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PHOENIX NEWSLETTER OF THE WAITEMATA BRANCH VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND NUMBER 267

CHAIRMAN: CLUB CAPTAIN: 1st OFFICER: SECRETARY: TREASURER: BRANCH DELEGATE: EDITOR: COMMITTEE:

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DI HUMPHREYS 021 025 75624 smartchick@ihug.co.nz HAMISH ANDREW 027 296 9665 h.andrew@orcon.net.nz STAN SMITH 0274 775 475 vintageaircraft@xtra.co.nz VIV SCOTT 021 837 402 robandviv06@yahoo.co.nz JOHN GAIRDNER 09 480 4414 GRAEME BANKS 027 500 3806 graban@ihug.co.nz KEVIN BEESLEY 021 765 860 k.m.beesley@orcon.net.nz MIKE HOPE-CROSS, MAX JAMIESON, BRENDAN LAMAIN and MIKE GREIG.

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COMING EVENTS Looking Forward………

Month

Waitemata

AUGUST

Beaded Wheels & Braced Wings VCC National Day 20 or 27 Ryder’s Junction Dinner & Movie 24 Monte Carlo 29

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

Other Events

NOVEMBER

Club Night 50 yr Awards 2 Chelsea W.A.L.S.H. 5

DECEMBER

N.S. Aerodrome Time Trial and Formal Dinner 16

JANUARY FERUARY

MARCH APRIL

Swap Meets

VCC National Day 27

Kairangi Hill Climb 3

Waimate Branch Swap Meet 2

Hooters Ice Breaker HD. 1 Hunua 100 Rally Auck. Branch 21-22

Canterbury Branch Swap Meet 6-8 Manawatu Branch Swap Meet 7 Waikato Br. Swap Meet 19

Hawke’s Bay Safari 20-22 Auck. Branch m/c rally and swap meet 17-19 Maungaturoto Primary School Car & Bike Show 26

Hooters Tasman Revival Taupo. 7 Lochinver - tba

Western Springs Galaxy of Cars 18 Ellerslie Intermarque Concours – tba Hooters Legends of Speed Puke. 25

Hooters ‘Roycroft Trophy Meet’ 18 Hope-Cross Mud Pug - tba

MAY

Drive & Dine - tba

JUNE

AGM 7

UP NEXT…

Club Night 8.00 p.m. Thursday 3rd AUGUST 2017 You know the drill. Usual place, the RSA Room, King George Coronation Hall, Library Lane, Albany.

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BEADED WHEELS AND BRACED WINGS The Waitemata Branch event marking VCC National Day. Because it is weather dependent we have two dates for this. It will be on either SUNDAY 20 AUGUST, or SUNDAY 27 AUGUST

depending on how the weather is shaping up. The date will be confirmed to you as a soon as possible. Meet at our Albany clubroom carpark 9.30 a.m. for 10.00 a.m. departure to Kaipara Flats Airfield, Kaipara Flats Road, near Warkworth. There will be a range of exciting aircraft on hand for our delight and edification. Flights in antique planes will be available and a BBQ lunch will be provided. Costs will include a donation to a very good cause - Daffodil Day - fund raising for the National Cancer Society. Everyone is welcome – more the merrier. Old cars preferred but

anything will do. Just be there. Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your Grandparents - bring all your friends – both of them! BUT… we need to know numbers to arrange for the catering, etc. Please call STAN SMITH now to confirm your attendance – either 0274 775475 or 0942 63735

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RYDERS DRIVE DINE & MOVIE

Sunday September 24th Every Woman’s Sunday Night Dream Roast Dinner prepared and cooked by someone other than you!!

6pm Dinner - 7pm Movie Meet at RYDER’S of AVONDALE 177 Riversdale Road Avondale BYO Pre-dinner Nibbles & Tipple & vessel $30pp Roast dinner - Ice-cream $3pp No eftpos or visa. Bring Cash.

We need you to help make this event a success

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CHELSEA W.A.L.S.H. HILL CLIMB Sunday 5th November 2017 9am – 3pm NO Rain Day Chelsea W.A.L.S.H. Hill Climb is open to all VCC eligible vehicles pre-1945 & up to Pre-1960 with prior consultation with the Waitemata Branch Committee.

