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Oct-Nov 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 Email: bognuda63@xtra.co.nz JOHN MUTER Email: megandjohnny@xtra.co.nz STEVEN OLIVER Email: fordt@xtra.co.nz MOTORCYCLE REP: Pat Steer

Ph: 06 755 2810 Ph: 06 751 5554 Ph: 06 752 2149 Ph: 06 757 3022

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 What a wonderful day it turned out to be on Daffodil day. the sausage sizzle going very well , I would like to thank Pam Davies who stepped in and gave a hand in collecting the money for the sausage sizzle. detail can be found in John’s report. The Rubber Duckie rally had an excellent day weather wise. Hopefully all entrants enjoyed their day. of the results will be forthcoming. welcome to Pat Steer who is the new Motorcycle rep for the club. With daylight saving starting on 30 September members will be able to take advantage of the longer nights to enjoy the extra time in motoring. John will advise of some runs and guest speakers that are taking place in the next few months, including Karen Smiley at September Noggin & Natter night.

Veronica Oliver Chairperson

From the Editor Hullo folks, a busy month just gone with Branch events like the Brick Run last month, the Daffodil Rally for Cancer day at the East End Reserve, and this month’s big event the Rubber Duckie Rally held in remarkably fine weather last weekend. Good on all you members who turned up and contributed to the success of these events. October promises to be a bit quieter, but with the Manawatu Swapmeet and Wairarapa 50th Anniversary Rally on there are still events on to get interested in. October club night we will be having Max tell us about his recent jaunt to the States on car related business. A reminder that Potters Paddock Gymkhana this year will be on the 11th November, more details on this next month. That’s all for now,

Jim - Editor On the Cover: Rubber Duckie Rally 15 Sept 2


Club Captain’s Report I would like to welcome a new member, Bill Goble, who owns a Rover V8, to our Branch. We hope you will enjoy many club events with us. August has been a busy month starting with the Brick Run in Eltham which was followed by a delicious mel at the Inflame Café which I hope you all enjoyed. The following Friday six cars attended the Fitzroy School to show two classes of enthusiastic children how motoring was in earlier years. A ride around the school grounds was also on the agenda, with the teachers just as excited as the kids. This was followed by question time and it was surprising how much the youngsters had taken in. The big day of course was the Motor show for Cancer with over 150 vehicles attending including many from other local motoring clubs. The sausage sizzle was popular with the cooks being run off their feet. We will need to organize more members to help out for future events. A bonus attraction were the two magnificent Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts Belonging to Nyall and Joelene Simkin. Joelene kindly gave rides to members of the public in the 1909 model, which raised extra funds and proved to be popular and thoroughly enjoyed by all passengers. We raised over $2000 on the day for the Cancer Society and I wish to thank all the members that worked to make this possible.

John Muter

Upcoming Events: 20 September 27 September

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Club night. North Island Club Captain, Kaaren Smylie will speak on future events and show a DVD of a trip down Route 66 in the U S A. Midweek Run, meet at the Bell Block Warehouse carpark at 12.45 We will visit a local kitchen factory & showroom, possibly a garage visit followed by afternoon tea by the seaside, don’t forget yours. Club rooms open from 2.00pm. Club night, Max Rutherford will be describing a recent trip to the Rolex Historic race meet plus a car show at Laguna, California. The Armstrong Siddely Club will be holding a concourse from 9am at St Andrews Church car park, Liardet St, members are welcome. On Sunday, the Armstrong Siddely members are having their lunch stop at our clubrooms about 1.30, our Parts shed will be open from 2pm as Sunday 28th we will be having the Garden Festival run. Fringe Garden Festival Run, meeting at Chook’s Trailers car park, Egmont Village at 10.15am, more details on page 14. Note that we will not be opening the parts shed this Sunday!! 3


