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PHOENIX NEWSLETTER OF THE WAITEMATA BRANCH VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NEW ZEALAND NUMBER 273

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

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chicksmart73@gmail.com DI HUMPHREYS 021 025 75624 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 kandmbeesley@outlook.com MIKE HOPE-CROSS, MAX JAMIESON, BRENDAN LAMAIN and MIKE GREIG.

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COMING EVENTS Looking Forward………

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Waitemata

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Drive & Dine – Red Cherry Café Cambridge 18

APRIL

Hope-Cross Paddock Plug - 15

MAY JUNE

Hooters ‘Roycroft Trophy Meet’ 6 AGM 7

JULY

R’Oilcan 14-15

AUGUST

Other Events

Swap Meets

Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show 4 Western Springs Galaxy of Cars 18 North Island Easter Rally. Waikato Branch. 30 - 2 April. Maunga Moana Taranaki 21-22

VCC National Day 26

UP NEXT…

Club Night Thursday 1ST MARCH Yet another of those months when the first Thursday is the 1st (get it?). Also be aware that over the next four months the Northern Motorway between Constellation Drive and Oteha Valley Road will be closed on Thursdays from 9pm to 5am for resealing works. Other than that, see you at the usual place - the RSA Room, King George Coronation Hall, Library Lane, Albany, at the usual time, 8.00 pm. Please also note the information included herein under ‘Other News’ as to parking restrictions at the Hall. Page |2


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Then…

Di’s DRIVE & LUNCH RUN th

SUNDAY 18 MARCH Lunch at the RED CHERRY CAFÉ Cnr. Forrest Road & SH1 Cambridge at 1pm Meet at the BP Autobahn Southern Motorway, Papakura at 10.30am for an 11am start Booking essential BY Monday 12th March: chicksmart73@gmail.com or 09 446-0916 And… Page |3


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Date

Event

Location

17th March 6th May 2018

Classic Trial Hooters Race (Roycroft Revival)

Hampton Downs Hampton Downs

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Organising Club HRC HRC/VCC

There is also the option of having a further VCC Race at Taupo on 7/8 April 2018 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

Further Out…. Note that the

Hooters ‘Roycroft Trophy Meet’ Sunday 6 May

is now scheduled for and may extend to include part of Saturday 5 May as well. This is a signature Waitemata Branch event and we are looking forward to a bumper crop of entries from far and wide. More on this soon, but plenty of time to get your machine competition ready.

Also…

14 July 2018.

7 AM start at Autobahn Bombay.

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Plus… AUCKLAND BRANCH MID-WEEK RUN Wednesday 14th March. (Note, a week earlier than usual to fit in with our host’s schedule.) Starts from The Warehouse Car-park, Westgate. 10-00am for a 10-30am departure. Jack and Gary are in charge of this run and are taking us to a collection of Buick cars. BYO everything.

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

Not to be overlooked… The show is run by volunteers from a variety of Auckland car clubs. Its distinctives are; - British and European cars (and motorcycles) only - Non-competitive (other shows do a good job in this area) - Free to participants and the public. The organisers would greatly appreciate participation from Waitemata Branch especially with older vehicles and motorcycles. The inaugural event in 2016 welcomed 440 cars and motorcycles; in 2017 625, and for 2018, 810 registrations are confirmed! Already this latter number places this event as one of the largest of its kind in Australasia.

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PAST EVENTS Looking Back…. KH’s Te Awamutu Shed Raid – 11 February. As promised by the Met Service we had a day of horrendous weather - rain, rain and yet more rain! Keith and I, waiting at the Bombay Caltex Station for a midday start were very pleased and surprised to see the number of cars and folk rolling up. We had invited the Daimler SP250 Club to join us on this trek and it was ten cars that headed south just after midday. Even another Daimler SP250 braved the weather but like us, they too carried a couple of towels to try to keep the rain at bay. Young SP250 member Louis braved the day in his recently acquired Page |5


