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

October 2017 MEETINGS: SECOND TUESDAY of the month

at the Clubrooms, Waimea Street, Gore

Next meeting: 10th October 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 P 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 P 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: Pat Hurley’s Mini Cooper at last year’s Josephville hill climb (photo by the Editor)


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

From the Editor’s keyboard A very big “Thank you” to Raewyn (and Keith) Dodds for (once again!) agreeing to handle the folding and addressing of The Wiper last month and to Des Brewster for coordinating the distribution at the Tuesday Ramble. As some readers will know, Donna and I had to fly to the UK at short notice so it was a great relief to know that there were willing volunteers to take on these tasks. Much of this issue was put together while we were in the UK and, as we only got back just in time for me to finish it off and get it to the printers, without being able to do the usual thorough proofreading and corrections, I apologise in advance for any errors. The Wiper has been on a bit of a diet this month due to a slight lack of contributions so another “Thank you” goes out to Pat Hurley for his fascinating story about his Mini (and his life) and to Fay Graves who heeded my requests for reports on last month’s branch events. Were it not for their contributions you would have very little to read this month. Which brings me to next month….. Cookery Corner this month features the first recipe from my Annual Dinner prize book from last year, as I have run out of recipes and I have no more stories for the What’s in Your Shed” or What We Did On Our Holidays features. I will be doing some serious arm-twisting over the next few weeks and months, particularly of those people who have been promising me material but have yet to provide it. As I have said many times before, if you don’t send me anything there won’t be anything to read, so get your thinking caps on and your paper, pens, pencils (and computers) out! David North 4



Bluebridge and Interislander Ferries Details of the updated fares and discount codes are available in the Branch Manual (in the library at the clubrooms) or from the Secretary and The Editor.


Important Notices from Head Office – Again! Notice Number 1 The annual VCC membership subscriptions were sent out to all members on Wednesday. People have started to receive them and I can see a number have paid by Direct Credit already. Unfortunately I can see that they have not included their membership number as the reference. Please, at every opportunity, can you remind members that if they choose to pay this way, they must put their membership number. It clearly states this on the remittance advice, where we give the bank account information. It actually advises them what reference number to use (which is their membership number). Thanking you in advance for your help on this matter.

Notice Number 2 Whilst I have had a few people put money in to the Club bank account for their subscriptions, without the required reference information, there is only one that I can so far not identify. The date the money was inputted in to our account was 6 September 2017. Reference – all I have is the word Transfer I do not want to give the amount as that is the only way I will be able to determine that it is correctly the person who contacts me. However it is over $100. Can you put a call out in your branch newsletter, to anyone who transferred money in to our account on 6 September, paid over $100 and did not put a reference number – not even a name – to contact national office.


Notice Number 3 We have another member who has deposited money in to our account on September and put a 17 digit number and declared the payment is Vintage Car Subs but nothing else. I have no idea who it is for. Our bank THINK it may be from a BNZ Bank. So can you please ask your members if they deposited money direct in to our account on 8 September, are with BNZ and didn’t put their name or membership number. Kind Regards Julie Cairns - Gee Administration Manager Vintage Car Club of NZ - National Office


Tuesday Ramble 29th August 2017 The August Tuesday Ramble went to Invercargill and visited the Bill Richardson Transport World. Some enjoyed lunch at The Grille (a cafĂŠ that is part of the complex) before we went through the Transport World. Superlatives fail me! This was world class, absolutely amazing. There is something for everyone to see and enjoy and the exhibits were so well displayed. Trucks, cars, tractors, so many, so different, even a Paddy Wagon and a jail. There were pleasant surprises around every corner and even going to the loo was interesting. Not the usual interior decor for toilets. The Wearable Art was most interesting, the creativity involved was awesome. I have taken a photo of something you could make in front of the tele at nights using old postage stamps:


and here is a nice little number I could take on future Tuesday Rambles! Twenty-six members “ooohed” and “aaahed” their way round the Transport World, and then we had to stop in at The Grille again for a drink and a catch up. There were two very suspicious looking characters riding around in a golf cart and Brian wanted to breath-test the driver!