Famous WWII Heroes Nancy Wake (The White Mouse) Young Rebel Nancy Wake was born on the gusty heights of Roseneath, Wellington, New Zealand, on 30 August 1912 to Charles Augustus and Ella Rosieur Wake.She was the youngest of six children. Her biography, Nancy Wake by Australian journalist and rugby personality Peter Fitzsimons, strongly records her lineage: “Ella Rosieur Wake came from an interesting ethnic mix, her genetic pool bubbling with material from the Huguenots, the French Protestants who had famously fled France so they could pursue their religion freely, and Maori, as her English great-grandmother had been a Maori maiden by the name of Pourewa.She had been the first of her race to marry a white man, in the person of Nancy’s English great-grandfather Charles Cossell, and they were wed by the Reverend William Williams at Waimate Mission Station on 26 October, 1836.Legend has it that the great Maori chieftain, Hone Heke, had loved Pourewa himself and had sworn death to them both, but had been killed in the Maori Wars before fulfilling his threat. In sum, Ella’s people went a long, long way back in New Zealand, and physically she was like the land itself, rustically beautiful. “Young Nancy’s father, Charles, however, was of solid English stock…an extremely good-looking, tall man of easy, extroverted charisma and enormous warmth.He was a journalist/editor by trade, then working on a Wellington newspaper.He was a dapper dresser who never seemed to have a worry in the world.” When Nancy was 20-months-old, her parents moved to Sydney, where she grew up, chafing under the confines of genteel society. She was much younger than her brothers and sisters, and strongly independent. “I was a loner and I had a good imagination.” She was a rebel, in particular shunning her mother’s strict religious beliefs. Wake was raised without affection by her embittered mother after her father had walked out on them. “I adored my father,” Wake recently told the Sunday Times, sitting on her bar stool with a walking stick in one 4


continued hand and a gin and tonic in the other. “He was very good-looking. But he was a bastard. He went to New Zealand to make a movie about the Maoris, and he never came back. He sold our house from under us and we were kicked out.” Wake ran away from home at 16 and went to work as a nurse. Then an aunt in New Zealand sent her 200 pound – a princely sum in those days. She left for the world. Wake used the money to travel to London and then to Europe where she worked as a journalist, swinging with a cosmopolitan set of independent and carefree young people. It was a glamorous life of parties and travel, and she lived it to the full. “I’ve always got on very well with the French, perhaps because I’m very natural.” In 1930s Europe she witnessed the rise of Hitler, Nazism and anti-Semitism. In Vienna she saw horrific Dantescan scenes: Jews chained to massive wheels, rolled around the streets, and whipped by Nazi stormtroopers in a city square. The sight fed an early determination to work against the Nazis and eventually led to her courageous role in the French resistance. In 1939 Nancy married a handsome wealthy French industrialist, Henri Fiocca, in Marseilles (apparently seduced by his proficiency in tango). “He was the love of my life.” Together they had a charmed and sophisticated life of travel, dinner parties, champagne and caviar, residing in a luxury apartment on a hill overlooking Marseilles and its harbour. Joining the Resistance Six months after they married, Germany invaded France. Slowly but surely Nancy drew herself into the fight. In 1940 she crossed the line between observation and action, and joined the embryonic Resistance movement as a courier, smuggling messages and food to underground groups in Southern France. She bought an ambulance and used it to help refugees fleeing the German advance. Being the beautiful wife of a wealthy businessman, she had an ability to travel that few others could contemplate. She obtained false papers that allowed her to stay and work in the Vichy zone in occupied France, and became deeply involved in helping to spirit a thousand or more escaped prisoners of war and downed Allied fliers out of France through to Spain. iHer missions with the Resistance meant her life was in constant danger. She became a suspect and was watched. The Gestapo tapped her phone and opened her mail. She took many identities and was so good at evading the Gestapo they nicknamed her the “White Mouse”. By 1943, Wake was No.1 on the Gestapo’s most wanted list and there was a five million-franc price on her head. It was too risky for Wake to stay in France and the Resistance 5


