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THE WIPER The Newsletter of the Gore Branch of the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc.)

April 2018 MEETINGS: SECOND TUESDAY of the month at the Clubrooms, Waimea Street, Gore

Next meeting: 10th April Branch telephone number: 03 208 7424

2017-2018 Committee and Officers Branch Patrons Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain Assistant Club Captains

Neil McVicar, Ray Tressler Murray Proctor Greg Elder Katy Parish Tim Walsh John Tremaine Ken Buchanan Jim McFadzien Charlie Davis Greg Elder Bill Sheddan Keith Nunn Branch Recorder (Wiper Editor) David North Assistant Branch Recorder Position not filled at present House Convenor Des Brewster Assistant House Convenor Paul Corcoran Beaded Wheels Reporter Fay Graves Festival Rally Organiser Keith Dodds Assistant Rally Organiser Denis Knight Bar Manager Chris Scoles Assistant Starr McDougall Social Committee Beb Kennedy, David McDowell, John Parish Maintenance Supervisor Keith Nunn Maintenance Assistants Bill Ainge, Barry Clearwater, Keith Dodds, Alec McLennan Swapmeet & Parts Paul Corcoran Swapmeet & Parts Assistants Barry Clearwater, Evan Henderson, Bryan Neilson Hill Climb Evan Henderson Hill Climb Assistant Alec McLennan Sheriff Denis Knight Librarian Stewart Quertier Raffles Gerry Kennedy National Delegate David North Health & Safety Officer Des Brewster Privacy Officer Katy Parish Museum & HPP David McDowell Tuesday Ramble Co-ordinator Fay Graves Vehicle Identity Card signatories Evan Henderson, Denis Knight, John Parish, John Tremaine

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Front cover picture: Betty Clearwater with some of the (many!) raffle prizes the Clearwaters won at the Festival Rally. (Photo by the Editor)



Chairman’s Report April 2018 It’s great to see the numbers of members that come along to our meetings. Last month I think that the number was 33 which represents about 25% of our membership and considering how large our Branch area is this is a great effort. While thinking about our normal attendances at monthly General meetings I have to wonder if in three months’ time we will get this many along as this will be our AGM. I would love to be proved wrong, but it seems that there is a fear of our AGMs. I know that everyone helps when needed for the running of events during the year, but we will always need committee members. So if you feel that you have something to give your Branch please consider putting your name forward. The AGM nomination forms will be in our “Wiper”. This month we have Andrew Graves and Derek Ayson coming along as guest speakers, so I would like to ask that we try to keep our meeting short and to the point, if possible. The past couple of months have been really busy with events and rallies to attend and in the short term at least it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Our swap meet has been and gone and I’d have to say that it was again a great success thanks to those members who organised it and also to those who helped on the day. We still have plenty to come over the next few months and in no particular order we have the Ladies Run, National Easter Rally, Club Captain’s Rally and Ray Tressler’s 50th presentation and afternoon tea. Happy Motoring. Murray


Club Captain’s Report April 2018 Hi Everyone, A very busy time of the year. Thanks to Keith and Denis for organising a very enjoyable Festival Rally. The afternoon at Mandeville Steam Day was very interesting with a good crowd in attendance on a lovely sunny afternoon. Thanks to Charlie and Ray for organising the Clearwater Capers run out to Heriot where we were given a very interesting talk on the Todd family. Heriot is where the Chrysler - Rootes group started business. We were allowed to walk around the original house owned by the family and which is still used as a holiday home. Thanks Greg for organising the Frank Robson run for veteran and vintage cars. The weather was sunny and warm. Afternoon tea was enjoyed by all at the Riversdale Vintage Machinery rooms. April 29th is the Ladies Run to be organised by Fay Graves. Some of us are going to do the Scenicland Rally in Greymouth – more details in next bulletin. Time to get trophies cleaned and back to clubrooms in time for the annual prize-giving. Never home John Tremaine

Sayings Money can't buy you happiness. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. - Spike Milligan Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. - Alex Levine (Sent in by Evan Henderson) 5

