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Issue : February 2018

Onamalutu Run - January 2018

Vintage Viewpoint is the official publication of the Marlborough Branch of the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc).



Waterlea Race Course

11th March 2018 Entry fee is $5.00 per vehicle. The theme is

JAGUAR Gates open 09:30 Public open from 11:00, Close at 15:00. Please make an effort to bring what you have to make this a great Fun Raiser for Marlborough Hospice. We are also arranging for a number of Electric cars to be on display. For further info contact Pat Pascoe M: 0274421786

What’s Inside: Chairman’s Report


Passing Lane


Club Captains Report & photo’s from the January Onamalutu Run


From the Blokes in the Shed


Heritage Day Photos


Update from your Social


Motorcycle Notes


Motorcycle News & Events Coming Up


Classified Advertising Section


BlueBridge Booking Info Interislander Booking Info


Marlborough Branch Officers


Marlborough Branch Coming Events Calendar




Chairman’s Report Let me take this opportunity to thank All who made Heritage Day another success, both financially and socially. A great turnout of cars, motorcycles and members to help and of course the public. We have attracted a few more new members this month to our branch so please make them welcome. A special meeting was held to resolve a few problems to our National Motorcycle Rally Committee, as a result new appointments have been made with Carol Taylor taking on the secretarial work and Glen and Paula Harris doing the minutes. Thanks must go to those above for stepping up and taking the time and care to do this important work on our branches behalf.

There has been a suggestion that we look at putting up another hand rail on the back steps leading to Patchets Green, hopefully this will be taken care of shortly. Oliver Varcoe has offered to repaint the windows under the veranda. Thanks Oliver. We all wish Ray Fairweather the best and a speedy recovery, also thinking of Val, Stumpy and Charlie who are unwell, hope you are on the mend. I also must mention our team of guys who have toiled away up in our spare parts, be it building, sorting or just cleaning up the compound. Tigers electrical shed is looking more professional every week. Thanks guys. VINTAGE MOTORING, Kelly

Passing lane ... PATTIE, Evelyn Amelia: Passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Stillwater Gardens, Richmond, Nelson. In her 96th year. Dearly loved wife of the late John Pattie. CHAPMAN, Peter Bernard: On January 11, 2018, peacefully at his happy place at home, at Clermont Farm, Ward. Aged 78 years. MAY, Mary: It was with sadness we learnt of the passing of Mary May. She was always there to support Trevor. Mary spent the last part of her life with her daughter Edna Mary and died peacefully January, 31, 2018 at her beloved daughters home in Hamilton.


Club Captain’s Report January finally saw the BBQ happen at Onamalutu with approximately twenty-five cars and fifty members enjoyed the very hot sunny day. By all accounts it was well worth waiting for. The pot luck meal at the Clubrooms was very successful and nobody went home hungry. Heritage Day saw the kitchen ladies work their magic again and the food just kept coming. And going, and going. There was entertainment for the children and cars, tractors, machinery and displays. All in all a very successful day with even the weather playing its part. Next up is the Nelson Swapmeet on 17th February at their Clubrooms . Our monthly ‘Noggin and Natter’ is on Friday the 23rd February in the clubrooms. There will be some finger food provided and movies. The cost is $10 per person and would be great to see some of our new members there. February 25th we have the boat trip from Havelock. You will need to be there by 8am as the boat leaves at 8.30am. We don't have a return time, just when we get back. This boat 5

has hot water, tea and coffee, but you need to bring your own cold drinks and food for day. Parking will be at end of camping ground again and I will be on road by the entrance in case you get lost. Please drive very slowly through camp ground past the caravans. The photos on the front page, page 5 and this page were taken by our photographer Linda Laing at the Onamalutu run in January.