continued decided she should go back to Britain. “Henri said ‘You have to leave’, and I remember going out the door saying I’d do some shopping, that I’d be back soon. And I left and I never saw him again.” Escape was not easy. She made six attempts to get out of France by crossing the Pyrenees into Spain. On one of these attempts she was captured by the French Milice (Vichy militia) in Toulouse and interrogated for four days. She held out, refusing to give the Milice any information, and with the help of the legendary ‘Scarlet Pimpernel of WWII’, Patrick O’Leary, tricked her captors into releasing her. Finally, Wake got across the Pyrenees and from there to Britain. She was on safer ground, but had no news of her husband, who worked separately. Back to the Fighting Nancy Wake, then 31, became one of 39 women and 430 men in the French Section of the British Special Operations Executive which worked with local resistance groups to sabotage the Germans in the occupied territories. She was trained at a British Ministry of Defense camp in Scotland in survival skills, silent killing, codes and radio operation, night parachuting, plastic explosives, Sten guns, rifles, pistols and grenades. She and the other women recruited by the SOE were officially assigned to the First Aid Nursing Yeomantry and the true nature of their work remained a closely guarded secret until after the war. In late April 1944, Nancy Wake and another SOE operative, Major John Farmer, were parachuted into the Auvergne region in central France with orders to locate and organize the bands of Maquis, establish ammunition and arms caches from the nightly parachute drops, and arrange wireless communication with England. Their mission was to organize the Resistance in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Resistance movement’s principal objective was to weaken the German army for a major attack by allied troops. Their targets were German installations, convoys and troops. When dropped over Auvergne Nancy’s parachute became stuck in a tree. Her agent said he hoped all trees could bear such beautiful fruit. Nancy told him not to give her ‘that French shit’. There were 22,000 German troops in the area and initially 3-4,000 Maquis. Gaspard’s recruitment work, with the help of Wake, bolstered the numbers to 7,000. Nancy led these men in guerrilla warfare, inflicting severe damage on German troops and facilities. She collected and distributed weapons and ensured that her radio operatives maintained contact with the SOE in Britain. 6

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Branch Event Reports Fitzroy School Visit A big thank you to those club members that showed their cars to the 4 and 5 year classes to help them with their transport project on the 24th August. As you can see from the photo there were lots of questions to answer and I think they would have gone home a little wiser and chuffed to have done a few circuits of the playground in the cars. So cheers guys, well done Jim Logan , Tidley Cox , John Muter, Geoff Blackbourn and Willy Wood.

Daffodil Rally for Cancer A good day was had by all at the East End Reserve at Strandon for the Cancer Society on Sunday the 26th August. Over 150 vehicles, including speedway cars, bikes, hot rods, veteran and vintage and lots in between. Thanks to all who attended, to Tasman Toyota who provided the BBQ trailer and to all who helped out on the day.

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Closing date for NOVEMBER Topical Torque, 8 October. 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. 8


Coming Events OCTOBER Local Events 4 18 21 28

Committee meets at 7.30pm Club Night + Armstrong Siddely AGM at Clubrooms Fringe Garden Festival Run. Clubrooms will not be open

Other Branch Events 6 Manawatu Swap Meet 13/14 Wairarapa 50th Anniversary Rally 13 King Country 20/21 Auckland Hunua 100 Rally 19/22 Hawkes Bay Safari Rally

NOVEMBER Local Events 1 11 15 22 25

Committee meets at 7.30pm Potters Paddock Club Night Midweek Run Clubrooms and Parts Shed open

Other Branch Events 3 Wellington Annual Rally 11 Waikato Veteran Rally 18 Auckland M/C Rally and Swapmeet 18 Waikato Swapmeet 18 Horowhenua Tararua Trundle Rally 16 NELSON VCC NZ NATIONAL VETERAN RALLY 9


VCC AGM & EXECUTIVE MEETINGS NAPIER, AUGUST 2018 Michael Lavender, our National Secretary/Treasurer, reported an operating surplus in excess of $15,000 [against a budgeted loss]. The profit share partnership with VERO was worth a healthy surplus of $28,897 to the Vintage Car Club. As at balance date [31.03.2018] invested funds totalled $1.167,068. This figure includes an insurance pay out of $328,700 for the National Office building in Christchurch. Management Committee reviewing staffing at Head Office, with a view a second, part-time person be employed. Considerable discussion prevailed around the three budget option proposed by the Sec / Treasurer / Management Committee aligned with the three suggested options relative to a possible annual subscription increase. A number of Branch Delegates expressed their concern at any proposed increase and the possible effect it may have on the next round of membership renewal. By a majority vote, the second budget option was adopted, that there will be an increase of $5 to the subscription of a full member, and an increase of $1.00 for those with joint member status. [All members will have noticed the sub increase in the subscription renewal just recently mailed out to members. During this discussion it was revealed some branches were using a very large portion of their branch levy to produce their Branch Magazine. From comments from the floor, the cost of producing branch mags is becoming of concern to many branches. A respectful number of branches are using digital format [e-mail] exclusively for their Branch Newsletter to their members. Branch magazines, 36 now on line. 2021 International Festival. Greg Terrill gave an update on the proposed Rally Programme to date. Participants will not be rallying in the historical sense, instead Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will be non-competitive motoring days over different routes. The programme for the Wednesday is still a ‘work in progress’, with a public display suggested for the latter part of the day. Friday evening will be the Dinner and Festival Finale. Greg, in his presentation, emphasised the point if only 10 percent of the V.C.C. membership entered the event, an entry of 800+ would be achieved. The suggestion was made that each branch appoint a member to promote the event, and a further suggestion was made that each branch raffle one entry fee to the event. 10


