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December 2017

CENTRAL HAWKE’S BAY BRANCH of the VINTAGE CAR CLUB of NZ (Inc) Lamb Country Branch Email:

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Assemble at Kitchener Street from 2.00pm for a 3.00pm start. The parade fin- 3 Fergusson Avenue Waipukurau, 4200 ishes at Russell Park at approximately 4.30pm. CHB Club members then proNOMINATED POSITIONS ceed to the Christmas party. Directions below. ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY DAY/DATE: SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER TIME: APPROXIMATELY 5-00PM LOCATION: MICHAEL & VICKY HARDING’S PROPERTY 298 LINDSAY ROAD WAIPUKURAU

There will be some fun activities with your cars and the jolly old fat fellow, with a beard, in the red suit will be in attendance at some point during the party.

CHAIRMAN Lynn Cross 06 858 9814 VICE CHAIRMAN Bruce Poole 06 858 9940 SECRETARY


Shirley Foot

Drinks, Glasses, Cups, Plates, Cutlery, Chairs, Yourself and Grandchildren. 06 858 8301 Christmas presents: One (1) per person to the value of $5.00 wrapped and TREASURER marked M (male) or F (female) for Santa to distribute. Suzanne McCool

06 856 8087

Could you also please bring a salad or desert: PLEASE NOTE: Contact Shirley Foot Phone 06-858-8301 or email as to what you are bring- CLUB CAPTAIN ing and the number attending by the 27 th of November The Branch will be Rod McKenzie supplying the meat for a barbeque, tea and coffee. 06 858 9562

Directions to Harding’s property Leave Waipukurau heading North. First left after crossing the bridge into Lindsay Road, right at tee, at the first left hand bend straight ahead into the gravel driveway and continue up to the house (Number 298)

COMMITTEE John Foot V.I.C. (I.D. Card) Coordinator 06 858 8301 Peter McCool 06 856 8087 Barry Smales 06 858 9956 PUBLICITY OFFICER Sandra Cross 06 858 9814 EDITOR Joyce Calder 022 166 1403



CHB Branch Sat 2nd

Events Calendar CHB Community Christmas Parade and Club Christmas party to be held at Michael and Vicky Harding's home, details on pg 1

Wed 15th

Committee Meeting

Sun 21st

Run to Pourerere Beach, organised by Bruce Poole, visiting Spotswood’s beach home

Art Deco 16-18 February.






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Other Events

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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


Chairman's Report — October 2017 The Cancer Rally is over bar the shouting, and what a success it was. The amount raised was $2,060 odd after a few minor costs incurred by the Branch. Our Committee meeting of 18th September moved and passed a motion to round the figure up to $2,200. This will be handed over when we can co-ordinate the Cancer Society representatives, the newspaper and ourselves. At this point, I consider the media coverage of the event nationally and locally to have been “poor” preceded by another four letter word starting with “p”. On the 7th September we took six cars to Waipukurau Primary School, ranging in age from Model T Fords to Jaguar XJ6. The entire school turned out and had a great time. The aim of the exercise was to look at motoring over the 150 years of the school and the town. Unfortunately we hadn’t any horses and gigs, or steam omnibuses, to get back into the 19th century. Who said learning can’t be fun? The 10th September was the date of our local and usual Daffodil Rally, again organised by Club Captain Rod and wife Scarlett. No doubt, other reports will cover that. Suffice for me to say it was well run and interesting despite the less than perfect weather (a rare thing in Central Hawke’s Bay). The 20th September was our usual club night and on this occasion held in the “snug” at the local theatre – a very good venue, size-wise and acoustics-wise with excellent food. We’ll be going back. On the 23rd September the Wellington Branch came to Waipukurau with about ten cars and twenty members. Some of us joined them at their motel for pre-dinner drinks and then dined with them at Hatuma Café where all enjoyed conviviality and comradeship. The 24th September saw the ladies of the group buying up large at the local jewelers’ while the men went on to Keith and Jean Hopping’s place at Waipawa to drool over a shed full of big Yanks. All in all, a very busy and eventful month. NEXT MONTH: There will be a mid-week run to Herbertville organised by Barry and Lynne Smales, starting from two different points and converging at some point along the way. More about this elsewhere in the “Bleat”. Saturday, the 21st will be a big day in Waipukurau as both the town and the Waipukurau Primary School celebrate 150 years in existence. (I won’t call it a sesquicentennial because I can’t spell that word.) There will be a parade through the main street, starting from Kitchener Street and our cars will be required to carry some school dignitaries onward to the school. It would be nice to have some early veterans and an assortment of ages through the decades with a card bearing the year, either in the rally card holder or the windows Some of the vehicles need plenty of seats for the dignatories. Happy motoring. LYNN CROSS CHB Branch Chairman

