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THE MOTORING SPIRIT The Wellington Branch Newsletter November 2017

Peter Chaney’s 1956 Packard Caribbean

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

59 years of Vintage motoring 1958—2017

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand (Inc.)

Wellington Branch Clubrooms



Postal Address

PO Box 38-418,

(East end of Jackson Street)\ Petone

Clubrooms Phone 568-7463


Branch Committee Chairman

Bill Pinkham



Alastair McCarthy

589-8248 Treasurer

Peter McKeown

233 5113

Club Captain

Neale Ryder

528-2580 0274 493-014

Assistant Club Captain

Peter Simpson


General Member

Don Hawkes


Property Manager

Colin White


Newsletter Editor

Claire Benge


Social Convenor

Tasi Betteridge

Nat Executive Delegate

Ray Betteridge

Acting Parts Manager

Alick Jenner

972-2367 565 0174

Appointed Officers Librarian

David Crooks


Scribe to Beaded Wheels

Claire Benge


Workshop Custodian

Don Hawkes


Friend of the Fire Engine

John Jackson


Motorcycle Representative Peter Simpson


Vehicle ID

Roger White


Don Hawkes


Memorabilia Sales


Rally Secretary

Diane White


Archives & Trophies

Michael Curry


Bar Duties

Roger White/Paul Switzer

563-6236 / 907 4904




Contact Details for Committee and Appointed Officers Contents From the Captain’s Table Chairman’s Message From the Archives The Sunday Run From the Library Motorcycle Section From the Editor’s Laptop Behind the Scenes

P3 P4 P5 P6 - 7 P8 P9

P10 - 11 P12 -13 P13 P14 P16 P17 P 18 P19 P20- 22 P 23

October Club Night The Heritage Rally As We Were October Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run Coming Up - Here and There From The Social Convener November Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run Buy & Sell Advertisements Calendar of Events


Neale Ryder

Summer is almost here and that brings a few more opportunities to get out and about. Our next largish event is Club Captains Safari in January. Now is the time, for those who haven't already, to make your accommodation bookings in Whanganui. As we saw last year, Whanganui is extremely busy on their "Vintage Weekend" with a great variety of things to see and do, so don't miss out. Coming up in December is the Annual Run to Lake Ferry. This is arranged by the Sunbeam Car Club and is always an open invitation to anyone to come along regardless of whether you belong to any car club or not. So what if the weather can be a bit of a lottery, there are always some very interesting cars and people there. Regards


A joke to perturb both architects and engineers in our midst as well as everyone else - by a famous artist/draughtsman - Escher How many bars can you see -3 or 4? (contributed by Ian Maclean)



Bill Pinkham

The usual crew attended the Christchurch swap meet again this year although, with the coastal road still closed between Blenheim and Kaikoura, the trip down is a long drive. This year we had to take the 8:45 sailing on Thursday night and then drive south, getting to Christchurch for breakfast at about 8am. That road is hard work in daylight and in the dark is a bit of a nightmare, not helped by those damned trucks that don’t just think they own the road, they know it! We have heard all the stories of how bad this road is and how Joe Public is causing the truckies issues. Well the road is not great, never has been but after driving it a few times and especially at night, my view is that the trucks are the problem. They are just tooooooo damned big for the road and hence are destroying it on a regular basis. NZTA are probably the root cause of the issue. They allowed the trucks to get bigger and heavier and did little to accommodate them on our 1950’s and 60’s roads. Friday was a glorious day, clear skies, nice and warm; Saturday was a different story with rain. Numbers appeared to be well down on other years and some vendors did not look like they were going to open on Saturday, and by mid-afternoon some were packing up, as Sunday’s forecast didn’t look any better. The trip home was fairly uneventful, just a long drive. A small group attended the Manawatu Swap Meet to try and raise a few more dollars for the branch. This required an early start, leaving home at 5:30 am. Weather was fine but as the swap meet is held in the Arena the weather wasn’t going to be an issue. We could have done with that weather the week before in Christchurch. But we still made a small contribution to the club coffers by selling a few items. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Heritage Rally but those that did appear to have had a great time, another great run that I missed. Club night, well that went off very well with a really good attendance. And good to see our new members there, and another prospective member. Good times are on the way. The Special General Meeting went well with the proposed new constitution, and three amendments to it, all passed. Now all we need to do is register it to make it official. The guest car and speaker were great and what can I say about that Packard Caribbean Convertible, it spoke for itself. I’m sure there will be a photo of it somewhere else in this newsletter. With that out of the way the target now is a good November Rally and Dinner followed by the Car Show at Queens Wharf. See you all there.




