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Manawatu Branch

Volume 1794

September 2018

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.

Vero: Commission for May 2018 = $151.17; Commission for June 2018 $492.11

COVER PHOTO: “Z is for Zundapp”


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Coming Coming Events 2018-2019 Events 2018 September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019

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Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Branch Vintage Rally Club night – combined with CHBVCC at Dannevirke. Speakers - Kaaren & Jim Smylie -Route 66 Sunday Run 1.00pm Chesters Branch Swap Meet Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Wairarapa Branch 50th Anniversary weekend Club night 7.30pm The Grove Targa NZ VCC South Island Time Trial SATURDAY Run 1.00pm details tba Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Veteran Rally Weekend, Nelson details from 03 544 9998

Branch Christmas Function 7.30pm The Grove Sunday Run 1.00pm Chesters Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Branch Club morning 10.00am with morning tea provided Sunday Run 1.00pm Chesters New Years’ Day Picnic tbc Branch Veteran Rally Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Club night 7.30pm The Grove Branch Ruahine Ramble Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Branch AGM Committee meeting 7.30pm The Grove Club Night 7.30pm The Grove Branch Post Vintage Rally Committee meeting 7.30pm 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

Did you know??

In 2018 there are 8628 VCCNZ members – an increase of 89 from 2017. There are 20,206 cars known to VCCNZ – an increase of 408 in the year. Manawatu has the second highest number of VICs per member. The Tourer


From the Chair GreetingsWAIKATO everyone



By the time that you read this our National Day and fundraiser for the KARAPIRO DOMAIN, CAMBRIDGE Sundaywill 18 November 2018 Cancer Society be over. The Gates open 7am • Publicto Entry • Children 12 Free weather promises be$5good sounder I hope Sites $10 • Commercial sites $50 we have a good turnout.

Organised by Waikato Branch of VCC and Waikato Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club

Enquiries Ph Jeremy Brook 07 824 1641, George Gardner 07 839 1822

The next major activities for the Branch For more information visit are the Vintage Rally and the combined meeting at Dannevirke. So far I have only two names for the latter event. North Island Club Captain Kaaren Smylie has put a lot of effort into this event. Please get your names to me by the 14th for catering purposes.


Please find included in this Tourer the Swap Meet Roster which I am managing this year. If you have indicated that you want to help and your name is not there, please get hold of me as this is the latest list that we have. The meeting for October is a morning affair starting at 10 a.m. at the Clubrooms. The speaker will demonstrate the use of our defibrillator. Happy motoring Sarah

VCCNZ Manawatu Branch presents

Saturday 6 October 2018

Sellers from 7am Kawakawa Rd Entrance Public from 8am South St Entrance Entry: - Sellers $20 Public $10 (Children under 12 FREE) Drivers of display vehicles – free admission. All show cars and disabled parking use Kawakawa Road entrance.

Contact Trevor Hardy 027 477 0255


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Letter to the Editor Dear Mrs Rowden, Just a reply to the nice little article in The Tourer about the Night Trial 2018 as written by Lyn James. This is to let you know that I did get my Restricted License that week and that I drove from Waipukurau to Palmerston North, did the afternoon Rally, Night rally and then back home. A total of 350 miles. I really enjoyed the Rally and thank you dearly for the Paragraph written by Mrs James. Kind Regards, Mya Wairau

Kawakawa Road Gate (3 people)

South Street Gate (3)

Clean up: (3)

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Swap Meet 2018 6 October Roster Time Name