Bob O’Malley : Club Captain




From the Blokes in the Shed… Another month has flown by; Rose and I had a memorable evening with two very talented friends from the North Island. They were passing through Blenheim on the way to a Postie Bike run on the West Coast. Riding Honda 50s step thru’s they are exploring back country old gold trails. Sounds like fun. But these two blokes are also inventors of amazing projects. A mechanical Moa, a steam driven bicycle, a motorized wall contraption and assorted steam punk stuff. You might not understand why, but you have to admire the problem solving skills and mindset. Oh, and the laughter, it really was a funny evening. Look on You Tube. “The Pineapple Clock by Rob Higgs”, then watch “the Stockton Flyer”, also “Lynn Gentry's Steam Driven bicycle”. Such Fun. Up at the Shed the blokes have had a chat regarding stocking our new shed, with a myriad of bit and pieces of old vehicles and all appear to agree on the order of things. Thanks for your input blokes. Quite a number of donated parts have been dropped off recently and I thank the donors. Donations are always appreciated. All is well, blokes are busy and appear happy. 3 Progress continues. Cheers the Major.


All things ‘Steam Punk” For those non-computer literate members “The Pineapple Clock by Rob Higgs” photo 1 page 7, this was made for Heston Blumenthal's "Dinner" in Melbourne, Australia to accompany their famous spit roasted pineapple rotisserie. Ingredients: thresher flywheel, raleigh sprocket, sturmey archer gears, bath tap, porthole wing nuts, hammers, doorknobs, slide projector lenses, scallop dredger springs, singer sewing machine flywheel, other various random bits of treasure.... Photo 2, page 7 A Wooden Framed Steam Powered recumbent bicycle; a lot of time and effort has gone into designing this contraption. The frame is made from 17 wood laminations. A 6l water tank nestles behind the curve of the seat back. A 2l propane tank provides the fuel to the steam boiler, which is fed by a pump scavenged from a coffee maker. Steam comes up in 30 seconds or less, so you don’t have to wait long before you go chuffing down the road, scaring small animals and children as you pass by. The bike retains its 7 speed derailleur on the right side. A drive belt on the left transmits torque from the 1.5″ bore steam engine via a simple clutch to the left side of the rear hub. A small micro-processor controls the flow of water to the boiler and a tiny pop off valve behind the rider’s head prevents any dangerous build up of pressure. The steam bike may not be suitable for every purpose. For one thing, it doesn’t fit very well on a standard bike rack, in case you want to take it on vacation with you. For another, holding a spare propane tank on your lap may not be everyone’s idea of a good time. 8

Photo 3, Page 7 The Stockton Flyer - inspired by George Stephenson’s Locomotion No 1 - and has been built on the Stockton high street. The sculpture is housed inside a plinth at the northern end of High Street and at set times each day the ‘automaton’ will emerge from the plinth, dramatically gushing steam and clanking into life. When fully extended, the plinth and sculpture tower more than seven metres high. The sculpture has been designed by artists Rob Higgs and Keith Newstead.

Impressive Line-up : Photos contributed by Caryl Simpson


The Grand Parade ‌.

Lyall Mooney

Tris Winstanley in the newly restored Bill Nicholas


Below: Trevor & Shirley O’Malley

Photo’s page 10 - 13 from Linda Laing


An outstanding collection of cars!


And hard working members!

(Above: counting the votes, left: in the kitchen and top left: well, resting probably between working and enjoying the day)

Below: despite all efforts the Model A refused to run


Model A


Restoration Guidelines & Judging Standards A full copy of the latest release Revision 4 Is now available at the VCC Library

Update from Your Social Convenor Well folks another month has passed and our pot luck ‘natter and noggin’ night was another successfull one with plenty of food, laughter and again a good catch up with other members. We have also had a very rewarding Heritage Day; "THANK EVERYONE" who gave their time to help in the kitchen and to all of the ladies that donated baking, we had a wonderful selection of home baking and some very nice comments from the public. "A great team effort." Don't forget 23rd February is ‘natter & noggin’ night. This is a movie night at Club rooms Brayshaw park from 5,30pm; its a Finger Food Meal Provided. $10.00 each. Cheers


Snippets from

“The Listening Post” Tony is away this month - your snippets will return in the March Issue! 14

NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE RALLY We are now only 12 months out from the National Motorcycle Rally and Tour. The organising committee now has the format for the event pretty well set but there is a lot of work still to be done to make the format work. The recent resignations of Peter and Janet Steggle from the organising committee has reduced the committee number from nine to seven members however with the permission and support of our Branch Chairman and committee it has been decided to continue with just the seven remaining members rather bring in replacements. We thank Peter and Janet for there input, Janet in particular for her work as secretary. Carol Taylor has taken over as secretary with some of the workload to be shared by one other sub committee member (Glenn) and his wife Paula who will work as a non-committee member. This set up is already working well. The change in secretary has meant a change in the email address which is now; Several members have already offered assistance over the rally period which is great as we need a large team just prior to and over the rally weekend so we will be asking members to put their hands up. I am confident as a branch we will make a success of it. Trev

Motorcycle News With the recent hot weather, the thought of pulling on motorcycle leathers was probably not the most appealing of ideas but we still got a good turnout of bikes and riders, Deb debuted her recent purchase from a local member a very original BMW single. While we left in hot weather it was pleasantly cooler in Seddon where we were meet by Steve and Mindy, Mindy has recently got her Triumph back on the road after a through rebuild of the engine and has it looking and sounding nice. After lunch most headed away apart from one unfortunate who’s bike showed a reluctance to start after repeated thrashing of the kickstart to no avail, muttering of choice expletives and threats to bike followed by more kickstart thrashing the sole result was one hot knackered frustrated owner and absolutely no sign of life from the petulant engine, in cases like this you have few options other than pulling the bloody thing to bits on the side of the road in a vain hope of finding something wrong, turn the petrol or ignition on (don’t laugh it happens ) keep kicking the bejesus out of it until it fires up or you collapse or admit defeat and hand it over to someone else. Fortunately Steve a previous owner of the bike was on hand and with a “give us a bloody go “ stepped up to reacquaint himself with his old bike, now Steve’s not one to bugger about, if it needs doing you just get on and damn well do it so with a handful of throttle and a leap into the air that would have done an All Black lock

forward proud he descended on the kickstart and stuff me it started first kick. Now the owner of the bike probably didn’t know whether to be pleased he wasn’t walking home or gutted that his bike would betray him in such a public way but his immediate problem was getting it back off Steve who was starting to feel quite at home on his old toy. We had a good and mixed variety of bikes at heritage day thanks for the effort, for some time there has been a marque of bike threatening to outnumber our more established brands on club runs and it may well have happened on Heritage day, it was pointed out that at one stage of the day there were five Hondas on display and only four Triumphs, now before anyone cries “jack up!”, yes, two people did supply the four Hondas between them but I also fronted with two Triumphs, therefore this must have been the most oil leak free display ever. Glenn MOTORCYCLE EVENTS COMING UP February Sunday 18th Leave Brayshaw Park at 11am for a ride around Queen Charlotte Drive via Picton. Lunch at the Cockles Inn and Bar. (Formally the Toot and Whistle). March Sunday 18th Leave Brayshaw Park at 11am. Ride up the Onamalutu Valley to visit a member. Return to Renwick for lunch and possibly view another new addition to a member’s collection after lunch. 15

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Morris 1100 1964

Wolseley Motor & Gearbox

Still warranted and registered Only 51,000 miles Original paint and upholstery. Couple of bumps and bruises as expected for its age. Alan P: 579 4294

1938 Morris 8 Series 2

Been in storage for 3 1/2 years, comes with hand book, manual and spares asking $14,000. for Sale by Non member : Lou Thorp P: 03 571 6003.

1954 Ford 10 Truck

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1500cc Wolseley motor & gearbox. This unit is complete and a runner. No knocks, bangs or smoke

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Pair of Personalised plates, diff nugget & pair of drive axles ex 1936 Morris 8 Sports, Radiator and clutch ex 1982 manual VL Holden Stationwagon. 1963 PB Vauxhall front bumper, grilles x2, dismantled 2.651cc engine. All good condition Offers to Stan Brandish P: 577 5509

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MOTORCYCLES Solex Cycle for Sale Shirley McCulloch has a 1960s Solex motorised cycle Contact details for further information: 19

MOTORCYCLE PARTS WANTED Wanted 1971-73 Head for 1972 Triumph T100 Contact Steve Gaudin or P: 03 5757 445 evenings Advertising in the Vintage Viewpoint is free to members of the VCC (not limited to our branch). Our close-off is the Friday following our branch’s monthly Wednesday committee meetings. To place an advert Contact the Editor, Chris de Wagt P: 5777 238 or E: Advertising Recommendations: Ads that work are ones that include a photo of what you are selling. If you don’t have access to an electronic photo bring me a photo you have and I will scan it for you. Remember; the newsletter goes out to all VCC branch in NZ, but as the different branches complete their newsletters at different times your advert may take a month before someone in another branch sees it.