ENTRY FORMS etc. are available in this issue of PHOENIX & NEED TO BE WITH Secretary VIV SCOTT 200A Greenhithe Road, Greenhithe, Auckland 0632

by 2nd November 2017 Scrutineering will be held at Mac’s Garage (4E Ashfield Street, Glenfield) Saturday 4th November 2017 from 9am till 1pm. This service will be carried out by Ryan McDonald & Kevin Andrew. Scrutineering at the venue is ONLY AVAILABLE to OUT OF TOWN ENTRANTS by appointment with the above scrutineers. Please make arrangements with Ryan McDonald (09 4433733 wk.) / Kevin Andrew (0274989454 wk.)

MARSHALS are REQUIRED can YOU help?? please contact Di Humphreys 09 4460916 smartchick@ihug.co.nz The event will NOT happen unless we have some VCC members as Marshals

All Marshals MUST be at MARSHAL BRIEFING in Pit area @ 8.30am ALL DRIVERS are REQUIRED to ATTEND DRIVERS’ BRIEFING @ 8.45am.

(If you are not at Drivers’ Briefing you cannot enter the event.) The after-event BBQ will be available for Entrants, Marshals, Radio team. IF others wish to partake of the BBQ they must pay $5pp and they must let Di/Keith Humphreys (09 4460916) know for catering purposes before 2 nd November 2017

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AUCKLAND BRANCH MID-WEEK RUN Wednesday 16th August 2017. Starts from The Drury Service Centre, Southern Motorway. 10-00am for a 10-30am departure. Barry Birchall is taking us on a run to visit a member’s magnificent home, motor-house and outstanding collection of cars and automobilia. BYO lunch, cuppa etc will be provided. An opportunity not to be missed!

The Dewdrops tel. 09 232 0245 email dewdrops@xtra.co.nz

And not to be overlooked… The Hooters Vintage Race Series – 2017/18 Season Calendar Date

Event

Location

16th July 2017 3rd September 2017 30th September 2017 1st October 2017 5th November 2017 10th – 12th November 26th November 2017 6th January 2018 7th January 2018 24th February 2018 25th February 2018 17th March 18th March 2018

Clubsport Licence Day Hill Climb Classic Trial Hooters Race - Icebreaker Chelsea WALSH Hill Climb MG Classic Race Meeting Race Meeting Classic Trial Hooters Race – Tasman Revival Classic Trial Hooters Race – Legends of Speed Classic Trial Hooters Race (Roycroft Revival?)

Hampton Downs Cambridge Hampton Downs Hampton Downs Auckland Manfeild Hampton Downs Club Circuit Taupo Taupo Pukekohe Pukekohe Hampton Downs Hampton Downs

Organising Club HRC Waikato VCC HRC HRC/VCC Waitemata VCC MG Car Club HSCC HRC HRC/VCC HRC HRC/VCC HRC HRC/VCC

There is also the option of having a further VCC Race at Taupo on 7/8 April if competitors wish…. Please let me know your thoughts and I look forward to seeing you all soon. Best regards, Tim Hill. Series Co-ordinator tim@hrcevents.co.nz 021 614600

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PAST EVENTS Looking Back…. The 2017 R’Oil Can. 8 July. Robert and Joan Chapman’s R’Oil Can proved that, despite the best efforts of our Mayor and Corporation you still don’t have to go far north of Auckland to find the rural road less travelled. We gathered at Dairy Flat Caltex Station in the faint light of early The Bren/Stuart A7 all bright and shiny at the start morning and just before departure the rising sun was obliterated by pitch black clouds, then, a down pour of rain. This set the tone for the day – brilliant sunshine one minute, a short, sharp dump of rain the next. Which made for some interesting motoring, particularly early on, with sun strike on rain streaked windscreens, ‘flash’ misting of the glass in front of you and fog in the valleys. Wonderfully picturesque, but not helpful in terms of trying to spot and avoid the potholes, of which there were many. In discussion with Graham Banks at the start he mentioned that ‘Rainex’ was more useless than useful in misty conditions; and he was right. Heading north west from the start, it was not long before we struck the gravel that made up the majority of the road surface for the rest of the day. The seventy-nine-mile morning section took us The Winner, but he doesn’t know it yet. Barry at the start up through Kaipara Flats, around Mangawhai and back across to Maungaturoto School for a very welcome, and very generous, morning tea put on by the school committee. Then on for the seventy-one-mile second stage more or less up through the centre of the island, around Taipuha, Waikiekie, Taurarua, Whatitiri and Titoki, finishing at Pipiwai School for lunch. And what a lunch! The small

Pipiwai settlement really turned it on for us. Not sure what they expected or our appetites but there was enough for our group and the entire community. If you were a bit peckish after the soup, savouries, stew, curry, rice, assorted salads and what-not you may have wished to try the

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assortment of best quality cheeses, olives, sun dried tomatoes and crackers, or the cakes and other sweets laid temptingly out on the side tables. The heaviest downpour of rain for the day descended on us just as lunch commenced and would have caught out those who came in late. Whilst the mighty lunch played havoc with post repast power to weight ratios, it offered something of a benefit in helping keep the rear wheels on the ground over the lengthy section of cut up, pot-holed and corrugated byway thereafter. Pipiwai Road through to Towai was rough! Maybe they have been logging up that way, certainly the rain we have been enjoying all winter wouldn’t have helped, but it is well past time they ran a grader over it.