Welcome to NEW MEMBER

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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT Margaret Cleland was in Waipukurau hospital after having had a fall. Heather Cheer has a short time in hospital too. John Foot had a spell there, but he got out in time to help us shift house for him and Shirley. Maybe there are others, I don't know of. Perhaps you could wish all those who have had over-night [or longer] holidays in hospital all the best for full recoveries. It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Joyce’s partner, John Bailey on 5 October. Understandably Joyce had higher priorities than publishing a “Bleat” for October. The Branch joins with me in wishing Joyce well as she moves on from the loss of John, who was a talented artist in music and painting as well as being clever in related electrics and electronics. A very determined and resourceful man. SEPTEMBER The Cancer Rally is over bar the shouting, and what a success it was. The amount raised was $2,060 odd after a few minor costs incurred by the Branch. Our Committee meeting of 18 September moved and passed a motion to round the figure up to $2,200. This will be handed over when we can co-ordinate the Cancer Society representatives, the newspaper and ourselves. At this point, I consider the mediacoverage of the event nationally and locally to have been “poor” preceded by another four letter word starting with “p”. On 7 September took six cars to Waipukurau Primary School, ranging in age from Model T Fords to Jaguar XJ6. The entire school turned out and had a great time. The aim of the exercise was to look at motoring over the 150 years of the school and the town. Unfortunately we hadn’t any horses and gigs, or steam omnibuses, to get back into the 19th century. Who said learning can’t be fun? The 10th September was the date of our local and usual Daffodil Rally, again organised by Club Captain Rod and wife Scarlett. No doubt, other reports will cover that. Suffice for me to say it was well run and interesting despite the less than perfect weather (a rare thing in Central Hawke’s Bay). The 20th September was our usual club night and on this occasion held in the “snug” at the local theatre – a very good venue, size-wise and acoustics-wise with excellent food. We’ll be going back. On the 23rd September the Wellington Branch came to Waipukurau with about ten cars and twenty members. Some of us joined them at their motel for pre-dinner drinks and then dined with them at Hatuma Café where all enjoyed conviviality and comradeship. The 24th September saw the ladies of the group buying up large at the local jewelers’ while the men went on to Keith and Jean Hopping’s place at Waipawa to drool over a shed full of big Yanks. All in all, a very busy and eventful month.


OCTOBER 9 October saw a photo shoot of the handover of $2,200 to the Cancer Society. Due to inclement weather, that took place in our garage. Unfortunately Rod wouldn’t bring his T out and get it wet, so we had to make do with the Auburn. A short debrief meeting was then held where a few ideas were kicked about for next time and various organisers had their backs patted. 11 October: Barry and Lynne Smales organised a mid-week run to Herbertville with starting points in Dannevirke and Waipukurau, which worked very well. This was enjoyed by all participants. 18 October: Our regular meeting was held again in the Snug at the Waipukurau Picture Theatre. The venue is particularly suitable and the food can’t be faulted. We welcomed a new member, Jeremy Greer, who among other things has a 1935 Morris 8 which was originally sold by Stewart Greer Motors – Jeremy’s family. 21 October: About fifteen cars turned out for a parade through the main street to celebrate 150 years of Waipukurau as well as 150 years of Waipukurau Primary School. Various dignitaries including old pupils and teachers (some very old) plus Mayor Alex Walker and the youngest and newest student of the school were driven from the school grounds and back again, in what was a glorious day and a very enjoyable occasion. I have been informed by the organiser that $150 in prize money will be going into our bank account. 4 November: At this stage three cars are heading south to take part in a Wellington rally, most of which will be in Wairarapa with the after match function in their clubrooms at Petone. There will be a display of cars at Queen’s Wharf on the Sunday which some of us will participate in. Happy motoring. LYNN CROSS Chairman

