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July 2018

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

Next Meeting - Ariki Lodge, 46 Ariki Ave, Otatara 7:30pm Thursday, 26th July, 2018

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Office Bearers 2018/2019 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

Bar Open 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Russell Jenkins Wayne Calderwood Peter Pryde Tony Warren Trevor Wilkey Lex Simpson Brian Dunick Ron Irwin

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From the Editor It is mid-winter and there is not much going on in the Vintage Car Club. Other than the monthly Wednesday Run there have been no events so there is not much to report on so that makes this edition of Rumour a bit of a challenge. However I took the Oakland out on the Tour of Duty to Te Anau (see report elsewhere) and have been doing a bit of maintenance on the TVR. I have had an issue with the brake booster (not boosting) so that is out for repair and while I was working on brakes decided to have a look at the front brakes as I have not done anything to these since I bought the car. Also while working on the front I have decided to replace the steering rack boots and the front suspension bushes. I didn’t find much wrong taking it apart except there was one loose bolt on the top arm on the right hand side and the other bolt on that arm was rusted into the steel tube of the bush and wouldn’t budge. After hitting it hard enough to start bending the mounting bracket I was forced to use a 1mm cut-off disc in the grinder. That did the trick with no damage to the arm or chassis. Everything is now ready for cleaning up and re-assembly once I sort out what bolts I need – some are metric and some are imperial so that is a bit of a challenge. One of the interesting things about working on a TVR is trying to determine what everything came out of in the first place. The front brakes are Ford Sierra but the booster is from a Ford Capri (I think). The front suspension uses wishbones that are made by TVR but uses Saab top ball joints (I have replaced these), Lada bottom ball joints and the bottom section of a Sierra strut as part of the upright with a section made by TVR to connect to the Saab ball joint. Suspension bushes have all come from UK and are listed as TVR parts. Hopefully it will be back together again in

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time for the August Wednesday run although there are other jobs to do on the car in the future, including rear suspension bushes. You will have received a voting form from the VCC with regard to two notices of motion that have come in from members. Both these relate to the time that a car becomes eligible for the Vintage Car Club. This is your opportunity to have your say on this matter and I encourage you to vote for what you feel is correct. Of course I will be voting for the remit that I put forward and would like you to do the same. However if you feel the other remit is what you think is correct then vote for that. Both these remits came about as a result of my questioning what was actually going on with cars not being issued correct vehicle identity cards when they became eligible, Either get your vote in the mail now or bring it to the August meeting and give it to Janet to courier to National Office.

Dave Cover Photo: New member Warren Owen’s 1949 Chevrolet. Warren bought the Chevrolet to tow his restored caravan.

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Chairman’s Report By now you will have received the voting papers for the remits regarding dating of vehicles for the thirty year rule. If you intend to vote and would like to save on postage then bring your voting papers in the supplied envelope to the next meeting and we will send them all in one package to the National Office. As one of the remits has been put forward by two Southland members - all be it in a private capacity - a reasonable turnout of votes from Southland Branch for either remit would be good. The August meeting will be our auction night so now is a good time to start sorting out those unwanted treasures from the backs of shelves and under workshop benches. On Sunday 22nd of this month the local Zephyr and Zodiac Club is finishing their afternoon run at our Clubrooms to see what we have and to hopefully make some purchases from the parts shed. Who knows, we may even pick up a new member or two. The Daffodil Rally for Cancer will be held on 26th August. We will be forwarding information to other motoring clubs who will hopefully join us for this worthwhile cause. Further information in this Rumour.

Gerry A traffic cop was frustrated to see a woman knitting while driving. He pulled up next to her , leaned out of the window and shouted “pull over”. “No” she said “it is a twin set.” Two men noted a dog driving past in a logging truck. “Did you see that” one said. “yes” the other replied “he started off picking up sticks.”

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Russell’s Ramblings Thanks must go to motorsport enthusiast Jack Johnson for his donation of excellent books to the library. Amongst them are Ron Roycroft’s and George Begg’s cars and competition history. Also thanks to Morrie Coutts’ estate for the donation of pre-war to present day Motor Cycle Magazines. Robbie Eunson’s rare Blackburne engined Rex Acme is going. Nick Wiering is mechanically restoring Bill Godfrey’s 1926 FE Harley Davidson. Members will remember father Ken riding this on Arrowtown Rallies. Transport World has purchased from a Dutch Auction a 1928 AA Ford Truck and a 1946 Woody Station Wagon to show with their Ford display, while the Motorcycle Mecca hopes to have the café and second floor sports bike collection finished in November. Club member Stewart Russell has been freeing up motors and carrying out minor work on exhibits.