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Morris Minor which he and friend Duncan quickly discovered sported a ‘not so well installed’ windscreen and they too got pretty damp in the Minor’s cockpit. Held on the same day as the Ellerslie Concours, we are yet to discover how that event faired, but as we drove past we could see that there was not a lot of action going on at Ellerslie! Such crazy, crazy weather Humphreys SP250 sits beside Greg Gordon’s SP250 which sits for February, but I still don’t believe in beside Michael Greig’s Nissan global warming. Keith had written instructions and although there was much following the leader, when you could see him, one or two cars went astray but the instructions got them back on track and everyone made it to our first Shed to raid, that of Chris & Helen Empson’s. Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised to find other Daimler SP250 members from Coromandel and Tauranga had braved the weather to join us. Good to see Michael Greig and Vaughan Beesley team up for the day. Mike Moffat was travelling with Graham & Dawn Brayshaw in their Hillman Hunter of Peking to Paris fame. Ian & Jacqui Goldingham were Subaru mounted while Alan & Eleanor Kerr were in their new Jaguar. The Empson collection is a very eclectic one, mostly 1960’s British cars with a smattering of pre-war and vintage cars and the ex Tony & June Gairdner veteran De Dion Bouton resides there too. A great model collection is housed in the second shed along with plenty of motoring books and other motoring Just one of the model cabinets at Chris’s place memorabilia. Here we had afternoon tea before heading on to David Nordell’s Bugatti Restoration Workshop where Keith had promised that we would be viewing at least four Bugatti’s as only a few weeks ago when he had visited there had been five to view!! A little disappointed at first as now there were only two, one of which was only a representation of a Bugatti that had a very long way before it would finish up as a Replica Bugatti. Those that had left the workshop in the meantime had been repaired/restored and returned to their rightful owners. Things can change so much in just a few weeks!! Ex Tony Gairdner De Dion with Dawn Brayshaw reminiscing David was a thoroughly interesting host the ‘old days’ with Eleanor Kerr & Neville Williams and his tale about the sole owner of the main Page |6


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Bugatti being worked on was such an incredible and sad story but what an insight into the lifestyle of the truly wealthy. The skills and equipment in this workshop was thoroughly absorbing and knowing that “Karen”, yes a female who could work just as well as David could on any Bugatti leaves me in awe and in the knowledge that YES!!! Women can do anything!!! Finally, it was off to the Rangariri Pub which was at least an hour’s drive from David’s workshop and An attentive group at David Nordell’s (in black shorts) Bugatti Workshop where the meals are large and reasonably cheap and by 8.30 we were heading back up the motorway to home in virtually no traffic. Fantastic day despite the weather and thanks Keith for organising. Di H ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞

FROM THE THRONE It is rather disappointing as the reality of it sinks in. For HRC to change the date for Waitemata to hold the Rycroft Trophy Race Meet at Hampton Downs Race Track has started to show its ramifications. I leave for a month’s overseas trip only four days after the new date and I have already had three entrants who are disappointed about the date change as they had each organised other family commitments and overseas holidays after the original March date. All three will now be away when the event is held on the revised date of May 6. For many months now, we have been advertising the Roycroft March date and as anticipated most possible entrants were preparing themselves for that date. I do hope that if you are considering entering the event then please take on board that it will now be held in May NOT March! As mentioned in my February ‘From the Throne’ I have announced at February Club night that at the forthcoming AGM I will no longer be standing as Chair for the Branch. The Branch seriously needs to have members prepared to step up and take a position on the committee. Perhaps it’s your time now!?? Compared with the Model A Club, the other two car clubs that Keith and I belong to are small. Waitemata has just over 100 members while the Daimler SP250 Club has 80 members and only about 60 of those are in New Zealand and only about 30 of these live in or reasonably close to the Auckland region. Keith has no hesitation in combining those two clubs for Shed Raid style events and they appear to be quite successful. His Page |7


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Shed Raid to Te Awamutu despite the weather was successful with about 50/50 attendance of both groups. The youngest member in the SP250 Club, Louis (24) was delighted and rather dumbfounded when he hopped out of his recently acquired Morris Minor to be instantly handed a piece of Morris Minor window trim from Ian Goldingham without having even been introduced!! Jacqui Goldingham too looked a little bewildered swinging her head back and forth, firstly, wondering where Ian had conjured up the part from, and secondly, how on earth he knew what car it actually belonged to!! It was also nice to see both groups introducing themselves to each other and having some deep and meaningful discussions.

