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The Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch of

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

December 2017


___________________________________________________________________________ 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


THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NZ Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch Postal Address: PO Box 2168, Kopeopeo, Whakatane 3159 Branch Officers: 2017/2018 Honorary Branch Member

Lorolei Pollard

Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain

Les Costar position to be filled Gail Costar Joy Growden Barry Keene

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Steve Growden Lytle Hall Lorraine Stock Alan Stock Peter Hadley Gail Costar Margaret McKerras

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Peter Donovan Lorolei Pollard Peter Donovan Phil Leaming Steve Growden Keith Watson

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

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Margaret McKerras Les Costar

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Editor Beaded Wheels Reporter Almoner Name Badge Sales Parts Shed Supervisors:

Archivist VIC Collators: Saleable Items: Supper Supervisor Raffles Community Liaison: Whakatane: Kawerau:

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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: It has been a busy time for us this month, which started with the Classsic Car Breakfast with 9 of our Club eligible cars with 18 Members and friends and 3 Grandkids enjoying the friendly atmosphere and the many different car makes and models on display. On the weekend of 10 to 12 November, we had our Annual get-together with the Gisborne Branch, once again at the Ohiwa Motor Camp. It was a great turn out of our Members and a great enthusiastic group from Gisborne, with Gavin & Deanne winning the Rally, with the least points lost, but when all points were tallied up our Branch retained the Trophy. The most entertaining award went to Rodney Clague with his story of living with 10 inches (if you wish to know more of this, contact Tessa). Thanks to Barry and Tessa for setting the events of Saturday. At the Friday night BBQ and the Saturday night Dinner we had 40 people enjoying the meals that were provided. Thanks to Joy, Margaret and Gail for buying the food and arranging all the meal details. Thanks also to all of those that provided a plate or plates to supplement what was bought. Then of course all the left-overs were barbequed for Sunday Breakfast. A great weekend with great company, great food and an excellent venue. Let’s do it again. I almost forgot, thanks to all those who cooked and served the food, washed and dried dishes, swept floors etc., without your help the weekend wouldn’t have been so good. The following Sunday 19th, Gail and I and Steve and Joy went to Karapiro to the Waikato Swap-meet, the weather wasn’t that nice, but we enjoyed ourselves and I think the girls got a couple of bargains, so it was a good day out. On Saturday 25th we joined in with the Edgecumbe Christmas Parade, with 7 cars and 12 Members and 2 Grandkids. The next day Steve & Joy, Mark and Karen, Gail and I went to Lichfield to enter the South Waikato TTT Rally. Just as we pulled up at BP Putaruru, the power went off, so no fuel. A tough decision, do we need fuel or not, yes we do, so we drove to Tokoroa to fill up, just as well, for the extra mileage we did on the rally, we would have run out. As usual for South Waikato, it was a great laid back friendly Rally, with 33 silent checks, which we didn’t even see half of. After a BBQ lunch and some cheerful banter on what we did wrong on the Rally, like going from page 1 to page 3 on the Rally instructions, well this is another story. Steve and Joy in the Vauxhall did the best in our group, winning 1 st in Post War and 1st overall. Thanks for your company, Mark and Karen, Steve and Joy, we had a great day out. The Chairman’s Run Sunday 3rd December, went off very well, thanks to the 30 Members and 3 kids in 14 cars who participated in the cruise with questions, to John Lamont’s home, where we lunched on Pizzas, cooked by expert John and prepared by expert Joyce, helped by several Members. Thanks John and Joyce for your hospitality and great Pizzas and Berry & Ice-cream Dessert. Thanks also for those that turned out on the day, it makes arranging these events very worthwhile. The winners of the cruise with questions were: 1st Phil and Margaret in their Whippet 2nd Steve and Joy in their Rover rd 3 Equal: Alan & Lorraine and Grandson in their Datsun 280ZX Lytle & Marlene and Girls in their Holden 3

As this was our last planned event for the year and this the last magazine, I would like to wish all Members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year. I hope to see some of you at the Whakatane and Kawerau Christmas Parades, maybe we could have lunch at a cafe afterwards. Les

From your Club Captain: The Gisborne Club visit was a great weekend. We had a great venue, with great company and great food and our Club just managed to retain the Trophy. At the Classic Car Breakfast Walter and Alison came along in their latest Alvis a 1965 TE21 Drophead Coupe.. It attracted attention straight away and soon had a group around it asking questions. This event is a very relaxed social outing and worth attending. The next one is on Sunday 7th Januaryat the Red Barn. Christmas Parades are happening at the moment so please support these if you can. Contact persons for these are in the Calendar of Events. The Chairman’s Run is on the Sunday 3rd December. From what I have heard about it this should be an enjoyable social outing. Sunday January 21st is the Rotorua Lake Front Show and several of our members intend going so you will not be on your own. 'Farming like Grandad' is happening again. The last one was very good with 100s of cars adding to the Farming Exhibits. This one is planning to be bigger and better. Our East Coast Rally entry forms are out so please send yours in earlier rather than later. our Rally is the Gisborne Club's Three Rivers Rally.

