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Manawatu Branch

Volume 1784

October 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 October 2017

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Committee meeting 7.00pm The Grove Note change of date Mid Month Meander Railway Station 10.45am Branch Swap Meet Club night 7.30pm The Grove Sunday Run 1.00pm Chesters

November 2017

4 8 12 15 26

Working Bee 8.00am – 12 noon Committee meeting 7.00pm The Grove Swap meet Manawatu Classic Motorcycle Club Club night 7.30pm The Grove Sunday Run details tba

December 2017

6 13

Committee meeting 7.00pm The Grove Note change of date Christmas Party – subsidised and catered

January 2018


New Year’s Day picnic details tba

February 2018

14 21

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

March 2018

14 21

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



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


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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Notes from the Chair Hello Everyone, Bryan Abraham plotted and ran a fantastic vintage rally. Unfortunately the weather was not the best. Congratulations to the winner Allan Hardacre, second place getter, Bob Pettigrew and third place getter Goff Bryant. The branch wishes to officially welcome Stan Garmonsway who has transferred from the Wellington Branch. The Manawatu Brach offers its sincere condolences to Linda Williams upon the recent loss of her mother and also to Jack Olynsma upon the recent loss of his brother. Our thoughts are with you both and your families. We are still in need of helpers for the swap meet on 14 October. Please get in touch with Trevor Hardy urgently if you can help on the gate. I have put Ian and myself down for two shifts each but would prefer if others could do one of these shifts. Each slot is an hour and a half. Thank you to those who have already put their names forward. There will be a working bee at the clubrooms on 4 November 8.00am

– 12 noon to tidy up the gardens and do some painting, fill pot holes and clear out the bunkhouse. Unfortunately we experienced technical difficulties at club night but eventually watched part of the Goodward Revival video brought along by Stan Garmonsway, and were entertained with stories of Vern Jensen’s recent trip to Europe. Next month we will talk about two issues raised at the national AGM – international rallies and membership fees. The speaker for November is yet to be confirmed. On 13 December we will have our Christmas Party. The club will partially subsidise this and the cost to members will be $25.00 per head for a catered three course meal. On 12 November the Manawatu Classic Motorcycle Club will hold a swap meet at the Grove. Happy Motoring Sarah

New Members

contact the Secretary, Ron Persson, to organise for a name badge to be made.


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This is an invitation to the Manawatu Branch Christmas Party Venue: The Grove 13th December 2017 Three course catered meal Cost : $25.00 per person R.S.V.P. by 1st December To Sarah Howell 06 3746645 Payment to be made on the day.

A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HAWKES BAY BRANCH OF VCC TO EARLY VETERAN CARS (100 YEARS PLUS OLD) Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for the 30th Anniversary of Art Deco Weekend from February 16th -18th 2018. We want to show the public what the earliest cars look like, how they perform and where it all started from. Our programme for 2018 has changed a bit as we have moved the annual rally from Saturday to Friday and plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus a picnic lunch at an historic Hawkes Bay homestead. There will be a special rally route for the early veterans (plotted by early veteran owners) to get you to the picnic on time. There will be a special prize draw ($250 of petrol vouchers) made from just the 100 year or older cars that enter and participate in the 2018 rally event. Come and join the other 200 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter the 2018 30th Anniversary Event. Go to the HBVCC website( for an Entry Form and Event Programme or email Entry forms for 2018 will be available from 20th August. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment. You will need to arrive on Thursday 15th to be ready for the rally on Friday 16th Feb. 2018. Contacts: STEVE DONOVAN and STEVE TROTT BOTH CONTACTABLE ON email The Tourer



Mobil All pricing is off the current displayed pump price (*) and is GST inclusive: Diesel (Truck Stops & Service stations)

11 cents per litre (cpl)

Petrol (Truck Stops & Service stations)

11 cents per litre (cpl)

*(A National priced card is available on request)

BP All pricing is off the current National price and is GST inclusive; Diesel

(Truck Stops)

4 cents per litre (cpl)