Michael Curry

The display on the South wall of the Clubrooms of photographs of our inaugural rally from Upper Hutt to Lower Hutt on 22 November 1958, will be expanded over the next few months to cover a sample of Branch events in more recent times. The archive is looking for photographs, slides, negatives and digital images for the Branch records. Of particular interest are photos of our annual November Rallies for 1967(10th), 1979 (21st), 1983 (25th). Also any other Branch event. Almost no photos exist for the years 1960 to 2000. Robin Simpson has been donating substantial records from his years as treasurer and Club Captain; these cover the period 1988 to 2004 and include a full branch membership list circa 1963/64. Michael



The Christmas Sunday Run on 3 December 2017 will be a visit to the Vintage Machinery Club Maungaroa, Upper Hutt. To get there, take the Maungaroa Valley turn off at the end of the motorway at Maoribank. Over the hill and then on the left you will see the Vintage Machinery Club - it is well sign posted. We are expected there at approximately 12 midday after our usual meeting at Janus Bakery, High Street, Lower Hutt before 11am. A BBQ will be put on for us at a cost of $5 per head including tea and coffee. Ian would be grateful if people would let him know whether they require that so he can advise numbers. If they wish they can bring their own picnic lunch. Richard

The October Sunday Run 1 October 2017 Wow! What a great turnout, as follows: Ian and Katrin myself Kim Tony Hal Fred and Fay

29 Chrysler 57 Simca 37 Austin Ruby 77 Mercedes 73 Morris Mini 62 DeSoto

Bernard Bill Brian Trevor Ivan

82 Jaguar Modern Modern 80 Susuki motorcycle BSA motor scooter

A few days earlier Ian McCulloch had arranged a run to an Alpaca farm near the Catchpool on the Coast Road in Wainuiomata. Most of us met for morning tea at the usual place, the Janus Bakery on High Street in Lower Hutt. We then headed over the hill to the farm, arriving at about 12. 30 to be welcomed by our hosts, Vicky and Alex Cordier. They laid on a great welcome to us, with a small barbeque of sausages and rolls, and tea and coffee and Vicky gave a short talk about their 9 Alpacas before introducing us to them. They were very friendly and ate food out of our hands although didn’t like to be touched. A great trip! PS Some had lunch afterwards at the new cafÊ at the local golf club and recommended it. 5


