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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 July, 2017

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Office Bearers 2016/2017 215 7136 216 5496 217 9667 southland@vcc.org.nz Treasurer Sheryn Warren 2170524 Club Captain Ray McCulloch 217 9667 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 Gerry Pethick Janet McCulloch

Social Roster Bar Duty 29.07.2017 05.08.2017 12.08.2017 19.08.2017 26.08.2017 02.09.2017 09.09.2017 19.09.2017

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Bar Open 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm Brian Dunick Ron Irwin Russell Jenkins Wayne Calderwood Peter Pryde Tony Warren Trevor Wilkey Lex Simpson

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From the Editor I have not managed to convince those I am dealing with in the VCC management that they are wrong with the acceptance age for cars for the VCC Post 80 class. The wording used in the P80 acceptance clause in the VCC constitution originates from 2002 when the acceptance criteria for the P60 class was changed. Prior to the 2002 amendment vehicles became eligible when they entered their 30th year, that is once they were 29 years old. This was being incorrectly interpreted by some and cars were being accepted any time in the year that they turned 29. The new ruling that cars would be eligible on 1 January of the year that is 30 years after their manufacture was introduced with the explanation “this notice of motion is simply to ensure that vehicles qualifying for this class become thirty years of age during the year of acceptance instead of twenty-nine under the present rule.” This is the explanation that was sent to members who voted on and accepted the notice of motion. Quite how the management committee can interpret this to mean they do not become eligible for the VCC until 1 January of the year after they reach 30 years old is beyond me. They are not following either the rules of the VCC or the rules of the English language. They do not have the right to change either. I don’t know who or what group is driving this incorrect interpretation but I am sure it will result in interesting discussion at the VCC Executive Meeting in August. I have had some emails about my comments on this matter. Two from the VCC President that don’t tell me anything except they continue to think they have the correct interpretation and that was the intention when the rule was written in spite of what the rule and explanation for the notice of motion say. The other two were from members of other branches, both who agree with my understanding of the rule so I am not alone. The good news for me is that one of these people is a branch delegate and will be at the August Executive Meeting.

Dave Cover Photos Geoff Timpany’s 1957 Chevrolet and Dave Harris’s 1928 Oakland at Drummond during the 2017 Tour of Duty. August Rumour - Closing date for August Rumour is August 20. Rumour

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Chairman’s Report By the time you read this you will have received your voting papers for the two remits that are to be voted on before the VCC of NZ Annual General Meeting and Executive Meeting that are being held in Blenheim on August 11th and 12th. Brian Dunick and I will be attending these meetings. If you require further explanation of these remits, a full explanation is included in the June/July Beaded Wheels. Please note that the second remit is not supported by the National Body. Not that I would try and influence your voting! Our August meeting is once again our annual auction night, so it is time to start thinking about what unneeded treasures are hiding in your garages and sheds and could be donated for the auction. The VCC Daffodil Rally for Cancer is being run nationally on Sunday August 27. Further information in this Rumour and at the next general meeting.

Gerry

Tour Of Duty Cruise For American Cars – Southland, New Zealand

“Where it all began…. 2007, 4 blokes watching the BNT V8’s at Teretonga, Invercargill, having a few beers and discussing the lack of cruises in the winter for the local American Iron… From this initial discussion it was decided to organise a USA run on the July 7th for cars of American origin. The cruise would leave Invercargill’s Feldwick gates at 10am Saturday and travel to Te Anau via the Benmore Hotel, with lunch at the Mossburn Hotel and accommodation at the Luxmore Hotel, with drinks and a band later in the day at the ‘Moose Bar’. Fast forward to July 7th – 53 cars and 180 people turn out for the inaugural ‘Tour of Duty’ cruise and as the say, the rest is history.” That is what the www.tourofdutycruise.com website says about this tour. It is held every year on the weekend closest to American Independence Day (July 4th) and is open to all American cars. All tours to date have gone to Te Anau. The tour is aimed at the popular 50’s, 60’s and 70’s American cars but all American cars are accepted no matter how old. I had taken part in the 2012 & 2015 tours in my 1928 Oakland Roadster with motorcyclist Nick 4

