THE VOICE OF THE VINTAGE CAR AUGUST 2017
JULY END OF MONTH RUN TO PIKOWAI
BAY OF PLENTY VINTAGE CAR CLUB (INC) Email email@example.com WEB SITE: www.bayofplentyvintagecarclub.com
COMMITTEE CONTACTS CHAIRMAN
JOHN REDDING (LINDSAY)
JOE SCOTT (JILL)
KEITH PERKINS (JANE)
JIM SMYLIE (KAAREN)
021 664341 or 07 5764180 07 5441941
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)
BRYCE STRONG (CHRISTINE)
DAVID JOBLIN (NOLA)
MID WEEK RUN
ALAN PRAM (JUDY)
ALASTAIR JONES (GWEN)
ALASTAIR JONES (GWEN)
IVAN ALLEN (YVONNE)
IRENE HILL (ROGER)
OWEN SMITH (JAN)
CATERING CLUB REGALIA
HONORARY SOLICITOR PETER BUTLER (MARION)
GARTH AND MARCIA REED
PAUL BECK (YVONNE)
KLAXON EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org 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— Chairman— John Redding (Lindsay) 07 5791950 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- held at Tauranga Citizens Club, Corner Cameron Rd and 13th Avenue. 2. Te Puke- at Te Puke Hotel. Contact Martin Carey 573 7136 Paul McIndoe 5733328 3. Tauranga - Tauranga Citizens Club 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. August: September: October: November:
Ken Frew Kathleen Bridgeman Roger and Rosemary Clark Kay and Knud Nielsen
Thank you to those who HAVE volunteered
August Events Frid- Sat 11-12th Aug.
NZ VCC AGM Blenheim
Mon 14th Aug
Club night. Demonstration of defibrillator.
Wed 16th Aug
Mid week run. Organiser Alan Pram
Tues 22nd Aug
Daffodil delivery day for Cancer Society
Tues 22nd Aug
Noggin â€œnâ€? Natter. Katikati Forta Leza
Frid 25th Aug
Movie night. The Dam Busters
Sun 27th Aug
NZ VCC Cancer Society fund raising day
Mon 28th Aug
Mid Week Run Wed 16th August: Organiser Alan Pram Meet at 9am Commerce Lane, Te Puke for a cup of tea (BYO) and instructions. Leave 9.30am for Ohope. This is a revisit to Scilla Chocolates which we did in Oct 2013 and was very popular. For those choosing to go independently, Scilla Chocolates is situated at 132 Harbour Road, Ohope. There is ample parking on an adjacent section.
A small charge of $3.00 per person covers for a factory tour, Q&A and a tasting. There are also door sales available. Lunch will be at the popular Whakatane Sports Fishing Club situated on the wharf on Muriwai Drive, Whakatane. (Alan ph 573 8428) Other Club Events Aug: 12th
Driver track experience at Taupo: Alpha Romeo Club
Silent Cinema: Baycourt Theatre
Steamfest 2017: A live steam day at Otorohanga.
Sulphur City Rally: Rotorua
Kairangi Hill Climb. Waikato
PV.PW, P60, P80 Rally Auckland
Rubber Duckie M/C Rally. Taranaki
PV,PW,P60,P80 Rally. Waikato
Brits at the Beach. Registration now being taken online
Journey Through Time Rally. King Country
Hunua 100 Rally. Auckland
Details for many of the above events may be found on our notice board and cloud site 4
We welcome the following new members Ivan Sisson:
Ivan has 2 Rover Cars
Barry Anderson: Barry has a 1948 Fordson Truck
Welcome both of you to the Vintage Car Club. We all look forward to meeting you and viewing your vehicles
BOPVCC Movie Night Friday 25th August
The Dam Busters Starring: Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave An old favourite War Film. Even if you have seen it, it is well worth watching again. Everyone welcome including other clubs. No entry fee Hall open at 6pm movie starts 7.15 pm
Welfare Notes We would like to wish the following members a speedy recovery John Payne: John had a small accident and by the sounds of things came off a little better than his car. John Redding: had an operation this month and is hopefully getting over it well. Refer to his column. Peter Butler: also had a hip replacement. Hope all is well there for you Peter.
Chaiman’s Chat: by John Redding As I start my rantings I'm sitting in my lounge recovering from a prostate operation and obviously feeling a bit of discomfort, However that will soon be all over and probably my rantings will increase. I was really pleased that such a large number of members participated in my first Chairman’s Run. I wanted to plan a simple run trying to stay off the main roads as much as possible and allow plenty of time for new members and ex. members to chat to each other and relax. I think too often we hustle and bustle around looking at different things that we really don't get time to meet each other in a relaxed environment which I believe is critical for a good club to survive. The pleasure in driving your cars, looking at other members cars, and having a good yakka to each other cannot be underestimated, I believe this is what binds and glues the club together. I know it's not what every club member wants but between the Wednesdays and end of month runs surely there is something for everyone. I was also pleased to hear that Eastern Bay of Plenty club had some cars come through as well. Personally I would have loved to have caught up with Karen and Mark Spackman but that was not to be.
P.S. Sorry about the half of a chocolate fish each, I had not expected 37 cars to partake in this run and as such had only bought one box. I will try and allow for at least one fish per person next time. Now moving on, Kaaren, Jim, my wife Lindsay and I will be going down to the annual AGM to be held in Blenheim just prior to our next club night, we will report on any major events that take place at that meeting. Finally at the next club night there will be a video to watch about ‘who killed the electric car’ which should be interesting watching. Kindly supplied by Alastair Jones.
