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Magazine of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Otago Branch Inc.

April 2018

Vintage Post Vintage Rally - Restored Bedford trucks and - spot the Dodge The Otago RoadRunner is the official newsletter of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Otago Branch Inc. Views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Editor or the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Otago Branch Inc.


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CHAIRPERSON

Nicola Wilkinson

markandnicolaw@gmail.com

476 4004

VICE-CHAIRPERSON

David Mills

mrdavidmills@gmail.com

455 6751

TREASURER

David Ross

vccnzobt@gmail.com

455 8800

SECRETARY

Marion McConachie

bmmcconachie@xtra.co.nz

453 0404

CLUB CAPTAIN

Graeme Duthie

graemeduthie@xtra.co.nz

488 5242

HOUSE MANAGER

Bill Partel

PROPERTY OFFICER

Bill Veitch

w.veitch@xtra.co.nz

489 1626

VET/COM REP.

Colin Winter

wolseley2@xtra.co.nz

456 4382

PWV/P60V/P80 REP.

Alistair Graham

alrmgraham@gmail.com

455 8834

MOTORCYCLE REP

Bruce Murray

bminor@xtra.co.nz

487 7281

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Keith Moore

Adrienne.moore51@gmail.com

453 0592

EDITOR

Eleanor Harrison

eleanor.harrison@otago.ac.nz

479 8280

488 4033

VINTAGE/PV REP.

LIBRARIAN

Moira Cunningham

453 5777

TROPHY STEWARD

David Ross

455 8800

SPEED LIAISON

Mark Wilkinson

476 4004

Bill Partel

488 4033

Bill Partel

488 4033

George Martin

489 3621

David Cunningham

453 5777

GROUNDS OFFICER

Bruce Murray

487 7281

BRANCH SCRIBE

Graeme Duthie

488 5242

HONORARY SOLICITOR

Joe O’Neill

477 6801

THE AUDITOR

Arthur Patton

SPARKAHOLICS CONVENER VEHICLE REGISTRAR & VIC ARCHIVIST PARTS OFFICERS

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CLUBROOMS 125 Forbury Rd., Dunedin , 9012 Phone 455 0586

PO Box 5352, Moray Place Dunedin 9058

BRANCH EMAIL

otago@vcc.org.nz

COMMITTEE MEETS CLUB NIGHT

2nd Monday of month 7.30pm Friday 7.30pm to 11.00pm

MOTORCYCLE NIGHT

First Friday of the month

MONTHLY MEETING

Last Friday of the month 8.30pm

PARTS SHED

Friday 7.30pm – 9.30 pm. Wednesday 09.00am – 12.00 noon

ARTICLES FOR NEWSLETTER

Can be forwarded to your editor by the 3rd Wednesday of the month please

VERO INSURANCE APPLICATIONS Please quote Otago “Agent No H0300145— Inspector No 916” LIBRARY ROSTER APRIL 2018 6th Moira Cunningham 13th Hec Browett 20th Paddy Williams JUNE 1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th

Kevin Mason Hec Browett Paddy Williams Bruce Murray Bryan McConachie

Library open 8.00 - 9.30 Friday night MAY 4th 11th 18th 25th JULY 7th 14th 21st 28th

Bryan McConachie Bruce Murray Bill Veitch Moira Cunningham

Moira Cunningham Bill Veitch Bruce Murray Kevin Mason

Clutha Motorcycle Rally—see page 15 4


BRANCH EVENTS (listed in bold) APRIL Mon 2nd 5th 18th April Thurs 26th Fri 27th

Sausage Sizzle @ Mitre 10 MEGA Fundraising event for Otago Branch - helpers wanted Motorcycle Group Meeting Sparkaholics 13-15th Otago Rally Midweek Run 14th Gerald Lynch-Bosse Memorial M/c Rally – N Otago 21st Golden Times Rally – Central Otago Club Night Speaker tbc