From the Editor’s keyboard Thank you to everybody who wrote about their experiences on the Festival Rally and many other events. The result is another bumper issue of The Wiper. What is even better is that the accounts appeared without me having to badger people repeatedly or, in some cases, at all. If only it was that easy every month! Donna and I thoroughly enjoyed the Festival Rally, it was a great day out and a very well-run event. We were amazed to find we had won the P80 Field Test. I had an attack of brain fade and couldn’t remember when the Toyota’s registration expired, despite only renewing it that week. Then, when Donna threw my paper plane out of the car window it flew into the ground. We later found out that David O’Hara, navigating for Jim McFadzien in the only other P80 car entered had their paper plane fly straight back into the car! As the blue paper for the covers of The Wiper is no longer available next month will see a big change in the appearance of The Wiper. As some consolation, this change will save the branch about $60 per year. Finally, a nomination form for the AGM is included in this issue. Happy reading, David North

Spotted! In the March 2018 issue of The Otago Roadrunner, the Otago Newsletter, page 15 - The Results of the Dunedin to Brighton Run: Class 3, Vehicles with More than 4 Cylinders over 20hp. 2nd Paul & Lynne Herron 1911 Ford Model T; Field Tests for Cars, 1st Paul & Lynne Herron 1911 Ford Model T; Best Overall Performance, Cars, Dunedin Festival Cup, 3rd Paul & Lynne Herron 1911 Ford T. Congratulations! The Editor 6





Gore VCC Festival Rally 2018 and 2019 Festival Rally 2017-18 Thank you to all the participants and rally field test helpers. A big thanks to Des and his dedicated crew of cooks and helpers in the kitchen. However, the biggest “Thank you� must go out to Keith and Raewyn Dodds who were the Convenors for this well-run event. Now they hand the reins to Marie and myself for the next couple of years.

Festival Rally 2018-19 Marie and I are on the lookout for a dynamic duo to take on the role of Assistant Rally Convenors. Give us a call if this sounds like you. It is a lot of fun and we have plenty of knowledge to pass on to you. Denis & Marie Knight


Festival Rally (Short Route) It is always pleasing when the weather forecast delivers its promise and to complete a Rally without the need to raise the hood.

Paul Herron’s car at Mandeville

With myself and my father organised we duly arrived at the club rooms for a start at yet another Festival Rally. After viewing and conferring on the puzzle board and navigator’s sheet we went out to the car to practice our paper dart folding (a novel test for later) while waiting for our departure time. Leaving the club rooms and the necessary street navigation to leave Gore, over the bridge and onto Woolwich Street and past the site of the previous GVCC club rooms, across the Otamita Bridge and through Mandeville. Past the Tremaines’ home on the Kingston Crossing Road, right on to Nine Mile Road and on through into Riversdale. Then further 12

north where we were back onto Nine Mile Road and on to Mandeville to park up for lunch and view the Steam Festival. We look forward to when the train can do more than a short forward and reverse.

(All photos by the Editor)

After lunch we returned home to garage the car with it being a major bonus to keep the brass dry. We thoroughly enjoyed this well-organised run and found the distance well suited to our older cars. Paul Herron


Festival Rally (Long Route #1) After a period of cooler weather, Saturday 24th February dawned looking promising weather-wise, so donned the shorts and eagerly headed up to the Gore VCC, where we found the car park very full as 56 cars took part in the Rally. It was great to see all the cars polished and shining and the competitors milling around, catching up with friends and perhaps apprehensively raring to go. There was a great range of cars from a 1908 Cadillac to a 1986 Toyota Corolla. Competitors were not quite so widely ranged in age, but the oldest driver was the intrepid, indefatigable 93 year-old Neil McVicar in his extremely well-travelled Austin A40.

Some of the cars, with the 1908 Cadillac in the foreground (photo by the Editor)

Morning tea was served in the clubrooms and after trying to identify some rather obscure (to some people) items on a display board we were given a briefing and it was time to mount up, with the first car away at 10am and the rest following at one minute intervals. Before starting we had to answer two questions: 1. “Which month is your registration due?” and 2. “What date is it due?” (The writers failed badly here so we were on the back foot immediately.) 14

Crowded clubrooms for morning tea (photo by the Editor)

