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The Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch of

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand PO BOX 2168, Kopeopeo, Whakatane 3159

August 2018


Harry and Gay Sutcliffe at Matakohe Kauri Museum at the start of the Wellsford/Warkworth “Winter Woolies” Rally ___________________________________________________________________________ Club Night: Last Thursday of the month (except December) at Whakatane Athletic Clubrooms, Short Street, Whakatane 7.00 pm Social get together Branch meeting starts at 7.30 PM 1

THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NZ Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch Postal Address: PO Box 2168, Kopeopeo, Whakatane 3159 Branch Officers: 2018/2019 Honorary Branch Member

Lorolei Pollard

Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain

Les Costar Lytle Hall Karen Spackman Joy Growden Barry Keene

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Steve Growden Lorraine Stock Alan Stock Peter Hadley Mark Spackman Keith Watson Margaret Watson Gail Costar

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Margaret McKerras

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Beaded Wheels Reporter Almoner Name Badge Sales

Bruce Seddon Lorolei Pollard Peter Donovan

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Parts Shed Supervisors:

Phil Leaming Steve Growden Keith Watson

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Archivist VIC Collators:

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Supper Supervisor Raffles

Gail Costar Keith Watson Les Costar Keith & Margaret Watson Margaret Watson Lorraine Stock

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Community Liaison:

Les Costar

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Saleable Items:

Club Regalia For Sale: Contact: Keith and Margaret Watson (these will be available at Club Nights) EBOP Cloth Jacket Badges $7.50 EBOP Cloth Jacket Patches $10.00 EBOP Car Window Stickers $1.00 EBOP Car Bumper Badges $20.00 EBOP Lapel Badges $6.00 EBOP VCC Windscreen Stickers $2.00 EBOP Cloth Caps $15.00 Rally Number Holders s/s $15.00 NZVCC Winged Lapel Badges $7.50 VCC Cloth Winged Badges $13.00 EBOP Name Badges $15.00 (to be ordered) Please wear your name badge to VCC functions.

Club Night: At:

Last Thursday of the month (except December) Whakatane Athletic Clubrooms, Short Street, Whakatane 7.00pm Social Get-together Branch Meeting starting at 7.30pm


From your Chairman: When you read this Gail and I and Karen and Mark will be off to the VCC AGM at Napier, where among other issues the Notice of Motion that we all voted on will be declared. I hope you all voted on this Notice of Motion regarding Post 1980 Vehicles. It is important that you vote as it is your democratic right as a Member of the Vintage Car Club. Now that it is the middle of winter it is time to do a little maintenance on those vintage vehicles. I know of a few Members who are doing this, manifold gasket on a Vauxhall and a MGB, wiring problems on a Willys, brakes on an Austin and lots of oil changes and fiddling, all in preparation for the arrival of warmer weather when our vehicles will be getting more use. At the beginning of July, 3 vehicles headed off to Warkworth for the “Winter Woolies Rally”, Steve and Joy in their Cortina, Harry and Gay in their Wolseley 1300, Gail and I in our MGB. Harry and Gay who hail from that neck of the woods stayed with friends, while Steve and Joy and Gail and I stayed in a motel along with many other rally entrants and on Friday night had a great pot luck dinner with the Waikato Members.

Harry and Gay Sutcliffe receiving their Rally instructions at the start of the Wellsford/Warkworth July “Winter Woolies” Rally

Steve and Joy getting ready for the start of the Wellsford/Warkworth “Winter Woolies” Rally


Matakohe Museum Post & Telegraph Office – Wellsford/Warkworth Rally

Log Hauler at Matakohe

McLaren at Mortimer Motorsport (Wellsford/Warkworth Sunday Run)


BMW Race Car being re-assembled at Mortimer Motorsport (Wellsford/Warkworth Sunday Run)

