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THE MOTORING SPIRIT The The Wellington Wellington Branch Branch Newsletter Newsletter December / January 2018 February 2018 2015

The Banks’ Family 1937 Austin 12/4 Ascot - 80 years in the family

A variety of starfish in the touching tables at Marine Education Centre. Most starfish have five points. Why does one have six?

Pre restoration

View of interior - upholstery matching original

The dashboard restored to original

60 years of Vintage motoring 1958—2018


The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc.)

Wellington Branch Clubrooms

Halford

Place

Postal Address

PO Box 38-418,

(East end of Jackson Street)\ Petone

Clubrooms Phone 568-7463

Email: wellington@vcc.org.nz

Branch Committee Chairman

Bill Pinkham

pinkham@outlook.co.nz

938-3407

Secretary

Alastair McCarthy

wellington@vcc.org.nz

589-8248

mccarthys@xtra.co.nz Treasurer

Peter McKeown

peter@smartpower.co.nz

233 5113

Club Captain

Neale Ryder

joannemillar@xtra.co.nz

528-2580 0274 493-014

Assistant Club Captain

Peter Simpson

psimpsonnz@gmail.com

566-2675

General Member

Don Hawkes

mdhawkes@xtra.co.nz

232-8518

Property Manager

Colin White

the-whitehouse@xtra.co.nz

569-6549

Newsletter Editor

Claire Benge

claire.benge@xtra.co.nz

589-8383

Social Convenor

Tasi Betteridge

tasiandray@gmail.com

Nat Executive Delegate

Ray Betteridge

ray@betteridge.co.nz

Parts Manager

Alick Jenner

972-2367 565 0174

Appointed Officers Librarian

David Crooks

dcrooks@xtra.co.nz

476-4588

Scribe to Beaded Wheels

Claire Benge

claire.benge@xtra.co.nz

589-8383

Workshop Custodian

Don Hawkes

mdhawkes@xtra.co.nz

232-8514

Friend of the Fire Engine

John Jackson

jackapp@xtra.co.nz

234-8702

Motorcycle Representative Peter Simpson

psimpsonnz@gmail.com

566-2675

Vehicle ID

Roger White

white.house.stokesvalley@xtra.co.nz

563-6236

Don Hawkes

mdhawkes@xtra.co.nz

232-8514

Memorabilia Sales

Vacant

Rally Secretary

Diane White

white.house.stokesvalley@xtra.co.nz

563-6236

Archives & Trophies

Michael Curry

alvishumber@gmail.com

526-9522

Bar Duties

Roger White/Paul Switzer

563-6236 / 907 4904

NO CALLS AFTER 9:00PM PLEASE

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

Bill Pinkham

Happy New Year 2018 Last year finished off very nicely with the BBQ Club night, good food, good music and good company, a great night. Christmas is over for another year, that went in a flash and January is going rapidly too. A gentle reminder from the editor to a few of us that our columns were due NOW shocked me into the fact that January is almost over. The break from work was great but the first week back was murder.

January Club night we visited O’Reilly’s Garage to look and dream about some of the exotic vehicles they have for sale. Interesting to hear what some people would like to take home with them. I found the bark from some of the cars that Elliot started for us, when revved, as not pleasant; the soft burble of a flat head V8 being much nicer. Planning has started for our trips to the 2018 swap meets and looking forward to being able to travel the Kaikoura road again instead of playing Russian roulette with the trucks on the inland route! Our annual pilgrimage to Art Deco Weekend is less than a month away now, looking forward to that, and hoping the rains of last year don’t return. In the sixteen years that we have attended it has only rained once, not a bad run. Weather over the Christmas/New Year period has been a bit of a mixed bag with a storm thrown in there for good measure. I had the pleasure of driving the desert road in the middle of that. Did you realize that the Longest Day was 22 December and that Daylight saving ends 1 April 2018! So enjoy the summer while it lasts, and stop complaining about the heat, WINTER will be here before you know it.