The Transport World is a “must see”, a credit to all involved and Bill, you would be so proud. Fay Graves 11

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: Auckland, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Far North, 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: 12

Southland Branch 50 Year Badge Presentations Sunday 15th October Congratulations to Lyall Bailey, Barry Ryan, Howard KingsfordSmith and Robert Grant who will be presented with their 50year badges on Sunday 15th October at the Southland Branch clubrooms in Ariki Avenue, Invercargill. The Clubrooms will be open at 2:00 pm, the presentation ceremony will start at 2:15 pm sharp and this will be followed by afternoon tea. If you wish to attend please fill in and return an application form by 28th September, numbers will be limited. Send form to: Southland Branch, Vintage Car Club of NZ Inc. PO Box 1240 Invercargill 9840 (Robert Grant was an early member of the Gore branch. Forms are available from the Secretary or the Editor. As time is short it may be as well to contact the Southland branch immediately to register your interest if you wish to attend. The Editor)


GORE BRANCH OVERNIGHTER 27th - 29th October If you are intending to go we need to know by next meeting night (10th October) please

P60 – P80 CARS ONLY (must be able to average 90 – 95kph)

Friday 27th at 2pm: meet at Clubrooms travel to Te Anau, overnight stay Saturday 28th at 9am: run to Milford Sound (bring own lunch)

VETERAN, VINTAGE & cars up to P60 Saturday 28th at 10am: meet at Clubrooms run to Te Anau via Manapouri stay the night if you wish 14

Saturday night, both groups meal at Te Anau Club

Accommodation your responsibility book now! If you are intending to go we need to know by next meeting night (10th October) please P60 – P80 cars Keith Nunn (03) 208 5403 Veteran, Vintage & cars up to P60: Paul Herron (03) 208 6121 or cellphone 027 2104131


Tuesday Ramble 30th October A short 'Town and Around' trip 10.30am: leave from the Trout 11.30am (approx): arrive back at the Clubrooms where lunch will be provided, so all you need to do is turn up with a pen and paper! Inquiries to Fay Graves: (03) 208 1093 16


Gore Branch events for the 2017-18 Season Event


People Responsible

2017 Veteran & Vintage Run

27th – 29th October Paul Herron

P60 Run

27th – 29th October Keith Nunn

Josephville Hill Climb

26th November

Evan Henderson

Diggers Run

2nd December

Ken Buchanan

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Festival Rally

24 February

Keith Dodds, Denis Knight

Clearwater Capers

4th March

Charlie Davis

Frank Robson Run 11th March

Greg Elder

Swap Meet

18th 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!)


Other Events 2017 6th - 8th October

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

29th October

Canterbury All British Day: Colin Hey, (03) 359-8737

4th November

Taieri Tour, Otago Branch


11 November

Clutha Rally, South Otago Branch

17th – 19th November

Mataura Scouts Motoring Mad Car Show. Enquiries phone Tony 027 211 3078 or email

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

16th – 18th February

Evolution Motorsport Classic Speedfest, Teretonga Park, Invercargill

17th March

Scenicland Rally, Greymouth

30th March to 1st April

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

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


Gore Branch Daffodil Rally The first Daffodil Rally, held on Sunday 27 August, was a success, Gore Rally organiser Bill Sheddan said. He hoped the event would encourage people to join the Gore Branch of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand. The Rally was to raise funds for the Gore Cancer Society branch. The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand had joined with the Cancer Society for its Daffodil Day fund-raising and, along with many other local branches of the Club, the Gore Vintage Car Club organised an event. It is planned to make this an annual event. The Rally left from the Gore Town and Country Club and travelled through Clydevale to Lawrence. There were 33 cars on the run and a total of $440.00 was raised. There was a mixture of cars, some old, some new and some very special!

Something special! (Pontiac Laurentian, the Editor?) 20

Local people Rod and Kathy Martin and prospective members?

Don and Audrey's very tidy Austin in Lawrence, they came from Tapanui


This 1975 Ford Capri was driven from Invercargill by its owner Adam Leask

Cyril and David McFadzien in their Rover had to fit a new fuel pump before they could leave Gore. A good Samaritan stopped to help them after the car stopped not far from the Town and Country Club and said that that was what was required, so a quick trip to Repco for a new one and then to son and brother Bruce's workshop to fit it. They left two hours after the rest of the cars but still drove to Lawrence. Unfortunately most of the cars had left Lawrence by the time they arrived, but the drive was enjoyed and they had no further problems with the car. Fay Graves