Upon leaving the clubrooms and town we headed out into the country through Chatton, Knapdale, and Mandeville, then on to Longridge (new territory for us) and back to Balfour, all the time trying to keep to our nominated speed for the timed section, with the usual jockeying for position as we either tried to make up time or lose it. After passing through Balfour we turned into the Nine Mile Road and arrived at Mandeville and the end of the timed section. (I think we were bang on here, to the split second even, Ha Ha!) We then drove into Mandeville Aerodrome where we were given a field test of a different nature, having to launch our own previously-designed aeronautical paper craft from the car window, the object being to achieve the greatest distance flown. Mandeville Aerodrome proved to be a great venue as it was hosting the Steam Festival with vintage and other aircraft flying, traction engines trundling around, stationary engines on display, the Croydon Aircraft Company open to look at the various vintage aircraft being restored and the Croydon Aviation Heritage Museum also open for perusal.


One of the many traction engines at Mandeville (photo by Bryan Neilson)

Some of the cars at Mandeville (photo by David Stafford) 16

On top of all that there was the opportunity to see a gleaming locomotive steaming up and down a short section of track, having been recovered from the Oreti River and fully-restored by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Plus, of course, all the lovely club cars on display. Then it was back to Gore to refresh or indulge oneself for a couple of hours, before heading back to the clubrooms to secure a table for the dinner and Rally presentations, which didn’t unfortunately involve us. The overall winners were Roy and Pauline Buchanan at their very first rally attempt, emulating brother Ken and his wife Trish who won the Timaru Easter Rally a few years ago at their very first rally attempt. It goes without saying that the Buchanans must marry great navigators. Roy and Pauline were also debuting their very nice just-restored 1968 Holden HK station wagon (see Roy’s story about the car later in this issue of The Wiper. Ed.) for which Keith Nunn wanted it made known that he was the chief engineer and technical consultant for the project. Now at this point we also want it made known that, that same esteemed engineer and technical consultant wanted one of us to show him how to make a paper dart! Yes it is true!!

De Havilland Dominie/Rapide of the Croydon Aircraft Company (photo by the Editor)

Finally a big thank you to the organisers Keith Dodds and Denis Knight for a great day’s motoring on lovely scenic quiet country roads and to all the kitchen staff for a great job with all the catering. David and Val Stafford 17

Festival Rally (Long Route #2) Our day started with a lovely morning tea at the Clubrooms. We chose the long run. Heading out from the Clubrooms and then towards town and out over the bridge, onto Wentworth Street to McNab and on towards Waikaka. Before Waikaka a left turn and onto Chatton Corner and through to Knapdale, turning right and over the Otamita Bridge, a right turn travelling through Mandeville and veering right at Wendon 11km. This took us onto Riversdale-Pyramid Road and we got our first look at the Pyramid Bridge, “Great … what a flood can do!!” We then travelled onto Two Chain Road and back onto the main highway towards Balfour, a right onto Beck Road and what a great drive along the Loveridge Road. (We lost count of the white butterflies!) Then turning onto the Balfour-Lumsden Highway and back to Balfour and onto the Waimea Valley Road – you would think this road is never ending! – but, finally, the checkpoint at Mandeville. Then it was picnic time at the Mandeville Aerodrome, joining in on their Steam Festival. A most enjoyable way to spend your lunchbreak. It was great to see the old Rogers engine fired up and running up and down the track. The field tests were completed, a series of questions not good for us! We left Mandeville early to drop the Vauxhall home and returned to the clubrooms to run the raffles. What a great run, great weather and good to catch up with many out-of-towners, all topped off with a great meal. Some had more luck with the raffles than others – the Clearwaters cupboard got a good fill up. Thanks to all those who donated towards our raffle prizes and to my “Raffle Helpers”, Max and Finn Walsh – “Thanks Boys”. But wait! Guess What Starr done!! Slim Dusty sang a song “The Pub With No Beer.” Gerry’s version? “The Club’s Got No Beer!” Gerry Kennedy 18

