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The Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch of

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

March 2018


___________________________________________________________________________ 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

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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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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: Our East Coast Rally was a great day with a good range of cars participating. Thanks to Mark and Karen Rally Plotters and all of those that assisted being Marshalls and helpers on the day (10 members in total) to make the day so enjoyable. Also thanks to the small group of 6 cars with 11 Members from our Branch who participated in the Rally along with participants from other Branches, 34 vehicles in total, with such a wide variety of cars it made for an interesting and enjoyable day. Entrants Murray and Penny Firth travelling in a 1931 Bedford Truck and John and Joan Wolf in a 1950 Bradford, drove down from Auckland taking two days to get to Whakatane, great enthusiasts. Hopefully there is a report elsewhere in this issue about the Rally from a Member who participated. The next weekend we headed off to Gisborne with Steve and Joy. It was pouring with rain and we heard that the Waioeka Gorge was closed due to an accident. We headed off anyway, hoping to get through. No worries we only had to wait about 5 minutes for the road to open. The girls had booked a cottage for us in Gisborne, so we headed there to unwind and have a drink before going to dinner at the Motorcycle Clubrooms next to the Gisborne VCC Clubrooms and collect our Rally Packs. We found that Walter and Alison and Barry and Tessa had also made the trip on a wet and windy day. So there were 4 cars and 8 Members from our Branch there for the Rally. It was as usual a great BBQ Dinner provided by the Gisborne Members. Saturday was still a little wet, but it kept the dust down on the fabulous back country roads we travelled on, finding our way to the Tiniroto School for a sausage sizzle lunch. The sun was out for the Gymkhana and the trip back to Gisborne, on equally fabulous back country roads. The Dinner and Prize-giving was at the White House Restaurant, which is only a couple of minutes drive from our accommodation. Our Branch had a bit of luck in the Prize department, so it was mostly all good on the night. Sunday the Clubrooms and Parts Shed were open and I saw Barry with a few goodies. The Gisborne ladies as usual, put on a great spread for morning tea and we didn’t really want to leave, but all good things must come to an end. The weather was good until Matawai, then it was wet most of the way home, but that didn’t dampen the spirits, as the “3 Rivers Rally” is always different and a great rally to attend, we will be back for our seventh “3 Rivers Rally” next year. A group of our Members attended the Annual Brits at the Beach at Whangamata. We were to be there but Gail got crook, so we couldn’t go. I am told it was a great weekend, doing all things British, including a Cliff Richard evening with Shane (if you remember Shane from the 60’s & 70’s, you are like me, getting on a bit). I am told it was an evening to remember. On a sad note, Denis Burr passed away last week. Denis was a Member of the Rotorua VCC. He was a friend of many of our Members, Denis and Pat entered many East Coast Rally’s and other Branch’s Rally’s. He will be missed by all who knew him.



Club Captain: East Coast Rally Our East Coast Rally went off well. It was interesting and scenic with great venues for lunch and afternoon tea. The use of the Lyceum for the dinner and prize giving was also a good choice. Mark and Karen deserve our congratulations for a rally well done. One not so good thing was the lack of local entries so for next year we will need to work out a way to somehow improve this. Ideas on this will be welcome.

Gisborne Three Rivers Rally 2018 This was another enjoyable Gisborne Rally. It started with a timed section that went northwards and it had 4 different speeds in it that changed at intersections. After that we headed inland and south to end up at the Tiniroto School for lunch and a Gymkhana. After lunch we went over back roads back to Gisborne. Friday night and Saturday night were sociable and enjoyable. Many went to the farewell cup of tea at their clubrooms on Sunday morning when the parts shed was also open. I found a NOS rotor arm for the Rover V8 in my MG. Our Club did well in the results. Steve and Joy were best at the Gymkhana and Les and Gail second. 1st P60 Les and Gail, 1st Post War Steve and Joy, 1st Vintage Barry and Tessa, 1st Overall Barry and Tessa, 2nd Overall Les and Gail. The weather was slightly damp for much of the weekend but at least there was no dust. There were 30 entrants with 14 from their club.

Spare parts from John Kyle Remember that we have received a lot of spare parts from the Taneatua Garage when John ran it. These include light lenses and bulbs, 18 Haynes type car manuals etc. A more complete list was in the February Running Board. All these are still at my place.

