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February 2018

Vol 55

Venture Waikato Branch

Newsletter of the Veteran & Vintage Car Club (Waikato) Inc.

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Editor’s Snippet Hi Everyone As we welcome in the new year, I trust it has started as you wished for. This year it seems that we have a host of different events taking place. Surely there is one event or lots of events which inspire you to polish you car up and come along. Recently the club has hosted the Blue Smoke N’ Pedals event, see Peters report later in this Magazine. This was a very successful event for bikes and scooters. Late last year we completed the year with an “Economy Run” and Dinner, this was a great event and a good way to finish a great year. We have upcoming covering the next few months—see attached entry forms for Mooloo Meander and Vintage Venture and the entry form for the Ladies Rally in December.


December saw the Usaf (Cat Stevens) concert, we enjoyed that a lot. I could not afford to go and see these artists when they were in their prime so am going now. Finally I trust everyone got a little time over the Xmas period to relax and recharge their batteries. Life just seems to get busier the older we get, I thought it would get EASIER. Keep to the left and enjoy your motoring Bozy

Chairman Report Secretary’s Report Motor Cycle

pg 4 pg 5 pg 6

Februarys Club night pg 10 Vintage Venture Rally Rally pg20-21 Summer Wine Tour pg22/23 Sale & Wanted adverts pg24/25

KM Report pg 9 Home and away pg 10/19 Mooloo Meander Rallypg11,12,17

Front Cover: Blue smoke n’ Pedals


C h a ir m a n ’s C h a tter Hi All, Welcome to 2018. I for one am pleased to see the end of 2017, the majority of which was wet. Can’t complain about November and December though, great weather to be out and about in old cars and in my travels this summer I have seen heaps. Very good support for our Christmas Barbeque and Economy Run. Graham and Nola’s MGB averaging 45 mpg – amazing. I hope those that came on Bruce Shute’s run appreciated the roads and the focus on the current highway construction from Tamahere through to Taupiri, and thank you to the girls who stayed back or contributed to our Christmas Function later. I called in on the Blue Smoke Pedals last Sunday. A great day and a great turnout of bikes of all shapes and sizes. There were a few there that didn’t smoke and a sign of things to come – Electric Bikes. Thanks to Phil, Peter and their helpers – seemed like a lot of fun. The New Year is a time to set goals and reflect on what’s been. We have a full calendar these next three months. We urge your support for the annual Easter Rally, this event doesn’t get hosted by us very often and could be another ten years or more before its held locally again. At our last meeting we asked for volunteers to host a couple of day trips, no-one has come forward. We are seeking someone to conduct video recorded interviews with our foundation members and families if they wish to participate. For our 60 Year Anniversary we want to present a twenty minute documentary on the Club formation, activities and culture. We have a producer, someone to collate the material to make it into a film. We have funds set aside to cover costs. I think it would be a fun role and a fascinating insight into the good old days. If you can help or know someone who can help please email me – IAN 4

S e c r e ta r y

Secretary’s Report A very happy New Year to you all. Hopefully you have had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break, with the fantastic weather encouraging you to make full use of your vehicles. I have only one entry form available at this stage 10th March Taupo Rally Entries close 24th February Other events to think about and get involved in Sunday 25th February OPEN DAY at the Clubrooms Sunday 4th March LADIES RALLY Get those entries in, ladies. Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April. NATIONAL NORTH ISLAND EASTER RALLY Please fill in your entry form and send it is for this fun filled weekend. You won’t be disappointed! On a different note, I would like to signal my intention of not standing as Secretary at the next AGM. I realise it is some time off, but please give it some serious thought. I would be more than happy to show what is involved, and assist whoever was willing to take over if required. It is an enormously rewarding position, working with the Committee team, having contact and getting to know and assist our membership, and having contact with our other VCC branches and National Office. I have very much enjoyed my time as Secretary, but feel that it is time for a change, so give me a call if you think you may be interested and you would like more information . I don’t wish to dilute the need of a new Secretary, but whilst you are thinking about that, someone should also think about stepping forward as Club Captain. It is a couple of years now without this position being filled, and this lack puts a huge added weight to Committee members to keep things running smoothly. That’s all for this month, folks.

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Motorcycle Club Captain

Assistance required At a recent December get together a man spoke to Barrie about LE Vellocette motorcycles . Please can he contact Barrie Grant, 59 Ayrshire Dr, Hamilton or phone 8465698 6

North Island Easter Rally Hosted by Waikato Branch VCC The organsing committee are requesting your help on the Rally Day, Saturday 31st March. Marshals are needed for the following: at the start ( Waikato Branch Clubrooms) timing on the rally route at the lunch stop We would also like some help with tea making before and after the rally. If you are able to assist, please contact Gaynor phone (07) 8591207 ( evenings) email When a Woman says what? It’s not because she didn’t hear you. She’s just giving you time to change what you said. I’m not one to brag about my financial skills but even my Bank Manager calls me daily to tell me my balance is outstanding.