MAY Fri 4th Wed 18th Sunday 20th Fri 25th Thur 31st

Motorcycle Group Meeting 5th Ashburton Swapmeet Sparkaholics RESTORATION RALLY Club Night - Morris Hayward – Old Historic Movies Midweek Run

JUNE Fri 1st Sun 18th Thurs 28th Fri 29th

Motorcycle Group Meeting BRANCH AGM AND POT LUCK LUNCH Midweek Run Club Night

JULY

Fri 7th Sat 14th Thur 26th Fri 27th

AUG Fri 3rd Sun 26th Thurs 30th Fri 31st

Motorcycle Group Meeting BRANCH ANNUAL DINNER Midweek Run Club Night Motorcycle Group Meeting National Day – Cancer Society Daffodil Day Midweek Run Club Night

VCC National Events 2018 NOV 16 -18th National Veteran Rally – Nelson

Vintage Post Vintage Rally Bedford awaiting restoration

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Sausage Sizzle @ Mitre 10 MEGA Fundraising event for Otago Branch - helpers wanted Monday 2nd April

Sparkaholics

Wednesday 18 April Meet at the Clubrooms at 10.30 am — see page 9

Restoration Rally

Sunday 20th May 2018 — see page 14

Branch AGM and Pot Luck Lunch Sunday 18 June

Welcome to New Members:

The Otago Branch extends a very warm welcome to

Matthew McLeary and Laura Arras Who own a 1976 Triumph and 1954 Austin

Gary and Sara Winter

Who own a selection of motorcycles and a 1938 Morris 8 Gary is a third generation member The branch welcome you to the Club. We look forward to seeing you at local and National Club events. 6


In the Driving Seat Easter is fast approaching and with it is the Easter Rally hosted by Southland branch and the South Island Club Captain’s Tour. Safe travels to branch members attending either one or both of these events - we hope that you will have a great time. On Easter Monday the branch is holding a sausage sizzle at Mitre 10 Mega in Anderson’s Bay. Keith Moore is in charge of this so please let him know if you are able to help - his contact details are in the front of Road Runner. During March was the Vintage/PV Venture organised by Stu and Lyn Neil. Thank you Stu and Lyn for organising this again for us. While I was not able to make it I’ve heard that members who were there enjoyed themselves. Also during March was the Best of British Car Rally. The weather gods played ball this year and we had fantastic weather. My thanks to Mark Wilkinson, David Cunningham, Keith Moore, Bruce Murray and Raymond Beardsmore for working the main gate at Outram and Alistair Graham and Linley for relieving at the parking gate onto the paddock. Our club was also in charge of the Concours judging so thank you to Mark and David Mills for taking on this role. Congratulations must go to the members who won either concours, gymkhana or route prizes during the day. Coming up in May is the Restoration Rally. The rally is open to all members to attend and is preceded by the judging for the vehicles being put forward for the restoration award. We are still looking for someone to organise a low key rally to a local destination for afternoon tea. Please let Marion know if you interested. As this edition goes to print I will be getting ready to attend the March National Executive meeting this year being held in Christchurch and where hopefully our two notices of motions past at the last AGM will be ratified at this meeting. I’ll let you know in the next magazine. As always – the list of branch events is noted in the newsletter so please note these in your diary and support the organisers – they put a lot of work into organising these for your enjoyment. On this note can I please also ask that you complete the entry forms for each event. While they give the organisers an idea of how many members will be attending, it is also now a requirement under the VCC of NZ liability insurance scheme which covers all members during club events. Nicola. 7


