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March 2018

See you at the Sewage Works on the 18th

Dave and Mihi McDermid competing in this years Gymkhana

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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Committee: Trophies Manger

Truck Custodians: Librarian" " " Parts’ Custodians:


RIVET Distribution Coordinator

Official VCC Website: VCC Branch Mags Facebook Wanganui Vintage Car Club VCC Codes for discounts: Bluebirds Cook Strait Ferry Interislander


Chairman’s Report Greetings All It’s 7:15am and I’ve just vacuumed, washed floors, dusted, put the washing out, made the bed and done the dishes. I’m looking after my lovely wife at the moment. So many buttons to push nowadays, life must be a breeze for a woman. After writing this I’m going to have my first cup of coffee and read a book for the rest of the day. Maybe not! Napier Art Deco - This year saw the Garret’s Rolls, Ardell’s Dodge, Mathew’s Essex, O’Keeffe’s Buick, Ryland’s Chev, Robinson’s V8 and the Bullock’s Ford. All enjoyed a week away, Thursday through to Sunday afternoon. It was hot and sunny with displays and entertainment all weekend. There was a limit of 300 cars for the Saturday Parade. I just like to look at the cars drive past. On Saturday night, Jennifer had booked the Cossie Club for 30 of us including friends. Put it on your ‘To Do’ List. You won’t be disappointed. See page 9 25th, Gymkhana in the Ryland’s paddock. (See photos page 7) The overall winners were Mihi and Dave McDermid driving a model A roadster. They won the Waitotara County Council Gymkhana Trophy which was presented to the Club by my father, Colin Ardell, former Waitotara County Clerk. Neil and I had a visit from Greg Davies and Richard Cruet from the UK. They come out to NZ every 2 years and have vistied me 5 times now. Greg is an engineer and a specialist in early motor vehicles and Lucas. Richard is a Humber Parts custodian and historian owning a number of early Humber Limos (Used for royalty etc in the UK). They travel NZ buying old stock and spares for Humbers etc. and they spent the morning with me and in the afternoon were entertained by Neil with his sheds of Humbers. It was a great day!

Blue Smoke and Pedals and Posh Picnic - The winner was Eiledh Pitkethley who was presented with the Don Simpson Memorial Trophy, by Don’s sister Heather Hodson, of Whanganui. Heather’s daughter Tracey and 3 girls came up especially from Wellington for the day. See page 17 The worthy winners of the Posh Picnic were Craig and Wendy Ryland who took the bottle of wine as a prize despite dropping the laden cake stand of lamingtons. Heartfelt thanks to all participants and entrants. We had a good turn out for the March Club Night and our members and guests were entertained by our guest speaker and Fordell Garage Owner, Ross Travers. Ross brought his jet boat along for display. After giving everybody the chance to look at the jet boat and after firing up the 412 cubic inch V8 engine, he spoke and showed footage of his winning ways through the championship. a top speed of 120 KPH, 0 to 200 in 1.5 seconds, 650 700 HP, it weighs 500kg and blows 30000 + litres per minute through the jet unit. Due to the G Forces on some cornering and take off, it physically closes his eyes. Our Sunday run this month is 18 March It is a 1pm sharp start at the Clubrooms then back to the Clubrooms for afternoon tea. Please bring your own afternoon tea or a plate to share. The April Club night will be a talk on commercial fishing by Murray Wilson. Normal times at the Clubrooms. The April run is Pete Hardy’s on the 15th and the the Castrol Motorcycle rally on Saturday, 21 April.

Cheers Bruce A

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Let’s start by thanking Jim and of course his second in command, Dick for there stewardship and Wendy and Craig for the continued use of their paddock and facilities. Another fabulous afternoon at the Ryland’s paddock with a carefully measured course that gave everyone a fair chance of a prize. (Well it would have had there actually been any prizes and if all cars

were Riley Elf shape and size) The weather was perfect and the competetiveness was throbbing throughout the participants. Continued next page

There was a good mixture of skill and luck and although there were a few mentions of some of the judgements not being 100%. (the subsequent stewards’ enquiries have completely exonerated the judges but not the participants.) Talking of the stewards, they were obviously more interested in the person sunbathing on the deck next door than they were on the teams that had the audacity to practice the course before the off, whatever next? I have been asked to point out that absolutely no cones were permenantly damaged during the execution of the exercises. A great mix of cars made the afternoon even more interesting for all involved. Obviously our Gymkhana fame is spreading as I overheard the fact that we had visitors from Australia and Wellington. With field of 21 competitors this certainly was the best attended Gymkhana I have attended with scores varying bewteen 1575 and 280, the event winners, Dave and Mihi McDermid. The admiring Crowd

