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Club Corner: Rolls-Royce and Bentley Club of New Zealand

10 February, 2016


The Rolls-Royce and Bentley Club of New Zealand (NZRRBC) exists to enable those people who enjoy these wonderful cars to get together from time to time. Club members help each other with information about the cars and their upkeep, and sources of reliable servicing, but mostly they just have fun. Club members meet for summer picnics, for Sunday lunches in the winter, and weekends away to interesting places. There are several opportunities during the year to join in longer touring rallies organized by this club, or others which invite the NZRRBC to join them.

You do not have to have a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley to join the club, but it is a good idea to join if you fancy buying one, so that the experience of the members can help you to buy a suitable car, as its history and ownership will probably be known to them, and a wise purchase can be made. The club maintains a technical library, and has a technical officer to assist with requests from club members.

The club is enjoyed by families and is not only the province of the male of the species, in fact the present chairman of the Northern division is a keen motoring lady who, along with her partner, has driven their 1930 Rolls-Royce from Auckland on car rallies to the bottom of the South Island on two occasions, and also their 1952 Bentley Mark VI during the five-yearly International Vintage Car Rally of New Zealand which last time was based in Wanganui for two weeks.

At present the club numbers around 200 members with mostly, but not exclusively, older or period cars — although vehicles owned by the members range from 1920s to the present day, with the great majority from 1940s to 1990s. The website gives the information needed to join the club, which has three regions to cover all New Zealand — Northern, Central and the Southern regions, with bases in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Many events are held in areas outside these main centres, so that all members can join in at some stage. For example the National AGM for 2016 will be held over ANZAC weekend in Napier, while the 2103 AGM was held at the Chateau Tongariro. 

If you are interested to come and join one of the club’s outings, you would find a friendly group that would love to see you.

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This article was originally published in New Zealand Classic Car Issue No. 297. You can pick up a print copy or a digital copy of the magazine below:

Saltwater Creek Garage

After passing by this building for many years, I decided to call in and ask the owner about his garage and the car that had been parked there. It was a 1982 Hyundai Pony 1200 TLS that he’d inherited from his mother who had bought it when it was nearly new. I was fortunate enough to buy it from him — many had approached him over the years but were turned away. After sitting out there for that long you could not imagine how dirty it was. At least it had never been wet in all that time. The interior is a mid-blue and almost like new — in fact his mother, Irene, had still retained the original factory-fitted thick clear-plastic cover over the mid-blue vinyl door panels.

Lunch with … Roger Bailey

Roger’s story is a classic illustration of what hard work, honesty to the point of brutal frankness, a ‘can-do’ approach, and a racer’s brain can get you in this sport of car racing. Roger, or ‘Boost’ as he’s known up and down the pitlanes of America, was who Kenny Smith turned to when he was dragging a reluctant teenager around the different pit garages at Laguna Seca.
“Scott [Dixon] kept complaining that it was too hot and he just wanted to go back to the hotel pool. I had to tell him that I was trying to secure his future — we weren’t getting much of a look in until we saw Roger who knew everyone and set about introducing Scott as New Zealand’s next big thing.