Magazine of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Otago Branch Inc.
South Island Club Captains Tourâ€”April 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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VERO INSURANCE APPLICATIONS Please quote Otago “Agent No H0300145— Inspector No 916” LIBRARY ROSTER MAY 4th Bryan Mcconachie 11th Bruce Murray 18th BillVeitch 25th Moira Cunningham JULY 7th 14th 21st 28th
Moira Cunningham Bill Veitch Bruce Murray Kevin Mason
Library open 8.00 - 9.30 Friday night JUNE 1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th
Kevin Mason Hec Browett Paddy Williams Bruce Murray Bryan McConachie
AUGUST 3rd Bryan McConachie 10th Paddy Williams 17th Hec Browett 24th Bruce Murray 31st Moira Cunningham
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BRANCH EVENTS (listed in bold) MAY Fri 4th Tues 15th Sunday 20th Fri 25th Thur 31st
5th Asburton Swapmeet 12th Gore – Night Trial Sparkaholics – Blue Gum Gallery 10.30 am $2 entry fee 19th Southland PW/P60 Rally RESTORATION RALLY Club Night - Morris Hayward – Old Historic Movies Midweek Run Motorcycle Group Meeting
JUNE Fri 1st Tba Sun 17th Thurs 28th Fri 29th
Motorcycle Group Meeting Sparkaholics BRANCH AGM AND POT LUCK LUNCH Midweek Run Club Night
JULY Fri 7th Tba Sat 14th Thur 26th Fri 27th
Motorcycle Group Meeting Sparkaholics BRANCH ANNUAL DINNER Midweek Run Club Night
AUG Fri 3rd Sun 26th Thurs 30th Fri 31st OCT
Motorcycle Group Meeting NATIONAL DAY – Cancer Society Daffodil Day Midweek Run Club Night 12,13,14 Canterbury - Swapmeet 13th |& 14th Wairarapa -50th Anniversary Weekend
VCC National Events: 2018 August 26th NOV 16 -18th
VCCNZ National Day – proudly supporting Cancer Society National Veteran Rally – Nelson
2019 Feb 15-17th March 3-8th
26th National Motorcycle Rally – Blenheim Pre ’56 MG National Rally – Cromwell
Motorcycle night: Friday 4 May A CD show of the film “On Any Sunday 1”
Tuesday 15 May Karen Baddock’s Gallery —see page 8
Sunday 20 May
Annual General Meeting:
Sunday 17 June
last Thursday of the Month unless otherwise advised. Meet at clubrooms by 1pm 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!
South Island Club Captains Tour Gill Edmunds - The winner of the most prestigious prize of the whole tour!!
In the Driving Seat The beginning of April was a busy time for the branch with members being involved in two fund raising activities. First up was the Sausage Sizzle on Easter Monday. While possibly not as busy as we would have liked it was still an opportunity to fly the flag for the branch. On a couple of occasions I was told it was nice to support a worthwhile cause with one customer coming back for seconds. The second fund raiser was marshalling during the Otago Rally which is on the calendar every year. My thanks to the organisers of each event and members who helped at both events. The committee is getting two new banners made for the branch which will be available to use at all branch activities and events where we are out in the community. We will also be getting the outside of the club rooms painted this year. First up will be the south wall followed by the remainder of the building in due course. My report from the National Executive meeting is included in this edition of the Road Runner. I would have to say that this was one of the longest Exec meetings I have attended and I donâ€™t think that we covered all that was on the agenda. First up and of importance to our branch was the ratification of the two Notices of Motions we had passed at our last AGM. This means that the committee structure moving forward will be smaller and we will need members to come forward at the AGM and offer to organise some of our rallies. At the Exec meeting there was a presentation from the FIVA conference in Romania which I believe was also presented to members attending the Easter Rally and the South Island Club Captains Tour. There is an article in the latest Beaded Wheels which covers this presentation and I would strongly recommend that you all read it if you have not already done so. I am hoping that the presentation from the Exec meeting will be forwarded to the branches for further discussion - possibly at our AGM. Coming up this month on the 20th is the Restoration Rally and my best wishes to those who have entered into the Restoration Awards. I look forward to finding out the winners at the AGM. At the end of May our speaker is Morris Hayward from the cine club who has a selection of movies to show. Iâ€™d love to see a large turn-out. See you all at the restoration rally. Nicola 7
Sparkaholics Meeting 14 April 2018
