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

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

Next meeting: 14 August

Branch telephone number: 03 208 7424

2018-2019 Committee and Officers Branch Patrons Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain Assistant Club Captains

Neil McVicar, Ray Tressler Greg Elder Vacant Katy Parish Tim Walsh John Parish Ken Buchanan Ray Taylor Charlie Davis Bill Sheddan Greg Elder 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 Social Committee Beb Kennedy, David McDowell, Keith Nunn Beaded Wheels Reporter Jim McFadzien Festival Rally Organiser Denis Knight Assistant Rally Organiser Vacant Bar Manager Chris Scoles Assistant Murray Proctor Maintenance Supervisor Keith Nunn Maintenance Assistants Bill Ainge, Keith Dodds, Ray Harvey, Barry Clearwater, Alec McLennan Swapmeet & Parts Paul Corcoran Swapmeet & Parts Assistants Barry Clearwater, Evan Henderson, Gerry Kennedy, Bryan Neilson Hill Climb Evan Henderson Hill Climb Assistant Alec McLennan Sheriff Denis Knight Librarian Stewart Quertier Raffles Starr McDougall National Delegate David North Privacy Officer Katy Parish Health & Safety Officer Vacant Museum & HPP David McDowell Tuesday Ramble Co-ordinator Fay Graves Branch Daffodil Day Co-ordinator Bill Sheddan Vehicle Identity Card signatories Evan Henderson, Denis Knight, John Parish, John Tremaine

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Front cover picture: Keith & Raewyn Dodds at the Annual Dinner & Trophy Night. (Photo by Bryan Neilson)



Chairman's Report August 2018 A great night was held at the Club Rooms on the 7th July for the Annual Dinner and Trophy Night. We had a lovely meal which I am sure everybody enjoyed. Thanks to Gerry and Des for organizing the night. It was a pleasure to present the trophies to members. Trust you are all servicing your cars over the winter and getting them in top shape ready for lots of runs which are being held over the next months. Remember to get your entries in for the Combined Rally being held on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of August. Busy here in the shed with several registrations and WOFs due. Have heard a rumour from up North that WOFs of 6 months for our older cars might be extended. Hope it’s true!! Happy Motoring Greg Elder

Eloquent Insults These glorious insults are from an era before the English language was boiled down to 4-letter words. “He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway). Evan Henderson 4

Club Captain’s Report August 2018 The Annual Dinner and Prize-giving held at the clubrooms on the 7th of July was a great night out. Thanks to Gerry and Des for their organising and congratulations to all the trophy winners. The Combined Rally is being hosted by our branch on the 11th and 12th of August with entries closing on the 31st of July so if you haven’t entered yet get in quick. There are entry forms at the clubrooms or give me a call and I will send you one. Bill Sheddan is organising the Daffodil Rally for Cancer on the 26 of August and I encourage as many club members as possible to get out and support this event. The rally is open to anyone and is part of a national series of events all on the same day to raise money for the Cancer Society. Get hold of friends and family and come along to support the Cancer Society and have some fun while doing so. th

September sees the start of our branch events with the Opening Run on the 16th being organised by Keith Nunn. Come along and support Keith on what I am sure will be a great day out. Also don’t forget the Blossom Festival Rally organised by the Central Otago Branch on the 22nd of September. John Parish

New Member A very warm welcome to yet another new member, Rodney (Rod) Bell of Gore. Rodney owns a 1933 Austin 7 saloon, a 1960 Morris 1000 saloon and a 1972 Triumph Spitfire convertible. I understand that the Austin 7 is undergoing restoration while the other two are in original condition so I hope that Rod will find time to join in some runs with them while he is working on the Austin. The Editor 5

From the Editor’s keyboard Oh dear, the Editorial gremlin struck again last month. I’m not sure whether to apologise to Fay, to Andrew, or to both of them but in last month’s brief article about Andrew and Derek’s talk I incorrectly described Andrew as Fay’s brother. Fay emailed me to point out that he is, in fact, her son and suggested that “Either he looks old or I look young?” I couldn’t possibly comment on that, but I do apologise for the error. A perfect illustration of why I prefer to rely on contributed articles rather than my own efforts! Which brings me to this month and, among other delights, a contribution from one of our newest members, Matt Cook. Matt only joined the Club two months ago and has put a lot of you to shame by writing about his car already. See, it’s not that difficult, is it?! A big “Thank you” to the Neilsons. To Bryan for supplying a number of photos of the Annual Dinner trophy and badge presentations, some of which are included herein, and to Frances for this month’s recipe. I have just one more, also from Frances, for next month. Jim McFadzien is a frequent contributor and his little bit of “family history” is the last of my stock of articles. All I have left now is a lot more “funnies” that will be filling the pages unless some of you get busy and send me stories…. Happy reading – and writing! David North