Onwards, then, over the last sixtythree miles around Ruapekapeka, a more pleasant stretch of road, Kawakawa and Waihaha to Russel, our eventual destination and end of the run. Twenty-seven entrants, a goodly number, made it to the start (or joined us a little further north) but only twenty-six actually started, as the Winterbottom 16.9 Sunbeam suffered an Gwen Jones tending to the Railton Terraplane internal derangement getting there and had to be declared hors de combat on arrival. Together with Tracey, Kate, Stephen and Ryan Winterbottom it was also pleasing to welcome other familiar F.O.B’s John Stokes, 1930

Whippet 96A, and David Adams with Marcus Ling in 1932 Sunbeam 20 Drophead, it being David’s first (but surely not last) R’Oil Can experience. Plus, of course, all the way from the B.O.P., Kaaren and Jim Smylie, 1930 Model A Roadster (Kaaren is now Northern Region Club Captain, so hopefully we may be seeing more of her and Jim) and Gwen and Alistair Jones, 1934 Railton Terraplane Light Sport. Branch members particularly worthy of a mention include the three generation Team Jamieson who fielded two vehicles with Max and granddaughter Saskia in 1925 DI Delage and son Dean with grandson

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Caden in the MGB. And, of course, first time participants Gilly and Stan Smith in their recently acquired Sunbeam 16.9. After the event Gilly recounted to us how, as part of Stan’s efforts to get her on side with the 16.9 acquisition he had beguiled her with promises of relaxing jaunts to picturesque places on sunny afternoons, delightful picnics along the by-ways, coasting through the village, warm wind in the hair,

Lunch at Pipiwai School

waving casually to the admiring populace. Then came the R’Oil Can. It must be said she took the belting rain, bone-jarring roads, creeping cold and splashing mud all in her stride and told us this tale in great good humour. The Duke of Marlborough in Russell put on an excellent meal - wine and beer included, then… time to announce the winner – Barry and Heather Howard! How fitting. Barry is a founder-member of the Branch, so, high time his number came up. It was, in fact, an interesting tour for the Howard team as the Triumph 14/60 experienced fuel feed problems throughout the day, sometimes running only as far as a carburettor bowl full would allow before having to stop and be fiddled with again. Nevertheless, in true Branch style they made it to the end in reasonable time. As did everybody else; mud splattered, damp, all with tales of near misses and disasters narrowly averted by sheer skill and determination – some of which may even be partly true. For a real appreciation of this event, take a look at this link: https://www.facebook.com/AVVCC/videos/1365591846892918/ on the AVVCC Facebook page, (Vintage, Veteran and Classic Vehicles @AVVCC). It’s a short and rather professional R’Oil Can video put together by Kate Winterbottom from her Go Pro. Thank you, Robert and Joan for a R’Oil Can that worthily up-held the grand traditions of this, our premiere Branch Event. Congratulations Barry and Heather and good luck with setting it up for us next year. KB. Thanks to Keith, Jacqui and Marcus for the photos.

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Wack me in the ear one more time with that scarf, Sunshine, and you’re dog tucker…

“Well of course, I was doing about 90 m.p.h at the time..”

“Yeah, Nah, he’s never going to fit into that parking spot”.

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Marlon Brando chats up Marilyn Munroe whilst Dean Martin watches on.

Sunday morning sunrise over Kororareka. Then the drive home.

The Kumeu Shed Raid. 30 July. The date of this event and the deadline required for publishing means we will have to hold off reporting on it until next month. Something to look forward to….