So that's it from me for this month stay safe and drive carefully through these winter month’s, do any maintenance that needs to be done for the coming summer season and I will see you soon. John #
“Women & Men – Different but Equal” By Kaaren Smylie Club Captain The female members from our branch are an incredible bunch of ladies and testimony to this comment is because of how they turn out in force to attend all the events our Branch has. Yes, women and men are different, but in our case we ladies are treated as equals in the VCC organisation. Whether it’s the runs, the movies, our monthly club nights or the good old fashion ‘Nog & Natter’, the ladies are there - they love it as much as the men do. Of course one must not forget but recognise the ladies in our Club who in their own right, have possession of their very own automobile. One of our lady members I know (who will remain nameless), pulls on her ‘overalls’ and is presently out there in her garage giving ‘her’ auto a well loved face lift. Go you girlfriend!
An AA blog I read recently pointed out ladies (and men), if you are out there looking to buy a used car (vintage/classic), one of the most important places to check before you part with your ‘moolah’ is under the bonnet. You don’t even have to be mechanically minded to pick up on clues about a vehicles condition, just pop open the hood and have a look. Having a good peruse can boost your confidence when it comes to negotiation time. Just a few obvious things to check ladies for you or your trusty mechanic when you do that basic check is: If there is a light cover of dust with only the oil tank dip stick and radiator caps uncoated, it’s a good sign that only routine maintenance has been carried out. If there aren’t any servicing stickers for transmission checks and cambelt replacements, ask for details about the vehicle’s servicing and maintenance history. Look for signs someone has even opened the bonnet in recent time. Remove the oil dipstick and check its quality. Dirty oil, or lack of its entirely, is not desirable, so refer to the service sticker to find out how long it’s been since it was replaced. Check the oil and radiator caps for signs of cross contamination of oil and coolant. This will appear on the underside of either of the caps as a thick, creamy substance. Your radiator coolant should be a vivid colour, typically green or red. An inspection of corrosion or rust on any exposed metal components such as nuts and bolts is also a good way to see if a vehicle has been exposed to a corrosive environment or damaged by water. Ladies (and gents) would agree it’s all too easy to skip the under-the-bonnet check when you have fallen head over heels for a set of wheels you have always thought about owning. So ladies, now you have your new auto all sorted it’s time to take it out on the road and enjoy some exciting VCC Rallies. This brings me to our August calendar of events and everything that is on offer for you the members to choose to do, and to go to. I will only mention a few as I would fill Paul’s Klaxon if I made reference to all twelve events for the month of August.
Driver Track Experience – 12thAugust at Taupo Ladies you may want to shout the other half an early Christmas present to participate in this exciting event being run by the Alpha Romeo Owners Club (more details on the notice board). I know one of our lovely lady members told me she is giving this Driver Track Event as a gift to her husband to celebrate a special birthday he has coming up. Entry fee $120.00 each driver. All Enquires to Bruce Harrison - email - email@example.com or phone 07 576 6737 Club Night – Monday 14thAugust The committee has another excellent speaker lined up to inform you about a subject that we should all be a little ‘Au Fait’ with. The use of a defibrillator - Jayne Conning a NZRN from Tauranga hospital trains and teaches Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and offered to come along to a club night to speak to us about the importance and benefits of having a defibrillator on our club premises. Jane is a very experienced lady in her field and currently is employed as a Student Nurse Educator. Silent Movie Night – Saturday 19th August Don’t forget folks we don’t get that many opportunities to dress up and ‘step out’ in our vintage threads of yesteryear (further details in this issue of Klaxon) so get together a group of friends and go along. Cancer Society Daffodil Delivery – Tuesday 22ndAugust A great Good Samaritan deed member’s for the year to do. (If you haven’t already contacted me please get in touch if you can help out with the delivery of the daffodils). Movie Night – Friday 25th August Paul has a real beauty for us, ‘The Dam Busters a must see. We had a fantastic turnout for the July movie The African Queen, even though it was a real old classic; everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. So attendance to our movie night’s folks is growing in popularity! VCCNZ Nationwide Cancer Society Rally – Sunday 27th August This Rally will be our end of month run for August, and Ken & Linda have been beavering away behind the scenes to deliver us a great day out - not only do we get to have a fun day, but the Cancer Society will reap the benefits from the gold coin donation. I believe this event will hit the national headlines as most VCC Branches in New Zealand are participating. Head Office has had a great response and support from branches around the country for this new annual event!! We had a superb end of month run in July organised by our Chairman John, thank you John. 37 cars turned up on a brilliant but coolish day and everyone commented what a terrific day out it was. Unfortunately poor John was pretty ‘miffed’ he didn’t get to enjoy the run he had spent time setting for us, due to a medical procedure...Next time though you will be there with bells on John, get well soon.
The Club short sleeve Polo Shirts – regrettably our supplier of the short sleeve polo shirts has informed me they are no longer able to supply the shirt you have ordered in the past therefore the alternative style they can supply will be identical to our long sleeve version, but with a pocket.
Best Lady Navigator Trophy I have been eyeing up this magnificent looking trophy in our cabinet, for some time and would dearly love to award it to one of our female members. So I decided an ideal time to follow through with another one of my ideas would be to have a Club Captain’s Run. We will hold this event at the end of November. The Run will be competitive however very simple, and at the conclusion of the Run members are invited to go back to the club rooms for scones, tea and coffee, and then we will award the trophy to the winner on the day.