What can I offer? Following the recent passing of both Ken Walmsley and Barry Longstaffe I’ve being doing a lot of reflecting on the future of our branch. Both Ken and Barry were strong supporters of the branch and willing to give a hand when required. As well as both of them attending branch events on a regular basis, Ken would be one of the first to volunteer as a marshal and help with field tests while Barry as we know was the Sparkaholics Convenor and Branch Archivist. I looked around the room at the recent committee meeting and estimated that between everyone on the committee there would have been at least 50 years plus as committee members if not more. I know that there are branch members out there who do their bit committee, working around the club rooms, bar, library, parts, field tests, marshaling and to them I say thank you, we would not be able to function without you. My thanks also to members who feel that “they have done their bit” - your input and support has also been invaluable. Historically our section reps along with the Club Captain are responsible for organising our branch rallies. At last years branch AGM we voted on a proposed change to the committee structure. This change reduces the number of members on the committee and also means that we can focus primarily on the running of the branch. So this is where we need your help.

I’m the first to acknowledge that we all lead busy lives and have other interests apart from the VCC however if everyone can spare even just one day a year and offer assistance it would be greatly appreciated. The AGM is coming up in June where we will be looking for volunteers to organise rallies during the coming year. We are also on the lookout for marshals to assist during the year. So - my question to you is what can you offer to the branch? If you are not sure of what may be involved, talk to a committee member we are there to help. Nicola Wilkinson, Branch Chairman 8


Wednesday 18 April, 2018 at 10.30 am With the sad passing of our great friend Barry Longstaffe, some are wondering ‘where to’ from here with the monthly Sparkaholics run. Many have enjoyed immensely the monthly trips followed by lunch at one of our local establishments. Sadly, we relied on Barry for most, if not all, the organization of these outings. Perhaps we should now get together and set the course for the future. I have taken on the request of the Committee to get together all those who attended these runs, and others who may be interested, to sit down informally and have a little remembrance for Barry and talk about what you would like to do in the future. So, we notice there is nothing set for April. I thought it would be a good idea to come along on Wednesday 18 April to the club rooms to do this. Note, this is instead of the 17th. The Agenda will be loose and informal but we will start with recognition of Barry. I will take a note of what is decided only. Perhaps bring something for morning tea as well. We may even adjourn to the Waterloo for lunch. David Mills, Vice Chair, VCC Otago

CANTERBURY SWAPMEET DATES

There seems to be some confusion around the date of this year’s Canterbury Branch Swap Meet, despite it being published correctly in the official VCC Calendar of Events. I can confirm that the dates for this year (2018) are Friday 12 th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October. Just to clarify how the dates are set - the Canterbury Branch Swap Meet is always held on the second weekend in October. If, in any year, the 1st October happens to fall on a Sunday (as it did in 2017), this will be determined as being the first weekend of the month for the purpose of setting the Swap Meet dates. It would be appreciated if you could place a note in your next branch magazine clarifying the dates. Many thanks, Colin Hey Chairman, Canterbury Branch Swap Meet Committee. CANTERBURY PARTS DEPARTMENT – CONTACTS: Could all member branches please notify their members where possible the new contact names and phone numbers for our Parts Dept enquires. Owing to ill health could you please remove Des Fowler from your phone contacts re parts shed and replace with the following Ross Butler Ph: 03 352 3160 email: rossrbutler@gmail.com Wayne Stocks Ph: 03 383 1380 email: waynestoxy@gmail.com Regards, Rod Thrower, Branch Secretary The Vintage Car Club of NZ (Canterbury Branch Inc)

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BRANCH AGM Branch AGM is coming up in June – Yes time seems to be flying by very quickly. The Agenda and Nominations for committee will be in the May Roadrunner There will be several members of the committee standing down this year. This is a time when we ask all of you to seriously consider putting your name forward to come of board and help with the general running of the club. It is not an enormous job. As the old adage goes – many hands make lite work -. The committee would welcome some new people to its group.

Alcohol Relicencing Bar Managers needed!!!!

