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November 2017

CONTENTS Upcoming Events Chairman’s Report Club Captains Report Rally Revue Far North Tour Motorcycle Report Dargaville Doings Graham Paige Follow Up Contacts

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Upcoming events

November Saturday 25th Saturday 25th Saturday 25th Sunday 26th

Dunny Run Kawakawa Kamo Christmas Parade Spares & Truck Shed Open 2pm Maungaturoto Car & Bike Show

December Sunday 3rd Wednesday 6th Thursday 7th Sunday 10th

Motorbike Run Frings 11am Club Morning Tea 10am – 11.30am at the Clubrooms Club Night 7.30pm Christmas BBQ

January Saturday 6th Sunday 7th Sunday 21st Friday 26th – Sunday 28th Sunday 28th

Far North Autospectacular Motorbike Run Frings 1pm 6th Annual Car Show Rotorua Biennial Motorcycle Rally Wellington Spares & Truck Shed Open 2pm

Annual Dunny Run on the 25th November. Details are as follows; Dunny Run starts at Waiomio Road, Kawakawa (next to the Bowling Club) 10am briefing for 10.15am prompt run start. Bring: Lunch - pen - chairs. Please remember your lunch, (most important) December 10th Christmas bbq 11am clubrooms, byo Just a reminder that the December Motorbike run has been organised by Graham & Cam and will meet at 10.45am at Frings for an 11.00am start. A lunch stop will be organised along the way. The Rotorua branch of the VCC is holding their 6th Annual Car Show at the Rotorua Lakefront Domain on Sunday 21st January 2018. It is very informal, anyone can display, and there is a gold coin requested from drivers which will be donated to St John Ambulance. We regularly raise $1000 for St Johns with donations from drivers and the public. Clubs and groups will be able to display their cars together, and those that arrive early (gates open 8.00am) will get the best positions under the trees. This event is very laid back, with Rotorua‟s excellent “Eat Street” full of bistros, cafés and bars right next to the venue, and big shady trees to sit under for those wanting to picnic. The Soundshell markets and other holiday market activities will also be adjacent to the show. It could be an excellent run and day out for a club. We have shortened the timing for this event from 10am to 2pm based on driver feedback. We have had over 200 vehicles in the last two shows, and have had write ups in the local papers and we have had good articles with photos in NZ Classic Car magazine too. 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

Chairmans Report Well this certainly is one of the busiest times of the year for our Club. The Far North Tour went very well with 57 entrants that on the whole seemed very happy with their weekend. The lookin at Peter Matthews was excellent as was the Cape Reinga leg. A beautiful day 18 cars did this leg. Everyone involved in this Tour were exceptional from the planning, catering & everything else that goes into this sort of event. Many thanks to you all. The club captain is certainly proving his worth & his efforts are much appreciated. Another great club day Sunday 12th organised by Lester. Reports on all these events elsewhere in this newsletter. Club night 7th December we have Mike & Janice Brenstrum coming from Omapere to talk about their travels in Alaska. Janice's photos are top class & the wildlife pics are incredible. Lets get a good crowd to this night you wonâ€&#x;t be sorry if you attend. Larger Lacre sprockets are being done & should make our bus more usable. Xmas Clubwise is being celebrated with a BYO & barbeque at the Clubrooms on Sunday 10th December 11am also don't forget the combined run with the Far North Branch at Kawakawa domain Saturday 25th set by Ernie & Berly Dawes details in events. Well that's all from me this month get out & enjoy your club Cheers Keith Taylor

