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

May 2017 MEETINGS: SECOND TUESDAY of the month at the Clubrooms, Waimea Street, Gore

Next meeting: 9th May Branch telephone number: 03 208 7424

2016-2017 Committee and Officers Branch Patrons Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain Assistant Club Captains

Neil McVicar, Ray Tressler Murray Proctor Position vacant Katy Parish Glenise Corcoran John Tremaine Ken Buchanan Jim McFadzien Charlie Davis Greg Elder Bill Sheddan Branch Recorder (Wiper Editor) David North Assistant Branch Recorder Position not filled at present House Convenor Gerry Kennedy Assistant House Convenor P Corcoran Beaded Wheels Reporter Jim McFadzien 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, Noel Kelly, Paul Corcoran Maintenance Supervisor Ken Youngson Maintenance Assistants Bill Ainge, Barry Clearwater, Alex McLennan, Keith Dodds Swapmeet & Parts Evan Henderson Swapmeet & Parts Assistants Stewart Quertier, Barry Clearwater, Bryan Neilson, Paul Corcoran Hill Climb Alex McLennan Hill Climb Assistant Evan Henderson Sheriff Starr McDougall Deputy Sheriff Denis Knight Librarian Stewart Quertier Raffles Gerry Kennedy National Delegate John Parish Health & Safety Officer Des Brewster Privacy Officer Katy Parish Museum & HPP David McDowell Tuesday Rambles Gerry Kennedy Vehicle Identity Card signatories John Tremaine, John Parish, Evan Henderson, Denis Knight

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Front cover picture: Starr McDougall enjoying escargots during his European trip. (Photo supplied by Starr)



Chairman’s Report May 2017 Winter’s on the way, the nights are drawing in and the temperature is starting to drop. It seem that we haven’t had much of a summer this year, but when we look at what has happened up north I think we should be grateful for what we have had. It might have been a bit wet underfoot but at least no real flooding, trees down or earthquakes. Coming up in June we will be having our AGM and there will be some positions up for grabs. So, get in early and grab a nomination form and put yourself forward. Seriously though, please give some thought about what you can give to your club as well as what the club can do for you. Remember, without our volunteer members we are unable to operate, and we all need to thank them for their efforts. But we also need people to coordinate and liaise with them and these are the committee members that we are looking for. Vice Chairman and House Convenor are two positions that immediately come to mind. If you are prepared to put up with me, I would carry on in the Chair for ONE MORE YEAR then I think it’s time for some new input. Happy motoring. Murray A thought for the AGM? This is a story about four people named, EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, and NOBODY. There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was sure SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that, because it was EVERYBODY'S job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it, but NOBODY realised that EVERYBODY wouldn't do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done. 4

Club Captain’s Report May 2017 Well, we hope all our misfortunes are behind us both. Sorry about last month’s report which was the last thing on my mind when I was flat on my back in hospital. It was great the other club members can carry on running events without the Club Captain – me. Thanks to Murray and Marilyn Proctor for organising Ladies Run which, unfortunately, we were unable to attend. May 13th is the Night Trial organised by Bill Sheddan. He will have something organised to surprise us all. I need a list of names of who has attended runs. Keep smiling. J. Tremaine

From the Editor’s keyboard Welcome to the “pre-AGM” issue of The Wiper. There are Nomination Forms in the centre pages for those of you willing to offer yourselves for branch positions at next month’s AGM. Speaking of which, I am happy to continue as Editor for another year and am also offering myself as the branch’s National Delegate, to give John Parish a rest after his years of going to the National AGMs and Executive meetings. Thank you to Starr McDougall for his account of what sounds like a very enjoyable overseas trip and also to the contributors of the many photographs in this issue. As promised last month, a bit of a pictorial “catch up” on recent branch events – and more to come next month! David North 5


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Photographic Round-up of Recent Branch Events: 50th Gore Festival Rally (25th February)

(Clockwise, from top left) Denis Knight checking last minute arrangements, the Clubrooms before, and after, the Rally


and behind the scenes at the Rally

Jeanette (L) and Glenise organising tea

Busy in the kitchen. (Photos by Betty Clearwater) 9

Cars on the Frank Robson Run (12th March)

Charlie Davies’ Chevrolet (foreground)

The Parish’s Bentley in front of Greg Elder’s Cadillac. (Photos by Greg Elder) 10


28th March Tuesday Ramble/Field Trip (Literally)

Blair and Nadia Wiseley

It was a fabulous late summer’s day and the prospects of an interesting visit were excellent. The company was, as usual, most congenial. The countryside was new to some of us but I grew up right next door to Isla Bank, Drummond in fact, so I knew how exceptional the view would be. The reason for the visit was to see something new to all of us, a Bison! To see how big he was in comparison to the already large Charolais cattle he lived with was jaw dropping. We were told that he was docile enough, at a distance, and behind a hot wire. I wouldn’t want to test that!

