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

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

Next meeting: 9th October

Branch telephone number: 03 208 7424

2018-2019 Committee and Officers Branch Patrons Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain Assistant Club Captains

Neil McVicar, Ray Tressler Greg Elder Vacant Katy Parish Tim Walsh John Parish Ken Buchanan Ray Taylor Charlie Davis Bill Sheddan Greg Elder 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 Social Committee Beb Kennedy, David McDowell, Keith Nunn Beaded Wheels Reporter Jim McFadzien Festival Rally Organiser Denis Knight Assistant Rally Organiser Keith and Raewyn Dodds Bar Manager Chris Scoles Assistant Murray Proctor Maintenance Supervisor Keith Nunn Maintenance Assistants Bill Ainge, Keith Dodds, Ray Harvey, Barry Clearwater, Alec McLennan Swapmeet & Parts Paul Corcoran Swapmeet & Parts Assistants Barry Clearwater, Evan Henderson, Gerry Kennedy, Bryan Neilson Hill Climb Evan Henderson Hill Climb Assistant Alec McLennan Sheriff Denis Knight Librarian Stewart Quertier Raffles Starr McDougall National Delegate David North Privacy Officer Katy Parish Health & Safety Officer Murray Low Museum & HPV David McDowell Tuesday Ramble Co-ordinator Fay Graves Branch Daffodil Day Co-ordinator Bill Sheddan Vehicle Identity Card signatories Evan Henderson, Denis Knight, John Parish, John Tremaine


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Chairman's Report October 2018 The September meeting was well attended, members enjoyed a short but interesting talk by Danny Mulqueen from Balfour on Tom Kruse the mailman in Central Australia. This was followed by the showing of a 55-minute DVD on the restoration of Tom’s original truck and the reenactment of its journey from Birdsville in the Simpson Desert down to Adelaide. Spring has arrived with lovely weather and let’s hope it continues especially for members who are busy with lambing and calving. I am just back from a very successful whitebaiting trip to the West Coast. Weather was perfect. The only negative is that with the warm weather the sand-flies are the size of dinner plates!! I am very pleased to hear that we have another veteran car arriving from up north for Club member Bill. Hope you all have your cars polished up and ready for the Runs coming up. Time to go whitebaiting and Vintage Motoring. (It’s a tough life being retired but someone has to do it!) Happy Motoring Greg Elder

New Members A very warm welcome to two more new members, Nancy and Max Stronach of Gore. Nancy is, I am sure, known to many of you from her involvement with the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum. Their VCC cars are an interesting mixture, being a 1952 Austin Sheerline saloon and a 1981 Ford Cortina saloon. We hope to see them on a run very soon! The Editor 4

Club Captain’s Report October 2018 The Daffodil Rally held on the 26th of August attracted 34 cars and raised $700 for the Cancer Society. Thanks to Bill Sheddan for organising the run, it was great to see a mix of both Club and nonmembers participating. It was a lovely scenic drive in splendid fine weather to Lawrence and back. Katy and I sadly missed the Opening Run on the 16th of September as we were in the middle of lambing. Keith Nunn organised the run and 16 cars enjoyed another fine day with most returning to the Clubrooms for a pot luck tea. The winner was Stewart Quertier in his 1966 Cortina. Well done Stewart. The next Club event is the P60 Run on the 28th of October and this is being organised by Ken Buchanan and Keith Nunn. Ken tells me they have arranged a venue for lunch with a visit to follow so come along and enjoy the day. The Josephville Hill Climb is coming up on the 18th of November so if you plan on entering make sure you have a current VCC Historic Race Licence and a Log Book for the vehicle you want to use. Forms for these are available on the website or from the Secretary. John Parish