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1957 Parilla GS250 Colour: Blue and silver Frame number: 501598 Engine Number: 501598 Giovanni Parrilla (two ‘r’s unlike his motorcycle brand) was born in Spain in 1912 but his family moved to Calabria in Italy where his passion for motorcycles developed during his teenage years. After military service during the Second World War, he worked as a diesel injection pump repairer and spark plug vendor in Milan but resolved to develop a motorcycle that would improve Italy’s success in competition. He purchased a Norton Manx, dissembled it and studied it, and then reassembled and sold it on. He gave his specifications for a single-cylinder 250cc engine to Giuseppe Salmaggi, who had designed the Gilera Saturno and Rumi racing twins. Only months later in October, 1946, the new motorcycle raced at Lecco in Northern Italy, featuring a bevel-driven overhead camshaft and hairpin valve springs. Parilla then produced a double overhead camshaft (bialbero) version of the engine that exhibited considerable durability, so much so that, among 6

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many high placings, one won the 1950 Milano-Turanto endurance road race. In 1953, the next engine developed was a high-camshaft, 175cc, single-cylinder engine on which the chain-driven camshaft acted on two short pushrods that, in turn, acted on rockers with screw adjusters, offering the advantages of an overhead camshaft engine with the simple adjustment of a push-rod design. It was equipped with an alloy cylinder barrel in 1958 and enlarged to 200cc in 1959 and 250cc in 1961 although, in the meantime, some privateer racing engines were expanded to 239cc and a popular owner modification was the fitment of a second spark plug. However, the factory developed a racing version of the 175 called the Competizione in 1953 and later, 200cc and 250cc versions were produced exclusively for the North American market where they dominated the 250cc class through into the mid-1960s. This 1957 racing example was restored in 2006 and has not been raced since then. It was purchased via a US auction house for the NZ Classic Motorcycles collection in January, 2011, from the private museum collection of a motorcycle dealer in Phoenix, Arizona. It was then acquired by Transport World for the Classic Motorcycle Mecca collection in May 2016. Rumour

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Tour of Duty The Tour of Duty is a run for American cars and is organised by some local American car enthusiasts. It is run on the weekend nearest to American Independence Day and goes to Te Anau. This year it was held on July 7th and I took my 1928 Oakland Roadster, the fourth time I have been on the run in this car. Most of the cars on the run are ‘50s. ‘60s & 70’s American cars but there are some newer and some older. Numbers are limited, not car numbers but participants to 350 people, so it is a big run. As usual the tour was completely booked out and I spoke to people who had come from Dunedin, Cromwell and Kingston. I am not sure how many cars there were but there were some other VCC members on the run. The ones that I saw were Dallas Ryan in his Model A Roadster and Geoff Timpany in his Chevrolet. Dallas had passengers in the rumple seat and that must have been really cold. Of course most of the cars would be VCC eligible. I had Nick Wiering with me and we arrived at the start at the new Waikiwi Tavern for breakfast just after 8:30am. Unfortunately there was some rain so I had the roof up but did intend to take it down before we left. However when we came out after a hearty breakfast there was a heavy shower of rain so it stayed up. The cars headed out through the Rowena Jackson home before heading off to Otautau for our morning tea stop. When it was time to leave the rain had stopped so we put the roof down for the run to Mossburn for lunch. By this time it was quite windy and the Oakland doesn’t cool as well as it could with a side wind so I had to drop my speed a bit to keep the temperature under control. The Mossburn pub put on a good lunch and I am sure they had a good trading day as well. Heading out of Mossburn it was straight into the wind and there was a bit of rain as well. With the strong wind I had my foot well down and there

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wasn’t enough vacuum to run the wipers so it was quite a challenge. However the rain soon stopped and the wind eased as we progressed towards Gorge Hill. I had a few cars behind me here so pulled over and let them past. I had to do the same after we turned off towards Manapouri but they weren’t travelling much faster than me and I was still close behind this group when we got to Manapouri for the next stop. From here it was on to Te Anau to book into the Hotel. Then across to the Moose for a beer where I bumped into some others I knew that were on the run. Dinner was at the Luxmore Hotel and was followed by a social with a band playing. Sunday morning we were up and ready to go. Another good breakfast before heading home. There was rain forecast so we headed straight home getting back to Invercargill before lunch. Maybe most of the others were a bit slower starting as we had no one from the run overtake us on the way home. Another great run and thanks to Ray Oosterbroek and his team for organising the run.