6:45am 8:15am 8:15am 9:45am 9:45am 10.15am

Peter Robinson

7:45am - 9:15 am 9:15am 10:45am 10:45am -12:15pm

Josie Persson Pat John Henaghan Rickard


Dave Murray

2.00pm 3:00pm 7.00am


VCCNZ Executive Meeting held 3rd and 4th of August 2018. East Pier Hotel Napier. Apologies were received from David Yorke and Tony Haycock. Matters arising from previous meeting: Work upon producing the Code of Conduct is ongoing. Likewise the Health and Safety document is a work in progress. The National Office building in Christchurch has been insured but not for earthquakes. The Draft Branch Constitution will be discussed later in the meeting. Correspondence: There was a request to change the wording of Otago Branch’s constitution to better reflect the present structure of the Club. Budget: After some quite vigorous discussion it was decided to increase the national sub for individuals by $5.00 per annum and the sub for joint members by $1.00 per annum. The Report on Membership Status was approved. The Calendar of Events was approved. The March 2019 Executive Meeting will be held in Wellington. General Business: 2021 Vero International Festival of Motoring: Presentation by Greg and Gaynor Terrill The Festival needs to be promoted widely by the Executive. The event will encompass relaxed motoring in the entrant’s own time – i.e. it will not be competitive (except for one day, the logistics of which are still under consideration.) The dates are Sunday the 17th of January 2021 to Friday 22nd of January 2021 and will be based at the New Plymouth Racecourse. The profiles of the organising committee were shown to delegates. Vero is the major sponsor. Delegates participated in a workshop noting ways to promote the event. Vehicle Technical Code: The definitions of “modified” and “Scratch Built” were explained and the code was altered to better reflect current use. Presentation by Ross Holden – Communications Officer: Magazine editors do a great job. Ross maintains the Club’s Facebook page and posts every day. The page has grown considerably in popularity.


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Beaded Wheels Report: Kevin Clarkson The editor needs more articles for the “Behind the Wheel” feature. Presentation by Don Muller Archivist: The archives have had a request for copies of “NZ Motor and Cycle” Does anyone have copies of this early magazine? National Day – Presentation by Melissa Last year $40,000.00 was raised for the Cancer Society. All money stayed in the local areas. 25 branches took part. For this year 27 branches are taking part. Stickers have been produced, posts have been put onto Facebook, a new logo and poster has been produced and ads have been placed in Beaded Wheels, Petrol Head and NZ Classic Car. There is also a link from the Cancer Society’s Facebook page. Ross Holden has put out a media release. Nelson Branch has distributed around 600 fliers which have been placed on windscreens of Club eligible cars. 60 Year Certificates: 26 have been presented in total. 50 year badges 315 have been presented in total. The form for 25 and 35 year badges has been altered. It was voted upon to issue a badge and a certificate when 60 years of continuous membership is completed. This was carried. Various coming events were advertised to the meeting including Wairarapa Branch’s 50 years which will be celebrated in October, and the National Veteran Rally in Nelson in November which will involve participation by the public (e.g. demonstrations of crank starting etc.) The North Island Club Captain’s Tour was promoted. A “North Cape to Bluff Tour” was proposed by Paul Collins. It was suggested that branches consider digitising their libraries. Next year’s AGM will be held in Greymouth. It was suggested that delegates could travel on the Alpine Express. The Draft Constitution was discussed. Tony Bartlett spoke about the draft Code of Conduct that he has prepared as a prospective remit which will be voted upon at the next Executive Meeting. The Management Committee is actively looking for a replacement for David Yorke who did not seek re-election. Matters arising from previous AGM: The consensus seems to be that there should be one Easter Rally per year and that the venue should alternate between North and South Islands. The Tourer


Reports were received from the Secretary / Treasuer Michael Lavender; Registrar - Rod Brayshaw which include reports about LVV Technical Association, LTSA and FIVA; North Island Club Captain - Kaaren Smylie; South Island Club Captain Alon Mayhew; Beaded Wheels – Kevin Clarkson; Speed Steward – Tony Haycock; Archive – Don Muller; NZFOMC – Tony Bartlett; 2021 Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring – Tony Haycock; and Twenty Five and Thirty Five Year Badges – Diane White. Results of Notice of Motion (Postal vote): Motion 1: Gary Pethick / David Harris 726 for: 506 against. Failed as did not reach 75% Motion 2: Tony Bartlett / Rod Brayshaw 1192 for: 160 against. 88% so motion was passed. Founding member Andy Anderson encouraged participation of 2021 Vero International Festival of Motoring. Greg and Gaynor Terill agaih presented their piece about the Festival and included the suggestions put forward the night before about how to promote the event. There was a presentation about lighting endorsements. Report prepared by Sarah Howell Delegate Manawatu Branch

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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:



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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INTERNATIONAL MODEL A DAY Saturday 22 September 2018

