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April 2017

Southland Branch - Vintage Car Club of NZ Inc. PO Box 1240, Invercargill 9840

Next Meeting: Ariki Lodge, 46 Ariki Ave, Otatara 7:30pm Thursday, 27th April, 2017

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Office Bearers 2016/2017 215 7136 217 9393 217 9667 southland@vcc.org.nz Treasurer Sheryn Warren 2170524 Club Captain Brian Dunick 218 2434 Bulletin Editor Dave Harris 215 6068 or 0272016722 dcharris@southnet.co.nz Southland Branch website www.sporty.co.nz/southlandvintagecar VCC website www.vcc.org.nz VCC forum www.trash.co.nz/vccbb

Patron Chairman Secretary

Wayne Nicoll Donald Ward Janet McCulloch

Social Roster Bar Duty

Bar Open 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Russell Jenkins Peter Pryde Tony Warren

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Trevor Wilkey Lex Simpson Brian Dunick

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Ron Irwin

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From the Editor Well it has been a busy month for me. I went to Australia to go to the Phillip Island Historic Motor Race meeting and the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Phillip Island was a bit tough for me as I am not used to spectating at Classic motor racing, I am much more used to taking part. However since my Australian trip I have been to Cromwell for the Highlands Festival of Speed where I did take part (slowly at the back). I was going to go to the North Otago VCC Hillclimb at Ngapara, not to compete as the road is a bit bumpy for my race car, just to help out, but the event was cancelled due to the weather forecast. After Highlands I had thought long and hard about entering at Ngapara but had decided not to take the car prior to the cancellation. On the local scene there has been the usual Wednesday run (I took the TVR again) and there is the Post War, Post 60, Post 80 Rally coming up (the entry form was in the last Rumour). I can take the TVR on this and many of you will have cars that are eligible for this Rally so hopefully we will get a good turnout. Hopefully there will not be any gravel roads as I don’t have enough ground clearance under the exhaust to clear any ridge in the middle of the road. At the March Club meeting Roy Shanks had his 1915 Ford T along. Unfortunately the car is black and I had a lot of difficulty with my 10 year old snap shot camera trying to get a good photo of the car. I managed to “process” one of the photos and have included it in this newsletter and I hope it has come out alright. Maybe I need to buy myself a new and better camera. There is a nomination form for the upcoming AGM on P7. If you don’t want to cut this from your Rumour, the Secretary as additional forms.

Dave

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Chairman’s Report Just remember everyone the Waimea Motorcycle run is coming up on the 13th May followed a week later on the 20th May by the P60’s Rally. The next major event on the Club’s calendar is the AGM which is being held on the 25th May. If you would like to assist in the running of our club now is your chance to get yourself elected onto one of our many Committees, after all, many hands make light work. It is a lot harder these days to find volunteers to fill the roles within the Club. It is always a lot easier to criticise than to help. We have had a lot of members say that they have done their stint in helping run the club and we have had some members put their hands up to help in some way or another and been criticised for their efforts or told that is not how it is done, but of course for some people it is easier to find fault in what others do. Perhaps we should be encouraging them in what they do and asking is there anything I can do to help. Remember just because we did it this way 30 years ago does not mean that sometimes it cannot be improved on. Real Motorcyclists don’t mind gravel roads.

Donald Cover Photo: 1960 Scarab Formula 1 car. This car was part of the Shannon’s Historic Demonstration at the Australian Grand Prix. This is the spare car from the 1960 F1 season, but the cars were out of date before they started a GP due to the mid-engine revolution. The Scarab is distinctly American, looking more like an Indy Roadster that a European Formula 1 car.

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Russell’s Ramblings On the auto scene. Brian Dunick now owns a 1911 AX Renault ex Christchurch. This will be rallied shortly. Dave Morris and Bronwyn have imported a 1914 Model 25 Maxwell roadster. This is mobile but needs some work done. The 1938 Ford V8 roadster that Ray McCulloch has been working on is now a rolling chassis with the body in the paint shop. Ray showed me the array of after-market parts available for these early Fords including parts to improve the car’s suspension. Motorcycle members will be interested in this. The Club’s librarian, Roy Shanks, showed me the photo album of local events at Oreti Beach etc. The record was compiled by the late Rupe Tall and covers events from the 1920s. There are also some car photos of historical interest including the Hooker Thomas TT Sunbeam. Phillip McDowell, as well as owning a Model 9 Sunbeam, has a 1924 Douglas, given to him by his father-in-law, John Connolly. It needs to be tidied up and painted. Local members, Kevin McDonald (Yamaha TZ350) and Steward Island based Russell Keen (Suzuki GSX Superbike) as well as Mark Hosie (Triumph Trident from E. Hayes) raced at the Phillip Island Classic Motorcycle meeting with the NZ team. Andrew Stroud was also there on a Britten. The NZ team lost out but will be back next year more determined than ever. Australian Rob Elliott is restoring a 1940 Norton WD16N dispatch rider’s motorcycle and wishes to purchase parts. Anyone who can help please contact him at rob.elliott@minelab.com.au

Russell

Roy Shanks’ 1915 Ford T at the March Club Meeting. This car was absolutely immaculate but it is not just a show queen as Roy had the car out on the Veteran Rally in the rain with the roof down.

