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January 2018

CONTENTS Upcoming Events Chairman’s Report Club Captains Report Letter From National President Auckland Veteran & Vintage Rally Dunny Run Spares and Vehicles Reports on Various Activities Article from Bruce Cosson Cancellation Notice Contacts

To anyone wondering, there was no December newsletter. It was Christmas; I was very busy. So there will be a mix of December and January stuff in this issue.

Submissions for the newsletter need to be received by the 16th of the month

Upcoming events January Sunday 21st Friday 26th – Sunday 28th Sunday 28th

6th Annual Car Show Rotorua Biennial Motorcycle Rally Wellington Spares & Truck Shed Open 2pm

February Thursday 1st Sunday 4th Sunday 4th Sunday 11th Sunday 25th

Club Night 7.30pm Motorbike Run Frings 1pm Waipu Car & Bike Show Wings & Wheels Run to Dargaville Spares & Truck Shed Open 2pm

March Thursday 1st Sunday 4th Saturday 10th Sunday 25th Friday 30th – Sunday 1st

Club Night 7.30pm Motorbike Run Frings 1pm Lake Taupo Rally Spares & Truck Shed Open 2pm National North Island Easter Rally Waikato

The Wellington Branch of the VCC will be holding the Biennial Motorcycle Rally on 26 – 28 January 2018. As in the past this will be an opportunity to ride in parts of Wellington not often open to the public, meet a great bunch of riders and share good food. The Rally pack will include a badge and free T-shirt. On Sunday 28 there will be a non-competitive ride and barbecue. Any questions to Rally Secretary, Peter Simpson: (04) 566 2675 February 4th Waipu Car & Bike show fundraising (with 25% of proceeds going to our Northland Rescue Helicopter) just a $5 pp entry and trophies and prizes to win... with a dance night the evening before for those making a weekend of it. February 11th Wings and Wheels Run to Dargaville Air Field leaving the Club rooms at 10.00 am.

Chairmans Report

January 2018 New Year has started well with a talented team of Club Members at the working bee on Saturday 14th January to paint the front of the Club Rooms. All went well and the result is terrific, very nice. The first run went to Glenn & Kyoko Reid's at Mangawhai and was very well attended. Many thanks to Glen & Kyoko for the lunch venue and the use of their property. Condolences to the Montgomery Family on the passing of Merle. A commemorative service will be held in late March 2018 in Whangarei. Details later. Members long service awards are on track and hopefully will be held May/June 2018 details later. Motorcycle Rally planning is underway, also swap meet. Thatâ€&#x;s all from me I hope to see you at events All the best for the New Year

December 2017 Another year nearly gone & what a great year Northland Vintage Car Club had. Good to see different members turning up to events. We can't all get to all functions so good to see a team helping out. Thanks to all who stepped forward. There will be a working bee to paint the front of our Clubrooms on the 13th January 9am at Kiwi North Grounds. Painting gear appreciated. Lunch provided There will be no Wednesday get together & club night in January 2018 owing to closeness to New Year holidays. Our monthly run will be the first event on January Sunday 10th goes to Mangawhai. Details in events pages Have Great holiday season Look forward to seeing you all in the New Year Take Care Keith

Captains Report

Hi Members, the Club has plenty of interesting events in the pipe line for 2018. But firstly, thank you to those who attended the Xmas Do and especially those who organised and ran it for us all. Also thanks to those regular members who turn up to hear the interesting speakers at Club Night. Events 2018: Club Night: 7th Jan. 7.30 pm at the Club rooms. Janice and Micheal Benstrum kindly will speak and share great photos of their recent Trip to Alaska. First Club Run A drive to Mangawhai to view Glen and Kyoto Reids car collection leaving from the Club Rooms car park at 10.00 am on the 14th Jan. As I will be away for these two events we are hoping for a volunteer to set this run. Feb 11th Wings and Wheels Run to Dargaville Air Field leaving the Club rooms at 10.00 am. Thank you Alan Jessop for your most welcome suggestion and help with this keenly anticipated run. March Run Beach Run, kindly care of Bert and Judy Parish. April Awards Ceremony, details yet to be finalized. Swap Meet April 22nd May Run: Hokianga? June Run: A Homestead Run. These are just some of the things happening and will update you along the way. Finally, a big THANK YOU to all those Members who help make this Club such a success. All the best for the Festive Season and safe motoring, Regards, Lester Appleton.

