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Newsletter September 2018

COVER PHOTO A Group photo of the 5 cars and drivers that went on a Sunday drive, organised by Francis Pointon. They called it the “Dodgie Run” . Sounds like it was a great run guys, very jealous editor. 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 September Monday 3rd

Club Night. Gaye Pointon as guest speaker Door Beth and Nev Taylor

Sunday 9th

Peter Smith Memorial Rally **Austin Register** see page opposite page

October Monday 1st

Saturday 13th - 14

Club Night 50th Anniversary brief and prep Door Willie James 50th Anniversary weekend ** see page 15 & 16**

November Thursday 1st - 5th

Peter Chisholm Memorial Economy Run **Beth and Neville Taylor** Monday 5th Club Night Saturday 24 Gold Medal Motorcycle Rally **Dave Henwood and Barry Wells** Please note this is now a single day event this year Sunday 25th

Stretched Gymkhana **Paul Furkert**

9th September 2018 Although deemed an ‘Austin Rally’ it is open to ALL VCC members who will be elevated to “Honorary Austineers” for the day 9th September assemble at the South Wairarapa Working Mens Club at 9am for a 10am start at the parking area West street Greytown. Local members please bring a plate for morning tea. Lunches will be either BYO or pre ordered meal as shown on the entry Form on next page. Tea and coffee provided. There will be three categories for the rally: The vintage Austin Register entrants will compete for the Peter Smith Memorial Trophy and there will be prizes for the Flying A and “Honorary Austineers” Please complete the entry form in the previous Zenith and send by post or email before the 2nd of September 2018. 5

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN‌ John Clark and I attended the VCC AGM in Napier on the 4th - 5th August as your delegates. 35 branches were there and the first session started on Friday night with a discussion about the remits for the next days AGM . We were also presented with a report from Greg Terrill about the upcoming 2021 VERO INTERNATIONAL Festival of Historic Motoring to be held on the 17th - 22nd of January that year in New Plymouth and asking all members to support this event. Saturday 9am start for the AGM. and finished at 3.45pm. A long day! The usual Presidents report. Financial Statement and Election of officers all took place. Two remits were put forward about altering the 30 year rules or post 80 category and motion no. 2 won the day with a 88% pass The other remit was to increase national subs by $ 5.00 and this was passed. The rest of the day was taken up listening to the 11 reports being moved and passed namely Secretary/ treasurer's, North and South Island Club captains reports. Beaded Wheels, and the editor wants "Behind the Wheel" story's from car owners to be sent in to him for the magazine. Speed Stewards report about having a special VCC event within the Targa NZ event in discussion with Motor Sport NZ. Will it happen or not remains to be seen. Archives: The VCC has an amazing collection at 12 Aberdeen St, Christchurch . ph 033856850 . Well worth a visit apparently when down there with videos and CDs available to branch secretary's for viewing at club nights. NZ Federation of Motoring clubs (NZFOMC) have been trying to get 12 month WOF for Historic motor vehicles with NZTA BUT TO NO AVAIL AT THE PRESENT TIME. Any thoughts 6

on this matter to be sent to Tony Bartliett. VCC rep on NZFOMA. VCC Registrars report.: All vehicles that are pre 1978 that do not have direction indicators, stop lamps and head lamps should apply for a Lighting Endorsement. Please use the NEW VIC forms available on line and fill in properly as this saves a lot of hassles in head office. ASBESTOS has been banned in Australia so any old vehicles with asbestos brake linings etc. are not allowed into the country so do your home work before sending cars to AUSSIE. Promotion of the VCC. Please use the VCC web site and Facebook pages with your blogs and photos of the Daffodil runs to help our promotion and any other events 250000 people have viewed the site so far, great stuff. On the Sunday we visited 2 car collections: Steve Platt in Coronnua Bay St and Hooters in 27 Wakefield St. in Napier. Well worth a look, followed by morning tea at the new Hawkes Bay clubrooms and also worth visiting especially the spare parts and library. We could learn a lot! Look forward to seeing you all on the DAFFY RUN ON THE 26TH AUGUST CHEERS WILLIE


Club Captains Report Aug 6th Club night saw 31 in attendance for a Quiz night organised by Pat and Barbara, a good fun night enjoyed by all. On Aug 12 I held a Dodgie run which was an excuse to try out the old Dodge but also to run an event restricted to one type of vehicle. We had 5 members participate and one who wanted to come but was unable at the last minute, a very enjoyable day which I will definitely repeat again next year! It is possible we will try this format for the club once the 50th is out of the way, but not at the expense of already scheduled events. Watch this space! Coming Events: Aug 26 Daffodil Run - starting in Martinborough at 10 am Please support this event! Sept Club night - Gaye will be “showing� suitable attire for the 50th She has a couple of young models helping her! Not to be missed. Sept 9 The Austin Register Run starting in Greytown. Don't forget to get your entries in for our 50th Anniversary events. 8