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Wed Run 5th April 25 cars and 61 people headed off on a warm sunny Wednesday run and drove out to Myross Bush, then out to Oporo flat road and worked our way up to Winton then through Browns, Hedgehope, over to Woodlands, and back to the Newfield Tavern. There we had a lovely lunch which was Hoki or Roast, everybody had a great run. Thanks to Janice and Colin for an enjoyable run.

Wayne

Wed Run 3rd May The May run will leave the racecourse at 10.30am as usual. The cost will be $15 dollars per head payable at start. Phone or text entries to Wayne Calderwood by Sunday 31st April 2170754 or 0272012103

April Branch Meeting John Lyons will have his AC Sociable at the April meeting and will tell us all about it. 6

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Southland Branch, Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Notice is hereby given that THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of this branch will be held following the monthly members meeting on Thursday 25th May 2017 AGENDA Apologies Minutes of the 2016 AGM Matters Arising Chairman’s Report Annual Accounts Election of Officers Signatories to Cheque Account Presentation of Trophies General Business (Note all General Business is to be in the hands of the Secretary 14 days prior to the meeting) Nominations for Office Bearers must be in by 11th May 2017 J McCulloch Branch Secretary Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Southland Branch (Inc) Nomination Form Nominations close with the Secretary, P O Box 1240 Invercargill 14 days before the Annual Meeting. If less than the required nominations are received, extra nominations may be called for at the Annual Meeting. Note that Nominator, Seconder and Nominee must be financial members. I nominate ……………………………………... for the position of ………………………………....... (Please Print) Nominated by ……………………………………… (Please Print) Signed ………………………………………….. Seconded by ……………………………………….. (Please Print) Signed ………………………………………...... I ………………………………………….accept the nomination ………………………………………… (Signature of Nominee) Rumour

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Olly Olsson’s Trip Around the South Island th

Monday 27 February 2017 – Travel to Cromwell Up with the larks this morning; all packed with our luggage in the Hillman Hunter, on a lovely sunny morning. David and I left home at 8.30 a.m. and travelled out to Winton to Olly’s place, number 13 Gerrard Road, to view his awesome tidy shed with all sorts of memorabilia in it – petrol cans, number plates etc., etc. Olly has a hoist in one part of his shed. The car that Olly was going to take was the Chrysler, but it had a crack in the head. So it stayed in the corner of the shed sulking. The cars that are travelling today are Wayne Calderwood’s Triumph 2000, David Calvert’s Hillman Hunter, Neil Kidd’s Dodge, Olly’s Morris Marina, Alwyn Hoskin’s Riley, John and Mary Tremaine’s Model A, Stewart and Judith Russell’s Modern, and Peter and Marie Hilston in their Modern. Travelling the back roads following Neil Kidd down Riverside Road, via Centre Bush Road and past Camp Taringatura, and at Dipton we all stopped at the shop for “something special” to view – the hats and jewellery and clothing. On the road again travelling to Lumsden to pick up John and Mary Tremaine. Then we travelled to Garston where we stopped to find out who was going over the Nevis or not, as we had heard that it was not suitable to travel over. Four couples travelled over the Nevis, and the other four couples travelled the main road. We went to Bannockburn to meet up with the others at the watering hole, but found out that the pub wasn’t open on a Monday. So we came back to Cromwell and booked into the Top 10 camp where we all stayed the night. Tuesday 28th February – Travel to Haast Another nice fine day to go to John Martin’s place to view his sheds. Wendy, his wife, took all the ladies around to see the flat that they used to live in before the main house was built. She also took us around their large flower garden.

