggitt from Dunedin. Well done, Dave. The Pomeroy Trophy itself can only be won by a car that is more than 2,000cc, one of the many anomalies in the scoring system. In a stunning reversal of Sluys, Crecy, Poiters, Agincourt, Trafalgar, Waterloo and other French- British battles where France came a narrow second, French guile, cunning and engineering skill carried the day for the Citroen D Super of Michael Williams. Mr Pomeroy would say that the winner has the “Ideal Touring Car”. On ne peut guere le nier.
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Many thanks to John MacDonald for his consistently wonderful photos
Smoke on the water
Two genuine artefacts articles
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