A Kid’s Christmas Party - So we have looked after the ladies and the men, now we can’t forget the grand-kidlets. In December we will have a ‘grand-kids’ Christmas party at the club rooms. We will have Santa and a clown visit in a vintage or classic auto to give each child (up to age 14) that attends a gift. And to make it a bit more exciting we will have a treasure hunt and a lolly scramble. Along with my fellow committee member and teacher Linda Downey, together we will make the Christmas Party a memorable one for the kids! I can just see you now rolling your eyes, but trust me the event will be short and sweet, and there will be no kids swinging from the chandeliers on my watch!
The countdown is on folks not too many more sleep’s for the Goldsmith’s, the Stafford’s and the Smylies before we head off on our big adventure –‘Route 66’. Most of you are probably aware the six of us will be travelling in Mustangs now not in our Model A’s as originally planned. Unfortunately the organisers were unable to get enough willing participants to take their vintage cars, hence why we will be in Mustangs cruising through the great U S of A. As you can imagine our men folk are pretty disappointed, but they have now come around to the idea of ‘trumping’ the route with their ‘Mustang Sally’ sitting beside them!! So folks until September, safe motoring out there, and do enjoy another month filled with good health, happiness, love & laughter! Kaaren #
Secretary’s report by Joe Scott Hi Folks! On a sad note we have lost one of our 50 year members Wally Jelaca. The funeral service was well attended by our members who all had the opportunity to learn about his life. Our thoughts are with Trixie and her family. We have all enjoyed two events this month. One being the mid-week run to Awakeri organised by Ken Frew and our end of month event organised by our new President John Redding. Jill and I attended the first and on our second run our grandson Ajay and I enjoyed a run in our Little Giant Truck. After a severe frost we are in for a beautiful day here in Tauranga. Life is good. “Keep your chin up, spring is in the air.” At our age we do not have to prove anything, “you know what I mean.” “You reap what you sow in this life.” Joe Scott Secretary.
Wally Jelaca: Thank you. Dear Members, Our family wish to thank you all for the support and good wishes you sent us at the time of Wally’s funeral. He would never have imagined such a farewell. He was an early member of the Auckland Vintage Car Club when he won the Concourse at Rotorua in 1956 with his Model T which for some years was displayed at MOTAT. From there he was a Founder Member of the Waikato Club and received his 50 year membership badge here in Tauranga. Although he has not been an active member recently he was still interested in the club activities especially the number of new and young members joining. His shed and restoration was the part he enjoyed and the best part of rallying was the trip home. He probably needed a better navigator!!! Regards to you all, Trixie and family
BOP VCC 2017 Membership List. A reminder to everyone: A 2017 membership list is available by electronic means. From Kaaren at : firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul at: email@example.com
Your Klaxon Editor is Paul Beck
Contact Paul at
firstname.lastname@example.org 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, It seems to have been a little quiet this month for me. Possibly one reason being getting over a cold that did not want to leave a happy home and then Yvonne caught it as well and she has been struggling the same way. Roll on summer again. I don’t know if someone is trying to say something to me yet or not. Sue Weld gave me a book and pointed out a section about a Model T. This article gave me a small chuckle as I typed it out for Klaxon I must say. From there I was doing a little research in an old Beaded Wheels to find out about the exact date of a rally held in Rotorua. The first magazine when I opened it and scrolled down to a page, my eyes fell upon the name Wally Jelaca. Wally I had found out just that morning, had passed away, so it was quite a surprise to see his name in front of me. The article was about his Model T winning the Concourse event in Rotorua,1957 VCC Rally. The judges comment was as follows... So beautifully prepared was the Jelaca Ford T, that even the brass level taps on the flywheel housing were highly polished for the Concourse. The judge of the Mechanical Section of the Concourse considered that in some cases the standard of cleanliness under the bonnet left something only to be desired. Also in the same Beaded Wheels was the rally results where they had come first place in their class and second place overall in that rally with the T. Obviously they had no Navigator issues that time. (refer to Trixie’s thank you item) The September film night is to be a flicker film night again and Shaun has obtained a short film to be shown on the 1957 Rotorua Rally. Part of which shows a model T assembly competition. I have not seen the film myself but I believe it was completed in about 12 minutes. Times have varied a little on this so I will be interested to see the real thing. So this month I feel Henry has tapped my shoulder and said “Hey Boy. What about….” This month I also read in the AA Directions magazine that 100 people died on our roads over a year by not wearing their seatbelts. I was appalled by this. There is no excuse other than ignorance of facts. There is enough advertising and information published to make it absolutely clear that seatbelts save lives. I do hope the AA do more research on this subject as to what age group etc. is involved and their recommendations as to what needs to be done to correct the issue. I shudder to think of the cost involved for every death on the road that is paid for by the rest of us. Last of all: It was great to see 4 cars from Eastern BOP VCC attending our end of the month run. No doubt that Kaaren is getting her Club Captains role under way and communicating with our neighbours. I hope we are able to respond by attending E BOP VCC in one of their events and put on a show for them. We have the ability to do so, if we make the effort, and it is all beneficial to promoting the VCC as a movement rather than as individuals. Good thinking Kaaren. What`s next???
That’s all for now, Paul
HELP IS STILL REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT Are you able to assist with delivery? You can use your modern if you like DATE:
Tuesday 22 August from 9am
ADDRESS: The Church of Latter Day Saints, 884 Cameron Road DRIVERS: 25 drivers are required to assist with the delivery on the day The Cancer Society will supply runners if required CONTACT: Please contact Kaaren Smylie if you are able to assist on 07 576 4180 or 021 66 43 41 NOTE: Not to be confused with the VCC National Day
Getting Old Jokes I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.
