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Northern Branch Recent Events '14


Annual Dinner AGM and Prize Giving  March '14
This Year's awards

Intermarque Concours d’Elegance.   Best Club Display.   Trophy.

Ken showed everyone the Cup won by the Club for the “Back to the Future” theme at Ellerslie, on Feb. 9th. 2014.  A small cup is retained permanently.

   “Pride of Ownershipjudged at Galaxy of Cars, Western Springs, Feb. 2nd. 2014.

       a)   Bradfords:           1st.        Brian & Barbara Hartman

2nd.        Joan Wolf   

3rd.        John Wolf   

            b)   Jupiters                1st.                           Alan Stanley

                                                                2nd.         Gaven Armit

                                                3rd.        Bunty Condon


            c)   Javelins                 1st.        Terry North

                                                2nd.       David Williams (Wayne Tomlinson’s car)

                                      3rd.       Alex Davidson

             d)   Concours D’Elegance Trophy for Best Overall Jowett

         Awarded to:        Terry North   -  Javelin

       Bent Conrod Trophy

         Awarded to:        Paul Advent

                                 Certificate to:      Neil Moore  (for his bent conrod!)

         Stanley Family Trophy (since 1971) for best attendance to Club and other events.          

                                 Awarded to:       Bunty Condon

        Club Gymkhana Trophy      Terry North

   Trophy for Most assistance to the Club, with Flat Four input, most work, effort, etc.     

         Awarded to:       Lorna Johns

            Economy Run Trophy.   The economy run has not been held.

                     *Ken said that he should organise it next year (2014.)



Noggin n Natter
A post national rally “Noggin n Natter” was organised by Alan commencing at 7.30pm on Thursday 19th June at the New Lynn RSA.
Those who wished to come had the option of sharing a meal at the RSA prior to the presentation and almost 24 members did so.
 After a sumptuous meal most of them probably wanted a Nana nap however once Alan had the projector cranked up everyone was very awake.
 Good times at the National Rally were commented on by those present as the photographs revealed some very hilarious and candid moments.
The tone of the evening continued as photographs from previous rallies elicited some antidotes and stories from some of the older members.
Many thanks to Alan for his commentary and putting this very successful evening together and even those who did not get to the Rally were kept in the loop.

Queens Birthday at Queens Wharf

This was held over Queens Birthday weekend (31st May – 2nd June) at Queens Wharf and had a distinctly British flavour with old time Dodgems and carnival rides,

English movies on the big screen, market stalls selling goods from the “old country”, Irish and Scots dancing, Morris and

Maypole dancing, Pipe Bands, Mad Hatters Tea Party – you name it - anything eccentric and British was there on display (including four Jowett’s).

 Bunty with her Jupiter, Neil and Dennise and their Jupiter, Lorna and Les in the Javelin and Joan and John in the

Bradford van held prime position at the Queens Wharf gates and were flanked by a multitude of Austin’s.

Member Peter Furness supported the display and engaged with the viewing public. The weather remained calm and sunny all weekend and the crowds were there in force.

 In the “cloud” display area you could admire the latest Mini, Bentley, Aston Martin or McLaren, sample English food, check out your Scottish Clan or play croquet.

Some members took advantage of a 30 min guided tour around the CBD by a very knowledgeable historian and all agreed that they would be back next year.

 Great to see was the number of members coming along to support those on display. A good outing for us all.

 Prime position on Queens Wharf.

Altogether the amount of foot traffic was recorded at 70,000 over the three day weekend inside the “cloud”. It was estimated that we had at least 30,000 on Sunday. By the waves that kept coming through, as each ferry docked, I could easily imagine that amount. Brilliant showcasing of our cars!

The 14th annual Fish & Chip run

The 14th annual Fish & Chip run departed at 10 am on Sunday 25th May. 
After heavy rain in the night, the sky cleared to give a fine day. 
The run went through the Te Atatu Peninsula, the Henderson area, and the Waitakere Ranges as far as Huapai,
where the traditional fish and chip lunch was enjoyed at the Huapai Tavern. 
Highlights of the tour included the historic Rose Hellaby house and its magnificent views,
where we met Pippa the Parrot, and Bunty Condon’s farm, where we encountered various animals. 
 There were 18 cars, 15 of them Jowetts, and 30 members and friends.
The competition was won by Lorna and Les Johns,
with four teams sharing second place: these were Bunty and friend, the Moores, the Pauls and the MacDonalds. 

An excellent turnout, and another great day.


