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November 2017

The North Otago Branch of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Inc.

Exhaust Specialists Pipe Bending Radiator repairs 30 Ribble street, Oamaru Phone/Fax

434 8777

Get the newsletter quickly and in colour. Send me an email at the address below and I will send a copy to you each month by email. If you have email please put it on our mailing list as it is an excellent way of providing updates and information during the month between newsletters. So the options are: 1. Receive Email newsletter but no printed version (saves the club printing costs) 2. Receive Email newsletter and printed version 3. Just be on our email list for updates. I use a list that hides the emails so yours will not be visible to other recipients. Graeme

Items for the Newsletter can be posted or dropped off to 6 Waiareka lane, off Saleyards road Or emailed to Secretary Jerry Wing 439-5197 Branch Address PO Box 360, Oamaru 9444 Email:

Newsletter submissions. Preferred formats are Open-office, Libreoffice or MS Word as an attached document. Plain emails create extra work. Please, no “enter� key at the end of every line. Contact me for advice if not sure. Thanks, Graeme

Wednesday 1st November Club Night Please bring in goods for the Swap Meet Raffle.




Patron Chairman

Gilbert Ellery


Vice Chairman

Lee Orchard


Immediate Past Chairman

Wayne Abernethy


Club Captain/Joint

Kathleen Perry/ Rebecca George

434 7226 021 293 7714


Jerry Wing (Margaret)



Wanda Kent

434 7999


John Adamson (Wanda)


Les Gardner (Nola)

022 150 1955

Ralph Weir (Lois)


Peter Fulton-Bevers

976 2603

Clive Blunden

439 5207

Beaded Wheels Scribe

Clive Blunden


John Adamson (Wanda)



Robert Hutton (Mandy)

437 0774


Kathleen Perry


Newsletter Editor

Graeme Simpson (Wendy)


Newsletter Distribution

Lindsay Schaffer (Christine) (with Verna)

434 2223

Vehicle Verifier

Royston Shirreffs (Jackie)


Spare Parts

John Adamson (Wanda)


Royston Shirreffs (Jackie)


Bruce Watt (Barbara)


Club email address rd Committee Meetings 3 Tuesday of the month., Club Nights 1st Wednesday of the month (details in The Distributor)

Ladies Run Sunday 29th October The run will start at the Clubrooms at 1.30pm and weather permitting will finish with a BYO picnic afternoon tea at the Oamaru Public Gardens. If it is wet or cold we will return to the Clubrooms

Wanted For Austin 12/4 light car Set of shock absorbers as pictured Front and rear required Contact Graeme Simpson 0272931059

Introduction. Welcome to my 2018 South Island Club Captains Tour. This time we will tour the lower and mid south of the island on some roads I have enjoyed in the past and one I especially would like to do. I have never travelled the entire length of the Catlins Road from Invercargill to Balclutha so this is my opportunity to do so and to share it with other folk who enjoy driving as much as Tracy and I do. The region has a number of roads that have been on various local rallies I have attended over the years, and with a smattering of gravel, I think they can equal anything else the country has to offer. Where possible I have included some VCC Branches with meals and Parts Sheds visits and will where needed point out the all important coffee stops and toilet facilities. The day we travel from Cromwell to Twizel is a short day so that you can catch up on washing and vehicle maintenance. There is not a full lay day as the week we have chosen only requires four days off work and the possibility of driving home on the final Sunday. You are more than welcome to just do a couple of days of the tour if you choose to. At this stage my intention is to have our first “noggin� on the Sunday afternoon during the public display day for the Easter Rally, this appears to be a time with little else to do but sit and chat so I am hoping we can do that together. This is however dependent on the Easter Rally team so may get changed but I will keep you informed. Cheers Alon.

