THE VOICE OF THE VINTAGE CAR APRIL 2018
AROUND THE WORLD IN A 1915 MODEL T BAY OF PLENTY VINTAGE CAR CLUB (INC) Email firstname.lastname@example.org WEB SITE: www.bayofplentyvintagecarclub.com
JOE SCOTT (JILL)
KEITH PERKINS (JANE)
JIM SMYLIE (KAAREN)
07 5764180 021 664341 or 07 5764180
BRIAN PRATT (CINDY)
STEVE TITMUSS (MARION)
LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)
JACK ANDERSON (MERILYN)
KEN FREW (DIANE)
OTHER ELECTED OFFICERS HALL HIRE
KAAREN SMYLIE (JIM)
YVONNE BECK (PAUL)
JACK ANDERSON (MERILYN)
JACK ANDERSON (MERILYN)
DAVID JOBLIN (NOLA)
MID WEEK RUN
ALAN PRAM (JUDY)
ALASTAIR JONES (GWEN)
ALASTAIR JONES (GWEN)
IVAN ALLEN (YVONNE)
IRENE HILL (ROGER)
LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)
LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)
OWEN SMITH (JAN)
HONORARY SOLICITOR PETER BUTLER (MARION)
GARTH AND MARCIA REED
PAUL BECK (YVONNE)
PAUL BECK (YVONNE)
email@example.com Fax 07 5746482
CLUB WEBSITE: www.bayofplentyvintagecarclub.com For anytime Club enquires: Kaaren Smylie (Committee) 07 576 4180 or 021-66-43-41
Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club
The Club Rooms are located at 29 Cliff Road Tauranga. P O Box 660, Tauranga, 3140. Key contacts are— Club Captain– Kaaren Smylie (Jim) Ph 021 664341 or 07 5764180 Secretary—Joe Scott (Jill), telephone 07 544 1941 Monthly events— Club night (except January) 2nd Monday Start time 7-30pm Mid week run. Wednesday following the club night End of the month run. 4th Sunday Committee Meeting. Last Monday of the month Noggin ‘n’ Natter 4th Tuesday at 6:00pm Location Sequence of Noggin ‘n’ Natters 1, Tauranga- BOP Vintage car club clubrooms. This is a BYO event. 2. Te Puke- at Te Puke Hotel. Contact Martin Carey 573 7136 Paul McIndoe 5733328 3. Tauranga - BOP Vintage car club clubrooms. This is a BYO event. 4. Katikati- at “Forta Leza Café”, SH 2 Katikati. Contact Owen Smith, phone 07 570 2000. If your birthday falls in this month please remember it is your turn to provide a plate for supper. Our thanks go to last months birthday people for the food provided. PLEASE remember to wear your name badges to all events. They can be ordered from David Joblin phone 544 1690 LIBRARY HOURS— The library will be open on club nights from 7pm. Also on most Monday mornings until midday Yvonne & Paul work in the library and members are welcome to call in to search for or return books. If making a special trip please phone home beforehand to ensure they will be there, phone at home on (07 574 8482 or 027 6098510)
HELP US HIRE OUT THE CLUBROOMS! CONTACT KAAREN SMYLIE 07 5764180
Hall Cleaning Roster Volunteers We all use the hall and love to see it sparkling clean. If you have forgotten to add your name just email the Klaxon or contact Kaaren or Jack and they will do it for you. April: May:
Sandy Piercy and Paul Lett David Joblin and Doug Wood
Please enter you name on the notice board list if you are able to help. Thank you to those who HAVE volunteered
April Local Events
Mon 9th April
13thâ€“ 15th April End of the Summer Wine Run. Organiser Alan Pram Wed 18th April
New Members Evening. Organiser Chris Cole
Tue 24th April
Noggin N Natter. VCC Clubrooms, Tauranga
Fri 27th April
Movie night. See advert
Sun 29th April
End of the month run. Organiser Jim Smylie and Alastair Jones
Mon 30th April
Wed 1st May
Close off for Klaxon details
Mid week run: Note:
There will be no Mid week run this month --------------------------------------------
Last of the Summer Wine instructions for participants by Alan Pram Friday 13th: We will assemble in Commerce Lane, Te Puke at 9-30 for departure 10am. The first stop will be Aratiatia rapids for the 12 noon release time. Suggested lunch stop at the Prawn Farm or other places at your discretion. We will then continue to the Chateau for Saturday night stop. Saturday 14th: Bring a flask and smoko goodies for the river trip on Saturday as there are no refreshments between Raetihi and Wanganui which is 100km trip. As we may stop several times on the way the trip could take anything up to 3 hours. A further tip is to ensure when you leave Raetihi you have sufficient petrol for Wanganui as there are no more petrol stops on the way. Any questions or doubts please contact Alan Pram 07 5738428. No email address is available. End of the month run:
No details are available for this run. Watch for email notification
Other Club Events 7th April: Waikato Mooloo Meander Rally 21st April: Taranaki Maunga Moana Rally 29th April: Waikato Swap Meet 2nd June: Irishman Rally 2nd June: Waikato Double Fifty Rally
Details for many of the above events may be found on our notice board and cloud site
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Morning out for the Hospice: by Paul Beck 9 cars assembled at Waipuna Hospice to take out the more mobile patients. A tour was organised by Alastair Jones to points of interest as many of the Hospice patients are from out of town and did not know the area. The eventual destination to be the Te Puna Quarry Park where morning tea was served. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves travelling in our old cars and for some patients it was memories recalled. The locals at the quarry wanted in on the action as well. It was at least 30mm across. We returned it to its own habitat.
