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NSVCC NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2017

NORTH SHORE BRANCH (VCC) NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2017


NORTH SHORE BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND. MAGAZINE

‘PROGRESS’ Club Address:

40 Masons Rd, Albany

Phone:

09-4792779

Editors E-Mail Address: nsvcc@orcon.net.nz 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: www.vintagecarclub-northshore.co.nz And northshorevcc@gmail.com 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

09 4220500 09 4139157 09 627-0310 09 4261508 09 426-5831 027 7190003

0272922204 027 2350142 027 2969293 (Note Change) 021 588536

COMMITTEE Members: John Tombs Clive Sandham Alistair Reynolds John Higham Barry Thomson Brian Cullen (Editor) ISSUE NUMBER: 466

09 4785677 09 486-6047 09 4182921 09 4787973 09 9590206 09 4434912 MONTH:

August 2017

027 3785590 021 903548 027 4760775

021 1630686


NSVCC COMING EVENTS:

Aug Sept Sept

27 National Rally Day (Sun) starts NS. & Triple Combined. 9 Pot Luck Dinner and film evening 15-17 Spring Tour OTHER EVENTS: 2016 *= Petrolhead for details SMALES FARM CAR SHOW—Last Sun of each month.

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It was agreed to photo all assets of the branch for insurance purposes. A price was agreed on, to be offered for a motorised roller which is currently up for auction. No Tools or equipment are to be loaned or taken from the sheds or premises. It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of RITA Cottrell (Wife of Rex). We all offer our condolences to Rex and his family.


Chairman’s Report July/August 2017 Greetings to one and all. Winter frosts are upon us and cold workshops tend to put a dampener on evening work on the restorations. It is with sadness I have to report the passing of Rita Cottrell. She had been ill for quite a while. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Rex at this sad time. On the club front, the bus restoration is progressing well with the seats being assembled now. Laurie continues to work on the Bedford tow truck cab, and the deck was fitted back onto the chassis last week, in readiness for the cab to follow. Painting of the Chev Taxi, and the Dennis bus, has moved these Projects forward The Morris 8 is still having some issues, but is gradually being sorted out. The spares shed team have been doing a great job sorting and cataloguing items, and now it is so much easier to find that elusive part you may need to repair or complete your restoration project. At home the concrete driveway to my new garage has finally been poured. And shelving is underway in readiness for the multitude of spare parts I have to unpack from the storage container. Kevin Lord and I will be attending the National AGM in Blenheim this month, and a report will follow next month. I will officially hand over the N. I. Club Captain’s role to Karen Smiley from Bay of PlentyBranch. She is very keen and should do well in this role. This should hopefully give me a little more time to work on my projects at home. The National VCC day is happening on the 27th August and we look forward to your participation in our branch’s event. Entry forms for the Spring Tour have been sent out, and despite some e-mail issues, most should have received one by now. (If you haven’t received one please contact me ASAP). Accommodation is very tight so book straight away so you don’t miss out. There is much to see so it should be a great weekend. So keep warm and safe, and enjoy your motoring.----Cheers,-----Paul


Results from the Annual Combined Rally (Held between North Shore and Auckland Branches—25-June) 1st= Kevin and Marlene lord Rodger and Val Ball

(NS) (AK)

1958 Zephyr 1936 Ford Model A

3rd= Paul & Angela Collins Gary Bax & Murray Atkinson Russel & Jocelyn McAlpine Glenn & Marian Morris

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1963 Humber 90 1970 Volvo 1930 Ford Model A 1928 Ford Model A

CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT JULY 2017 This month’s run I’m told was the shortest club run ever. However, a most special and relaxed time was enjoyed by all. With 33 people in attendance we visited Glyn Tyler-Davies’ magnificent collection of cars. Glyn introduced and spoke about each vehicle. Then we had lunch at the Area 51 Café in Silverdale which is in the Silverdale Adventure Park. Great food and great company. August’s run on the 27th is our Daffodil Day Run. This is the National Club fundraising event being held in conjunction with the Wellsford/Warkworth Club and the Hibiscus Vintage Car Enthusiasts. We will be leaving from Smales Farm in Takapuna. The programme for the day is as follows: Date Sunday 27th August Cars assemble at 10 a.m. at Smales Farm. See designated area on the attached map. Cars away at 11.15 - 11.30 The run will take us up the west coast on sealed roads to finish in Warkworth town centre for a car display. The Warkworth Lion’s Club and the business community have organized parking etc for our cars. A donation of $10 per vehicle will be collected with all proceeds going to the local Cancer Society. This is an open event which we have promoted through the Caffeine and Classics event. Please invite all your friends to make the day one to remember and let’s make a generous contribution to the charity.-----------------Neil