Bobo, the bison bull. (Photos by the Editor) 12

Nadia and Blair Wisely of Netherton Farm told us of the circumstances of his purchase; now that’s an impulse buy. But after they’d sobered up they wondered what to do with the ponderous beast that arrived. “Oh! Let’s breed him with our cows and produce really healthy meat and make millions! What could be easier?” they thought. And then they were forced to think again… As befits all good entrepreneurs the journey between then and now was handled with humour and intelligence, and a dash of desperation no doubt, but the end has definitely not been reached as they are growing awareness of the meat they have called beefalo. So far production cannot meet demand. Bison are not like rabbits is something they have learned.

The stats back up the health claims and the taste is just fine, the back story is humorous and interesting, and the young couple are attractive and welcoming hosts with drive and ambition so I’m predicting a happy ending. Des and I have tried the garlic salami and mince and we like it. The pictures displayed on the walls of the farms shop of railway building in America, and the impact of killing the Buffalo and the Indians dependent on them in so many ways, was sobering and made me think of that old song I learnt to play on the piano “Home, Home on the Range” so I googled the lyrics and was surprised at the verses I hadn’t previously known. Thought provoking! I’ve included them in this report. For my own amusement, and yours, I hope, I made my own version: 13

We gathered, as bid, on a beaut Tuesday morn, Excited for the day to unfold, We formed our convoy, Jerry beeping his horn, Leading us to a place yet untold. Chorus: Home, home on the farm Sou’ West the road to Isla Bank, Blue skies, green grass-bucolic charm. And birds singing sweet, God to thank. We went to a home where a buffalo roamed And the cattle of Charolais played, High protein, low fat the encouraging words All fears of cholesterol allayed.

Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam, Where the deer and the antelope play, Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the skies are not cloudy all day. Chorus: Home, home on the range, Where the deer and the antelope play, Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the skies are not cloudy all day. Where the air is so pure, and the zephyrs so free, The breezes so balmy and light, That I would not exchange my home on the range, For all of the cities so bright. The Red man was pressed from this part of the west, He's likely no more to return, To the banks of the Red River where seldom if ever Their flickering campfires burn. How often at night when the heavens are bright, With the light from the glittering stars, Have I stood there amazed and asked as I gazed, If their glory exceeds that of ours. Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours, The curlew I love to hear cry, And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks, That graze on the mountain slopes high. Oh give me a land where the bright diamond sand, Flows leisurely down in the stream; Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along, Like a maid in a heavenly dream. Then I would not exchange my home on the range, Where the deer and the antelope play; Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Advice from a Buffalo: Stand your ground Have a tough hide Keep moving on Cherish wide open spaces Have a strong spirit Roam wild and free Let the chips fall where they may

Janet Brewster 14

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Invitation The Southland Branch extends an invitation to you all to participate in the 2018 South Island Easter Rally which our Branch is hosting over Friday 30 March, Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. As the Jaguar Car Club is also hosting their national event in Invercargill that weekend we recommend you book your accommodation early. There should be sufficient accommodation for all but to ensure you get the accommodation you want we suggest you book sooner rather than later. Our event will be based around Stadium Southland and there is a good range of accommodation in this general area. Bill Richardson Transport World and the Classic Motorcycle Mecca, two world class attractions, are both open over the Easter weekend and are well worth a visit. Regards, Glenys McKenzie Rally Director Mobile: 021 388 649 15

Gore VCC Night Trial Keep Saturday 13th May FREE for a fun night out

Programme 6.45pm: Arrive 7pm SHARP: Briefing

Just how well do you know what’s what in the business world in Gore? Find out on our treasure hunt with a difference! More details on the night Bring a good torch with you but NO electronic devices please 16

The more in your team the better so bring a friend or two. We will have plenty of time for some quiz questions after, might even give out the answers this time! Afterwards, enjoy a hearty supper in the warmth of our club rooms. P.S. 1. The team with the highest score will share the Night Trial trophy 2. Please bring a plate of your favourite goodies to share 3. Brush up on a story/joke or two to share on the night (Have you heard the one about the Pakistani bus driver?) Bill Sheddan 17

Gore Branch events for the 2016-17 Season Event

Proposed Dates

People Responsible

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Night Trial

13 May

Bill Sheddan

End of Season Run

10th June

Greg Elder

Tuesday Ramble

Last Tuesday of every month (variable in December)

Gerry Kennedy

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. (This usually works best if you ask them before the event!)