As most of you will be aware – our branch holds a Liquor Licence. This enables us to be able to serve alcohol during to our quests during the many functions which are now held in our clubrooms. One of the requirements of holding a Liqour Licence is the need to have adequate Bar Managers available during those hours of selling alcohol. We need to be able to keep members trained up, in order for this requirement to be met. Are you keen to be able to offer your service to the branch as a Bar Manager. Branch will cover costs of any training required. Please speak to Bill Partel or Alistair Drummond if you would like more information in this regard. RESTORATON RALLY – 20th MAY – Route Plotter Needed This run is coming up in May this year. The committee would love it if a member not involved with the committee would be able to plot an easy tour for the entrants of the event. Please contact Branch Secretary as soon as possible if you are willing to help out with this. Assistance with finer details is available

VCC VERO INSURANCE SCHEME – CURRENT MEMBERSHIP Just a reminder, the VCC Vero insurance scheme is set up for those with current VCC membership. This is a reminder that if you have insurance cover under the VCC Scheme with Vero, current membership is a requirement. Also we receive a list each month that we can check against and confirm current membership to Vero. Drop of point for Local Rally entry forms: If you want to leave entry forms at the branch clubrooms – please take them along on a Friday night or Wednesday morning, and ensure that the appropriate person receives it. The committee will not take responsibility for any that potentially may go missing. The other alternative if you are opposed to posting them is to email the organizer with a copy of the entry form. 10


ONLINE PAYMENTS FOR BRANCH RALLIES NB: our Branch Treasurer has respectfully requested that you only make online payments for our Major Rallies e.g. Taieri Tour, Dunvegan and Dunedin Brighton. Please make payments for smaller rally entries of $5.00 by cheque or cash. Thank you. nd

BRANCH FUNDRAISER BBQ Monday 2 April The branch has booked the BBQ at Mitre 10 on Easter Monday 2nd of April to sell food as a fundraiser for the branch. We need some volunteers to come and help with the cooking and selling. It would be good to have a roster of people to cover the 9.45 – 2pm shift. Please contact Keith Moore on 453 0592 adrienne.moore51@gmail.com

MIDWEEK RUNS

The regular group of up to twelve vehicles usually to for a drive and afternoon tea stop. If the weather looks promising on the day bring your afternoon tea, as we might find a spot where we can have a picnic afternoon tea! Club Night Speakers The committee had a good run of Speakers at Club Nights (last Friday of each month) late last year. We plan to be able to continue providing speakers for all members to meet and enjoy. We have some planned already for the next few months. April Club Night is still to be confirmed but possibly a talk on Penrite Oils. Alistair Graham is in contact with a person who maybe able to come and show some films on trains and trams - more on that next month.

VIC APPLICATIONS: DO YOU NEED TO ORGANISE ONE?

Save your time and our branch registrars time by completing the appropriate paperwork first Do you have access to the internet ? Go to the VCC of NZ Website – Homepage – and open the VIC Applications site. Please read all the information on this site, download all the paperwork that you need to complete the application. Including appropriate lighting endorsements. Organise the 3 photos to the correct angle of the vehicle and printed size of the photo. Once you have sorted all that out - then you contact either Bill Partel or Bruce Murray our branch vehicle registrars, to arrange a time that suits them to view your vehicle for which the application is being made. Once the application paperwork is signed off by our branch registrar and everything is correct it will be forwarded to National Office for processing. If you do not have access to the internet then contact either your branch secretary or vehicle registrar to arrange for the appropriate paperwork. 11


Otago Rally 14th – 15th April 2018 - Marshalls required

Some options are (see maps at Clubrooms if you haven’t had them emailed to you!!!

Saturday 14th April SS 8 McIntosh Road. On site by 12.30pm, depart 4.45 approx. 4 marshalls (There’s also another stage close to Dunedin (OTOKIA -McLaren and Christies Gully Roads) that needs 5 marshalls early in the morning – on site by 6.40am....) Sunday 15th April SS 16 Bald Hill (near Middlemarch) 4 marshalls. On site 11.40 am , depart 3.40pm approx SS 17 Nenthorn. 3 marshalls. On site 12.00 midday, depart 4.00pm approx NB Our branch is planning on providing Marshalls again for this year. Please let a committee member know if you will be available to help with Marshalling over the weekend of 13-15th of April. There are maps of 4 stages on each day which we have been asked to Marshall for. These are in the Clubrooms, and have been emailed out to those of you who have email addresses. Please have a look at these and let the branch secretary know as soon as possible if you are able to help out with these.

