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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, 29th March, 2018

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Office Bearers 2017/2018 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

24.03.2018 31.03.2018 07.04.2018 14.04.2018 21.04.2018 28.04.2018 05.05.2018 12.05.2018

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

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Chairman’s Report I am pleased to be able to say that the carpark extension is completed and looks great. The front fences have been painted and the Ariki Lodge and SVCC Southland signs are being renovated. Some tidying up outside remains to be done, and a working bee to clean the interior of the Clubrooms will ensure that everything is in top order for the South Island Easter Rally. The Veteran Rally was held on a day that threatened rain and thunder but this held off until all the vehicles and entrants were safely under cover, with the exception of barman Tony's motorbike. I don't know if he rode it home or not! Along with several Southland members we attended the Gore Festival Rally recently. An enjoyable run with the lunch stop at the Mandeville Airfield Fly In, along with traction engines and the first running of the restored Rogers steam locomotive. The run finished with the prize-giving and a meal at the Gore Clubrooms. [The bar ran dry] On a different note I see that a speed camera has begun operating in Otatara Road. I'm not suggesting for a moment that any members would be speeding to get to the Clubrooms, but take care.

Gerry

2018 South Island Easter Rally We are delighted to have in excess of 125 entries and thank you all for your support. If any of you have yet to provide us with the name and date of birth of your navigator, please do so as soon as possible. We are having a Navigators Award and hope to have a Senior and Junior category. In addition to the usual Inter-Branch Penzoil Team competition, we are having a Seniors versus Juniors competition with the four most senior drivers entered (from any branch) pitted against the four most junior drivers (again from any branch) in the field tests on the Sunday, hence the request for the driver’s dates of birth. The opportunity has also arisen to showcase vintage motoring as a family affair. Two Branches each have four family members entered so there will be an informal inter-branch family challenge also competed for over the Sunday Field Tests. Southland will be represented by the Jenkins Family motoring Veteran, Vintage, Post Vintage and Post 60 vehicles. The Parts Shed, Library and Pop-Up Vintage Clothing Shop will all be open from 9.00am on the Monday morning with morning tea provided. This is an ideal opportunity for you those of you who need period costume to be able to try and buy.

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Wednesday Run 7th March A bitterly cold wind was blowing when 56 people and 26 cars met for the monthly run. We left the racecourse gates then turned down Herbert Street continuing on to Dee Street then out to Lorneville and on to Thornbury. From there it was through Rivertown and on towards Tuatapere. Turning down Longwood Road and on to the gravel we then drove through the bush at the Longwood Conservation Area which was very nice. Eventually we reached Fairfax so it was over the bridge and on to Drummond where we had lunch. Thanks Bob for another lovely run.

Louisa and Allan

Wednesday Run 4th April 2018 Racecourse Gates 10:30am. Meal $15.00 payable at start please. Names to Wayne Lee 0274324766 by Thursday 29th March indicating your attendance and your choice of crumbed fish or Roast Beef.

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February Meeting Exhibit

Bill Skeggs with his 1923 Willys Knight Roadster at the February Branch Meeting. This project started when Bill found the 4 cylinder sleeve valve motor while looking for parts for his Falcon Knight. From there he had to collect up enough parts to build up the car. Bill had carried out almost all the work on the car himself.

