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March 2020

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Index

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Index In this issue… Gymkhana Karaka Vintage Day April Club Run Vero International Festival of Motoring Spares

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

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April Bulletin closing date

Strictly 25 March 2020

Cover Designed by Melanie Ball

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 Hope you’re enjoying the great motoring weather. Unfortunately it’s not good for the farmers and people like us who are on tank water. Regarding the damage to our Clubrooms, the builders are expected to start on the 16th March with the work taking between three and five weeks. We will keep you updated. Veteran section is still going well, so if you have a veteran or would like to know more about them do go along and join John and the others. The Motorcycle meeting was again very well attended with 60 plus members and visitors. The guest speaker was Steve Raffills, who came with his family. They brought along a replica of a 1917 V Twin 8 valve Harley Davidson Board Racer, which is the 4th one Steve has built and they sell for $130000.00. Murray Firth's Vintage section was a little down on numbers due to members being away, but they still had a interesting meeting. If you have a vintage or want to know more about them, do go and join them. Commercial section, although small, still have interesting meetings. Again, if you have a commercial or would like to learn more about them, go along and join John and his buddies. Mid Week Tourers are still finding great places to go and visit. Club Night we put on a BBQ before guest speaker Paul Stewart, who worked in the Motorcycle Industry, take the stage. Paul told us about the motorcycle shops he had worked for from Piopio to Auckland from the 1960's up to 5 years ago. Sunday 1st March was the Brit and Euro Classic Car Show held at Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. I manned our Branch stand from 9:30 am till closing at 4:00pm. This was the 5th show and every year it gets bigger. This year saw 1100 entries. We had around 20 motorcycles on display, ranging from vintage BSA, Norton, and Velocette, 1963 Vespa, 50's and 60's Triumph's, ‘60 to 70's BSA, Nortons, Ducati's and a breathtaking 1000 cc Vincent Norton. The crowds were massive and it’s thought this event is one of the biggest in Australasia. Coming up in March, Sunday 15 - Bert Cuthbertson Motorcycle Rally Sunday 22 - Karaka Vintage Day Sunday 29 - Branch Gymkhana Event Hope to see you out and about on runs and rallies and at the clubroom events. Keep those 2, 3 and 4 wheels turning safely. Martin Spicer


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Club Captain’s Report Oh my goodness, still no rain. Our poor farm looks like a desert, not a sign of green anywhere. But that aside, it has been perfect weather for driving and riding the hi-ways and bi-ways of New Zealand. February started with the Veteran Rally which John Stokes had plotted in and around the lovely Waiuku and Awhitu areas. It was pleasing to see a large number of lovely old girls parked up on display before heading off. A number of members of the public popped along for a look and I noticed a post and a few photos of some of the cars on facebook that evening. It ended with a convivial luncheon at the Waiuku Cossie Club. The Motorcycle section had another great turn out for their meeting, some 60 plus members, coming along to listen to Steve Raffills and to see his Harley Davidson Board Racer. The Mid Week Tourers continue to have good attendance at their monthly runs. A smaller number were in attendance for the Vintage Section meeting, but the Art Deco Rally may well have impacted on those numbers. If you are interested in this era, please do come along to their monthly Saturday meetings. A lot of interesting things are discussed. February’s Club Night saw a smaller turnout of numbers, despite us putting on a sausage sizzle, complete with onions and coleslaw, plus an ice-cream for dessert. Was this because the speaker was speaking on the Motorcycle Industry? It was an interesting talk, especially as the speaker, Paul Stewart, had started his career in Piopio and gradually worked his way up in the industry. Sunday 1 March was the club run, or should I say, club non run? Only 4 turned out, so I cancelled this. Those who attended will be awarded 3 points each for coming out and of course these points will go towards the Points Trophy which is awarded at the AGM. Martin went to the Brit and Euro day, representing the Branch, being held at Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. Apparently, a great day out for lovers of all vehicles both British and European. As Club Captain, I am now going to get on my “soap box” and ask you, my fellow Branch members, a few questions and give you some food for thought. You pay your annual subs, presumably to take part and enjoy the events created by the Branch. So why, in a membership of 650 members, do we get 30 out for Club Night and only 4 turn out for a Club Run? What do you want? This is your Branch and it does take time to arrange things. Our Entertainment Officer tries and finds interesting people to entertain you at Club Night. Yes, the subject may not be of particular interest (I get totally lost with all the jargon used when people talk about rebuilding engines etc.), but I always get something from that speaker. An interesting point was made by Paul Stewart last month about him being asked by his family to put his life story down in writing, otherwise all the interesting people met along the way, the interesting things done, the funny stories, would be lost to future generations. And, I believe this can be said of all the speakers who visit our Branch. Everyone has a story to tell and share. So please, do think about how much effort it takes to get someone along, to give their time free of charge, to entertain you and thus support your Branch. If you don’t like the speakers we get then please feel free to give a member of the Committee a call, or send an email to myself and Martin, with


