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

Email: Postal: 406 Hillside Road, Dunedin Phone 455 5029

MAY 2017

Otago Rally - Kevin Mason & Merv Thomson on marshall duty 20

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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and after dessert there were more speeches, lot of bantering and laughing it was time to say goodbye to all the people we had meet on this rally. Thanks to the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club group for organising a great rally. Friday 10th February: Hammer Springs to Dunedin. Time to head home. Left Hammer about 8.20am and struck more road works , trucks etc. Once back on SH1 we filled the car up at Amberley only $1.98L, stopped at Pegasus Town to have morning tea with my brother 1 1/4 hours later to Ashburton where we were to have lunch with a cousin, some 2 hours later straight to Dunedin arriving home at 5.45 after a very long day. Travelling 1008 miles trouble free for this rally.


Nicola Wilkinson

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Mark Wilkinson

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David Ross

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Marion McConachie

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Bill Veitch

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Colin Winter

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Alistair Graham

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Bruce Murray

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479 8280


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Lyn Neill

Private Collection of Vintage Clothing

 Men and Women  1920’s - 1970’s era  Accessories, hats, furs and much

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Moira Cunningham

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David Ross

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Mark Wilkinson

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Bill Partel

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Barry Longstaffe

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Bill Partel

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George Martin

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David Cunningham

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Bruce Murray

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Graeme Duthie

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Joe O’Neill

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PO Box 5352, Moray Place Dunedin 9058 Phone 455 0586  

CLUBROOMS 125 Forbury Rd., Dunedin 

Part 2 (Continued from March Roadrunner)

Wednesday 8th February: Hokitika to Westport. After fuelling up we headed to Greymouth and spotted sunglasses falling off the car in front of us as it left a petrol station but too late they were run over. Drove through the streets and once again around wharf area. We took a right turn here to the south side of the river to visit a Private Museum we knew of having been invited by its owner whom we had met at the Hororata swap meet (Motoring Signs, Stationery engines etc)but on arriving found a note on door to say away back on Thursday. We then carried on this side of the river and travelled through Ikamatua, stopped at Pike River Memorial, which I recommend to anyone travelling over that way to stop and look as I found it a very moving experience. Travelled to Blackball and drove through this silent town, then returned to Cobden and rejoined SH6 stopping at Punakaiki for a toilet stop and ice cream, very hot at this stage, Our next stop was at Charleston to catch up with a Nephew, found his home in the bush had a cuppa and photos taken then moved onto Westport. Walked to Happy Hour at Club Buller which was only 5 minutes away from our hotel, they opened the restaurant for people to have a meal (worst meal on trip) would recommend not eating here , very slow and ran out of food Thursday 9th February: Westport to Hammer Springs. After having a full cooked breakfast at the Hotel we finished packing the car and left for our next stop at Reefton, I think everyone had the same idea as the Main Street parking was all taken with old cars. After browsing the streets and the visitors centre had morning tea in a cafe, were they ran out of great home cooked scones as many had the same idea. Next was travelling to Springs Junction where we met road works and cyclists and more road works about 10 in total. Arriving to a very hot day in Hammer Springs found our accommodation and relaxed having a late lunch and more blobbing out went for a drive around Hammer. So many crazy tourists we decided to head back to our accommodation for a cuppa. Final dinner was at the Stags Restaurant starting at 6pm (What a wonderful Venue) The 1st course over the speeches began or


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Last Friday of the month 8.00pm Every Friday evening 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Every Wednesday 09.00 – 12.00 am.


can be forwarded to your branch secretary or editor by the 3rd Wednesday of each month. See Branch Vehicle Registrar


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Please quote Otago Branch “Agent No H0300145—Inspector No 916”.

The Library is open 8.00 - 9.30pm Every Friday night LIBRARY ROSTER MAY 5th 12th 19th 26th

Kevin Mason Bill Veitch Moira Cunningham Bruce Murray

JUNE 2nd 9th 16th 23rd

Paddy Williams Bryan McConachie Hec Browett Bill Veitch

JULY 7th 14th 21st 28th

Kevin Mason Bruce Murray Moira Cunningham Paddy Williams

AUGUST 4th Bryan McConachie 11th Bill Veitch 18th Hec Browett 25th Kevin Mason

Library Some of our members are going to be re-shelving books in the library shortly so the library will closed over that time. You will be advised when this is happening. 4


Condition of vehicle when restoration started Not registered or warranted

Calendar of Events MAY 5th Fri 10th Wed

Vehicle components (i.e. original or salvaged parts) Radiator,cylinder head, diff, windscreen, front and rear window rubbers, “Snipe” back carpet, boot carpet, chrome carburetter all purchased Upholstery to front seat repaired, re chrome bumpers etc Fuel pump repaired. Restored by Owner or Professional I am thankful to the Dunedin Rootes Group and Bruce Robinson of Ashburton for their help in procuring or supplying parts.

