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The Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch of

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

October 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 1

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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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: There was not as much action this last month as far as other Branch Rallies or Club Events, but our Branch did have a Big Weekend in Paeroa at their Annual Vintage and Antiques Weekend. 12 cars with 21 Members enjoyed the Vintage atmosphere and danced away Saturday night to Tom Sharplin and his Band. Wow, can our Club Members boogie. I am sure there will be a report with photo’s elsewhere in the magazine. Thanks to Steve and Joy, who again this year arranged this run to Paeroa, which has become an annual event. Kawerau’s Annual Woodfest, 21 Members and family, proudly displayed their Club eligible Vintage Cars, to the delight of many of the Woodfest visitors. It was great to see such an assortment of cars, from Terry and Patricia Gander’s Model A, to Alan and Lorraine Stock’s 280ZX Datsun, also new Member Steve Jay and his ’56 Vauxhall Velox. Not forgotten, the guys at the Waterwheel Display, Phil Leaming and John Couch and others that came to view the Displays and Events Les

From your Club Captain: The trip to the Paeroa Antiques and Vintage Weekend was enjoyable most of the time for us. Our Willys Knight decided to play up on us and coughed and spluttered frequently but at times ran with no problems. We had petrol at the carb and spark at the distributor. A petrol blockage was what we thought was the problem. After several stops and checking things and even taking the vacuum pump apart it still would not run smoothly all the time. It finally completely died on us in the middle the main street in Paeroa during the Parade. Fortunately there was a pedestrian crossing near so we coasted onto the side of that so we did not completely block the road. After the parade had passed by, some kind people pushed us round a corner on to a side road. I received lots of advice from locals. There was still petrol at the carb and spark at the distributor. Some of our club members came and found us and we once again checked things. This time we found no spark at the spark plugs. Mark Spackman had kindly volunteered to earth the plug lead. This could mean a faulty condenser. As I had a spare we replaced that but still no luck. During this process Steve Growden thought he saw a crack in the rotor arm and sure enough this was the case. Fortunately I had a spare rotor arm and when we replaced that the problem was solved and the car ran smoothly once again - for a little while. We then joined the display and after that started with the others to do the rally/ tour. Just out of Paeroa the car coughed and spluttered and after about a mile it stopped. We abandoned the rally and finally got back to the motel. Here I took out the main jet and drained the carb for the umpteenth time. This appeared to work. 3

On the Sunday we travelled home and only had a couple of hesitations on the way. It was only the second time in the 41years that we have had the car that it has misbehaved so afterwards we were not too upset at it. Steve and Joy put on a great programme for us and I can thoroughly recommend it. So mark it in your diaries as something not to miss next September. On Wednesday September the 27th the EBOP Alzheimer Assoc. is holding a simple low key rally. Many of their dementia clients will be on joining in on it so they may enjoy seeing some old cars. If interested please RSVP to them at ph 3080525 Tuesday to Friday 9am to 12 noon. The rally starts from the War Memorial Hall, meet at and leave at 9.30am. It finishes with lunch of either fish and chips or roast pork and costs $16/head. For our next Club Run we are visiting Bruce and Lorraine Seddon at Pikowai. They have a very impressive model train set up. Also there is their collection of old vehicles which they have recently been adding to. We meet at the Awakeri School car park at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon 15th October for an easy run out there. It includes some straight line navigation. Also in October is the American Car Club from Wellington is visiting Whakatane during Labour weekend. Most are travelling up on Friday and staying in Whakatane. On Saturday they have arranged some visits in Opotiki. On the Sunday, 22nd, they have invited us to join them for part or all of the day. They plan to meet at the Red Barn between 9.30 and 10.30am. After a breakfast and or coffee they are heading out to Sisam's farm off Foster Road. Weather permitting they will tour right out to the back of the farm to a patch of native bush and a walk to a lookout point. Lunch is a BBQ and is also a fund raiser. The cost of lunch is suggested at $20 per head. During all this there should be opportunity to visit the woolshed and a cow shed and hear Richard Sisam say a bit about the farm. Please let me know if you are going to join us so they have an idea of numbers for catering. Email me at or leave a message on our phone. Plans are in hand for the Gisborne's Club visit to us in November. This is based at the Ohiwa Holiday Park 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, a run on Saturday followed by a 'dinner' at the Holiday Park and we depart after breakfast on Sunday. If you do not want to stay at night feel free to join the rally on Saturday. Barry Keene