A meeting on Wednesday 18 April was well attended by some of those who regularly attend the monthly Sparkaholics group. We started with a moments silence in respect to Barry Longstaffe who, as you are all aware, organized the events. We also welcomed Estelle, Barry’s widow and presented her with a small bunch of flowers for the day. What I personally was not aware of is Barry had been doing this for some 10 years. Over that time it equates in the region of 120 outings. We met to discuss the future of the group. The general consensus was we are to carry on. Discussions centered on places to go. This is a big problem, for as you can see over the 10 years the group has touched a lot of events and places. It was a mystery in the beginning of our discussion as to where Barry sourced so many interesting spots. However, by the meeting’s end, ideas were beginning to flow. Sparkaholics began some 10 years ago with a few keen members lunching at the Normanby Hotel. Later there were different venues and then the points of interest became a feature. Some of these included garages, gardens and films. So this meeting talked about the idea of two monthly events or combining with the last Thursday of the month trips but these were put aside in favour of the status quo. Ideas began to come out. Library cellars, salmon hatchery, taking advantage of events and displays at places such as Art Galleries or Museums to name a few. In the end a general consensus emerged as follows The event was to carry on At the AGM in June, a Sparkaholics Convener to be appointed The event already laid down for May to be confirmed by David Mills The possibility of visiting the Public Library depths to see how things work and the old collection of motoring books. After the meeting nine members retired to Forbury Park for lunch.
Tuesday 15 May To all you medicated….sorry dedicated… Sparkaholics. I have found and confirmed the arrangements Barry made for May. Meet at the VCC Rooms around 9.45am on Tuesday 15 May and bring a gold coin ($2) for each person as a donation to the venue. Suggested departure 10am. We are expected at Karen Baddock’s Gallery at 10.30am. This is at 67 Rockview Road, Westwood Brighton Highway and called the Bluegum Bed and Breakfast. At this stage I am unsure if I can join you so perhaps if you wish to have a lunch afterwards you could arrange that on the day. Have fun and I will join you if I can. David Mills 8
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)
Thursday 17th May 2018
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.
BRANCH AGM Sunday 17th of June Branch AGM is coming up in June – Yes time seems to be flying by very quickly. Nomination form for committee is in this Roadrunner The Agenda and 2017 minutes 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 on board and help with the general running of the club. It is not an enormous job. As the old adage goes – many hands make light work - The committee would welcome some new people to its group.
Otago Rally Report Thank you to all our members who put their names forward to help with Marshalling on the weekend of the Otago Rally. We had great support for this. It appeared that some areas that had been allocated to our group also had other groups working in places as well. At the end of the day it was better to have to many marshalls than not enough. So thank you again for your support. Our branch does get a donation from the event for the support that we give. Branch Fundraiser BBQ at Easter time Thanks to the members who came along and assisted with the BBQ at Mitre 10. All reports are that they did some good trading on the day, and have managed to raise some funds for our branch. 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 by cheque or cash. Thanks . NATIONAL EASTER RALLY – SOUTHLAND Gill and Ruth Edmunds, Merv and Lynn Thomson, Colin and Joan Pearce, Kevin and Carol Casey, Bill & Sue Partel, Peter and Esmey Fletcher and two other members attended the event from our branch. From what I have heard, it was a well organised weekend under the leadership of Glenys McKenzie. Entrants had a tour out to Winton showgrounds for lunch and field tests on Saturday and then on Sunday it was Public Display day at Surrey Park in Invercargill. This was close to Richardson’s museum – good opportunity for many to go and visit these amazing museums. Penzoil Trophy competitions kept the public and entrants entertained. There was also a challenge between a group of four oldest entrants and four youngest entrants – the younger group won this challenge. Congratulations go to Colin and Joan Pearce who came a way with a good number of trophies. 10
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Most of the group attended a happy hour at Invercargill on Sunday evening to meet up with the other 40 entrants and also briefing for the start of the tour. There was an amazing selection of vehicles on this run from a Model A, Cortina’s, Buick, 1925 Studebaker, Jaguar, Hillman Minx, Schimatar, Vauxhall, Morris Minor, to a Mercedes Benz. After morning tea at Southland VCC Club rooms, the tour left Invercargill via Fortrose to the Catlins – lunching at Curio Bay – finishing at Balclutha for the night. Kaitangata then back towards Hillend via Smith’s Track (amazing views) to Tuapeka Punt for a quick trip across the river and back. To Lawrence for lunch – along Beaumont River, and the foot of the Blue Mountains to Tuakepa and a look at the Vintage Museum – someone forgot to advise us that the local café had made extra custard squares in anticipation of our visit to the town!! Thank you to Gore VCC for a delicious dinner at their clubrooms that evening. Wednesday we explored John and Wendy Tremaine’s and Greg Elder’s collections on route to Lumsden. We travelled on the new bridge that is