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

February 2018

Commercial & Veteran Rally—18 November 2017 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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VERO INSURANCE APPLICATIONS Please quote Otago “Agent No H0300145— Inspector No 916” LIBRARY ROSTER FEBRUARY 2018 2nd Moira Cunningham 9th Hec Browett 16th Paddy Williams APRIL 2018 6th Moira Cunningham 13th Hec Browett 20th Paddy Williams 27th Kevin Mason

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MARCH 2018 2nd Kevin Mason 9th Bill Veitch 16th Bryan McConachie MAY 4th 11th 18th 25th

Bryan Mcconachie Bruce Murray BillVeitch Moira Cunningham


BRANCH EVENTS (listed in bold) FEB Fri 2nd Tba Sun 11th

Thur 22nd Fri 23rd Sat 24th

Motorcycle Group Meeting 3rd Southland Rally Sparkaholics Wings & Wheels - Taieri Airport 10th Waimate – Wallaby Rally Ladies Run: Nicola Wilkinson organising 16th -18th: 30th Anniversary of Art Deco Weekend - Hawkes Bay Midweek Run Club Night 51st Annual Gore Festival Rally

MAR Fri 2nd Sun 4th Sun 11th Wed 14th Sun 18th Thur 22nd Sat 24th Thurs 29th Fri 30th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Vintage / Post Vintage Venture: Stu Neill - organiser Best of British Charity Motoring Day Sparkaholics Ladies Run Midweek Run 24th Winchester Swapmeet – South Canterbury Midweek Run Club Night

APRIL Mon 2nd

Sausage Sizzle @ Mitre 10 MEGA Fundraising event for Otago Branch – helpers wanted Motorcycle Group Meeting Sparkaholics 14-15th Otago Rally Midweek Run Club Night

Sun 18th

Thurs 5th Tues 17th Thurs 26th Fri 27th

VCC National Events 2018 24th March

National Exec Meeting – Christchurch

30th March – 1st April National South Island Easter Rally – Southland - Entry forms from branch secretary 30th March – 1st April National North Island Easter Rally - Waikato – based in Cambridge. We have attempted to provide an Easter Rally that offers a fresh

and enjoyable experience, a little different from previous events, with the rally routes taking full advantage of the quiet rural roads of the Waikato. Please contact your branch secretary for an entry form.


Sparkaholics Wednesday 14th February Garage / Hanger Raid — see page 9

Ladies Run Sunday 18th February

Annual Vintage/Post Vintage Venture Sunday 4th March


In the Driving Seat Welcome to the first edition of the Road Runner for 2018. I hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year - we certainly had some lovely motoring weather. There was another great turnout to the end of year Christmas BBQ which was slightly different in that it was fully catered instead of members contributing. I hope everyone enjoyed their evening. My thanks to the members who helped on the day either in the preparation and cooking or in the serving and cleaning. On the 17th December we visited Leslie Groves Rest Home in Wakari. This was put together with very little notice and it was great that we were able to get 10 vehicles along for the residents to enjoy. There is a write up and photo’s later in this edition of the Road Runner.

The year started with the Jackson Tour organised by Bill Veitch & Bruce Murray on the 21st January followed by the Dunedin Brighton Rally on the 27th organised by Colin Winter. My thanks to everyone who turned up and/or helped on both events - I know that this is greatly appreciated by the organisers. February sees the return of the Lady Drivers run. All members are welcome to attend however any prizes/certificates will be presented to the ladies. I hope that everyone will be able to come and enjoy a low key day out. Our club night at the end of February will include two of the presentations from the National AGM - one on International and National Rallies and the other on a suggested change to joining the club. As these will be discussed at the March National Executive meeting it would be great to have some feedback from branch members to take to the meeting. Nicola 7

Taieri Wings and Wheels Spectacular 11TH FEBRUARY 2018 Thank you for your initial interest in attending the More FM Taieri Wings and Wheels Spectacular being held at the Taieri Airfield on Sunday 11 February 2018. We are pleased to confirm that there WILL NOT be an entry fee for club members to show their car at our event. The driver* will also be permitted free entry. The day is shaping up to have something for everyone, historic, muscle and performance cars of all makes and models, a huge variety of aircraft including V8 powered 90% spitfire replicas performing fly overs, a shortest landing competition, military enactments, rescue helicopter displays, plane and helicopter rides (starting at $50 p/p), great food, live music, free kids entertainment and much more! The link takes you to the registration page for the More FM Taieri Wings and Wheels Spectacular. The registration asks members to register their vehicles with the make model and year of the vehicle, we also ask if they know of any stories or interesting facts associated with their vehicles. Registration link - If you or any of your members have any questions regarding the event, please ask them to contact Wayne Cunningham on or myself. Caroline Walker

