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Newsletter April 2018

Cover photo Woops ! That’s one hell of a leak from your radiator Simon. Simon & Andrea Burn stuck in their Armstrong Sinkerly on the RexPorter Rally. 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 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… . APRIL Sunday8th Club Captain’s Run. Organized by David Hunter. See Page 18 Monday 9th

Saturday 29th

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE. Club night. Door David and Hugh Hunter. Speaker from VTNZ talking on vehicle certification. Veterans rally. Brian Billing see p9

Saturday 29th

Bangers and beer

MAY Monday 7th

Club night. Roger Tibbs to speak. Door John and Sheila Clark.

Sat 12 to Sun 13th Winter Motorcycle Reliability Trial. Organiser Graham Reedy. See details and entry form in this news letter Sunday 20th May JUNE Monday 11th

Collectible car club visit. Club rooms at 12pm

Club night. Door Tina and Earl. Speaker to be announced

Club Captains Report I was hoping for a report this month but it looks like David has adopted a ‘new habit’ and so we got NUN !! Whatever you do in the privacy of your own home is your business David !!


WINTER MOTORCYCLE RELIABILITY TRIAL Hi fellow enthusiasts, This year the trial will be an overnight at Foxton, with a trip to Peter Thomsons motorcycle museum. A back-up venicle will be available to carry any extras you need. Sleeping bag and pillow will be necessary ( sheet to cover mattress optional ) Saturday 12

May meet at 9.30 am at the VCC clubrooms Clareville for morning Tea and rally briefing. Lunches for Saturday and Sunday at your own cost. Evening meal will be at your expense at the Foxton RSA ( Entertainment for the night is included in entry fee )

Sunday 13th

Breakfast at 8am to 8.30 am and then journey to Peter Thomsons at Rongotea. Back to VCC club rooms

Entries close on 29th April 2018 ( sorry no late entries ) Post entries to; Rally Secretary VCC Wairarapa Branch PO Box 7 Masterton Enclose payment with entry OR pay on internet banking to account number 03-0687-0323649-01. WHEN PAYING BY INTERNEY BANK PLEASE REMEMBER TO PUT MBTRIAL together with your NAME


WINTER MOTORCYCLE RELIABILITY TRIAL ENTRY FORM Name of rider and pillion………………………………. Address………………………………………………… Phone number………………………………………….. Email…………………………………………………….. Make & model & year of bike………………………………………………………. Entry fee includes Saturday night entertainment, Sunday breakfast and museum visit. Total cost = $50 per person Wairarapa A & P Society are holding a Derby Race Night All the fun of a race meeting in the comfort of a warm room surrounded by friends Eight Races and Eight horses in each race - place your bets ( minimum $1) at the Tote and cheer your choice to a win! Cash Bar Supper provided $10 tickets from A & P Office make up a table and double the fun Saturday 28th April 7.30pm VCC room 06 379 8124


REX PORTER REPORT The weather preceeding the rally was wet but on the day the weather was excellent. Another issue was reported closing of two rail crossings on the original route. The routes had been checked fine but the adjustments due to the rail crossing closures caused issues at both ends. In the end the rail crossings were not closed on the day. The one ford on the route had a small amount of water in it but the loose base caused issues with one car. Fords are common in South Island rallies and most have significantly more water in them than this one. The lunch stop at the Mackenzie’s was a great success. They were perfect hosts and I noticed there was a reluctance for people to leave. I wonder if we should have only had one rally length i.e the short one using the South Vector for rallies in the future. Two motorcyclists informed me that straight line navigation is very difficult due to the instruction display mechanism used on bikes and I think we should have had written instructions for them. The last comment I would like to make was the meal was great but a little short on the Spud department. I wish to thank all those involved with this fun days motoring. Convenor Andrew Dittmer. 8

VETERAN RALLY April 29th Cars and bikes are welcome. Meet at Club rooms at 9.30am for briefing. This rally will be a non competitive drive through some glorious Wairarapa countryside ending up at the Gladstone pub for lunch. After lunch you will return to the club rooms for afternoon tea ( bring a plate ) E mail mor phone Brian Billing for an entry form. 021242620 or e mail Hang onto those bikes girls and boys they could be worth a bob or two. Reported in the recent ‘Classic Bike’ was the sale of a 1951 Vincent Black lightning. It was the most expensive bike ever sold reaching the astronomic price of US$929000. It is one of 19 surviving matching number Black lightnings from a production run of just 33. So search the back of your sheds, cos you never know what might be out there !! If only my BSA Bantam had matching numbers !! 9

Situations Vacant Two important positions will become vacant at our June AGM:Club Treasurer and Magazine Editor. These are vital roles in the smooth running our branch. Please give these vacancies some consideration. Both positions come with a small honorarium.

Treasurer—Some basic accounting knowledge is required. Can you prepare a monthly cash sheet? Fill in a GST return? Prepare end of year final accounts? Have you used a computerised accounting package? Even if you say “no” but are ready to learn then give it a go. Plenty of help will be available.