Entries are now open for Round 2 of the Hooters Vintage & Classic Vehicle Hire NZ sponsored race series — Taupo on 7th January 2018. We will be running practice and 3 races on the Sunday …. Early start required ! Why not make a weekend of it and for only an extra $35 enter the PPG Classic Trial on Saturday 6th January. Entry available online at

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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT – NOVEMBER The year closes in on us rapidly with only x number of shopping days until Christmas. November started with three cars participating in a Wellington Branch rally run in Wairarapa where some prizes were won. Two cars were then displayed at Queen’s Wharf on the Sunday – a collection of about fifty various models. More about this elsewhere. The 18th was our annual Veterans’ Rally, this time organised from Hastings by our northern members and followed by a short run starting from the Farmers’ Market on Sunday, 19 th. All well run and enjoyable. Coming up on Saturday, 2ndDecember is Waipukurau’s Christmas Parade, assembling from 2 pm on Kitchener Street. Following this will be our branch Christmas party and barbeque, to be held at Vicky and Michael Harding’s. This will include some gymkhana events which should be simple but good fun. The end of December will see some of us heading for Taihape to defend our titles. Bruce Poole won the New Year’s Day “gumboot rally” three years ago and we won it one year ago. With what will be at least five cars going this time, we’ll have a good chance of bringing the trophy back here again – if of course we remember to take it over with us in the first place. I’ll take this opportunity to extend the best wishes of Sandra and myself to our members and their families, and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable festive season. LYNN CROSS Chairman


START, YA BASTARD! by Lynn Cross We converted the Auburn to 12 volts when we restored it. However, we left the 6 volt starter in place operating on 12. It spun the motor over excessively fast and engaged pretty viciously. After seeing John Foot’s geared starter when he converted the Buick to 12 volts, I decided to obtain a similar one. It duly arrived but the bolt holes were a bit wrong and had to be augered out. The wiring had to be changed because of the inbuilt solenoid and, once bolted up, the clutch pedal fouled on it and that would require a modification by the supplier. Nonetheless, although I couldn’t drive the car, I thought I’d see how it started. Itusually starts well. It didn’t and wouldn’t. Most of us know there are only two causes of a motor car not starting when it’s being going well previously: it’s either ignition or fuel. It has to be. I’d messed with both. Well, I’d worked on the wiring and I’d had the glass bowl off to clean it since we’d used the car on the Cancer Rally. So what’s the problem? “Right,” said Fred. I’d have to check the circuits. That there coil has to be alive. Couldn’t fault it – that part must be all right. Have to check the HT side. That there plug oughta have a spark. Spun her over, threw a decent arc. Couldn’t fault it, couldn’t find a problem. “Right,” said Fred. Gotta be the petrol. That there air cleaner is gonna have to go. Down the throat looked nice and wet. Might be flooded. Spun her over. Throttle open – not a peep. Pour some petrol down the throat – that’ll make fire. Spun her over – not a cough, not a peep. Take the pipe off, check the pump, works OK – might be the needle valve. Take the carb apart. Bowl is full – couldn’t fault it. Couldn’t find the problem. “Right,” said Fred. “Put it back together, then we’ll have a cup of tea” and I said, “Righto”. Back to shed filled with dread. Motor still dead. It’s dead – dead – dead. Switched on the fluorescents, switched on my brain and discovered a miniscule bit used for lateral thinking. Found the problem‼ What was it? If anyone who reads this can correctly answer the question I’ll buy a beer for the first to contact me on email As Fred said, some of us are just a bit too hasty sometimes.