The Rally started with 60 entrants at the Matakohe Kauri Museum, through the cemetery and away, a hundred or so miles, a lot of good country metal roads, great scenery at every turn, enough silent checks to keep us on track and a few questions, but we never found the “kumara pit”. The prize-giving dinner was a great affair with a written quiz and questions, where the winners broke into song. The dinner was one of the better ones we have experienced on rally’s, well done Wellsford/Warkworth Branch. Should I mention the place-getters, well Steve and Joy came 1st in P80 class and Gail and I came 2nd in P60 class. A great Rally and prize-giving evening. But that’s not all, on Sunday morning, bright and early, meet at the wharf for a drive to Matakana to look at the Mortimer Racing Car Collection and garage workshop. A great collection of classic racing cars and motor bikes and others being prepared for the current season of racing and a very enthusiastic talk by the owners. Then we went back to the Branch Clubrooms at the satellite station for a BBQ lunch put on by the Members of Wellsford/Warkworth Branch, a very nice way to finish a great weekend. Thanks to Wellsford/Warkworth Branch and the very friendly Members for a great weekend. This month’s run was to Robyn and Peter Hadley’s to view their log house that they have built. We last visited them when the basic house was constructed and now it is finished, it is a credit to them for what they have achieved. A great touch is the Model A Pick-up in stained glass on the front door. Thanks to Robyn and Peter for allowing us to visit their home and asking all those crazy questions and checking out every nook and cranny of your beautiful home. Thanks also to Barry and Tessa for arranging the visit and the interesting town and country run to get there and of course the 19 cars, drivers and passengers that participated. By the way, congratulations on your birthday Robyn, I couldn’t quite count the candles on the cake that Tessa baked.


Peter and Robyn’s Model A pick-up in stained glass on the front door of their home. Last but not least, the 25 and 35 year badges to be awarded to Phil and Margaret, John and Emily, Bruce Taylor and Lorolei Pollard, on Sunday 12th August at 12 noon in the Athletic Clubrooms, for a lunch and presentation of these badges. If you haven’t already said you will be coming, please let me know before Thursday 9th so that we can arrange numbers for catering. Les

Club Captain Report August 2018 Nobby's Nosh. This annual dinner is coming up on the first Tuesday evening in August which is the 7th. We meet at the Whakatane RSA at 5.30pm and dinner is at 6.00pm. Nobby started this off many years ago as he thought it would be a good idea to have a social dinner once a year. These are normally held at the Fishing Club or the RSA and this year it is again at the RSA. Could you let me know if you are coming as the RSA would like to know how many to cater for. RSVP by Thursday August 2nd. I have already counted the 20 at club night who said they would come. Phone and leave a message at 3088204 or The August Club Run on Sunday 26th will be the VCC National Daffodil Day Rally and is to help raise funds for the Cancer Society. The NZ VCC has chosen to support the Cancer Society's Daffodil Day fund raising by asking all VCC Clubs to hold a rally on the Sunday afternoon. There is a $10 entry fee per car as part of the fund raising. We meet at The Hub at 1.00pm. This years run will be similar to last year but with a different starting and ending point. This year we will start and end in the car park and near the main road opposite Briscoes at the Hub. The date is Sunday 6

the 26th August and we meet at 1.00pm. We then do a tour through town and back to the Hub. Here we have a public display and hopefully the collectors, probably Lion Club volunteers, will get lots of money from the public. It concludes at about 3.00pm. We have also invited other Car Clubs to join us. In fact any car is welcome so your friends and grandkids could come along as well. We will have ribbons to tie onto aerials or wing mirrors or where ever they may to help identify them as part of the parade. Remember the September Club run is a weekend one to the Paeroa Antiques Fair, Vintage and Classic Car Show. Departure is on Friday morning the 14th and come home on the Sunday the 16th. Steve and Joy have arranged a scenic tour to Paeroa on the Friday and also an interesting stop or two on the way home on Sunday. For more information and where to meet on the Friday contact Joy or Steve Growden at 3049 777 or Badge Presentation Luncheon. Six of our members have belonged the VCC for 25 and 35 years and will be presented with their badges at a luncheon at the Athletic Club Rooms on Sunday 12th August at 12 noon. Harry and Gay Sutcliffe have volunteered to cater the lunch and the Club will cover this cost. RSVP to Les or Gail by Thursday 9th August at 323 6406 or 027 2717022. Barry Keene From the Secretary The Secretary’s desk is fairly cluttered but not with much interest for publication! There are entry forms for various events; not too late to enter Rotorua’s Sulphur City Rally, and the Wairarapa Branch are having a 50th Celebration, with a Rally on the Saturday and car show and gymkhana on Sunday. This is the 12-14 October 2018. Entries close 30th September. Taranaki have their Rubber Duckie motor-cycle rally on the 15th September. And of course there is the Paeroa Vintage and Antique Weekend in September—contact Joy Growden for more detail for this one. If you have recently transferred to this Branch, you will need to let Vero know otherwise your last Branch will still receive those payments. When you insure your vehicle through VERO please let them know you are a member of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club and quote number: 300132. Contact number for Vero is 0800 658 411 Welcome to our newest members Ian and Bev Lawrence, with a ’66 Mini Cooper S and a ’34 MG PA. That’s about all from me; we are off to the National AGM along with the Costars’, so hopefully an interesting weekend coming up. Happy Motoring Karen


