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Far North Focus

August 2018

Everyone was relaxed waiting for lunch on the deck at the Mangonui Cruising Club


The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Far North Focus Who’s Who for 2018/19 Chairman

Murray Cormack

09 409 3823

Vice Chairman

Winston Matthews

09 406 0203


Gloria Cormack,nz

09 409 3823


Robyn Mackay

09 406 1955

Club Captain

Naomi Mason

09 408 1376


Peg Hills

09 406 1077

Communications Officer

Ruth Reid

09 4060 392

Welfare Officer

Margaret Wallace

09 407 8251

New Member Liaison

Murray Cormack

09 409 3823

Beaded Wheels Scribe

Dave Duirs

09 406 1288

Area Rep North

Ruth Reid

09 406 0392

Area Rep South

Warwick Woollams

09 407 7494


Murray Cormack, Robyn Mackay, Winston Matthews, Graeme Moore, Paul Sullivan, Vince Mason, Mike Pooley, Margaret Wallace, Gloria Cormack

Building Officer

Peter Mason

09 406 1409

A full list of elected officers was circulated with the minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting

Club meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at the Aurere Clubrooms at 7.30pm.

CLUB CLEANING ROSTER 2018-2019 During the month, and preferably before the main calendar event, please give the clubrooms a thorough check over, as in: Clean the toilets and hand basins, check kitchen, window ledges etc, and sweep the floors. Window cleaning, washing walls etc will be done at working bees. Note any required maintenance and pass on to the Building Officer- Peter Mason, ph 406 1409. If your date doesn’t suit you, please swap with someone else. For any other enquiries please contact the Club Captain.


D & D Duirs


C Brownlie


D & P Hills


D & D Duirs


G Coulson


P & Z Mason


C & M Ilton


Everyone– working bee


W & R Mackay


G & S Mc Mullen


G Moore & M Cornwall


P O’Dell


R & R Pennell


Calendar of Events 2018 / 2019 August 26th

Daffodil Day Rally

Murray & Gloria

September 15th

Bruce Holmes Look In

Club Captain

October 13th

Working Bee


October 27th

Vintage & Classic Mix & Mingle At Emu Farm

Raewyn & Rosco

November 3rd

Far North Tour


November 17th

Classic Car Show


November 24th

Dunny Run

Rex & Sandra

December 8th or 9th Christmas Rally

Peter Mason


Summer Picnic

Bev & Matt

February 16th


Ian & Mary



Terry Rogers

April 13th

Brian Parker Rally

Hills & Pooley


Whangarei Swapmeet


May 12th

Mothers Day Rally

Dave & Dorothy


Molloy Trophy Rally

Raewyn and Rosco– Club persons of the year, for all their work for the Autospec over the years.


The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand From the Chair……. Greetings Congratulations to the winners of the club trophies for the year. The prize-giving and annual luncheon was enjoyed by 40 members at the Mangonui Cruising Club premises. A great venue and meal. Many thanks to the organisers for this annual event.

This month we have the Daffodil Day Rally on Sunday 26 August. This is part of a national event through VCCNZ and its 36 branches. It is a fund-raising event with all proceeds donated to the Cancer Society. We are to run two rallies, one from Kaitaia and one from Kerikeri (see details below.) A real big thankyou to Winston for hosting the destination of these two rallies (Matthews Vintage Collection Museum), plus providing live displays of early machinery. This should make for a very interesting day. Please support this very worthwhile charity event.


Myself and Gloria will travel to Napier for the National VCC AGM early in August. More about this in the next Focus.

Over the years our club members have been involved with tours and rallies throughout NZ and overseas. This activity does not suit all our members but is appreciated by those who have been involved. Hopefully we can encourage members to keep up this activity. ‘One make’ events, other branch and national VCC events or just a loose excuse for a road trip are all opportunities to enjoy. Travelling in NZ in an old car, particularly on back roads is still an unrated pleasure. Matters mechanical. I am at times puzzled by the thought of spending time and money on vehicles our parents considered to be worn out or unreliable. Many of these were hardly immaculate when new. We will however continue to pursue this activity enjoying the mechanical challenges and the overall social involvement, undeterred by practical considerations. Keep driving and smiling. Murray

DAFFODIL DAY RALLY FOR CANCER SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST FNVCC has two rallies, starting at 1pm from different locations, reflecting the geographic spread of the branch. Both rallies will finish at Matthews Vintage Collection Museum. Rally 1– Start Te Ahu community Centre Kaitaia Car Park (South Road) Contact Murray & Gloria, ph 09 409 3823 Rally 2– Start Waipapa Shopping Centre Car Park Kerikeri Contact Peter Slawson, ph 09 407 3066 $10 entry fee per person ($5 for children) which includes a)

