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TAUPO TORQUE

april 2017

CLUB NIGHT; The second Wednesday of the month at the clubrooms Hickling Park, AC Baths Ave Taupo


Taupo Vintage Car Club Officers for 2016 / 2017 PATRON Graham Mock HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS Bob Pettigrew Graham Mock Joe Ridley CHAIRMAN Neil Chave 07 3765262 lanchave.home@vodafone.co.nz IMM PAST CHAIRMAN Brent Davidson 07 378 2691 dbldavidson@hotmail.com SECRETARY Eric Foley 07 378 7006 tfoley@jabiru.co.nz TREASURER Lynne Sutherland 07 376 7259 ardgathnie@xtra.co.nz CLUB CAPTAIN Tony Mannington 07 377 1598 tony.mannington@xtra.co.nz MAGAZINE EDITOR Greg Nattrass 07 378 9109 we.are.here@clear.net.nz 376 7259 COMMITTEE Marty Sutherland Terry Nielsen 376 8380 John Godfrey 377 2280 Peter & Maureen Ransley 3776360 Non-COMMITTEE POSITIONS ARCHIVESTS BEADED WHEELS SCRIBE CLUBROOM HIRE LIBRARIAN RAFFLES RALLY SPONSOR SPARE PARTS VIC CERTIFIER

June & Graham Mock Greg Nattrass Eric Foley Terry Neilsen Trish Jefferies Drews Goldsmiths Bruce Jefferies Lester Strawbridge

378 7513 378 9109 378 7006 376 8380 378 4774 3781133 378 4774 378 4487


Coming Events for Taupo VCC 2017 MAY PROGRAMME Taupo VCC AGM Wednesday 10 May 2017. 7.30pm. Supper will be served at conclusion of meeting. th

Committee Meeting. Monday 15th May 2017. 7.30pm. Club Run. Sunday 21 May 2017. Navigation Run Meet at Clubrooms at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. Campbell’s to plot course. st

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Saturday 10 June Sunday 18th June Monday 19th June

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Wednesday, 12 July Sat/Sun 15/16th July Monday 17th July

JUNE Mid Winter Christmas Pot Luck Dinner at Clubrooms. 6pm Brass Monkey run. Trish & Bruce to plot Committee meeting 7.30pm JULY Club Night 7.30pm Hobbies Expo Committee meeting 7.30pm


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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

April has been a busy month despite some of the wettest weather we have experienced for some time. Fortunately as the month progressed the weather improved and all of the clubs events were generally held in fine autumn weather. We started in the month with the Hospice run and those members who were able to come along had an opportunity to take a close look at the new Hospice facilities in Huka Fall Rd. This is a great facility for Taupo and our club member Richard Izard was a significant benefactor to this amazing project and service to the local community. Also during the month we held a movie night and this was the night of the ‘big storm’ that Taupo and the rest of NZ was expecting to create mayhem. We had some wind and rain but about a dozen hardy souls came along to enjoy the movie “The Butler”. We hosted the VCC North Island Club Captain’s Tour and some members helped the Jowett club to act as ‘independent’ judges for their show & shine held in Taupo. On Sunday 23rd April we had a great turnout of 45+ members for a run to Tihoi Tavern for a BBQ lunch. Plenty of sunshine and a great BBQ seemed to be well received by all that attended. In May the club will hold the AGM and we urge members if possible to come along and attend this meeting so you can have your say about how the club is run. Nomination forms have been sent out in the previous newsletters and if you feel you wish to stand for any of the committee positions including Chairman etc then we welcome your application. Some committee members will be standing down and we do invite your nomination. The roles on the committee are not onerous and the club meets monthly to consider all issues that face the club and make decisions about our future. Our club secretary has nomination forms so if you want to join in get one filled out today and send it to Eric. The year is really starting to gallop away as we approach the mid year and the club has a great range of activities coming up in this the Taupo VCC’s 50th Anniversary year. Some special events are planned for our 50th and a small committee will be set up to plan for this. More on this in future newsletters. Coming up on May 21st is the Navigation Run so we look forward to as many of you as possible coming along for this event. Neil


