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February 2018

BRANCH of the VINTAGE CAR CLUB of NZ (Inc) Lamb Country Branch Email: Contributions should be emailed to the Editor no later than (25th of each month)

Club Nights

7.30pm 3rd Wednesday of every Month

1937 BUICK MODEL 41 TOURING SEDAN Present Owners: John and Shirley Foot


Postal Address 3 Fergusson Avenue Waipukurau, 4200 NOMINATED POSITIONS

CHASSIS NUMBER 3073013 ar- CHAIRMAN rived in New Zealand aboard the ship SURREY on an unknown date and was assembled at General Motors assembly plant in Petone then shipped by rail to Hawke’s Bay Farmers Napier Branch on the 15th June 1937. The car had been purchased by John Williams of Hinerangi Road Hatuma Waipukurau and his specifications had been for twin side mount spares, blue leather upholstery, whitewall tyres and primer paint. Some years after we purchased the car we met up with John Williams’ son and he informed us that his father did not like any of the standard colours for Buick so he had it painted in the colour of his choice which is the present colour. He also informed us that his father never held a drivers licence and that he (son) drove the car up until the time it was sold on 13 th August 1952. The car was then purchased by David Bevan of Rissington Hawke’s Bay who owned it until being sold to Graham Wright of Tokoroa on 7 th June 1973. On the 15th August 1980 Graham Mackie also of Tokoroa purchased the car and carried out quite a lot of body repair and repainted it in the original colour. Then on the 19 th May 1983 it was purchased by RL & TH Currie of Atiamuri who removed the original engine and replaced it with a 1939 engine.

Lynn Cross 06 858 9814 VICE CHAIRMAN Bruce Poole 06 858 9940 SECRETARY Shirley Foot 06 858 8301

TREASURER Suzanne McCool 06 856 8087 CLUB CAPTAIN Rod McKenzie 06 858 9562

COMMITTEE The car was next purchased by Dave Allen of Tokoroa on the 27 July 1984 and was later pur- John Foot chased by myself and Shirley on the 20th September 1988. We replaced the engine in January V.I.C. (I.D. Card) Coordinator 1996 and did some body repair and repaint in 2005 otherwise we have only carried out mainte- 06 858 8301 nance as required. Winter th

2017 and we have replaced the engine again, with a 1938 engine, the previous engine having done well in excess of 100,000 miles. Since purchase we have travelled 150,000 miles (as at January 2018) in the car and have attended all the international rallies since the 1992 Pan Pacific in Palmerston North and have also travelled Bluff to Cape Reinga twice just to mention a few of the rallies we have done.

Peter McCool 06 856 8087 Barry Smales 06 858 9956 PUBLICITY OFFICER Sandra Cross 06 858 9814 EDITOR Joyce Calder 022 166 1403


122 INCHES (3.100 METRES) 200 INCHES (5.080 METERES) 72 ¼ INCHES (1.835 METRES) 69 3/16 INCHES (1.76 METRES) 1.77 TONS (1830 Kg) 650X 16 65 R 16 FITTED 8 INLINE 3 3/32 (78.58 mm) X 4 1/8 (104.77 mm) OVERHEAD 2 PER CYLINDER SOLID LIFTER and PUSHROD 248 CUBIC INCH (4.100 LITRE) 100 @ 3200 RPM 18 M.P.G. (15.69 LITRES per 100 3 SPEED SYNCHROMESH 2 nd & 3rd 4.40 TO 1 COIL SPRINGS LEAF SPRINGS HYDRAULIC PISTON & LEVER DOUBLE ACTING

WEDNESDAY 7th FEBRUARY—Mid week run Meet at the Waipawa Museum at 1.00pm to spend some time, here at the museum, followed by a visit to Keith and Jean Hopping’s property to have a look at their house relocation project. Following this visit we will proceed to a local cafe (probably Nola’s) but yet to be confirmed.

