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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, 31st May, 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 26.05.2018 02.06.2018 09.06.2018 16.06.2018 23.06.2018 30.06.2018 07.07.2018 14.07.2018

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

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Chairman’s Report Two rallies have been successfully held since the last meeting, the Waimea Motorcyle Run and the PWV/P60/P80 Rally. Thanks to the organisers. Thanks must also go to those members who volunteered their time and vehicles to transport Rugby Southland members to their function at Rugby Park. This was a worthwhile effort as not only will the Club receive a donation but the drivers also received a petrol voucher. As mentioned in my last notes, the Executive Committee meeting minutes will be available for perusal next to the newsletter stand. Please note that these are provisional only as they can't be approved until the next Executive meeting. The Annual General Meeting will follow the May meeting. Nominations have been received for the minimum allowed number of Executive members, but we will ask for any further nominations at the meeting. We would like to have a Kitchen Co-ordinater and committee separate from the Social Committee leaving the Social Committee to concentrate on running the bar. The two main functions for a Kitchen Committee would be the Southland Rally BBQ and the PWV/P60/P80 pea, pie and spud dinner, and any meals involved with 50 year badge presentations etc. If interested please put your name forward at the meeting. Gentlemen please do not put your volunteer your wives without their OK.

Gerry Cover Photo: Ray McCulloch brought the Ford V8 Coupe he has just finished restoring to the April meeting.

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Post War, Post 60, Post 80 Rally The dawn broke with rain, thunder and lightning, and not very promising for the Rally. But I went by the old saying “rain before seven, clear by eleven”, and that is how it turned out. Arriving at the Clubrooms, a nice warm cuppa and a lovely morning tea made us all feel much better. The Rally took us out through West Plains, Branxholm and on to Winton Sub-station where more members joined us. We then travelled out through Oreti, passing the tank with the Ravensdown logo ‘Urea’, which didn’t please me as I worked for Southfert (now Ballance) for 23 years. On passed the site of the old Oreti Hotel when years earlier I played golf with the then “Mine Host”. I nearly cried when it burnt down. We then proceeded through Wreys Bush and on up to Mossburn. I used to go fishing in the Upper Aparima River in the 1950s, all gravel roads then. The weather had cleared and we had a nice drive up to McGregor’s Army Museum, just over the Gorge Hill where parking was fairly tight for the 41 vehicles that took part. After lunch and a look around the exhibits, we departed in our own time back to town. Back at the Clubrooms we dined on the traditional “Pea, Pie and Pud”, followed by tasty desserts. Thank you to Janet & Ray McCulloch for organising a very enjoyable day. Also thanks to Louisa & Allan Black and all their helpers in the kitchen for their valuable contribution.

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Post War, Post 60, Post 80 Rally Results PW Class 1st Owen Davies 1947 Buick Super P60 Class 1st Wayne Lee 1963 MGB Roadster 1986 Toyota Corolla P80 Class 1st David North Overall Winner Owen Davies

Branch Chairman Gerry Pethick presenting Rally winner Owen Davies with the Rally trophy.

Rally participants enjoying a Pea, Pie and Pud meal after the rally. Rumour

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Russell’s Ramblings The Club librarian Roy Shanks lent me a scrapbook of press cuttings compiled by the then secretary of the Southland Motorcycle Club from newspapers from 1927 to 1932. The book had been through a fire at Vern Russell’s workshop and has frayed edges but is readable. The book shows the SMCC was proactive with all facets of motorcycle competition including grass track racing at Rugby Park. In a short time after being formed branches were formed at Lumsden and Gore with a total of 200 members. Past Vintage Car Club members Jim Lawry (Bradbury) and Ray Lindsay (Indian Prince) competed in novice events. The annual SMCC Ball was very popular with the names of all participants in the social column of the Southland Daily News. Of interest is an item in the November 1930 English Motor Cycle magazine titled “The Way They Do Things in New Zealand”. A letter from Invercargill, New Zealand, claims to have the southernmost motorcycle club in the world and has a membership of 200. Among the many advantages of membership is a discount of 2 pence per gallon on first grade fuel, a discount on insurance policies, as well as a concession at over 300 hotels in the North and South Islands and the club is in an enviable position financially. “English clubs please copy or try anyway” the Motor Cycle magazine comments. In the scrapbook it was stated that Wizard Smith, a world famous speed record driver, has been given the okay to run on Oreti Beach but had asked for £250 appearance money. This was not forthcoming from the local council and was a non-event. Brendon Sparks at the Awarua Communication Museum can be contacted to look at films at the museum. Well worth a trip and an ice cream at half time is free. Contact number is 0273131209 or go to www.awaruamuseum.co.nz

