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Manawatu Branch

Volume 1782

August 2017

Discounts on Cook Strait Ferry Crossings All financial members of the VCC of NZ Inc can obtain a discount on ferry crossings, for individual or group bookings. You must show your membership card. Quote the required codes: Interislander WH5465 0800878898

Blue Bridge – ANTIQUECAR 0800844844

Number 09/300139

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


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Coming Events 2017 Coming Events 2017

August 2017

9 9 16 20

Mid month Meander – 11.00am (see Club Captain’s Corner for details) Committee meeting 7.00pm Ron Persson’s home Club night combined with Central Hawkes Bay Branch including meal Sunday Run. 1.00pm Note change of date

September 2017

13 16 20

Committee meeting 7.00pm The Grove Manawatu Branch Vintage Rally Club night 7.30pm The Grove Part 2 Goodwood Revival Festival of Speed

October 2017

11 18

Committee meeting 7.00pm The Grove Club night 7.30pm The Grove

November 2017

8 15

Committee meeting 7.00pm The Grove Club night 7.30pm The Grove

December 2017


Committee meeting 7.00pm The Grove Note change of date Christmas Party - catered


Notes Sunday Run details are in the Club Captain’s Corner each month. Regular monthly events are listed inside the back cover in each issue.

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Notes from the Chair Greetings fellow members, We had an entertaining evening at last Club Night with photos and video from Goodwood Revival. Thank you to Stan Garmonsway for putting this together for us. REMINDER: AUGUST CLUB NIGHT WILL BE HELD IN DANNEVIRKE.. It is our annual combined meeting with Central Hawkes Bay. We are meeting at the Services and Citizens Club in Queen St. To get there take the left hand road at the Y junction at the southern boundary of Dannevirke. We start with a meal at 6pm which costs $22.00 per head, followed by a speaker whom Bruce Poole of CHB branch has arranged. FOR CATERING PURPOSES PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY AUGUST 12TH IF YOU ARE ATTENDING. The new carpet has finally been laid in the clubrooms and looks very smart. We continue to receive bookings by outside groups so the main hall

continues to be used even during winter. Each month, on the first of the month, the Club Rooms are open for Sunday Teas. Thanks to Len Haycock for helping arrange these get-togethers. Please consider coming along. Club Captain Bryan Abraham continues to produce interesting runs. Please consider coming along to enjoy them. At the July Committee Meeting it was decided not to participate in the Daffodil Day celebrations this year, but the Branch will give a donation to the Cancer Society. The swap meet committee has had its first meeting and planning is well underway for this major event. Happy Motoring Sarah Howell Chair

August Club Night We are meeting in DANNEVIRKE for our August Meeting, combining with Central Hawkes Bay Branch Meal and Speaker at Dannevirke Services and Citizens’ Club Queen St Dannevirke Please let Sarah Howell know if you are attending 6.00pm 4

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VINTAGE RALLY - 16 September 2017 The Manawatu Branch VCC clubrooms will be open from 8.45 am to allow you and your crew to meet other rally participants and indulge in a hot drink and a biscuit or two before the 9.15 am briefing. As has been the case in recent years, the Vintage Rally will again be open to vehicles from VCC classification groups other than ‘Vintage’ - however vehicles from other classifications will be ‘non-competitive’ entries. Members who have only a veteran classification vehicle, or whose ‘vintage’ is currently off the road are more than welcome to participate in their ‘modern’ as a non-competitive entry if they wish. The morning section of the rally is approx. 75 miles (120 Kms) and is competitive for those who like a challenge – otherwise just follow the instructions and enjoy the scenery. The afternoon section is approx. 30 miles (45 Kms) and concludes at a nearby café. From the café there is approx. 15 miles (25 kms) of sealed road to return to Palmerston North. As with last year’s Vintage Rally, the route remains on the western side of the ranges so roads are relatively flat. There is only approx. ¾ mile (1.2 kms) of unsealed road on this rally. Bring your own picnic lunch, hot water, chairs etc., to help you settle in for an enjoyable lunch stop. If the weather is against us there is shelter at the destination. Entry Form Options : •

complete the form that is in this Tourer and mail it to the address on the form.

if you would like the form emailed to you to prevent you from having to cut into your Tourer, email the Rally Organiser ( ) requesting that a PDF version be emailed to you.

alternatively forget the form and just send an email to the Rally Organiser with all of the details that are requested on the form included in the email text.

Payment Options : • send a cheque in the post with your entry form ; •

pay on the day ; or

email the Rally Organiser ( ) requesting account details to enable you to pay by internet banking.