From the Editor’s keyboard Donna and I took theToyota on the two events held since the last issue of The Wiper. We had a great time on the Daffodil Rally to Lawrence – a big “Thank you” to Bill Sheddan for plotting an interesting route and arranging excellent weather. Then came the Opening Run and, as promised, not only did we get to drive over roads we had not been on before, but there was also “some” gravel. Rather too much for the Toyota, as it turned out, as we lost a front wheel balance weight which made the tar seal almost as uncomfortable at certain speeds as some of the gravel! As a result, we deviated from the “official” route and puzzled a number of other participants who saw us going the “wrong” way. My plea for material last month was answered by Bill Sheddan and Jim McFadzien, and Matt Cook sent me some very welcome photos. I have augmented the above with a couple of items I saw online that I thought might be of interest plus several notices of coming events around the countrythat came via the National Office. So, despite the lack of effort from most of you members, there is quite a variety of reading material in The Wiper this month and, I hope, something for everyone. I desperately need more articles and recipes, so, over to you - again! David North

Correction In my reports on the AGM and Executive Meeting in the last issue of The Wiper, I said that comments on the draft Branch Constitution template were requested by the 1st October. In fact, no deadline has been set as the template is still a work in progress. The President hopes to be able to send it to Branches by the end of this month with comments to the Management Committee by early January. I apologise for the error. David North Branch Delegate 6

Spotted! I think we might be able to blame Stewart Quertier for this as there seems a definite family connection and influence: But not for this one! Alec McLennan and his Vauxhall Special are pictured at the Josephville Hillclimb on page 74 of Issue #80 (SeptemberOctober 2018) of NZ Classic Driver. The Editor 7


Random Thoughts I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now. Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers. Evan Henderson 9

Gore VCC 2018 Daffodil Rally for Cancer At 12 noon on Sunday 26th September cars were already arriving at the Gore Town & Country Club car park for the 1pm start of the Rally. Cones and signs were in place and safety vests worn to the satisfaction of our acting safety officer and to cap it off the day was fine and sunny.

Prior to the day 30 advertising pamphlets had been distributed around the town and The Ensign, Gore’s local newspaper, had run a centre-page feature two days previously. This encouraged 34 entries and their classic cars and a lot of passengers also to enjoy a leisurely drive to Lawrence, a picturesque old goldmining town 1½ hours away. The town’s attractions, including coffee and antique shops and the Tuapeka Vintage Club, were expecting us and were enjoyed on a lovely warm spring afternoon. A grand total of $700 was donated by the enthusiastic participants for the great cause, the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Bill Sheddan


Photos from the Daffodil Rally

At the start

Inside the Tuapeka Vintage Club 11

The organiser’s Sunbeam Rapier in Lawrence’s main street

Two more of the cars in Lawrence (Photos by Matt Cook)


Gabriel’s Gully Cairn and inscriptions


(Photos by 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, by the Editor or the Secretary. 14

VCC National Day - Daffodil Rally for Cancer Perfect weather, generosity and a good cause contributed to the success of our second annual Daffodil Rally for Cancer raising a record $60,000.00! We had great feedback and attendance for the 2017 event and raised $40,000.00 for the Cancer Society. I am delighted that this year we increased the amount raised by 50%, and I am very proud of our Club and our members who were involved. There were over 3,000 vehicles either on the road or on display on the day. Twenty-six branches of the VCC were involved this year and all the money raised will stay in their area and be given directly to the local Cancer Society. Many Branches have commented that the response from the general public has been overwhelming, both in attendance and in their generosity. One of the lovely outcomes of this event is the interest generated in the Vintage Car Club, which has resulted in new members. I would like to congratulate and thank those Branches involved in the day for their enthusiasm and effort which has not only benefitted the Cancer Society, but also our Club with the public profile it creates. This day is a wonderful achievement for Branches and members who can be very proud of what they have accomplished. Our National Day has become a special event for the Club, and it can only get bigger and better from here! Pop the date for next year’s Daffodil Rally for Cancer in your diary now‌Sunday 25th August 2019. Diane Quarrie National President