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On the Vintage Scene Howard Kingsford-Smith has purchased a 1914 Ford T. This is a 3 door left hand drive American car that came to New Zealand in the mid-sixties. It is an older restoration and original. Dave Morris and partner have a very original 1917 Overland from the USA. A real barn find, complete except for hood bows so should not take much to get it mobile. Dave also has a 1902 BSA ex Neil McMillan and from Tauranga a 1929 Cotton 500, a 1932 KTOR JAP Cotton, a 1911 Triumph and a 1939 Ariel Red Hunter. Robbie Eunson has a V twin 1913 Royal Enfield close to completion and son Tim works on his rare OK Supreme when over from Australia. Does anyone have a large framed photo that hung in Tappers Bike shop of S. Winter with trophies and a Horsman Triumph. If so please contact Russell McIvor (03) 217 8481.

Russell

Other Branch Bulletins The Branch now receives many other branch bulletins by email rather than actually receiving a printed copy. Previously all branches sent printed copies to National Office and they were then distributed to other branches but this has been discontinued by many branches due to the costs of printing and postage. Now if you want to read another branch newsletter you can either ask Secretary Janet to print one or you can go to the VCC of NZ website and any bulletin sent by email will be on the website. http://vcc.org.nz/news-from-our-branches/

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Wednesday Run 2nd May On a cool but fine morning 29 cars and 63 people left the racecourse gates on our Wednesday run. We travelled through Roslyn Bush, Dacre, Brydone via the Old Dunedin Road then down into Wyndham. Then Mataura via the back road, crossed over behind Mataura and came into the back of Gore where we had a delicious lunch at the Gore RSA. Thanks to Janice and Colin for a great run through some lovely countryside.

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Wednesday Run 6th June 2018 Leave Racecourse gates at 10:30 (short distance gravel approx 2-3 kms) Lunch $15 per person payable at start please. Numbers to Alice and John Craig (03)231 3357 by Sunday 3rd please. Note this is Queens Birthday weekend.

Waimea Motorcycle Run

Bikes on the Waimea Motorcycle Run outside the Balfour Tavern. Nick Wiering’s Harley Davidson (foreground) was awarded the Publican’s Choice trophy and Gerry Pethick won the event.

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Scenicland Rally Tour Greymouth 14th to 17th March 2018 Up with the larks, breakfasted and packed up, the 1975 Mitsubishi GTO with all the gear on a sunny cool morning, David and I left home at 9 a.m. to meet at the Feldwick Gates. There’s us in the GTO, Peter and Maree Hilston in their 1985 Mercedes 500 SL, Trevor and Norma Wilkey in their 1975 Triumph MK2 2500, Wayne Calderwood and Terry in their 1971 MGB, Stewart and Judith Russell in their 1972 MGB GT. Ray McCulloch was passing by the Feldwick Gates to see us all off. We travelled out Queens Drive to Tay Street, via East Road. At Brydone we had to stop on request as workmen were working on the road. On the move once again just coming into Gore, where we had to meet John and Mary Tremaine at the big fish. John and Mary Tremaine were travelling in a 1966 Chrysler Valiant Sedan. Said our hello’s to them and then got on our way, travelling through Tapanui and Raes Junction. We stopped at Roxburgh for a Jimmy’s Pie etc., then after lunch we went to Rob’s garage to have a look at large car engines, an assortment of dusty cars and a few other bits. In another shed there stood a Ford Anglia, Ford Zephyr and assortment of other cars. On the road once again heading to Alexandra to fill up with petrol. Then we headed to Cromwell where we all stopped the night at the Top 10. After we had all settled in at the Top 10, we motored down to the Country Club for a meal but unfortunately they had a wine tasting evening on and weren’t open for meals. We all stopped and had some refreshments and then headed to the Victoria Arms Pub for a lovely meal. And then back to the camp for 40 winks. Thursday 15th March Heading to Darfield Up with the larks once again, already packed the GTO up, on an overcast but fine morning ready to pull out at 9 a.m. All present now and on the road travelling out via Tarras, Lindis Pass and Omarama. Had a break in Omarama looking at the second hand shop and had a cuppa in another shop. On the move now, travelling via Twizel and Lake Tekapo. We continued on until we were waived off to the side of the road because a truck had a house on it and was passing by. On the road once again. At Burkes Pass there was a junk shop, where I saw Wayne’s car outside. We continued on until we finally came to Fairlie where we stopped for lunch and met up with everyone. Back to the cars travelling to Geraldine up and down dale 10

