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Index In this issue… March Club Run February Club Night

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Regular Features Chairman’s Report Club Captain’s Report Secretary’s Notes Motorcycle Notes Commercial Notes Coming Events Entertainment Notes Library Notes Mid Week Tourers For Sale Your Committee

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The views expressed by the correspondents in this Bulletin are not necessarily those of the Editor or the Auckland Veteran & Vintage Car Club Inc. Any articles of interest, comments, letters to the Editor etc are welcome. All contributions are presented to and approved by the club committee prior to printing. Please forward any submissions to the Bulletin Editor.

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Chairman’s Report Hi everybody. Wow what a hot and sunny summer we are having. Hope you all have been out and about on or in your pride and joys. Lynda and I have been busy. I went to Pukekohe Park for the Annual Classic Racing Register motorcycle races. I spent the weekend on our Branch stand handing out information sheets about our Branch. I have had a number of enquiries from prospective members. The race meeting was well attended as the weather was perfect. John Stokes plotted the Veteran Rally and it was based at his country home. There were 19 entries, congratulations to fast class winner Gavin Welch and the slow class was won by Cedric Pegrum. The Club Run had good weather and had a good turn out with some of the members bringing their grandchildren along to have rides on the Manukau Miniature Steam Railway at Mangere. The Midweek Tourers continue to have some very interesting places to visit. Don’t forget, if you're into Commercials come along to join John Campbell's group. A number of our Branch members went down to the Art Deco Rally in Napier and had a great time. I and a large number of our Motorcycle members headed south to the National Motorcycle Rally, this year being held in Blenheim. Some of us were away for 14 days. The weather was great apart from a few hours of rain after leaving Hanmer Springs and on the morning we got off the ferry in Wellington and headed to Wanganui. The highlight for our Branch at the prize giving was David Warren's Indian 4 winning the best restoration and Don Green winning the P60 class and also the twin cylinder class on his 1968 Norton Commando. Don was also 2nd overall. At the end of the rally tour in Hanmer, Don left us and went down to Banks Peninsula for the Norton Rally. Auckland member, Dave Tomkins, also went and he won a prize for the best engineered Norton. See full report in next months Bulletin. By the time you read this, The Brits and European Car Show held on the 3rd March in Pakuranga would have been and gone. There was an amazing entry of around 1050 vehicles. This show gets bigger every year and it's free to the public. There was a large number of our members taking part. We would have also had our Annual Vintage Muster Rally by the time you read this. Well that's all for this month, so keep those wheels turning safely. Martin Spicer

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Club Captain’s Report March saw a lot happening in the motoring world and members joining in events near and far and no doubt still enjoying this wonderful summer we are having. There wasn’t a monthly Motorcycle Section meeting in February due to the Clubrooms being unavailable. Also as it happened a lot of the regular attendees were away at the National Motorcycle Rally in Blenheim. Martin arrived home Tuesday and we are still catching up with all the stories. By all accounts they had a fabulous time. There will be a full report next month on this. The Veteran Rally was another successful event with 19 entries. Thanks goes to John Stokes for plotting this and to his helpers on the day. Congratulations to everyone who brought out their old girls to enjoy the country roads in Franklin. A number of our members also enjoyed taking part in the Art Deco Rally in Napier. Another hugely successful weekend accompanied by wonderful weather. February’s club run and I took them out through the backroads of Franklin and South Auckland, through the industrial area of Manukau then through back roads to Mangere to finish at the Manukau Miniature Steam Railway. Ten cars joined me at the start, with 27 people, some bringing along their grandchildren. After a picnic in Central Park, nearly everyone had a train ride or two. Which brings me onto another matter. I have been your Club Captain for 20 months now and I have plotted the last 11 monthly events - the only run I haven’t plotted was the Ladies Run. It would be very helpful to me, if some of you would step up and offer to plot the upcoming runs, so I am looking for volunteers for March, April and May. Give me a call if you can assist. Thanks I look forward to seeing you out and about. Lynda Spicer Manukau Miniature Steam Railway

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Club Captain’s Report Contd... Manukau Miniature Steam Railway—February Club Run

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Secretary’s Notes Fairly quiet on the Secretary front of late plus I have been out of the country a lot for work so responses to queries have been a bit slow. I have entry forms for the Maunga Moana or hard copies are available at the Clubrooms. Martin and I are off to the Executive Meeting later this month so please let us know if you have any matters you want raised. Take note, next time you enter the Clubrooms, of the new sign for new members. The Committee felt we needed to do more to point new members in the right direction when they come in and a big shout out to Shane Price who has made the very cool new member sign on a hubcap which sits on the table inside the front door. Tracey Winterbottom