A BIG WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS Neville & Edna Mc Gee Pirongia 1936 Chev x2 Kevin Slater who has transferred from Horowhenua who have joined to our branch recently We hope that you will enjoy the club and it’s many activities If you have any queries either big or small please do not hesitate to contact any member of the committee and they will be more than willing to assist you in any way possible. Once again, welcome to the club. We hope to see you at the club night on the second Wednesday of the Month.



KM Ford Project Progress is being made on what has become known as the KM Ford. This is the car being fabricated for the Katherine Mansfield Garden Project. Reece and his team of helpers have been working hard on this project. We will try to keep you up to date with the progress as the build comes to fruition. If you have any time to offer for this project please contact Reece. The guards and aprons have arrived in Auckland and await Customs release etc. in Jan 2018. A meeting of the painter and the technical rep from Linkup is scheduled for late in Jan. to have Linkup specify the preparation requirement for the paint. It looks likely that the wooden spoke wheels will require a different type preparation and paint to the rest of the car. Again this will be ‘sorted’ at the meeting in Jan. Windscreen still awaits brass pipe divider, other than that, it is essentially finished. Windscreen steel support and top frame are scheduled to be bent in January. Body of car and support post have been hot dip galvanised, prepared for painting, and trial fitted together. Rear wheels have been blast cleaned and together with the front wheels are now ready for undercoating . Suitable valves have been vulcanised to tyre tubes. Progress is being made on the seat manufacture at the moment. Focus for Jan. will be to get radiator complete enough to make a start on the bonnet; to get windscreen and top frame bent/fabricated, and to finalise painting vis powder coating input. Complete research into polished brass protection options. Front view of the KM Ford.

Rear view looking forward.


Events Ahead


February March April



Club night



Wednesday Wander



Club open day



Ladies Rally



Club Night



Vintage Venture



Wednesday Wander



Mooloo Meander



Club Night



Wednesday Wander



Twilight Rally

Club Night 14th February Club Night for February will see Jason Cargo from Hamilton City Council speaking on the recently started Inland Port, a huge project at Ruakura by Tainui Group Holding . This project is going to change Hamilton and will provide construction work for 30 years. Come along a hear all about this.

Meeting starts at 8.00pm with parts shed open from 7.00pm. 10









Events Ahead





Auckland Veteran Rally





Auckland Galaxy of Cars



Lake Taupo Rally

Art Deco Rally


Fri-Sun 30th-1st North Island National Easter Rally


Wednesday Wander Wednesday Wander February 21st 2018. Leave Clubrooms at 10.45am, arrive in Matamata at about 11.45am. Picnic lunch at Founders Park which is on the corner of Rawhiti St and Tawari St, plenty of shade and some seating. Closest public toilets by the I-site. Bring lunch or there are plenty of cafes in Matamata. Leave Matamata at 12.45pm to arrive at the Kowhai Creamery at 5932 SH27, just through Waharoa, VCC sign will be visible. Bring money to try some of the best homemade ice-cream in NZ, they have their own Blueberry plantation and source their milk and cream from a local dairy farm. Kowhai Creamery were on Country Calendar a few months ago so check their website out. March 21st Clubrooms 10.15am leave 10.45am. We go west to Pirongia. April 18th. TBA. Andy Hammond. (07) 8235712



Blue Smoke and Pedals A bright clear day beckoned as Peter and I started setting up our course for the day. As always the focus is on setting a challenging but not too difficult course for the smaller bikes and one that ensures the safety of the riders. I think we used just about every cone in the shed and we like to vary the obstacles from year to year just to make it interesting. This is a fun event and no one seems to take things to seriously, however as usual the competitive nature is always there. We had 26 riders on the day which is a very good turnout and speaks well for the venue at the clubrooms and the advertising and preparation by dedicated club members prior to the event. Competition was underway about 10.30am under a very hot sun. A variety of machines, men, women and at least one of our younger personnel competed vigorously for the honour of being the winner on the day. Is this the coming of the electric machine as we had a number of electric cycles, scooters and even a Segway competing? I think not as you still have to stay upright and get round the cones and in the end we had 2 petrol powered beasts in the final. The final came down to 2 very macho males battling it out with bikes and buckets of water, but alas the dousing of each other with water never eventuated, much to the dismay of Mark and I. So will silent electric powered speed and manoeuvrability outclass good old petrol power next year? Well you need to be there to see for yourself so don’t forget to come along next year. Thank you to our sponsors Honda Hamilton who every year support this event. Also a special thanks from me to Mark, Peter, Stan, Heather, Jan, our wonderful caterers on the BBQ and in the kitchen and everyone including the competitors and supporters who assisted on the day. A great day and one to look forward to next year. Cheers Phil


