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Newsletter November 2018

COVER PHOTO Graham Hodder's 1914 Saxon leads the charge at the start of Saturday's anniversary 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 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 Tom Mitchelmore 379 7573 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… November Thursday 1st - 5th

Monday 5th

Peter Chisholm Memorial Economy Run **Beth and Neville Taylor**

Club Night “Shiny Object Night” , bring along an unusual object for members to guess what it is! Willie James– a brief history of his past.

Saturday 24th Gold Medal Motorcycle Rally **Dave Henwood and Barry Wells** Please note this is now a single day event this year See Entry form in this Zenith Sunday 25th

Stretched Gymkhana Postponed till January

December Sunday 2nd Monday 3rd

Mauriceville Fair / Janice Groves memorial run Meet at Farriers 10am Club Night

Sunday 9th

Christmas BBQ lunch hosted by Willie James

January Sunday 13th

Coastal Run

NAME BADGES A reminder from the committee - Could all members please remember to wear your club name badges to all club events.




Chairman's Report Hello Members. Well what a hectic month it has been with our 50 year celebrations. It must be said that the organising committee did a sterling job and accomplished a very enjoyable weekend for all those that attended. Unfortunately the Car show was rained upon at lunch time and many up and left. I think we should pursue this event in the future in conjunction with other local car clubs and the A&P Assoc at Solway. Our condolences go to the Cheer family with the passing of Bernie last week who had along association with our branch. Our club night on the 5th Nov I will see if we can get some footage of the 50 yr. event for those that did not attend or those that were unable to see the car show. Don't forget to bring an unusual gadget to the club night as well for us to ponder over. The Gold medal motorcycle rally is on the 24th Nov. Have you entered yet?? Have you ordered your copy of our Branch history? Maureen Bull has put together a very good and wonderful hard back book on our "First 50 Years" so don't forget to buy one before they are all sold out in this limited edition one only offer!! Until next time. Chairman Willie


Club Captains Report Well our “BIG EVENT” is all over! A great success despite the awful weather. A big thank you to all who helped with the event, especially the marshals who braved atrocious weather conditions. My little ditty, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” may have inspired some! I was very pleased to have received so many favourable comments after the event. Thanks to all our Sponsors, especially Fagans who provided me with a warm & cosy FORD RANGER to use all weekend. Sure beats my 47 Ford Jailbar for comfort, but can’t match the look! Thanks must go to my co-workers on the 50th Committee for all the hours of work they put into the whole weekend – it will be good to have more free time & Sundays without meetings! Early November 1st – 5th we have the Peter Chisholm Memorial Run, organised by Nev & Beth Taylor. This is followed by our Club night on Monday 5th. Bring a “Shiny Part” to identify & talk about. Hopefully we may have the rally video also. Saturday 24th November is the Gold Medal Motorcycle Rally, so get your entry in for a great event. There were 60 odd entries last year & we could do better this time. Keep Safe! Don’t Worry be Happy! And lets hope President Trump keeps out of Saudi affairs, or petrol could sky rocket. FRANCIS



To all those who helped with the success of the Rally, especially those who stood out in atrocious conditions and expertly recorded times as entrants drove through check points. We had people comment how efficient they were & that there were few delays. Start – Val & Kevin Ball, Doug & Joan Gibbs Solway – Barry & Carolyn Colquhoun, Graeme Sawyer & wife. Barry & Carolyn also “measured” cars on Hughes line. Kibblewhite Rd – Phil & Suzi Haligan, Rod Sutherland & Derek Bamford Mauriceville – Howard & Marion Sims, Heather Sheridan & Ashley. Plus Howard & Marion “ticked you off” on the way through after lunch – in the hail! Eketahuna – John & Sheila Clark & Anne Slater, plus Garry O’Keefe & family (who organised the parking) & Phil Denovan (on lunch table duties). Anne also helped in the rain on Hughes Line. John was also the very efficient “policeman” on duty through Mauriceville who caught you breaking the speed limit! Hugh Hunter helped Francis erect signs around Eketahuna & also with the Hughes line check A special thanks to the 4WD guys who trailed behind each route with trailers to help with “problems” A huge thanks also to the ladies that made & served the morning & afternoon teas, the ladies that supplied the wonderful lunches at Eketahuna & the guys that cooked the sausages Friday night & of course those that cleaned up afterwards. Thanks also to our major sponsor “Fagans” for the Rally Directors vehicle for the weekend. Of course we also need to thank the rest of our 50th Anniversary Committee – Myrna Lane – Secretary, Tony Lane – Finances & Results, Phil Halligan – Sponsorship & Prizes, Val Ball – catering, Simon & Alec O’Hara – advertising & promo10

tional, Willie James & Neville Taylor – Gymkhana & Show Day. Of course they all helped in all other ways besides their specified jobs, so the load was shared. All the entrants deserve a huge thanks too, for supporting this major milestone in our club history. Apologies to anyone we haven’t specifically mentioned, we have been in “overdrive” too long & need more time to recover.............