Rally participation terminating at Matthews Museum

b) Entry to the museum including viewing of series of live displays of early machinery c)

All vehicles vintage and modern welcome. General public and Cancer Society members invited Afternoon Tea provided for a donation All proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Society Contact Murray and Gloria, ph 09 4093823


Club Captain Reporting….. Hello again everyone. Hope your winter hasn’t been too ting all the kids ready for school we had a bad for you. I think we have had pretty good weather up phone call for me to go and get Isabella-Joan here in the Far North. who was sleeping, as her mum (Melanie) was in labour and very close to having her baby. She and her husband Well I hope everyone who went to our Annual Dinner at made it to the hospital just 15 minutes before the baby the Mangonui Cruising Club enjoyed themselves. What a was born. What a rush! We are now the proud Grandparlovely place and lovely meal. Congratulations to all the ents of a brand new baby girl, born July 30th, just three trophy winners , who were as follows: days ago. She is beautiful of course. Now we have IsaMolloy Trophy: Winston Matthews and Ruth Reid bella-Joan staying with me until her Mum gets out of hospital. It is a very full on time with her as she is into everyBrian Parker Trophy: Dave & Peg Hills & Mike Pooley thing. Mothers Day Trophy: Dave & Peg Hills This month we have the Daffodil Day Rally which will be Points Trophy: Winston Matthews ending at Winston’s Museum. Come along and support this event. Murray and Gloria would love to see you all Matthews Cup: Ruth Reid there. I am putting my apologies in as Vince and I can’t Clubman of the Year: Rosco & Raewyn Pennell make it on Sundays, but we wish everyone a wonderful day. Misfortune Trophy: Ian & Mary Macgregor Enjoy your trophies for the year. It has been a very busy past few weeks with our car painter dying very suddenly! A real shock, and he will be really missed as he has worked in Kaitaia for 55 years as a car painter. We went to the funeral at the marae and were asked to participate in the services. It was a full on day from 10am to 4.30pm, but it was great to see so many people come to pay their respects to our dear friend Harry Mane and his wife Ann, who was amazing the whole day.

September we will be having a look-in in Kerikeri. More info next newsletter. Don’t forget the monthly pot luck dinners, first Friday of the month at VCC Clubrooms, and last Friday of the month for Kerikeri. Also this monthly meeting will be in Kerikeri, so if anyone would like a ride from Kaitaia end our van will be available. Please let us know if you would like a ride. Bye for now. Spring is round the corner and lighter days are coming.

We had a family birthday lunch on Sunday and Tracey’s children all stayed the night. The next morning while get-

Stuart manned the check point

Ruth won the Matthews Cup for Rally points, and Winston the Club Points trophy

The August Club meeting, on the 14th, will be in Kerikeri. Venue will be confirmed by email. 5


Welfare Report, from Margaret Wallace Unfortunately I was away for 2 weeks in July and have only just learned that Zena’s sister passed away in Kaeo earlier this month. I had a nice chat with her the other day, and she was happy that a few members had been able to get along to the service, or had sent individual condolences. She told me that her sister was almost 97 – so a good innings really, and she was ready to go in peace. I have also learned that Lorraine Goulton’s mother died back at the end of May. I am sorry we did not know sooner, but Murray tells me he has sent a belated card to her this month on behalf of the Club. I had a quick word with Murray the other day. He was calling from Auckland Hospital, where he and Gloria were, as their 5 year old grandson had been flown from Taranaki for sudden unexpected surgery. He is now stable, and they are awaiting further test results. A worrying time for them both, and their family, and our thoughts are with them at this time. Therese Stephenson has finally sold her house, and is currently staying with her daughter in Silverdale. She is hoping to buy a small unit in Whangarei, but is waiting to see if it will become available. She feels it is halfway between her children in Auckland and her son in Kerikeri, and cheaper to buy there than up in Kerikeri. It has been a difficult time for her, with not only this uncertain change in her life, but at the same time she has had to deal with the sudden loss of one of her sons. We wish her well for the future.

