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November 2017

Vol 54

Venture Waikato Branch

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

With possible garaging for 8 cars to keep Hubby Happy, and a spic and span cosy cottage for Mum, all on 4 acres in happy Eureka, a great lifestyle . Look on line at Steve M 027 243 8315

Bob M 027 243 8313 REAA 2008

10-14 Willoughby Street, Hamilton Phone (07) 838 9299

TYRE TRADERS 24 Commerce St. Cambridge ENGINEERING SUPPLIES Koken, Stanley, Britool, Stahl-Wille Tools Taps, Dies, Wrenches, Spanners Imperial/Whitworth, Metric or American Drills, Reamers, Specialist Hand Tools Aerosol Lubricants and much more

25 Somerset Street, Hamilton Ph: 07-847-4994 Fax: 07-847-4884

For ALL your tyre needs Phone 07 827 3875

Editor’s Snippet Hi Everyone As we get a slight glimpse of what summer is going to bring and the days are getting longer we must reflect on the year we have all had. We have all got very busy with life, many have been overseas on holiday and some are still overseas. As a committee we have been trying to provide events that suit all peoples taste. Last month our Hillclimb and PV rally as main events and the Motorcycle Run followed by the Wednesday Wander as other events. A big thank you to all who organised these Event/Runs. Thanks to club members who helped out with baking for Hill climb. In November we have our Veteran Run, Wednesday Wander and our large fundraiser—the Karapiro Swap Meet. Jeremy is looking for volunteers so please contact him if you can help.


On a personal note I have managed to get my 1955 Chev Bel Air registered following a long compliance process. Now all we need is time to drive it and enjoy the new acquisition. I am becoming accustomed to left hand drive also as a new experience. I hope you are getting your cars out to be seen by others on the road. Keep to the left and enjoy your motoring Bozy

Chairman Report Secretary’s Report Motor Cycle PV Rally Shark & Tate Run Kairangi Hillclimb

November Club night Upcoming Event Long Sevice Awards Members Vehciles Sale & Wanted adverts

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Front Cover: Kairangi Hillclimb entrant1931 BSA FW32 car of Ray Ferner


C h a ir m a n ’s C h a tter I am writing this early as Jenny and I head away in the morning for three weeks in our Perth Camper Van. By the time you read this we will be back and we will have a Government! Committee this month has committed to upgrade our Clubrooms sound system and hopefully this will make a difference and by re-arranging our existing speakers, make it easier to hear at the back. Our old microphones operated on an illegal frequency so nearly all of our old equipment is redundant. Christmas is approaching fast and we have all our Club activities planned for the balance of the year. Kevin Sweeney is our November Club Night Speaker. Kevin is a mechanical genius and a great story teller so I suggest the time spent will be well worthwhile. Finally, thanks to all those who helped or participated in the Hill Climb. The weather spoilt our day and the event did not feel as good as it had in the past. If it was easy everyone would be doing it and motorsport events are getting harder to find each year. Don’t forget to take a risk. IAN


S e c r e ta r y

Secretary’s Report Entry forms available –

26th Nov Sth Waikato TTT Rally Closes 18th Nov 21st January 2018 Wanganui’s Burma Rally Closes 12th January 2018

Other events

12th November 23rd Annual Henry Ford Memorial Day Display & Swap Meet at Claudelands Event Centre 19th November All USA Day Car Show Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Drive, Mt Maunganui 27th January 2018 Thames Wings and Wheels, Thames Airfield There are posters with more details for these events on the Clubroom’s notice board.

Vodafone Urgent Time is running out for changing your domain if you are using –

Just going through my files, I notice that at least 23 of our members have one of these domains that will be obsolete on 30th November. Please make sure you make the change in time, and also don’t forget to let me know your new email address.

Swapmeet More helpers are need for this valuable fundraising event. Please let Jeremy Brook have your name if you can assist by giving an hour or two. He needs helpers from 6.00am until 12noon. Contact Jeremy, phone 07 824 1641 or 021 152 0922 or

That’s all for this month, folks.