Rod’s Rattling's — October 2017 The branch had a tremendous turn-out for the National VCC day on 27th August supporting the Cancer Society. Including the public, who entered several cars [and a motor-cycle], we had 67 starters with the Cancer Society folk catering afternoon tea for about 150 people. A good sum was raised by the branch's efforts, and a cheque for an amount of $2,200 will be given to the Cancer Society in due course by our committee. A pat on the back to all who helped with this National Day for the VCC. Another National event for something similar at the end of August next year will be planned in time. It would be rather nice if there was some positive recognition from the media as to the public interest in this charitable event. About 20 crews turned out to our Annual Daffodil Run, which this year went to the Ward's property at Takapau where we were fortunate to be able to use the "Old Deer Shed" for our lunch venue as it was pretty cold outside. There is a report elsewhere in the "Bleat". Six branch vehicles turned out to the Waipukurau Primary School on 7th September to show the children what "Olden Day Cars" were like [their terminology]. We had a wee chat to them, answered some questions, tooted the horns and gave many of them a ride round their field. The kids' favourite car was Ken Lyon's XJ6 Jaguar as it was the "Fastest", but it was felt that as one of the teachers is his partner, some back-room influence may have been employed. John Foot drove our Model A to the school, and managed very well considering it had been something over forty years since he last drove one. This past weekend has seen a visit to the branch by about 10 vehicles and their crews from the Wellington branch taking part in their annual "Tom's Tour". Bruce Poole took them under his wing upon their arrival with a meal at "Hatuma CafÊ" and a visit the next morning to Keith and Jean Hopping's home to check out their collection. Coming up on Wednesday 11th October, Barry Smales is taking the branch on a mid-week run to Herbertville Hotel for lunch. Southern members will leave from Merv McCullough's home just out of Dannevirke, and CHB domiciled folk will leave from Waipukurau all timed to join with each other at lunch time. Make sure you let Barry know if you are coming so as the hotel folk know how many people to cater for. On Saturday 14th October there is the annual Swap Meeting being held under cover at Manfield Park in Feilding. Take along your junk and exchange it for better junk, or even some good bits for your restoration if you are doing one. Details are in "Beaded Wheels" for times and costs, etc. On 21st October there is the Parade for the Sesquicentennial [150 years] of Waipukurau township which the branch is supporting and have entered several [a non-specific number!] vehicles in the parade. The branch will also be ferrying "Dignatories" to the Primary School during the weekend, as they are also celebrating 150 years of existence. Barry Smales used to go there [to eat his lunch!] as I did too for a short time [No, I didn't get expelled!]. The parade starts at 11:30am, so we will be required to assemble before 11:00am in Kitchener St [opposite the library]. Period clothing will be encouraged by participants, so get into the spirit and have some fun. On Saturday 18th November is our "Annual CHB Branch Veteran Rally". This year it is being held in and around Hastings and being organised by Mike and Neroli Perry with assistance from Geoff and Diane Quarrie. Veteran owners should be emailed an entry form very soon. On the following day, Sunday 19th November, ALL branch vehicles [no matter their age!] are invited to join with the veteran vehicles for an interesting visit or two which will include an iconic Hawke's Bay home, and a vehicle collection. A suggested scenic route for those folk to get to Hastings [not S/H2] will be printed as "Instructions" in the November "Bleat". And that, pretty much, brings us to the end of the year! Michael and Vicki Harding will be hosting the branch at their home in Lindsay Rd for a Christmas Party at a date and time still to be confirmed. Where has the year gone to?