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Wiering along as passenger. I bumped into Nick at the start of the Waimea Motorcycle Run and he asked if we were going to do the Tour of Duty again this year. As soon as I got home I was straight on to the internet and registered for the tour. The tour was on July 1st this year. Saturday breakfast was available at the start (Makarewa Country Club), lunch was to be provided at Tuatapere, and dinner at Te Anau as well as accommodation at the Luxmore Hotel. Breakfast at Te Anau was also available as an option. I ticked all the boxes as we need food. July 1 dawned fine and cool, no frost and no rain. Perfect. The Oakland was ready to go, all fluids checked, petrol tank full and the roof down. Nick was ready to go when I got to his place so it was straight out to Makarewa for breakfast. Just as we were getting out of the car a reporter turned up and wanted all sorts of details as well as a photo. At least he did manage to get everything I told him right in the paper on the Monday. There were all sorts of American cars at the start, with the Oakland being the oldest. Most of the cars were 50’s & 60’s cars with a good variety of makes and models. After a good breakfast we set off for Winton for a stop at the top pub. From here we headed across to Drummond for another stop before heading to Tuatapere via Otautau for lunch. Another good feed, we sure weren’t going to go hungry. After lunch it was on to Manapouri and then to Te Anau to check into the hotel and off to the Moose for a beer before dinner. It was just starting to rain as we pulled in to Te Anau so our timing was just about perfect. After dinner they had the rugby on a big screen then it was back to our room for a bourbon or two. Sunday dawned a bit damp with light rain still falling. After another good breakfast we packed the car, put the roof down and set off in light rain. The rain eased a bit as we headed across Gorge Hill but from Mossburn on was quite heavy. It wasn’t long before we were back in town and it was time to dry very wet gloves and hats. Another good run with an interesting group. Most of the cars on the run would be Vintage Car Club eligible although some are quite modified, and of course any American car is accepted so all American VCC cars would be accepted. The tour is very popular and is sold out each year, with numbers being limited by the accommodation available.

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Wednesday Run – July 5th, 2017

Knowing the Oakland was running well after its trip to Te Anau the previous weekend and having been told off for going too fast on the previous run in the TVR, I decided to take the Oakland on the July Wednesday run. As is normal for me, if I can have the roof down I will so it was an open run. Barbara struggled a bit with this as she is not used to travelling in the Oakland in the winter with the roof down so has not managed to sort out what to wear to keep warm. As usual we assembled at the Racecourse gates at 10:30 with the weather cool and dry. From the Racecourse we headed down across SH1 to turn into Mason Road to loop up Mill Road and then head west through Wallacetown. Once across the Oreti River we turned right to go through Isla Bank and turned left at Fairfax. We were supposed to turn right at Gropers Bush and head straight down to Riverton, but there appeared to be an error in the instructions with regard to the distance on the sign or we miss read them. I continued down to Thornbury and then turned right to go to Riverton. From what I heard this was fortunate as there was some helicopter spraying going on near the Aparima River bridge and it may have been unpleasant with the roof down. Once in Riverton we headed for the Riverton Lodge Hotel for a lovely roast meal with dessert. Thanks to Elaine and Bill for a good run.

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Wednesday Run 2nd August 2017 The August Wednesday run will start at the Racecourse gates at 10:30am on August 2nd. Numbers to Barbara and Dave Harris phone 03 215 6068 or 027 201 6722 or email dcharris@southnet.co.nz by Sunday 30th July.

