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THE VOICE OF THE VINTAGE CAR March 2018

VISIT TO STEINVALE

BAY OF PLENTY VINTAGE CAR CLUB (INC) Email bop@vcc.org.nz WEB SITE: www.bayofplentyvintagecarclub.com

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COMMITTEE CONTACTS

CHAIRMAN

JIM SMYLIE

CLUB CAPTAIN

KAAREN SMYLIE

SECRETARY

JOE SCOTT (JILL)

07 5441941

TREASURER

KEITH PERKINS (JANE)

07 5781231

PAST PRESIDENT

JIM SMYLIE (KAAREN)

07 5764180

COMMITTEE

07 5764180 021 664341 or 07 5764180

BRIAN PRATT (CINDY)

07 5447952

COMMITTEE

STEVE TITMUSS (MARION)

COMMITTEE

LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)

021 02777931

07 5520794

COMMITTEE

JACK ANDERSON (MERILYN)

07 5766346

COMMITTEE

KEN FREW (DIANE)

07 5764263

OTHER ELECTED OFFICERS HALL HIRE

KAAREN SMYLIE (JIM)

021 664341

LIBRARIAN

YVONNE BECK (PAUL)

07 5748482

PARTS SHED

JACK ANDERSON (MERILYN)

07 5766346

PROPERTY MANAGER

JACK ANDERSON (MERILYN)

07 5766346

NAME BADGES

DAVID JOBLIN (NOLA)

07 5441690

MID WEEK RUN

ALAN PRAM (JUDY)

07 5738428

NEW MEMBERS

JULIAN WEBB

07 5792441

NEW MEMBERS

ALASTAIR JONES (GWEN)

07 5761124

SWAPMEET

KEN FREW

07 5764263

VIC CERTIFICATION

ALASTAIR JONES (GWEN)

07 5761124

VIC CERTIFICATION

IVAN ALLEN (YVONNE)

07 5432629

VETERAN REP

IRENE HILL (ROGER)

07 5735432

APARELL

LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)

02 102777931

WELFARE

LINDA DOWNEY (DOUG)

02 102777931

CLUB REGALIA

OWEN SMITH (JAN)

07 5702000

HONORARY SOLICITOR PETER BUTLER (MARION)

07 5756892

KLAXON MAILING

GARTH AND MARCIA REED

07 5764086

WEBSITE

PAUL BECK (YVONNE)

07 5748482

KLAXON EDITOR

PAUL BECK (YVONNE)

07 5748482

KLAXON EMAIL:

klaxoninfo@gmail.com Fax 07 5746482

CLUB WEBSITE: www.bayofplentyvintagecarclub.com For anytime Club enquires: Kaaren Smylie (Committee) 07 576 4180 or 021-66-43-41

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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

OR

021 664341

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. March: April: May:

Roger and Rose Clark 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

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March Local Events

Mon 12th March

Club night

Tue 13th March

Seniors morning tea. 10am at Clubrooms

Wed 14th March

Mid week run. Organiser Alastair Jones

Mon 19th March

Ladies Luncheon

Sun 25th March

End of month run. Organiser Jim Smylie

Mon 26th March

Committee meeting

Tue 27th March

Noggin N Natter. To be held in Te Puke

Wed 28th March

Close of for Klaxon information

Mid week run: Wednesday 14th March: Organiser Alastair Jones. Meet at the car club carpark at 9.45am for departure at 10am. We will be travelling through the Karangahake Gorge to Morrinsville to an interesting destination on which we will be advised on the day.

Contact Alastair Jones 07 5761124 if further information is required End of the month run: Sun 25th March. Organiser Jim Smylie Details will be advised on club night and by separate email

Ladies Luncheon: Monday 19th March Time: 11.30am. Where: the home of Marie and Kerry Hart, 574B Papamoa Beach Road Papamoa. For any new members who may not have been to these luncheons before please supply a plate of food to share. This is a good way to meet with other members of the club. Men Welcome.