- On behalf of the Otago Aero Club Commercial & Veteran Rally

Ruth Edmunds’ “helpful” Navigator 8

Next Visit: Garage / Hanger Raid Place: 151 Old Brighton Road, Fairfield Time: 10.30 am Date : Wednesday 14th February “Magnificent men and their flying machines” – do you want to see where they hang (or hangar) out? This is your chance to examine up close and hear the experiences of a microlight pilot in a wonderful setting. I guess that many local people are not aware of the existence of this mini-airport within the city boundaries. Like vintage vehicles, having a passion (cars or planes) can lead one into many directions. After this short visit we shall return to our usual format of a luncheon – this time we will be at the Concord Tavern – so those of you who have never joined us before, please come along and see for yourself what you have been missing. Upcoming Future Dates March 14 : Kereru visit

April 17 : TBA



A truck backed through my windscreen and into my wife’s face. Come home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I didn’t have. The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him. The accident was entirely due to the road bending. I was backing my car out of the driveway in the usual manner, when it was struck by the other car in the same place it had been struck several times before. 9

Welcome to 2018 – We hope you have all had a good start to the New Year so far. As I write this Bryan and I are almost set to venture northward for the National Model T Rally in Hamilton. It is always busy getting things organised and then ensuring that the vehicle you chose to take is in good running order as well. We have been fortunate in that we are able to borrow a Model T from a Thames owner. So the trip up should be a lot less stressful. Glen our son will be driving his Model T to Christchurch, and trailering to Blenheim, due to the uncertainty of the condition of the Kaikoura Coast Road. Some other members from Dunedin are trailering their Model T’s up to Hamilton. Trailering seems to be the best option for most people now days, as the modern traffic on the roads is becoming more challenging to drive with. We will be back on time to see the Brighton Run on the Saturday.

Best of British – Dunedin The 2018 charity is a very worthy cause – ChatBus Trust. ChatBus is a Dunedin charitable organisation that provides counselling to children up to 14 years old. They have three buses that travel to participating schools where professional counsellors are available to help children with difficulties, in a safe and neutral space. Presently the need exceeds resources and ChatBus are looking to purchase another bus and fund the salaries of the counsellors who will staff it. There is no cost to the children and families who use ChatBus. There is no government assistance and all funding must be raised. (You can learn more about ChatBus at RESTORATION RALLY 20th MAY 2018 Just put this date in your diary - Entry form and details will be published in the March Roadrunner. Email Address Changes With the closing down of emails through Vodafone some of you will have changed your email address. If you have could you please advise either your branch secretary or National Office of your change so it can be updated in our Database.


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. 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. BRANCH FUNDRAISER BBQ Monday 2nd 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 9.45am – 2pm shift. Please contact Keith Moore on 453 0592 or 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!

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you are all enjoying our wonderful summer. Please remember to send in your articles, photos and interesting snippets for the magazine by the third Wednesday of the month. Here’s to a great year of motoring ahead, Eleanor. 11

Otago Branch Lady Drivers Run Sunday 18th February 2018 Meet at the club-rooms in Forbury Road at 10:30am for briefing leaving at 11am. Run is approximately 50 miles, on sealed roads and will be finishing at the Taieri Historical Park for lunch. Both museums will be open so please have money with you if you wish to visit either one or both. You will need to bring: Picnic lunch including drink and hot water. Digital camera, cell phone or similar.

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Everyone welcome however only the lady drivers will be eligible for any prizes. No fee to enter the rally however so we can have an indication of how many rally instructions sheets we need to print can you please complete the entry form and return by the 12th February. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Otago Branch Lady Drivers Run 18th February 2018 Entrant’s Name _________________________________________ Driver’s Name


Vehicle - Make/Model

_____________________ Year _________

Return Entry to:

Nicola Wilkinson P O Box 5105 Moray Place Dunedin

Alternatively - please advise your intention to Nicola on 03 476 4004 or email 12

