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RATTLES & SQUEAKS

August 2017


CONTENTS Upcoming Events Chairman’s Report VCC AGM – Blenheim Motorcycle report Far North Tour Winter Woollies Run Dargaville Doings Mike McGee’s Run Club Captains Report Contacts

Club members receiving newsletters by email are now able to receive hard copies as well if they wish. The cost for this service is $5.00 per issue or $60.00 per year for black and white copies, to be paid at time of ordering. Orders can be lodged with the secretary. Thanks, Mike McGee. Submissions for the newsletter need to be received by the 16th of the month


Upcoming events

August Saturday 26th Sunday 27th

Spares & Truck Shed Open 2pm Daffodil Day Rally

September Sunday 3rd Thursday 7th Sunday 10th Fri 15th – Sun 17th Saturday 16th Saturday 30th

Motorbike Run Frings 1pm Club Night 7.30pm Held at Dargaville Rob Vernons Vintage Run 10.30am Paeroa Vintage & Classic Car Weekend Taranaki Branch 40th Annual Rubber Duckie Spares & Truck Shed Open 2pm

October Sunday 1st Thursday 5th Saturday 7th Sunday 8th Saturday 28th

Motorbike Run Frings 1pm Club Night 7.30pm Kauri Museum Settlers Day Posh Picnic Spares & Truck Shed Open 2pm

Join us at the Daffodil Day Car Rally, 27th August run by the Classic and Sports Car Club Northland Inc Entry $15 donation per vehicle 9:30am for 10am start, ASB Stadium, North Car park Kensington. This year will see us return to Dargaville where we will be stopping first at the Countdown carpark for the public to view, then on to the Vintage Machinery Club for lunch. Those that wish to have a look in the museum the cost is $10 and $5 will be donated to the Cancer Society. Raffles, prize giving and spot prizes will be held at the Vintage Machinery Club. NVCC Club Night will be held at 7-30pm at the Aero Club Hoanga road Dargaville. Vehicles will be leaving NVCC Clubrooms at 6-15 pm for car pooling. Please support this event as a compliment to the number of Dargaville Members who travel to Whangarei events. Sincerely Keith Taylor NVCC Chairman Rob Vernon's Club Event September Sunday 10th 10-30 am Start Meet at the Ruakaka Roundabout by the Service Station North side parking. Rob will lead the Event so please keep an eye on following Members so they are not lost. Approximately 15 minutes drive to Dave's shed collection includes all sorts M/Cs etc. Lunch BBQ at Robs on the Brynderwyn Hills some food provided welcome to bring your own. He lives first on the left going south from the viewing area. There is a feature at his gate 6 bends. Turn at the viewing area & follow behind the barrier. Lunch will finish at 1-30 and a collection will be visited in the afternoon. Phone Rob Vernon 0274414946 40th Annual “Rubber Duckie” Motor-Cycle Rally 16th September 2017 VENUE: NEW PLYMOUTH TOP TEN HOLIDAY PARK, 29 Princes Street, Fitzroy, New Plymouth will be Rally H.Q. for our Annual Motorcycle Rally. Dinner and Prize giving will be held at the Fitzroy Golf Club, Record St, approximately 700m from the Top Ten Holiday Park. ENTRIES CLOSE 8th September 2017 with Rally Secretary, Sue Street, 36 Essex Street, New Plymouth. Ph (06) 753 9100 email: sue.street@xtra.co.nz This year we are holding our Settlers Day on Saturday 7th October, and would love to have your car club come along and join us for the day. This is a „free entry‟ day at the Kauri Museum. This year we will be focusing on the stories our collections tell and introducing live demonstrations of art, craft and engines. We will start the day with a church service at 9.30, the music and action will be from 10.00am onwards and finish at approximately 4.00pm.


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Chairmans report Hi all Members Well another month gone and events have been very good and reasonably well attended. Many thanks to our club Captain and all who had set events The parts side under Lawrence is going very well and Ron Anderson has set up a group to service our vehicles. Trevor Reilly is getting the hall under control & improvements are being made. Any members who want to help just contact Lawrence, Ron & Trevor. Club Captain has been working on the Far North Tour & this year there is a tour going to Cape Reinga on the Monday following. Also a look in at a collection on Sunday afternoon. Rob Vernon is doing an event starting at the Ruakaka roundabout on the second Sunday of September which is the 10th. I attended the NZVCC AGM & executive meeting in Blenheim as per my report. Take advantage of spring & lets see you at Club events All the best Keith Taylor


