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November 2018

PO Box 458, LEVIN 14 Tiro Tiro Road, LEVIN


Tom Hayes


Des St Clare

0274 191412

Deputy Chair

Pete Collins

06 368 8656


Winton Cleal

04 293 3369


Jackie Job

06 368 2565

Club Captain (Joint)

Rex Williams Pete Collins

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Branch Delegate

Michael Gaffaney

04 905 2402


Derek Ransom Bob Barton Warren MacMillan John White Colin Brooks

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Custodian Groundspeople

Andrew Judd Wayne Thrower Julia MacMillan

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Spares Team

Callum Farmer Rex Williams Mike Khull Bob Barton Jeff Fox Colin Brooks Robert Cammish

06 364 7238

Library Archives

Don McLaren Pauline St Clare

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Spark Editor

Mark Gibson Bob Barton

04 971 2858

Spark Distribution VIC Team

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06 367 8216

Verdon Heath, Ivan Horn, Jeff Fox, Mark Morgan and Mike Khull Meeting Branch Night - 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 30 pm Committee Meeting - Last Wednesday of the month at 7 30 pm Working Bee - Saturday following Branch Night at 9 00 am Spare Parts - Open Saturday following Branch Night

Well already we are into November, only just over 6 weeks till Christmas. Where has the year gone?

For me it has been a very busy time especially as it‟s my first year as Chairman. I am so lucky to have a great committee to help and guide me, plus all the help and advice given to me from club members. The great news I can convey to you is that we now officially have two new Club Captains. Pete Collins and Rex Williams have stepped into the positions and they are already mapping out an interesting and busy schedule for next year. They have both held this position before so know what they are letting themselves in for. It is very demanding and time consuming, so please respect their decisions and support them. I must also thank Bob and John for all the effort they contributed to this position. Especially for carrying on keeping the events and runs going although they had both resigned and wanted some time to themselves. So, John and Bob, on behalf of the club a big „thanks‟. The next event we have coming up is the Tararua Trundle on 18 November and the entry forms are in last month‟s Spark. So fill yours in and get ready for another enjoyable outing. The Christmas Dinner is on 9 December. The cutoff date for this is our next club night which is 5 December. The caterers have to be notified of attending numbers and the club has to guarantee payment for these. There will be no door sales, so get your payment in now. The trip to Southwards Car Museum was a great days outing and was well enjoyed by about 30 people. Rita Benge‟s memorial service was well attended and had around 14 vintage cars on display. This was very pleasing to see so many people making the effort, especially some driving from Wellington. They drove fairly long distances to give their support to Ivan and his family. Bob Disher‟s funeral was well attended by many club members and was supported by having about 10 club cars in attendance. Many followed the hearse in procession to the Cemetery. Our condolences go to the Disher family, it is great to be able to give them our support at such a sad time. Murray Horn gave a very enlightening talk on lubricants on club night and I certainly learnt a lot. I will be visiting him to get the right lubricants for my car. So many thanks to Murray and also to Colin Geange for arranging him as a speaker. Hope to see you all at the Tararua Trundle.

Des St Clare

Roster for December 2018 Mervyn Steel, Hugh Sutherland, Wayne and Diane Thrower, Murray Tinsley. PLEASE, if you are unable to make it for either kitchen duties on club night, 5 December or the Working Bee on Saturday morning 8 November, 9.00am till 12 noon let me know on 027 4191412 or

Speaker for December 2018 There will be no speaker for December.

This year’s Christmas Party is to be held on Sunday 9 December. Please see the ad later in Spark. As with previous successes we will have Raewyn’s Caterers of Levin serving our dinner. The cost this year will be $30 each. Please bring a small gift and perhaps consider something a little humorous. Be in quick to book your spot. Bookings will be closed, payment must be made by club night 5 December at the latest. Payment can be made directly on that date or via online banking. There are NO door sales. This is required so the caterers know exactly how many will be present. This will be an excellent day out and you’ll get to vote on the Restoration of the Year. Looking forward to seeing you.