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3rd March: 10th March: 17th March: 30th March:

Other Club Events Manawatu Ruahine Ramble Lake Taupo Rally Horowhenua Swap Meet North Island National Easter Rally held at Waikato

Details for many of the above events may be found on our notice board and cloud site

Please remember our magazine Advertisers who support our club.

Note: The closing date has been extended to 12th March. Entry forms on the notice board or our Cloud site

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Obituary - Rex and Dorothy Williams We were sad to say goodbye to Rex and Dot Williams. They died as the result of a road accident near Te Puna in December. They were both keen members of the VCC club for many years . Rex restored and drove a fleet of Model T Ford’s and tractors. They enjoyed dressing in vintage clothes and looked good at the Historic Village Remembering VE Day last year. When we visited their farm on a club outing, the men were looking at tractors and cars and Dot invited the ladies inside to see her handwork which was a delightful array of patchwork, crochet, cross stitch and embroidery. They were well loved members of St Columbus Church and it was a pleasure to see their sons, daughters and families at the funerals. The funeral for Rex at the farm was so well arranged by the family and it was a wonderful way to farewell him. We extend our condolences to the family. Jack Hoven.

This month we welcome the following new member Nigel McFadyen: Nigel has a 1956 Austin A90

Welcome to the BOP VCC We look forward to meeting you

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Chairman’s Chat by Jim Smylie (acting Chairman)

What a great time we have experienced in Club activities this month.

We started it off with our Shiny Parts auction run by Alastair Jones and Ron Elton. Alastair and Ron had us in fits of laughter, while they raised almost double the funds of last year auction. They were well supported by several of our ladies who kept a record of who bought what. It was a great night aptly summed up by a well respected member of the Club stating he had more much fun that night than he had experienced for the last year. Well done Ron and Alastair, and your helpers, for a job well done. Then two days later Paul Lett and Sandy Piercy organised a fantastic run over roads we seldom use in the Maketu/Paengaroa area, which ended up at their home. Paul and Sandy then turned on a BBQ on which we cooked our own meat supplemented by salads supplied by Sandy and Paul followed by dessert, which was delicious. This was a great start to the day, and a big thank you to Paul and Sandy for all their efforts. But that was not all. Being Valentine’s day our lovely Club Captain, Kaaren, arranged for members to take their valentines to the movies “The Darkest Hour”, followed by a romantic dinner at the Fishing Club where Kaaren gave a gift to all the ladies who attended. Approximately 40 people sat down for dinner so it seems this is an event worth repeating. Thank you Kaaren. Then to top it all off, last Sunday for our end of month run we drove to “Steinvale Stud” the deer stud owned by our valuable members Mike and Val Steiner. This was another great day, Mike and Val turned on the weather for us and allowed us to have morning tea followed by lunch in Val’s beautiful gardens. Then Mike and Val’s son, Harley, escorted us in groups to their deer sheds, where he gave us a talk about these wonderful animals. Harley then showed us close up several female deer and then a most magnificent stag. This was an eye opener for me. Although I was raised on a farm I had never seen anything like that stag and the proud way it stood. Mike and Harley then lead us in our cars around their stud showing off their priced Lincoln Red cattle and some of their deer herd grazing in the paddock. Elsewhere in this Klaxon Brian Pratt will give a much fuller and well deserved article about this day, but in the meantime a big thank you to Mike, Val, and Harley for giving us a superb time. It is months like this that make belonging to our Club so rewarding, and we are lucky we have such willing members prepared to put so much effort into organising these great events. The next event I am really looking forward to is the “The Last of the Summer Days” rally organised for April by Alan Pram. This rally is proving so popular Alan already has a full complement for the starting gate and has several extras who left it too late to register, and now are on a list awaiting a cancellation. Looking forward to seeing you on the next run. Happy motoring. Jim Smylie (Acting) Chairman

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‘Hand Signals and Indicators’ by Kaaren Smylie Club Captain Recently on our travels and during a visit to one of the out-oftown VCC Branches, a member of that particular branch commented to me that in his opinion he thought it ought to be mandatory for all old cars to be fitted with indicators. As nowadays many motorists particularly the younger generation are clueless when someone is driving an early model car and uses hand signals instead of indicators what they are actually doing. The confusion being, hand signals can often be mistaken for a wave or worse the... ‘Royal Salute’.