Bill Contributions for the Motoring Spirit are always welcome Articles, photos, reports or tit bits. Electronic versions are preferred but photos and text can be scanned or typed up. Send to the Editor - claire.benge@xtra.co.nz or arrange by phone with her to get a hard copy by mail or at Club Nights

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FROM THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE

Neale Ryder

Due to the Wanganui Vintage weekend and Club Captain’s Safari, Neale was unable to write a message but he was extremely pleased with the attendance at the Club Captains Rally even though it was a week day, and for the enthusiasm with which they competed in the Monte Carlo. The winning points were within 25 points of each other (and 25 was the smallest difference in points for each town). Many thanks Neale and Joanne for your organisation and Roger and Diane for their help. Ed On the left a question what the historic strip of concrete found in Moutoa Gardens in Whanganui? A prize for any one with the answer.

On the right - the steam train bears down on us on the way to dinner on Sudnay night

FROM THE EDITOR’S LAPTOP

Claire Benge

Welcome to 2018 and the best summer ever. As I write, my wrists are sticking to my laptop so I can’t rest my wrists. But all the windows and doors are open and the famous Maungaraki breezes keep me cool. We have just come back from the Wanganui Vintage Weekend, starting with the Club Captain’s Rally, a display on Saturday, a rally on Sunday and Dinner. The Club Captain’s decision to have his Safari on Friday (and what fun the Monte Carlo is) was great as we could enjoy the display day on Saturday with all sorts of cars and antiques, and dressing up, and felt more part of the weekend than last year. Our President, Diane Quarry, who presented Bruce Ardell with his 50 year badge made comment that this weekend is going to rival the Napier’s Art Deco weekend. That, incidentally, is drawing near in this month together with British Car Day and American Car day, plus a great looking rally into the hills organised by the Horowhenua Branch at the end of the month. But whether our interaction with the club is rallying here and in other places, Wednesday morning and Friday night drop-ins, Swap meets or just reading this magazine and Beaded Wheels, I hope you enjoy the year ahead and get as much out of our Club as you can.

Claire

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Michael Curry

2017 went out on a high with the following donations: Stan Garmonsway donated over 880 negatives and 280 photos. These cover years from 1958 to our inaugural rally, and various events up to our 60th annual rally November 2017. John Wilkens’ donation gave the details of three Club room motor shows, and membership drives in November and December 1975 plus March 1977. The details include vehicles, owners and financial records. From non-member Russell Walsh, a motoring map of North Island circa mid 1940s. Ian McLean donated a photo of Rex Porter in his 1900 Cudell De Bouton with Pam McLean and their sons at our 10th Anniversary Rally 1967. This photo is the only photo of this event in our branch records. We also have no entrants list.

Can you help fill this gap in our archive records? THE JANUARY 2018 SUNDAY RUN

Richard Davies

The day dawned cloudy but fine. There was quite a good turnout as follows: Dave Nisbitt Ian MCulloch Kim Rose Paul Switzer Dave and Linda Young Richard Davies Fred and Fay Hamer Don and Maureen Hawkes Trevor Barnes Ivan Gardener Keith Bramley

Hupmobile Chrysler Austin 7 Ford Prefect Essex Simca De Soto modern Suzuki Motorcycle and sidecar Triumph Motor Scooter modern

Most of us met at the Janus Bakery on High Street, Lower Hutt around 10.30, departing around 11.40 for Phil Kidd’s farm in the Mangaroa Valley (organised by Ian. had contacted him earlier that week for an invitation to visit his property. We arrived at 12.15 when we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the Kidds front deck with its great view, and tea and coffee supplied by them. Phil then showed us his collection of cars, two of which need almost complete restoration. He described the restoration of his 1923 Essex Roadster including modifications and in the background was an early Essex 4 pickup waiting its turn. Thank you, Phil and Coral for having us on your property and for your hospitality. Following that some of us stopped for coffee at the Stonestead Café in Te Marua to end a great day The February meeting is on Sunday 4th, same meeting place, same meeting time, then to the American Car Day at Trentham 5


MOTORCYCLE MOTORCYCLE SECTION

Trevor Barnes

Meeting Monday January 15th 11 members attended the meeting.

