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June 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, 28th June, 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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Trevor Wilkey Lex Simpson Brian Dunick Ron Irwin Russell Jenkins Wayne Calderwood Peter Pryde Tony Warren

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From the Editor It is winter and has been cold. I am sure it has come early this year. There has been a bit of ice on the roads and I have had some interesting experiences as a result. At the end of May I made two trips to Te Anau to fish the Upukerora River. Both days started the same with it being fine and frosty here in Invercargill. On the first day I struck fog as I went over Gorge Hill on the way to Te Anau. It wasn’t thick and the road was dry and there were no problems. I did keep a close eye on the road conditions but didn’t see anything to worry about. Two days later was quite different with regard to road conditions. I found wet road just before Castlerock and with outside temperatures below zero took it very carefully across this section but managed to get through without issue. Again I struck fog at Gorge Hill and this time the road was wet. Everyone slowed down especially when we were waved at by a truck spreading girt on the Te Anau side of the hill. Around the corner and all the traffic has stopped. After a while I got out to see what was going on and the road was quite slippery to walk on. There had been a bus crash and two people were badly hurt. There was a helicopter visible overhead trying to find a way down through the fog. Time to find another way, so I did a U turn and headed back to go around through the Mavora Road. No problems on the gravel but there were quite a few cars coming the other way some of which didn’t look too suited to the gravel. However once back on the sealed road I found more ice. From Princhester Creek to The Key it was one sheet of ice. There were warning signs, and just as well, as it was much slipperier than where the bus had crashed. Fortunately that was the last of the ice and all was clear when I came back home later in the day. The warning from this is it is winter and the roads will be very slippery in some places. Black ice is hard to see so be careful out there

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Chairman’s Report June already, where has the first part of the year gone! Apart from the monthly Wednesday runs rallies are few and far between at this time of the year with the next rally being the Combined Rally based at Gore on 11th and 12th of August. This is the time of the year when gardens and lawns don't need too much care (thank goodness the leaf raking time is over), that time can be spent in the shed ensuring that cars and bikes are in tip top order for the coming rally season. Hopefully you have some form of heating in your shed - it's very easy to stay inside and have another coffee these frosty mornings. On the subject of car maintenance don't forget your modern vehicle. It's quite surprising the number of vehicles that have a headlight or tail light not working. One Bluff member recently counted fourteen one eyed cars between Bluff and north Invercargill. Maybe this is a result of 12 month and 3 yearly warrant of fitness checks. Club Captain Ray is hoping to organise a garage tour in the near future, and has some other ideas in the pipeline. We are still hoping for some interest in a Kitchen Committee, and to this end the Executive is investigating the possibility of a dishwasher for the kitchen, although this could be a very expensive exercise. After a Saturday evening discussion with the Social Convener we are also looking at the possibility of modernising the bar area and rejuvenating the tables. Estimates will be got and the possibility of grants will be investigated. Keep warm.

Gerry

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Club Captain’s Notes: I would like to organize a garage raid/shed tour early August. If you wish to allow members to visit your vehicles can you please contact Ray McCulloch (03) 2179667. Round the Takis Motorcycle run is on at the end August/early September – date to be confirmed. Get your permission slips in now for a great weekend’s outing. This is not only for VCC members so bring your friends along. 26th National Motorcycle Rally, Blenheim – 15th to 17th February. Entry forms are out now can be obtained either by ringing Carol Taylor 021 399 649 or emailing vccrally2019@gmail.com.

Ray McCulloch Cover Photo: 1930 Henderson KJ Streamline at the Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Cubic Capacity: 1300cc Engine Number: KJ33022 Frame Number: 2939 License Plate: 1QKD988 (US) Country: United States Cylinders: 4 The Henderson Model K series was launched in 1920 featuring electric lighting and a fully-enclosed chain. Released in 1929, the KJ model acquired the 'Streamline' name because of the graceful lines of the fuel tank and mudguards. It featured a double-downtube cradle frame with leadinglink front forks and had an illuminated speedometer set into the fuel tank. The KJ was produced from 1929 until Ignaz Schwinn ordered the end of production of Excelsior and Henderson motorcycles in 1931. The four-cylinder, in-line, 79.39ci (1,301cc) KJ engine featured a fivebearing crankshaft in place of the earlier three-bearing one along with newly-designed cylinders with heavier finning, a new valve cage design and a downdraft carburettor. It retained the inlet-over-exhaust valve configuration and developed 40bhp at 4,000rpm, and was capable of propelling the bike to a top speed of 100mph (161kph) although it was so flexible and smooth that it could accelerate from 10mph (16kph) in top gear. It had a three-speed gearbox. Rumour

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Wednesday Run - 7th June

The day dawned cold and wet with a rubbish weather forecast. Because of overnight snow/hail the rally route was canned and all participants were told to proceed to the Gore Racecourse for lunch. A very nice lunch it was too. 22 cars and 51 occupants participated. As always the journey is secondary to the fellowship around the meal. Well done the Craigs.