This got my top two inches thinking, and I wondered why someone hadn’t come up with a solution earlier in the piece? Well, several ‘someone’s’ did just that. As secondchancegarage.com explains in chronological order… 1907 - Percy Douglas-Hamilton applied for a patent (received in 1909) for a device ‘indicating the intended movements of vehicles.' 1914 - Silent film star Florence Lawrence designed a mechanical signalling arm. 1920 - The Protex Safety Signal Company introduced flashing turn signals. However, the first modern turn signal can be attributed to Edgar A. Walz Jr. The European remedy for signalling turns or lane changes offered drivers semaphore indicators, mechanical arms known as ‘Trafficators' that swung out horizontally, these were powered by electromagnets used to raise an arm indicating a turn was about to be made. Although Ford was not offering turn signals on US-made cars, for German-built A’s trafficators came factory installed. Scintilla, a Swiss firm, manufactured a number of these, and they had left-hand and right-hand side models. The driver's toggle switch was used to activate the arm and was mounted in the centre of the dash. While Ford did not produce this component, some versions came complete with the Ford logo. Trafficators had actually been around long before the Model A, and their shape is said to resemble the signal arm used by trainmen of the Royal Bavarian railway since 1890 though about half the size. As more modern turn signals were introduced, trafficators were phased out.

1939 - Buick the first US automaker introduced as a safety feature factoryinstalled flashing turn signals. 1965 - Ford installed sequential rear turn signals on Thunderbirds followed by Mercury Cougars, Shelby Mustangs, and Chrysler Imperials. Moving on to the 1980s reliable light emitting diode (LED) technology was introduced, and because such lights did not depend on lens colour, they emitted true red and amber hues. All interesting facts one discovers while searching the internet.

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Easter Rallies There has been some serious discussion recently around the future of Easter Rallies, and in particular in the North Island. The forthcoming Easter Rally that is being hosted this year by the Waikato Branch, unfortunately, has struggled to get entrants, a very disappointing result. As you all know organising, and setting a Rally, is no mean feat without a great deal of ‘blood sweat and tears’ on the part of Rally Committees. Due to the falling numbers of entrants in the North Island compared to that of the South Island (currently as I write this article the South have over 110 entries compared to the North’s less than 40) this issue has been discussed by management, and they may decide to experiment and have Easter Rallies year about in each Island to try and gather some momentum. I believe a lot of the issues surrounding attendances could be North Island driving is too congested at holiday times compared to that of the South, which some drivers of ‘Historic’ cars find frustrating. Possibly in the North, there are more events on offer at Easter for members to choose from to attend - whatever the reason a decision will be made. On saying that by the time you receive this newsletter it is still not too late to send in your entry form for the NIER as the organisers have extended the date to 12thMarch to receive entries. The Future of Vintage & Veteran Vehicles We are all very aware how difficult it is to encourage the younger generation to join a VCC club. And it became more evident to me at the fantastic Art Deco weekend when I observed the many hundreds of vintage and veteran autos on display. I took a minute or two to reflect on what was going to happen when our generation is no longer able to drive these beautiful machines for one reason or another, where are they going to end up? So many of our members comment that their kids, Generation ‘Y’ and the millennia’s, sadly don’t want the ‘family pride and joy’ to be left to them so what do we do with our autos? Your committee is very aware of the need to have events to encourage and attract the 30s, 40s, and 50-year-olds to come along and join the Club. In the UK several clubs have events where young drivers are vetted and allowed to drive member’s vintage/classic cars, even to the point where they get the opportunity to be able to have a loan of an historic car for a short time to experience how fantastic it is to drive one. What an excellent idea to keep the momentum flowing through the generations! Unlike in our parent's day when most women stayed at home, the men folk went out and attended their various Clubs, whereas nowadays our women are keen to participate and join in with everything going. There are quite a few women in our club who are under the bonnet of their auto tinkering and making minor repairs. I believe with the women go our kids and grandchildren; our future VCC members. Rod Brayshaw the VCC registrar and the Vintage Car Club FIVA representative commented to me recently how our mobility environment is fast-changing, and an era of roads populated by rented/commonly owned, non-fossil-fuel and driverless vehicles does not now seem like science fiction. Remember the TV programme the ‘Jetsons’ and how we all used to snigger about old George Jetson zooming around in an electric car and we would pass comment that was not going to happen in our lifetime yeah right... I'm not so sure now... 9