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Meanwhile the guys went to the sheds to view the woodworking that John had been working on. John had also been working on a B.S.A car. Then we travelled to another man’s place, where he had 60 different racing motor bikes. One of the motor bikes was a Jawa that had spikes on the wheels. They race on ice. This man has lots of bibs that they wear when racing, the bibs have numbers on the back and the front. He has lots of memorabilia that hasn’t been displayed yet. Now we are travelling to Wanaka to Alon Mayhew’s workshop and cars at 3 Connell Terrace at Wanaka to view his workshop. Alon is in the process of shifting his business to Christchurch (Rangiora). He had started to pack up his workshop. Alon has all sorts of cars, Model T parts and odd Model A parts also. Back on the road now travelling to the Haast, where we stopped the night. Wednesday 1st March – Travel to Franz Josef A bit overcast today, all packed and ready to roll out of the Haast. Most of us called in at Fox Glacier and had a cuppa and a look around. Back on the road, climbing up and down dale and around hairpins until we came to Franz Josef and found the accommodation for the night. Thursday 2nd March – Travel to Greymouth On this overcast day we travelled to Greymouth, climbing up and down dale around hairpin corners until we stopped in Ross to view Mario Howard’s bike collection. Unfortunately the man wasn’t home to show us all his bikes. So we continued on our way and turned off at the Tree Top walk sign, where we stopped at a second hand sale but there were no takers. The man told us to go over the bridge for a scenic tour, turn right to Hokitika Gorge, Whitcombe Valley to the swing bridge. The river was a turquoise blue colour and it looked good with the view as well. (Continued on page 10)

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Back on the road travelling the same way as we had come, now heading to Hokitika via a dusty gravel road up and down dale around hairpin corners and a tree lined road. Once you get through you see the lake on the left, where we stopped and had a cuppa down by Lake Kaniere – a beautiful spot. On the road again travelling to Greymouth where we filled with petrol before tomorrow’s journey, and stayed the night. Friday 3rd March – Travel to Karamea Today was Mary Tremaine’s birthday on a lovely fine morning. All packed and on the move again, where we travelled to Stillwater to Joe Gillman’s place to view what he had in his sheds. At the gate of Joe Gillman’s place he has an archway with Jaguar cars upside down. It is also called V8 haven. Lots of different blocks and hub caps along the wall. Joe Gillman’s collection includes Ford Tudor, Ford V8 SW Coupe, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow saloon, and a Ford Jailbar truck. He also has 15 different motorbikes, chainsaws, and the list goes on. Joe Gillman also races the vehicles. Every time that Joe starts up an engine his little dog barks away in tune (the poor little dog’s eardrum). Apparently it was Joe Gillman’s birthday on the 4th March so Olly brought him a birthday cake. What a beautiful view Joe has from his place. Back to the cars and the next stop was Barrytown to Alan Weir’s place. Alan and Nola took us down to the beach where they dig for gold in the black sand. He uses mercury to take the gold out of the sand. They also have a business growing wasabi. It is grown on a stony bed with pure running water. It was very interesting with the gold and growing and cultivating the wasabi at the right time. They send the wasabi to Christchurch to a sushi restaurant.

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In the basement of the house Alan had original Phaeton and Model A sedans. He had four Model A’s altogether. Alan and Nola designed their house which looked very nice. Nola gave us a cuppa and a choice of date or plain scones. We also tried the wasabi on cracker biscuits and Nola’s mayo wasabi. They were very nice and quite hot. We travelled back to Westport to look at the shops and then we travelled to Karamea where we stayed the night. Saturday 4th March – Travel to Westport Another nice day – all packed and ready to move off once again. Before leaving Karamea, David and I and a few other people went to the start of the Heaphy Track to have a look. We travelled to Tony Johnstone’s place at Little Wanganui. He has a mixed large collection of tractors and military vehicles. At Granity we had our lunch and then we went through the Northern Buller Museum with all the memorabilia to have a look at. Back on the road, travelling to Denniston coal minefields, climbing up and down dale, around hairpin corners, what a sight of view we had. At night time we had a very nice meal at John and Mary Tremaine’s daughter’s restaurant in Westport. A good night had by all. Sunday 5th March and Monday 6th March – Travel to Nelson for Two Nights Another nice day weatherwise, all packed ready to go. Before we left Westport we went to the coal museum and had a look around. It was all very interesting. On the road now, travelling to Murchison, where we stopped for lunch and a look around. At Murchison this is where we met up with Ashley and Gwen Bell. They were heading to Blenheim to stay with Gwen’s sister. Monday 6th March Another nice day. We all went to Ellis Str eet Autos at 104A Ellis Street at Brightwater. Andrew Dyer has a garage there and also a museum full of memorabilia of all sorts of things that brought back memories. He also had tin signs for sale. Then the ladies walked over the road to view some iron work. Marie bought a sun dial man for one of her fences. We said our goodbyes as we were travelling to Blenheim for two nights there.

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Arrowtown Rally Meeting Following last year’s Rally a number of members expressed concern about the safety of continuing to run the Arrowtown Rally in its current format especially with the increasing quantity of tourist traffic in the area. A meeting will be held at the Clubrooms on May 18th at 7:30pm to discuss the future of the Arrowtown Rally. All rally participants are invited to attend this meeting.

