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

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

Next meeting: 13th March 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 Front cover picture: The late Doris McVicar, 16th February 1925 – 31st January 2018.


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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 3

Chairman’s Report March 2018 I’ve been and had a look around the club’s grounds prior to the Festival Rally and I’d have to say they are looking pretty good (with no contribution from me, I must say). A thank you from those of us that couldn’t make the working bee has to go to all of you who gave up time. The only blot on the scene was the skid marks around the car park and the HPP grounds from the yahoos who seem to think that they have a drifting circuit. I went to the RSA for the Diggers Run on Saturday 17th and after a natter with the others who turned up Ken said that some of the RSA members had pulled out, meaning that we had too many cars for the number going for the ride. Bill Sheddan and I decided that we would not go and went home, which for me at least means that I still have a full tank of fuel for the Festival Rally the following weekend. The only thing is that it’s frustrating for Ken having spent time and fuel drawing up a run only to have such a small number interested in coming along. The question needs to asked, “Has the Diggers Run come to an end through lack of interest or do we need to change the format?” Maybe open it up for older members (not just returned personnel, their wives and partners), please give it some thought. Anyway, thanks Ken I’m sure those who did go enjoyed themselves. Paul Herron, our National Veteran Rally organiser, has reminded us that the year 2020 is now not that far away and we need to start sorting out the event. To that end he is asking for members who are interested in helping to contact him. At the last meeting there was just Paul and his wife Lynne. Having been part of the Easter Rally committee some years ago, I found that it’s rewarding to know that I was part of the team that made it work. So get in touch with Paul if you can help. Happy Motoring. Murray 4

Club Captain’s Report March 2018 Computer up and running again. What a busy time of year for me – there does not seem to be enough hours in the day. Hope Diggers Run went well – thanks to Ken Buchanan for organising this and thanks to all who helped out. Festival Rally 24th February – thanks to Keith and Denis for organising this event. Without you good people this would not happen. Clearwater Capers on 4th March organised by Charlie Davis. Frank Robson Run 11th March organised by Greg Elder. John Tremaine

From the Editor’s keyboard It is with great pleasure that I welcome two new members to the Club and to The Wiper. Ken McDonald of Manapouri owns a 1968 Ford Cortina 1600E, something of a rare beast these days. Colin Volp of Gore owns not one, but two Morris Marina saloons. One is an 1800cc model from 1973 and the other is a 1700cc model from 1980. These are also nowhere near as common as they once were. As far as I am aware no other Gore members own examples of these cars so it will be a real treat to see them out and about on Club runs and rallies. It would also be great to have stories about them to publish in The Wiper – hint, hint! David North 5





Doris Ellen McVicar

16th February 1925 – 31st January 2018 It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Doris, treasured wife of Gore VCC Foundation Member and Patron Neil McVicar. I have many fond memories of Dorrie. I remember the old metal chairs in the Assembly Hall at Gore High School and later, when I joined the Gore VCC, I found those same chairs had been purchased by the Club. Dorrie and the ladies came to the rescue and made cushions, thank God. In the old days we had a Safari Weekend each year. Neil and Doris would arrive in the Morris Cowley with tent poles sticking out from the dickey seat and a kettle tied to the poles. At the lunch break out would come the Thermette, yes, cuppa time, Dorrie’s favourite! In 1989 I purchased a 1935 Ford V8 from Neil and Doris. I went to Wigan Street to finalise the purchase, Doris was away to the Country Music Club, the deal was done and we were celebrating. Doris walks in, says “Neil, your face is very red,” she took the whisky bottle and, yes, on went the kettle. 10

Doris was a great help when we built our present clubrooms in Waimea Street, not only helping with the making of drapes etc. but also providing many morning and afternoon teas. Doris will be remembered by many VCC members as she and Neil travelled all over the North and South Islands on rallies, firstly in their Morris Cowley and latterly in their Austin A40. Not bad for a couple in their late 80s. Unfortunately, for the past couple of years, Dorrie’s health has been in decline and we have missed her presence on our Rallies. Dorrie will be sadly missed by many, but never forgotten. We express our very deepest sympathy to Neil and family. Gerry Kennedy Doris’s funeral was held on Monday 5th February and I understand that many Club members and cars were there to support Neil. The Editor

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.


