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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, 30th November, 2017

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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

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Russell Jenkins Wayne Calderwood Peter Pryde Not Open Xmas Not Open New Year Tony Warren Trevor Wilkey Lex Simpson

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Chairman’s Report The Invercargill Licensing Trust approved the grant to cover the cost of the carpark extension, and the money was presented by Paddy O'Brian of the Trust at the Clubrooms last week. He was most impressed with the Clubrooms and grounds and stated that the Trust would be pleased to help again in the future. Also impressed with the facilities were members of the Jowett Car Club who had their rally in the city last week. Thanks to Howard KingsfordSmith and John Burke who did the concours judging for them, and to Alwyn Hoskins and Malcolm McDonald who organised the field tests that were held in our grounds using some of our equipment. 13 Jowetts and Bradfords made an unusual and interesting line up in the carpark. I was fortunate to be in Clyde recently and was able to view the start of the Pioneer Motoring Groups Rally. This is a privately run Veteran Rally and had 21 vehicles including Wayne Nicoll with the Cadillac and Brian Dunick with his Renault. As this is the last Rumour for 2017 I would like to wish you all a happy and safe festive season

Gerry Cover Photo: Bill Richar d Tr anspor t Wor ld’s 1940 Dodge Airflow Texaco tanker on the road during the Labour Weekend truck parade. This was the first time the Dodge had been on the road since it was restored. Photo: Wayne Jeffrey. January Rumour - Closing date for J anuar y Rumour is J anuar y 14th.

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Arrowtown Motorcycle Rally It was a dismal looking morning with light drizzling rain, the type that just makes you want to stay in bed. The bikes were pre-loaded and come to think of it so was I that night! Lee and I headed off for Lumsden with two bikes on the back, (Lee drove) one being direct belt drive so you could imagine what I thought the day was going consist of - yip a lot of pedalling. Well, how wrong could we have been, after Winton the day just kept getting better. We arrived at Lumsden to find the Local Gala day was getting set up, bikes were getting off loaded and preparing for the day ahead, 27 in all. There was a good cross section of bikes representing all classes and from all over. The Barnes brothers from Wellington and Timaru, Mac McGarry from Auckland (ask Mac where his saddle bags ended up, that could be another story perhaps) and Trevor Chalmers from Dunedin. Ray conducted the riders briefing, giving everyone the run down on his expected behaviour on the road around holding up traffic then back to the bikes for a 10am sharp departure with the two veteran bikes off first, Casey Lyons on the Humber and myself riding the Singer. The run consisted of a 16.4 mile timed section taking everyone out west re-joining the main Queenstown highway at Five Rivers where everyone made a beeline straight to the Kingston Golf Club for lunch and field tests. Interestingly enough both veterans stopped on the hill overlooking Kingston with no go juice in the tank. Casualties: By this stage Darren Kidd had retired with his front tyre leaving the rim of the AJS - how could this be still fully inflated? Nick Wiering’s ‘30 Harley had something let go in the primary drive and John McGibbon’s clutch basket main nut had come off. Lunch was catered for by Country Manner from Winton, once again very nice and very filling. Now, the field tests - have you ever put nuts on missmatched threaded bolts with riding gloves on? And everyone thought Arthur Warren had all the weird ideas. Guess the open-ended spanner sizes, throwing the tennis ball onto the Velcro pad and guess the type of spanner – with Ray the genius behind these, what brand of spanner do you think it would be? (AKD) After the fun had finished it was back on the road to Frankton, it was great to find a very quiet traffic period that could only enhance what is always a nice ride around the lake. By this time the day had heated up and so had the bikes so a well-earned stop at Frankton gave both bike and rider time 4

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to cool off. From Frankton everyone made their way into Arrowtown at their own pace with a number of bikes gathering outside the New Orleans and the Tap giving the tourists and locals plenty of opportunity to take snaps and talk with the owners. An hour or so to ourselves then we all gathered at the fire station for refreshments and a BBQ tea supplied by the local fire officers rounded off with the prize giving. I’m sure all would agree this hit the spot after a long day on an old motorcycle. Well done to Casey Lyons taking out the overall trophy. Also it was great to see some of our local Arrowtown members come along for a catch up. Over the last two or three years the format for the run has been changing or evolving to suit road conditions and peoples busy lives; it has been pushed into a one day event thus giving people time to recover and have a relaxed ride back to Lumsden and Invercargill. Speaking from Lee’s and my experience this year I feel Ray and his committee got it spot on - it covered all the bases and yet still relaxing enough with plenty of opportunity for riders, partners, friends and backup contingent to mingle during lunch and at the evening function – well done guy’s

