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The Vintage Car Club of Queensland Inc. Queensland’s original and oldest historic motoring club. Founded 1955 Preserving Queensland's Motoring Heritage

VCCQ defrag and reboot.

Suttons Beach Breakfast. see what's to come under

events:

Family Day outing somewhere. Issue no. 388 March 2017

61 YEARS YOUNG


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THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF QUEENSLAND Inc. Meetings Meetings are held at 8pm on the third Friday of each month at the VCCAQ Clubrooms, 1376 Old Cleveland Rd., Carindale QLD 4152. The Club’s well-stocked Library is open before and after the meeting and a pre-meeting BYO everything BBQ is usually enjoyed by a number of our members.

OFFICE BEARERS 2016-2017 PRESIDENT Bruce McPhail 0411 223 147 margnbruce52@gmail.com SECRETARY Henry Hancock 0414 311 564 hlaevt@aanet.com.au TREASURER Anne Corbett 3511 0818 fermoy@tpg.com.au COMMITTEE S. McMillan (visitor) 0429 341 620 sheilaem@bigpond.com Ronnie Brown 0419 702 329 alvisronnie@gmail.com Jon Voller 0400 194 347 jon.voller@yahoo.com Brian McMillan 0412 303 477 brianmcmillan@optusnet.com.au Doug Young 0418 719 430 doug_young@iinet.net.au David Fryer 0418 722 007 maximalist@bigpond.com EVENTS Vacant 041 au QUEENSLAND HISTORIC MOTORING COUNCIL Vacant IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Doug Young 0418 719 430

doug_young@iinet.net.au

EDITOR Brian McMillan

0412 303 477

brianmcmillan@optusnet.com.

LIBRARY Duncan McPhee

3374 1404

Carrier Pigeon

REGISTRAR Rob Gabb

3286 4417

rwgabb@iinet.net.au

VEHICLE DATING Contact the Secretary CORRESPONDENCE Unless otherwise requested, please address all written correspondence to: The Secretary The Vintage Car Club of Queensland Inc. 1376 Old Cleveland Road Carindale QLD 4152

You can also email the club: vintagecarclubqld@gmail.com


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SENDING MONEY TO THE CLUB Cheques should be made out to The Vintage Car Club of Queensland Inc., and posted to the Treasurer at the Club’s postal address (above), unless otherwise requested. Direct Deposit: Payments are easier and faster using Internet direct deposit. Our Suncorp acc. details are: Account Name: Vintage Car Club of Queensland Inc. BSB: 484-799 Account No: 001424831 It is MOST important that you include your surname and a brief description of the nature of the payment (e.g. Smith subscription, or Jones Xmas lunch). Annual Membership subscription $50

VCCQ ESSENTIAL INFORMATION.

Here’s an update on things you should know about the Club. We now have: A Website - Access via http://carclubs.shannons.com.au/vccq or Shannons/Car Clubs/VCCQ/more info. See under “Club News” for latest updates. An email address - vintagecarclubqld@gmail.com All committee members have access to the mailbox. A monthly magazine. A facebook page – Get yourself on facebook and search Vintage Car Club Queensland and ask Brian Carson for access as a member. A gmail Calendar - The Calendar lists all interesting motoring events not just VCCQ events. All committee members have full access. A list of all books in the Club Library - Send the Club an email requesting a copy of this list. - Members only. A Members' Directory - Listing all financial Members as of August 31, 2016. See Secretary for a copy. A Members' Register is also maintained detailing members' vehicles. A copy is kept for viewing in the Club Library. Lapel Name Badges - These are given free to all new members. Existing members can get new ones from the Secretary at a cost of $10. A Google Drive box – Up there in a cloud safe from a collapse of my computer is lots of good stuff including all the current Club mags for 2015 and 2016 and also selected mags from other clubs placed in monthly folders. Access has been given to all current financial members and a few others. Thanks to Dave Fletcher for setting it up. Hope it works for you.

COVER PIC. Stoewer and 1911 Brush. "Preservation Class" at the very poorly attended Redcliffe Veteran/Vintage run. From memory last year almost 30 cars, only 6 this time, not counting the nice Freeway station wagon and the newly restored Valiant ute. Wolf Same class applies to these two gents cooking brekki at the BBQ


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VCCQ CALENDAR OF EVENTS – MARCH 2017 DATES

CLUB & INVITATION EVENTS

Mar 12 Mar 17

VCCQ Family day outing. Themed dinner night

BMc RB

VCCQ CALENDAR OF EVENTS – 2017

CM – Committee meeting. GM – General meeting. January

CM

GM 20th Virgin's brekkie 15th

February

CM 1

GM 17th BYO brekki with the Vets at Suttons Beach 6am start. 12 th

March

CM 1st

GM 17th Theme Dinner night 17th

April

CM 5

GM 21

May

CM 3

GM 19

June

CM 31st GM 16th Yulgilbar 2-5

July

CM 5th

GM 21st Retirement Village visit Wed. 12th

August

CM 2nd

GM 18th Presentation Event Sat. 12th Classics at Peak Crossing 27th

September

CM 30th GM 15th Mapleton with BRHCC 9-10?