VCC AGM - Blenheim Report on the New Zealand Vintage Car Club AGM held in Blenheim August 12th-13th 2017 By NVCC Branch Delegate Keith Taylor NVCC Chairman NZVCC AGM meeting Saturday 13th August start 9-00am A full report will be circulated by the Clubs Executive Dianne Quarrie welcomed everyone and then pointed out that everyone present needed to pass on to their committee and members that any decisions or actions needed to be DONE WITH THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CLUB AND MEMBERS IN MIND Diane's report taken as read. Carried. Financial report tabled. Carried. Finances in good shape. Health and safety issues were stated by a delegate as PC madness. Answer from executives was the branches needed a plan as if issues arose branches could be held liable August 27th NZVCC nation day is being supported by most Branches with some being mentioned in local papers. West coast reported that they had involved Youth groups in their Rallies with positive results. A question on Vero payout for earthquake damage to National office Reply all good. NZVCC auditor staying the same. No change in Club management. Karen Smillie new North Island Club Captain, Paul Collins standing down. Both notices of motion failed. Dissatisfaction over low vote. Email voting put forward as solution to be investigated by executive. 2 letters received over 30yr rule Vehicles must be over 30yrs. 1986 eligible 2017. Long discussion. Calendar events as posted carried. Norm Dewhurst commented that the idea is so main events don't clash in neighbouring Branches. All reports were carried. Speed Stewart commented that Branches hold these Events to arouse public interest. Archive commented that any Member visiting Christchurch is welcome to visit. NZ Federation mentioned canch of 12mth WOF being introduced but might involve differentiation between Ordinary old cars and collector cars. Presentation on Schulph collection, very good. 2021 International rally director has resigned. Andrew Hanson spoke at length about Club needing to get enthusiastic nothing impossible etc. to keep Members in the Club. Club membership increased by 200 approximately, 400 resigning approximately. Long discussion about why New Plymouth, Wangamata and Napier events so successful. Interviewing participants atmosphere low or no entry fees can do what they like non competitive were some of the comments. John Goddard Trophy went to the Beaded Wheels group. National web site needs more pics comment etc. Meeting closed at 3pm NZVCC National Executive meeting Friday 12th August 7-30pm Blenheim Dianne Quarrie welcomed all present Investigation into making all joining fees the same Both the remits were carried 2018 AGM Hawkes Bay 2019 AGM West Coast 2020 AGM Wanganui Branch constitutions have to go to National office for approval Otago Branch asked for a template to be available on club website to guide what should and should not be in it. To be looked into by Management. Julie commented that there needs to be a sunset clause in document Floor comment long drawn out process Branch's lose interest TV Vintage car program put forward by South Canterbury To be investigated Members resigning need to contact Vero as they are not covered. Hawkes Bay asked if fuel cards could be available at National level Meeting closed at 9-15pm To be reconvened after AGM Restarted 3-45 pm Saturday 13th August Vintage Vehicles will soon be 100yrs old should some celebration be called for. Discussion on draft budget carried Meeting closed 3-55pm


Motorcycle report Sunday the 6th August there are 10 motorcycles lined up ready to go on our monthly ride, all we needed to do is decide where we are going. Roger Ballard comes up with two options so after a bit of discussion we decide on a modified route which turned out to be around 55miles round trip. It was good to see Graham Fairbrother out on his newly restored 1956 Norton Dominator 99. We had the usual 2 x AJS 2 x Matchless 1x Triumph 1 x Honda 2 x BSA and a modern Suzuki. We set off towards Port Road over the bridge and on to turn up Mackesy Road passing Abbey Caves then turning right, then the next left along Harris Road. Then we headed towards Tikipunga up Vinegar Hill to SH1 heading north and turning into Jordon Valley Road then making our way to Kara, Kokopu then carrying onto Poroti Tavern for afternoon tea. After a bit of a natter we all left heading back to Whangarei. We will all do it again next month, for some of us the hardest decision is which bike will I take. Donâ€&#x;t forget about the 40th Rubber Duckie Rally in Taranaki. I hear there are 3 Bikes heading south, possibly 4. Robert Young


The Northland Vintage Car Club Fa r Nor th To ur Itâ€&#x;s all happening again with a bonus November 3rd - 5th Plus a bonus tour to Cape Reinga to follow for those who havenâ€&#x;t had enough fun. Details to be finalised. Sunday morning tea at the Far North VCC clubrooms, and a run to follow. Monday 6th to the Cape. Wednesday 8th a run around Taipa then home. Contacts: Club Captain Chairman Secretary