Here are our youngest and most senior members, Casey Broadhead and Alan Bates at the Gymkhana

Napier Art Deco Weekend Quite a few Wanganui members based themselves at the Hawkes Bay VCC as well as Graeme & Jan Sibbald from Christchurch It was a great weekend, with plenty to see, do and eat. It was just good to relax, sit and watch the people dressed up, including children and teenagers, what a lot of effort they put into their costumes. Thousands came out to watch the parade on an extremely hot day. It is worth making the effort to go to at least one Art Deco Weekend you don't have to do the Art Deco Activities as the VCC has a lot on. Cheers Linda

2018 Wellington Branch VCC Motorcycle Rally Recently Heather and I attended the bienial Wellington Branch motorcycle rally on a 1974 Norton Commando. Along with us was brother Frank on his 1979 Suzuki 125 twin. We travelled in the van with our bikes in the back. We have been trying to get to this rally for some years but in the past has clashed with our annual Buma rally/Vintage weekend. We stayed in Petone for 2 nights arriving on Friday night and when we arrived we had a look around the area and did a lap of the old Gracefield racing street circuit of the 60's and 70's. I did not race on this circuit but both Frank and I have been spectators. What a long, fast main straight. ( I would have quite liked to have had a go)! Saturday morning with the bikes still in the back of the van we travelled to Featherston for the start of the rally (the rally was held over the hill in Wairarapa hence the van). Rally briefing was at 9am and the first bike away at 10am following a scrumptious morning tea. There were 56 entries leaving from the Anzac Hall in Featherston. These numbers are very much up on previous rally's possibly due to the change of date. There was a long and short route. We went for the long route and enjoyed good tar sealed roads with great corners and good riding conditions at our average speed of 44 miles per hour. Now and again we came upon riders on the short route with a slower average speed. Lunch stop was at the Wairarapa VCC clubrooms which was cool and shaded from the outside temperature which was climbing quite high. Lovely lunch with cold drinks and lots of chit chat. The afternoon section was untimed and the Norton seemed to enjoy cruising “a little faster than 44 mph�. We came back through Masterton, Gladstone, Ponatahi and Martinborough and it was great to relax and watch the scenery instead of looking out for silent checks! On arriving back at the Anzac hall in Featherston we couldn't wait to get back into shorts and tee shirt as the temperature had climbed very high. After afternoon tea we loaded the bikes back into the van and headed back to Petone.

The dinner was at the Wellington VCC clubrooms and not far from where we were staying. After cold beer and a shower we headed off for the dinner and prize giving. We enjoyed a few more cold ones and a yummy dinner. The prize giving was well represented by Wanganui with Frank James gaining 3rd place in his class (and at his first motorcycle rally) and Heather and I gaining first in our class. Much to our surprise it was then announced that we were the overall winners. This called for another celebratory drink or two. We then taxied home with a driver who did not now where to go but thanks to our navigating skills we were able to guide him back to the camp. The next morning we discovered staying next to us were 3 guys (mid 70's) from Taranaki on a tour on their Royal Enfields, a 1959 500cc, 650cc twin and a single cylinder. We chatted with them before they left – what amazing guys. It was great to see them out and enjoying their motor bikes. Sunday morning there was a visit to keen Indian motor bike repairer with a fabulous collection of bikes and regalia before beginning the trip home. It was a great weekend and we look forward to getting back there again. Happy riding, Bill James.

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Sunday 8th April 2018 Wanganui City College Veteran, Vintage and Classic Cars, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Drag Cars, Stock Cars, 4WD Vehicles, Motorbikes, Boats, Trade Stalls and Displays Rocker Cover Racing V8 Simulator Trial Bike Riding Display Automotive Swapmeet Food Vendors onsite This year’s charities are Coast Guard, Surf Lifesaving and Riding for the Disabled Gates open from 7:30am for Parking Cars to enter grounds from Nelson/Bassett Street Larger vehicles may enter from St Hill Street Contact details: Gillian Hooper 0272440398

