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

March 2018

Dunedin—Brighton Rally 2018 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 MARCH 2018 2nd Kevin Mason 9th Bill Veitch 16th Bryan McConachie 23rd Bruce Murray MAY 2018 4th Bryan Mcconachie 11th Bruce Murray 18th BillVeitch 25th Moira Cunningham

Library open 8.00 - 9.30 Friday night APRIL 2018 6th Moira Cunningham 13th Hec Browett 20th Paddy Williams 27th Kevin Mason JUNE 2018 1st Kevin Mason 8th Hec Browett 15th Paddy Williams 22nd Bruce Murray 29th Bryan McConachie

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BRANCH EVENTS (listed in bold) MAR Fri 2nd Sun 4th Wed 14th Fri 23rd Thurs 29th Fri 30th APRIL Mon 2nd 5th Tues 17th Thurs 26th Fri 27th

Motorcycle Group Meeting Vintage Venture - Stu Neill - organiser Sun 11TH Best of British Charity Motoring Day Sparkaholics Sat 17th Scenicland Rally Sun 18th Gore Swapmeet Club Night – Talk @ 8pm (see letter, page 17) Sat 24th Winchester Swapmeet – South Canterbury Sun 25th Moped Rally – Central Otago Midweek Run Good Friday – Clubrooms closed Sausage Sizzle @ Mitre 10 MEGA Fundraising event for Otago Branch -helpers wanted Motorcycle Group Meeting Sparkaholics tba 13-15th Otago Rally Midweek Run 14th Gerald Lynch-Bosse Memorial M/c Rally – N Otago 21st Golden Times Rally – Central Otago Club Night

MAY Fri 4th Tba Sunday 20th Fri 25th Thur 31st

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

JUNE Sun 18th

Branch AGM and Pot Luck Lunch

JULY Sat 14th

Branch Annual Dinner

AUG Sun 26th

National Day – Cancer Society Daffodil Day

VCC National Events 2018 30th March – 1st April

April 1st – 7th

National South Island Easter Rally – Southland - Entry forms from branch secretary National North Island Easter Rally - Waikato

SI Club Captains Tour - departing from Invercargill following the National Easter Rally - Entry forms are now available from you branch secretary - close 28th February 5


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!

Sparkaholics

Wednesday 14th March Project Kereru visit

Meet at the clubrooms at 10.00 am Mission: “Our continued hope, through the work that we are doing is that the iconic sound of our native woodpigeon flying the trees does not fade to become just another distant memory and that there will always be Kereru for future generations to enjoy.” Ruth Edmunds has agreed to ensure that this event will go ahead.

South Canterbury VCC Annual Swap Meet Winchester Domain SH1, March 24, gates open 7.30am. All makes car Display Something for everyone. Sites – Michelle Munro Ph 03 6864824 Or Email scvccswapmeet@hotmail.com No dogs allowed. Marshals required Best of British 11th March Outram Rugby Football Club The branch is looking after the gate at the finishing venue this year. We require a minimum of 6 club members to man the gates between 10am and 2:30pm. Ideally 10 would be great as this would assist in providing cover for breaks over this period. If you are available - please contact Nicola or Mark on 476 4004. 6


In The Driving Seat The first months of the year are always a busy time for the branch so it’s great that our amazing spell of weather has held. Once again my thanks to everyone that helped during the Dunedin to Brighton Rally. Colin experimented with some changes to the format which were enjoyed by everyone. The day had a wonderful laid back feel - I think mainly due to the dry day and it was lovely to see family members learning to drive our wonderful Veteran vehicles in a safe environment. We need to encourage this so our vehicles can continue to be used and not end up in a museum. Next year is the 65th Dunedin - Brighton Rally and I know Colin is starting planning to ensure that it is celebrated in the manner this event deserves. We have a couple of guest speakers arranged for the our club nights in March and May. More information will be in the newsletter and I look forward to seeing a great turnout at each meeting. The branch is marshalling again at the lunch time venue for the Best of British on the 11th March so I am looking for volunteers to help. Can you please phone or email me if you available? Also coming up is the Vintage Venture/PV Rally and the Restoration Rally. Please remember to fill in the entry forms so you can register your intention to attend. Nicola