Other Events 2017 1st May

South Otago branch Auction Night. Contact the Chairman: ph 03 417 4352

6th May

Ashburton branch Swap Meet. Further details from Karen Bell; email or phone 021 0243 1955

7th May

Auction, Hawke’s Bay branch clubrooms, Napier. Enquiries to Steve, ph 021 460 159. Details here:

13th May

Southland branch Waimea Motorcycle Run Enquiries to the Club Captain: ph 218 2434

20th May

Southland branch Post War, Post 60, Post 80 Rally. Enquiries to the Club Captain: ph 218 2434

4th – 9th July

FIVA World Rally 2017 in POLAND. Open to vehicles produced up to 31 December 1970. Details here: Online application form here:

9th July

37th Central North Island Swap Meet & Car Show Spectacular, Rotorua branch. Enquiries to: Neville Harper, ph 07 348 2412, cell 027 494 7249 or email

12th August

VCC National AGM in Blenheim. Details in Beaded Wheels No. 345 (April/May 2017) Or from the National Office, ph 03 366 4461

6th - 8th October

Swap Meet & Display, Canterbury branch. Enquiries to Kevin; email or phone 021 0270 6525 2018

30th March – 1 April

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

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Tuesday Ramble 30th May 10.30am Assemble at Gore VCC clubrooms

Lunch Route 6 CafĂŠ & Bar, Lumsden (Cost approx. $20)

Afternoon A Mystery Tour at this stage! Contact: Gerry Kennedy Phone: (03) 208 5806 Cell: 027 233 4634 No later than 25th May as we have to advise numbers 23

Gore VCC Swap Meet & Boot Fair 2017 Now the swap meet, what can I say? Firstly I think that bringing the date forward to March has to be a plus with the weather and for all concerned.

Busy scenes at the outside stalls (photos by Murray Proctor) 24

I hope it also has improved the numbers through the gate. I think the stall numbers were on a par with last year, I counted about 30. It would be good to have a few more, we might have to see what can be done to attract some more next year. The hot food guys had a slow start but by the time things settled down they became very busy and by the end of the day had done very well. Barry in the parts shed also moved on a few parts, at the end of the day everything helps.

More stalls (photo by the Editor)

Swapmeet cooks (photo by Betty Clearwater)

Donna North, Betty Clearwater & inside stalls (photo by the Editor)

I must say thanks to all the people that assisted in any way with the running of this event without you it would be a non-event. Evan Henderson 25

Ladies Run The Ladies Run was held on Sunday 9th April on a very nice afternoon. We gathered at the Clubrooms at 1.00 pm. First, all drivers signed the register, then got their rally instructions and then had to guess the weight of a mystery parcel before departure. We also had four items to collect on our way.

A range of ages and styles on the run

Turning left out of the clubrooms, then first right, then left onto Terry Road, a bit corrugated in some places (it’s been years since I was on that road). Heading out past the Charlton Cemetery along McBride Road, Townsley Road and Glendhu Road, went left into Te Tipua School Road, then onto Brydone-Glencoe Road, Downs Road North, Craig Road then into and around a few streets in Mataura. We then headed towards Gore, turned left onto Falconer Road, then continued on to Sword Street, then along Vera Street to name the kindergarten. Carrying along we turned right into Clyde Street, around and into Kitchener Street, turned left into Main Street, right at the roundabout down past the Creamota Mill on Mersey Street, then left heading towards the bridge, through the roundabout and down past the Cycle Park. (This is where we had to count how many street names there were.) 26

It was then back to the Clubrooms for a shared afternoon tea, under the control of Gerry and his helpers. We then had some General Knowledge questions. (God knows where they got them from.) To finish things off, the Winners of the Ladies Run this year were Neil and Faye McVicar. Well done! Faye is going to organise next year’s run.