Every morning is the dawn of a new error.
2017 NIGHT OWL CINEMA.
Aug 19th, 4pm - 6-30pm
The BOP Vintage Car Club are excited to be supporting the Night Owl Baycourt production of a 1920s Cinema screening Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus”. Baycourt will be decked out and themed as a 1920s circus for 1 night only. The silent film is accompanied by the mighty Wurlitzer Organ, an instrument that twirls out of the stage and is built into the walls of Baycourt. These organs were originally used to make the dramatic tones and music to set the scene for films before the actors spoke. Come dressed to the nines in 1920s finery and enjoy a totally unique experience right here in Tauranga BOP Vintage Car Club members have reduced ticket prices of $18 by using the code CLOWNCAR when purchasing the tickets online or if they mention they are members at the Baycourt box office on Durham St. Online tickets: https://wwwpremier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CIRCUS17 For more information: go to htpps://www.facebook.com/NightOwlCinema/ Or contact:
Kimberley Cleland, Night Owl Cinema, 0272719256
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Julyâ€™s Debut Cars 3 cars made their debut on our end of the month run.
1987 2CV6 Citroen Charleston Owned by Roger and Rosemary Clark. 26hp Flat twin motor The last model was produced in 1990
1948 Fordson Truck Owned by Barry Anderson
10Hp 4 cyl. 1.2 litre motor 10cwt or 1/2 Ton Top speed not much more than 40mph due to its very low gearing
1929 De Soto owned by Arthur and Heather Atkins This car made its debut last month but missed entering it in Klaxon. The first De Soto cars manufactured by Chrysler was in 1928-1929. 21.6 hp, 3 inch x 41/8 stroke motor 6 cylinder All 3 vehicles were purchased in their present condition and are a tribute to the person who did the restoration. Lovely examples and I am quite sure the present owners are very proud of them.
The Story of an Alvis T21
Travelling with "Ye olde world" Miss Daisy. Bev who is one of our newer members put in a small article last month about her lovely Alvis. At the time it was in workshop undergoing minor repairs. NOW!!!. “Yes”, she has had her rubbers beautified, exceeding all expectations and she is ready. She has been cordially invited to attend "The Vintage Car Club mid Christmas Luncheon". As a 1951 Model, will youth be on her side or will she be a wallflower, left to sit alone. Has she been groomed well, is her girdle tight enough, or should I be brave enough to say, "Is her undercarriage not showing!" With a chaperone and her keeper, she set about to place herself amidst the Jalopy Beauties. Forming a circle for all to view, Miss Daisy mingled with the elite, a dapper Lagonda 51, dashingly Smart Model T Ford's and of course, others to view. She loved every minute, no ruffled feathers, ( as her Keepers hat had, to show). The afternoon went profoundly well and Miss Daisy retired graciously, knowing all will be uneventful until the next outing. Alas, she does wonder though, of those who are still to peruse her beauty!!! The Keeper of "Miss Daisy", Bev.
Would you like a free cup of coffee?: by Alastair Jones The owner of these Tea Rooms in “Oamaru” has evidently promised a free cup of coffee for anyone in a “Lagonda car” that will park outside for a photograph.
End of Month Run â€“ July 2017:
by Raewyn Fenn
July was a really rugged month weather-wise for many of us and I think we were all tired of being couped up indoors, so when the email reminder came for the End of Month Run, and the weather forecast looked promising, plans were made to attend. Leaving Waihi Beach at 7.30a.m on Sunday morning, the frost just got heavier and heavier, the closer we got to Tauranga, however the sun was shining and it promised to be a spectacular day. A very large contingent of Car Club folk gathered at the clubrooms by 9a.m. â€“ as instructed, all enjoying the clear skies and lack of wind or rain. There was an interesting array of warm clothing including many types of driving gloves, hats of all types, and some gorgeous knee-high, fluffy slippers! After a briefing from the stand-in organiser, 33 vehicles left for a drive firstly to Paengaroa and then to follow our instruction sheet all the way to Pikowai Reserve on the Matata Straights for morning tea. Four more vehicles from the Eastern Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club joined our group at Paengaroa, and it was lovely to have their company. Unfortunately, the total vehicles was reduced to 36 after John Payne became unlovingly acquainted with another vehicle with his car suffering some nasty frontal damage. 4 Eastern BOP VCC cars attending also
From Paengaroa, our instructions were to stay on Old Coach Road until we eventually arrived back at SH2. We were NOT to use a substantial list of roads as we twisted and turned through the country roads. On such a fabulous day, it was lovely to see so many pink blossoms, daffodils and magnolia trees all starting to burst into bloom, and one never ceases to be amazed by new-born calves and lambs taking their first steps. To add to the scene, there were so many native pigeons, Kereru, flying around when we were parked in the Pikowai Reserve enjoying the company of other club members.