From: Les Callear <> Sent: Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:50 AM Subject: Transmission Gully Motor Show cancellation Hi, It is with much regret that we have had to cancel the show planned for March 3rd. We are unable to obtain controlled access to the site to charge entry fees. So this does not make the event viable. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Regards Les

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Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run

We still need one or two people to take over the running of the monthly run as Alison and I are not organising any more after December this year. It is not an arduous task as there is no run in January and Brian Ward has offered to host a barbeque and â&#x20AC;&#x153;bonnets upâ&#x20AC;? in February. We have a contact to pass on for March, and then in June, we have the mid-winter Xmas lunch. We always have a visit to the Time Cinema in August and the Xmas dinner is in December. Lunches and dinners are always well attended and if the organiser/s were stuck for something of Automotive interest then another lunch meeting would be acceptable. John Kinvig

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From: <> Sent: Thursday, 18 October 2018 5:55 PM Subject: VCC National Office Staff Importance: High

Hi Folks I am pleased to advise that the National Office has employed an assistant who will be working 25 hours a week. We are going to know her as Jo. (Her name is also Julie, but to reduce confusion, and as she has often been called Jo, we will just stick with that.) Training will take some time, as there are a lot of varying jobs that are undertaken in this office. Thanks for your patience. Julie Cairns-Gee Administration Manager VCC National Office

Are members aware of this Club Entry Pass offer available to them? Southwards Museum issue this pass to VCC members for a reasonable fee of $40. It entitles multiple visits to the museum. Especially good if you regularly entertain visitors interested in vintage cars. A great idea! Southwards have plans to cater to special events, such as Bathurst and show special events on a large screen. This facility will only be available to VCC members. This includes a bar with associated cafĂŠ facilities.

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE HOROWHENUA BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NZ INC HELD AT 14 TIRO TIRO ROAD, LEVIN ON 7th NOVEMBER 2018 AT 7.30 PM. PRESENT: Chairman Des St Clare welcomed 59 members. APOLOGIES: Bruce Scott, John Rapley, Colin Geange, Bryan Wells, Murray Doreen, Mark Gibson, Margaret and Graham Lawton. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Taken as read and approved: Winton/Des CORRESPONDENCE: Several notices from National Office regarding incorrect payment for subs; also long service awards will be sent direct to the branch concerned. Transmission Gully Car Show for next year is cancelled. Matters Arising: None TREASURER’S REPORT: Jackie read out the amounts held in the accounts. Jackie/Pete CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT: Southwards visit went very well with approximately10 cars turning up. Tararua Trundle all set to go. It is a long run so have a full tank of petrol. Lunch is at a café and in the afternoon the rally continues. XMAS LUNCH: 9th December at club rooms. You MUST pay and register for your lunch by the deadline date. (see in Spark). A $5 Xmas present to go in the sack. Restoration of the year will be awarded after the lunch. LIBRARY: Not busy. A few books coming in. SPARES: Nelson Branch visited the Spares. A genuine Ford car radio, 6 volt needs to be valued. If you can help, see Callum. GENERAL BUSINESS: Nelson branch called in for morning tea and were most impressed with the club rooms. The hot rod club have invited us to show our cars in the API Stadium on the 30 Sept 2019. Ivan Benge received his 60 year badge from the Chairman. We now have two new Club Captains - Pete Collins and Rex Williams. It was noted that even if the spares are not open on a working bee day, there are chores like cleaning of the club rooms that must take place. SPEAKER: Murray Horn on the use of oil. Meeting closed at 8.50pm

Winton our Secretary has received this Entry Form for a Monty Carlo Rally from Wellington Branch. It appears there is an accompanying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;challengeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to go with it, for Horowhenua, Wairarapa and Wellington to take part. It commences the Friday preceding the Burma Rally leading to Wellington Anniversary weekend and the Vintage Weekend in Whanganui. This gives members an opportunity to consider participation. Winton will publish further information on the event and explain how it will work in the December edition of Spark. This has the potential to be great fun.

…On the Road Again…

…well, nearly!

Peter and Don came round to my place on Sunday afternoon and we pushed the car out of the garage and onto the drive. I put the fuel in and connected the battery. We then checked for fuel to the carb and gave it a go. Once we had the settings sorted, I hand cranked whilst Peter pressed the starter and Don adjusted the carb. It fired up and ran! It was a bit hit and miss at first and Peter suggested one of the coils wasn’t working. He checked it out and was right, he had brought a spare coil with him and we popped that in and it started and ran a little better. The motor had an occasional miss and Peter said he thought it was the roller in the timer which was faulty. Yet again he was spot on! Peter gave me a roller and I fitted it under his instruction. He also repaired my faulty coil. We had a great time, Peter and Don were pleased with the car and I was over the moon! Just the lighting, indicators and one or two other bits to sort out, we should be rolling along…. These pictures are of my French bodied Ford Model T firing up for the first time in five and a half years. It’s with a lot of help from Peter and Don, not forgetting the man who has given me a kick up the backside to get it on the road, Andrew Heffey, thanks to you all.