The continuing saga of

The Hole in the Wall.

At the AGM we were asked to investigate the possibility of extending the basement area for parts. Now I am aware there has been past histories about this and several have opinions many and varied. However, it has become increasingly obvious that regulations and requirements that were set in the last century are certainly a lot different to what the bureaucrats require now. In talking to people who could do the work it fast became ‘the chicken and the egg’ syndrome. Structural engineers would not give a report unless they could get in to see. But the tradesmen are unwilling to make a hole until there was a structural engineers report. Then there was permits and insurance and unless we were willing to spend a considerable amount of time and money it was fast becoming uncertain. Again, I am aware of what has been said in the past but I am working within today’s rules. The committee is also aware that there are differences of opinion about the need for a bigger area for parts. So, to this end we will take time to consult those directly involved and take into consideration such things as parts sales, possible costings etc.

If you have any strong views on this please provide me with some notes. Verbal won’t do as then I have to remember several people’s points. I am the relative new boy on the block so I do not have an opinion either way, but I will do what I can to resolve it. David Mills, Vice Chair.

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VCC NZ NATIONAL VETERAN RALLY Nelson, 16-18th November 2018 NEWSLETTER No.1 We hope this information is of interest to you. We have extracted emails from the Vintage Car Club membership list for everyone that has a Veteran Vehicle listed, (even if it was only listed as parts). If you know of a veteran owner that has missed receiving this information please forward this to them. The Brief Plan is:Theme; “100 Years of Veterans” (All veterans will be 100 years old). Events will be centred on Richmond Township, 12km. from Nelson City. Friday 16th Nov. Registrations and Welcome meal at Nelson VCC Club Rooms. Saturday 17th Nov. Rally Day around rural Nelson/Tasman Area & Evening dinner. Sunday 18th Nov. Heritage Cruse of the District & Official Prize Giving Dinner. A 2-3 day Post-Rally Tour (19th-21st) will be arranged if there is interest in this. Model T’s Rally in Nelson Feb.2019, Vehicle storage will be investigated. The Veteran Rally will be preceded by the “Prince Henry Tour” Tour starts Ashburton; assemble Monday evening 12 th Nov. Arriving in Richmond Thursday 15th with a Lay-day on Friday 16th. CONTACTS; 1. National Rally = jimnkyra@xtra.co.nz 03 544 9998, Jim & Kyra Wareing. 2. Prince Henry Tour = glenray@xtra.co.nz 03 314 4322, Ray & Glenis Miller. Richmond Accommodation; (suggest you book early). Parkside Motel; 13 units, some covered car parking. www.parksidemotel.co.nz 0800 161 212 Gladstone Motel; 12 units, www.gladstonemotel.co.nz 03 543 9984 Arthur Wakefield Motor Inn; 20 units, www.arthurwakefield.co.nz 03 544 7164 Oxford Court Motel; 12 units, www.oxfordcourtmotel.co.nz 03 544 8003 Richmond Motel & Holiday Park; 19 Motel units, 11 Cabins, 12 Camp sites, www.richmnodmotel.co.nz 0800 250 218 Queen Street Holiday Park; Cottage + 40 Camp sites. www.holidatparknelson.co.nz 03 544 7677 Club Waimea Caravan Park; 74 sites, www.clubwaimea.co.nz 03 543 9179 Richmond Motorhome Park, A&P Assn Show Grounds; Motorhome Assn. Members Park over, www.richmondpark.nz 027 941 2393. If you need help or more information Please use the Contacts above. If you don’t wish to be kept informed of developments please email; jimnkyra@xtra.co.nz with your Name and VCC Branch and we will remove you from our mail list. Kind Regards; Veteran Committee; Jim & Kyra Wareing, Pat Kennedy, Rob Thompson. 13