Magazine Editor– Basic computer knowledge is an asset. Can you write a letter on a computer? Use email? Work a publishing programme. There is help available. If you are interested in either of these positions please contact Willie James (06) 372 4890 and have a talk about it.


Barry wells cruising home to second place in the Rex Porter rally. Good to see a bikey up there with the best ! Well done Barry.

Francis & Gaye Pointon.


Spare parts I know, I know that Franks spares usually feature later in the letter. However he has recently received a very generous donation from Bruce Smith which is quite extensive and so I will list them here. Box lots of: Tie rod ends Engine mounts Shock units and arms King pin sets Water pump repair kits Pedal rubbers Spring bushes Assorted rubber bushes Mirror glasses Electrical parts ( regulators, ignition switches etc ) Sealed beam lights ( 12 and 24 volts ) Upper cylinder head lube oil Flexible exhaust pipe to fit a Vauxhaul Viva Hub-ometers for tyre size 825-20 New radiator for a mark 3 Cortina Hillman Axle Plymouth rear axle 2 International truck rear axles AND also Body guard kits for: BMC Mini Datsun 1600 Morris 1000 PLUS Workshop manuals for Honda Accord—Holden Camora—Valiant XE—Cortina—Mazda Rotary— Victor 12

Alec and dad in their 1933 Austin 7

Rex Porter Rally results

Rex Porter results as supplied by Andrew on Saturday night ... Gary Wall, first overall and first postwar. Frank Wall, navigator. 2nd Barry Wells (also 1st post-60 motorcycle) 3rd Jeff and Christine Percy, also best GM vehicle and 2nd post-60 4th Francis and Gaye Pointon, also 1st vintage This line crossed out ... 5th Graham and Annette Clark 6th Alec and Simon O'Hara (also Post-vintage)) Dave Henwood 1st post-vintage motorcycle


NZ NATIONAL VETERAN RALLY Nelson, 16-18th November 2018 NEWSLETTER No.1 We hope this information is of interest to you. We have extracted emails from the Vintage Car Club membership list for everyone that has a Veteran Vehicle listed, (even if it was only listed as parts). If you know of a veteran owner that has missed receiving this information please forward this to them. The Brief Plan is:1. Theme; “100 Years of Veterans” (All veterans will be 100 years old). 2. Events will be centred on Richmond Township, 12km. from Nelson City. 3. Friday 16th Nov. Registrations and Welcome meal at Nelson VCC Club Rooms. 4. Saturday 17th Nov. Rally Day around rural Nelson/Tasman Area & Evening dinner. 5. Sunday 18th Nov. Heritage Cruse of the District and Official Prize Giving Dinner. 6. A 2-3 day Post-Rally Tour (19th-21st) will be arranged if there is interest in this. 7. Model T’s Rally in Nelson Feb.2019, Vehicle storage will be investigated. The Veteran Rally will be preceded by the “Prince Henry Tour” 1. Tour starts Ashburton; assemble Monday evening 12th Nov. 2. Arriving in Richmond Thursday 15th with a Lay-day on Friday 16th. CONTACTS; 1. National Rally = 03 544 9998, Jim & Kyra Wareing. 2. Prince Henry Tour = 03 314 4322, Ray & Glenis Miller. 14


WAIRARAPA BRANCH Of the vintage car club of NZ IS TURNING

50 SAVE THE DATES OCTOBER 13TH AND 14TH We are encouraging ALL members to join us for a weekend celebrating this special ‘Golden’ occasion

“ A weekend of first class vintage motoring”

More information to come in next month’s ZENITH


Stuart Stubbs in his Plymouth Coupe


Andrew Dittmer presenting the award to Gary Wall ( driver ) and his brother Frank the overall winners of the Rex Porter rally.

Left. John and Sheila clark in their 1955 Daimler



SUNDAY APRIL 8 Starting from: Masterton Railway Station What time: 9.30 for a 10.00 departure Where to: Down to Featherston, then back to Holdsworth Lodge via a meandering route that includes driving down and back various dead end roads Dead end roads! What about turnaround areas?: No problems, adequate space At the finish: a late lunch picnic at Holdsworth if the weather is good, otherwise we'll turn around and proceed to the clubrooms and have a late lunch there. Road surfaces: mostly sealed but some short sections of good condition gravel. Toilets along the way: Yes, at 4 locations Bring with you: eats, drinks and chairs for a picnic. If we go to the clubrooms drinks (and chairs) provided Any questions: ring David Hunter 3799224