While Henry Ford is often credited with the invention of the assembly line, in reality he only perfected an already developed system. An assembly line is a process of manufacturing a larger item from its smaller component parts. Workers in an assembly line add only one – sometimes quite small – part to a larger item in succession until it is completed. Rather than the worker travelling to the item, it is brought to the worker, creating a line and deriving its name of an “assembly line”. The purpose of an assembly line is to produce large quantities of goods at a relatively low cost. Lower production costs mean higher profits, and the faster an item is produced the sooner it will be available for purchase, making profits land in pockets quicker. For an assembly line to properly function, however, it is necessary for all component parts to be designed into the process. This is commonly referred to as “interchangeable parts.” The fast pace of an assembly line requires that each preceding part be organized to permit the perfect sequencing to prepare the item for the next part. It was not until the 1800’s that the assembly line became similar to what it is today. Mainly used in the Chicago and Cincinnati meat packing industries, workers on an assembly line were tasked with butchering one portion of the animal. While, technically, this means that such lines were “disassembling lines”, they are the first instance of a mass-producing assembling system in the United States. The idea of using an assembly line for automobiles was instituted by Ransom Olds in 1901. Olds’ system was so well-formed that within a year he had increased production by more than 485%: from 425 to 2,500 cars a year. In 1908, Henry Ford turned his sights towards the assembly line as a means to make automobiles more affordable and, therefore, more accessible to the general public. By 1913, Ford had decreased the per-auto construction time from 12.5 hours to 93 minutes, and by 1914 he claimed 48% of the automobile market. Ford’s assembly line stretched over four stories in his building. The factory housing the line was developed around it, and not vice versa. Therefore, significant changes were made to the building to accommodate the assembly line’s needs. At the very top, workers assembled the engine; at the bottom the engine was placed in an automobile and the car driven out of an oversized doorway. But Ford was not only a businessman with an eye on profits; as the owner of a company that would change the world, he recognized the potential for error and ensured that employees were provided with training and medical care. Even though assembly lines existed prior, it was Ford who perfected the line and truly made it a staple of the American auto industry and the manufacturing sector. Ford’s assembly line demonstrated the effect of planning and efficiency on profits, concepts that today remain two of the most influential on a businesses’ success.


Club Captain’s Report

It has been an interesting month so let’s tell you about what Pam and I have been up to during the month of April. Starting off with the North Island Club Captain Tour organized by Paul Collins, the North Island Club Captain. The tour started in Taupo at the VVCC Club Rooms on Sunday night the 2nd of April with Meet and Greet fuelled with Fish and Chips. VVCC members came from Northland to Canterbury Clubs. We spent Monday checking out the sights around Taupo, then overnighting in Taupo before heading for Taumarunui on a very wet Tuesday morning, missing some of our planned stops due to the bad weather. On to National Park on Wednesday but the weather didn't improve much. Thursday weather improved and it was off to Whanganui for 2 nights via Ohakune, Waiouru and Bulls due to road closures. We arrived in Whanganui just as the flood waters were lowering and we were able to do what Paul had planned for us. Back on the road again on Saturday traveling up to Stratford for 1 night, then on Sunday traveling through the Forgotten Highway and where Pam and I left the tour to travel back to Taupo in preparation for our next adventure. Our next adventure was on Thursday before Easter traveling over to Napier for the National Model A Rally on a very wet and wild day. The storm hit that night, causing wide spread damage, some forty trees within the city fallen. Lucky for us all, the storm blew its self out by Friday morning and our Rally was under way. Unfortunately we were not able to do some of tours that had been arranged. The Hawkes Bay Club Model A did a great job keeping 150 Model A's and 300 people happy and contented. We travelled home via the East Cape with 10 other Model A's, leaving Napier and heading to Gisborne for the night and on to Te Kaha for 1 night. Pam and I again leaving the group in Whakatane to head back to Taupo. Sunday Lunch Run. What can I say. What a wonderful turn out of Members for our monthly run. What a wonderful lunch Tihoi Pub put on for us, more than expected. What a wonderful day (weather wise). Now if we get that many for a Club Run, Lets support the " AGM" coming up on the 10th of May, 7.30pm. Most committee members are restanding expect for a couple of retirements and all positions are accounted for but don't be put off if you wish to be part of our committee team. We would love to have you on board. Tony


