For Sale

Here is a link to my Trademe auction.
I have put this auction on at a whim. I had a nostalgic trip to Dunedin and saw a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 at a house I lived in 50 years ago. Trying to decide whether I could give up my beloved Big Red.
I also have a 1992 Peugeot 309 GR Automatic. What a fabulous car. What great stablemates. Had both since 2003. Also Mazda 323 1995 since 2003 and a Mitsubishi Canter Double Cab 1989 since 2009. Not sure what to do.
Surely my 405 is a sleeper- looks same but rare feature of turbo diesel and low kms and red etc and 2 owners.
There a a lot more “ordinary” Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 2.3 2.6 etc. The sleeper here is the 190E-16v which is comparable to my sleeper I would suggest.
I would really appreciate you passing this on to your membership to see who would be interested. And would love comments in support of this year and model from other owners who have these.
I have a treasure here in Rotorua and no Club to appreciate it with.
I would so appreciate your contact
Gerard Holden
Rotorua NZ

President’s November Ramble

Let’s start with false rumours. Last month I had suggested that our interclub with Wellington was likely to happen sometime around or immediately after Waitangi Weekend but that has now been ruled out as too busy. The focus is now on for March, current rumour suggests the first half of March.

On the subject of interclub, as you get this you will have hardly any time to read my Ramble before you should grab your car keys and head out for our NAVIGATION TRIAL interclub with ‘that other club’, details are

Sunday November 16, meeting at Howick Beach car park, at 1.15pm, to start at 1.30pm.

Also don’t forget to turn up to the year ending Christmas BBQ club night on November 25, Epsom Community Centre, Gillies Ave.

As for actual rambling – well I have been rather hamstrung, well almost, suffered a knee injury, been on crutches for most of one week and struggling to do many things ever since. Fortunately it hasn’t affected my ability to drive. The leg/knee is most comfortable when either on my back asleep or in a comfortable chair and bent at 90 degrees or at least close to it. My Peugeot wasn’t used for two weeks as I found that although I could drive, it was the most painful of our vehicles to get in and out of. Mandy’s Falcon had wider doors and more space to manoeuvre; even better was my Triton ute, especially as with its raised seat height, I could get myself into it without having to bend and flex my leg in one direction or another. It has been therefore with great pleasure that in the last week I have felt that the leg has improved enough that I have taken to driving my 505 again. It was missed. Nothing quite compares to the 505 for coping with the off road conditions found amongst the speed humps of Epsom streets.

The other things I have been driving have been John’s tractors – helping change some of the fence lines, removing the old posts, lifting them with the power of hydraulics and a good sturdy chain. Unfortunately I also removed one gate post; rather efficiently snapping it off at the base, having forgotten that there was a rather wide blade at the back. Even more unfortunate was the fact it was one fence line that wasn’t to be altered! Hopefully I’ll do better in the Gymkhana.

Out on the roads, I have encountered some impatient drivers turning left from the right lane or vice versa simply because the queues have been shorter. It has happened more than once. In fact I think it has become frequent. It is interesting that it appears to also come from two types of drivers; those driving taxis from the Green Cab company and drivers of Audi S 7s,- and I am sure it hasn’t been the same drivers each time. I’m not really sure what’s going on out there that they seem to think they have rights the rest of us don’t.

That’s it for this month; I truly hope to see you at some of the upcoming events,


Coming Events

January 10 AUTOSPECTACULAR presented by the Far North Vintage Car Club at the Eastern Rugby Football Grounds, East St, TAIPA . 8AM -2PM; $5 ADULT, $2 CHILD

February 1 GALAXY OF CARS – Western Springs Speedway, 10am – 3pm; $12ADULT, $5 CHILD

February 8 Ellerslie Intermarque Concours

February 15 Interclub gymkhana organised by Citroen; Venus TBA

February 24 Club Night – 7.30 Epsom Community Centre
March 6-8 Weekend away with Wellington

March 14-15 Roycroft Trophy Vintage Festival at Hampton Downs racetrack.