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Russell’s Ramblings Situated six kilometres west of Ashburton is the business of Bruce McIloy Ltd accredited Rolls & Bentley repair specialists. The complex comprises of the office, machine shop, showroom, parts department and large workshop. The machine shop has white metalling equipment, a new CNC vertical borer, lathes and a horizontal borer. The workshop had 15 Rolls & Bentleys on the floor. One 4 ½ litre Bentley was being fitted with an engine except for electric components and carbs was built in Canterbury. Bruce has had castings made up for Silver Ghost Rolls and 4 ½ litre Bentleys, done in the province. Also they have manufactured a Silver Ghost gearbox. Quite amazing what can be done in NZ. Neville Hayes says there is a lot of interest in the charity auction being organised by E Hayes. This event is to be held in the Ascot Park Hotel on Saturday 26th August, 5:00pm to 7:00pm to raise money for Hospice Southland. This is the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s speed record with the last item to be auctioned at the hotel to be a 2017 Indian Scout with a customised anniversary tank. It should be an excellent event with tickets at $10 from E Hayes. Quote “Only bounders ride motor cycles” H.M. King George VI. Worth looking at in the foyer of Transport world is a 1970 DS21 Citroen. This rare car is in immaculate condition. Also they have recently purchased a 1965 Ford Galaxy convertible. Congratulations to VCC member Barry Keen for being awarded life membership to the Southland Sports Car Club.

Russell

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1975 Johnston Formula Ford Dave Harris had his 1975 Johnston Formula Ford at the June monthly meeting. This car was built in Christchurch by Johnny Johnston and the chassis design is based on a late 60’s Brabham. The car was built to the Formula Ford regulations, a class that started in 1967 when a race driving school owner put a Ford Cortina 1500GT motor into a Formula 3 car in place of the highly modified Ford Anglia 997 motor. When class actually got underway the 1500 had been replaced by a new crossflow 1600 motor. This is the motor that is in Dave’s car, but the motor is not to Formula Ford specifications having the wrong cam among other things. Dave has had this car since 1990 and continues to race it at Teretonga and at VCC hillclimbs.

July Monthly Meeting Tony Warren will have his veteran Singer Motorcycle at the July monthly meeting and will tell you all about it.

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2018 Easter Rally My thanks to Alwyn Hoskins and his team who will have the Parts Shed open 4 – 6 pm on Saturday 31 March and again from 9.30am Monday 2 April until the last happy (heavily laden) customer departs. The Parts Shed is a valuable resource for all those seeking out those elusive bits and pieces needed for restoration or repair of their beloved vehicles. It may be timely for some of us to have a tidy up of our bits and bobs and off load the unwanted into the care of the Parts Shed Team. It may also be timely for some of us to have a rummage around the Parts Shed and ensure there is nothing there we need before our visitors arrive. While the ‘rummagers’ are in the Parts Shed on Easter Monday others may prefer to check out the vintage clothing that will be available for sale in the Clubrooms. A Pop Up Vintage Clothing shop owned by an Otago Branch member will be open for those of us needing clothing appropriate to the vintage of our vehicles. The clubrooms fire will be cranked up and morning tea provided by Louisa Black and her team.

Glenys VCC Notice of Motion Voting. If you bring your voting paper (in the envelope) along to the July meeting, the Secretary will send them to National Office, saving you the postage.

Club Auction 31st August A reminder that the annual auction will be held at the August Monthly meeting. This reminder gives you time to sort out some good stuff to bring along to the meeting to help raise Club funds.

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A Cautionary Tale – Re Insurance Cover

Do you love your Vintage/Veteran baby. Be it a car, a motorcycle, a truck – whatever. Do you have it insured? How much is it insured for? - too much – not enough – not too worried ? As some of you will know we had a rock, or something, through the windscreen of the Jag on a Wednesday run. Nearly two months later, after much mucking around, and waiting, and lack of communication from the Insurance Company, and most related individuals, they have decided to write it off!!!! We are gobsmacked – written off over a paint job, and a supposedly free windscreen. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the rest of the car. So, long stor y shor t, if the r epair is 70% or mor e of the sum insur ed they will write your baby off. Yes, you've got it, we ar e under insur ed. When a settlement for a claim is discussed you are entitled to obtain two Pre accident valuations (PAV's) of your own. The Ins.Co. should have obtained two PAV's of their own. The vehicle should have been sighted by someone from the Ins.Co. You should insist on seeing their PAV's, as is your right. So the four PAV's are then averaged and a settlement is based on the average of the PAV's and the sum insured. Our advice – Harass your insurance person, and make sure you understand what you are covered for, the amount, and any other possibilities. Also keep an eye on the shifting values of your baby. In our case the value of the Jag has risen since the time of purchase and we haven't allowed for that in our insurance cover. Do not be afraid to ask questions which you may think sound a bit silly. If something niggles, ask about it. If you don't ask you won't know. There it is, once again in the shifts and balances of life we have been bitten on the tail. (HA HA).