The Stretched Gymkhana. After your Club Captain refused to accept the mountain bike park as a suitable venue, our Chairman Willie has found another venue for this very popular event. We will be checking it out in the next couple of days! More details will be advised ASAP, but be assured the event will go ahead but not at the mountain bike park! Francis





Our Club’s 50th Celebrations are getting closer, and your committee are going ‘all out’ to make the 13th & 14th October a weekend to remember. You will have checked over your cars and sent in your entries, but have you organised your ‘dress up’ gear? For those of you who need a little help or just a few ideas as to what you could wear, I will be going through the decades 1920’s through to the 1970’s showing the original clothing worn. There will be particular emphasis on the late 1960’s as I know many of you will want to dress up for the anniversary dinner. With two attractive young models to help me (yes a male & a female) I hope you will come along and enjoy the evening! 10

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.

50 YEAR BOOK UPDATE The 50 year book is now at the printers and awaiting printing. It will be a hard copy, excellent quality book. Pricing $57.50 + GST per book Plus $10 P & P if you require it to be sent out 11




The branch Honorary Solicitor has asked to be relieved of his duties due to his increasing business commitments. He has done a sterling job especially with the renewal of the club rooms lease and we thank him for his work. SO the club needs a new Honorary Solicitor with great emphasis on the honorary. The job is not arduous. If any member is in a position to either take the job on or knows of a suitable contender for this exalted position please contact: Tony Lane - Phone (06) 377 3064 or E-mail -



What did you guess?




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) 16

Latest Update on Your 50th Anniversary At the date of printing this magazine:    

Rally routes have been planned and checked. Lead Sponsor (FAGAN MOTORS) confirmed. Dinner venue booked at the Copthorne Hotel. Venue (Solway Showgrounds) booked for Car and Motorcycle Show. Food and children’s entertainment booked for the Sunday event.

Important issues outstanding: 

Member’s participation. Volunteers to assist at car show. Interested? Contact Neville Taylor Phone:- (06) 3796040 or Email:-

Closing date for entries is 30th September LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED We need to know the number of participants in the rally and the dinner to finalise the number of rally packs, lunch orders and dinner attendees. Please help your committee make this event memorable and enjoyable for you.

Just a Note: If you only wish to go to the dinner we still need to know. So, complete the entry form showing the number attending and send it in to the committee with payment for dinner only. 17


I was asked recently, as one of the founding members of the Wairarapa Branch, to tell a bit about what the Vintage Car Club had meant to our family over the years. Our three children were very young when we joined (Peter was always keen on cars, and not being allowed to purchase a motor cycle at age 15, he bought a 1935 Austin Seven). Hence the interest in Austin’s began. After marrying and building our new home, we discovered that our neighbour, Graham Gordon, had recently inherited his grandfathers Model T which had been purchased new from Masterton in 1926. The motor needed to be removed so Peter was soon over the fence helping, and so whet his appetite for a vintage car. Jump a few years and we had “Gladys” (our 1928 Austin 16/6) on the road after a complete rebuild and headed off to our first rally – an International Rally with approx. 800 cars, being held in Nelson. Yes, our first proper rally, we had only just got the car finished in time and had only done one trip – Masterton to Riversdale and back, when we set off for the South Island. This wonderful two weeks was very enjoyable and encouraged us to enter rallies all round the North Island over the next few years, usually with three children on board. (See separate article on a child’s point of view) We have seen just about all of the North Island and a lot of the South Island, made many friends and met lots of interesting people, gone to many places not open to general public and had lots of fun on the way. Sadly, Peter passed away at a reasonably young age on the very morning we were due to depart for Hawkes Bay to begin the International Rally being held in Palmerston North. As we had always encouraged our children to drive the old cars once they got 18

their license, they joined me in Palmerston North for the second half of the rally. Then through the association of the Vintage Car Club and the Vintage Machinery Club, I met up again with a friend from our teenage years who was also recently widowed. Our combined interests in things vintage resulted in Alan and I getting married a couple of years later and we had many more trips around NZ and Australia and even the UK for the Austin celebrations. So, I have had many years of dealing with older vehicles and the VCC has been a big part of my life and given me and my family a lot to look back on. My three adult offspring are all still interested today and love driving the old cars (Gladys has bred a bit over the years and invited an Austin Seven, a Seven Sports and a Wolseley into her barn). She had a Matchless 500 as a stable mate for a while, and that took us to Perth some years ago. Mary Buick.

