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Newsletter July 2018

Cover photo Herb and Julie Fox’s 1921 Dodge Brothers Four Roadster, taking part in the recent Winter Wonder. 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 2018/19 Chairman:

Willie James

372 4890

Vice Chairman: Tina Goodin

02041099552 Treasurer: Tony Lane 06 3773064 Secretary: Beth Taylor 06 3796040 Club Captain: Francis Pointon 06 3786710 Committee: John Clark 378 0380 Pat Dutton 06 3797918 Simon O’Hara 0211412332 Kevin Ball 06 3771236 Barry Wells 06 3771152 Frank Lipinski 379 7167 Custodian: Neville Taylor 0272391202 Librarian: Pat Dutton 379 7918 Beaded Wheels Reporter: Kevin Ball 377 1236 Social Convenor: Val Ball 377 1236 Spare Parts: Frank Lipinski 379 7167 Magazine Editor: Alec O’Hara 0277750417 Vehicle Inspectors: Francis Pointon 378 6710 Graham Reidy 372 7855 Hugh Hunter 306 9847 3

What’s on locally‌ July Monday 2nd

Sunday 8th

Club night . Door Val and Kevin. Speaker, Paul Furkert. For details see page 19. Members may also participate with their own stories Gravel road challenge **Francis Pointon** see opposite page (5)

August Monday 6th Sunday 26th

Club night. A Quiz night organized by Gary and Babara Daffodil run **Tony Lane** see page 20

September Monday 3rd Sunday 9th

Club Night Peter Smith Memorial Rally **Austin Register**

October Monday 1st Saturday 13th - 14

Club Night 50th Anniversary weekend ** see page 14**

November Thursday 1st - 5th Monday 5th Sunday 11th Saturday 24 - 25

Peter Chisholm Memorial Economy Run **Beth and Nevile Taylor** see page 19 Club Night Stretched Gymkhana **Paul Furkert** Gold Medal Motorcycle Rally **Dave Henwood and Barry wells**

Gravel Road Challenge 2018 Sunday 8th July 2018 A series of “No Exit” roads in the Bideford area – roads you don’t normally travel – most in good condition. Approx. 60 miles. We are avoiding the main logging area as these roads are in poor condition & better suited to 4wd. Start & finish - The Farriers carpark (Opposite fire station Masterton) Assemble - 9.30am for 10am start - a predicted lunch time finish Easy instructions – follow the leader style run Organisers: Francis & Gaye Pointon Ph.06 3786710 for more info


A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN… Apologies from the chairman this month folks. PLEASE WELCOME YOUR 2018/19 COMMITTEE.. Put a face to the name

Back row from left: Barry Wells, Francis Pointon (club captain), Willie James (chairman), Tony Lane (treasurer). Front row from left: Kevin Ball, Simon O’Hara, Tina Goodin (vice chairman), Beth Taylor (secretary), Pat Dutton, Frank Lipinski and John Clark.

We wish you all the best 6

AGM Another AGM has snuck up upon us and saw a new committee selected to help the club evolve in the 2018/19 year ahead. The AGM also saw some long service badges being awarded to Martin Hutchinson and Jill Maunsell (absent) for 35 years and 25 years for Norm Hill and absent Roger Davies and Dan Harte.

Norm Hill receiving his 25 year badge from club Chairman Willie James.


Martin Hutchinson, being awarded his 35 year badge.

Torque Hudson trophy winner for 2018, Alec O’Hara, being awarded the trophy by 2017/18 club captain David Hunter. 8

Club Captains Report A great turnout for the AGM, and an enthusiastic new committee, looks good for the coming year. Our next motoring event is the Gravel Road Challenge on the 8th July. Not an event for low slung sports jobs, but some very interesting roads to cover. We had a good turn out for the winter wander, 18 vehicles. Great to see some members and their vehicles we haven’t seen for a while. As for the 50th, things are falling into place nicely. You only have 4 months to get yourself organised. Don’t leave it until the last minute to enter. It has been advertised in the Beaded Wheels and we already have requests for entry forms. The celebration dinner at Copthorne includes prizegiving & special award ceremony. Please make the effort and support this very important Club milestone. Continued next page 9

Club Captains Report If you are unable to enter the rally, we will need help with marshals on both Saturday & for the Car Show on Sunday. Francis