New Members Night Presenter will be Chris Cole
New members are requested to attend to this informative and social gathering. The aim is welcome you and inform you of activities and aims of the club. Where: Our clubrooms Time: 7pm
This event is not limited to new members. Should you wish to attend all will be welcome and you may learn something OUR CLUB ELECTRONIC SITES Klaxon: Klaxon is available on email. If you are not receiving Klaxon by email then we do not have your email address. To correct this send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org Klaxon posting: Klaxon is emailed to all available email addresses. If you are happy with the email version you may cancel the posted version which is a considerable saving to the club in postage. Alternatively you may cancel the postage version and pick up a printed copy on club night at the front table. To do either please advise email@example.com BOP VCC Cloud site: This site is a google cloud document site for our club members to access. It contains other club magazines and run information sent to us and stored in one convenient place for you to access and read. To get access to the site send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
BOP VCC Face book: The club has a Facebook page, however it is a private page only accessible to our members and approved people. A request to be friended to the page must be sent to Kaaren who will do that for you. If you are not a friend you cannot access it. Send request to: Kaaren@smylie.co.nz BOP VCC Website: Search bay of plenty vintage car club in your browser. The site contains our magazine and other club information of interest pertaining to our club.
Chairmanâ€™s Chat by Jim Smylie (acting Chairman) Mea Culpa It is entirely my fault our Klaxon is late this month. I was simply too busy to get my chat prepared in time for its closing, and it being late getting to you is no fault of our great editor. Please accept my apology. That said, I now turn to other business. With our AGM just two months away it is time we turn our minds to who we wish to have as officers of our Club next year? Our secretary Joe Scott has indicated that for personal reasons he will not be available as secretary next year. Joe has made a valuable contribution as secretary for the last four years, and his job as secretary will be a big job to fill. Firstly, I do thank Joe for all he has done in recent years, and wish he and Jill well for the future. With Joe standing down we must find a replacement, so please give some thought as to who you feel could best fill this role. If you have any ideas I would be grateful if you could give me a call to discuss it. Apart from Joe, I believe the remainder of your committee will continue their respective roles. It has been a most successful committee this year I believe, and I have enjoyed working with each and every one of them. This leaves us with considering who should be our chairman next year. I was prevented from standing for this position last AGM due to constrains of our constitution, but I do not believe I have a similar constraints this year being that I am only your acting chairman at the moment, not the actual chairman. I maybe wrong in my belief, and would welcome comment from anyone who feels I should not stand for chairman again. However, on the assumption I can so stand, I am considering putting my hand up for one more year. I am enjoying the job and do believe I am adding value to the Club in my role. If I did stand, and was elected, it would definitely only be for one more year. What gives me confidence is if I were elected again is a senior member of the committee has indicated he/she would be my understudy for next year on the understanding he/she would stand for chairperson the following year. Such an arrangement would give me great comfort knowing the Club would be in good hands once I stepped down. Be that as it may, I believe it is good for a Club to have a regular change of leadership, and would not stand in the way if any member or any group of members wanted to stand for these important roles. These are mighty issues to consider so I ask that you give thought to my suggestion. I would welcome any comments or suggestions so please feel free to step forward with your ideas. In the meantime, happy and safe motoring to you all! Kind regards, Jim Smylie
by Club Captain Kaaren Smylie
Our Club registrar, Rod Brayshaw collated an excellent presentation for the recent VCC Executive Meeting that was held in Christchurch last weekend; Rod attended the FIVA General Assembly held in Romania last November, and arrived back in New Zealand well informed and armed with some rather alarming facts to share with members of what is happening overseas with regards to Fossil fuelled autos. Rod’s presentation was titled ‘Revolution rather than Evolution,' and in this article I will inform you of some of this invaluable information about how fast-changing the mobility environment we live in is transforming, and how non-fossil fuel and driverless vehicles are now more real than ever before.
Last week, the news that an Uber self-driving vehicle had killed a pedestrian in the US made headlines around the world. Theconversation.com detailed in their article this month, that decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation, and control methods have now come to fruition, and autonomous cars are starting to hit the roads in pilot trials. The question arises however, whether partial or full autonomy is to blame in the case of an accident involving a self-driving car? In conventional (human-driven) cars, the answer is simple: the driver is responsible because they are in control. When it comes to autonomous vehicles, it isn't so clear cut. The same article outlined that Uber has suspended self-driving car tests as US authorities gather data about the circumstances surrounding this accident, which involved a car moving in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel. When the motorcar in 1901 was introduced, there were circumstances experienced that lead to a person walking in front of a fossil fuelled vehicle with a red flag. Cars became reliable, but still, death occurred throughout the 20 th century. You may be thinking at this point that you’ll have nothing to worry about in your lifetime, that this issue will subside. We as a Club must always look to the future, and sometimes ignore our personal views, as someone will need to purchase our vehicles when we are gone. Therefore we have to ensure there is always a market for our fleet.
