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‘PROGRESS’ Club Address:

40 Masons Rd, Albany



Editors E-Mail Address: Club Nights: Every Wed from 7.30pm. Restoration Shed: Every Tuesday &Thursday Mornings 9am - 12pm Committee Meetings: Last Monday of the Month, 7.30pm (All Reports Email to Editor Within 2 days of meeting please)

First Sunday of the Month (2 – 5pm)

Club Open Days:

3rd Wed of the Month. Club Runs: Normally 1pm Start, 3rd Sun. of month. Always check the ‘coming event’s page, or elsewhere in Magazine, for information regarding these events. NSVCC Website: And Ladies Night:

The COMMITTEE Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary: Treasurer: Club/Capt: Assist. Club/Capt

Paul Collins Kevin Lord Maurice Whitham Ross Moon Neil Beckenham Andrew Lloyd

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Sun—Club Run—meet club rms 11.30 Sun—Scatter Run and Pot Luck dinner-2pm start Thurs-- Last day of 2017 for restorations day Wed--opening night for 2018 Thurs—1st Restoration day for 2018

OTHER EVENTS: 2017 *= Petrolhead for details SMALES FARM CAR SHOW—Last Sun of each month. 2-3 Dec Vintage Fields Vintage & Classic Show (Thames)

Options for the placement of proposed new sheds were discussed. Further discussions to be held. Anyone available to participate in the Glenfield and/or the Birkenhead Santa parades, please contact Brian Cullen. The Fire Engine offered to the club is to be discussed with the Restoration Boys on a Thursday morning. The committee does not support acquisition at this stage, for several reasons.

Please Take Note: Thanks to those members who have kept me (Editor) up to date on their change of contact/e-mail addresses etc. It is also your responsibility to inform our Secretary of these changes, as Maurice has to keep our National Office up to date. Failure to do so could see the lables for our Magazine being printed with your old address etc. Best to E/Mail Maurice at the same time as to the Editor. Editor E/ Secretary E/

Chairman’s Report October /November 2017

Greetings to one and all. This last month seems to have raced by so fast for me, with many things to attend to vehicle wise (Rego’s and Warrants etc), that I have hardly had time to catch my breath. I have made some new stronger brackets for the security cameras (1 has been installed) and just need to finish painting the rest before reinstalling them. These will then give us good security coverage around the outsides of the restoration shed, right across to the clubrooms and parts shed too. The progress on preparations for the Bus-way adjacent to our property are moving forward again, with the contractors (Fulton Hogan) requesting access through our property to do more compaction testing on the area south of the Restoration shed, between our boundary and the Motorway over the next few weeks, similar to the previous testing done a little further northward of the sheds. The clubs vehicle restorations are moving slowly ahead, with the Morris Eight motor back into the car ready for testing. Our upholsterer, Jim Woonton, has been working on the seats for the Chevrolet, having also made a new seat-back squab for the Fire Truck, with straps & clips to keep it in place, after it fell of in transit one day. The Bus and the Tow Truck are also progressing ahead well. Thanks to the guys working around the property keeping it neat and tidy, mowing, spraying weeds, trimming hedges etc, and the parts shed guys keeping the spares in order. Also not forgetting our caterers, who provide us with our sumptuous morning tea every Thursday. I’m sure that is why we have such a great turn-out every week. Thank you everyone. Our club run on Halloween, especially for the Ladies, takes us to Maungaturoto to view some lovely gardens, and then on to Matakohe to visit an Historic Homestead on the road to Tinopai. (Something a little different for a change). Cheers to all Paul.