From the Editor’s Desk At long last the days are starting to get a bit longer. As I write this, the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day – almost spring like. At the last Branch meeting, there was a discussion about the commission payments that the Branch receives when you pay your Vero premiums. Please note the information on the Secretary’s report - it is easy income for our Branch. This month John has written a few pages on tuning Rootes Group cars in particular Hillmans. Next month, I have an article about how the Hillman badge was designed which is an interesting read. Also in this month’s issue are a couple of invitations from the Hawke’s Bay Branch of the VCC which you might like to consider attending. Unfortunately, John and I were unable to go on this month’s Club run; however, I did manage to get to the start of the run to take a few pictures of the cars. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to get photos of cars without people in them? We do have some very nice cars in our Branch and taking their photos is not a chore I can tell you. Well that is all from me for now. In the meantime, happy and safe motoring. Margaret


A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HBVCC TO OWNERS OF 100 YEARS PLUS OLD VETERAN CARS Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for Art Deco Weekend 2019 from February 14 th -17th. Kindly sponsored again this year by Euro City Ltd Following the great response from the public to the 23 veterans we had in 2018 we again want to show them what the earliest cars look like, how they perform and where it all started from. We already have several early commitments including ADW first timers : a 1915 Locomobile, 1918 Twin Six Packard , Veteran Renault For 2019 the annual rally is again on Friday and we plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus a picnic lunch at an historic Hawkes Bay homestead. If there is sufficient demand there will be a special rally route for the early veterans (plotted by local veteran owners) to get you to the picnic on time. There will be a special prize draw ($250 of petrol vouchers) made from just the 100 year or older cars entered in the 2019 rally event. Come and join the other 180 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter the 2019Event. Go to the HBVCC website for an Entry Form. ( Entry forms for 2019will be available from 20th August 2018. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment. We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on Thursday 14th so you can attend our Valentine’s Dinner at the Clubrooms that evening. Prizes for the best dressed couples this year. Contacts:




A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HBVCC TO OWNERS OF CLUB ELIGIBLE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES2019 IS THE YEAR OF THE COMMERCIAL For the first time ever Commercial Vehicles will be the Featured Marque for 2019. Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for Art Deco Weekend 2019 from February 14 th -17th. Kindly sponsored again this year by Euro City Ltd. 45000 people attended ADW in 2018. The Grand Parade on the Saturday will be limited to pre 1946 vehicles with a wheelbase of 160” or less. No tractors or trailers allowed. A weight limit of 3 tons will also apply. Here is your chance to show off that great Commercial vehicle along with Commercials from the Bill Richardson Transport Museum. We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on Wednesday 13 th Feb so you can participate in a special run for just the Commercials on the Thursday ending up at Off the Track restaurant for lunch. Attend our Valentine’s Dinner at the HBVCC Clubrooms that evening. Prizes for best dressed COUPLES this year. For 2019 the main rally is again on Friday and we plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus a picnic lunch at an historic Hawkes Bay homestead. Come and join the other 180 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter the 2019Event. Go to the HBVCC website for an Entry Form. ( Entry forms for 2019will be available from 20th August 2018. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment. Contacts:




TUNING ROOTES GROUP FOUR CYLINDER CARS (BEFORE 1725 5 BEARING ENGINES WERE INVENTED IN THE MID 1960s) I recently found a copy of an old article written by a Marcus Chambers who was famous in the Rootes Group World of the day declaring himself to be their competition manager at that time. It is not dated but has a picture of a Sunbeam Rapier on 15 inch wheels going about as fast as it can driven by one Peter Harper on a Monaco Grand Prix Circuit with the caption that he set the fastest time on the day. I think I met Peter Harper back in those days and I think he may have now died. I do remember he had an eyesight problem in his later years. The Rapier has plenty of lean on and has its hubcaps off so it must have been going pretty fast. But we should perhaps start with some Hillman history to get us up to speed on the Overhead Valve engine on which this article all about. Way back in 1932 when the Rootes Group got up and running they made their first Minx or Hillman10 with a side valve 63 mm bore 95 mm stroke 1185 cc engine. It was a basic reliable sedan for its day and not many came to NZ The Todd family however, organised themselves in due course and started assembling them as fast as they could to compete with Austin’s, Morrises and Ford 10s etc of the day. Their engines improved with shell bearings about 1935 or 6, their chassis were improved so that they drove better, monocoque construction was introduced, WW11 came and went, an unusual lonely 1948 model appeared introducing hydraulic brakes and then the first full width body appeared in 1949. We called them a Mark 111. Still the same sized engine with perhaps a new cylinder head for some more compression. Marks 1V , V, V1 and V11 from 1950 to 1954 had a bigger engine by 2 mm of bore size- still with side valves with some grille and chrome strip changes. New lights in different places appeared and a new boot lid came in 1954 for the mark V11. Great little cars if you were a Hillman person. It was possible that you might have been a Humber person at another dealer network for an extra Ten pounds and your new car might have had different coloured seats and fancier hub caps (.Hub caps were called nave plates in those days.) They sold well against a side valve Morris Oxford a Ford Prefect an Austin A40 or whatever was available in those days but cars were in such short supply after WW11 it didn’t seem to matter 1955 however (or late 1954 in the UK ) the mark V111 was introduced with the first OHV engine displacing 1390 cc. and was declared a much better car. It had a full size horn ring with twin horns, more chrome around the park lights, 15 inch wheels, an anti roll bar on the front suspension to improve handling and we were even introduced to blinkers instead of trafficators. A clever relay blinked the stop lights which would probably hardly be allowed today. But those were the days and all 11

sorts of idiots started to race them. A Mark V111a in 1956 had chrome strips all the way round and we then scored the new body called a Series 1 in 1957. Lots of them were badged Humber 80s with nicer hubcaps and two tone paint. Perhaps we should mention at this point that about 1956 Rootes bought Singer, discontinued the overhead camshaft Singer Hunter or SM1500 model and once they had used up their ohc engines in the first new model for 1957 the Singer now called a Gazelle was a rebadged retrimmed up market Hillman and a Vogue was a fancy Super minx. These cars were sold through a totally different Dealer network and were significantly (some hundreds of pounds) more expensive in NZ. So we are now getting up to speed on the new improved OHV engine now fitted to Hillman Minx, (Humber 80 in NZ) Super Minx, Hillman Husky, Commer Cob, Singer Gazelle, Singer Vogue, Sunbeam Rapier and Alpine, Humber Sceptre, and all the various Commer Vans, scuttles, and station wagons (or estates if you prefer). The new models were fitted with the newer bigger and brighter engines while the Huskys and the Vans used up all the old ones as the years and models went by. All models however, used a similar block produced in 3 bore sizes over time to give capacities of 1390, 1492 and 1592 with the same stroke. Castings were altered and stiffened and crankshafts were made of different steels with different shell bearings for the various models and improvements. Rapiers and Alpines had different pistons. With a change of engine mount front plate and maybe the mounts on the cross member it would seem that all blocks or engines will interchange. Remember to check the oil pump type and pick up if you are changing the engine angle. Cylinder Heads were alloy or cast iron. Alloy heads were fitted to Rapier Alpine Sceptre and Later Vogue with later heads having larger inlet valves. All others had cast iron heads again with earlier heads having smaller valves Some later heads have a different valve layout requiring a different camshaft and some engines had chrome plated valve stems to improve life under arduous conditions (should we wonder where the arduous conditions were?). An early camshaft (Rootes part no 1214538) produced more power, while the later ones were supposed to give us more torque. A check of the oil pump drive should be made if you are changing camshafts as the gear tooth angle was changed for some types. Various manifolding was used. Branch type and Rake types with various height changes to suit various carburettor installations, models and engine bays. Twin carburettors were used with cast iron heads only on Series 11 Rapier with Zenith and Series 111 Gazelle with a twin Solex installation. 12

