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

December 2017 MEETINGS: SECOND TUESDAY of the month

at the Clubrooms, Waimea Street, Gore

Next meeting: 12th December 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 David McDowell, John Parish, Beb Kennedy Maintenance Supervisor Keith Nunn Maintenance Assistants Bill Ainge, Barry Clearwater, Alex McLennan, Keith Dodds Swapmeet & Parts Paul Corcoran Swapmeet & Parts Assistants Barry Clearwater, Bryan Neilson Evan Henderson Hill Climb Evan Henderson Hill Climb Assistant Alex 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 John Tremaine, John Parish, Evan Henderson, Denis Knight

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Front cover picture: Denis Knight (R) being “a bit of a hit” with “a young one” at the Timaru Rock ‘n’ Hop. (Photo courtesy of Stewart Quertier)



Chairman’s Report December 2017 At our last meeting, a report was presented regarding the Te Anau overnighter and the disappointment at the lack of vintage and veteran vehicles that took part. My own opinion is that while it was a small number it would probably represent a 50% increase on normal turnouts for a rally of this type and except for some overheating problems there would have been one more. So well done to those who organised the weekend and also to those who took part. We all had a great time with perfect weather, not a lot of traffic and only a few sandflies to harass us at our lunch stop. Concerns were voiced about the ripping up of our car park and the immediate areas of our club grounds by those members of the public who in the future will be our leading citizens. While we could say that they are just youths letting off steam, they are also a nuisance and are dangerous, not only to themselves but also to anyone in proximity to them. At the last meeting we were told that it’s not limited to night time as they have also been seen “drifting” during the day as well. To date we have been lucky with no damage to our property, but I guess maybe it’s only a matter of time before a window gets broken, our building damaged or heaven forbid somebody gets hurt. We don’t want to put barriers up that could cause damage to their vehicles as this would only cause retaliation. If anyone has a constructive idea how they could be discouraged without stopping the general public’s access let us know. Happy Motoring. Murray Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Arthur Arthur who? Arthur any mince pies left? 4

From the Editor’s keyboard Phew! I can’t believe it’s nearly December and that Christmas (shopping!) will soon be upon us, the weeks and months certainly seem to fly by. That must also have been the case for the authors of the two “What We Did On Our Holidays” stories in this issue. As you will see from the dates they have been a while coming but as the saying goes, better late than never! (Or is it that good things are worth waiting for?!) Anyway I am, as ever, grateful for the material and always on the lookout for more. I have so far received no suggestions in answer to last month’s Technical Query. If none are forthcoming, I will repeat it next month. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers the compliments of the season and hope that you all have a peaceful and enjoyable time over the holiday period. Merry Christmas to one and all! David North



Q. What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? A. The Christmas alphabet has Noel! 7

Our Great Milford Sound Experience 27th – 29th October 2017 (A trip for P60 – P80 cars able to average 90 – 95 kph) On the Friday mid-afternoon ten cars with members aboard left our Clubrooms to travel to Te Anau, an easy 2 hours’ drive through Lumsden. For accommodation members stayed in motels, with family, or in friends’ holiday homes. A great meeting place early that evening seemed to be the local supermarket!

On Saturday morning we all awoke to a very heavy fog settling between the mountains which didn’t lift until we were well up the road, then turned into a beautiful sunny day. We met up at 9am to travel to Milford Sound, a journey of only 75 miles but slow going due to very winding roads. Fortunately all the tourist buses had already long departed so that was one worry less but this road is very well-known for the many accidents involving overseas drivers. Our own experience that morning occurred on a straight piece of road where we were passed by two cars – the second determined to pass the first and did so over the double yellow lines and just short of the brow of a hill. I was watching, foot on the brake, thinking a crash was inevitable but fortunately nothing happened – the cars just raced away into the distance. Apart from that incident we found it a moderately easy drive which is all about the journey, the awesome scenery, ever-changing from farmland to river flats to native scrubland, beech forests, the spectacular alpine views and the beauty of the Sound. We made many photo stops along the way, including the Mirror Lakes, and, on a fairly calm day, we were rewarded with good reflections of the mountains for which they are famous. 8