The Winners, with their booty! (Photos by the Editor)

Thank you Marilyn for a great Run on a cracker day.......................... Russell Newland

Q. Why did the cowboy adopt a dachshund? A. To get a long little doggie. David North 27

What We Did On Our Holidays “Mad About Motors” Tour by Starr McDougall I saw the ad in the Beaded Wheels magazine, read it, thought “That’s me” and put my name down to go on the tour. They wanted at least 15 to make the tour viable but only got 11, but so much organising had gone into it that Travel2U (the tour company) decided to go ahead. There were people from Invercargill to Auckland, eight men and three women. We left Christchurch on the 12th July (2016), off to Singapore for a stopover at the transit hotel at the airport. Very handy, but expensive drinking. Brian Grace (ex-Gore VCC member) had to room with me for the entire trip, poor guy. He was handy to have around at times though. The next day we were off to London (Heathrow), 13 hours 35 minutes total journey time. After getting through Customs etc. (two hours), we hopped on a bus and headed up to Birmingham for two nights. Next morning we were off to the Jaguar factory. The factory is the same one that made Spitfires and Lancasters during the war years. They were making the “F-type” Jaguar at the time of our visit. A beautiful car where the customer can choose what colour, wheels, motor, upholstery or convertible. No video or photography was permitted in any of the factories we visited. The following day we went to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire, which had over 300 vehicles and many interactive displays. Next day we were going back to London, but on the way we first visited the National Motorcycle Museum near Solihull. It was packed with about 800 bikes of all shapes and sizes. A remarkable collection and I believe they had another 400 bikes in storage elsewhere.


1998 MG EX255 Bonneville record attempt car at Gaydon

1920s BSA Colonial 6-7hp & County Taxi Sidecar at the National Motorcycle Museum


From there we motored to the Aston Martin Heritage Centre, located in a 13th Century barn in the Oxfordshire countryside. The bus had trouble negotiating the narrow country lanes. The oldest known Aston Martin, along with more modern models were on display. Back on the bus and into London city, but before returning to the hotel we stopped at Hampton Court Palace, a monstrous palace in the middle of London, dating back to 1236. A very interesting place.

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Saturday 16 July was Farnborough International Airshow. We got there partly by the underground railway system which must be at least 100 metres underground. The show was a great spectacle with both static and aerial displays. The aerobatic displays were amazing, how the planes stayed together while performing as they did! The next day was a free day to do as we wished. I decided to go on the London Eye. It was school holiday time and the place was packed (with poms). It took two hours to queue for a 30 minute ride which was good. After all the hassle all I wanted was a beer in an “Old English Pub�.


The next day we went to Beaulieu, a fine stately home and beautiful gardens. To get around this large site one could go by open top veteran bus or monorail. There were over 250 vehicles, Top Gear, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey plus heaps more. Next morning we were off to Modena Italy and the day after we went to the Ducati motorcycle factory. (Our tour guide rides a Ducati here in NZ.) After this we went to an organic parmesan cheese factory where they had a display of Maseratis.

At the Ducati factory

Next day something different was a place where Italy’s finest balsamic vinegars are made. From there we visited the magnificent Lamborghini collection. Some classics and some prototypes that never made it past the concept stage. Ferrari was next, there were two different exhibits and they were both excellent. After five days in Modena we boarded a 52seater bus and left Italy for Salzburg, Austria. The roads were busy, lots of trucks, but they aren’t allowed on the roads at weekends. 31

We had the following day visiting the “Eagle’s Nest”, a fortress built on top of a mountain for Hitler in WW2. It has been converted into a restaurant now and thousands go there each day. An incredible building feat achieved back in the 1940s. Then from Salzburg to Munich (Germany). On our way we called in at an incredible castle called “Neuschwanstein”, built for shy King Ludwig II, the last king of Germany. Thousands of people there again! Munich is the home of Audi and we got to go through the factory. An extremely well-run operation, robots do most of the assembly of the cars. The most popular colour chosen is black (75%). After looking through the Audi museum we went to the BMW museum. Both do a fantastic display of cars and motorbikes, old and new. From Munich to Stuttgart, home of Mercedes-Benz. The museum is a state-of-the-art complex, displaying early veteran cars to their racing pedigree, high-powered sports cars and luxury saloons. Next day was Porsche time. Another impressive collection of great-shaped cars. After this we went to a place called “Speyer Technik” with 3,000 exhibits: aircraft (including both Concorde and the Russian “Concordski”, the Tupolev TU-144), spacecraft, racing cars, war machinery, tanks, etc., too much. Unbelievable. That night we dined at a German beer garden. Great beer and great food, so we went back the next night for more.