Gore VCC Festival Rally 2018 Organisers’ Report Thank you to all who supported this year’s Festival Rally. We had 56 cars entered, with 40 on the long run and 16 on the short run. The sun shone for us this year and the afternoon attractions were excellent. Unbeknown to most, you were to all cross the Pyramid Bridge at some part of your run, until a month ago! Thank you for all the positive comments about the runs. They were really appreciated. We would like to especially thank Katy for all her work with the programme that allows us to enter all your rally entry details, allocates departure times and calculates your points into overall results at the end of the day. It then transfers those top results onto certificates. It must be noted that the best part is the support we receive from Katy when things don’t go the way we expect. Nothing is ever a problem and she is constantly improving the system for the users. (Idiot-proofing, but she would never say that.) The next group that need a big thank you are the Kitchen Crew who round off our day perfectly every year. They too start working on this day weeks ahead and never growl when we up the numbers at the last minute. Nor do they ever run out of food. This group work all day while we are out enjoying the day and company of fellow members and still smile as they dish up our meals. Well done guys. Thanks too to the club members who do go in and do a round of dishes after the meal and to those who bring a plate for morning tea. Great team work. Thank you to our helpers, who we rope in for the day. Without these people who also give up a day’s motoring, the flow of cars would become quite clogged up. And this year our final thank you must go to Croydon Aircraft Company who allowed us to join their Steam Festival and Fly In which allowed you to enjoy other parts of our transport history while also being part of the overall display. Keith, Denis, Raewyn & Marie (Results overleaf) 19

Festival Rally Results



Ray Tressler 50-year Badge Presentation Sunday 15th April at 1.30pm Ray has been a great asset to our Club over the past 50 years, initially helping with the first Clubrooms in Woolwich Street and their alterations before the development of the present Clubrooms in Waimea Street. Ray was one of the masterminds behind the purchase of the old H&H motor and its removal to Waimea Street. He has held many positions in the running of our Club and has compiled two Anniversary Booklets on the history of the Club. Ray has also been a regular on rallies. These are just a few of the many services Ray has provided to our Club over 50 years of membership.

We invite you all to come along and enjoy an afternoon with Ray and Norma (Gore members please bring a plate)

For more information contact Gerry Kennedy (03) 208 5806 or 027 233 4634 22


Gore Branch events for the 2017-18 Season Event


People Responsible

2018 50-year badge presentation to Ray 15th April Tressler

Gerry Kennedy

Ladies Run

29th April – note change of date

Fay Graves

Night Trial

12th May

Des Brewster

End of Season Run 9th June

Jim McFadzien

Branch AGM

12th June


Tuesday Ramble

Normally the last Tuesday of the month. (Variable in December)

Co-ordinated by Fay Graves

Editor's note to event organisers: if you want to see a report in The Wiper please provide one yourselves or organise somebody to do it for you. (N.B. This usually works best if you ask them before the event!) Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y? America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote You know that tingly feeling you get when you're attracted to someone? That's your common sense leaving your body. My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that. Evan Henderson 24

Other Events 2018 st

21 April

Central Otago Branch Golden Times Rally, Arrowtown. Rally Enquiries: Bill or Gill Crooks: Home: 03 442 0255 Bill: 021 915 188 Gill:021 942 350

5th May

Ashburton Branch Swapmeet. Enquiries to: Karen Bell, cellphone 021 0243 1955 or email

6th May

Ashburton Plains Rotary Classic Car rally. For any further information please contact either: Owen Moore –, 033083442 or Alan Sim –, 033088835

4th August

VCC National AGM, Napier

26th August

VCC National Day. Details to follow

22nd September

Blossom Festival Rally, Alexandra. Organised by the Central Otago Branch

12th – 14th October

Canterbury Branch Swap Meet

22nd - 27th October

Targa NZ - VCC South Island Time Trial. Rod Corbett 03 423 1551 or 027 433 8772

16th – 18th November

Canterbury Branch Monte Carlo Rallye

16th - 18th November

National Veteran Rally (Nelson), preceded by the Prince Henry Tour. National Rally contact Jim & Kyra Wareing, 03 544 9998 Prince Henry Tour : contact Ray & Glenis Miller, 03 314 4322 2021

17th – 23rd January Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, New (Provisionally) Plymouth 2021 25