The Mirror Lakes

On the road

Whilst there we met a young man who was travelling around NZ and hailed from Hungary – he expressed the view that he had never felt so 9

close to nature as in this area. The walk through the bush to the viewing platform for The Chasm most impressive showing the power of water as the river has worn through large rocks (some the size of small cars) as it falls dramatically. The road in some areas was very narrow, one-way traffic at times with the mountains rising straight up from the road so it was easy to see how it could be closed due to snowfalls. Our stop for the Homer Tunnel, waiting for the green light, was not too long and the antics of the Keas kept us amused. The single lane tunnel is 1219 metres long and slopes down to the Milford Sound side with a gradient of 1 in 10. The lighting was not very good, especially in the first few hundred metres after coming out of bright sunlight.

A Kea on the Proctor’s car being admired by Annette. (Photo by Marilyn Proctor)


Then the Sound in all its glory (and hosts of tourists and full car parks!). After a picnic lunch we walked around to the Terminal where we met up with the rest of the group, watched tourists embarking and disembarking on the eight vessels which cruise in the Sound. With approximately 100 passengers per vessel it was no wonder that there was over 20 buses in the bus park. Some of us spent some nostalgic moments recounting visiting in our teenage years and looking for landmarks we remembered. The trip back to Te Anau was an easy run, again leaving ahead of the buses. In the evening we all met up to have a meal at the Te Anau Club and were joined by the contingent who came up that day in their Vintage & Veteran cars, a very pleasant evening.

The meal at the Te Anau Club. (Photo by the Editor)

On Sunday we all travelled back at our own leisure having enjoyed a great weekend. Bill & Annette Ainge


Veteran, Vintage and Cars up to P60 Rally Only four cars entered the Veteran, Vintage & Cars up to P60 Rally which left the club rooms on the 28th October 2017 at 10 am to rally to Te Anau. John and Mary Tremaine in their Model A Coupe joined in at Mandeville and I joined in with my Star Roadster at Balfour. Star McDougall and Murray Lowe were in Star’s 1932 Chevrolet and rally organisers Paul and Lynne Herron in their Ford Model A Roadster. Upon their arrival in Balfour, Star was experiencing over-heating problems with the Chev and we offered a watering can and a 20 litre container of hot water from a local so Star could continue. Next stop was Lumsden and unfortunately Star’s car was still boiling and losing water so it was decided that they would carefully motor back to Gore and return in his MGA.

The four cars at the “Refreshment” stop 12

Now what?

Gently does it! 13

While stopped in Lumsden we were all surprised to see a massive swarm of bees come up the main road in a huge 8-10 metre-high ball. Scary stuff so we took to our scrapers to get out of their flight path. It was like a scene from a horror movie. They disappeared up the street into trees behind the War Memorial. Luckily nobody was stung. We then drove to the Five Rivers Cafe where we stopped for an hour and had a nice lunch and coffee. From there we motored over to Mossburn and turned onto Highway 94 to Te Anau. We turned left into Blackmount – Red Cliff Road and cruised along on I think one of the most magic bits of road and scenery that you could see anywhere in the world. 20-plus degrees, no wind, and virtually no other traffic. Turned back towards Manapouri, past the Weir where the Waiau and Mararoa Rivers meet and then onto the hotel at Manapouri where John and Mary had the picnic table and seats organised on the lawn in front of the pub. We had refreshments for an hour or so as we admired the lovely view out over the lake to the mountains without a cloud in the sky. Then on to Te Anau where we caught up with Star and Murray who had arrived without any further drama in the MGA at the Top 10 Holiday Park. In the evening we gathered at the Te Anau Club where we all had a meal and catch up with other members of the club who had spent the day motoring in and out to Milford. Overall a fantastic event on great roads and in the best part of the world for scenery and Vintage Motoring. I feel it was a shame there was not more club vehicles on this run. I stayed the night with friends at their holiday home and enjoyed a relaxed cruise home on the Sunday afternoon in perfect weather with a hot tail wind in my 1925 Star Roadster. My car averaged 26 mpg and never missed a beat which was great as it’s the longest distance I have driven it on only its second rally. Cruised nicely at 40 mph and even climbed all the hills in top gear!! Bring on more vintage motoring!! Happy Motoring. Greg Elder 14


Tuesday Ramble 31st October 2017

Pre-run briefing at “the Trout” (photo by Betty Clearwater)

This report comes under three headings: What ever happened to the missing left turn? Oops! Why on earth did the lady get stuck headfirst down the chimney? Pass! Where was the missing key? Don’t know! But what we do know was that Bryan and Frances Neilson turned on a fabulous lunch for us all at the Clubrooms. They were shouting because they had been married for 50 years. A very kind gesture and much appreciated by us all. Congratulations to them both!