The weekend after

Our Club has no Run in January but with so many events being available during the next two months there is still plenty of opportunity to get the car out of the garage on the road again. Happy Motoring Barry Keene


From your Secretary: Rally Entry Forms: Let me know if you would like an Entry Form for: The Wanganui Branch Burma Rally 21st January (Entries close 12th January) The Gisborne Branch Three Rivers Rally Saturday 10th February (Entries close 31st January) Our East Coast Rally, Saturday 3rd February Entry Forms have been sent out and a copy is also attached with this issue of the Running Board. Cook Straight Ferry Crossings for VCC Members: Bluebridge Ferry Discount Code ANTIQUE CAR 10% discount off all available fares between now and 30 June 2018 (excl. 15 Dec – 15 Jan and Easter Weekend). Interislander Discount Code WH5465 for fares each way: Off Peak Adult $47.00 Car $124.00 Peak Fares Adult $52.00 Car $137.00

Insuring your Vehicle through VERO When you insure your vehicle through VERO let them know you are a Member of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club And quote number: 300132 Also if you have transferred from another Branch, you will need to contact Vero on 0800 658 411 and advise of your transfer so that commissions go to the Branch you belong to

Newsletters and Magazines from other Branches are available for you to read on-line. Go to and click on ‘News from our Branches’ and choose the Branch that you want to view. There is no Club Night - Meeting in December Our next Club Night will be Thursday 25th January Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year


From the Editor’s Desk As I write this I hear that it is less than 4 weeks to Christmas. I cannot but wonder where this year has gone. It only seemed like a sort while ago it was the start of Spring and daffodils were peeping through the ground and now the festive season is upon us once more. I suppose that is old age creeping on faster and faster.


The car on the front cover belongs to John and Sharon Burton. The photo was taken up at Pikowai at the home of Bruce and Lorraine Seddon where we had afternoon tea after our October run. At our last meeting there was some discussion around purchasing for the Cub an Automated External Defibrillator. Several other VCC clubs have one and the question was asked should we have one also. There is a query about how this should be administered i.e. where would it live as we do not have our own clubrooms, also how would this work when we were on a club run. There is also an alternative of renting one as opposed to purchasing out right. This all needs some discussion from all the members of our Branch; hence the Committee would like you to think about this and offer your thoughts, opinions or tuppence worth to the Committee. You can do this by either contacting one of them – contact details are in this magazine or email and I will send your email to the Secretary to pass on. If you would like to know more about Defibrillators then you could look at the following websites – or just do a Google search yourself about “Defibs”. At the last meeting we were informed about a letter received from Head Office which was read out to the members present. It is regarding the Vero International Rally 2021. That letter is included for your information . Don’t forget about the East Coat Rally in February next year. I have also attached separately the application forms. Sorry about this being in two separate downloads however this is how it was emailed to me to pass on. I would love to have more input from our members - this is your magazine and a chance for you to let us know of any projects that you have been involved in or a place you have visited in your car perhaps. It makes for a better magazine. As this is the last issue of Running Board for the year, I wish you all a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. I hope that the man in the red suit is kind to you and the New Year brings good fortune for us all.



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.

Dianne Quarry 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 7

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



East Coast Rally 3rd February 2018 The rally will be starting at Bunnings Whakatane and the Prize Giving dinner will be at Lyceum Club, Cnr Domain/McGarvey Rd (Bill Burt – River Mill Caterers is doing the meal) Mark & Karen Spackman are plotting the rally but require people to help with the organization plus Marshalls on the day.