Rod McKenzie CHB Branch Club Captain


Rod’s Rattling's — November 2017 There have been a few opportunities to air our cars this month. Six or seven owners parked up their cars at the C. H. B. A&P Show when it was held, and the following weekend, some of our veteran car owning members had a chance to wipe the dust off their charges. Nine veteran cars, low in number this year, headed out from the “Men’s Shed” at Windsor Park for a jaunt around Havelock North and environs. It was an interesting run on quiet sealed roads ending in a social hour or two at the Quarrie residence. Some folk joined with the veterans the next day at the “Farmer’s Market” and a visit to “Stoneycroft Homestead” in Hastings. Unfortunately, our organizers were let down as their contact who was to show us through failed to appear. Three of our Model T owners joined with a number of Waikato folk this weekend past for a couple of days in Taumarunui. Part of the “Forgotten Highway” was driven through some impressive countryside. Coming up is the Waipukurau Christmas Parade this weekend with assembly from 2:00pm. Following this will be a Christmas Party at Michael and Vicki Harding’s home in Lindsay Road, where there could be an appearance of Santa if we play our cards right. On 21st January Bruce Poole has arranged a beach visit for the branch to visit the beach home of Owen and Pam Spotswood at Pourerere. I imagine there will be the obligatory Kiwi BBQ which may even include sea food if Bruce has been lucky. Scarlett joins me in wishing all our members a safe and happy Festive Season.

Rod McKenzie CHB Branch Club Captain


Wellington 60th Anniversary Rally 4th& 5th November Sometime ago Koro asked me if I would like to go to Wellington to a rally. I thought that my Graduation Prize giving at EIT was on that weekend but it is no until December so I said yes, I would go. As we were leaving before 10am I stayed the night at his place so we could pack the car in the morning. The hood was down on the car and it started to rain so it was a mad rush to get the hood up and be away. Koro has had electrical problems but his friend Brian Stevenson thought he had fixed it and it would be alright. We got halfway down Takapau Road, and the car missed, coughed and stopped. We changed the rotor in the distributer and the car went again. We meet up with the Foots and Crosses then cruised through back country roads and called into see a new member John who has a 1925 Daimler Doctors Coupe in need of restoring and he also has a couple of nice Jaguars and a V8 Rambler Rebel. We left there and stopped for lunch at Woodville at the Squiggly pig Café and the motored on to Masterton to look for the Grave of the original owner of Lynn’s 1935 Auburn. We found the Grave in the town cemetery. We then drove to Grey town to stay the night at the Grey town hotel. We had the best room of all with twin beds and plenty of room. After dinner at the working mans club it was off to bed as we had to be in Featherston by 9am for the start of the rally. We left on the rally in our own time and drove up through Grey town, Carterton and turned off just before Masterton. There was a time section, questions to answer and silent checks to find and after going down many little roads and dusty ones as well we came out on the Masterton Castle point road and then into Masterton to have lunch at Queen Elizabeth Park. We handed in our question sheet to the marshal before having lunch. After lunch we got lost and we just happened to see John and Shirley Foot’s Buick go past in the distance so we got back on track. We went out to Gladstone which had a scare crow festival and every house had a scare crow out at the gate. The rally finished just before Carterton when we got a stone chip in the windscreen and we all meet up at Featherston for a coffee before going over the Rimataka Hill to get to our Motel in Petone. It was a quick change and out to the club rooms for dinner, a 50 year badge presentation to Ian Mclean by President Dianne Quarrie then the prize giving. I was abit naughty and didn’t tell Koro about picking out the best car and the crosses car was beaten by John & Fran Southward in the 1930 Bugatti by 1 point. Both John and Shirley 3rd place and Lynn and Sandra 2nd place picked up prizes in the post vintage section and I got 2 nd place in the Junior Navigator award, we got 4th in the vintage section. On the Sunday morning we drove into wellington for the car show and what a very impressive line-up of cars and lots of general public looking as well. As it was Alizaes birthday (little sister) that day we left the show at about 1pm and drove home with some excitement on the Rimataka Hill with a white car being chased by two police cars with lights flashing and sirens going, they had spikes out by the twin bridges, we got around the corner and the white car was in the ditch with flat tyres. The person was being dragged out of his car by the police. We got home at about 5pm and did 425 miles for the weekend and averaged 15 miles per gallon for the trip. Thank you Wellington Branch for a good time.

