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I hope to see you at the Gymkhana on the 25th

February 2018

Len & Gladys Haycock receiving their plate as winners of the 2018 Burma Rally

Official Magazine of the Wanganui Branch of the V.C.C. of NZ P.O. Box 726, Wanganui . Street address – Patapu St, Wanganui East. Patron

Alan Bates

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Chairman: Vice Chairman:

Bruce Ardell

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Secretary: Treasurer:

David Whiteside Neil Farrer

Club Captain:

Jim O’Neill

Rally Secretary/Trophies

Linda O’Keeffe

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Motorcycle Convenor:

Jay Hart


Health & Safety

Linda Kendrick Chris White Dave McDermid

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Branch Delegate:

Neil Farrer

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Kitchen Manager: Hall: (Custodian/Bookings)

Eilidh Pitkethley

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Doreen Hardy Sue Voss Rob O’Keeffe

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Dave Austin" " Trevor Roberts Dave Austin

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Editor: Beaded Wheels Scribe Archivist:

Peter Hardy Fay Chamberlain Allan Ashwin

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Vehicle I. D. `s

Shane Hobman Bruce Ardell Linda Kendrick Frank James

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Chairman’s Report Greetings All, Burma Rally / Vintage Weekend. 81 entries, what a great turnout to all events. A big thank you to all committee members, marshalls and helpers involved. This all helped to make it a very enjoyable weekend for club members and the general public. This event is growing every year. Some improvements and other ideas have been added for 2019. The city was certainly abuzz. At the Burma Rally dinner on Sunday night I was presented with my 50 year membership certificate and badge by our President Diane Quarry. With my family in attendance and a lot of long term members and friends present and with their comments to me it was quite a humbling experience. Thanks everyone for the congratulations and reminders, it’s been a wonderful part of my life. I took on the role of speaker for our February club night where I talked on the importance of all members having Vehicle Identity Cards (VIC) for all of their cars. If we want to continue to drive on the roads in the future, we need to know the number of cars to help continually push our case. Ask yourself where else in the world you can drive your historic vehicles on the road, any time day and night. I went through the form and emphasised the ease with which it can be completed and then fielded a few questions. Our annual gymkhana is at Criag and Wendy Ryland’s place (in their paddock) on Waireka Road, on 25 February. Our usual one o’clock meet at their paddock - (see calendar)

The 4th March sees the return of our ever popular Blue Smoke and Pedals as well as the Posh Picnic. For those who don’t know about this, you bring your old, smoking bikes and some afternoon tea. Great fun completing the course on the bikes and competing to see who sets out the poshest picnic. Location Williams Domain next to the club rooms. And the speaker for our March Club night will be Ross Travers from Fordell. Ross is the NZ Group B Jet Boat Champion and he will speak about his highs and lows over many years as well as putting on a display. I attended the Manawatu Veteran Rally in Len Haycocks 1916 Chev. and completed a 50 mile drive around the outskirts of Palmerston North followed by an enjoyable BBQ tea. There were 5 Whanganui cars in attendance, 2 Wilton cars, Dad and son in a Buick and a T as well as Ian Chamberlain’s Buick, Tom Clouson’s Darracq and Neil Farrer’s Humber. One of our long standing members and a regular rally entrant has had to retire from driving his classic vehicle. Ray and Heather Loveridge, with their daughter Jennifer from Waverley attended a lot of our runs. Their son Glenn has picked up the mantle and joined instead and is continuing to drive the Morris and his Chev with the family. Welcome aboard Glen. After careful consideration, hand wringing, fundraising and a grant from WINZ, members will be pleased to know that I will be resealing my Dublin Street Bridge during the month of February, (hopefully). This should keep the whingers quiet for a bit. Happy Days Bruce A

Bruce and Jennifer Ardell receiving Bruce’s 50 year membership certificate and badge from NZ VCC President Diane Quarry

During her physical examination, a doctor asked a retired woman about her physical activity level. The woman said she spent 3 days a week, every week outdoors. "Well, yesterday afternoon was typical; I took a five hour walk about 7 miles through some pretty rough terrain. I waded along the edge of a lake. I pushed my way through 2 miles of brambles. I got sand in my shoes and my eyes. I barely avoided stepping on a snake. I climbed several rocky hills. I went to the bathroom behind some big trees. I ran away from an irate mother bear and then ran away from one angry bull Elk. The mental stress of it all left me shattered. At the end of it all I drank a scotch and three glasses of wine. Amazed by the story, the doctor said, "You must be one hell of an outdoor Supplied by Jim Baird woman!" "No," the woman replied, "I'm just a really, really shitty golfer".

