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

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

Next meeting: 13th February 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: Photos provided by Bryan Neilson. I know who and where but not when or, perhaps more importantly, why! The Editor.



Chairman’s Report February 2018 Welcome to the New Year. I hope that everyone has had a great time and is looking forward to the busy few months that we have coming up. It’s a pity that the start of this year was introduced to us at the last meeting with the news that we have had a window damaged in the door of our museum. It would appear that a stone flicked by a car was the cause and as a consequence HPP will be putting a couple of inverted judder bars in (small ditches) across the roads in an attempt to slow down these individuals, without stopping access for the public. Quite a few events in the near future to keep us all busy. We’ve got the Festival Rally, Diggers Run, Swap Meet, Easter Rally in Invercargill just to name a few. Remember that the Branch is having a working bee at the club grounds on the 10th February prior to the Festival Rally. Keith Nunn says come along with a rake and there will be a job for you. There is a collection box in the clubrooms for non-perishables so that we can have a couple of raffles at the Festival Rally so if you have something to spare bring it along. Happy motoring Murray

Just saying..... Just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year; not to cause any trouble but shouldn't that be an even number? Evan Henderson 4

From the Editor’s keyboard Well, here we are, well into the New Year and haven’t we had some great weather?! The downside is that you have all been far too busy enjoying yourselves to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboards and send me any stories or recipes. I have (just) enough material for the March issue and then the cupboard will be bare, apart from a surfeit of lengthy jokes. I am sometimes asked what sort of stories or material I am looking for to put in The Wiper. The “regular” features, Cookery Corner and What We Did On Our Holidays are pretty self-explanatory and the holiday stories don’t necessarily have to be motoring related. What’s in Your Shed is just that, a story about what you have in your shed, whether that be some sort of motor vehicle, a steam engine, a boat, an aeroplane. It can be a hobby that you pursue in your shed such as decorating eggs, a collection of some kind or perhaps a model railway or slot car layout. “Space fillers” are also welcome to fill small gaps at the bottoms of pages and even the occasional longer “joke” but please be aware that this is a “family” publication and younger people may read it so nothing you wouldn’t want your grandkids to see (or repeat!). The simple answer is almost anything that you think someone else may find interesting, or useful – technical tips or queries, handy hints, etc. If in doubt, send it in and I will tell you if it is not suitable. I will also “polish” contributions to tidy up spelling and a bit of grammar, but not so much as to re-write the article, I want it to be your writing not mine! One final point, if you send me something, whether by email or by physical mail, I will always reply to let you know it has arrived so if you don’t hear back from me it means it has gone astray and you need to send it again or get it to me by some other means. I look forward to hearing from you all in the coming months. David North 5


FESTIVAL RALLY RAFFLE We are collecting non-perishable grocery items to make up raffle prizes for the Festival Rally A box has been set up in the clubrooms for your donations Thank you Gerry Kennedy 7

South Otago VCC 46th Clutha Rally We headed off on an overcast morning, a bit of drizzle but overall the day turned out perfect for a great rally. Mary and I were caught up by the Proctors and we travelled on to the Centennial Hall to pick up our rally instructions etc. As usual South Otago put on a great morning tea. This year we decided to take the long route but all seal as the old Vauxhall has a bit of a vacuum effect. We headed over the Clutha Bridge, took a right turn and headed on to Kaitangata, through the town and onto Station Road to the checkpoint. We then carried on to Clarksville and then Lawrence. (We were passed by a low-flying Model A.) Through Lawrence and over a few hills but what a great view, great country. Through Tuapeka Mouth and on to Allangrange Road and the lunch stop at the Community Centre. After lunch we had plenty of time to look over the 70-odd entrants. It was great to meet old and new members and look over their cars. Again we took the easy route back to Balclutha following the main road. We arrived with plenty of time to have a good look around the town as well as a look through the Parts Department. The evening meal was up to South Otago’s usual great standard – big thanks to the ladies in the kitchen. With a full motor it was time to head south. What a great day, great run, great people and a great meal to end a perfect day. Gore members taking part were the Ainges, Tremaines (flying), Nunns, McVicars, Proctors and Kennedys. Thanks again South Otago! Gerry Kennedy

Sayings… Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP! Joe Namath (Sent in by Evan Henderson) 8

Festival Rally Working Bee

FEBRUARY 10th 2018 Starting at 8.45am Bring a leaf or an ordinary rake Keith Nunn 9