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FROM THE THRONE Di H. John Gairdner has finally left hospital. He is now staying at daughter Annette’s home in Birkenhead. He is in good spirits but would be delighted to receive some visitors. Call John on 09 4803990…he’ll be delighted to hear from you. The Weather couldn’t have been better for our recent R’Oil Can…..hahaha. We didn’t pack the car until Saturday morning as we couldn’t decide which car we were going to go in. The Daimler Dart has a hood for coming home in reasonable comfort Sunday whereas the A has no hood so no comfort either day. At 5am Saturday the sky looked… mmmmmm… reasonable, P a g e | 11


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the occasional star could be seen, so the A was packed. As dawn approached we were pretty happy with our decision, the clock ticked around to 7am, the entrants were all wrapped up and ready to start just as the heavens opened!!! and that was to be the format of the day. Black clouds kept rolling in behind patches of blue sky. The Northland roads are in a most appalling state, and we believe we did the day motoring 99.9% of the time on loose metal roads…. it’s obvious that no Government money gets spent in the north!! By day’s end we were happy to walk into a posh suite at the Duke of And the winners are Barry & Heather Howard!! Marlborough in Russell. Since our stay there a few years ago, money has been spent and the rooms were looking pretty good but renovations were on going and shortly the Hotel will close again for yet more refurbishment. During dinner Rob was looking to hold the Prizegiving but we needed to drag the punters back from the TV and the All Black/Lions game which appeared to be a tight exciting game. The formal part of the evening was short with the happy winning team of Barry & Heather Howard taking away the ‘Can’ with the promise of another great Rally next winter. The Hard Luck Trophy went to the FOB Winterbottom family who arrived on the start line with a very sick Sunbeam that got locked away in the Stokes’ garage and the family got split up for the day. Stephen & Tracey were given John Stokes’ Ryan Winterbottom accepting the Hard Luck modern which had all the windows Trophy from ‘Can’ organiser Rob Chapman. open throughout the duration of the event. Son Ryan was given the navigational position in the Stokes Whippet and daughter Kate got to ride in the rear seat of the Beesley Talbot. Sunday saw as many mud covered cars as possible line up in front of the Hotel for a photograph. Organisers Rob & Joan Chapman with Tail-end Charlie Don & Anne Suckling share the table with Simpson & Beesley teams. Photos: KSH

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members & FOB’s to join them in their annual Race Meeting which has, up until now, been held in early December at the Taupo Circuit. The format as well as the venue has changed. We hope the enticement as a one-day event being held closer to home will be so powerful we will gather together a great number of entrants who want to come out to play. As usual we will run under a VCC Permit with our own scrutineer, COC and Speed Steward. So…you have plenty of time between now and the 26th November to check the brakes, check the oil, fill the radiator, find your helmet and overalls and fill in the entry form that will be coming out in PHOENIX shortly.

Di Humphreys & Leslie Bradley outside the Duke of Marlborough Hotel Sunday morning. From a distance neither the Humphreys’ Model A nor the V. Beesley Hotchkiss look too much the worse for wear after a wet, muddy and cold Saturday of R’Oil Can motoring.

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FROM THE ED. An edition largely devoted to the R’Oil Can this month and rightly so, given its standing as our premiere event. Yes, there is Chelsea, but, in Branch terms, the R’Oil Can came first and is of broader appeal, as evidenced by the nature of the vehicles it attracts. As fine an array of vintage machinery as you are likely to see at any event in N.Z.; an array that serves to emphasise the reason we were formed in the first place – to campaign cars of quality, distinction and sporting pretensions in an adventurous and sporting manner. It can probably also lay claim to being the premiere Sunbeam event in the country. There were four entrants of that make this year and at least one more that would have been there but for other obligations of its owners. Long may it continue! Mention is made in the R’Oil Can account above as to our not having to travel far out of Auckland to find the roads less travelled and, as those who attended will attest, R’Oil Can participants encountered little other traffic throughout the course of the event. (Ignoring, of course, the trip home down SH1 which, for most of us, was the expedient route to take, despite its unpleasant

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congestion.) To motor for miles with no other vehicle in sight, to view the passing farmland and bush with nary a person to be seen, how exhilarating! What freedom! How uncluttered. How different to so much of the rest of the world. How quintessentially New Zealand. How unsettling to note, therefore, the comments of various economists and others from time to time, put forward as an accusation, as a problem or a fault that needs be rectified, that we are a “very sparsely populated country” with an average of only 17 people per square kilometre, compared with the OECD average of around 33. How sad. How misguided. Our comparatively sparse population makes us what we are, makes our small and vulnerable country what it is. Long may it continue. It is an objective to be strived for, not a ‘problem’ to be overcome. Just by the way, you may have noticed the new front page format this month - an attempt to make us a little more distinctive on the digital newsstand.