50TH SUNDAY CAR SHOW What a weekend we had for our 50th Jubilee….rain and hail on Saturday for the rally and a great night at our dinner and prize giving. Sunday started with a frost and a lovely morning. The marshals were at the ready for the influx of vintage vehicles to take up position in the oval at the Masterton A & P Showgrounds and later, to participate in the gymkhana. It was great to see how many took the chance to put their skills to the test and provide a few laughs for the marshals! I take this chance to thank all of those club members controlling the gymkhana and a big thanks to Willie James for organizing all of the events… them for a club event Willie! The gate keepers, parking and direction marshals did an excellent job in sorting out “who goes where.” Next time, a few more gate marshals would be required to cope with the influx of people pouring in but a big thank you to you all for your contribution to ensure all went smoothly. The staff at HQ were busy keeping up with printing, counting the money and generally providing information to the public. Also, a big thanks to Mike Perry for his job as MC. The public display of vehicles was amazing and it was a shame that the rain came before we could assemble all the vehicles in the arena for a photograph to remember the occasion. But, all in all, it was a great day and many thanks to all those who made it happen. Nev Taylor


Rally Results The organising committee would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous contribution to a successful and enjoyable celebration of 50 years of motoring fellowship. Overall Rally Winner Alec O’Hara; Austin 7 Long Route Vintage Class First: Alec O’Hara; Austin 7 Second: Peter Groves; Austin 20 Long Route Post-Vintage Class First: John Blackmore; Hudson Terraplane Second: Michael Taylor; Packard Long Route Post-War Class First: Chris Giles; Daimler Second: Neil Ryder; Vauxhall Velox Long Route Post-60 Class First: Barry Keen; MGB Second: Colin Bell; Holden Premier Long Route Post-80 Class First: Roger White; Mitsubishi Starion Second: John Foot; Nissan Laurel Short Route Veteran Class Winner: John Calleson; Cadillac Short Route Vintage Class First: Tim Johnson; Model A Second: Mike Blundell; Cadillac Short Route Post-Vintage Class Winner: Martin Hutchinson; Plymouth Coupe Short Route Post-War Class Winner: John Jackson; Riley RM Short Route Post-60 Class Winner: Ian Ingram; Hillman Hunter Commercial (Either Long or Short Route) 12

First: Earl Goodin; Chrysler Valiant Second: Doug Curtis; Chevrolet Motorcycle (Either Long or Short Route) First: Peter Bull; Norton Second: Ray Clarey; James Colonel Touring Route Winner: Dave Williams; Plymouth First Lady Driver or Rider (All Routes) First: Mary Buick; Austin 7 Second: Catherine Bannon; BSA Bantam Longest Distance Driven to Attend Rally Bob Ballantyne; Holden Torana Best Dressed Michael & Jane D’Alton; Bentley Hard Luck Award Ian Munro (for a very early breakdown); Norton

50th Anniversary Rally Silent Check and Railway Answers - Did you get all the answers? SHORT ROUTE: Railway lines? 5 silent checks

LONG ROUTE: Railway lines? 5 silent checks

TOURING ROUTE: Railway lines?