Wednesday 21st February 2018 - Club Dinner and Meeting To be held at the Copperpot, 17 Northumberland Street, Waipukurau (formerly Farriers Arms). Arrive for refreshments from 6.00pm, Meal 6.30pm followed by the Meeting at 7.30pm One Main & Dessert $25.00 per person Mains: all will be accompanied with fries and salad Mediterranean Burrito – a delicious House Burrito stuffed with succulent sous vide chicken, baby spinach and herb. Drizzled with rich tomato salsa, cracked black pepper & fresh parsley. Seasonal Salad – made from the freshest ingredients, like vine ripened tomatoes and crisp field greens, with unique delicious flavours to compliment sous vide chicken. Bangers & Mash – local butcher pork sausages, with cream potato mash on a bed of roasted tomato, sweet peppers and finely diced onion, accompanied by rich dark gravy. Dessert: Classic Ice Cream sundae made with famous Rush Munro chocolate ice cream served with dark chocolate sauce, crisp wafer and chocolate garnish. Please contact Barry (06) 858 9956 or (note our recent change of email address) by Sunday 18th February, 2018 with numbers attending and your choice of food from the above menu. Barry is required to forward numbers and food requirements to the restaurant a few days before to ensure we receive the service we require.

Sunday — 25th February — Club Run to Norsewood then on to Dannevirke 1.

Meet at NZ Natural Clothing, (Norsewear) in Lower Norsewood at 10.00am


On to Dannevirke to Dave’s Den 363 High St, to view his model collection. (cost $3.00 per person).


After a short drive, lunch will be at the Coppermine Creek Reserve, BYO everything chairs, drinks, food etc.


On to Clive Boyden’s to see his collection of motorbikes, tractors etc. (cost $5.00 per person).

Come and check out the sights South of Waipukarau, the green belt. 2

Enquires to Pip 06-3740-792 or 027-8472-353

Saturday 17th February — Old Fashioned Garden Party OLD FASHIONED GARDEN PARTY 474 Ormondville – Norsewood Road from 11.00am - 4.00pm “Friends of Epiphany "invite you to join with them in JULIET & KLASS Van der Oord’s beautiful garden. There will be stalls and entertainment for children and adults. The Planning is well in hand for a memorable day in Ormondville and for the “Friends of Epiphany” first fundraising event. Theme – 1920 – 30’s dress, which will be judged and prizes awarded. Norsewood Choir will entertain from approximately 1.00pm. Tickets will be sold from the end of January at $20-00 per person or $50-00 per family of two adults and children, this includes “High Tea” Enquiries ph. Juliet 06-374-1834 or Shane 06-374-1770. Note: This fundraiser is to support the Ormondville “Church of the Epiphany” which was consecrated in 1883


HBVCC for the 30th Anniversary of the Art Deco Weekend in February from the 16th - 18th - 2018. We want to show the public what the earliest cars look like, how they perform and where it all started from. Our programme for 2018 has changed a bit as we have moved the annual rally from Saturday to Friday and plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus a picnic lunch at an historic Hawke's Bay homestead. There will be a special rally route for the early veterans (plotted by early veteran owners) to get you to the picnic on time. There will be a Special Prize Draw ($250 of petrol vouchers) Just for the 100 year or older cars that enter and participate in the 2018 Rally Event. Come and join the other 200 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter the 2018—30th Anniversary Event.

Go to the HBVCC website( for an Entry Form and Event Programme or email Entry forms for 2018 will be available from 20th August. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment. You will need to arrive on Thursday 15th to be ready for the rally on Friday 16th Feb. 2018.


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Other Events

Wed 7th

Midweek run—organised by Keith Hopping Sun 4th

Veteran Rally Manawatu

Wed 21st

Art Deco Napier

Sun 25th

Club dinner and monthly meeting 16-18th Norsewood Adventure—Pip and Jenny Halford

Mon 19th

Committee meeting

Group visiting CHB from Waikato

Wed 21st

Club dinner and monthly meeting National Executive meeting ChCh [Rod attending] 30-31st

Easter Rally Waikato

Nothing planned as yet

Model T's in Manawatu

Sat 24th

April May

Events Calendar



Date TBA

Twilight Run– organiser Bruce Poole

Date TBA

Lady Driver's Run ( volunteer please)

Wed 16th

Club dinner and monthly meeting


No Run planned as yet 21st


AGM No Run planned as yet


Date TBA

National VCC Rally (as per Cancer Run Last year) Date TBA National VCC AGM [Napier]


Date TBA



Date TBA

Mid week run?