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JUST SO WE KNOW WHO WE ARE... In keeping with the variability striven for in this column, herewith a photo reportage this month of the most stunning A7 Special ever! Yes, we’re talking about…

ROBERT McNAIR’S A7 SPECIAL

Robert’s A7 was a work of art – jewel like in its detail and quality of finish. And it went very well! Thanks to Keith Humphreys for these shots, taken back around 1997, a picture being worth what it is…

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We should never have let this gem get away. Who knows but that Robert may favour us in future with an account of this vehicle and its build.

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FOR SALE…. Embroidered Branch Badges…………………………………………..$10 each. Great quality and feel the width! Contact our worthy Secretary, Viv Scott for yours:

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OTHER NEWS……. In keeping with the R’Oil Can theme this month, here’s a tale in respect of a R’Oil Can of long ago – the one organised by Tony Gairdner back in 1984, the third one of record as according to the Ol’ Can itself.

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT… In fact, it was a bloody awful weekend all round, weather-wise. The rain came down in buckets, it was cold and the winds blew at gale force most of the time. Tony’s R’Oil Can ended at Whitianga and the last section of his route took us up the western side of the Coromandel peninsular, crossing over to the east at Coromandel township, then down to our eventual Saturday night destination. After an already long day we battled wearily up the Thames-Coromandel coast late on that gloomy afternoon, trying to beat the gathering darkness, buffeted by the wind and blinded by the rain. We traversed the Peninsular by what was, back then, a pretty notorious stretch of road, then scuttled on down to Whitianga, grateful to have finally made it, grateful for a chance to warm up, dry out, enjoy a tipple and ease the body into a chair more comfortable than a wet car seat. Entrants staggered in from about 4.30 p.m. onwards and most had arrived by 5.30, but there were a few stragglers. Where, for instance, was Vaughan Beesley, who, together with his partner Lyn was traveling in his 1924 4C Ansaldo? 6.00 p.m. came and went, pitch Vaughan and 4C Ansaldo, back in the day… almost. dark by now, the storm in Converted to well-base rims by the time of this photo. full flight and still no sign of Vaughan. About the time we were getting seriously concerned, in came Vaughan, looking a whole lot damper, bedraggled and dishevelled than anyone else. It turned out that as he was pressing on up the Coromandel coast his lefthand rear beaded edge tyre blew off, bowled past him on the inside, bounced over the low seawall and disappeared into the tide. With rear wheel brakes only, the Ansldo’s retardation was never startling and, lacking the benefit of one rear tyre it took Vaughan some distance to pull up. He ran back up the road to see his tyre, complete with tube still tucked neatly inside it, bobbing about in the choppy seas, slowly but surely being edged ever further off shore by the action of wind and water. Now, beaded edge tyres weren’t cheap so Vaughan decided nothing

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for it but to wade out in a recovery operation. This proved easier said than done. It was getting dark, the sea was rough, the water bitterly cold, the bottom was rocky and uneven and his wet weather motoring gear weighed heavily once it was sodden. The tyre kept drifting further out, his partner grew concerned for his safety. He was in water well over his waist by the time he was finally able to grab the tyre and drag it back to shore. Back on dry land Vaughan dried off as best he could, replaced his bald wheel with the spare, tied on the wayward tyre and continued to the finish. No one enjoyed a strong tipple on arrival more than he did. KB.

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DESPATCHES…. If you aren’t mentioned in despatches it means you aren’t telling the Editor what you are up to. ➢

Thanks to Alistair and Gwen Jones for this account of their trip home from the R’Oil Can. Keith Humphreys notes that the Railton is famous for the torque of its straight eight engine and one can imagine that Alistair was able to keep gear-changes to a minimum heading homeward. “Greetings Kevin,

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Once again Waitemata has turned on a fantastic weekend despite the vagaries of the weather gods, and we went to places unheard of and way off our usual tracks. We had an eventful trip home starting with the ferry crossing. We parked up on the starboard side at the bow and the deckhand beckoned us further forward, but to no avail because the gear-lever remote went as limp as a windsock on a frosty South Island morning. Handy Humphrey was beside us and confirmed my thought that we were in deep doodoo, and I could see many trips stranded on the ferry with multiple $12.50 bills stacking up. However,

with some clever thinking, he produced a good pair of vice-grips and they were attached to the very short stub protruding out of the gearbox top. Terry Roycroft noted they would give a very direct change with no lost motion; indeed they did. We survived the various traffic-lights with head and arm well under the dashboard. No more problems until descending the Kaimais on the home side and there was a very regular thudding. We couldn't find the cause, so proceeded at a reduced pace to home. The attached photos tell an interesting tale and offer an explanation. Cheers, Alastair and Gwen thank you all for great comradeship.”