PAUL’S MAGNETOS Testing, repairs, re-magnetizing, rewinding and remedial-engineering of all types of magnetos. Magnetos re-engineered to competition standards of accuracy, with improved spark power. Dynamo repairs, 6 to 12-volt conversion, 3 to 2 brush conversion, electronic regulators, adjustment of mechanical regulators. Recommended by Ken McIntosh, Hugh Anderson, Ken Campbell, Steve Raffills and David Warren.

Contact Paul Greet on 021 771 090

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Motorcycle Notes First up, sorry about the February Motorcycle meeting being cancelled, due to unforeseen circumstances, plus I and a large number of our members were away at the National Motorcycle Rally in the South Island. Also the guest speaker had cancelled. Anyway looking forward to the March 16th Motorcycle meeting, our guest speaker will be David Morley. David is bringing Linda Maddock along with her 1960's 250cc CZ GP racer. David restored the motorcycle for Linda, which was found in a very sad and rusty condition, but David has turned it into a brilliant looking motorcycle. In the past, he has restored Norm and Linda's ex Graham Walker's TT winning Rudge and their Matchless G50. So come along and see and hear the CZ's story. One more thing this CZ 250 is one of only two in the world, the other is in the famous Barber museum in the USA. Coming Up: April Motorcycle meeting—Guest speakers will be the guys from Royal Enfield and they will bring a couple of the new 650 cc twins for us to see. Well that’s all for now, so keep those 2, 3 and 4 wheels turning safely. Martin Spicer

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Commercial Notes A collection of photos of Bryan Belcher’s not previously seen by our section, graced the table at our February meeting, all taken by the late Bill Richardson and given by him to Bryan. We learned that John Perich brought home the silverware from the Wellsford Lions Club’s “Roaring Truck Show” on Sunday the 24th of February, with his 1954 Ford Thames Costcutter. The category, “Best Classic” and John’s place, why first of course!! For a number of years, I have had a repro poster of a couple of trucks belonging to A B Wright & Sons Ltd. hanging on my basement wall. I was recently given a copy of an October 1938 “The Weekly News” edition, from which this poster was copied. I tried to do a bit of research, but could find little.

The first truck shows a Jinker supporting most of the load, but how does the load swivel on the back of the truck?, I hear you ask. The second truck has most of the load beyond the back axle, I bet the steering was real light!! The company began in 1914 as general carriers, in shipping & forwarding, customs agents and government contractors. It was probably in this capacity, that they landed the contract to deliver 29 Blackburn Baffin, two-seat biplane torpedo bombers (see picture) to the Territorial Air Force (reserve) squadrons in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Twenty four were operational at the outbreak of war. The Baffins were actually replaced by Lockheed Hudsons before the war with Japan and the last of them were broken up at Rongotai in 1941. A B Wright & Sons Ltd. were deregistered as a Company in 2001. Keep M Rolling John Campbell

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Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Vintage Venture Rally (Waikato Branch) Mid Week Tourers Starts Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway 10:00am National March Executive Meeting (Wellington) Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm Club Night & New Members 8:00pm Club Run—Starts Ray Small Carpark, Elliot St, Papakura 10:30am Committee Meeting 7:30pm Mooloo Meander Motorcycle Rally (Waikato Branch) Bulletin Mailing 7:30pm Veteran Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Mid Week Tourers Starts Warehouse Carpark, Westgate 10:00am Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Eddie Sim Motorcycle Rally Starts Jolly Farmer, Drury 11:00am Northern Raid (North Shore Branch) Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm Club Night & New Members 8:00pm Maunga Moana Rally (Taranaki Branch) Club Run Swap Meet (Northland Branch) May Committee Meeting 7:30pm Veteran Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Pukekohe Swap Meet—Pukekohe Indian Community Centre Bulletin via Website or email Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Mid Week Tourers Starts Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway 10:00am Motorcycle Rally (Northland Branch) Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm Club Night & New Members 8:00pm Club Run (Experts Rally)

Note: The clubrooms are open on the second and fourth Thursday evenings each month from 7:30pm till 10:00pm and every Saturday afternoon from 4:30pm till 6:30pm.