Members from Horowhenua, Manawatu, Wellington and further afield attended the memorial service for Rita Benge at Foxton Beach. Club cars were displayed on the river bank in honour of Rita who has been an enthusiastic Vintage Car Club member for as long as Ivan has. Rita served for many years on the Wellington Committee, assisted with catering duties both in Wellington and Horowhenua. She was heavily involved with club activities. Both Ivan and Rita rallied extensively around New Zealand on Club Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tours. Ivan is very appreciative of the members who displayed cars.

So, what is a photo of a moose doing in our Spark? Okay dear readers, some time ago, our Librarian, Don went on a road trip up north somewhere and then had the cheek to claim ‘the furthest distance from our clubrooms our banner was waved’ (title to be shortened to TFD) Aha! Sez I, I can top that! So on packing for our trip to BC Alaska, in went the club banner! No, not British Columbia - Bloody Cold, Alaska! My wife was er, surprised to see it come out of my case, she thought I had taken to blue silk undies! The first shot is to give readers a clue to where? The second photo is me draping the thing over a metal statue of a moose, near Fairbanks. Fairbanks is about 60 miles below the Arctic Circle. I’m wearing Alaskan summer clothing, you can’t see the long johns. The metal moose was because I was exhausted from chasing the real ones! They simply will not stand still for the photo! The upshot was that I spent megabucks to get our beloved banner way up there! While our cunning Librarian simply walked across the road to Swazi for his photo! Don is the slightly less hairy one wearing glasses! Anyway, Don, my moose is not moth eaten and mangy! So there! Next year’s trip is to somewhere in South America. So work on it Mr Librarian! If members have a trip coming up, a banner photo is always appreciated! It will keep Don on his toes!

at the Clubrooms on Sunday 9 December for a catered Christmas Dinner Meet and greet – 12 noon Dinner served – approx 1 pm Please?     

Confirm your booking with Bob at the Tararua Trundle, December Club Night or phone Bob on 06 3678216. Cut off date 5 December for catering. Pay $30 each. BYO drinks – Orange juice supplied. Bring a wrapped present of no more than $5 value. Mark it male, female or both! Father Christmas will deliver! Bring your club car.

Internet Banking: A/c No: 03 0667 0269227 00 – Quote your ‘Surname’ and event ‘XmasDo’

October 14th a run to Southwards. A fine day dawned, a cold wind with a touch of snow still up there to remind us winter ain’t quite done yet! Still summer is coming, time to get those convertibles out and join us on some club runs! Southwards were hosting a Coffee and Cars day on Sunday, along with the local Air Scouts cooking sausages, so there were quite a few other car clubs present. We were greeted by the scantily clad Southwards girls who gave us discount cards. In the photo, I’m just trying to keep the poor girls warm, honest! It’s quite a while since I have visited the museum. A few cars I have not seen before, but it still has to be the best laid out and presented museum in NZ! We had about 25 members turn up, quite an easy low key sort of day. Bob Barton had another driving lesson in Andrew’s Model T, he will soon have his T licence! Also rumour has it that Bob’s T is nearly ready to roll again, with the new wheels and tyres. It has been a long rest in his basement. I think our Bob has just plain forgotten what he has stashed down there! Anyway, a good day! Club members please get your cars out and join these events, it really makes it worthwhile organising them with a good attendance! Your ex Club Captain

I’m sure this is the same dude from the Tui Brewery. He’s making a habit of this! Careful girls!


Answer later in this issue of Spark

Horowhenua Branch 14 Tiro Tiro Road Levin

Sunday 18 November 2018 Entries Close Wednesday 14 November 2018 Horowhenua Branch Rally Rules 1 2 3 4

Those entering vehicles must be financial members of the VCC of NZ Inc. All entered vehicles must be of an acceptable standard and condition. Members must produce VCC Membership if requested. The Rally Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision is final.

Internet Banking: A/c No: 03 0667 0269227 00 – Quote your ‘Surname’ and event ‘Trundle’

When insuring your valuable items (property, car etc) with Vero, quoting this number results in a commission being made to the Horowhenua Branch. Thank you for your support.

