VINTAGE CAR CLUB Of NEW ZEALAND
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Newsletter Noeline Milne
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March 2020 Cooler days and the nights are drawing in now, soon we will be inundated with autumn leaf fall. A brisk wind today as I write this Newsletter What uncertain times we are living in with the World in Pandemic mode. The National Executive have advised the cancellation of events to keep everyone safe – there will be much information coming in the next Beaded Wheels. Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring, in conjunction with the Festival Director Greg Terrill, has made the difficult decision to postpone the Festival until early 2022. This decision was not taken lightly. Due to the uncertainty around how long it will take for the Pandemic to run its course. Our South Otago Branch meetings and outings are not happening for the foreseeable future. We can always keep in phone or email contact with our friends to ensure we are all safe, think of those having to stay home and do they need any help.
Snippets from the February Meeting A new member was welcomed along to the meeting – Ian Aitcheson accompanied by Irene Sutton. Ian has a 1964 Vauxhall Victor Sedan that was originally owned by his mother. Following the business Mel Tapp spoke of the 1920 Stanley Steamer vehicle of the Dickson family of Mataura. He also showed a DVD of the intricacies involved in the starting of this vehicle with Bill Hohepa commentating. Mel has been fascinated by this vehicle since he was a youngster.
Gore Rally Report 5 South Otago vehicles took part in the Rally this year being: Paul McNabb, 1929 Ford Model A Sedan. Percy Burrows 1956 Morris Minor. John Cook 1963 Standard Vanguard Six. Robin McCall 1936 Plymouth Sedan and Grant Milne driving Stuarts 1967 Wolseley 6/110 MK11. The day was a little cool with the odd shower. There were just over 50 entries and the organisers had done a great job with the Short and Long Routes making for interesting motoring. Dipton was the venue for the lunch stop. The field tests were challenging and the
mystery board of objects to identify had us thinking. Well done Gore Branch for another successful event – you always make us so welcome we enjoy coming along each year when able.
Wednesday Run Report 4th March Eleven cars and 25 members left the Clubrooms for Finegand to view the Seed Nursery of Steve and Mandy Newall. This interesting business is where a wide variety of seeds are collected from all over New Zealand, then cleaned and packed to be exported to Germany. On to Kaka Point via Glenoamaru to the Maori School and Cemetery. This sheltered site overlooks Molyneux Bay and has been extensively planted out in natives. Irene Sutton shared some great history of this place. A good finish with coffee and cakes completed the afternoon at The Point Café. Thanks to Ian McDonald for arranging this run.
Motorcycle Rally Report and Results 1st Vintage Robert Hutton 1924 Harley Davidson st 1 Post Vintage Robin Bennington 1941 Indian st 1 Post War Vintage Philip Sell 1951 Norton – Overall Winner st 1 Post 1960’s Bill Veitch 1962 BSA - Overall Runner Up st 1 Post 1980’s Martin Dodge 1985 Honda 500 Longest Distance Robert Hutton - Oamaru Riders Choice John Martin 1950 BSA There were 19 bikes participating which is slightly down on last year. Weather was great and we had lunch at the Oak Tree Inn in Clinton which worked out well. We travelled through Kaka Point, Owaka and up the Owaka Valley to Clinton then home through Clydevale. Many thanks to Roger Smaill and all who assisted with the Rally and provided food etc. – we were certainly lucky to get this event completed this year.
Rally Badges – A request from Paul McNabb please – looking for Clutha Rally Badges for the years 1973 – 2012 – 2018. If you have one you no longer require the Club is missing these on the Clubrooms Board. Paul has been busy in his workshop with Model A restoration work which I hear is coming along very well. With staying at home recommended I am sure we will be able to catch up on all those little things we often put off.
No Monthly Meeting
No Wednesday Run No National Day Daffodil Rally for 2020