Petrol & Diesel

(Service Stations)

8 cents per litre (cpl)

Caltex All pricing is off the displayed pump price and is GST inclusive; Diesel

(Truck Stops only)

7 cents per litre (cpl)

Petrol & Diesel

(Service Stations)

4.5 cents per litre (cpl)

FnF Fuels Level 1, 63 Kerikeri Road, Private Bag 1021, Kerikeri Phone 09 407 7407 0800 438 383 Email Website


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FEES $10 Account opening fee $6 per card for new/replacement cards 0.005cpl transaction fee for CALTEX & BP ONLY  50 cents per transaction fee on non-fuel purchases

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Monthly Payments: By Direct Debit on 20th of following month Fortnightly Payments: By Direct Debit on 14 & 28th monthly  Accounts are sent electronically, however paper copies will be available at a cost of $2 per account, per month.  

To view sites where our fuel cards are accepted, please visit our website below and click on “Fuel Station Finder”.


FnF FUELS CUSTOMER BENEFIT CARD This card provides point of sale discounts at well known Suppliers. Contact us for more information.

ELF LUBRICANTS We can arrange discounted Elf Branded Bulk lubricants for delivery to you.

FnF Fuels Level 1, 63 Kerikeri Road, Private Bag 1021, Kerikeri Phone 09 407 7407 0800 438 383 Email Website

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Len Shailer Ltd

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68 Wilson Street- Wanganui

191 ALBERT ST, PALMERSTON NORTH PHONE 357-9098 * All types of car upholstery * Vintage cars a speciality * Carpet Overlocking

The acknowledged experts on all types of Vintage and Post Vintage Nickel and Chrome Plating. We are one of those old-fashioned firms that take pride in the quality of our work. (Ask anyone who has dealt with us) For all your METAL FINISHING REQUIREMENTS Copper, Brass, Bronze, Silver, Alloy Plating,Gold, Antique Finishing and Metal Polishing Phone Dave on Wanganui (06) 345 5042 for prompt and efficient service


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Swap Meet Saturday October 14 2017 Helpers required for the Swap Meet. As this is the Branch’s annual fund-raising event, I would like to ask for your help in manning the entry gate to collect money from both the buyers and the sellers. We are not starting quite so early this year, so you will get an extra hours sleep in! Starting from 7.00am, there is a need for two people every hour to collect money from sellers. Starting from 8.00am, we need two or three people every 90 minutes, for buyers.

Refer to the table below.

Please give this some thought, and give me a call, or send me an e-mail. My address is: Please display your car for the day – driver gets free entry. Thanks Trev Hardy

South Street Gate 8.00 – 9.30am (3)

Kawakawa Road Gate

John Rickard 7.00 – 8.00am (2) Jack Olynsma

Linda Williams And..................

9.30 – 11.00am (3) Josie Persson 8.00 – 9.00am (2) Karl Gilchrist

Ian & Sarah Howell

11.00 – 12.30pm (2) Ian & Sarah 9.00 – 9.30am (1) Howell

Ian Rowden

Volunteers needed for cleaning up afterwards. Murray Martin, Ron Persson and ....................................

Please choose a slot and phone Trevor Hardy on 323 4040 to add your name or email The more people who volunteer the better. The Tourer


From Head Office VCC

A member has deposited money in to our account on September and put a 17 digit number and declared the payment is Vintage Car Subs but nothing else. I have no idea who it is for.  Our bank THINK it may be from a BNZ Bank.  If you deposited money direct in to the National Office account on 8 September, are with BNZ and didn’t put your name or membership number, and paid over $100 – please contact Julie asap.

