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October 2017

Wanganui VCC cars supporting the Watt Fountain celebrations

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 Jim Sharpe

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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 - At the time of writing this report Jennifer and I are babysitting 5 grandchildren between 5 and 9 years of age, for a week. I have also attended 2 VCC meetings whilst running a 12 hour a day business with a VCC Working Bee this Saturday morning. (It will probably make your hair turn grey, Editor) I would like to thank the Club members who took their cars down and displayed them around the Watt Fountain when it was re-opened after a period of repair and refurbishment by Mainstreet. It looked great! You members may have noticed that the basin and the tap in the Ladies’ bathroom has been refurbished and the Shell sign restored and displayed in the Club Rooms. Looks great. Thanks to Chris White and Dave McDermott for their work on this. The Shiny Parts Auction was again a great evening with a good turnout and which raised $912 for Club funds. Congratulations go to the Forsyth family for the Charlie Berntsen Trophy. Shane and Nolene’s Sunday run took us on a great journey as you will see in the report I was passed by a Fiat 500 and smoked at the lights by a 93 year old Club member ..... Jim O’Neill is organising the Club run this month and, as usual, we shall meet at 1pm at the Club rooms. The plan is afternoon tea at Polson’s Farm. See page 19,

We continue to get new members and I would ask you all to make them welcome, look after them and help them to settle in. They are our future and on that note can I ask you to especially welcome our youngest junior member, Casey Broadhead, Charlie and Kath Anderson’s grandson The November Club night is our night run organised by last year’s winners, Rebecca and Karl Brown. Bring a torch! It’s time to start thinking about our December meeting which is, of course, Restoration of the Year. That includes Items of Interest so get your thinking caps on and entries ready. On that note, you will have noticed some new cars on the scene, 2 Buick 8s into the O’Keeffe family, Sue Voss’s Morris Marina and James Whibly’s Citroen L15. We have a Christmas raffle again this year so please bring your contributions and place them in the box provided Well, that’s enough from me. Got to go! I’ve got 5 grandchildren waiting with their cereal bowls for me to fill them.

History Page I dont know how many of you were members in 1965 but does anyone have any information that could help this gentleman trace the history of this Austin 7. If so please contact me and I will pass all the details to him. Thanks Peter, Editor September 19, 2017 Hello Sir, I gleaned your name and email address from the https:// website. I am an auto appraiser located in Tucson, Arizona and in the midst of an appraisal with six vehicles. Two of them are Austin Sevens, that were shipped to the USA from New Zealand. One with the chassis number 89854 was previously owned by a Ms. Marie Elizabeth Jones of Featherston, New Zealand and it was shipped to Los Angeles in 1969. It has badges in the vehicle from several rallyes in New Zealand, picture attached, do you have any historical data from those events that might assist in documenting the history of the car. Thanks in advance. v/r Harv Falkenstine

AT VTNZ WANGANUI we can’t wait to get you on the road again Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm Saturday: 8am–12noon 19 Heads Road, Wanganui Ph: 06 348 7108


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40th Annual “Rubber Duckie� Motor-Cycle Rally Four hardy souls set out once again for the annual motor-cycle rally in Taranaki. Well known for the amount of wet weather that always accompanies it, this year was no exception. The good thing about it was there was some periods of sun through out the day to dry off the rain. Bill had been working hard getting the Norton Commando up to scratch, vinned and registered which was completed in time to enjoy the bike on the rally. There were only 29 competitors which is down quite a lot for this rally. Bill managed to get off work early enough on Friday to get up to New Plymouth in time for the meal at the Rally Headquarters, where we met up with the other hardy competitors and had a bit of a chat. Then off to bed to prepare for Saturday. There was some heavy rain overnight but we woke to blue sky and sunshine on Saturday. Breakfast at 0730, riders briefing at 0815 and the first bike was away at 0900 hrs. There was much discussion about whether or not to wear the wet weather gear. Some were taking it just in case but one comment that I heard made my mind up for me. He said it was rather difficult to put the gear on over boots etc in the rain on the side of the road. So I retired to our room and began the drama of dressing for a wet ride. Halfway through I knew I had made the right decision and sure enough the heavens opened and down came the rain almost before the first bike was away. The rally route once again took us over the back roads of Taranaki, North through Onaero and Urenui up to Uriti and through a rather long tunnel. Advice for this was to remove sunglasses and ensure headlights were on. We entered the tunnel and about a quarter of the way through, slowed and came to almost a standstill. Bill couldn't see ahead of him although daylight was obvious at the end of the tunnel. He had not put his headlight on!! That sorted we continued through to the end but I must say I did find it a bit scary as the road was not sealed and there were a few rocks around.

Parts of the run was timed and silent checks were also used but the section before lunch was left free for us to enjoy the scenery. The lunch stop was at the Vintage Car Club Rooms in Leperton where we had a good lunch and a look around their parts shed. (Looks much like ours). One bike missed an instruction and they found themselves up the top of Mount Messenger. So a turn around and with a slightly quicker average speed got them back in time for lunch. We then left for the afternoon section which took us back to Rally Headquarters, again via the back roads of Taranaki up under the mountain. There were a few heavy showers throughout the day but the sun did show its face in between which was enough to dry the rain and it was certainly not cold. The presentation dinner was once again held at the Golf Club which is within walking distance of the headquarters. The showers continued but we did not get wet either going to or returning home. Colin and Vicki Tate won second place in their class and the overall winner was John and Jill Williams in their 1937 Morgan Supersports. We returned home on Sunday and Bill had a very dirty bike to wash. It was a great rally and very enjoyable weekend.

