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Newsletter December 2017

Cover photo Taken by kevin Ball at the Stretched Gymkana Closing Date for Wairarapa Zenith: 15th of each month. Contributions should be emailed to the Editor— or posted to: PO Box 7, Masterton, 5840.

Wairarapa Branch of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Clubrooms Postal Address Branch Website Club Night Spare Parts Committee Meet

A&P Showgrounds, Chester Road, Clareville PO Box 7, Masterton, 5840

First Monday of the month (except January— none) and June (second Monday) at 7.30pm. Open each Tuesday morning following club night. Second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm

Call and see

Trevor Kenavan for all your joinery requirements

150 Main Street, Greytown Phone: 06 379-8008 Fax: 06 304-9004 2

Your Committee 2017/18 Chairman:

Willie James

372 4890

Immediate Past Chairperson/ Treasurer: John Clark 378 0380 Vice Chairman: Andrew Dittmer 379 6967 Treasurer Robert Notley 0272121091 Secretary: Tina Goodin 02041099552 Club Captain: David Hunter 379 9224 Committee: Paul Furkert 379 5355 Gary Lang 372 7593 Brian Billing 021 242 6240 Hugh Hunter 306 9847 Custodian: Earl Goodin

0204 0624986 379 7918

Librarian: Pat Dutton Beaded Wheels Reporter: Kevin Ball 377 1236 Social Convenor: Val Ball 377 1236 Spare Parts: Frank Lipinski 379 7167 Tom Mitchelmore 379 7573 Magazine Editor: Jim Philps 370 9118 Vehicle Inspectors: Francis Pointon 378 6710 Graham Reidy 372 7855 3

What’s on locally…… NOVEMBER Sat 25th Sun 26th DECEMBER Saturday 2nd Sunday 3rd J Monday 4th Saturday 9th Sunday 10th Saturday 16th JANUARY Sunday 14th Sunday 21st Thursday 25th FEBRUARY Sunday 11th Monday 5th MARCH Monday 5th Saturday 10th

Carterton Rotary Club Xmas parade. Vehicles wel-come.To register interest Bangers and beer Masterton Xmas parade. Assemble @ 11.45 on Worksop Road behind Countdown supermarket anice Groves Rally. Leaving from the club rooms at 10am and finishing at the Morrinsville fair for lunch. Club night. Door Willie James 37th Annual lake Ferry excursion. Sunbeam rally Xmas lunch. Greytown Xmas parade. Organised by Rotary Assemble at 12 noon for 1pm start Coastal run has been cancelled Wanganui vintage car club Burma Rally. Detais on page 7 & 13 See page 12-13 for in November zenith for entry form Wellington VCC annual Motorcycle rally. Tina has entry forms Rememberance rally Club night Door Pat

Tina and Hugh Speaker Tim Wilson

Club night door Gay and Barbara Speaker Lester Price Rex Porter rally. Entry form page 8/9

Christmas lunch The lunch this year will be held on Sunday the 10th December at Landsdown House. Val has chosen the menu including a delicious ham. For club members the cost will be $20 a head. For non members the cost is $40 per head. Meet at 12 noon for canapes and drinks. Please register your attendance by calling Val Bull on 377 1236 no later than December 4th. You can pay directly into the Wairarapa branch account or post to PO box 7 Masterton. Please remember as it is the season of goodwill, to bring either a toy for the Lions collection of a non perishable food item for the food bank. Val says there is parking at the back on 15 Kia Cres.

WELL DONE E MAILERS The committee are pleased to note that we are getting a very positive response to the request to change the method of delivery of your copies of Zenith. So far, since the call went out you have reduced the number of printed copies by 57. Long may this continue as we move forward . It reduces the amount of work and cost in mailing out copies and means that Kevin’s wonderful photos arrive in full colour. It is then possible for those that want to, to print it from your own computer at home. If you too would like to get your copy by email I’m only an e mail away !