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FROM THE ED. A rather hurriedly prepared issue this month and a little skimpier than usual, due to the fact of it having to be published early as the Editor is heading off on holiday in our Riley later this week. Not wishing that disaster be visited upon others but here’s hoping the approaching storm keeps tracking south of Auckland! A big thank you to the Humphreys, Max Belcher and William Hearne for their interesting contributions to this edition. To reiterate comment made last month, note well Diane’s timely notice of her stepping down as Chairman and seriously consider standing up in her place. The Branch needs the service of its members as well as their support of events and the Chairman is backed by an enthusiastic and experienced committee who share the load. Think about it! It is a worthy cause – the attracting of younger members into the club and all power to those who apply their efforts in this direction. However, to this “old school” vintagent the list of vehicles put forward recently in ‘Beaded Wheels’ for the consideration of the young enthusiast made for rather sober, if not sombre, reading. Whilst availability and affordability are key factors in this respect, too much emphasis on the ‘cheap and cheerful’ risks negatively impacting the ownership and driving experience. As verified by the countless stories of those amongst our number whose pride and joy began as a rusted chassis recovered from the swamp, or a pile of bits, not necessarily matching, accumulated over time, ready availability of a vehicle and the parts for its restoration are not essential to our hobby. Which is not to say potential younger members should go to such lengths – modern attention spans and desire for instant gratification mitigate against that – but, nevertheless, there is pleasure and pride to be taken from having to put in a degree of effort. To those who own, or aspire to own, a Datsun Sunny, Daihatsu Charade and such like, go for it! There is no accounting for taste. It may be, though, that the blood of the potential younger member is stirred more by the thought of a Celica, an RX7 or the soon to be club eligible MX5. How about an old Mercedes, Audi, BMW 2002, Peugeot 404, Renault 12 or 14? A step up in outlay, perhaps and more demanding in various respects, but there is reward to be had in both the challenge and the driving experience. To each his own but let us be wary of underselling our interest.

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JUST SO WE KNOW WHO WE ARE... Is to be continued in due course.

Illustration of Armand Vallee for La Vie Parisienne.

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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…… An important message from the Albany Hall Committee in relation to our forthcoming Club Night…………………………

“Hi everyone, we hope you have had a wonderful break over Christmas and New Year - for those of you that haven't started back yet we welcome you to the Hall for 2018, unfortunately the car park was not started (nor completed) during the break as we had hoped and expected... the Council are due to start work on it this coming week and it is expected to be finished at the end of March. I have had a site meeting with the Foremen of the team that will be working on the car park and explained that we need as much space and as many car parks as they can provide us (especially during the day hires, in the evenings there is parking along Library Lane as the workers are not working on the building site opposite then) and they will do their best to accommodate you and your attendants during this time but we must stress that safety regulations are of the utmost importance during the undertaking of this work so please try to car pool wherever possible and listen and obey the instructions of those giving directions at the Hall car park as there may be times when there is no parking other than the street parking. Please understand that the people working on site do not deserve any abuse or frustration you may have about this they are purely doing a job they have been employed to do. Entrance may be necessary through the tennis court and the path to the kitchen area for the Hall and along the deck and into the RSA Room at times - a reminder the emergency doors at the end of the Hall (facing Library Lane) can be opened and your visitors/attendants may find it easier to enter through that door during some of these times. The Hall Committee are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause as we had tried so hard over this last year to get the Council to coincide work with the time that the Hall had the least use - over the Christmas period... this has not eventuated and was beyond our control. With your patience and understanding we hope to have as little disruption as possible and, after looking at the plans, the end results will be worth it - we will have a definitely improved, user friendly, well marked, well-lit car park for you afterwards. In anticipation the Hall Committee would like to Thank You for your patience and understanding and we hope you can respect the fact that this work will be completed as quickly and efficiently as it can be done - but it is unavoidable that there will be some inconvenience for a short period of time at such a busy well used Community Hall. Please contact the writer on 415 0898 or 021 802074 if you have any questions about this now or during the next couple of trying months... but please be aware I have no jurisdiction or authorization to let you into a 'building area'.