REMEMBER the Branch AGM is th on 12 June 26


Tuesday Ramble February 2018 The February Tuesday Ramble saw a small but enthusiastic number leave the Clubrooms for Owaka. Dad and I in the Austin, Des, Janet and Linda in the Triumph, John and Mary in the Model A, Jim and Dorothy in the BMW, Bryan and Frances in the Chev, Tom, Patricia, Gary and Sue in the Valiant and Alex and Margaret in a Hyundai. David North and Brian and Jean Kirby met us in Owaka. We travelled on Old Coach Road and turned off on to the Owaka Valley Road until we reached Purekireki. At this stop we marvelled on the fact that this had once been a thriving community with a Hall, a Church and a School. The Hall is still there and is still in use, the Church bell is still there but the Church was moved to Manapouri. Gary rang the bell for us. Part of the fence and the school gate are still there and the cemetery was across a paddock of fodder beet, we didn’t go there! At this point we turned left and saw some interesting country and an interesting road, not for the faint hearted. At Katea there is a war memorial, an old derelict dairy factory and there had also been a school. On arriving in Owaka we were met by Fergus Gregory and his wife Lorraine. Just as a matter of interest, Fergus, who is originally from Pukerau, attended the very first meeting of interested people and from that meeting the Gore Vintage Car Club was born.

The “Pie Cart”, actually Bakehouse Takeaways 28

We had lunch at the Pie Cart, although that wasn’t what they called it and it wasn’t quite on the side of the street but nevertheless we were all fed and ate our lunch next door in what was an old bakery, Kirby’s, and the ovens were still there! Fergus introduced Mike McPhee to us and he told us about the early days in Owaka. Mike is the President of the Owaka Historical Society. His great grandfather William McPhee had come out from Nova Scotia.

Panel about William McPhee in the Museum

Because the land was not suitable for roads the timber that was milled was sent out on schooners from the harbour at Pounawea, either up to Dunedin or Christchurch. Up to 50 schooners used this port and 29

schooners were nearly always given a woman’s name. William McPhee built his ships from Rimu, a tree with the necessary curve to shape the hull being chosen. The frames were held together with wooden dowels, copper bolts and tar and caulking to make the joints waterproof. No plans were used, a scale model was built first to get the shape right and the full-sized ship measured up and built from that. We thoroughly enjoyed Mike’s talk and then when we saw it all at the Museum later it reinforced everything he had told us.

Model of the Owake, a top sail schooner built on the banks of the Owaka River by William McPhee. Launched on 13th August, 1874, the largest vessel built in the Catlins.

The Museum is a very interesting place to visit, well worth going to see. Fay Graves (Pie cart photo by the Editor, all others by Fay Graves) 30

Southland Veteran Rally 3rd March 2018 With the car fuelled and loaded on Friday night we were up early and left for the club rooms in Otatara. We unloaded and drove down to the starting point in Esk Street to view other entrants arriving. Entries were down on previous years, however it was pleasing to see the 1911 Indian of Colin and Joan Pearce back on the road after many many years, (ridden by their grandson). We started at 10 am in light rain and headed down North Road, Moore's Road and on to the Riverton Highway until Thornbury. Right onto Waimatuku Road, Gropers Bush and to Riverton. A drive around the Longwoods retirement home for the oldies and then proceeding to the Riverton RSA for lunch. Field tests followed lunch and then returning to the Invercargill club rooms for prize giving at 5pm. The rally was unfortunately a repeat to last year's run and I feel Esk Street was too busy to start a run from with limited parks and business staff trying to get to work with elderly cars and bikes blocking the way and occupying parks. Paul Herron


Clearwater Capers Report The Clearwater Capers took place on the 4th March and 13 cars took part in the Run. The first car left the Clubrooms at 1pm sharp, driving to Waikaka, Greenvale, Park Hill, then over the Spylaw Bridge and up the hill to Hukarere Station. From there it was a right turn onto Wilden Runs Road on top of the hill with a great view along this road. It was good to be back on tar seal after 35kms of gravel! Then turning right back down to Dunrobin Hall, right at Dunrobin and over the hill to Heriot where we stopped at Harli’s Service Centre for afternoon tea. Thirty of us were there for afternoon tea where the staff (the “girls”) judged their choice of all the entrants. The winner was Bryan Neilson’s 1942 Chev truck. (Good vehicles aren’t they Bryan?!) From there we went to the Todd Foundation’s first home which they purchased approx. 50 years ago and restored to its 1850’s style and rerented it back to the people, George and Nola Garrett. Michael, their son, spoke about the building and allowed everyone to have a good look around the house and the grounds. Part of the old fellmongery is still there, reconditioned, and Todds’ old garage. (Model T Fords were sold and assembled there.) There was also an old seed store that is showing its age now. Next year the Run we have in mind is all tar seal, but a bit further and some history as well. Charlie Davis and the Tapanui Members