50th WEEKEND The 50th Anniversary of the Wairarapa Vintage Car Club kicked off at the club rooms with a mix and mingle at registration on the Friday evening where it was evident that the much hoped for sunny weather for the weekend was not going to be, with fresh snow on the Tararua’s and cold southerlies forecast. Rain greeted participants on Saturday morning at the start of the rally from the clubrooms. There were 3 routes organised by Rally organiser Francis Pointon. A long route, a short route or for those wanting to enjoy the country side, a touring route. Each of these routes zig zagged through the back roads of the Wairarapa and for those keen ones, a bit of straight-line navigation was included. All vehicles arrived in Eketahuna for lunch where the sun made a welcome entrance. It was a wonderful sight to see 100 cars and motorcycles parked up at the lunch stop. After lunch it was a different route taken by all to return to the club rooms for a much welcome cuppa and more food. A great fun rally was had by all – although the “speed camera” and “police check point” caught a few cars unawares. (a clever mock setup!). There were lots of winners on the day, but overall was Alec O’Hara in his Austin 7 ably assisted by Caroline O’Hara (his Aunt) as navigator. Saturday night 200 people enjoyed a celebratory meal at Solway Park, along with speeches from long time members and dignitaries plus the traditional cake cutting. The 50th Anniversary book written by Maureen Bull was also launched. Graeme Gordon accepted the 50-year badge on behalf of Barry Gillum (who was unable to attend due to illness). Mary Buick and Peter Groves were presented with life memberships. It was also good to see the 2 motorcycles; 1904 FN and, 1911 Triumph and 1900 De Dion Bouton on display in the hotel foyer. Sunday started with a stiff frost and clear blue sky for the Car Show. Unfortunately, the blue sky was not to last and the clouds soon rolled over. But not before close to 300 cars had descended on the showgrounds showing their shiny and not so shiny paint jobs. Tim Johnston secured the prize for “People’s Choice” on the day with his much loved and admired version of the Model A Special complete with couch as the back seat. A wonderful display and plenty of “car talk” was partaken. A gymkhana was held for those that wished to enter, of which local member Ryan Dewes was the winner. Because the rain set in, the day ended sooner than expected, bringing the end to a wonderful weekend of events. 14

Above: Graham Hodder's 1914 Saxon leads the charge at the start of Saturday's anniversary rally.

Right: "LIFE OF" just had to be Dave Stewart's 1936 Riley12/4.

Left: Allo, Allo, Allo ... Constable John Clark, complete with home-made radar speed detector, truncheon, flashing lights on his black Daimler, was waiting for the unwary and ungodly. Good competitors got a lollipop.

What did you guess?


Left: Branch chairman Willie James hands Peter Groves his life membership.

Right: A history of the branch was launched at the function. Author Maureen Bull (right) is pictured with friend and assistant Frances Elwin.

Left: Jill Maunsell navigates the little 1929 Austin Swallow around the course while husband Bill drops balls into buckets. 16

Left: The Kennedy’s competing in their 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

Right: Mike Blundell's 1925 Cadillac, with Francis Pointon as Gymkhana navigator.

Left: Tim and Sue Johnston's smokebelching Model A jalopy won hearts and votes in the People's Choice category.


Annual Lake Ferry Excursion 2018 marks the 38th anniversary of the annual Lake Ferry Excursion organised by the Sunbeam Car Club of New Zealand (Wellington). To make sure everyone has this date down early to save conflicts with other events, the Lake Ferry Excursion is always the 2 nd Saturday in December. This year that makes it the 8th of December. As always, we meet at the Fell Museum at 11am for an 11.30 departure from Featherston to Lake Ferry, where we meet to talk over lunch – or some wander across to the Lake Ferry Hotel for a pub meal. Please note that we meet at the big oak tree outside the Fell Museum at 11.20 for a driver’s briefing. 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 club along on the day. We also welcome people who don’t belong to a car club. The day is about driving classic cars and meeting and talking to other enthusiasts – it isn’t about belonging to a car club. The hotel at Lake Ferry have confirmed they will be open and will have food available, or you can bring your own picnic lunch. In the past we have had English, American, Italian and French cars. We have had the Constructors Car Club, Corvette Club, Capri Club, Mustang Club and Early American Clubs as well as other smaller clubs attend. We are also inviting and welcome all car clubs from the Manawatu and Wairarapa. Kind regards Bryan Atkins, convener


VCC National Day - Daffodil Rally for Cancer Perfect weather, generosity and a good cause contributed to the success of our second annual Daffodil Rally for Cancer raising a record $60,000.00! We had great feedback and attendance for the 2017 event and raised $40,000.00 for the Cancer Society. I am delighted that this year we increased the amount raised by 50%, and I am very proud of our Club and our members who were involved. There were over 3000 vehicles either on the road or on display on the day. Twenty-six branches of the VCC were involved this year and all the money raised will stay in their area and be given directly to the local Cancer Society. Many Branches have commented that the response from the general public has been overwhelming, both in attendance and in their generosity. One of the lovely outcomes of this event is the interest generated in the Vintage Car Club, which has resulted in new members. I would like to congratulate and thank those Branches involved in the day for their enthusiasm and effort which has not only benefitted the Cancer Society, but also our Club with the public profile it creates. This day is a wonderful achievement for Branches and members who can be very proud of what they have accomplished. Our National Day has become a special event for the Club, and it can only get bigger and better from here! Pop the date for next year’s Daffodil Rally for Cancer in your diary now‌Sunday 25 August 2019. Diane Quarrie - National President 19