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And now a tale of epic travels from those intrepid explorers Max and Shirley Belcher

The Great Southern Expeditionary Force’s Exploratory Sojourn Day the first. Crossed on the majestic Interislander and disembarked in Picton at a reasonable hour (6pm) which meant we were able to proceed directly down the coast road to Kaikoura. The scenes of devastation caused by the earth quake need to be seen to be believed. Pictures do not do this justice. Dinner at Kaikoura (completely forgettable) and then because the rest of the south road was closed, one was forced to take the inland road, in the rain (of course). A long winding road with more than enough pitfalls to ensure wild-eyed attention the whole way. Eventually arrived at Culverden about 11pm and had first sight of previously purchased (sight unseen) pop top caravan. Not really what one had in mind. Day the second. By second sight next morning the first misgivings of the pop-top were all too readily confirmed. Bugger. There was naught for it but to open the camper up and see what we could do with it. Not much. Cleaned and fettled it. In the evening travelled to the top of the Lowry hills to the east, lost count of the number of rabbits and hares seen. Returned to Culverden via Rotherham (nice pub, good coffee) and crashed into bed.

Just what you don’t need – a bloody pop top that’s been slammed! Never even slept in it.

Day the third.

Typical old cob station hut on the road between Culverden and Cheviot. Walls about 400mm thick.

Headed off over the Lowry Hills via Kaiwara road before hunting out the Big Ears llama ranch in Blythe Valley. Owned by Keith Payne this is a must visit collection (if that’s the right term) of llamas and Guanacos (the only ones outside of Peru). Spent about three hours with young Keith and we are now experts on all aspects of these animals…. yeah right. He’s also restoring an historic shearing shed and house on the property. Scarpered smartly because we were running out of time and raced up to Iron Ridge Quarry sculpture park where one Raymond Herber is making fascinating sculptures out of ‘old iron’. Absolutely worth a visit. Having spent P a g e | 11


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several hours there and engaged in considerable discussion to put the world to rights, we headed back to Culverden for the night. Day the forth.

Hooked ‘pop up’ onto Jeep and departed for Oxford where we intended to leave the foresaid article and head off over the Lees valley. Last time our progress through the valley was halted by a very swollen Okuku river, but this time it ran but a trickle. Exited the valley with dignity intact. An exceptional traverse if you have never done it. Spent the night with friends in Oxford and managed to lower the wine lake of NZ somewhat. Planned what was to become an exercise in divesting ourselves of the foresaid Looking into the Ashley river… yep, encumbrance in it’s a long way down. Christchurch.

Kinetic sculptures at Iron Ridge Quarry. Raymond Herber is the artist. the studio is an abandoned lime quarry on Ramsbottom road. The man does some amazing work. Worth a visit if you’re in the area. His gizmos are operational and work well.

Day the fifth. Into the City of Christchurch where one was thankful to have a 4x4…. the roads are not good. Finally, after visiting every bloody second-hand caravan sales place in Christchurch, achieved divestment of the pop top at Turners trade me site somewhere in south Christchurch. Popup to be delivered the next morning….. Headed back to Oxford to inflict ourselves on friends yet again and make a further attack on the wine lake. Day the sixth. Got rid of the Pop-top!!! Yea. Headed south with jeep loaded to the gunwales with every conceivable item you could possibly need in a caravan, except we had no ‘van. Stopped off and saw friends at Ashburton for a splash and dash and then headed for Richard and Nicki’s place at Saint Andrews. Rain continues to be a common factor unfortunately. Day the seventh. Woke to yet another day of somewhat steady but continuous rain. This is now providing serious problems for back country road travel as most of these roads are weather dependant. Not to be put off, though, we headed out to get to the Craigmore Maori rock drawings. There’s some seriously large historic homesteads up these valleys and lots of closed roads. However, determination and a lot of miles meant we finally found an access road into Moa valley and despite rain that achieved biblical proportions we found, and had a look, at the rock drawings. These are of indeterminable age but are loosely attributed to the early Maori. I have my doubts. They depict everything from moas to abstract designs somewhat at variance to the normal designs attributed to the indigenous minority. Returned to St Andrews after looking for and finding Brasells Bridge. Don’t know why but it seemed a good idea. At least I now know what the bridge is all about. Rain continued but the dog was pleased to see us. Attributed to Maori in the Valley some 1000 years ago