It was great to see so many people in so many different types of cars, including Buick, Railton, Jaguars, Citroen CV, Model A’s and several other types of Fords, Chrysler, Dodge, Graham Paige, Vauxhall, MG’s, Triumph, Studebaker and I apologise if I missed your brand. After leaving Pikowai, the convoy headed for Pukehina, enjoying magnificent vistas along the way. White Island looked so close, as did Motiti and Plate Islands, in the sparkling blue ocean. The drive through A 1965 Rambler Marlin from EBOP Pukehina encouraged a number of locals to come out and watch, while the views from the entrance were stunning, looking across to Little Waihi where we were headed next for our lunch stop. A cruise back to SH2 and on to Wilson Road North, where a right turn led us to Little Waihi, or those without lunch headed on in to Maketu to purchase something tasty. Our picnic right on the edge of the harbour was a really nice time to catch up with friends, while a couple of The Millers enjoying the day out in the sun dogs with the group had a great run around, one in particular enjoying chasing a stick in the water, while we all watched his never ending return of said stick in anticipation of another throw. Around 2pm, with the tide receding and a chilly wind coming up, it was time to head home, feeling thoroughly invigorated. Some of our newer members, Kevin and Joy Morris from Waihi in a Chrysler Airflow and Erwyn and Audrey Fail from Waihi Beach, had never been to that part of the coast and were thoroughly amazed by it’s beauty. We really are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country aren’t we. Lunchtime at Little Waihi
A very special thanks go to the organisers of the run, it was a great day, and to the person who organised the weather – keep it coming please!! #
Caulfield's Truck Museum Wed, 12 July 2017: by Kerry Elton Over 25 cars gathered at the Te Puke start point and headed out along Te Puke Highway to Matata then onto Awakeri to view this private collection of trucks. Barry Caulfield, the owner of this collection, has been involved with trucks all his life. His father owned a logging contracting business based in Rotorua. His sons learnt to drive the truck from a very early age, as did my brother as the family lived around the corner from our house. They also learnt to maintain the truck. Many a time my brother would come home from either working on the truck or driving the truck (underage) with grease all over something, much to my mother’s delight!. Barry’s interest in collecting things mechanical initially started with tractors. He would regularly take tractors to meets around the country and after increasing his collection he realised a truck was required for transporting these vehicles. This started the passion for collecting and restoring trucks. As Barry introduced us to and walked us around his collection, it quickly became apparent that each truck had an interesting story. The first being his Kenworth truck lovingly restored and used regularly for transporting things. This truck wins concourse prizes whenever it is shown. Next there was a Kenworth used in the film for Pete’s Dragon that Robert Redford “drove”. Actually Barry drove the truck, and supplied a replica cab system on top of another truck which Robert Redford could get into and was filmed in.
Along with other Kenworth's the collection included Bedford's, a Leyland Linx along with other Leyland's, Fargo, Chevrolet, Morris Horrible (as called by Barry) driven by every milkman around, and six of the seven Pacific designs built for NZ Forest Products by Canada. There would have been over 30 trucks in this collection. In addition Barry has the old family car, a 1934 Vauxhall DX, given to him by his father in about 1970. Apart from the paint job and some tidying up of the upholstery the car is original and in motoring order. As is the Lincoln Zephyr. In storage is an old Willys station wagon, several tractors and a Ford Mustang.
1947 Lincoln Zephyr V12
Almost ready for the road is a Mk III Zephyr. On the walls in Barry’s very large shed are some very interesting photos across the decades of the logging industry. I spent quite a bit of time studying these and identifying locations and vehicles. Out in the yard, Barry is extending his collection to include some machinery of the logging industry. He is establishing a goat farm (milking) across the road and would like to purchase the Awakeri Hall so he can establish a public museum for his collection. Watch this space. We finished the morning off with lunch at The Whitehouse. Thanks Ken for organising such an interesting run, and for building such a colossal shed. And thanks Barry for such an informative and relaxed guide around your collection. Also for allowing many of us to climb into the trucks and get a feel for something substantially bigger than what we are used to. Kerry Elton #
The Great Model T by John McCaw: Book lent by Susan Weld Open Country Muster is a series of short stories and one such story is the Great Model T. It goes as follows. (abbreviated version) Without Henry Ford’s famous Model T, New Zealand would have been 10 years later in its development. She (the motor car was always a feminine creature in the early days of motoring) made a splendid hack with good carrying capacity over roads that existed mainly in the imagination of the county engineers or on the maps of the Government surveyors. She would go anywhere a horse drawn vehicle would go and at about twice the speed – unless there was deep water or mud to get through. Even then, with a bit of luck and a good deal of driver common sense, she could keep pace with the horse.
