“Dripfeed” NEWSLETTER OF THE BANKS PENINSULA BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF New Zealand (INC) VOLUME 41, No 2 March 2018 Editor: Michael Williams 10 Selwyn Parade Lyttelton Ph 328 8043, email email@example.com
Club Officers: Craig Keenan 322 1006 Ron Hasell 942 1105
Branch Address: 27 Showgate Ave, ChCh 8042 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 8th of March. We look forward to seeing you there. Supper is provided.
From the Editor: A quiet month past, with no events happening, so Dripfeed this month will be full of idle gossip, and miscellaneous motoring trivia, with varying degrees of accuracy. Another apology seems in order, as our illustrious branch began in 1978, not 1976 as mentioned in the February issue. Welcome to two new members. Bill Cowie from Blenheim has a Holden Frangipelli single seater, which he was enthusiastically punting round Ruapuna at the Skope meeting last month. Roger Greaney from Napier has the ex Graeme Baker Lotus 20/22, and also a Buckler. Alasdair Brass, who was a Canterbury member, died recently. He was an enthusiastic supporter of our speed events in his immaculate Austin Cooper S, and raced it at Ruapuna only a week or so before his death. The branch extends its sympathy to his family. Branch member Jeremy Stace features in the latest issue of Classic Driver. So does his lovely E type, so it’s well worth a read. In the February edition of Dripfeed I wrote about a group of Bentleys that dropped into the McIlroy emporium, and particularly, an S2 that had belonged to the Queen Mother. I was wrong at every
level. It was a Rolls not a Bentley, a Silver Cloud or a Purple Haze or something from the 60’s, and shock horror gasp, did not belong to the QM at all. Tom King of the RR club did some sleuthing via the UK RR club archivist, and exposed the deceit. So in fact all the cars were replicas of some sort. Whatever happened to standards? etc etc. Bruce and John Davies,( late of Tauranga and now Methven) , turned up to look at all those 2CV’s I mentioned last time, and were almost impressed. Some of the Deux Chevaux were impressive, especially a 4 wheel drive one with a 5 speed gearbox. Some of the European owned cars do a major trip every year, the last trip was to Iceland, and China before that. One of the Australian owners was Jack Brabham’s cousin, and not surprisingly his 2CV was modified to a gut wrenching 720cc, up from the normal 602cc. An entertaining group of delirious enthusiasts. Johnny Moore and Greg May are two of youngest members, so need to be treated with care. Like all young people, they have aspirations to better themselves, and in Johnny’s case, rise above their disadvantaged motoring backgrounds. Johnny aspires to Citroen DS ownership, but failed the entrance test, so he and Greg have had to make do with a phalanx of Peugeots. They bought four Peugeot 405 MI 16 four wheel drive models, with Citroen hydro pneumatic rear suspension. Amazingly quick and clever cars, they were possibly one of the most complicated cars ever built, and cost $110k when new, which at the time bought a very pleasant suburban house. Two of them were for spare parts. However one of the runners blew a hole in the crankcase the second time Johnny drove it, so there is great pressure on the parts cars, as reliability was not their strong point. The previous owner gave them a partial refund, which was very decent of him. Welcome to the world of French cars! Talking of French cars, I found in the archives a report about the first ever Bathurst Saloon Car race, run in 1950. It was over 6 laps, (25 miles) and was a handicap race. First away was a Renault 750, then a Skoda, then a Y type MG, Peugeot 203, and Simca 12. A minute later was a Jowett Javelin, and an Austin A70. Another minute later was a Citroen Big 6, a Ford V8 Pilot, and two Riley 2.5’s. After 27 minutes of racing, the Citroen was the winner, followed by the Peugeot and the Simca. The same archive reported on the 1992 Bathurst Class B race, won by a Citroen BX 16v, followed by a Peugeot M16 and a Nissan. The Citroen was 100kg lighter than the Pug, and made better brake pad choices. Something for Johnny and Greg to ponder...... An update on the Targa event to be held later this year.. The event has been approved by the Targa NZ and VCC management Committee. Rules and regs will be completed shortly. Rod Corbett has had over 40 registrations of interest thus far, and he will keep us posted about future developments. For more information, contact Rod email@example.com 03 423 1551, 027 4338772 Another search of the family archives revealed a collection of the Auckland Weekly News, Christmas editions, between 1913 and 1930. The best part of them was of course the car advertisements which were most interesting in terms of what was available at the time. In 1913 you could buy a Daimler motor –wagon from Geo. Henning, a Wolesley or Austin from G,W, Spragg, or a Sava , in 4 HP ranges, 14 – 50, from Dowson & Gillies.( A Sava is a Belgian car) In 1920 you could buy a Chandler Six, “The Top Gear Car”, a Pierce –Arrow, “The Pleasure Car’, a Cleveland 6, a Napier 40/50, a Lancia or Peugeot cars trucks & motorcycles, all from Pacific Motors in Pitt Street. The Farmers Co-Op in Wellington would sell you an “Exceptionally Trustworthy” Hupmobile, and Moe and Co in Auckland would sell you a Moon, “Positively the First appearance in NZ and not a Cheap Car”