(Above) Frances & Bryan being thanked and congratulated by Fay (Photos by the Editor)

There were no winners on the Town and Around Run, there were lots of good answers but with the missing left turn it was not fair to single anyone out, and a lot of the answers were not named! Fay Graves Q. What did the bald man say when he got a comb for Christmas? A. Thanks, I’ll never part with it! Q. Why does Santa use reindeer instead of sheep? A. Because sheep can’t fly, of course! 17

Tuesday Ramble 12th December (this is the same day as the regular monthly meeting of the Vintage Car Club)

Christmas Dinner at the Gore Town & Country Club Meet at 11.30am (cost $25.00 each) Names and numbers to Fay Graves: telephone (03) 208 1093 or email

Before Friday 8 December Thank you! 18

Xmas Run & Pot-Luck Tea

Saturday 16th December 2pm: Meet at Clubrooms Run suitable for all Club cars and will be followed by a Pot-Luck Tea

Enquiries to Keith Nunn: telephone (03) 208 5403 19

Gore Branch events for the 2017-18 Season Event


People Responsible

2017 Christmas Run

16th December

Keith Nunn

2018 Diggers Run

3rd February (provisional date)

Ken Buchanan

Festival Rally

24th February

Keith Dodds, Denis Knight

Clearwater Capers

4th March

Charlie Davis


Greg Elder


Frank Robson Run 11 March Swap Meet

18 March

Paul Corcoran

Ladies Run

8th April

Fay Graves

Night Trial

12th May

Des Brewster

End of Season Run 9th June Tuesday Ramble

Jim McFadzien

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!) Q. What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? A. Tinsellitis! Q. What do you call an obnoxious reindeer? A. RUDEolph 20

Other Events 2017 3rd December

Moped Rally, Otago Branch 2018


20 January

Cromwell Classic Car Show and VCC Swapmeet Central Otago branch

27th January

Dunedin-Brighton Run, Otago Branch

27th & 28th January

31st Annual Edendale Crank Up. Featuring: Chrysler, a Century of Fordson & also John Deere

3rd February

Gore A & P Show


3 February

Southland Rally, Southland Branch

9th – 10th February Burt Munro Motorcycle Show, Southland Branch Clubrooms, Otatara 16th – 18th February

Evolution Motorsport Classic Speedfest, Teretonga Park, Invercargill

17th February

Nelson Branch Swap Meet. Enquiries: (03) 548 3899; 027 454 8188

17th March

Scenicland Rally, Greymouth. Contact Rally Secretary or phone (03) 768 6625

30th March 2nd April

2018 South Island Easter Rally, Southland Branch Contact Glenys McKenzie, Rally Director Mobile: 021 388 649 or see website