A great old bus was the Model T, and every man that ever owned one loved her with a deep affection. Fifty years ago I got my first Model T. Brand new, gleaming in her untarnished black paint and cost my firm £185. A two seater roadster, hood and side curtains
thrown in, but an extra 6 quid for a spare tyre and tube. I can still see my boss stroking his beard and solemnly telling me I was to take charge of this very valuable asset for the company and I must always be very conscious of the amount of money spent on it. Thirty years later, when I occupied the same desk that my old boss used to sit behind, I handed out cars to similar young men without a speech of any sort even though the car cost 6 or 8 times the price of the old Model T. Part of the sales deal was the salesman had to teach me to drive the car. I had hardly ever been in a car let alone drive one. The Model T was brought around to the office and the salesman told me to get in behind wheel. Push in hard the left hand one of the 3 pedals on the floor. Pull down a little lever under the left side of the steering wheel, and the car moved off. I was then instructed about the starting method, how to steer gently around corners, the use of the handbrake to keep the car in neutral, the use of the hand signal when turning right and what the 2 levers, rather like crayfish whiskers under the steering wheel were for. He then told me that the middle floor pedal would send the car backwards and could be used as a brake if necessary, and the right hand pedal was the foot brake. We had been driving all this time and had reached Courtney Place, where he bade me to pull up while he got out. I was then told. That is my driving lesson. Please return to your office which I did. Later on and several Model Tâ€™s later there was an incident which the car nearly came to a sticky end and it was all my silly fault. We had sold a very cantankerous steer in the local sale and the drover was not game to drive him to the railway trucking yards only a few hundred yards away. Like a mug I suggested that I could tow him around with the car. So we got a rope round his horns and pulling him up to the car tied his head down to the back axle, then set off. But the big bullock merely lifted the car off the ground where the wheels could get no traction. He carted the car round on his head for a few minutes until we were glad to cut the rope and let him escape. He is probably still going. After the slump (we were back on the horse for about 2 years during the slump) we returned to cars but they were geared cars by then. Mainly Chevâ€™s and Dodges and I had almost forgotten the model T. But not quite. I was in Levin and this Model T was coming along quietly towards me in the main street. Suddenly she took off and charged straight at me. I slammed on the brakes and saw in astonishment this Model T turn at right angles, cross the footpath, and bash into a shop window. I had just enough time to glimpse a woman driver, obviously taking a driving test from a horrified traffic cop, throw her arms wildly in the air then clutch the traffic cop right round the head in an all embracing grip. They came to rest firmly embedded in the shop with several semi clad female models and cascades of frocks draped all over the car.
And there we will leave the Model T to rest in peace. # Article by Paul Beck
VCC NATIONAL DAY
VCC Daffodil Rally for Cancer
Sunday 27th August 2017 The VCC NZ executive has given their full support to a new annual fundraising event designed to raise awareness of our club while benefitting a nominated charity. It is hoped that all branches will support this event throughout NZ. Each branch is encouraged to organise a run in support of this national event. Any monies raised will be donated to the local Cancer Society. The event is intended not to be limited to VCC members but to any other clubs or participants wishing to participate. The more the merrier. The BOP VCC are organising an event and it is hoped the members embrace the idea and participate. Our organisers are: Ken Frew contact 07 5764263
Or: Linda Downey 021 0277 7931
Please contact the above if you have any fund raising ideas.
Bring a friend and join us
LIBRARY NOTES by Yvonne Beck Veteran Cars – Amazing New Zealand Collections, by Steve Reid This recent publication has been donated to our club library by Gary Linkhorn. The book honours both the cars and their owners who, in the true spirit of pioneering, have preserved the vehicles of an era long past for future generations to enjoy. It includes the history of more than forty cars and other snippets. With an easy to read text and beautifully photographed cars the book is a must read.
The African Queen Trivia: by Paul Beck After our latest movie night showing of The African Queen there was a bit of discussion which prompted me to do a little research as follows. This movie was the 11th most popular film of 1951. Humphrey Bogart’s part was written as a Cockney river man, but Bogart couldn’t do a Cockney accent, so it was changed to a Canadian. This is the role that won Humphrey Bogart the only Oscar of his career. Making him the last man born in the 19th century to ever win a leading role Oscar. While filming the "leeching" scene, Humphrey Bogart insisted on using rubber leeches. John Huston refused, and brought a leech-breeder to the London studio with a tank full of them. It made Bogart queasy and nervous, qualities Huston wanted for his close-ups. Ultimately, rubber leeches were placed on Bogart, and a close-up of a real leech was shot on the breeder's chest. Sources claimed that everyone in the cast and crew got sick except Humphrey Bogart and John Huston, who said they avoided illness by essentially living on imported Scotch whiskey. Bogart later said, "All I ate was baked beans, canned asparagus and Scotch whiskey. Whenever a fly bit Huston or me, it dropped dead." To show her disgust with the amount of alcohol that John Huston and Humphrey Bogart consumed during filming, Katharine Hepburn drank only water. As a result, she suffered a severe bout of dysentery. According to cameraman Jack Cardiff, Katharine Hepburn was so sick with dysentery during shooting of the church scene that a bucket was placed off camera
because she vomited constantly between takes. Cardiff called her "a real trooper." In her book "The Making of 'The African Queen'" Hepburn said she rushed for the outhouse only to find a black mamba inside, then ran to the trees. Humphrey Bogart hated Africa immediately and was miserable, but Katharine Hepburn adored it, calling it "utterly divine." Bogie complained about everything: the heat, the humidity, the dangers, and the food. He recalled, "While I was griping, Katie was in her glory. She couldn't pass a fern or berry without wanting to know its pedigree, and insisted on getting the Latin name for everything she saw walking, swimming, flying or crawling. I wanted to cut our ten-week schedule, but the way she was wallowing in the stinking hole, we'd be there for years." There was a language barrier between the film people and the locals that led to wild misunderstandings. For instance, for the scene that called for Brother Samuel's mission to be burned by the Germans, the crew built a village for the express purpose of burning it down. John Huston asked a local leader to bring a bunch of locals to be extras in the scene. However, when the day came for filming, not one of them showed up. It turned out that a rumour had spread among them that the film people were cannibals and it was a trap--anyone