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Next meeting is at The Grove, 20th February at 7.30pm Manawatu Branch

Volume 1797

December 2018

Number 09/300139

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COVER PHOTO: 1960 Mk 2 Jaguar owned by Max and Lynne Youle


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Coming Events

Coming Events 2018-2019 Manawatu Branch VCC 2018 December 2018

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Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Branch Club morning 10.30am - morning tea provided 30 Sunday Run 1.00pm Chesters 1 New Year’s Day Picnic – meet 10.45am in Bulls January 2019 3 Branch Veteran Rally February 2019 13 Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove 20 Club night 7.30pm The Grove Guest Speaker MaggieTaylor – phone scams 27 Feb– Esther & Dave’s East Coast tour to join the North 13 March Island tour 2 Branch Ruahine Ramble March 2019 6 Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Note change of date 20 Branch AGM 7.30pm 10 Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove April 2019 17 Club Night 7.30pm The Grove 4 Branch Post Vintage Rally May 2019 8 Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove 15 Club Night 7.30pm The Grove 12 Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove June 2019 19 Club Night 7.30pm The Grove 22 Branch Night Trial Sunday Run details are in the Club Captain’s Corner each month. Regular monthly events are listed inside the back cover in each issue. Bookings for The Grove venue can be made through Creative Catering, Awapuni Racecourse Phone 06 354 2780 or

From around the region: January 2019 19/20

Whanganui Heritage Weekend Burma Rally


Rotorua Lake Front Car Show 10.00am – 2.00pm

March 2019 07 – 13 North Island Club Captain’s Tour – contact 09

Wairarapa Rex Porter Memorial Rally


Horowhenua Swapmeet

April 2019 07

Horowhenua Ted Green Motorcycle Rally

19 – 22 National South Island Easter Rally 20

Whanganui Motorcycle Rally

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From the Chair From the Chair December 2018 Hello everyone, Ian and I have literally just returned from two weeks in Australia. We attended Bendigo Swap Meet and came home with some goodies. We had a good turn out of nearly 70 to the branch Christmas meal last night which was followed by an interesting talk by Derek Haycock about a recent trip to Europe. Thanks to Bryan Abraham for organising the event in my absence, and Derek for putting the slide show together for us. December “club night” on the 19th will be a morning affair starting with morning tea at 10:30 a.m. The idea is


for members to bring their club eligible vehicles and give each other rides or the opportunity to drive other members’ vehicles in the grounds at “The Grove” or on the road if the owner is happy with this. There is the usual end of month Sunday run on the 30th of December, meeting at Chesters at 1.00 p.m. as usual. In January we have Len’s New Year’s Day Picnic which is always a very popular event. Meet at 10:45 near the Bull in Bulls for a drive to a mystery picnic spot. Bring your picnic. Rob Eason has kindly been working on the pergola to support the roses at the entrance way to the club rooms and has now completed this and it looks very smart. Thank you Rob.

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The committee has purchased vinyl to re-cover those chairs that are showing wear. Anyone willing to help with the task of re-covering them please get in touch with me. (There is no sewing required). Many hands make light work. There will be no Tourer or committee meeting or club night in January. Looking ahead towards the AGM, I am coming to the end of my three year term as chair and Bryan Abraham has

indicated that he will be stepping down from the position of Club Captain at the AGM. Thank you to everyone for your participation in club activities during the year, whether it be organising or attending. Season’s Greetings to all Happy Motoring Sarah Howell.

We are touring again….. Esther and Dave Williams

This time to the start of the Club Captain’s tour the long way starting on 27 February from Palmerston North. The tour is as follows and can be subject to some changes if ACCOMMODATION becomes a problem in some places. Wednesday Feb 27 Palmerston North to Taihape. Thursday Feb 28 Taihape to Hastings over the Napier Taihape Road. Friday March 1 Continue North through back roads through Wairoa to Mahia Saturday March 2 Mahia to Gisborne Sunday March 3 Gisborne Monday March 4 Gisborne around the coast to East Cape and Te Araroa Tuesday March 5 Te Araroa to Whakatane Wednesday March 6 Whakatane around Rotorua lakes to Tauranga Thursday March 7   Club Captain’s Tour kicks off in Tauranga as follows Friday March 8 Tauranga to Taupo and Taupo VCC 50th Anniversary Rally Saturday March 9 Rally Day Sunday March 10 Taupo to Napier Monday March 11 Napier to Waipukurau  Tuesday March 12 Waipukurau to Palmerston North Wednesday March 13  Palmerston North to Wanganui If interested please contact Dave or Esther Williams on 05 3585155 or e_ .if you would like to include the Club Captain’s Tour you can contact Kaaren Smylie on 021664341 or check out the ad in Beaded Wheels October / November 2018 Page 50