David Crooks

A Century Ago cont’d. Notwithstanding resistance to change at high levels and the static nature of conflict on the Western Front, the mechanisation of military forces increased rapidly as WW1 progressed, which in turn put pressure on the motor industry. Of all the makes and models of motor vehicles brought into service in their variety of versions the Model T must be noted as a standout. Ford was by a long shot the leading mass producer of motor vehicles and by 1914 had 48% of the US market, most of them Model T’s of which the 1 millionth rolled out in December 1915. A mechanically simple design, light but sturdy, reliable and extraordinarily adaptable for utility purposes, it became widely used in the US and elsewhere and has been deservedly labelled “the car of the century”. Not surprising then that as the need arose for versatile military vehicles attention was directed to the Model T. Its features and capabilities are generally well recognised, but a brief note as a refresher. It was light weight - with selective use of vanadium steel (stated kerb weight 700 kg), flexible structure – riveted sections, and high ground clearance, which gave it a very good performance in rough terrain. The structural design facilitated ease of modification and ready adaptation for a wide range of needs, especially in rural conditions. The 2.9 litre, 22 hp rated engine provided impressive low rpm torque, a road speed up to 40mph and a fuel consumption of 20-25 mpg. Systems were basic but effective for its varied design role: thermosiphon engine cooling, splash lubrication, flywheel incorporated alternator, braking function as part of the transmission gear system. The result was hugely successful, from 1908 to 1927 some 16 million were built, 15 m in US, ¾ m in Canada and ¼ m in Britain and Ireland. The first source of Model T’s for use in WW1 appears to have been vehicles commandeered from private and commercial use in Britain and France. Their quality performance led to a rising demand but, because of his isolationist views, Henry Ford resisted supply of production vehicles for military use and limited provision to relatively small numbers and on condition that they were used only as ambulances - France obtained 2,400 for this purpose. For other uses vehicles were obtained from Ford Canada and by diversion of imports intended for civilian use. Through creative procurement via third parties an enterprising Ford dealer in Paris was able to acquire and assemble 11,000 T’s for the French Army. When the US entered the war in 1917 Ford’s mood shifted to full support for the war effort. By various measures and sources the British acquired between 20-30,000 Model T’s for military use, a large number of which were assigned to the British, Australian and New Zealand forces in Africa and the Middle East. Overall, about 125,000 Model T’s were in military service during WW1, 15,000 of them with the 60,000 vehicle fleet of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. To some extent it can be compared to the Jeep in WW2. The ambulance was the most featured version of the Model T in WW1 and served in greater numbers for this purpose than other makes. From American factories the vehicle was shipped as major components – chassis, engine, running gear – with assembly and body build in Britain and France. This resulted in a range of styles in the box body form but was subject to improvement and some degree of standardisation with time in service. It typically provided for three stretcher or five sitting casualties. An early use was with the American Ambulance Field Service in France from early 1915. This organisation was formed and supported by prominent Americans and manned by mostly young civilian volunteers which reached a strength of some 2,000, It was organised into sections of 20 ambulances plus a few Ford support vehicles and attached to French Army divisions in the field. They came under US Army control after America became involved in April 1917 but remained on loan to the French until the end of the war. Their number included notable figures such as Walt Disney and Ernest Hemingway. The pictures at the top of the next page show WW1 Model T ambulances in various configurations and situations. Top left an early short box version (this one was in Australian service); top right, a later extended deck variant; lower left, a line up with British women drivers in France; lower right, this one in French service:

A Lucas Quip 6. The Original Anti-Theft Device – Lucas Electrics 6

As aircraft engines became bigger and more powerful during WW1 hand-swinging starts became more difficult. Starters and batteries added unacceptable weight to the light aircraft of the day and prompted the search for an external power starter. In 1912 Captain BC Hucks a British RFC test pilot came up with a starting device mounted on a Model T ute. A drive shaft on an adjustable frame was chain driven from the T engine and engaged a claw on the propeller boss to turn the aircraft engine and automatically disengage on start-up. It worked well but was subject to lengthy trials before certification after WW1.and served through the 1920s. An ex-NZ air force example has been restored by the RNZAF Museum and is seen below left coupled to a WW1 Bristol Fighter, a number of which served in the NZAF after WW1. Model T fire trucks designed for community use before 1914 were further refined for military use by the US Army during the war, some were also specially equipped to deal with chemical spills. Most served on Army training establishments in the US but many also accompanied the American Expeditionary Force to Europe. Below right, a US Army fire section with its Model T fire trucks at a US home base during WW1.