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Club Captain’s Report Contd... Ideas of people you would like to come along and listen to. Branch events take quite a bit of time to plan and the Club Run for February/ March was no exception. As well as plotting the route and checking it a couple of times, there was the planning of getting the Museum opening for us over a weekend, which they only do by appointment. So it was rather embarrassing to have to give them a call on the Sunday morning and call the whole thing off. This is your Branch, so please, TAKE PART in what is on offer. It is a once a month commitment for a Club Run and a once a month commitment for Club Night. Not a lot really is it? On another note, have any of you who have had years of enjoyment taking part in the Mid Week Tourers events, actually given some thought to taking over the organising of the “Southern Route” so Norm & Pat Dewhurst can retire? Yes, places of interest are usually found to visit and I am sure Norm & Pat would help with some useful suggestions initially to get you on the road so to speak. Please give this some serious consideration. Two or even three couples could share the task, therefore it is not so onerous. If no-one takes the baton up, then this wonderfully supported mid week monthly event will no longer go ahead. Lastly, has anyone given Val a call to see what is involved in becoming our new Bulletin Editor? It doesn’t take too much time and Val will be there to guide you through for a couple of months. Again, please give this position serious consideration. Val has been our Editor for 17 years and would like to hand the job over for someone else to do. Some dates to keep in mind for this month: Sunday 15 March – Bert Cuthbertson Motorcycle Rally Saturday 21 March – Motorcycle Section Meeting Sunday 22 March – Karaka Vintage Day (always a good day out and we are looking for members to put their vehicles on display. Martin will have a Branch stand there). Sunday 29 March – Branch Gymkhana – Lots of fun to be had by everyone, two, three and four wheelers. See you out and about

Lynda Spicer


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Library Notes It has been a reasonably quiet time in recent weeks in the library, with not so many ‘new’ additions to our collection coming in. As is well known we are forever looking for more storage space and it’s times like this that we use for rearranging the shelves to utilise what space we do have in the best possible way. In the new millennium, (back in the year 2000) a new Library loan book register was initiated. That’s now twenty years ago and it is interesting to look back at that recorded history of our book lending. In the intervening time, some 1321 books have been taken out of the Library on loan to our members. That’s quite a lot of reading one way and another. It means that those members have no doubt read and absorbed a great deal about the history of motoring and all that that represents. Arithmetically, it equates to 5.7 books per month or just over one book per week, but measured over the number of members we have in our Branch, it means that only a minority of our members make use of the books and material that we have at our disposal. Looking through the names of the borrowers down the years brings back memories of members who have passed on, but also there are several who were borrowing books twenty years ago and who are still avid readers and borrowers. However, what is even more readily apparent, is that the same names keep cropping up, or in other words the folk who are borrowing books regularly are a relatively small part of our Branch. This begs the question as to what we as a Library team can do to bring more members into the group who are getting greater fulfilment from their interest in old vehicles by reading more about them. If you have never borrowed a book from the Library, but would like to, the team would like to invite you to come in and select your first book and also, if you have any idea which you think could improve our lending performance, please let us know. Come and visit any Thursday morning from 9:00a.m. or you can contact us at: cdwood@xtra.co.nz Chris Wood and the Library Team:—Owen Hayward, Colin Bott, Barry Birchall, John Stokes & Barry Robert.


