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October 2018

Bob gets excited in a Model T Ford at the Police Museum! Perhaps he’ll get his going?

PO Box 458, LEVIN 14 Tiro Tiro Road, LEVIN


Tom Hayes


Des St Clare desstclare@gmail

0274 191412

Deputy Chair

Pete Collins

06 368 8656


Winton Cleal

04 293 3369


Jackie Job

06 368 2565

Club Captain (Joint) Vacant Branch Delegate

Michael Gaffaney

04 905 2402


Derek Ransom Bob Barton Warren MacMillan John White Colin Brooks

06 368 1011 06 367 8216 06 362 6156 06 368 3299 04 298 5458

Custodian Groundspeople

Andrew Judd Wayne Thrower Julia MacMillan

06 368 6891 06 368 5611 06 362 6156

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

021 1172418 0274 191412

Spark Editor

Mark Gibson Bob Barton

04 971 2858

Spark Distribution VIC Team

06 367 0613 06 363 5633 06 367 8216 06 362 6013 04 298 5458 04 905 0772

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

Another busy month has passed and we are now into daylight saving which to me means that the days are longer and getting warmer very quickly. It also means that I have to get up earlier to try and catch the elusive White Bait. (not much success so far) Our annual visit to Somerset Rest Home went well and we had 7 cars that took residents for a ride through Levin. It is a very pleasant experience to be able to take the elderly people for a ride down memory lane in our cars. It was lovely that Neil Bowater’s daughter rang and conveyed her thanks to the club for making her Fathers Day a memorable one. She said how much he enjoyed it. Neil was a club member and had a Citroen which he won a best restoration award with. He is a lovely man and we have made arrangements to drop him off copies of Beaded Wheels. It is so nice for our club to be doing something for others. Our visit to the Police Museum was well attended and very informative with a great tour through the museum. Many thanks to Andrew Heffey for arranging this! Also thanks to Andrew for patiently guiding me through the set up for the entertainment system in the club rooms. Mike Khull from the Spares team has now been added to the VIC team so is now also available to assist with applying for a Vehicle Identity Card. Thanks Mike. This month’s meeting was well attended with over 60 people present. Derek Haycock gave a wonderful presentation and speech on his exhaust fed fuel pressure pumps and also showed some wonderful Austin mascot castings that Dennis Milne had made up. Unfortunately Dennis was unable to attend the meeting. Many thanks to Mark Gibson for arranging this presentation. Lorraine Birch and her son Stewart presented the club with a lovely trophy in remembrance of Warren Birch. This is to be presented annually and can only go to a Ford. So many thanks to the Birch family. Our sincerest condolences go to Ivan Benge and his family. His wife Rita passed away on Tuesday so our thoughts are with the family on this sad occasion. Hec Newton is in hospital after having a fall and Peter Nightingale is still

recovering after an operation. We wish them both a speedy recovery. Regarding the roster for club room duties, please if you can’t make it, let me know and we can make arrangements for someone else to take your place. It is not a big ask, but this month we only had one person for the club night kitchen duties. This month’s speaker is Murray Horn and he will be talking on lubricants. Colin Geange has been working well in the back ground arranging speakers and Murray is coming thanks to Colin’s efforts. Hope to see you all at Southwards Car Museum on Sunday 14 October. Cheers

Des St Clare

Roster for November 2018 Bob and Graeme Smyth. Jevon and Barbara Snowden. David and Keith Staples. PLEASE, if you are unable to make it for either kitchen duties on club night, 7 November or the Working Bee on Saturday morning 10 November, 9.00am till 12 noon let me know on 027 4191412 or

Speaker for November 2018 Murray Horn will speak regarding engine lubricants. He has extensive expertise in this area and will provide a very informative talk on a subject dear to our investments.

Now we’ve got your attention! VCC Head Office is continually sending email messages to the Secretaries of all branches because they can not trace Subs payments! It’s not their fault! When members send Subs via internet banking, please, please in the reference fields use, YOUR NAME and FULL MEMBERSHIP NUMBER! It is basic stuff, if you want to donate your money to a good cause don’t use these and you’ll cease your Beaded Wheels and Spark to boot! There are too many messages to print in Spark and they take up far too much usable space. You’ll receive this edition of Spark, however if they suddenly stop you’ll know why! Thank you.