Trevor Barnes

Wellington Biennial Rally: The Biennial Motorcycle Rally will be held on the weekend of 27th-28th January, in the Wairarapa ‘with the Anzac Hall in Featherston being used for the start and finish. The route plan has been shortened from 150 miles to closer to 100 miles for the day. At the start, the instructions and bibs will be provided, and a cup of tea/coffee offered before starting. There will be no morning or afternoon tea break or tea/coffee provided at the finish. The Wairarapa branch clubrooms will be used for the lunch stop. with the Wairarapa Lioness Club providing a boxed or bagged lunch for $15 per head .The dinner and prize giving will be at the Wellington Clubrooms. Sunday will be a social run to a place of interest. Sponsorship for T Shirts and prizes is still being organised. The Saturday dinner will be at our clubrooms. The entry forms will be out in mid November We are looking for another backup vehicle and some marshals for the Biennial. Also a couple of guys to help with morning and afternoon tea. Contact Trevor on 977 4332 or if you have friends or family who might be interested in helping.


Claire Benge

Usual I find myself with only a small space to write an editorial (thank goodness, my readers say). This month I knew it was going to be bulging, then a couple of possibilities fell out so I thought “great – lots of room for all the photos at the Marine Museum and Dave Taylor’s exquisite model steam engine and saw mill, plus the huge Packard Caribbean dominating the Clubrooms (wasn’t it an amazing beast). But no, some photos had to be culled for last minute bits and pieces, all of them important. There are still lots of photos, unfortunately mostly in black and white, but lets hope you enjoy them. And if you didn’t go on the Heritage Rally, you must visit the Marine Education Centre in Island Bay. Borrow a grandchild or neighbour’s child if you have to, but go – it is fascinating or old and young.



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 - or arrange by phone with her to get a hard copy by mail or at Club Nights

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,



Ian McCulloch These two photos came from Gerry Apel and showed work in progress on the exhaust manifold of my 1929 Pontiac. I have three American vehicles 1925 Oakland, 1929 Chrysler and 1929 Pontiac. After 80 plus years they all had serious leaks in the exhaust manifold department. We have very talented members in John and Gerry Apel in Upper Hutt. They can do anything with anything metal or make anything metal. They used nickel welding rods to build up the exhaust manifolds and then surfaced them on one of their amazing metal working machines (I have no idea how to work any of them). The photographs show the whole procedure in progress and I believe provide the members with an idea on what is available in reclaiming metalwork for the engines of our ancient vehicles.



Claire Benge

This was a full on evening. When we walked through the door we were greeted by this big black “Yank Tank” with typical big bonnet and boot, hooded lights, fins and dazzling chrome typical of that era. It was the longest vehicle we have seen in the Club Rooms – so long someone said it didn’t need a drip tray as its front was parked on the carpet. Those who are not interested in Club politics waited impatiently for the Special General Meeting, called to accept the proposed changes to our Constitution. This happened after only three minor amendments., and then Peter Chaney came to the front to tell us about the “Big Black Beast” by the rollup door. He outlined his background with vintage cars, starting with the interest of an uncle, then mentioned a Stutz, a Minerva before buying his first Packard off Mike Taylor, a 1938 model that needed almost every single thing doing. A couple of other cars were mentioned, and then he heard that the South Pacific Packard Club was planning a rally in 2018 starting in Blenheim for a tour of the South Island and finishing at Warbirds over Wanaka. Although the motor of the Packard he already had was overhauled and the chasis well advanced, his sons got into the act and suggested he bought a car that runs. Being computer wizzes they got on the internet and had a few false starts, including an experience with Barrett Jackson Auctions. Here Peter paused and gave us a warning about high deposits required before bidding and the difficulty of getting his money back after his bid failed. More googling only to find most adverts were up to 18 months old and had already been sold, but then a goer was finally located in Chicago, a 1956 Packard Caribbean convertible. Negotiations took place and it was finally Peter’s although over budget. The next problem was to get it to New Zealand, firstly in a covered truck across the States to Compton LA then single stacked in a container. For anyone else planning to do this, it cost over $7,000.