50 Years of V.C.C in the Wairarapa Words by Mary’s Daughter, Sharon.

So, who knew how much our lives were going to be affected by Dad bringing home this old wreck of a car when I was 4. A 1928 Austin 16/6 Burnham saloon. Gladys as she had been called by the farmer that owned her, and then abandoned her to life under a tree, became part of our family. Nothing too impressive from a 4-year olds point of view but Dad seemed pretty excited about it all. I seem to recall that she lived up at the VCC Club rooms in Akura Rd to start with and Dad spent hours up there working on her. Sometimes us kids were allowed to go with Dad, that was probably more about getting one of us out of the house to give Mum a break. A new shed was however built at our house and Gladys came home 19

to live. It took a while for the shed to actually get completely finished and the hours that Dad spent out there in the cold working on her seem unreal now. Then a deadline appeared on the horizon for getting her finished as the 1972 International Rally based in Nelson became a possibility and then a reality so it was all go from then on. I remember the dismantled motor being spread not only around the shed but around the house as well, every part tagged and labelled so no errors putting things back in the wrong hole. Apple crates on the chassis meant we at least got a ride around the backyard once the motor was back together. Next was the exciting stuff, painting and upholstery. Dad had an original sales brochure that showed Austin’s could indeed be nice bright colours, she didn’t have to be 3 shades of crappy brown anymore. Bright scarlet it was for our old girl, with black guards and roof of course to keep it seemly. The upholsterer Dad wanted to use was too busy to get the job done in time for this rally so Mum got a quick lesson and lo and behold my grandmothers old treadle machine got dusted off and Mum and Dad together did a great job of replacing the worn-out leather. Dad was still doing finishing touches the night before they left for that rally but I’m sure he wasn’t the only one! There was always a friendly rivalry between Dad and Graham – Austin's versus Fords, thanks Graham for being the trigger for Dad getting the bug. Years later my youngest daughter had made a new friend at school and wanted to go to play. The usual interrogation of the child followed so that I knew who she was wanting to play with – “What’s her name?” “Chelsea” “Chelsea who?” “Bull” – “all good then” I said. She looked at me surprised, “I’ve known her Dad since we were little kids from VCC days.” I also 20

ended up working with Peter in an engineering workshop at about the same time. The girls are still best friends. Roy Elwin’s grandson, James, is now part of my daily work life at Breadcraft and the car genes have well and truly been passed on there too. I have met some real characters along the way and some lifelong friends made through Mum and Dads involvement in the VCC. Congratulations on achieving 50 years. That’s awesome. Sharon Wolstenholme (nee Smith)

50th REGISTRATION The Wairarapa VCC 50th Anniversary is a milestone. Don’t miss out on the celebrations, rally and good times. Support your club…..

GET YOUR REGISTRATION IN NOW!! Entry forms have been included as an extra with this magazine or available online at 21

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.

THANK YOU A BIG thank you to Ann Slater for her donation of assorted books and some china mugs to the club.

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



A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HBVCC TO OWNERS OF 100 YEARS PLUS OLD VETERAN CARS Come to Napier and join the HBVCC for Art Deco Weekend 2019 from February 14th -17th. Kindly sponsored again this year by Euro City Ltd Following the great response from the public to the 23 veterans we had in 2018 we again want to show them what the earliest cars look like, how they perform and where it all started from. We already have several early commitments including ADW first timers : a 1915 Locomobile, 1918 Twin Six Packard , Veteran Renault For 2019 the annual rally is again on Friday and we plan to have a 3 or 4 hour run plus a picnic lunch at an historic Hawkes Bay homestead. If there is sufficient demand there will be a special rally route for the early veterans (plotted by local veteran owners) to get you to the picnic on time. There will be a special prize draw ($250 of petrol vouchers) made from just the 100 year or older cars entered in the 2019 rally event. Come and join the other 180 plus club eligible vehicles we expect to enter the 2019 Event. Go to the HBVCC website for an Entry Form. ( Entry forms for 2019 will be available from 20th August 2018. Accommodation in Napier is already filling up for Art Deco Weekend so book now to avoid disappointment. We suggest you plan to arrive in Napier on Thursday 14 th so you can attend our Valentine’s Dinner at the Clubrooms that evening. Prizes for the best dressed couples this year. Contacts: STEVE TROTT STEVE DONOVAN


See last months Zenith for an entry form or see what’s on around the country column for contact details



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 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 (3)

Willy’s Whippet 1929 Willy’s Whippet Roadster. Disassembled. Looking for new home. Contact Willie James for details. 372 4890 (1)

WANTED Morris Minor parts Rear seat belts to fit a 1957 Morris Minor contact Pat Dutton on tele 0277112735 phone or txt. (1)

Parts department specials this month: Grills for following: Standard 8 or 10, Worsley, Austin Big 7, Austin A30, Singer Gazelle, Morris Minor (1930-33), Austin 8, Ford Prefect, Vauxhall (approx. 1934), Morris Minor 1950. Bonnet for Morris Minor 1952 Chev boot lid 1935 Chev door. 28

FOR SALE Morris Minor Rathkeale College project car no longer wanted, unsure of year. Contact Matt Gaffney on tele 0278436555 or (1)

WHAT’S ON AROUND THE COUNTRY September 15th 2018 Manawatu Branch Vintage Rally. See last issue of the Zenith for entry form. Or Dave & Esther Williams Ph (06) 358 5155 : Email : 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

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


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