More photos from the Timaru Rock and Hop 2017



All photos courtesy of Stewart Quertier 12


Diggers Run Saturday 17th February 1.15pm: assemble at Gore RSA then leaving on a detoured route to Dolamore Park for afternoon tea (if wet back to RSA Clubrooms) RSA will have numbers closer to date, but for indication of available cars please phone Ken Buchanan: (03) 208 6901 14

Saturday 24th February

Both routes are all tar seal GET YOUR ENTRY IN NOW! 15

Tuesday Ramble 27th February Visit to places of interest in Owaka Lunch arrangements to be confirmed Further details at February’s monthly meeting or from Fay Graves: telephone (03) 208 1093 16

Have you got spare time over the next few weeks? Have a clean out in the garage and we will see you at the

Swap Meet & Boot Sale on

Sunday 18th March! Gerry Kennedy


Gore Branch events for the 2017-18 Season Event


People Responsible

2018 Diggers Run

17th February

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 & Boot Sale

18 March

Paul Corcoran

Ladies Run

8th April

Fay Graves

50-year badge presentation to Ray 15th April Tressler Night Trial

12th May

Des Brewster


End of Season Run 9 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!) Sayings‌ I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.' - Eleanor Roosevelt (Sent in by Evan Henderson) 18

Other Events 2018 3rd February

Gore A & P Show

3rd February

Southland Rally, Southland Branch

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


16th – 18th February

Evolution Motorsport Classic Speedfest, Teretonga Park, Invercargill

17th February

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

10th March

South Otago Branch Annual Motorcycle Rally


17 March

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

24th March

South Canterbury Branch Swapmeet. Enquiries to the Chairman, John Knowles (03) 693 7680

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 17 – 23 January (Provisionally) th


Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, New Plymouth 2021

Just saying..... Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation toward the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water. Evan Henderson 19


Ant Football A group of ants were playing football on a saucer, using a grain of sugar as the ball. The coach grew more and more irate. Finally he shouted, “Come on you blokes! You’ll have to do better than that, we’re playing in the cup next week!” Gerry Kennedy 21

What We Did On Our Holidays Walsh Trip to America by Tim Walsh Firstly, I wish to thank those of you who knew we were going and never said a word to Max or Flynn. We informed them the night before we were going and it was a true surprise to both of them. We set off on the 27th September, it was a long day flying from Dunedin to Los Angeles with a 7-hour stopover in Auckland. Despite a lack of sleep we all made it over there in good spirits fuelled by the excitement of seeing L.A and Disneyland. The first couple of days we went to the Disneyland theme parks. Disneyland is split between two parks, the original Disneyland and the new California Adventure Park opposite. Our first day was at old Disney completing many of the famous rides such as the Tea Cups, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Mark Twain Riverboat together with many more rides. People everywhere! It wasn’t uncommon to wait 40 minutes for most rides in mid-30 degree heat. We heard there were about 80,000 people per day at these two parks most days we were there. Day three we travelled to the Citadel, a giant open air “Outlet” mall with 130 brand name stores all selling their gear at very discounted prices. For those of you who have been there you’ll know what I mean, a very happy place for the shopaholics! After our visit to the Citadel our relatively empty bags on the way over were now full to the point we had to watch what we bought for the rest of the trip! Later that day we went to the Anaheim Convention Centre where there is a million square feet of display space. It just so happened to be hosting the Orange County Auto Show. With most car manufacturers present, yes even McLaren, Aston Martin and many more, it was a one stop shop if you wanted to look for a new car. You and the kids could climb inside any car and “play” with any buttons, book a test drive or just buy one! Jeep took it one step further and set up an inside obstacle course where you could jump in with a driver and do all sorts of stuff you’d never encounter on the LA freeways. 22


Next was a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. This is really a fun theme park for the bigger kids at heart. It’s based on the Wild West and full of roller coasters that defy gravity. Lucky for me there are some gentle rides too. This was Max’s favourite day. We completed another day at Disney followed by two full-day trips away from Anaheim. The first, and actually my favourite day of the trip, was a full-day trip to the California Science Centre and Griffith Observatory. At the Science Centre we got to see the actual Space Shuttle Endeavour. While you couldn’t go on it, as it’s classed as a National Treasure, you did get to see all around it. Somewhat smaller than I imagined but mighty impressive! The centre is full of actual aircraft, re-entry spacecraft and interactive displays about ecosystems, life and deserts. This centre is so big that in the hours we spent there, we never managed to get around the entire centre which was a shame.