September Meeting Night Talk

Danny Mulqueen and the DVD case

A large crowd was treated to a fascinating talk and film screening by Danny Mulqueen. His subject was Tom Kruse, the “Outback Mailman”. Tom was the subject of a 1954 film, Back of Beyond, which followed him on a “typical” journey as he drove his Leyland Badger truck the 300 miles of the Birdsville track from Maree in South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland. This was Tom’s mail run from 1936 to 1957. The truck broke down near Birdsville in 1957 and was abandoned. It was found again in 1986, retrieved in 1993 and fully restored between 1996 and 1999. It is now on display in the National Motor Museum, at Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills. Danny gave us an introduction to Tom and to the film he was going to screen, Back to the Back of Beyond, in which Tom returned to the Birdsville Track to deliver his restored truck to the National Motor Museum. During this trip “locals” came from up to 500kms away to see Tom and share their memories. It was quite a tale! The Editor 16

Sadly, the above arrived too late for entries, but some of you might like to go and take a look. The Editor 17





Gore Branch Events for the 2018-19 Season Event



2018 P60 Run

Sunday 28th October

Josephville Hill Climb

Sunday 18th November Evan Henderson, Alec McLennan

Christmas Run

Sunday 9th December

Ken Buchanan, Keith Nunn

John Parish

2019 Overnighter (Provisional)

Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th January

Keith Nunn

Festival Rally

Saturday 16th February

Denis Knight


Clearwater Capers Run

Sunday 3 March

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor

Frank Robson Run

Sunday 10th March

Greg Elder

Gore Swap Meet

Sunday 17th March

Paul Corcoran


Ladies Run

Sunday 7 April

Fay Graves

Night Trial

Saturday 11th May

Bill Sheddan

End of Season Run

Saturday 8th June

Charlie Davis, Ray Taylor

Tuesday Ramble

Normally the last Co-ordinated by Tuesday of the month. Fay Graves (Variable in December)

2020 South Island Veteran 16th to 18th October Rally

Paul Herron

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!) 22

Other Events 2018 5th - 7th October

Marlborough Branch VCC 60th Anniversary Rally

6th - 7th October

Dunvegan Rally, Otago Branch



12 - 14 October Canterbury Branch Swap Meet 22nd - 28th October Targa NZ - VCC South Island Time Trial.

Rod Corbett 03 423 1551 or 027 433 8772 28th October

All British Day, McLeans Island, Canterbury Colin Hey, 03 359-8737

3rd November

Taieri Tour, Otago Branch

10th November

Clutha Rally, South Otago Branch

16th-18th November

Canterbury Branch Monte Carlo Rallye

16th - 18th November

National Veteran Rally (Nelson), preceded by the Prince Henry Tour. See advert later in this issue.

18th November

Commercial/Veteran Rally, Otago Branch 2019



26 - 27 January Edendale Crank Up 26th - 27th January 65th Dunedin to Brighton Run, Otago Branch 15th-17th February 26th National Motorcycle Rally – Blenheim 7th – 13th March

North Island Club Captain’s Tour. Kaaren Smylie Phone 07 576 4180, cell 021 664 341 or email:

19th - 21st April

National South Island Easter Rally (Ashburton)

25th August

National Day - Daffodil Rally for Cancer

2020 16th - 18th October

South Island Veteran Rally, Gore branch.

2021 17th – 22nd January

Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, New Plymouth 23






New Television Series “One of the nice things about not having a 9-5 day job is the ability to pursue pet projects, be they value or vanity-driven. It was likely more the latter than the former that saw me join a skilled group of local film-makers earlier this year to create the first New Zealand classic car television show for a mainstream broadcaster. As the name suggests Start Me Up sees me, a bush mechanic at best, and an actual qualified mechanic, Martin Lafferty, start up old cars that haven't run for a long time, in some cases up to 30 years. Think Country Calendar blended with Top Gear and a bit of Mucking In; and you've got a good idea of the show. In each episode we've got 10 daylight hours to work out what's broken, how to fix it, source the necessary parts and then get the beastie firing again, ideally on all cylinders and in forward motion. No easy thing to do when you're dealing with the likes of 1920s Dodges, abandoned 1950s Morris Minors and wheel-less 1960s Valiant Utes.” Mike "MOD" O'Donnell is a professional director, adviser and parttime bogan. His Twitter handle is @modsta and his new show Start Me Up starts screening on TVNZ Duke on September 25. (Extracted from the Stuff online news site, 5 September 2018: It looks as though this series is only going to be available “On Demand” so you will need to watch it on a computer or a Smart television. The website link is The Editor)