Sayings By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. – Socrates Evan Henderson & Bill Sheddan 6



Eloquent Insults “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde “I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop Evan Henderson 9


A man was stopped by a Police patrol car one evening on his way home from a run. The Officer approached the driver’s window and said, “Excuse me Sir, but your tail light isn’t working.” The man gives a tired and exasperated sigh, “Oh for heaven’s sake, haven’t you lot got anything better to do?” He jumps out of the car, goes to the back where he thumps the tail light and it comes on. “There,” he says sarcastically, “now are you satisfied?” “Very good,” says the Officer, “now go round and thump the windscreen and see if a current Warrant of Fitness shows up!” Gerry Kennedy 11

What’s In Your Shed? 1968 Wolseley 1300 by Matt Cook After a busy afternoon renovating the kitchen I sat down and was surfing the web when my wife holds up her iPad and goes “What about this then?” She then shows me a picture of a 1968 Wolseley 1300. Described in as ‘too good a condition to break but a non-runner’, I offered him a bit less than his asking price and soon became the proud owner of the car. I now had to figure out how to get a non-runner home. Fortunately the local hire centre has a salvage trailer for hire so one afternoon after work we hitched it up to the back of the trusty Mazda (another vehicle she pointed out before uttering the fateful words, “This looks ok.”) drove to Tapanui and brought him home. He came with a folder full of information which should make it easy to register under his original plates and is as good as the photos looked.


After a break of many years of owning assorted Rovers, Land Rovers, MGs and my current classic 1991 Holden Commodore LS, I then got stuck into the task of getting it running and looking presentable. First thing we did was put a new battery and spark plugs and leads into him.

He would turn over which proved that the engine wasn’t seized but wouldn’t fire up. Dismantled the float bowl and there was no fuel in there, so on went a new fuel pump and gave the carb a good clean for luck and for the first time in at least 4 years he fired up and ran on 3½ cylinders, most of the time. Whilst waiting for parts to turn up I got stuck into the aesthetics of the Wolseley and polished up the 40-year-old paintwork. Two days later, here goes the finished efforts. (Photos overleaf, Ed.) As I write now the engine is back together with a new head gasket after a quick look inside after spotting a water leak down the side of the block. Now all that remains is to sort the brakes, clutch, a tiny bit of rust and getting the hydrolastic suspension pumped up as it is currently riding 25mm lower than factory spec. Then it will be used as BMC intended and driven as much as possible on club runs as well as jaunts around the place. 13

Matt Cook



The Irish Furniture Dealer Murphy, a furniture dealer from Dublin, decided to expand the line of furniture in his store, so he decided to go to Paris to see what he could find. After arriving in Paris, he visited with some manufacturers and selected a line that he thought would sell well back home. To celebrate the new acquisition, he decided to visit a small bistro and have a glass of wine. As he sat enjoying his wine, he noticed that the small place was quite crowded, and that the other chair at his table was the only vacant seat in the house. Before long, a very beautiful young Parisian girl came to his table, asked him something in French (which Murphy could not understand), so he motioned to the vacant chair and invited her to sit down. He tried to speak to her in English, but she did not speak his language. After a couple of minutes of trying to communicate with her, he took a napkin and drew a picture of a wine glass and showed it to her. She nodded, so he ordered a glass of wine for her. After sitting together at the table for a while, he took another napkin, and drew a picture of a plate with food on it, and she nodded. They left the bistro and found a quiet cafe that featured a small group playing romantic music. They ordered dinner, after which he took another napkin and drew a picture of a couple dancing. She nodded, and they got up to dance. They danced until the cafe closed and the band was packing up. Back at their table, the young lady took a napkin and drew a picture of a four-poster bed. To this day, Murphy has no idea how she figured out he was in the furniture business. Fay Graves 16




Gore Branch Events for the 2018-19 Season Event



2018 Combined Rally

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John Parish

Daffodil Rally

Sunday 26 August

Bill Sheddan

Opening Run

Sunday 16th September

Keith Nunn

P60 Run

Sunday 28th October

Ken Buchanan, Keith Nunn

Josephville Hill Climb

Sunday 18th November

Evan Henderson, Alec McLennan

Christmas Run

Sunday 9th December

John Parish

2019 Overnighter (Provisional)

Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th January

Keith Nunn

Festival Rally

Saturday 16th February

Denis Knight


Clearwater Capers Run Sunday 3 March

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor

Frank Robson Run

Sunday 10th March

Greg Elder

Gore Swap Meet

Sunday 17th March

Paul Corcoran


Ladies Run

Sunday 7 April

Fay Graves

Night Trial

Saturday 11th May

Bill Sheddan


End of Season Run

Saturday 8 June

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor

Tuesday Ramble

Normally the last Tuesday Co-ordinated by of the month. (Variable in Fay Graves December)