On behalf of the Vintage Car Club of NZ and the Cancer Society, North Shore and WellsfordWarkworth Branches wish to invite you to join our National Rally. Date: 27th August Assemble: At 10 a.m. Caffeine and Classics, Smales Farm, Takapuna Have a look at all the cars, and registration, then Cars away at 11.15 a.m. Donation of $10 per vehicle. Your tour will take you up the West Coast on sealed roads to finish in Warkworth Town Centre for a car display. Prizes for “Peoples’ Choice”, walks along the Wharf, cafes etc. All proceeds go to the Cancer Society. Contact: Neil Beckenham: neiljane@ihug.co.nz 09 426 5831 Anne Richardson: ricanne@gmail.com 09 425 6298


There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London , which used to have a gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course!) to be hanged. The horse-drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK''. If he said YES, it was referred to as ONE FOR THE ROAD. If he declined, that Prisoner was ON THE WAGON. So there you go ... More history. ------------------------------ ————————————————————————— ---------------------- ——————————————— The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be............. Here are some facts about England in the 1500s: Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June.!! ------------------------------ -----------------------------However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. ------------------------------ -----------------------------Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.! Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!" ---------------------------- -----------------------------Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs." ------------------------------ -----------------------------There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.---That's how canopy beds came into existence.


------------------------------ -----------------------------The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "dirt poor." Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over they would hang up their bacon, to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "Bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around talking and ''chew the fat''. ------------------------------ -----------------------------Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes. So for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. ------------------------------ -----------------------------Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, The family got the middle, and guests got the top, or ''The Upper Crust''. ------------------------------ -----------------------------Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of ''Holding a Wake''. ------------------------------ -----------------------------England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people, so they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house and reuse the grave.! When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus someone could be, ''Saved by the Bell ''or was considered a ''Dead Ringer'' And that's the truth.!!


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 inner workings of an automotive battery Lead acid batteries have been around for eons and they’re the most common car batteries because they're inexpensive and dependable. These batteries have a plastic case that houses a series of lead plates immersed in a pool of electrolyte – a mix of water and sulphuric acid. The lead acid battery doesn't produce a charge. It receives and stores an initial charge through a chemical reaction between the cell’s lead plates and the electrolyte. If a battery is deprived of charge, the positive and negative lead plates are slowly coated with lead sulphate crystals – a process known as sulphating. When this happens, the capacity of the battery drops and it can also actually lose charge. If batteries are left too long without a fresh charge, they can discharge beyond the point of recovery. Why do batteries fail more in winter? Extreme hot and cold weather conditions can increase the rate of discharge. Colder temperatures play havoc on lead acid battery electrolyte, causing it to freeze or thicken which slows the chemical reaction. A fully charged battery will be less affected by the cold weather because the electrolyte concentration is higher. A cold engine with thicker oil can also put extra strain on the battery, demanding more power to start the car. Keep your battery in top shape with these 5 tips Garage your car Keeping your vehicle in storage when it’s not being used will protect it from the cold. Starting it will be a lot easier, putting less strain on the battery. Ensure the battery is fixed securely Vibration can cause damage to a battery’s case and plates. Ensure all terminals are cleaned regularly during every major service. Keep your battery clean A clean battery has a longer life. Cleaning your battery cables and terminals regularly will prevent corrosion build up. If you already have corrosion on your battery, it can easily be removed with water, baking soda and a wire brush. Make sure you disconnect your terminals before getting started. Once the terminals are clean, be sure to wipe with a cloth and cool water. Leaving any baking soda on your battery increases the possibility of more corrosion. Listen for early warning sounds One of the most common signs of a weak battery is a slow cranking when you start the car. If this happens, contact a battery specialist. If the car battery is too weak to provide sufficient voltage to the starter, you'll hear a distinctive clicking sound and the engine won't crank over. The clicking could indicate that the battery is not fully charged and provides a starting point for further diagnostics. Check the age of your battery Older car batteries are more likely to have problems in winter and they’re less likely to recover after going flat. If your battery is more than three years old, it may need replacing. If you find your vehicle slow to start after 30 minutes of listening to the radio, it might be time to get your system checked.