Brian

2018 Easter Rally Update The Southland Branch bid to host the 2018 South Island Easter Rally has been accepted and the organising team has been busy putting a Rally Programme together. We want to make this an attractive and affordable Rally to participate in. Both the Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motor Cycle Mecca are open over the Easter period and there will be time for Rally participants to visit either or both of these. It is also oyster season and it is intended to have some of these Bluff delicacies available for consumption at an event in our Clubrooms on the Saturday evening. We are exploring various funding options and have secured several of our venues at very reasonable or no cost meaning that the Rally Registration Fee will be on par with previous Easter Rallies. An event like this requires ‘many hands to make light work’ so if you are available to help out I’d love to hear from you. We especially would like to hear from those who will not be entering the Rally and would be available over Easter 2018 to assist in some way. Either give me a call on 021 388 649 or 03 2189878 or email me at glenys@apprenticeships.net

Glenys

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events 13th May

18th May 20th May

Waimea Motorcycle Run Waimea Run will be leaving the Crescent at 9:30am, entry fee is $10. Please contact Donald Ward on 2179393. Arrowtown Rally Meeting Post war, Post 60, Post 80 Rally Entry form was in the March Rumour

Other Branch Events 21st May

Sandy Bay Hillclimb, Nelson Br anch

Other Events 30th April 7th May

Bikers Brekkie 8:00am Classic Motorcycle mecca Petrolheads Breakfast 8:00am Bill Richardson Transport World

Restoration Awards If you have a vehicle you would like to have considered for the Club Annual Restoration and Mechanical Restoration awards please contact Brian Dunick (027 2297270) to arrange inspection of your vehicle by May 5th.

Brian

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For Sale 1935 Morris 18/6 a r ar e car in or iginal condition Reg & WoF, heaps of parts. Ph. Dave 032367910, 0220261584. Model ‘A’ Ford 1930/31 Gemmer 2 tooth steer ing box in excellent condition. Complete set of Model ‘A’ Ford Shock absorbers in good working order. 1930 Model ‘A’ Ford 1930 Cabriolet. On running gear, good body, in need of restoration. A selection of Model ‘A’ Fords for sale. Ph. 03 528 7924 or vintagecars@xtra.co.nz 1952 Ford Prefect. This car was disassembled to the last nut and the rebuild is 90% complete with 90% to go. The car is in Gore. Contact Andrew Moyle on 022 191 4706. BSA C15 Motorcycle parts - Steve Winteringham 03 218 3228. 1941 Anderson Stationary Engine. In ver y good condition. Reasonable offer please. Contact Roy Shanks 03 216 6056 1929 Chevrolet Wentworth. 4 door sedan, 6 cylinder . Fully r estor ed but has not been used much since restoration. Rego on hold. Has some spares included. $22,000. Phone 03 218 4921 or 027 203 1595. 1958 Matchless 500. Good, fast r eliable bike. Sold with Rego and WOF. Ride Away $6,000.00. Phone Robert 03 2246160 1948/49 Bedford light utility pick up. Its all ther e but in poor condition and the motor is seized. Make me an offer for the complete truck or I will consider selling parts. Its condition makes it an unlikely restoration project really only good for parts. For further information contact John Clegg at 03 206 6766 or john.eve@es.co.nz 1977 Triumph 2500. 44,480 miles. Automatic. Nice and str aight, interior needs TLC. Only two owners. Rego on hold. Purchased 2006 to restore – didn’t happen. Has owner’s manual. Can be viewed in Ashburton Phone 027 6689964 1926 Model T Ford Roadster, electr ic star t (6 volt). Current WoF and in very good road condition. Full restoration mid-2000s, including leather upholstery and hood by Classic Autotrim Upholstery and complete engine reconditioning by Ray’s Rebuilds. Comes with some parts, wheel (spokes) and rims (in addition to the spare), luggage rack, jack and assorted bits and pieces along with various Model T Ford publications. Recent valuation available. $27,500 ono. Phone Hamish 0272 515 695. 14

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Wanted 1958 to 1960 AA Badge - John Leisham - 215 6078

Parts Shed The parts shed will be open the afternoon of meeting nights between 1 & 4 p.m. The following people can be contacted at anytime if requiring parts or information on parts in our Parts Shed. John Burke 217 8177 Alwyn Hoskins 215 9302 Neil Kidd 216 3788

Library The library will be open on general meeting nights between 7&9 p.m. Other times by appointment - phone 216 6056 Copyright of the contents of the “Rumour� magazine rests with the VCC of NZ (Southland Branch) unless otherwise stated. Views and opinions expressed in the Rumour are those of the authors of the articles and are not necessarily those of the Southland Branch of the VCC of NZ, the Branch Executive or the Editor. Mistakes will be corrected if possible if they are pointed out to the Editor.

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