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Day the eighth. Whoop de doo…. sunshine! Loaded up, took leave of the rellies and headed off to Oamaru (have to pay homage to the steampunk fraternity and headquarters), to have lunch with an old friend before making our way up the Hakataramea valley to Cattle Creek and then traversing the old Kaiwarua road, (good views, road not too onerous other than being somewhat narrow and rough with steep drop offs), before emerging at Waihao forks hotel where it was deemed judicious that we spend the night. Great choice…. $112 for Dinner, bed and breakfast (plus 4 wines). This is the pub with the On the old Kaiwarua road famous ‘bottle of beer’ left behind by a departing soldier who was off to assist the mother country in that fracas that was taking place in France between the Poms and the Kaiser and his mates. The undrunk bottle was to be held in trust until he returned. Since he unfortunately suffered a demise in action the bottle remains in its cabinet, has become an iconic item and is the subject of a remembrance celebration every ANZAC day. There’s over 100 poppies in the cabinet as well. Great place to stay, Sandy and Stan are the props, the bar is newly revamped, and the beds comfy. The famous bottle of beer.

Day the Ninth. Sunshine again!! Headed off via back roads towards Dunedin Traversed Easons and Duncan 4x4 roads in behind Hampton and serious traverse it was to. Worth it though as the views over the coast were spectacular. Wandered up into the Macraes Flat area and went through to Nenthorn via Ramrock road. Don’t bother. You’ll have more fun going to the corner dairy on a mobility scooter. Quick run to Dunedin where we met a friend in café at St Clair for coffee and spent a completely forgettable night in a lodge at the local camping ground. Rubbish! Day the tenth. Quiet days run to St Andrews to retrieve left shoes and then on back to Oxford to overnight. Day the eleventh. Didn’t look good weather-wise so roof was re-instated and it was off through the Arthur’s Pass, around Lake Moana and then an attempt to traverse Maori Gully road to come out at Shantytown. This was best described as ‘not a good idea’ as the ‘road’ rapidly deteriorated into a barely discernible track, overgrown with gorse and rogue pine trees. After an hour’s bush bashing and seeing only a couple of pig hunters we had to admit defeat and withdrew battered and bloodied to retrace our tracks. We finally made it to cousin Mary-Annes, (at Paroa) who was suitably impressed that anyone would even contemplate going through that road as it has been impassable for years. Onwards and northwards we proceeded up the coast road to Charleston. The road along the coast had been subjected to a serious hammering by the sea and in many places was reduced to one way only by washouts, with houses damaged, vast slips and lots of trees felled.

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Found Charleston. Booked in at the local motel and explored the harbour. Those early sailors had big balls. The entrance is only 80 feet (25 metres) wide and the ‘harbour’ could accommodate seven 40-ton boats. Remember these boats were sailing vessels only so it must have been quite an event to get them through the gap. OSH would have a fit. Population of Charleston at its height was around 10,000 but now has declined to a more modest 77.

Charleston Harbour. 80-foot-wide entrance.