2020 S. I. Veteran Rally



16 to 18 October

Paul Herron

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!) 20

Other Events 2018 th

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22 September

Autospectacular, Edgar Centre, Dunedin Blossom Festival Rally, Alexandra. Organised by the Central Otago Branch

6th – 7th October Dunvegan Rally, 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

3rd November

Taieri Tour, Otago Branch


3 November

Clutha Rally, South Otago Branch

16 – 18 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



2019 15th – 17th February

26th National Motorcycle Rally – Blenheim

19th – 21st April

National South Island Easter Rally (Ashburton) 2020

16 – 18 October th


South Island Veteran Rally, Gore branch. Organiser Paul Herron. 2021

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




Gore Branch Annual Dinner and Trophy Night This was held at the Clubrooms on the 7th July and by all accounts it was a very enjoyable evening and an excellent meal. The Chairman, Greg Elder, presented the 2017-18 annual awards and a number of 25- and 35-year badges to the winners and recipients who attended the Dinner. Full lists of the award winners and badge recipients (courtesy of the Secretary) and some photos (courtesy of Bryan Neilson) are included below and on the following pages. A big “Thank You� to Gerry Kennedy and Des Brewster who organised the evening and to Food Affair for the meal. The Editor


Star McDougall (L) & Greg Elder

Neil McVicar

William (Bill) Ainge

Ken Buchanan

Paul Herron

Keith Dodds 25

Ivan Scobie

Murray Proctor

Gerry Kennedy

Greg Elder & John Tremaine

Presented at the July Meeting

Evan Henderson

David North 26

(L-R) Bryan Neilson, Star McDougall, John Graham Paul Herron, Graeme Clearwater

With all the other things in this world to think about, here are a few that perhaps hadn't crossed your mind. Think about these: * Do twins ever realise that one of them is unplanned? * Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty. Bill Sheddan 27

Eloquent Insults “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson “In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” – Charles, Count Talleyrand “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” – Mae West Evan Henderson 28

100 mph Goat Two West Australian rednecks were out hunting, and as they were walking along, they came upon a huge hole in the ground. They approached it and were amazed at its size. The first hunter said, "Wow, that's some hole. I can't even see the bottom. I wonder how deep it is." The second hunter said, "I don't know. Let's throw something down there, listen, and see how long it takes to hit bottom." The first hunter said, "Hey, there's an old automobile gear box over there. Give me a hand and we'll throw it in and see." So they picked up the gear box, carried it over to the hole, counted onetwo-three, and heaved it in. They were standing there looking over the edge of the hole and listening when they heard a rustling behind them. As they turned around, they saw a goat come crashing through the underbrush, run up to the hole, and, without hesitation, jump in head first. While they were standing there staring at each other in amazement, they peered into the hole, trying to figure out what that was all about. Just then an old farmer sauntered up. "Say there," said the farmer, "you fellers didn't happen to see my goat around here anywhere, did you?" The first hunter said, "Funny you should ask. We were just standing here a minute ago, and a goat came running out of the bushes doing about a hundred miles an hour and jumped head first into this here hole!" The old farmer said, "Naw, that's impossible. I had him chained to a gear box." Stewart Quertier 29


Transport Perspectives Our family has two members involved in the transport industry, although at opposite ends of the scale. No.1 drives a 530hp truck which runs an “H” rating of 48 tonnes. It has four axles, and so has its trailer. It does about 0.25 miles per gallon. This set-up has 28 wheels shod with 16-ply tyres, which means each tyre carries approximately 2 tonnes of load. The tyres cost about $1,000 each and are pumped up to a maximum pressure of 120 pounds per square inch (psi). No.2 is Captain of a Boeing 787 aircraft, which carries up to 230 people. Take-off weight is up to 250 tonnes, made up of 100 tonnes of fuel with the rest being passengers, freight etc. The tyres are 34-ply and are pumped up at 220psi using nitrogen. This means that each of the eight main undercarriage wheels holds up 30 tonnes – and at a take-off speed of almost 200mph.The tyres cost $5,000 (US), are rated at 235mph and weigh 218lb. The rims are 16 inches in diameter and 40 inches across the tread. The brakes are electric. The two engines weigh 2.7 tonnes each, spin at 33,000 rpm and at take-off they produce 50,000hp to the main shaft. The aircraft can fly for three hours on one engine. These aircraft cost $206 million (US) and, apparently, each passenger has the fuel consumption equivalent of 100mpg. A cruise ship apparently uses 108 gallons of fuel per mile, at a passenger equivalent fuel consumption of 21mpg. Jim McFadzien “He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man - follow him; He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool - shun him.” Confucius, The Analects Sent in by Jim McFadzien 31