Mya & Bruce


DAFFODIL RALLY for CANCER What a wonderful afternoon we had on Sunday, 27 August – only thing was, some of us enjoyed it more in retrospect than at the actual time. Everyone worked so hard to make it all work – a big thank you to all those involved. Giving people the ability to pay by Internet banking was a great idea which was taken up by pretty much all the participants. We were also able to give the Cancer Society ladies some idea as to numbers for afternoon tea. In the end we had 66 cars and one motor bike with sidecar. Afternoon tea was provided for 137 people and a scrumptious spread it was too, thanks to the Cancer Society volunteers. People were generous, both the actual participants and the business who sponsored us. Thanks must go to Cars CHB, Hatuma Café, Rising Dough, Amcal Pharmacy, Mitre 10, Stevenson & Taylor and Johnsons Electrical for rally, raffle and spot prizes. Photocopying was done by Paper Plus and printing by CDP, while W.M. Story & Co. provided a pick-up base for entry forms. Money raised in total was Afternoon teas – 137 @ $7 = $959 Raffles & donations $500 67 entrants @ $10 $670 Therefore we raised $2,170 out of which our expenses of $68.54 must be deducted. At our last committee meeting it was decided to give our local Cancer Society $2,200 with a “top up” from us. When this cheque is presented to the Cancer Society ladies photos will be taken for the Bleat and, hopefully, CHB Mail. Everyone we spoke to was enthusiastic and looking forward to doing it – or something similar – again next year.

SANDRA CROSS Publicity Officer

Dear Sandra On behalf of the CHB Cancer Society I would like to thank the CHB Vintage Car Club for their extremely generous donation from your car rally. I know it was a big job organizing it and your hard work was so much appreciated and I am sure everyone had a most enjoyable day. With kind regards Sally Petro


Annual Daffodil Run — by Gloria and Laurie Malcolmson. Sunday 10th September 2017 started off windy and cold. For those of us who live in the southern are, all started in Norsewood. We were given our instructions for our drive to Takapau, which was through rural roads. We arrived in Takapau and met up with the people from Waipukurau. From there we all progressed to Jason Ward's property which is part of Kintail Honey. This property was once owned by Scarlett McKenzies family. Jason and his son Charlie greeted us and told us some of the history about Kintail. Jason also told us that the whole honey industry is struggling with diseases and other pest wiping out their hives. There is also other problems such as gangs and people taking hives for their own pleasure, or trying to make their own honey for sale. Kintail Honey was started by Dudley Ward in Dannevirke, and the Enterprise has been built up over the last 40 years, by Jason's dad James and other family members. After Jason's talk we were invited to go down the hill to see and pick daffodils, which were planted by Scarlette's Grandma years ago and in more recent years by her father.. The site of thousands of different colours and shapes was breath talking. This made for a very relaxing time for us all. Once we had finished there we made our way to lunch which we had in the big deer shed, which had tables ready for us. Lunch was a nice way of relaxing and talking to other members of our club. When lunch was finished Jason opened some of the gates through his property for us to drive through on our way home. Great property and a nice way to finish our day. Jason has planted Lavender and other small flowering shrubs to help his bee population to survive. They also winter over hives before the Spring season starts. What a great way to spend a few hours on a Sunday. I hope everyone enjoyed their time at the farm. Laurie and I enjoyed the outing, even if we were all wrapped up in winter jackets etc. Once again a big thank you to Jason and his family for allowing us to use his property. Drive safe, be safe and see you all at another outing.