being constructed over the Kawarau River at Queenstown and mainly focused on getting away from the area as quickly as possible. No ice-cream shop in the new Shopping Mall at Frankton, so it had to be boxed ice-creams from the supermarket. There was four of us to eat them. Then over to Cromwell and the VCC where we enjoyed a tasty meal, on a pleasant evening. From Cromwell, some visited Graeme Taylor’s home with garden sculptures, made from all sorts of metal components, and another collection of vehicles. Others went through to Wanaka but we all ended up in Twizel for the evening. A group photo taken outside Poppies Café. Friday took us along the hydro canals towards Tekapo on a beautiful clear morning. Fantastic view of Mount Cook without any cloud. Oh, but were we glad to see the end of all those camper vans as we turned off at Burkes Pass to head east on those gravel roads again. These roads eventually took us into Timaru from the west. South Canterbury VCC put on a meal for us that night. Saturday took us back inland and through more of the South Canterbury plains as we headed towards Fairlie, Geraldine, Mayfield’s second-hand shops and eventually reaching Ashburton for the night. A final dinner at the MSA and presentation to Alon and Tracey made for a good night out. On the first night Alon and Tracey presented us all with a puzzle board without the pieces. Each night we got 6 puzzle pieces each and the challenge was to be able to complete the puzzle by the end of the tour. There were four different characters of the Cars Movie. This was a great way of getting people to mix and talk to each other, as we bartered for pieces that we were looking for. At the end there were only four completed puzzles and a lot with one piece still missing!!! Lots of fun. Neil McVicar from Gore came along with his two daughters who shared the driving – Neil enjoyed the ride and the views. It was fantastic to Harry and Margaret, from Auckland being chauffeured by their daughter in-law Linda in their Morris Minor. It must have been very cosy in there with all their luggage packed in the back. They still had a few more days travelling to get home. They made a real holiday of it. Thank you Alon and Tracey for another fantastic Tour. Marion 11
Vintage Car Club of NZ Otago Branch Inc
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING To be held in the VCC Clubrooms Forbury Rd, Dunedin.
SUNDAY 17TH OF JUNE 2018 - BEGINNING AT 2.00 PM
POT LUCK LUNCH SUNDAY 18TH JUNE 2018 12.30PM AT THE CLUBROOMS Bring along a plate of food to share â€“ Some help to heat up, and set food out on the tables would be welcome
Please note: Changes to Branch Committee Structure as of 2018 :-
As ratified at our 2017 AGM the branch committee structure has changed and is currently being filed with the Incorporated Societies. The structure will take effect at this years AGM. Please note the new committee positions for which nominations are being called. The positions as per the changes will all be nominated this year then only half those positions will be up for re-election next year.
Management of the Branch
The affairs of the Branch shall be managed by a Branch Committee consisting of: Chairman – shall be open to any member who has served at least one full term on the Branch Committee Immediate Past Chairman – ex officio (for one year) Club Captain Secretary Treasurer House Manager Property Manager And not less than two nor more than four committee members
All positions shall be for a two year term with one-half of the Committee standing for re-election at each Annual General Meeting. All of the persons comprising the Branch Committee shall be financial members. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined in the one person and should Secretary or Treasurer become a salaried appointee then they shall have no further power to take part in the management of the affairs of the Branch and one further member shall be elected to the Committee. The Chairman shall hold office for a maximum of four years consecutively if so nominated, but is under no obligation to do so. The Chairman will be responsible for chairing all general, committee and Branch meetings. He/she will also be responsible for coordinating the activities of the Branch. To that end, he/she will be ex officio a member of all sub committees set up by the Branch. The position of “Chairman” shall be open to any member who has served at least one full term on the Branch Committee The Chairman shall have a deliberative vote and in the event of an equality of voting, a casting vote. The Secretary will be responsible for calling all Branch meetings, keeping full and correct minutes of such meetings and seeing that decisions of those meetings are brought to the attention of the committee for action where required The Treasurer shall be responsible for issuing of receipts for cash received, unless otherwise requested, banking, making payments and keeping such records as necessary to provide an accurate account of the financial position of the Branch when called upon to do so by the Branch Committee. All payments made on behalf of the Branch shall be authorised by the Branch Committee at monthly Committee Meetings.