A Hatrick in Wanganui could sell you an Overland, “All Roads are Smooth in an Overland”, and Skeates and White were hoping to sell you an Oakland Sensible Six 6 with cylinder valves in head. In 1921 Jas. Tombs was advertising the “Wonderful New Studebaker Big 6, Special 6 or New Light 6”. Gillet Motors were keen to sell you a Buick, “A Seven Seater Passenger Touring Car Model K49”. By 1928, the Reo Flying Cloud had made an appearance, boasting: “Honesty of manufacturing and Workmanship”, and the Dodge Brothers with “Three Great 6’s”. P.B. White introduced the Humber, “Entirely New in Design and Performance”, and for 785 pounds you could obtain a Packard Sedan from the Australasian Import Co. 1930 saw the Reo Flying Cloud, for”100,000 miles of carefree driving, with an inbuilt radio”, and Amuri Motors hoped to sell you a Sunbeam: “The wide track and special clearance assure freedom over ruts and rocks!” 1931 saw the Reo Royale Eight, with; “Character and Distinction”, and at the other end of the scale David Crozier hoped to get you into “A Dependable Austin”. Specifically, “An Austin 7, the world’s wonder car, with low but adequate horsepower”. (Those are the exact words!) So even then it was acknowledged by the agent no less, that the Austin 7 was a gutless wonder! I rest my case.
Margaret and David Banks were great supporters of our Balcairn trial, and Margaret has very kindly donated her collection of photos that she took over many years. Some of them are featured this month as we had no past events, though I suppose these are in fact past events, just many years ago, when there was nary an A7 to be seen. Ah, the good old days.....
A couple of old Cads Luton finest burst its boiler
Laura Nawder progressing up stream
The Wright approach
Tim Palmer making waves
Coming Events: The Veteran Rally; Sunday 25th of March, 9.30am for a 10.00am start, Tai Tapu Store. This year entrants will wend their way across the plains to the historic Terrace Station, at Hororata, where our hosts will be Kate and Richard Foster. This a superb destination, where there will be driving tests etc, as well as Richard’s sheds to look at, filled with some wonderful treasures. For further details, get in touch with Craig Keenan. None veteran owners are welcome to come along and encourage elder statesmen.
The Pomeroy Trophy: Saturday 7th of April from 8.00am. This is the first time for a few years we have held this wonderful and historic event, and please note that it is in the morning, as that’s the only track booking we could get. All previous entrants will have received an entry form, but if you haven’t, please get in touch with Ron. For newcomers, the aim of the event is to find the ideal touring car, following an obscure and complex formula laid down by Mr Pomeroy in the 1920’s. It’s a series of speed based events involving acceleration, handling, braking and reliability via a series of driving tests and a twenty minute reliability trial. When I first joined the club, Murray Maxwell worked out the results with graph paper, trig tables, a slide rule and a sharp pencil. He was one of a few people who understood how to do it. These days of course it’s lots easier in theory, thanks to laptops, but not always in practice.
Even if you are not competing, please come along, as we always need flag marshalls and general helpers. Itâ€™s a lot of fun, and often, the most unlikely car wins. Although it seems a long way off, the Monte Carlo Rallye committee is about to get under way. The event, which is November 16th â€“ 18th (Canterbury Show Weekend), requires a lot of organisational work and we want to make sure that we will have enough entries to make it worthwhile. In the past people have said they would enter, but have not done so. Ideally a minimum of 20 cars is required to make the event worthwhile, so this year we are asking for definite expressions of interest. At this stage we have two teams of three and one individual. Please get in touch with Ron or me to confirm your intentions.
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