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August-September 2018


Taranaki Branch Committee Chair Chair VERONICA OLIVER E: Ph: 06 752 2149

Past Chair COLIN JOHNSTON E: cajohnstoncollections@xtra.co.nz Ph: 06 754 6216

Secretary RAEWYNN KRUSE E: taranaki@vcc.org.nz Ph: 06 753 9743 | M: 027 243 8565

Treasurer ROB THOMSON E: railmodels1@xtra.co.nz Ph: 06 758 4881

Club Captain Secretary John Muter E: megandjohnny@xtra.co.nz Ph: 06 751 5554

Custodian Secretary Rob Gudopp E: vintagerob@hotmail.co.nz Ph: 06 751 1395

Librarian BILL DURLING E: elinorandbill@hotmail.com Ph: 06 758 4244

Topical Torque Editor Secretary JIM LOGAN E: logandj49@gmail.com Ph: 06 751 0316 | M: 027 604 4821 Committee

LES BOGNUDA JOHN MUTER STEVEN OLIVER

Email: bognuda63@xtra.co.nz Email: megandjohnny@xtra.co.nz

Ph: 06 755 2810 Ph: 06 751 5554 Ph: 06 752 2149

Topical Torque Editor Historian

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ROSE COX E: roselcox7@gmail.com Ph: 06 752 2525 Mob: 027 353 9968

GEOFF BLACKBOURN E: dblackbourn@orcon.net.nz 06 752 7671

Groundsman LES BOGNUDA

Beaded Wheels COLIN JOHNSTON

Ph: 06 754 6216

Parts Committee NEIL ROOK JOHN MUTER PAT STIELLER CES BUDD

Ph: 06 758 6737 Ph: 06 751 5554 Ph: 06 754 6096 Ph: 06 758 7685

Ph: 06 755 2810

Vehicle VIN’s / VIC’s MIKE WILLIAMS Ph: 06 765 4419 Mid Week Coordinators PHYLLIS & DES CORNWALL, 06 765 6505


From the Chairperson Last month's noggin & natter guest speaker, Paul Short brought along his drones. Members were very interested with what these can do, but there are restrictions. Members had several questions for Paul to answer. One of his smaller drones (a racing drone) can get up to 100km while flying. Daffodil day is fast approaching and John Muter and Jim Logan are organising a car show at East end reserve. Other car clubs have been invited to attend along with a coffee and other food stalls. All donations to go to the Cancer Society. More details elsewhere in the magazine. Robert Gudopp and Kay Barr have indicated that they will take on the duties of inside custodian. They would like all members to advise when things need stocking up. Thank you to you both. Our Branch delegate will attend the National AGM in Napier on the 3-5 August. John Muter was elected within the Committee as your Club Captain for another year. Congratulations John! Our North Island Club Captain Kaaren Smylie will be at the September Club night. Safe Motoring,

Veronica Oliver Chairperson

On the Cover: Daffodil Rally for Cancer 2017 2


Club Captain’s Report At last month's club night, we all enjoyed an extremely interesting talk and demonstration on Drones by Paul Short. Although only on his teens there appears to be nothing he doesn't know on this subject and I am sure he will have a great future in Drone technology. A good number of us braved the cold weather for the End of Registration Run to the Stratford Mountain House. Unfortunately, the band was unable to play due to illness so our experts were unable to show off their talents on the dance floor, perhaps next year.

Upcoming Events: 22 July

The Breakfast Run starting at 7.30am from Merriland's shopping centre, Mangorei Rd. Please let Jim know if you wish to attend.

26 July

Mid-Week Run starting from the children's playground in Orlando St, Stratford at 1.30pm, please bring your afternoon tea.

29 July

The Club Rooms will be open from 2.00pm.

16 August

Club night, there will be a guest speaker.