Herbertville and Beyond –

by Barry Smales

photos by Viv Atkinson

Mid week run Wednesday 11 October 2017. I was extremely pleased with the turnout of 8 cars and 14 members, considering the extreme weather conditions we were experiencing at the time. We left the Memorial Hall car park, Waipukurau approximately the same time 3 cars and 6 southern members left the Warehouse car park, Dannevirke on our way to the Beach Haven Inn, Herbertville. We travelled over country roads, which were in surprisingly good order considering the recent rain, arriving 12:20pm for a drink, meal, and a chat. Great service thanks to the proprietors of the Beach Haven Inn, we will return again. After lunch a couple of options were discussed and 4 cars continued on to view the Waihi Falls, while others decided to wind their own way home. Once off the tar seal, the metal roads became very wet and greasy, not helped by the heavy rain at the time. The river was in flood and the Waihi Falls could only be described as stunningly breathtaking, with that much water flowing there was not a rock to be seen. I would guess that there was more water flowing over these falls than I’ve seen at the Huka Falls in Taupo. The parking area is at the top, with toilets and a covered picnic area available, and steps down to the bottom for an even more spectacular view. Unfortunately the walk down was not an option this time because of the heavy rain, however maybe in the future we could use these facilities during another outing. For those of us who visited, feel it is an absolute must-see for everyone. From here we made our way into Dannevirke then home with a total of 150 miles being travelled. All in all, a very enjoyable day was had by everyone, especially Angela Anglia and myself, as we have not been out together since February.



Club day run to Stoneycroft House — 19th November Built around 1875, now 138 year old Stoneycroft - a Victorian-styled colonial house at 901 Omahu Road, was the town house of Taihape Road farmer, W J Birch. The original property was 49 acres, but land sold by the various owners since the 1870s, meant the property now has only 2.4 hectares of land. The photo shown of the property - then shrouded by ivy and roses, is around the late 1930s. The occupants were Dr Barcoft and his wife Fanny (Beamish). The last private owner of Stoneycroft, Dr D A Ballantyne, purchased the property in 1954, after joining the Hawke's Bay Hospital Board in 1953. That same year, his wife Joyce, was the first woman to be elected onto the then Hastings Borough Council. Joyce Ballantyne outlived her husband - who died in 1984, by nearly 20 years, when she passed away in 2003. Before she died, Joyce wanted to make sure the property would have adequate safeguards from alteration. While Stoneycroft had received a Category II status from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1993, Joyce felt Stoneycroft needed more protection, so Joyce entered into a covenant in 1995 with the Trust, which would protect the originality of the property. In 2005, the Hastings District Council purchased the property from the Ballantyne Estate, who wanted a green space area near the Lyndhurst Estate development, and would look at future uses for the homestead. The Hawke's Bay Digital Archives Trust was successful in their application in December 2009 to lease the property for their Knowledge Bank facility from the council. It is fitting perhaps that Hastings's oldest house, Stoneycroft, is now the site of the Knowledge Bank, which will assist in preserving the past for the future, by means of computerising pictures, film, biographies and oral histories of Hawke's Bay.



CHB VVC Branch visited Waipukurau Primary School On Thursday 7th September six cars from the CHB VVC Branch visited Waipukurau Primary School to give the children aged from five to ten some ideas as to motor-car transport used during the past hundred or so years. The school and Waipukurau township will be celebrating 150 years since their initial beginnings at Labour weekend, so it was an opportune time to demonstrate to the kids what it may have been like to travel in "Olden day" cars as the kids called them. The photograph shows Rod McKenzie demonstrating how the horn works on his 1913 Ford T, whilst the other guys spoke to the several classes of children who all showed good interest and later got to have a wee jaunt around the field in the cars.