The Club Captain will be responsible for the co-ordination &/or organisation of all Branch events. He/she will be responsible for seeking volunteers to run Branch events The House Manager shall be in charge of operating the branch clubrooms and shall be convenor of any subcommittee formed to maintain and manage the same. The Property Officer will be responsible for the general care and maintenance of the Branch equipment and buildings The Branch must hold all appropriate legal authorisation for the Branch Liquor Licence, and have a member on the premises who holds a Bar Managers Certificate to operate the Licence A quorum of the Branch Committee shall consist of not less than fifty percent of that Committee personally present. The Branch Committee shall have the entire management of the Branch and control of its property and funds and it is empowered on behalf of the Branch to do, execute, and carry out all of the matters and things which the Branch is authorised to do, execute and carry out, but shall so far as is practicable conduct the affairs of the Branch in accordance with the rules of the Club, provided that any financial commitment exceeding the Branchâ€™s gross annual income for the previous year shall require the approval of three-fourths majority of the Branch present personally and voting at any Special General Meeting of the Branch called for such purpose and of which has been given to members. Signatories of the Branch cheque account/s and other negotiable instruments shall be any two of the Treasurer, Chairman or Secretary of the Branch The Committee shall have the power to co-opt members to fill vacancies occurring during the year of office. Non Committee Any non-committee appointments can be made at the will of the committee to assist in the good running of the club. They will attend committee meetings when requested and will have discussion but not voting rights at such meetings The Hon Solicitor & Hon Auditor are appointed at the Annual General Meeting The duties of the above named will be as assigned by the Chairman from time to time. Generally, they will be as follows: The Librarian will be responsible for the good running of the library. Recommending purchases and to see to maintenance of contents The Trophy Steward will keep records of the disposition of Branch trophies The Vehicle Registrar will be responsible for the documentation and inspections as required by the Club Vehicle Identity Scheme The Archivist will be responsible for keeping and maintaining the records of the Branch The Parts Officer will be responsible for the administration of the Branch spares scheme The Grounds Officer will be responsible for the care of any branch grounds The Social Convenor will be responsible for co-ordinating and supervising the catering at Branch events & fundraising The Newsletter Editor shall be responsible for arranging either in person or by delegation the regular publication of information concerning the Branch in its newsletter The Scribe will be responsible for the reporting of Branch events in the clubâ€™s magazine Beaded Wheels The Hon Solicitor will give advice and counsel to the committee positions. 14
Otago Branch Committee NOMINATION FORM For a member of the Otago Branch Committee I wish to nominate: _____________________________________________ For the position of: _____________________________________________ on the Branch committee for the 2018/2019 year: Signed:_________________________________ Proposer Membership #___________________________ Signed:_________________________________ Seconder
Membership #___________________________ I hereby accept nomination for the above position. Signed__________________________________Candidate
Membership #____________________________ Nominations are to be in Secretaries hands by 7th of June 2018 15
National Executive Meeting 24th March 2018 Matters Arising from previous meeting: Changes to the Otago branch constitution have been ratified. Diane is going to email through a suggested wording so we change the clause. The Management Committee have noticed that a number of constitutions are out of date so Diane is working on a draft template for branches to use and adapt if they wish. She hopes to have this at the August AGM for discussion. TV programme on car club (similar to overseas) - has been looked into and is very expensive - over $100k and requires a lot of knowledge in this field. Was recommended to look at you tube clips and upload onto Face Book. A Code of Conduct is being looked into and when produced will be included in the branch manual. Membership Status Julie is collating a database on why members are resigning so branches are asked to follow this through and forward the information through. Up to now members have had 10 months to pay subs before they are resigned from the club which happens each year at the March Exec meeting. With the change of when invoices are now sent the time frame is now only four months. However during this four