Tony

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Arrowtown Rally 2017 Results Veteran: Road Section Casey Lyons 1912 Humber Field Tests Casey Lyons 1912 Humber Overall Winner Veteran Section Casey Lyons 1912 Humber Vintage Road Section Robbie Eunson 1929 Cotton Field Tests Robbie Eunson 1929 Cotton Overall Winner Vintage Section Robbie Eunson 1929 Cotton Post War Road Section Stewart Russell 1955 BSA Goldstar Field Tests Dallas Ryan 1951 Triumph Speed Twin Overall Winner of PW Section Trevor Chalmers 1951 Norton ES2 P60’s Road Section Colin Fleet 1972 Honda CB350 Field Tests Dave Morris 1971 Norton Commando SS Barney Graham Trophy - Overall Winner P60’s Section Craig Cunningham 1975 Triumph Trident P80’s Road Section Tony Ayling 1981 Harley Davidson FXB Overall Winner P80’s Section Tony Ayling 1981 Harley Davidson FXB Binnie Award – Veteran Merit Award Casey Lyons 1912 Humber Best Pre ’32 Motorcycle Robbie Eunson 1929 Cotton Jim Kidd Shield – Overall Winner PW Section Trevor Chalmers 1951 Norton ES2 Publicans Trophy Bob Moore 1969 BSA Rocket 3 Christchurch Tray – Best New Restoration Bob Moore 1969 BSA Rocket 3 Bent Rod Trophy – Hard Luck Nick Wiering 1931 Harley Davidson Model C Rose Bowl – Overall Winner Casey Lyons 1912 Humber 6

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Arrowtown Rally start in Lumsden

Lunch stop at the Kingston Golf Club

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Russell’s Ramblings The most original motorbike in Invercargill’s Motorcycle Mecca Museum would be the 1918 Excelsior Big X. This came from the John Howard collection in Christchurch, rallied for many years by well-known member Basil Chambers. It is covered in plaques that signify it was reliable. It has never been restored, having been given a kerosene overhaul. During the Great War, Excelsior, with Indian and Harley Davidson were the first choice for the US army at home and in France. This machine is fitted with the double trussed military fork that had been fitted since 1917 to Excelsior machines for military service. It has a 974cc engine, all chain drive with a 3 speed countershaft transmission. Museum curator Dave Roberts showed me a set of “Weld” patented motorcycle snow chains which were used around the Christchurch hills. I couldn’t help thinking looking at the Big X & sidecar with some carbide, petrol & oil and the large cane basket full of food and refreshments, it would be an ideal combination to travel in on touring trips through the country. Les Alsop in Christchurch has Wayne Nicoll’s 1913 3 speed Triumph nearing completion. Steve Winteringham has obtained two Harley Davidsons ex Doug Willis. I saw Frazer Gillespie’s recently purchased Vincent Rapide in E Hayes. He welcomed me to have a look at his motorcycle man cave and bikes. His building has open wood beams, a heated floor and excellent hospitality facilities. Frazer is a Norton man with a 74 Commando, 65 Atlas, a 500 SS, VR1000 Harley and a 1983 Triple Triumph. Tucked away was a 1960 Chevrolet ex Doug Willis and an excellent Holden Kingswood. I could imagine his premise would be a popular venue during the Burt Munro week. Locals Wayne Nicoll (Cadillac) and Brian Dunick (Renault) participated with the Pioneer Motoring Group for a leisurely rally based in Clyde. With good weather, twenty veteran cars and a motorcycle did approximately 100 miles over two days. The event was organised by Stephen Kidd of Dunedin with Rob & Diane Ross being the winners.

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1918 Excelsior Big X in the Classic Motorcycle Mecca

Three Renaults on the Pioneer Motoring Group rally in Clyde. Rumour

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Mid-week run - 1st November

On a beautiful November morning 56 people in 25 cars met for the monthly run. We headed off down Findlay Road and Mill Road to the Lornville Dacre Road making our way out past Forest Hill Scenic Reserve and onto the Winton Hedgehope Road before turning onto Anderson Road where it all turned to custard. So after cruising around for a while we headed to the lunch stop at the Top Pub at Winton. Thankfully the destination was in our directions sheet. It pays to have it there just in case. We had a lovely meal and good old natter .I did notice however that an awful lot of people were not wearing name tags. It is very hard to get to know new members if you don't know who you are talking to. Many thanks Marilyn and David we had a wonderful day.