Happy Christmas everyone 5

CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT November 2017 I haven’t really been able to come up with anything Club Captainish to write about this month so I’ll tell a wee story from my past instead. During my middle aged life I spent 15 years working in the Masterton workshop of the Wairarapa Electric Power Board. Every year the Board would take on several school leavers to put through an electrical apprenticeship and in the ‘80’s, one of those was a young chap who with his parents had just emigrated from Canada. Spencer was a lively lad with a great sense of humour and the two of us got on really well together. His parents had settled in Pahiatua where they had an engineering business, so Spencer boarded in Masterton during the week but as soon as work finished on the Friday he high-tailed it for the bright lights of the North Wairarapa town. What that said for the bright lights of Masterton, I won’t comment on. One Friday he was heading home in his MGBGT when after passing through Eketahuna and about to start on the long straights, he was a bit disturbed to see that the needle on the temperature gauge had found its way into the red zone (for danger). Thinking fast he lifted off the gas, flicked the gear lever into neutral and switched off the ignition. Now, (for those who can remember), in those days this stretch of highway was very lightly used. The M O T was still in charge of traffic policing but didn’t spend much time on it so speeding didn’t hold much fear for speed freaks. I’m not suggesting Spencer was a speed freak but at the time he was motoring at the MG’s top speed or thereabouts – about 110 mph. With the car now coasting it travelled along quite happily without engine power while slowly reducing speed. After some distance the speed was down to about 30 mph and the temperature gauge needle had also fallen, back to the normal reading. Spencer then switched the ignition back on, slipped the gear lever into gear which of course fired up the engine, and accelerated back up to top speed. As the speedo needle climbed around the dial so the temperature gauge climbed back into the red zone. Having reached top speed he switched off and repeated the process. By repeatedly doing this he eventually reached Pahiatua, turned down a side street, up his driveway and switched off. The next day he attended to the problem at his leisure. I was hugely impressed with his initiative when he told the story the following Monday. I just know that if I was in the same situation I’d be stranded on the roadside, bonnet up, wearing a bewildered countenance and wondering how I was to fill in time until mobile phones came down to an acceptable price to justify buying one so I could call the A. A. for help. I tucked the knowledge away in my memory bank to be called upon if needed in the future. Spencer eventually finished his apprenticeship, became a registered electrician and moved away, eventually to establish himself as a businessman in Auckland. I caught up with him very briefly a few weeks ago when the Targa Rally came through the Wairarapa. He was in the navigator’s seat of the outright winning car (Mitsubishi Evo 8) which is the fourth time he and his driver have taken out the event. Obviously he has not lost the desire for travelling at speed. As for me, I’ve never had the opportunity to enact that overheating solution out on a lonely highway. The highways are much busier now of course and enthusiastically policed by the constabulary too so it’s unlikely I ever will. It’s become just another useless bit of knowledge, sadly. David





~ REX PORTER ~ The late Rex Porter, foundation member and Past President of the Wairarapa Branch, joined the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc) in 1955 as a member of the Wanganui Branch, being the nearest to Wairarapa in those days. It is to this pioneer motorist, Veteran enthusiast and noted Club member, we dedicate this rally.


REX PORTER MEMORIAL RALLY SATURDAY, 10th MARCH, 2018 ENTRANT/DRIVER: _______________________________________________ ADDRESS:_______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ NAVIGATOR:_____________________________________________________ CONTACT PH/E-MAIL:_____________________________________________ MAKE & YEAR OF VEHICLE:________________________________________ REG. NO.:_________________________

VIC No.:________________

VCC M/SHIP No.:___________________





CLASS:________________ (see back page for categories)

PREFERRED SPEED: (Between 15 & 40mph):______________________mph ENTRY FEE:



PLAQUE (optional) $8.00





# meals required @ $25.00 each_____




ENTRIES CLOSE 24th FEBRUARY, 2018 (No Late Entries Accepted) Payment details on the back of this page. RALLY ORGANISER: Andrew Dittmer 06 379 6967