On behalf of the Committee and Membership, our sincere condolences are extended to Verdon Heath on the recent passing of his mother.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Ivan Benge and his family on the passing of Rita. You are all in our thoughts at this time. A Memorial Service for Rita will be held at the Manawatu Marine Boating Club, 50 Hartley Street Foxton Beach on Thursday 18 October at 1.30pm. The club would like to display as many club eligible vehicles as possible please? Meet at the clubrooms at 12.30pm. Please advise Winton of your attendance for catering purposes. Phone 04 2933369. Thank you.

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 3000 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 yearâ€&#x;s Daffodil Rally for Cancer in your diary now‌Sunday 25 August 2019. Diane Quarrie National President

Our October monthly run is to Southward Car Museum and their Café. Meet at the club rooms at 9am or be at the museum for a 10am start. We will have lunch in the café. You could bring a cut lunch to be taken outside in the grounds if you like.

______________________________________ _________________ An invitation has been extended to Horowhenua Branch to attend

ARMISTICE DAY 100 YEAR commemorations at Woodville along with Manawatu. Each year Woodville celebrates Armistice in Fountain Square Ormond Street. This year the 11th day of the 11th month falls on Sunday, the ideal day for commemorations. The Vintage Car Club has been invited to play an important part. Cars will be required on the park by 10.15am at the latest. Proceedings commence at 10.30am with children placing large poppies for each local serviceman who died from the area. This will be followed by at service that will finish at the 11th hour. Much more is to follow in the Square. Please see ‘Coming Events at Manawatu.’ This promises to be a special day out. Please note that numbers are required. There is no restriction on vehicle age, veteran cars may be asked to assist with dignitaries. Contact Bryan Abraham, details are shown in Coming Events.

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE HOROWHENUA BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB NZ INC HELD AT 14 TIRO TIRO ROAD, LEVIN ON 3rd OCTOBER 2018 AT 7.30 PM. PRESENT: Chairman Des St Clare welcomed 57 members. APOLOGIES: Hec and Shirley Newton, Bruce Scott, Wells Scadden, Bryan Wells, Andrew Heffey, Norm McBrearty, Peter Nightingale, Derek Fox, Robert Camish, Murray Doreen. Visitor: Warrick Long from the Wellington Branch. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Taken as read and approved. Winton Cleal/Andrew Judd CORRESPONDENCE: A notice from the National President regarding the club‟s very successful National Day - over $60,000 raised nationwide. MATTERS ARISING: None TREASURER’S REPORT: Jackie read out the amounts held in our accounts. Jackie/Pete Collins CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT: We still do not have a Club Captain. 14th Oct Southwards Museum. 9am at Clubrooms or meet at Southwards. Bring Gold Card. Lunch in the grounds or café. 18th Nov Tararua Trundle. Must have a full tank. Lunch will be in a café. LIBRARY: Sorting books and Magazines. SPARES: Vauxhall parts have come in. GENERAL BUSINESS: Hec Newton has had a fall and Peter Nightingale has been in hospital. Loraine and Stuart Birch presented the branch with a trophy in honour of Warren. It is to be awarded to a Ford vehicle (of course). Rex Williams received the Faux Pas Trophy. SPEAKER: Derek Haycock gave a very interesting talk on fuel pumps that he makes. Also a brief talk on reproduction of Austin mascot parts. Meeting closed at 9.15 pm.

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

Words by Roger White (VCC)


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 Director’s decision is final.

Horowhenua Branch invites you to enter the

This is a relaxed event run with straight forward instructions and is going to be a full day. It will be a fairly long run. Expect to cover sealed and possibly some unsealed roads. A full tank of fuel is advised for a very scenic drive. Entrants won’t require a cut lunch this year, a planned stop at a CafÊ will relieve you of the chore. Assembly, briefing and start-point will be at the Clubrooms Entry Fee: $20.00 Briefing: 9.30 am First Car Away: 10.00 am Entries posted to:

The Rally Director PO Box 458 Levin Entries to arrive no later than Wednesday 14 November Enquires to: The Rally Directors Bob Barton 06 367 8216 John White 06 368 3299


Registration and Entry Form Name of Entrant Address Home Phone Driver’s Name

Cell Phone (if not Entrant)