MARCH CLUB NIGHT REPORT. A totally different and interesting guest speaker at our March clubnight. Lester Price is a New Zealander and a long-term resident Leyte in the Phillipines and is currently visiting his family in New Zealand. Lester and his family live in a coastal area which has recently been the epi-centre of a tropical cyclone that caused many deaths and much large scale property destruction.The determination and resilience of the Filipinos to re-create their homes and environment was amazing. Lester’s most enjoyable talk was illustrated by a comprehensive video presentation. GARY LANG. WE’RE IN THE MOVIES – Our club was asked to provide some cars from the pre-1966 era for the film ‘Daffodils’which is a musical romance based in New Zealand during the early 1960s. Vehicles were to be used as background props for various scenes. On Monday 12th March a wedding reception scene was filmed at a grand old homestead on the Te Ore Ore – Bideford road. Willie James (MG Magnette) and John Clark (Daimler) were in attendance and together with an Anglia and a Mk 3 Zephyr provided by the producers took part in a scene where the bridal couple departed the reception. The following evening we assembled in Carterton’s Memorial Square for some night time filming. The exterior of the Buckhorn Tavern had been transformed into the Embassy theatre for the evening. Prior to filming commencing our team was invited over to the RSA in Broadway where around 150 film crew were being treated to a magnificent meal prepared in a large mobile kitchen. The hospitality we were shown during the evening was exceptional. Our cars were lined up in front of the Buckhorn (Sorry – Embassy) while scenes were filmed on the adjacent footpath. Each scene was filmed up to six times – and occasionally more when a Fonterra milk tanker rumbled past. Pat Dutton had a starring role driving past during scenes. (We were very impressed with Pat’s reversing) The film’s makers – Avalon Productions – will be making a donation to the club. The film is scheduled for release in cinemas in March 2019. Thanks to all who participated – Willie James (MG Magnette), John Clark (Daimler),Pat Dutton (Morris Minor), Tom and Jean Mitchelmore (Morris Minor), Hugh Hunter (Morris 8 Sports), David Hunter (Morris Minor van), Ray Whitcombe (Wolseley) and Gary Lang (Mustang). GARY LANG. 19


What did you guess?


Mitsubishi Heritage Day—15th April 2018 Join us for the inaugural Mitsubishi Motors Heritage Day—a free event for owners of well-loved classic vehicles from Todd Motors and Mitsubishi Motors NZ. Starts at Todd Park, Porirua, 9 am / Ends at Southwards Car Museum 4 pm.  Prizes for Best Todd Car, Best Mitsubishi and Best Overall.  Charity Auction.  Lunch.  Includes entry to Southwards Museum and Tour of Restoration Workshop.  Rare Classic Car Film Footage. To attend this FREE event, please send your name, the number of people in your party (max. 2 persons) vehicle model and photo of the vehicle to before 31st March 2018. Terms and conditions: Eligible vehicles are those built or imported by Todd Motors or Mitsubishi Motors NZ Ltd and older than 20 years. However we may accept newer models or Japanese imports that are considered Mitsubishi special vehicles. Only pre-registered owners and vehicles may attend. Vehicles will be registered at the discretion of Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand.

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.



VCC National Day To All branches You will recall that we were looking into the possibility of moving the date for our National Day away from the closest Sunday to Daffodil Day so that we could get more support from the national office of the Cancer Society. As you can understand, Daffodil Day is the busiest time of the year for them. However, following feedback from branches who wished to keep the date the same and after discussion at our Management Committee meeting this weekend, we have decided to keep the event on the closest Sunday to Daffodil Day as we feel that if we moved the date out a few weeks we could be in danger of losing the momentum and buzz etc around Daffodil Day. The date will therefore be Sunday 26 August 2018. Could Branches please mark this on their calendars and email Melissa at with the contact details of your co-ordinator so that we can get things underway. The Club achieved a magnificent result in terms of the funds raised as well as raising the profile of our Club and I am sure that this year, with all our Branches behind it, we will do even better. Kind regards Diane Quarrie National President Three sisters age 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together on Bodmin Moor. One night the 96 year old runs a bath, puts her foot in and pauses. She yells down the stairs, “Was I getting in or out of the bleddy bath?” The 94 year old yells back, “I don’t know, I’ll come up and see.” She starts up the stairs and pauses, then she yells, “Was I going up the stairs or coming down?” The 92 year old was sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful.” She knocks on some wood for good measure. She then yells, I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.”… 24

New donations to library Thank you Bernie Cheer for the Workshop and Technical manuals you kindly donated. Bernie hasn’t been in the best of health lately and would love to see or hear from other members.



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 Parts Department Remember the Parts Department is open every Tuesday morning following our monthly Club Night or contact Frank or Tom for a private viewing - (06) 379 7167 (Frank), (06) 379 7573 (Tom) This months specials !! 2 X 1952 Chev 6 Engines 1952 Front suspension Austin A40 parts – engine, gearbox, diff etc. etc. (Donated by Jeff Percy) Box of flexible radiator hoses (new) (Donated by Bruce Smith)


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 APRIL Saturday 21st Saturday 21 to 22

Taranaki Branch – Maunga Moana Rally. Tina has entry forms. 36th Autumn Wanganui motorcycle trial Contact Bill James Trial convenor ( 06 345 2447 ) for entry form and details


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


Wairarapa VCC April 2018  
Wairarapa VCC April 2018