From your Secretary: From the Secretary: Entry Forms are available for the following Rally’s: South Waikato Classic Motorcycle & Car DAM RUN Saturday 28th October Northland Branch Far North Tour 3rd to 6th November. Waikato Veteran Rally 5th November South Waikato Annual TTT Rally Sunday 26th November – a one day Rally, cuppa and registration 9.00 am at their Lichfield Clubrooms, 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. From Head Office: If paying your Subscription by Direct Credit please put your Membership Number ( 26/12345 ) as a reference so Julie can identify who has made the payment. VINTAGE CAR CLUB DISCOUNT FUEL OFFER: We have Application Forms 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

A warm welcome to New Members (Membership Forms being processed)

Steve Jay who has a 1956 Vauxhaul Velox Peter & Alie Jordan who have a 1929 Dodge, 1934 Hillman & 1955 Hillman Convertable Gail 5

From the Editor’s Desk Hello and welcome to another edition of your magazine. Another month has come and gone – it has been a very wet one here and we seem to have stayed indoors a lot. Some of the members went to Paeroa for their Antique and Vintage weekend. Looks like they had a lot of fun and there are some photos further on to prove it. I must say that they look smashing in their art deco gear. The car on the front cover belongs to George and Jane Chambers. These are great little cars. Back in the ‘60’s my first car was a Ford Anglia – 100E with 3 forward gears and I drove it with a lot of pride. My friend had a Ford Prefect and sometimes she and I would swap cars and that fooled a lot of people in a small town. Unfortunately my car wouldn’t go every now and then (nothing would happen when I pulled the starter) and to get it to go we had to rock it until the starter motor “clicked” and then it would purr into life but unfortunately sometimes that wouldn’t work. One day a man (who later in life became my husband – but that is another story) told me to buy a small spanner and showed me a little square nut somewhere under the bonnet and told me that if I just ever so slightly turned that, then it wouldn’t need to be “rocked” and it would probably go. And you know, that worked a treat for me for future instances of the car not starting. I was quite sad when the time came to sell it. In those days in that small town, everyone either drove a Holden or a Ford Falcon. If you wanted to go up market you could always buy a Morris or Austin 1800 – just a joke because my first husband had one and what a dog – I thought it was quite ugly in its day compared to the sleek Ford and Holden lines. As the years went by, I always thought that the best thing to with a “land crab” was to put it in the crusher. Again this month John and I travelled to Tauranga VCC movie night. What an interesting evening – Especially the film – Cheyenne Autumn which detailed the dreadful plight of the Cheyenne Indians when the US Government tried to re-establish them onto a reservation. Prior to this we saw a movie about the 1980 NZ Vintage Car Club rally which was held in Rotorua. A couple of the members present had been there at the time and it was interesting to hear their comments. It was a lovely evening and one that I would recommend to members. A reminder that the BOPVCC have a Car Show and Swap meet on Sunday 12th November at their club rooms in Cliff Street, Tauranga. Entry fee $5.00 and there are a large collection of vintage and classic cars, including motorbikes. It should be a good day out. So mark that in you calendars. Until next time – happy and safe motoring. Margaret



LET’S CELEBRATE SPRINGTIME 15th October – 104C Awanuiarangi Road, Bruce & Lorraine Seddon’s VINTAGE & CLASSIC CARS ON DISPLAY From 1.30 pm come dressed up in your 1930’s Great Gatsby outfits... something colourful, or just come as you are, relax and enjoy the music

Not only will there be the cars to view but also Bruce’s amazing train system BYO finger food and refreshments. IT WILL BE AN AWESOME AFTERNOON LET’S CELEBRATE SPRINGTIME 15th October – 104C Awanuiarangi Road, Bruce & Lorraine Seddon’s VINTAGE & CLASSIC CARS ON DISPLAY From 1.30 pm come dressed up in your 1930’s Great Gatsby outfits... something colourful, or just come as you are, relax and enjoy the music

Not only will there be the cars to view but also Bruce’s amazing train system BYO finger food and refreshments. IT WILL BE AN AWESOME AFTERNOON


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

Early American Car Club Visit to Whakatane Labour Weekend Sunday – (22nd October) The plan is to meet at The Red Barn at about 9.30 for a late breakfast then drive to Sisam's Valley via Rewetu Road ,arriving there at about 12.30. Richard Sisam will arrange a BBQ (or similar ) out on their farm and we have suggested a $20 cover charge for this. Richard is involved in fundraising for local charities and has someone lined up for this, and the funds raised. We would get away from there about 4.30. Contact your Club Captain – Barry Keene to register your interest and for more information as it comes to hand. Also – check out their web site to see if that is something you would like to belong to.