Firstly, I must apologise for not publishing the Club Captain’s Report for the months of August or September as I have been in recovery mode after being in hospital. The Daffodil Run in August was a great success with the North Shore branch doing their share of the work involved, though unfortunately somehow our neighbouring branch was under the impression that they had no help from us. I am looking forward to an apology from their Chairman correcting their public statement. This September Spring Tour was again a wonderful event from all accounts, with Paul Collins putting together a brilliant weekend. This month’s run saw our Ladies Day run, which took us up north to visit Maungataroto, visiting second hand shops and antique stores, had a guided tour of the town, visited beautiful gardens and the historical Ruatuna House – and not a car collection in sight, made a very enjoyable Ladies’ Day. There were 23 people attending the run, we must consider perhaps more of this type of midweek run without the weekend traffic. Your comments would be appreciated. November’s run is on the 19th. We will meet at the club rooms around 11.30 a.m. and enjoy a byo lunch together and then leave around 12.30ish to visit a large car collection in Onehunga. This amazing collection of vehicles – some vintage, some modern cars – signage and posters. This promises to be a great day out. Further details will be in the Magazine. December’s run is on the 17th and is a fun scatter run type of event, leaving our club rooms around 2pm. We will return to the club rooms around 4.30 p.m. or so, and enjoy a pot luck type dinner at about 5.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there. Neil

Dates to remember Last club night for 2017 – Wednesday 20th December Last restoration day for 2017 - Thursday 21st December 1st club night back 2018 – 10th January 1st restoration day for 2018 – 11th January.


Meet at club rooms 11.30 BYO lunch Depart 12.30ish

For a visit to a large collection of memorabilia. This collection covers vintage, modern, hot rods and classic cars, posters, signage and restoration projects along with model cars. This will be an interesting afternoon, looking forward to seeing you on the run.

One of five built, 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow. Not exactly a production car, yet something more than a concept, the 1933 PierceArrow Silver Arrow was intended as the car that “couldn’t be ignored.” Just five were ever built, each priced 25-percent higher than the most expensive production Cadillac of the day, and three are known to survive today. Last Friday, one of the three remaining examples, part of the Thomas F. Derro Collection for the past 21 years, crossed the auction stage in Hershey, Pennsylvania, ultimately selling for a feeinclusive price of $2.31 million.

While the Silver Arrow’s $10,000 price tag put it beyond the means of most Depression-era buyers, its mission of creating attention for the Pierce-Arrow brand was relatively successful. The futuristic fastback debuted at the 1933 New York Auto Show, and it’s believed that chassis 2575015, the car sold in Hershey, was the very example shown in New York and, later, Boston. To attendees of those auto shows, the sleek two-tone car (originally finished in light and dark tan) must have looked like something from the future: It lacked running boards; the headlamps were integrated into the front fenders; the entire body, including the roof, was crafted of steel; and spare tires were carried not in sidemounts or on the rear bumper, but in cabinets located behind the front wheels.

Pierce-Arrow was quick to capitalize on the design, proclaiming of the Silver Arrow in period literature, “It gives you in 1933 the car of 1940.” The following year, the brand introduced a massmarket namesake, though this “Silver Arrow” was far more conventional in appearance and came powered by an inline-eight, instead of the 175horsepower, V-12 that gave the original Silver Arrow a top speed of 115 mph.

Following its display in New York and Boston, chassis 2575015 was purchased by M.C. Hudson, the California distributor of “Crazy Water,” a Texas mineral water said to be a miracle cure for a range of maladies. Adorned with Crazy Water logos, the Silver Arrow must have been an effective marketing tool, as its next owner (a man with the ironic last name of D’Oyley), was also a Crazy Water pitchman. In 1954, the car was purchased by F. Robert Greene, a Buffalo, New York attorney and car collector instrumental in the founding of the Pierce-Arrow Society. Following his stewardship, the Silver Arrow passed through a series of owners before being acquired by James Brucker Sr. of Buena Park, California. A serious collector of antique and special-interest vehicles, Brucker found a way to monetize his hobby, leasing unusual vehicles to Hollywood studios. It’s believed that chassis 2575015, then finished in silver and blue, was featured in the 1976 feature film, Gable and Lombard, but the car also had a starring role in Brucker’s other venture, the Movieworld Cars of the Stars and Planes of Fame museum.