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Secretary’s Scribbles Greetings All, Firstly, a very warm welcome to new members Brian and Merrel Worboys of Feilding. They have a 1980 Chrysler Valiant, and a 1929 New Hudson Motor Cycle. The Valiant is in original condition, and I have heard is a really nice example. The New Hudson is under restoration, and I would guess is a relatively rare machine. We look forward to meeting you both, and viewing your vehicles as well. I am in the process of having name badges made for you, and will supply some other useful information to help you settle in. And don’t be surprised to hear from our newsletter Editor looking for an interview for the ‘Tourer’! Membership fees were due at the end of October, and National Office only allows for one month’s grace. So if you haven’t paid yours yet, you might find that you will miss out on the December/January issue of Beaded Wheels. Your name will also be missing from the address labels printed by National Office for Tourer, so likely you’ll miss that as well. If you haven’t done too much with your vehicle over the winter months, now is a good time to bring it out of hibernation. There is so much happening over the next few months, and with El Nino playing ball, the summer should be a good one. Our esteemed Club Captain has some interesting events coming up – see the “coming events” section. Further afield, the Rotorua Branch have their


7th Lakefront Car Show on the 20th January. This is a very popular event in the Sulphur City, with all proceed going to St Johns Ambulance. Closer to home, over Wellington Anniversary Weekend, is the Wanganui Vintage Weekend. Saturday is a park and display in Victoria Avenue with the street cordoned off, and later in the day a procession through the suburban streets. Sunday, the Wanganui Branch hold their annual Burma Rally, and then Monday morning, Branch Chairman Bruce Ardell has a short run planned with a mystery destination. These Vintage Weekends have grown in numbers and popularity over the last couple of years. If you don’t want to spend the whole weekend, it’s quite okay to do just one or so days. Ann & I have done the whole weekend the last two years, and for us is a “must do” each year. And not far from home to boot! I have entry forms for the Burma Rally available. Tis the season to be jolly they say. With an interest such as we have, I reckon we are jolly all year round! But please, remember not to imbibe in the alcoholic jollies so much as to risk life & limb and our pride and joy on the roads. Don’t forget – other people make mistakes! Merry Christmas all; have a safe and happy one.


I have arranged for a very interesting and informative guest speaker for club night February. Local lady Maggie The Tourer

Taylor will be speaking on the dangers of phone scammers, and how to avoid them. After having a really close shave of her own with a scammer attempting to empty her bank account (and very nearly succeeding!), Maggie is now

working with the Banking Ombudsman to warn others of the dangers. Not to be missed! Cheers, Peter.

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2019 IS THE YEAR OF THE COMMERCIAL For the first time ever Commercial Vehicles will be the Featured Marque for 2019. Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for Art Deco Weekend 2019 from February 14th -17th. 45000 people attended ADW in 2018. Kindly sponsored again this year by Euro City Ltd. The Grand Parade on the Saturday will be limited to pre 1946 vehicles with a wheelbase of 160” or less. No tractors or trailers allowed. A weight limit of 3 tons will also apply. Here is your chance to show off that great Commercial vehicle along with Commercials from the Bill Richardson Transport Museum. We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on Wednesday 13th Feb so you can participate in a special run for Commercials only on the Thursday ending up at Off the Track restaurant for lunch. Attend our Valentine’s Dinner at the HBVCC Clubrooms that evening. Prizes for best dressed COUPLES this year. For 2019 the main rally is again on Friday and we plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus a picnic lunch at an historic Hawkes Bay homestead. Come and join the other 180 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter the 2019 Event. Go to the HBVCC website for an Entry Form. ( Entry forms for 2019 will be available from 20th August 2018. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment. Contacts:


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With the Branch being the foremost historical motoring authority in the Manawatu, it would be great for visitors and members to see the range of cars, trucks and bikes that members have. It doesn’t matter whether your vehicle is original condition, restored, or unrestored. Please send your photos to: The Secretary PO Box 385 Palmerston North 4440 Photo size 180mm by 130mm (5” by 7”) in landscape layout, with your name, and year, make and model of your vehicle. The Tourer


Ole and Sven were taking a vacation in Sven’s new camper. As usual, they’d become lost and were wandering around a strange town trying to find the highway. Sven was just starting down a grade to go under a bridge when he slams on the brakes. Ole: Vat da heck you do dat for, Sven? Sven: Dat sign dere says “Low Bridge. No Vehicles Over Twelve Feet High.” Dis here camper is t’irteen feet! Ole: Cripes almighty Sven, dere ain’t no cops around. Yust hit da gas pedal and go for it!


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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Rotorua Vintage & Veteran Car Club Inc proudly present the

7th Annual Rotorua Lakefront Car Show 10am - 2pm, Sunday, 20th January 2019 ALL CARS, BIKES AND COMMERCIALS WELCOME! The venue is the Rotorua Village Green at the Lake Front, off Whakaue Street. This is an informal car show open to any individuals or clubs to display their vehicles. Drivers will be asked for a gold coin donation upon arrival. All monies raised will be donated to St Johns Ambulance Rotorua. Car clubs are welcome to display their vehicles in a group. During the day drivers and their companions can enjoy their own picnic lunch under the trees, or take advantage of local eateries, including Rotorua’s “Eat Street” which is at the southern end of the show area. Rotorua’s Soundshell Market will be in operation adjacent to the Car Show, as well as other holiday attractions.

Over 300 vehicles were on display at last year’s show, and the event has been very popular with locals and holiday makers alike. Vehicles have ranged from early vintage to almost new. For further information email or like our Facebook page (Rotorua Vintage Car Club) for any updates. We look forward to seeing you there!


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STALE FUEL PROBLEMS The following article appeared in a recent issue of Zenith, the Wairarapa Branch’s magazine, and is reprinted here with the permission of its author, Francis Pointon of Pointon Motors: Over the past few months I’ve had a number of vehicles to attend to with fuel problems. Usually they won’t start after a period of no usage, however not everyone is aware of the corrosion damage which can occur. As a general rule 3 months is all you can safely leave fuel and have no problems. I’ve just attended to a vehicle which had been parked for 3 years with a half full tank of gas. It cost around $2500 to get the vehicle going properly and repair the damage; carb, fuel pump, fuel tank, fuel lines, and fuel gauge sender, all needed remedial work. The corrosion in the fuel tank above the fuel level was unbelievable . As a general rule I drain the fuel out of any vehicle not in general use as soon as it goes back on display. This includes draining the vacuum tank if fitted. As an example of how bad the fuel can get, I used some stale fuel in my motor mower thinking it would do no harm. It ran ok but very smelly. However after I turned it off and had smoko and came back to start it, I found the inlet valve had stuck open and it had no compression. The solution here was to heat up the engine with a heat gun really hot until the valve snapped shut, then empty the tank, install new fuel and some injector cleaner to remove the gum which had made the valve stick! Then run the engine to clean things out. Lesson learnt! I just hated the thought of dumping all that fuel! Another job I’ve just done, was to fix an overhead valve engine that the owner had started on stale fuel, run it for a short time and then turned it off . The next day he went to start it and bang bang bang 3 bent pushrods caused by 3 stuck valves. Same problem again. So be warned, don’t start you engine on stale fuel, drain the tank and run fresh. As for the problem of tank corrosion I’ve found filling the tank with a molasses and water solution and leaving for a couple of weeks, then adding some lead shot and swishing it around works wonders. But remove the tank first! My friend Barry tells me he has a lot of bikes with similar problems to fix, so be warned.