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A BLAST FROM THE PAST 1993 How did the Red Indian get on top of our bar? The Club had sold Park Street and had nowhere to go. Laurie Wood and myself helped by Bill Veitch had moved all the chattels to my large rumpus room under the house. The bar was to be pulled apart the next morning. Phone rang from Club solicitor, Michael Haggit, asking when was he getting the key. Whoops he meant right now – 5pm. We had the bar apart in an hour and with an extension till the next morning to remove it. But it took days to put it back together. After we eventually decided on the Telephone Exchange and built new partitions, I started on setting the bar out. I wanted a canopy over the bar (I was bar manager at the time) to make it more like the low ceiling we had been used to at Park Street. I put it to Gordon Jenks, our Chairman, that if we made it strong enough we could put a motor bike up there. I tested out Jim Longstaffe, then Barry Longstaffe, as I wasn’t sure who owned the Indian. They both agreed we could use it. Gordon took the bait and a suitably strong beam arrived on the scene. With Gordon’s building skills and with my help the canopy appeared. What Gordon wanted Gordon got! I heated and made a hook in a very long bolt, drilled a hole through a large beam in the roof truss, and finished it off with two nuts. Bill was skeptical about this hook and what it was attached to. Came the day of hoisting it. Up top on the canopy was Bruce Murray, myself and Bill Veitch all now 50-year members (Ray Craig-due this year). While standing in a dangerous position waiting as if for a beer, was the late Murray Hamilton. The chain block was mine and well past it’s use by date from J.& A.P. Scotts where probably it lifted many very heavy engines. I was staggered to find how heavy the damn bike was. We put the wicker work side car up first. A waste of time as you can’t see it. We were all relieved to see the bike in place I just hope Barry doesn’t want it back any time soon.

Recorded by Ray Craig

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Bryan and I survived our trip up to Hamilton for the Model T Rally – came back to the same hot humid weather that we had up there. We enjoyed discovering lots of new ground around Hamilton, Tauranga, and Rotorua travelling most of the time off the main State Highways. A lot of Express Ways being built around this area. We take our hats off to all those workers on the rebuild of the Kaikoura Coast Road – how they coped with the heat, dust day in and day out heaven only knows. Yet they managed to smile and wave to everyone one who drove past them. Some parts of the road have had to be completely rebuilt. Seeing it helps you to understand the enormity of the whole disaster.

Alcohol Relicencing

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.

Wings and Wheels 11th February

What a shame the weather did not play ball for the day. The inclement weather resulted in very small numbers of the public attending the event. Thank you to the club members who did take their vehicles out for the display all the same.

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.

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. 9


Best of British – Dunedin Sunday 11th March

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 www.chatbus.org.nz) 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. 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 10


Dunedin Brighton Run - Prizegiving dinner

Obituary - KEN WALMSLEY 1933-2018 It is with great sadness I sit to write this obituary. Ken was a great friend, neighbour and always the gentleman. He was also the man who got me interested in vintage motoring. He then sold me my first Model A minus a back axle but was always there to aid in its restoration which has led to many hours of involvement in vintage motoring and has led to many great friendships. Ken was a member of the VCC for approx. 50 years and participated in many club activities Ken was never a man to be at the front seeking recognition but was always quietly beavering behind the scenes for example, for many years he provided his Bedford Truck, Dixie pots, and fire place, fire wood and many hours of labour for the very successful and popular Christmas BBQ’s at Hemlock flats. He for many years helped marshalling at the Brighton run and if he wasn’t participating on the Taieri tour he would be marshalling there also. He participated in many rallies all over the South Island both local and international, even venturing into the North Island doing the Bluff to Whangarei trip. In the early days it was always in the Chrysler and if possible hood down, in later years he and Robyn would use the Daimler, he also has a Stewart truck mechanically fully restored awaiting the back part. His interest in things vintage also extended to tractors and vintage machinery. Family and Glenim his family farm were also a very important part of his life. Our Family shared many New Year’s Day runs with Ken his family and several other Outram Families. Ken organised these very successful and memorable picnic days for many years. As family left home and we all became a little more mature and places were open on New Year’s Day we progressed to many different country hotels and quaint places for a convivial meal and much chat mostly in vintage vehicles. I shared many chats in the paddock with him and his wise words and insight into many situations over the years will be sorely missed always there to listen and share a laugh a true friend and great neighbour. Travis Michelle 11