Sayings My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. Rodney Dangerfield (Sent in by Evan Henderson) 32

South Otago VCC We had a visit from our neighbours the South Otago VCC on Wednesday 6th March. We took them to see Coventry Classics before joining some of our members at the Clubrooms for lunch and a natter. After lunch we paid a visit to Frank Wilson’s garage in Hamilton Street. I think this certainly opened a few eyes, what a great collection of car bits and pieces. They then headed off to Clinton for a cuppa. Great to be able to help out. Thanks to Des in the kitchen. Gerry Kennedy P.S. There were 14 cars from South Otago, with 32 persons, and two from Gore with six persons.


Gore VCC Frank Robson Run Eight Vintage and Veteran vehicles gathered at the Clubrooms on Sunday 11th March 2018 at 1pm to compete on the Run.

The vehicles at the Clubrooms


They were joined by Bryan and Frances Neilson in their (Post Vintage) 1942 Chevrolet truck who came along just for the drive. The first car was away at 1.30 pm after a briefing from Run organiser Greg Elder. In perfect weather conditions we motored out over East Gore and then out towards Waikaka turning up East Chatton Road for very nice motoring out in the quiet green country side. Down through Otama and round past the closed Pyramid Bridge which has lost its middle section in a recent flood. Then up into the Wendon district and turned left over the Waikaia River and then back over the Mataura River to end the 35 mile run at the Waimea Plains Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club in Riversdale.

Outside the Waimea Plains Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

There we had a look around the Museum and had afternoon tea and a great yarn for an hour or so. Afterwards five vehicles parked up outside the local hotel for photos and another yarn!! The winner of the Run was Ivan Scobie, John Tremaine was second and Paul Herron third. (Concluded overleaf) 35

Outside the hotel

Happy Motoring, Greg Elder


What’s In Your Shed? The Inherited Project…… by Roy Buchanan October 2015 saw us inherit a 1968 HK Holden Belmont Station Wagon that was in good condition mechanically but it required a bit of TLC everywhere else. The car was originally registered in Napier on 24 June 1968 and since then has been owned by people in Christchurch, Te Anau and Gore. It arrived in Gore in 1973 with 42,439 miles on the clock and it now shows 106,584 miles. The previous owner was a joiner in Gore who in the later years that he had it he used it as the “dump” vehicle to transport his rubbish to the local dump. On its maiden voyage with us, it bounced around the road, was a bit hard to control and a definite whine came from the gear box. Why? – A mix of radial and cross ply tyres (it now has four new radial tyres). The whine coming from the gear box was a bit concerning but with a Holden mechanic for a son it was eventually reconditioned and is now whineless. The brake master cylinder was the next bit that needed attention and then it was onto the radiator which needed to be replaced. The car was on blocks for about 12 months whilst the gearbox and brake cylinder were sorted. During that period the entire underside was cleaned and treated with fisholene and body deadener. The door and boot linings were removed before its journey to a local panel beater for attention to some rust in the doors and the odd dent or two. What seemed a small job became quite large (the bank can attest to that).Then it was off to the paint shop to be touched up paint-wise. Pauline came home from a work trip to Christchurch one day with an original retro picnic basket complete with Duraware plates, cups, cutlery, biscuit tins, thermos flasks, milk bottle and sugar containers. She then found a tartan car rug to complete the 60’s theme. 37

A trip to the Swap Meet in Christchurch last year resulted in the purchase of new carpets and various bits and pieces. Whilst in Christchurch we had to pick up car bits for our son and we got onto some pre-loved tail lights. We are still trying to locate a right hand tail light as the orange indicator glass is cracked but these taillights are proving rather difficult to find so if anyone knows where one might be please let us know.

