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January / February 2018


TARANAKI BRANCH 2017 COMMITTEE Chair Veronica Oliver Past Chair Colin Johnston Secretary Raewynn Kruse Treasurer Rob Thomson Club Captain John Muter(acting) Motorcycle Rep Rob Gudopp Librarian Bill Durling Editor Jim Logan Beaded Wheels Colin Johnston Committee Pat Stieller Brian Bolland Steven Oliver Alan Henry Name Tags Badges Geoff Blackbourn Custodian Russell Lambert Historian, Rose Cox Vehicle VIN’s Vehicle VIC’s Mid-Week Coordinators Parts Committee

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On the Cover: Tiddely Cox’s Model T Ford and Peter Ingram’s Model A Pickup at the Inglewood Christmas parade

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CHAIRS REPORT What good weather to be taking the car out and enjoying the sunshine that we are having lately. We have completed the driveway at the clubrooms and I would like to thank Andrew and William Adlam, Steve Oliver, Brian Bollard for their work on this project. Thank you to Rose and Tiddley for the scones for morning tea. They were very much appreciated. The working bee had the trees pruned at the back of the parts shed, spouting cleaned. We will to do another working bee in the new year to ensure the building and grounds are kept tidy. We still have a number of 2018 calendars at $15 each left. So, if you are ideas for that Christmas gift, see Margaret Johnston for these. Rally 2021 will be happening in New Plymouth as per the notice elsewhere in the magazine for your information. Tony Haycock from Christchurch will be the Festival Director. Remember the BBQ on club night on 18 January 2018. Details elsewhere in the magazine. We are starting to get together a team for the Maunga Moana rally that will be in April held in New Plymouth this time. More details to come as these are finalised. The Parts shed will not be open on 31 December 2017 (last Sunday of the month) but will be in January 2018. I would like to wish all members a Merry Xmas and a great New Year, safe driving where ever you are during the festive season. Veronica Oliver, Chair

FROM THE EDITOR Hi there everyone, hard to believe that its nearly Christmas and seems like we’ve already had a better summer than last year, despite its bad affects on the farming industry, let’s hope that it lasts for some of the holidays. It is good to see the results of the efforts of those members who have been working away at our clubrooms, on the Driveway project, completing the fit out of the toilet block and turning out for the working bee last month. Also, the newly purchased mower is doing a good job of keeping the lawns in check, thanks guys. In this month’s mag you can read a letter from our National President, regarding the 2021 Rally and an accompanying article by Tony Haycock, the just appointed 2021 Festival Director . I hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and not too much of the Christmas Cheer Jim - Editor There will be no Topical Torque printed in January, expect the March edition out as usual in February, all events over the next two months have been well notified. Read your newsletter!! Editor. 2


CLUB CAPTAINS REPORT

Many thanks to all members for attending this years Potters Paddock Gymkhana and the many Christmas parades throughout the province. I only managed to participate in the New Plymouth and Bell Block events this year due to other commitments and both parades were well attended. The weather could not have been better for our gymkhana in Stratford which again had a good number of cars competing, I hope you all enjoyed the day. The Results: 1st Michael Kruse Wolseley 1500 nd 2 Geoff Blackbourne Morris Minor rd 3 Colin Johnston Dodge DA Tourer rd 3 Michael Riley Austin 7 UPCOMING EVENTS 31 Dec

As it is New Years Eve the clubrooms will not be open

14 Jan A Picnic Run to Hollard Gardens to 681 Upper Manaia Rd Kaponga. Bring you own picnic lunch and refreshments. After lunch we will be visiting Roy Kings workshop in Kaponga to view Roy’s latest projects. Northern members can meet at the Challenge service station Spotswood at 10.30am. Southern members can meet opposite Allied concrete in Normanby at 10.45am. Any other members that live between these areas please make your own way to the gardens to arrive at 11.30 or there about. 18 Jan

Club Night, we are going to have a B Y O BBQ starting at 6.00pm.

25 Jan The Mid-Week Run this month will be starting from the car park at the Children’s Playground, Orlando St Stratford at 1.15pm. Don’ t forget to bring your afternoon tea!

25 Feb 2018 Mini Vin Rally starting from the Town and Country Club in Waitara at 1.30 pm. Please bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. (details elsewhere) Safe Motoring, John.