Past Events Gold Medal Trial, Wairarapa 25th November: Peter Wright was presented with his bronze medal. Christmas Ride 20th December. Eleven riders toured via Martinborough to the Gladstone Hotel for lunch. An enjoyable event though some noticed the strong winds on the Rimutaka Hill coming back.

Coming Events Mail Run, Taupo to Napier: 10th March (Hawkes Bay Classic Motorcycle Club). The Facebook page has: “For more info and an Entry Form - contact Jim Lord 0273547386” British Car Day: February 11th at Trentham Memorial Park. Wellington Biennial Rally: 25th-28th Jan. This is under way as the magazine goes to print. A report will be in the March Motoring Spirit

South Island Tour - “Quadruple Bike Pass”: Thu 15th – Sun 25th March. Aaron distributed the information document to those participating. Warrick Laing has withdrawn for family reasons.

Next Meeting: The February motorcycle meeting will be: February 26th

4th Monday at The Butcher and Brewer, 7:30pm

Meeting dates for the rest of the year:

March April May June July

4th Monday 26th 4th Monday 23rd 4th Monday 28th 4th Monday 25th 4th Monday 23rd

August 4th Monday 27th September 4th Monday 24th October 3rd Monday 15th (Labour Day 4th Monday 22nd) November 4th Monday 26th

Warning from the Gore Branch mag (The Wiper). Never trust atoms. They make up everything 6

Contributed by Trevor Barnes


FROM THE SECRETARY

Alastair McCarthy

E-mail addresses With the demise of Vodafone, Paradise, Clear and other email providers, many people have had to set up new e-mail addresses. I have been advised of some changes, but recent group e -mails sent out to club members have resulted in around 20 e-mails being “bounced” from addresses that are no longer valid. So if you have a new e-mail address and wish to receive e-mails from the Branch please let me know the details of your new address at mccarthys@xtra.co.nz or Wellington@vcc.org.nz. I will also pass these details onto National Office for their records.

Please also contact me if you would like to receive e-mails and don’t think you are currently on the list. E-mails are only sent to Branch members occasionally when there is something members need to know about that cannot wait until the next issue of the Motoring Spirit is published, or club night. Alastair McCarthy Secretary, VCC Wellington Branch

NEW MEMBERS We welcome two new members this month: John Veldman of Kingsley Heights with a 1927 Rugby, and Stephen O’Neill of Lower Hutt with Scott and Simson motorcycles

OUR NEW CONSTITUTION RULES The Companies Office registered our new Constitution Rules so we are now free to put in place new initiatives such as internet banking. For a full summary of the changes made and approved at a special general meeting earlier this year look in your May 2017 Motoring Spirit. If you don’t have a barbeque and with the warm weather we are experiencing here is an economic use for that old loo you were about to take to the tip

After you have finished the BBQ & the beer in the cistern chiller has all been drunk & the ice has melted, you just pull the chain & the water in the cistern flushes & puts out any live coals, brilliant!!! Contributed by Warren Corkin 7


THE BANK’S 1937 AUSTIN 12/4 ASCOT - by Doug Banks Early history This car started life in England as a show car which is probably why it was fitted with several extras including a Union Jack each side of the bonnet, a superior sun visor for the driver, leather gaiters on the springs, and a mat inside the boot. It was purchased by Doug Bank’s father (the late G W Banks) and shipped to New Zealand. Doug can remember as a very young lad travelling to Auckland with the family in his mother’s Austin Seven to collect it. He vaguely recalls the Ascot being slung from the ship to the wharf on a large wooden platform supported by a chain in each corner. The car, minus its wheels, was bolted to the platform with U bolts over the axles, and the wheels bolted to the same platform.