VCC No Class entered







Post Vintage


Post War




Post ’60 & ‘80

Make of Vehicle Year and CC rating Numbers Attending Total Entry Fee


Post To: The Rally Director, PO Box 458, Levin All Cheques Payable To: Horowhenua Branch VCC Inc Internet Banking: A/c No: 03 0667 0269227 00 – Quote your ‘Surname’ and event ‘Trundle’

It started out as a cool morning, but that didn't stop around 30 members making the drive to the Police Museum at the Royal New Zealand Police College, Porirua. The Police Museum, while not large, was packed with artifacts from New Zealand's history. The members were treated to a guided tour by the curator Rowen Carrol. Rowen brought the exhibits to life with the background stories of displays of early police mug shots, the creation of the Armed Offender Squad, women in policing, early transportation, Springbok tour and the Rainbow Warrior. Judging by the comments I overheard, our members enjoyed something a little different. By now the day had warmed up a little, so we headed across the road to the Aotea Lagoon to eat our lunch in the sun. Bob enjoyed a quick trip around the block in my Model T. I could see his motivation growing, to get his French bodied Model T back on the road.

FREEZE! Got ‘im Officer Bob! He’s hiding dog bikkies in his undies!

Andrew Heffey

Recruit Freddie Barton receives his first issue of uniform and is quickly deployed on duty!

Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run

Visit to Biggins Hill Historic Aircraft Centre RNZAF Ohakea

John Kinvig

About twenty keen car club members met for morning tea at Hyde Park Village Café for morning tea and a natter with friends old and new then proceeded to Viv’s Kitchen in Sanson for lunch. There is always a lot of laughter at these mid-week runs caused I think by tall tales told about beloved cars both past and present, and those cars that haven’t been so loved. We have a number of people in the group that can make even the tallest fisherman’s tale fade into insignificance, which makes these outings so enjoyable. We had thirty-eight people at Viv’s Kitchen which gave them a bigger morning rush than they would have had for a long time. The numbers were boosted by Stan Garmonsway asking if we would allow some Manawatu club members to join us, they were very welcome all eight of them and Alison and I hope that they enjoyed themselves. We departed for Ohakea to arrive there at 1pm [some led by Bernard Wright by a roundabout way!!] As we all had to enter Ohakea at the same time we were asked to make sure that they had all our names and car registration numbers but then know one seemed to checked them either going in or out! Biggin Hill Historic Aircraft Centre was to say the least amazing. A wonderfully restored Supermarine Spitfire was an aircraft with its wooden propeller made me think what nerve wracking hell it must have been to fly these things in a dog fight. A perfectly restored 1970 Bell Iriquois that gave amazing service to the NZ Air Force and a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger that is able to fold it’s wings back along the body for ease of storage on an aircraft carrier. There were several other aircraft, all in airworthy condition which were described to us in great detail by Brendon Deere. There were also aircraft engines on display and a lot of photographs to look at, and judging by the number of positive comments we received everybody had a most enjoyable day.

Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run Report on the August Mid Week run. Twenty seven enthusiasts enjoyed good food and conversation at the Chocolate Fish, Shelly Bay, before travelling on to the Time Cinema at Lyall bay to watch “ Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines,� a wonderful hilarious slapstick old film. Alison and I have bought a motorhome and next year we are going to do a lot of travelling around New Zealand to all the places we have never been to, and some of those that we have, but would like to see again. So we are getting rid of all the things that in the past we have had to rush home for, one of them sadly is organising the Midweek run, so we desperately need one or two people to take it over from the beginning of next year. We have enjoyed our two years in the job, and have been very grateful for the support and encouragement that we have received. We would like to say thank you to those people who have come up with ideas on where we could go for visits and to those who helped out when we have been indisposed. Please phone on us (04) 234-1262 if you would be interested in taking over the role. Best wishes

John and Alison ________________________________________________________________ How the heck did our banner end up in the antlers of a Canadian Moose? Something is going on? Perhaps this man ought to explain on club night!!

To be held 2 November to 4 November 2018 Entries Close 18 October 2018 Contact the above for entry details or the entry form held by your Secretary and Editor.