RALLY TREASURER: Robert Notley 0272121091


REX PORTER MEMORIAL RALLY SATURDAY, 10TH MARCH, 2018 THE RALLY: The Rally Assembly point is at the Vintage Car Club Rooms at Clareville A&P complex. Rally Briefing at 9.30am. First Vehicle away at 10.00am. This will be an all day competitive rally and will include most aspects of rallying. There will be two routes. The Short route will be approximately 80-90 miles for the day and the Long route approximately 130 miles. Competitors are able to choose the Short or Long route. The Long route may contains short gravel stretch but will present the Wairarapa countryside at its best. If there are insufficient entries in any one class, they may be combined. Entrants must bring their own lunch and thermos. Toilets are available at the lunch stop. The evening Dinner and presentation is at the Clubrooms at Clareville. 6.00pm Drinks—BYO 7.00pm Dinner and prize-giving to follow. REGULATIONS: 1. The event is open to financial members of the VCC of NZ (Inc). 2. Traffic regulations must be strictly observed. 3. Each vehicle must be up to the Club’s accepted standards regarding cleanliness and general mechanical condition. 4. At least one member of the crew must be a financial member of the VCC of NZ (Inc). Membership card must be available. 5. Failure to stop at a check point will incur penalty points. CLASSES: 1. Veteran Car 4. Vintage M/Bike 7.Commercial 9. Post War M/Bike

2. Veteran M/Bike 5. Post Vintage Car 8. Post War Car 10. Post 60 Car

3. Vintage Car 6. Post Vintage M/Bike 11. Post 60 M/Bike

ENTRIES CLOSE 24th FEBRUARY, 2018 (Late Entries Will Not be Accepted) PLEASE FORWARD ENTRY FORM AND FEES TO: The Rally Treasurer, P O Box 7, Masterton, 5840 and Cheques made payable to Wairarapa Branch or Bank Direct to 03-0687-0323649-01 with your name & RP Rally as reference. Completed Entry Forms may be emailed to :-



Club Raffle A generous gift from Doug Curtis Club stalwart Doug Curtis, an accomplished cartoonist, did four framed works for the recent Peter Smith Memorial Austin rally. Only three were presented, so Doug gave the fourth for a raffle to boost branch funds. This will be drawn at the Xmas lunch not as previousley said at the Dec 4th club night.Tickets in this raffle are $3 for one or $5 for two and can be purchased at any time before the draw. This is a unique Christmas gift for some lucky person.



TORQ HUDSON TROPHY Progress Report – October 2017 Awarded annually at the AGM, this trophy acknowledges and honours members participation in the various activities put on by our Branch. Points are awarded in a variety of ways including attendance, organising and success in competitive rallies. A little of one third of the current club year has now passed so it’s time to have a look at which members have been getting involved and gathering those points. The first rally of the new year was the June run to Paihatua organized by the Laries (8 points each for their efforts) which was a competitive one. Tom and Jean Mitchellmore made a flying start in the competition b y winning the rally and each collecting 10 points. Earl & Tina Goodin were joint winners last year and have carried on in good form to be in the running to win again. Success in winning the July rally followed by 2nd place in the August rally plus their usual high attendance at club nights has seen them gathering a sackful of points. If the TAB were running a ‘book’ on our Torq Hudson Trophy (perhaps they should), Earl and Tina would be at short odds, I suspect. It is no secret that Kevin Ball is fighting serious health issues but despite that has managed to accrue points on 10 occasions for a respectable total. An especially meritorious effort. Brian Billings has a personal philosophy of when attending a club activity, he goes along in (or on) one of his club vehicles. Attendance at club nights is worth 2 points, but attendance in (or on) a club vehicle attracts an extra 2 points. So Brian keeps picking up 4 points when most of us are only getting 2 points. There’s a message there! Entering a rally is worth 2 points if in a ‘modern’ and 4 in a club eligible vehicle. So how many points then if a member enters in an eligible car but also enters another 4 of his cars. That’s what Pahiatua resident Jim Chalmers did for the Northern leg of the Newbies (October) Rally. He rounded up a bunch of mates, provided them with 4 of his old Austins and off they went. The way I see it is Jim gets 4 points for himself and another 8 for his Austins. 14