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Classic Speedfest 2018- Vintage Racing Cars Firstly, a big thank you Ferg McDowell (VCC clerk of the course) and Tony Haycock (speed steward). These two gentlemen volunteer and go out of their way to make the weekend run smoothly. Also, on behalf of all the drivers in the VCC class I would like to extend my appreciation to all the organisers/volunteers from the Southland Sports Car Club for a fantastic weekend of motorsport. This year I retired the 1937 Austin 10 (Flying Wardrobe) and purchased the Mallock U2 Mk8. This has allowed me to be mid field and battle with other cars. Thank you to all the VCC members around the country that helped with the history of the Mallock. Without your knowledge I wouldn’t have been able to get the Mallock VCC documentation completed. To all VCC members, if you get the opportunity to race at Teretonga Classic Speedfest you will not be disappointed, the class has a full range of cars and driver abilities. As a newbie to racing I have found my follow competitors very welcoming and helpful. I look forward to seeing you all next year. The weekend started out very positively with thirteen entrants in the VCC class, the usual top drivers were on course. Many travelling from all over New Zealand as well as local drivers. Locals drivers; David Clearwater in his Furore II, Louise Clearwater Furore sports, Sam Smith Citroen Spyder and myself in the Mallock U2 Mk8. The nature of motorsport we had a few retirements over the weekend (including myself). Jim Bennett had issues during qualifying on Saturday morning and couldn’t continue (Furi Impulse). Roger Greaney in Saturday race had issues putting him out for the weekend (Formula Junior Tasman). Sunday had two more casualties; myself with broken rear axle (Mallock U2 Mk8) and Paul Coory with gearbox issues (Chev CAE Sprint Car). I got to be a spectator for the last race of the weekend, a fantastic threeway battle between Graeme Hamilton, Russ Haines and Paul Coghill. The race really heated up with Russ been very brave and going around the outside of Graeme on the sweeper at the end of the main straight. Russ held the lead until Graeme would came around Russ threequarters the way down the main straight each lap, but Russ continued to pass Graeme on the outside of the sweeper. It come down to the last lap Russ leading after 6

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the sweep through Castrol, Russ still in the lead after GWD corner onto the main straight. We now have a drag race to the finish, Russ just piped by 0.046 (half a car length) Results: Saturday Race 8; Paul Coory (Chev CAE Sprint Car) 1st Graeme Hamilton (Ace Buckler III) 2nd Paul Coghill (Jaguar Special) 3rd Sunday Race 17; Paul Coory 1st Graeme Hamilton 2nd Russ Haines (Frangapelli Holden) 3rd Sunday Race 26; Graeme Hamilton 1st Russ Haines 2nd Paul Coghill 3rd Sunday Race 35; Graeme Hamilton 1st Russ Haines 2nd Paul Coghill 3rd

Neil Longman Cover Photo: Neil Longman with his Mallock U2 Mk8 at the Teretonga Speedfest. This car was built under licence in New Zealand by Errol Norris and is powered by a Hillman Avenger motor.

March Meeting. Ray McCulloch will bring his 1955 Triumph Tiger 100 along to the March meeting and tell us all about it. This bike was purchased new by Ray’s uncle.

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Veteran Rally 2018 On a cloudy but warm day with the forecast for showers, thunder and hail, 16 veteran cars and bikes assembled in Esk Street at 9am for the annual Veteran Rally to Riverton. After briefing, the vehicles left Esk Street heading to Moores Road where the time section started. 15 miles later the time section ended and the entrants continued their journey to Riverton enjoying the countryside in their own time. Upon arriving we parked up at the RSA Clubrooms for lunch, field tests and a gossip. Many thanks to the RSA for providing their facilities to us. After the field tests entrants departed for the return journey back to the Clubrooms for prize giving. Overall the rally went well the only hiccups were Angus Petrie in his 1918 Ford, Graham Boyd on the 1911 Indian and then there were a couple of motorcyclists having to take evasion action as cattle grazing on the roadside behind strip wire got spooked by a couple of cars/bikes and escaped onto the road – a good test for their brakes maybe. It was great to see visitors attending even coming from as far as Australia – there were the Pearce Family consisting of Grandparents, Children, Grandchildren and In Laws, Brent McKenzie from Perth Australia, Paul Herron from Gore and Ross McCulloch from Wanaka. Many thanks must go to Bruce Marshall, Barry Keen & Stevie Randell for organizing the route, Trevor and Norma WIlkey for looking after the Time Section and Regan Lyons for providing back up, having these people helping make for a more enjoyable event.