A rare glimpse of the wild world of motoring - apex predator Sunbeam snaffles Bug! Terry Roycroft enjoyed a right R’Oil “off” en route, in front of Team Goldingham who then came to the rescue

to pull him out. Jacqui noted it’s the second time she has come close to having a bug in the radiator. Terry once spun out in front of her at Hampton Downs. ➢ In relation to comments made in last month’s ‘Phoenix’ by our Fearless Lady Leader, Keith writes:

“Hi team, … Also, another error courtesy of your lovely chairperson and my better half, it took 5 years, not 10 years to construct the Model A Special, which has now been on the road 18 months. The photo of the buck was taken in July 2013 and the purchase of the original running gear for the car was in 2010 when the Lancia was off the road waiting for a new crankshaft to be made. Keith” P a g e | 18


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Speaking of Keith, we have aired this picture before but thanks to him for the following: It would appear that Louie McNair did rather well at this year's Omaka Airshow in the aircraft he restored himself!

Back to the R’Oil Can. Those in smaller, low flying models would have done it hard over the rough roads. Special mention should be made of the fortitude shown by those hardy Buckler Ladies Dawn Brayshaw and Megan Laing. And, of course the Bren/Stuart and the Louis McNair A7 teams. Mind you, both Bucklers were amongst the first vehicles to arrive at each destination and the Bren/Stuart team tried to convince themselves out of their discomfort by entering their A7 as an “Iso Fraschini”.

Great to have Leslie Bradley out with us on the R’Oil Can, in the1962 Triumph TR4 her brother Ian, our ex-Chairman, put so much effort into restoring. Brendan Lamain piloted the Triumph. Judging by the smile on his face, it performed well and apart from a little tyre trouble was none the worse for wear as a result of a thoroughly good airing.

The Federation of Motoring Clubs (FOMC) July/August edition of their newsletter ‘WheelTorque’ contained the following snippet. There is opportunity as well as difficulty to be had here… “Amongst the compliance issues raised was the current process required to re-register a vehicle that has previously been registered in New Zealand but evidence of this has been lost. This is partly due to the action of Motor Vehicle Register in 1996 destroying old non-active registration details, thereby removing the evidence of previously registered vehicles. So it is now almost impossible without original registration papers, a number plate or WoF details to put a vehicle back on the road. Both the NZTA and MTA representatives made notes about the difficulties encountered by owners seeking to have a deregistered NZ vehicle reinstated when there was no paper trail of recent registration. The FOMC plans to raise this matter with NZTA and the Minister of Transport following the gathering of suitable material to support our claims.”

A couple of offerings from Ian Goldingham:

“Hi folks, you may like to look at this clip? https://www.facebook.com/KaiWahoExperience/videos/10154887000849188/ Cheers Goldie”

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And this 1935 advertisement. Perhaps the Public Works Department, Northern Region, should have paid more attention.

In our calendar of events on page 2 you will notice an entry for the Maungaturoto Primary School’s Car and Bike Show, set for 26 November 10.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. Make an effort to go along. They did us proud with their effort in providing us morning tea on the R’Oil Can. Let’s do our best to return the favour.

Belting along the R’Oil Can route the Simpson 20.9 Sunbeam fell unexpectedly out of tune. It coughed and spluttered a bit and then let rip with a mighty back fire that engulfed the following vehicle (Roycroft Bugatti) in a vast cloud of soot, then stopped dead. Eddie and Shelley found that the rough roads had dislodged their battery terminal which was flailing around making intermittent contact.

REMEMBER TO VOTE IN RELATION TO 2017 VCC NOTICES OF MOTION 1 AND 2!

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THE SQUEAKY WHEEL… Again, not enough space this month. Full house.

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PHOENIX The OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER of THE WAITEMATA BRANCH of the VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF N.Z. INC. 200A Greenhithe Road, Greenhithe, Auckland 0632

CLUB NIGHT THURSDAY 3rd August 8.00 p.m. at the RSA Room, King George Coronation Hall, Library Lane, Albany. Take Exit 410 Oteha Valley Road. Travel west along Oteha Valley Road, ahead through 2 roundabouts and straight ahead at Traffic Lights into Albany Highway then almost immediately RIGHT into Library Lane then very soon go right again into the parking area. The RSA Room is at the rear.