, So, enough of all that because I can hear you all clamouring to know the current state of play. Here are the leaders: Points 40 Tina, Goodin, Earl Goodin 38 Tom Mitchelmore, Alec O’Hara, Brian Billings 36 Hugh Hunter 34 Andy Dittmer, Tony Lane, Myrna Lane 32 Simon O’Hara, Paul Furkert, Ian Ingram 30 Gary Lang, Simon Byrne 28 Francis Pointon 26 Kevin Ball, Andrea Byrne, Jean Mitchelmore 24 Gaye Pointon, Barbara Lang 22 Robert Notley, John Clark, Pat Dutton 20 Peter Groves 21 That’s the top 24 of the 79 members who have accrued points so far. There is still over 7 months until the next AGM and plenty of opportunity for everyone to add to their totals. The questions are: will Earl and Tina have the horsepower to keep ahead of the pack? Tom, Alec, Brian and Hugh are right behind them and pushing hard. Can they overtake? Perhaps Andy, Tony or Myrna will put on a sprint and get their noses in front. Or is there a dark horse in the field, timing their run for a fast finish? I intend to submit another progress report around the two – thirds mark of the year, so watch this space. After that it’s the sprint to the finish. Who will win? The grand announcement will be made at the AGM. Don’t miss it. David Hunter


STRETCHED GYMKHANA 5 November 2017 This was. As far as we know, something never done by our club before. Mark out a course of about 1.5 kilometres on a paddock, put in lots of twists and turns and set off cars one at a time and record their lap time. Now that sounds like a speed event with all its potential dangers doesn’t it? But here’s the clever bit: it wasn’t! The morning session for the 34 drivers (a number of whom were sharing cars) to go out for 3 practice laps with their time recorded for each one, the lowest time becoming their target time for the afternoon session. It was irrelevant how fast or slow the time was compared to the other contestants because it was not a race. After the lunch break the eliminations commenced. Each driver went out for a lap, the aim to be as close as possible to their target time. Next, the 16 drivers who got the closest went out again, the best 8 of them proceeding to the next round. Finally it came down to a shoot out of the top 2 – Andrew Dittmer and Simon O’Hara. Andrew went out and recorded a time ‘bang on’ his target. Simon (who was driving Hugh Hunter’s Plymouth, couldn’t better it but could equal it and very nearly did, being just 1 second off his target. So, Andrew won, Simon a very close runner-up, and Willie James was 3rd. This was a highly enjoyed event with a format that kept the interest to the end. The planning was excellent with compliments from some of our visitors from the Horowhenua branch about that as well. The mix of vehicles was quite eclectic and the age of contestants was great to see, from teenagers to that much liked Octogenarian, Doug Curtis. Doug of course had his faithful companion Hayley (his little dog) along for the ride while young Xavier Sharp obviously enjoyed riding shotgun for both his dad and granddad as they took turns in their Subaru Brumby. We also had some of those not competing assisting with the all important running of the day. Even contestants when not out doing their laps were lending a hand too. Alec O’Hara had a video camera attached to his Mini while doing his laps which he then attached to Hugh’s Plymouth when Simon was driving his final laps. He has uploaded the clips on YouTube which can be viewed by entering in the search panel: VCC Stretched Gym16

Cont… Gymkhana 2017. The list of entrants and results can be found on our branch website. The event was the idea of Paul Furkert who put in a lot of planning and organisation to make the event the success it was. Also let’s not forget the helpers who assisted with such tasks as settling out the course on the Saturday afternoon the aforementioned timekeeping and results board, photo taking, kitchen duties, waving arms at sheep encroaching the course and other bits and pieces. Some of them were: Sandy, Simon and Alec O’Hara, Brian Billings, Rae Kennedy, Hugh Hunter, Sue Dittmer and Paul Furkert. David Hunter

Willie James on a roll ( not literally thankfully ! ) Photo by Kevin Ball )