Jan 5

Motorcycle Club Captain

Last month we had our annual visit to the Auckland M/C show, this year 6 of us in two cars meet as Mercer for coffee then traveled to Auckland but we meet the traffic at stand still at Drury, so trip was somewhat SLOW from then on, now you know why we left A/k. We caught up with a few other club member at the show which this year had a lot more trades people exhibiting, which was a pity as this was I am sure was at the expense of some of the Classic Clubs, overall it was very good event. There was a lucky door prize of a new Royal Enfield but none of us had a ring to say we had winner it. Pity as an electrical start bike would good, but in saying that the old BSA is starting well these days, nearly 1st kick most times. We had our South Waikato Run on the 14th October which all went off very well, more on what took place in next the next Venture. Our next major M/C outing is to the Auckland Rally on the 18th of November, this year it is being based at Pokeno, which means good county roads, I have entry forms if any one wishes to go. That is about all at the moment, safe riding. Peter Spiller “ ‘We

need volunteers at the swap meet”

This year to be held on Sunday 19 November 2017 at the Karapiro Domain. Volunteers are required from 5.30 am and we will operate three or four shifts during the morning. Good club members who are happy to do a shift please contact me on 078241641 or 0211520922 Jeremy Brook. 6

P V Rally About thirty cars assembled at Okoroire Hot Springs for the start. Two cars had problems starting, a Buick and a Triumph. We set off and went through Te Poi and on to the Old Te Aroha Road. The scenery was great with the Wairere Falls and all the beautiful cherry trees in full bloom. From there we continued on to Te Aroha with a most interesting stop at Adrian Worsley’s Sculpture Gallery. He does the most amazing sculptures with any old iron etc. he can lay his hands on. In the gallery part was a most amazing life size horse and in the workshop he has started on a huge bullock. His storage area is like a maze of passages with anything and everything stored on shelves each side and over your head. Next was the straight line through the back streets of Te Aroha, then onto the roads around Tauhei and on to Morrinsville for lunch at the Craft Bar and Eatery in Canada Street. After lunch we went through Whitikahu to Tenfoot Road then on to Gordonton Road to the Gordonton School for an amazing afternoon tea and the prize giving. The school are fundraising for a camp for the senior children before they go to High School. Thank you David, Lukas, Jeremy and Barbara for a most memorable run. Gerald Enright

Cars at the start at Okoroire.

Everyone assembled outside Sculpture Gallery in Te Aroha 7

REMINDER: ‘1st of the Summer Wine’ Tour Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd December 2017 Join us for a weekend wandering through the eastern Bay of Plenty – Friday 1st December – Sunday 3rd December 2017 Meet Friday, 1st Dec at PODIUM café in Karapiro (adjacent to Don Rowlands Centre) at 8.00am for breakfast, or 8.45am – 9.00 am for coffee. Please bring a picnic lunch for Friday as no food will be available at lunch stop. You may also wish to bring your togs as there will be a stop at Awakeri Hot Springs. Stay at Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park, Ohiwa Harbour Road, R D 2, Opotiki – Phone: 07-315-4741 -Friday and Saturday nights. Check out their website – Make your own arrangements as there are a variety of types of cabins and units, but these are limited SO BE IN QUICK. We have negotiated a 10% discount for VCC members, so be sure to mention this when booking. We suggest you telephone them, so that they can advise what is available. We will have a ‘Pot Luck’ dinner on Friday night, following ‘Happy Hour’. A small gas barbecue is available and cooking facilities. Make your own arrangements for breakfasts and lunches. Saturday night will be a buffet dinner at the Opotiki Golf Club - $30 a head – there will be a bar available as well. We have tried to avoid the main roads as much as possible, but there will be some crossings and the run through the Mamakus cannot be avoided . Saturday outing is dependent on weather and will be confirmed at a later date – maybe over a 48km stretch of metal road. Alternatives will be organised. There will be another shorter run on the Sunday, after which we will disperse to make our own way home, taking whichever route you choose. Please register your interest (including email address) with: Peter and Bev Taylor Phone: 07-855-5128 Email:


Speed Steward Training We presently have an offer from Tony Haycock (National Speed Steward) to assist with Training a few people to become an Official Speed Steward for Vintage Race meetings. Tony has asked us to get another 3 people and he will run the Training in the Waikato. Any person interested or wanting additional information can ring Ian Patton or Graham Boswell

Shark and Tay Tee Run Sunday 29th October

Meat at; 478 Rotokauri Road, Hamilton. Don’t be late– start at 11.30 am. Bring your own lunch, Tea and Coffee supplied. Lets not forget some pocket money for afternoon tea and Dinner. Come one and all for a fun time. 07 8495051