Can anyone help this man? This is a car i'm trying to find information on. The car was owned by Jim Ferggusen (dec) from Whakatane , and he worked on a property on Western Drain Rd. He purchased the car, which was in a barn on the property 45 years ago. The vehicle was housed for 20 yrs, then outside for another 20 (to it's detrimant). It then went to Christchurch for three yrs and now is in Te Puke. The car had a windscreen and steering box , which are now lost. There is no running gear, but Jim told me he thought it had had Humber 80 running gear in it. The rear cross member is a later modification. it has an emblem on the grille stating Meteor. Lazenby's name came up in another conversation as to having an old Lincoln. This is a small car in real life and would be tightish for two men.I grew up in Whakatane and left in 1980 and never remember this car being around. thanks in advance Chris Woolley

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

Willy’s Knight Truck 1926 A member from Tauranga branch has inserted the following: I wonder if you would do these people a favour please. They have a Willy`s Knight Truck 1926 for sale: .Sleeve Valve Engine. The body is lovely but the upholstery needs a tidy and the parts are there for the motor. Phone number is 07562336. Would you pass this onto the club as some one might like it. Truck is in Tauranga.


Out and about Sulphur City Rally Staying with relations near the Clubrooms and a 8.50 start time meant a fairly relaxed day, a bit too relaxed when it came to following the instructions. Also that fatal mistake of making assumption instead of following the direction. Really shouldn’t assume that Pak n Dave was the supermarket we were meant to find. The a touch of “Waikato sneakiness” (sorry) crept in with instructions saying to take the 7th Street to the Right – oops don’t count Malfoy Road ‘cos that is not a street. So getting out of town proved to be quite a mission. The numbered instructions were out of sequence, another wee trap. But I think we managed the straight line navigation OK and we seemed to find quite a few silent checks. Once out of town we discovered the back streets of Nongotaha and then it was off through Hamurana and out to Maniatut Road and Pongakawa Valley Road and traversed some huge pot holes where the logging trucks had been working. Of course it was drizzling most of the time so things were quite muddy as well. Eventually we ended up at the Rotoma School for lunch. Luckily we were given some lunch (hangi meal) as somehow the meal tickets seemed to have by-passed our rally pack. B Sadly the weather had put paid the plans for a gymkhana at this venue and for some reason the afternoon. Instructions hadn’t been printed off either so everyone enjoyed an early finish to the day. We didn’t attend the evening dinner and prize giving instead enjoying the Rugby. What a surprise when catching up with the Costars in Whakatane for the Daffodil Day Run the next day they said Joy and Steve had a prize for us as came 3rd in our class! Totally didn’t expect that so there must have been a lot of very lost people!! Oh and Steve and Joy came second in their class as well, so well done them. Rambling on …. – Karen and Mark Spackman

Paeroa Vintage Weekend All ready to go in Vintage dress and cars all lined up waiting for the parade to begin. As well there are photos of some of the cars at Pedlars Motel.


Off to a good start on a sunny Friday with a lunch stop at the Waterworks Road Reserve, Te Moro Forest.


First equal for the Veterans class and overall winner

Line up of Vintage cars.

John wins Best Dress Man. John wins Best Dress Man.

Barry and Tessa win best dressed couple.

And afterwards, down came the rain.

Our entainement ofr the evening was Tom Sharplin abd hi band after a great dinner was had by all.


Calendar of Events 2017 October Fri 6 – Sun 8 Sun 15th

Brits at the Beach – Whangamata Club Run in the afternoon to end up at Bruce and Lorraine Seddon's. Start from Awakeri School car park at 1.30pm. Sun 22nd Wellington American Car Club visit. We are invited to join them from 9.30am at the Red Barn Thurs 2 Club Night ___________________________________________________________________ November 3rd to 5th Far North Tour plus optional tour to Cape Reinga on the 6th. Entry Forms from our Secretary. These are always worth attending. 10th to 12th Gisborne Branch weekend visit to our Branch based at Ohiwa Holiday Park. Rally on the Saturday. 19th All USA Day Car Show. 10 - 2pm. Jean Batten Drive Mt Maunganui. US vintage cars welcome. Contact 26th South Waikato TTT Rally. This is a good half day rally based from Lichfield and usually includes forestry roads. Thur 30 Club Night December

Chairman’s Run Christmas Parades January No Club Run February 3rd East Coast Rally ___________________________________________________________________ If you don’t have a vintage vehicle on the road, come along to club runs in your modern.


Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC October 2017  
Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC October 2017