Stuttgart to Mulhouse (France). I found the countryside interesting, hardly any stock, mostly crops and some bush etc. Mulhouse town was a nice place to stay for three nights. We came to this town to see the largest collection of Bugattis in the world, from the first to the very latest. Heaps of other makes of cars from all eras of time. An awesome collection of over 430 vehicles. Next on the tour was something different, trains from early to the latest. We had the next morning to do a little shopping before bussing up to Frankfurt to catch our flight to Singapore.

Buddicom No 33 Saint-Pierre, 1844 at the Cité du Train, Mulhouse

We stayed at a very posh hotel, the Carlton in the middle of the city. We had a spare day to look around Singapore which was enough for me. Singapore Airlines to Christchurch (about 10 hours), then I had a 6 hour wait at the airport for my flight south. “A long day”. The tour guide was excellent, it was a fantastic trip with good company. Starr McDougall 33

Links to other branch newsletters and websites Branch Newsletters on the VCC Website 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: Gawler Veteran, Vintage and Classic Vehicle Club Inc. (Australia):

Someone stole my Microsoft Office and they're gonna pay. You have my Word. What's green, fuzzy, and if it fell out of a tree it would kill you? A pool table. David North 34

Newsletters from other branches These branches are now sending us their newsletters as pdf files: Ashburton, Auckland, Banks Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Far North, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Rotorua, South Canterbury, Southland, Wellington and Wellsford-Warkworth. If you would like a copy, please contact the Editor or the Secretary.

Printed copies Many branches are still sending printed copies and I know that some members like to read/scan them. They are normally displayed on the rack in the branch Library for three months. However, over the past couple of months they have disappeared between monthly meetings. If this continues, I will no longer display them but will simply retain the copies for safe-keeping and they will be available on request. If anybody has borrowed the recent printed copies, please return them to the Library so that other members can have access to them. Thank you. The Editor I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised. My wife accused me of being immature. I told her to get out of my fort. I went to a really emotional wedding the other day. Even the cake was in tiers. David North 35

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

Beb Kennedy Gerry Kennedy Paul Corcoran John Parish Noel Kelly David McDowell Beb Kennedy Gerry Kennedy Paul Corcoran

February March

John Parish Noel Kelly


David McDowell

IF YOU ARE UNAVAILABLE ON YOUR ROSTERED NIGHT, PLEASE ARRANGE YOUR OWN SUBSTITUTE. We need to cater for about 30-40 members each night. If necessary, small items can be bought at Gore New World and charged to the Gore VCC account.

Ray Baron’s old Bedford (photo supplied by Murray Proctor) 36

Advertisements FOR SALE Five white-wall tyres, size 16” x 650; four have done 11,000kms, one never used. Reasonable offers to Charlie Davis 0274 515 234. 3/3

WANTED One 15” steel wheel rim to suit a 1962 MGA. Phone Star McDougall, (03) 208 6501 (business hours) or (03) 208 5450 (evenings). 3/3

WANTED The “square” centre cap for a standard fitment alloy wheel and a windscreen washer solenoid (as pictured) for a 1986 Toyota Corolla 1.6GL Liftback. David North. Phone 02117 23281 or email 1/3

Spotted! In the March 2017 edition of Rumour, the newsletter of the Southland branch Veteran Rally 2017 Results McKenzie Challenge Cup (Best All Round Performance Model T Ford): Paul Herron 1911 Ford Model T Runner up – Field Tests: Greg Elder 1917 Cadillac V8 Tourer Type 55 Publicans Choice Cup Concours: Paul Herron, 1911 Ford Model T Congratulations to both on great peformances! The Editor 37

COOKERY CORNER Cheese Muffins Ingredients 1½ cups self-raising flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon sugar 1 cup milk 2 cups grated cheese ½ teaspoon salt 1 beaten egg Method Mix all dry ingredients Mix egg with milk then mix all together until just combined Bake at 180ºC until golden Serve hot or cold Trish Buchanan


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




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