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Tony Seba: By 2030, 95% of People Won’t Own a Private Car — Automaker Death Spiral Coming Futurists make predictions. That’s what they do. Sometimes they are right; sometimes they are wrong. As futurists go, Stanford economist Tony Seba has a pretty good track record. He predicted the solar energy boom at a time when prices were 10 times what they are today His latest report predicts two things. One, he says that by 2030, 95% of people won’t own a private car, killing off the auto industry. Two, he predicts electric vehicles will devastate the global oil industry by the same date. If 70% fewer passenger cars and trucks are manufactured each year, global automaker supply chains will shrink to a fraction of their current size. Seba believes the auto industry, including car dealers, service providers, and insurance companies, will suffer “almost complete destruction.” Traditional auto industry leaders like Ford and General Motors will either become assemblers of A-EVs or make the transition to being TaaS providers. Many carmakers are already preparing for the transition by investing in ride-hailing and carsharing services. Seba says the impact on the oil industry will be “catastrophic.” He predicts, “Global oil demand will peak at 100 million barrels per day by 2020, dropping to 70 million barrels per day by 2030. He predicts in eight years conventional transportation will be obsolete and the change will be as rapid as the change from horse drawn carriages to cars was in the early 20th century Auckland Mayor, Phill Goff has committed to eliminating all petrol/ deisel fulled vehicles from the city streets by 2030. In New Zealand the size of the electric car fleet is doubling every year and is targeted to be 64,000 by 2021. Compiled from Stuff and an FOMC article

Editors note, Dont worry this model T is available on the Ali Baba web site. It’s 100% electric, seats 5, inherits the design concept of Ford model T and traditional technology. The appearance of the vehicle is noble and luxury. It is provided with excellent driving properties to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. Yours for $7000

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Blue Smoke & Pedals 2018 Another great afternoon, Thanks to Bill, Jay and Dick. Congratulations to Eilidh Pitkethley, 2018 winner and to Wendy Ryland winner of the Posh Picnic. It was great to see the young entering and nearly winning. A few photos and demonstrations of how to and how NOT to do it.

Looks like Elisabeth was looking for the judge, her picnic was certainly worth a mention

60th High School Reunion He was a widower and she a widow. They had known each other for a number of years being high school classmates and having attended class reunions in the past without fail. This 60th anniversary of their class, the widower and the widow made a foursome with two other singles. They had a wonderful evening, their spirits high. The widower throwing admiring glances across the table. The widow smiling coyly back at him. Finally, he picked up courage to ask her, "Will you marry me?" After about six seconds of careful consideration, she answered, "Yes..... yes, I will!" The evening ended on a happy note for the widower. But the next morning he was troubled. Did she say “Yes” or did she say “No?” He couldn't remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. He went over the conversation of the previous evening, but his mind was blank. He remembered asking the question but for the life of him could not recall her response. With fear and trepidation he picked up the phone and called her. First, he explained that he couldn't remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the past evening. As he gained a little more courage he then inquired of her. "When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?” "Why you silly man, I said ‘Yes. Yes I will.’ And I meant it with all my heart." The widower was delighted. He felt his heart skip a beat. Then she continued. "And I am so glad you called because I couldn't remember who asked me!”

From the desk of Jim O’Neill, Wanganui Branch Club Captain Lot’s coming up, don’t miss Bruce’s visit to the new Sewage Treatment Plant on the 18th March and remember it’s an early meet of 12:45am for a prompt 1pm leave, who knows where else he may lead us. Bring your afternoon tea but better leave it at the club rooms Eh? Pete Hardy has a run on the 15th April and it’’s a new format so anything could happen, just don’t follow the car in front for two reasons, they may be going somewhere different and they may not know where the hell they are going either! I think it’s called a “Scatter Run” Motor Cycle Rally on Saturday the 21st and they are looking for marshals, lots of bikes on view at the club rooms at 9am.

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Club Calendar

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

March April

18th Sunday Run, Bruce Ardell, Including a visit to the new sewage treatment plant, Meet at 12:45. 4th Club Night, 7:30pm 15th, Sunday Run, Peter Hardy, Scatter Run 21st Castrol Motor Cycle Rally


2nd Club Night 7:30pm 20th Sunday Run


6th AGM, 7:30pm Annual Rally

July August

4th Club Night 1st Club Night, 7:30pm 26th Daffodil Rally

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New Crown Wheel & Pinions Good Stock of Carbs, Fuel Pumps & Hubcaps Also DKW 1000 Parts

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 March 2018  
Wanganui VCC March 2018