Anita and Roy


021 655051

Kairangi Hill Climb As I enter the Kairangi Valley all seemed quiet and calm. Day was just breaking and it seemed fine and still. I went about preparing the “Road Closure” so we could prepare the course . Over the next 15 mins more volunteers showed up . It was all hands on deck preparing the course , many of those present having done this setup many times before. The course was all ready , Fire Extinguishers and gloves at all Marshal positions, Ambulance with Medic present and all our Officials ready to go. 8.30 saw an early cuppa and some of the weight watchers baking—thank you Ladies. This was followed by the Track Marshall briefing , then by the Driver briefing. Just as the drivers prepared to go to their cars the rain started. Dam Dam!!! We closed the tracked and commenced the recognisance run for all Drivers, then it was time for everyone to put their best foot forward (or down). Track conditions were wet but there was good traction even in the wet. All cars completed 4 runs before the discussion was made to stop, out of concern for the Marshalls getting very cold on the course. Lunch was far more than a sausage in bread and a very welcomed warm cuppa. All having filled their tummy’s it was time to move on, thank you again to the Ladies and Men in the kitchen. Prize giving was held with the results being: Fastest Run Mike Tubbs Most Consistent Ray Ferner Most Consistent Woman Bev Simpson Youngest Competitor Louis McNair 10

1964 Riley Elf 1931 BSA FW32 1968 Anglia 1957 Jaguar


Events Ahead


November December January



Veteran Run



Club Night



Wednesday Wander



Swap Meet-Karapiro



Combined Xmas Event Cars & M/C



Wednesday Wander



Santa Claus Visits if you are good



NewYears Eve



New Years Day



Blue Smoke & Pedals & Gymkhana



Wednesday Wander

Club Night 8th November Come and see a mini engine run where it shouldn’t. Hear Kevin Sweeney tell the story of the engine as only he can . This is not to be missed, mark it up in your diary NOW.

Meeting starts at 8.00pm with parts shed open from 7.00pm. 12

Events Ahead




Far North Tour



BOP Swap meet



South Waikato TTT Rally



North Shore Summer Saunter



Rotorua Lakefront Car Show




Wednesday Wander November 15th. Meet at the Clubrooms at 10.30am. Leave at 11am. A mystery destination after about an hours drive, then lunch. Thanks to Glynn & Robyn. December 20th. Clubrooms at 10.15am. Leave at 10.45am sharp. Visit Resthaven Village and take the residents for a short ride. Xmas lunch at the 5 Stags, Leamington. Jan. 17th. 2018. Picnic In The Park (if it ever stops raining!). Andy Hammond. (07) 8235712 13

Long Service Awards 2017 At our September Club Night long Service Awards were presented by the Club Captain, Northern Region, Kaaren Smylie. The awards represent a long contribution to the local Waikato VCC and for some time extended to National service. To all of you our “CONGRATULATIONS”. The awards were :

25yr badges – Tony & Judy Brierley Christine Davis John Phillips David & Daphne Ward Loraine Patterson (not present for her badge on the night)

35yr badges – Mike Arthur Theo de Leeuw Graham Holmes Diane Porteous Gaynor Terrill 14

Tony & Judy Brierley with Kaaren Smylie

Christine Davis with Kaaren Smylie

John Phillips with Kaaren Smylie

David & Daphne Ward with Kaaren Smylie


Mike Arthur with Kaaren Smilie

Theo de Leeuw with Kaaren Smilie

Graham Holmes with Kaaren Smilie

Diane Porteous with Kaaren Smilie

Gaynor Terrill with Kaaren Smilie 16


Midas Gold Mk3 KIT003 In the early 1980s, in the UK, my late father-in-law, John Maclaren was contemplating building his third kit car. Hence the Midas’ NZ registration KIT003. John had already built an Austin Seven special and a Gilbern Invader. He was looking for a sporty car that would be practical for 30 mile commuting over twisting English country lanes while fitting a bicycle in the back. John was a keen triathlete and need to get to training sessions. In the end he settled on a Midas Gold Mk3 kit which consisted of a partly equipped fibreglass monocoque body shell plus a comprehensive instructions. Alternative approaches for build were available: from the factory supplying all parts, to the purchaser buying a donor car and then using components from that car as the basis for the build. Each purchaser chose a variant of the BMC A+ engine and gearbox. John initially chose a 1275 engine and sourced many mechanicals from a damaged nearly new Austin Metro. Some parts used in the kit build were dealer spares from other vehicles including TR7 tail lamps and Renault 14 rear view mirrors. An article in Motor showed the enthusiasm of the motoring press for the vehicle. They pointed out it was not a cheap car option: a fully built version costing more than a new Mini 1275GT. The vehicle was carefully designed by a team that included an ex-Lotus Formula 1 designer and Brabham formula 1 chief designer Gordon Murray who included a flat underfloor for a smooth undercar profile. The car flew through the German national testing authority’s certificate of conformity test including a head on impact test. In 1984 John collected the vehicle shell from the factory resting on bales of hay on a trailer. Although very short build times could be achieved, John took much longer, carefully installing each part having made sure each component was as good as it could be and was treated with specialised greases etc. The car was used as intended on a daily basis up to the mid-1990s. It was then overhauled with the engine blueprinted and a five speed gearbox installed. There are many refinements and upgrades applied to the car. The engine is Oselli 1400 fast road specification tuned to 90BHP with a very flat torque curve. It was the wedding car for John’s daughter Frances in 1996. Two of John’s children moved to New Zealand in the 1990’s and in time John and Anne chose to follow and settled in Cambridge. 18