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Club Captain’s Corner Notices SUNDAY RUN – 30 December 2018 For the last ‘Café run’ for the year meet at 1.00 pm on Sunday 30 December at the Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Avenue (Palm Nth) for a leisurely and fairly short (20 mile / 35 km) run on easy roads to a Café for afternoon tea and natter. SUNDAY PICNIC – 27 January 2019 Meet at 11.00 am at the Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Avenue (Palm Nth) for an approx 22 mile (35 Km) drive through some of our local country roads to a popular picnic spot. Come with your lunch, hot water, chairs and whatever else you might need to settle in for a pleasant picnic. If the weather is against us on the day still come as a shorter route to an alternative venue has been prepared which will allow us to go ahead with our picnic plans under shelter. Reports SATURDAY RUN TO HANSENS CAFÉ – 27 October 2018 Despite occasional showers fifteen cars

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and crews turned up at the Chester’s Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Avenue keen to head off to the end of month Café to give their cars an airing and have another catch up with fellow members.

Allan and Suzanne Hardacre’s 1915 Dodge The destination was Hansens Café in Kimbolton. The route took the cars out through Bunnythorpe and Hiwinui, along Grove Road, then into Colyton Road and onto Kimbolton Road. Two other cars met the main group at Kimbolton and the 33 people on the outing made themselves comfortable in the café. At one stage the queue for the counter was out on the footpath, but with the café fully staffed (they knew we were coming) the orders


were soon taken and conversation over drinks and a selection of delicious food continued for over an hour and a half with everyone appearing to thoroughly enjoy the outing. Thanks to all those who supported the run. Bryan & Catherine Abraham Sven and Ole bought a new car. They were so excited about it that when they got home they locked the keys in the car. Sven says to Ole, “I thought you had the keys.” Ole says, “You ver driving, da driver always takes da keys.” “Well,” says Sven, “It doesn’t much matter, da question is vat are ve going ta do about it.” Ole says, “I don’t know, but ve bedder come up vit someting fast because it looks like rain, and you had ta go and leave da top down.”

Woodville Armistice Day Celebrations Manawatu Branch cars parked up in Fountaine Square.


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South Island Tour Oct – Nov 2018 John Callesen, with John Hastilow (Manawatu Branch member 1967 -1971) as navigator went on a South Island jaunt taking in 3 rallies. They had a most successful time as well as a lot of fun. Judy Callesen joined them for the Nelson Veteran Rally. These are their results with John C’s story of the adventure following. Congratulations to you all. (Editor). South Canterbury Mt Cook Rally. Timaru to Mt Cook. 50 entrants Veteran and Vintage Field Tests - 1st equal Furthest Distance travelled to Rally – trophy Veteran Time trial- trophy Veteran overall winner – trophy Prince Henry Tour – Ashburton to Nelson. 12 entrants Second National Veteran Rally – Nelson 52 entrants ‘Ian McLean Trophy’ Overall winner McLean Motor Car Act – Teams Trophy 3 car Team Event Ross’s ’15 Dodge Millar’s ’18 Hudson (x Dick Haycocks car) Callesen’s ’18 Cadillac

And now for John C’s adventures in the South Island…… A few months ago, I looked up the South Island calendar of events and worked out if I took the ’18 Cadillac south we could do 4 rallies. My good friend’s wife is in full time care so he needed time out. Thus it was that John Hastilow, Manawatu member 1967 –71, met me at the Picton Ferry. Overnight at Blenheim and onto Kaikoura. Eight stop/go’s, the longest about 20 mins. Cadillac looked like it was covered in cement from the limestone brought up by the earthquake. Turned onto the inland Kaikoura road with a lot more stop/ go’s to wait for. Nice road for old cars through to Waiau. On to Culverden and left at Waikari for 20kms inland to view a collection that used to have a 1911 Cadillac but now has 3 Cadi’s, the latest being a ’42? restoration project from the McVicar auction. Overnight at John’s place in Christchurch where I attempted to clean the ‘cement’ off the car but only managed the outside. Friday near Timaru we visited another person we knew with an impressive collection where another McVicar car was sitting, being the ’31 Chrysler roadster with brown iridescent guards, bought for $98k. The Tourer