1923. Looking south from Bath street along Vauxhall Road, Devonport taken from where Bath Street accesses Cheltenham beach at its northern end. The now non-existent Mount Cambria can be seen in front of and to the left of Mount Victoria. What make is the vehicle, possibly on Sankey wheels? Keith H supplied the photo and his gut feeling is AC.

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PHOENIX Number 267

AUGUST 2017

CHELSEA W.A.L.S.H. HILLCLIMB SUNDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2017 No Rain Day

ENTRY FEE $45

Please complete this entry form and forward to: Waitemata Branch Secretary: Viv Scott, 200A Greenhithe Road, Greenhithe, Auckland 0632

Payment can be made by (tick) Cheque ⃝ Cash ⃝ Direct Credit ⃝ (ref. Chelsea & Entrant Surname) Account: Vintage Car Club ANZ Bank 01 0121 0121976 00

DRIVER/ENTRANT DETAILS Driver Name: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Address: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Phone: ……………………………… Mobile: …………................... Email: ……………………………………………. VCC Branch: ………………………………………………… Membership Number: ……………………………………………………………. Civil Driver Lic. Number: ……………………………… VCC Competition lic. Number: ……………………………………………….. VCC Vehicle ID Card: ……………………………………. Vehicle Registration Number: ……………………………………………….. W.O.F Expiry Date: …………………………………………………. Entrant Full Name (if same as driver write “same”): ………………………………………………………………………………………. Entrant Address: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Make of Vehicle: ……………………………………… Model: ……………………………………………………………………………………… Year of Manufacture: ……………………………… Colour: ……………………………………………………………………………………… CC Capacity: ……………………………………………… Fuel: ………………………………………………………………………………………….. List of Non-original Features: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… If your vehicle has a permanent competition number please state otherwise a number will be issued on the day………… Chelsea Organising Committee look forward to your participation in this prestigious annual Waitemata Branch event

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PHOENIX Number 267

CHELSEA W.A.L.S.H.

AUGUST 2017

HILLCLIMB

SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS These SR’s are to be read in conjunction with the current Vintage Car Club Speed Event Regulations dated 24/10/2014 Section 23 The organiser reserves the right to refuse any entry without necessarily giving a reason, notwithstanding having invited that entry. The organiser also reserves the right to issue additional Supplementary Regulations, or cancel the event. Dual drivers will be permitted to enter the same vehicle, and must complete separate entry forms, and will compete running alternately. Every vehicle must be scrutineered prior to competing. Scrutineering will be from 9.00am - 1.00pm Saturday 4th November at MACS GARAGE, 4E ASHFIELD ROAD, GLENFIELD. By Ryan McDonald & Kevin Andrew : Ph 443 3733. For ‘out of town’ entrants (south beyond Pukekohe…north beyond Warkworth) who are unable to make Saturdays scrutineering, there will be the opportunity on Sunday morning to be scrutineered by appointment only. Phone Ryan 09 443 3733 or Kevin Andrew 0274989454. Rechecks on specific items only will also be available at the venue. VEHICLE IDENTITY CARD/NZ HISTORIC RACING LICENCE/CURRENT VCC MEMBERSHIP CARD/LOGBOOK MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE SCRUTINEER. Also bring the FILLED IN VEHICLE SAFETY STATEMENT & INDEMNITY FORM (following 2 pages) DRIVERS BRIEFING: will take place in car-park Pit Area at 8.45am. ALL DRIVERS MUST ATTEND. Practice will commence immediately after, followed by timed runs. NO LUNCH BREAK: The event will finish with a BBQ and Prize-giving in the Pit car-park at approximately 3pm. DRIVERS EQUIPMENT: Drivers are reminded of the dangers of wearing loose or inflammable clothing (i.e. most synthetics) The wearing of overalls is COMPULSARY. One piece cotton work overalls are acceptable as a MINIMUM STANDARD. All single seat vehicle drivers shall be required to wear one piece fire retardant racing overalls. Motorcyclists shall be required to wear leather gloves and stout boots. Full leathers are strongly recommended. All motorcyclists and drivers of open cars must wear safety goggles or a helmet visor. Crash helmets are compulsory for all speed events. The helmet must be in good condition and meet the following requirements: NZS5340: Australia AS1698: Britain BS6658-85 type A (blue label): Snell Foundation : Snell SA90, (Homologation number beginning 02,03,04 followed by production number)

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PHOENIX Number 267

AUGUST 2017

THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND (Inc.) OWNER / ENTRANT VEHICLE SAFETY STATEMENT EVENT : CHELSEA HILLCLIMB