Doug, who was 3 at the time, had been told they were getting a shiny new car so he was very disappointed in the shabby looking car coated with a brown wax to protect it at sea. But when the family took possession later, its wheels were fixed in place and it was a beautifully shiny vehicle complete with that unforgettable smell of genuine leather. After visiting relatives in the Auckland area, they left for Wellington with his father driving Doug and his brother in the Ascot, while his mother brought up the rear in the Austin Seven. The Ascot apparently only got as far as the Bombay Hills before the radiator boiled furiously. His father, who was an engineer of many years standing, found that the bellows type thermostat in the thermo-syphon hose between the cylinder head and the header tank was faulty. It was removed and never refitted, with no trouble for the rest of the journey. During WWII the Ascot was commandeered by the Government to be used as military transport in the Wellington area. It was returned to the family to serve as a reliable workhorse for many more years, serving the family for New Zealand wide holidays, weddings and funerals, picnics and parties. His father always serviced the car, replacing clutch plates and brake linings, doing numerous valve grinds and occasionally removing the motor for rebores. Doug is pretty certain that all this nurtured his interest in engineering and motor vehicles generally, since he was constantly at his father’s elbow when any such work was done. In 1953 the Ascot was shipped to Australia, where his parents successfully completed thousands of miles over six months including a return trip across the Nullabor plains. The only work done, apart from regular lubrication and general servicing, was the inevitable valve grind. Back in New Zealand the Ascot was relegated to become Doug’s mother’s car when they bought a larger vehicle. The Ascot was borrowed by Doug and his brother, now teenagers, who “hooned” around, trying to break records amongst other things, and it became the family hack, carrying timber, cement and other heavy stuff. Fortunately their mother would not part with it and drove it until she was 85 and had no licence. Not long after that the clutch pressure plate collapsed and in 1975 the vehicle was placed in storage. 8


The Restoration In 1980 Doug started the restoration, spending the next eight years removing parts from the car in its storage shed to take home to restore or replace. By early 1989 he had replaced large sections of door panels, scuttles, lower grilles and mudguards. Sheet metal work was not his forte and, because of the large amount of bodywork involved, the parts were refitted many times to identify distortions and irregularities. He was determined to restore the Ascot to as near to the original as possible. All major components have the original numbers from when the car was purchased. The body colour of Westminster Green was matched with the assistance of Peter Tucker of Porirua Motor Bodies using small areas of the body that hadn’t been exposed to light. The original British Paints formula located on file at the BALM factory and matched to British Paints colour swatches was specially produced through Magnus Motors. Locating green carpet and vinyl was a major problem and after five years of no success he was helped by a friend in the carpet trade who found a part roll of hessian backed cut pile carpet, virtually identical to the original, in an auto-upholstery shop in Perth, Western Australia. A Marine Supply House found vinyl manufactured in Seattle to match the carpet and paintwork. He even found green draught stop in an old auto-upholstery in Wanganui. Beadings and mouldings had to be made from the green vinyl because the originals could not be found. The rear blind had been missing for many years although he remembered it was of semi-transparent grey material, slightly darker than the interior hood lining. His mother made a new one from material found in a local shop. The Ascot has been owned by the Banks Family for over 80 years and garaged in only two different places in Point Howard. Doug got his driver’s licence on his 15th birthday and this car was his introduction to driving. Since restoration it has travelled from North Cape to Bluff, it went to 13 Art Deco Rallies, 2 International Rallies and toured extensively throughout New Zealand on VCC activities. Doug recalls it as an extremely reliable vehicle, solidly built, cruising at 50 mph and a pleasure to drive. It has been sold to a member of the Wanganui Vintage Car Club so we may well see it again.

The newly restored chassis waiting for the body

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CLUB CAPTAINS SAFARI/WANGANUI VINTAGE WEEKEND by Ray Betteridge