Lester Appleton Keith Taylor Mike McGee

lesterappleton55@gmail.com keith.taylor55@gmail.com northland@vcc.org.nz

09 432 3266 021 168 5928 022 087 2128


Winter Woollies Run On the weekend, of 1st July 2017, the Warkworth Wellsford branch of the Vintage Car Club held their annual Winter Woollies car run around the Warkworth and Wellsford area. The weather for the actual run was quite rainy but warm so that the unsealed roads were nicely fast and muddy. 70 cars were entered, including 1 from the South Island, and our Citroen was the only French car out of 5 European cars, the oldest car being a 1926 Austin. Northland Club Members were as per; Car 1 Bruce, Ngaire and Alice Wade 1938 Car 2 Claudia and Bruce Jeffery 1964 Car 8 Doug and Bev Grant 1954 Car 11 David and Sue Dreardon 1971 Car 14 Jen and Steve Cornwall 1951 Car 34 Brian and Lyn Wrack 1937 Car 38 Tim and Sheryl Cant 1938 Car 43 Graeme and Nancy Dawson 1963 Car 61 Darcy, Trish and Chris Sterling1930

Chevrolet Austin Austin Austin Citroen Plymouth Chevrolet Ford Ford

Sedan A40 Farina A40 Devon 3 Litre Saloon Traction Avant P 7 Sedan Coupe Fairlane Model A Tourer

Post Vintage 1960's Post War 1970's Post War Post Vintage Post Vintage 1960's Vintage

The run started on the Saturday morning in drizzle with a timed navigation trial around Warkworth and Kaipara Flats before going through Dome Valley and around the roads of Tomarata before lunch at Pakiri Hall. The lunch was put on by the Pakiri School committee and after some entertainment by the school children we had a great country lunch. The run ended going back around the roads Leigh and Snell's Beach before ending in Warkworth. The event concluded with a dinner at the Warkworth Bowling Club. Our navigation skills need honing because although we stayed on the correct route we missed most of the "silent check" signs. Maybe we were going a bit too fast on the muddy roads to miss seeing the signs but the traction felt really great on the gravel roads; a real pleasure! We weren't going fast enough to get mud on the roof though. We then returned home to Paihia on a sunny Sunday afternoon after visiting Graeme Crosbie's motorcycle renovation business, at Omaha, where he restores Kawasakiâ€&#x;s for his international clientele. Our 1951 Traction Legere is back on the road again after its major engine rebuild, by Phil Cotter, in Mairangi Bay that included; 4 new pistons and liners 8 new valves and reconditioned cylinder head New crankshaft bearings and line boring; Reconditioned carburettor, generator and starter motor; so the engine is near enough to new. The engine now runs like a charm and after "running in'' is now quicker on the hills and a real pleasure to drive, no changing into 1st gear half way up Lemon's Hill near our home in Paihia. Jen and Steve Cornwall Paihia


Dargaville Doings As Beryl and Ernie are overseas, I have been asked to write the Dargaville news. The weather was not very inviting during the day of our Night Run, but fortunately cleared for the drive mostly. Three different healthy and filling soups and buns were on offer beforehand followed by yummy desserts on the return. Te Kopuru can look very different in the dark! Winners on the night were Sue and Martin Salter. Our August meeting was notable as we celebrated George Tier‟s big 80 with a BIG Birthday Cake. We also had 6 visitors from Auckland who were visiting our area driving a 1930 Model A Coupe, a Bedford truck, bought new by the man‟s grandfather, and a Bradford truck which the owners have owned since 1951. The August Midweek Run will be a local drive, with a visit before we start. September is our 13th Birthday Run – on 20th. Start at NW Boating Club at 10am for a 90 minute drive before lunch – bring your wallet for this one. After lunch we will have a visit to an historic Homestead and afternoon tea and Birthday Cake. Take Note the September Dargaville meeting will be on THUSDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER. The Whangarei members will be in attendance to hold their usual meeting in Dargaville instead of Whangarei, an annual event that has happened for many years. Please bring an unusual article of interest for the “Discussion Table”. (Therefore no local meeting on Wed. 13th) 7th September Thursday

Meeting at N W Aero club 7.30pm Whangarei monthly meeting transferred to here Hoanga Rd, 1st road left over the NW Bridge heading south

20th September

Midweek Run - 13th Birthday Run start 10am at the NW Boating Club Purchased lunch but bring your own afternoon tea BYO Chairs

Claudia.