Louisa Allan and Fay. Once again it is that time of year and I would like to thank all you lovely people who have stepped up to the plate and have willing organised these runs which we all enjoy so much. Most of next year’s calendar is filled so I won’t be annoying you very much. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Louisa and Allan

Mid-week run - December 6th

Departing from the Racecourse at 10.30am. Please note inflation has raised its ugly head and the meal cost is $16 per person, payable at the start.Names please to Gerry and Marg Pethick, ph 2165496 or phone/text to 02102985620 by Sunday December 3rd.

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Mid Week Run - 3rd January

Starting Race course gates 10 30am.As this is a picnic run please bring your lunch chairs etc and anything else you might need.

Paddy O’Brien from the ILT presenting Branch Chairman Gerry Pethick with the cheque to pay for the car park extension at the Clubrooms.

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Clutha Rally 11th November 2017

Overcast sort of day on Friday 10th November. After having lunch with nine friends at the Glengarry, David and I went back home to pack up the Model A car with our luggage and left Invercargill by two o’clock. We struck rain, wind and sunshine, but it wasn’t too bad. A truck that was travelling towards us flicked up a stone and it hit our window, so now we have a crack in the front window of the Model A. We arrived at Balclutha at 4.30 p.m. Saturday 11th November David’s birthday. An overcast morning, cool but fine. Up with the larks, already packed and ready to drive down to the venue at the Balclutha War Memorial Hall in Clyde Street where we were given our rally packs and a yummy morning tea before we all headed out on the rally. Still overcast waiting for our time of 10.29.5 to start on the rally. Now raining and cool. We left the car park, travelling left over the bridge, turning 1st right off the bridge for Kaitangata (12 km), left into Eddystone Street, left into Bembridge Street, right into Lakeside Road, left into Station Road, where we had to slow down as we passed the checkpoint. And that’s where the time section had finished. From there we took SH 1 and then took a left at Clarksville SH 8. We travelled through Lawrence township to Tuapeka West Road, via Taupeka Mouth, where the road changes to Tuapeka Mouth Road, via Alan Grange Road, where we proceeded to the V.C.C. check for lunch stop at the Clutha Valley Community Centre. Here the rally cards were collected on arrival with some questions to answer. Parked up and then taking our picnic lunches into the hall to eat and talk etc, etc.

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After lunch we packed up and back to the cars, where we took a left turn out of the carpark and travelled via first left over the bridge, Dunlop Road, via Lambourne Road, which was a gravelled section, also Landing Road, Blackbridge Road, onto SH 1, Waiwera Station Road, right into Anderson Road gravel and Hillfoot Road, left into Hillfoot Road, right Waitapeka Road, left into Kakapuaka Road, right at T (SH 1) to Balclutha. We travelled up and down dale and around some hairpin corners and over some more roads that we haven’t travelled over before. Then we proceeded to the War Memorial Hall for social time, raffles drawn at 5 pm, prize giving at 5.15 pm, and the evening meal at 5.30 pm. Also the parts store was opened at 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm for anybody who wanted to purchase any parts. We all had a lovely meal with silverside, ham, mashed potatoes, peas and an assortment of salads. Then jelly fruit salad and icecream to follow. There were 15 cars from the Southland Region, and 72 entrants for the rally. Prize winners from the Southern region were John Tremaine, 1930 Ford Model A, for time trial in the Vintage Class. He also got runner-up for the rally. Also Raewyn Murphy for the Commercial, 1979 Morris Marina Van, and also for the lady driver. It was a good day’s motoring had by all. Sunday 12th November Overcast day. We had both fine weather and rain when we left Balclutha at 9.15am and we arrived home at 11.45am. We had travelled 267 miles.