The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Otago Branch) Inc

Restoration Rally

Sunday 20th May 2018 Meet at VCC clubrooms 125 Forbury Rd Dunedin at 1.00 pm Vehicles entering the Restoration Trophy Awards & Rally are to meet at 12.30 pm This rally is open to all VCC eligible vehicles. ENTRY FORM:

Entrant’s (Driver’s) Name:…………….………………..…………. Address:………………………………….…………………………. Vehicle:………………………….………………………………….. Make:………………………… Year of Manufacture……….….…. Model:……………………….. ENTRY FEE: Entries Close:

Type: (car, m/cycle, truck etc)

($5.00 per vehicle)

$ 5.00

Thursday 17th May

Please make cheques payable to: V.C.C of NZ Otago Branch Inc POST TO: P.O. Box 5352, Moray Place, Dunedin 5089

OTAGO VINTAGE CAR CLUB RESTORATION TROPHY / ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The main function of the event is to encourage all financial Otago Branch members to present their restored, VCC club eligible vehicles, and for all club members to witness and celebrate the occasion, and generally have a fun day. All entrants will be required to present their vehicle at the venue and provide a restoration resume with the vehicle. At the completion of the formal procedure, all entrants may join with other members in a non-competitive restoration run. *This is the only qualifying requirement for the issue of the Restoration Achievement Award, which will be presented later in the day. Please contact Branch Secretary as soon as possible for the appropriate paperwork that needs to be completed before the event if you are bringing a vehicle for consideration of the Restoration Trophy. 14


Clutha Motorcycle Rally On Sat. 10th March the South Otago Branch held their annual rally. With a 4 degree nip in the air it was cold fingers for the five riders leaving Mosgiel at 8-30. As promised the morning warmed and a pleasant ride into the Catlins was enjoyed by thirty or more entrants. After morning tea the timed section started from the Clubrooms travelling through Kakapuaka, Kaka Point and finishing at the Nuggets Lighthouse car park. And that was full, well overfull. We were warned of the numbers of tourists in the area and the road behaviour of some, and yes they were there in droves. Up the now sealed gorge and into Owaka with a stop and a chat to a group of Auckland trampers. The day warmed for the ride South and lunch at the Whistling Frog. A good selection of bikes where inspected and the ' riders choice' tickets handed in, the well-deserved winner, a newly restored 1920's Rudge. A leisurely ride back to the Clubrooms where as the norm the branch ladies with afternoon tea were ready and waiting. Organiser Roger announced the various class winners. This popular event attracts riders from Timaru to Invercargill and included ten from this Branch. Our selection of bikes were varied, Triumph, Ariel, BSA, Norton, Honda, and Kevin on his little 197cc Francis Barnett . Thanks to the South Otago folk, a well-run event as usual. Bill Veitch Targa NZ-Vintage Car Club South Island Time Trial 2018 InfoNews #2. Great news – This event has been approved by both Targa NZ & VCC Management Committee & is on for 2018!! Rules & regs for this time trial will be completed shortly for inclusion as a separate event within the VCCNZ Branch Manual Section 20 D “Rally Rules & Interpretations”. Thanks very much to those who’ve registered their interest so far - we’ve currently got 40+ registrations of interest, & that’s before any official publicity, so we’ve got the makings of a great event! Just to recap on highlights from my previous info sheet-: This event is open to all VCC members with VCC eligible vehicles & will be run as part of the Targa NZ South Island Rally from Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th October 2018. The aim is to create a unique motoring spectacle of older vehicles being driven & displayed, to encourage new & younger people to join VCC, & give existing VCC members opportunity to drive their classic & vintage cars for 5 days over iconic sealed roads through Southland, Otago & Central Otago. This is not a speed event, but rather an exercise in precise driving & time-keeping to maintain a set average speed through all closed stages, (with the safety of knowing that all participants have staggered start times, drive in the same direction, on the same road, with nothing coming towards them!). Entry fee will be significantly discounted from standard Targa competitor fee of $7,280+gst, but will still cover all essentials including timing, tracking, medical & recovery as for Targa competitors & Targa tour. (Current discussions with Targa management suggest $2-2,500+gst). Travel & accommodation expenses are in addition to entry fee. I’ve compiled a data-base of all VCC branches & management committee along with names of those who’ve registered &/or expressed interest in this time trial. Please forward InfoNews #2 to anyone you know who may also be interested, or contact me directly to register interest or for further information. Publicity will begin shortly, & Peter Martin of Targa NZ will email an official entry invitation along with rules & regs to those on my current data-base. We look forward to you joining us for a great event. Rod Corbett rcorbett@xtra.co.nz tel 03 423 1551 or 027 433 8772. 15