The Packard Caribbean surrounded by admirers discussing the pros and cons


When it arrived he then went through the process of getting it VINed. This was made difficult by the previous owner having thrown away all the paperwork. Also brakes had to be brought up to as-new standard, and the suspension rubbers needed replacing because of it hardly having been driven for years. That process cost about $10,000. The 1956 Packard Caribbean was the last of the line as the Packard Factory was closed down after Packard and Studebaker merged that year. They made 276 convertibles and Peter’s car was no. 96. Statistics of the vehicle include the engine of 374 cu inches or 6.13 litres, with a 10:1 compression and 310 hp. It has an automatic transmission and was the first car to have a lock up clutch. There are two 4 barrel Rochester carburettors, a limited slip diff, power drum brakes, power steering, self-levelling suspension, and electric windows and hood. The original valve radio is self-seeking and there are twin aerials. Since Peter has had the car it has only done 180 miles. He worked out that it has done 10.1 miles to the gallon but hopes that will increase as most of it has been very short trips as things were being sorted. It is certainly a beautiful car and we hope he enjoys it and the South Pacific Packard Tour next year.

Under the bonnet of the beast

THANK YOU We would like to thank everyone who sent a card, telephoned, emailed or spoke to us after the loss of our son Tim. We would also like to thank many of you for attending Tim’s funeral. We really appreciate your kindness and support at this sad time. John & Jenny Jackson. 11


Murray and Kay Hislop

The day dawned wet and miserable but by late morning the clouds had cleared and a good turnout of fifteen to twenty cars gathered at one o’clock in front of Parliament in brilliant sunshine for the start of this year’s Heritage Rally. Peter Simpson had prepared something really different, concentrating on a part of Wellington’s ‘natural heritage’ that is out of sight for most of us. With a quick nod to one of Wellington’s oldest electricity sub-stations, now converted to a private apartment in Kate Sheppard Place, we skirted the city to re-group at the old bait shed on the coast of Island Bay. Once the first stop for departing fishermen, this sturdy old building is now part of the Marine Education Centre and houses examples of the many species to be found in the Tauputeranga Marine Reserve off Island Bay and in Cook Strait. Of particular interest was the octopus with an appetite for crab, and children feeding the fish - along with the informative talk and the touching tables.

The cars line up outside Parliament in Wellington for the briefing and rally start.

Eddie talks to the Wellington Vintage Car Club members before letting us loose in the Marine Education Centre at Island Bay


These little girls were not afraid or disgusted to touch the shellfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers etc in the touching table

Moving on around the bay, we drove past the Victoria University Coastal Laboratory to the Visitor Centre at the old quarry site, where Peter gave us an interesting talk about the Taputeranga Marine Reserve and Red Rocks seals, with highlights of his time working with DOC. Most then retraced their tracks to Island Bay and continued around the Mirimar Peninsular to end a very enjoyable afternoon with coffee in the sun at The Chocolate Fish cafĂŠ at Shelly Bay.

Thanks to Cathy & Peter for an excellent run and the very comprehensive rally notes explaining the various items of interest.



Dale Conlon driving Roger White’s 1914 Oakland Special arrives at a checkpoint with Bruce Benge marshalling on a rally in about 1975. Claire Benge and their first son Russ are in the background which looks like Upper Hutt. If anyone can identify the place, possibly the columns in the background, let our Archivist Michael Curry know as it will help identify the rally.