Tuesday Ramble January 2018 As has become traditional, January’s destination was Riverton. Donna and I welcomed 26 Ramblers (plus one junior Rambler) to the sun trap that was our back garden for a relaxed and convivial picnic lunch. As usual, Donna produced some home baking (see “Cookery Corner”) which seemed to be well-received.

After lunch (and the collection of a donation from everybody to be given to the Arts Centre) we made the short trip to the Riverton Arts Centre for a private viewing of the John Husband exhibition, “View from the Artist’s studio”. Project Coordinator Lisa Grace gave us an introduction to the exhibition and explained how it came to be. She also told us a little about John’s life and some of the exhibits on display. Following that we were free to wander round with Lisa and volunteer Dianne Robinson being on hand to answer any questions we might have. One of the highlights of the exhibition was John’s studio, which had been removed from his house and installed in the Arts Centre. It was complete with his paints and easels and even the radio he listened to 12

while he worked. This was still tuned to his favourite station and provided a pleasant aural backdrop to the room.

A view of the studio

Other rooms in the Centre contained interesting items of memorabilia and also a huge number of art works representing just about the whole of John’s career, many of which were for sale. The only item that had been “modified” for display was John’s work table. This had fallen into disrepair and had been re-purposed by Riverton artist Wayne Hill into a bench covered in prose relating to John. It sat on the rug from John’s studio and made quite an eye-catching feature. If you have not seen the exhibition, it is well worth the trip out to Riverton, even if you are not particularly “arty”, to get a wonderful insight into the life of this fascinating Southland identity. Lisa has asked me to thank the Tuesday Ramblers for their generous donations, they were very much appreciated.


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Extracted from the Riverton Arts Centre website John Husband – ‘View from the Artist’s Studio’ is a survey exhibition, an overview of the artist’s career, featuring artworks never before exhibited in a gallery setting and available for purchase, alongside a number of notable artworks and personal effects that will be on display. All of which will provide an insight into the extensive artistic career and life of Southlander by adoption, Foster John Husband Q.S.O. John spent 20 years contributing illustrations to The Western Star newspaper, 22 years contributing to The Southland Times, 16 years as a broadcaster at Foveaux Radio and was Director of Anderson Park Art Gallery for over half a century. An artist, journalist, broadcaster, musician and philanthropist, John and partner Jan Ross specifically chose Riverton Community Arts Centre for this exhibition to help raise funds for the Arts Centre, as Riverton is the place he loves and where he has called home for the last 30 years. As an artist John has recorded, intentionally or not, many changes in Southland landscapes and townscapes over the decades. Some buildings are long gone, others altered but recognisable, and some views remarkably unchanged. His pieces are often accompanied by local histories, amusing anecdotes and personal observations - a priceless contribution to the history of Southland and beyond. The inspiration for this exhibition is taken from a painting John produced in 1977 ‘From the Artist’s Studio’ which is now held in the Southland Museum and Art Gallery Collection. This piece took approximately a year to complete, which John began not long after moving into his studio on the corner of Spey and Dee Streets in Invercargill. The painting illustrates his view from the studio’s north facing window looking down on the service alleyway behind the shops on Dee Street. He writes a very detailed and entertaining description of the scene in his 2002 publication ‘Pen, Pigment and Pencil’. In this show, ‘View from the Artist’s Studio’, we have re-created John’s Marne Street studio here in Riverton as the focal point as you enter the exhibition. The show will then take you on a journey through the gallery 15

where various artworks and personal effects combine to give the audience an insight into John’s remarkable artistic career and life. A large number of original pen & wash artworks, some from the ‘Pub’s o’ the South’ and ‘Riverton & Beyond’ 1 & 2 book series, will be available for purchase and displayed either in frames or folders for the public to browse through. This is an amazing opportunity to obtain an original piece of Southland’s history as seen through the eyes of John Husband. There will also be a large number of John’s books available for purchase during the exhibition. A gold coin koha is welcome when visiting the exhibition; this will help toward costs associated with the running of the Arts Centre.


