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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, 25th October, 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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Lex Simpson Brian Dunick Commercial Rally Ron Irwin Russell Jenkins Wayne Calderwood Peter Pryde Tony Warren Trevor Wilkey

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From the Editor Well all of my car happenings have been out of town over the last month. Mid-September I headed over to Melbourne to attend the Oakland Register of Australia Annual Rally & AGM (see report page 8) and I have also been to the Christchurch Swap meet. The swap meet was not a great success for me as I had to head home Saturday as I had another event on the Sunday. Friday and Saturday morning should have been enough at the swap meet but Friday was very wet. I did go out as friends in Christchurch had a car for sale to take out. We had a quick look around, they made some purchases and then it was time to find somewhere warm and dry. I did a quick walk around on Saturday. Made one purchase and then headed into town to pick up Barbara and headed home. There seemed to be less old car stuff and a lot more other junk but I think it has been going that way for a few years. After I left to head home a lot of people will have headed north to Leithfield for the McVicar car auction (advertised in the latest Beaded Wheels). My friend in Christchurch headed up for a look with no intention of buying anything. He tells me the 1928 Auburn went for $240,000 and that you could have a Lincoln Continental for $22,000 or a 65 Cadillac convertible for $26,500. I tried to find other prices on the internet without success One thing I did notice was the price of petrol in Christchurch (and other places on the way). Before I left I filled up at BP for $2.289 per litre (less 10 cents per litre on my AA card) and could have filled at $2.229 at Z with 10 cents per litre off for a flybuys card. Everywhere north it was $2.489 per litre except at the north end of Oamaru where it was $2.389 per litre. I don’t understand why we are paying less than Christchurch but I think it shows the price they are charging further north is fleecing the motoring public as they are happy to sell a lot cheaper down here. Dave

Cover Photo. 1932 Pontiac V8 sedan in Bendigo on the Oakland Register of Australia 2018 Rally. There were only 6281 of these Pontiacs built in their only year in production. They were a development from the 1931 Oakland Model 301.

November Rumour. Closing date for the November Rumour is 18th November Rumour

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Chairman’s Report Members who attended last month’s meeting enjoyed an interesting and well run motoring quiz organised by Stuart Francis. Of course the best team won (and there was only 3 of us). At the meeting John Burke was presented with his 25 year badge and Owen Davies with his 35 year badge. A function has also been held to award Ashley Bell his 50 year badge and certificate. Well done to you all. We are at present holidaying in the North Island. I tried out a couple of pubs in Wellington while my wife was at the World of Wearable Arts show. Unfortunately Southland was losing the rugby in both of them! Contrary to popular belief diesel prices up here are equivalent or cheaper than at home. In fact the dearest price seen so far was at Waihola. Cheers

Gerry

Urgent Update From Executive At our October Executive meeting we were advised that our current Bar Manager is not wanting to renew his license for another term. This term is due to terminate in November, so this leaves us in a bit of a quandary to put it mildly. Therefore we are very desperate to find either 1 or 2 persons who will undertake this position in the Club. It must be stressed that if you are interested in undertaking this position there will be no monetary cost to you as the Club covers all outgoing costs. If interested please contact either Gerry Pethick or Ray McCulloch ASAP

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Wednesday Run 3rd October 2018

What a difference a day makes, with Wednesday the 3rd October being a warm, cloudless, clear blue sky, spring day. We left the Racecourse and made our way to Bainfield Road, then out to McIvor Road through Donovan Park, and proceeded from there out through Wallacetown, Waianiwa, Otahuti, Isla Bank, and Winton, where we turned left at the top pub and headed to the Hedgehope School through Browns. Some of the roads I had never been on, and even though there was some gravel, this was one run I will remember as being a very pleasant drive. Approximately 11 cars and 22 people enjoyed a relaxed, happy atmosphere while consuming their lunch and having a good chat. Well done Lindsey Rodmell.

Viv & Barry Hayman

Wednesday Run – 7th November

Depart Racecourse Gates 10:30am. Meal $15 per head payable at the start. Numbers by Sunday 4th to Peter McBurney 027 217 8985 or (03) 217 8985 or Don Carter 0274 548 426 or (03)214 7722.

Arrowtown Rally Update Finally we have gotten the Arrowtown Motorcycle Rally all finalised. On Wednesday after mapping out the run we approached the New Orleans asking if we could have our evening function in their facility and got the go ahead, they have offered us the bottom bar for our prize giving evening. You are also able to have an evening meal prior to the prize giving at this venue, and if you’re really keen, breakfast as well. This is a great relief. So if interested in a meal at the New Orleans please contact Ray McCulloch on (03) 2179667