October

CM 4th GM 20th Wolston House visit Wed. 11th

November

CM 1st

December

CM 11th GM 15th Christmas Party 15th

st

th rd

VCCQ Family day outing. 12th

Cambooya 15-16

st

Alvis National 7-13

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VCCQ Concours 25th

AGM and Dinner Meeting Frid. 18th

GM 17th VCCAQ London to Brighton run 5th

Boonah lunch Sun 26

Boxing Day 26th

2017 programme preliminary only. Please advise of all other relevant events and suggested changes

EVENTS FOR OTHER CLUBS January February

Art Deco Napier 15-19

March

Phillip Island Historic races http://vhrr.com/wp/phillip-island/ 17-19

April

Highfields Vintage Fest 15-17

May

Alvis National 7-13 Honk parade Ipswich 6th evening 6-9.30 Lockyer Swap meeting 7th NMHD 21st Historic Winton 27-28

June

Goodwood FS 22-25

July

RACQ Motorfest 9th

August

Vets Club swap 19

September

Goodwood R

October

Cane fields Rally–Bundaberg Gympie Gold Rush Festival Melbourne Motorclassica 21-22

November

Bendigo swap 12-13

December

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Toowoomba Swap 4-5

Allora autumn old car festival 28-30 David Hack Classic and

Jumpers n Jazz Warwick 20-30 Classics at Peak Crossing 27th

Historic Amaroo

All British Day

Watts Bridge 26-29

Gatton Trucks George Green


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Minutes of General Meeting No.729 Friday 17th February 2017 Venue: Veteran Car Club Clubrooms, Carindale. Meeting Opened: 8.10 pm Present: Chairman – Immediate Past President, Doug Young; Treasurer - Anne Corbett; Secretary - Henry Hancock; 25 members as per the attendance book. Apologies: Trish Hanley, Bob Collett, Carl Neilson, Jan Gabb, Bruce McPhail, Angelo Frangiosa, Chris & Jacqui Pike Visitors: None Quorum: The Secretary confirmed that with respect to the Special General meeting, a quorum (minimum 15) of members is present. Proxy votes: The Secretary advised that with respect to the Special General Meeting, no proxy votes have been submitted. Minutes of Previous Meeting: The Chairman requested that the minutes of Meeting No. 728 be accepted as an accurate representation of the matters discussed. Moved: Rob Gabb. Seconded: Jon Voller. Carried. Post Meeting Presentation: Tonight: Wolf Grodd – Classic Le Mans 2008 March: To be advised. Membership: New Members: No new members Membership Application: Application form sent to Colwyn Scheepers. Correspondence: Inwards Mail (Australia Post)  Newsletters from: QHMC, Veteran Car Club of Aust (Qld.); Austin 7 Register; VSCC of Aust.; VSCC of SA; VSCC of Victoria. Available for viewing at the front table.

Trade literature from Central Auto Marine (Andrew Keepence - 0423 762 333, keepence@gmail.com) Trimming and Upholstery (upstairs at MG City). Inwards Mail (e-mail) o VCCA(Q) – Tenancy Deed of Agreement for the lease of the club room and library. For review and signature by the President and Secretary (to be returned to the VCCA(Q) by the VCCQ March 2017 General Meeting). o Mantle Parents Support Group (Colin Taylor – 0447 288 833). A request for a vintage rally in support of Mental Health Week, October 2017 (Doug Young discussed a possible 1 day event). o QHMC on behalf of Forest Lake RSL. A request for vintage cars to transport veterans at the Forest Lake ANZAC parade. o MTOQ Allora Old Car Festival 28th – 30th April 2017 (Doug and Elizabeth Partington 07 4666 3801, classic@halenet.com.au) – Entry forms for 2 or 3 day attendance. o Newsletters from various car clubs. Available for viewing on the Club’s Google Drive account. Outwards Mail (Aust. Post): 1. Nil Outwards Mail (e-mail): 2. Nil The Secretary moved that the inwards correspondence be accepted. Seconded: Duncan McPhee Carried Treasurer’s Report: (Anne Corbett by Email) The Treasurer reported a current account balance of $3,331.73


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Term Deposit $20,000 invested at 2.4% Members requiring details of the current account balance or term deposit please email the Treasurer at fermoy@tpg.com.au The Treasurer moved that her report be accepted and the inwards accounts be approved and the outwards accounts be endorsed. Seconded: Jeff Jones Carried. Events: A NEW EVENTS COORDINATOR IS REQUIRED. March 12th VCCQ Family Day outing: Brian McMillan noted that unless someone comes forward to organise it, the day will be cancelled. March 17th French Theme dinner night: Ronnie reminded people to book with her or Jennie and that it is $15 on the night (not to Treasurer). April 15th and 16th Cambooya Run: Brian reported that all rooms in the Bull and Barley are reserved for Sat 15th for Club members to book. Highfields Machinery Fair and visit to Col Schiller. May 7th – 13th Alvis Tour: Ronnie reported that more than 70 persons have paid and organisation is going well. June 2nd – 5th Yulgilbar and Yamba: June 25th VCCQ Concours d’Elegance: Brian raised a new location – See New Business below. July Wed 12th Retirement Village visit: Invitation Events: April 25th ANZAC DAY Forest Lake RSL: Cars to carry veterans. Discuss in March meeting. April 28th – 30th Allora Old Car Festival: Brian noted that it is probably too close to Alvis tour for full club participation. Magazine: (Brian McMillan) Brian reported he needs contributions for the next magazine. Library: (Duncan McPhee) Duncan noted that two “new” books have turned up in the Library; can someone please identify the donor? He noted that Carrington Rocks is where Captain Logan who has been very unfairly maligned in history, used to load stone by convict labour for transport to Brisbane. Register: Rob Gabb has a new email address rwgabb@gmail.com. Queensland Historic Motoring Council (QHMC): No report. Regalia: (Sheila McMillan) Sheila displayed the brass VCCQ car badges for sale for $30 each. Special General meeting – Election of a President The Chairman advised that notice was given on 15th December 2016 of a Special General Meeting to be held on Friday 17th February to elect a President. As no nominations for the position had been received by the Secretary by 3rd February, he called for nominations from the floor. The Secretary confirmed that this is the procedure required by the Club Rules. Brian McMillan nominated Bruce McPhail and advised that Bruce is overseas at the moment and has agreed to his nomination. Doug Young seconded the nomination. The Chairman called for further nominations. None were received. The Chairman called for objections to the nomination. There was a query from the floor as to whether someone could be nominated in absentia. The Secretary advised that it is not prohibited in the Club Rules. The Chairman declared that in the absence of other nominations for the position, Bruce McPhail is elected as the President of the Vintage Car Club of Queensland Inc. The Chairman requested that Brian obtain Bruce’s written acceptance.