Spotted! On page 42 of the February 1st 2018 edition of the Southland Express, a picture of Bill and Dawn Sheddan with their Hillman Minx convertible in the classic car display at last year’s Wyndham Harness Racing Club Meeting. In the Southland Branch Newsletter (Rumour) February 2018, the results of this year’s Southland Rally: Bill Ainge in his 1929 Austin 12/4 won the Jones Trophy for the Vintage Road Section and also the NZ Motor Corporation Trophy for the Best Performance by an Austin. The 2015 Josephville Hill Climb features heavily in the pictures on pages 70-76 of the February 2018 edition of New Zealand Classic Car magazine, in an article about Dave Harris (Southland branch) and his “retirement plan”, his Johnston Formula Ford race car. (Some Gore branch members and their cars can also be spotted in the photos.) The Editor

Just saying..... If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive. I find it ironic that the colours red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you. When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90 % of their body... men are so polite they only look at the covered parts. Evan Henderson 17

Southland Rally 2018 Despite our (and the Toyota’s) experience with the amount of gravel last year, Donna and I decided to participate in the Southland Rally again this year. We duly turned up at the Southland branch’s clubrooms in Invercargill to find a good crowd already enjoying morning tea, including (as usual) a number of Gore members. The Rally route began with a timed section of undisclosed length, for which I had nominated a fairly conservative average speed of 50kph. I had nominated the same speed last year and had difficulty attaining it owing to the abundance of gravel in the timed section. This year I had the opposite problem as we were almost immediately out of town and onto the “open road”. Oh well, better keep an eye on the rear view mirror and be prepared to pull over – a lot! Once we reached the end of the timed section we picked up speed and had a thoroughly enjoyable drive along some unfamiliar roads, ending up at the Browns Domain. Here we settled down for a picnic lunch and the inevitable exchange of stories about the drive and eyeing-up of each other’s cars until the Field Tests started.


There were four tests in all, starting with the driver arranging four blocks of wood such that the car could be driven forward and come to rest with a wheel on each block. I managed to judge the width correctly, but overestimated the length (!). The second test required the navigator to throw three sticky balls at a target on the ground while the car was driven past without stopping. Unlike my estimating, Donna’s aim improved as she went on. She missed with the first ball but scored with the other two. The next test was to drive the car in a circle while the driver held one end of a rope on which a spanner was suspended in the middle, keeping the spanner from touching the ground. I succeeded, but needed a long rest for my arm to recover its strength afterwards. The final test was to answer two questions about the history of NZ number plates. Neither of us had a clue and my guesses proved to be wildly inaccurate. After this we went back to Invercargill following the suggested route before heading for Queens Park rather than the clubrooms as I wanted to see some of the Buskers Festival. After an interesting and enjoyable interlude there we returned our Rally number to the clubrooms where a few people were already settled in. We decided to go back to Riverton rather than wait for the barbecue and prize-giving so had no idea of the results until they were posted on the Southland VCC website. Having seen two other Post-80 cars taking part in the Rally, I was very surprised to see that the category was not mentioned in the results at all. I later learned that, due to an oversight, the category had been combined with the (far more numerous) Post-60 vehicles. Congratulations are due to Bill Ainge who ably upheld the honour of the Gore branch. Driving his 1929 Austin 12/4 with his wife Annette as navigator and Ray Tressler as passenger, Bill won the Jones Trophy for the Vintage Road Section and the NZ Motor Corporation Trophy for the Best Performance by an Austin. Well done Bill! Our thanks to the organisers for an enjoyable day out, an interesting Rally with “different” field tests and, this time, only a little gravel! David North 19