who came would be eaten. In Africa at that time, moving heavy film equipment and supplies was a tricky undertaking. For shooting on the river, the crew built the steam-powered "African Queen" and another boat for towing the Queen with a generator, lights and reflector platforms; it was followed by a raft with heavy camera equipment and a small crew from Britain. and finally a floating makeshift dressing room/toilet for Katharine Hepburn made with bamboo. Hepburn had insisted on having the privacy of a dressing room, but after having it dragged up the river several times it was clear that it was totally impractical, so she valiantly gave it up. The African Queen was actually the L.S. Livingston, which had been a working diesel boat for 40 years; the steam engine was a prop and the real diesel engine was hidden under stacked crates of gin and other cargo. It is now docked next to the Holiday Inn in Key Largo, FL, just off US Highway 1. The boat shown going down the rapids, shot through a telephone lens, was actually a model boat about eight feet long. This miniature is now displayed inside a restaurant at a Marriott Waterfront hotel at 80 Compromise St. in Annapolis, MD. It is at the restaurant entrance. "The African Queen" sank and had to be raised twice during filming of the movie. Lauren Bacall is quoted as saying, "The natives had been told to watch it and they did. They watched it sink." Sections of the boat set could be removed to make room for the large Technicolor camera. This proved hazardous on one occasion when the boat's boiler--a heavy copper replica--almost fell on Katharine Hepburn. It was not bolted down because it also had to be moved to accommodate the cameras. C.S. Forester had told John Huston that he had never been completely satisfied with the way the book ended. In the book the German gunboat Kรถnigin Luise was sunk by two small British gunboats which were carried overland in pieces and assembled on the shore of the lake much like the real war incident this part of the movie is based on. The African Queen was sunk and it never again reappeared in the book. In the movie it is the African Queen that sunk the Luise. #
Book Review by Paul Beck
A Boot Full of Right Arms by Evan Green I`d give my right arm to be going with you was a saying Evan Green heard many times in the weeks before he left Australia to compete in the London – Sahara – Munich World Cup Rally. He had dozens of offers. Enough arms in fact to fill the boot of the large Leyland P76 he had chosen for the 17,000 km event. The volunteers might have been less enthusiastic had they known what lay ahead, for the rally soon crossed the boundary separating motor sport from high adventure and then went further. Crews became stranded in the desert. Some almost died of thirst. Most became lost and only one car completed the full course of this extraordinary event.
While reading the book I at many times became almost bored with fact and detail but the writer then suddenly seems to pick up again making the reader almost immersed and feeling like they too were competing as well. The competitors in the rally must have been really focussed and fiercely competitive almost to the point of death but not giving up. But this is more than just an account of a rally. It is a story of a journey through 14 countries, across some of the world’s most forbidden terrain, and of the strange places and people encountered during the trip. Like I said. I found the book boring in parts but compelling in other parts to read and if adventure with a car is your thing then maybe this is book for you. This book is now available in our club library.
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 an email to Paul at email@example.com If you are receiving Klaxon by email and are happy with it, you may cancel your hardcopy version. This saves the club a considerable amount of money in postage and printing. As an alternative a hardcopy version is usually available on club nights which saves postage costs. You may cancel your hardcopy by contacting Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Paul at email@example.com BOP VCC Website: Search bay of plenty vintage car club in your browser. It contains our magazine and other club information of interest pertaining to our club.
BOP VCC Face book: The club has a Facebook page, however it is a private page only accessible to our members and approved people. Log onto your facebook page and search Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club. Then request to be a friend. If you are not a friend you cannot access it. 25
‘BILL RICHARDSON TRANSPORT WORLD’ & ‘MOTORCYCLE MECCA’
by Keith Perkins On a recent visit to Invercargill to visit my 95 year old mother I had the pleasure of visiting the ‘Bill Richardson Transport World’ & ‘Motorcycle Mecca’. Bill Richardson started as a transport operator in Southland (Southern Transport), also starting & purchasing several other companies (including Allied Concrete). Bill’s passion was trucks. He collected and, with his team, restored hundreds before Bill’s untimely death. An impressive Art deco building has been built by the family to display the collection of over 300 trucks, tractors and cars. Included on display is all but one of Henry Ford’s series of ‘letter cars’, his first production cars from the first Model A in 1903 until the venerable Model T in 1908. Lined up in a row is the first Model A, followed by Models C, F, K, N, R, S & T. Only the very rare Model B is missing from the line-up. It is fascinating following the mechanical developments through this early period, starting with engines under the seat, petrol tank under the bonnet and chain drive. Another fascinating lineup is the row of ten 2door drop-head Ford coupes, starting with a 1930 Model A, followed by 1932 Model B, 1933, 34, 35, 36, 38’, 39, 41 & 46.
Most of the exhibits have been beautifully restored. However some of the trucks that were in good condition when purchased remain original. One ERF truck on display has travelled 3.5 million kms. I spent another enjoyable half day at the ‘Motorcycle Mecca’, which covers two floors of a central city building. This collection has over 300 beautifully restored bikes dating from 1902. Most of the motorcycles, sidecars and even a few threewheeled automobiles were purchased by the Richardson family from a Nelson collector. Had they not, this precious collection could well have ended up overseas.
The Years 1932 and 1933 1932: Speed limits are imposed on heavy vehicles and roads and communications are damaged after a subReflections stantial earthquake in the Gisborne area. Overseas: Route 66 is completed and the Cologne– Bonn Autobahn opened being one of the worlds first motorways. 1933: The first 1 day flight from North Cape to Bluff was made by EF Harvie and Miss T Hunter in a DH Moth taking 16 hours 10 minutes. Harvie at the time had only just obtained his pilots license. The first locally made rubber was produced in NZ at Penrose. The company later became Reidrubber and operated until 1982. The first women passengers flew across the Tasman in a plane piloted by CTP Ulm. Ulm also accompanied Kingsford Smith in the historic flight of 1928 across the Tasman. 27
WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR PHOTOS OF AMUSING SIGNS The rules: The photograph must have been taken and location given by the contributor. (must not be copied from another source such as the web or a book)
Photo of a sign on the side of a truck By Bev Long
Photo taken by Steve Titmuss while on holiday in Japan.