FOR A BIT OF HUMOUR‌ A man seeing flashing red and blue lights in his rear view mirror pulls to the side of the road. Shortly after coming to a stop, a police officer approaches the car. The man says, "What's the problem officer?" Officer: "You were going 75 miles an hour in a 55 mile an hour zone. I'm afraid I'm going to have to ticket you." Man: "No sir, I was going a little over 60." Wife: "Oh, Harry. You were going at least 80!" (The man gives wife dirty look.) Officer: "I'm also going to give you a ticket for your broken tail light." Man: "Broken tail light? I didn't know about a broken tail light!" Wife: "Oh Harry, you've known about that tail light for weeks!" (The man gives his wife another a dirty look.) Officer: "I'm also going to give you a citation for not wearing your seat belt." Man: "Oh, I just took it off when you were walking up to the car." Wife: "Oh, Harry, you never wear your seat belt!" The Man turns to his wife and yells, "For cryin' out loud, can't you just shut up?!" The officer turns to the woman and asks, "Ma'am, does your husband talk to you this way all the time?" And so the wife says, "No officer, only when he's drunk." 11

Spare parts I know, I know, that Franks spares usually feature later in the letter. However the spare parts department have loads and loads of parts looking for good homes, specials this month: 1972 Morris 1100, most parts available a few boxes in fact. 2 of 650 x 15 Cross Ply tires, 1938 Nash Steering Box, Austin 12 Steering Box, Morris Commercial Steering Box, Box lots of the following items: Tie rod ends, Shock units King Pin Sets, Water Pump Repair Kits, Pedal Rubbers, Spring Bushes, Assorted Rubber bushes, Mirror Glass, 12 & 24 volt Sealed Beam Lights, Vauxhall Viva Flexible Exhaust Pipe, Hub-Ometers to fit tyre size 825 /20, Cortina Mark 3 Radiator –NEW, Hillman Axle, International Truck Rear Axles x 2, Trim Kits to fit BMC Mini, Body trim kits for Datsun 1600 and Morris 1000 Don’t forget to grab a Workshop Manual, many in stock including Honda Accord, Valiant XE, Cortina, Mazda Rotary and many, many more. Give Frank a call on 06 3797167, for a viewing or a rummage. 12


Dear Member, Your club, The Wairarapa Vintage Car Club, is planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary by holding a celebratory weekend on the 13th and 14th October 2018.The format for the weekend will comprise of a car rally on Saturday 13th (starting and finishing at our clubrooms in Clareville) followed by a dinner at the Copthorne Hotel in Masterton for our rallyists, members and invited dignitaries. We would love to see as many members as possible taking part in the weekend. If not competing, then participating in some other way—perhaps as a marshall . If you are unable to drive your club vehicle perhaps you would like to navigate for another member or just be a ‘back seat driver’ and enjoy the run. We can organize the transport. The Saturday evening dinner is not limited to rallyists. If transport is the only thing preventing your participation then we will arrange transport to and from the Copthorne. On Sunday 14th we plan to hold a car show and gymkhana at the Solway showgrounds in Masterton. The car show will be open to the public and various one-make clubs and any cars that conform with the VCC criteria (any vehicles 30 years or older) will be invited to enter their vehicles to display along with our own club vehicles. We hope this will be an excellent way of showcasing and promoting our branch to the public. Please consider how much you would like to participate in the celebrations. We will do our best to make it happen. We want to make it a weekend for all our members to remember! Entry forms will be available shortly and we look forward to your response. Please contact me if you require further information regarding the planned arrangements. Yours faithfully, Mrs Myrna Lane (VCC Wairarapa Branch 50th Celebration Committee Secretary) 14


Winter Wonder Re-cap Written by Simon O’Hara, Navigator, Draft expert, Austin 7

The day dawned cool but fine. Always a good way to start a rally. After arriving at the clubrooms in the somewhat airy Austin 7, we welcomed some visitors from the Manawatu, who had made a weekend of it by staying Saturday night in Carterton. With all contestants in attendance, we were given a gridded map, a couple of sheets with land marks and their respective points value. We then had to plot our own course to take in as many of these land marks. After mapping our course, we left at our own pace chasing the points. Zig zagging across Carterton, Masterton and the surrounds, often passing others going in the opposite direction and giving a cheery wave, while keeping a wary eye on the time. We didn’t want to be late back to the clubrooms, being fearful of getting penalty points. Back at the clubrooms with time to spare, and greeting the others as they arrived and enjoying the banter. When all had arrived it was lunch, while Tony worked his magic on the computer to get the results, which were duly put up on the big screen and explained to all. 18 cars, lots of laughs, great organisation and a fine day, resulted in a great rally. For those that didn’t come out for the rally, you really missed a lot of fun and carefree driving. An appearance by Herb and Jules Fox in the 1921 Dodge roadster gained them 3rd place, Tina and Earl Goodin runners up and Alec and Simon O’Hara in the 1933 Austin 7 taking out 1 st place. 16

Thanks to Tony and Myrna for organising such an enjoyable mornings rallying, lots of fun, lets do it again.