Clearwater Capers Sunday 4th March 12.30pm: assemble at the Gore VCC Clubrooms 1.00pm: first car away The route will be over new country for most people. Distance about 100kms with a reasonable amount of (good) gravel There will be a stop for afternoon tea, cost $5-$6 (approx) Enquiries to Charlie Davis: 0274 515234


Wednesday 7th March Members of the South Otago Vintage Car Club are paying a visit to Gore. They are having a lunch break at our Clubrooms We invite you to join them for a BYO lunch, hot water, tea and coffee provided They are departing Clutha at 11.00am, lunch at the Clubrooms approx. 12.00 to 12.30pm

Gore members bring your lunch and stay for the working bee! 21

Gore Branch events for the 2017-18 Season Event


People Responsible

2018 Clearwater Capers

4th March

Charlie Davis

Frank Robson Run 11th March

Greg Elder

Swap Meet & Boot Sale

Paul Corcoran

18th March

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 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 Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. - Mark Twain Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. - Victor Borge (Sent in by Evan Henderson) 22

Other Events 2018 th

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

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

26th August

VCC National Day. Details to follow

22nd September

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

10 March

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


Frank Robson Run (for Veteran and Vintage vehicles only) th

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1.00pm: assemble at the Gore VCC clubrooms 1.30 pm: first car away for a leisurely drive out in the country on all sealed roads Dust off your car, fill it up with petrol and enjoy some motoring on our fantastic roads Get those great old cars out of your sheds and enjoy! Enquiries to Greg Elder: (03) 202 5710 or 0274318058 24

Helpers needed – contact Paul or Gerry

Let your neighbours know, bring them along Some inside tables still available 25

Tuesday Ramble 27th March 12.00 noon: meet at the Glengarry Tavern, Invercargill for lunch After lunch we are visiting the Southland Fire Museum (Admission by gold coin donation) Numbers please to Fay Graves before 25th March telephone (03) 208 1093 or email


Attention All Club Members Sunday 15th April at 1.30pm Ray Tressler’s 50-year Badge Presentation 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 27

A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it. Evan Henderson 28


What We Did On Our Holidays Indian Pacific by Jean Kirby Family today plant themselves all around the world, yes it’s somewhere to go for a holiday but when the other half doesn’t like flying long distances you have to be creative. Not easy! Our daughter Jillian for all but 5 years of her married life (29 years) has lived in Perth, Western Australia. Lovely place but a long, long way away (ask Brian), over the years we have gone many different ways, usually about May, we find Perth temperatures are the best for us southerners about then and things on the farm are quieter. Jillian was turning the big 5-0 in July last year so thinking cap on again, if it was left to himself it wouldn’t happen. Somehow, rushing and big organised tours are no longer the order of the day (not sure why!). Decided only the bare necessities were coming with us, one small case each with wheels, Australian rail system is so easy to get about on and for next to nothing. Flew out of Queenstown mid-afternoon arriving in Sydney their late afternoon, great flight and quick, no problems clearing Customs. We found our way to the rail network where we (I) knew the train would take us to Central Station and from there light rail would take us nearly to the door of the Ibis Hotel at Darling Harbour. Coming up from the underground into the busy street at teatime (now dark) we must have looked like possums caught in headlights, a couple asked if they could help and pointed us to the main entrance of our hotel further along the street. Made it, great feeling as we know where we are from here. We enjoyed five days doing our thing then on day 6 had to be back at Central Station about 1pm to be welcomed onto the platform with drinks and nibbles before boarding the Indian Pacific Train. This would be our home for the next three nights and four days, so called because it travels from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. 30

One of the locomotives

We would cover 4,352km on our way to Perth, approx. 30 carriages with 10 accommodation units to every carriage and 300 people on board. We were in carriage M, unit 1 and never did see either end of the train as we 31

were bang in the middle. Gold class was very comfortable, a settee the full width of the cabin, small table, big window, full en-suite, a safe (as your door was never locked) and just enough room to store your hand luggage. All we needed. At night when you went to dinner you hung a sign on the door that said “Please make up my room” and on your return the settee was gone and there were two very comfortable bunks. Guess who climbed the ladder? The one with the best bladder!! Returning from breakfast the good fairies had made the beds disappear.