Obituary - BARRY LONGSTAFFE The Otago Branch of the Vintage Car Club wish to express our deepest sympathy to Estelle, Darryl, Vanessa and their families following the unexpected death of Barry. Barry joined the Vintage Car Club in July 1972 – His father Jim was a member at the time. Barry’s first car was the 1929 Chrysler. He had been working on his 1939 Chrysler, with the plan of taking it to Invercargill for the South Island Easter Rally next month. My first dealings with Barry was when he became chairman of the Branch in 2000 for three years. He was still pharmacist at Forbury Corner. As secretary at the time I called in on him regularly to have items checked or to use the photocopier to print minutes etc. We would often end up talking longer than perhaps we should have, as there were always customers waiting. As many members would agree Barry did not like to stand up and be noticed as such. He preferred to be in the background, and to just get on with the job at hand. Often his own work got put off, while he was helping others with their projects. The Locomobile Project was one of these. Sadly, he did not get to see this project completed. He, with the support of his family organised, or was on the committee for many National and local rallies both in Dunedin and around the Southern District. One notable run was the Discover Otago Tour over Easter 1998, which was linked to the 150th Anniversary of Otago. This took entrants touring through gold-mining areas over several days. They managed this without the required seeding fund from National Office. Barry seemed to have the ability of gaining people’s trust and was never afraid of asking for support or donations of goods. He was also involved with the following National Rally’s: Secretary/treasurer 7th National Veteran and Vintage Motorcycle Rally; Branch 50th Anniversary Celebrations; Committee of 2007 National South Island Rally; Rally Route Committee for the 2016 Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring. Sparkaholics was his baby. For some years now, Barry managed to arrange visits once a month to places of interest, during the week, that would appeal to VCC members. You would have thought that some businesses would not let visitors into certain areas of their premises – but Barry seemed to be able to talk the owners /managers into letting the group in. He tried many times to give this one up, but the members kept asking for more. When the branch was approaching its 50-year Anniversary Barry was forever pushing to get a book published on its history. He started putting together a lot of information that we now have in our records. As chairman at that time he even managed to get funding to cover printing costs – this is still a work in progress. He would be seen at sales sites at Swapmeets from Canterbury South, this was how he got to know many people with in the club, as these are always a big social event.

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Wednesday mornings at the clubrooms always saw members trying to anticipate what time Barry would be arriving – more often than not arriving just as everyone else was leaving. Friday nights at the Clubrooms – will never be the same. Darryl asked if there was a tab that needed to be settled for Barry’s regular order of Old Dark Beer and pie – Estelle quickly assured him that there was no tab kept. There should not be any debt to the Branch. It is probably fair to say that the branch is in debt to Barry for the work he put in over his 45 years of membership. Barry thanks for sharing your Vintage motoring journey with us. You have left a big pair of boots that need to be filled. Rest easy. Contributed by Marion M

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. 13


Dunedin - Brighton Rally 2018 The 64th Dunedin to Brighton Rally was held on the 27th January on a bright sunny day. The start of the day saw 28 veteran vehicles gathered in the grounds of First Church for drivers briefing and formation into rally order before driving around to the Octagon for the public display and official wave off by Mayor Dave Cull. The rally route was slightly changed this year and the entrants drove up to Leslie Groves Rest Home and Hospital in Wakari for the start of the time section. This allowed the time section to start away from the busyness of Kaikorai Valley Road and also gave the residents of Leslie Groves the opportunity to marvel at our wonderful old vehicles. The staff and residents really enjoyed this and are looking at inviting other rest homes next time. From Leslie Groves the entrants travelled back down Taieri Road, back onto Kaikorai Valley Road and then on their way to Brighton. The finish of the timed section is outside a home in Brighton where the owner and her friends are set up with morning tea to welcome the entrants. The afternoon format was varied this year whereas both lunch and afternoon tea were held at the Brighton Domain. Our favourite caterers from St Barnabas catered for both lunch and afternoon tea and the spread was incredible - the entrants certainly do not go hungry. The relaxed format and the weather allowed entrants time to catch up and chew the fat with those they hadn’t seen for a while, drive down to Taieri Mouth and back and get other family members behind the wheel and learn to drive in a safe environment. The prize giving dinner was held in the club rooms that night and our congratulations to the winners. Sunday was an optional drive down to Carey’s Bay for lunch before departing for home. Thank you to everyone that helped Colin on day: The extended Winter family plus friends Parking marshals in the Octagon. Mark & Nicola Wilkinson and Alistair & Margaret Drummond - time section. Toitu Early Settlers - best dressed competition. David Ross and Stu Campion - Concourse de Elegance. David Cunningham and team - field tests. Nicola