Membership. Has remained static, although it is foreseen present membership numbers could possibly decline. Our Branch has recorded a decline. 60 year Membership Certificate. A 60 year badge is to be struck to be included for presentation with the framed certificate. National Events. Management Committee expressed concern of the lack of bids for North and South Island events, and especially the National Easter Rallies. Is there an increasing reluctance of Branches to organise these annual events? An idea to trial alternating the event annually between the North and South Island will be trialled .over next two years N I Club Captain organising a N I Tour first quarter of 2019 Management Committee. There was no election to any management committee positions, with all current members re-elected, although one committee position has become vacant with David York being unable to accept nomination for a further term on the management committee because of other commitments. The possibility of co-opting a member will be an option our National President will pursue. Management Committee to consider an update of V.C.C. promotional material/pamphlet to be placed in the public domain to promote new membership. P80V Category Remits: [interpretation of 30 year rule]. Motion #1 For 726 votes, Against 506 votes – lost as failed to reach 75% threshold. Motion #2 For 1192 votes, Against 160 votes – successful. [88% of the vote]. Rewrite of Branch Constitutions. A template was given to all Branch Delegates for further discussion etc among the Branches. Discussion around possible constitutional changes to our Branch Constitution will now need to take place. Currently our National Sec / Treasurer will comment and/or vet proposed changes. A Draft of a Code of Conduct for the V.C.C. was also presented to the meeting [Tony Bartlett], to be assessed by the Branches. Rod Brayshaw, our Club Registrar, gave a very comprehensive report covering V.I.C.; Vehicle I.D. Applications [largest growth category P60V, (68 since March)]; the idea of a NATIONAL VINTAGE RALLY before the 2021 International; LVVTA – 3379 Modification Plates issued during first six months of 2018; Asbestos in vehicles going to Australia; A Committee to evaluate and progress Historic Vehicles use within the EV [Electric Vehicle] environment in N.Z.

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Vehicle Technical Code. There has been an update to the first five pages of the Code. The changes encompass [a] Definition of Historic Vehicle. [b] Determination of Date and Manufacture and Age. [Access this information from the Branch Manual]. John L. Goddard Trophy. No nominations received. National Daffodil Day. 2017. In excess of $40.000 raised amongst Branches participating.

Rob Thomson Branch Delegate

2019 VETERAN & VINTAGE TOUR START ASHBURTON MONDAY 6TH MAY FINISH HANMER SPRINGS MONDAY 13TH MAY Details yet to be finalized but we will be travelling through the Haast Pass Expressions of interest to Diane Ross, email; randross@kinect.co.nz Address 38 Keenans Road RD 2, Ashburton Phone 03 3082356

NOTICE TO MEMBERS We have been advised by Julie that she is still getting membership payments made online with insufficient detail. If you are paying your membership online at least put your name and or membership number in the appropriate spaces so that Julie can identify who the payment is being made by, thanks!!