Brian and the carriage

The first night out of Sydney we had three engines climbing through the Blue Mountains. We appeared to have square wheels, we were warned it would be a bit rocky and I remember waking and thinking “Is this how a baby feels when someone is continually rocking their pram?” (G force). Second night about 1am we hit a kangaroo at full speed (85-100km/h), a real bang, thank goodness it wasn’t a camel. It took ages to slow and finally stop (the train was 774 metres long and weighed about 1,390 tonnes) so the crew could check for damage and wash the train down. Sure we would have had kangaroo on the menu at lunch. 32

We were woken at 5.15am on Thursday to be ready to disembark at 5.45 in Broken Hill. We were loaded onto buses and driven to attend a Union meeting (no kidding!). Some 200-300 people were under the strict instructions that if the big mining bosses turned up we were there for “Arthur’s Birthday.” A very clever re-enactment of the days gone by when the workers at this world’s richest lead-zinc ore deposit had secret meetings to get better working conditions and a decent living wage. Early morning tea gave us the opportunity to meet the actors in their impressive huge Union building before being driven around the streets and told the history. Then up 54 metres to the Miners Memorial overlooking the town of Broken Hill and our Indian Pacific parked below. It was very impressive as the rising sun caught the speciallydesigned memorial to honour the 800 miners who lost their lives. Names, details and a white flower for each miner are on a wall. Back to the train for breakfast. Every four carriages had their own Adelaide Restaurant and a lounge car where you came and were invited into the restaurant by the staff when you were ready to dine and there was a table free. The meals were superb, with all refreshments available at any time. After lunch we disembarked onto buses at Two Wells, 60 kms short of Adelaide. We had chosen to tour the beautiful Barossa valley visiting two vineyards, both very well-established, learning the history and sampling food and wine. Our evening meal was enjoyed in the enchanting Signature Cellar at Yalumba Winery. We were bussed back 40 minutes into Adelaide to our home on wheels, pulling out about 9pm, it had been another great day. Friday was a more relaxing day, Brian got off at Cook (“Nowhereville”), very hot. Once a thriving outpost on the Nullarbor Plain, its population is now four. It is still a refuelling station for the Indian Pacific, which needs 3,000 litres of water per carriage per trip. In the evening we all disembarked at Rawlinna, next to Australia’s largest sheep station (2.5 million acres) for drinks and nibbles. In the summer months dinner is served on the platform, it was quite chilly so it was great to get back to the warmth of the train for our dinner. Saturday had quite a few stops while waiting on extremely long freight trains to go through and we arrived into Perth outer station to waiting 33

Family about 3pm. This was a wonderful way to travel, we both thoroughly enjoyed it, we met nice people, were waited on hand and foot by wonderful staff and saw a small part of Australia’s interior. We were NEVER bored, and hopefully will do it in reverse some time. For the next two weeks we enjoyed family time in Perth and five days in the Kalgoorlie area before flying home. Jean Kirby


Rugby Shark Fishing Joke On a tour of New Zealand, the Pope took a couple of days off to visit the coast for some sightseeing. He was cruising along the beach at Whanganui in his car when there was a frantic commotion just off the shore. A helpless man wearing a green and gold Aussie rugby jersey was struggling frantically to free himself from the jaws of a 5-metre shark. As the Pope watched horrified, a Waka cruised up alongside with two men wearing All Black jerseys. Rangi quickly threw a harpoon into the shark's side. Hohepa reached out and pulled the mauled, bleeding and semi-conscious Aussie from the water. Then, using the long clubs, Rangi and Hohepa killed the shark and hauled it into the boat. Immediately, the Pope summoned them to the beach. "I give you my blessing for your brave actions,” he told them. “I heard that there was some bitter rivalry between New Zealand and Australia, but now I have seen with my own eyes that this is not true." As the Pope drove off, Rangi asked Hohepa "Who was that, bro?" That was the Pope, cuz”, Hohepa replied. "He’s in direct contact with God and has access to all of God's wisdom." "Well," Rangi said, "he may have access to God and his wisdom, but he don't know bugger all about shark fishing…… the bait holding up okay or do we need to get another Aussie?" Des Brewster