Above: Jill Kernahan and Pat Dutton plotting their route Below: Brian and Lyn James's 1941 Chevrolet came to them as a hot rod and which they returned to a road car. Good to see them make the journey from the Manawatu.


Herb and Julie Fox setting out in the 1921 Dodge roadster. I gather the air was a bit cool Jules?

Organiser Tony Lane presents the winner's prize to Alec and Simon O'Hara 18

Peter Chisholm Memorial Economy Run November 1st – 5th 2018 Join us on a magical mystery tour through Taranaki We will visit places of interest and travel some interesting roads.

Please register your interest by 20th July, 2018. A deposit of $300.00 per person is required upon confirmation with progress payments made prior to our departure. Final costings will depend on the number of participants in the rally but a couple can expect to pay up to $150 a night for motel accommodation. Your meal and fuel costs will be extra. Please contact Beth & Nev Taylor on (06) 379 6040 or for more details.

Club night talk Monday 2nd July Members will recount high (and lows) of recent out of town events they've participated in with their VCC vehicles. First up will be Paul Furkert talking about his 5 day trip through the Ureweras in his 1949 Land-Rover (with a group of other vintage Land-Rovers), and his 10 day trip to the South Island to attend the Rover Car Club's national rally. Other members are most welcome to contribute on the night. A computer will be available to allow electronic photos to be shown on the big screen (just bring your photos on a memory stick) 19

VCC National Day Sunday 26th August 2018 Our Daffodil Rally for Cancer Join other club members and other car clubs on a “Variety Bash� through our region. We will be travelling on three short routes through our major towns stopping at each town to show our vehicles to the locals. We are working with the Cancer Society who will be present at each of our stopovers . Meet and register in Martinborough Square from 10 am. where you will be issued with the instructions for a short run starting at 10.30am and finishing at the South Wairarapa Working Men's Club car park in West Street Greytown. The next stage is from the car park to the top end of Carterton. The final stage ends up in the Farriers car park in Masterton. At each town you will receive a new set of instructions. We will need volunteers for each stage. All car clubs are being invited to join in the festivities and there will be a $5.00 levy on each car as our contribution toward the Cancer Society appeal. Organiser Tony Lane (phone: 377 3064).


What did you guess?


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.

Donated Books from Mavis Jones 

Pitman’s Chrysler Avenger manual from 1970

Service and repair manual for Commodore VC series

Haynes Hillman Imp 1963 manual

Austin Morris 1500 OHC and 1300 Automatic manual

Haynes Honda Accord 1976 to 1984 manual

Gregory’s Commodore VL series 6cyl 1986 to 1988

Mitsubishi Galant Colt manual

Ford 4 and 6 cylinder industrial engines parts list. Thank you Mavis for your donation to our club library.



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


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 Fire wood 25 kg bags of firewood at $5 per bag. Contact Kevin Ball on 06 3771236 or (3)

Morris Minor 1956 Morris Minor series 2 [split screen model] has later engine and radial tyres, in very tidy condition all round, regularly serviced by Pointon Motors. contact Lady owner on tele 377-2120 Masterton (1)

Parts Department Remember the Parts Department is open every Tuesday morning following our monthly Club Night or contact Frank for a private viewing - (06) 379 7167

Message from the editor... I am encouraging members to share your interesting motoring stories and experiences, to be published in upcoming issues of the Zenith over the coming months. What was your first vehicle? How did you come to get it? What is your motoring background? What is your history in the VCC? Have you been on exciting motoring trips? What vehicle(s) do you have now and how did you come to acquire? These are some questions to get the memories flowing‌... A small article and possibly a photo or two can be sent to me at or alternatively a hand written copy can be given to me at club night or to any member of the committee to pass on. Alec O’Hara (new editor Wairarapa VCC Zenith) 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 Alec O’Hara, phone: 0277750417 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 July 8th Central North Island swap meet held in Rotorua July 15th Night owl run hosted by Horowhenua Branch July 22nd Wellington Branch Remembrance rally/social country run November 2018 16-18th NZ national Veteran rally to be held in Nelson. Contact Jim and Kyra Wareing or 03 544 9998


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


Wairarapa VCC July 2018  
Wairarapa VCC July 2018