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Motorcycle Notes Upon arriving at the Clubrooms for the February meeting found our guest speaker, Steve Raffills, wife Linda and their four sons Andy, Ben, Joe and Jem, along with David Morley who had brought Steve's Harley Davidson Board racer in his van. The Harley was brought into the Clubrooms and set it up in the centre of the floor. Outside were twelve motorcycles in the car park, ranging from a 60's Vespa, 1928 and ‘29 Ariels, BSA sidecar outfit, Army Royal Enfield, Triumphs, Jawa, Harleys and Velocettes and sixty plus members in attendance. A number of our members were away, taking part in the Waikato three day Summer Tour. Visitors: The UK President of the Velocette Club - Rodger & Jane Franklin, Stuart & Ashley Moffat from Blenheim and Chris Read from Rarotonga. Reports: Martin reported on last month's club run, on the recent Wellington BiAnnual Motorcycle Rally and last months Branch Veteran rally. Keith Ballagh told us about the recent Velocette Rally held in Taranaki. Graeme Crawley told us about the up coming Ariel Rally being held in the South Island. Coming Up: Sunday 15 March—Bert Cuthbertson Rally, starting from the Jolly Farmer Drury at 12 noon and finishing at Stuart Metch's home (plotter) in Bombay for afternoon tea and a chance to look over Stuart's motorcycle collection. Saturday 21 March—Motorcycle meeting - speaker to be confirmed. Sunday 22 March—Karaka Vintage day, which is a great day out. Do come along and support our Branch and bring your motorcycle. Contact Martin for information. Sunday 29 March—Branch Gymkhana day, come along and ride your motorcycle and test your riding skills. General Business: Member Dave Warren came to say goodbye to us, as he and Ilona are moving to Oxford in the Canterbury area very soon. Will miss seeing your amazing restored motorcycle’s Dave. We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you at the next National Motorcycle Rally. Speaker: Steve Raffills, with the help of wife Linda and sons Andy, Ben, Joe and Jem, run a successful business building replica Harley Davidson Board Racing motorcycles. The racer on display was the 4th one built and will soon be on its way to London UK to its new owner. These bikes are truly a work of art and surely are worth the price of $130,000. The engine is a 1000 cc V twin with 8 valves, has a very low engine compression ratio of 4.75. Steve uses original flywheels then buys the best conrods and pistons, casts the crankcases then machines them. Steve pours molten cast iron into his all in one head and barrel moulds and machines them. He makes the valves and rockers and even makes the spoke nipples and the tire valves. There isn't a clutch or gearbox or brakes. Steve makes the frame and forks and wheel hubs. Steve told us how he made the rotary swaging tools used to form round steel tube into a taper for the forks. These motorcycles will do 100 mph, like they did in the 1920's. We were shown a video of the motorcycle being started up for the first time, very loud as there are no exhaust pipes. The video showed Steve riding along Muriwai Beach on the Harley. Steve brought along samples of engine and frame bits and various jigs for us to look at.


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Motorcycle Notes Contd... Steve and family stayed around for an hour after the meeting finished and chattered to the members. Thank you Steve, Linda and boys for coming to talk to us and showing us your great creation of a Harley Board Racer. Keep those 2, 3 and 4 wheels turning safely Martin Spicer & Jack Clark

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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Entertainment Notes Paul Stewart was the guest speaker for the February Club Night and has given almost his entire working life to the Motorcycle industry, well over 40 years. He started and qualified as an Auto Machinist before working as a motorcycle mechanic on all brands, moving to sales and as a dealer co-coordinator/supervisor. The last 24 years were with Honda NZ. Paul is the President of the Auckland Motorcycle Club and was impressed with our clubrooms. Paul gave a very good assessment of the demise of the British Motorcycle industry, which he believes was entirely avoidable as Britain had the technology to match the Japanese at that time, but ignored the threat of clever engineering and fine machining. In his work with the dealerships, he experienced many incidents and personalities and told some great stories. The advent of the importing of used cars dealt a severe blow to motorcycle sales, as many potential purchases were lost to RX7 Mazda, sporty Toyota and others. The survival of many dealerships is owed to the farm bike which transformed farming. The capital costs of being a dealer is now huge. Paul said that to start a dealership now would require about one million dollars. Only a quarter of the original Auckland dealers have survived. While the motorcycle members did not give the support he deserved, those that were there engaged with Paul, sharing their experiences and showed he was a good choice. Club Night for Thursday 26 March will be a speaker talking on Tyres. Robin Elliott