19 August

The Brick Run starting from Bath St in Eltham at 4.30pm. You may use your Modern car if you wish! The run will finish at a local café for evening meal(optional), a Fish or Cambodian Curry for $18 and Deserts are $4.50. Please ring John ph 7515554 or Jim ph 7510316 for a reservation.

26 August

“Daffodil Rally for Cancer” This year we are having a Motor Show at the East End Reserve, Strandon from 12.30 to 3.30pm. I would like as many vehicles from our Branch as possible for this important fund-raising event. Several other Motoring clubs will be joining us so let's make this the best motor show yet. We will be providing a sausage sizzle and ice-cream and coffee caravans as well.

Safe Motoring,

John Muter Club Captain 3


Women in Motoring Patricia (Pat) Moss & Ann Wisdom Sir Stirling Moss is not noted for his championing of female racing drivers. Women, says Formula 1 legend Moss, lack the balls - literally and metaphorically to challenge the very best men, in any form of motorsport. In his peacock pomp, Moss would blow kisses to women drivers as he lapped them. But mention his kid sister, Pat, and the grand old man of British racing driving adopts a more conciliatory stance. "What she managed to do was amazing, actually," says Moss. What Pat managed to do was beat up men on the roads of Europe, at a time when some men thought it a miracle if a woman could parallel park. Try blowing a kiss to a woman while you're choking on her wheel dust. "I don't think she bothered about the differences,� Moss, who won 16 grand prix, tells BBC Sport. "When the flag fell, she didn't just want to beat the girls, she was out to beat the men as well." Pat Moss, who died in 2008 at the age of 73, was an international equestrian in her youth. But the ever-present reek of oil around the Moss household - her father competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 1924, her mother drove ambulances during World War One and also raced cars - eventually overwhelmed her. Ann Wisdom and Pat Moss won the gruelling Liege-Rome-Liege in an unwieldy Austin Healey in 1960 She started out racing a Morris Minor in national rallies before the British Motoring Corporation invited her to compete in more high-profile events. Having a woman on board was a useful marketing ploy - but Moss could shift as well. In 1958, Moss piloted her Morris - nicknamed 'Granny' - to fourth in the RAC Rally and also finished fourth in the gruelling Liege-Rome-Liege, this time in an Austin Healey. Two years later, the 5ft 4in Moss won the Liege, a remarkable feat given the unwieldiness of her machine and the fact she had blocks of wood strapped to her pedals. "She used to say, 'that damn Healey!'" says Sir Stirling. "'I gave it three years to kill me and it nearly did!' But she was strong, mentally and physically, and therefore she wouldn't give an inch, and wouldn't expect to be given an inch. After her win in the Liege, rallying people realised how fast she was, because they knew how hard that event was. Sitting beside Pat, all the way from Belgium to Italy and back again, was her codriver Ann Wisdom, who spent a lot of her time hanging halfway out of the car. "I would say to Pat, 'I'm going to be sick'," says Wisdom. "She would grab hold of me so I could open the door. It was a problem." 4