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General Business: 1. Rights and roles of “Partners”: The Chairman advised that the Committee has investigated the various options to allow spouses and partners to have more formal involvement and will report in detail at the next meeting because the requirements of the Associations Incorporations Act 1981, its Regulations and the Club Rules together with Public Liability Insurance and QHMC fees make the situation quite complicated. 2. Clubroom upgrade: The Secretary noted the new large fans (which those on the floor thought very effective), the partially upgraded PA system [not yet complete to the Secretary’s understanding of the VCCA(Q) Tenant’s meeting] and the reconfigured lighting. 3. Lease Agreement for Club Room: The Committee has reviewed the VCCA(Q) proposed lease agreement and it will be signed on behalf of the Club by the President and Secretary. New Business: 1. Concours d’Elegance 2017: Brian McMillan advised that he recently inspected the Carrington Rocks Boat Club park area at Corinda, near to the Arboretum where the Club used to hold the annual Concours. He believes that it would be suitable for our Concours and although the club has previously agreed to return to Ormiston House, no booking has been made there and this may be an interesting change. Brian proposed that the 2017 VCCQ Concours d’Elegance be held at the Boat Club in 2017. Seconded by Wolf Grodd. There were various speakers for and against. The Chairman called for a vote. Carried 2. Concours d’Elegance 2016 Awards: The secretary has the following award badges, but none of the recipients were at the meeting. Best Veteran Car Napier Jak Guyomar Best Vintage Car Delage Jak Guyomar & Brian Bradford Best PVT Alvis Speed 25 Graham Hesse Best Car under 1000cc MG J3 Ross Kelly Enthusiast Award Derek & Gaye Dixon President’s Choice Ross Walker 3. Fund Raising Event: The Committee has requested that Doug Young investigate a good red and white wine for the Club to label. 4. Luxury Car Tax on Vintage and Classic Vehicles: The Chairman reported that vintage vehicles imported into Australia are subject to Luxury Car Tax irrespective of their age or heritage value. One effect of this is to prevent vintage cars once exported from Australia from ever returning. Wolf Grodd gave an example where about $1.0M was denied to Australia business. The Club is not aware of any effective action by QHMC, AHMF and others who have stated that they sorting this out. The Club believes that restriction on the entry of vintage cars into Australia was not the original intent of the legislation and has requested Doug Young to investigate and prepare a submission for the Commonwealth Government to remove this restriction. Cars, Parts and Services: Jeff Jones advised that he is selling his workshop equipment and was requested to list items for the Magazine. Supper: Many thanks to Jennie Ransom Raffle: Won by Rob Gabb Next Meeting: Friday 17th March 2017 Meeting closed: 9.15 pm.


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EDITOR'S REPORT – Brian McMillan VISION: It's all about good news and proper machinery. I was talking to retiring events CEO Ronnie about having another look at the survey she did in 2013. Not much had changed in what we were doing since then. It's just that it's hard to get members to organise the doings. While we have over 100 members it's only about 30% who get involved in events. The other 70% probably no longer intend to attend and are only there to lend their support. Many thanks to those supporting members for without their contribution we would not be able to pay our bills. Rent, insurances and auditors fees take virtually all our membership fees. It's only our raffles and occasional wine sales that give us spending money. Looking at our constitution the objectives of our club are still very pertinent. We are in the business of looking after and enjoying our vehicles The objects for which the Association is established are:A) To foster interest in the history and preservation of Veteran, Edwardian, Vintage, Post Vintage Thoroughbred and Classic motor cars, as defined elsewhere in the Rules. (B) To assist Members in the acquisition, restoration and maintenance of these cars. (C) To provide facilities for the exchange of information among Members, and to act in any way which will promote a continued interest in the preservation of the vehicles and books, films, lantern slides, records, catalogues and all similar matter concerning them. (D) To promote competitions, trials and other events in which such vehicles can participate. Also our membership criteria is relevant. Full Membership : This is open, at the Club’s discretion, to enthusiasts of Pre-war quality vehicles, with or without an eligible vehicle. It was great to receive (since the last meeting) an unsolicited application for membership from a gentleman who does not own a suitable car but wanted to add his support. How good is that? Our ageing membership. We seem to be having a more than usual number of our older members experiencing health problems. The curve is starting to ramp upwards. Several of our long term members have been doing it tough. We wish them well. SUNBEAM CARS. The two Sunbeam stories in the February mag generated quite a bit of response. The big bloke (Brian DeMamiel) talking to Margaret McPhail outside the Cambooya pub on p28 of the Feb mag was at Point Turton on the York Peninsula recently and one of his neighbours said he owned an old Sunbeam. He sent Brian a pic and he sent it on to me. I then sent it on to PjR and asked if he knew the car. Naturally, he did as well as all its details and the owner, Lew Rainer.