So if anyone is available please contact Karen on or phone 07 315 8800




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

Out and about Ohiwa Weekend Friday dawned a bright and promising day. We packed our bags and set off to the Ohiwa camping ground with hopes held high and in holiday spirits with our Model A. When we got there, most others had arrived so it was off to the kitchen with food and a chance to catch up, while the men cooked on the BBQ. The highlight of the evening was when Barry was giving us a heads up about the forthcoming rally on the Saturday. He informed us all that we would eventually arrive in Opotiki where time would be given for “SHOPPING.” Ladies’ eyes lit up, men's’ jaws dropped, and Barry realising his faux pas hastily amended his statement to say time for buying lunch -----sigh. Saturday we all lined up at 10.30 for rally instructions. While waiting for the start there was time to admire each others cars. Of special interest was the beautiful 1935 EC Standard Chevrolet. This car has been in the family for a long time. Marie Moffat began driving the car in 1958 and still continues to drive it regularly. We received our instructions and set off, found our way to Bryans Beach but could not find the


25 kph sign. Neither did anyone else apparently. Out and along the highway to Opotiki. We all now know every bit of Opotiki town intimately. Locals must have wondered what had hit their quiet little town.

We viewed an early New Zealand flag down an appropriately name Union Street. I knew the history behind the flag but not the exact name. The answer was The United Tribes of New Zealand. Shopping done in Opotiki it was off to the Waiotahi Surf Club for lunch. The bought hot mince pie went down well on a cold wintry day. After lunch it was up and away along Paerata Ridge to eventually end up back at the camp.


Here there were two events to be got through in the gymkhana. One was to drive your car one and a half wheel revolutions. Phil was close but not close enough. The other was to stop with the mudguard ten inches away from a post. This was to provide much hilarity and some confusion among certain members about their ten inches, what it involved and could it be in centimetres??? Well really I ask you!! A lovely noisy convivial evening followed and on Sunday morning we said our goodbyes with thoughts turning to next year and return visits. The results of the weekends activities were: Gymkhana. 1st Les and Gail 2nd Lynsey Bartlett 3rd Phil and Margaret. Rally - 1st Gavin and Deanne, 2nd Steve and Joy, 3rd Les and Gail Total overall - 1st Gavin and Deanne 2nd Les and Gail 3rd Tony and Lynsey

Club teams: Gisborne: - Gavin and Deanne, Tony and Lynsey, Ray, Robert and Marie. Team Points : 797. E.B.O.P: -. Les and Gail, Phil and Margaret, Alan and Lorraine Stock, Steve and Joy. Team Points : 783. E.B.O.P. retained the trophy by the smallest of margins. Junior Entrants: Ruebes Holden 1st junior team. Most Entertaining Award: Rodney Clague Confusion about “his ten inches parking distance.�


Chairman’s Run 15 cars met at Bunning’s last Sunday morning for the start of the run, the final for this year. It was a beautiful sunny day and the run was quite easy with a few questions along the way. I don’t think anyone got lost – we drove around the Eastern BOP plains, through dairy country, through Edgecumbe, in an around Otakiri and then through a very dusty dirt road near Te Teko. I had never been down some of these roads before so it was very pleasant just driving along with the top down, enjoying the beautiful morning. Finally at the end of page 2 of our instructions we arrived at our lunch stop – John Lamont and his friend Joyce where we were really well catered for with pizza’s. John has an outdoor pizza oven and the food was top class. There were over 30 people there, the setting was fantastic. While we were eating lunch a tui flew down to a nearby flax bush and also had his lunch. What a magic sight – a beautiful home, good company, beautiful cars – what more could you want.



Calendar of Events 2017-2018 December Sunday 3rd

Saturday 9th Saturday 16th January Sunday 7th Sunday 21st Thursday 25th Sunday 28th

No Club Night Chairman's Run Starting at Bunnings at 10.30am and ending at a members home for a Pizza lunch. Food, tea and coffee all supplied. BYO other refreshments. Whakatane Christmas Parade 11.00am. Meet at 10.00am at Rex Morpeth Park. Contact Gail Costar. Kawerau Christmas Parade Contact Les Costar No club run Classic Car Breakfast at the Red Barn from 8.00am Rotorua Lake Front Car Show 10.00am to 2.00pm Club Night From 7.00pm, Athletic Club Rooms, Rex Morpeth Park Meeting starts 7.30pm. followed by supper. All welcome. 'Farming Like Grandad' 10.30am to 3.30pm. SH30. Kawerau, opposite Military Rd.

February Saturday 3rd Saturday 10th Thursday 22nd

East Coast Rally Gisborne Three Rivers Rally Club Night From 7.00pm, meeting starts 7.30pm. All welcome.

March Thursday 29th 30th - 1st April

Club Night National North Island Easter Rally organised by the Waikato Club

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


Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC December 2017