What’s In Your Shed? 1968 Mk2 Morris Mini Cooper S by Pat Hurley The year was 1960 when I left boarding school to come home and work on the family farm at Wendonside, the same year the Mini began to appear on N.Z. roads. I think it was released in 1959 in the U.K. I was used to the large American cars that my Dad had always had and when I saw the first Mini on the showroom floor I thought “What a silly little car” and really never gave it another look. A year or so later, a mate of mine who worked on a neighbouring farm arrived at home in a brand new Mini, which was the very first one in our area. After going for a ride that day, and many other times after that, I changed my mind, “I want one of these!” Their handling and cornering ability was unbelievable, and the little 848cc motor was really quite lively for a small car back then. I purchased my first Mini second-hand at Winton in 1963. It was only three years old and I was 18 and absolutely bullet-proof (or so I thought). I joined the Eastern Southland Car Club so I could take part in motorsport events, e.g. hill climbs, grass-track racing and also sealed circuit racing. The first event I ever attended was a gravel hill climb at Browns at Forest Hill, which I really enjoyed. There was another Mini there that was much faster, so it was obvious to me that mine needed modified. On went twin SU carbs, extractors and some mild head work, also wide wheels and Michelin tyres. It totally transformed the Mini and led to some successful meetings after that. Circuit racing at Teretonga was to become very special to me and I enjoyed this type of motor-sport the best of all. The following year I had the misfortune to roll the Mini and write it off at Three Mile Hill in Dunedin. A combination of wet road, extremely smooth surface on the corner, Michelin tyres that once they let go, “you’re gone”, and “Oh”, nearly forgot, the exuberance of youth, all contributed to this roll-over. 24

This hurt my pride immensely for someone who thought they were bullet-proof and that was the end of my prized Mini.

Mini No.1, “Before”……

and “after”! 25

The next Mini I purchased was the ex-Bryan Taylor car that was wellknown at Teretonga, highly-modified and very competitive in his hands. Bryan de-tuned it a little bit for me so it was more suitable for road use, as it was my only car. It was still a huge step up from the first Mini I competed in and, with the 1098cc motor, it had so much more power.

Mini No.2 and Mervyn Frew’s Ford Prefect tangle at Teretonga’s hairpin

My group of friends all raced their cars as well, mine being the only Mini as they all had Anglias and Cortinas, which always led to a lot of banter amongst our very special car crazy group. Over the next couple of years a lot of fun was had as we attended many motor-racing events throughout the South Island. Our group of friends spent a lot of time together during the mid-60s era, with young ladies, racing cars and drinking beer as our main interests, but not necessarily in that order! Those young ladies who were our girl-friends back then, and very much a part of our motor-racing scene, all became our wives shortly afterwards and our participation in motor-racing declined as we all settled down and had families. Fast forward 50 years and I purchased Mini number 3. This time a 1275cc Cooper S, which was the car I always wanted when I was a young fella, but could never afford. (Little wonder, the way we carried on!) By today’s values they probably weren’t that expensive back then, and it’s now become difficult to find a good one 50 years on. However, a 26

year or so ago I finally found what I considered to be a very good one, and bought it immediately as there was another person hovering around, showing a lot of interest. He was touring N.Z. with a group from the UK and seemed to be a bit of an expert on Mini Coopers and their value back in England. It’s a 1968 Mk.2 Morris Cooper S, a beaut little car that brings back heaps of memories. It’s still pretty much factory standard, which is unusual for one of these as most of them were taken out to 1293cc and 1310cc and further modified. It’s had electronic ignition and Minilite wheels fitted that are non-standard and may upset the so-called purists, but not me. The most notable features are the stopping power with disc brakes on the front and the hydrolastic suspension giving a much better ride than the rubber cone type, which they went back to later. It has an oil cooler, competition clutch, close-ratio gearbox with the remote shift and all the features that my old Minis didn’t have. I put it up the Josephville hill climb last year and was surprised to do a better time than I had done in the Austin-Healey 100/4 in previous years, which was very pleasing.