OCTOBER KAPITI COAST MID WEEK RUN - the Kinvigs The mid-week run visited a boutique brewery called Boneface situated in the old Dunlop tyre factory in Upper Hutt. We were treated to the most sumptuous platter lunch, which began with a variety of cheeses, biscuits, olives, pickles etc, followed by a sort of country fried chicken with chips, and a selection of pizzas. We had to ask them not to bring out any more food as we were full to busting! But then they brought out the desert!! We were given a very interesting tour of the brewery by Matt Dainty who explained the whole brewing process in detail. We began to realise what a difficult process it is! Dave Turner is a neighbour of Ray and Tasi Betteridge’s and his hobby is building miniature engines, and he treated the group to a demonstration of his quarter size working Case traction engine driven by steam, and a saw mill. All detail on this engine is exactly like the original full size machine and Dave made all the parts himself. When the ladies had had enough of engines and workshops they adjourned next door at Tasi and Ray’s while the gentlemen went in to David’s garage for a working demonstration of a 15cc petrol engine that he has just completed. The gentlemen then got an extra treat seeing Ray’s latest project, a Model A van, on their way to join the ladies where Tasi in typical style had put on a magnificent afternoon tea. Many thanks to Tasi, Ray and Dave Turner for their hospitality.


Opposite page: Dave Turner’s steam driven Case traction engine Above left: the saw mill Above right: a detail of the saw working Below Left: Dave tends to the saw mill whilst the others supervise Below: a closer view of the steam driven Case traction engine




The 37th Annual Lake Ferry Run Organised by the Sunbeam Car Club of NZ (Wellington) each year.

Saturday 9th December

Open to anyone – club member or not, English cars, American cars - and we absolutely welcome classic Japanese cars along on the day. Saabs, Volvos, Fiats, Lancia, Porsche, Ferrari, Mustang, Datsun, home-built… whatever your car is, if you are an enthusiast we welcome your attendance. Meet at the Fell Museum in Featherston at 11am for an 11.30 departure to Lake Ferry at the big oak tree outside the museum at 11.15 for a quick drivers’ briefing. At Lake Ferry we will meet to talk over a BYO picnic lunch. The hotel at Lake Ferry have confirmed they will be open and should have food available (there are no functions booked at this stage), or you can bring your own picnic lunch to have by the lake.

ADVANCE NOTICE FOR CLUB CAPTAIN’S SAFARI 19TH, 20TH, 21ST January 2018. We will be doing the Monte Carlo Rally again this year on Friday so that those that wish can join Whanganui Branch’s Vintage Weekend celebrations on the 19th, 20th and 21st January. Accommodation: - Diane has struck a deal with 151 ON LONDON MOTEL for a discount to those who book now and say they are with the VCC Wellington Branch. Only ring the following number - 0800 151 566. If you book any other way you will not get a discount. We are the only ones to book at the moment so let’s be all together at this venue. This is a most enjoyable weekend and not to be missed. Contact Wanganui VCC Branch for details of entry for their Vintage Weekend celebrations. A joke provided by John Stokes George was going up to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garage, which she could see from the bedroom window, where he kept his Model T and tools. George opened the back door to go turn off the light but saw that there were people in the garage stealing things. So he phoned the police, who asked 'Is someone in your house?' and he said 'no'. Then they said that all patrol cars were busy and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available, probably an hour or two. George said, 'Okay,' hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again. 'Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my garage. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I've just shot them.' Then he hung up. Within three minutes three police cars, the Armed Offenders Squad and an ambulance had screamed to a halt at George’s house, and caught the burglars red-handed. One of the policemen said to George: 'I thought you said that you'd shot them!' George said, 'I thought you 16 said you had nobody available!'


Tasi Betteridge

Christmas BBQ – December Clubnight – Tuesday 19 December Tickets for this event will be on sale from the October clubnight. $12.00 per head early bird and $15 late bird. To avoid the late bird fee you can “book” a ticket(s) by emailing me on Latebird date: Friday 15 December – (that means if you buy or book a ticket on that date onwards you will be charged $15.00) This year you will be asked to wear your most fabulous designer Christmas glasses. Use your imagination and come with outrageous or wacky or tacky or over the top glasses. $2 shop has frames you can titivate. Great prizes for female and male winner. You will also be asked to bring a wrapped gift of not more than $3 so you have plenty of time to look around and find something suitable. Lots of sales on so go help the local economy and spend up large finding your $3 item!! Supper Roster: All you need to do is turn up to help serve and clean up. Everything is supplied. If you are unavailable on the date given please let Tasi know – thank you. Please check roster for the next four months on the inside back page.

CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY SUNDAY 26th November 2017 1.00 PM to 3.00PM To be held at the Car Club Rooms - Halford Place, Petone. Plenty of activities for the children and Santa will be along later in the afternoon. Please provide a present for your child clearly named so Santa can read it. (He is getting old you know.) Children up to the age of 12 years old. Presents up to the value of $10.00. $5.00 per child for Bouncy Castle. Please add you name to the list on the notice board or ring before 15th November

Diane White 563 6236 or email If you can help please contact me. I will need help on the 22nd November to decorate the hall and set up. Also help on the craft tables on the day. Also on the 20th December to clean up and pack everything away after the BBQ. Thanks, Diane 17

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

Kapiti Coast Mid-Week Run Wednesday 29 November 2017. Trip to Greytown & Carterton, Wairarapa 10.00am: Meet for coffee at Aston Norwood Gardens (formerly Kaitoke Country Gardens), 1747 Main Road, State Highway 2. They are situated 10 mins North of Upper Hutt. You can view the extensive gardens for $2.50 per person. See 12.00pm: Roast lunch at the South Wairarapa Working Men’s Club, 120 Main Street, Greytown. The roast lunch includes a small dessert, total $20.00 per person 2.00pm: tion.

Visit the Dudson Car Collection, 73 Taylor Street, Carterton. Gold coin dona-

This collection is predominantly American cars from 1927 – 1975. The collection was started by Kevan’s Father and is now managed by Kevan and his sister. The collection also contains interesting bric-a-brac, restored motors and other motors awaiting restoration. Directions: Travel along State Highway 2 to Carterton. At the roundabout first exit on to Belverdere Road. Taylor Street is the fourth left and the collection is housed in a large green building, number 73. If you would like to join us, please contact John or Alison Kinvig by 26 November 2017 Either: E-mail or phone (04) 234 1262, John mobile 027 4524326

Tony kindly provided a copy of The Dalesman, “a monthly magazine about Yorkshire and its people” dated March 1970 with this cartoon on the cover.

The sign on the back of the car on the right says “Running in - please pass”


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Advertisers: please advise editor when items are sold

FOR SALE - MORRIS AND BMC PARTS Our neighbour has heaps of Morris Oxford/BMC parts – 50 years worth! 6 x Lucas Regulator cut out & Morris Oxford instruments 1622 cc, 1500 cc Gasket Sets, Lucas Fuel Pumps and new parts, SU Carburettors, Distributors, 1500 Motor Complete, 1600 Motor, 3 4 speed gear boxes, Diff and axles dismantled. Manifolds. Clutches. Starting Motors, Generators and more. Offers Required.

Please contact Roger White 5636236.


Wanted, a gear lever knob complete with an overdrive switch as fitted to an M G B, please phone John Kinvig 2341262 or 0274 524 326. 3/4 For Sale – 1972 Honda CB350F: Superb condition, very low mileage, just 19,650 miles on clock, which is believed be correct. Original Handbook and tools. A sweet running OHC 4 cylinder which set the sports motorcycle market on its head in the early 70s. Ready to ride and a great addition to any collection. $7,500 Phone Roger 04 5636 236 or email for additional photos. 2/4 For Sale - 1956 ROVER 90 in good original condition. Rego on hold needs very minor work to get back on road. Lots of spares. $3,000 ONOPhone Neville Trethewey 9381127 1/4 (Neville was a long term member of our branch)