FOR SALE 1923 Dodge 4 Roadster The Late Brian Maunsell’s pride and joy. Possibly listed on Trade Me by the time you read this asking $30,000 for viewing contact Steve 0294891113 (1)

1928 Chev National and 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Owing to recent purchases Francis Pointon has a couple of vehicles for sale 1928 Chev National, & 1930 Ford A Tudor. for details tele 06 3786710 (1)


FOR SALE 1931 Ford Model A Tudor Fully restored, immaculate condition apart from crack in driver's side window, new battery, full WOF and Reg. Goes like a dream but it belonged to my husband and I'm not well up on the technical stuff sorry. A Bit of history - Previous owners bought from Pete's Emporium museum Kerikeri in 2013, and brought up to scratch. Was told it was originally a 2 door Tudor cut down to a pickup in the 1950's. Rego says 1933, presume that was when it was imported to NZ. I am in Featherston, my mob no is 0274210700, if anyone would like to view. Offers over $20,000 please regards Sylvia Lagah (1)

1985 Toyota Celica XX GT 2.8l Always been housed in a garage, immaculate condition, hardly ever driven, serviced and last week registered. mileage - 90,000, sunroof, automatic, overdrive, factory built. Contact :

Susan Vink - mobile 0274 433 275



PARTS DEPARTMENT SALE Vast array of wheels and tyres - looking for a spare or building a trailer, checkout our selection!

FOR SALE Willy’s Whippet 1929 Willy’s Whippet Roadster. Disassembled. Looking for new home. Contact Willie James for details. 372 4890 (3)

Car Club Car Badges Chrome - $25 Brass - $20 See committee Morris Minor Rathkeale College project car no longer wanted, unsure of year. Contact Matt Gaffney on tele 0278436555 or (3)


WANTED Morris Minor parts Rear seat belts to fit a 1957 Morris Minor contact Pat Dutton on tele 0277112735 phone or txt. (3)

Storage Storage for my 1964 Daimler. I’m going to be between homes and need somewhere to store my car temporarily, must be accessible, dry and secure, starting about mid November and continuing for at least a couple of months. Please give me (Robert Notley) a ring on 027 2121091 if you think you can help. (2)

Information Recently I purchased these crankcases from your Spares Team at the Manawatu Swap Meet; I would, if it’s possible like to talk to the Member or Members who supplied these items to your Spares Shed. Cheers Callum Farmer—Horowhenua branch 06 36 47 238 or 021 155 3445


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Buying & selling Property Powers of Attorney Commercial Matters Relationship Property

• Refinancing • Family Trusts • Subdivisions • Estates/Wills

0800 PPTY LAW (0800 778 952) 26

50 YEAR BOOK The 50 year book is now AVAILABLE. It is a hard copy, excellent quality book. Pricing Wairarapa VCC Members $57.50 inc GST Non Wairarapa Members $80 inc GST Plus postage if required Please see Francis Elwin or any of the committee listed in the front of the Zenith

Christmas BBQ at the James residence Sunday December 9th Rally + Christmas Lunch. Subsidised lunch provided $20 per Head Rally—Meet at Farriers 11am. Numbers needed for catering, please contact Social convener or Willie James (see list at front of Zenith). Bring your own Chairs and Grog 27

CONDOLENCES Condolences to Bernie Cheer’s Family. There was a big turnout of branch members in vintage cars for the funeral this week (Tuesday) of Bernie Cheer. Bernie, a long-serving member of the VCC. He and his wife, the late Nathalie, were regular attendees at club events and Bernie, a skilled motor mechanic, spent many hours helping members out with their cars. He made his final journey on the tray of a vintage American truck, something he would have approved of.

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 love to take them off your hands. Pat can be contacted on (06) 379 7918.



WHAT’S ON AROUND THE COUNTRY November 16-18th 2018 NZ national Veteran rally to be held in Nelson. Contact Jim and Kyra Wareing or 9998 February 15-17th 2019 NZ National Motorcycle rally to be held in Blenheim. Entries close on the 30th November. Entry forms can be obtained from Carol Taylor

03 544


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


Wairarapa VCC November 2018  
Wairarapa VCC November 2018