Mini No.3 at speed on the hill climb 27

The magnetic attraction towards sports and competition-type classic cars has continued on within our group and cars currently owned include two Austin-Healeys (a 100/4 and a 3000), several Triumphs (a TR2, two TR3As, a TR4 and a TR7), an E-type Jaguar, a Daimler SP250, a Mk1 Ford Cortina GT, a Mini Cooper S and a Porsche 911. Once again, only one Mini within this group of classics. Over the last 15 years or so we have all got together once again and attended many classic race meetings, including Bathurst, Phillip Island and the Melbourne Grand Prix. Back in New Zealand we attend the Hampton Downs classic meeting annually and also Highlands Park, the Classic Speedfest at Teretonga and the Skope Classic at Ruapuna in Christchurch. I think some petrol may have leaked into our bloodstreams over the years, I do know some alcohol certainly did. The social side of these trips is still as much of a highlight as it was 50 years ago, with a tremendous amount of fun had by all, but, as we age a little we have become much more subdued than in the past, and thank God for that. We have also done three different week-long trips around the South Island in our open sports cars, and on it seems to go as we prepare for Bathurst again in October, long may it continue! Thank you for reading my Mini story as I am certainly not a journalist, and did get a bit side-tracked! Pat Hurley

Online bonuses this month 1967 Earls Court Motor Show: Vauxhall Victor F Series UK Dealer Launch Film: Another mad Frenchman: 28

My Daddy Sleeps Naked "Late again!" the third-grade teacher sternly said to little Ranger. "It ain't my fault this time, Miss Russell. You can blame this 'un on my Daddy. The reason I'm three hours late is my Daddy sleeps naked!" Now, Miss Russell had taught grammar school for thirty-some-odd years. Despite her mounting fears, she asked little Ranger what he meant by that. Full of grins and mischief, and in the flower of his youth, little Ranger and trouble were old friends,...... but he always told her the truth. "You see, Miss Russell, out at the farm we got this here low down fox. The last few nights, he done ate six hens. Last night, when Daddy heard a noise out in the chicken pen, he grabbed his double barrelled shot gun and said to my Ma, "That fox is back again... I'm a gonna git him!'' "Stay back," Daddy whispered to all us kids! "My Daddy was naked as a jaybird -- no boots, no pants, no shirt! To the hen house he crawled, just like an Injun on the snoop. Then, he stuck that double-barrelled 12-gauge shotgun through the window of the coop. As he stared into the darkness, with a fox on his mind, our old hound dog, Rip, had done gone and woke up and comes sneaking up behind Daddy. Then, as we all looked on, plumb helpless, old Rip done went and stuck his cold nose in my Daddy's crack!" "Miss Russell, we all been pluckin' chickens since three o'clock this mornin!" Philip Bewley

Spotted! On the front cover of the August issue of Rumour, the Southland branch’s newsletter: Greg Elder’s 1917 Cadillac leaving Esk Street on the Veteran Rally in March. The Editor 29

Gore VCC Supper Roster 2017 October November December January February March April May June


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

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.

July Paul Corcoran August John Parish September Noel Kelly


Grandma In Court Lawyers should never ask a grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer. In a trial, a small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?" She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you." The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the defence attorney?" She again replied, "Why, yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him." The defence attorney almost died. The judge asked both counsellors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said; "If either of you ***** idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you to the electric chair." Evan Henderson


Advertisements FOR SALE 1967 Singer Vogue Englishassembled, 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 2/3


Hand-piece filler nozzle To suit a 70s-style petrol bowser Phone Denis Knight: (03) 208 5404 or cellphone 027 351 3190 2/3



Rear gearbox mount for Flathead Ford V8 1937-39 Phone: 03 208 7932 or email 3/3


1937 car

1938 car (pictures from the Internet)

I'm restoring a 1938 Vauxhall 25 (a big English-assembled sedan car) but I'm missing the bucket seats. They were discarded early on for a conventional New Zealand bench seat. I'm not expecting to find the exact original bucket seats as this wasn't a common car, but I'm wondering if you have in your spares a pair of non-folding bucket seats that might suit. If so please contact me. Thank you. Mike Swanton 325 Horseshoe Bush Road, RD4 Albany, Auckland. Phone 09 426 0011 or email 3/3


COOKERY CORNER Parsley Mash Ingredients (serves 6) 1kg floury potatoes, peeled 100gms butter ½ cup finely chopped parsley Milk or cream, heated Salt and pepper Method Cut potatoes into large chunks Cook in boiling water until tender Drain potatoes and return to the heat, shaking to dry Mash or mouli well to remove lumps Add butter, parsley and enough milk or cream to achieve preferred consistency Season with salt and pepper From: Simple CafÊ Food by Julie Le Clerc



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




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