• Join with other Model A owners for a run to celebrate this auspicious and momentous global occasion. • Meet at Courtesy Ford JFK Drive from 10:00 to 10:30. They will have a parking area set aside for us. After a catch up with other entrants, we will depart at 11:00 for Sanson. The Horowhenua contingent will meet us at Viv’s kitchen for lunch. After lunch, we will travel to Marton where we will meet up with Wanganui participants at Marton Museum and Historical Society Carpark in Wellington Road Marton. • At 2pm our combined group will leave Marton to visit the Historic Homestead of Maungaraupi. Here we will stopover for afternoon tea. The owners have agreed to allow viewing of parts of the homestead. Tea and Coffee will be provided. Please bring a plate for a shared afternoon tea. Cost to visit Maungaraupi $10 per car. • For further information and to advise of attendance contact: Peter Robinson

06 356 2404 or 027 579 5595

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Coming soon Our alphabetical series of Manawatu cars is now complete. This has been widely commended by members and its success is based on the contributions of the owners. It will be replaced by a similar series based on car ages. Up to three members’ cars of the same decade will feature in consecutive issues of the Tourer. This will be of value only if members participate by EITHER contributing an article OR providing information to the Editor. Please advise the Editor TODAY which of your cars you will feature. The Tourer






7–13 MARCH 2019 Taupo

Day 1

Thursday 7 March - Tauranga

Day 2

Friday 8 March - Taupo

Day 3

Saturday 9 March - Taupo

Day 4

Sunday 10 March - Napier

Day 5

Monday 11 March - Waipukurau

Day 6

Tuesday 12 March - Palmerston North

Day 7

Wednesday 13 March - Wanganui

Hosted by BOP Branch

Hosted by Taupo Branch Hosted by Taupo Branch

Napier Wanganui


Palmerston North

Hosted by Hawkes Bay Branch Hosted by Central Hawkes Bay Branch Hosted by Manawatu Branch Hosted by Wanganui Branch

Kaaren Smylie

North Island Club Captain

Mobile: 021 66 43 41 Email:

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Photos for Clubroom 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.

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Club Captain’s Corner Notices SUNDAY RUN – 30 September 2018Meet at 1.00 pm at Chesters Plumbing in Tremaine Avenue for a relaxed 25 mile (40 km) drive on easy roads to a Café for afternoon tea and a natter. Future dates for your diary: 27 October Saturday Run 1pm From where tba 25 November Sunday Run 1pm Chesters 30 December Sunday Run 1pm Chesters Reports MID MONTH MEANDER TO THE RUSH COLLECTION – 22nd July 2018 It was an enjoyable drive to the Rush Historic Race Car Collection on the outskirts of Feilding with the route taking the cars out through Bunnythorpe and Colyton. Thirty three people spent more than an hour and a half at the collection which started off with Terry Rush giving a very interesting talk on the history of a number of the race cars including Bruce McLaren’s first race car in which he won his first racing outing in record time. After the introduction by Terry we spent time looking over the vehicles plus very impressive collections and displays of historic motoring memorabilia.


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And after viewing the collection Joy Rush had the hot water, mugs and milk ready and the group indulged in tea, coffee and biscuits over discussions of reminiscing through to aspirations and everything in between. SUNDAY RUN TO THE MURRAYFIELD CAFÉ – 29 July 2018 The weather the night before had been quite wet but the rain cleared up for the drive to Murrayfield. Twenty seven people, not deterred by the strong winds, made their way to Murrayfield taking the route out Hoihere Road, Main Drain Road, Rangiotu Road, Himatangi Block Road, Kere Kere Road, Ridge Road, Hickford & Newth Roads, SH1 over the Whirokino Bridge, Koputaroa Road, Tavistock Road then SH57 onto Murrayfield. The café staff were once again well orgainised and had set up one long table to cater for our group. Conversations over drinks and a good selection of food continued for over an hour and a half with everybody appearing to thoroughly enjoy the outing.

MID MONTH MEANDER TO ST THOMAS ANGLICAN CHURCH, SANSON – 15 August 2018 It was a fairly direct route on secondary roads that we took to Sanson to take a look at one of the oldest churches in the region. Twenty seven people took advantage of the opportunity and spent more than an hour and a half looking over this historic category 2 listed church which is built in a Gothic Revival style and then afterwards enjoying an extremely nice afternoon tea in the church hall.