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Commercial Notes The February meeting of our little section received an apology from Don Johnston, who took off for the South Island straight after the Art-Deco weekend. We learned that Lindsay Whittle has his FGK 30 Morris all road legal now after a fair bit of drama with certification. The truck, set up as a tow truck and coming in at under 3,500 Kg’s and never likely to carry anything, still required a hub odometer. Nobody has been more sceptical than me over the merits of EV vehicles, particularly with regard to towing capabilities. A recent U tube video sent to me, has dispelled many of those apprehensions. The “specs” for this vehicle are truly amazing, 0 to 100 Km/h in just three seconds, an electric motor at each wheel, no higher than the axle line, a range of 640 kilometres. There will be two models, an SUV, and the world’s first Ute. Rivian Automotive Inc., was founded by R J Scaringe and operates from a Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Plant, bought years ago by Scaringe. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos has ordered 100,000 units, custom built for prime deliveries, already investing $700 million (US) into the deal. Ford Motor Co. have said they will invest $500 million and Cox Automotive $350 million, and all this before the first Rivian rolls off the assembly line later this year. It took nine years for Tesla to produce 100,000 cars! If you are able to Google Rivian, do so, you will be pleasantly surprised, and the FebruaryMarch newsletter of the Federation of Motoring Clubs has an interesting article on the number of countries requiring new cars to be low, or emission free by 2040, but our government has no intention of imposing similar restrictions, because N.Z. is too far behind other countries in updating its vehicle fleet, and those lower income Kiwis, (read “most of us”) not able to afford new or used electric vehicles, would be left with too few mobility options. I guess our historic vehicles are safe for a while yet! Keep “M” Rolling John Campbell


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Mid Week Tourers Numbers were a little down on last months run to the West Lynn Gardens, but the quality of people and vehicles was very evident. Ten cars, including Barry & Nicola Birchall in their big veteran Cadillac and Lionel & Mary Rogers in their 1972 Ferrari. If one didn’t see it coming, you certainly heard it. Good to see Max Jamieson out again, for most of last year he had been working on the Delage motor. At least three visitors, Tony Mihaljevich from Perth and Penny Firth’s sister Kate, from the UK. (Sorry, I didn’t get to say hello). The route took us through Oratia, along the Scenic Drive for a short spell and a couple of lovely lanes high up in Titirangi, before descending a bit to our destination. Just a short run this time. The West Lynn Garden is in an old quarry, 2.5 acres, developed and run by a community group of volunteers. Lots of paths, one needs the map to find everything, a butterfly house and ample parking. We all gathered for lunch in the “Palm Circle” and had a good time chatting together before individuals explored the surrounds. Coming Events: Wednesday 11 March: Too late, will be all over by now.. Wednesday 22 April: Note change of day, 4th. Wednesday this month. Kelvin Hawke is taking us to a collection in Silverdale. Includes cars and motorcycles. Starts from The Warehouse car park, Westgate, 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. departure. BYO everything. Wednesday 20 May: To be confirmed, but it is expected to be a southern (Drury) start for a run that will include an optional lap or two on the Pukekohe Raceway. Which might bring us to the end of the current monthly Mid-week Tourer’s Runs. They will continue, rest assured, but without a team co-ordinator, they might not be every month. Drive safely and enjoy the countryside.

The Dewdrops & the Mid-Week Team Ph: (09) 232 0245 or email dewdrops@xtra.co.nz


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Vintage Notes With some of our members at Art Deco, our numbers were down slightly, but the conversations were lively. Wayne Roberts’ Velie will soon be back on the road after a full engine rebuild, should be right for the next 100 years. Neville Holland’s Chev had a bit of engine noise which he found and cured. Trouble is, it has now made it possible to hear another, which is going to involve deeper investigation. There was some discussion over unsympathetic WoF inspectors failing cars for superficial reasons, so it is best to take your vehicle to your own local garage mechanic who has some empathy with old vehicles. Chris Wood has had new rims made by Veteran Car Rims in Christchurch for his 1924 Austin 20 and is delighted with their workmanship. Norm Dewhurst is wanting to ‘declutter’ and would like to see both his historic 1930 Chev van and his Austin 7 Special go to someone who would finish them. New project anyone? As at 22 February the entries for the Vintage Muster are rather disappointing, but as entries haven’t closed yet we are hoping for a late rush. We are going to feature a member’s vehicle with its history in this column each month so to start, here is John Towers with his Chev. 1929 Chev—John Towers “Early this year I had the privilege of taking over the restoration of a 1929 Chev coupe started by my very good friend, the late Howard Porteous. The car started life in Invercargill, being sold new by A Russell and Company. It was owned by Stan Butler of Gore for many years and once served as a display car for him in the Sign Shop. Howard purchased it from Grant Jolly of Blenheim in 2002 in a very sad state of repair. He restored the body to original specs using the original panels as patterns. The mechanicals were up-graded to make it suitable for an amputee, as Howard had lost his left arm. A brief description of the upgrades follows. A 1953 Blue Flame motor was fitted with two Stromberg carburettors and an automatic transmission 700 R4 from a 1984 Chev, driving a rear diff from a 1994 Mazda. Hydraulic brakes were then fitted to the 17” wire wheels from a 1934 Chev. My problem was, do I return the car to original or put a dummy gear stick in it and retain the upgrades? After much debate at our Vintage car meeting, the general consensus was to leave the upgrade as it is, as a tribute to Howard. The remaining restoration is for upholstery, which I will do in white leather and the roof panel in canvas; bleed the brakes and a few other bits and bobs such as step plates with boot scrapers etc. There are rather innovative ideas in the coupe, such as when the boot is opened, the light shines a perfect CHEV image on the floor. When the final restoration is complete and a Vin obtained, I’ll be showing the guys at the Vintage Car Club the results”. Thank you John for your article. Murray & Penny Firth