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Ruahine Ramble Saturday 3rd March 2018 This is a non-competitive Ramble for all club eligible vehicles. Meet at the VCC clubrooms in Kelvin Grove Road any time after 8.45 am for cup of tea / coffee. The briefing will be at 9.15 am with the first car away after 9.30 am. BYO picnic lunch & hot water for drinks etc. Bringing chairs etc. is optional as there is shelter, chairs and tables at the destination. Distance for the morning is approx. 75 miles (120 kms) - plus approx. 16 miles (25 kms) for a short afternoon section to a Café (which is the end of the Ramble), then approx. 20 miles (30 kms) back to Palmerston North.

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$25.00 entry fee with optional Ramble Plaque

PAYMENT METHOD: Cheque attached

Pay on the Day

Internet Banking

(email the Rally Organiser for a PDF copy of this entry form - or for Internet Banking account details)

Cheques payable to ‘Manawatu Branch VCC’ ENTRIES CLOSE:

Thursday 22nd February 2018

RALLY ORGANISER: Bryan Abraham : Phone (06) 358 4014 Email ENTRIES To: Bryan Abraham, 81 Apollo Parade, Palmerston North 4414.

Letter to members from the National President VERO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF HISTORIC MOTORING – NEW PLYMOUTH 2021 As I mentioned in my recent Beaded Wheels column, the Management Committee is fully committed to this event going ahead. I am therefore pleased to advise that Tony Haycock has been appointed as Festival Director. The Management Committee will be having a more hands-on role with the 2021 event, hence the appointment of a Management Committee member as the Director. Although Tony is currently National Speed Steward and is well known for his travel and journalist endeavours, in another life Tony has experience in event management and recently has been involved in organising major motoring events for overseas clubs. We have taken on board the concerns and comments from many members about the future of our International Rallies and Tony has come up with a new concept (see below) which is exciting and innovative and I have no doubt that with Tony’s enthusiasm and experience it will be a very successful event for our Club. Diane Quarrie National President

Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring - New Plymouth 2021 - A new beginning and whole new concept for our premier International event. Forget everything you thought you knew about VCC International rallies. For 2021 we have a totally new concept for a totally new style of rally. Shorter, sharper and more bang for your buck. This is THE old car, bike and truck event you will not want to miss. I can promise you a week of motoring, entertainment and activities, the likes of which you have never experienced before! We start the Festival with a massed arrival in New Plymouth on Sunday afternoon from the north and south, so you have the weekend to get there. We will then have four motoring days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. So, what's happening on Wednesday? You might be thinking you can have a day off, and if you want to you can but I don't think you will want to and I'll explain why shortly. The four motoring days will see all entrants on the same route. If some of us are going to Hawera on day X, we all are. You will get to see all the cars, the trucks and the bikes, every day. No more travelling with the same group of vehicles every day while the other 4/5th of the rally has gone somewhere else - your mates included. Until now, there have been no National Rallies in the same year as an International. 2021 will be very different. Wednesday will see the National Veteran, Motorcycle and Commercial rallies taking place. For the other VCC categories which currently do not have a National rally, don't worry - there will be something for you too. Rally headquarters will be the heart of the Festival and there will be good food, good drink, and plenty of entertainment right there - the ideal way to sit down with friends after a great day of motoring to tell lies about what you have been up to. At the same time, the New Plymouth Festival of Lights will be taking place at Pukekura Park, and this world-renowned spectacle is both free, and only a couple of minutes walk from HQ . The public display will be a twilight event, and Friday night will see the final function, giving everyone the weekend to get back home for work. The proposed date at this stage is 17th to 23rd January 2021. The new format is something which has never been done by the VCC before and is the result of listening to comments from members and previous rally entrants over several years. It will be a gathering of the most diverse range of New Zealand and overseas motoring heritage ever to have been assembled in one place. Tony Haycock Festival Director

Donald Trump was visiting a primary school in Orlando and visited a grade four class. They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asked Mr. Trump if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'tragedy.' So our illustrious Republican candidate asked the class for an example of a 'tragedy'. One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs him over and kills him, that would be a tragedy." "No," said Trump, "that would be an accident." A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove off a cliff, killing everyone, that would be a tragedy." "I'm afraid not," explained Trump. "That's what we would call great loss." The room went silent. No other child volunteered. Trump searched the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?" Finally at the back of the room, Little Johnny raised his hand. The teacher held her breath. In a quiet voice he said: "If the plane carrying you was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy." "Fantastic!" exclaimed Trump, "That's right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?" "Well," says Johnny, "It has to be a tragedy, because it sure as hell wouldn't be a great loss... and you can bet your sweet ass it wouldn't be an accident either!" The teacher left the room..