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Many thanks to Len and Gladys Haycock who set this Mid Month Meander up – initially suggesting the venue, and then making all of the arrangements to ensure a successful outing for us. See also the interesting report from Deidre McPherson SUNDAY RUN TO THE MOTHERED GOOSE CAFÉ – BULLS – 19 August 2018 In good weather a collection of fine vintage cars motored to the Mothered Goose Café in Bulls for afternoon tea - the route taking them through Rongotea, across SH1 onto Campion Road, then along Tangimoana Road to SH1 and into Bulls. Thirty one people spent about an hour at the Café after which nearly half the group ventured across SH1 and wandered down to the Bulls Museum which Len Haycock had arranged to remain open for an extra hour so that we could check it and its exhibits out. As well as a short term display on Scott’s Ferry, the museum has six permanent displays set up. One of the permanent displays is that of Chris Amon, a Kiwi motorsport legend who was born in Bulls. Another display is of the Flock House Farm Training Institute which was started in the early 1920’s as a repayment of debt to British seamen who gave their lives keeping the sea-lanes and oceans open for trade during WW1. Orphans of British seamen were invited to Flock House Farm and were trained to be farmers at no cost to them or their families. In the 1930’s the NZ Government took over the project to train young New Zealand men for farming careers and local colleges took over this role in 1988. Also at the museum is an ANZAC Centenary Memorial. This museum is well worth a visit – if you didn’t get to drop in on this outing or haven’t been in lately, make a point of calling by next time you are passing through Bulls. Thanks to those who supported these recent outings. Bryan and Catherine Abraham


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A Cadillac challenge The 1922 Cadillac you see in the photo was on the ferry back to the South Island today driven by the Christchurch owner. After the ultimate ‘Dulux’ restoration it was being towed around the streets of Blenheim but they couldn’t get it to run. A year ago it was sent to me to get running. Out of spares I made up two water pumps as the originals were rotten. Carburettor was worked on, engine retimed plus other work to finally get it started. But then little to no oil pressure. Installed a modern gauge just to confirm it. Had new oil pump gears made and once installed had quite a bit of difficulty priming it all. Eventually managed to get 15 lb into a 96year old engine that hadn’t been restored in fact none of the mechanicals had, apart from the recently installed overdrive unit, hence there is a 12v system alongside the original 6volt. Drove the car to town for exhaust repairs, wheel alignment and WOF. Then many test runs. It has been a regular topic for the Feilding group and those of you who go to Art Deco will see this pristine green car next year.   I can now get back onto the Datsun restoration the body of which is at the painters. Yes I’m restoring the first car I bought being a 1970 Datsun 1200 coupe that was on the road for 30 years and has 300,000kms on it. Had a marvellous body restoration by Peter at Hunterville. The aim is to keep it original and get it up to where it was when it left the factory in Japan. It was Peter Bidlake who set me alight as he was restoring his 1974 Datsun sedan. This will be a stand-out ‘Sports upgrade’ painted white. Peter is a Datsun 1200 afficianado. He and his sons all had one or still have one. They rallied one and this car followed the rally at pace! Both of us have taken the cars down to the last nut and bolt. All the nuts & bolts and small parts have been re-zinced. For those of you who have seen, or heard of the progress on the big ‘brass engines over the years the news is that we have completed two of them and they ran like the nuts. Both have been airfreighted back to the USA and the third one is currently at B&H getting their side of the assembly completed. Once completed and running we will have some open days so those who wish can see it running. I couldn’t do this for the first two engines as two cars have been sitting in the USA for 4 years, upholstered and awaiting engines.   John Callesen The Tourer


The ABC of the Manawatu VCC Z is for Zundapp David Smith’s Zundapp Quartet By Ian Rowden