Gemac Motor Services 5 Parliament Street, Lower Hutt, 04 589 5483 Ring Gordon for WOF and other work on both vintage and modern vehicles 19

your one stop automotive shop We can offer almost any service required on a motor vehicle and all under one roof. We do complete engine rebuilding.We can service modern, vintage and classic cars, performance and muscle cars, hot rods, micro cars and most importantly, your car. Other services we offer:  Upholstery  Vintage Wooden Bodies Contact us at:

40 Ward Street Upper Hutt Ph/Fax 04 528 2580 20



For details refer to the noticeboard in the Clubrooms or contact the Branch Secretary


See page 22 for contact details We are the company that offers you Total immersion stripping of Car bodies and panels WE TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR NEEDS Contact: Warren Leslie Phone: (04) 232 6880 Fax: (04) 232 6882 11 Wall Place, Tawa Email:

VERO INSURANCE If you arrange your car and household insurance through Vero, the Wellington Branch gets a commission. Last year it amounted to $2,300.00.


66 Killarney Rd

Apex Auto



0800 10 27 39

FOR HARD TO SOURCE CABLES, BRAKE PARTS OR HOSES Speedo cable, Handbrake cable, Accelerator cable, Choke cable Reline shoes, Cylinder repair Stainless Resleeving, Booster overhaul Brake hoses, Braided hoses, Power steering hoses

Call the Specialists

Mention this ad and receive 10% discount BLUEBRIDGE COOK STRAIT FERRY Bluebridge has notified us of the latest discounts for vehicles on their ferry between Wellington and Picton for Vintage Car Club members as follows: 1 August 2016 to 30 November 2017 The VCC code for discounts is ANTIQUECAR. Valid Travel Dates: Between now and 30 November 2017. Discounted - 10% off all available fares. Ring 0800 844 844, for conditions NOTE; Warren Corkin, one of our members, reminds us that to get this discount you must present your VCC membership card when you check in on the day of your trip. It is not enough to have quoted it when you booked and paid for the ticket. Also it may not be enough to have booked electronically. You need a printed copy of your electronic booking on the day or you may have to pay again then go

for a refund for the original booking These rules may apply to the Interislander also. BEWARE.

THE INTERISLANDER The Interisland has sent us an updated quote. There is not enough space to list it all so we suggest that if you are planning to book from 1 February to 18 December 2017 ring the Interislander for quotes, or click on ‘Group Bookings’ at the foot of their home page www.interislander. To access the VCC rates, insert the reference WH5465 22

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. NOVEMBER


Annual Rally and Dinner Display at Queens Wharf Wellington Committee Meeting Motorcycle meeting Club night Petone Christmas Parade Childrens Christmas Party Rally Committee Meeting Kapiti Mid Week Run

4th 5th 13th 20th 21st 24th 26th 27th 29th

Club night supper roster: Alison and John Kinvig

Sunday Run


Lake Ferry Run


Committee meeting


Kapiti Coast Midweek Xmas Party


Club night and Motorcycle meeting combine for a Xmas BBQ


Club Night Supper Roster: Tasi Betteridge and the Social Committee

NOVEMBER CLUB NIGHT Vero are the major sponsors of our Club`s international events so we have invited Stephen Marks from Vero to talk about insurance. Mainly vehicle insurance but also, I am sure, he will happily answer questions on house insurance. This should be both interesting and important to us all.



New Year’s Day Picnic 1st Sunday Run


Club night Fun Run


Club Captain’s Safari Whanganui Vintage Weekend

19th 20th - 21st

Bi-Annual Motorcycle Rally

27th - 28th

Club night supper roster; Dave Gwynn and Alick Jenner

Sunday Run


Committee meeting


Napier Art Deco Festival

14th to 18th

Club night


Kapiti Coast Mid Week Run


Rally Committee meeting


Club night supper roster: Alastair and


Above: Kapiti Coast Wednesday Run regulars have lunch at the Boneface Brewery before visiting Dave Taylor’s workshop

Right The traction engine lets off steam Below: The Octopus at the Marine Education Centre, a great attraction


Wellington VCC November 2017