John also chose to bring the Midas over and in 2010 it was approved for NZ road use after a period of preparation that involved John and then teenage grandson Matthew working on the vehicle. John saw the finished car on the road just before he died in 2012. The car was left to his grandson Matthew who has passed ownership to his parents, Barry and Helen Vaughan. In time it is intended the vehicle will pass back to Matthew. Barry and Helen are intending to move to Cambridge in the next year or so and to join in club events using the Midas. Barry Vaughan

Thanks Barry and Helen for sharing the story of your Dads special car with us. I am looking for members to write an article on their car or cars. Editor

CLUB BADGES FOR SALE These are available from the Badge & Trophy Guardian Graham Pate; Lapel or Cap Badges - enamelled Car Bumper Badges - cast in brass Windscreen Transfers Windscreen Vinyl Stickers Club Emblem Jacket Patches Number Plate Surrounds Rally Number Holders Motoring Safety Kits


$10.00 each $35.00 each $2.00 each $2.00 each $5.00 each $5.00 pair $10.00 each $100 each

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 Parts Shed have got new stock! Cortina Giha Hatch Door. Mk2 Jaguar spoiler. 1938 Vauxhall Bonnet and Boot Lid. Vauxhall Victor Super Doors. Ph Howard or Reece or Don or come and see them at 7.00pm on Club night next.

For Sale Deceased Estate (Reg Ridley) Truimph 2000 and 2500 Parts Windscreen, doors, lights, radiators, dashboard, wheels, bonnet & boot lid Open to offers Engine & gearbox & differential for Triumph 2000 and 2500 $200.00 ONO for the lot Phone 07 827 6766 12

For Sale. Model A Ford Tourer. Current owners for 20 years. Current Rego, WOF, garaged, runs well, tidy condition. Phone Dave 021 2593690 12 20

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....


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Wanted 1970 Vauxhall Viva wheel ( 13in Rim) Please phone Colin Dray 07 8560448


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.



Ian Patton Dave Nordell Jan Dearlove Bev Taylor Vacant Graham Boswell Jenny Patton Hugh McInally CUSTODIAN/BOOKINGS Andy Hammond

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POSTAL ADDRESS PO Box 924, Hamilton 3240 Club Night Library and Parts Shed Hours

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CLUB ROOMS ADDRESS MacLean St, Cambridge 2nd Wednesday of month at 8pm 2nd Wednesday of month from 6.30pm over Summer, 7.00pm over Winter.

Website: Email addresses: Chairman; Secretary: CLOSING DATE FOR VENTURE COPY: 15th of each month Contributions should be emailed to Editor - or posted to — 41 Greenfield Drive. Hamilton 22

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Conveyancing, Commercial Wills, Estates, Trusts Immigration and Family 7a Princes Street, Hamilton Phone 07 838-3385 Fax 07 838-3381

4 Wickham St Frankton Hamilton

For New Work and Repairs Domestic and Commercial 50 Greenwood St, Frankton, Hamilton

07-847 4780

4 Wickham St Frankton Hamilton 3204

WBS Waikato Bonding Services 6 Belfast Place Hamilton For all your brake & clutch re-lining services. Specialising in re-bonding of all veteran, vintage and classic brake shoes, pads and drive lines. Steven Hunter - Manager Phone: 0800-BOND-007 0800-2663-007

Open 7 days a week - 9am-4pm We are

11 Railside Place, Frankton Ph: 07 957 2230

lark and Brown P R O P E R T L AW E R S For all your legal Requirements



Octagon House, Seddon Rd. Hamilton PH 07 8 9-



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Automotive, Trailer & Tractor Spares, Accessories & Tools 3 EMPIRE ST. HAMILTON PH 07 847 8908

Shock absorbers. Suspension components. CV joints Aerials. Hand Tools. Trailer Components. Disc pads Water Pumps. Timing /Fan/Micro Belts. Gauges. Speedo Cables. Speedo Repairs

Waikato VCC November 2017