Folks purchase old vehicles because of their passion for possessing, maintaining and driving them, and they are not bought primarily as a mode of transport but because the individual wants to own and use part of motoring history. Food for thought anyway folks. Up-and-coming events Anyway moving onto today and what we have happening in March and April in our upcoming events, to name but a few. Club Night March is another hectic month beginning with Club night, and Donn White who is not only one of the stalwarts of our Club, but the President of the local Mini Club and a sporting journalist will be our guest speaker for the night. Donn will keep you entertained with a presentation about his experiences in the world of motorsports and his association with some of the big names out there such as Denny Hulme. Seniors Morning Tea The following morning after Club night, John Payne has organised the first Seniors Morning Tea for the year, and everyone is welcome to come along. St Paddy’s Day Kick up your heels at the Greerton Village on St Patricks Day 17thMarch when the Village will be alive and kicking with their second Vintage & Retro Fair. Donn White and I are working alongside the organiser Sally Benning to make this event more significant than the previous Fair last year. The prizes for the Best Dressed Lady and Man and People’s Choice Award are excellent this time around so do come along dressed up in your best threads, and driving your autos so you can have them on display for public viewing and judging. Last year member John Griffin was delighted when he received the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for his 1925 Buick.

“The Last of the Summer Days” ‘The Last of the summer days weekend is planned and booked out and is happening on the weekend of 13 April. This bi-annual event is always so popular, and organisers never have a problem getting the maximum number of people to attend. New Members Evening (PLEASE NOTE this invite does include all members) You are in for a most enjoyable evening on 18 April, Chris Cole, our presenter for the night will give you an in-depth view of our Club and the many things that are on offer for you as members that so many folks are still not aware of. After Chris’s presentation, you will have light entertainment followed by a scrumptious supper. Friday Night BYO Dinner & Movies With the close of Daylight Saving Paul Beck will commence our monthly Friday night BYO dinner and movies again on 27 April. All-in-all the Club to belong to is the BOP VCC what a social lot we are! Safe Motoring, and remember one person’s car is another person’s scenery! Kaaren

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Notes from Secretary Joe Scott

Hi Folks, “Okay” so it’s a bit late, however this is my first report for the year 2018. I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you all into sharing the programme that your Committee along with the helpers have in place for you. Again, I reiterate that like any successful organisation it only comes about through you the members stepping up to the plate and providing your particular expertise. Frankly I admire our new members who waste no time in sticking their chin out to assist. On a personal note – our daughter Katrina and family are now back home from Bangkok and living in Wellington. Jill and I are delighted and hope to see a good deal more of them. For those of you who were lucky enough to attend Jim’s end of month run to Steiners’ deer farm – boy what a wonderful day. Perfect weather, “how did you arrange that Jim”? Why it is another world up there in the back blocks of the Kaimai hills. Never been so close to a bull stag before. What a magnificent animal. We all took off in convoy over the farm. Truck was in its element. The view out over the hills was something else. Brian Pratt will bring you up to date with his own comprehensive report on our day out. Thankyou Jim and Kaaren. “That’s all folks.”

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. Aspire to inspire before you expire. 11