The Rover

Wednesday Run - 4th July

Leaves Racecourse gates at 10:30am. Lunch $16 per person payable at start please. Numbers to John Wallace (03) 217 7309 by Sunday 1st July please.

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Club Officials 2018-2019 Chairman: Secretary: Treasurer: Club Captain: Executive: Patron: Social Committee: Rally Committee:

Parts Committee: Vehicle Identity Cards: Grounds Committee: Rumour Editor: Rumour Dispatch: Librarian: Assistant Librarian: Trophies Custodian:

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Gerry Pethick Janet McCulloch Sheryn Warren Ray McCulloch John Burke Dave Harris Trevor Wilkey Wayne Nicoll Peter Pryde Wayne Nicoll Barry Keen Trevor Wilkey Bronwen McKay Alwyn Hoskins Neil Kidd Dave Calvert Ferg McDowell Dave Anderson Steven Randle Dave Harris Ferg McDowell Roy Shanks Angus Petrie Gerry Pethick.

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Olly Olssen James Barrie

Dave Morris Bruce Marshall James Barrie Jim Taylor Bill Skeggs

Olly Olsson Allan Black

Ray Tressler

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AGM Trophies John Hogg Memorial Trophy for the Best New Restoration: Ray McCulloch - 1938 Ford V8 Coupe. Bill Henderson Memorial Trophy for Best Mechanical Restoration: Ray McCulloch - 1938 Ford V8 Coupe.

Best all round Competitor of the Year: Casey Lyons - 1911 Humber Motorcycle

Jim Laurie Tray for Services to the Club: Glenys McKenzie & Committee for organising the SI Easter Rally. Only Glenys and Steven Randall were at the AGM. Absent Fay Ward, Audrey Hogg, Sheryn Warren, Bruce Marshall and Brian Dunick Rumour

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Australian National Motor Museum. While in Australia this year for the Phillip Island Classic Motor Race Meeting and the Australian Grand Prix, I was involved in a family reunion in Strathalbyn near Adelaide where I got together with both my brothers and my sister. While we were there we went to Birdwood and visited the National Motor Museum. I had been there before but that was over 30 years ago and I couldn’t remember much. They have a lot of vehicles and it is a bit difficult to get a good look at some of the vehicles. However they have a good collection of cars from the very ordinary to the unusual and if you are in the area it is well worth a visit.

Dave

The first family car I can remember was a 1949 Standard Vanguard like this one.

My first car was a 1949 Hillman Minx

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They had bikes as well as cars.

Not everything was old. Bugatti Veyron

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Russell’s Ramblings Alan Wilson and Peter Pryde are giving the full monty to a 1974 XB Falcon GT. It has been stripped and sand blasted. Peter says it doesn’t need hotted up. Transport World have a large 12 cylinder 160 Paxman submarine engine built in Colchester, England. It will be started on a special start up day. Date to be announced. Ex Southland member Trevor Toshach, now living in Arrowtown, is restoring a 1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 sedan. A rare car that Trevor has owned for some years. It is presently on show in the Queenstown Transport Museum. The Club has printed and sold some 1908 De Dion Catalogues. These have sold like hot cakes, half to an Australian enthusiast. Ray McCulloch suggested at a meeting an exodus to the National Motorcycle Rally next February in Blenheim. I remember some years ago local members Jack Toomey and Jim Kidd with a fully loaded truck of bikes arriving at Bings Motels for the previous Blenheim Rally. The Rally is close to the Bert Munro. This is a chance for those coming from up-north to be involved in both.

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1hp tram at Victor Harbor, South Australia Rumour June 2018


Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events 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.

Other Events 7 July

22 –27 October

Tour of Duty Cruise Cruise to Te Anau for American Cars See http://tourofdutycruise.com/ for details 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

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. July Rumour - Closing date for J uly Rumour is J uly 15th.

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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. also English Wheel, Swage machine, and 8ft Metal Folder (wooden frame) phone Bill on (03) 212 8786

Wanted 1939 Vauxhall Parts. Hi. I have just pur chased a 1939 Vauxhall 10 hp and typically I’m finding it hard to find parts or even if there are any others in NZ, Do you have any recommendations? Thanks Anthony. Contact comms@vcc.org.nz 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

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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 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.

June Meeting: There will be an English Speedway bike on display at the June meeting. This bike has not been seen in Southland before.

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