DATE : Sunday 5th Nov. 2017

ENTRANT/DRIVER ____________________ ENTRY NO _________________ MAKE & MODEL ______________________ YEAR ______________________ VCC ID NUMBER______________________ PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS FORM BEFORE SIGNING Entrants bear full responsibility for the safety of their vehicles. You are required as a condition of entry to check each item below and to indicate that it is of sufficiently sound condition and operation to be safe for use in the event in which it is intended to participate. You must then sign this form to indicate that you accept full and total responsibility for the vehicle condition and operation and that you fully indemnify the organisers from any claim arising from the operation of the vehicle or from the failure of any part of the vehicle. The acceptance of or admission of any vehicle to any event shall in no way whatsoever indicate that the organisers consider the vehicle to be in a safe or satisfactory condition. WHEELS, spokes, rims, studs, nuts, bearings, wheel trims removed. _____ TYRES, condition. _____ SPRINGS, U/Bolts, suspension, axles, kingpins, shock absorbers etc. _____ STEERING, play, tight spots, ball joints etc. _____ BRAKES, operation, pedal travel, rods, cables, lines, hoses, fluid reservoirs, etc. _____ ENGINE, cover secure, throttle linkages and return springs, oil leaks, fuel lines etc. _____ BODYWORK, security of seats, doors, fuel cap, rear vision etc. _____ ELECTRICAL, battery secure, accessibility of ignition switch & marking, lamps secure, taped or protected. _____ EXHAUST SYSTEM, secure and acceptable noise level. _____ GENERAL STANDARD, of vehicle and accessories. _____ SAFETY HELMET, and protecting clothing goggles or visor, gloves, footwear etc. _____ FIRE EXTINGUISHER if fitted, must have either a pressure gauge showing an acceptable reading or an inspection label not more than 12 months old. _____ ROLL OVER PROTECTION Roll over protection, if applicable, must be to approved standards. _____ SEAT BELTS Seat belts, if applicable, must be to approved standards. _____ VEHICLE IS USING METHANOL FUEL YES / NO Methanol fuel labelling clearly visible as per speed event regulations. YES / NO CRANKCASE BREATHER Crankcase breathers fitted with suitable catch bottle. _____ COOLING SYSTEM Non-sealed cooling system fitted with overflow catch bottle. The use of non-water based coolant is strongly discouraged. _____ SUMP PLUG To be wired in place for all circuit events. _____ I declare that I have checked the above vehicle and it complies with the requirements of the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc.) Speed Regulations and I accept responsibility for its overall safety:

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PHOENIX Number 267

AUGUST 2017

Section 23: K 12/03/2008 WAITEMATA BRANCH

THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND (Inc.) EVENT: CHELSEA W.A.L.S.H. HILLCLIMB INDEMNITY FORM: IN CONSIDERATION of the acceptance of this entry and my being permitted to take part in this event I hereby agree to save harmless and keep indemnified THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF N.Z. INCORPORATED and its Branches and its associated organisations and their respective officials, servants, members, representatives and agents from and against all actions, claims, costs, expenses and demands in respect of death or injury to any person including the person of myself, driver and passengers and in respect of loss of or damage to property of any nature howsoever caused arising out of or in connection with this entry or my taking part in this event and NOTWITHSTANDING that the same may have been contributed to or occasioned by the negligence of the said Club, Branches and associated organisations their officials, servants, members, representatives or agents. AND I AGREE that both at the date of acceptance of this entry and at the date of the event, the competing vehicle does and will comply with the rules of the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc.), the speed regulations and any supplementary regulations as notified with the entry form. I also consent to the collection of the details on this form by the Vintage Car Club of NZ (Inc.) for the purposes of registration, administration and the publication of results. I acknowledge my right to access and correction of this information. This consent is given in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. _______________________________ ______________________________ Name of Owner: (print in full) Signature of Owner _______________________________ _______________________________ Name of Entrant: (print in full) Signature of Entrant _______________________________ _______________________________ Name of Driver: (print in full) Signature of Driver

Dated: ________________________

IF any of the above persons is under the age of twenty (20) years the parent or guardian must print their own name in full and sign opposite the name of such minor. IF any of the above persons is under the age of twenty (20) years the parent or guardian must complete the following: IN CONSIDERATION of the acceptance of the entry of the abovenamed, I _____________________________ the parent/guardian of _________________________________ the above named minor HEREBY UNDERTAKE AND AGREE TO the indemnity terms and conditions set out above.

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