13th Sat 25th Thurs 26th Fri

Neil Hodgkin’s 1954 Humber Super Snipe

Motorcycle Group meeting Sparkaholics

Classic m/c Mecca Southland - Bus Trip Mid-week Run Clubnight

JUNE 2nd Fri 14th Wed 18th Sun 29th Thurs 30th Fri

Motorcylce Group meeting Sparkaholics Branch AGM and Pot luck Lunch Mid-week Run Clubnight

JULY 7th Fri 8th Sat 12th Wed 27th Thur 28th Fri

Motorcycle Group meeting Branch Annual Dinner Sparkaholics Mid-week Run Clubnight

OTHER BRANCH EVENTS May 6th Sat Swapmeet - Ashburton

Check out the Events Calendar in the Beaded Wheels for listed branch events VCC NATIONAL EVENTS

NB: NI Club Captain's Tour shows the wrong dates in Beaded Wheels. The correct dates are 2nd April to 12th April 2017 2017 11 August 12 August

Graeme Duthie & Bill Partel on marshalling duties during the Otago Rally.

2018 30 March –1 April Easter 2021 Jan 14-24th


National Executive Meeting, Blenheim National AGM, Blenheim

National South Island Easter Rally – Invercargill National North Island Easter Rally SI Club Captains Tour International Rally – New Plymouth



BUS TRIP CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MECCA – INVERCARGILL Saturday 13th May $20 per person Depart Clubrooms at 7.30 am Mosgiel Railway Station at 7.45am Payment in full for a seat by Friday 28th April to Kevin Mason (you will find in at the clubrooms on Wednesday mornings) NO payment – No seat THERE ARE STILL SEATS AVAILABLE

Owner: Neil Hodgkin History of Vehicle My father was born in London in 1899 and had worked in the UK. When he came to NZ he kept his ‘overseas funds’ in England and used some of these to purchase the Snipe new. He was able to order the internal and external colours and whether he wanted a heater and/or a radio. We lived on a 1,000 acre farm at Moa Flat West Otago, 14 kms north of Heriot and 150 kms west of Dunedin. It was our only family car for many years and made numerous trips to boarding schools for eleven years. Dad also had a 1937 International D2 farm truck and when it crashed when the handbrake failed, he used the Snipe for his farm jobs, carrying his dogs in the boot and his spray gear and tools in the back. The Snipe was not the best in the paddocks on cross-ply tyres, however we were fortunate in that we had good road access so Dad was able to take the Snipe so far on the roads and then walk, which he enjoyed doing.

Sparkaholics - see elsewher e in Roadr unner Wednesday 10 May -Home of St Barnabas Wednesday 14 June - Security at Beggs Wednesday 12 July - To be confirmed

Wednesday Mornings at the Clubrooms The clubrooms are open every Wednesday to all members. 9.00 -12.00. Members get involved with any maintenance, and cleaning, both inside and out that needs to be sorted. So come along and get to know your fellow members and bring along any challenges you may have in relation to your club eligible vehicles. The Parts Shed is also open during this time.

Dad died in 1980 and it’s fair to say that the Snipe had a very quiet time for the next twenty years. We sold the farm in 20.. and moved to North Taieri where we met many new people, one of whom was Philip Craigie. One day he asked me if he could use the Snipe for his daughter’s wedding. That was just the impetus I needed to get the Snipe going properly and back into respectable condition. More restoration work was completed some years later for our own daughter’s wedding and that is pretty much how you see it today.

Mid Week Run If you want to organise one of these monthly runs, please ring Bruce Murray.

It is worth noting that Todd Motors Ltd, the NZ Distributors of Tootes vehicles, started in Heriot and that the original garage, fell monger and grain & seed store are still there. Although the Snipe was delivered in September 1954, there is a possibility that it was manufactured in 1953 or late 1952.



Moped Rally – Cromwell

4 March 2017 In the Driving Seat

Having loaded the mopeds on Friday we were on the road at 7.30am Saturday and arrived in Cromwell at the Club Rooms. We had a quick cup of tea, a speech from Mr John Martin and we were on our way. The mopeds - about 20 or more - were in two lines. I (Ken Pledger) was in the back line with Merv Thomson to my far right. I started my bike ok. Bruce Murray was ok. Looking to back my right again and Merv was not ok! At that moment all the other bikes were gone. Merv’s bike just would not start. No spare plug. So Merv got a ride with the back-up truck.