In any changes the correct or production air cleaner should match the carburettor. There were also broadly three exhaust manifold types or sizes with smaller or larger or different front pipes, flange types and exhaust systems. There were 3 sizes of clutch used with 1390 engines having the smallest, 1500 and 1600 having the intermediate size while alloy headed engines have the largest There are variable rear axles and ratios. The earlier spiral bevel type had 5.1, 4.78, 4.55, and 4.22, while the hypoid range introduced around 1960 had 4.86, 4.44, 4.22, and 3.89 (I seem to remember a high geared Super Minx might go faster in third gear than it would in top?). If an overdrive was being contemplated a lower rear axle ratio should also have been considered. (In NZ you probably got what ever rear axle was in the crate) Brakes became bigger as time went by and an earlier Minx would have smaller brakes than Singers, Estates, and Rapiers or Alpines. Front discs of various types were introduced around 1960 with servo or power assistance also becoming available on some models. 13 inch wheels on Super Minx models were introduced (Humber 90 in NZ?) and a different disc calliper was required for a mark 11.A mark 1 Super Minx still had drum brakes There were suspension changes available for the three basic types, and if stronger or heavier springs were required, Minx Estate springs could be fitted to Rapier Minx or Gazelle, while Super Minx Estate springs fitted Super Minx, Vogue or Sceptre and Husky or Commer Cob springs would fit an Alpine. After market springs and alternative shock absorbers were also widely available. So in those days there were quite a few options before the 1725 in 1966 just before Hunter with the 5 main bearing engine. This of course is now the only one most people would bother with ( some of their bits will still fit each other) and the best of luck if you happen to go down that Rootes Group track and wonder why this bit wont quite fit that hole when you thought it should or might have. Cheers John McKerras

For Sale VCC of NZ Winged Cloth Badges $13.00 each. Contact EBOPVCC on or Keith Watson on


Out & About. July Club Run The July club run was well attended with 19 cars taking part. A big thank you to Bunnings for doing our photocopying for free.

Some of the members milling about before the run.


Cars moving off at the start of the run.

Cub Captain Barry giving the final instructions before the run


Calendar of Events AUGUST 2018 August Tuesday 7th Sunday 12th Sat 25th Sun 26th

Thursday 30th September Friday 14th to Sunday 16th Thursday 27th October Sun 7th Friday 12th to Sunday 14th Sunday 21st November Sat 2nd to 4th

Nobby's Nosh at the RSA meet at the RSA at 5.30pm with dinner starting at 6.00pm. RSVP asap to 3088204 25 and 35 year badge presentations noon at the Athletic Club Rooms for the occasion of presenting these badges to seven of our members. Rotorua Sulphur City Rally Club Run. Daffodil Day Run - Meet at the Hub car park opposite Briscoes at 1.00pm. We will ask other clubs to join us on a run through town ending with a public display back at the starting point opposite Briscoes at the Hub where we hope to raise more money for the Cancer Society from the Public. $10 per car entry fee Club Night at Athletic Club Rooms From 7.00pm. Meeting starts at 7.30pm. Club Run to Paeroa to attend Paeroa Antiques Fair, Vintage and Classic Car Show. Leave Friday home Sunday. Please let Joy Growden know if you are going ( Club Night at Athletic Club Rooms from 7pm , Meeting starts 7.30pm Classic Car Breakfast at the Red Barn from 8.00am Wairarapa Branch 50th Celebration Rally Fri 4-7pm sausage sizzle, Sat 9am Rally briefing, 6pm Dinner and prize giving, Sun 10-3pm Gymkhana and public display. Club Run 1.15pm, "Tourist and Cultural Challenge", meet at Bunnings car park. We go to Gisborne this year for our annual get together.

If you don't have a vintage vehicle on the road, come along to club runs in your modern.


Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC August 2018  
Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC August 2018