Report of the Veteran and Commercial Rally 2017 Saturday 18th November dawned bright and sunny. Entrants met at the Clubrooms for the start of the Veteran and Commercial Rally, with a total of 16 vehicles, consisting of cars, trucks and motorcycles. After morning tea and a briefing, the entrants departed from the Clubrooms and travelled south via Sidey Street, Stevenson’s Road, Green Island, then through Fairfield at the Old Coach and Horses, turning into Morris Road, then left into Gladstone Road at the Shell Service Station at Mosgiel, right into Riccarton Road, right thought to Tirohanga Road. Turning left and travelling out to Outram and turning left at the hotel into Hoylake Road, then right into Centre Road, then at Momona veer left into the continuation of Centre Road and be caught by Bruce and Lynne Winter at the start of the Time Trial. Further along again being caught by Chris and Claire Harvey and friends on cycles at the end of the Time Trial. Then we all gathered at the Henley Chapel for lunch and prize-giving. The winners of the various sections were: Veteran Vehicle: Simon Henderson, 1912 Fort T runabout Commercial Vehicle: First equal: Stuart and Lyn Neill, 1936 Dodge Taxi and Ruth Edmunds, 1976 BMC Mini Panel Van Supporters Vehicle: Bill and Sue Partel, 1938 Chevrolet Sedan Motorcycle Supporters: Bruce Murray, 1954 Ariel To all those who attended and helped – a huge thanks for making the event a great one, on a brilliant motoring day. Colin Winter

Simon and Wayne Henderson 13

Otago Branch visit to Leslie Groves 17th December 2017 Just prior to the Christmas BBQ I received a request from Leslie Groves in Wakari that their residents would love to see some vintage cars and if possible the following Sunday would be lovely as it would be an early Christmas present. Given it was short notice and the weather was slightly inclement I was chuffed with the turnout. I also expected that we would be there for half an hour however the residents were excited to see the vehicles especially the one who got a ride on “Grandma”. Thank you to the following members who were available - the residents were talking about it for days. Winter family with their fleet of Wolseley’s Andrew Roxburgh -Ariel Motorbike Merv Thomson - Hillman Super Minx Bruce Murray - Eleanor Harrison’s Chrysler Tony Devereux -Dodge Matador Ray and Lenore Wilson - Morris 8 Graeme Duthie - Model T Ford Mark and Nicola Wilkinson - Austin Mini Cooper.


2017 Whizzing Around The Taieri Sunday 3rd of December saw 27 members and their funny old mopeds and scoters turn up at members Gil and Ruth’s Edmunds home in North Taieri for the start of the run. After morning tea and a brief briefing it was off out the gate in a blue haze of two stroke oil. After several kilometres we all stopped at a VCC check point and were directed down a long drive to a magnificent garden, pool and waterfall an area where wedding ceremonies were once held. Then it was off to some sheds to see a collection of horse-drawn buggies. Several were over 100 years old and beautifully restored. Off again to arrive at the lunch stop at the Otago Vintage Machinery Club at Outram for a boxed lunch and a look around the Museum area. It was back on the road and after several miles the route went into the Woodside Glen Recreational Reserve for a look around, then continued on to McDonald Road where there was a short stop. Bikes were sent off one at a time for the speed check with a speed gun to see who was the fastest. It was then on to the finish for afternoon tea and look around the collections of mini’s. The fastest moped was Ian Mc Donald @54.6 and the fastest nonmoped was Bruce Murray @ 61.2. Total distance travelled about 50km. Bruce Murray

Ross Matthews and Hec Browett

Raewyn Murphy: the only female rider


Annual Vintage/Post Vintage Run Sunday 4th March – 1.30 pm The run starts in the Car Park behind the Railway Station next to the walking over bridge at 1.30pm wet or fine. The run is open to all classes of vehicles and cups are up for grabs in the Vintage and Post Vintage classes. The run is again combined with the Otago Classic Motoring Club and possibly an invited other group. The run is over approx 20 miles, mainly off main roads, thus some gravel, with questions for trophies and other classes. A good turn- out would be appreciated. Note: please bring your own water and food for afternoon tea at a venue where a vehicle collection is available for viewing. Numbers coming would be appreciated to or 034727199 please for printing purposes.


VERO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF HISTORIC MOTORING – NEW PLYMOUTH 2021 Letter to members from the National President 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 Tony’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 4/5th 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 17th to 23rd 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


Snippet from THE MOTORCYCE Magazines: 1946 SO WHAT'S NEW In 1941 the Belgium Company ' Socovel' produced an electric motorcycle - well it looked more like a very ugly scooter. In 1946 the English magazine 'The Motor Cycle' offered their model for sale. The original price was 150.00 pounds. It was fitted with a 1.2 HP motor and three 12 volt, 75 amp- hour batteries. The Socovel company fitted Villiers engines plus Ilo,Sachs and Jawa to other models but the marque had a short life producing motorcycles from 1941 until 1955. Presumably the petrol shortage in the war years had something to do with electric powered vehicles . Bill V.

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