In 1900 New York went from the Horse and Cart with one car, to in 1913 with one Horse and all vehicles – how quickly things can change over a few years! We must be prepared for the revolution of these driverless vehicles. As you know historic vehicles are quite distinct from ‘old vehicles’; they are purchased because of the passion for possessing, maintaining and driving them. They are not bought primarily as
a mode of transport because the individual wants to own and use a part of motoring history. This rings true to my own recent happenings, when a member of our branch with vast experience when it comes to restoration, commented to me recently during our discussion about the monetary logistics of the Smylie’s latest project happening in our garage right now, that of the rebuild of my Triumph Spitfire; “Kaaren there are two reasons why you would restore your historic car either For sentimental reasons, or for monetary reasons and in your case it’s for sentimental reasons.” I rest my case. So what is the latest buzz in Europe with vehicles right now you may be wondering:
IRELAND–Vehicles between 30 and 40 years of age (used solely for non-commercial purposes) are required to undergo compulsory roadworthiness testing biennially instead of annually from 20 May 2018. SLOVENIA & PIRAN – There will be no fossil fuel cars permitted in all cities by 2030. GREECE – All participation in historic vehicle use is banned in Greece due to a "policy of use" that has occurred. This is the result of recent abuse of the then existing conditions. All historic vehicles must be trailered to and from any event by using a commercial operator. Not by private trailers. HOLLAND – Historic vehicle use is to be policed. Enforcement will be first, no permitted use in peak hours. UK – Oxford is to ban all non-electric vehicles from its city centre to create what officials believe will be the first zero-emissions zone in the world. There will be fossil fuel vehicles in British cities by 2040. FRANCE – Have a plan to end sales of petrol – and diesel powered vehicles by 2040 to combat global warming. INDIA –The government has stated every vehicle sold in the country should be powered by electricity by 2030. CHINA – Their “Made in China 2025” plan calls for hybrid and electric cars to account for at least 70% of sales by 2025, forcing every manufacturer that sells cars to go electric The Oracle from Omaha (Warren Buffett) has a $2.3 billion investment in Telsa’s biggest rival – BYD (Build Your Dreams), a major electric car company that has the potential to leave Tesla as a small player in the EV market. BYD is already the world's largest electric vehicle maker, thanks to its marketleading position in China. China buys more cars than any other country, and it's also the largest electric car market. In fact, 40% of electric vehicles are sold in China – that's double of what is sold in the U.S.A. Now for the really ‘Powerful Stuff’ to get you thinking… It has been found that pollution overseas is linked with congestion, and with some New Zealand cities experiencing congestion, it could be found that the linkage may be applied here also. The vehicles of the future will all be fitted with Intelligent Transport Systems. Our historic vehicles do not have such systems, so we need to negotiate with the authorities to allow for this.
The taxation collection system will change with the rapid electrification of the NZ motor vehicle fleet. There will be a lesser number of fossil fuel outlets available for fossil fuel dependent vehicles. The use of toxic materials may be limited. There will be changes to the on-road use permissions as driverless vehicles come into use. Have you ever thought that some infants born today might never have a driver's license? Our historic vehicles could become a significant hobby and interest for the younger generation who may become bored in the digital world and perhaps look for analog interests of the past. Therefore it is essential we, the VCC, should encourage our younger people to learn and understand what our historic vehicles are all about! On another note but still on the subject of our historic vehicles, there was a discussion at the Executive meeting regarding the future of Easter Rallies as the result of the number of entries particularly in the North Island for the Easter Rally, is continuing to be a little on the light side compared to that of the South Island Easter Rally. Therefore opinion of several at the meeting was whether it is now time to consider perhaps having Easter Rallies alternatively year about in the North and South. Consensus from several of the attendees at the meeting was as no Branch has yet made a proposal for the 2019 NIER, to not have an Easter Rally in the North next year but instead wait until 2020, a little sad, but it's a reality. Attendances to some events just don't hold the same interest as they did in yesteryear for a myriad of reasons, however I still maintain if you have events which will have appeal to our ladies as well as our kids/ grandkids and regular communication to members with timely reminders about what is coming up this is ‘key’ to increasing numbers to events. Daily our circumstances change, and people simply forget often what is on. The squeaky wheel gets the oil…. Speaking of reminders please remember folks if you are not on my weekly email reminder and want to be, please contact me, equally if/when you want to be removed off the list don't hesitate to let me know. I must say our branch never seems to be short of numbers with all our exciting events happening; to name but a few of them for you to look forward to this year: Coming up in April we have a SOLD OUT ‘End of the Summer Wine’ tour organised by Alan Pram. Thirty-two members of our branch will be motoring out of town for three days, stopping the first night at the Chateau followed by many other adventures for the next two days. A few days after we all return, will be our New Members Evening with an excellent presentation from the ever-enthusiastic Chris Cole. Movie nights begin again in April, and Paul has a real old classic lined up for viewing “The Lavender Hill Mob." Staying with April, our End of Month Run. Alastair and Gwen are planning a ‘Tauranga Historical Run,' and word on the street is, this is going to be a real ‘goodie’ and not to be missed.