INGLEWOOD ROTARY CHARITY CAR SHOW 4 February – Cars for Display welcome from 9.00am

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45th WAITARA MINI-VIN TOUR SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2018 Assemble at the Waitara Town and Country Club car park West Quay Waitara. First car away at 1:30pm Rally in true Mini-Vin tradition and enjoy the get-together. Rally finishes at Colin and Alexander Johnston’s residence at 63 Broadway, Waitara for afternoon tea (please help out with a plate) Prizes and trophy will be presented and the winners name will be added to the Honours Board at the club rooms. You are invited to come on your motorbike or motor in your Veteran, Vintage PVV, Post 60, Modern or anything you like.

JUST BE THERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME For any further information contact Colin Johnston on 06 7546216 or 021 1316699

MAUNGA MOANA 2018 SATURDAY 21ST APRIL Members write this date in your new diary

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Closing Date for March Topical Torque is 10th February. Please forward articles to the Editor, Jim Logan, 76C South Road, NP 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

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COMING EVENTS JANUARY Local Events 11 Committee meet at 7.30pm 14 Picnic Run to Hollard Gardens 18 Club night and B B Q from 6.00pm 25 Mid-week Run from Stratford 1.15pm 28 Clubrooms open Other Branch Events 6 Autospectacular Far North 14 Blue Smoke and Pedals Waikato 14 Coastal Run Wairarapa 20/21 Summer Saunter North Shore 21 Lakefront Cat Show Rotorua 27/27 Biennial M/C Rally Wellington

FEBRUARY Local Events 1 Committee meets at 7.30pm 15 Club Night 25 Waitara Mini Vin Rally from 1.30pm (Clubrooms will not be open) Other Branch Events 4

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Letter to members from the National President VERO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF HISTORIC MOTORING – NEW PLYMOUTH 2021 As I mentioned in my recent Beaded Wheels column, the Management Committee is fully committed to this event going ahead. I am therefore pleased to advise that Tony Haycock has been appointed as Festival Director. The Management Committee will be having a more hands-on role with the 2021 event, hence the appointment of a Management Committee member as the Director. Although Tony is currently National Speed Steward and is well known for his travel and journalist endeavours, in another life Tony has experience in event management and recently has been involved in organising major motoring events for overseas clubs. We have taken on board the concerns and comments from many members about the future of our International Rallies and Tony has come up with a new concept (see below) which is exciting and innovative and I have no doubt that with Tony’s enthusiasm and experience it will be a very successful event for our Club. Diane Quarrie National President

Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring - New Plymouth 2021 - A new beginning and whole new concept for our premier International event. Forget everything you thought you knew about VCC International rallies. For 2021 we have a totally new concept for a totally new style of rally. Shorter, sharper and more bang for your buck. This is THE old car, bike and truck event you will not want to miss. I can promise you a week of motoring, entertainment and activities, the likes of which you have never experienced before! We start the Festival with a massed arrival in New Plymouth on Sunday afternoon from the north and south, so you have the weekend to get there. We will then have four motoring days - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. So, what's happening on Wednesday? You might be thinking you can have a day off, and if you want to you can but I don't think you will want to and I'll explain why shortly. The four motoring days will see all entrants on the same route. If some of us are going to Hawera on day X, we all are. You will get to see all the cars, the trucks and the bikes, every day. No more travelling with the same group of vehicles every day while the other 4/5th of the rally has gone somewhere else - your mates included. Until now, there have been no National Rallies in the same year as an International. 2021 will be very different. Wednesday will see the National Veteran, Motorcycle and Commercial rallies taking place. For the other VCC categories which currently do not have a National rally, don't worry - there will be something for you too. Rally headquarters will be the heart of the Festival and there will be good food, good drink, and plenty of entertainment right there - the ideal way to sit down with friends after a great day of motoring to tell lies about what you have been up to. At the same time, the New Plymouth Festival of Lights will be taking place at Pukekura Park, and this world-renowned spectacle is both free, and only a couple of minutes’ walk from HQ. The public display will be a twilight event, and Friday night will see the final function, giving everyone the weekend to get back home for work. The proposed date at this stage is 17th to 23rd January 2021. The new format is something which has never been done by the VCC before and is the result of listening to comments from members and previous rally entrants over several years. It will be a gathering of the most diverse range of New Zealand and overseas motoring heritage ever to have been assembled in one place. Tony Haycock, Festival Director 8