I hope everyone managed to stay warm and dry over the Easter weekend. While we were lucky to only get the tail end of the cyclone it certainly was wet enough to put a damper on any outdoor activities. Our thoughts go to fellow car club members further north who may have been affected by the cyclones - we hope that any possible damage is minimal for you. On the 12th April Colin Winter and I attended on behalf of the branch a Dunedin City Council Festival and Events Plan Stakeholder Workshop. The council is developing a new events plan on how they can support festivals and events in the community and the branch was invited to provide feedback as part of our association with the Council via the Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Rally. While our event is small in comparison to other events held in the city, the branch was acknowledged and congratulated for the longevity of the Dunedin to Brighton. There was a lot of discussion on various action points the council can incorporate into their events plan so it will be interesting to see the finished product.

Our first stop was at John Martin’s place. I had not been there before and it was very interesting. One of the two cars was an old BSA car - with lots to do. After John Martin’s place we went through Bannockburn to the end of the seal. We regrouped, headed back, turning right in to Kawarau station. Before lunch Richard Anderson gave a very good speech about who lived there and what they did at Kawarau Run. A very good lunch was provided in a very warm spot. From the farm it was a short sprint to 293 Ripponvale Road to see Willy Findlay’s collection of speedway bikes. He does have some more bikes that have not been seen before. Willy gave a very good talk about the bikes.

The branch has been entered in the Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards under the historic and environment category. Mark and I will be attending the awards ceremony on the 12th May so I will let you know the outcome next month. At our last meeting the committee discussed the branch constitution and we are looking at some possible changes which we hope to have prepared in time to submit for discussion at next months AGM. We are also looking to expand on the branch history which was started prior to our 60th anniversary and are working on finding someone suitable to interview long standing members. More information will be available in due course.

After that it was back to the Club Rooms for a cup of tea and prize-giving, where upon all the bikes arrived safely. It was a very warm day and a safe trip home. (Merv Thomson’s prize was a tow-rope!) Other Otago Members there were Sharon & Stu Gutsell and David Hastings.

Upcoming events include the AGM on the 18th June and the annual dinner on the 8th July. Please note these in your diaries now so you are able to attend.

Ken Pledger




From National Office: "Could the person who mistakenly uplifted the FIVA Flag from the 2016 International Rally Headquarters in Dunedin, please return it to the National Office".


For a member of the Otago Branch Committee I wish to nominate:

Volunteers to assist with recording oral history of our older Branch members During the winter months while it is not so desirable to be out there driving, why not consider teaming up with one or two of our branch members with a view of recording an oral history of the branch. We already have recordings of two of our long serving 60 year members. Now the committee would like to get more recordings from our longer serving members. Please contact branch secretary or any other committee with expressions of interest.

___________________________________________ For the position of: ___________________________________________ on the Branch committee for the 2017/2018 year: Signed:______________________________ Proposer

Otago Rally: 7-9th April Thank you to Bill Partel, Graeme Duthie, Kevin Mason and Merv Thomson for marshalling at the allocated stage on Scroggs Hill on Sunday afternoon. Your assistance with this was much appreciated. We understand that there were a few issues with the signage or lack there of, and that members of the public were very understanding of the situation. It goes to show that advertising of the event does not reach everyone – especially if it is an event that they are not really interested in. Judging by these photos it was a nice sunny day and the team seemed to enjoy the challenges that were presented to them. Thanks also the Bryan McConachie for collecting all the equipment and paperwork, returning the signing and taking the photos.

Membership #___________________________ Signed:_____________________________ Seconder Membership #___________________________ I hereby accept nomination for the above position. Signed: _____________________________Candidate Membership #____________________________



ELECTION OF BRANCH COMMITTEE The secretary must receive written nominations for committee officers by THURSDAY 8th OF JUNE 2017 This list will then be posted in the clubrooms from Friday 9th JUNE 2017 until the A.G.M. Nomination forms are available in this issue. A copy of 2016 AGM minutes will be included in June Newsletter. All committee positions will be up for nomination this year. The committee asks you to seriously consider putting your name forward to be an active member of the branch committee. Check your Branch Newsletter (page 3) for the list of Committee Positions.