Random Thoughts I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row. Evan Henderson 29

Project Ark I was fortunate to see the Project Ark team in action recently when they were digitising 50 objects from the collection at Te Hikoi in Riverton. At the September meeting David McDowell reported that they would be spending two weeks at the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum. This article from The Ensign gives an insight into the Project. “A major step in cataloguing and digitising hundreds of thousands of items in Southland’s heritage collections has been taken with the implementation of a two-year pilot programme dubbed Project Ark.

Captured: Project Ark lead David Luoni is keen to start the cataloguing and digitising of collections in Southland's museums. He has the equipment – a camera and a light cocoon that creates soft, shadowless lighting – and is ready to start. Photo: supplied

Project lead David Luoni said three full-time staff employed for two years would carry out the work and they would most likely be based in Gore. The project, which involves the cataloguing and digitising of a whole region’s collections, will be a first for New Zealand.


Each museum will have its own digital collection. That collection would also be contained in a national digital collection accessible nationally or worldwide. Mr Luoni said it was important museums retained their own independent collection databases. Overseen by the Southland Regional Heritage Committee (SRHC), the project is a collaboration between the Invercargill City Council and the Southland and Gore District Councils. Mr Luoni said the resulting digital archive would allow communities and individuals to research regional history on a digital platform. The pilot is being funded by the Southland Regional Heritage rate, which means ratepayers will not have to foot an extra bill. “Digital records open up heritage to the world, providing instant public access.” The overarching principle would be the historical and cultural significance of items to Southland and its communities, he said. Only the extensively remodelled Mataura Museum had its collection fully digitised. Collections in the rest of the region’s museums were partially digitised or not at all, he said. “Some collections remain uncatalogued.” Digital cataloguing and packing will help future-proof the collections in some of Southland’s smaller volunteer museums that experienced funding pressure and a diminishing volunteer base. The work would be carried out under the Gore District Council Arts and Heritage Department umbrella, Mr Luoni said. It was envisaged the pilot work would begin in July and involve the digital cataloguing of 50 significant items from each museum. Then the team would concentrate on cataloguing and packing the Wyndham and Districts Historical Society museum collection. The existing museum was deemed to be earthquake-prone and the collection was to be moved, he said. Te Papa was also supporting the project with expert knowledge about carrying out significance assessments. Gore District Arts Curator Jim Geddes said the pilot programme was exciting. “A very special part of the project is the digitalisation of museum collections across Southland,” Mr Geddes said. Most museum collections were manually recorded. Mr Geddes paid tribute to Mr Luoni’s dedication to the project. “It’s been an enormous amount of work for David.” 31

Summary of Project Ark It is expected the Project Ark pilot involving the cataloguing and digitising of hundreds of thousands of items in Southland’s heritage collections will have multiple benefits for the region and nationally. Those benefits include: It will provide a co-ordinated regional approach to heritage collection management with user guides. Museums will have a complete, backed-up record of collections. Each item will be photographed or scanned to provide a visual record. Collections will be marked/labelled so they can be readily identified. The cataloguing process will capture and share the histories and stories that give items their cultural significance. The collections can be shared on national databases. During the cataloguing process items will be assessed for their historical and cultural significance. Digital cataloguing and packing will help future-proof the collections. (Adapted from the May 21st 2018 edition of The Ensign newspaper, with permission. The Editor)

Random Thoughts I decided to stop calling the bathroom the “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning. The biggest lie I tell myself is…"I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it." Evan Henderson 32


Speed Early speed records were held by electric cars, now they are coming back. Who would have thought that they would be competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans? However, just over 100 years ago car makers realised that cars that broke records brought buyers to the showrooms and it was very competitive. We have all heard the saying “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday”! Benz were early off the mark and they built six monsters known as the Blitzen Benz. Four cars were built around 1909 and two more later on. Only two exist today, one in the Mercedes Museum and the other in a private collection in the USA.