Wisdom's is a remarkable story of female emancipation in its own right. She was working as an office clerk when she pulled a week-long sickie to compete in a rally alongside Moss. A photograph of the two of them in a motorsport magazine was spotted by Wisdom's boss and she chose to swap typing and filing for a life of speed instead. Ann Riley (nee Wisdom) died.at 81. Graham Robson has released the following tribute. As Pat Moss's long-time co-driver in international rallying, Ann and Pat were one of the most formidable and successful teams in the sport, not only in the Ladies' category, which they habitually dominated, but competitive at the same level as the men in this exciting, colourful and gruelling sport. Pat and Ann were prominent competitors from 1956 to 1962, after which Ann retired to start her family, but it was the duo's outstanding success as outright winners of the four-day/four-night Liege-Rome-Liege Rally, which made them legendary in motor sporting circles. Their long-time friend, and later team manager, Stuart Turner, always described this as one of the most amazing drives he had ever seen. Born in May 1934, Ann was the daughter of Tommy and Elsie (nicknamed 'Bill') Wisdom, both of whom were themselves established in European motorsport. While finding time to become the doyen of British motoring writers (he was Motoring Correspondent of the Daily Herald for many years), Tommy raced and rallied for 'works' teams from the 1930s to the 1960s, including 23 Monte Carlo Rallies. Elsie became one of Britain's foremost lady drivers of the 1930s; it was her gritty ability, in the male-orientated sport of the time, that gained her the affectionate nickname of 'Bill'. Like many girls in her active social class, Ann Marie Wisdom (who soon became known as 'Wiz' by all who knew her) grew up around horses and horse jumping events, yet it was apparently at a BRDC dinner that she first met Pat Moss, who had spent her teenage years in the same sport. The two became firm friends, and 'Wiz' became a groom to Pat's increasingly successful stable of horses. Almost inevitably, the two took up rallying together, originally in Pat's own Triumph TR2, where 'Wiz' became the competitive and very accomplished co-driver in the team. Although she often suffered from car sickness, she never let this get in the way, always determined to finish at all costs. On the famous Liege-Rome-Liege outing, for instance, she shrugged off the impression of burning trees crossing the road (an impression brought on by exhaustion), and cheerfully admitted to dousing herself under the parish pump in the village squares which they encountered along the way. Her first international rally appearance with Pat Moss was in an MGA in the 1956 RAC rally; her first major success followed, when Pat and she took fourth place overall on the RAC and Liege-Rome-Liege events of 1958. The duo became European Ladies' Champions at the end of that year and became one of the most successful teams in the famous BMC 'works' team. BMC team captain John Gott commented at the time: "Together, the girls form a team, but apart each is less than half a team.

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Closing date for SEPTEMBER Topical Torque, 10 August. Please forward articles to the Editor, Jim Logan 76C South Road N P 4310-or email to logandj49@gmail.com This magazine is also available by e-mail as a PDF file. If you would prefer to receive a copy this way please contact the Editor. Pictures are usually in colour. Views and opinions expressed in Topical Torque are those of contributors and not necessarily those of the Taranaki Branch of the V C C of N Z, the Branch Executive or the Editor. Clubrooms: 1040 Mountain Road - SH 3A Inglewood. 6


SPECIAL PULL OUT SECTION VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NZ TARANAKI BRANCH 41st ANNUAL “RUBBER DUCKIE” MOTOR-CYCLE RALLY 15 September 2018 NEW PLYMOUTH th

Overall Winners 2017 “Rubber Duckie” Jill and John Williams


VCC of NZ TARANAKI BRANCH

41st Annual “Rubber Duckie” Motor-Cycle Rally 15th September 2018 “SEA THE LIGHT” The Taranaki Branch invites you to enter their 41st Annual Motor-Cycle Rally. The rally routes will be over good surfaced roads, with very little gravel, with instructions in large print. VENUE: NEW PLYMOUTH TOP TEN HOLIDAY PARK, 29 Princes Street, Fitzroy, New Plymouth will be Rally H.Q. for our Annual Motorcycle Rally. Dinner and Prize giving will be held at the Beach Street Hall, 80 metres north of Devon St East, approximately 800m from the Top Ten Holiday Park. PROGRAMME: Friday 14th 3.00 pm R.H.Q. opens 6.00 - Drinks, followed by evening meal and Noggin and Natter Saturday 15th

Rally Instructions available from 8.15 am. 8.30 am - Briefing 9.00 am - First bike away Lunch 6.30 pm - Pre dinner drinks 7.30 pm - Informal smorgasbord dinner (Ticket holders only) Prize giving FACILITIES: Accommodation - motels, tourist flats, tourist cabins, standard cabins, camper sites, tent sites, swimming pool, linen hire. All meals are available on site to ticket holders only. RALLY RULES 1 This event is open to financial members of the Vintage Car Club of NZ and invited guests. Invited guests are eligible to compete for prizes, but not VCC trophies. 2 Veteran, Vintage, Post Vintage, Post War, Post 60 and Post 80 machines are eligible. 3 The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entrant whose conduct is in their opinion likely to bring discredit to the event or to the club and their ruling regarding any matters in respect of the running of the event wil l be final.