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Crossword â€” by Dave Ryan
Public reading for or concert
Fragrant sprays 3, 10
Indicator of heart rate
Between 13 and 19 years
Club register 4, 2, 7
Wife sends you here when annoyed 2, 3, 3, 5
Removed a limb
Usually look alike
Missiles fired from a bow
Outdated news 3, 3
Colloquialism for university
ANSWERS TO CROSSWORD ACROSS
List of members
In the dog house
Contact: Jack 07 5766346 BRING YOUR SPARE PARTS DOWN. THEY MAY BE JUST WHAT SOMEONE IS LOOKING FOR WE HAVE LOTS OF PARTS JUST COME IN THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO YOU
Donâ€™t overlook the parts shed as a source for your project
______________________________________________________________ FOR HIRE : Bore de-carboniser tool and Vane Tuner The club has a bore de-carboniser tool and vane tuner which is now available for hire to members The charge is only $5.00. to have your car running sweetly. Enquiries through Jack Anderson Contact Jack on 07 5766346
BOP VCC HALL FOR HIRE SPECIAL RATES AVAILABLE FOR LONG OR SHORT TERM HIRE SEATING UP TO 120 PEOPLE AIR CONDITIONING ATTRACTIVE VIEWS FREE PARKING CONTACT: Kaaren Smylie: 07 5764180 or 021-66-43-41 or email:
SUMMIT TYRE SERVICES LTD
Come to 200 Waihi Road next to the BP Summit Talk to TONCI BARCOT about tyres. We provide a fast friendly service at a very competitive price. We supply and provide Tyres, new & old, Wheel Balancing, Wheel Alignment, WOF Repairs & Batteries Ph. 07 578 2381, Fax 07 578 2381 Mobile 027 2899484
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GOLDIES GARAGE Vintage Restoration OWEN P GOLDSMITH Proprietor Over 40 years experience Vintage, P.V, P. W & Classic Restoration Vehicle Services Federation INC L.T N.Z Approved for inspections & issuing of W.O.F. From start to the finished vehicle, or just repairs to components as required. Most restorations & repair work undertaken on older vehicles.
I do not stock parts other than Model A Fords. 735 PYES PA TAURANGA
Ph 07 543 0061
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BUMPER and LAPEL BADGES $30 EACH: Coloured in, Chrome, Nickel or Bronze finish Contact: Owen Smith 07 570200 33
$10 Each LAPEL BADGES Same size as 50c coin Contact: Steve Titmuss or Kaaren Smylie
For Sale and Wanted Austin 7hp Parts - extensive stock of new spares for all Austin 7's 1923-39 Catalogue available. Also many parts for other pre-1940 Austin's - Big 7, 8hp, 10hp, 12/6, etc. Peter Woodend. 07 571 5525 or 027 605 4040 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Valvoline Max Life 20W-50 Engine Oil semi synthetic made for older and high mileage engines. Has seal conditioners to stop or reduce leaks and anti wear additives. I have used this in my Triumphs for the past 14 years and have found that it works to reduce leaks and sticks to the rockers etc. when the vehicle is not being used. $59 for 5 litres. Valvoline Duragear 75W-85 Gear Oil GL4 semi synthetic. (GL4 oils have less sulphur and are getting harder to find) GL4 oils are specified for most classic cars that have bronze or brass synchro rings and thrust washers etc. This oil helps synchro rings grip, improves gear changes and won't wont affect brass or bronze parts. Model A OWNERS if you have a Laycock overdrive fitted - this is the oil for you as they have some brass and bronze parts in them and the Triumph 2000/2500 Factory Workshop manual specifies an EP70 oil on draining and refilling a manual gearbox and overdrive. $56 for 4 litres. These are both quality oils. Contact: Neal Lindsay. 07 5789579 1971 Triumph Herald 1360. Urgent sale. Car was fully rebuilt in 1990 and has done very few miles since then. Apart from minor paint blemish is in very good condition. Asking $8000 but will consider offers. Contact Snow on 07 5481140 or 021 2803311
1920/21 SUNBEAM 16/40 OHV. 3 litre. Light sports tourer. 2-wheel brakes. Older ground-up restoration. Low mileage. Rare model. Good performance. Only 7 left in the world. With spares. $70,000. One sold recently for A$149,500. Bill Janes. Ph. (07) 578-7583 or e-mail email@example.com 1956 FJ Holden. Dismantled with some restoration work done $3500. Ph. Steve: 075779104 or 021723172 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 1947 Chrysler Windsor. 82,000 genuine miles. This is an original car. Drive anywhere. Great condition. $25,000 Contact Murray Toms, 07 5445440 or email: email@example.com 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. Wanted. A pair of bucket Seats to suit large English car. See also on our notice board. Contact Mike Swanton. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wanted to buy â€“ For Chev 1937 to 1939 - looking for steering wheel, towbar, original or aftermarket heater, exterior sun visor and period dress up accessories. Phone (07) 863 3554 or email email@example.com
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For beaded-edge, high-pressure/ straight-sided, well-based cross-ply, radial, wide whitewall, imperial, metric, car, truck, motorcycle, also whitewall
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07 571 5525 - Mobile/warehouse: 027 605 4040
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