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Results for 2018 64TH Dunedin-Brighton Run Class 1, Vehicles with Less than 4 Cylinders 1st Wayne & Sharyn Nicol 1908 Cadillac 2nd Phillip & Ryan Boult 1913 Alldays and Onions 3rd Allan& Liz Dippie 1907 Sizaire et Naudin Class 2, Vehicles with More than 4 Cylinders under 20hp 1st Chris& Pam Read 1914 Delage Class 3, Vehicles with More than 4 Cylinder over 20hp 1st Roger Mahon & Olly Laytham 1917 Macintyre 2nd Paul& Lynne Herron 1911 Ford Model T 3rd = Robert & Lynette Duncan 1918 Packard 3rd= Murray& Jenny Pryde 1915 Ford Model T Class 4, Motorcycles without Gears or Variable Transmission 1st Andrew Roxburgh 1910 Triumph Class 5, Motorcycles with a Gearbox or Variable Transmission 1st Kerry Russell 1914 Rover Field Tests for Cars 1st Paul & Lynne Herron 1911 Ford Model T 2nd Nevin & Jennifer Gough 1914 Buick 3rd Murray& Jenny Pryde 1915 Ford Model T Field Tests for Motorcycles. Taieri Motorcycles Cup. 1st Casey Lyons 1912 Humber 2nd Andrew Roxburgh 1910 Triumph Best Overall Performance, Cars, Dunedin Festival Cup 1st Roger Mahon & Olly Laytham 1917 Macintyre 2nd Chris & Pam Read 1914 Delage 3rd Paul & Lynne Herron 1911 Ford T Best Overall Performance, Motorcycles, Alan Crichton Cup 1st Andrew Roxburgh 1910 Triumph Age Mileage Award, VCC Challenge Trophy Not Awarded Best Dressed, Dunedin City Council Festival Trophy 1st Wayne and Sharon Nicol 1908 Cadillac 2nd Colin and Joan Pearce 1913 Sunbeam 3rd Nevin & Jennifer Gough 1914 Buick Entrants Choice, W.D. Read Trophy Wayne and Sharon Nicol 1908 Cadillac Concours Cars, AA Challenge Cup 1st Robert & Lynette Duncan 1918 Packard 2nd Ryan Dewes 1914 Talbot 3rd Graeme & Glenis Duthie 1917 Ford T Truck Concours Motorcycles, McIvor and Veitch Trophy 1st Russell Dale 1911 Abingdon King Dick

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Taieri Wings and Wheels

On Sunday 11th February the Otago Aero Club hosted a combined Wings and Wheels Spectacular show with a difference, the previous time Vintage and Classic vehicles had assembled at the Taieri airfield was the public open day in 2016 for the Vero International event. Taieri airfield has an interesting history dating back to the 1930’s after the landing field near Green Island was relocated to the existing site. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith landed his Fokker Trimotor “Southern Cross” there in the mid 30’s. During the WW II years Taieri was a training base for the RNZAF both air and ground crews and was closed in 1959. Taieri continued to operate as Dunedin’s main airport until Momona airport opened in 1962. High light of the Wings and Wheels event was the appearance and aerial displays of the scale model Supermarine Mk26B Spitfires built under license in North Canterbury. One I understand was a 90% scale with the 2nd an 80% scale. Both aircraft are powered by auto motive V8 engines. The purists would have noticed that the six exhaust stubs on each side of the forward fuselage only 4 each side showed evidence of engine exhaust. Despite the weather god being unkind to the days event, there was a really good attendance by the public and owners of various Vintage and Classic cars. Organisers of such shows must realise that it is the cars who 99% of the time draw crowd. The Otago Aero Club charged nothing for the driver of the vehicle. Other car show organiser should take note of this The flying display seemed to be continuous with aircraft being involved with short landing take off competitions as well as regular formation displays by a flight of the local rescue helicopters. Sadly the precipitation continued with a lot of vehicles leaving the show around 1-30 pm. If you are ever out near the Taieri Airfield on a clear starlit night, one can still see the “Southern Cross”. John Noble