CLASSES - Note: Start times may be allocated in order that entry is received within class. 1 2 3 4 5

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A minimum of three entries will be required to constitute a class. If insufficient entries are received for any one class, these entries may be allocated to another suitable class.

ENTRIES CLOSE 7th September 2018 with Rally Secretary, Sue Street, 36 Essex Street, New Plymouth. Ph (06) 753 9100 email: sue.street@xtra.co.nz Please make cheques payable to: Vintage Car Club of NZ Taranaki Branch OR: Direct Credit TSB Bank: 153949-0381958-01


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41st ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RALLY 15th September 2018 Name of Rider

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Email address: (if applicable) ____________________________________________ Make, Model, & Year of Vehicle ___________________________________________ Registration No: ______________________ Class ____________________________ VCC Membership No: _________________ Expiry Date _______________________ The course will be 117 miles for long course and 98 miles for short course. Both includes 1 mile of metal. (Metal section untimed). Tick Option Short Course

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Rubber Duckie Rally 15TH September 2018 MARSHALS REQUIRED At this time of the year we (the Motorcycle Section) appeal for assistance in running this event. We require Marshals in the New Plymouth, Inglewood, and Stratford areas for approximately 2 hours: Contact Robert Gudopp ph. 751 1395.

Rubber Duckie Raffle

Please support our Rally and buy a raffle ticket Great prizes and you might be a winner Tickets $2 each or three for $5


Coming Events AUGUST Local Events 9 16 19 26

Committee meets at 7.30pm Club night at 7.30pm Brick Run, details to follow Daffodil Rally for Cancer (Clubrooms will be open)

Other Branch Events 4/5 Hawkes Bay: National AGM 25 Rotorua: Suphur City Rally 26 North Shore: Triple Combined Rally 26 Wellington: Colonial Cup Rally

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Committee meets at 7.30pm Rubber Duckie Rally Club Night Midweek Run Clubrooms and Parts Shed open, 2pm

Other Branch Events 8 Wellington Twilight Run 9 Auckland: PVV/PWV/P60V/P80V Rally 9 Wairarapa: Peter Smith Memorial Rally 15 Manawatu: Vintage Rally 21/24 North Shore: Spring Tour 23 Waikato: PVV/PWV/P60V/P80V Rally 7


continued from page 5 “Her team manager Marcus Chambers said: "Whilst Pat was an extrovert, Ann was much more the novelist's heroine - emotional, temperamental and fastidious. Her dress sense was excellent and she planned her wardrobe to suit the conditions.” Thereafter, the two seemed inseparable in their sport, though both found time for lasting romances: Pat took up with Erik Carlsson, while Ann met and fell in love with rally driver Peter Riley. Ann later admitted: "Peter saved me from making an unsuitable marriage, and we then fell in love and married..." When the Moss/Wisdom rally partnership was at its height, the two drove cars as varied as the ultra-powerful Austin-Healey 3000, the Morris Minor 1000, the Austin A40, and the Saab 96, but it was in a front-wheel-drive Mini-Cooper that the two won the Tulip rally outright in 1962. In the meantime, 'Wiz' had married Peter Riley in March 1962 (the wedding service being carried out by the rallying parson, the Rev. Rupert Jones), and it was immediately after the Tulip that 'Wiz' announced that she was expecting her first baby and was retiring from the sport. It was almost a clean break from the sport which had made her deservedly famous, although she returned occasionally: in 1963, to co-drive for Pat in 'works' Ford Cortina's, and a 'works' Saab 96 on the East-African Safari, where they finished second overall. Her last appearance was on the Acropolis rally, where Pat and she took sixth place. Once retired, 'Wiz' took up a full and active family life, which not only featured the birth of two children - Jenny and Tim - but the building-up of a rural business, initially with horses, then with cattle. Always a fierce competitor, she successfully showed and evented horses in the 1960s and 1970s, before moving into the Finally, she established a pedigree Hereford cattle herd in the 2000s, which won numerous prizes, both as a herd, and with individual animals. It is remarkable to note that – as a twist of fate – both Pat and Ann died on the same day of the year (14 October), separated by exactly seven years, Pat in 2008 followed by Anne in 2015. Seven was Pat and Ann's lucky number, which they always tried to include in the number plate or competition number of their cars. breeding of commercial cattle in the 1980s and 1990s. 8


