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The Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch of

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

November 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

07 323 6406


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

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Margaret McKerras

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Beaded Wheels Reporter Almoner Name Badge Sales Parts Shed Supervisors:

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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Thava Guy

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: Now that the weather is becoming warmer, it’s time to get more use out of our vintage cars, although those with convertibles may have to watch the weather reports more closely as it seems to rain every other day, but I guess in the spirit of vintage motoring, you accept the good with the not so good. As Gail and I and Steve and Joy found when we went to Brits at the Beach. On the Friday and Saturday the weather was great, on Sunday it poured down all the way home. But the weekend was great, with a cruise to Thames on the Friday for a display in the main street Grahamstown. Then on Saturday morning a parade through Whangamata and a park up for a display and in the afternoon off to Tairua for another couple of hours display. Saturday night we went to the RSA for dinner and entertainment (from a very loud band), with our ears ringing we managed an early exit to walk back to our accommodation just as it started raining. It was great to see so many of our Branch Members enjoying celebrating all things British. The Club Run to Bruce and Lorraine Seddon’s was, I am told a great afternoons entertainment with 14 cars practicing straight-line navigation through Matata and ending at the Seddons’ for a Vintage afternoon, it would have been great fun and I am sorry that we missed it, but as we go to the Taumarunui Rally each year, we had pre-booked our accommodation and entered the Rally before this afternoon was arranged, maybe we need to set a longer range calendar of events, to try and avoid clashing with other Branch Rally’s. As usual the Taumarunui Rally was a great event. At the prize-giving dinner, Steve and Joy, Mark and Karen and Gail and I sat with Graeme and Thelma Jack and Dave and Jill Philps and were entertained by them with their stories of Rusty Nuts and Black Balls. Mark and Karen came 2nd P60 in their Rambler Marlin and Steve and Joy came 2nd Post War in their LIP Vauxhall. A great weekend. On Sunday 29th Gail and I went to the Watchorn Museum Auction, what a big crowd of people fossicking through all of the goods on offer. Amongst the crowd we found at least another 11 of our Members watching the entertainment of people bidding on all and sundry and wondering how the bids were so low on items I thought would have been higher and vice versa. Just as well I don’t attend auctions that often and Gail had instructed me to keep my hands in my pockets. But there were a couple of items that came to our attention, first was a display unit with Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC Memorabilia on it, photo’s, newspaper clippings and copies of Historic Documents. Gail was keen to get the Memorabilia, as we didn’t know if we have copies or even the originals, so off she went to register to bid on the stand when it came up. Even though Gail placed a couple of bids, it went for more than she was prepared to go to, so she approached the auctioneer, who put the winner in touch with her and he was happy to give the Memorabilia to her. A great out-come. The second was a cabinet the late Allan Stewart had made to store the Branch’s items in at the Museum. Gail once again placed a couple of bids and won this cabinet. So it was a great day at the auction for us. Next we had to get the trailer to deliver it to the Parts Container where we can once again use it to store our Records, Memorabilia and Rally Trophies etc.



From your Club Captain: November looks like a busy month for vintage cars with something on every weekend. Plans are in hand for the Gisborne's Club visit to us in November. Again this year it is based at the Ohiwa Holiday Park and is being held during the second weekend in November, 10th to 12th. If you are staying the Friday and Saturday nights they have offered a 15% discount provided you book direct with them and not go through any middlemen. Mention your are from the EBOP VCC. There will be a BBQ on the Friday night. On Saturday there will be a rally starting at the Holiday Park at 10.30am. You will need to bring your own lunch to the lunch venue but hot water tea and coffee and cups will be available. There will be opportunity to buy your lunch in Opotiki during the rally. There is a run back to the holiday park after lunch followed by two or three gymkana events. Last year our Club won the trophy so hopefully we will get to keep it again this year. There will be Dinner and Prize giving at the Holiday Park Saturday night. We depart after breakfast on Sunday. If you do not want to stay at night feel free to join the rally on Saturday. The club run to Bruce and Loraine Seddon's was well supported and many dressed in period costume. Lorraine had asked the locals along and they joined in by being appropriately dressed and also provided most of the huge afternoon tea. Walter and Alison have added another car to their stable. It is a 1965 Alvis TE21 Drophead Coupe. We hope to see it on a run soon. The early American Car Club visit is reported on elsewhere. Christmas Parades are in the Calendar of Events. I am looking for someone to assist in organising our entry in the Whakatane Christmas Parade on Saturday 9th December. Please contact me. Being with Vodaphone I am having to change my email address. It is now Happy Motoring Barry Keene


From your Secretary: Gisborne Branch visit and Campout at Ohiwa Holiday Park: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November. Please let Club Captain Barry know by Wednesday 8th Nov if you will be attending the Friday Night BBQ and (or) the Saturday Night Dinner as we will need to know numbers for catering. or Phone 07 308 8204 Rally Entry Forms: Let me know if you would like an Entry Form for: South Waikato Annual TTT Rally Sunday 26th November – a great one day Rally, cuppa and registration 9.00 am at their Lichfield Clubrooms (between Putaruru and Tokoroa), briefing at 9.45, first car away at 10.00 Lunch and Prize-giving is all finished by about 2.30 – 3pm allowing plenty of time for the return trip home (Entries close 18th November) Wanganui Burma Rally 21st January (Entries close 12th January)

Bay of Plenty Branch have extended a welcome for our Members to attend their Branch Events and would like to join us on our Events. If you would like to receive emails of their events, let me know and I will forward to you.

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 any commissions go to the Branch you belong to

Just a reminder that 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.



