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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, 26th October, 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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Tony Warren Trevor Wilkey Commercial Rally Lex Simpson Brian Dunick Ron Irwin Russell Jenkins Wayne Calderwood Peter Pryde

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Chairman’s Report On the afternoon of Sunday 15th, a function was held to award 50 year badges and certificates to Howard Kingsford-Smith, Barry Ryan, Robert Grant and Lyall Bailey. The presentations were made by the National Secretary/Treasurer Michael Lavender. The ceremony was followed by a lovely afternoon tea. The rallying season has started again with the Vintage/Post Vintage rally being held on Saturday 14th. The next rally is the Commercial Rally to be held on 4th November, followed a week later by the Arrowtown Motorcycle Rally. We have applied to the Invercargill Licensing Trust for a grant to assist with the development of the carpark. Once the carpark has been completed we will be calling for volunteers to help with tidying up the remainder of the next door section, repairing and replacing fences etc. The Club bar is still running successfully, bringing in quite a lot of money to the Club coffers. However we only have one member with a Bar Managers certificate. This could lead to problems with keeping the bar operating. Anyone who has a Bar Managers licence and is willing to help, or anyone who may be interested in obtaining a licence, please contact me or a committee member. Thankyou.

Gerry Cover Photo:.1972 Chr ysler Valiant Char ger R/T 6 Pack on display at this year’s Christchurch Swap Meet. November Rumour - Closing date for November Rumour is November 19th.

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50 Year Members Presentations carried out by Michael Lavender, VCC of NZ Sec-Tres.

Lyall Bailey

Barry Ryan

Robbie Grant

Howard Kingsford-Smith

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Russell’s Ramblings Panel Beater Dallas Ryan has the bodywork well on the way on the Transport World’s 1936 CW Chrysler Airflow Limousine. They were fortunate to obtain front mudguards from the Chrysler Airflow Club in the USA and have purchased a 1936 Imperial Saloon as a donor car for parts. These cars are rare with only three in the USA and one in the Philippines. This vehicle will complement the Texaco Tanker with some body similarities. Ray McCulloch is giving the 1938 Ford V8 Coupe the full monty. The motor is running and the upholstery finished. It will be ready for the Club’s South Island Easter Rally next year. A 12/50 Alvis, OK Supreme, AJS Twin and the usual Model A motors are being reconditioned at his workshop. Members are welcome to look at a collection of motorcycle magazines from the ‘70s to copy articles on bikes if they wish. The 1928 Model K9 AJS that Steven Winteringham has was discovered some years ago by John Patterson dismantled at the Bluff tip. It was one of the last motors that Syd Ayling did up. It has been going and is ready for painting. The Motorcycle Mecca’s 1905 Minerva would be the most significant bike to Otago and Southland. It came from Milton and belonged to three generations of the Hancock family before being purchased in 2011 by the museum. The Minerva is single cylinder, 3½HP with Bosch magneto, belt drive with starting/assist pedals with a lift up lever to use the pedals as a belt rim brake. It has Chater Lea sprung front forks. It was finely engineered as with many early motorcycles. This bike competed in Southland Vintage Car Club events in the early ‘60s. Don’t forget to get your entry in for the Arrowtown M/C Rally. If you need an entry form contact Janet or Ray on (03) 217 9667. Entries close on 3rd November.

Russell

1905 Minerva Motorcycle. Photo courtesy of the Classic Motorcycle Mecca.

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2011 Nissan Leaf at September Meeting Mark Zwies brought his 2011 Nissan Leaf to the September meeting. The Nissan Leaf was the first totally electric car produced by a major manufacturer. This car has an 80kW electric motor and has a battery capacity of 24kWhr and has a range of 100km at 100km/hr. 80kW is about the same power as a modern 1.5 litre petrol engine (Toyota Yaris 1.5l) and 24kWhr will run a 1 bar heater for 24 hours. The car is bigger than I expected (certainly bigger than our Yaris) and weighs about 1500kg, about typical for a car this size these days but heavier than a 1970 Chrysler Valiant.

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Getting a bit more technical, the battery is a lithium-ion battery operating at about 450 volts. The electric motor is a 3 phase AC motor with a permanent magnet rotor (just a bigger version of what you would find in a brushless battery drill or a radio control car). Something is water cooled as there are two radiator caps under the bonnet and I suspect it is both motor and the controller/inverter that controls the power to the motor. Mark told us all about the car (and I got a few extra details). He uses this car to commute from Browns to Invercargill every day. The car cruises at 100 km/hr easily and has a range of about 100km when cruising at this speed, meaning the commute is within range so he only needs to charge the car once per day.

Dave Under the bonnet of the Leaf. Note the 12volt battery to run the electrical accessories and a radiator cap in the foreground. Doesn’t look that different but that is the motor controller you can see not the top of the motor.