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You have reached the 'Men's Help Line.’ My name is Don. How can I help you? "Hi Don, I really need your advice on a serious problem. I have suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. You know, just the usual signs; The phone rings and when I answer, the caller hangs up. Plus, she goes out with 'the girls' a lot. I usually try to stay awake to look out for her when she comes home, but I always fall asleep. Anyway, last night about midnight, I woke up and she was not home. So I hid in the garage behind my boat and waited for her. When she came home, she got out of someone's car, buttoning her blouse, then she took her panties out of her purse and slipped them on. It was at that moment, while crouched behind the boat, that I noticed a hairline crack in the outboard motor mounting bracket. Is that something I can weld, or do I need to replace the whole bracket?"

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2018 Burma Rally, what a day! Everything went well from the start, had me wondering if I was in the right place? Marshalls had everyone, well most, in about the correct parking order to allow each car to get off on time and without any hitches. The weather was abslutely perfect for a “Pleasant drive in the country” and that was exactly what we did, and a bit more. I had Grand Daughter Number 2 in charge of navigation so what could go wrong there, nothing, as I said it was a perfect day. She kept her eye on our, “Arch Enemy”, her words not mine, and we slowly made our way through the field. We suspected we were a little short of silent checks but memories of our journey down Papaiti Rd on last year’s annual rally came to mind. The scenery was fantastic and the views fabulous, maybe that’s why we missed a few silent checks, ok maybe most. After our arrival back in town we were free to mingle with the crowds at the Riverside Shindig or prepare ourselves for the evening presentation dinner. Once again a wonderful evening with Bruce Ardell receiving his 50 year badge from our President Diane Quarry who is also one of our regular out of towners on the Burma Rally. Class winners you can see on the following pages and overall winners were Len and Gladys Haycock in their 1929 Chevrolet AC International, well done to them. Burma Rally Class Winners Lee & Karen Taylor, Class 1

Claudia-Ann and Stephen Voss, Class 3

Gladys & Len Haycock, Class 4

Keith Turner, Class 5, navigator Steve Hibbert

Neil & Alan Bates, Class 8

Angelica & Dave Henwood, Class 9

Wendy & Craig Ryland, Class 10

Maureen Roberts and Joanne Hutchinson, Class 11 Tasi & Ray Betteridge Hard Luck Trophy, (Ed, Should have gone to the steer I think)

From National Office Change To Members Email Addresses Back on the 2 November with the branch reports, I wrote a segment in relation to Emailing of Branch newsletters. With the closing down of emails through Vodafone, I have actioned a number of members changes but I see there are still a large number where members may not have changed their email address yet, or have not advised me when they paid their subscription. So there will be a number of wrong email addresses in the Club database (and no doubt the branch records). Below is part of that email I sent to branches, but I wonder if you could check your information and either contact the relevant members or if you could put a note in your branch newsletter that members advise National Office of all changes including email addresses. If the members advise you of a change, please make sure I am also advised in case they have not told me. The ones that are closing down through Vodafone changes are as follow: • • • Julie Cairns - Gee Administration Manager Vintage Car Club of NZ - National Office AN ELDERLY COUPLE LEARNED TO SEND TEXT MESSAGES ON THEIR MOBILE PHONES. THE WIFE, A RETIRED COLLEGE ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR WITH EMPHASIS ON THE CLASSICS, WAS AN UNAPOLOGETIC ROMANTIC; HER HUSBAND, A RETIRED, SALTY, NAVY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF THIRTY YEARS' SERVICE, WAS A NO-NONSENSE GUY. ONE AFTERNOON THE WIFE WENT TO THE LOCAL STARBUCK'S TO MEET A FRIEND FOR COFFEE. WHILE AWAITING HER FRIEND'S ARRIVAL, SHE EXERCISED HER NEW SKILL BY SENDING HER HUSBAND A ROMANTIC TEXT MESSAGE: "IF YOU ARE SLEEPING, SEND ME YOUR DREAMS. IF YOU ARE LAUGHING, SEND ME YOUR SMILE. IF YOU ARE EATING, SEND ME A BITE. IF YOU ARE DRINKING, SEND ME A SIP. IF YOU ARE CRYING, SEND ME YOUR TEARS. I LOVE YOU." THE HUSBAND RESPONDED: "I'M TAKIN' A SHIT. PLEASE ADVISE."

Wool Wanted: Double knitting wool or acrylic yarn wanted by the creative residents of the Broadview Retirement Village, Mosston Road. Any amount, any colour would be gratefully received. Please put your donations in the box provided at the clubrooms.