months they will have received a reminder from National Office in November and this should be followed up by the branch in December and January. They are still covered by Vero Insurance however will be changed to another policy and insurance will increase. Calendar of branch events in Beaded Wheels A list is sent from the Beaded Wheels every two months to check and advise of any changes. Insurance for the Aberdeen Street building Have not been insured since the claim for earthquake damage was paid out however we can now get cover again. The Management committee are currently looking at options and premiums available and will report back at the August meeting. Vehicle Classification Classification B5 and above are now eligible to enter National and International Rallies. National Vintage Rally Still looking for a branch to host the 1st National Vintage Rally. FIVA report It appears going forward V.I.Câ€™s will become even more important to differentiate between old cars and historic cars and possibly sometime in the future we could require these to allow us to drive on the road. The full FIVA report from the conference in Romania will be emailed out to branches to discuss. Proposed Notices of Motions and Remit to change the bylaws The remit can only be voted on after the result of the Notices of Motion are known and the wording of the remit is to be read in conjunction with the FIVA report. The Management Committee support the notice of motion from Tony Barlett and Rod Brayshaw and not the other one as the second means that we could have vehicles that are 29 years old. 16
National Day Last year over $40k was raised for the local Cancer Societies between the 24 branches that took part. There were 2,000 vehicles entered with every vehicle receiving a small log decal. We received okay media coverage however this could have been better. The Cancer Society were rapt with the money raised and are keen to be included again. The activities on the day ranged from Short / long runs; scavenger hunts; mystery tours; car shows; BBQ; afternoon teas and lunches. This yearâ€™s event is confirmed for the 26th August and there will be a budget this year of $5k for advertising and posters (last year the budget was $0.00). The marketing plan this year is to include national advertising in addition to Beaded Wheels and more of a focus on media at a local level. They have taken note of the comments regarding the poster and will re-design to have better emphasis on the VCC as the focus is on our National Day and the VCC while fund raising for a national cause with participation from members, other car clubs and the public. Canterbury, Marlborough and Wanganui all gave presentations on their National Day. All got sponsorship to cover costs or deducted them from the funds raised. All three also had an increase in membership following the event. As an aside Marlborough are doing more with the community now including have vehicles in Picton when the cruise boats are in port. Wanganui have as least 28 gatherings each year which are published in the local papers as a result of having a good connection with the press. Communication 401 newletters have now been posted on the website from 35 branches. The read count is improving each month so more members are now reading other branch newsletters via the website. The Face Book page has 874 followers with at least one post a day. From 19/2 to 18/3 there were 615 page views.
Magazine content - most branches do the job well although small changes can make a big difference. Covers that do well have a simple design, uncrowded and have a title. More photos the merrier and photos taken by a phone should print well. However if taking photos with people try to include younger members to encourage younger members to attend. Share experiences on restorations etc. as members like reading about these. Donâ€™t clutter the page. Events page needs to stand out - include how to enter and prominently advertise upcoming events. Make the PDF smaller when sending - https://smallpdf.com When taking photos - have a group in a semi-circle makes it interesting and it photographing a presentation make sure the certificate is easy to read.
Membership Application Having a set fee for joining was supported in principal however there still needs to be work done on getting rid of the proposer and seconder and vetting proposed members. Need to also work on who looks after the applications National Office or link to branches. Easter Rallies Discussion was held on the future of the Easter Rallies and trying to get more members attending. The Executive voted to change the timing slightly to be the same as the Club Captains Tour - alternate each year between the islands. August AGM Being held in Napier from the 3rd - 5th August. National Veteran Rally 2018 Nelson Branch are holding a Prince Henry Tour during the week leading into the Veteran Rally. Rally Rules and Interpretations Ed Boyd has a booklet that we can purchase for new members.