Ha ha….or Oh Dear Teaching arithmetic in the 1950s

Please contact me on 09+ 4078251, 027 298 7322, or on email

A timber cutter sells a truckload of timber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit? Teaching maths in the 1970s A timber cutter sells a truckload of timber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price or $80. What is his profit? Teaching maths in the 1980s A timber cutter sells a truckload of timber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit? Yes or No? Teaching maths in the 1990s A timber cutter sells a truckload of timber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: underline the number 20. Teaching maths in the 2000s A timber cutter cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering this question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, feel free to express your feelings e.g. anger, anxiety, inadequacy, helplessness etc.)

The Club luncheon was a good place to catch up with folk we don’t see very often.


Should you require debriefing at the conclusion of the exam there are counsellors available to help you adjust back into the real world.

The Historical Vehicle Authority of New Zealand


The Vintage Car Club of NZ (INC.)

Rates quoted for New Zealand Vintage Car Club


Booking Reference: WH5465

June 2018 to June 2019

The below rates are quoted on prices to date, inclusive of GST and subject o availability.

The VCC code for discounts with Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries is as follows: Discount code: ANTIQUECAR

Off peak fares

Each way

Valid travel dates: between now and 30 June 2019 excluding peak season between 15 December and 15 January, plus Easter weekend.





Promotion terms and conditions:



Car/Van/Trailer to 5.5meters


Trailer—each ½ meter over 5.5m


Premium Plus Lounge 18yrs +


Discounted fares: 10% off all available fares.

Members must present a current Vintage Car Club of New Zealand membership card upon check-in as proof of eligibility to Bluebridge staff. Failure to do so will result in fare difference being required to be paid prior to boarding.

Full payment is required at time of booking.

Off Peak Travel Dates

Transferring to a sailing outside of the discounted offer period will require an additional payment to match the available fares.

01 March—17 April 19

Bookings can be made online at by entering the promo code above or by calling 0800 844 844(8am to 8pm 7 days), and quoting the promo code.

24 April—15 December 19

Normal fare rules regarding refunds and cancellations apply. Full Bluebridge terms and conditions can be viewed at

Peak Fares

Each way







Manyuphands get through a bag of spuds. Car/Van/Trailer to 5.5soon meters $137.00 Trailer– each ½ meter over 5.5m


Premium Plus Lounge 18yrs +


Peak Travel Dates 01 — 28 February 19 18- -23 April 19 Booking conditions and instructions for members are: Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander using the special link fares-and;-disconts/group-bookings/. To access these rates members must insert the reference WH5465 Payment is required at the time of booking. Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request. Refunds: Once paid, fares are 90% refundable if cancelled prior to check-in, and non-refundable if cancelled after check-in. Fares valid for specified dates only. Members are required to present current NZ VCC credentials on check-in or retail fares will be charged. Fares valid for travel 01 February through to 19 December 19. No discounted fares for travel 16 December 18 through to and including 31 January 19. Bookings over this period will need to be made online


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





There will be a special prize draw ($250 of


Winston Matthews

Dorothy & Dave Duirs

Colleen Brownlie

Margaret Cornwall

Raewyn Pennell

Dave & Peg Hills

Margaret Ilton

Contact Ruth- see her at a meeting, call her on 09 406 0392, email her at There will be samples at the Clubrooms to try on for size. Cost is $30-$35 dollars, depending on size.

G T MULLER State Highway 10, Coopers Beach



PHONE 09 406 0406


tine’s Dinner at the HBVCC Clubrooms that evening. Prizes for best dressed COUPLES OWNERS OF CLUB ELIGIBLE COMMERCIAL this year. VEHICLES For 2019 the main rally is again on Friday 2019 IS THE YEAR OF THE COMMERCIAL and we plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus For the first time ever Commercial Vehicles a picnic lunch at an historic Hawkes Bay homestead. will be the Featured Marque for 2019. Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for Art Come and join the other 180 plus club eliDeco Weekend 2019 from February 14 gible vehicles we expect to enter the 2019 17 . Kindly sponsored again this year by Event. Euro City Ltd. 45000 people attended ADW Go to the HBVCC website for an Entry in 2018. Form. ( Entry forms for The Grand Parade on the Saturday will be 2019 will be available from 20 August limited to pre 1946 vehicles with a wheel2018. Accommodation in Napier is already base of 160” or less. No tractors or trailers filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book allowed. A weight limit of 3 tons will also now to avoid disappointment. apply. Here is your chance to show off that great Commercial vehicle along with Com- Contacts: STEVE TROTT mercials from the Bill Richardson Transport Museum. A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HBVCC TO




We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on STEVE DONOVAN Wednesday 13 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 Valenth


Far North VCC August 2018  
Far North VCC August 2018