In May we have another one of those ever-popular ‘Tauranga Port Runs,' this time to be organised by Deidre Rennie and Tony Fraser, thanks guys. A little way forward but just getting you primed up, in August the most significant event on your annual calendar will be celebrating our Branch 60 th Anniversary. Our convener for the weekend’s activities Alastair Jones is beavering away feverishly behind the scenes to make this festivity a party you won’t forget! So, all in all, you can see why our Branch is the fastest growing Branch in the VCC.
Happy Easter and Safe Motoring Members. Kaaren
Notes from Secretary Joe Scott
Hi Folks, This has been a somewhat busy couple of months for our family. My thoughts go out to all our members who are experiencing health problems. You know who you are, “no names required.” On a positive note there are a large contingent of club members kicking up their heels and travelling the world, “good on them.” Your club members are working hard to ensure our 60 th Anniversary celebration provides a fun experience for everyone. Mind you it will only work if you make up your mind to get on board. Alan Pram is to be congratulated for the effort he has put in on our adventure run “Last of the Summer Wine.” Hope you all have a great time. Be aware that come June we will have our AGM on club night as usual. There will be a few changes take place and an opportunity for you the members to put your hand up in response to the various positions. I for one will not be throwing my hat in the ring this year. Now I know for a fact there are a lot of people out there who are capable on taking on Committee duties, “why not put your hand up.” You will not become an expert overnight, “that’s okay.” Trust me, it can be a very rewarding experience. That’s all folks!
Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
To be held at the Clubrooms, Cliff Road, Tauranga On Monday 11th June 2018 at 7.30 pm. AGENDA Present Apologies
Minutes of previous AGM Matters arising Chairman’s Report Treasurer’s Report Club Captain’s Report Election of Officers General Business Please forward all notices of motion or resolutions to be proposed: To the Secretary, Joe Scott, Email: email@example.com or PO Box 660, Tauranga, 3140 on or before 28th May. Secretary – Joe Scott
This month we welcome the following new member to our Club
Richard Chelley and Lynn Irving They have a 1948 Rover
Welcome to the BOP VCC We look forward to meeting you
Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc) NOMINATION FORM FOR THE 2018-2019 COMMITTEE Positions available are: Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Club Captain, Committee (5), I nominate: ( print)................................................................................
For the position of: (print)..................................................................... Proposer: (print)..................................................................................... Signature: .............................................................................................. Seconder: (print).................................................................................... Signature: ..............................................................................................
I accept nomination: (signature) .............................................................. PLEASE NOTE: NOMINATION FORMS MUST BE WITH THE SECRETARY BEFORE THE AGM MEETING By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post to: PO Box 660, Tauranga 3140.
BOPVCC Movie Night Friday 27th April Everyone welcome including other clubs. Entry free. Hall open at 6pm movie starts 7.15 pm
Bring along your meal and favourite tipple. Then sit down and enjoy a real Classic Movie
The Lavender Hill Mob
Starring: Alex Guinness, Stan Holloway and Sid James 13
Your Klaxon Editor is Paul Beck
Contact Paul at
email@example.com or 07 5748482
All articles must be in writing and received PREFERABLY early in the month, the close off date being Wednesday following the committee meeting. Hi All, March has been fairly quiet for me as I was unable to attend the Morrinsville run mid week and the club did not hold an end of the month run. I believe the mid week run was well attended by the report and most who attended spent their time wandering around Morrinsville looking for the infamous cows with different coloured horns. Then on to a wonderful collection of cars that impressed. My highlight though for the month was meeting Dirk and Trudy Regter and their accompanying companions, brave souls who decided to travel the world in a model T. What a treat it was to actually talk to them instead of just reading a book about it. What a journey they are having. Then to see them off next morning when they attended our Seniors morning tea just added a touch of the right flavor. Then yesterday a real treat for me was when Jim Smylie and I had a few tasks to achieve around town so he picked me up in his Model T and away we went. This was a first for me and for a while could not get used to the idea of not wearing a seatbelt. A very strange feeling but one I got used to quite quickly. Thankyou Jim. I well and truly got a taste of vintage motoring in your wonderful car. Also this month Kaaren and Jim attended the Rotorua Club to present a long service badge and also a talk on their Route 66 tour along with the Goldsmiths. I seemed to be having a problem with the DVD so decided to go with them to make sure it all went off well. That was my first visit to the Rotorua club rooms and was quite impressed. Very tidy and well appointed. We were also made very welcome there. Thankyou for an enjoyable evening Rotorua. This month I have continued trying to search out any information relating to the history of our club and its members. I now have formed a pretty good idea in my mind as to how I would like to present it and have been in touch with Alastair Jones. It is one thing to collate information but somehow it needs then to be presented and I am sure it will look good. Alastair though needs ideas or thoughts to enable him make an interesting weekend and is however, struggling for support. His thoughts are good but every hand makes lighter work. Please, If you are reading this and can lend support, he will gladly accept I am sure. Once again we are reminded our AGM is fast approaching. And once again we need to look at ourselves and ask Can I assist in any way to made our club better. I believe we have a couple of vacancies in our committee coming up so PLEASE. If you want to assist let someone know. Do not leave it to someone to nominate you. I myself find it gratifying when you have achieved something and can look back to say, â€œI was responsible for thatâ€?. Our committee has done a wonderful job but are in need of a rest to refresh themselves.