Your Klaxon Editor is Paul Beck

Contact Paul at

klaxoninfo@gmail.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, Every month when it comes time to do the Klaxon I wonder what topic I can delve into and almost at the end of the month when it is time to do this page something inevitably turns up. This month I have been busy looking for a small car. A particular model one which is so popular many yards have a waiting list so I found out. So I asked a dealer who had cars coming in on a ship to give me a call when they came in. He did call but the news was not good. In his ship which contained his long awaited cars, a beetle had been found that was foreign to NZ, so all the cars were reloaded and the ship was ordered out of the country. His story was confirmed on the radio news later during the week. The ship had to go to either Australia or Singapore to be fumigated and then inspected before it could return. It also appears another two ships after that were also suspect. Then alarm bells started ringing in my tiny head. The fumigation will also include the inside of the cars as well. What do they use to fumigate with. Methyl Bromide is one of these but I believe it is severely restricted in NZ and even possibly banned. However the ship was not being fumigated in NZ. It is to be done somewhere else that may not have that restriction. And it will be in the soft furnishings of the car and carpets etc. This was not a nice thought if remnants of the fumigant remained there until released by the car being left in the sun or dampness by humidity. This to my knowledge so far affects possibly three ship loads of cars which will be discharged into NZ with no statement being published by any authority. Do they consider it safe enough not to worry. Maybe it has happened before and nothing happened. To me this was bad news however. I have now made my purchase before the other cars hit the yards. And hopefully I am safe from being poisoned. I only hope that my concerns are groundless however for other persons sakes. We have had this month some delightful runs. The mid week run to Sandy Piercy and Paul Letts went down a treat. It included a tour through country roads out the back of Pongakawa to wind up at their place for a barbecue lunch. I had to leave at that point of the run but have had several comments passed on that it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well done Sandy and Paul. The end of the month was to Steinvale deer farm. This run was scheduled last year but an accident and bad weather prevented it happening. The drive out there and the venue was fabulous. I have picked up many favorable comments and it appears that possibly we may return at a later date to soak up more of Mike and Val's private domain. Our film evenings are to start again and I have purchased a bunch of great titles to view. I am looking forward to getting our evenings underway again. All for now, Paul

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Report: February Mid-Week Run by Alastair Jones

There are three great aromas that get my olfactory nerves jangling, and in no particular order they are: Castrol R or castor oil being burnt in a lovely old single banger bike; old leather, well covered with a suitable leather dressing, and preferably adorning some hot ‘bird’, or the upholstery of a good English classic car; or what emanates from the hot-plate of a sizzling BBQ. So, when Sandy and Paul announced that a run would finish at their residence at Ohinepanea on 14h Feb, I marked the calendar as a not to miss event! It obviously appealed to about 25 other car-loads who received instructions at the Club-Rooms to proceed thru the Tauranga CBD and henceforth by way of Welcome Bay. Then it was a straightforward saunter along Te Puke’s newly laid out single lane main thoroughfare which seemed to pose no problems for us or those looking for parking spaces. The instructions led us out around Maketu and then down Old Coach Rd which is a great way to dodge the increasing traffic on the main Whakatane road, but in our haste to get to the BBQ I overshot the corner at Pongakawa Bush Rd which resulted in a lovely drive into the wilderness until the cock-up became apparent and a fast retreat was carried out. We successfully negotiated the rest of the paperwork and arrived at our host’s residence well behind most of the others, especially Jack Anderson who took a shortcut in the diminutive Flying A 30. I don’t know how Paul Lett can be so skinny because Sandy obviously takes much delight in food preparation, so much so that there were many tables with such an amazing variety of salads that I gave up trying to identify them all. It was a BYOBBQ which means you had to cook your own and I don’t know why but other “foodies” always seem to have much more appetising looking stuff on the grill than ours. I stood downwind and hyperventilated until my taste-buds cried enough. Then Sandy cleared away all the salads and replaced them with a mouth-watering selection of desserts, complete with chocolates for the chaps who had forgotten to give their chapesses a Valentine’s Day treat. With the eating out of the way, all of us had a look around their delightful gardens and lovely home and inspected Paul’s workshop and his handiwork on the VW Kombi campervan, and for a tired old worn out cocky, he lacks for nothing as a restorer. The steering wheel seemed to have lost quite a bit of clearance with my “puku” on the journey home, so I will have to check the steering column bracket which must have moved. Sandy Piercy and Paul Lett, you are most generous people. Many thanks for a full tum day. “Gastronome”

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February Mid week run to Sandy Piercy and Paul Lett

A nice country drive along with a BBQ lunch with fabulous garden and collection of memorabilia to check out. “Well done Sandy and Paul�

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February End of Month Run Report by Brian Pratt We are very lucky living this beautiful part of the country. This has been proved time and again with our Runs and Rallies to some magnificent locations. This was the case with our End of Month run to “Steinvale” this month and combined with a beautiful sunny day was a real treat. “Steinvale” is a deer farm run by member Mike Steiner and his son Harley. With two blocks of rolling land covering nearly 200 hectares, this property commands imposing views right across Tauranga to the Mount. Mike started farming back in the seventies with sheep and cattle but decided earlier on that there was a better life to be had, than the long hours milking and always being up to your knees in the Poo! and felt that deer farming was the way to go. Starting with deer farms in both Taupo and Matamata, he found his way to the Bay of Plenty 5 years ago and set up “Steinvale”. Now with nearly 400 Wapiti ( or Elk in North America) the farm is now one the largest deer farms in the North Island. The deer are used for their Meat, Velvet and Breeding Stags which are sold through out the country. As well as Wapiti, Mike runs a herd of 100 Lincoln Red an old English beef cattle which are very beautiful and friendly, although not a very common breed here in NZ. Mike and Harley are both passionate about the farm and their animals. They spoke of the Wapiti's intelligence and good nature, also how many had become like family with sons and daughters bred over many years. We saw up close in the sheds some of these mums and daughters as well as a magnificent Stag with prize antlers. We then drove our nearly 40 vehicles out into the paddocks to get up close to the deer and cattle before heading back to the homestead to find a shady spot for nearly 60 members in the garden for a well earned lunch among the trees. This run was planned nearly a year ago but after a bad accident Mike had to postpone it until now. ( He is better, albeit with a lot of new metal work) The wait was more than worth it, so Thanks again Mike and Harley

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Visit to Steinvale Farm

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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 1953 – 1954

Reflections

1953: The New Zealand Railways system reaches a length of 5656km. Over the next quarter century, many of the country’s lines.

1953: A Canberra bomber won the London to Christchurch air race. It completed the trip in slightly under 24 hours. 1953: This year NAC extended its DC– 3 service to include Wellington, Hokitika, Nelson and Westport while another service connected Auckland, Palmerston North, Blenheim and Christchurch. Wellington’s Rongotai airport is back in service having been restricted use since 1947. 1953: The Northbound Auckland express plunged off the Whangaehu River bridge with the loss of 151 lives. An avalanche of water carrying ice, ash and boulders from the crater lake of Mt Ruapehu struck the bridge only moments before the train arrived. It is the worst rail accident in NZ Railway history. 1953: The NZ Navy decided to buy a modernised cruiser. The HMS Royalist. 1954: New Zealand’s first Grand Prix takes place at Ardmore to a crowd of 70,000. 1954: New Zealand receives the first shipment of several hundred Australian Holdens. Already 130,000 of these cars had been sold on the Australian market. 1954: Mangere is chosen as the site of the proposed Auckland International Airport. 1954: NAC extended its service to include Wanganui. 1954: James Aviation introduced the countries first Helicopter. A Bell 4701. 1954: The first Diesel Locomotive a quarter mile long goods train made the trip from Wellington to Frankton Junction. Steam locos survived another 17 years with the last scheduled steam train running from Christchurch to Dunedin.

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From April 1962 Klaxon. A History of our Club Badge.

An Article written by Les Coupe. This article describes our Club badge and who made and decided the original design.