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and around hairpin corners until we came to Geraldine where we filled the car up with petrol and had a walk around. Back to the cars now, travelling through Mayfield and through Mt Somers, Arundel, and Rakaia Gorge Road. Climbing up and down dale around hairpin corners, with some more requests to stop by the workmen on the road. We passed through Windwhistle and around the corners to Darfield where we all stayed the night. At the motel they had a friendly 15 month old black kitten which had to visit everybody’s room. Some of us were staying at the motel so we all walked down to the hotel restaurant followed by the friendly 15 month old kitten. We all had a very nice meal, then we walked back to the motel for an early night. Friday 16th March Travelling to Greymouth Overcast day. We had a visit from the friendly kitten that liked climbing up the tree outside the motels. All packed up again we made our way to Matt Williams (Matt’s Miniature Museum) at Darfield, which had a number of stationary engines and assortment of memorabilia and old tools etc. WOW! What a collection of all sorts of different things. Matt started collecting when he was very young. On the road again travelling via Sheffield and Springfield. Climbing up and down dale around some more hairpin corners. Some beautiful scenery driving down the valley and some more hidden queues we had to stop for. Travelling over Arthur’s Pass and Otira Pass, where we stopped at Otira Viaduct and took some photos. Back on the road travelling to the Otira Hotel, where we stopped for lunch and had a look around the room with all the memorabilia. We went upstairs where the bedroom doors were open to see the old furniture and bathrooms, etc. On the road again travelling to Greymouth. Another stop on request at the Rail Bridge, where they are building a larger bridge. Finally found the motel that we were staying at. We then motored down to New World supermarket to get a few things for lunch for the next day. This is where we came across Olly Olson and Raewyn, as Olly’s sister had passed away so he couldn’t join in until later in Greymouth. They were travelling in a 1979 Morris Marina van. Took the groceries back to our motel, then motored down to the Greymouth Motel where everybody was staying, and had a Happy Hour. Then we all walked down the road a bit to a restaurant and had a very nice meal. Then it was back to the motel for a good night’s sleep. Rumour

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Saturday 17th March 2018 Up with the larks, showered, breakfasted, and had the lunches made. We made our way down on a lovely morning to the Civic Centre in Puketahi Street in Greymouth to pick up the rally packs at 8 a.m. At 8.30 a.m. there was a rally briefing at the Civic Centre and the first car departed at 9 a.m. First of all we had to read the map from Puketahi Street, travelling via Tainui Street, High Street, Raleigh Street, Preston Road, Steer Street, following where the fishing fleet boats were. From there we were asked some questions. Then we had to reverse, using the map to make our way to State Highway 6 at the north end of the Cobden Bridge. We weren’t allowed to stop at this point but continued on to start the rally. We headed north on State Highway 6. Information was supplied about the coal mines, including the Strongman mine that exploded in January 1967. The underground mines are all closed now. At 1.7 km (1 mile) we turned right onto Taylorville-Blackball Road. Approximately 8.3 km (5.1 miles) on the right there was a suspension walk bridge over the Grey River with access to the Dobson and Wallsend mines. 10 km (6.3 miles) passed the Brunner mine site. On 26th March 1896, 65 miners died from an underground explosion. This is New Zealand’s worst mining disaster. Most are buried in a mass grave at the Stillwater Cemetery. There were at least four other mines in the vicinity. At 12 km (7.4 miles) we veered left onto Blackball Road, but not over the Stillwater Bridge. At 18.5 km (11.5 miles) we viewed the Ngahere Gold Dredge on the right, currently not in operation. 21.8 km (13.5 miles) we turned left up the hill to Blackball. 24.3 km (15 miles) the Blackball Hilton. In Blackball we visited the historic hotel “Formerly the Blackball Hilton”, the general store opposite the Blackball Salami Co. and the Bric a Brac store next door. We continued on the Roa Road for half a kilometre where there were two coal mines operating. The bathhouse and one chimney are still visible on your right. We turned around at this point. The Roa Mining Company opencast mine is still in operation and is visible on the mountain top. We had a maximum of half an hour in Blackball. After we had a look around Blackball, we returned to the Main Road, 26.7 km (16.6 miles). Turned left onto Atarau Road with care needed tor the next 10 km as the Moonlight Triathlon was on the road. 41.4 km (25.7 miles) Pike River mine memorial where we stopped and had a look. This is the families’ memorial for those who lost their lives in the mine disaster in November 2010. The road to the mine is another 15 km further along this road. There is no public access to the mine site. We continued on Atarau Road 55.5 km (34.5 miles) turning left onto State Highway 7 at Ikamatua. 71 km (44.1 miles) turned left onto Mai Mai Road, where we 12