Next day was the start of the annual rally to Mt Cook. We booked the back-country route and got it when ‘lowering’ the Cadi down Elephant hill into Kurow for lunch. Onto Omarama to stay at Twizel. In the morning we had field tests and questions before heading to Mt Cook on a cloudless day. Such a spectacular vista up there which is why they had 950,000 visitors last year with the biggest day for campsites being 350. The Hillary tractor I built for the Hillary Alpine Museum at the Hermitage in 2010 still looks good. When Hillary planned the trip to the South Pole NZ raised funds for it. One way was by schools raising five shillings and for this they were given a certificate. The museum had the advertising for this but no certificate. Last year John visited a friend in London who showed him his library and suggested he had an item that should be in NZ. Unbelievably it was a mint, bright purple Hillary certificate in a frame. We presented it to the Museum. Back then to Twizel for the final dinner. Next, we headed to Geraldine and had the usual stop at the cheese shop. Still blue-sky motoring so headed along the inland road to Rakaia Gorge and Hororata to visit veteran car 50+ yr VCC members who turned out to be also going on the Prince Henry tour. Before leaving home, Judy had been presented with a surprise 70th birthday envelope with Air NZ tickets and Tranz Alpine train tickets. So the Cadillac was parked up at John’s and we joined her on the train for the 5 or so hour journey. This is well worth it: smooth, comfortable, great views. There are no services between Greymouth and Hokitika so we hired a car. Hokitika is one of my favourite places in the South Island along with Oamaru. All the buildings have been renovated and none demolished because of earthquake risk. This place seems to be the whitebait capital as we had whitebait pizzas. One old guy was buying a lotto ticket as he had just caught 30lb. Bushwalk the next morning and back to Greymouth to catch the return train. Judy’s itinerary for Saturday was shopping in Christchurch which she managed without hesitation. Sunday was rally #2 being the Canterbury Veteran rally. Must be hard setting one down there as every road is miles long in a straight line. About 15 cars did the tour with most interest being the lunch stop where the VCC All British day was being held with over 200 cars. Judy and I flew home Monday where I was to hesitate for 12 days before flying south again to restart the adventure. Rally #3 Flew back to Christchurch and John and I drove to Ashburton to the Tinwald start.


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Met up with Murray and Joy who had stayed with us on their way down from Tauranga. Yes, both in their 80’s and driving all the way in a ’17 Dodge Roadster. They deserve gold medals; they are so much fun. Twelve cars entered the Prince Henry tour which is ‘owned’ by the Otago branch but has to have some sort of competition, in this case scrabble words relating to all sorts of signs along the way. I was surprised at the number of small cars owned by older members on this trip. Good on them but 4 of these cars failed. We looked after one with mag trouble going up a hill. After an hour I towed him to a safe place which I found 200m past another car with a seized clutch. My guy took a rusty mag out from under the seat which looked ominous so I sent John back to the car we had passed and said make sure the AA brings a truck that can take two cars as I can’t see this one going. All was arranged so we left them at 2.15pm to head to Springs Junction for a 3.15pm lunch! Well the person at AA decided there can’t be two cars broken down on the Lewis Pass 200m apart, it must be the same car,so sent a single car unit. Our elderly couple finally got back to Ashburton at 2.10am!! after waiting for a second transporter. It was a hot day too. We then followed another car with mag issues to Reefton. Every time I’ve stopped at Reefton the same guys turn up to talk cars so we were last away again. Going up a hill we came across a 1915 car with a right rear puncture, parked right next to a water table so the car couldn’t get off the road. I put a bright yellow fluoro vest on the driver and myself and sent John down the road with my safety triangle. (His wife is giving him a fluoro vest for Xmas. Good idea fellow members. Get a yellow one because all the South Island is dressed in orange now.) Put a new tube in and we were both off to the Hope Saddle and Richmond for the final dinner. Rally # 4 Friday was a free day but to avoid withdrawal symptoms if we stopped driving we toured out to Mapua and back into Nelson to visit the Founders Museum where they have a ‘Newman’s’ garage. With John’s and my interest in Cadillacs and the fact I tried The Tourer