Olive Tree Village are celebrating 25 years of being in business on 28 October 2017, from 2.00pm – 4.30pm. They would like some old cars for the residents to look at and maybe have a ride in around the complex. A special afternoon tea will be provided, and there will be other entertainment to keep you amused. Please phone Ron Persson if you are able to help – phone 354 5266


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20 August 2017 Ten cars with a total of 23 people met in fine weather at the Chester’s Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Avenue. The route took the cars out Hoihere Road, Main Drain Road, Rangiotu Road (Highway 56), Himatangi Block Road, Kere Kere Road, Ridge Road, Hickford / Newth Roads, SH1 over the Whirokino Bridge, Koputaroa Road, Tavistock Road then SH57 Gathering at Chesters. onto Murrayfield. The destination for this nearly 40 mile Sunday Run was the Murrayfield Café on SH57. The café staff had set up two tables to cater for our group. Conversation over drinks and a good selection of food continued for over an hour and a half with everyone appearing to thoroughly enjoy the outing.

Cars at Murrayfield,

Thanks to all those who came – Lunch fellowship. hopefully we will see you (and others) again on future Sunday and mid-month runs. Bryan & Catherine Abraham The Tourer


MID MONTH MEANDER – 13 October 2017 The October Mid-Month Meander is on a Friday and is a 30 mile (48 km) run to Hansens Café and General Store in Kimbolton for lunch. Meet at the railway station at the end of the Matthews Ave cul-de-sac (Palmerston North) at 10.45 am. While the Café does not have the ‘usual’ sandwiches, filled bread rolls and savouries, there is a range of pizza from their own pizza oven ($14-$18 each and one pizza shares nicely between two) along with a selection of other light lunch options and a choice of cakes to complement your tea or coffee. At the Café there is also a range of handmade gift items for sale ranging from soaps and candles to woodwork and textiles and other things in between. SUNDAY RUN - 29 October 2017 For a leisurely 37 mile (60 kms) run on easy roads to a Café for afternoon tea and a natter meet at 1.00 pm at the Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom carpark in Tremaine Avenue (Palmerston North). The total mileage for the afternoon (i.e. including back to Palmerston North) will be approx. 65 miles (100 kms).

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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

FOR SALE 1929 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer 2nd owner (since 1974) Current Reg and WOF; garaged; motors well Well maintained, tidy condition with original leather upholstery. Spare parts, original ownership papers and handbook included. $25000 Phone Dennis Inkpen (Branch member) 06 3238030 The Tourer


The ABC of the Manawatu VCC P is for 1935 Pontiac Coupe By Dian and David Buchanan

The first memory we have about the Pontiac is when we were renovating our home in 1987. David was talking to Dave Gifkins, a car enthusiast who was working here at the time and he mentioned a Pontiac he had heard of which was being completely rebuilt by Ross Lane of Blenheim. Ross sent us photos of when he bought it and it was just boxes of parts. After it was completed we had a couple of trips to Blenheim to see the finished product and David just had to have it. About 1991 we joined the Manawatu Vintage Car Club and our first rally was the Pan Pacific Rally, held in Palmerston North and had a fantastic time. We have had a holiday trip around the South Island, rallies in Taupo, Hamilton, Invercargill and many, many local rallies, night trials, brass monkey night trials and the car came through with flying colours. A memory of a brass monkey rally had us high in the hills behind Eketahuna at 1o’clock in the morning, thick fog, dim lights, narrow metal roads and everybody lost. Those were the days!! A few years ago we decided to take the Pontiac on a Ruahine Ramble which took us over to Pahiatua and driving


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through Mangamaire the fan came off the water pump shaft and then went through the radiator so sadly we had to be towed home that day. A new radiator had to be rebuilt in Auckland because the water flow went crossways. A very expensive trip that was! In February 2012 PONTY was the bridal car for our grandson’s wedding which was held in our garden and she really looked the part. With age creeping upon us David found that it was too hard to steer all day. These days PONTY has been retired although we do take her out on New Year’s Day picnic for the annual run around Bulls which we still enjoy. Note from Editor According to my Standard Catalogue of American Cars 1805-1942, while the first Pontiac came out of the Oakland factory in 1926 it had its genesis in the early twenties. GM headquarters had the idea of a Chevrolet chassis with a six cylinder engine and it was sent to Chevrolet for final development but production was entrusted to the Oakland Motor Company because its sales were flagging. The car dominated the field of low priced sixes and set a sales record in its first year. While other solutions were considered, the impact of the Great Depression was that the Oakland was killed off in 1932 and the factory changed its name to Pontiac Motor Company.  It remained a successful car and was a noted muscle car following World War 2.

