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“Dripfeed” NEWSLETTER OF THE BANKS PENINSULA BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF New Zealand (INC) VOLUME 4 43, No 2 march 2020. Editor: Michael Williams 10 Selwyn Parade Lyttelton Ph 328 8043, email mimiandmichael@yahoo.co.nz

Chairman: Chair Sec Secretary:

Club Officers: Craig Keenan 322 1006 Ron Hasell 942 1105

Branch Address: Address: 27 Showgate Ave, ChCh 8042 E-mail mail: bankspeninsula@vcc.org.nz Noggin & Natter: 2nd Thursday of the Month  

Noggin 7.30 pm at the Papanui RSA. Upham Room – enter either from 55 Bellvue Ave or the first entrance on the left on Hare Harewood od Road (Papanui / Main North Road) th Thursday 12 of March. March.. We look forwar forward d to seeing you there. Supper iis provided.

From the Editor: Editor A fairly slim edition this month, as we haven’t done much an and d have nothing planned in the near future, unless some enterprising member comes up with a cunning plan that we can implement. I’ve future, continued to read through the old editions of Dripfeed, and shall continue to quote from them for months to come, as they are full of wonderfully scurrilous gossip, courtesy of editor Lindsay Wogan. I’m up to 1986. However I did get something wrong when in last month’s issue I wrote that Graham Henry on his AJS had FTD at the 1982 Ashley Forest Hillc Hillclimb. I had an amusing chat with the real winner, George Henry, who rang to tell me that the AJS is still as fast as ever, but the old bugger that rides it isn’t quite as fast as he used to be. Apol Apologies, gies, George. The results sheet said G Henry so I suppose I thought of the ex All Black coach who inhabited the Straven Road Academy for Young Gentlemen about the same time as me. Sports coaches come and go, but an AJS goes on forever. Another blunder I made concerned my comments about Phil Mauger’s Auto Union replica. According to club pedant and general know all Mike Crehan, it’s not. It’s just a well made Special, and his letter explaining why is below.


In the spirit of Ramon Farmer and the slight on all 1931 vehicles let me adjust your editorial knowledge gaps... A C Type Auto Union was not even an unfertilised seed in the collective mind of its Nazi instigators in 1930. Auto Union was formed by the amalgamation of Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer in 1932. The Major Meteor may be huge but anyone who has seen an Auto Union C Type will usually tell you that they were struck by the cars modest dimensions. Wheel base 2.9m (approx. 9’6” in old money) and only a metre longer overall, 6 litre V16, supercharged, circa 500hp, 5 speed gearbox, 210+mph and weighing just 825kg The Mauger Meteor is not a replica of a C type Auto Union. It is at best an homage pastiche (a bit like going to see Rab C Nesbit performing as a David Bowie impersonator). C Type Auto Unions were not built for hill climbing, they were intended to be all conquering GP cars built at any price to do their bit for the Nazi Propaganda campaign. They were also used in speed record attempts although from the way they treated their drivers I do not think they liked it. The engine in the Mauger Meteor is not powered by an aero engine. It utilises a Rolls Royce Meteor engine, a derivation of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine; intended for use in tanks. If it is making 750hp then it is doing well. 600hp is the more commonly quoted figure – still quite adequate. When people stop calling the Mauger Meteor a replica C Type Auto Union then we might be able to start appreciating it for what it is – a New Zealand built special with little else to compare here in NZ which brings interest and entertainment to a lot of people. In a blast from the past, I can reveal that in May 1985, when he was but a lad, young Mark Dawber was helping Bruce Etwell take the gearbox out of his 1914 Fiat truck Being a great heavy device, it was decided to hoist it out on a chain hoist, except that instead of the gearbox going up, the roof beam came down. Picture Mark, standing there in a shower of rotten wood, old deck chairs, bald tyres etc etc. Gives new meaning to changing down. In June 1986, Robin Wells wrote to say that Morris stands for ”Motors Over Rough Roads In Silence”. And all this time I thought it stood for “Mediocre Outdated Relic Rusting In Shed.” In 1986, Bob Mansbridge became the proud owner of a Lotus Europa. He was showing the car off to a neighbour when they accidentally locked themselves in by unknowingly activating the child proof locks. No problem, just wind down the window. Problem ! electric windows... no ignition key. No problem, activate headlamp flasher to attract attention of neighbour across the road... Problem ! He just waved back. No problem, open the sunroof and call for help... Problem ! Sunroof only opens about on e inch so cries for help muffled. Neighbour starts to panic, “we’ll be stuck in here for ever!!” etc etc. Eventual solution – force side windows against the electric motor far enough to reach the door handle, Saved at last. Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious” is most apt. The Veteran Rally of 1985 finished at Terrace Station, Hororata, and the 23 cars were then put through a series of cunning field tests to determine the winner. Malcolm Cameron’s Overland expired some 50 yards before the end of his timed regularity run. While Malcolm fiddled with the machinery, his enthusiastic navigator proceeded hot- foot towards the finishing line, bearing the sidelamp with the registration sticker on. The incorruptible marshalls disallowed this ploy. The overall winner was Gavin Bain in his Calthorpe.