Sat 17th

CHB Veteran Rally

Sun 18th

Branch Run


Wellington Branch visit to CHB 19 - 22nd HB Branch VCC Safari

Xmas again “OH NO”

When insuring your valuable items (property, car etc) with Vero, and quoting the CHB Branch number (39) results in a commission being made to our Branch.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Chairman's Report This month started with five cars and ten people heading into the high country for Taihape’s Gumboot Rally. This was about ninety miles over good roads and bad. The competition was by drawing a card here and there with the winner being the one with the smallest total of points. This was after random values being given to the coat cards and then the coin toss to decide to go with the highest or lowest total. A Wanganui member got first price but in Taihape “every player wins a prize”. Their sponsorship is so good that the prizes just for being there is almost an embarrassment. One of our cars broke down with an electrical fault and, after being transported into Taihape, a temporary fix was done to allow it to get back to Waipukurau. The dinner and quiz on New Year’s Eve was held at Gumboot manner, but I’m not to mention who won prizes. The 21st was our monthly run, this time organised by Bruce Poole. This run took us to a beach cottage where we were hosted by a couple with a holiday home and almost forced to eat crayfish. The way home took us past a pub where, because of the heat and the dust, it was necessary to slake our thirst. Sunday, the 28th is Wheels with Attitude at the Dannevirke showground's. Unfortunately it clashes with the Hawke’s Bay Branch visiting Central Hawke’s Bay so only a few of us will get to join them for the day, and ourselves will see them in Waipawa before we make for Dannevirke.

LYNN CROSS CHB Branch Chairman


Rod’s Rattling's January has been a busy month for a number of our members with the summer weather being a good time to be out and about in the sun and warmth. Yeah, right! We have measured almost three inches of rain so far this month and the garden has taken off, and likewise the lawns. However, we have still found time to get the cars out of the shed. We had several days away with our Ford T at the Annual Ford T Rally, this year in Hamilton. We travelled to Waitomo the first day, as far north as Glennbrook the following day, and the final day we drove out to Raglan. All totalled the T travelled close to 400 miles. And this year we had no issues, which was very pleasing. Thank you to Bruce Poole and his grand-daughter, Mia, for a pleasant run out to Pourerere on 21 st. A good Hawke’s Bay summer day and 15 cars turned out for the run. This coming weekend *which I imagine will be well gone by the time you get to read this note+ the Hawke’s Bay Branch are coming south and will be meeting in Waipawa for a journey out to the “Back Paddock Lake” on Speedy Rd on Sunday 28th. The same day, the “Wheels with Attitude” event is being held in Dannevirke. I am reliably informed that our branch will be represented at both events. One or two of our Veteran owners will likely attend the Manawatu Veteran Rally on 4 th February with a short run planned by the Manawatu Branch veteran enthusiasts. Lots of vintage cars and several veterans will be driven at the “Art Deco” weekend in Napier over the four days of 16th to 18th February with around 250 entering the parade. We will be attending the event using the 1913 Ford T as one of the 20 veteran cars selected, and Bruce Poole will be running his 1930 Chrysler 77 Roadster as one of 30 “extra special” cars selected by the organisers. He will be in good company with the 1935 V16 Cadillac of Marlene Dietrich, a Duesenberg, along with Packards, Auburns,a Bugatti and other famous makes sold during the “Art Deco” period. We are looking forward to attending the “Ukelele Evening” with Scarlett’s sister and brother-in-law from Australia, and as both he and I have been known to strum along with our Ukes in the past, we should have a lovely time. The following weekend Pip and Jenny Halford will be hosting the branch on a run in the Norsewood area. I believe they have some new territory for us to check out and places to see we have mostly not been to before. On the 4th of March a group of cars and their owners will be visiting CHB on a run from Ohakune and overnightingin Waipukurau before heading further south to Masterton. We can meet them at Sherenden and return to Waipukurau with them if we like. Contact me if you want to join in on this run. There will be some small costs. In April we have the Annual Night Rally that Bruce Poole enjoys putting on which will be fun again I am certain. Entry forms will be out soon for this run. I am looking for someone to Volunteer to put on a “Lady Driver’s Run” in May. If you would like to return some favours or you think that you would like to contribute, please give me a call. Some of our ladies should have some interesting places to go to.