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Russell’s Rambling Brendon’s Man Shed. It is always interesting to see the collections of cars and motorcycles around town. One such collection is owned by Brendon Harper. Amongst the excellently restored autos are: 1957 Canadian imported Ford Falcon Town Sedan 1989 Nissan Skyline GTR Godzilla 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 1967 Ford Fairmont XR 289 1963 Ford Cortina 2 door. Amongst the dozen or so bikes is the late Morrie Coutts’ 1954 Ariel Red Hunter and an original 3T Triumph. Brendon also has some of Colin Robertson’s Japanese motorcycle collection. These are a 1979 CBX 6 cylinder Honda, a 1981 Suzuki Katana 1100cc and a Kawasaki Triple. Another of interest is a Dunelt push bike that had been used for deliveries at a Wyndham store. I thought they only made motorcycles. There are hundreds of other items including programmes, tin plate toys and cooking appliances. You name it, and no chance of it being closed with earthquake strength problems. On the Local Scene John Lyons has his 1937 V8 Pickup restoration well on the way. He is assembling, then dismantling before painting, with Ray McCulloch helping with the mechanicals. John Burke has been fettling his Austin A40 and can see the light at the tunnel’s end. A veteran car of interest to come to Southland is a curved dash Oldsmobile, purchased by a farmer. I hope he doesn’t plan to go around the sheep in it. I heard a distinctive motorcycle noise and saw Nick Wiering on an orange Harley Davidson blatting up Herbert Street. He looked like he was having a good time. E Hayes have a few copies of the special 1930 “Motorcycle” magazine show edition for sale. Be in while stocks last.

Russell 1981 Southland Rally Video. Donald Cochrane has posted a video of the 1981 Southland Rally on the internet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-xhHAWaSS8 6

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1935 Matchless Silver Hawk

Colour: black/chrome Frame number: 983 Engine Number: B660 This 600cc overhead valve 18 degree V4 was designed by the Collier brothers. It is a narrow angle V4 with a bevel gear driven camshaft. A wide spread of torque and power that made it very tractable, but like its other predecessors was too expensive to produce especially considering the Depression was not far away. The reason for acquiring this machine from the United Kingdom was that New Zealand Classic Motorcycles had been restoring a New Zealand-sourced machine over 5 years, but found the task was not cost and time effective, so this machine was acquired in a fully restored condition, one of 100 produced, one of ten left in the world. It was acquired by Transport World in May 2016. Maker: Collier & Sons (T/A Matchless)

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Oakland Register of Australia Annual Rally I recently attended the Oakland Register of Australia rally in Bendigo, Victoria, travelling with John Felder in his 1930 Oakland V8 Roadster. The rally was a bit different to anything I had been on before with no organised rally route. We spent the days travelling to Bendigo tourist attractions and a couple of car collections. The rally started on Friday with registration at the Veteran, Vintage and Classic Car Club clubrooms. From here we had dinner at a local sports club. Saturday started by meeting at the VV&CC clubrooms before heading off to the Bendigo Pottery where they have been making pottery for a very long time. From here we had a picnic lunch at a local park before splitting in two groups to go to the Central Deborah Gold Mine and for a ride on a tram through Bendigo. The gold mine is no longer operational but the tour does include heading underground, but not to the bottom of the mine. The tram trip was interesting and a visit to the depot showed just how many trams they actually have, both operational and not running. Saturday night we had dinner and the Register AGM at the VV&CC clubrooms. Sunday saw us head to two local car collections, one with a large number of unrestored and under-restoration cars, mainly vintage and the other belonging to a local Holden dealer had the 4th oldest Holden in existence and a brand new Commodore SSV with 4km on the odo. He also had a couple of other Holdens, a Mercedes Benz and two Veterans, an International Highwheeler and a Talbot. There was a Cadillac body on stands. The final visit was to the local Chinese museum. Everyone travelled to these places in their Oaklands and it was quite an impressive sight. There were 16 Oaklands ranging from 1924 to 1930 plus a 1928 Morris Minor (their Oakland was not running) and a 1932 Pontiac V8, the car that replaced the 1931 Oakland 301. Of interest to me was Jim Watson’s 1928 Oakland Roadster, the first ‘28 Roadster I have seen going other than mine. This car has had quite a bit of work done on it, including an alloy head (Jim sells them to other ‘28 & ‘29 owners) and shell bearings in the conrods. I had heard all about this car prior to the rally and he knew about my car. I went for a short ride in this car and it went very well. Jim cruises it at 100km/hr on the open road and he whistled past us on the way to Bendigo. It was a great way to spend a few days in Australia.