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Had an email from Moya Sharp from the State Library of WA's Outback Family History office, http://www.outbackfamilyhistory.com.au/ She was very interested in Peter's story and sent me a file with many great pics from Kalgoorlie pre 1940. The car here is of a 1913 Sunbeam 12-16 at the local racetrack.

The second picture is labelled “Iceworks picnic�. The car on the right is also a Sunbeam, probably a 1914 12-16. It has Holland Covers over the upholstery (just visible on the driver's side) and that third headlight. All the other lights are electric, so is this for emergencies? Maybe there's a Prestolite tank somewhere. The windscreen is more like the regular Sunbeam job.


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Another great pic is of this magnificent beast labelled “FN of Mr Agnew”. The experts tell me it is in fact a Darracq.

FROM GAVIN MUTTON'S STORY ON THE BANK CARS. Hello Brian, I was most interested in the article on Sunbeams. I have recently read about the 12-16 Sunbeam at Lake Perkolilli in “Red Dust Racers” – it is a great car (and I recommend the book, with lots of period photos) I knew Gordon Davis, son of Harry Davis, well. Gordon started as an apprentice mechanic in 1943 at the Bank of NSW, working on the Sunbeams during WW2 before joining the army; he was later a driver, and eventually became Transport Manager, still in the garage at Pyrmont. I actually did some work there – the day before I was to leave to drive down to Sandown to race my MGTC in about 1976 I found the clutch slipping. Gordon said I could use a bay in the workshop so I went in early, replaced the clutch, and was on my way at lunchtime. I also used the lathe one weekend because of its long bed. This lathe was probably the same one Gordon spoke of the Chief Mechanic Sid using to rebuild a Sunbeam engine during WW2 – new pistons were not available but sleeves were, so the block was sleeved undersized, the pistons machined to suit and new rings made. He often spoke of Sid and the procedures of the time, including pouring and fitting bearings, blacksmithing fittings, and body building. It was Gordon’s descriptions of Sunbeams that got me interested in them, leading me to buy my 20/60 from Peter Ransom (unfortunately after Gordon’s death so he never saw it) and now another Sunbeam project, which is why I am selling the 20/60. He said the Sunbeams with English bodies often cracked through the A pillars which was the reason BNSW preferred locally built bodies, using Diskon and Molyneux to body the cars, and also the cash trucks. Gavin Mutton refers to number plates and mascots – 1817 (the year the bank was started) was later reserved for the Director’s car, together with the mascot, which was the ‘Telcote Pup’. In the 50s a replica was made for security and attached to the car, and Gordon had the original, unfortunately I have no idea where it is now. I don’t know when the policy started, but all the cars in the 60s and 70s were dark blue.


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Following security scares in the 70’s such identifying marks were removed. The car shown in Gavin’s article, registered BNW 898, I think is the special 1934 20hp, which Gordon understood to be the same as the 25hp but a narrower bore, one of the last built, and imported as a chassis for Diskon and Molyneux to build a body for Sir Alfred Davidson. The body was a ‘town car’ with no boot, special effort was put into it, and it cost 2-3 times that of other bodies. The decorative woodwork inside was all solid, not veneered. It was registered 313 and never used for carrying cash. During the war it was stored as it was considered unsuitable for wartime fuels and Fords were used. In time the Bank disposed of it and Gordon’s father purchased it. Perhaps the photo was taken during his ownership, maybe even in the drive of their house in Lindfield. The car was sold because of insufficient spares support although still in very good order. It passed through several hands, including traveling to Queensland, before Gordon purchased it in largely dismantled condition. It was completely refurbished and returned to superb condition. As with all his cars, great care and effort was expended in making it oil and water tight, and run smoothly and quietly. As far as I remember, VW pistons were fitted during the rebuild. After Gordon’s death in 2000 the car was sold and went to England. The other Sunbeam Gordon owned was a 1927 16hp roadster which he bought from Terry Hannan. This car was also refurbished but Gordon was not able to take it on the open road before his death. It was also sold and remains in Sydney. Regards, Rees Mackay FROM MMIM. Thanks Brian for copy of VCCQ February Magazine. I note the featured Sunbeams. Have a look at the attached pics. Colin Pearce’s 1914 12/16 Special. Red. Has dedicated radiator shape via header tank. David McIvor’s 1913 16/20 “Doctor’s Coupe”. I trust these are of interest. Cheers & regards, David McIvor.

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at the top of the North Island. When in Invercargill they looked at Richardsons Transport museum, The Motorcycle Mecca and E Hayes. I took my 1930 Aston down to show the flag. I must admit it looked small parked next to a large Bentley. Some drivers showed an interest. One group travelled to Te Anau via the coastal road, the other visited the Mandeville Air craft Factory. Here Tiger Moths are restored with other vintage aircraft. Everybody appeared to be enjoying themselves with no breakdowns. YMIM Ed. I think member Tery Hurst is on this tour. http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/89051116/bentleys-sample-southland-sights-on MORE GREAT PICS. Fantastic isn’t it?? Richard Scaldwel’s V8 GN. Everywhere it goes it is sidewards. Driven by his wife these days as he has now finished his 16 litre, chain drive Lorraine. The Thunder Bug is in the distance. A 5 litre V twin GN, built by Mark Walker. Joe


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Brian, Attached is a photo of my Grandfather’s Wolseley winning the 1917 RACQ Best Decorated Car. In the car from the rear are Stanley Hancock, grandmother Mary Isabella Hancock, Gladys Hancock, grandfather Josias Henry Hancock, Managing Director of Hancock and Gore Limited and Roy Hancock. My father was not born until 1918. Kind regards, Henry Ed. If you look closely there are faces in there somewhere.