Zundapp was founded in 1917 by Fritz Neumeyer as a manufacturer of detonators, It began producing motorcycles in 1921 and was a major supplier of motorcycles to the German army during WW2. After the war, it manufactured sewing machines and outboard motors until resuming motorcycle production late in the 1940s. With the boom in motor scooters as cheap transport during the post-war austerity, Zundapp began manufacturing the Zundapp Bella scooter in 1953. This continued only until 1964, during which time around 130,000 Bellas were produced. They were a quality machine and popular in Northern Europe, Britain and the United States. Zundapp diversified into the production of a micro car, the Janus, which was not a success. Product sales declined and the company went bankrupt in 1984. The entire production line and intellectual property was bought by the Chinese. The earlier models were 150cc two strokes and the later ones 200cc. They are large and heavy for a scooter and give a good stable ride on relatively large 12inch diameter wheels and a fairly long wheelbase. Early models had two individual saddle seats but the later models have a twin seat which looks more modern. In most years both electric start and kick start models were produced. Some models were tailored to the USA market. David owned his first Zundapp Bella as a young man studying business at Leeds University in England. He came to New Zealand in 1976. Seeking a hobby in 2003, he decided to restore a Bella because he had some familiarity with the make. Since then he has restored four machines and the fifth is underway. The first he acquired from Napier in poor condition after advertising to buy. This started its life in Auckland and was owned by Eelco Boswijk who founded the World of Wearable Arts in Nelson, later to be relocated to Wellington. However he soon acquired his second from Wellington as several boxes of parts and The next project


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this was his first restoration, using the Napier machine as a template. The third came from Blenheim. Another came from Dunedin after duty in a playground; it was in a very sorry state. A fifth came from Whangarei and the sixth from Lyttelton. All are different models, some with 150cc engines and some with 200cc, kick-start and electric start. Workshop manuals are mostly in German which limits their usefulness. Obtaining spare parts is now very difficult. The best sources have been the USA and Germany but he has sourced some things from Sweden. A good find was that, with modification of the end fixings, Mini shocks fit the Bella. For our fleet photo, David assembled the four restored scooters in manufacturing date order and they were an impressive group. They range from 1955 to 1957. Two of them have electric starters. Several machines have a stamped manufacturing date of 195. This was probably to allow the retailer to insert the year of sale; many export scooters took more than a year from production to sale, and what consumer wants a new scooter which is over a year old? David dates the machines accurately from their engine numbers. David did nearly all of the restoration except paintwork which was the work of several different firms. With so many in his fleet, and a busy lifestyle, the scooters get very few outings. The longest ride was 70km on a local rally. He thinks there are about dozen Bellas in New Zealand. He knows many of them. David also has a tidy 1938 Singer Bantam which has its own shed while the Honda farm bike and several road vehicles are parked outside. The Tourer


Our Alphabet of vintage cars now ends with a final plea on behalf of David Smith. He is still seeking parts for Zundapps and, in particular for the models R153 and R204. Keep your eyes peeled.


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Saturday 15th September 2018 For Vintage classification vehicles

and vehicles from other VCC vehicle classification categories as non-competitive entries      

Meet at 9.00 am at the Coach House Museum, 121 South Street, Feilding. The briefing will be at 9.15 am with the first car away at 9.30 am. The morning section includes some unsealed surfaces. The lunch stop is at a Country Pub. As reservations are necessary indicate below the number of & choices of meals required - but pay the Pub on the day for your meals. The afternoon run ends at a Café for afternoon tea (which is at your own cost). Mileage for combined morning & afternoon sections is approx. 80 miles (130 Kms).

ENTRANT : .............................................................................................................................. ADDRESS : ……………………….......................................................................................... TELEPHONE : ( ..... ) ...............................

EMAIL : ............................................................

NAVIGATOR : .......................................................................................................................... VEHICLE MAKE & MODEL : .................................................................................................... YEAR OF MANUFACTURE : ............................ ENTERING AS : ▪ Vintage

REG. PLATE No : ....................................


(Veteran/ PV/ PW/ P60/ P80/ modern)

NUMBER OF LUNCH MEALS REQUIRED (approx $15 per head) : ....... pay the Pub on the day -

Please indicate alongside the lunch menu options below how many of each are required:

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Roast Pork with Veges Pizza n Chips (12” pizza)

RALLY ENTRY FEE : ▪ $15.00

entry only


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Fish n Chips

▪ $30.00


Chicken Salad n Chips

Cash on the day

with optional Rally Plaque

Cheque attached

Cheques to be made payable to the ‘Manawatu Branch VCC’

ENTRIES TO : Bryan Abraham, 81 Apollo Parade, Palmerston North 4414 : Ph (06) 358 4014

Email for internet banking acct details or a PDF copy of this entry form

ENTRIES CLOSE: Saturday 1st September 2018 Late entrants will be unable to book a pub meal – a cut lunch in your car will be your only lunch option.