Number HO/300137


Veteran Rally Sunday 3th February 2019 For Veteran classification vehicles Meet at the VCC clubrooms in Kelvin Grove Road any time after 9.00 am for cup of tea / coffee. The briefing will be at 9.30 am. Rally start at your leisure after this time. This will be a very casual rally, with the maximum of 40 miles and a few stops of interest on the way. BYO lunch & hot water for drinks etc. and chairs etc. for a picnic. BBQ dinner at clubrooms. ENTRANT: ............................................................................................................ ................... NAVIGATOR: .................................................................................................................. ........ ADDRESS: ………………………................................................................................. ......... TOWN / CITY: .……………….….......................................................................................... TELEPHONE: (........) .....................................



VEHICLE MAKE & MODEL: ................................................................................................. YEAR: .............................. ENTRY FEE: RALLY PLAQUE: BBQ DINNER PP: $15.00

REG No. ..................................................... $15.00 $15.00

TOTAL: $............ PAYMENT METHOD: Cheque attached 

Pay on Rally Day 

Cheques payable to ‘Manawatu Branch VCC’ ENTRIES CLOSE:

25TH January 2019

RALLY ORGANISER: Derek Haycock : Phone (06) 356 1056 or 0274 419153 Email ENTRIES & ENQUIRIES: Derek Haycock, 375 Albert Street, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North 4410

MID MONTH MEANDER – 11th November 2018 Each year Woodville celebrates Armistice Day in Fountain Square off Ormond Street. This year th it will be on Sunday 11 November. A great deal of planning has been put into the 2018 celebrations and this has enabled the Vintage Car Club to be invited to attend. Arrangements have been made for our cars to be parked in the Square (provided that the organisers are not swamped with attendees and there is room). Vintage cars will need to be at Woodville and in the Square centre (the park) no later than by 10.15 am. The Armistice Day programme starts at 10.30 am with school children from the district fastening large poppies onto bamboo poles. Each of the poles will signify one of the 87 men that died overseas during the war and who had lived in Woodville prior to going to the Great War. That will be followed by a service in the Square which will be finished by 11.00 am. Overall it will be a great public day in the park with the Vintage Car Club having been invited to attend and stay over for lunch – whether they bring a picnic lunch with them or head off to the main street to find something to eat. It is understood that the Lions are arranging for there to be food in the park which will be able to be purchased. If there are sufficient VCC members attending, arrangements will be made to have hot water available for tea and coffee which our members can use over lunch. Following the 30 minute ceremony there will be a display in the local museum nearby to the park and a luncheon in the drill hall for the Military who will be attending, along with a town luncheon for the over 75's. The local radio station will be playing appropriate music in the park up until about 1.30 pm and there will be a concert in the old folks hall for the older town residents. Going by previous years it should be a great day. So that an adequate amount of parking can be set aside in the st Square centre for VCC vehicles could you please advise me no later than Thursday 1 November if you are intending to attend. Bryan Abraham

/ (06) 358 4014

SUNDAY RUN – 25th November 2018 Meet at Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Avenue (Palm Nth) at 1.00 pm for a run to a small country café. The run is on easy roads, but please note that the Café does not have EFTPOS. The total mileage for the afternoon (i.e. including back to Palm Nth) will be approx. 50 miles (75 Kms).

Congratulations to the Manawatu Branch for holding their best swap meet in the last 10 years. After all it‟s not very often that you find a set of 1938/39 Red Panther Model 20 250cc motorcycle crankcases at a swap meet. This has kept me busy following leads as to where they came from originally. A big thank you must go to another Branch‟s Spares Department for opening up sometime after the swap meet to allow the chase to begin. Moving on, a fortnight later the Sunday run to Southwards Car Museum was well attended. With Bob getting behind the wheel of Andrew‟s Model T for the second time, hopefully Bob will have his Model T on the road and at the Clubrooms for the Christmas Party on the 9th of December. Last but not least, the Manawatu Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club are having their annual swap meet at the Manawatu Vintage Car clubrooms on the 11th of November from 8am. This swap meet is getting bigger every year, so if you are into two wheels its worth a look. Safe travelling everyone.


In 1974 the first one arrived! For the last 44 years there has always been a Ford parked in Mike Khull’s garage! In 2018 the last one left! Is his next restoration a Chev?