For Sale

For Sale

For Sale

4 Ford 10s

1974 Mini Clubman 1000

2 reg & WOF, 2 for spares

Reg on hold. Motor runs well. Very tidy Needs battery & brakes done Good order for WOF. Very little rust. Suitable VCC eligible Ph 027 7800182 Ph 027 4598158

Contact D Cairnes NO Truckstop just north of Pukeuri

Toyota Crown 1989

The Chev 4 Roadster was originally imported to New Zealand from America in 1928 and had a number of owners, the last before restoration were shearers who had cut the back off to make a ute used for shooting and farm work. In 1968 the wreck was found under a hedge on a farm in the Hakataramea Valley ,South Island New Zealand. The vehicle was taken back to Neil’s home town of Oamaru .Restoration was carried out in a garage at a mate’s Atlantic service station . Luckily it was not far from where Neil’s family lived as the Chev often had to be pushed out in the morning and in again at night if business was busy at the garage. Restoration began in 1968 and completed just in time to participate in the 1970 International Veteran and Vintage Car Rally from Sydney to Melbourne and then on to Adelaide. There were about 100 pre war vehicles that were shipped from New Zealand to Australia to join the Rally of approximately 600 vehicles . Neil and his navigator Ken Keen had to find their own way back to Sydney. That journey back to Sydney had some interesting days as the ‘boys’ had not driven on highways with more than one lane or one way streets , and only had an old strip map to navigate . The Chev was shipped back to Christchurch and then returned to Oamaru .The Chev was used as our vehicle on our trips to NZ after we were married in 1972 until 1986 when it was again shipped to Australia , to Melbourne this time and on to Portland where it now resides. In September 1994 we travelled to Adelaide in the Chev ,with Bill Thomas in his MG , for the Bay to Birdwood Rally. A one day event with 1800 Veteran and Vintage cars from Glenelg Beach to Birdwood. The only major work done on the Chev in recent times has been a motor reconditioning which was completed by Norm McCullagh in Warrnambool .A new set of tyres has also been added. The paint work is a little cracked and showing some wear but is a good advertisement for the quality of the job done 49 years ago. We enjoy driving in the Chev as often as possible and is always better with the hood down !! This 1928 Chev 4 Roadster is about to share the shed space with a 1928 Chev 4 Speadster which is being built as a father and sons’ project . That will be another story. Neil & Marilyn Williamson Trewalla Springs Farm Portland Vic Email Neil and Marilyn Williamson

All British Day, to be held this Sunday 29th October, and to ask you to forward this email to all of your members. As per usual, the meeting point is the VCC grounds at McLeans Island – arrive there between 9.30 and 10.30am. This year the VCC Veteran section is meeting there at the same time, and will be conducting field tests before departing on their own run, so this will provide some interesting viewing (the cars and the field tests). At 10.30 all cars will depart on a series of runs that will conclude at Glentunnel Domain. Bring a picnic lunch, or you can purchase it along the way. The finish destination this year is the Kirwee Domain and Recreation grounds. Entry fee still only $10 per car, with all proceeds going to Van Asch Deaf Education Centre. Note that the event will be run wet or fine. Any enquiries please call Colin Hey on 03 3598737 evenings after 7.30pm.

Full details and entry form please contact the secretary. Full document attached to emailed newsletter.

SMALL BYTES COMPUTING 3 Otepopo St Herbert Ph 4395197 0274358983

For All Your Computing Needs New systems, repairs Printer & Fax servicing

Gillies Service Centre Ltd Subaru, Nissan and Honda

Service and Parts

We service all makes and models Complete workshop service

Tyre shop

Gillies Oamaru. Phone 433-1199

For Sale/ Wanted ads Keep those ads coming. Remember these ads are read by members of other branches and car clubs. PARTS DEPARTMENT

Latest Listings : Cars - Rolling Cars Low Lite Morris Minor, Straight, looks rust free, complete, good for restoration. Austin A30 and 2 A35's 1954 Hillman Husky SV Austin Ruby bonnet and front guards in restored condition. Offers wanted Rare Spares: 1 Dort Block 1 Saxon Car Motor CITROEN motor spares STUDEBAKER COMMANDER blocks (2) 1926 Buick chassis and parts Chev blocks and heads, some crack tested NOS BMC parts some panels and bumpers 1954-55 Vauxhall diffs and suspension parts Ford 10 motors complete 1 100E 50's Chev doors and bonnets, chromes and spats Reconditioned crank shafts for Wolseley Austin 110 and Morris Oxford Van Large selection tail light lenses Assortment new tie rod ends Hub caps and speedos Parts shed open every Tuesday afternoon 1:30pm to 4:00pm or by appointment Contacts:

John Adamson Roy Shirreffs Bruce Watt

ph 434 7999 ph 437 1667 ph 434 5306

North Otago VCC November 2017  
North Otago VCC November 2017