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“Dripfeed” NEWSLETTER OF THE BANKS PENINSULA BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF New Zealand (INC) VOLUME 40, No 10 DECEMBER 2017 Editor: Michael Williams 10 Selwyn Parade Lyttelton Ph 328 8043, email

Chairman: Secretary:

Club Officers: Craig Keenan 332 1066 Ron Hasell 942 1105

Branch Address: 27 Showgate Ave, ChCh 8042 E-mail: 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 14th of December. We look forward to seeing you there. Supper is provided.

From the Editor: This is the last edition of Drip Feed for 2017, and the next edition will not come out until February. For the very keen, there is a January Noggin. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the role of editor of this prestigious publication since I took over in June, and I look forward to writing more slanderous and opinionated pieces in the future. Thank you to those who have sent contributions and encouraging comments, please continue to do so. Many of you will of read of the passing of three of our members, David Banks, Graeme Curry and James Whitmarsh. Graeme Curry was a Dunedin member and an enthusiastic Buckler owner, and raced at the Dunedin Street Races and at Waimate, where he had more recently lived. James Whitmarsh owned and drove a Singer Bantam and an MG. David Banks owned a variety of cars, and campaigned them all most vigorously. He and Margaret lived across the Kowai River from the Flemings farm at Balcairn, and when James Palmer and I were organising the Balcairn event, David would bring his club eligible Fordson Tractor across and dig holes in the river to trap unsuspecting Austin 7’s. It worked very well. Every year David would want to enter a club eligible vehicle, the Fordson being a good example, and every year we would have to bring in a rule to prohibit it. He had a wonderful sense of humour and delighted in being

provocative, without being too serious and was an asset to any of the many events that he attended. The club extends its condolences to their families I thought the organised amongst you should be aware that the Irishman Creek event is starting at Oamaru next year, so it might well be wise to start booking some accommodation. James and Jane Webb and of course the highly organised John Chamberlain too have been very busy and feel they have discovered some new roads for us. Welcome to new member Gary Gemmell with a 1939 Nash. A reminder about the monthly informal get together at the Governors Bay Hotel on the first Sunday morning of every month. A good opportunity for a pleasant drive in your old car to a lovely venue, where an interesting range of food and drink is to be had, and an equally interesting range of cars in the car park. Gavin Bain is hosting the annual Christmas celebration in the grounds of Waitahuna on the 15 th of December, from 7.00pm. Christmas carols and other seasonal music will be performed by the Sumner Silver Band (est 1880), so bring a picnic tea, some chairs or a rug and something to drink, Children are welcome. As well as a chance to bellow out some Christmas carols, it’s a chance to see Peter Croft wearing long pants, probably from his high school suit. Like Christmas this only happens once a year, so do come along and marvel at this rare sight. A gold coin donation to the restoration of the Governors Bay jetty would be appreciated. If wet, on the hotel verandah. George Calder kindly sent me a contribution from the Riley Club mag about the Monte Carlo. A very sporting gesture on George’s part, as it shows a Riley being beaten by a French car. Thus inspired, I did a little research, and discovered some interesting facts. Everyone is aware of the 1966 Monte in which the Mini Coopers were disqualified for having illegal headlamp bulbs. Fair enough too, some would say. But, the French organisers didn’t stop there. They also disqualified a Cortina, a Ford Corsair , a Hillman Imp, and just so they couldn’t be accused of motoring racism, a Simca 1000. However the Simca did have two British drivers. Generously, the organisers allowed a Rover 2000 to come 10th, just to demonstrate how impartial they really were. So actually, the Mini drivers were not being discriminated against at all, they were simply one of many who foolishly broke the rules.

After Rome the snow became so thick that chains had to be fitted and some cars had to retire. Leaving Italy the snow thickened and there was worse to come, but this Riley continued on.......of course!

Only to be beaten by a Renault Nervasport, the overall winner, which still exists and is here being shown off at a Goodwood Festival in recent times.

Further research revealed the following statistics. Since the rally began, French cars have won 32 times, British cars 13, Italian cars 13, German cars 9, Japanese cars 8, American cars 4 and Swedish cars 2. Over whelming evidence about French superiority some would say. In the manufacturers area, Lancia has won 13 times, (thanks to the Stratos), Citroen 9, and Ford 7. At the local Monte Carlo Rallye level, a Mini team is definite, as they seek yet again to avenge what they perceive to be the wrongs of the past, and I’m sure many others are quietly preparing and fettling. It’s less than a year away.

Coming Events: New Years Day at Little River. This annual event, first thought of many years ago by Annabelle Bain, has become a real destination event for car clubs as well as individuals, and massed invasions by assorted Fords were not quite what was had in mind when the event originally started at the Hororata Pub carpark about 20 years ago. Clearly it fills a need in the motoring calendar, and with a Jazz band tootling away in the background, is always a pleasant way to spend New Years day as many interesting cars are to be seen. Entry is off Western Valley Road near the Fire Station. The band starts playing at 11.00am. We ask for a gold coin donation at the gate. The Fire Brigade will be running their usual barbeque, and will also have ice creams for sale. There will be a Lolly Scramble for the children.

