Rotorua Vintage & Veteran Car Club
|Where||Neil Hunt Park, Tarawera Road, Rotorua
Bay of Plenty
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|Categories||American, British, Road Rallies, Shows, Vintage|
|Description||We have a very active membership and provide plenty of opportunities for members to get involved in a great variety of activities.
Each month, except in January, a run is organised by the Club Captain, this is usually on the Sunday following the evening meeting. This could take the form of a mini rally or a visit to some place of interest. In August we hold The Sulphur City Rally which is a weekend affair starting on the Friday Night and finishing with a prize giving dinner on the Saturday night. Anyone from the Vintage Car Club is invited, so we have visitors from all over the North Island.
We also have an active mid-week group that meet and get out and about with their cars, mainly a tour to a point of interest or merely to enjoy some fine cuisine at a hostelry.
During the year we hold two or three socials plus our Annual Prize Giving dinner and also a Christmas party at the end of the year.
Our neighbouring branches are Bay of Plenty, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Taupo, South Waikato and Waikato. So within reasonable distance and time we can join up with our neighbours for rallies etc.
Club meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month, except January, at our Clubrooms. Members start arriving after 7:00pm for a chat prior to the meeting start at 7:30pm. The evening usually starts with a bit of business and then a guest speaker is invited to speak. The subject matter is not always vehicle related which makes a change for some of the wives! As well as this a member can bring along his vehicle to display. (We can get most cars through the clubroom doors). The member then gives a brief history on the Marque and any facts about his particular vehicle that may be of interest. After this we have a cuppa and a chat before we end the meeting.
Clubrooms and Library
The Clubrooms are at Neil Hunt Park off Tarawera Road, Rotorua.
The Clubrooms play an important role within the Club and it is with much gratitude from newer members that the founding members had the foresight to build it. The Clubrooms were opened officially by His Worship, The Mayor of Rotorua, John Keaney on 24 November 1979. Since then a full kitchen and a library has been added.
The library contains a huge collection of maintenance manuals and reference books as well as many books on various Marques and biographies of motoring notaries.
To finance our Club activities and overheads, members are expected to give up one day of the year and help out at our annual Swapmeet which we hold on the second Sunday in July at the Paradise Valley Raceway (Stock Car Track). This is a really fun weekend and a chance to catch up with old friends who come from far and wide to find that elusive part.
We have a Branch magazine, ‘Side Curtains’ which is published monthly except in January. The editor welcomes contributions from members.
Unlike some other Branches we have purposely not started a parts shed. The reasoning being that there is such a diversity of makes and models owned by members that it would be impossible to cater for everyone. Most members track down their own parts either by advertising or attending swap meets and more lately, by searching the internet.
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