Winter  Robin Hood Style Spit

After a week of being hung, another 24hrs of marinating , and 3 1/2hrs cooking another fine beast was severed up
with roast spuds . Kumara, pumpkin and carrots , with Cali and  home made cheese sauce....
Followed by Debs Home made made Apple crumble  and Margaret's home made fruit pudding,
topped with ice cream and cream
Weather turned to showers mid afternoon, without any effect to dampen spits...and heaters in the shed kept everyone cosy



Bruce McLaren Trust Coast to Coast Run  Sunday 31st August

This year the featured marque was Morgan. Founded by Henry Fredrick Stanley (H.F.S.) Morgan

The company continues to hand build sports cars today.
 The Coast to Coast run this year started at the Panmure Basin and was about 115k’s

to finish at the Red Fox Tavern in Maramarua.The highlight of the trip – other than the incredible

views whilst driving – was the prizegiving – where the committee never fail to delight everyone

with their wit and enlightenment of drivers and their foibles! Neil Moore was presented with

a walking stick and a 2015 calendar (a reminder to register on time next year!) and

Bunty Condon, who received a roll of “fragile” tape (to display around her car instead of her “do not touch” sign).

The beauty of this run is the many types of cars you can ‘park’ next to.....


Brits at the Beach   3rd / 4th/ 5th October at Whangamata

This is a celebration of all things quirky and British and in addition to cars and motorcycles the shops

 and local attractions are also focused on British products and activities.

Over 500 British classics were expected and at least 8 Jowett’s had registered for the

weekend.Javelins represented by local residents, Bob & Robyn, and down from Auckland

were Alex and Robin, and Terry. Jupiters came from Auckland with Bunty, Bruce & Sherill,

Kevin and Marlene , while Gaven & Sharon  brought their Jupiter over from Tauranga.

John Anderson represented the Bradford’s, over from Katikati

The weather was atrocious on Friday and Saturday, but we were forewarned to be prepared for it. 

 Shame.  But in appropriate “Brits” style everyone “soldiered on” regardless with the outside Fete,

battling high winds and frequent heavy showers in between some, all too brief, sunny periods,

 which almost made up for it while they lasted. It certainly was a perfect example of

 “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  

Friday evening they showed a drive-in movie from 1953- “Genevieve” the 1904 Darrocq.

London to Brighton and back with a 1905 Spyker. 

 Sunday morning was more hopeful with almost no rain, so the top did come down for the pleasant drive. 

 So both of the above added to the whole Brits at the Beach experience and made it a lot of fun



Milford Heritage Day   -   Sunday   -  12th October.

Display of historical photos of Milford in a marquee at Milford Reserve. 

Organised by the Milford Residents’ Association.   Plus a Jazz Band playing 1920s – 1950s music. 

 The Jowett Club enhanced this interesting Heritage Day with 2 of each of the 3 models,

together with the Club display board.  Plus a few of us also dressed in accordance with the era of our cars.  

 There was a great deal of interest and all of us were kept busy talking to people the whole afternoon. 

 Some were sharing their early memories of Jowetts, some expressing keen interest,

 asking questions and wanting information to join the Club.  

 The organisers were very grateful to all of us for bringing our Jowetts to their event.


Canterbury Swap Meet   10th / 11th / 12th October at McLean’s Island.

Every year some Northern members head south to fossick amongst the treasures on offer and this year was no exception.

Availing themselves of the Southern hospitality this year were members Terry and Joanne North, Stephen Anderson, and Tony Kloet


Fuel Economy Run and Ngatea Monster Garage Sale  Saturday 18th October

A small group met at BP lay by, on Southern motorway, fueled up ready for the economy run

despite the dismal weather forecast. Others met us at Ngatea in their Jowett or in a modern.

The Ngatea Garage sale is a place to go to see some good old fashioned community spirit.

The whole town seemed to be out – the main street was only the start to the stalls!

Terry brought his VW down, and used it to cover the miles to view and partake of the bargains.

The Jowetts were in pride of place at the start of the town, and drew a good amount of interest.

Despite the bad weather forecast we found Ngatea dry and warm – while – you guessed it Auckland was wet and cold

After a few hours fossicking we drove to Turua and had lunch with at a small cafe which

I would like to recommend to anyone travelling down this way. The staff were awesome and

handled our group without any sign of stress. (You know how hard it is to please Aucklanders!)

Homewards we covered much of Hauraki Plains and came over the Bombay Hills to Manurewa

(not via the motorway) where we met with rain and had afternoon tea at the Cosmopolitan Club.

Results were interesting. Bunty will have to stay in 4th gear next year –

but I’m not sure how to resolve the different wheel sizes – perhaps take one off or use a space saver?