BRISBANE HISTORY. Long, long ago the small triangular piece of land above the Queensland Maritime Museum had three homes and the South Brisbane fire station on it. The home nearest the Ship Inn was owned by Dr. Thomas Lucas of Papaw ointment fame. On its south western side was the Markwell family home and then the fire station. SE of the Lucas home lived Henry Haseler (Register of births, deaths and marriages).


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After the first world war these homes were all demolished and a memorial park was established. A wide flight of stairs was built down to the area beside the Ship Inn. On this flight of stairs a plinth was built on which was planned to be mounted a statue of a serviceman. Unfortunately, before it could be finished the South Brisbane Council and the Brisbane City Council were amalgamated in 1925 and funds were spent elsewhere. The plinth has stood statue-less for more than 90 years. Members of the Naval Association, Qld section, decided it was time to put a statue on the plinth. They raised the money and had a two metre high bronze statue of a sailor built, and made applications to erect the statue. It has taken three years to get the required paperwork through the State Govt., the BCC, the South Bank corporation and the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Three years of planning have now progressed to the final stages of manufacturing the statue and plinth along with several dedication plaques which will be placed on and around the plinth. These plaques show the Tan's involvement in major conflicts and operations by naming the ships involved or by the Battle Honours awarded: a. RAN Dedication Plaque b WW1, c WW2, d Korean War, e F.E.S.R./Malayan Emergency/Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation, f Vietnam War, g MEAO/Peacekeeping/Peacemaking Operations. The planned date/time for the unveiling is Saturday, 27 th May, 2017, at 1pm.

ALVIS 2017 NATIONAL TOUR Warwick – Queensland. Sunday May 7 to Saturday May 13

See last month's magazine for the programme. Speak to Ronnie if you wish to attend. It will be good. The Qld Historical Society ran a bus tour to Warwick on February 18 so Doug, Ronnie and I took the opportunity to increase our knowledge of the area by going along for the ride.


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Dean Pangley and Christine also attended having driven their Ghost up to David Ford's in Stanthorpe for some TLC. We started with morning tea at Glengallan Homestead, then a guided tour of Warwick and a lunch at the Nursery. We then went to the museum at Pringle Cottage and then home. VVTE Sunday February 28 meeting. Last year your editor joined the Vintage Vehicle Touring Enthusiasts Club in the hope of going on a Vintage Car Club rally with some vintage cars. All these beaut cars came along. I have not seen such a turnout in years and the lunch was great. Well chosen Betty. Rissoles and veges for $10.90. Wonderful.

NEW VCCQ PRESIDENT. Most members stayed away from the special meeting held to elect a new PRESIDENT. BRUCE MCPHAIL even went as far as Texas USA in the hope of avoiding the job. In true VCCQ tradition he was nominated and voted in by all but one member present at the meeting. I am sure he will slot in perfectly especially as his daily drive is a brand new red Ford Mustang. And you thought an XK140 was bad. BRUCE AND MARGARET WELCOME.


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Dear members of the Jaguar fraternity, It is my sad duty to inform you that our much loved and respected patron Bill Pitt passed away on Thursday night. Bill was a fine 90 years of age and, until recently, bright and alert and enjoying life. Bill became our patron in 1992, so has been involved in club events for around 25 years. He has attended and spoken at many events and handed out awards on various occasions. At our 25th Anniversary Bill was our guest of honour and presented us with his racing helmet from the 50s and 60s. This is a club treasure and is kept in the club trophy cabinets. As one of the last remaining Jaguar legends it was our honour to have Bill as our patron for these 25 years. Bill Pitt’s history with Jaguar extends back to the 50s when, in partnership with Georgie Anderson, under the Westco banner, he raced an XK 120, D Type and most famously the 3.4 “Mk 1” which brought him so many victories. In the Mk 1 Bill won the 1960 NSW Touring Car Championship and the Queensland Road Racing Championship (at Lowood). The following year Bill achieved even greater heights with the Mk 1, winning the 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship, again at Lowood. Despite all of these achievements (and many more) Bill remained a humble and absolutely delightful person. We extend our deepest sympathies to Bill’s family and will represent the JDCQ at Bill’s farewell service. Tony Herald President JDCQ Ed. Most of our older members would remember Bill. I saw him on many occasions in the Mk 1 racing against Ian Geoghegan and Ron Dodgson. I also remember Bob Jane? turning up at Catalina Park and blowing the Jags away with sheer acceleration in the monster engined Chevy. THIS MONTHS LINKS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrOikS5B2gs https://www.youtube.com/embed/QQ9gs-5lRKc https://www.lama.org.au/ Hi Brian, My #1 daughter recommends a movie, “Magic in the Moonlight” on account of the featured car. An 8c Alfa Romeo. I haven’t seen it yet but Linda has impeccable taste. Look who she chose for a dad. Jeff. It’s actually a 6C http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_804340-Alfa-Romeo-6C-1750-Gran-Sport-1930.html Doug Young


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THE ROLE OF A GOOD EDITOR IS TO AVOID UNDER OR OVER REPORTING.