Barry & Viv Hayman

The Good Oil While sorting out the Newfield Autos ad for rumour Dave McKenzie mentioned that they were now selling Gulf oils. Gulf have a classic oil in 20W50 that comes in a classic 5 litre tin can. This oil is designed for older cars and has a higher level of zinc, but is quite expensive. There will be a 5 litre can in the Club auction in August that Dave has donated. Rumour

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Sale of surplus Southland VCC library books. To be sold on 31 August (Auction Night). To view any of these listed below prior to 31 August. Please phone librarian on (03) 2166056 Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Listed items consist mainly of parts or workshop service manuals in “as is where is” condition. Austin 8, A40, A70, A90 Autoserve Manual 1957, 1963 Automobile Engineering Vols 1-6 Bedford CA Van BMC Mini, Riley, MG, Wolseley British Repair Vol 1 Ford – Vauxhall circa 1946 Honda Service 1978 – 85 Hillman 1956, Avenger Leyland P76 Morris Oxford – early side valve Motors of Today – Thornton Rutter volumes 1-5 (excellent) The Modern Motor Engineer (1960s) – A.C., Austin, VW, Wolseley Valiant AP5 – VF Vauxhall 10-12 HP, 1930s & 1940s.

Correction: In my editorial in the May Rumour regarding eligibility of my car I stated that Tony Bartlett had told me the Executive had decided that there was a typographical error in the wording in the constitution. This was incorrect it was actually Tony who thought there was a typographical error in the constitution not the Executive. I apologise for this error.

Dave

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events

27th August

31st August 2nd September

7th October Easter 2018

VCC National Charity Run 1:00pm At the Clubrooms $10 entry fee to go to the Cancer Society Members please bring a packet of biscuits for afternoon tea. Club annual action. Have a clean out and bring some of your unwanted treasures along for the auction. Round the Takis Motorcycle Trip Leaving bottom Preston St, Ingill 10am A run for all Club members, this run is for all motorcycles not just those that are club eligible. Can be a half day trip or come and stay overnight. All inquires to Ray McCulloch (03) 217 9667 50 Year Badge Afternoon Tea South Island Easter Rally

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Autospectacular Edgar Sports Centre, Dunedin Kingston Golf Club Great Winter Dust Off Take your car or bike through to Kingston. Contact Paul Meehan 027 435 3565 for details

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For Sale Many copies of Beaded Wheels from 1986 and The Veteran Car Cub Of NZ magazines at The St Johns Op Shop in Yarrow St. 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 1958 Matchless 500. Good, fast r eliable bike. Sold with Rego and WOF. Ride Away $6,000.00. Phone Robert 03 2246160 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. 1909 12HP Swift—Neil Calvert (03) 216 1141 1928 Falcon Knight Sedan, body all r ewooded and panelled, still requires some mudguards repaired, some nickel work done. A few spares with it, open to offers. Phone Bill 03 212 8786 1936 Ford C Model Flathead motor (r eco), chassis wheels etc. Dale Simmons 03 215 6615 1936 Ford C 2 door Rolling Body. Dale Simmons 03 215 6615

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Wanted 2006 Vero Rally Bags Wayne Nicoll Phone (03) 215 7136

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 the afternoon of meeting nights between 1 & 4 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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