Mike McGee’s Run Aug 10th At the clubrooms I‟m handed the instructions for the run. I quickly pass these on to my 2 (yes two) navigators to solve where we are going and what the answers are to the questions; what are the 3 it‟s? what do you get when you text Jack? etc, while I move on to the scrumptious morning tea. I need the navigators sharp so my strategy is to keep them away from all temptations. While admiring the new front door Trevor has installed on the clubrooms, and the various assembled vehicles, I slyly check out the competitors; the crew from Dargaville (they‟ll be tough); a couple of wise experienced campaigners (they‟ll be tough too); an assortment of other teams (strength unknown). We are going to have to be on top form today! We‟re off, down the hill towards town, and immediately hit a snag. We have found answers to 2 questions close together, and my chief navigator cannot write while the car is moving! Quickly solved by parking in front of one of the signs so any following cars will not see the answer they are looking for. Continue down-town, „ProColour Auto Paint‟, cross Te Matau A Pohe Bridge, then head up Memorial Drive, where the instructions encourage us to walk to the Mt Parihaka lookout. Hopefully everybody heeds the „lock it, hide it, or lose it‟ sign as we admire the magnificent setting of our chosen city bathed in sunshine, the full tide sparkling. We proudly point out prominent features to distract others from noticing „#16 Town Basin‟. It was an easy drive, certainly easier than walking up „Dobbie track‟. Back to Riverside Drive via Konini St and Mackesy Rd, to Onerahi and a figure-8 route taking in the sights of families and kids enjoying yachting beside the „marine reserve‟. Next stop, Quarry Gardens, is absolutely humming as we squeeze into a recently vacated park. We instruct the tourists to stand in front of the „Camelia walk‟ sign as we press on to Kamo and Parakiore Rd. The steep climb is enough to make a good car boil its radiator; we ponder the new housing that blocks the view, and wonder if the nearby Tibetan Buddhist Centre has a better view of the world. We‟re on the last leg now, heading along Pipiwai Rd, Kokopu Rd, „Kokopu School‟ and Draffin Rd as we did on our bike run last Sunday, and finally Poroti pub. We take a stab at the last question and hand the paper over to save us calling in to the club rooms, as my #2 navigator will have to find her way back to Auckland. I survey our adversaries; there is a driver without navigator, a new resident in our area, who has followed various cars to help navigate, and others who have enjoyed driving roads and taking in sights they haven‟t discovered yet, while the wise experienced campaigners have dropped in on family and had a Skype call to America during the course of the drive (I ask you, where is their commitment?). All seem happy, trying to hide the fact they don‟t have all the answers, but saying they‟ve really enjoyed themselves. The pub‟s owners are enjoying their 7th day of new ownership, and take photos of us devouring our lunch and refreshments for Facebook. Looking around there is still room for all those that will join us next time. I‟m proud of my team; we have answers to all questions; we are going to clean up this event. Mind you, we may be DQ‟d for driving a modern. Maybe I have to get into gear and get the Mini mobile. Then next time I‟ll really enjoy myself, just like everyone-else. I wonder if it‟s too late to change the answer to that last question. It‟s „manure‟! Oh yes, when you text Jack you get „firewood‟.‟‟ Peter Lovatt


Club captains report The Secretaries Run was well attended and enjoyed by all who were able to attend. Starting with a hot cup at the Club Rooms, the tour covered a lot of local roads and plenty of rural scenery. Run finished with a hot roast meal at the Poroti Tavern that was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to our very able secretary Mike McGee for organizing the Run. Trevor Reilly gave us an interesting account of his Tour of Duty in Antarctica in the 1970s. The 30 members attending learnt a lot and enjoyed Trevorâ€&#x;s presentation whilst sitting by the warming fireside followed by hot tea and plenty of cake. Thanks Trevor for making Club Night so informative. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank both Christine Garden and Donna Nobilo for their invaluable help with preparing and getting The Far North Tour entry forms out so promptly. It is now up to us all to sign up for an interesting Tour in November. Please take note of the many events happening in September, as out lined in the Club Newsletter. Parts shed Wednesdays are a great success as well attended. Any member is able to set a run and any suggestions of possible speakers for Club night will be welcome. Kind Regards Lester Appleton


Contacts Officers: Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain Newsletter Editor

Keith Taylor Adam Young Mike McGee Lynora Reilly Lester Appleton Shannon Young

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Allan Pearson Trevor Reilly Brian Wrack Christine Garden Ron Anderson Cam Francis Bert Parrish

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Bruce Cosson Pending Lawrence Hillier Adam Young Allan Pearson Trevor Reilly Lynora Reilly Pending Keith Taylor Ernie Dawes Lawrence Hillier Jim Shaw Brian Wrack Rob Hughes Brian Wrack Martin Salter

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cossonz@farmside.co.nz

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hillierlawrence@gmail.com youngadam111@gmail.com agpearson39@gmail.com trelyn47@hotmail.com trelyn47@hotmail.com

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keith.taylor55@gmail.com youngadam111@gmail.com renegade542002@yahoo.com trelyn47@hotmail.com lesterappleton55@gmail.com nvcceditor@gmail.com

Committee:

Responsibilities: Beaded Wheels Club Merchandising Club Vehicles Assistant Club Vehicles Assistant Club Vehicles Hall Custodian Librarian Motorcycle Rep Museum Delegate Rural Rep Spare Parts Assistant Spare Parts Assistant Spare Parts Assistant Spare Parts VIC Inspector Webmaster

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Northland VCC August 2017