Letter to members from the National President VERO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF HISTORIC MOTORING – NEW PLYMOUTH 2021 As I mentioned in my recent Beaded Wheels column, the Management Committee is fully committed to this event going ahead. I am therefore pleased to advise that Tony Haycock has been appointed as Festival Director. The Management Committee will be having a more hands-on role with the 2021 event, hence the appointment of a Management Committee member as the Director. Although Tony is currently National Speed Steward and is well known for his travel and journalist endeavours, in another life Tony has experience in event management and recently has been involved in organising major motoring events for overseas clubs. We have taken on board the concerns and comments from many members about the future of our International Rallies and Tony has come up with a new concept (see below) which is exciting and innovative and I have no doubt that with Tonyâ€&#x;s enthusiasm and experience it will be a very successful event for our Club. Diane Quarrie National President Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring - New Plymouth 2021 - A new beginning and whole new concept for our premier International event. Forget everything you thought you knew about VCC International rallies. For 2021 we have a totally new concept for a totally new style of rally. Shorter, sharper and more bang for your buck. This is THE old car, bike and truck event you will not want to miss. I can promise you a week of motoring, entertainment and activities, the likes of which you have never experienced before! We start the Festival with a massed arrival in New Plymouth on Sunday afternoon from the north and south, so you have the weekend to get there. We will then have four motoring days - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. So, what's happening on Wednesday? You might be thinking you can have a day off, and if you want to you can but I don't think you will want to and I'll explain why shortly. The four motoring days will see all entrants on the same route. If some of us are going to Hawera on day X, we all are. You will get to see all the cars, the trucks and the bikes, every day. No more travelling with the same group of vehicles every day while the other 4/5 th of the rally has gone somewhere else - your mates included. Until now, there have been no National Rallies in the same year as an International. 2021 will be very different. Wednesday will see the National Veteran, Motorcycle and Commercial rallies taking place. For the other VCC categories which currently do not have a National rally, don't worry - there will be something for you too. Rally headquarters will be the heart of the Festival and there will be good food, good drink, and plenty of entertainment right there the ideal way to sit down with friends after a great day of motoring to tell lies about what you have been up to. At the same time, the New Plymouth Festival of Lights will be taking place at Pukekura Park, and this world-renowned spectacle is both free, and only a couple of minutes walk from HQ. The public display will be a twilight event, and Friday night will see the final function, giving everyone the weekend to get back home for work. The proposed date at this stage is 17 th to 23 rd January 2021. The new format is something which has never been done by the VCC before and is the result of listening to comments from members and previous rally entrants over several years. It will be a gathering of the most diverse range of New Zealand and overseas motoring heritage ever to have been assembled in one place. Tony Haycock Festival Director

37th Auckland Veteran & Vintage Car Club Motorcycle Rally We left Whangarei approximately 10am Friday morning in our bus and arrived at Pokeno Hall after a wonderful drive, no hold ups even going through Aucklandâ€&#x;s traffic. The Rally was based at Pokeno Country Hall as was the dinner Friday and Saturday nights. Heaps of parking for all and accommodation close by. Saturday morning saw 52 enthusiastic bikes ready to leave at 10am with 1 minute intervals. Weather was great with a slight breeze. The morning run had a timed section from Pokeno Hall for the first 22 miles to the stop to visit historic site on the western side of the Waikato river, the skeletal remains of two paddle boats Rawhite and Freetrade lay there, they had been used for barge and dredging from late 1890 to mid-60s. Lunch was at the Nikau Cafe and caves near the west coast, at this stage we had travelled approximately 76 miles. Lunch was provided by the owners with tea, coffee, and lemon juice. The weather was fine but the wind had come up and was a bit of a challenge at the top of the hills. The country side was lovely, and the roads were great. There were three alternative routes with miles of gravel, from the lunch stop, really made you keep your mind on the road! There were 3 silent checks but what a challenge, they were hidden beautifully! Arrived back at the hall to a wonderful cup of tea/coffee and freshly baked scones soooooooo yum. Only one incident, while helping in the kitchen the microwave blew up. While we were rallying Lynda Spicer had been busy and the tables were beautifully laid out, red and white wine also provided for those who indulged. Buffet dinner at 7pm and then prize giving. The overall winner was David Warren from Warkworth and our own Cam Francis won 2nd in his category. Post war. It was a great Rally the weather was perfect until 9pm and then the heavens opened and it poured, we were only a hop skip and jump from our accommodation but others had to bike home.