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Taupo VCC A.G.M Wednesday 10th May 2017, Clubrooms 7.30p.m. Please come along to support your Club. Supper will be served at conclusion of meeting. Navigation Run. Sunday 21st May, 2017 . 1pm start at Clubrooms. Last years winners Rod & Helen Campbell have stepped up and will be plotting this year’s course. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of motoring with a few laughs and finish up for afternoon tea somewhere. A college student drove his ratty, raggedy old car into the mechanic's shop, needing some repair advice for his jalopy. The mechanic looked at it for a couple of minutes and said, "What you really need is the radiator cap solution." "Oh," said the student, trying not to sound too confused, "Do you mean the radiator cap isn't holding enough pressure?" "That's part of the problem," the mechanic said. "You need to lift the radiator cap and drive another car under it. Then you can replace the radiator cap, and it should solve your problem."


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A hip young man goes out and buys the best car available: a brand-new Ferrari 550. It is also the most expensive car in the world, and it costs him $500,000. He takes it out for a spin and stops for a red light. An old man (about 75 years old) on a moped pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the sleek, shiny new car and asks, "What kind of car ya got there, sonny?" The young man replies, "A Ferrari 550. It cost half a million dollars!" "That's a lot of money," says the old man. "Why does it cost so much?" "Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!" states the young dude proudly. The old man asks, "Mind if I take a look inside?" "No problem," replies the owner. So the old guy pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his moped, he says, "That's a pretty nice car, all right... but I'll stick with my moped!" Just then the light changes, so the young guy decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer reads 160 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear view mirror. It seems to be getting closer! He slows down to see what it could be, and suddenly, WHHHOOOOSSSHHH! something whips by him, going much faster. What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?! the young man asks himself. He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph. Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it's the old man on the moped. Amazed that the moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it some more gas and passes the moped at 275 mph. WHHOOOOSSSHH! He's feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him again. Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph. Not 10 seconds later he sees the moped bearing down on him again. The Ferrari is flat out and there's nothing he can do. Suddenly the moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear. The young man jumps out; unbelievably, the old man is still alive!!! He runs up to the mangled old man and says, "Oh, my God! Is there anything I can do for you?" The old man whispers softly, "Unhook... my... suspenders... from... your... side-view... mirror."


I was on holiday in Auckland at Christmas holidays. I was walking down the beach and I see one of my colleagues approaching me. He is a psychologist. "You had breakfast yet," I ask? "No." "Let's find a place." "Good," he says. "My car is right over there." I get in his car, a brand-new Mercedes, and right away I notice that it's a manual. I say, "You bought a new Mercedes with a manual gearbox? I didn't know that they made a Mercedes like that." "They don't," he says. "I ordered it special." "I'll bet that cost a fortune," I reply. "Oh, yeah. You got that right." "Why would you buy a new Mercedes with a manual gearbox," I ask? He says, "My wife can't drive a manual."


The information in this newsletter is supplied as a service to members. Articles of interest are welcome The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors, and the club accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the statements

Letters, reports, articles of interest, photos, technical tips and feedback are all welcome and should be sent to the editor before the 20th of the month


The Vintage car club of New Zealand (inc) Taupo Branch, P.O. Box 907 Taupo

Taupo VCC May 2017  
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