ALVIS. Nice 12/50 Alvis just restored by John Martin of Tanaka. All alloy body and guards. This was on a Southland Rally with 61 other entries. Ed. Russell, send John an invitation to our Alvis National Rally. He would be very welcome with that car. Might even get a few of our members to wash their cars for display day.


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While looking for a motor mechanic to look after our visitors on the Alvis National in Warwick I came on these two likely looking companies.

An engine assembly shop. Can anyone pick the 4 cylinder engine? Fiat?

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The Darwin mob know how to celebrate Australia Day in style. NTMVEC.

OZ DAY REDLAND STYLE. AUSTRAYA DAY 2017: The day started off as pleasantly cool but became uncomfortably hot and sultry as the day progressed. The attendance at the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Australia Day car tour was a total of 562 vehicles of which there were only 20 odd pre 1940s cars:1 D type Vauxhall, 1 14/40 Vauxhall and a 1920s RollsRoyce Coupe. The others were Fords, Chevs, Chryslers, a Cadillac, an Oakland and 2 Austin 7s which was disappointing. I sighted 2 other VCCQ members – Rob Gabb sans Alvis (which is in bits-- again), Greg Riddel with a red Porsche coupe of 1950s vintage and Chris Pike with his ‘black iron’ Jaguar. The BVRC won the award for its community work in the Redlands. The unwashed masses were treated to a free breakfast sausage filled bread roll with bacon and onion and non alcoholic drinks. End of report. My man in Redland Bay. Chris Pike.


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DON’T FORGET.... IT’S FRENCH FOOD NIGHT....MARCH 17th Please join us for this FUND-RAISER and some delicious French dishes created by the Cooking Sisters To book: contact Ronnie by Monday 13th March at the latest. alvisronnie@bigpond.com or 0419 702 329. Cost: $15 payable on the night Byo: plates, cutlery, glasses, drinks and beret. Please advise of any special dietary requirements you may have. no booking – no dinner The fine print: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so before the advertised closing date so that we can adjust our catering expenses accordingly. This helps us keep the event in the black. No-shows cost us valuable revenue. If French food is not your thing, please byo dinner, as usual. There’s plenty of room at the table. NICE TO HAVE A FRENCH NIGHT FOLLOWING THE VIGNACOURT STORY. Ronnie noted that the architect Ron Purssey, featured in the story in last month's mag actually designed her house. Unfortunately we made the mistake of scheduling the French night on St. Patrick's Day. I sought and gained forgiveness for this oversight from Sister Margaret. Dear Brian, Just this once a dispensation has been granted to hold your French dinner on St Patrick’s Day – on one condition the - The Cooking sisters are feted with French champagne during the evening. Feel free to drink your Guinness. Céad Míle Fáilte, Sr Margaret O’Hanrahan Potatoes will be served on the evening. I will bring Guinness and French Champagne for us so blessed. A recent BMW bike mag featured some of the history linking SEQ with France. As we are going to Stanthorpe in May, I extracted a bit of the story from their mag. Thanks to Tony Gray. ‘Armistice Way’ is a loop drive of some 30+km commencing at Amiens Road off the Texas Road as it exits Stanthorpe and finishes back on the N-E Hwy at Thulimbah where coffee can be had at Jersey Girls Cafe. This road takes you through the districts of Amiens, Bapaume and Pozieres with Passchendaele and Pozieres State Forests along the way. These districts were originally linked by rail with other station names of Messines,


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Bullecourt and Fleurbaix. The old name boards are preserved at the Stanthorpe Historical Museum which is next door to the Top of the Town Tourist Park where we stayed. We were familiar with all of these sites with the exception of Fleurbaix. A little research revealed that the infamous battle fought around Fleurbaix is most commonly known by the name of the adjacent village of Fromelles. Fleurbaix sat behind Allied lines while Fromelles sat behind German lines. On 19 July 1916 some 5,500 Australian Troops were killed at Fromelles in a fruitless and misguided attack on the German Line making it the worst day in Australian Military History. After the War returning troops were offered land grants under a Soldier Settlement Scheme to provide them with post war employment. Some of those demobbed troops took up allocations in the Summit area and the fruits of their labour (pun intended) can now be seen in the rich crops of stone fruit that dominate the area. There is a memorial along the ride at Amiens which records the names of those who took up plots under the Soldier Settlement Scheme. Now, on or about the 100th anniversary of those battles of 1916/17, it is fitting that we pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by those young men and appreciate and respect the legacy that they have left the following generations. Take a ride through the area and spare a thought and prayer for those young men that time will never weary nor the years condemn. Lest we forget. FROM MY MAN IN SCOTLAND. Hi Brian, Thanks again for the Mag. Have flicked through it and enjoyed the photos - will read the articles this evening. I showed Heather the menu for your 'La France Merveilleuse' dinner and she said 'Yes I will come with you for that' Can you get some very cheap flights out and back for us...... All the best Roger M Martin 4 Beech Rd, Lenzie, Glasgow G66 4HN 0141 776 4430 Ed. There you have it. Get your names on the list before all the seats are sold overseas. Ring Ronnie now.