Movie nights are to start again this month and during the off season we have obtained another 20 or so very good titles to view. And still are looking for more. So come along and if you belong to another club you will be made very welcome. Our format is the clubroom is normally opened for a BYO meal about 6.15pm then the movie starts at 7.15pm. A cuppa can made for those that attend. Very informal and friendly. If you only want to attend the movie, by all means come along. All for now, Paul
Around the World in a 1915 Model T by Paul Beck We were entertained at our last meeting by a visit from Around the World in a Model T crew. So interesting was their talk we were all sorry to see it end. In the summer of 2012, Dirk and Trudy Regter from the Netherlands started on a journey in their 1915 Model T Ford to visit over 50 countries covering all the continents of the world. This journey of approximately 80,000 miles will be made in order to raise money to support the worldwide work of SOS Children's Villages International. So far the tour has raised $55,000 toward the cause. On our meeting night we were privileged to listen to Dirk and Trudy give a detailed account of their preparations and the event to date. The Model T was modified by fitting disc brakes, and the engine was rebuilt and slightly modified so as to be able to sustain long hours of motoring. A water pump was fitted along with a cooling fan so it could cope with motoring in the desert regions but the model T remains largely in â€˜as built conditionâ€™. They decided to have a sabbatical year in 2015 to visit their grandchildren and after visiting a sponsoring event in Luxembourg the trailer that the car was traveling on was hit by a truck severely damaging both the Model T and the Land Rover accompanying towing vehicle. The 2016 was cancelled as a result while both vehicles were repaired. The Model T required a complete ground up restoration job and the Land Rover was repaired by insurance. The Land Rover accompanies the Model T with a support crew and is refreshed monthly by another crew. After 2 years the Model T was ready to go again and the trip resumed in 2018 via New Zealand then on to Australia, Asia, and central Europe to return to the Netherlands. Many repairs are done on the roadside in the event of a breakdown with equipment carried in the support vehicle. The repairs included broken tie rods which required re-welding, replacing big end bearings with leather for a make do repair and constant puncture repairs. Tyres became a huge problem at one stage but through the generosity of other model T owners, tyres were stripped from a donor vehicle and loaned to them until they could reach a town and were able to purchase new tyres. So far they have travelled almost 50,000 miles visiting and supporting various projects run by the International Children's Aid organisation SOS Children's Villages. By means of a worldwide sponsorship campaign they are helping to ensure that children who have no parents get a loving home. For those who wish to follow the tour there is a website at www.ModelTWorldtour.com and those wishing to contribute may find a link there also.
Top left: The Model T gets loaded onto a truck with the Land Rover on its side after the accident Top right: Showing the world trip route on the door of the Model T Below left and right: The group entertains us Bottom: A kiss and cuddle and they are off on their way again
A LOCAL RUN TO MORRINSVILLE IN MARCH
by Jenny Utting
On one of the rare ‘fine’ days in the first part of March, 26 club cars (plus a few moderns) set out from the clubrooms and headed for Morrinsville. Our task on arrival was to round up the ‘herd of cows’ in that agricultural town and jot down on our papers the colour of the horns of each animal. We were surprised at the variety of colours! Most members took part in the fun but not all of us could find the total number – 42, I think. That part completed, we were instructed to have lunch and be gathered at the Countdown Carpark for instructions to get to our next venue. Alastair had arranged for us to visit Dick and Marianne Marshall’s collection of 2door classics and what a collection it was! Just outside the town boundary in the one of the new subdivision areas, their place on the hill consisted of a beautiful new home with two double garages and another four double garages across a wide concrete apron where we all parked up in an imposing line-up of vehicles ancient and modern. We were introduced to Dick and Marianne who gave us a short account of the beginnings of their collection. A little Morris Minor Convertible was his first car, followed by a Galaxy TR2. His passion for beautiful cars didn’t stop there because, at the press of a button, the four huge doors rolled up and we were able to see his collection of about 24 coupes and convertibles. Each and every one was warranted and registered and most get driven on a regular basis. (Just imagine having to decide which car to take to town today!) The colours were beautiful and the quality of the finish and the paintwork amazing. Some he has bought as completed restorations, some he has done on the premises (we saw one car there in the process of being restored) and all were finished to a high degree of perfection. The shed has been made to look like a car museum with pictures, mementos of bygone eras, and suitablydressed ‘models’ of the ‘forties and earlier. When it came time to gather and thank our hosts for their time and hospitality, Alastair announced the prize winners for the cows competition. First place went to a visiting English couple, Nigel and Diane Butten, who were given some ‘goodies’ to munch on their way home. The suggestion was made that we could return by way of the Old Te Aroha Road just for a change. Thank you, Alastair and Gwen for an enjoyable day.
