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MAY 2018

CLUB NIGHT: The second Wednesday of the month at the clubrooms. Hickling Park. A C Baths Ave. Taupo: P O Box 907 TAUPO 3351 1

Taupo Vintage Car Club Officers for 2017/2018 PATRON HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS

Graham Mock Bob Pettigrew Graham Mock Joe Ridley


Neil Chave 07 3765262




Eric Foley 07 378 7006 Maureen Ransley 07 3776360 Tony Mannington 07 3771598 Pam Mannington 07 377 1598 Brent Davidson Kelvin Trim Pam Mannington John Lucas

378 2691 378 9055 377 1598 376 9051

June & Graham Mock 378 7513 Greg Nattrass 378 9109 Eric Foley 378 7006 Trish Jefferies 378 4774 Pam Mannington 377 1598 Terrys Tyres. 378 6180 Bruce Jefferies 378 4774 Bruce Jefferies 378 4774 Norman Pointon 378 9226 Lester Strawbridge 378 4487

Cover Photo: Club Members at the Hunting Lodge. April Club Run Thanks to Margaret Deadman for Photo.


Coming Events for Taupo VCC 2018 MAY th

Wednesday 9 May

Club Night. AGM 7.30 pm Supper will be served at conclusion of Meeting Club Run. “Navigation Run” Meet at Clubrooms 12.45 for a 1pm start. Trims to plot course. Committee Meeting 7.30pm

Sunday 20th May Monday 21st May

JUNE Saturday 9th June

Club Night. Mid Winter Pot Luck Dinner Club Run “Brass Monkey” More details next magazine Committee Meeting 7.30 pm

Sunday 17th June Monday 18th June

JULY Wednesday 11th July Sat/Sunday 14/15th July Monday 16th July

Club Night Hobbies Expo Committee Meeting 7.30 pm

Also available, Caps, Bucket Hats and Polar Fleece Jackets.


Photo shows our shirt with the Taupo VCC Logo and the new bucket hat. Also included is our Taupo VCC club badge and the emblem that can be put on your car. All of these items can be viewed at the Clubrooms.

Polo shirt - $33.50 Baseball cap - $14.00 Bucket Hat - $17.00 Fleece Jacket - $59.00 We have some stock availabe at the Clubrooms. Check out this site t o see recent magazines from our Club and other VCC Clubs throughout NZ

Congratulations to Jan & Kelvin Trim who have recently featured in the NZ Womans Weekly, winning a competiton for Grandparents of the Year.


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CHAIRMANS REPORT MAY 2018 Sadly we record the passing of one of our long standing members Pete Ransley. Pete was a committed club supporter and had an interesting range of cars that he greatly enjoyed. Pete was also a member of the club committee and many of our members would have fare welled Pete at his funeral last month. Our thoughts & support are with Maureen at this difficult time. With May now just around the corner the club prepares for the Annual General Meeting and we hope that as many members as possible come along to the meeting which is perhaps the most important one the club holds. The annual meeting is an opportunity to firstly review the year in retrospect and also to look ahead at the next year and the direction of the club. Club Captain Tony has prepared a year planner for all of the proposed club events planned for the 2018-19 year and this is your opportunity to have input into this as the committee wants to ensure this is the style & format of club activities that suits most if not all. Unfortunately due to another commitment our club captain Tony & Pam will not be able to attend the AGM. They will be in Hamilton at a presentation. The AGM too is an opportunity for all members to look at their involvement with the club and we would encourage any member that would like to become even more involved with club activities to get a nomination form completed to join the committee. We have already on a number of occasions highlighted the fact that with the retirement of Secretary Eric we will need a new club secretary – again if you would like to take this position on – please let us know. We have had an interesting club night during April that was well attended on ‘straight-line navigation’. This is a system of navigation that usually appears in most rallies and is often confusing to many. Both Brent Davidson and Kelvin Trim conducted another education session at the club night and after a quick run to try it out how it works around the backblocks of Taharepa Rd it now seems a lot clearer! Our run for the month was to a local shooting lodge for a club lunch and this was a great day – more on this in Tony’s column. Next month is the Navigation Run so an opportunity to try out those straight-line navigation skills. Also in April I attended the VCC National Executive meeting in Christchurch and I have prepared a separate report covering some of the work being undertaken by the national body. At the April committee meeting the decision was made to get two free- standing flags and this was made easier with the donation through Brent Davidson of two bases and masts. These will be useful to use at all future club runs and public displays where the local branding of the Taupo VCC can promote the club to the public and more clearly identify the club. Also the committee has made a further investment in the stock of club branded polo shirts in a wide range of sizes. You can either purchase from the club at any club night or go direct to Brand Fuel in Oruanui St and place your order.