1st – 7th April

South Island Club Captain’s Tour. Alon Mayhew: Phone 027 202 9491 or email

21st April

Golden Times Rally, Arrowtown. Organised by the Central Otago Branch

22nd September

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

2021 19 – 28 January th


Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, New Plymouth 2021


What We Did On Our Holidays (1) National Vauxhall Rally October 2016 Waitaki Valley Run by Paul & Glenise Corcoran The Otago Vauxhall Owners Club hosted the National Rally in Oamaru at Labour Weekend 2016, when Vauxhalls of all sorts and ages converged for a weekend of touring and conviviality. Our run through the Waitaki Valley was a highlight for us taking us to places we’ve seldom, if ever, visited previously and started by taking us past St. Kevin’s College then into the hills and out into the country. We toured through Enfield then Ngapara stopping to read the Vanishing World Trail sign that gave information regarding the many fossils to be found in the area and how they came to be there. Near the sign there had been a film set depicting Aslan’s Camp used during the filming of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”, although there was no longer any trace of the same, and we were glad that all the lions had been removed. It was enough that further along the road we came across the Elephant Rocks, which really lived up to their name. Our smoko break was at Duntroon where we entered a quaint little coffee shop for a coffee then had a look around the town while we were there. It’s a small place as I’m sure you know, but with the local historical society on hand we were privileged to have some interesting information provided, which enhanced our visit. The town was established in 1864 and named after Robert Campbell, born in Duntroon, Scotland, who came to New Zealand in 1860 and was a major land owner in a time when farming flourished. There are marine fossils dating back 25 million years to be found there and it has a very good Geological and Fossil Centre open to visitors. Like all old towns it has its gaol (built in 1910) and a magnificent limestone church funded by the Campbell family. Nicol’s Blacksmith shop, a unique national treasure, was operating and we spent some time there watching the blacksmith plying his trade and explaining the use of tools. A member 22

of our party grew up in Duntroon and after completing his apprenticeship owned a business in the town. While the building is still standing, the business is long closed. Our next interesting stop was at the site of the Maori drawings in the limestone caves/overhangs where the Maori took shelter during their travels. Over time these have deteriorated and prior to being fenced off were added to by more recent travellers, to the detriment of the originals. There were still some good examples with vivid colours, which were well protected. The Maori used fat, charcoal and natural red ochre in their drawings, which depicted animals and travel stories. We were headed for the Campbell Park Estate which we’d never heard of, so it was a complete surprise to find ourselves at a magnificent limestone castle-like house set on a small hill overlooking much of the farmland in the Waitaki Valley. A guide joined us there and gave us a tour of the beautiful partially-restored building, explaining its history along with that of the many out-buildings on the property.


The property was originally owned by William Dansey who bought it in 1857, building a stone hut, which still stands today, before selling the property in 1861 to Robert Campbell who arrived in New Zealand as a young man with the intention of acquiring a large amount of farmland and establishing a dynasty in the area, as per his father’s instructions. Robert then brought a large workforce of Scottish craftsmen and material from Scotland and Italy and built “The Castle” and stables in 1876. It is a truly magnificent building with fine finishing both indoors and out. We spent a long time looking around the grounds and other buildings and heard the history of the property when it was used as a boarding school for ‘troubled boys’. More recently it has been purchased by a Chinese group that plans to use it as an educational facility, and is currently involved in the process of restoration. We spent more time there than we should have and then headed to Kurow for a catered lunch. We presumed Ritchie would be there to welcome us, but no such luck, however the lunch provided by the local ladies was one of the best we’d ever had on any car run we’d been on. In usual country style, the food was abundant and excellent. Those Kurow ladies certainly know how to cook. The afternoon offered the opportunity to visit the dam constructed during the depression, which we bypassed, instead opting to continue on the Hakateramea Highway taking in the sights such as a portion of the old single-lane wooden bridge recently replaced by a new concrete twolane one. The Rally Dinner was held at Rally Headquarters and the editor of a classic car magazine was an excellent guest speaker. The Otago Vauxhall Owners Club members were excellent hosts and ran an excellent rally. Paul and Glenise Corcoran Q. What kind of music do elves like best? A. Wrap music Q. What do you call a belt with a watch on it? A. A waist of time! 24


What We Did On Our Holidays (2) Caroline Bay Rock and Hop (Timaru Hospice Fundraiser) by Denis & Marie Knight Back in Mid-March this year Marie and I fuelled up the Mustang, put the roof down and headed for Timaru. This was to attend the very first car show and rock ‘n’ roll event being organised by the Timaru hospice as a fundraiser. It sounded like a good cause and promised a good time for all. Our group from Gore consisted of five classic cars and 11 people. First stop was a spot of shopping and a meal at Riverstone restaurant near Oamaru, very tasty, we then carried on to our motel at Timaru. The first planned event was the Friday night cruise. To me this was one of the highlights of the weekend: 480 to 500 cars turned up at the Bay to participate then right on 6.00pm one by one we convoyed along Stafford Sreet (the main street) doubling back again. There were hundreds of people lining the streets, many enjoying a Paddy’s day drink or two. We then headed north winding our way through Timaru streets that were lined with yet more well-wishing locals at nearly all of the intersections and vantage points. We then drove through to Pleasant Point then on to Temuka and all the way many more people were lining the streets. For this run I had mounted a full sized American flag in our back seat area and this allowed for a bit of fun with bystanders. So when we slowed at intersections I would yell out “Go Trump” (he had just been elected), we got a good reception and good banter back. Next morning up early to present our cars at Caroline Bay for the Show and Shine, just as well we registered on Friday as 700-plus cars turned up, what a great sight. Every car type and style was there from vintage to modern, hot rods to Japanese, classic car/caravan combos, you name it, it was there. To add to the entertainment and spectacle, local and visiting rock and roll clubs put on dance displays. 26