to leave mine looking like a Newman’s service car we just had to visit there. Well a guy saw my car and said you need to have that in the garage so opened the doors and in we drove to take some neat photos with Newman’s buses in the background. Hence, we stayed looking at all the exhibits for 1 ½ hours. The Nelson VCC put dinner on that night at their clubrooms which are out of Richmond at the Speedway grounds. Saturday, we lined up with 51 other cars in the main precinct of Richmond. WOW, the wearable arts museum brought along 5 cars including a ’18 Stutz Bearcat and a huge ’16 Locomobile Raceabout. It was here I was approached by the man who put me onto the history of Judy’s ’12 Clement Bayard in the late ‘80s. I had never met him before but that’s another story. We had picked the long route which was 70 miles out towards Mapua again. Good cruisy roads. Back to Willow Bank Village where the public were invited to view the Field events. We had been asked to join two other cars to form a 3-team car completion so the acid was on us for the field events that went towards this. Quite challenging for a big car but a 17-plate clutch helped. Back to tour around including gravel roads and a visit to Tasman Coach builders. Day two, Sunday, was visiting two homesteads but the route took us through Stoke and on to go through Tahunanui but we struck more of cars queuing. Nelson is becoming like Auckland. For those who know Nelson, the road from the Port to the other side of Richmond can be full. In this case the queue was to the port with Veteran cars scattered amongst them. We decided to break away from that, have a coffee and go the back way to Stoke. On our arrival cars from the queue were still arriving at the homestead. Isel House is an integral part of local history with early furniture, large paintings and delicate ceramics. We then moved onto Broadgreen House and grounds where the public had alsobeen invited. Being a nice day, it was well supported. That night was the final dinner where there were a few surprises. An interesting piece of information we discovered: in the Nelson rally booklet they had an article on Nelson’s first Veteran rally, on Anzac Weekend 1994. We had forgotten but there were two Manawatu entrants, Ron and Jill Blanchett’s 1911 Wolseley and Judy in her 1912 Clement Bayard. (Apparently Judy has a trophy in her cabinet for ‘First Lady Driver’ from this rally – Ed) Monday morning we left at 8.30am for the Bluebridge ferry along with Diane and Geoff Quarrie who were trailering their 1915 GKW. We are about to berth so should be home by dark. John Callesen


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Manawatu VCC cars by the decade

1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960 Mk 2 JAGUAR By Max & Lynne Youle - JAG60

Our Mk 2 Jaguar was first registered by Shorters Car Sales Ltd of Auckland on 12th January 1961,and remained in their ownership for just over a year until the 8th of February 1962 ( I assume as a company car). The next owner was another Auckland dealer, Midland Motors, and a month or so later transferred to the yard of well known Palmerston North dealer Syd Jensen Ltd. The first private owner from the 28th of March 1962 was Mr John Law, Taoroa, RD3 Taihape, and it passed onto his son Mr Keith Law in August 1989. The Jaguar remained with Keith Law until 2005, so it had been in the Law family for close to 43 years and travelled around 104,000 miles in that time. We purchased the Jaguar from Auto Classics in Paraparaumu, and the car was delivered to us on Lynneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday, the 30th September 2008, with the registation plate JAG60.

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JAG60 is a Mk2 Jaguar Automatic, 3.4 Litre, Engine# KG4726-8, Chassis # 1525368W, the BW indicating it has a Borg Warner transmission. We received with the car a pile of invoices going back to the late 60s, which gives us a really good record of the servicing and repairs carried out over the years, and it appears the car has not had any major work done on it apart from a head removal for alloy welding a water passage due to corrosion, and a new set of inlet and exhaust valves. This was at 91,000 miles. JAG60 is an original car which has been regularly serviced and repaired when necessary, however we believe it has been repainted at some stage. The leather seats are quite cracked, but apart from that the car is in reasonably good condition and I have no intention of doing any restoration as we enjoy just having it to use whenever we want. As well as using JAG60 for VCC events we are also members of the Manawatu Jaguar Club, and have done quite a few weddings, so it gets regular use and is now showing 121,000 miles. The only time it has let us down is a starter motor failure at the VCC clubrooms, which was lucky, as we had just finished doing a wedding and gone to the clubrooms ( a better place to break down than while getting a bride to church ) Recently, through a group on Facebook advertising a Law Family Reunion in Taoroa, near Taihape, we were able to connect with the granddaughter of John Law, the original owner, who sent us a photo of ‘Molly & John Law with the Jag’, which was quite a thrill, and we were told that John drove the car until he died at 93.