Branch Event Reports Mid Week Run 24 May 2018 The Mid Week run for MAY was held in South Taranaki, organised by Brian Morris. There was a good muster of 10 Cars and 19 People. The run started by heading north to Te Roti Road, then heading left onto Skeet Road to Ahipaipa Road. A sharp right turn at the crossroads took us onto Tempsky Road, left onto Katotauru Road, left again onto Kohiti road down a little narrow winding hill where Smith Bros rendering meat works (alias 'The Stink hole' or 'Lavender Valley') was sprawled before us - Only Brian with his wicked sense of humour would organise an afternoon run via an offal hole! Then it was up onto Normanby Road back through Normanby down Ketemarae Road to Glover Road then making our way to the Furlong Motor Inn on the Main Highway Hawera. A very pleasant drive was had by all through the countryside where the sun shone brilliantly and all the paddocks looked so green and lush for this time of year. As we got closer to Hawera the rain appeared again with heavy showers on the roof and windows of the Furlong as we listened to a very interesting talk given by Dr Rob Archibald General Manager of TARANAKI BIO EXTRACTS - The complex we passed on our drive. The talk was about the part he played in the research and development within this industry, located close to Okaiawa. He explained there are three businesses involved at this plant 1. Rendering Meat Works – up on the hill - (Glen Smith) 2. Research Processing & Development - (Taranaki Bio Extracts and Glen Smith) 3. Jackson's Transport Company. (Glen Smith) Within Taranaki Bio Extracts, many processes take place with all parts of the animals being used. He spoke about the processing and edible products made, such as bones ground down for making beef meal and tallow for soups etc, which are used here and exported to America, India China and some of the islands. Jellied products are used for the making of some Pharmaceuticals to bind the ingredients. Rob also explained how meat has to be stored under cold conditions for several days so as to be tender for human consumption. Some slides were shown to demonstrate and samples of products were handed around. After the talk and questions answered, afternoon tea was served before wending our way back home. We are sure everyone enjoyed this mid-week run. Many thanks Rob for your interesting talk and information. Many thanks to Brian Morris for organising this pleasant drive, interesting talk, and afternoon tea in Shads Restaurant at the Furlong. A good place for coffee and cakes on a winter's afternoon! Margaret & Danny Johnston 9


From the Editor Hullo again, yes middle of winter hope you are all keeping warm and well, I'm hoping the weather warms up soon as the woodpile is rapidly shrinking! However, we have been getting the odd sunny day, just hope it happens on the day you go for a drive, speaking of which I hope to see some of you at the Breakfast Run coming up on Sunday the 22nd this month. We will be leaving from the Merrilands car park at 7.30 and should be arriving after a drive of about ¾ hr back at the Auto Lodge for breakfast. If you can't make it then, might se you for the Mid-week run on the 26th, see last months mag for details. In August our Branch is supporting the Cancer Society again with a multi Club car show on the 26th of the month, see the Club Captains report for details John would like as many members as possible to turn up and build on the interest that we experienced last year. In September, the motorcycle group are presenting the Rubber Duckie Rally on the weekend of the 15th. They are asking for help with the running of this event, see centre pull out section for details. That's all for now , keep safe on the road.