During the afternoon entertainment was a 50s & 60s-style best dressed lady as well as best dressed man competition. This was followed by the Wearable Parts competition. The brief for this was your entry had to be wearable and be made up from no less than 75% car parts or materials from motor vehicles. My entry was called “The Silver Knight” and was created with about 95% car parts and accessories. Marie had sewn me a suit of armour from several shiny car windshield sun deflectors and these also adorned my shoes. Over the top of this I had various metal parts, car mouldings, badges, light surrounds, grilles etc. attached to a self-manufactured harness built up from seatbelt webbing. I was very easy to spot in a crowd! The sword was made from an early Holden front guard moulding attached to an old torque wrench adorned with a 4-speed gear knob. The shield was a Plymouth hubcap with a 16 inch chrome band and the centre piece was a Vanguard horn centre cap.

Denis & Marie

Denis pushing his luck?

I didn’t win any prizes but seemed to be a bit of a hit with the young ones, all and all a lot of fun was had. To be fair the creation that won was absolutely incredible - they shredded car tyres then knitted them into a garment then adorned it with pieces of plastic wheel covers. Now that’s commitment! 29

Saturday night: Rock Your Socks Off. This was the theme for their rock and roll dance evening run by the local branch of the rock n roll club. 95% of revellers were dressed appropriately in rock n roll attire. A fantastic band coupled with the best ever sprung floor I have ever danced on made for a great night. The bartenders were kept busy as were the caterers supplying continuous supper. We made our way back to the motel about midnight. Sunday morning woke up to a beaut summer’s day, retracted the roof on the convertible and leisurely headed south back to Gore. The aim of this very well run event was to raise funds for Timaru Hospice with $20,000 being the target. The great news was by Saturday night the total was $40,000 so the decision to run another one was very easy to make. The organisers have chosen March 16th to 18th 2018 for the next event. Entries are now open at $35 per vehicle. We are already booked in and registered for 2018 .We would highly recommend this weekend to all VCC members as it was a great event to attend. Denis Knight -The de-fender (get it? The fender…car part) or - the Guard (as in fender….car part again). OK that’s enough…..Anybody who is interested look up or Google Caroline Bay Rock and Hop 2018. Denis and Marie Knight (All photos courtesy of Stewart Quertier.) Christmas Trees There were two blondes who went deep into the frozen woods searching for a Christmas tree. After hours of sub-zero temperatures and a few close calls with hungry wolves one blonde turned to the other and said “I’m chopping down the next tree I see, I don’t care whether it’s decorated or not!” Gerry Kennedy 30

FESTIVAL RALLY RAFFLE We will again be collecting non-perishable grocery items. A box will be set up in the clubrooms from the December meeting. This year’s was a great success, let’s see if we can do even better for next year. Gerry Kennedy Teenager wants a car A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he'd make a deal with his son, "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car." The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it. After about six weeks his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut." The boy said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair." (You're going to love the Dad's reply!) "Did you also notice that they all walked everywhere they went?" Des Brewster 31

Gore VCC Supper Roster 2017 December January February March April May June July August


Denis Knight Fay Graves Russell Newland Ken Buchanan Des Brewster Gerry Kennedy

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.