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Bulletin via Website or email Veteran Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Mad Irish Woman Rally (South Waikato Branch) Bert Cuthbertson Motorcycle Rally—Jolly Farmer Drury 12:00 noon Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Karaka Vintage Day—advised via email regarding time Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm Club Night & New Members 8:00pm Vintage Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Maunga Moana (Taranaki Branch) Gymkhana—40 Hunter Rd, Waitakere 1:00pm Vintage Venture (Waikato Branch) Committee Meeting (April) - Clubrooms 7:30pm Bulletin Mailing Night 7:30pm National Easter Rally North Island (Horowhenua Branch) Veteran Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Eddie Sim Motorcycle Rally—Starts Jolly Farmer, Drury 12:00 noon Swapmeet (Northland Branch) Mid Week Tourers Starts The Warehouse Carpark, Westgate 10:00am Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm Club Night & New Members 8:00pm Vintage Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm April Club Run 9:00am Committee Meeting 7:30pm Veteran Section Meeting 2:30pm Bulletin via Website or email Motorcycle Rally (Northland Branch) Mid Week Tourers Starts Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway 10:00am Motorcycle Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Club Run—Experts Rally Commercial Meeting & Charabanc Maintenance Night Clubrooms 8:00pm Club Night & New Members 8:00pm Vintage Section Meeting—Clubrooms 2:30pm Double Fifty (Waikato Branch)

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 26 March 8:00 p.m. Guest Speaker talking on Tyres

Gymkhana Sunday 29 March Where:

40 Hunter Rd, Waitakere

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1:00 p.m.


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Secretary’s Notes It is now only 9 months until the Vero Festival of Motoring in the Taranaki area. Entry Forms will be available soon, note they will NOT be distributed to every member through Beaded Wheels. I will ensure copies are available at the Clubrooms but you will able to get a soft copy by dropping me a note. This promises to be a great week so plan to be there! Our AGM will soon be here in June, please give thought to how you see the Club running, both at a Branch level and Nationally. It takes a group of people with a range of skills to run the Branch at Committee level, some with specialised skills such as our treasurer Ian, some with a particular area of interest, those with the time to organise events and someone to make sure we do what we need to at the right time. Although my day job currently takes up more of my time than it should, I enjoy being involved and am very keen to see us evolve in the coming years so we are still relevant and top of mind for those whose interest is "old vehicles" when they look for a club to join. We have a large membership, with the more active membership getting a lot out of attending the wide variety of events held. I urge you all to consider what you enjoy in the Branch, what pushes your buttons and what you can give back. This doesn't necessarily mean being on Committee, there are a number of non committee positions currently needing new faces - VIC Officer, Bulletin Editor, Mid Week Tourer Co-Ordinator. There are people willing to help you in these roles and show you the ropes. If you know of someone who would make a great speaker, or you hear someone speak at another function, all it takes is a phone call with their details to the Entertainment Officer and we have a Clubnight ticked off. If you think you can add value on Committee or know of someone you think would, please have a chat with them. Want to help by organising a club run or event? Call the Club Captain. We always need a mixture of new blood and ideas along with experience for stability. We should not rely on people staying in roles for extended periods of time, succession plans are important. Lastly, I have a couple of emails expressing interest in a “back road” tour to Levin for Easter. I am still to finalise this, so please let me know if you are considering joining us. Likely at present to leave Auckland Wednesday morning, with the overnight stop possibly somewhere in the King Country region, visiting the Waiouru Military Museum on Thursday with an overnight stop in Taihape and motoring onto Levin Good Friday morning. As the name would suggest, the objective is to avoid the main highways and enjoy the scenery. Tracey Winterbottom