It seems we all have a nostalgic reason for the type of car we own, and in my case it goes back to my teenage years when a cousin of mine bought a new Mk 2 Jaguar and took me for a ride. “Have you ever been as fast as 100mph in a car?”, he asked. Well for a 16 year old who owned a Morris 8 I had to admit “No”, so we went to a nice road near Ashhurst and did 100mph with ease. That sowed the seed for me wanting a Jaguar, and all these years later I finally have the car I wanted.


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New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Picnic 1 January 2019 Meet in Bulls @ 10-45am Short run of about 20 miles to lunch.

Charter Parade

by 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment Will be held in Woodville on Saturday 8 December 2018 commencing at 10.00 a.m. Members of the Manawatu Branch of the Vintage Car Club are invited to the Charter Parade commencing at 10.00 a.m. and that will be followed by the Annual Woodville Christmas Parade which commences at 11.30 a.m. from theWoodville Recreation Grounds. The Branch is able to enter the community section of the competition which carries prize money of $250.00 (1st) - $150 (2nd) & $100 (3rd). 3 or 4 decorated vehicles - entered as a group under the club name at 10.45 a.m would be lovely, and could be rewarding. The parade finishes at Fountain Square in time for the arrival of the 400 entries from the Lions Coast to Coast motor cycle run at midday. There are stalls with a wide range of goods and all the activities for children in the square are free. This will be a unique day out for all members of the family so come and soak up the atmosphere.

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 The Tourer


Feilding Auto Electrical Ltd “All auto electrical faults repaired on Alfas to Zephyrs” New Style Name Badges

Alternators & starter motors reconditioned or new These are available Batteries - automotive, commercial, marine from the secretary Computer diagnostics - Engine, ABS, AirbagsFor etc$18.00 each MP3/CD Players supplied and fitted (member’s name is Car alarms printed below Air conditioning wings) Automotive parts and accessories at: Feilding Auto Electrical 71 Stafford Street, Feilding Ph: 323 8427 Mobile: 0274 423 967 Email: 25 24

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A hip young man goes out and buys a 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider. It is the best convertible sports car, costing about $250,000. He takes it out for a spin and while stopping for a red light, an old man on a moped, wearing an open face crash helmet (looking about 70 years old) pulls up next to him. The old man looks over the sleek, shiny red surface of the car and asks, “What kind of car ya’ got there, sonny?” The young man replies, “A 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider. They cost about a quarter of a million dollars!” “That’s a lot of money,” says the old man, shocked. “Why does it cost so much?” “Because this car can do over 200 miles an hour!” states the cool dude proudly. The moped driver asks, “Can I take a look inside?” “Sure,” replies the owner. So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Leaning back on his moped, the old man says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right!” Just then the light changes so the guy decides to show the old man what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer reads 220 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear view mirror. It seems to be getting closer! He slows down to see what it could be and suddenly, whhhoooossshhh! Something whips by him, going much faster! “What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?!” the young man asks himself. Then, ahead of him, he sees a dot coming toward him. Whoooooosh! It goes by again, heading the opposite direction! And it almost looked like the old man on the moped! “Couldn’t be,” thinks the guy. “How could a moped outrun a Ferrari?!” Again, he sees a dot in his rear view mirror! Whooooosh Ka-BbblaMMM! The moped plows into the back of his car, demolishing the rear end. The young man jumps out, and it IS the old man!!! Of course, the moped and the old man are hurting for certain. He runs up to the old man and says, “You gotta tell me how you got that thing to be faster than my Ferrari !” The old man looks up and replies, “OK..., but first, unhook my suspenders from your sideview mirror, will ya?”

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CLOSING DATE FOR NEXT TOURER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20TH JANUARY 2019 The next issue of the Tourer will be February 2019.

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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 7.30pm. • 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

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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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