Taupo VCC A.G.M Wednesday 9th May 2018, Clubrooms 7.30p.m. Please support your Club and come along. (Last years AGM took 30 minutes) Supper will be served at conclusion of meeting.

Supper will be served at conclusion Navigation Run of meeting. Sunday 20th May 2018 1pm start at Clubrooms Kelvin & Jan Trim have stepped up and will be plotting this yets course. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of motoring with a few laughs and finish up for afternoon tea somewhere at your cost.

Club Cars Photo Board We have a Photo board in our Clubrooms featuring Club Members Cars. These details need to be updated. Is your car or cars featured there. If not and you wish it to be, please contact Tony.


National Executive Meeting Update In late March a National Executive meeting was held in Christchurch. This is a meeting of the national body with the management committee, national office staff as well as branch representatives present. The main points to be discussed at the meeting are summarised: 1. A move towards on-line membership registration was discussed. The VCC want to move to an on-line one step new member registration process with a much simpler application form. At present the form is difficult to complete and requires significant input from the branch. One of the stumbling blocks is that some branches still want to have control over the applicant’s nomination process so there remains work to be done to achieve a membership joining process that will suit all. Generally the meeting welcomed this move and requested further work be carried out to refine it. 2. There was a workshop on how to prepare and produce an attractive monthly branch newsletter. There were some interesting tips – many that our branch already includes. 3. The plans for the next ‘International Festival of Historic Motoring’ to be held in Taranaki 2021 were updated and for those of you that receive ‘Beaded Wheels’ there is a much fuller report on pages 44. Clearly the organisers are changing the format and have studied how other major car related rallies are run – notably Americana and will adopt most of their methods. This should avoid a repetition of the financial loss arising from the Otago rally where the organisers simply committed and paid for services that a lower attendance could not recover. 4. At a recent FIVA meeting in Romania - Rod Brayshaw noted how many countries are introducing anti ‘historic car’ legislation to either limit of stop the ability for older cars to be driven on public roads. Again in Beaded Wheels on page 14 is a summary of some of the threats to the continued ability to drive a historic car. This in some cases involves any older car (30+) say in the case of Greece no longer being able to driven at anytime on public roads. The car must be trailered by a professional towing service to & from any point to point. Also the commitment that many vehicle manufacturers are making to quickly move away from conventional engines to electric. 5. There were reports from various management committee members covering the national finances, North & South Island club captains on various activities in each island and a report from Beaded Wheels on the new layout & formation for the magazine


CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT MAY 2018 With our Club Year coming to a close and with the AGM coming up on the 9th of May, lets just take a minute to reflect on the past year. Club Nights in general were supported well during the year but as always it is difficult to find interesting speakers. If any of you know of a person who is willing to speak to our members on something you think would be of interest to our members, let us know. Clubs days have also been supported well and thanks to our drivers who turned up to support the Blind Run and the Hospice Run and I am sure our passengers enjoyed the ride. Being your Club Captain for the last 2 years has been challenging, but with the support of committee we believe that we have had another successful year. Looking towards to the next Club Year. I am prepared to stay on as Club Captain for another year and have prepared a proposed schedule of coming events for the next Club Year. The Club Calendar Year 2018/19 will come up for discussion at the AGM, so if have any suģgestions for events tell us your thoughts at the AGM. With the resignation of John Lucas and the passing of Pete Ransley we will need to fill their positions, also a Secretary is needed. We would love to have some members step up to the next step and have some input into our Taupo VCC. I have known Pete Ransley for only about 4 years after meeting up with Pete on arriving in Taupo, at the Bay Fishing Club.(another interest). Pete, being one of the founding members of this Fishing Club, made us very welcome and not only did we talk about fishing we discovered that we both had an interest in vintage cars and were both members of the local VC Club. With Pam and I getting involved with the local VCC and the Fishing Club, our friendship got stronger. Maureen taking on the Treasurer role and Pete onto the committee helping out on Club Nights/Days. Pete also took on a helping role in plotting our Rally and with Maureen drove the course to check that we had got it right before final checks were made by another two of our Club Members. Due to Pete’s failing health he was not able to be with us on Rally Day, but keeping Pete up to date with progress via text we were able to keep him updated, telling him all was going as we planned it. Taking over a lunch for Maureen that Jan and team had prepared, got the big thumbs up from Pete. Sadly Pete passed away shorty after the Rally. We have all lost a great friend and Club Member. Condolences to Maureen and family. Looking ahead after the AGM, the ball must keep rolling along and with Kelvin and his team of helpers they have set up the Navigation Run on Sunday 20th May. 12.45pm at the Clubrooms. This is an afternoon run and will finish at an afternoon stop. Tea, Coffee and cakes at your cost. Also note your calendar for our popular Mid Winter Christmas Dinner at the Clubrooms, 9th June at 6.00pm. Details next Newsletter. The ever popular Chairmans Run and the Club Captains run have been swapped around. Neil will now take his run in August and I will take the Club Captains run in October, (one week later than usual due to Labour weekend) and we have planning under way to take a weekend trip across to Hasting/ Napier via the Gentle Annie. Dates are 27/28th October 2018. More information in future newsletters. Early bird entry now open. Contact Tony or Pam.