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Club Night – 23 March 2018 Dear Nicola, It was lovely talking with you yesterday on the phone. I was quite glad to receive your invitation to attend and present at the Otago Vintage Car Club meeting in a few weeks on 23 March. As I mentioned, I grew up in and around the old car world and I enjoy their gatherings! I have counted the items my father, Dan Bower, sent with me from Flint to Dunedin, and they are as follows: -15 promotional posters covering a century of Buick -35 tie tacks or lapel pins of the Buick insignia -18 business cards Below, in the spirit of collegiality, are Dan's own words about what his connecting with the Otago Vintage Car Club may look like. He wrote to me that he is sending-Simply a greeting from the car clubs in the seat of Flint Michigan, the home town of Buick, Chevrolet, AC Spark Plug and General Motors, and the opportunity to email the local representatives of the Buick Club of America, (BCA) --the Vintage Chevrolet Club, (VCCA) --the Corvair Club, --the Model A Restorer's Club (MARC) and one of the top people at the Sloan Museum and Buick Gallery. And Flint's historic Factory One of General Motors. The Sloan Museum is Flint's museum of history with exhibits about the birthplace of General Motors and the United Auto Workers, which was also founded in Flint during the infamous Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37. The Buick Gallery has a multimillion dollar collection of Buicks, all of which have been painstakingly restored to their original splendor, many of which now sit on the showroom floor. On the following website link, you will find details about both the Sloan Museum and Buick Gallery, as well as about Flint's automotive events: http://sloanlongway.org/aboutbuick-gallery/ As I mentioned on the phone, I am a five-year resident of Dunedin, although I have just returned from nearly two years away in which I was mostly in Flint. I have recently returned to Otago and this time, my father asked me to make contact with you on his behalf. I was only too glad to do so! Next, I would be happy to connect the two of you via email. His email address is beatleboots1949@comcast.net. His eBay store can be found at fa_consigners if you would like to see the kinds of old car paraphernalia he deals in. As I mentioned already, he was the proud owner of a 1929 Buick for many years until recently, and in that spirit, he is networked with a group of 1929 Buick owners in Australia. So that is our offer and request. Thank you for yours and the Otago Vintage Car Club's consideration, Nicola, and I look forward to hearing from you. Warm Regards, Sherrema A. Bower, PhD, Chaplain Activist and Urban Anthropologist New Zealand Cell: +64-22-697-4655 USA Cell: +1 (810) 919-8436 Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherremabower Blogs: https://sherrema.wordpress.com/ https://sherremaphd.wordpress.com/ 17


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 for the appropriate paperwork that needs to be completed before the event if you are bringing a vehicle for consideration of the Restoration Trophy. As soon as possible. 18


Sharing the knowledge to preserve our heritage fleet By Roy Hughes National Secretary Federation of Motoring Clubs In addition to the widely forecast threats to fossil fuel supplies in the coming age of electric cars finding replacement parts to keep our prized classics roadworthy is becoming increasingly onerous. For some enthusiasts tracking down those crucial parts needed to complete a restoration or pass a mechanical inspection can add to the other pleasures associated with being a heritage vehicle owner. But for many the failure to find a source of spares or the services needed to complete a required repair can result in frustration and sometimes even the long term abandonment of a still viable project. Of course the problems tracking down the parts needed to restore or repair our classic or vintage vehicles are not confined just to New Zealand. To varying degrees they are shared right around the world. So late last year FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) entered into a global partnership with an online platform to provide its members with access to high-quality historic vehicle parts, tyres and wheels on an international scale. The agreement between FIVA and classicparts4you was signed on 18 November 2017 and it is planned for the site to go live just a few months from now, with its usefulness and reach increasing over time. A worldwide federation of historic vehicle owners, FIVA’s members include New Zealand through the Vintage Car Club As well as offering access to high-quality appropriate parts for older vehicles, the classicparts4you website is also planning to assist enthusiasts by providing a database of specialised workshops and garages, as well as producers, experts and assessors. Senior Vice President of FIVA, Dr Mario Theissen said: “This ambitious and exciting project will have far-reaching benefits for a huge number of classic vehicle enthusiasts around the globe. Our key aim is to ensure that high-quality components are readily available for the widest possible range of classic cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles." To directly address the same problems here in New Zealand the executive of FOMC has been developing a project to compile a similar national database of parts suppliers and repair service providers. We propose to work with member clubs to accumulate the details of reliable individuals or firms known to undertake work needed to preserve or restore historic and heritage vehicles in their areas. This information will be included in a national register of firms and tradespeople involved in the repair or restoration of historic and heritage vehicles and made available to member clubs for the benefit of their members. Similar research in the United Kingdom by our sister organisation the FBHVC found the heritage motor industry contributed $10 Billion a year to the national economy and was a significant earner of overseas funds. With the help of our member clubs, the FOMC hopes to demonstrate heritage motoring in New Zealand is not just a hobby but a major generator of jobs and economic activity which justifies appropriate Government support and exemption from or further reductions in the various costs and fees inflicted on classic motorists.