September October November

Online Bonus "White Christmas" 1954 Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye: 32

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


An Irish Miracle Murphy drops some buttered toast on the kitchen floor and it lands butter-side-up. He looks down in astonishment, for he knows that it's a law of nature of the universe that buttered toast always falls butter-side down. So he rushes round to the presbytery to fetch Father Flanagan. He tells the priest that a miracle has occurred in his kitchen. But he won't say what it is, so he asks Fr. Flanagan to come and see it with his own eyes. He leads Fr. Flanagan into the kitchen and asks him what he sees on the floor. "Well," says the priest, "it's pretty obvious. Someone has dropped some buttered toast on the floor and then, for some reason, they flipped it over so that the butter was on top." "No, Father, I dropped it and it landed like that!" exclaims Murphy. "Oh my Lord," says Fr. Flanagan, "dropped toast never falls with the butter-side up. It's a miracle. Wait... it's not for me to say it's a miracle. I'll have to report this matter to the Bishop and he'll have to deal with it. He'll send some people round; to interview you, take photos, etc." A thorough investigation is conducted, not only by the archdiocese but by scientists sent over from the Curia in Rome. No expense is spared. There is great excitement in the town as everyone knows that a miracle will bring in much need tourism revenue. Then, after eight long weeks and with great fanfare, the Bishop announces the final ruling. "It is certain that some kind of an extraordinary event took place in Murphy's kitchen, quite outside the natural laws of the universe. Yet the Holy See must be very cautious before ruling a miracle. All other explanations must be ruled out. Unfortunately, in this case, it has been declared 'No Miracle' because they think that Murphy may have buttered the toast on the wrong side!" Evan Henderson, Paul & Glenise Corcoran



Newsletters from other branches Many Branch Newsletters are now posted on the VCC Website: A 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 by email and can be forwarded to you on request: Ashburton, Auckland, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Far North, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson, Northland, North Otago, Otago, Rotorua, South Canterbury, Southland, South Otago, Taranaki, Wellington and Wellsford-Warkworth. If you would like a copy, please contact the Editor or the Secretary.

Links to other branch newsletters and websites Southland branch website, includes their newsletter (Rumour): Auckland branch website, includes their newsletter (The Bulletin): Bay of Plenty branch website, includes their newsletter (Klaxon): Hawke’s Bay branch website, includes their newsletter (The Mag): Rotorua branch website, includes their newsletter (Side Curtains): South Canterbury branch website: Wairarapa branch website: A look at Australia: 36

COOKERY CORNER Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars Delicious and festive shortbread bars with creamy chocolate and soft chewy caramel! Serves: 18 Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes. Ingredients 1¼ cups butter, divided 1¼ cups flour ¾ cup sugar, divided 1 tablespoon milk 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 395 gm tin sweetened condensed milk ¼ cup milk chocolate chips ¼ cup white chocolate chips Instructions Preheat oven to 180ºC and line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper. In a medium bowl combine ¼ cup sugar and 1 cup of butter and cream together until smooth. Add flour and mix. Stir in milk. Mixture will resemble crumbs. Press into the pre-lined pan and bake 20 minutes until golden. Remove and allow to cool. In a medium saucepan melt ¾ cup of butter with ½ cup sugar. Add corn syrup and condensed milk. Bring to a boil and then decrease to simmer for 6-8 minutes or until mixture achieves golden brown colour, stirring constantly. Pour caramel onto cooled shortbread. Allow to sit at room temperature 1-2 hours or until caramel has cooled and set. Melt milk chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Repeat in a separate bowl with white chocolate chips. Pour milk chocolate over caramel and spread evenly with a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon. Drizzle white chocolate over milk chocolate and swirl with spatula or spoon. Allow chocolate to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving. Store in airtight container. Donna North 37

ADVERTISEMENTS Advertising in The Wiper works! Since the last issue, Gerry Kennedy has sold his car and Denis Knight found the part he was looking for. FOR SALE 1967 Singer Vogue. English-assembled, 3 Southland owners. All original seats and carpets. Probably the only one in NZ with overdrive. Present engine 1840cc with custom extractors. Has been a great club car, runs as P60V0400. $5,000 FIRM. Phone Jim McFadzien, (03) 208 0121 1/3


New or new/old stock windscreen washer solenoid for my 1986 Toyota Corolla 1.6GL Liftback. David North. Phone 02117 23281 or email 1/3



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 December 2017