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS Do you have any early photographs of events or items of interest pertaining to our Branch In August 2018 we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary and would like to collate any history of our Branch.
Even a tatty but important photograph may be suitable. Please send to: Alastair Jones, 7 Chestnut Way, Bellevue, Tauranga 3110. or telephone 07 5761482 Do not forget to put your name on an envelope so we know who to return it to
The years 1955 – 1956 1955: The Farmers Trading Co opened New Zealand’s first multi storey carpark in Auckland. It could hold 500 cars on 6 levels.
1955: The rail trip from Upper Hutt to Featherston was shortened by 15.1km with the opening of the 8.8km long Rimutaka Tunnel. 1955: Also saw the introduction of 35 articulated railcars in service. 1955: NAC introduced the first scheduled service on the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch links. Also flights from Wellington to Blenheim and Wellington Nelson as well. 1955: Tauranga completed the Mount Maunganui wharf complex and is now set to become one of the nations major export ports. 1955: The NAC’s DC3 was celebrated for over 100 years in service from 1855 to 1955 with the introduction of a 4d stamp. 1955: The first Fletcher topdressing aircraft are assembled from components imported from the USA. 1955: Auckland’s Queen Street has become the favoured gathering point for youths on expensive high-powered motor cycles. Called Milkbar Cowboys, they frequently occupied most of the parking spaces outside the Majestic Theatre. 1956: The nations first Give Way signs are installed at intersections throughout New Zealand. 1956: The worlds first Agricultural Aviation show is held in Palmerston North. Among the aircraft taking part are Fletchers, Beavers, Austers, Moths, Cessnas, Helicopters and the countries biggest top-dresser, a DC3. 1956: Auckland’s trams are retired after 54 years of service.
A letter was written to the Ford Motor Company
Seaview Road, Lower Hutt by John Steinbeck and entitled A Model T named “IT” In Salinas, in Northern California , when I was very little, there was a suicidally forward looking veteran, a man who was considered half crazy and half revolutionary. He drove the first automobile I can remember in our town. I do not know what it was, but it had hard tyres, a dashboard, a whip socket, chain drive and it steered with a bar. I came to closeness with automobiles late in life. I am exactly the same age as the model T Ford, but it and I were 17 before we became welded. Other people in our town had automobiles of course and sometimes I was allowed to ride in them, in Wintons, Stutzes, Ajaxes and such. My parents did not then and never learned to accept the time payment plan. They could not see how it was any different from any other kind of debt and they hated debt with a steady violence and managed to stay out of it. Since we could never get all of the money together at one time, we didn’t have a car while I was growing up. The result was of course, that we looked down our noses at the new - fangled damn things. This was naturally a very simple but proud envy. I had an uncle who was a Ford dealer and got rich at it, but he did not give free samples to his relatives. Ah, I can remember him though with his polished lamps and his Prestolite tank and brass radiator shining like gold. He then got so rich selling Fords that he drove only Stutz Bearcats – red ones with 16 valves clicking away and a cutout sounding like a rolling barrage. All of this time I was a waif with my nose pressed against the windows of the automobile world. I had another uncle who owned a Chalmers and he was the one who taught me to drive. He had a theory that you were safer if you kept your right hand wheels in the gravel at the side of the road. A conviction he had come by in driving fast well shod horses. I remember once demonstrating to him that his theory was incorrect, but even while we were being pulled out of the ditch by a pair of mules he went on arguing in favour of his theory. He never got the idea that it was his wheels pushing you along, not some spectral horses pulling you along. I guess model T’s would last forever if you would let them. I was well gone in adolescence before I came by one at a price I could pay. $50. It was almost as old as I was and it had been around a hell of a lot more than I had and was probably smarter to begin with. I can see that car now. Its gear and brake pedals were polished like silver and the oaken floor boards had deep grooves made by the heels of former owners. There was no coil box cover on it. It was known as a touring car and I could not even remember if it had a top. The seats were pretty well gone but 4 or 5 gunnysacks laid down not only kept the seat springs from corkscrewing into you, but also covered up the incontrovertible evidence that generations of chickens had roosted on the steering column. It (the car) had a lovely odour. I can still remember it.
A smell of oil soaked wood and sunbaked paint or gasoline or of exhaust gasses or of ozone from the coil box. The steering wheel was of oak polished by thousands of hands. The levers were sprung a little and stood apart. If you pushed them down you were likely to pinch your hand. The teeth of the emergency brake ratchet were long worn smooth. You pulled back the brake and hooked a loop of rawhide around it to hold it back. I remember you had to pull back the brake lever to hold the car in neutral but there was no brake lining. I had a block of wood in the back seat to put under the rear wheel if I wanted to leave the car on a hill. Strange things had happened to the windshield. It was criss–crossed with cracks so you looked through a series of prisms, very pretty but with little visibility.