1967 Ford Falcon. I used this car to go to the Phillip Island Classic Motor Race meeting from Melbourne both last year and this year. It is a USA import and is powered by a 289 V8. Dave Rumour

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Wednesday Run - 4th July On a wet and overcast morning 26 cars and 59 people turn up for the monthly run. After leaving the Racecourse gates and heading out of town on Oteramika Road, onto Rimu Road passing through Seaward Downs to Wyndham, then to Glenham, Fortrose and onto Tokanui. Then traveling further down the Scenic Highway to the Niagara Cafe for a nice lunch and refreshments, with its old school charm it was great. Thanks to John Wallace.

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Wednesday Run - 1st August 2018 Depart Racecourse 10.30am. Lunch $16 per person payable at venue when ordering. Menu choice will come with instructions. Names/numbers to Malcolm & Tom McDonald phone (03) 2169206 by Sunday 29th July.

July Meeting Mystery vehicle to be on display at the July meeting.

Auction Night - August 30th

Time to start sorting out junk goodies now.

August Rumour. Closing date for the August Rumour is 19th August.

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Daffodil Rally for Cancer - 26th August.

Non-members welcome Meet at Club Southland, 115 Leet Street, Invercargill at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm start. Choice of short or medium routes. Entry fee $10.00 plus members a packet of biscuits. Run will finish at Clubrooms for afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be a gold coin donation. All proceeds to the Cancer Society.

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events

26th August 30th August

1st September 6th October 7thOctober 3rd November

Daffodil Rally for Cancer See page 12 for details Auction Night. 7:30pm at Clubrooms Round the Takis Run Leaving Preston Street 9:30am. Open to members & non-members, all bikes Vintage, Post Vintage Rally Ashley Bell 50 year badge presentation Commercial Rally

Other Branch Events 11-12th August

12-15th November 16-18th November 15 - 17th February

Combined Rally—Gore Entry form and details in April edition of Rumour Prince Henry Tour National Veteran Rally - Nelson National Motorcycle Rally - Blenheim Carol Taylor 021 399 649 vccrally2019@gmail.com.

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Targa –VCCNZ South Island Time Trial This event is being run in conjunction with Targa NZ. It is on closed roads but is not a speed event. For further details contact Rod Corbett rcorbett@xtra.co.nz 03 423 1551 or 027 433 8772

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Classifieds For Sale Copies of the large Whippet taxi fleet photographed in Christchurch. These Whippets cars were owned by Gold Band Taxis. Cost $40 plus postage & packing $14, Available from Southland Branch Secretary, PO Box 1240, Invercargill. Workshop Equipment After over 50 years of restoring cars I am no longer working on cars so I have all of my gear for sale, including compressor, spray gun, trolley jack, socket sets, spanners etc. Contact Jim Taylor (03)214 4206, 14 Gladstone Tce. 1923 Willys Knight Roadster new r estor ation, r eg on hold, open to reasonable offers. Phone Bill on (03) 212 8786 1978? Renault R18, r usty, motor r uns, 5spd, good glass etc.$550 ono. Bruce Edginton Ph 03-2140426 or email bruce56@windowslive.com 1998 Ford Mondeo SW, Dsl, live r eg, mint body, motor not running.$1850 ono. Bruce Edginton Ph 03-2140426 or email bruce56@windowslive.com

Wanted 1950s BSA Bantam. Pr efer ably D1 or D2 (the gr een models) but may consider later model. Any condition or completeness worth looking at so don't be afraid to try me with what ever you have. Ferg McDowell 032358449 or 0276149723 fergandenise@gmail.com Rover 90 Parts. Ross Holden has someone wanting Rover 90 par ts. Contact Ross at 021 2638488 or comms@vcc.org.nz

Garage Tour. Club Captain Ray is still looking at organising a garage tour. He is still looking for places to visit so if you have something interesting in your garage let Ray know. 14

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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 lending library will issue books 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. My Vintage - www.myvintage.co.nz is a new online mar ketplace devoted to all those people who are passionate and enthusiastic about Old Cars and other old vehicles.

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