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Annual Vintage Rally On Saturday 16 September it was pretty obvious when dawn broke that the weather was going to be a mixed bag for the day of the Manawatu Vintage Rally. By the time Lynda and I arrived at the club rooms, with our two little grand-daughters, we had already driven though a heavy downpour and sunshine, and so the day continued. Cars leaving The Grove at start of rally:


Norman Willis’ ‘25 Fiat 501C

Allan Hardacre’s ‘23 Dodge 4

Doug Wilton’s ‘30 Ford Model A

Bill Williams ‘29 Ford Model A

Peter Wilton’s ‘29 Ford Model A

John Callesen’s ‘29 Dodge Landau

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Paul Robert’s ‘30 Ford Delivery

Len Haycock’s ‘29 Chev

Rob Eason’s ‘29 Chev International

David McDermid’s ‘30 Ford Model A

After a quick cuppa, Rally organiser Bryan explained the rally route and rally pack details to the 22 entrants. It was good to see a couple of outside entrants, Murray and Penny Firth from Auckland in their 1931 Bedford, and Norman Willis and navigator Cristina Van Dam from Wellington in their 1925 Fiat. With two extra pairs of eyes in our car we hoped we could easily find all 30 of the photographic clues and be in contention for a prize, but little did we know we were much mistaken. One of the pairs of eyes almost went to sleep at about 50 miles into the morning run and the other was more interested in spotting animals. The rally route was almost 80 miles long and took in scenery around Bunnythorpe, Coylton, Feilding and Halcombe districts before ending up at the Pohangina Hall for lunch. Just as well Bryan had booked the Hall for lunch as it rained again during this stop. In the morning run we missed a couple of turns and had to back pedal only to see other entrants making the same mistake but not turning around. This we found to be confusing. Little did we know that there were A & B routes with subtle differences. Nice one Bryan!! After an enjoyable lunch, prize giving took place. 1st prize went to Allan & Suzanne Hardacre – they got 19 out of the 30 photographic clues. Whilst Suzanne was navigator and did the rally in the front passenger seat, Allan did take three of his students on the rally and one of them came up with him as navigator (suspect he had four navigators).

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2nd prize went to Bob & Isabelle Pettigrew – they also got 19 out of 30, but a tie breaker ‘quiz sheet’ put Allan ahead.  The quiz sheet was a page of 42 car logo/emblems and they were given just two or three minutes to name as many car makes as they could from the logos. 3rd prize went to Goff Bryant and his daughter Angela Cameron (who was his navigator) with 18 photographic clues correctly identified.



The afternoon run had a few options to choose from including a short run on metal roads. Bryan was unsure as to exact numbers, as he was the ‘tail’ car, so he just tried to count the wheel tracks in the mud, Five or six cars took the unsealed road option in the afternoon which took them around Creamery Road, Ridge Road, Pollock Road, Finnis Road etc. and 3rd. which seemed to be enjoyed with the drivers grinning from ear to ear as they got back to Pohangina. Bryan had no idea how many did the sealed route afternoon option, but Dave Williams did the tail end Charlie thing and said he didn’t catch up with anyone so  I guess only a small number took that option. From what I can gather approximately a dozen people – which would have been half a dozen cars or thereabouts -- went to Luttrells Pioneer Museum in Pohangina. A couple of groups just went and waited outside for the County Fayre Café to open at 2pm. Bryan was not aware of anyone doing the wetlands option – feedback was that it was too wet! (there were more squally showers in the afternoon) and a small number just headed away home after the lunch stop. Following the afternoon option everyone met back at County Fayre Café where tea, coffee and Devonshire scones were enjoyed around much conversation. A good day had by all. Bill Williams


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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: 28

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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 OCTOBER 2017 The next issue of the Tourer will be November 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

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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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