Dining out didn’t happen. Day twelve. Ventured up the Nile valley on a trip organised by the local adventure company utilising a narrow-gauge railway and a couple of engines. Amazing rock formations and one can see why it was used by film companies as back drops for primeval adventure films. Deigning to partake in black water caving and glow-worm cave experiences, one satisfied one’s exercise ambitions by engaging in a bush walk and a climb (132 steps straight up) to the cave entrance followed by a rapid return and a trip back to civilisation on Cecil the train. Visited a friend here in Charleston who has a new house right on the coast (but far enough inland and high enough not to subjected to the ravages of the Tasman), for a quick coffee before heading off for Nelson. T shirt purchase at Berlins pub mid-way through the Buller gorge. Yeah, you must go there to get one!!! Made it to Danny and Vicky’s (no thanks to bloody Siri who put us wrong yet again….) and dined down at the Mapua wharf complex. 10 points. Limestone cliffs in Nile valley

Danny has built an excellent temporary ablution building out of a dozen or so sheets of ply, only the lack of permanent fixing to the ground means that when showering the small but discernible movements induce a sense of queasiness akin to sea sickness that can rapidly lead to a weight loss programme (dependant on when one last ate) in a remarkably short time. Otherwise it’s a great spot and once the new house for son Shaun is finished, they will be moving into the vacated smaller dwelling. Weight loss should cease. Day the thirteenth. Visit to Pidgeon park. A bigger collection of old totty you’d be hard pressed to find. All lorded over and administered by a dedicated group of old age pensioners. One could spend hours here and not see it all. A must see. P a g e | 14


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We then set off to see old friends Linda and Brian who live in a simply amazing house (won house of the year a couple of years ago), which is the centre of their developing 40-acre organic vineyard. The input and effort are simply mind boggling. Returned to Brian and Linda’s that evening for a BBQ …. would be rude not to, wouldn’t it? Day the Fourteenth. Set off early from Danny and Vicky’s in Nelson and, despite Siri, caught the 2.30pm ferry from Picton along with half the mobile homes ever built and arrived in Wellington by 6pm. Took aim Northwards, went for it and retired buggered in a motel at Taihape by 9pm. Home tomorrow in the rain!!!! The Great Southern Expeditionary Force’s exploratory sojourn is over….

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Book Review "Classic Planes" by Ivor Wilkins "Celebrating New Zealand's Rich Aviation Heritage" We have Keith Humphreys to thank for having sent in the following:

Recently, Ian Goldingham loaned me a large and heavy book titled: "Classic Planes" by Ivor Wilkins "Celebrating New Zealand's Rich Aviation Heritage". $95.99 It looks like a coffee table book but as a fringe classic aircraft enthusiast, I found it to be particularly well written and researched with many of the people we

either know or are aware of, featured. The author has a particular skill in bringing these characters to life with insightful descriptions of their personalities. Whilst the book is not quite in the "can't put it down" category, it certainly makes for good reading and I looked forward to every opportunity to continue reading it. Two club members are featured, Stan Smith and Robert McNair, with Wallace McNair and John King also mentioned. P a g e | 15


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The photography is also quite superb as you can see from the photos herewith, taken from the book. For a book of this type, it is top class and well worth the price. KSH.

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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. ➢

Sent in by Keith Humphreys…. ‘nuff said.

Hadn’t heard from him in a while, then this little tale was recently received from Branch stalwart and U.K. resident William Hearne.

“Back in 2005, June and I had a stall selling our wares at the Beaulieu Autojumble. In view of the fact that we had items for Alfa Romeo, Bugatti and Maserati [amongst others] we were fortunate to meet some very keen folk. We had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Hartley, creator of the Maserati V16, Duncan Pittaway, creator of the Fiat S76 [The Beast of Turin] and another gent who purchased a full set of wheel equipment from us that were suitable for his rebuild of a smaller [but earlier] version of 'The Beast', a Fiat S53. P a g e | 17


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It is always a pleasure when you see parts that you have treasured yourself, now being put to good use. My friend with the 1910 Fiat S53 who purchased the full set of wheel equipment is a most capable engineer. After attending a Bugatti Owners Club meeting they arrived at our house in a van, which had been kitted out to carry their lovely little Brescia Bugatti and over dinner showed us pictures of the progress on the Fiat. Now, several years later, we have received the attached images of the project, which is now a fully rebuilt mobile chassis that very soon will have a very appropriate two-seater sporting body with round petrol tank.� (The handwritten letter included with these pictures may be difficult to read but is particularly interesting. Ed.)

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➢ A quote – one of many I am going to continue drip feeding over the coming months…. "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." -Mark Twain

➢ Poster sent in by Di H.