Tom King, our Auckland correspondent, discovered the attached photo in his archives recently. It shows “Old Blue” the 1908 Vauxhall in 1985, taking part in an “End to End” run, from Bluff to Cape Reinga. The photo shows Jack and Leith Newell, Bob Turnbull, Bob Beardsley and Bruce Winder, and was taken in Oamaru. Great days.

The Silent Majority Of course I’ve got a vintage car and I’ve joined the VeeCeeCee, I’ve always wanted a shiny car, to reflect my personality, With lots of nickel, or is it chrome, and brass and things to see, So people will say I’m a lucky guy when they come to visit me. It stays in a shed at the back of the house with a padlock on the door, And I polished the nickel, ( or was it chrome?), last year or the year before, And friends who came to visit me, all got regaled with tales Of how it belonged to the Duke of York (or was it the Prince of Wales?) There’s loads of spares came with the car still in their boxes packed Piled on the floor beside the car and covered with grimey sacks. But I don’t let them go to that scruffy bloke who’s restoring a similar car, I might need them one day when I found out what they’re for, or even what they are.


Of course I’ve got a vintage car and I joined the VeeCeeCee. I went along to a rally once but the people didn’t suit me They didn’t stand around my car with suitably rapturous faces, They wanted me to drive it, and put it through its paces. Well it might have got scratched or covered in dirt, or a wheel or a tyre gone flat, So I trailered it home and back to the shed where it’s been from this day to that. I went along to a meeting once and sat in the club house just fine And listened to people speaking away and talking all of the time. I’ve lots of views on this and that and how things should be run, But nobody came and asked me to speak and say where they’d all gone wrong. So I stay at home and talk with my friends and sip a glass of wine And read the car club circulars every month, about events that don’t suit mine. Of course I’ve got a vintage car and I’ve joined the VeeCeeCee I don’t take an active part in it, though, ‘cause they won’t run it to suit just me! Auckland VCC June 1985.

“Hey Herbert! Will I throw the baby out with the bath water?”

Coming Events: We had hoped to hold the Pom, otherwise known as the Pomeroy Trophy, this season, but track bookings at Ruapuna mean that we will now hold this wonderful event in Spring, probably September/ October. So you have many months in which to fettle your most eligible car, create a hood, and generally get organised. More details as they come to hand. The Hadstock Driving Tests, another of our classic events, will be held in May, either on the 17th or 24th, depending on what suits John and Cindy Chamberlain the best.


Past Events Picnic Run Picnic Run Sunday 16th February 2020 Six cars with assorted passengers arrived at 10 am at TNZ testing station car park on Sunday morning ready for a 10.30 start. The weather was a bit inclement with a cool Westerly wind and a few spots of rain but nothing to be really bothered about, so the topless cars did not bother to put hoods up. We got underway at 10.30 turning le) out of the car park into Radcliffe Road, then turning right into Hawkins Road, and left again into Quaids Road. We then turned left into Preston’s Road and carried on straight across Marshlands Road. At the second set of traffic lights, we turned left into a road that took us through a new housing subdivision. This road eventually joined Lower Styx Road, and following this road we drove through Spencerville to join the Main North Road. We turned off the Main North Road into Tram road, right into Island Road and following Pat’s well worked out instructions we travelled over shingle and sealed roads. We made our way through interesting twists and turns to the lunch stop at Ashley Gorge. By this point, we had left the rain far behind and the wind had dropped, so at the Gorge it was very pleasant to sit at the picnic tables provided and have lunch, and natter about all manner of things. After about an hour or so of socialising, we all packed up our gear. Leaving Ashley Gorge we turned left onto the road that took us through Loburn and Rangiora to afernoon tea at Pat and Collen’s home. The boys had a tour of Pat’s immaculate workshop while the girls enjoyed a chat in the house. We owe Pat and Colleen a big ‘thank you’ for their hospitality and organisa!on – it was a very pleasant afternoon in good company.


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Banks Peninsula VCC - March 2020  

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