From the Editor’s Desk Hello again and I hope that the weather hasn’t stopped you from getting out and about either in your cars or the garden or whatever you like doing outside. The car on the front cover is a 1915 Studebaker belongs to Walter and Alison McFarland. Such an elegant car and deserves that special spot in this edition. I have just been reading an article regarding the last Holden and the gist of it as follows: It's been a tumultuous week across the ditch as the Australian motoring industry saw the last car roll off the Holden production line. First flagged three years ago, the last year has seen Ford close its plants in New South Wales and Toyota Australia cease production in Altona. Then, last Friday Holden (the last Australian car-maker) ceased manufacturing in Adelaide. Fittingly, the last car rolled off the line just down the road from where an immigrant called James Holden opened a saddlery store on "Beehive Corner" in 1856. He diversified into carriages, then car bodies and then came the pivotal Holden 48-215 – the first fully Australian-made car. At first, his store made horse saddles and harnesses. Then it moved into coaches and carriages, and, before long, it was manufacturing motor-vehicle bodies. Soon after, Ford Australia took off and the red vs. blue battle started. Sadly no one thought it would end with the whole industry being wiped off the Great Southern Land Mass. Last Friday we travelled over to Tauranga for the BOP VCC movie night. It was good to catch up with those stalwarts who braved the wet and cold to come out and see it. I was talking to Kaaren Smylie (North Island Club Captain) about her trip through Route 66 last month which they thoroughly enjoyed. Hopefully we get to read about it in the BOP Klaxon some time. Well that is enough from me. Until next month, safe and happy motoring.




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 07 315 880


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

Out and about Mid October Run On a beautiful sunny Whakatane Sunday afternoon, 14 cars lined up at the Awakeri car park ready for the run out to Bruce and Lorraine Seddon’s place at Pikowai set up in an Art Deco theme. Club Captain Barry Keene and his wife Tessa started us off with a sheet of instructions which included some straight line navigation around Matata. Most of the cars managed this except John and I (I had not done any of this before). Rather than have a heated

discussion over which road to turn into, we abandoned that part of it and drove on to our destination. Driving along the coast road from Matata the sea was rolling in, the sun was shining and with not much traffic, we arrived along with the last of the members.

Bruce and Lorraine have the most amazing sheds – notice the plural there and full old cars as well as a few post war 9

American ones. Included in one of his sheds is the most amazing train set with metres of track, beautiful backdrop scenery, hills, buildings, grass, cars and trucks etc. It is an amazing sight to see.

All the cars were parked in the yard and Lorraine had set out the afternoon tea in on of the sheds in Art Deco style with finger food and crockery. It was a lovely afternoon tea, and as the wind seemed to have dropped a bit, we drove back to Whakatane with the top down on our convertible

Journey Through Time Rally 3 cars went to the Taumarunui Journey Through Time rally. With some success it was an enjoyable rally with lovely scenery. After lunch we did Straight line

around National Park which saw cars going in all directions, we then had the choice of things to do and we chose to travel back to Taumarunui on the back roads which was like off roading in places but great scenery. The photo's were taken during the morning section of the run and at the lunch stop at National Park School Joy Growdon


Early American Car Club visit On labour Weekend Sunday 24 cars from the Wellington Early American Car Club along with a very friendly group of people well led by ex local Murray Pascoe plus four cars from our club met at the Red Barn for morning tea and then toured out to the back of Sisam's farm. Most of the cars were from the 50s, 60s and 70s and makes included Chev, Ford, Mustang, Fairlane, Dodge, Studebaker, a Mercury Meteor, Stingray, GMC ute and even a modern Mercedes roadster. Cars from our club were Walter and Alison in their 1915 Studebaker, Phil in his 1930 Model A, John Lamont and friend Joyce in his Rover and Tessa and me in our 1926 Willys Knight. We travelled in convoy out to the Sisam farm and took the farm 'road' for 14kms out to a native bush area where lunch was provided. Apart from some slight drizzle the weather held off and did not dampen the event. Richard Sisam welcomed us and gave a short history of the farm. They winter 2200 dairy cows which are milked through four farm dairies, have about 7500 lambs plus the ewes and hoggets that go with them, a few hundred head of beef and a few hundred acres of pine trees, and a few hundred acres of native bush and all this is on 12,000 acres. Lunch was put on by Taneatua locals who were raising money for their touch rugby team to go on a trip. They cooked wild pig and deer for us plus chicken and a range of vegetables. They did this in two tents set up as a kitchen and servery and raised over $1300. I think we all a very enjoyable and pleasant day. The photo shows most of the cars at

the lunch venue with the kitchen tents in the background. Barry Keene


Calendar of Events 2017 November 3rd to 5th Sunday 5th 10th to 12th Sunday 19th Saturday 25th Sunday 26th Thursday 30th December Sunday 3rd

Saturday 9th Saturday 16th January Sunday 7th Sunday 21st Thursday 25th Sunday 28th February Saturday 3rd Saturday 10th Thursday 22nd

Far North Tour plus optional tour to Cape Reinga on the 6th. Entry Forms from our Secretary. These are always worth attending. Classic Car Breakfast from 8.00am at the Red Barn Gisborne Branch weekend visit to our Branch based at Ohiwa Holiday Park. Rally starts 10.30am on the Saturday. All USA Day Car Show. 10-2pm. Jean Batten Dr, Mt Maunganui. US vintage cars welcome. Contact Edgecumbe Chirstmas Parade just turn up South Waikato TTT Rally. This is a good half day rally based from Lichfield and usually includes forestry roads. Club Night 7.00pm get together. 7.30pm meeting starts. All welcome. 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. East Coast Rally Gisborne Three Rivers Rally Club Night From 7.00pm, meeting starts 7.30pm. All welcome.

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


Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC November 2017