Later that day we went to the Griffith Observatory almost next to the famous Hollywood sign. This place overlooks most of downtown L.A. Amazing views! Great displays are within the Observatory and the Planetarium show is not to be missed. The following day we went down to San Diego to their Zoo. It’s massive and took us all day almost without stopping to see it all. The kids really enjoyed seeing things they don’t get to see here in N.Z. such as snakes! A few more days bouncing between Disney parks led us to two more day-trips away. The first was to Hollywood Boulevard to see the stars on the footpath and the very different people who frequent the area. It’s quite grotty there and not flash like you’d imagine. A half day there was enough to see everything and get some good photos. The other part of the day was to Venice Beach. While we were told it’s not a place for kids, we had prior to this trip gone to Santa Monica Beach, so wanted to see Venice Beach. It didn’t disappoint - it was amazing to see the diversity of people, shops and cultures. We actual felt quite safe there so it was good to see something a little different to what we are used to. The second trip was back to San Diego to the USS Midway. This is an actual aircraft carrier that has been retired and turned into a museum. They had disconnected most buttons so anyone, including the kids, could sit on any chair and push or turn as many buttons as they wanted to, a true “living museum”. We thought we’d spend a couple of hours on it but by lunch time we realised we wouldn’t get around it all so made a plan to get around as much as possible and rushed the rest of the day to see as much of it as possible. The Midway is massive! You can walk around it and almost go everywhere, engine room, Captain’s cabin, anchor room, to name but a few. They have a collection of aircraft on the flight deck, some of which you can sit in, and helicopters that you can walk into. If you ever find yourselves in San Diego this is a must-do trip as it’s not every day you get to see, let alone walk around an aircraft carrier.


The final few days we travelled up country to Universal Studios where we spent time doing the rides, especially the newly-opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With a few trinkets in our bags and lots of fantastic memories it was off home for the direct flight back to Dunedin. Tim Walsh

Sayings‌ The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. - George Burns Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement. - Mark Twain (Sent in by Evan Henderson) 26

Answer next month 27

Gore VCC Supper Roster 2017 March April May June July August September October November


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.

December January February


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:

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: Ashburton, Auckland, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Far North, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, 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. 29

Online Bonuses Vintage Cars Filmed 1963 Goodwood Race Track UK (from VCC NZ): Teretonga testing: Little GTO 30

Reply to Technical Query Thank you very much to Jim McFadzien who has this suggestion: Chrome leaves the parent metal with a solution of Hydrochloric acid. From then on a normal process of re-chroming should fix your problem without any abrasives. Does anybody else have another suggestion? The Editor. A member asked: How Do I Do This? The radiator grille on my project consists of a series of parallel and horizontal “C” sections of very light metal about 10mm apart. They were originally chromed on the forward-facing outside of the “C” strips but are now 60% rusty, 30% bubbling with rust underneath and 10% OK. I cannot remove the chrome with the rust underneath with a wire brush or emery cloth and am very reluctant to try the angle grinder as the metal is very thin. Please send any ideas or suggestions to the Editor. All answers received will be published in The Wiper. If any of you have any other questions you need help with, please feel free to send those for publication as well. If I get enough this could become a regular feature. The Editor

Eloquent Insults “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” – Andrew Lang (1844-1912) “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend … if you have one.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill. “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second … if there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response. (Sent in by Evan Henderson) 31

COOKERY CORNER Red Pepper and Chilli Dip A most popular café concoction of sweet peppers, creamy nuts with the added bite of chilli. Makes 2 cups. Ingredients 3 red peppers, halved and deseeded ¼ cup olive oil ¼ tsp chilli powder 1 tbsp wine vinegar 1 cup blanched almonds, or any preferred nut 1 tsp salt Instructions Preheat oven to 200ºC. Lightly rub pepper halves with oil and place in a roasting pan. Roast for 20 minutes or until skins blister. Remove from oven and place into a plastic bag to sweat. This makes the skins easier to remove. Peel off skins and discard. Place pepper flesh, oil, chilli, vinegar and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Process to combine. Add almonds and process until smooth – this can take a little time. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Store in a refrigerator. Lasts about one week. From: Simple Café Food by Julie Le Clerc

Eloquent Insults “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it. Groucho Marx “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” Billy Wilder (Sent in by Evan Henderson) 32

ADVERTISEMENTS FOR SALE The Club has stackable chairs for sale. All in good condition, plywood seat and back, metal tube frame. The more you buy, the more you save. Selling fast, be in quick! Contact Gerry for a great deal, phone 027 233 4634 or (03) 208 5806 2/3

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 3/3

WANTED Looking for 1958-59 FC Holden right hand front mudguard, right hand front indicator and rear windscreen. Please contact Chris Scoles on 027 226 5967 if you can help. 2/3


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


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



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 35




Gore VCC February 2018  
Gore VCC February 2018