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Veteran Notes The Branch Veteran Rally attracted about eighteen entrants to the start at the agricultural museum in Waiuku. The only new restoration noted was Peter Alderdice's 1917 Harley Davidson. All other entrants were seasoned veteran run attendees. Model T Fords dominated numerically, as is usually the case. Other entrants included Cadillac, De Dion Bouton, Renault, Talbot, Perry, Rover and Dodge. “Out of town” Branch support came from Doug & Ann Hamilton in the 1904 Cadillac, with Leon & Brendda Salt as crew. Mention should also be made of Monty and Pauline Scarborough, who made the trip from Kaiaua. It was good to see long time member and Charabanc associate Doug Pinker back on the Charabanc. The two routes about 27 miles for the short and just under 40 for the long travelled via back roads, where possible, up the Awhitu Peninsula. Travelling through the Taurangaruru, Kohekohe, Waipipi and Te Toro areas before heading back to Waiuku for lunch at the Cosmopolitan Club. The plotter’s concerns about potential heavy traffic and overtaking difficulties on the main Awhitu road didn't materialise. David Adams on the long route check got about seven of the ten entrants on this route, so it was assumed that some of the others followed the short route. There was some concern that Peter Alderdice had broken down on the Harley, but he turned up to tell us he had gone further up the Peninsula than instructed, turned round and retraced his route. He had no instruction rollers on the Harley, which was on its first serious run since restoration and he is very satisfied. Because of this, he was given the long route Trophy and Barry Birchall got the short route Trophy in the 1905 De Dion Bouton. John Stokes

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New Members A most sincere welcome is extended to the following new members. We hope to see you taking an active part in Club activities whenever possible. Should you or any member require any assistance or advice, please feel free to ask any Committee member. (Refer back page of this Bulletin). Dave Wakefield Whitford

Paul Barclay Morningside 1963 Ford Falcon 1956 Triumph Speed Twin Ross Bellamy Pakuranga 1929 Ford Roadster Dave Roper Glendene 1934 Ford Coupe Gavin Stone Eastern Beach 1937 Ford Pickup Warren De France (Rejoining) Remuera 1952 Ferrari


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Gymkhana

GYMKHANA 29TH MARCH Arrive 1:00 p.m. Briefing 1:15 p.m.

40 Hunters Road, Waitakere (courtesy of member Mike Courtney) open to ALL club eligible vehicles all events based on time you’ll need a navigator/mechanic with the exception of single motorcycle riders winners announced at the end of event coffee cart will be on site Looking for helpers on the day

Please phone Russel 0274 735 451


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Karaka Vintage Day

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April Club Run

April Club Run Sunday May 3 April's club run will be the first Sunday of May. This is to work in with the open day at the finish venue and with Easter and Anzac weekend in April, we thought it would give everyone some breathing space. The run is being organised by Ryan Winterbottom. It will be a 9:00 a.m. start from Drury and is approximately 60 miles, finishing at the Glen Afton Bush Tramway. This day is an open day, the railway will be working, with a train ride and bush jigger rides available as well as plenty of gear driven steam machinery relating to sawmills and their bush tramways. There is plenty of room to picnic, BYO lunch or there is a cafe on site. Train rides run every hour. Check out their website or Facebook page. Entry to the Bush Railway is $15 which includes your train ride. Jigger rides are an extra $2. (NO EFTPOS)


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Volunteers Required

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED Volunteers are required to assist Dudley Kitson and Bill Hulse in the Spares Department on Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. on. Duties include assisting with sorting Spares as they arrive. Contact Robin Elliott or any Committee member or just turn up on Thursday morning.