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Above - Jim Watson’s ‘28 Oakland

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Below - Oaklands at Bendigo

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Vintage Post Vintage Run 2018 On a clear but slightly breezy day 14 vehicles gathered at the Clubrooms for the start of this run. At 1:10 the first vehicle left followed by the others for a short 5 mile time section and then in their own time continued out through Moores Road, Wallacetown, back thru Wilson Crossing to Grove Bush, Woodlands to Morton Mains eventually ending up at the old Mokotua School now the Murihiku Scout Camp. Here we had a couple of children’s games for the field tests. It was interesting watching the adults do these tests. Bruce Marshall had a lot of trouble doing the jigsaw puzzle (aged 3 +). The fastest times for the field tests was by Olly Olsson – must be all the leisure time you have Olly. It was a good thing that John Burke had his daughters with him to help with the field tests. While we had afternoon tea and social time Wayne Calderwood decided he needed to adjust his steering position to make Huppie more comfortable to drive. About 4ish we headed back to the Clubrooms for prize giving. An enjoyable afternoon with some folks not aware of the facility at Mokotua and how sheltered it was. Could be a venue for an overnight stay sometime. Results: 1st Vintage Road Section Olly Olsson 1929 Pontiac st 1 Post Vintage Road Section John Burke 1936 Chevrolet 1st Vintage Field Tests Olly Olsson 1929 Pontiac 1st Post Vintage Field Tests John Burke 1936 Chevrolet Overall Winner Olly Olsson 1929 Pontiac

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Afternoon tea stop on the Vintage, Post Vintage Rally at the Murihiku Scout Camp

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Classifieds For Sale 1965 Singer Gazelle. Alan Sadlier has decided to sell his ver y tidy Singer. If you are interested contact them at aws1948@xtra.co.nz or phone 0273205495 or (03) 2158823. 1977 Triumph 2500TC ver y tidy 4 speed, Mustar d/Yellow colour , good tyres. $7500 Phone Jim Wilson on (03) 217 9698 Elliott 10-m metal shaper machine 3 phase, also wood copying lathe & chisels, single phase. Open to offers. phone Bill on (03) 212 8786. Workshop Equipment. After over 50 year s of r estor ing car s 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. Phone Bill on (03) 212 8786 1978? Renault R18, r usty, motor r uns, 5spd, good glass etc.$550 ono. Bruce Edginton Ph 03-2140426 or email bruce56@windowslive.com 1998 Ford Mondeo SW, Dsl, live r eg, mint body, motor not running.$1850 ono. Bruce Edginton Ph 03-2140426 or email bruce56@windowslive.com 1929 DA Dodge Coupe. Restor ed in 1985/86 by pr esent owner . Has been a very reliable vehicle and has travelled trouble free on many club runs and rallies, twice to the North Island. Had a tidy up and a motor rebuild in 2008. Recently this year bearings bushes and seals were replaced in the gearbox and in the higher geared [4.3] diff, the rear brakes relined and stainless sleeves in the brake cylinders, water pump repacked and impeller replaced and new battery. Will have a new WOF and REG Would like an offer over $35k. Keith Shieffelbein Ph or tx 0210704886 Motorcycle Magazine. E Hayes have a limited edition r epr int of the 1929 English Show Motorcycle Magazine. A must for any motor bike enthusiast. Part proceeds to Club funds.

October Meeting: Howard Kingsford-Smith will have his Ford Mustang convertible at the October meeting and will tell us all about it. 12

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Wanted From Ross Holden, Communication Officer, VCC. Contact Ross at 021 2638488 or comms@vcc.org.nz if you can help. Rover 90 Parts 1957 Austin A35 tr afficator model SF80 Datsun 180B Parts 1966 MkIV Singer Vogue front parcel tray. Mal Par ker 021 037 1693 malrobparker@gmail.com 1920’s Salisbury Differential to fit 1920 Davis Phaeton Tour er . J ohn Lynn 027 448 1430 1949 Ariel 350cc Red Hunter. I’m needing a rear wheel, speedo, valves, valve springs, clutch assembly and inner and outer cases. Head light ass (not the shell) valve lifters, rocker boxes and associated gear, also if anyone can put me in touch with someone who may be able to help it would be much appreciated. Wayne Daniel, Nelson, 021 606614 or Sallyandwayne@hotmail.com Information - Bluff short term bike storage. Br uce Haywood & Zoe Gough are coming to the Bert Munro Challenge in February. While here they are going to Stewart Island and want to know if there is anywhere they can store their motorbike close to the Bluff ferry terminal. If you can help with information contact them on gen4use@gmail.com

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Calendar Of Events Southland Branch Events

3rd November

Commercial Rally Entry form in September Rumour 10th– 11th November Arrowtown Rally Entry form in September Rumour 25th November Hokonui Hill Climb Clark Farm. Scrutineering 12:30pm Ferg McDowell (03) 2358446 0276149723

Other Branch Events 12-15th November 16-18th November 18th November 14th - 17th February

15th - 17th February

Prince Henry Tour National Veteran Rally - Nelson Josephville Hill Climb Art Deco Weekend - Napier Special invitation to commercial and veteran vehicles. See Beaded Wheels for details. National Motorcycle Rally - Blenheim Carol Taylor 021 399 649 vccrally2019@gmail.com.

Other Events 22 –27 October 6th - 13th May 2019

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Targa –VCCNZ South Island Time Trial Veteran & Vintage Tour Starts Ashburton, finishes Hanmer Springs via Haast Pass. Expressions of interest to Diane Ross, (03) 308 2356 randross@kinect.co.nz

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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 lending library will issue books 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. 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.

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