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Vintage Rally Saturday 16th September 2017 For Vintage classification vehicles

- and vehicles from other VCC classification groups as non-competitive entries Meet at the VCC clubrooms in Kelvin Grove Road any time after 8.45 am for cup of tea / coffee. The briefing will be at 9.15 am. BYO lunch & hot water for drinks etc. and chairs etc. for a picnic. Total distance for the day is approx. 105 miles (165 kms) – additional rally information is in the August Tourer.

ENTRANT: ............................................................................................................................... NAVIGATOR: .......................................................................................................................... ADDRESS: ……………………….......................................................................................... TOWN / CITY: .……………….….......................................................................................... TELEPHONE: (........) .....................................

Email ........................................................

VEHICLE MAKE & MODEL: ................................................................................................. YEAR: .............................. ENTERING AS: Vintage  ENTRY FEE: $20.00

REG No. ..................................................... Non-competitive - Veteran/PV/PW/P60/P80/or modern 

or $35.00 with Rally Plaque (optional)

PAYMENT METHOD: Cheque attached 

TOTAL $.................

Pay on Rally Day 

Internet Banking 

Cheques payable to ‘Manawatu Branch VCC’ ENTRIES CLOSE:

Thursday 7th September 2017

RALLY ORGANISER: Bryan Abraham : Phone (06) 358 4014 Email (email the Rally Organiser for a PDF copy of this entry form - or for Internet Banking account details)

ENTRIES to: Bryan Abraham, 81 Apollo Parade, Palmerston North 4414.


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The ABC of the Manawatu VCC N is for 1926 Nash 420 Standard 6 Four Door Phaeton Owned by Maurice and Christine Entwisle

By Esmee Rowden In the 1980’s Maurice realised he needed a hobby as a distraction from the pressures of farming. They were farming near Beaconsfield and in 1982 a friend suggested he looked at the bits of a Nash that had been residing in a chook house for a number of years. On inspection, they discovered that nearly all the parts were there, so bought them and trailered them home. This was in 1982. Another wise friend of Maurice’s told him that he would have to be patient as the restoration was a big job. He was – 15 years later the project was complete! The Nash arrived in Auckland in November A friend Mona test driving the newly arrived shell. 1928 (it is probably a 1929 model), and was owned for 33 years by a Mr D R Wilson in Epsom. In 1968 it was purchased by a Mr P E Hosking from Palmerston North. In the early ‘70s Barry Hoffman acquired the car and dismantled it, and then it went to Mrs L A Williams who stored the parts before the Entwisles bought it. Although the vehicle originated in USA it was Nevan Bott working on the body assembled in New Zealand with the body complete, and upholstery done in the American style with velour, and would have been assembled in Wellington. The Tourer


When Maurice began the restoration the woodwork was rotten and/or full of borer, the roof wood work was missing, the upholstery was in tatters, and there was a lot of rust in the doors, over the fuel tank and in the two side panels. The panel work on the body was mostly done by Nevan Bott from Bulls. Nevan had previously rear view prior to painting worked at Southwards and had worked on the Gullwing Mercedes among other projects. The engine was original – Maurice was the first to have work done on it – B & H did the mechanical work, and Chris Pocock did the trimming. Maurice embarked on a steep learning curve to be able to paint it himself, as well as learning how to do the woodgraining. He had some advice from Don Haynes, and someone else suggest he used a feather to apply the water based tempura paint (with a dash of stale beer – apparently any brand was OK). No chooks lost feathers. One of the Nash’s most notable outings was in 1999, when the Manawatu Branch hosted a Pomeroy Shield trial at Manfeild. Maurice told Steve Bright that if he entered, he would also; so Steve entered in his 1939 Chevvie truck, and Maurice entered the Nash. The four pages of information sent to entrants includes headings such as Marking System; The Tests A Standing Quarter Mile Sprint; a Flying Quarter mile sprint; the Wiggle Woggle; Braking test and High Speed Reliability Trial where “each car will be set a target number of laps of the circuit to drive in a twenty minute period, in two groups, competitors will attempt to achieve their target number of laps. This target will be given to competitors at Scrutineering”. There were also Flag Signals to learn, Supplementary Penalties, Scrutineering and Supplementary Rules. No wonder then that the event was attended by competitors from throughout New Zealand most of whom were intensely competitive. There was a team from Christchurch with high expectations, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, a variety of vintage racing vehicles, a highly competitive MG sedan from Hawkes Bay and many other makes, models, years represented. In the end, Steve was placed 1st or 2nd in the PV class and Maurice was 5th in the Vintage class. When I asked Maurice about any mishaps all he could come up with was getting


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a puncture ONCE. That’s not worth mentioning! What he most likes about the car is it relative uniqueness – there used to be one other of the same model (but with wooden wheels) at Horopito, but that has since been purchased by a film studio in Wellington. The purchase of this Nash gave him the hobby he was looking for; a hobby which has continued to engage and interest him for the last 35 years. The Nash shares its spacious accommodation with a 1935 Chevrolet, which arrived after the Nash, but was completed before the Nash, and a 1930 Chev Coupe. This 30’s Coupe is one of only 64 made –it arrived in NZ as a rolling chassis with the engine; its body from scuttle to boot was made in New Zealand by Munt Cotterell Neilsen in Petone. Once again, Ian and I felt privileged to talk with another talented, capable, dedicated vintage motorist – our Branch is well endowed with such people.