After working on the project since 1959, Bill Janes presented to the club a pattern for our car badge. Our member Bill Janes made such a great job of the pattern that it was decided to get in touch with a recommended foundry by phone to make arrangements to meet “der head mans” to avoid the parley by letter. This was done and John Inder, Maurice Nottle and myself (Les Coupe) travelled at highspeed in John’s car to arrive at the head mans house, but!! “No head man”. Undaunted we went to his foundry (on a Saturday) and found someone who looked at us in open hostility until it was explained that we were from Tauranga etc. etc. No head man had ever answered this new ally’s phone call, so he rang the foreman who appeared like magic in no time and pored over our badge while quite searching questions were fired at him. Will it draw airtight? Will the pattern stand up to the pressure? Do you think Bronze is suitable? Yes he said, it all looks suitable. However he wanted to carve a little off the back but this issue was soon settled. It was decided to cast the badges in Naval gunmetal bronze which is quite a nice looking metal. Next was around to the metal platers. The foreman took us around and further discussion took place. Do we want the badges just plated or polished? In the end it was decided the foundry would give the plater 2 badges. 1 to be polished Bronze, the other to be Nickel plated, then to send them to the club to let the members decide. The foundry commented on the workmanship of the pattern and they were impressed with the design. It looks as if our long awaited badge is almost here. For those who never saw the final pattern it is such. A circular backplate with a mounting tag off the bottom. On the back plate in relief is a beaded edge tyre with a rim and felly and valve stem. Bill even counted the number of treads on an old tyre to be really accurate in detail. In the centre is a Norman badge also in curved relief with the letters VCCC across the top of the shield and in the lower left hand corner a bulb horn and the right hand corner a brake and gear lever. As a background inside the tyre and around the shield is a chequered effect in the top half and a mottled finish in the bottom half.. There is a clamp on the top of the tyre and the tyre is sitting in a spare holder at the bottom which has the words Bay Of Plenty superimposed on the holder.

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Book review by Paul Beck

Flywheel

by Tom Swallow, Arthur H Pill, and the members of the Muhlburg Motor Club Stalag IV b – Germany 1944 – 45

This book is a fascinating reproduction of a unique collection of motoring magazines produced during WW2 in a prisoner of war camp in Muhlberg, Germany. Each edition was drawn and scripted by hand and circulated around the camp for the members to read and pass on. The first edition was produced in May 1944 and the last in March 1945. The book describes motoring adventures before the war and even the speculative ideal motor car with the illustrations and text produced largely from memory using whatever the raw materials the members could lay their hands on. It is a selection of the best of the original magazines or whatever they could lay their hands on and the drawings are both graphic and realistic despite the harsh living conditions. Materials were borrowed and improvisation was used in each production and all done with skills that are unbelievable. Much of the production was dedicated to different opinions on cars and motor bikes so as to arrive at a conclusion as what they consider a perfect motor car or bike and accessories required for the use of. Many accounts were also written from memory in detail of touring back home. All done by a borrowed pen holder from one person and a nib from another and managed to buy some ink. The Editor used these and by using Lagergeld (Camp money) and bartered cigarettes he managed to obtain something to write on. Someone found some quinine tablets from the German sick bay for a little colour in the productions.

They found Millet soup began to ferment after 4-5 days and became very gooey and this mixture was used to stick things together. They remain stuck 43 years later. The book while it becomes a little boring in many places is fascinating in that it was produced by hand, in conditions almost impossible in today’s standard and is of a quality that can only be admired. The book is produced leaving purposely the monthly publications as they were originally produced to enable the reader to feel almost a part of the experience. This book was donated by Chris Railton and is now available in our Club Library. Enjoy the read and let your imagination run with it.

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Determine how old you really are How attractive are you to the opposite sex I have a constant stream of admirers A secret admirer once sent me a card People turn away as I walk down the street When you see you body in the mirror, what do you think I’m living proof that youth can be eternal I look good for a 90 year old. It’s a pity I am only 63. Help! I have turned into a dinosaur How good is your memory I can remember the day I was born I can remember all the days of the week I have only a vague recollection of starting this quiz

Allocate: 3 points for A’s, 2 points for B’s, and 1 point for C’s Totals 3-5 Congratulations on reaping the ripe old age of 200 6-7 You may think you are old but you are really young at heart 8-9 You have all the attractiveness and attributes of a youngster. Are you sure you are an oldie

OUR CLUB ELECTRONIC SITES 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 klaxoninfo@gmail.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 klaxoninfo@gmail.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 Paul at klaxoninfo@gmail.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. 20


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PARTS SHED

Contact: Jack 07 5766346 Reminder to all members

Clean out your sheds and bring those surplus parts down that you purchased from our Swap Meet BOP VCC LIBRARY Contact: Yvonne 07 5748482

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