In the late 1970s, the car was purchased by Dr. Don Vesley, who in turn sold it to the Blackhawk Collection. There, it was displayed alongside the other two remaining Silver Arrows, and in this time period was restored to the silver and pewter livery the car wears today. In 1996, Thomas Derro purchased chassis 2575015 and soon after began displaying it at events from coast to coast. Under his care, the Pierce-Arrow has claimed Best of Show awards at Lehigh (1997) and Radnor Hunt (2004); was named the Best American Classic Car at the 2005 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance; and earned AACA National First Prize and CCCA First Prize Winner honors.

Chassis 2575015 is the third Silver Arrow to change hands in recent years. In December 2015, chassis 2575029 crossed the block at RM Sotheby’s “Driven by Disruption” sale, where it reached a feeinclusive price of $3.74 million, greatly exceeding its pre-auction estimate of $2.5-$3.0 million. In 2012, chassis 2575018 was sold by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, achieving a feeinclusive price of $2.2 million.

NOTICES NEW STORAGE SHED; Several Club Vehicles are currently stored in this shed. Anyone can apply for the use of a space at a reasonable cost, (If available) If interested, please contact --- KEVIN LORD for details and rules governing the use of this shed. PH 09 4139157-0272350142 ❖REMEMBER: Work on vehicles is NOT permitted in the storage shed. ------------------------------------

Club Rooms Bookings: (Members only) Please Contact: John Tombs---09 4785677 Restoration Shed Activities. Would all members please remember to return tools to their correct place at the end of the morning´s restoration activities. Would all members please remember to include their name and branch (Plus membership number) on any payments etc, in particular, any payments to Head Office when paying their membership subs. Thanks. WE NOW HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION TO THE CLUB ROOMS. Club owned Vehicles are available to members for their use on Club events etc. Contact Kevin Lord for information on conditions and availability of these vehicles.

Basic Conditions for use: 1 The vehicles MUST be returned to the shed from which they were taken immediately after use. 2 Fuel used must be replaced. 3 Vehicle must be cleaned immediately on return. 4 Any defects encountered must be reported to Kevin, or the person nominated for responsibility for the vehicle. The annual VCC membership subscriptions were sent out to all members on Wednesday. People have started to receive them and I can see a number have paid by Direct Credit already. Unfortunately I can see that they have not included their membership number as the reference.Please, at every opportunity, can you remind members that if they choose to pay this way, they must put their membership number. It clearly states this on the remittance advice, where we give the bank account information. It actually advises them what reference number to use (which is their membership number)----- VCC Office

AD’S AND NOTICES North Shore Vintage Car Club Branch Price List ----------------------------Cloth Badges $6 (All Queries please contact NSVCC Car Badges $15 The Secretary) VCC Chrome Wings $25 VCC Brass Wings $20 ( All payments are to be NSVCC Lapel Badges $5 made to the: Rally Card Holders $10 North Shore Vintage Car Club) EDITOR’S E-MAIL ADDRESS;

Name Badges: Would members please wear their name badges on rallies or events, to assist in helping to “get to know” each other, particularly new members. --------------------------------------

Please be sure to add your name to the list (in the club rooms) when attending rallies. -I.D.Cards: These are compulsory for all National Calendar Events. Be sure to take them with you. Photographs of your Vintage car. The club needs a photo of your Vintage Car to display in our club rooms, along side those already on display. These should be of a size 10 x 8 inches. Frames and captions are free. Remember, these photo’s are one of the main attractions for visitors, prospective members, and of course, current members. A Photo of your car can be arranged next time you attend a rally or club function. Please: Check with a committee member first. Events: Make sure you have a current W.O.F. & Rego when participating in Club organized events. NOTICE FROM THE EDITOR

I have compiled an “up to date” membership list for our branch. It gives the names of current members and their Ph Numbers, and as well, the names of their wifes/partners ( where I have the information.) This list is available to all members—So if you would like one, please e/mail me at: NOTE:(It will only be sent by E/mail)

1951 Mercury Eight

1919 Nash Quad

1940 Buick Special Sport Phaeton W/ Side Mounts

Amos Northup-designed Graham Blue Streak to take a place on the National Historic Vehicle Register