2019 VETERAN & VINTAGE TOUR START ASHBURTON MONDAY 6th MAY FINISH HANMER SPRINGS MONDAY 13th MAY Details yet to be finalised but we will be travelling through the Haast Pass. Expressions of interest to Diane Ross, email; Address 38 Keenans Road RD 2, Ashburton Phone 03 3082356

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MID MONTH MEANDER – Thursday 11th October 2018 The October Mid-Month Meander is an approx 45 mile (75 km) run to Murrayfield Museum & Café for lunch. Meet at the railway station end of the Matthews Ave cul-de-sac (Palm Nth) at 10.30 am. You can check out the Café menu on the internet : . There are a few kilometres of main road driving on SH57, so whether for that reason - or any other reason, don‟t forget that if it is not convenient for you to use your club eligible vehicle on any of the branch events you are more than welcome to join in using your „modern‟.

END OF MONTH RUN – Saturday 27th October 2018 Meet at 1.00 pm at the Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Ave, Palm North for another ‘longish’ October run – again of approx. 45 mile (75 km). This is a drive through easy country roads to a Café for afternoon tea. 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


It maybe Spring, but the snow on the Tararua Ranges tells a different story! Along with this it’s not that many years ago that working bee Saturdays were dying out with only the Library and Spares being present. Now things are as they should be, busy, very busy with more and more members coming along every month. A big thank you to Norm McBrearty for the station wagon load of 1950’s and 1960’s Vauxhall parts, delivered direct to Spares doors at the last working bee. Next month is the Manawatu Swap Meet, no doubt our members will be out in force, and some will find treasures, I will report on that next month. Safe travelling everyone.

Callum ______________________________________ _________________

FOR SALE: 1930? Morris Major. Deceased Estate. (Chris Hanna Wellington) An incomplete restoration however in excellent condition. The family’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

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 “cave�. 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.

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

Wednesday 31 October 2018 “Trains Big and Small” Courtesy of Bob Smyth of the Horowhenua Club we have a full day with trains, big and small. 10.00am Meet at Steam Incorporated, Paekakariki carpark or if wet in nearby carriage shed. We will have a guided tour which will take approximately 1 hour. Suggested donation $5.00 in the box. If coming from the South, enter car park just after the old Airfreight shed which is north of the Paekakariki Railway crossing. There is plenty of pull off area before the gate. If coming from the North, go to the Railway crossing and turn around in to Beach Road before heading back North as above. (This is important as it is dangerous to enter car park from the North). 11.15am Proceed to lunch venue for 11.45am at Salt and Pepper Café, 5kms South of Levin and on the corner of Buller Road and SH1. Look out for Benniks Egg Shop sign. Website: 1.15pm Proceed to Bob and Eileen Smyth‟s home, 46a Easton Way, Levin. Directions will be given out at the lunch stop. Bob‟s vehicles will be on display and other displays in his garage. Bob will give a brief talk about his vehicles and toy trains. Groups of 6 or 7 at a time to see the trains operating. Feel free to explore the garden. Afternoon tea will be available on the patio or inside. Gold coin collection. If you would like to come, please let Alison or John Kinvig know by 28th October 2018. E-Mail:, Phone (04) 234-1262 or John on 027-4524326



Manawatu Branch Swap Meet - Manfeild Park Feilding. See ad under Coming Events in this issue. th October 14 Run to Southwards Car Museum and lunch in the cafĂŠ th November 7 Horowhenua Club Night th November 11 Armistice Day 100 Year Commemorations at Fountain Square Woodville. Cars to be in place by 10.15am. See Coming Events and Notices. th November 11 Manawatu Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club Swap Meet held at the Manawatu Branch club rooms of the VCC. Commences 8am. th November 16-18 National Veteran Rally in Nelson. November 18th Tararua Trundle November 25th Wairarapa Branch 2nd Annual Stretched Gymkhana. December 5th Horowhenua Club Night th December 9 Horowhenua Branch Christmas Party 19, 20 January Wanganui Branch Burma Rally and Vintage Weekend. st and 21 Wellington Anniversary Weekend. See ad in this Spark. rd March 3 Transmission Gully Motor Show. Held at Battle Hill Farm by the Plimmerton Rotary Club. August 25th VCCNZ National Day 2019 - Daffodil Rally for the Cancer Society. Any enquiries to: John White Phone 06 368-3299


the print bureau 06 367 9330

Horowhenua VCC October 2018  
Horowhenua VCC October 2018