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Vero International Festival of Motoring

COUNTDOWN TO VERO INTERNATIONAL

9 Months to go January 17 to 22, 2021 Check out the Website or Facebook page. www.historicmotoring.co.nz For a week in January 2021, New Plymouth City and the Taranaki district is going to be the place to be for any lover of old cars, trucks or motorcycles. Our team has put together a fantastic event to suit all types of vehicles from the 19th century up to 1990. Our festival village is the base for the week and will have a range of great quality food, drink and entertainment and the roads are made for motoring. The world famous Festival of Lights is taking place at Pukekura Park, which is right alongside the festival village and coincides with the festival. All we need now is you – our entrants, the people who have been the sole reason for us putting the festival together. So mark the dates on your calendar 17th-21st Jan 2021, and register your interest to receive emails and stay updated with event planning. Now is the time to get together with your motoring friends to plan your journey to and from Taranaki – be it from elsewhere in New Zealand, or anywhere in the world. Head out to your workshop now and get that “almost there” project back on the road by 2021 and we can’t wait to meet you in Taranaki!


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Spares

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MOTOR TRIMMING CLASSIC & VINTAGE CARS LEATHER, HOODS, SIDECURTAINS 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE Trained by Ken Keay FABRIC BODIES A SPECIALITY TOP QUALITY WORK REASONABLE RATES

John McKechnie 66a Ladies Mile Remuera Phone: (09) 522 4418


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For Sale 1964 Daimler 2.5 model (Two) - Both vehicles have New Zealand Certificates of Registration and their original black & silver number plates and log books. One has it’s registration on hold and one is deregistered. For further information Ph: Michael O’Kane (Member) 021 073 1121 or Neil Fudger (Member) 021 081 18118 …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1934 Chevrolet Cabriolet (Coupe/Convertible)— needs restoration. NZ new. Very rare car. Ph: Dan Thompson (Member) 0274 041 218 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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: rod.rugg@nzwrs.com Postal address: P.O. Box 19272, Avondale, Auckland 1746


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Your Committee Chairman/Motorcycle Rep/Delegate Martin Spicer (Lynda) Email: spicerclan2017@gmail.com Ph: (09) 233 6382 or 0221 025 954 Vice Chairman/Clubrooms Booking/Name Badges Don Green (Brenda) Email: greend@slingshot.co.nz Ph: 266 8836 or 021 073 2642 Secretary/Privacy Officer: Tracey Winterbottom Email: vintagesunbeam@hotmail.co.nz (Stephen) Ph: (09) 232 0246 or 021 732 209 Treasurer: Ian Hubbard (Lesley) Email: ian@fhp.co.nz Ph: 575 8236 or 0274 426 748 Club Captain: Lynda Spicer (Martin) Email: spicerclan2017@gmail.com Ph: (09) 233 6382 or 021 454 593 Committee Members: Warwick Darrow (Trisha) Building Maintenance Email: waktrish@gmail.com Ph: 520 2882 or 021 203 4562 Robin Elliott Entertainment Officer/Spares Email: robaleen@actrix.co.nz Ph: 0274 922 188 Alan Price (Shaaran) Building Maintenance Email: birdwoodprices@gmail.com Ph: 833 8575 Shaaran Price (Alan) Social Convenor/New Membership Liaison Officer Email: birdwoodprices@gmail.com Ph: 833 8575 John Stokes Veteran Rep/Spares/Trophy Steward Email: jcstokes96a@xtra.co.nz Ph: (09) 236 4582 or 0272 772 108 Non-Committee Officers: Librarian Bulletin Editor Chris Wood (Diana) Val Ball (Rodger) Ph: 524 9478 Ph: 298 6476 Email: rvball@xtra.co.nz Beaded Wheels Reporter Commercial Rep John Stokes John Campbell (Pat) Continuous Membership Awards Steward Ph: 828 7850 or 0272 446 928 Glenn Morris (Marion) VIC Officer Ph: 273 4975 or 021 136 5926 Michael O’Kane Insurance: Ph: 813 4944 Vero Consumer Insurance Specialist 0800 505 905 or 356 4501 Agency Number: 0300126 Clubrooms Ph: 579 5625 Street Address: 39 Fairfax Ave, Penrose Postal Address: P O Box 12 138, Penrose, Auckland 1642 Open: 2nd & 4th Thursday 7:30-10:00pm, Every Saturday 4:30-6:30 pm Club Night: 4th Thursday of the month

Branch Email Address Library Email Address Branch Website

auckland@vcc.org.nz libraryavvcc@gmail.com www.avvcc.org.nz

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 2020