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Shane & Noeline Hobman’s Sunday Run Once again we were blessed with a fabulous day and we all, many of us, turned up at the clubrooms looking for a pleasant sunday run, and thats just what we got, and a bit more. Detailed instructions were handed out, after a brief briefing by Shane and off we set. (We were instructed during the briefing that we would be having a fair run around the town, I looked at my fuel gauge and thought 1/4 full, plenty for a Sunday run, plenty!) Doreen and Toby were relegated to the rear as our Granddaughter Jess had claimed the navigator position. Also she doesn’t get seasick when reading and writing on the move. Various moves were performed and she then instructed me to drive into the river but that’s another story! We did a little in town touring and then headed out of town up Brunswick Rd, last time we did that the Morrie stopped, refused to let us know why, and then started again but nothing exciting this time. Mind you when going uphill the fuel guage always indicates low, nothing to worry about, nothing at all! Top of the hill we will probably turn left and head back into town where there are lots of petrol stations but no, days Jess, “turn right, stay on Brunswick”, so we did. Now when asked what was the school on the left in Campbell Rd, we turned into Campbell Road and identified the school. On we went, followed by a very nice little Morrie 8. Now I felt a little unsure when we crossed over a cattle grid and even more unsure when we came to a house, at the end of the road! The owner kindly came out to say hello and explained that there was a Campbell Street back in town, maybe we would be better off there?A little back tracking took us back on the correct route but with a little less fuel, in fact it was loking low but we knew when we hit SH3 we would be heading back into town where there are lots of petrol stations but no, says Jess, “turn right! Grandad then overruled the navigator and headed for the Pukekos Nest for a refill and that’s is why some of you saw us heading the wrong way to Bason Reserve, not to worry we were back on track with lots of fuel!

Quick run round the park and off to Kai Iwi, why not on a lovely spring Sunday afternoon and then head back towards town. As we stopped at the London St, Grey street lights I thought I could smell fuel and so it seemed could the others so I looked round to see who was leaking fuel, strange no one else had stopped. I pulled in over the lights noticing that we did not still have lots of fuel, strange I thought. looked like a leaking hose but was in fact a stuck float that needed poking and then off we went again. On returning to the club we found we were not the only casualties, Various cars were exchanged, core plugs were blown out and power steering hoses disintegrated, what a fun afternoon. What a great day out a good crowd back at afternnon tea and a few tales to tell. Lets do it all again next year! My Daddy Sleeps Naked

"Late again!" the third-grade teacher sternly said to little Ranger. "It ain't my fault this time, Miss Russell. You can blame this 'un on my Daddy.The reason I'm three hours late is my Daddy sleeps naked!" Now, Miss Russell had taught grammar school for thirty-some-odd years. Despite her mounting fears, she asked little Ranger what he meant by that. Full of grins and mischief, and in the flower of his youth, little Ranger and trouble were old friends,...... but he always told her the truth. "You see, Miss Russell, out at the farm we got this here low down fox. The last few nights, he done ate six hens.Last night, when Daddy heard a noise out in the chicken pen, he grabbed his double barrelled shot gun and said to my Ma,"That fox is back again... I'm a gonna git him!'' "Stay back," Daddy whispered to all us kids! "My Daddy was naked as a jaybird --no boots, no pants, no shirt! To the hen house he crawled, just like an Injun on the snoop. Then, he stuck that double-barrelled 12-gauge shotgun through the window of the coop. As he stared into the darkness, with a fox on his mind, our old hound dog, Rip, had done gone and woke up and comes sneaking up behind Daddy. Then, as we all looked on, plumb helpless, old Rip done went and stuck his coldnose in my Daddy's crack!" "Miss Russell, we all been pluckin' chickens since three o'clock this mornin!"

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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.

From the desk of Jim O’Neill, Wanganui Branch Club Captain We are allways looking for guest speakers and if you would like to volunteer, or know of any good candidates, please contact any comittee member.


This month’s run, on Sunday the 15th, is to Polson’ s Farm, on Te Remu Road. Please take your afternoon tea with you and tea will be served on the lawn or, in the case of inclement weather, in the woolshed.

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


15th Sunday Run, Mr Jim O’Neill


1st Club Night and Night Run, Karl & Rebecca Brown 19th Sunday Ladies Run, Hinemoa Boyd


6th Club Night, Restoration of the Year

January 2018

10th Club Night, Picnic Tea 21st Burma Rally


7th Club Night, VIC card explanation 25th Gymkhana


4th, Saturday, Blue Smoke & Pedals 7th Club Night 18th Sunday Run, Bruce Ardell


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


2nd Club Night 20th Sunday Run


6th AGM Annual Rally

Wanted to buy Motorhome, 3 or 4 berth. Any age consdered but prefer a later model. Must be fully self contained Phone Chris White 063487335 or email


Auto Electrical Ltd

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For Sale 1936 Morris 8 Sports, 800cc, 3speed manual. $15000 Current Registration and WOF, 46742 miles Sue 0212966210, 063451515.

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. Wolesley  1500,Alfa  Romeo  1.8  Gulieta    scoda  mb1000,Renault  5gtl,Sarb   9000t,Peugeot  505  v6,Citroen  d  special,  Morris  minor  1000  1962,  Austin  princess,   Vauxhall  Chevette Cars  without  rego.  Austin  1923  12/4  shop  truck,  Triumph  mayflower,  1953,  Scoda   octavia,  Peugeot  203,  Renault  dauphine,  Ford  prefect  side  valve,  Early  ford  popular.   Ring  me  or  call  in  107  Egmont  st  Patea.  Im  not  giving  them  away  but  reasonable   offers. 06  273  8717

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Spare Parts Shed

Call Trevor Roberts PHONE 063458897 Trevor or John 06 3458897

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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.

Buy, Sell or Swap. (if any details are changed, or anything sold etc – please let the Editor know )


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Wanganui VCC October 2017  
Wanganui VCC October 2017