Entrants in the stretched Gymkana 18

37th Annual Lake Ferry Excursion

Dear Classic Car Club member/enthusiast/media outlet The 37th Annual Lake Ferry Excursion is coming up, which is organised by the Sunbeam Car Club of NZ (Wellington) each year. The event is open to anyone – club member or not, English cars, American cars and we absolutely welcome classic Japanese cars along on the day. Saabs, Volvos, Fiats, Lancia, Porsche, Ferrari, Mustang, Datsun, home-built… whatever your car is, if you are an enthusiast we welcome your attendance. Please – spread the news of this event far and wide to other club members, friends and family. We welcome people from all areas, not just Wellington. We always get a get response from the Wairarapa, which is fantastic. To make sure everyone has this date down early to save conflicts with other events, the Lake Ferry Excursion is always the 2nd Saturday in December. This year makes it the 9th of December. As always, we meet at the Fell Museum in Featherston at 11am for an 11.30 departure to Lake Ferry, where we meet to talk over a BYO picnic lunch. Please make sure you make your way to the big oak tree outside the museum at 11.15 for a quick driver’s briefing. The hotel at Lake Ferry have confirmed they will be open and should have food available (there are no functions booked at this stage), or you can bring your own picnic lunch. If you are not the right person in your car club to receive this email, can you please forward it on to the correct person. Also, please feel free to send this on to anyone in other car clubs you think might be interested. We welcome all car clubs and car enthusiasts. Kind regards Bryan Atkins, convener (Sunbeam Car Club of New Zealand) Phone/fax (04) 562 7424 or e-mail

* Please note if you do not wish to receive any more such emails, please advise via return email.


As I get older I realise : 1.

I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice 2. Sometimes I roll my eyes aloud 3. I don’t need anger management, I need people to stop pissing me off. 4. My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance of idiots that needs work. 5. The biggest lie I tell myself is, “ I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it. “ 6. When I was a child I thought naptime was punishment. Now it’s like a mini vacation. 7. The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about. 8. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound. 9. Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle-free and 3 sizes smaller ? 10. ‘Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering why I am there.


What did you guess?


The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand now has a new facebook page. The page will have interesting stories, posts on events and photos of vintage car activities from around the country. To start with, we would like you to do the following: For those who already have a facebook account: Go to the VCC facebook page and LIKE it. Posts will then appear in YOUR facebook stream and you can share them with your friends For those who don’t have a facebook page or don’t want to set up an account: Click on the link below and then save it in bookmarks in your internet browser. You will then have easy access to the page whenever you want to see the latest posts. Please note that this facebook page will include notification of upcoming events and stories but it’s not a buy, sell and exchange page. There are other avenues for that information. We would also like you to email pictures and include a couple of words about the photo from club events around the country for posting on the page. This will provide content of interest for enthusiasts around the world. Send pictures and stories to: To access the club facebook page go to: vintagecarclubofnewzealand/ or type Vintage Car Club of New Zealand into facebook search. This page is your portal for fun stuff that is happening for vintage car enthusiasts around the country. The more stories you supply, the more relevant the page will be.

Club Library Members are most welcome to borrow books/articles from the Club Library. Please record your name and the book’s title(s) in the Lending Book so that they can be tracked is necessary. If you have any old books/manuals and wish to get rid of them, Pat Dutton, our Librarian, would be love to take them off your hands. Pat can be contacted on (06) 379 7918.


From your Editor……….. Please note the new email address and telephone number for contacting your new editor. Jim Philps: Phone (06) 370 9118 or Email Looking forward to receiving all your stories and advertisements.


Maureen needs your photos Maureen has been thrilled by the response to her request for photos. Well done all who have supplied the ones she wanted. HOWEVER !! There are still some outstanding so if this includes YOU Maureen would love you to get in touch. She is working very hard on the history and has now set a deadline of March 18th 2018 to have all photos and copy on her desk You can get in touch with either Maureen Bull, 9A Hogg Crescent, Masterton, or contact any of the Wairarapa Branch Committee Members. Its the photos that tell the story!