Jim - Editor

A Reminder If you would to prefer to receive your Branch magazine by email rather than by post please forward an email to the Editor and you will be added to the group who already receive their Topical Torque in this format. You will be able to print pages if required, photos are usually in colour and an emailed rather than posted mag results in quite a saving in costs for the Branch.

A Yoke!! Two Norwegian hunters from Minnesota got a pilot to fly them to Canada to hunt moose. They bagged six. As they started loading the plane for the return trip, the pilot said the plane could take only four moose. The two guys objected strongly. “Last year we shot six and the pilot let us put them all on board, and he had the same plane as yours”. Reluctantly, the pilot gave in and all six were loaded. However, even on full power the little plane couldn't handle the load and went down a few moments after take-off. Climbing out of the wreck, one Norski asked the other “Any idea where we are?” “Yaah, I tink ve're pretty close to v'here ve crashed last year”. 10


Underrated Classic Collectibles 1965-1975 Station Wagons The mystique of wagons such as the 1966 Ford Country Squire or the 1967 Buick Sport-Wagon has made them much more popular than they were just five or six years ago, but you can still find excellent examples for as little as $8000 to $10,000. As they get older they'll get more desirable and more expensive. Try to find one in a fun color, like yellow, red, or blue, and be sure it has a luggage rack.

1965-1985 Pickup Trucks Cool trucks such as the 1970 Ford F100 Ranger with a short bed, massive chrome grille and bumpers, and twotone paint combinations have universal appeal and never go out of style. You can buy a nice truck in original condition for as little as $7,500 to $10,000 and even take it to Home Depot on the weekend.

Oddball Cars These are design mistakes, cars that were unloved or misunderstood for most of history, so out of place they're underrated as classic cars. Good examples include the 1975 AMC Pacer X Levi's Edition with denim seats, a 1973–1974 VW Thing, or even a 1985–1991 Yugo. Because many of these cars started out as cheap, massmarket transportation, good examples are rare. Be certain you buy a car in top condition, and know that the value may never increase. 11


For Sale / Swap Future Chair Vintage Car 1989 Mitzi Mirage

Toyota Corolla 1996, 1600cc

130,000km in very good order will be 30 years old very soon. $1200 Phone: 022 601 4245

Manual hatch, 312k, new battery, spark plugs & wheel bearings, needs new clutch plate. Rego on hold, $600. 027 455 7617

Chair 1955 Hillman Californian

1964 Hillman Minx

Restored in mid -80's, Rego on hold, some spares $10,000 ono Phone 027 418 8045

1600cc, road legal, unrestored, tidy, some spares. $4000 ono Phone 027 418 8045

Chair 1966 Vauxhall Cresta

Chair Austin A40 Farina 1962

3.3, Auto, tidy, some spares Phone 0275 205 477

GH Spencer, 413 Mangorei Road, NP Phone: 06 758 9529

Austin Ruby 1936

Classic Motorcycle Magazines

Seat upholstery needs attention, otherwise in very good condition. Rego on hold, offers required. Car was based in Taranaki, now in Fielding. Ph Colin 021 131 6699

The branch has for sale some boxed classic motorcycle magazines. $25 each. We also have quantities of Beaded Wheel magazines from the mid 70's.

Chair

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Austin 8 1947

Good general condition. Never Restored. Runs and drives well. Sunroof – original H/Lining, seats and door cards recovered. Will come with new Warrant and Rego. Phone Ian 06 7533691

Wanted to Buy 1937 1/2 ton Chev Truck or rolling chassis Phone Pat: 06 754 6096 (member)

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The Taranaki Branch of the Vintage Car Club does not take any responsibility for claims made in relation to condition or performance of items appearing in these classified pages.


Call Ian, a member of VCC Taranaki Branch

Phone 06 753 3691 or 021 0279 7395


Neil Carter Phone 06 273 4366

Normanby, Taranaki

The Mad Irish

KEY MAN Email: desyo@xtra.co.nz

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