On January club night Neal and Roger gave us a long list of destinations between Wellington and Wanganui with places from Makara to Parongahau, Waiouru, Horopito and many in between, each with an allocated points value. Starting on Friday 19 January at 8.00am at any one of these destinations, we had to collect as many points as possible to arrive at Woodville at 12.00 noon for lunch, then 5.00pm for final check in at Wanganui. Many people covered many miles and I doubt any two cars opted for the same route. We only saw Aaron and Margaret in the morning. In the afternoon we saw a lot more cars, sometimes coming towards us. We had the misfortune of an impromptu “running of the bulls” just north of Alfredton when 5 large black beasts ran straight out of a driveway in front of us as we were about to cross a bridge. We braked hard but the impact was very heavy. We suffered damage to mudguard, door, headlight etc and considered ourselves very lucky to be unhurt and still roadworthy (apart from a headlight and mirror). It was like hitting a brick wall and it says a lot for our Ford that we got off unhurt. Unfortunately one of the animals was badly hurt and would need to be put down. The farmer on a quad bike disappeared in the other direction at speed so we have asked the police to prosecute. We carried on to have a very sociable lunch with much discussion about routes etc. The organisers had applied a margin for vintage vehicles which made the final results very close across the classes. (Results on Page 12) This is a marvellous fun event and we can recommend it to all members. It was just the beginning of a really fun weekend starting with a barbecue and a sing-a-long at the motel on Friday night.

Last year’s winners , Mike and Jon with Roger, anxious to do well again

Winton and Ruth, 1st time competitors show Neale proof of their route

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Photos on this page by Stan Gar-


On Saturday Wanganui City came alive with cars on display over several blocks of Victoria Ave. These ranged from stock cars, hot rods, classics, and the full gamut of VCC eligible vehicles – a fantastic display. Along with this we were surrounded by period music, steam punk aficionados , coffee, food – you name it – traction engines, paddle boating, a DC3, all giving rides and a real vintage atmosphere. On Sunday we all entered the Burma Rally in our nominated speed classes to rally out to Hunterville on a long timed section to return down the Turakina Valley to Wanganui. When the slow classes are released in front of the faster classes on winding, no passing roads, the fast speeds become impossible. Bernie Quinn performed very creditably travelling alone. The evening dinner was a great night with many members of our group dressing up as requested and looking very smart. Ruth Findlay (Horowhenua), who joined us with Winton Cleal, for the weekend must have been very close to winning the ladies award as she was particularly elegant. The only award won by Wellington was the least wanted one – we received the Hardluck Prize!! All in all a great weekend. Sincere thanks to Diane and Roger White, Neal Ryder and Joanna Miller for the time and effort they put into the planning of the Club Captains Safari (Monte Carlo style) and ensuring everyone had a great time.

An unusual Citroen Coupe caught the editor’s eye

Wgtn members picnic after the Sunday rally while waiting for the car display to end

And a Citroen CV2 also - smallest car there

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The one and only Sandy Special - built from scratch by a Sandy - a local member


WHANGANUI VINTAGE WEEKEND 19TH TO 22ND JAN 2018 RESULTS Club Captains Safari Results

. Name

Class

Place

Overall

Ray & Tasi Betteridge

Vintage

1st

1st

nd

2nd 7th

John & Deirdre Blakemore

Vintage

2

Phil & Coral Kidd

Vintage

3rd st

3rd= 8th

Bruce & Claire Benge

PW

1

Aaron & Margaret Janes

PW

2nd

Winton Cleal & Ruth Findlay

PW

3

rd

10th

Trevor Stone & Denise McElwain

P60

1st

3rd +

Warren & Jan Corkin

P60

2nd

5th

Mike & Jon Pattison

P60

3rd

6th

Burma Rally - Wellington Members Results Class

Name

Points

Place In Class

4

Phil & Coral Kidd

240

4th

Barry & Hilary Pettengell

357

5th

Ray & Tasi Betteridge

687

12th

5

John & Deirdre Blakemore

463

3rd

8

Bernie Quin

214

3rd

Peter Simpson

569

6th

Arron & Margaret Janes

718

8th

Alastair McCarthy & Angelica Edgley

841

11th

10

Bruce & Claire Benge

1,037

6th

11

Warren & Jan Corkin

329

4th

Kevin & Joanna Buck

396

5th

Mike & Jon Pattison

691

10th

Roger & Diane White

692

11th

Best Performance by Wellington Branch Member s Bernie Quin 214, Phil & Coral Kid 240 , Warren & Jan Corkin 329

Hard Luck Trophy Ray & Tasi Betteridge and 1st Entrant into Rally. Full results sheet will be on notice board next club night. 12