Crackdown on asbestos essentially halts collector car exports to Australia Renewed enforcement of Australia’s total ban on asbestos-containing imports has led to enhanced scrutiny of collector cars entering the country and reportedly caused collector car enthusiasts there to stop importing older cars altogether. Issued last month, the Australian Border Force’s notice No. 2017/21 warns importers that the agency takes a hardline stance on enforcement of the country’s ban on manufacture, use, and importation of asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, enacted December 31, 2003. Specifically, the agency notes that it conducts risk assessment of everything imported into the country, regardless of whether the importer declares to customs that what they’re importing doesn’t contain asbestos, and that importers must know – “back to the point of manufacture” – whether their goods contain asbestos. “Importers need to obtain sufficient information, prior to shipment, when unsure of any asbestos content, parts or components accompanying the primary item of import that are a risk (such as gaskets), or whether asbestos was present at any point in the supply chain process,” the notice reads. “If the information presented does not provide sufficient assurance, the ABF will require importers to arrange testing and certification in Australia… For testing in Australia, the ABF will only accept certification from a laboratory, that is accredited by NATA to undertake asbestos testing, that confirms asbestos was not detected.” And that testing certainly comes at a price. According to an account by Australian collector car importer Terry Healy that received widespread attention across Australia – and that may have prompted the ABF to issue its notice – extensive testing on the 1965 Ford Mustang and 1966 Shelby G.T. 350 he had shipped to Australia earlier this year cost roughly $15,000, caused $12,000 in damages due to destructive testing of samples from the two cars, and led to the seizure of a number of parts found to contain asbestos, among them the brake pads, brake shoes, exhaust manifold gaskets, and exhaust pipe gaskets. “For those thinking of importing cars particularly restored cars let alone highly original cars like my Shelby GT 350 there is much to be fearful of,” Healy wrote. “The asbestos content of these cars is very high and in places most enthusiasts would not guess.” Similarly, according to an account that Michael Sheehan related last month, a DKW importer whose car’s brakes, gaskets, and undercoating tested positive for asbestos faced storage costs, inspection fees, and replacement parts costs that nearly totaled the AUS $7,000 purchase cost of the car. “The extra red tape, inspection costs and uncertainty have slowed imports to a crawl,” Sheehan wrote. According to Sheehan, the Australian Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, largely concerned with getting the Australian government to liberalize the country’s import laws for new cars, has lobbied the ABF for a standardized asbestos inspection regime for imported collector cars that would cut down on the costs and uncertainty.


The renewed scrutiny of imported goods that may contain asbestos – the ABF specifically cites automotive parts in its list of such goods – likely comes on the heels of a report published in The Australian in August of last year and of Australian senate hearings in January of this year that detailed how materials containing asbestos had slipped past ABF inspectors. Specifically, the report cited in The Australian noted the presence of asbestos in “motor vehicle gaskets and spare parts.” In June, the ABF stated that its “activities are not designed to cause inconvenience to importers, but are part of the Australian Government’s arrangements to protect the public from the significant dangers of asbestos.” Along with that statement, ABF officials provided figures showing that its own asbestos enforcement actions had dramatically increased – from 10 tests in 2013-2014 to 742 tests in 2016-2017 and from zero infringement notices in 2013-2014 to 13 in 2016-2017. Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, at one point was highly prized for its fire resistance but is also known to cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Asbestos was commonly found in clutches, brakes, transmissions, and gaskets up until the 1970s. Fines for individuals who import asbestos can run up to AUS $180,000. Importers can obtain exceptions to the ban on asbestos-containing goods, though only if the goods are naturally-occuring materials with trace amounts of asbestos or for a narrow set of circumstances, mostly involving research and analysis.

1935 Packard Twelve Dual-Cowl Phaeton


Some cars from the Winter Woolies Rally


1973 Triumph Stag

NORTH SHORE Vintage Car Club 40 Masons Rd, Albany

1967 Triumph TR4A IRS

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