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Passing Lane Brian Gernhoefer Brian was a member of the Taranaki Branch for thirty four years and was an active member up to the last two years when ill health slowed him up a bit. Brian's choice of car seems to have been Morris 8 as this is the model he chose to restore until he had at least 4 in his fleet ranging from a 1936 to a 1947 convertible and 2 door and 4 door saloons. Brian helped me organise several Maunga-Moana rallies around the Stratford, Eltham and Hawera over the last twenty years. Brian decided on one rally that he would be able to print the rally numbers to go on the entrants vehicles and he made such a good job of it that he found he had created a job for himself at all future rallies we ran. On one Maunga-Moana when we were using my Plymouth Belvedere as the pilot car, I got cramp in both legs so Brian had to take over the driving, putting out the silent checks and setting up the manned checks for the rest of the run and we still got to the finish ahead of the first car. On another occasion after we had set the straight line navigation in Eltham and were a bit concerned about it, he rang me at 8.00am the next morning to tell me he had just spent 2 hours walking the streets of Eltham checking that the instructions were correct. Marilyne was on our team of markers to check the results and was a most efficient worker. Brian and Marilyne were both very good to work with and they would do any job they were asked to do. Brian will be sadly missed by the Taranaki Branch, Vintage Car Club. Des Cornwall

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Fringe Garden Festival Run & Lunch - Sun 28 October 2018 Meet at Chooks Trailers Ltd, Main Rd, Egmont Village. We aim to leave there to begin the run at 10.15am. For any who are unable to make this start time, we will visit one garden in Egmont Village, then head to Merrilands, N.P., and could meet you in Hunter Place for our 2nd & 3rd gardens at approx 11am. This year we have arranged lunch at Tawa Glen Café, Mountain Rd, Lepperton. They have requested numbers attending, and also that the meals be pre-booked. Can you please phone Alie or Brian on 06 753 3313 or ph/text 0273282525, with name, number attending, and your meal option No. 1 - 7, as listed below. ST WE NEED THIS INFORMATION BY SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER PLEASE. 1. Sweetcorn Fritters $13.50 GF - Delicious corn fritters layered with crisp bacon, brie, salad greens, and topped with sour cream and tomato relish. 2. Wedge Works $13.50 - potato wedges topped with bacon, cheese, sour cream and tomato relish. 3. Chicken Bacon & Brie Stack $18.50 GF available - Juicy free-range chicken breast stacked with melted brie, streaky bacon & cranberry on Turkish bread served with fries and aioli. 4. Eggs Benedict GF 2 soft poached free-range eggs with wilted spinach on homemade potato rosti and creamy hollandaise sauce. Bacon - $17.50, Mushroom - $17.50, Salmon - $18.50 5. Crumbed Dory $14.00 for one piece, $17.00 for two pieces – served with golden fries, salad and tartare sauce. 6. Shrimp Salad $13.00 – Juicy shrimp on a bed of lettuce with a thousand island dressing. 7. Mushrooms on Toast $15.00 - Herb roasted button mushrooms sautéed with balsamic, garlic and cream. Served with ciabatta toast. This will give us a prompt service, so that we can continue visiting the gardens. Thanks! We look forward to seeing you!

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Rubber Duckie Rally Saturday 15 September 2018

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For Sale / Swap Chair

Austin Ruby 1936

Chair1925 14/40 Sunbeam Tourer

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

2.0 Litre, 815 x 105 beaded wheels, rebuilt in 2002 with considerable spares and in tidy condition. $42,000 ono. Phone Fred 067583386 (member)

Austin Big 7 1938

Bedford Trucks 1973

Dean Rice at Simpson Tyre Services has an Austin Big 7 1938 for sale.Will have new WOF and Rego when sold. Appears to be in good condition, asking $8000.Phone Dean 06 758 0780 for inspection.

Two, both in storage, one in good order with rego on hold, offers, also Massey Ferguson 135 petrol. Ph Bill 7584244

Wanted to Buy Brake Booster Brake booster vh 44 or vh 40 call Bill0226014245.

Austin A40 Devon 1952 Prefer original and going condition also any parts for 1955 A40 pickup: bench seat, dash board parts (speedo & controls) steering wheel centre (horn and trafficator lever), shock absorbers, SU carburettor (for 1500/1600cc motor), front bumper etc Phone John Hood 06 7587834 NP (mem)

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.

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Neil Carter Phone 06 273 4366

Normanby, Taranaki

The Mad Irish

KEY MAN Email: desyo@xtra.co.nz

E reservations@autolodge.co.nz

Accommodation • Restaurant • Celebrations • Anniversaries • Birthdays • Reunions


Call Ian, a member of VCC Taranaki Branch

Phone 06 753 3691 or 021 0279 7395

Taranaki VCC October 2018  
Taranaki VCC October 2018