The car was not safe to drive at night, but we did anyway. Having no battery and taking its lights from a generator, you had to go fast to get enough light to see by but then you were going too fast to avoid anything you saw and remember, no brakes! I think I loved that car more than any I have ever had. It understood me. It had an intelligence not exactly malicious but it did love a practical joke. It knew for instance exactly how long it could keep me spinning the crank and cursing it before I would start and kick the radiator in. It ran perfectly while I was in blue jeans, but let me put on my best suit and a white shirt and maybe a girl beside me, and that car invariably broke down in the greasiest possible manner. I NEVER GAVE IT A NAME. I SIMPLY CALLED IT. “IT” The problem of starting the motor of the Model T was complicated. I have dealt with it in another work. But once the motor was started you came in contact with the model T transmission, called the planetary system. This was a strange and interesting institution. There was always band trouble in this planetary system. The lining of the High – Low band by getting more use wore thin first. The foot brake was next to wear thin then finally the reverse. When the foot brake would no longer hold you used the reverse for a brake to stop the car, and when the low would not pull up a hill, you turned around and backed up, because there was usually more lining on the reverse band than the others. There were always emergencies in the gearbox of the planetary system. Let’s say you had a date, 50 cents and 3 quarts of gasoline. This would be the time when the high – low band wore through to the metal. Your problem then was to move the reverse band to the high – low section and get along without a reverse band for a while. The process of change was invariable. You removed the top plate and took off the bands. The metal was not only very oily, but very springy and the forks were held together by curious wedge shaped bolts and nuts. Now, just when you had the forks pinched close and were trying to get the bolt back in place, you dropped the nut. It fell into the black oil pool beneath the assembly where no hand could reach it. So you took a piece of wire out of the back seat and bent one end of it to make a fish hook. Sometimes it took 2-3 hours to locate the fallen nut by the touch system, to get the hook through it and to lift it out. This was a most delicate operation and it should have developed some great safecrackers.
Keeping IT on the road was no easy thing. The back seat was never used to sit in. It was a tool and repair shop. Tyre irons, jacks, screwdrivers, pliers, rolls of wire and much more was kept there so that it might at some time or other be required to fix any automobile. There were certain standard practices in repair of the model T. For instance. If the radiator sprung a leak, you dropped a handful of corn or oatmeal into the water. The heat of the water cooked the mush which coated the tubes and sealed the leak. Once years later I had a car of great age and dignity, of another make. My mother was coming to visit me and I was to meet her at the railway station. My radiator was leaking badly so automatically, I put in a hand of oatmeal, forgetting that times had changed. You see the Model T circulated the water by a principle, part magic, part accident and part physics, but this other car had a water pump â€“ a needless and stupid innovation. This car ran so cool that it took a long time for the mush to cook. I got to the station, installed my dignified mother in the front seat and started home. Naturally there was no radiator cap as we considered such things as a nuisance, since we were always losing them anyway. Suddenly there was a sloppy explosion and a Bikini mushroom of oatmeal rose into the air. Part of it splashed onto the windshield but the larger part on my motherâ€™s beflowered hat.
We drove through downtown Los Angeles erupting mush and my mother scraping it out of her eyes. I never saw so much mush. I never saw my mother so mad. It goes to show the kind of habits you get into from driving the model T. Repairing it required not only an intimate knowledge of mechanics but also a deep involvement in magic. A cool but savage dispassionate blow with a machine hammer was often effective in making it run. It was well known that oil applied to almost anywhere had a good effect. The points of the coil needed constant filing and adjusting. For this we carried a nail file and sometimes we used it on our nails. I remember there were whole industries thriving on improvements for the model T. Tension springs to keep the front wheels from waggling, rubber devices to quieten rattling doors, rear axles to increase power or speed. There were mufflers that built up such a roar that state laws had to be made against them. The model T came to you trim and stripped without adornment and with very little comfort. But if one were so minded or so rich the model T could look like a Christmas tree. Someone was always inventing a carburettor that burned water instead of gasolene and there were plenty of buyers for it too. My own IT was never adorned or improved. What couldnâ€™t be done with baling wire, was not done. Improvisation was the word. For example the model T horn was a button on top of the steering column. It looked like a doorbell button. When pressed down if the car were new, a flatulent sound came out, sufficiently irritating when the motor was not running, but when you were moving the sound disappeared in the crashing and rocketing of your progress. But the horn was always broken anyway. The best way to warn of your coming was to beat the outside of the door with your open palm. This caused an approximation of the sound of a garbage truck discharging into a scow. The drivers ahead of you, hearing it, became convinced they had broken a connecting rod and pulled over to the side of the road to inspect.