Online Bonuses Look at Life - New roads for old 1959 (UK): UK cars of the 1950s and 1960s. (How many can you name?): Look at Life - High, Wide and Faster 1963 (UK transport links): End Of The Line (Traveling Wilburys):

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

Answer: Number 2. He knows he can’t have the same colour hat as Number 3, otherwise Number 1 would have shouted. 37

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


Ken Buchanan Des Brewster Gerry Kennedy Noel Kelly

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.

January February March

An Italian Bank Robbery A hooded armed robber bursts into the Bank of Italy and forces the tellers to load a sack full of cash. On his way out the door with the loot, one brave Italian customer grabs the hood and pulls it off revealing the robber's face. The robber shoots the guy in the head without hesitation! He then looks around the bank to see if anyone else has seen him. One of the tellers is looking straight at him. The robber walks over and calmly shoots her in the head. Everyone by now is very scared and looking down at the floor. "Did anyone else see my face?" calls the robber. There follows a tense silence. Then an elderly Italian gent, looking down, tentatively raises his hand and says: "I think my wife may have caught a glimpse". Sent in by a number of contributors 38


60th High School Reunion He was a widower and she a widow. They had known each other for a number of years being high school classmates and having attended class reunions in the past without fail. This 60th anniversary of their class, the widower and the widow made a foursome with two other singles. They had a wonderful evening, their spirits high. The widower throwing admiring glances across the table. The widow smiling coyly back at him. Finally, he picked up courage to ask her, "Will you marry me?" After about six seconds of careful consideration, she answered, "Yes..... yes, I will!" The evening ended on a happy note for the widower. But the next morning he was troubled. Did she say “Yes” or did she say “No?” He couldn't remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. He went over the conversation of the previous evening, but his mind was blank. He remembered asking the question but for the life of him could not recall her response. With fear and trepidation he picked up the phone and called her. First, he explained that he couldn't remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the past evening. As he gained a little more courage he then inquired of her. "When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?” "Why you silly man, I said ‘Yes. Yes I will.’ And I meant it with all my heart." The widower was delighted. He felt his heart skip a beat. Then she continued. "And I am so glad you called because I couldn't remember who asked me!” The Editor


COOKERY CORNER Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies (and their rescue) Ingredients 100g dark chocolate 100g butter 2 eggs (beaten) ½ cup sugar ¾ cup gluten-free flour (or plain if you are “normal”) ¼ cup sifted (gluten free) cocoa powder 1 teaspoon (gluten free) baking powder Instructions Heat the dark chocolate and butter in a microwave for 1 minute then stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted. Add the eggs and sugar and mix well. Fold in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Cook in the microwave for 5-7 mins (mine’s 750W and I cook for 6 minutes) or bake in an 8” tin at 180ºC for about 15 minutes. Keeps well in an airtight tin for several days (longer if you hide the tin). HOWEVER if you let your brownies dry out by leaving them in the sun for the Tuesday Ramblers, they make an excellent base for trifle (as I have discovered)  Make up 1 raspberry jelly and leave to cool. Cut the stale, hard, otherwise inedible brownies up and pour over the fruit from a can of drained fruit salad. Spoon over a little of the cold jelly, moistening each bit of brownie before gently pouring the rest over the top. Refrigerate until jelly has set. Add a nice thick layer of (cold) custard and a thick layer of whipped cream with decorations of your choice and hey presto – happiness in a bowl  Donna North 41

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 3/3

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Gore VCC March 2018  
Gore VCC March 2018