0419 702 329 Unlike in WWII, motorcycles were used in direct combat operations in WWI - over 80,000 of them. But where motorcycles proved the most valuable was for delivering messages. Because electronic communication at the time was unsecure and prone to being damaged, using "despatch riders" was the most effective way to deliver orders, reports, and maps between units. It was not uncommon for mounted messengers to ride through machine gun and artillery fire, far behind enemy lines, and


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over or around craters, debris, and dead bodies. For a snippet of what it was like, read this excerpt from Adventures of a Despatch Rider by British Army Capt. W.H.L. Watson: Then came two and a half miles of winding country lanes. They were covered with grease. Every corner was blind. A particularly sharp turn to the right and the despatch rider rode a couple of hundred yards in front of a battery in action that the Germans were trying to find. A "hairpin" corner round a house followed. This he would take with remarkable skill and alacrity, because at this corner he was always sniped. Into the final straight the despatch rider rode for all he was worth. It was un-pleasant to find new shell-holes just off the road each time you passed, or, as you came into the straight, to hear the shriek of shrapnel between you and the farm. Yes my dear Watson; I bet it was indeed pretty unpleasant. And you thought road racing was dangerous...try road racing while being sniped! http://www.bikebandit.com/blog/post/history-of-military-motorcycles QHMC FACEBOOK PAGE. https://www.facebook.com/queenslandhistoricmotoringcouncilinc/ I am hoping to keep this page updated regularly so that it is an effective way to connect clubs with each other and the QHMC Inc. Thanks so much to those who have already "liked" the page. Karen Dawes (President/Electronic Correspondence Secretary/Web Officer) Roma Historical Motor Club Inc MORE LINKS FROM BRUCE SMEATON. Hi Brian, This was an interview on a very rainy last Sunday at a carpark in Adelaide. The bloke is Andrew Mitchell, and the car is the fastest Amilcar CGS (or Grand Sport) in the world. It was imported into Australia as a rolling chassis and bodied in Adelaide. Always fitted with a MAG (Swiss) supercharger, this car has rarely been off the road, has never been restored but was found in a wrecker’s yard by Andrew’s late father Murray who collected, restored and used veteran and vintage cars and raced, as indeed does Andrew. This is not one of those modern vanity specials posing as an historic car but the real thing and all Amilcar, with a factory engine, gearbox, drive train, chassis and running gear. On current gearing the top speed is 220 kph and it gets up there very fast. Andrew has won the FTD in his class at Collingrove as well as often bettering the times of competitors in other classes. At one time this car was owned by a bloke who went rabbiting. He split open the Pointe Bordino tail (ends in a vertical line rather than a point, used by Bugatti and others and pioneered by F.I.A.T as they then were) infilled the gap with mesh and kept his ferrets in the tail. 70 years on you can still smell them. Another owner was a powder monkey by day and a safe cracker by night who holidayed at the government’s expense every now and again. It was while he was doing a stretch that his creditors obtained a court order enabling them to seize and sell his assets to settle his debts. There were many Amilcars and they were sold to a wrecker. Luckily, Murray Mitchell learned of this and bought as many of them as his funds would allow. Cheers, Bruce. https://www.facebook.com/HorsepowerCrewLifestyle/videos/1810230309226658/ http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/lets-talk-cyclecars.226791/page-296 https://www.flickr.com/photos/19867693@N03/sets/72157676372446364/with/3270095 3976/ http://wheelscene.com/lancia- wins-best-show-pebble-beach/


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PICK THE REAL ONES

EVENTS REPORT FEBRUARY – We currently have no Events Manager.

NOMINATIONS REQUIRED ANYTIME. WHAT YOU MISSED. Annual joint run with the veterans to Suttons Beach – February 12. Youse are a mob of whimps. Just because the BOM predicted a temp for the day of about 48c everyone but 3 vets and 3 vintage cars turned up. Those that did make it had a great time on this beautiful stretch of beach. I left home at 5am and motored on deserted roads right across town. The return trip was 70% in the tunnel, missing most of the heat. It was good to talk with the vets, most of whom we never see from year to year.

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Leigh and Wolf, Peter and Jennie, David and Lesley, Ray McKenzie, Ian Haywood, Kevin Long and I were about it. The rest snored on.

For a change the BBQs worked. WHAT'S TO COME. VCCQ Family day outing. March 12th May not happen. So far we have not seen any movement at the station. Dean Prangley came up with a proposal to go to Wolston House but it is closed for renovations. If anyone has any bright ideas let's hear them soon. Theme Dinner night March 17th All systems go. Book your seat now. See flyer on p20. Start time 6.00 for 6.30. See you there. Cambooya April 15-16. I have booked into the pub – have you? From last month's mag. Cambooya weekend. Further to my recent phone conversation with Amy, I wish to confirm that all rooms at the Bull & Barley Inn have been reserved for VCCQ members only, for the night of Saturday April 15th . Members have been asked to contact Amy direct to make their bookings. It was agreed with Amy that VCCQ would liaise with Bull & Barley management and any booking not taken one week in advance would be released for general sale. We would also like to book dinner for all VCCQ members staying at the Bull & Barley plus their guests for the night of Saturday April 15th 2017. Numbers will be confirmed one week in advance. Meet at the first garage at Blacksoil for a 9am departure. First stop Highfields Pioneer Village. http://www.highfieldspioneervillage.com.au/home Festival. http://www.eastervintagefestival.com/ From there via back roads to Col Schiller's before going to the pub for the night. Home on Sunday. Please book now and let me know of your plans. Yulgilbar Castle, Yamba weekend. June 2-5. The plan is to meet at Jubilee Park Beaudesert on Friday morning, 2 June, about 11am (to avoid Brisbane traffic) and all drive together if possible south to arrive in Casino for the night stop https://goo.gl/maps/HDVofpsH3w at the Clydesdale Motel. 143 Johnson Street, Casino, NSW, 2470, Australia Telephone Number (02) 6662 5982 Email info@clydesdalemotel.com.au