Kevin had shingles. Those of us who spend much time in a doctor's office should appreciate this! Doesn't it seem more and more that physicians are running their practices like an assembly line? Here's what happened to Kevin: Kevin walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had. Kevin said: 'Shingles.' So she wrote down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat. Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aide came out and asked Kevin what he had.... Kevin said, 'Shingles.' So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told Kevin to wait in the examining room.. A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Kevin what he had. Kevin said, 'Shingles..' So the nurse gave Kevin a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, and told Kevin to take off all his clothes and wait for the doctor. An hour later the doctor came in and found Kevin sitting patiently in the nude and asked Kevin what he had. Kevin said, 'Shingles.' The doctor asked, 'Where?' Kevin said, 'Outside on the truck. Where do you want me to unload 'em??' HOPE THIS MAKES YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD LIKE I DID.... THAT'S WHY I HAD TO SEND THIS TO YOU..... THESE DAYS WE NEED ALL THE LAUGHS WE CAN GET We don't stop laughing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop laughing.

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From the desk of Jim O’Neill, Wanganui Branch Club Captain Thanks to all involved in the Burma Rally and also for your valued positive suggestions which have all been received with grace. The day was a great success and that is due to a large team performing at above normal expectations, a good example of a Club effort. This month’s run, the Gymkhana, will be at Craig and Wendy’s paddock unless the weather lets us down and will then be relocated to the Williams Domain next to the club rooms, see you all there.

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Club Calendar All Club Runs meet at 1pm at the club rooms unless otherwise noted.

January 2018

20th Whhels on Vic Ave, Classic Cruise 21st, Burma Rally


7th Club Night, VIC card explanation 25th Gymkhana Craig & Wendy’s 230 Waireka Rd.


4th, Saturday, Blue Smoke & Pedals and Posh Picnic at Williams Domain 7th Club Night, Speaker Ross Travers. 18th Sunday Run, Bruce Ardell, Including a visit to the new sewage treatment plant


4th Club Night 15th, Sunday Run, Peter Hardy, Scatter Run 21st Castrol Motor Cycle Rally


2nd Club Night 20th Sunday Run


6th AGM Annual Rally

July August

4th Club Night 1st Club Night 26th Daffodil Rally


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Morris Minor 4 door saloon, 110 engine, 1962. Bright Yellow. Fully restored in 2004. Upholstery perfect. Runs well and has visited Wellington, Auckland, New Plymouth and is wonderully reliable $6000 ono Contact Dale Whitaker 02108882371 For Sale Cars  with  rego  on  hold.  scoda  mb1000,Renault  5gtl,Sarb  9000t,Peugeot  505  v6,    Vauxhall  Chevette Cars  without  rego.  Austin  1923  12/4  shop  truck,  Triumph  mayflower,  1953,  Scoda   octavia,  Renault  dauphine,  Ford  prefect  side  valve,   Ring  me  or  call  in  107  Egmont  st  Patea.  Im  not  giving  them  away  but  reasonable   offers. 06  273  8717 1955 Chevrolet Belair in fabulous condition. Good history available and very few owners Price $35000 Contact Graham Staite on 0272216679

1927 Erskine 6 cylinder sedan Registered and Wof’d Contact Neil Cambell on 063488362 Tyres Excelsior 600 x 16 6ply Four Very good condition travelled 600 miles. Too wide for my Vauxhall which has worn half the Excelsior name off one side of each. Walls undamaged. Includes 600.x 16 Michelin as a spare $500 plus delivery costs. Contact V W BALLANCE PHONE 06 348 4773 email

The director at the retirement home invited a hypnotist to do a program for the residents one afternoon. The residents were highly skeptical that he could really hypnotize them but they were willing to go along just to see if he could. The hypnotist took out a very beautiful gold pocket watch that he said had been in his family for over six generations and began swinging it back and forth, back and forth before their eyes. Suddenly the chain on the watch broke and the watch shattered all over the floor. “SHIT� exclaimed the hypnotist. It took two days to clean up the room and they never invited him back. Another little ditty submitted by Neil Farrer, please keep them coming.

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We currently hold a very large selection of spares, new and used so if you have a prolem contact on of our Parts Custodians and see if they can help.

We have a very good selection of:Rover 3 litre Parts including Laycocks overdrive and Diff ratio. Riley 1500 panels, Diff and Gearbox 46 Chev motors and parts Good 15inch tyres and tubes 100s of starters and generators Ford 100E parts Lots of hubcaps Heaps of brake linings and oil & air filters Various Model A and Model T spares. 1947 Hillman parts

Engines for Sale Jag 2.4, Avenger, Durant 20, Ford 302 V8, 350 Chev V8, 1930 Morris, Morris 1000, Austin A30, 38 Singer, Stander 10, Vauxhall Victor,Renault, Holden 186,, 20s Dodge, 29 Plymouth, 39 Chysler, Bedford, 20s Buick and a Ford 10.

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Wanganui VCC February 2018  
Wanganui VCC February 2018