Vintage and Post Vintage Run - 3 March 2018 It’s funny how variable weather can change one’s thinking. The day was cloudy and humid with the promise of rain and it felt as though the rain may be a tad heavy. I suspect it made some think the day would be a little unpleasant. It was one of those ‘where do we go from here’ type rallies. Stu Neill was the Master of Ceremonies and I must say it was a good interesting test. Not too difficult but enough to keep one on one’s toes as it were. Some 28 cars assembled but one, the 1925 Chev, sadly could not begin due to fuel problems. Another had puncture problems on route. I had my ever-improving Austin 8, Martin, with Ian Forbes as my co. The cars came from a joint effort of the VCC and the Otago Classic Motoring Club. We also had the Rootes Group Club as guests. Stu set us off with a warning of some gravel roads but a promise of an interesting collection at the end. He did not disappoint. We trundled out of the car park behind the railway station very much around the expected time and did a circuit of the immediate industrial area before we headed off over Corstorphine way into Concord. There a little detour and then on into Kaikorai Valley Road. There were enough points of interest questions to make the trip pleasant and not too onerous. From the Valley, we headed up onto Highgate and motored down into George Street via Warrender Street. The Austin has just had brakes done and they were hanging on quite well so far. Once on George, we circled the Rest Home after the Duke Street intersection and came back out onto Duke Street. From here we made our way up the Leith Valley, past the Otago Classic Motoring Club’s rooms, all the way meandering up to and past Sullivan’s Dam, firstly on sealed then on gravel roads. At the intersection of the northern motorway we crossed over onto the Waitati Valley Road. We proceeded down through the pleasant shade of the bush as the day was getting a lot warmer. It was about now the rain came, or tried to. I think I counted some ten or eleven spots on Martin’s windshield. I must say, while this piece of roading is, in places, a little testing, it is very pretty. In hindsight some nice shots could be had of a vehicle.

When we finally panned out onto more level ground we were instructed to take a right into McIntosh Road. This took us through a water ford and up into the very lovely hideaway that is Gavin and Glenys Mead’s home. Nestled in a hollow in the bush, the property is home to a number of sheds and clearings. Many are needed as they were full of trucks and various parts all in various states of repair. Gavin has a bent mainly towards the Bedford marque but others were there as well including a Karrier. The first section was where all the ‘not so well’ units were kept. Gavin really has his work cut out. This was borne out when we were let loose on the other side of his residence. We were treated to a line-up of beautifully restored Bedfords and more waiting in sheds. The standard of those in the line-up made us wonder how he will continue the bench mark he has set himself. Well done to him. Gavin, I feel is what the Vintage car man is all about. Picking up and restoring vehicles which are our everyday history and it could easily get me started on pushing my favourite barrow; that is the saving of the more common vehicles of the past. 16


We were all rounded up and Stu made his speech and handed out awards. Brian and Marion McConnachie were the Vintage winners and Ian and I were the Post Vintage winners. Bill Kean was the winner of the Classic club and Alex Benson was congratulated as the best visitor. It was left to us which way we would settle for our own return trip. Ian and I chose Mount Cargill and we arrived back home around 4.30pm. A very enjoyable outing and I now have my first trophy. Well done Stu and Lyn. By the way, it is now 8.15pm and the rain has finally arrived announcing its presence with thunder.