S & S Clearwater

Dunny Run

The meeting of two French car cousins. On Saturday 25th November 2017, the Northland Vintage Car Club held their annual "Dunny Run" which is a 1 day run around the roads the Bay of Islands and Hokianga areas. Goodness knows how the event was named, however the name has stuck over many years. It is a casual run, taking half a day and finishing with a BYO lunch somewhere in the Mid North. The cars were a mix of British, American and French cars, and ranged from the 1920's to current and an indication of their reliabilities was that "Tail End Charlie" was a modern 4wd, WITHOUT a car trailer. We met outside the Kawakawa Bowling Club at 10.00am and after the obligatory "PC" safety briefing 25 cars headed off at short intervals with our navigation instructions in hand. After about 15km the usual happened as we turned off the tar seal onto the gravel roads and we caught up to some slower cars so we slowed to a more leisurely pace and enjoyed the countryside. Thankfully the heavily laden logging trucks were not using these particular roads this weekend. As a sign of the times we soon came upon two fellow competitors who must have had a "no smoking" in their cars rule because everybody was out of the vehicles having a fag. We slowed down to reduce the dust and were able to pass the 2 slower cars so we were on our own again; nobody immediately in front of us. One section of back country road, west of Kawakawa and Moerewa, went into a very isolated area where small rural primary schools had been shut down in the 2000s but were still being used as Maraes. In 2008 and 2011, I was a Mobile Manager for the General Elections, visiting isolated polling booths then collecting the counted voting papers well after the sun had set. It was quite different travelling these roads in an elderly car rather than the SUV that I used on the Election Days. After about 30 miles of rough gravel and 20 miles of State Highway all of the cars arrived at the Hone Heke Reserve in Kaikohe for lunch. What an amazing 180 degree view of Kaikohe area from the highest point in town across the valleys to the mountain ranges to Tutumoe, the highest point north of Mt Te Aroha in the Waikato! After lunch we all headed off back to our homes in Whangarei, Bay of Islands and Doubtless Bay. A highlight of the event was meeting Dave and Dorothy Duirs, from Doubtless Bay again and to be able to get a photograph of 2 gracious French Mesdames, our 1951 Citroen Traction Avant and their 1955 Peugeot 203. A thoroughly enjoyable day. Jen and Steve Cornwall Paihia

SPARES AND CLUB VEHICLE REPORT DECEMBER 2017 As the year comes to an end I decided to reflect on the year's achievements. Just to recap, about two years ago a couple of the team decided to spend time on a Wednesday morning sorting out the spares shed. We had found that the one afternoon a month opening did not give us enough time to organize and sort out the stock, so what started with a morning a week by a few of the team developed into anything up to a dozen members turning up. A great camaraderie developed as well as a great amount of work achieved. The result so far as follows, all sections have been cleaned out, useless or damaged parts disposed of and where necessary new shelving built. To comply with the ever present Health and Safety we have fitted a wire mesh to the upstairs departments to prevent objects falling down on customers. A new rack has been built in the lower shed to house bumpers and grilles over the gearbox shelf to best utilize all available space. Craig McDougle has demonstrated his considerable engineering and welding expertise and built us two diff trees which will allow us to store heavy differentials efficiently and still be visible to potential purchasers. His next task is to build a steel ladder to access the upper storage area in safety. (That health and safety again) Craig did all this for us free of charge, a sterling effort. As well as all the sorting work we have produced an index of the location in the shed of all the stock so that in the future anyone will be able find things even if the original team is not there. I cannot speak highly enough for the effort put in by the Wednesday team, Wednesday mornings have become a fun and enjoyable time for all involved, long may it continue. On the club vehicle front, Brian and a few helpers have been working on the Club's Lacre. They are in the process of replacing the rear sprockets to lower the gear ratio to make it easier to drive. Trevor has worked hard to fit the long awaited viewing window in the truck shed. This along with a rearrangement of the vehicles will make the place more visitor friendly. A big thank you to you both for your efforts. Please note that the Spares will not be open on the last Saturday of December. Cheers and best wishes for the festive season from all the Spares Team. Lawrence.