(Photo sourced from

The engines were enormous by today’s standards, the bore size was 7.28” or 185mm and the stroke was 7.87” or 200mm. That works out at or 21470cc (21.47 litres). The engines were inline fours with overhead valves, 100mm diameter inlet and 98mm exhaust. Two magnetos supplied two separate ignition systems with two spark plugs per cylinder. I can’t find any details about carburation. The later engines were 200hp at 1600rpm, then upped to 2000rpm but that is only 9.3hp per litre of displacement. 34

The cars were rear wheel drive, by side-mounted chains, with a fourspeed gearbox and only rear-wheel brakes. A two-man crew was normal, the off-sider was needed to keep the fuel tank pressurised by hand pumping as during this era there were no fuel pumps. On May 27th 1911, one covered a mile in 25.4 seconds (141.7mph) at Daytona Beach, USA. At the fairly new Brooklands bowl in England one was clocked at 125.55mph on the 8th November 1909, over twice as fast as any aeroplane at that time. Later on, engines were tweaked and they were altered to a narrower, more streamlined body. At the Indianapolis race track one made 142mph, then, at Daytona one hit 147.3mph. In 1912 two Blitzens were racing on the beach at San Diego when one caught fire so the car was driven into the sea and saved. Jim McFadzien

Online Bonuses The Blitzen-Benz. Bill Evan’s dream comes true - Mercedes-Benz original: Land Speed Record – Progression: World’s Fastest Car – 1,000mph Bloodhound SSC – First Public Runs: Thrust SSC - still the only car to travel faster than the speed of sound: World Ice Speed Record - Fastest Car on Ice 321 km/h: Spirit of America: 35


Chris Scoles’ Dodge was recently the subject of some unwelcome attention while parked outside his house. The chassis is bent with a ripple in under the quarter-light window and the door is jammed. At least the culprit owned up! (Report and photos courtesy of Murray Proctor.) 36

More candidates for the “Hard Luck Trophy”? The Opening Run saw a few members having car trouble before and during the Run. Perhaps they knew the roads that were in store for them! Brian Horrel had to leave his Rover at the Club rooms as it decided to jettison a fair proportion of its coolant while waiting for the start. Pat Hurley offered Brian the navigator’s seat in his Vauxhall Cresta, but not until Brian had used his jump leads to get Pat’s car started after the battery refused to turn the engine over. Des and Janet Brewster had to return home and switch to their modern after their Triumph decided to play up. Barry and Ann Newland were heading for an ice cream in Clinton when their Mercedes disappeared in a cloud of steam. In the face of these misfortunes, the Editorial Toyota losing a front wheel balance weight on the gravel barely merits a mention! The Editor

Gore VCC Supper Roster 2018/9 October November December January February March April May June

Des Brewster Gerry Kennedy Russel Newland To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised To be advised


We need to cater for about 3040 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.

July To be advised August September To be advised



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



(When I baked it, my 20cm tin was too shallow and the cake spilled over, so use a reasonably deep tin, say two to three inches deep.) Glenise Corcoran 40


ADVERTISEMENTS WANTED Hello everyone. Three “Wanted” requests. Please reply to Ross Holden, Communications Officer, Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc.). Phone 021 263 8488 or email if you can help. Khalid writes: My grandfather has a Morris 10/4, 1933 and is looking for some kingpins to re do the car. Grant writes: Hi - was recommended by a fellow enthusiast to ask on here of my dilemma, being a lover of old cars with owning currently a ‘68 mustang, ‘67 Mk1 Mini and now a ‘57 A35 Austin van which is in a full restore at 85%. One of my trafficators I think, has an internal melt down (just big sparks when connected). Can anyone aid me by having a working spare in their box of bits. The model in question is a SF80. I am located in Carterton. Oliver writes: “Hi, I’m in the South Canterbury branch but I’m going to be doing up a ‘75-‘76 Datsun 180B. Would you please ask the other branches if there is someone that might have parts?”



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 43




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