Marilyn Calvert

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2018 Easter Rally Entries are slowly rolling in but it would be good to have the bulk of them in by Christmas, please. Remember that entries close at the end of January (and there can be no late entries) so with many people being on holiday in January it would be wise to get your entry in sooner rather than later. Some of you have more than one vehicle that you are considering entering. To ensure that your entry meets the VCCNZ requirements you will need to ensure that a current member of the VCC is in the vehicle as the driver, navigator or passenger. So if your wife/husband/partner/family member is a current member so much the better, and if they are not now is the time to have them made members. If you are not entering and are available to assist with marshalling we would love to hear from you. As the rally side of the event on Saturday is timed from start to finish Marshalls will be working together at both the start and end of the Rally. In the interest of processing vehicles through the field tests in good time we would like to have two streams of field tests operating simultaneously both on the Saturday and Sunday for the Penzoil Team Trophy and require Marshalls for this also. Glenys McKenzie 021 388 649 (03) 218 9878

Grant & Bridget McAllister with thier 1958 Borgward Isabella at the October Branch Meeting. Dale Simmonds filled us in on the details at the meeting. 14

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Commercial Rally On a cloudy day 12 vehicles, the Club Darracq and approx. 30 people headed away from the Clubrooms from 1:30pm. After a short time section the members were able to motor along enjoying the scenery in their own time. The run took them towards Bluff before turning off heading inland towards Rimu/Mokotua before eventually ending up in Ashers Road at the Lignite Pit. Here the members completed 3 field tests had a cuppa and chat before meandering back to the Clubrooms for prize giving. Field Tests Angus Petrie 1954 Trojan Road Section Trevor Wilkey 1930 Ford Model A Truck Overall Winner Angus Petrie 1954 Trojan

Wayne Rayner in his Morris Minor truck on the Commercial Rally

November Meeting. There will be a Christmas Hamper raffle at the November meeting. Please bring something along to put in the hamper. There will be no meat raffles at this meeting. The car on display at the November meeting will be Dale Simmonds’ 2017 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline. This is one of the last Australian built Holdens. Rumour

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Notices Robyn Flowers from the Cancer Society thanks those who delivered daffodils on Daffodil Day. A reminder to ensure that if you have visitors to the Clubrooms that they are signed in. Ray has added a Mystery (Historical) Run to the calendar, to be held on December 9th, starting at the Clubrooms at 2:00pm. Entry fee is a packet of biscuits. The Southland Rally (3rd February) lunch stop will be at the Browns Sports Ground.

Burt Munro Motorcycle Show We are going to have another Motorcycle Show during the Burt Munro Challenge in February. The show will be held at the Clubrooms on the 9th & 10th February. It will be for Japanese Road bikes from the ‘60s to the ‘80s. Profits this year will be donated to the Heart Foundation. Helpers and bike owners, please contact Ray (03) 217 9667.

Are you interested in being part of the Classic Motorcycle Mecca Story? Transport World is looking for Volunteers with a passion for things automotive to help us with the maintenance and care of our vehicles and motorcycles. Based primarily at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, we are looking for people who can spare us time on a regular basis to join our amazing team of volunteers. As a volunteer at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, you may be asked to undertake a variety of tasks including basic care and cleaning of the motorcycles, assisting with moving the bikes or engaging with visitors to the collection. If this sounds like you or if you would like to know more about other opportunities to Volunteer at Transport World, please contact Juliana Baxter on 0275416949 or 03 2171631. If motorcycles are not your thing but you would like to be involved at Bill Richardson Transport World, then don’t be put off. We'd be happy to hear from you too. 16

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events 25th November 9th December 3rd February 9th, 10th February 3rd March Easter 2018 12th May 19th May

Hokonui Hillclimb Clark Farm. Scrutineering 12:30pm Ferg McDowell (03) 2358446 0276149723 Mystery Run Starts at the Clubrooms at 2:00pm. Entry fee - a packet of biscuits. Southland Rally Entry form in this Rumour. Burt Munro Motorcycle Show. Veteran Rally South Island Easter Rally Waimea M/C Rally PWV/P60/P80 Rally

Other Branch Events 26th November 24th February 17th March

Josephville Hill Climb Gore Festival Rally Westland Branch Scenicland Rally

Other Events

27/28th January

Edendale Crank Up Weekend Featuring John Deere, Fordson and Chrysler

Scenicland Rally Tour Are you interested in a five to six day round trip? Rally is being held in Greymouth on 17th March, 2018. If interested contact Trevor Wilkey (03) 2128971 or Olly Olsson (03) 2361408.

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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. 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 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 1955 Ford Prefect (suitable for par ts) phone Tony (03) 2127056 1965 PB Vauxhall 3.3 front & rear windscreens. Laurie Keach (03) 215 8865 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 garage space available for car storage.$30.00 per week Phone Sharon 021 0429636 18

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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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