Graham Blue Streak “Too radical,” they said. Indeed, Amos Northup’s design for the 1933 Graham Eight departed significantly enough from the status quo to turn off some customers, but it also ended up widely influencing the rest of the auto industry, and that design leadership led the Historic Vehicle Association to add one of the last remaining and best restored examples to the National Historic Vehicle Register. With the Depression slashing sales numbers — Graham’s total production dropped from 33,000 to 15,000 between 1930 and 1931 — leaders at Graham decided to try something radical to grab attention and so turned to coachbuilder Murray, which had recently hired back Northup and his assistant Jules Andrade after their successes designing the Willys-Overland 66B Plaidside and the Whippet line. Northup, who Michael Lamm described as “a designer’s designer,” didn’t have the flamboyance or relentless self-promotional abilities of other designers. Instead, he exhibited a dogged intellectualism when it came to auto design. He wrote papers on the topic, he brought a sense of rigor to the field, and he advocated heavily for design among the largely engineering-focused auto industry of his time. “At the time, stylists and designers were not looked on as a serious part of the industry,” said Mark Gessler, president of the HVA. “Northup began a real crusade for what needed to happen. He was a big proponent of creating unity and harmony through design, both aesthetically and through efficiency.”

He found that he could get engineers to listen to him by extolling the virtues of aerodynamics: Sleeker cars, after all, make the most of an engineer’s work under the hood. While much of his research and experiments in aerodynamics led to his work on the 1931 Reo Royale, the 1932 Graham Eight — a.k.a. the Graham Blue Streak — became his masterpiece and most innovative design. Building atop the Royale’s integrated grille, hood, cowl, A-pillars, and roof, Northup laid the grille and windshield back, concealed the radiator cap and gas tank under the bodywork, and most importantly valenced the fenders — something we would consider a slight design change today, but which caused all sorts of commotion at the time. “This was the tipping point that the rest of the industry followed,” Gessler said. “When it was launched at the 1932 New York Auto Show, it was called the most exciting car there.” Certainly others advocated for aerodynamics in auto design at the time and even produced their own prototypes, but it took Northup to advance aerodynamics — and thus the role of stylists — in production cars. (Graham had notably hired futurist Norman Bel Geddes in 1928 to predict auto designs up to five years out, but didn’t take his projections seriously even though they closely mirrored cars like Northup’s Blue Streak.) And without Northup’s Royale and Blue Streak designs, it’s debatable whether cars like the Airflow and Zephyr would have soon followed. Whether Northup’s design helped Graham all that much is also debatable. In 1932, production slipped to 8,000 cars, followed by 9,000 in 1933 — good for moving from 19th in 1931 to 17th and then 15th in the sales rankings.

One of those 9,000 cars — a Deluxe four-door sedan with sidemounts — sold new in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and, until 2010, made it as far as nearby Lebanon County, where it sat with about 26,000 miles on its odometer, and where Nicola

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“Growing up in Rome, Mr. Bulgari had a Dinky toy of the Blue Streak, and he never forgot about it,” said Keith Flickinger, Bulgari’s restorer and curator of the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage. “He’s since realized that what’s disappearing aren’t the big-dollar special cars but the everyman cars, so you’d be lucky to find 10 or 20 Blue Streaks like this one even though Graham made gobs of them.” After purchasing the car, Bulgari’s restoration team did find a second Blue Streak in California, though one too far gone for use as anything but reference and a source of spare parts. By the fall of 2014, Bulgari presented the fully restored Blue Streak at Hershey, though it had previously gone on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as part of the HVA’s first Cars at the Capital event. According to Gessler, that display — and the subsequent efforts to document the cars that too part in the display — led Bulgari to commission the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage. In recognition of that fact, as well as of the Blue Streak’s importance to the fields of design and automotive aerodynamics, the HVA will list Bulgari’s Blue Streak on the National Historic Vehicle Register. Selection to the register involves a complete documentation of the vehicle, including a fully referenced narrative of the vehicle’s provenance and full photography, which will then be placed in the Library of Congress. No restrictions are placed on subsequent use or sale of the vehicle. The formal induction ceremony will occur during the Concours of America in Plymouth, Michigan. “We figured Detroit was appropriate because that’s where Amos Northup practiced and it’s where Graham was based,” Gessler said. The Concours of America will take place July 29-30. For more information on the concours, visit And for more information on the National Historic Vehicle Register, visit