Veteran Rally from left to right Dave Morris, Tony Warren, Ross McCulloch

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1-2 Cylinder Section: 1st Road Section 2nd Road Section: 1st Field Tests: 2nd Field Tests:

Ashley Bell Wayne Nicoll Ashley Bell Wayne Nicoll

1912 Renault EX 1908 Cadillac 1912 Renault EX 1908 Cadillac

4 Cylinder Section: 1st Road Section 2nd Road Section: 1st Field Tests: 2nd Field Tests:

Paul Herron Brent McKenzie Paul Herron Brent McKenzie

1911 Ford Model T 1911 EMF 1911 Ford Model T 1911 EMF

Motorcycles: 1st Road Section: 2nd Road Section: 1st Field Tests: 2nd Field Tests:

Ross McCulloch Tony Warren Ross McCulloch Dave Morris

1911 Abingdon King Dick 1910 Humber 1911 Abingdon King Dick 1914 Ariel

Best Performance by a Ford Paul Herron 1911 Ford Model T Motorcycle Concours: Dave Morris 1914 Ariel Publicans Choice: Colin Pearce 1914 Sunbeam Hard Luck: Angus Petrie 1918 Ford Model T Overall Best Performance by a 4 Cylinder: Paul Herron 1911 Ford Model T Overall Winner Motorcycles: Ross McCulloch 1911 Abingdon King Dick Overall Rally Winner Ashley Bell 1912 Renault EX

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Ashley Bell being presented with the trophy as overall winner of the 2018 Veteran Rally.

1937 Brough Superior SS 100 At the Classic Motorcycle Mecca

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Russell’s Ramblings 1937 SS100 Brough Superior Probably the best Brough of the six at the Motorcycle Mecca is the SS100. Juliana Baxter from the museum gave me the following details. First launched in 1924, it was based on the machine that Bert le Vack had ridden to take the world’s speed record at 119mph. Each bike was supplied to its new owner with a signed guarantee from Brough himself that it had been timed at over 100mph over a ¼ mile. This bike had a full restoration in 1990 by UK specialist J. W. Tennant-Eyles and sent to USA. It remained with one San Diego family until acquired for the NZ Classic Motorcycle collection via auction. With its chromed mudguards, nickel plated fuel tank and leather faced tool boxes, this SS100 is every inch a superior example of the marque that became known as “the Rolls Royce of motorcycles”. Juliana told me upstairs above the Mecca’s restaurant in Tay Street, an area nearly as big as the existing floor is being earthquake strengthened to show later & sports bikes etc. A small social area with light food and drinks will be incorporated. This is expected to be up and running in October or November. Morrie Coutts is in Clair House in Durham Street and is welcoming visitors. The Easter rally has 128 vehicles entered with nearly a dozen veterans. Last minute work is being done on the McKenzie Clement-Bayard with re -constructed wheels and new paint. Also, fine weather has been ordered.

Russell

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events Easter 2018 12th May 19th May

South Island Easter Rally Entries have closed. Waimea M/C Rally PWV/P60/P80 Rally

Other Branch Events

15th April 12-15th November 16-18th November

Ray Tressler Afternoon Tea See below Prince Henry Tour National Veteran Rally—Nelson

Other Events 7th April 22 –27 October

Oreti Park Swap Meet. 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

The Gore branch will be celebrating their branch patron, Ray Tressler's, 50 years membership of the Vintage Car Club. They extend an invitation to any of our members who may wish to join them for an Afternoon Tea, at their Waimea Street clubrooms, on the 15th April from 2 pm. Katy Parish Gore Branch Secretary 03 2085505 April Rumour - Back to nor mal for Apr il. Closing date for Apr il Rumour is April 15th.

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For Sale BSA C15 Motorcycle parts - Steve Winteringham 03 218 3228. 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 1926 Ford New Beauty Model T Ear ly 70s r estor ation in good condition. Stored for the last 10 years. Registration current and on hold. This is a vey rallyable motor vehicle. Photos available on enquiry - POA For further enquiries call Tony 0272845840 1965 PB Vauxhall 3.3 front & rear windscreens. Laurie Keach (03) 215 8869 1933 Ford Y Complete. Car was in drivable condition and restoration work had been started, good straight body, an excellent restoration project for someone. Deceased estate. Offers wanted. Contact Jill 027 3154769.

Secure lock up gar age space available for car stor age.$30.00 per week Phone Sharon 021 0429636

Wanted Morris J2 Pick Up. Our company has been looking for one of these for over 6 months as it was our first ever company truck and we have our 60th anniversary next year and are trying to recreate one for nostalgia reasons. Graeme Clark BOP Commerical Sales Manager (Bus) 07 543 9129 (Mob) 021 908 630 Graeme.clark@roofguard.co.nz 14

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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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