David Mills

Report on the Jackson Rally 2018 On Sunday 21 January 2018 the first event for the club rally year was held. Lynn and I attended armed with the usual chairs, thermos etc, along with a copy of the latest Beaded Wheels and club magazine – at question time they could be handy the Minx all checked and fuelled - ready to go. We arrived at the clubrooms find a good muster of members keen to enjoy the afternoon. Rally instructions and question sheet were issued on registration and followed shortly after by a brief to all on the run by Bill Veitch. He indicated we would cover about 80-100 miles with a short gravel section. The questions mostly pertained to the detail on the rally route so you needed to travel the course to give the correct answers; plus the mileage covered was required at the end. Our start was probably mid-field of the 20 cars and 2 motorcycles. Initially we had entrants’ cars within sight in front and behind at times. Like all rallies the directions given have their own flavour so if one instruction makes no sense you read the next instruction and conclude where you are going to go. Some local knowledge also helped in going a straighter line. After 45 minutes of travelling we lost sight of entrants despite travelling at a good pace. The journey took us from the clubrooms to Port Chalmers, Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary, Gardens (North Dunedin), Leith Valley, Waikari, Three Mile Hill, Whare Flat, North Taieri, Mosgiel, Fairfield, Waldronville, Blackhead, Corstorphine, St Clair, St Kilda, Tomahawk, Centre Road to Highcliff, Portobello, and finally to Scott Hall at Harwood Domain. Hoorah! Made it! A great workout for any car, driver and passengers. We did not see any other entrants in the last hour which made us question ourselves – were we on the same rally sheet as other entrants? The late afternoon sun at Harwood was brilliant along with great company – we were enjoying a cup of tea when we were told that we had won the 2018 trophy for the Jackson Rally. Runners up: Gill and Ruth Edmunds. A thank you to the organises Bill Veitch and Bruce Murray for your time and work done. We would opt for the medium run next year! Merv Thomson 17


64th Dunedin to Brighton Run Saturday 27 January saw approximately 36 entrants gathering at the First Church of Otago car park where rally packs were handed out before travelling to the Octagon. The vehicles travelled in order from First Church to park in the Octagon in the line of traffic, across the whole of the road, and were available for the public to view before the first car left for Brighton. At 11 am the first car was flagged away by the Mayor Dave Cull along with a short history of the vehicle by Dougal Stevenson. The remainder followed at short intervals. The cars travelled to Kaikorai Valley via Princes Street, Rattray Street, MacLaggan Street, Serpentine Avenue, Jubilee Street, Napier Street and Stone Street turning right into Kaikorai Valley Road and left to Mellor Street and up Taieri Road to visit the Lesley Groves Home for the aged where many residents were outside to view the cars and motorcycles. This is where the timed section began. The vehicles then travelled back to Kaikorai Valley Road and continued to the Motorway underbridge and on through Green Island to Brighton. After parking at Brighton the cars were on display while the Concourse Judges judged them and the drivers and crews lunched. After lunch some entrants took the opportunity to travel to Taieri Mouth and return, and after afternoon tea the cars were free to leave. The dinner was served at the clubrooms, with the awards presented after dinner. Sunday morning had the cars gathering at the club for a trip through the main street of Port Chalmers via a predetermined route to arrive at the Careys Bay Hotel. This was the lunch stop and debriefing for entrants before saying their last goodbyes for the weekend. Graeme Duthie

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