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December report on various Club Activities Wednesday 6th December – 3rd Club Morning Tea Shout Shortly after 10am a beautiful cream and black Alvis parked outside the Clubrooms next to Bruce‟s Austin 8. That made those who were sitting waiting for their cuppa scramble to get closer for a better look Morning tea was therefore later than the previous events but nobody was complaining! In fact there was much chatter from then on. Alan was the last to arrive as he was holding the fort in the Parts Shed but he didn‟t miss out on the “goodies” as we knew to save some for him. There has been a core group attending as well as representatives from the Parts and Truck Shed. It hasn‟t been “Blokes only” at these morning teas with various Ladies coming along and joining in the chatter. The general consensus is that the morning teas are very worthwhile – the older Members especially are keen for them to continue as they do not like coming out in the evening. What do you think??? Help the Committee make the right decision regarding these morning teas continuing. Flick us an email, pick up the phone and have a chat with one of your committee members.

Thursday 7th December - Club Night The scheduled guest speakers Mike & Janice Brenstrum were at the last moment, not available (hopefully coming next time) so Lester picked up the challenge – wondering who on earth would want to hear about the cars he has owned and loved. While there was some disappointment initially at the last minute change folk soon became involved with Lester as he had us all roaring with laughter at his and his family‟s antics involving seven children in getting up to all sorts of mischief both in the steady stream of vehicles owned by the family (especially his Dad) and as time went by those owned by Lester himself – both work and pleasure vehicles. Nothing too technical mostly set in the Dargaville area where he grew up and where George was the local mechanic – George was encouraged by Lester to have input and between the two of them we were in fits of laughter as we all went down memory lane. Thanks Lester. A great evening I haven‟t laughed so much in ages – and then another lovely cuppa and cake to finish. Again the Committee is always pleased to hear from Members if they know of anyone who would be willing to be a Guest Speaker for our Club Night

Sunday 10th December – Christmas Lunch From 11am onwards folk arrived and quickly organised themselves and their food before opening their drinks and settling in with others for a natter. Eventually the Ladies felt hungry and chased the Menfolk to fire up the BBQ. Most families had something to cook and everyone had contributed to the salads and desserts that were scrumptious as usual. The volume didn‟t seem to decrease as we all enjoyed the beautiful food. The dishes mounted up and eventually a team descended on the kitchen and dealt with the first round. Of course, we had to have some of the desserts available as well and some folk needed a cuppa at the end of all that eating. The talking continued throughout and when we left the Hall was ship shape, the dishes all done and put away. However, a few hardy members remained chatting at the outside tables as the weather had slowly improved over the course of the day – another very pleasant Club event. Merry Christmas. We look forward to hearing your ideas for Club Events – please contact a Committee member

Mt.Tiger greetings and Christmas wishes to all VCC members. The following article was prepared for the last Beaded Wheels issue but did not appear, so here it is: What a tremendously popular event the Far North Tour has become. Now an absolute never-miss ritual for drivers and their magnificent machines. Clutching my trusty vintage tape recorder, I ran a few interviews, quizzing participants about highlights of their tour. “All great, Cape Reinga, the Peter Matthews museum (Awanui)”, came the enthusiastic responses. The Opua Ferry Captain‟s comment was “One of the best days we‟ve had for years!” Our feature car for December has been owned by Ron and Helen Anderson since 1973. It‟s the 1930, six cylinder, double ignition, Nash. Ron and Helen were just engaged when a Nash inspection visit was arranged with a view to purchase. “This will get her going”, thought Ron. The car was found „behind the shed‟ in Wellsford. A sad sight. Flat tyres, smothered in undercoat a real refuge for starlings and spiders. At first sight Helen was aghast. Dizzy visions of endless parades flashed to mind. Clutching at Ron‟s arm she stammered “You can‟t be serious?!” But Ron was serious all right. Serious enough to really get stuck into the car to have it all finished and looking fantastic for the 1980 Rotorua rally. Nice job Ron.

Far North Tour cars wait their turn at the Opua Ferry. Photo – Keith Taylor

The Coromandel Gold Rush & Gum-diggers Charity Cruise 17/18 March 2018 Newsletter # 2

CANCELLATION NOTICE Unfortunately due to the recent damage caused to the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula recently by the “King Tide� we have decided to cancel this year's Charity Cruise due to the major ongoing road repair works in the area. This work is scheduled to take up to 6 months to complete, maybe longer.

Disruption for entrants and the damage that temporary road surfaces may cause to your beloved classic cars we felt it best that we cancel the run for this year.

Naturally we are very disappointed, as are those that intend joining us will be, but we will be back again next year with an even more exciting cruise. Those entrants that have already registered and paid their entry fees will be contacted separately in due course by our treasurer and their entry fees refunded.

The organisers are reluctant to have had to cancel the event at this late stage and we hope you will join us again next year. Thank you for your understanding Slip & the team Coromandel Charity Cruises

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