Rod McKenzie CHB Branch Club Captain


RUAHINE RAMBLE – Saturday 3rd March 2018 The Manawatu Branch VCC clubrooms (The Grove – 684 Kelvin Grove Road) will be open from 8.45 am to allow you and your crew to indulge in a hot drink and a biscuit or two before the 9.15 am briefing. As advised in the December Tourer, with the Saddle Road having gained State Highway status and therefore becoming very busy as a result of now being the main route to the Hawke’s Bay and the Wairarapa the decision has been taken to not subject entrants to crossing the ranges. The 2018 Ramble will not follow the ‘Ruahine’ theme by crossing (or even staying close to) the Ruahine Ranges and as a result the morning route is an easy one of approx. 75 miles (120 Kms) through rolling countryside which will suit vehicles of all VCC Vehicle Classifications. The Ramble will follow the theme of recent years and will be an easy relaxing non-competitive outing. Morning section of Ramble – approx 75 miles (120 Kms) Afternoon section of Ramble – approx 16 miles (25 Kms) to finish the day at a Café. There are no unsealed roads on this Ruahine Ramble – just approx. 1¾ miles (3 Kms) of driving on a State Highway in the morning and a slightly longer distance on a State Highway in the afternoon. The morning route does pass a couple of petrol stations and some public conveniences, and in response to a small number who have asked the question – no, there is no straight line navigation. This is an easy straight forward run and if for whatever reason you are unable to bring your vintage on this Ramble then come along in your modern. Bring your own lunch, hot water etc., plus chairs, picnic rug or whatever - to help you settle in for an enjoyable lunch stop, although there are chairs and tables at the destination. If the weather is against us there is a very comfortable sheltered area at the destination in which we can have our picnic lunch. Entry Form Options : Complete the form that is in this Tourer and mail it to the address on the form. If you would like the form emailed to you so that you can avoid having to cut into your Tourer, email the Rally Organiser requesting that a PDF version be emailed to you. Alternatively forget the form and just send an email to the Rally Organiser with all of the details that are requested on the form included in the email text. Payment Options : Send a cheque in the post with your entry form. Pay on the day. Email the Rally Organiser requesting account details so that you can pay by internet banking. Rally Organiser : Bryan Abraham - phone (06) 358 4014 Rally Organiser email : Entries Close : Thursday 22nd February 2018



Ruahine Ramble Saturday 3rd March 2018 This is a non-competitive Ramble for all club eligible vehicles.    

Meet at the VCC clubrooms in Kelvin Grove Road any time after 8.45 am for cup of tea / coffee. The briefing will be at 9.15 am with the first car away after 9.30 am. BYO picnic lunch & hot water for drinks etc. Bringing chairs etc. is optional as there is shelter, chairs and tables at the destination.

Distance for the morning is approx. 75 miles (120 kms) - plus approx. 16 miles (25 kms) for a short afternoon section to a Café (which is the end of the Ramble), then approx. 20 miles (30 kms) back to Palmerston North.

ENTRANT: ............................................................................................................................... NAVIGATOR: .......................................................................................................................... ADDRESS: ……………………….......................................................................................... TOWN / CITY: .……………….….......................................................................................... TELEPHONE: (........) ..................................... Email ........................................................ VEHICLE MAKE & MODEL: ................................................................................................. YEAR: .............................. REG No. ..................................................... ENTRY FEE: $10.00  or $25.00 entry fee with optional Ramble Plaque  PAYMENT METHOD: Cheque attached  Pay on the Day  Internet Banking  (email the Rally Organiser for a PDF copy of this entry form - or for Internet Banking account details)

Cheques payable to ‘Manawatu Branch VCC’ ENTRIES CLOSE: Thursday 22nd February 2018 RALLY ORGANISER: Bryan Abraham : Phone (06) 358 4014 Email ENTRIES To: Bryan Abraham, 81 Apollo Parade, Palmerston North 4414.