Locomotion was the smallest part of model T ownership. There were long conferences and arguments, friendships were made and broken and sometimes you just looked at it while black oil dripped up your sleeves. I never once got my hands clean all the time I owned IT. When I consider how much time it took to keep IT running I wonder if there was time for anything else, and maybe there wasn’t. But meanwhile the moods of the nation were changing. Pliers and screwdrivers ceased to be private property and went into public domain. The model T was as important to romance as the girl was. We never quite eliminated her. The American restlessness took on a new force. No one was satisfied where he was. He was on his way to someplace else. “Just as soon as he got that timer adjusted”. No doorbell dry cells were ever safe. And all of these things were important, but most important of all was the spiritual association of kids and motors. The model T was not a car as we know it now. It was a person, crotchety and mean, frolicsome and full of jokes and just when you were ready to kill yourself , it would run 5 miles with no gasoline whatever. I understood IT but as I said before, it understood me too. It magnified some of my faults, corrected others. It worked on the sin of impatience, it destroyed the sin of vanity. And it helped to establish an almost oriental philosophy of acceptance. In the years I had IT, no mechanic ever touched it. No shadow of a garage ever passed over it. I do not recall any new part ever being bought for it. It’s a sentimental memory with me. I know of course that things cease to exist in some form. Metal may change its composition through rust or blast furnace, but all of its atoms remain somewhere and I have wondered sadly about IT. Maybe its essence was blasted gloriously in a bomb or a shell. Perhaps it lies humbly on the cross ties while streamlined trains roll over it. It might be a girder of a bridge or even something to support a piece of the UN building in New York. And just perhaps in the corner of some field, the grass and the mustard may grow taller and greener than elsewhere and, if you were to dig down, you might find the red of rust under the roots, and that might be IT enriching the soil, going home to its mother.
BOP VCC 60th Birthday 17th August
Our big day is a little over 5 months away and so far there has been no comment on any proposals. Initial suggestions were to fill in the whole weekend with various activities, but other Branches have celebrated theirs by spreading them over a whole month. What do you prefer??
BOPVCC 17th AUGUST 60th
1958– 2018 ANNIVERSARY
If you weren’t at March Club night you missed the amazing around the world tour in a Model T and also some suggestions to generate some comment. So, here they are again. Start off of on Friday night with a Noggin and Natter at the Clubrooms with lots of “The Way We Were” from the clever hand of Paul Beck on the Big Screen. Finger Food provided by the Club. Saturday morning I suggest a re-enactment of the “ first gathering” with suitable cars and founder members, followed by a Run to an early venue and return to Clubrooms for a lunch provided by yourselves. Later on Saturday, a Cavalcade of cars around the suburbs and city well advertised to show the public we are still alive and motoring. Sunday morning a Breakfast Run to a private venue. Sunday afternoon, finish off with a late luncheon and a CAKE cut at the Clubrooms. I have asked the Committee to consider funding as much as possible by the Club and to possibly use the proceeds from the raffle to achieve this, and the response has been positive. However, we need your comments to get this Celebration underway without delay, so, get in touch with Ken Frew -5764263, myself 5761124, or any Committee Member to voice your opinions. Alastair Jones
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Couldn’t give it away: Article supplied by Maurice Nottle researched by Paul Beck On doing some research of some news paper cuttings supplied by Maurice Nottle there was one small clipping that caught my eye. Printed BOP Times 13/04/1964 entitled, Couldn’t give it away, the article reads. Mr G Beetham, a member of the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club struck a run of unwanted luck when a club raffle was drawn recently.
Mr Beetham donated a raffle prize and to help the club funds bought a few tickets. He won the raffle and decided to hand the prize back. Club members then asked him to make the second draw which was done – and he pulled out another of his tickets from the tin. Mr Beetham handed the prize back again. The desperate club officials then asked Mr J Webb if he would make the redraw hoping for a change of luck. You guessed it. The officials wish was granted and the change of luck was announced. The winner is Mr J Webb.
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Crossword â€” by Dave Ryan 3
Triumph car designed by Micheloti (Pl)
Mr Fords first name
GM Top cars
Oil and Grease
Drivers see through shield (Pl)
Direction change warning device
Section of a rally
Tenth month of the year
Clues Across 6
Clues Down 1
Chart of roads
Letting air out
A figure that has a diameter
Public transport worker 3/6
Hand operated stick
Killer whale Police man or woman
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Note: new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Rover 1984 SD1 , SE v8 Iridescent blue, NZ assembled, original paint, auto has been serviced along with a professional tune up, new head lining, new shocks, new boot struts, stainless exhaust system, new brake pads, near new tyres, very good order with no rust or rattles, has rego & wof. $8000 o.n.o. Ph Bob 07 5444144. For Sale. Two 6V LED white stop & tail light bulbs, BA15D fitting (opposite pins), for negative earth. These are a direct plug-in replacement for 18/3 and 21/5 W incandescent bulbs. $25 each. Graham Fairless. ph. 57 11 002. For Sale. 1981 Triumph TR7 Soft top. 75,000 miles. In excellent condition. Comes with service history and manuals. Rego on hold. Contact Graeme Lusby for further details. Phone: 075761032 or email: email@example.com 3 x 1938 Morris 12's - reconditioned motor sleeved to original size - 3 bodies with plenty of spare parts - $3,000 for the lot if any of your members are interest. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Triumph 2000/2500 parts - full set of tan leather seats in good order $150, steel rims 14 x5.5 (ex Triumph Stag) $50 for set of 4, Rostyle hubcaps $25ea, 2.5PI manifold & metering unit $25. Contact Paul Denniston 027-5134726 or email email@example.com For Sale. 1930 Ford Model A Roadster.NZ new. Fully restored and registered 36252 Miles.$50000 Phone Derek Bryan.07 5796298.
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