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THE SQUEAKY WHEEL…

It’s All Relative. A good friend of mine is a self-confessed Physics freak. From time to time we enjoy spirited conversation as he attempts to educate me in various aspects of this dark art, endeavouring to extend my knowledge beyond the potential consequences of sudden and unexpected braking and wondering why other people’s cars go faster than mine. So, repeated below is, he tells me, the best written description of Special Relativity he has so far come across. Read on and learn… If two spaceships are travelling side by side at some major fraction of the speed of light (e.g. 90%) and are, say, 100 yards apart, would they be able to see each other out the portholes? Great question, and you see, that’s what we mean when we say everything is relative. Your “speed” is always relative to something else. If you don’t compare it to something else, you might as well be standing still. Relative to you, the other spaceship is standing still. You are both just floating there while Earth quickly moves away from you. P a g e | 20


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If you were going 90% the speed of light relative to your launching site on Earth, then if you looked back at Earth through a telescope you’d see them all aging very quickly, but to you and your neighboring spaceship, you’d both not experience any personal change. You’d be able to see the other ship and vice versa quite normally. In fact, if you took a flashlight and pointed it straight ahead in the direction of your travel, even though you were going 90% the speed of light relative to Earth, the beam of light would leave your flashlight at the speed of light relative to you. That’s only possible because time has slowed down for you, making light always look like it’s going light speed. You will not notice any change personally. On Earth, people looking at you in a telescope would see you were moving and aging very slowly, and although the light of your flashlight would not appear to be going much faster than your spaceship, because your time has slowed down, you see it going out at the speed of light and people on Earth are moving slowly. Consider this. Here you stand or sit. But the earth is spinning at about 1,000 mph at the equator. We are also going around the sun at about 67,000 mph and orbiting the galactic center of the Milky Way galaxy at about 514,000 mph, and our galaxy is approaching the Andromeda Galaxy at about 250,000 mph. So you are not standing or sitting still at all, but still, when you shine a flashlight in all directions the beam leaves your flashlight at the speed of light relative to you and your sense of time. The same happens to you and your friend in the nearby spaceship. You can look out the porthole, see him, and wave and he can see you and wave back as if both your ships were stationary in space and just floating next to each other. It’s all relative

Kevin Beesley ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞

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PHOENIX Number 273

MARCH 2018

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 1st March 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.

‘Should your Rolls Royce fail to proceed…’ VCC run to Fosters, Peach Hill 1978. Thanks to Keith Humphreys.

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PHOENIX Number 273

MARCH 2018

R’OILCAN RALLY 2018 ENTRY FORM (37th Edition) The R’Oilcan will start at the Autobahn, Bombay Service Centre, 7am Saturday 14 July 2018. Entry fee $165 per person. Children under 15years $80. (under 10 free) To be paid in full by June 26th. NO LATE ENTRIES DUE TO ACCOMMODATION RESTRAINTS. This entry fee includes Saturday morning tea, lunch, dinner and accommodation overnight and Sunday Breakfast. Entries for VCC eligible vehicles will be accepted with: Current REGO/WOF and entrant’s VCC membership card. ONLY OPEN VEHICLES WILL BE ELIGIBLE Please complete form below and return with cheque made out to Heather Howard and post to H Howard, 167B Carlisle Road, Browns Bay, Auckland 0632. Or email completed form to howard.family.6@xatra.co.nz and payment via Internet banking H J Howard. Bank Account number 020120 0063786 00. Reference R’Oilcan and your initial and surname. R’OILCAN 2018 ENTRY FORM Name of Entrant: Name of Navigator: Passengers:____________________________________________________________________ Car Make __________________________________MODEL:_____________________________ REGO:_____________________________________YEAR:_______________________________ Mobile Phone:__________________________________________________________________ Email:________________________________________________________________________ Postal Address: ______________________________________________________________________________ No._____at $165 each.

No._____at $80 each.

No._____under 10 years.

Total amount___________________

□ Internet Banking □Cheque enclosed Please tick method of payment.

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Waitemata VCC March 2018  
Waitemata VCC March 2018  
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