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Selection of photos from our morning tea visit to Taupo Hospice. Photos provided by Taupo Hospice.

Club Run 15 April 2018. I have had a number of photos and two write ups about this event and include the write ups below and a few of the photos. Thanks Neil, Jill and Margaret for your input. 13

We met at the clubhouse for an 11am start. Heading along Spa Road to the round-a-bout then on to Wairakei Road which led us up to the Geothermal Station View Point where Pam & Tony Mannington’s son Warren was there to meet us. He gave us all a very informative explanation of the operation of how Contact harnesses and manages the steam for hydro power supply. This road is open to the public and is well worth a visit to the top looking out over the numerous pipes in the valley below. Leaving in convoy we drove along onto SH1 travelling to Link Road, Oruanui Road then into Forest Road. After 2.2kms we turned into the Totara Lodge entrance travelling quite some distance on the metal drive up to the Lodge high on the hill. We were greeted by Stuart & Cate, Bob & Margaret Deadman and were welcomed into the lovely warm lodge where a log fire was glowing in a huge stone surround fireplace. There were many taxidermied animal heads adorning the roof and wall spaces. A stunning outlook greeted us through the large windows to a view between the hills to Mokai in the distance. The purpose of the lodge caters for pheasant shooters who go out in groups of 8. Stuart said that they purchase 15000 young pheasants which come from two separate suppliers, and then their game keeper rears them to adult size by feeding them on the property. Like the English day out the Beaters shoo the pheasants from the bush then they are out in the open for the shooters to aim at. There were several framework buildings set up for trap shooting. These all had a Beretta sign painted on them which is the name for the famous Beretta gun. We had all taken our lunch and the Deadman’s had provided a very welcome cup of tea or coffee. A great Sunday drive and so interesting hearing Warren talking of the geothermal power and then Stuart at Totara Lodge telling us of their Pheasant shoot set up. Thanks so much Pam & Tony it was a day not to be missed. Jill Roberts


Jill’s Photos. Club Lunch Run-Sunday 15th April As the summer days have almost gone and we race into autumn - holding outdoor events is always risky. But after a fairly unsettled week Sunday 15th turned out to be an ideal day for club lunch run. In all about 16 cars turned up at the club rooms and the lead cars were off and heading north just after 11.00AM. After leaving town we headed up to our first stop at the Wairakei steam fields turning left just after the BP service station at Wairakei Terraces. At this point the road narrows as we head up the hill following the steam pipes towards the lookout at the top of the road. After parking up and heading towards the magnificent view we were met by club captain Tony and committee member Pam Mannington son Warren Mannington who is the Reservoir Strategy Manager for Contact Energy – the power company that effectively runs most of the geothermal operations in the Taupo region. Warren gave the group an up to date overview of the current operations and how the technology has changed with continual improvement in the way the geothermal steam field is now managed. Some key points to emerge is that geothermal energy now accounts for 20% of NZ’s power generation and today around 90% of the liquid is re-injected back into 15

the ground.From Wairakei the group motored further north to Forest Road and turned off into a farm owned by Stuart & Cate Deadman – Stuart is club members Bob & Margaret Deadman’s son. The destination of Totora Lodge was a short drive from the main road and the venue is a hunting lodge where pheasant shooting is provided for groups of hunters. Some 18,000 birds are brought in each year for the shooters although interestingly enough only about 40% are actually shot – the balance apparently head off to a new life in the hills & forests of the Taupo district. We were welcomed at the lodge by our hosts and inside were the traditional décor of stuffed birds, deer antlers and mounted animal heads. Although the day was quite warm the large open fire was a pleasant place to be near and enjoy lunch. Stuart gave the group a bit of history and a background of how the lodge started and now operates. After lunch and a chat most went for a look outside and enjoyed the magnificent views down the valley out to the north west of the Taupo area.Totora Lodge was an excellent venue and hard to believe this facility is so close to town & club members seemed to enjoy the venue and the interesting drive to get there.Many thanks to Stuart & Kate Deadman for their hospitality and to Bob & Margaret for organising the venue. Neil Chave