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Coming Events

Thursday 28 March 8:00 p.m. Share your Memory

Club Run Sunday 31 March Starts:

Ray Small Park Carpark Elliot St Papakura (adjacent to the RSA) Time: 10:30 a.m. for a Poker Cruise to Manukau Heads, Awhitu Peninsula BYO Picnic to lunch on the Beach

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Entertainment Notes We had a great guest speaker for our February meeting in Mike Mulholland, an aviation enthusiast and model aircraft builder. His 3 gram rubber band powered plane managed 3 circuits of our clubrooms!! Another enthusiast Gwyn spoke about radio control planes. It is always interesting to learn about other people’s passions and hobbies. Thank you Stephen Winterbottom for arranging this evening. Our Lucky Door Prize winner for February was Janice Gardner - congratulations. March club night is on Thursday 28th where we have planned something a little different. We all have enjoyed travelling along roads less travelled, over that Pass, or to that backyard museum, or even that amazing museum overseas, or managed a roadside repair using our great NZ number 8 wire mentality. We would love you to share that memory – bring along a photo/photos to display and if you wish, tell your story – 3 minutes max. We can then store that information away so that when we are passing that way or get caught in such a predicament we too can appreciate that view, or those vehicles, or be thankful to get out of a tricky situation. See you next month and win/win – catch up with other members who share your passion and also you just might go home with a bonus prize. Russel McAlpine

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Library Notes One of the jobs we do in the Library is to look after the Club Archives and the most important of these are the Branch Bulletins. Prior to 1980 these were in foolscap and A4 pages that have been easy to store in Lever Arch files and we have all but two of the total issued by the Branch from 1954 to 1979. We then changed to A5 booklets and a rule was made that two copies of each issue would be held in the Library and that still applies now. The shelf became overloaded and when someone did a search recently for something it all got mixed up and we needed to find some way to fix it. We now have a stock of ring binders and the Team are busy punching one set to bind this way and the duplicate set will be stored in a plastic storage bin held in the Barn. Meantime books keep coming in and we received a bundle of Mini books and manuals. They include: Leyland Minis Maintenance, Tuning & Modification by Marshall & Fra ser More Mini Tuning by Trickey Mini Saloon, Countryman, 1275 GT and Cooper S Work shop Manual Mini 1959 on Haynes Owners Work/shop Manual Mini 1976 on Repair and Operation Manual Servicing the British Leyland Mini and Moke Body Parts Austin/Morris 1100 From Bob Parker we received several bundles of Classic and Sports Car Mags and a bundle of Classic Bike Mags (yet to be sorted). We purchased three Triumph Stag Manuals on Trademe, a 1970—78 Haynes Work/shop Manual, a Factory Manual and a Parts Manual Barry Robert and the Library Team—Barry Birchall, Colin Bott, Owen Hayward, John Stokes & Chris Wood.

Robinson Instrument Ltd Unit 3 31 Princes St, Onehunga, Auckland.

Ph: 09 636 5836 Fax:09 636 5838 Email: Web:

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Mid Week Tourers Over twenty starters last month for our run to the Paeroa Maritime Park and Museum. We last went there in the Nineties and my word, it has changed since then. The museum building and exhibits have improved but the biggest change is in the grounds. What used to be a bit of an overgrown wilderness with gorse, unkept long grass and various relics scattered around, is now a very well laid out park. We had the sole use of a Pavilion and an under covered veranda for lunch, complete with plenty of tables and chairs. Hot drinks on a self help table and very helpful volunteers to answer our questions. Well worth a visit, we will go again and next time the little (15 passenger) paddle steamer will be available for short river cruises. The rusted remains of the much larger paddle steamer “Kopu” (salvaged after 45 years at the bottom of the river) are waiting restoration which will be a major undertaking, don’t think I’ll live to see it floating. The Kopu was built in Thames in 1897 and used by the Northern Steamship Company until vandals sank it in 1935. The route was entirely sealed, yet very little main highway was involved. A number of “new” roads over the Hauraki Plains proved to be long and straight with next to no traffic. Of note was the burnt up pasture, a rarity on the plains which was once swamp. We had a number of cars with just the driver on his/her own and the route instruction holders intended primarily for solo motor cyclists came to mind. These could easily be adapted for cars, perhaps a magnetic mounting and are really a safety device, just as with the two wheelers. I can recommend them, see Don Green, Committee member, 021 073 2642 They are advertised in the Bulletin The proposed guided tour of the Chelsea Sugar works, (see last months Bulletin). At the moment this won’t happen, no one seems interested. Coming Events: Wednesday 20 March: Starts from the Drury Service Centre, on the Southern Motorway. Yes, not a typo, due to our host and his location, it’s another Southern start—10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. departure. Jack Nazer is taking us to visit Lionel Rogers Bugatti collection. It’s rather special. BYO lunch. Wednesday 17 April: Starts from the Warehouse Carpark, Westgate, 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. departure. More details to follow, but it could be a run to view the restoration of the Toroa Steam Ferry. BYO lunch. Wednesday 15 May: Starts from the Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway, 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. departure. More details to follow, but it could be a run to Thames. There are still some empty slots for the tour of A & G Price Foundry.