Club Captains Report This surely is a busy time of the year for our Club, with the many Runs and Events happening. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all those many people who helped with the smooth running of the Far North Tour. A great effort by many helpful individuals made this Tour such a success. Thank you all. Also many many thanks to our generous Sponsors and trust they will be supported in return. Our next Event is the Annual Dunny Run on the 25th November. Details are as follows; Dunny Run starts at Waiomio Road, Kawakawa (next to the Bowling Club) 10am briefing for 10.15am prompt run start. Bring: Lunch - pen - chairs. Please remember your lunch, (most important) Ernie and Beryl Dawes from Dargaville are kindly setting this years run for us all. Motor Cycle run is first Sunday in December from FRINGS. Club Night; 7th December 7.30 pm at NVCC Club rooms. We have some interesting speakers with Micheal and Janice Brenstrum, talking about their Tours to Alaska with many wildlife photos sure to be a highlight. Please support our generous speakers. Xmas Party Celebrations: A shared lunch at the Clubrooms from 11am on wards. BYO Food and Drinks. Come along for chat and catch up. January 2018 Club run is to view Glen Reidâ€&#x;s collection at Mangawhia. Also in the New Year some of our Members are eligible for their long term continuous Membership Badges. These include 25, 30, 50, 60, and even 70 year Badges. Really something for our club to celebrate! Thatâ€&#x;s all for now Lester Appleton.

Rally Revue Appleton’s way Sunday‟s rally was put together solely by new Club Captain the ever cheerful, Lester Appleton – with a 1pm start. This was a well supported turnout with car crews jostling for advantage at the starting gate keen to get going. “Vintage cars first” came the call. “Just behave!” I scolded the Jag as we fell obediently in behind Lofty. The advertised gravel roads were fine, an absolute breeze actually. A new drive too. Scenic, very „binocular‟ and interesting. Maungaraho presented pronunciation difficulties for a few navigators, and if you haven‟t seen it yet you should. This is a BIG Maunga (mountain). Dargaville Branch were parked up there full of greetings and fun as usual. It was a real chance to see all the cars together and „click away‟. So we all bowled along on the final leg. A cruisey run with the red Austin Seven, crewed by Bruce and Claudia doing particularly well as we have all learned to expect. Now - the writers pick for the day, and new to him, would be the Riley (what a slasher) and that red Citroen. It‟s „catch-up‟ time on them . . . . . Coming. Thanks Lester. Well done Captain. BC.

Far North Tour My take on the Far North Tour 2017. First of all a huge vote of thanks to Keith and Marion and everyone involved in producing an amazing Friday night dinner. The same to Christine, Donna, Lester and everyone that made the tour happen. Unfortunately I didn‟t have a car ready for the tour. On the bonus side it did allow me to take my van (accommodation sorted) and carry emergency supplies such as gas, water, tow ropes, fire extinguisher etc. (Fortunately none was needed) and follow at the tail. A good friend of Lester‟s was tail end Charlie and followed with a tandem trailer in tow. Brian is not a member of the club, but was only too happy to follow us to Taipa. Thank you Brian. Morning tea at Rawhiti was amazing as was lunch at Kerikeri RSA. The only hiccup on the way up was a 1938 Chev with water in the fuel making it very difficult to climb the smallest hill. A stop at Waipapa for fuel and the addition of a litre of methylated spirits in the tank and off we went. Brian and I stayed with the Chev and followed the main road to Taipa (very slowly in places). By the time we got there the meths was doing its job and the car was running a lot better to the extent that it carried on to Cape Reinga on Sunday. Dinner on Saturday night was at Mathews Vintage Museum and as usual the Far North Branch put on an amazing spread followed by an equally amazing morning tea on Sunday. Sunday was a look in at Peter Mathews private collection of cars and trucks, all in pristine condition and most road legal and used. Thank you Peter for allowing us to visit. It was a privilege enjoyed by all. The rest of Sunday we were left to our own devices (fish and chips at Manganui and a nana nap at Cable bay for me). Monday and off to the Cape. A brilliant day only marred by one broken windscreen (courtesy of a fast moving log truck on a newly sealed stretch of road) and a puncture. Made our way back via three beaches and the Te Paki sand hills. Another night in the van and heading home on Tuesday. I did get side tracked meeting up with Murray and John McGee from the Far North branch who were setting a run for February. Would I like to go with them. After a tour around Totara North, Whangaroa Harbour and Kaeo we had a burger at Kaeo and off I went, finally getting home at 5.30pm. Finally I would like to give heartfelt thanks to all that made this amazing tour possible (I‟m sure you know who you are). There is an incredible amount of work goes in to organising a tour like this and many members were involved. Thanks also to Cowley‟s Hire, Oliver Printing and Whangarei Information Site for their support, supplying goodies for the rally packs and prizes for the raffles. Mike McGee Secretary NVCC