2017 CHRISTMAS PARTY

Claire Benge

Tuesday 19th December, the last Club Meeting night, was as usual combined with the Motorcycle sub-branch for a Christmas Barbeque. The night was warm as part of the unprecedented hot weather experienced here before Christmas so the roller door was wide open and the band (AJMC’s band The Melling Station Boys joined by club member John Jackson) had probably the best spot that night in the breeze. We started with drinks and nibbles then advanced to very tasty barbequed sausages, chicken and steak (cooked by Collin White with a little bit of interference from some other guys) with a variety of hot vegetables and cold salads (prepared by Tasi Betteridge and her team of ladies). The loud hum of conversation dropped briefly as people got stuck in to laden plates, then rose again. There was a brief interruption for a special presentation to Doug Banks of the Challenge Trophy for 2017. He had been unable to attend the November Rally Dinner when annual prizes are presented because he was in hospital , so it was great to see him at the Christmas Party. A dazzling display of deserts rounded up the meal, and music, not just blue grass but country and pop, entertained us with Aaron sneaking in for a few songs to make the band our own. A great way to finish the year.

Above - Doug Banks receives the Colonial Cup for 2017 Above left - VCC members enjoying the Christmas Party

Left - Our members wait anxiously for the pass the parcel game so that they can open their Christmas Presents

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JANUARY 2018 CLUB NIGHT

Claire Benge

The January Club Night was well attended in spite of it being the “holiday” month. Some members were attending for the briefing of the Club Captain’s Monte Carlo to Wanganui on Friday, but the word must have leaked about the planned visit to O’Reilly’s Garage because there was a large group outside talking in the cool air waiting for the briefing to end. We then set off on a short direct run through to the west end of Udy Street Petone to the frontage for O’Reilly’s Garage (official address 152 Hutt Road). O’Reilly’s Garage claims to be Wellington’s most interesting independent dealership stocking some of the best models from the world’s finest car manufacturers and it certainly had our guys (and some girls) fascinated by the cars they had on the floor. The warehouse was crammed with such cars most of us only dream of owning – including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Porsche, McLaren, Mercedes Benz, BMW as well as Range Rover, Audi, Volvo and Lexus . The prices ranged from a mere $30,000 to $500,000. Elliot, who is Simon O’Reilly’s offsider, talked to us briefly about the business and some of the cars then proceeded to start some of them up. The bark of their motors when revved was amazing, although not as good as “the soft burble of a flat head V8” to quote our Chairman. We all chose our favourite cars and went home to dream. Thank you O’Reilly’s Garage

Ray Betteridge tries out one of his dream cars - one of several Ferrari

There might be some bidding going on between Shaun Leahy and Ray Betteridge

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Terry and Phil talk to Elliot about this intriguing Lamborghini with the matt black finish.

General view of the Garage - more cars crammed in around the corner

The Editor’s choice, one of several that O’Reilly’s Garage owns

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AS WE WERE

from the Archives 1958 November Rally

Alan Dray in his 1926 Ford T Apparently it was sold to a Palmerston North member, then later, with no local buyers, was sold to someone in the USA.

Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run (last Wednesday of the month)

28 February 2018 Visit to Brian and Gill Ward’s Home, 73 Hydes Road, Raumati South Meet at 12pm at their home for a BBQ lunch followed by a viewing of their collection of cars. Brian has suggested that as we visit many other car collections we should have a good look at our own, so please bring your Vintage/Classic car for a heads under the bonnets afternoon. Donation of $5.00 per person for the lunch and bring your favourite tipple. Directions: From the South, take the first exit off the Expressway, then left at the roundabout (signposted Raumati South) on to Poplar Avenue. Left at end of Poplar Avenue, right into Rosetta Road Left into Hyde Road (opposite Tirimoana Road). There is plenty of parking on the grass. From the North, take the old State Highway One to turn right on to Raumati Road (Chocolate Factory on the corner). Travel to the end of the road, turn left into Rosetta Road. Hydes Road will be a right turn. Brian and Gill’s phone numbers are (04) 902 1718 or (021) 2316157 16