BRANCH EVENT REPORTS PIONEER VILLAGE - Oct 22nd A good number of cars met at Pioneer Village at 10am on a beautiful sunny morning. We parked inside the village opposite the railway station; a good spot for the public to see our cars. Quite a few people arrived in period costume, adding to the pioneering scene. We wandered around the village, poking in all the old shops and businesses, and hearing comments like “Remember these? We had one like that!”. A sausage sizzle was popular as we watched the wood chopping demonstrations and other stalls. After the Pipe Band had played and marched we headed to our next destination. Laurie Callender’s Speedway Memorabilia at Tariki houses many of his father’s (Johnny Callender) racing motorbikes, his original go-kart, TQ, and his bright blue JBS 500 Formula 3 racing car, which Laurie and Max Rutherford have rebuilt. Laurie gave us an interesting background talk about his father’s racing days and the history of finding parts and restoring his cars. The next stop before home was Steve Gallichan’s motocross bike collection at Egmont Village. He has a huge collection of restored vintage motocross bikes from the early 1960’s to the late 80’s displayed in his large shed, which is twice the size of a house. It is certainly worth a visit. GARDEN FESTIVAL RUN – Oct 29th This year we had a smaller turn out, but we visited some gorgeous gardens, some unexpected, some quite quirky, but all with their own different attractions, from stone sculptures, waving hedges of various shapes and sizes, art and crafts, a lake and waterwheel, and some beautiful plants, trees, and gracious homes. We went to 8 gardens from Inglewood and Stratford, with a picnic lunch “in the sun” at Victoria Park. Allie

THE THURSDAY MID WEEK RUN 23 November 2017 Took us to Hawera on a bright sunny day. Eight cars met at the Normanby Sports ground (a good meeting place) just off the main road with plenty of parking. Brian Morris organised the day which took us via back roads to 9 Murdock Street in Hawera to view Hartwell’s IMMACULATE town garden, where we saw Hugh rebuilding his model train diorama. We then did an impromptu parade along High Street, which turned a few heads, to Goodson Dell. We returned via Collins Street and Glover Road to King Edward Park Duck Pond for a picnic cuppa, where we were joined by three other couples who endured hold ups at the many road works between Hawera and New Plymouth. Once again Thank You Brian for a very enjoyable ‘Run’.

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While Meg and I were in France a couple of months ago we visited the company of DEPANTO, that specializes in supplying European car parts dating from 1900 to 1970. We were shown through their massive warehouse and were amazed at the variety of parts from lesser known makes and models for sale. A good number of single and twin cylinder motors were sitting on the floor and the number of unusual radiators was staggering. Although they had no Darracq parts most other makes and models were covered. For any members requiring parts for European vehicles I suggest you give them a call. They are quite easy to find being located down a one wat street in front of the Nogent-Le-Rotrou railway station which is just over one hour from Paris. If you are phoning them, ask for Christina as she speaks good English. JOHN

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KNOW THE SYMPTOMS. .... PLEASE READ! Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder. Somehow I feel better even though I have it!! Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D.. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder...!!! This is how it manifests: I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, Put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my cheque book off the table and see that there is only one cheque left. my extra cheques are in my desk in the study, So I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.. I'm going to look for my cheques, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi a vase of flowers on the counter Catches my eye--they need water. I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, But I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, So I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers. I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: The car isn't washed The bills aren't paid There is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter The flowers don't have enough water, There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, And I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, And I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.... Do me a favour. Forward this message to everyone you know, Because I don't remember who I've sent it to. Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!! Thanks, Bev.

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FOR SALE-SWAP AUSTIN Ruby 1936 Seat upholstery needs attention, otherwise in very good condition. Rego on hold, offers required. This car was based in Taranaki, now in Fielding, Phone Colin 0211316699 Future Vintage Car 1989 Mitzi Mirage1989 Mitzi 130,000km in very good order will be 30 years old very soon. $1200 Phone: 022 601 4245 Toyota Corolla 1996, 1600cc Manual hatch, 312k, new battery, spark plugs & wheel bearings, needs new clutch plate. Rego on hold, $600 Phone: 027 455 7617

Wanted to Buy 1937 1/2 ton Check Truck or rolling chassis Phone Pat: 754 6096 (member) Hillman Hunter Gearbox or Sunbeam Please call Bill Durling. 06 758 4244 (member)

The Taranaki Branch of the V C C does not take any responsibility for claims made in relation to condition or performance of items appearing “For Sale�

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