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had to be by 11.30 a.m. to visit the mine site. We had a briefing by the owner of Birchfield Coal Mines. Then we all had to walk on the weigh bridge to get weighed. Then back to the cars where we travelled in convoy to view this opencast mine in operation. Returning to State Highway 7 and continued onto Reefton (at this point the instruction to zero your mileage). 10.5 km (6.5 miles) crossed the bridge, turned left onto Broadway and continued on to the Reefton Racecourse (5 km, 3 miles) where we stopped and had our lunch. At approximately 2 p.m. the field tests started. Then we explored the interesting town of Reefton. There were 23 mines in the area with only two still in operation today. Then we made our own way back to Greymouth (approximately 80 km), via State Highway 7 (or you could retrace your route). We went back to the motel to freshen up a bit before going to Shantytown at 5.30 p.m. for drinks, and then a nice meal followed by prize giving. From down our way, John Tremaine managed to pick up a prize and a trophy with a car on top of it. He came 3rd in the whole rally. Sunday 18th March Another nice day, all packed up once again. We motored down to another motel where the others were staying and said our goodbyes. We were leaving to motor to Christchurch over the Arthurs Pass to catch up with a few people. Most of the others motored over the Lewis Pass to stay the night. We arrived at Christchurch about 2 p.m. and found somewhere to rest our weary heads for two nights. After tea we went visiting for a while, then it was back to the motel. Monday 19th March Woke up to another nice day weather-wise. In the morning we went to the Riccarton Mall to have a look around and have some lunch. Saw the Margaret Mahey playground for the kids and some other things. After tea we went visiting once again. Tuesday 20th March Another lovely fine day, all packed and ready to leave Christchurch. We left the motel about 9 a.m. and got on our way out of Christchurch. Stopped in Timaru at a cafĂŠ and had some lunch and a walk around the shops. Finally got to Lake Waihola where it started to rain. Arrived home at 7.30 p.m. raining and cool. We had motored about 1600 km in the 1975 Mitsubishi GTO. The car went very well with no problems. David and I enjoyed the trip to Greymouth. Thank you Olly and Raewyn, and Trevor and Norma for plotting it all out. Good time away had by all.

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Seeking Any Keen Power Cyclists Paul Furkert, a Wairarapa VCC member, has recently recommissioned a power cycle (Paul’s is a 1936 BSA bicycle driven by a 1951 Trojan Mini Motor (via a friction drive onto the rear wheel)). This machine has a top speed of around 20mph, so isn’t really suitable for going on standard VCC rallies. Paul is looking to get in touch with other owners of power cycles who might be interested in a Power Cycle rally. The idea is to all meet up at a county pub/campground somewhere in the North Island one weekend next summer, and do some short (and slow) explorations of the local area on our machines. Owners of other slow bikes (e.g. mopeds or veteran/vintage motorbikes with top speeds of less than 30mph) would also be most welcome. If you have a suitable machine, and would be interested in such a weekend away, please get in touch with Paul (email paul.furkert@xtra.co.nz or phone (06) 3795355 or text 02040273746). If there is sufficient interest from cycle/bike owners, the finer details of the rally will be worked out in consultation with all potential participants.

Classic saloons racing at Phillip Island (Australia) in March this year

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Southland Branch Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Annual General Meeting Notice is hereby given that THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of this Branch will be held following the monthly member’s meeting on Thursday 31st May 2018 at the Clubrooms AGENDA Apologies Minutes of the 2017 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 17th May 2018

J McCulloch Branch Secretary

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events 31 May

Annual General Meeting

Other Branch Events 3 June 11-12th August 12-15th November 16-18th November

Timaru All British Day See P14 for details Combined Rally—Gore Entry form and details in last edition of Rumour Prince Henry Tour National Veteran Rally - Nelson

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. June Rumour - Closing date for J une Rumour is J une 17th.

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Classifieds To Give Away Austin Manuals Keith Shefflebein ( following driver’s manuals to give away: Austin 3 Litre

has the

Austin A 30 Seven

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.

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 18

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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. At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

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