Lake Coleridge Run: Sunday 28th of January. For those who will be here, and feel like a decent run, we are having a day out at Lake Coleridge. We‘ll assemble at the Yaldhurst Pub carpark at 9.30am and head off into the wild blue yonder on a cunning route that will definitely involve some shingle roads.

Skope Classic: Waitangi Weekend. Details TBA but if you are a regular entrant, get in touch with the all knowing Ron for an entry form. Likewise for Levels which is usually the following weekend.

Past Events: There haven’t been any!..

Spot the Marque: Club intellectual, deep thinker, gentleman of leisure and Renaissance man Mike Crehan of Mapua has paused from issuing writs to send this delightful little ditty from motoring writer Steady Barker. The idea is to identify the marque about which he is writing. Easy for some? Hope so. Cher monsieur Secrétaire d’Écriture et Mensonges A little something from Steady to mark the Marques return to the branch: Dear Mr Birkigt… There’s nothing quite so amorous and glamorous for cameras As your Hispano-Suiza de la France:

None so fabulous, exotic and narcotic, or erotic (Thus appealing to all rich - and maiden – aunts!). I could write a bonny sonnet on the bonnet and how long it Is from driving seat to scintillating stork; And the engine’s so elastic and fantastically gymnastic, With a hind-legs-of-a-donkey sort of torque. Though it speaks with louder voices than Rolls-Royces, yet the noises Are in keeping with its origins and birth, And the character it oozes when it chooses to court floosies Gives it more than pecuniary worth. Now I used to know a rotter who had got a hot Isotta And I’ve ridden in a 30/98; And I’ve run a natty, somewhat tatty old Bugatti At an altogether alarming rate. But I’ve yet to find a motor which I’d vote a bigger quota Of credit for sheer elegance and oomph. By comparison the modern trash – all plated flash and balderdash – Is worth a piece of perforated boomph. RONALD BARKER Amicalement

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A Message from the Top: Letter to members from the National President VERO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF HISTORIC MOTORING – NEW PLYMOUTH 2021 As I mentioned in my recent Beaded Wheels column, the Management Committee is fully committed to this event going ahead. I am therefore pleased to advise that Tony Haycock has been appointed as Festival Director. The Management Committee will be having a more hands-on role with the 2021 event, hence the appointment of a Management Committee member as the Director. Although Tony is currently National Speed Steward and is well known for his travel and journalist endeavours, in another life Tony has experience in event management and recently has been involved in organising major motoring events for overseas clubs. We have taken on board the concerns and comments from many members about the future of our International Rallies and Tony has come up with a new concept (see below) which is exciting and innovative and I have no doubt that with Tony’s enthusiasm and experience it will be a very successful event for our Club. Diane Quarrie National President Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring - New Plymouth 2021 - A new beginning and whole new concept for our premier International event. Forget everything you thought you knew about VCC International rallies. For 2021 we have a totally new concept for a totally new style of rally. Shorter, sharper and more bang for your buck. This is THE old car, bike and truck event you will not want to miss. I can promise you a week of motoring, entertainment and activities, the likes of which you have never experienced before! We start the Festival with a massed arrival in New Plymouth on Sunday afternoon from the north and south, so you have the weekend to get there. We will then have four motoring days - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. So, what's happening on Wednesday? You might be thinking you can have a day off, and if you want to you can but I don't think you will want to and I'll explain why shortly. The four motoring days will see all entrants on the same route. If some of us are going to Hawera on day X, we all are. You will get to see all the cars, the trucks and the bikes, every day. No more travelling with the same group of vehicles every day while the other 4/5th of the rally has gone somewhere else - your mates included. Until now, there have been no National Rallies in the same year as an International. 2021 will be very different. Wednesday will see the National Veteran, Motorcycle and Commercial rallies taking place. For the other VCC categories which currently do not have a National rally, don't worry - there will be something for you too. Rally headquarters will be the heart of the Festival and there will be good food, good drink, and plenty of entertainment right there - the ideal way to sit down with friends after a great day of motoring to tell lies about what you have been up to. At the same time, the New Plymouth Festival of Lights will be taking place at Pukekura Park, and this world-renowned spectacle is both free, and only a couple of minutes walk from HQ . The public display will be a twilight event, and Friday night will see the final function, giving everyone the weekend to get back home for work. The proposed date at this stage is 17th to 23rd January 2021. The new format is something which has never been done by the VCC before and is the result of listening to comments from members and previous rally entrants over several years. It will be a gathering of the most diverse range of New Zealand and overseas motoring heritage ever to have been assembled in one place. Tony Haycock Festival Director

Banks Peninsula VCC December 2017  
Banks Peninsula VCC December 2017