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Targa NZ-Vintage Car Club South Island Time Trial 2018 (Updated 19 Dec 2017)

Targa NZ is known as “The Ultimate NZ Road Race” & for the second time only is returning to mainland lower South Island for 2018!! With your support an entirely new event to be run in conjunction with Targa NZ South Island Rally may become known as “The Ultimate NZ Time Trial!” Open to all Vintage Car Club members & those of affiliated clubs with VCC eligible vehicles. Why-: To create a unique motoring spectacle of older vehicles being driven & displayed to encourage new & younger people to join VCC, & give existing members opportunity to use their classic & vintage cars as intended. When-: Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th October 2018 (5 days of driving closed tarmac roads!). Where-: Otago/Southland/Central Otago (Start/finish to be confirmed, but some significant stages include Otago Harbour hill roads, the Catlins, Teretonga, Highland Park, the Crown Range, Queenstown-Glenorchy return etc). How-: Time trial competitors will have a unique opportunity to drive all closed Targa 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!! This is not a balls-out speed event, but rather an exercise in precise driving & time-keeping to maintain a set average speed over iconic lower South Island roads.

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 NZ management suggest $2-2,500 + gst). We need a minimum 20 registrations of interest to make this work. Please email Rod Corbett rcorbett@xtra.co.nz to register your interest or call Rod on 03 423 1551 or 027 433 8772 for further information. We’re also seeking a major sponsor for naming rights to this unique event to help minimise the entry fee for participants. Please email suggestions to Rod Corbett rcorbett@xtra.co.nz

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Otago Rally 2018 World Rally Championship star, Hayden Paddon, has confirmed his entry for April's Dunedin Isuzu Otago Rally, the opening round of the 2018 New Zealand Rally Championship. A reduced WRC schedule has given Paddon the opportunity to return to Dunedin to push for a record-breaking sixth Otago Rally victory, from April 13-15.

Paddon will team up with long-time co-driver, John Kennard, in the Hyundai i20 AP4+ that they debuted at the Otago Rally in 2016. On that occasion, the pair streeted the field, taking a comprehensive victory against the best drivers the New Zealand Rally Championship has to offer. “Otago Rally is my favourite event, a mainstay of the NZ championship, and I love the fast, smooth and open stages,” Paddon said. “The NZ championship is in fantastic health and I really look forward to supporting it and catching up with many friends.”

His absence from the event in 2017 because of WRC commitments saw the i20 AP4+ driven by David Holder, who continued Paddon's good form by also winning the Otago Rally in the car. While Paddon only had two NZRC outings in the car last year, the i20 was further developed by Holder, Job Quantock and Hyundai New Zealand. “We are starting to make some good progress to the car thanks to the hard work of our team," Paddon added. “For this year we will continue to do some updates on the chassis and engine, fine tuning the steering system and some development work to suspension and diffs. “The car is really coming along and it’s all info we can pass on to other teams to help the AP4 category move forward more quickly.” Paddon's Otago Rally entry is a huge boost for the event, which has already received over 70 intentions to enter from competitors. The Otago Rally is grateful for Major Events funding from Dunedin City Council, and is supported by the Otago Community Trust. For more info on the Otago Rally, visit www.otagorally.com

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.

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WANTED - MORRIS J2 PICK UP Our company has been looking for one of these for over 6 months now, I know, although rare, there must be one around somewhere as I have seen older restored models for sale. I would love to pay some deserving club the reward money for finding one we can use as it was our first ever company truck and we have our 60th anniversary next year and are trying to recreate one for nostalgia reasons. Appreciate any help you can give. Thank you. Kind regards, GRAEME CLARK BOP COMMERICAL SALES MANAGER (Bus) 07 543 9129 (Mob) 021 908 630 Graeme.clark@roofguard.co.nz 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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Email: otcl@es.co.nz Postal: 406 Hillside Road, Dunedin Phone 455 5029

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