All things considered I am sure you will agree our cars are in top functioning condition as there is not a lot of difference in results.




Litres used








Bunty Condon










John Wolf










Lorna Johns










Neil Moore








15 inch wheels


Alan Stanley










Bruce Macfarlane








16 inch wheels


Ken Brownlie











Another Javelin leaves the shed:

Proud club members Ken, Mike, Greg, Keith, and Peter are a few of the members who worked on Paul Avents car.

Paul brought this car up from Christchurch a year ago – widely modified – it tested the powers of everyone,

but we  are pleased to say it is now fixed, road tested, warranted and ready to return to Paul. Hopefully for many, many club runs in the near future.


Keith, Neil and Ken went out to lunch to celebrate another car out of the shed even though it’s a ford.  Now with w.o.f. and registration.


As we always say THIS IS THE LIFE eating and drinking !!!!

  Nov. 1st.   Opening of Tunnel in Panmure.  

 Auckland leads the way with great initiatives! We are cost saving by having trains with bikes. The ‘bus lanes’ weren’t working!

An awesome feature was our cars displaying a ‘History of Transport’ theme for the opening of the Panmure Tunnel,

designed to let heavy vehicles by-pass Panmure township.

 An expected 20,000 vehicles will use it daily! This is part of a transport hub with train station, bus depot,

walkway and bicycle lanes all in easy access to the area.



Nov. 9th.   Combined Clubs Gymkhana.

This event was again held at an old orchard at 48 Carter Rd, Oratia under the umbrella of a Combined Clubs Gymkhana.

 In addition to the Jowett Car Club the Chevrolet Club, Morris Register and Morris Minor Club (Auckland)

also participated in organising and running the obstacle courses and the day’s events.

A series of gymkhana tasks included  a triple garage backing in and out sequence with the fastest time securing first place,

in another  a blind folded driver was hilariously  “advised” by his sighted passenger around a figure of 8 course

which proved unnerving for those that participated.

This was a great place to hold the event as there was a large open field surrounded by trees

which encouraged picnic lunches and cheerful banter. Jowett members who attended were Ken and his grandson (Bradford),

 Bunty and a friend (Jupiter), Tony Kloet (Bradford) John and Joan (Bradford) Terry and Joanne in the Javelin

and their daughter Brenda and her partner Corey in the VW.

Fine weather contributed to a fun experience  and the day wrapped up with some of the more powerful cars enjoying

what could be best described as a slalom course.


The overall club places were:

1st Morris Register

2nd Jowett Car Club (Nth Branch)

3rd Chevrolet car Club (Auckland)

4th Morris Minor (Auckland)

Nov.29/30th. Dargaville Weekend Away

A Bradford, 4 Javelins and 7 Jupiters made the 2 1/2 hour run to Dargaville (population 4200) for the Northern Branch Weekend Away. 

 Rain and showers were intermittent, but while we were driving,  so did not interfere with our programme.


After a morning tea stop at Ruawai, we continued to Dargaville the “Kumara Capital” of NZ where 95% of our Kumaras are grown. 

 It was therefore fitting that out first stop was the Kumara Box. A show in a mini theatre ensured we were all educated in the growing

of Kumara and about the local district history.  This was followed by lunch where the specialties were Kumara soup and Kumara scones.

Then out for a tour of the farm in a 13 cart mini train.

Next stop was the Vintage Machinery Club where the normal fare of machinery, engines and tractors in various states of restoration,

but also a vintage sheep shearing demonstration using a single cylinder Lister engine.


On Saturday we were joined by Bryan Walker and Cliff Ledwith from Whangarei.  

Dinner was a social occasion and concluded an interesting day


Sunday we lined up for the town tour including the bright blue Bradford of Neil Shayler across from Maungatapere.

The tour had questions to answer that ensued we saw all the significant old building and other landmarks around Dargaville.


Morning tea was at a local VCC member and was a great occasion with all our Jowetts over his front lawn along with his

Morris 25, 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, 1972 Chrysler Charger, and an Austin Special.

Also joining us from around town were a 1928 Austin, 1938 Chev Master Deluxe, 1966 Wollesley, a 1956 Austin A90

but what was most of interest was a PC Javelin owned by our host.

Another Northland member John Inverarity from Kaikohe joined us

 Lunch was at the Museum on the hill and after a talk by a local historian on shipwrecks and swamp kauri we meandered off home. 

The run from and back to Auckland was enjoyed by all and it was particularly pleasant to have some of the northern rural members along






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