UPDATE: The Graham will also take part in a class dedicated to the cars of Amos Northup at the Concours, according to the HVA.

Auckland Branch Mid Week Run (All Welcome) Wednesday 15th. November Starts from The Warehouse Carpark, Westgate. 10-00am for a 10-30am departure. Murray Firth has organised a run finishing at the renowned Mincher Gardens for lunch (BYO) before those who wish to, go on to a nearby interesting collection of cars and trucks. There is an admission charge to the Gardens, but Murray has negotiated a discounted rate for us of $15-00 pp. That’s good value for one of the most outstanding show piece gardens in NZ.

1984 Aston Martin Lagonda

Holden to convert its last factory into heritage museum

Holden HT Monaro. As Holden prepares to end production in Australia for good later this month, the GM subsidiary has planned a number of ways to remind Australians of all the good times they had, including a Holden-only cruise and the conversion of part of the company’s last factory into a museum. The Australian carmaker has set October 20 as the last day of production at the company’s Elizabeth, South Australia, factory, after which it will continue to sell rebadged cars built overseas. While the company has decided to forego any public events that day, it will trot out one of its first cars, the 48-215, for the Holden Dream Cruise and a “celebration of Holden’s past, present and future” five days prior to the event. Patterned loosely after the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Holden event will include a six-mile parade of cars past the Elizabeth factory, entertainment, and a car show. “The Holden Dream Cruise is a chance to celebrate and honour the achievements of Holden’s Australian manufacturing history,” according to the event website. Another celebration of that history will take the form of a heritage display at the Elizabeth site, as reported by Wheels magazine. While much of the facility will be sold, Holden will reserve a section for the museum and for providing replacement parts. The company is not expected to fully vacate the part that it will sell off until 2019 at the earliest to allow for decommissioning and for cleaning up contaminants at the site.

Built on a roughly 300-acre plot of land in the late 1950s, the Elizabeth plant came about as part of South Australian premier Tom Playford’s plan to build up a new suburb near Adelaide; in his rush to get Holden on board, he reportedly promised the land before the state could purchase it, leading the farmer who owned at least part of the land to negotiate a hefty price. At the time the plant opened in the early 1960s, it was one of 10 or more Holden plants in operation around Australia. Yet as competition increased from both Ford of Australia and imports, the company pared down the number of plants assembling cars to just the Elizabeth factory, and in 2013 GM announced that production would cease this year. That decision forestalls the possibility of any 70th anniversary celebrations for the company’s first Holden-badged car and it overshadows the centennial of the 161-yearold company’s foray into building car bodies. No details have been announced regarding the heritage display at the Elizabeth factory or which vehicles it will include.

The earliest known British automobile was built for breaking the law

Not intentionally, of course, but the brothers Santler couldn’t help but break existing British road laws when they first ventured out in the little car they called “Malvernia.” Still, they had to give it a shot and in the process may have become the first automobile manufacturers in Great Britain in a car that will next month head to auction. To be clear, self-propelled road locomotives plied the country’s roads well before Charles and Walter Santler decided they wanted to build their own personal horseless carriage. Typically gargantuan and slow, the steam-powered locomotives either worked local farms or served as stages, hauling a dozen or more passengers at a time. Their proliferation in the 1820s and 1830s not only caused traffic problems, but also led to the passage of the infamous Locomotive Acts starting in 1861. Like many entrepreneurs, Charles and Walter Santler decided to bend the rules a little bit in 1887. Nothing prevented the brothers — both engineers in their father’s steamengine business in Malvern, Worcestershire — from installing a triple-expansion steam engine in an atypically small handbuilt steel frame. Where they ran afoul of the existing Highways and Locomotives (Amended) Act of 1878 (in addition to the lack of a man walking ahead of their carriage with a red flag) was in deciding to put a two-place bench seat atop the frame: The law required a three-man crew.