Motorcycle report Monthly Run 5 November 2017 No pictures, so a thousand words instead. Overnight and morning drizzle did not stop 9 bikes, 2 with pillions, from turning up for what turned out to be a fine afternoon with mainly dry roads. Cam was riding his Moto Guzzi, and had 2 friends aboard an 850 BMW along for the ride. They are NSW residents, and keep this bike in NZ for twice yearly visits. What a perfect arrangement. Good to see Brent, aboard his BMW. He has been missing for ages, working on his Guzzi since its engine had enough of life. He said it is a labour of love, which we know is code for lots of dollars. We are looking forward to seeing it on the road in the future. Also, Trevor and Don on an AJS each, Dave on a Matchless, Warwick and partner on 650 BSA, Graham on Triumph, and myself Suzuki mounted. I would have been on my Yamaha except for lack of WOF/rego. The post-rebuild rattle has been cured! Yesterday Cam had entertained his friends with a ride to Opua, across on the ferry and back on the coast road, so we decided to do the Tutukaka/Sandy Bay loop, even though it was done a couple of months ago, as it‟s a good ride. 10km in and we lost 2 bikes. A ride home was organised with the local friendly AJS serviceman. Thanks Rob and Lorraine, sorry for disturbing your Sunday afternoon. And we lost another complaining, I believe, of engine noises. Maybe wearing earplugs will cure that; they are cheap. Hopefully miracles will be performed. So we pressed on without Don and Dave, setting off at a nice spirited pace to blow out the dust and cobwebs that had settled while we were waiting for Rob. There were a few slow cars to keep us honest, but Abbey Caves Rd, Harris Rd, Ngunguru Rd, Matapouri Rd back to Hikurangi are always good fun. By the time we got back to Kamo, Trevor‟s bike had eaten its sparkplugs and was burping and farting to let its rider know they needed changing, carried out once we had finished our debriefing session. Once again, a great ride enjoyed by all. Next month, to celebrate Christmas, meeting time will be at 10.45, departing at 11.00, and there will be a „living off the land‟ lunch enroute. Expect a little longer distance than usual. Three Furlongs at Kaiwaka has been suggested, if anyone has their own favourite destination and eatery, please e-mail Lofty. Peter Lovatt

Dargaville Doings

25th November

Dunny Run Start at Waiomio Road, Kawakawa (next to the Bowling Club) 10am Briefing. Depart about 10.15am Bring - lunch - pen - chairs. Also bring the sunshine as well

13th December

N W Aero club 5pm Christmas Dinner bring Fish & Chips or what you like meeting afterwards, then dessert So please bring a dessert to share NO MID-WEEK RUN This month (December) January 2018 NO Meeting and Mid-Week Run this Month (January)

14th February

Meeting at N W Aero club 7.30pm

21st February

Mid week run meet at the NW Boating club 1pm BYO afternoon tea & chairs If arriving late go to Godfrey Motors to pick up instructions

Graham Paige Follow up

Last issue you heard about the new Mike McGee car. Somehow, Mike managed to get the Graham Paige delivered right to his door. Here it is – all done.

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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Responsibilities: Beaded Wheels Club Merchandising Spares & Vehicles

Hall Custodian Librarian Motorcycle Rep Museum Delegate Rural Rep VIC Inspector Webmaster

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