The beautiful views from the hunting lodge and some of the stuffed pheasants on display.



Double Fifty Rally Queen’s Birthday Weekend We received the following email from Waikato Branch. Eric,(our Secretary) has already sent a bulk email to all our members attaching the entry form. This should be a very interesting Rally and we hope our Taupo members will support it. “Our Double Fifty Rally is coming up at Queen’s Birthday Weekend, and we would like to extend a very cordial invitation to your members to join us for this rally. It will be extra special, in that this is our 60th Anniversary year. Could you please circulate the attached entry form, and encourage your members to enter. Many thanks Jan Dearlove Branch Secretary Waikato VCC For an entry form go onto the VCC web site and download an entry form. IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NZ (INC.) BRANCHES At the March Executive Meeting, the President highlighted that the Club Constitution stipulates that the Executive approve new members and the cessation of membership. It refers to membership being cancelled by the Executive if it is one month in arrears. As the Executive only meet in March and August, the reports can only be approved at those times. It is believed that the National Office started to accept late subscription payments (up to 10 months late) when a billing procedure was introduced in the late 1980's/early 1990's whereby branches had different membership years and would receive subscription notices in different months during the year. This meant in some cases a person may be unfinancial for only a few days when the Executive met. Therefore, late payments after the Executive Meeting were accepted up until the next billing period. The meeting was advised that the Constitution must apply. Members are invoiced in early September for payment by 31 October. If they have not paid by the 18

March Executive Meeting where the approval of the Membership Status report is undertaken, then anyone who wishes to be reinstated after this time will be required to re-join and would lose any continuous service. This still allows late payments up until the March Meeting, which is 6 months after the initial invoice is distributed, and four months after the payment due date. Delegates at the meeting were asked to return to their branches and advise them. For this current year, National Office have been advised to allow late payments up until 5th June 2018. After this time, anyone wishing to be reinstated will need to re-join and lose any continuous service. Note from Neil who attended the Executive Meeting: The other (important) point that came out of the VCC executive meeting was if you become unfinancial and you have other insurances with Vero under the VCC scheme - these will be re costed and the premiums will move to the normal market rate. It now seems there is a mechanism set up to make these changes quite quickly. Preplanning Notice for Taupo Club Captain Tour 27th/28th October 2018 Leave Taupo on Saturday morning and travel down SH1 to Waiouru , maybe visit the Army Museum, then go through the Gentle Annie Road to the Hawkes Bay. Stay the night in either Hastings or Napier. Travel back to Taupo Sunday. If you like the sound of something along these lines please email me at Quite a few members have already expressed an interest.

Hobbies Expo Sat/Sun 14/15 July 2018 (Sports car theme this year.) We need 5 VCC eligible sports cars for this years Hobbies display. Are you interested in displaying your sports car or helping out to man (ladies welcome) our site for a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday. Please contact a committee member to confirm your interest. Cars are taken into the Expo Centre on Friday Afternoon and taken out on Sunday afternoon. Full security all weekend so your cars will be safe.


Beaded Wheels Magazine If you haven’t already read your latest Beaded Wheels magazine, please do so, as soon as possible. Taupo member, Ian Walker featured on the front cover and we had a couple of great write ups in the magazine itself. Thanks Neil for sending the information into Beaded Wheels and to Pam Walker for providing photos.(Even if Neil got credit for them in the magazine.)

Keep those nominations flowing in to ensure you get onto our Committee for the coming year. If you need another nomination form, or don’t know who to ask to second your nomination, Eric will be happy to send you a nomination form and if a nomination form is received without a seconder a signature will magically appear on it. Sorry, I haven’t put any funnies or jokes in the magazine this month as I have already gone over the usual number of pages, but I have got to the end and have managed to squeeze one or two in. So here goes.

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

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

Taupo VCC May 2018  
Taupo VCC May 2018