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Marlborough BRANCH OFFICERS Branch Spokesperson Kelly Landon-Lane (Janice) 578 9907

Newsletter Editor Chris de Wagt (Mac) 577 7238 E:

Club Captain Bob O’Malley (Shirley)

572 8380

Patron Trevor Harris (Doreen)

Newsletter Distribution Barry & Margie Wilson

578 1587

578 4142

Secretary Tony Smith (Jen)

578 2679

Parts Custodians Earl Preston (Rose) Bruce Mant-Old (Dulcie) Tris Winstanley (Helen) Tiger Lyons (Eileen)

577 7839 578 5875 578 3343 578 9139

Motorcycle Section Rep Trevor Harris (Doreen) Glenn Harris (Paula)

578 4142 577 6453

Museum Custodians Mike Gray (Karen) Bill Nicholas (Dale) Wayne Frew (Carol) Denny Greer (Audrey) Ross Kennington (Rona) Don Laing (Linda) Colin Grant (Mariann) John Monson (Dot) Earl Preston (Rose)

578 1435 578 4322 579 4819 578 1895 578 1332 579 4865 578 7894 578 9044 577 7839

Model A Custodian Johnny Johnson (Jane)

578 6489

Librarian Barry Wilson (Margie)

578 1587

Social Convener/Kitchen Administrator Dale Nicholas (Bill) 578 4322

Health & Safety Officer Ed Matkin (Julie)

572 8008

Beaded Wheels Scribe Carroll Wiblin (Graham)

578 8418

Grounds Administrators Chris Bird (Sharon) John Monson (Dot)

Delegates to the Executive Kelly Landon-Lane (Janice) 578 9907 Chris Bird (Sharon) 574 2318

574 2318 578 9044

Chair Person Kelly Landon-Lane (Janice) 578 9907 Treasurer David Bool (Janice)

579 4716

Committee Lyall Mooney (Val) Chris Bird (Sharon) Ed Matkin (Julie) John Monson (Dot) Bill Nicholas (Dale) Robb Galloway (Adele)

573 9292 574 2318 572 8008 578 9044 578 4322 578 2395

Model T Custodian Don Jamieson Ben Habershon

578 2319 578 4452

Examiners Ron Hebberd (Shirley) Ray Fairweather (Lyn ) David Kemp (Debbie) John Armiger (Denyce)

575 7196 578 6841 578 6270 579 5053

Photographer Linda Laing (Don) 579 4865


Park Admin Delegates Tony Smith (Jen) David Bool (Janice)

578 2679 579 4716

Clubrooms Phone :

578 0616

COMING EVENTS CALENDAR This Month…. February 17th Nelson Swap Meet February 18th Motorcycles leave the park at 11am for a ride through the Queen Charlotte track to have lunch in Picton. February 23rd ’Noggin & Matter’ Nibbles & Movie 5.30pm $10 each February 25th Boat trip outer Pelorus on new Mail boat $50 each

Next Month…. March 3rd Rai Valley A&P Show. Make your own way there. March 7th Fish & Chip run to Picton Foreshore.Meet there between 5pm & 5.30pm March 11th Hospice vehicle display at Waterlea Racecourse, $5 per vehicle. Gates open at 9am

March 17th & 18th Scenicland Rally March Sunday 18th Motorcycles leave Brayshaw Park at 11am. Ride up the Onamalutu Valley March 30th ’Noggin & Matter’

Further down the road …. April 8th Chairmans run to Kaikoura Meet 8am at Clubrooms April 29th BBQ at Whites Bay. Meet 10am at Clubrooms



Marlborough VCC February 2018  
Marlborough VCC February 2018