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Wednesday Run 4th October The morning wasn't too bad when 30 people in 14 cars met at the race course gates for the monthly run. We headed off down Racecourse Road before turning left onto State Highway 1. We then turned right onto Mill Road South. After driving around different streets in South Invercargill we went out onto Bluff Road and on to Greenhills before turning right to go to Omaui. We had a nice trip into and out of Omaui. Once back in town we drove over the Stead Street bridge to Otatara. Once there we drove around the streets and had a good look at some of the lovely homes. From there it was over the bridge and into Fosbender park where we partook of our picnic lunch. Unfortunately the cloud came over and the wind picked up cutting the afternoon short. Thank you Lindsey and Chris for a lovely day out.

Louisa and Allan

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Wednesday Run 1st November Departing Racecourse gates at 10:30am. Meal $15 per person payable at start. Names and numbers to David & Marilyn Calvert (03) 217 9745 by Sunday October 29th.

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2018 Easter Rally Our request on the Easter Rally entry form for both the driver and navigators age has caused some comment so I want to reassure you that it is only so that we know who our eldest and youngest drivers and navigators are. Suffice to say we cannot judge peoples age based on appearance alone. The rally routes may have a short stretch of good unsealed road on them if required to get competitors from one tar sealed road to another. If we do use any unsealed roads they will be in good condition. With a shortage of volunteers for marshalling the rally routes have had to be timed from start to finish so please pick your average speed accordingly. Your rally routes will get you out of town fairly quickly and motoring throughout Southland’s beautiful countryside so a sensible cruising speed with allowance for the need to read signposts should be what you are aiming for. We have arranged for the three rally routes to converge on the same destination for lunch so that you can catch up with family and friends over lunch. On one Easter Rally my Dad, his crew, and the lunch box ended up in Winchester for the lunch break while Mum and I on a different route ended up lunch-less in Waimate, with slim pickings at the only dairy and garage open. We are still looking for volunteer marshals so if you are able to assist please let me know, 021 388 649.

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Vintage/Post Vintage Rally With rain forecast and after a scrumptious morning tea provided by Louisa and friends, 21 vehicles sallied forth on the Vintage/Post Vintage rally. After a short time trial we headed out through lush farmland on a highway lined with dead flax bushes arriving in Riverton as participants in the Riviera Touring Car Show. This was a grand display of 416 classic cars, some old, some more modern. Petrol head heaven. Some were sporting huge souped up engines, some original versions and some with absolutely glorious paint jobs. The winner’s prize of $200 petrol would not take these very far. We all found a car we used to own in the past, great memories. All of our vintage models made it safely back home, although one had to make a spark plug change to do so. Nice to see entrants from as far away as Riversdale and Cromwell. The sun had come out and a good day was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Ray and Janet for organizing an interesting event.

Henry`s Mob Results 1st Vintage Road Section 1st Vintage Field Tests 1st PV Road Section 1st PV Field Tests Overall Winner

Trevor Wilkey Greg Elder Bruce Marshall Doug Sellars Greg Elder

1931 Ford Model A Truck 1925 Star Roadster 1936 Morris 18/6 1934 Chevrolet Master 1925 Star Roadster

Greg Elder receiving the winners trophy from Branch Chairman Gerry Pethick.

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Teretonga Park 60th Anniversary Way back in November 1957, after all the hard work had been done, Teretonga Park held its first race meeting on the newly completed circuit. On Saturday 25th November 2017 we would like to celebrate the circuit opening by holding a Standing 1/4 mile in the morning, a BBQ lunch followed by a Flying 1/10 mile in the afternoon. After that we will have a good old tradition of years ago, a “Social Hour�. Social Hours were held at Teretonga Park for many years on a Saturday night from 5pm. At this social hour (or two) light food will be available to celebrate 60 years of our track. Everyone who is, or has been a member, competitor or official is welcome to have a go at these events, except in current competition cars. All that is required is a car with a current WOF, helmet and overalls (the club has these if required). The cost for the day is $25 for all events (including lunch), or $15 per event. Extra people requiring BBQ lunch, $5. As Ladies made a huge contribution to the club, we welcome you all to have a go FREE to try and get bragging rights. Suggested format for the day is: 9.30am Registrations for Standing 1/4 10.15am Standing 1/4 Starts 12.00 BBQ lunch 12.45pm Registrations for Flying 1/10 1.15pm Flying 1/10 Starts 4pm Social Hour Starts Everyone is welcome. As we are catering we do require notification of attendees. RSVP by22nd November to info@teretonga.org.nz or phone 03 2130522 please.

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events

4th November

11th November 3rd February 3rd March 19th March Easter 2018 12th May

Commercial Rally Entry form with the September Rumour. Arrowtown M/C Rally Contact Secretary Janet for entries. Closing date November 3rd Southland Rally Veteran Rally PWV/P60/P80 Rally South Island Easter Rally Waimea M/C Rally

Other Branch Events 4th November

11th November 26th November 24th February 17th March

Otago Branch Taieri Tour Secretary has entry forms. Clutha Rally 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. 1958 Matchless 500. Good, fast r eliable bike. Sold with Rego and WOF. Ride Away $6,000.00. Phone Robert 03 2246160 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 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 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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