Secretary’s Notes: Rally Entry Forms: Let me know if you would like an Entry Form for: National North Is Easter Rally – Waikato Branch 30 March – 1 April- Entries close 12 March Taranaki Branch Maunga Moana Rally at New Plymouth 20 – 21 April - Entries close 12 April Email sent to Branches re: The National North Island Easter Rally Hello everyone This is a desperate plea!! Easter Rally closing date for entries is now 12th March. Please please could you let your members know that we have extended the closing date of the National North Island Easter Rally to the 12th March. It would seem that this is not generally known. At this stage the numbers need a bit of a boost, so we would be very grateful if you could urge a few more to enter. 4

Many thanks, in anticipation. Regards Jan Dearlove Rally Secretary

Members George and Jane Chambers have sold their Prefect and although they have enjoyed their time with the Branch, sadly will be resigning due to George’s health. We wish them well.

Our AGM 31st May is not too far away Time to start thinking about who you would like on your Committee Or perhaps taking on a Committee Position yourself We will definitely be requiring a new Secretary this year Nomination Forms will be available at the March Club Night and in the April Running Board Magazine

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 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.

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

___________________________________________________________________________ COMING EVENTS March Saturday 3 Working Bee at Parts Shed Sunday 4 Classic Car Breakfast at the Red Barn from 8.00am 10 -12 Taupo Branch Lake Taupo Rally (for those who have entered) Saturday 17 Greerton Village Vintage & Retro Fayre, Greerton, Tauranga Sunday 18 Club Run to Minginui organised by Lytle – Meet at 10.00am at McDonalds Road around corner from SH30 Bring Picnic Lunch and chairs 5

The run will take us through Galatea and Te Whaiti to Minginui Sunday 18 Waikato Vintage Venture 21 – 25 Beach Hop, Whangamata (Parade is on Sat 24 for those going for the day) Thursday 29 Club Night 30 Mar – 1 AprilNorth Island Easter Rally – Hosted by Waikato Branch ___________________________________________________________________________ April Sunday 15 Club Run (details of run to be confirmed closer to time) 20 -21 Taranaki Branch – Maunga Moana Rally, New Plymouth Thursday 26 Club Night ___________________________________________________________________________ May Sunday 6 Classic Car Breakfast Club Run (to be organised) Thursday 31 AGM – Club Night – Pot Luck Dinner ___________________________________________________________________________ June Saturday 16 Night Owl Run & Pot Luck Dinner Thursday 28 Club Night ___________________________________________________________________________


From the Editor’s Desk What a hot month this has been. The humidity seems to sap ones energy and today as I write this, it is somewhat cooler with much less humidity and I feel more like getting out and about again. The photo on the front cover is Peter and Robyn Hadley’s 1930 Model A Pickup and was taken by Mark Spackman at the EBOP Rally. Last month I mentioned the lack of input from the members and sadly that it still the state of affairs. It certainly makes my job in preparing this magazine much harder, so I would love to see something from our members. Even a photo of your car with some information about it such as how long you have owned it, where did it come from – you would be surprised how interested other members around NZ are when it comes to our cars and what you have been up to in them. Remember the club run on 18th March – it sounds like a good event has been planned – see details in the Secretary’s notes. Until next time happy and safe motoring.


JAGUAR Mk V11 AT A GLANCE: After six years of testing and development the Mk V11 was unveiled in 1950 with the XK engine, winning instant acclaim. The Autocar described the MkV!! As the “Prima Ballerina”. The XK120 had been the test bed for the Heynes designed 3.5 litre XK engine in the late ‘40s. This six cylinder DOHC 6