The Dewdrops & the Mid-Week Team Ph: (09) 232 0245 or email

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March Club Run

Club Run Sunday 31 March Starts from Ray Small Park Carpark, Elliot Street, Papakura (adjacent to the R.S.A.) Commencing at 10:30 a.m. for a Poker Cruise to Manukau Heads, Awhitu Peninsula. BYO Picnic to lunch on the beach (weather permitting).

This will be a relaxed run, untimed and no silent checks. You will be collecting a poker hand along the way with opportunities to stop for ice-creams, craft shopping, visit the restored Manukau Heads Lighthouse and plenty of opportunity to observe some magnificent views.

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February Club Night Mike Mulholland, an aviation enthusiast and model aircraft builder.


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For Sale 1927 Dodge Tourer—We have owned her for 55 years and have travelled as far north as Dargaville and south to Christchurch. Never let us down. It's time for someone else to enjoy her for the next 55 years. Comes with spares. Phone Steve Borich (Member) 021 727 024 or, for further details. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….….

NZ Welder Repair Services Ltd. Unit 4/5 Portage Road, New Lynn, Auckland

For personal service call Rod Rugg (Member) Stick, MIG, TIG and Plasma cutters. All welding machine types and consumables for sale. “Over 30 years experience” Repairs to machines, new sales and used. Hire options available. For home or work. Large or small. We deal with only good machines not rubbish. Phone: 09 8261425, e-mail: Postal address: P.O. Box 19272, Avondale, Auckland 1746

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Your Committee Chairman/Motorcycle Rep: Martin Spicer (Lynda)

Email: Ph: (09) 233 6382 or 0274 454 593 Vice Chairman/ Entertainment: Russel McAlpine (Jocelyn) Email: Ph: 818 4285 or 0274 735 451 Secretary / Privacy Officer: Tracey Winterbottom Email: (Stephen) Ph: (09) 232 0246 or 021 732 209 Treasurer: Ian Hubbard (Lesley) Email: Ph: 575 8236 or 0274 426 748 Club Captain: Lynda Spicer (Martin) Email: Ph: (09) 233 6382 or 021 454 593 Committee Members: Don Green (Brenda) Clubroom Bookings/Spares/Name Badges Email: Ph: 266 8836 or 021 073 2642 Alan Price (Shaaran) Building Maintenance Email: Ph: 833 8575 Shaaran Price (Alan) Social Convenor/New Membership Liaison Officer Email: Ph: 833 8575 John Stokes Veteran Rep/Spares/Trophy Stewart Email: Ph: (09) 236 4582 or 021 185 5915 Non-Committee Officers: Librarian Bulletin Editor Barry Robert (Elva) Val Ball (Rodger) Ph: 627 9451 Ph: 298 6476 Email: Beaded Wheels Reporter Commercial Rep John Stokes John Campbell (Pat) Continuous Membership Awards Steward Ph: 828 7850 or 0272 446 928 Glenn Morris (Marion) Ph: 273 4975 or 021 136 5926 Insurance: Vero Consumer Insurance Specialist 0800 505 905 or 356 4501 Agency Number: 0300126 Clubrooms Street Address: Postal Address: Open: Club Night:

Ph: 579 5625 39 Fairfax Ave, Penrose P O Box 12 138, Penrose, Auckland 1642 2nd & 4th Thursday 7:30-10:00pm, Every Saturday 4:30-6:30 pm 4th Thursday of the month

Branch Email Address Branch Website

Branch Honorary Life Members:

Barry Robert Norm Dewhurst QSM Alan Roberts

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Profile for Vintage Car Club of New Zealand

Auckland VCC - March 2019  

Auckland VCC - March 2019