Library Merchandise HVCC Dashboard Stickers Iron on fabric badges HVCC blue and white caps Name Badges (fill out form)


$ 4 $ 3 $10 $12


Repco Tune Scope, excellent condition, does everything. Complete with all the books and leads does 2 and 4 stroke, 6 and 12 volt, 2 to 8 cylinder. Model Super 646. $100.00 ideal for tuning the car or just sitting there in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;caveâ&#x20AC;?. Contact Shorty, Phone 3636795.

In original condition. The chrome has some surface rust. This bike is a runner and ready for re-registration. Needs only a new battery and fresh fuel. These bikes featured overhead camshafts and electric start (although only six volts). They have excellent performance for their day. 3569 of this year model were produced. This bike would be the perfect restoration or could be used in its original patina. Included is a spare C92 mostly complete bike - in parts. Also included, is a 1959 C95 rolling frame, tank and seat, with the engine. There were only 700 of this year model produced, which will make this bike quite rare, worldwide. Most of the components for these three bikes are interchangeable. So it is possible to keep the C92 as a survivor and rebuild the C95. There are number plates for all three frames, to trace - for registration. Contact Graeme McKenzie. Genuine Offers Phone 021 879 817. There is a specific request for this bike to be sold within the Branch if possible. Contact Graeme for further pictures and details.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to own a Mark 1 Cortina and I still have some spare chrome trims and light plastic covers that I expect some Mark 1 Cortina owner would appreciate. Some are headlight trims and others are the long straight trims from the car body. Some photos are attached. Does your club have any Mark 1 Cortina owners who might be interested? If so, then would you be able to pass my contact details on to them please? Regards, Rowena Johnstone Wellington 027 236 5451 (after working hours or by text)


1956 MG Magnette. Complete but de-regd. Offers wanted. Horowhenua area. Phone Steve 021 2116750. FOR SALE: 1930? Morris Major. Deceased Estate. (Chris Hanna Wellington) An incomplete restoration however in excellent condition. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wish is that the vehicle goes to a member who will complete the car. Stored in Wellington. Contact Dan Hanna (son). Phone 029 770 6398. Email

Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run (last Wednesday of the month)

Wednesday 28 November 2018 “New Life For Old Parts” We will be visiting Kapiti Vapour Blasting where Nick Sparrow will demonstrate ground breaking technology, Vapour Blasting and Ultrasonic Cleaning. The property also has 2 and a half acres of gardens to enjoy. 12 noon: Meet at Lindale Tourist Centre for lunch. Coming from the South approximately 2 kms after the Kapiti lights, turn left at the sign “Lindale Tourist Centre”. From the North, at the roundabout to Southwards, continue and take the second exit to remain on State Highway One (the first exit is a sharp turn left). Soon after, turn off to the left signposted “Lindale Tourist Centre” and follow directions. 1.15 to 1.30pm: We will proceed to Kapiti Vapour Blasting. Directions will be given during lunch. If you would like to join us, please contact John or Alison Kinvig by 25th November 2018. E-Mail:, Phone (04) 234-1262 or John on 0274524326

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CALENDAR of COMING EVENTS November November December December January January February February February February

March March August

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Tararua Trundle Wairarapa Branch 2nd Annual Stretched Gymkhana. Horowhenua Club Night Horowhenua Branch Christmas Party. Book with Bob. Cut off date 5 December. See ad and notices this issue. 19, 20 Wanganui Branch Burma Rally and Vintage Weekend. st and 21 Wellington Anniversary Weekend. See ad in this Spark. Dannevirke Wheels with Attitude and Swap Meet. TBA. th 10 British and European Car Day Trentham. 10am to 3pm. Entry $5 per display vehicle. Use Barton Road entrance. th 14-17 Art Deco Weekend in Napier. See Beaded Wheels 354. Further info th 15-17 26th National Motorcycle Rally Blenheim. 17th Supercheap Auto â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Shannon Spectacular Car Show at Shannon Domain SH1 Shannon. 9am to 2pm. Further TBA. rd 3 Transmission Gully Motor Show. Held at Battle Hill Farm by the Plimmerton Rotary Club. th 16 Horowhenua Swap Meet. Gates open 7am. Spare Parts open 10am. Members assistance required. th 25 VCCNZ National Day 2019 - Daffodil Rally for the Cancer Society. Any enquiries to: Pete Collins Phone 06 368 8656


the print bureau 06 367 9330

Horowhenua VCC November 2018  
Horowhenua VCC November 2018