There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine. P.G. Wodehouse


Please note that all VCC ID Cards have an expiry. This expiry is upon change of ownership, or 10 years from the issue date. Your vehicle must also be as described on the Card. A Renewal form personalised for each vehicle ID Card is distributed by the National Office to current financial members, approximately 3 months before the expiration. Even if your vehicle has had no changes, this form must be checked, signed and forwarded to your Branch, along with the ID Card (if the photo correctly shows your vehicle in its present state), or three new photos, as stated on the form. Upon receipt at the National Office, the ID Card will be reissued and will be valid for a further 10 years unless there is a change of ownership or major changes to the vehicle during that time. It is compulsory for all National and International VCC Rallies that vehicles entered must have a current valid ID Card.

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Len Shailer Ltd THE CAR TAILORS 191 ALBERT ST, PALMERSTON NORTH PHONE 357-9098 * All types of car upholstery * Vintage cars a speciality * Carpet Overlocking

“NZ’s Finest Automotive Platers” New Style 68 Wilson Street- Wanganui Name Badges The acknowledged experts on all types available of Vintage and PostThese Vintageare Nickel from the secretary and Chrome Plating. For $18.00 each We are one of those old-fashioned firms that (member’s name is take pride in the quality of our work. printed (Ask anyone who has dealt withbelow us) For all your wings) METAL FINISHING REQUIREMENTS Copper, Brass, Bronze, Silver, Alloy Plating,Gold, Antique Finishing and Metal Polishing



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Club Captain’s Corner

SUNDAY RUN TO THE COUNTY FAYRE CAFÉ - POHANGINA – 25 June 2017 An overcast day saw 17 people join the Sunday Run and motor along Rongotea Road, down Green Road to Awahuri, around the north of Feilding, through Colyton, and along Valley Road to the County Fayre Café in Pohangina. Nine club cars parked up in Finnis Road outside the Café catching the eye of locals and customers alike while our group seated themselves around the old Pohangina County Council horseshoe shaped table to enjoy an afternoon tea of scones with jam and cream, coffee and tea. Thanks to all those who came on the run. Bryan and Catherine Abraham MID MONTH MEANDER TO HAMCO INDUSTRIES – 09 July 2017 Although rain was forecast the afternoon stayed dry, but the weather was never going to deter the nineteen people who took the short run from the meeting place at Chesters Plumbing, along Lockwood Road to Kopane, and then Green Road to Hamco Industries. The hour and a half at Hamco with the owner – Craig Hambling – seemed to fly, with him talking wheels, rims and spokes to very attentive and curious members – discussing aspects of the building, truing, repair, painting, anodising and lining (i.e. the full restoration) The Tourer


of car and motorcycle spoked wheels, but also talking about some motorcycle restoration projects that he had in hand. And after discussion was exhausted in his ‘wheel building and repair’ workshop, Craig took us to a larger shed/workshop where he talked about his (and his family’s) interest in Midget Cars - where engines and several midget cars and other examples of the sport were on display together with a family collection of vehicle, motor cycle and midget car related memorabilia. After leaving Hamco most of the group headed to Feilding where we managed to get to the Coffee on the Square Café just before closing time and had a forty minute afternoon tea before heading away. Once again, many thanks to all those who supported the run, and as one of the advertisers in our ‘Tourer’, hopefully members will support Hamco if they have any wire wheels needing repair – whether it be for a pram, pushchair, bicycle, motorcycle or car – vintage, classic or modern. Bryan and Catherine Abraham MID MONTH MEANDER – Wednesday 9 August 2017 The August Mid-Month Meander is a 30 mile (45 km) run to the Vines Café in Foxton for lunch. Meet at the railway station end of the Matthews Ave cul-de-sac (Palmerston North) at 11.00 am. While the Vines Café does not have sandwiches, filled bread rolls and savouries, there are toasted sandwiches ; burgers ; soup and chowder ; salads ; eggs (Benedict, Montreal, fried or scrambled) ; bacon and egg breakfast ; paninis ; nachos ; wedges, etc. (check out the Café menu on the internet : www. ). Don’t forget that if for any reason 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 driving your ‘modern’.