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


The Historic Vehicle Authority of NZ The Vintage Car Club of NZ (INC.) BLUEBRIDGE COOK STRAIT FERRY 23 August 2017 to 30 June 2018 The VCC code for discounts with Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry are as follow: Discount code: ANTIQUECAR Valid Travel Dates: Between now and 30 June 2018 excluding peak season between 15 December and 15 January plus Easter Weekend. Discounted Fares: 10% off all available fares

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Members must present a current Vintage Car Club of New Zealand membership card upon check-in as proof of eligibility to Bluebridge staff. Failure to do so will result in a fare difference being required to be paid prior to boarding. Full payment is required at time of booking. Transferring to a sailing outside of the discounted offer period will require an additional payment to match the available fares. Bookings can be made online at by entering the promo code above or by calling 0800-844-844 (8am to 8pm, 7 days), and quoting the promo code. Normal fare rules regarding refunds and cancellations apply. Full Bluebridge ticket terms & conditions can be viewed at


RATES QUOTED FORNZ Vintage Car Club Booking Reference: WH5465 The below rates are based on prices to date, inclusive of GST and subject to availability. Off Peak Fares: Each Way Adult $47.00 Children $25.00 Motorcycle $40.00 Car/Van/Trailer up to 5.5 metres $124.00 Trailer-Each half metre over 5.5 metres $20.00 Premium Plus Lounge $55.00 18yrs plus Off Peak Travel Dates 01-28 March 18 04 April – 18 December 18 Peak Fares: Each Way Adult $52.00 Children $25.00 Motorcycle $50.00 Car/Van/Trailer up to 5.5 metres $137.00 Trailer-Each half metre over 5.5 metres $22.00 Premium Plus Lounge $55.00 18yrs plus Peak Travel Dates 01-28 February 18 29 March – 03 April 18 Booking conditions and instructions for members are: • Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander online using the special link below– or click on “Group Bookings” at the foot of our homepage • To access these rates members must insert the reference “WH5465” • Payment is required at the time of booking. • Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request. • Refunds Once paid for fares are 90% refundable if cancelled prior to check-in and non-refundable if cancelled after check-in. • Fares valid for specified dates only • Members are required to present their current NZ Vintage Car Club Membership credentials on check in or retail fares will be charged. Fares valid for travel 01 February through to 18 December 18 No discounted fares for travel 19 December 17 through to and including 31 January 18 Bookings over this will need to be made online


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Our mailing address is: Angela Annear Travel Broker PO Box 264 Waipukurau, Central HB 4242 New Zealand For more details: Phone: 06 858 9082

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Fountainhead Auto Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska. Graeme and I recently visited Alaska and these are some pictures of the Auto Museum we visited. It is a little different to most museums as it had fashion as well as pre-World War 2 autos on display. An amazing user-friendly display and social commentary on that time in the USA. For more information on touring Alaska contact Ph 8589082.


For Sale 1951 Sunbeam Talbot, Mk2 Sports Sedan, 2.3 litre $5000 ono Original, with seat belts and indicators, leather refurbished/replaced, rust-free. Needs a new paint job. Runs well. Has both 15 inch and 16 inch wheels. Good 15 inch tyres. Owner downsizing . Ian Rowden 06 3567871 First four owners from Wanganui 1951 to 1995, then Taihape ( Graham Robertson Member VCC), then Palmerston North 2004, off road, always shedded since 2006. WOF and reg on hold.


1914 Overland Model 79T Touring Fully Restored A great motoring vehicle Spare parts and information Won best restoration award in 2008 at the Willys Overland Club Victoria, Australia. Price: $60,000 Phone: Neil Cox 021 023 33948

Competing in the CHB Veteran Rally, February 2016

1931 Cadillac LaSalle 3 window rumble seat coupe, needs finishing. Not much more to spend but a bit of labour that will keep you out of the pub for a while. These are listed as classics in the Classic Car Club of America. I think there are around six of these world wide out of the six hundred odd manufactured in 1931. I am Looking to get around $85,000. Same old story owes me more just don't have the time/will to finish. Contact Keith Hopping 021742302 . Can be viewed at home in Waipawa, CHB. 14



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For Sale 1982 XJ6 Jaguar Series 3 Looks and runs great $3500 ono Sold with new WOF and Reg Ph: 027 445 3199 Labour $50.00 per hour + GST and Materials



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Central Hawke's Bay VCC February 2018  
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