Howard Jones 1936 Mac Velo Elaine Churchill 1934 Morris Howard Sims 1928 Ford Model A Pick up Truck Paul &; Judi Lamb 1930 Singer Porlock Gordon Clode & Family Photo Ray & Lois Whitcombe Archives Kopuaranga School, second Clubrooms 1976-1991 Roy & Frances Elwin 1934 Lagonda Rapier Nev MacArthur 1928 Scott TT Replica Rex Porter 1900 De Dion Voiturette with Olive Wolters H J Jones Garage Lincoln Road, Masterton Alf Lambess 1930 Austin Swallow 2004-’11 Economy Trials “ Nev Taylor AJS motorcycle Martin Hutchinson 1904 Mountaineer Peter/Christine Riddell 1952 BSA Golden Flash John/Sheila Clark 1955 Daimler 2014 24

New donations to library Donated by Geoff Donovan 1959 –1971 Mini workshop manual A B.M.C. Service publication



Buying & selling Property Powers of Attorney Commercial Matters Relationship Property

• Refinancing • Family Trusts • Subdivisions • Estates/Wills

0800 PPTY LAW (0800 778 952) 26

VEHICLE INFORMATION VEHICLE ID Members who wish to apply for Vehicle Identification Certification (VIC), are asked to contact one of our Branch Vehicle ID Officers. Their names and contact details are provided in each Zenith magazine (generally on page 3). If you wish to participate in any National VCC event, you need to have a Vehicle Identification Certificate. Please don’t leave it to the last minute as it takes some time for the processing of paperwork. VIC Applications: Must be accompanied by the appropriate form which can be downloaded from the VCC NZ website or contact your club secretary. The form should be sent to your local branch secretary for processing. SELLING YOUR VEHICLE? If your vehicle has VIC Certification and you sell your vintage vehicle, please notify NZVCC, P O Box 2546 Christchurch. Ph: 03 366 4461 Fax: (03) 366 0273 or E-mail: INSURING YOUR VEHICLE/ POSSESSIONS? When you insure through VERO, you are helping our Club financially. Just let them know that you are a member of the Wairarapa VCC and quote this number: 043302 COOK STRAIT FERRY BOOKINGS Both the InterIslander and BlueBridge Ferries offer a variety of discounted fares to VCC Members. Contact the companies directly using the Vintage Car Club group booking codes. The staff are generally very helpful. INTERISLANDER: Ph: 0800 878 898 Quote Group Booking Reference Number WH5465 BLUEBRIDGE FERRY: 0800 844 844 Quote Discount Code: ANTIQUECAR 27

FOR SALE Garages available Garages are available in a secure situation in Solway. Power supplied $75 per month GST included Contact John on 0274434800

Parts Department Remember the Parts Department is open every Tuesday morning following our monthly Club Night or contact Frank, Tom or Hugh for a private viewing - (06) 379 7167 (Frank), (06) 379 7573 (Tom) or (06) 306 9847 (Hugh). This months specials !! Dodge 4 gearbox Morris commercial steering box 1938 Nash steering box Austin 12 steering box 4x650/16 cross ply tyres Chev 4 engine 1923/25 (?) Some bearings donated by L Ponstra Carbs donated by Willie James Brake cleaning fluid donated by Brian Billing An assortment of light bulbs Austin A40 parts donated by Jeff Percy Chev parts donated by Logan Smith

AUSTIN A40 DEVON FOR SALE We saw the car at the cheese factory/model railway centre while on the New Members rally. As is where is but lots of spares and body panels. Interested ?? Contact the owners 28

Advertising in the Zenith You are welcome to advertise your goods for sale, swap or buy. The advertisement does not have to relate to cars/parts, anything goes. These advertisements are free to VCC Members. Contact Jim Philps, phone: 06 370 9118 or Please note advertisements will only be published for three consecutive months unless I am notified otherwise.

Don’t forget our business advertisers Their advertisements help to pay for the production of this publication. When you need a product or service consider using one of the companies advertising in the Zenith. They help us—why not reciprocate by giving them your custom.

WHAT’S ON AROUND THE COUNTRY COMING EVENTS 2018 JANUARY 21st Wanganui VCC Burma rally. FEBRUARY 2018 16-18th Hawkes Bay VCC 30th anniversary Art Deco weekend.


Sender: The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Wairarapa Branch (Incorporated) P.O. Box 7 MASTERTON 5840


Wairarapa VCC December 2017