According to the Bonhams description of the Santler carriage, after a few spins around town in 1889, the Santlers shelved the idea, probably repurposed the steam engine, and didn’t touch the horseless carriage chassis again until 1891 or 1892, when they installed a coal gas engine, then, later, a small single-cylinder gasoline engine. After the Locomotives and Highways Act of 1896 essentially repealed the earlier, more restrictive Locomotive Acts and spurred on the automobile industry in Great Britain, the Santlers continued with their horseless carriage experiments and even went into limited automobile production in the mid-1910s. Throughout that time, Charles Santler kept the old Malvernia around, trotting it out once a decade or so for some event or another.

Certainly due to its unique status successive owners struggled with the car’s narrative. Early documentation of the car was lost in a bombing raid in World War II; its owner in the 1950s installed a Benz 3.5-hp water-cooled single-cylinder engine, which remains with the car; and nobody appeared willing to deep-dive into the car’s history until Dr. Alan Sutton bought it in 1985 and documented the car’s entire history. Since then, Sutton registered the Malvernia — since rechristened the Santler — for the road, finally making it street legal 100 years after its construction, and entered it in the London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run multiple times. It has yet another trip to the coast scheduled for this year’s run, the same weekend Bonhams intends to sell it at the auction house’s annual car run sale in London. The Bonhams pre-auction estimate for the car ranges from £200,000 to £250,000 ($260,000 to $330,000). The sale, which includes at least five other 18th 19th-century self-propelled vehicles, takes place November 3

Yesterday my daughter e-mailed me again, asking why I didn't do something useful with my time. "Like, me sitting around the pool and drinking wine is not a good thing?" I asked. My "doing-something-useful" seems to be her favorite topic of conversation. She was "only thinking of me", she said and suggested that I go down to the Senior Center and join something. I did this and when I got home last night, I decided to play a prank on her. I e-mailed her and told her that I had joined a Parachute Club. She replied, "Mother, are you nuts? You are 78 years old and now you're going to start jumping out of airplanes?" I told her that I even got a Membership Card and e-mailed a copy to her. She immediately telephoned me and yelled, "Good grief, Mom, where are your glasses?! This is a Membership to a Prostitute Club, not a Parachute Club." I calmly replied, "Oh my, I think I'm in real trouble then, because I signed up for five jumps a week!!" The line went quiet and her friend picked up the phone and said that my daughter had fainted. Life as a Senior Citizen is not getting any easier, but sometimes it can be real fun.

Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an "old Geezer" Remember: Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tick us

1946 Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane Convertible

1946 Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane, Coventry-based Armstrong-Siddeley Motors Ltd. resumed automobile manufacturing very soon after the war with a range of elegant and beautifully designed cars built with the best vintage traditions but nevertheless adopting the latest engineering refinements hour. Arguably the most stylish offering was the Hurricane Drophead CoupĂŠ, with a three-position folding hood that allows the car to be used in Coupe-de-Ville or as an open tourer. Body construction used traditional ash and aluminum methods and interior appointments were of the highest order with the best quality leather upholstery and carpets. The power was provided by a six-cylinder engine of 1,991 cc, in the case of this car driving through a manual gearbox, although a pre-selective box was an option. Maximum speed was in the order of 75mph for 16hp cars and gasoline consumption

about 20 mpg. The Armstrong-Siddeley brand was not cheap but had gained loyal followers over 25 or so manufacturing years until 1946. It appealed to professional classes who preferred a more tailored car. In all about 2,606 or so hurricanes were made.

1941 Cadillac 62 Convertible 1933 Hupmobile K-321 2 Door


North Shore VCC November 2017  
North Shore VCC November 2017