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SUNDAY RUN - 20 August 2017 Meet at 1.00 pm at the Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Ave, Palm North for a 35 mile (55 km) drive to a café. There are two 5.5 km sections of Highway driving (SH56 & SH57) on this run and the same again if you return to Palmerston North by the same route – or an even greater distance on a State Highway if you choose to take a more direct route home. Feel free to bring your modern if you wish.

Editor’s European snaps We were cruising along the Saone river, and stopped at Port sur Saone for a couple of nights. There was an expo on just across the river which had a number of items of interest including Us arriving at Fontenoy le Chateau. a repairer of brass musical instruments. He had completed a 6 year qualification. There were also several post war cars on display. Elsewhere there was a gathering of about 15 vintage cars, mostly post war. Highlight for Esmee was a Ford Escort of the kind we honeymooned in. There was also a tatty Morgan. and a Porche and a tractor. Post cruising on the canals of France we spent a couple of weeks in Portugal. Lisbon had a Coach Museum containing the Royal coach collection which The Tourer


displayed 68 horse drawn coaches, about ½ being processional coaches, and the other ½ being examples of different types. Do you know the difference between a coach and a Berlin? Or Brougham, Phaeton, Victoria …..?


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Alternators & starter motors reconditioned or new Batteries - automotive, commercial, marine Computer diagnostics - Engine, ABS, Airbags etc MP3/CD Players supplied and fitted Car alarms Air conditioning Automotive parts and accessories at: Feilding Auto Electrical 71 Stafford Street, Feilding Ph: 323 8427 Mobile: 0274 423 967 Email: 16

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Tourer Trader FOR SALE 1962 Humber Super Snipe 1964 Austin A40 Farina Austin Mini, modified to tilt nose All above have water damage 1958 Austin A40 Farina, dry storage, has a re-conditioned motor and not yet run All cars are open for offers Any enquiries or if you would like to view any of these cars, please contact Les Phone 07 323 6406 Mobile 027 271 7022 Or email

What is it?

Found at Einasleigh Hotel, Queensland , Australia

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Sarah Howell (Ian) 06 374 6645


Bryan Abraham (Catherine) 06 358 4014


Ron Persson (Josie) 06 354 5266


Bryan Abraham (Catherine) 06 358 4014

VICE CLUB Vacant CAPTAIN: TREASURER: Ian Howell (Sarah) 06 374 6645 COMMITTEE:

Trevor Hardy (Sandra) 06 323 4040 John Ireland (Anne) 06 323 4170 Brian McPherson (Deirdre) 06 354 6310 Bill Williams (Lynda) 06 323 2717

CLOSING DATE FOR NEXT TOURER – 20TH AUGUST 2017 The next issue of the Tourer will be September 2017.

Please send your contributions: rally reports, your motoring stories, cuttings, technical reports, humorous articles, photos, drawings etc

to: The Editor


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Trevor Hardy (Sandra) 06 323 4040


Esmee Rowden (Ian) 06 3567871


Gary Millar (Marion) 06 354 8298


Gary Millar (Marion) 06 354 8298


Sarah Howell (Ian) 06 374 6645



BEADED WHEELS: Ian Howell (Sarah) 06 374 6645 PARTS SHED:

Gary Millar (Marion) 06 354 8298


Murray Martin (Dot) 06 354 5960

John Ireland (Anne) 06 323 4170

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Manawatu Branch Meetings held at the Clubrooms “The Grove”, 684 Kelvin Grove Road, Palmerston North Third Wednesday of each month from 7.00pm. Meetings start at 7.30pm. (Please wear name badges at all Club events) • Committee Meeting— 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm. • BYO Tea — First Sunday of each month from 5pm at the Clubrooms. • Parts Shed — Opens from 2pm first Sunday of each month. • Library — Open on club nights, and by arrangement with the Librarian. • Noggin & Natter — First Tuesday of month at 7:30pm. Murray’s Irish Bar Feilding. Vintage Car Club Vehicle Classifications • Veteran Motor Vehicles constructed prior to 31st December 1918 • Vintage Motor Vehicles constructed between 1st January 1919 and 31 Dec 1931 • Post Vintage Motor Vehicles constructed between 1st January 1932 and 31 Dec 1945 • Post War Motor vehicles constructed between 1st January 1946 and 31st Dec 1960 • Post 1960 Motor vehicles constructed between 1st January 1961 and 31st Dec 1980 • Post 1980 Constructed after 1st January 1981 provided that no vehicle is accepted for this class until January 1st of the year that is 30 years after its original year of construction • Factory Built, & Historic Racing Vehicles -as described in the Club By-laws • Period Specials - as described in the Club By-laws

THE TOURER: New Zealand Registered Magazine.

The Official Newsletter of the Manawatu Branch of the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc) Email: Phone: (06) 354 8582 Clubrooms: ‘The Grove” 684 Kelvin Grove Road PO Box 385 Palmerston North 4440

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