RALLY ORGANISERS : Dave & Esther Williams, 12 Hollows Crescent, Palmerston North Ph (06) 358 5155

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Hunt For A Zed Car I was wondering if our esteemed Editor would find a car with a name beginning with ’Z’ for the final offering in her ABC of the Manawatu VCC. Sure, there is Zephyr and Zodiac of course, but in all reality they are Fords first and foremost are they not? But the hunt for a Zed car got me reminiscing …………………. Around 1970, I was lucky enough to find and buy an original Electrolock for my Model A. For the uninitiated, Ford described this as a “theft proof” ignition switch. To quote the 1929 Instruction Book (or owners’ manual), “the ignition lock is a combination Switch and Lock, and affords full protection not only of the lock itself, but by enclosing the Ignition Wire leading to the distributor in a double metal cable. This lock meets the exacting requirements of the underwriters in regard to theft insurance”. Whew! Now, an original electrolock was like a hen’s tooth (or rocking horse wotsit if you prefer) even way back then. Problem was, this ignition switch had no key. There existed at the time however, a rather reclusive old chap who lived in the next street from me in Foxton, Mr Jack Joseph. No one ever saw him much, but I was told he was a wiz with locks and keys. So, very tentatively I paid him a visit to see if he could help me in my plight. I eventually found him in the middle of a very large shed on his property. I don’t know if anyone other than him had been in that space for years. But it was fascinating, like a museum. This man had a collection of all sorts of memorabilia, including the first radio, first typewriter, first vacuum cleaner etc etc ever to come to Foxton! And, apart from his witch-like cackle which passed as laughter, he was very helpful. I showed him my electrolock, and asked if he could very possibly cut a key for me. He scratched his chin for a moment, then got up from his seat, crossed the room, and beggar me, pulled another electrolock down from where it was hanging on the wall. And bless him, it even had a key still in the ignition switch. So, he offered me a straight swap free of charge. What a deal! He explained to me that at one time he owned a couple of Model A tip trucks. In fact, he had the contract to deliver the fill material for the approaches to the long overland Whirokino Bridge which was under construction at the time. Yes, that’s the bridge which is being replaced now. Now, what’s that got to do with Zed cars I hear you cry. When entering a strange shed for the first time, I, like most other vintage car guys, find my eyes darting every which way. And, I espied a rather large old motor on the floor in a corner. Upon asking, I was told it was from a 1905 Zust car. He had this motor to mount on a sawbench to cut firewood. And even more, he told me that another man in Foxton had the rest of the car, body and all. I partly knew this second man, and eventually asked him if what I had been told was true. Indeed it was. His aim was to restore this old timer as a retirement project. Heard that before?? So here we


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had a very rare car, essentially complete from all accounts, in little old Foxton! It was not too long after this, perhaps no more than a year, I left for overseas to work. During that time, old Mr Joseph passed away, and I believe all the contents of his shed went to the local tip. And the owner of the Zust body etc, moved away, so my guess is the car suffered the same fate. What a tragic loss to New Zealand’s motoring heritage. The Zust was of Italian origin, the Company active from 1905 to 1917. The first cars were huge with engines from 7432cc to 11308cc. Later models had slightly smaller 5 litre engines. A Zust competed in the 1908 New York to Paris race finishing third. This would have been a real feat of endurance, in fact only three of the original six starters managed to complete the distance. Those film buffs of a certain age may well remember the movie “The Great Race” starred Tony Curtis as the hero and Jack Lemmon as the dastardly villain. The film was very loosely based on that New York to Paris race. Very loosely indeed. So there we are, the Zed car that was. Peter Robinson. Editor appreciates the thinking, Peter. Always happy to have two articles rather than none.

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CLOSING DATE FOR NEXT TOURER – 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018 The next issue of the Tourer will be October 2018.

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

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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

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

Manawatu VCC September 2018  
Manawatu VCC September 2018