COMING UP

HERE and THERE

THE MANGAHAO VALLEY & 3 DAMS RUN – HOROWHENUA BRANCH MONTHLY RUN 25TH FEBRUARY 2018 This is a day trip to the Mangahao Hydro Power Station, Museum and Dams in the hills behind Shannon. Winter of 2016 caused delays in maintenance on the dams. Staff at the Power Station are unable to firmly commit to assisting with a visit at this point due to work commitments. Every effort will be made to attempt to allow VCC members into the Power Station. Regardless the run will go ahead. BYO lunch with tea and coffee supplied at the Hokonui Bush Club lodge situated at the top dam - rain, hail and snow. All weather conditions the Tararuas can turn up make each trip spectacular and interesting. The lodge is fully appointed, with a modern inside toilet, electricity and a lovely fireplace. Date: Sunday 25th February 2018 Meet: Horowhenua Club Rooms 14 Tiro Tiro Rd Levin Time: 9.45am Depart: 10.00am Bring: BYO Lunch, Coat, Warm Clothes and Suitable Shoes Venue: Power Station/Museum at 10.30am Cost: There are no costs Wellington Branch members contact Diane White at 17 white.house.stokesvalley@xtra.co.nz


Annual Swap Meet and Collectables Day - Saturday 17 March 2018 Horowhenua Branch VCC

Levin Show Grounds Events Park Levin

enquiries to Pete Collins 06 368 85656, sandracollins@xtra.co.nz

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FOUND At Clubrooms after the 2017 Children’s Christmas Party - one doll, a beautiful hat but no clothes. Contact Diane White on 04 563 6236 or white.house.stokesvalley@xtra.co.nz

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WELLINGTON BRANCH—CALENDAR OF EVENTS Clubnights are on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Clubrooms, Halford Place, Petone (eastern end of Jackson St) at 7:30pm. The Clubrooms are also open Wednesdays from 9:30 to 12:00, and for Noggin & Natter Fridays from 7:00pm ($1 for biscuits, tea and coffee free) Motorcycle Meetings are usually held on the 4th Monday of the month in the Butcher & Brewer, 175 Jackson Street, Petone at 7:30pm. FEBRUARY Sunday Run American Car Day British Car Day Committee meeting Napier Art Deco Festival Club night Motorcycle Group Meeting Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run Rally Committee meeting

MARCH 4th 4th 11th 12th 14th to 18th 20th 26th 28th tba

Club night supper roster: Norm Willis and Dave Nisbiett

Sunday Run

4th

Committee meeting

12th

Club Night

20th

Kapiti Midweek Run

28th

Motorcycle Group Meeting

26th

Rally Committee Meeting

28th

Cub night supper roster: Alastair and Angelica McCarthy

ON FEBRUARY CLUBNIGHT our Branch Member John Stokes will talk about his recently published book – “Ford in New Zealand”. This is a thoroughly researched book taking the reader from the first “Fordmobile” purchased by Robert Thompson in 1904 right through from when horses were preferred to when government was forced to develop roads to match this evolution.

APRIL

MAY

Sunday Run

1st-

Committee Meeting Motorcycle Meeting Club Night Dawn Breaker Rally & Transmission Gully Display Day Kapiti Mid Week Run Date Rally Committee Meeting

9th 16th 17th 22nd 25th TBA

Sunday Run Committee Meeting Club Night AGM Ladies Rally Motorcycle Meeting Kapiti Mid Week Run Rally Committee Meeting Club night supper roster: TBA

Club night supper roster: TBA

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6th 7th15th 20th 28th 30th TBA.


Alastair McCarthy and his Blue Grass Band, joined by John Jackson on the left, who entertained us at the 2017 Christmas Party

Woodville on Friday midday Lunch stop and end of morning section Bruce, Ray and Aaron discuss their morning routes photo by Stan Garmonsway

Wanganui on Sunday Night after the final dinner Singing Happy Birthday to Kevin Bucks over his birthday cake on his 59th?????? Birthday photo by Warren Corkin

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Wellington VCC February 2018  
Wellington VCC February 2018