engine was designed to reach 100 mph with ease and to power Sir William Lyon’s top priority post-war project. The ability to cruise all day at 100mph was no small feat with a car weighing over 34 cwt, that had a ten foot wheelbase and an overall length of more than 16 feet. The XK engine was capable of developing 160 bhp at 5200 rpm. The new Jaguar featured Girling Hydraulic brakes with Dewandre vacuum servo assistance, a four speed Moss gearbox and twin SU carburettors fed by twin electric pumps. Designed primarily for the American market, the MkV11 boasted graceful lines, more boot space than most cars and the ability to carry six passengers swiftly over long distances and in luxury. A large factory sunroof was standard. The MkV11 was the first car that was advertised with the slogan ‘Grace, Pace and Space’. Ads boasted the “Lavish but tasteful use of hand-rubbed walnut and glove-leather upholstery”. Orders for the luxury saloon were overwhelming; even HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother had to have a Mk V11. The cars were quickly dobbed ‘limousine-racers’. The term ‘limousine racer’ was appropriate since it was a frequent race winner in the early to mid-50s. In April, 1952, Ian Appleyard’s MkV11 placed placed first in the Dutch Tulip Rally for touring cars over 3000cc, and second overall. (He would repeat the performance the next year.) The next month, Stirling Moss in his MkV11 won the Siverstone Trophy for Production Touring Cars over 3000cc. In 1953 the big saloon came first in the RAC Rally for Touring Cars Over 2600cc, and again in the MCC Rally. The Mk V11, with Ian Appleyard at the wheel, won the 1954 Production Touring Car Race at Silverstone after coming in second the year before. That year saw more first place wins at the Tulip Rally in Holland, The RSCA Scottish Rally, and the MCC Round Britain Rally. The big saloon came first in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1956. In April that year, 10 Mk V11Ms were shipped to New Zealand as ministerial vehicles. Production of the MkV11 and Mk V11M (1954 on) continued from 1951 to 1957, when the MkV111 was introduced. (Extracted from NZ Classic Car, November 1992)


NEW CHAIRS FOR OLD: (AS YOU HAVE ALREADY SUSPECTED, CONDITIONS APPLY!) We own two sets of picnic chairs; two old chairs and two new ones!

BUT Last time I looked, I found two new sets of picnic chairs! One set was in very old tatty covers. (familiar actually) So how did this happen?? Someone must have made a mistake! Maybe me???

BUT More to the point, someone has my tatty old ones and I have their flash new ones!

SO If your picnic chairs are not what you thought they were and one of them has been repaired using a hoseclip! Then give me an email: And we will sort something out! Thanks, Peter Donovan For Sale VCC of NZ Winged Cloth Badges $13.00 each. Contact EBOPVCC on or Keith Watson on



Out & About. Last month the East Coast Rally turned into a great success. Everyone seemed to have a good time and the feedback received has been very positive. We must say a huge thank you to our sponsors, who help make this a great event. Please remember to trade with them whenever possible. Our sponsors were:        

Horizon, Whakatane Printers Repco OPAC Farmlands K&P Autocraft Wakelin Motors – Opotiki Peter Gaudion & Peter Hadley for making the Trophy miniatures.

Following are photos of the cars from this event. Some of the East Coast Rally cars at the lunchstop OPAC in Opotiki, with Alan and Lorraine Stock with their lunch goodies

And at the afternoon tea stop


Jo Bruntlets Jaguar Bruce & Ruth Shute’s 1954 Vauxhall Wyvern

Brian Weightman’s Vauxhall Velox And Paul & Carol Fussey’s Jaguar

Graeme $ Raewyn Fenn – Waihi - 1929 Graham Paige – Rally winner.

John & Jo Wolf’s 1950 Bradford and Murray and Penny Forth’s 1931 British Bedford.

Phil & Margaret Leaming’s Mark 2 Zephyr


1967 Austin Healey Sprite Lynn and Owen McGaughey, Waikato

1962 Morris Minor traveller Alastair and Gwen Jones, Tauranga

1930 Model A coupe Bill and Sherrill Hulse, Auckland 1973 MG BGT Greg and Jane Oliver, Tauranga Waikato members at the rally dinner

VINTAGE 1st Place: Graeme & Raewyn Fenn


Post 60 1st equal - Robert & Glenys Braddock POST WAR 1st Place: Steve & Joy Growden POST 60 1st equal Joe Bruntlett & Carey-Ann Ward East Coast Rally – Prizes donated by our Sponsors and members.


Photos from Gisborne Three Rivers Rally which was attended by some of our members.

Start of the Rally

Cars lined up at the lunch stop

Growdens and Costars at the gymkhana


Calendar of Events March 2018 March Sat 10th Sun 18th Sun 18th Thursday 29th Friday 30th

April Sat 7th Sun 15th

Sat 21st Thursday 26th

Lake Taupo Rally Club Run-Lytle is taking us to Minginui. Meet at Bunnings at 10.00am or 10.45ish at Aniwhenua Camping area on Black Rd Galatea. Waikato Vintage Venture Club Night, Athletic Club Rooms, Short St National North Island Easter Rally, Waikato Club

Waikato Mooloo Meander Club Run to Steve and Leslie McCann's home built log house and self contained set up and power station. Leave Riverslea rear carpark at Edgecumbe at 1.30pm Taranaki Maunga Moana Club Night

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


Eastern Bay of Plenty March 2018  
Eastern Bay of Plenty March 2018