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


A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM THE HAWKES BAY BRANCH OF VCC TO EARLY VETERAN CARS (100 YEARS PLUS OLD) Come to Napier and join the 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. Contacts: STEVE DONOVAN and STEVE TROTT BOTH CONTACTABLE by email


Wairarapa VCC’s

1st annual “Stretched Gymkhana” Sunday November 5th 2017

The Wairarapa VCC would like to invite your members to attend a new event we are holding in November. Inspired by some of the “off-tarmac” events reported on in the Beaded Wheels, that are held by other branches (especially branches like Banks Peninsular and Waitemata), on Sunday November 5th 2017 the Wairarapa Branch is holding their first annual Stretched Gymkhana.  Do you like the excitement of gymkhana style driving on grass?  Would you enjoy the challenge of trying to navigate at speed, through a winding course, against the clock? o The course will be sufficiently challenging to ensure unsafe speeds cannot be obtained – this isn’t a “Speed Event”.  Can you meet the challenge of driving a course consistently, so as to maintain, as far as possible, the same time each lap? If you answer YES to all of these, then the Stretched Gymkhana is an event not to be missed. Event outline:  Driver’s briefing will be at 9:30am, with the event expected to finish mid-afternoon (BYO lunch).  The course will be between ½ a mile and a mile in length  A bit like a classic gymkhana’s cones course, there will be lots of sharp turns on the course (the course will be designed to ensure that excessive speeds (i.e. greater than the speed limit) cannot be obtained)  Where possible hazards such as water crossings, hills etc. will be included in the course  All drivers will have 3 (or more) timed runs over the course, after which the best time for each driver will be calculated (this becomes their individual target time).  From then on drivers have to try and match their target time, with 1/2 the field dropping out each time, until a winner is found o For example, if there were 16 drivers, once each driver’s target time has been determined (from the practice runs), all 16 drivers have another run. Then the 8 drivers whose time was closest to their target time would move into the next round. These 8 drivers would have another run, and the 4 whose time was closest to their target time would have another run etc. Notes:  This event is not a “Speed Event”. It falls under section 20 of the Branch Manual, as a driving test. For more information please contact the organiser, Paul Furkert ((06) 379 5355 or  The inaugural event will limited to 32 combinations (driver + vehicle), so please register early to ensure you don’t miss out  The event is reliant on ground conditions being suitable. The organiser may alter the course (or event structure) at late notice if necessary, as dictated by the weather. STRETCHED GYMKHANA 5th November 2017 Location: Wairarapa VCC Clubrooms, Chester Road, Clareville, Carterton Driver Briefing: 9:30 am Limited to 32 entries. Early bird entries close 1st November 2017 Post entries to: Rally Secretary Wairarapa VCC P O Box 7 Masterton Email entries to: Organiser: Paul Furkert (06) 379 5355 or ................................................................................................................................................. Stretched Gymkhana 5th November 2017 Entry Form Names of Driver(s): ........................................................................................................................ VCC Branch: .................................................................................................................................... Contact details (Phone number and/or email): .............................................................................. Make, model and year of vehicle: ................................................................................................... Entry Fee: $10 (per combination (driver + vehicle)) $ ................................... Late entry fee: additional $5 (for entries after 1 November) $ ................................... TOTAL $ ................................... Please make cheques payable to Wairarapa VCC or pay by internet banking to A/c 03-0687-0323649-01 22 Please put your name and “gymkhana” in the reference.

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. 24

Angela Annear An authorised Travel Broker for Searle Travel Ltd. Consultations are by appointment.

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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

FOR SALE — 1977 MGB Roadster — $11.500 — Contact Rod McKenzie — 06 858 9562 This car was imported from California in the early 1990's. It was changed to RHD and the black bumpers removed and fitted with the earlier chrome style bumpers after it arrived in NZ, which gives it the look of a much earlier car. It is a manual and has O/D fitted. Mileage is indeterminate as the Speedo was changed when the O/D was fitted, but is thought to be 71,000 miles (presently shows 18,042 miles) Includes an unrestored Hard-top. A good little car for summer motoring, but we can't take guests or grand-children. It has a VCC VIC card.

See Tony Haycock's report p96 of "Classic Driver" magazine issue 60.



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Central Hawkes Bay VCC December 2017