The Vintage Car Club of N.Z. Otago Branch Inc Invites all its members to come along to a POT LUCK LUNCH SUNDAY 18TH JUNE, 12.30PM AT THE CLUBROOMS Bring along a plate of food to share – Some help to heat up, and set food out on the tables would be welcome BRANCH AGM TO COMMENCE AT 2.00PM ………………………………………………………………


The secretary must receive written nominations for committee officers by THURSDAY 8th OF JUNE 2017

The Southland Branch extends an invita on to you all to par cipate in  the 2018 South Island Easter Rally which our Branch is hos ng over Friday 30 March, Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April.   As the Jaguar Car Club is also hos ng their na onal event in Invercargill  that weekend we recommend you book your accommoda on early.  There should be sufficient accommoda on for all but to ensure you  get the accommoda on you want we suggest you book sooner rather  than later.   Our event will be based around Stadium Southland and  there is a good range of accommoda on in this general area.  Bill Richardson Transport World and the Classic Motorcycle Mecca, two world  class a rac ons, are both open over the Easter weekend and are well  worth a visit.   Regards, Glenys McKenzie, Rally Director. Mobile: 021 388 649 

This list will then be posted in the clubrooms from Friday 9th JUNE 2017 until the A.G.M. Nomination forms are available in this issue. A copy of 2016 AGM minutes will be included in June Newsletter.

From National Office—AGM Find Notice of National AGM and request for nominations for the Management Committee positions on page 10 of Beaded Wheels April / May issue - this is your opportunity to put forward nominations for the Management Committee. NB: do read the rest of the information on this page as it gives you insight as to how the National Club is managed.

All committee positions will be up for nomination this year. The committee asks you to seriously consider putting your name forward to be an active member of the branch committee. Check your Branch Newsletter (page 3) for the list of Committee Positions.

25 and 35 year membership badges Members who are due their 25 and 35 year membership badges please contact the branch secretary with proof of membership, (if you are not sure of your start date, don’t hesitate to ask) as soon as possible, so that these can be arranged for presentation at the AGM on 18th JUNE 2017.

Vintage Car Club of NZ Otago Branch Inc

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING To be held in the VCC Clubroooms Forbury Rd, Dunedin.




Sparkaholics for 2017

Hello everyone. I have really enjoyed being a member of the club and have now taken on the job as Editor of the Roadrunner. It would be great to receive your contributions to the newsletter articles and photos are most welcome, as are any suggestions regarding the newsletter. Feel free to email me at or you can call or leave me a message on 479 8280.

Date : Wednesday 10th May Note new Time : 1.30 pm Next Visit : Home of St Barnabas Place : 12 Ings Ave This month you are privileged to be allowed a rare opportunity to look inside this historic building, admire its architecture and learn of its history. We have been requested to let them know numbers attending – so will you please phone me (Barry at 4778296) if you intend coming, by Monday 8th May. Also note the different time of 1.30pm which is the only time available due to their busy mornings. As a result, those still wanting the usual social lunch, this will now be a Mitchell’s in Caversham from 12 noon. Also a big thank you to Alex Benson who hosted us last month with his entertaining films, presented very professionally. ____________________________________

Eleanor Harrison

Branch magazines on the web Many branch magazines are now available for reading on the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand’s website. The magazines are published as soon as they are received each month and can be accessed by going to and clicking on News from our Branches down the left side of the homepage. To go to your chosen magazine either click on the magazine cover or the underlined date of the publication.

Upcoming Future Dates: Wed 14 June (Security at Beggs) / Wed 12 July (?) ____________________________________ Telephone Survey. Last month, a world-wide telephone survey was conducted by the United Nations. The only question asked was : “Would you please give your honest opinion about possible solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?”

This will take you to the magazine and by clicking on the small square next to the + sign you can enjoy a full screen reading experience. In time we hope to be able to publish all branch magazines each month. Contact your secretary if there is a certain newsletter that you do want to be able to access and it isn’t on the website.

In Eastern Europe they didn’t know what “honest” meant. In Western Europe they didn’t know what “shortage” meant. In Africa they didn’t know what “food” meant. In China they didn’t know what “opinion” meant. In the Middle East they didn’t know what “solution” meant. In South America they didn’t know what “please” meant. In the USA they didn’t know what “the rest of the world” meant. And in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Britain everyone hung up as soon as they heard the Indian accent.

Technical Presentation PROMA Lubricants, fuel additives - We are planning a presentation on these products sometime in the next few months. When would be a better time day of the week to do this? Friday night, Saturday or Sunday during the day? Or a day during the week? Let Marion know then we can arrange a time with the rep.



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