The Pea Diet There was a businessman, and he was not feeling well, so he went to see the doctor about it. The doctor says to him, “Well, it must be your diet, what sort of greens do you eat?” The man replies, “Well, actually, I only eat peas, I hate all other green foods.” The doctor was quite shocked at this and says, “Well man, that’s your problem, all those peas will be clogging up your system, you’ll have to give them up!!” The guy says, “But how long for, I mean I really like peas!” The doctor replies, “Forever, I’m afraid.” The man is quite shocked by this, but he gives it a go and sure enough, his condition improves, so he realizes that he will never eat a pea again. Anyway, one night, years later, he’s at a convention for his employer and getting quite sloshed and one of the reps says, “Well, actually, I’d love a cigarette, coz I haven’t had a smoke in four years, I gave it up.” The barman goes, “Really, I haven’t had a game of golf in 3 years, because it cost me my first marriage, so I gave it up!” The businessman says, “That’s nothing, I haven’t had a pea in 6 years!” The barman jumps up screaming, “Okay, everyone who can’t swim, grab a table…” Fay Graves


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.

Online Bonuses Top 10 Selling Cars of the 1970s in UK. Best cars 1970's. Part 1. Toys in the 1950s/60s Look at Life - Flying To Work - 1964 Prescott 1947 Vintage cars and the hill climb, a film by David Roscoe Classic British Buses, Trolleybuses and Coaches 20 CRAZY VINTAGE FLYING MACHINES & AIRCRAFT Little Deuce Coupe 33

Gore VCC Supper Roster 2018/9 August September October November December January February March April May June July

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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 34

COOKERY CORNER Coffee Walnut Slice 2 packets of Super Wine biscuits (crushed) 1 cup coconut 1 cup finely chopped walnuts In a pot Melt 8oz butter, 1 tin condensed milk Add dry ingredients and 1 teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in a little hot water Mix well Press into lined slice tin Icing Mix together 4oz butter (softened), 12oz icing sugar, 1 teaspoon instant coffee dissolved in hot water Spread over base Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top and lightly press into icing Put in the fridge to set (If using Moccona coffee, 1 teaspoon is strong enough) Frances Neilson

Eloquent Insults “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain Evan Henderson 35


1929 complete with immaculate wooden crate. Runs really nice, new Reg and WoF with sale. I have not seen a better example! $37,000 Please contact me, Grant Clearwater: 0210735339 / 094017205 or email 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. 2/3

WANTED Hello everyone. Received this request from Barry. If you know anyone who can help please put them in touch with me and I will connect them with Barry. “Hi. Can u put me in contact with anyone who may have Rover 90 car parts, other than Horopito Motors. Thanks.� Ross Holden Communications Officer, Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc.) Phone 021 2638488 or email 36

Skiing Joke John decided to go skiing with his buddy, Keith. So they loaded up John's minivan and headed north. After driving for a few hours, they got caught in a terrible blizzard so they pulled into a nearby farm and asked the attractive lady who answered the door if they could spend the night. “I realize it's terrible weather out there and I have this huge house all to myself, but I'm recently widowed,” she explained. “I'm afraid the neighbours will talk if I let you stay in my house.” “Don't worry,” John said. “We'll be happy to sleep in the barn. And if the weather breaks, we'll be gone at first light.” The lady agreed, and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night. Come morning, the weather had cleared, and they got on their way. They enjoyed a great weekend of skiing. But about nine months later, John got an unexpected letter from an attorney. It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the attorney of that attractive widow he had met on the ski weekend. He dropped in on his friend Keith and asked, “Keith, do you remember that good-looking widow from the farm we stayed at on our ski holiday up north about 9 months ago?” “Yes, I do,” said Keith. “Did you, er, happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and pay her a visit?” “Well, um, yes!,' Keith said, a little embarrassed about being found out, 'I have to admit that I did.” “And did you happen to give her my name instead of telling her your name?” Keith's face turned beet red and he said, “Yeah, look, I'm sorry, buddy. I'm afraid I did. Why do you ask?” “She just died and left me everything...” Evan Henderson 37



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

before the 21st of each month for inclusion in the next Wiper If you don't have a computer I can type up a hand-written article or put your notes or jottings into shape for The Wiper. If you prefer I can even take notes as you talk to me and write up the story for you - I am always ready to help so just let me know how! e-mail: physical mail: 4 Trotter Street, Riverton 9822 telephone (mobile) 0211723281 Remember that insuring your vehicle(s), boat(s), house(s), contents or travel with Vero Insurance and quoting the branch number (300135) results in the branch receiving a commission payment Please support our advertisers so that they, in turn, can continue to support the Branch The opinions and statements in The Wiper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the Gore branch or of the VCC. The branch accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any statements. The Wiper is printed by i-Cue 10 Wood Street, Invercargill. Telephone (03) 218 3350 39




Gore VCC August 2018  
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