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Last Club Night: Letter from Dan Bower â€“ read by Sherrema Bower From: DANIEL BOWER <email@example.com> Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 5:34 PM Subject: Old Car Club New Zealand........ To: "Sherrema, Bower" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greetings to Our Fellow Old Car Enthusiasts in that great land Down Under, beautiful New Zealand. During the years that I owned a 1929 Buick with 10,000 actual miles, I was a member of the Buick Silver Anniversary Club run by Bill McLaughlin of Toronto Ontario, Canada. There are several very enthusiastic owners of 1929 Buicks in New Zealand, and I enjoyed many of the articles written by them--never dreaming that one day our daughter's home would someday be in that country. And Greetings to you from the car clubs based in the area of Flint Michigan, the home town of Buick, Chevrolet, AC Spark Plug and General Motors, and the opportunity to email on your behalf 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 Kevin Kirbitz, GM's Operations Manager of GM's most historic site, Flint's restored Durant-Dort Carriage Factory, "Factory One" of General Motors, the only United States Federal Historic site in Genesee County. 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 famous Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37. The Buick Gallery has a multi-million 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/about-buick-gallery/ If any in your car club need information or direction for their particular projects, I have gotten to know many car restorers in America during my 35 years as owner of Factory Automanuals from 1973-2008, and still active on Ebay selling parts and literature. Sherrema will have my contact information for those interested parties who have old car projects, and can in many cases put you in touch with the right people for parts or information for your projects. I wish every single one of you the best in health personally, and in your pursuit of maintaining and restoring your particular favorite historic vehicle. Signed, ---Dan Bower, President, Motor City Chapter, American Truck Historical Society, and Archive Volunteer at the Kettering University section inside GM's Factory One. 19
Central Otago Moped Rally A couple of weeks ago our scooter/ moped members attended this popular pastime event organised by the Central Branch, this year held in the Roxburgh area. Strange as it may seem your little gem will start and perform at home on Saturdayâ€Śâ€Ś.. Sunday, and for one reason or another he or she needs a plug change. This was the case with more than one bike at the start but when all was well thirty plus two strokes left Roxburgh (in a cloud of smoke) crossing the bridge and downstream to Millers Flat. Being a low traffic back road it was perfect conditions to ' open er up' and do a bit of high- speed stuff, who the winners were at the Millers Flat checkered flag I'm not sure. A visit to an interesting home museum and garden, plus a talk about the old bakery gave us a rest before the return ride upstream and the lunch stop at Pinders Pond. Great weather on the day but no swimmers in our group of mopeders! A little bit of hill work, a visit to a lovely restored early mud cottage, crossing the Roxburgh Dam and down the highway to the starting point. A number of riders attempted to mix it with the main traffic flow but no, this just didn't happen!! A well run event by Lindsay and his team, even a few prizes for 'special' efforts, best of all, no winners. Bill Veitch
TARGA Update Hi Everyone - A quick update & progress report. Planning for our Targa-VCC South Island Time Trial is well underway with rules/regs etc to be finalized within the next 2-3 weeks. ADVANCE NOTICE - SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018 – HIGHLANDS PARK Peter Martin has booked Highlands Park at Cromwell especially for Targa 2018 entrants, & all potential Targa-VCC Time Trial participants are also very welcome to join us there. (Times to be confirmed, but most likely between 10am - 3pm, Saturday 21st April). This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Targa & our Time Trial, ask questions & have practical demo’s of route books etc. More details will be emailed to you in the next couple of weeks, along with a request for you to confirm your attendance at Highlands Park Saturday 21st April. (For those unable to attend Highlands Park, another similar meeting & practical demo is being planned for Christchurch in the next few months). In the meantime please email or call me with any queries. Best wishes, Rod Corbett., email@example.com 027 433 8772. PS. Look out for full page colour adverts & info in April editions of VCC Beaded Wheels & NZ Classic Car magazines.
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.
Gerald Lynch Blosse Motor Cycle Rally Entries were down a little for this popular event in North Otago but the 20 plus riders enjoyed a well organised run over 110 miles in the inland Glenavy Waihao area. The morning run with a timed section from the start included three gravel sections, and with this part of Otago (a dairy farm area) a certain amount of negotiating slippery stuff on the roads was required. These roads would be new to all but the few locals so keeping a close eye on the 23 instructions before the lunch stop was essential or one could become lost. As the temperature dropped during the morning ride the warm Waihao Forks Hotel with great food was a welcome stop for an hour or so. Back on the bikes and it was a number of inland Glenavy roads taking us back towards Weston with the finish at the Clubrooms and afternoon tea. Six of our Branch members attended this rally, and who was the overall winner - our newest bike rider, Kevin Mason - well done Kev. (and on the smallest bike the 197cc Francis Barnett). Bill Veitch
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