There are still a few things to complete the project – if projects like this are ever completed. The hub caps were in 3 different colours – red, white and black. They are away being painted black and the rear chrome surround needs attention. Once again finding a replacement surround is proving difficult so we will be finding someone who can do some gentle panel beating. Many, many a night was spent in the shed with Keith Nunn as we worked on the money box with the backside out of it – yes, we’ve discovered you pour lots of money into a bottomless pit when restoring cars. We owe Keith a lot for his many hours of work, advice and profanities. Thanks Keith, it would have been twice as hard without you. Now it’s time to enjoy rallies with the Gore Vintage Car Club and leisurely Sunday outings. Roy Buchanan 38


May Des Brewster June Gerry Kennedy July Noel Kelly August September October November December January

We need to cater for about 30-40 members each night. The cuppa and serving of the supper is to be arranged within the social committee. If necessary, small items can be bought at Gore New World and charged to the Gore VCC account.

February March April

Reminders Non-commercial FOR SALE and WANTED advertisements are free to Club members. Each advertisement will be published in 3 consecutive issues of The Wiper. Please contact the Editor. The vinyl “VCC Wings” badges (as featured on the front cover) are still available from the Treasurer, cost $2 each. VCC name badges If you haven't got one, they are available from Van De Water Jewellers at a discounted cost of $18. The badges are black with white lettering and bear your name and Gore VCC. NB. Not wearing one at a meeting is likely to attract the Sheriff’s attention and result in a fine! The Wiper is also available by email. It arrives earlier than the postal or hand-delivered ones, the pictures are in colour and there are (working) hyperlinks. There are two versions, a pdf file and an online one. Let me know if you would like to try this out. The Editor 39

Newsletters from other branches Many Branch Newsletters are now posted on the VCC Website: A very few branches are still sending us printed copies and these are displayed on the stand in the Library for three months. Others are received as pdf files or by email and can be forwarded to you, on request, by the Editor or the Secretary. Southland branch website, includes their newsletter (Rumour): South Canterbury branch website: A look at “vintage” motoring in Australia:

Online Bonuses Harli’s Service Centre, Heriot The Todd Homestead and some history 1950's Diving Sub Toy Holiday Traffic, Devon 1970s 20 Crazy Vintage Flying Machines & Aircraft Little Cobra 40

COOKERY CORNER Damson Spelt Cake Plain flour works here, too, but spelt flour, with its slightly wholemeal notes, gives a tender and open crumb to the cake. (Serves 6-8.) Ingredients 150g butter 150g caster sugar 3 large eggs 110g spelt flour 1½ tsp baking powder 75g ground almonds 400g damsons An extra tablespoon of sugar Icing sugar to finish Method You will need a square cake tin measuring about 20-22cm across the base. Set the oven at 180ºC (or gas mark 4). Line the bottom of the cake tin with baking parchment. Cream the butter & sugar till light and fluffy. It is easier with an electric mixer, but some prefer the wooden spoon method. Don't stop until the mixture is almost white. Crack the eggs and beat them gently, then add to the mixture a little at a time, beating thoroughly between each lot. Mix the flour and baking powder, and add to the ground almonds. Fold into the cake mixture, gently but firmly. If you over-mix, the cake will be heavy. Transfer the mixture to the lined cake tin with a rubber spatula, then lay the damsons on top and shake over the extra tablespoon of sugar. (The damsons will sink during cooking, leaving one or two peeping through the surface.) Bake for 45 minutes, covering with tin foil for the last 10 minutes if it looks to be browning too quickly. Remove from the oven, leave to settle down and then, when almost cool, remove from the tin. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve. Donna North 41

ADVERTISEMENTS FOR SALE The Club has stackable chairs for sale. All in good condition, plywood seat and back, metal tube frame. We call them “bird” chairs. Why? Because they’re going cheap! Selling fast, be in quick. The more you buy, the more you save. Contact Gerry for a great deal. Phone 027 233 4634 or (03) 208 5806 1/3

WANTED Looking for 1958-59 FC Holden right hand front mudguard, right hand front indicator and rear windscreen. Also, any other parts for the same model! Please contact Chris Scoles on 027 226 5967 if you can help. 1/3



Run reports, articles of interest, photos, technical tips, letters and feedback are always welcome. Please send all contributions to David North

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Gore VCC April 2018  
Gore VCC April 2018