‘1st of the Summer Wine’ Tour Already a year since the last Spring Tour and this one, December 1st -3rd, another stunner – the ‘spring’ bit having morphed into a summer wine tour and a great weekend to remember … with glorious summer weather and for those who imbibed, no doubt the wine was glorious too. Thanks go to Peter and Bev Taylor and Glyn and Robyn Doughty for its organisation. Although seemingly easily executed, a weekend’s planning takes time and effort – it was very much appreciated by us all. Tours like this allow a chance to meet new people and enjoy their company, something that is a bit harder on our day rallies/outings. Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park, on the edge of beautiful Ohiwa Harbour between Ohope and Opotiki, was our base. The weekend’s routes, through lovely countryside, started at the Podium café at Karapiro with eight cars, a mix of vintage and modern, and 20 people. Missing were stalwarts Jenny and Ian Patton, who for a change were nursing a ‘broken down’ body (Ian’s) instead of their vintage car. To work up a picnic lunch appetite, the cars were left in the carpark at aMAZEme in Rotorua and we exercised our bodies and minds in a well-clipped hedge maze – so well clipped that it was hard to remember how many times we had walked back and forth on the same path. Most participants made it to the centre flag with a whoop and a flourish; however a few of us had to give in and use the red escape doors to get out. The now famous ‘Green Jacket Challenge’ took place on Friday afternoon and evening at the motor camp and was golf croquet, set out on two empty tent campsites with two sets of Kmart family croquet sets and involved much hilarity, shouting, cheating, arguing and a small measure of serious concentration. Mervyn Thorburn is now the proud wearer of the green jacket and was suitably ‘humble’ upon its presentation, announcing that this was the first ever sporting event he had won in his life. Saturday was the highlight with a trip up the Motu Road and for those of you who have travelled this will know what I mean. It was exciting and good fun - 48km of metal (and sometimes bare bedrock) - dusty, windy, narrow, uphill motoring amongst forest with breath-taking views, blind corners (luckily no cars met on them) and many drops to oblivion (worrying for Jeremy in Stan’s mighty Minx). Still we all made it unscathed, despite the notices that suggested 4 WD only and that motorists needed to be able to stop within half the length of their vehicle. A well-deserved and relaxing dinner at the Opotiki CT Club Saturday night was a good chance to swop notes and compare vehicle (and driver) performance. 22

Sunday morning’s adventure was a walk followed by a picnic morning tea entertained by native birdlife around the Hukutaia Domain, about 15 kilometres inland from Opotiki. Five hectares of carefully restored native forest with boardwalks, intertwining paths and helpful information booklets and signage was impressive. Of particular interest was one of the many giant Puriri trees. This one was hollow and estimated to be 2000 – 25000 years old. It had originally been used as a burial site for the bones of distinguished members of a local tribe. And a note to finish up on - if you haven’t been there before, head for a stay at the Ohiwa Holiday Park…friendly hosts (it’s been in the same family since 1989), clean and comfortable cabins and motels and facilities, numerous camping and campervan sites, beachfront access, fishing, swimming, kayaking, children’s playgrounds, fabulous views, bushwalks.

Jeremy & Barbara


PARTS SHED Need a new WOF? Need new Wiper Blades, need new light Bulbs, Generators or Alternators—We have lots of new “Armatures” and parts to keep your car rolling. See the Parts guys– Howard, Reece, Don and Wilbur.

For Sale P80 Motor Cycle sidecar outfit 11,000 Goldwing sidecar. Has been altered for easy access - owes us $5,200 approx. Bought uncertified and then made legal with a 1500 Goldwing. Any and all offers considered and would trade any Morris Minor except convertible. Honda CB100. Bev hasn’t ridden it for many a year so seriously for sale.

Is it worth $900.00? Please phone Terry 0272726319 or Bev 027 2723609


For Sale Rugby Radiator 1924-26 four cylinder . No leaks. $100 . Contact Reece Burnett phone 07 8558974


For Sale, Tubes Two Olympic 550/600 X 19 Tubes, NOS $20 EACH Two 650/700 X 16 Tubes long spout used $20/pair Two 550/600 X 18 Olympic Tubes, used $20/pair One 400 X 19 Tube used $10 One 600 X 20 (or 30 X 5) Tube used $10 Contact Theo (027) 490 3248



For Sale HONDA CIVIC.......1984 EB....4 door, 5 speed. In very tidy condition. Original paint and almost unmarked interior. Registered and WOF. Would make an ideal entry level car for a young VCC member. Make me an offer I cant refuse as I need the garage space ! Phone Gerald Fogg @ 07 827 4901.....or email....


For Sale Ford TT Truck 1919. Solid rear tyres. Complete but partially disassembled.. Rust free, some restoration work has been done.. Cab and deck sound. Engine c.85574 new rings, blue plate L4750. Researched history. Located in Rotorua $3000 ono. Phone 07 3574876 or 027 7574876 For Sale & Wanted Adverts If you place an advert in the For Sale or Wanted department we will run the advert for two months and then automatically remove it. If you want it Repeated, please drop me a line.. Please note!! Adverts need to be submitted by the 15th of the Month.

Notice We are getting non members ask about putting an advert in the For Sale or Wanted section of the Venture. After a discussion with the committee it has been decided that an advert from a non Waikato VCC member will incur a $15.00 charge. This will cover a three (3) month insertion. After the three (3) months it will be automatically withdrawn. The information in this newsletter and on the club’s web site, is supplied as a service to club members. Articles and other copy of interest are always welcome and encouraged. The opinions expressed in this newsletter and on the club’s website are those of the author alone. Neither the club nor any of its officers accepts responsibility for the accuracy of any statements or opinions.



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