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We leave Casino Saturday morning about 8.30am to arrive at Tabulam about 9.30am. ASSEMBLE at CT cafe Tabulam. (down Clarence Rd) - ckcatering.org/ Some members may wish to travel down on Friday and stay overnight at the local B&B www.chauvelpark.com/ or just drive there early on Saturday. Head west on Bruxner Hwy from Tabulam and after 3km turn left onto Plains Station Road. It's then on to Yulgilbar Castle arriving by 11am at the very latest. About 50km. It's a guided tour of the castle with no pics to be taken of the castle followed by a BYO picnic in the grounds. Entry fee is $25. They will take about 25 people. After the visit and lunch we drive to Yamba, following the Clarence River, where we stay Saturday and Sunday night. Or you can just return home whenever. Book at Yamba Aston Motel or elsewhere nearby. Please make a booking asap. You can cancel free of charge but we need to reserve rooms for the nights you wish to stay. Make your booking. Graham - 0266462199 There are very limited tickets to get into the castle so book early. Over half full already.

VCCQ 2017 Events. Yulgilbar people list. 2017 February 1 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

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Gavin and Loretta Mutton Brian and Sheila McMillan Wolf and Leigh Grodd Ronnie and Clayton Brown Doug and Fanny Young Frank and Anne Corbett Bruce and Margaret McPhail Greg Berkman and Harry Lime Joe and Bev Wilson Peter and Jo Baker Di Austin and Léon Bollée

VCCQ ANNUAL CONCOURS – CRBC Corinda. JUNE 25 Change of venue for 2017 to area close to the Sherwood Arboretum where the concours was held for many years. The Carrington Rocks Boat Club is at the bottom of Hilda Street. There is a big BBQ which we can use and the Club could open their bar. A vote was taken at the February meeting and passed by the majority of members. Rob Gabb spoke against the move but most thought it worth a try. It's good to look after Ormiston House but maybe we should do what suits our members best for a change.


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The Blackall Range Horseless Carriage Club Inc Invites you to The Montville Country Run 2017 Saturday 20 May - Sunday 21 May Two days of runs through the spectacular Blackall Range on the Sunshine Coast Queensland (and beyond) following in the tracks of our most enjoyable Club outings. Saturday will consist of morning tea on the shores of Lake Macdonald and lunch at Kenilworth. We will be traveling via all the picturesque backroads across the Range, down through Eumundi and Cooroy, then back through a special inland route. A presentation dinner will be held that night at our very own Clubhouse in Maleny. Sunday will see morning tea at the glorious Maleny Botanic Gardens, including a spectacular bird display, followed by lunch at the Eudlo State School supplied by the School P & C. Over the two days you will see many different aspects of our special part of the world. Club Members have offered Billet Accommodation for Saturday night 20 May. If you wish to arrange this please contact Bob Grey on (07) 5435 8464 or 0427 397798. There is plenty of holiday accommodation around the Maleny/Montville area, mainly in the form of B & Bs, but we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment. Ed. This event was attended by some of our members last year and they enjoyed it. This year it is between our two biggest events so some members will not go. Other members may wish to attend if not involved with the Alvis National.

STRAIGHT SPEAKING THE PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

HOME SOON. FOR SALE. Fellow Veteran Car enthusiast, I have a 1905 de Dion Bouton 8 HP Single Cylinder, it is a three speed (not a two) expanding clutch model. It is original down to some of the original upholstery. The rear entrance tonneau body is original and all other parts of the car are the same matching number car. It runs well with lots of compression. The price is what it owes me which is $76,500.00 firm. That is friends price it will be advertised widely soon so if you know someone who wants a magic single they can phone me on Mob 0418 561 910 Brian Hussey John McCormack has a very well looked after Merc for sale for about $7000. Contact editor for details. Member Jeff Jones is selling up. Members please contact Jeff direct at home. IN APPRECIATION – Editor. Thanks again to all those who have sent me articles and pics. Peter Ransom, MMIM, Moya Sharp. Many thanks. Keep it coming please. Proof reading courtesy of Jennie Ransom.


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MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTOR'S DEADLINE: The VCCQ general meeting is held on the third Friday of every month. The VCCQ committee meeting is held notionally two weeks before the general meeting but on the Wednesday of that week. All contributions to the mag must be received several days before the end of the previous month if the mag is to be emailed in the first week of the month. Please send reports to vintagecarclubqld@gmail.com

What a real Vintage Club looks like. Not an SUV or PVT in sight.

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2017 MEETING SUPPER ROSTER. Anyone (girls and boys) can do this and it’s always greatly appreciated by the members at our meetings. We’re only asking you to do one or the other once a year. Please nominate for the month that suits you best, but remember you can always swap with someone else if your plans change. The roster is published each month in the Club magazine. DATE TEABAG CLEANUP January 20

Tony, Jeff, Carl

Tony, Jeff, Carl

February 17

Jennie

Peter

March 17

SFN Dinner

Dinner

April 21

Jo Lord

Peter

May 19

Leigh

June 16

David and Lesley

Wolf David and Lesley

July 21 August 18

AGM and special food night

September 15 October 20 November 17 December 15

Christmas dinner.

Volunteers to set up and take down

Perkolilli. The dirt track was a 2km lap and of triangular shape.

Thanks to Moya Sharp for the great pics. More to come.

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