President’s September Ramble

Frankly I am disappointed and equally frankly I have little to say this month, so this maybe the shortest ramble yet. Last month I stated “Do not ask what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club.” As far as I can tell only one person has come up with any suggestions on where else we might investigate for new club meeting rooms, though I maybe disproved at the committee meeting that will follow the week after I have written this, what I do know is that I haven’t been contacted by anyone. Just in case this gets someone’s A into G the criteria I suggested was:

• Be within what was once the Auckland City Council area (Gulf Islands excepted!) or alternatively just outside it and very close to the Motorway such as Te Atatu, Northcote, Takapuna or Pakuranga.
• Needs to have seating for 30 minimum and good car parking as part of the facility or be on a road without copious yellow lines or demand for parking.
• Needs to have a television or overhead projector unit that DVDs can be played from.
• A kitchen or kitchenette that has hot water and a sink.

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Cheap Car Insurance

If you have an inexpensive car, chances are you also want some insurance that doesn’t cost the earth.

The first choice is whether you choose comprehensive insurance or third party insurance.

Comprehensive insurance, also commonly called full insurance, will give you cover for your car regardless of who was at fault.
You talk directly to your insurance company when you crash into Joe Blogs.
You talk directly to your insurance company when Joe Blogs crashes into your car.
You talk directly to your insurance company when an annoying vandal smashes the rear quarterlight (one of the hardest windows to replace on a car) to grab the kids schoolbag left on the back seat and steal their lunch.
This doesn’t always go well for you and that is why there is an insurance ombudsman to complain to.

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Free family passes to the V8 Supertourers

In May, through the marvels of modern electronics, I found myself to be the recipient of an email from a real estate agent (which in itself is an all too common event).

However this email was not your standard list of houses for sale, an offer of a free appraisal, a request to sell your house or any other typical  real estate agent fare.

Instead, it was an offer of free tickets to take the kids to see the V8s at Pukekohe. I signed up and took the kids along to experience the speeding cars, noise and rain. We stayed too long for the younger kids and not long enough for the older ones.  But well worth a thank you to Di Wright of LJ Hookers Titirangi.

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For Sale: 1992 Peugeot 405 Turbo Diesel Sedan(Raglan)

This vehicle is located in Raglan, Waikato.


  • 1992
  • Sedan
  • Diesel Turbo
  • No. Plate: WO9708
  • WOF Expired: 10/08/2012
  • Current mileage 283,292km
  • Registration Expired: 03/08/2012 (on hold)
  • Road User Charges paid up to 290,000km
  • Carjam info available here

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Wanted Peugeot 505 Station Wagon

Wanted to  buy: A Peugeot 505 station wagon with a WOF and live registration in Auckland or upper half of the North Island for a good one.


  • Automatic gearbox (although manual would be considered)
  • 5 Seater version (would consider 8 seater version too)
  • Late model,  hopefully 1990/1991
  • light colour
  • WOF and registration
  • In Auckland or upper North Island

Please contact Bill Dobbie, 09 638 9210

Drag racing veteran still going fast

A top New Zealand drag racer was beaten by a 65-year-old at the New Zealand Drag Racing Association (NZDRA) National Finals at Fram Autolite Dragway in Meremere on Sunday 28th March 2010.

Veteran drag racer Trevor Watson drove his 1967 Peugeot powered dragster into the C2 Competition Class finals to take on event favourite Robbie Ward.


Ward says he has had a successful 2009/2010 season, taking nearly two seconds off the New Zealand record with his newly built Nissan turbo-charged chassis.

However, in the final race Ward lost his concentration and was disqualified for leaving the line six hundredths of a second too early. His car still ran a 7.6 second quarter mile and reached 143.09 mph (230.27 km/h).

“I’m absolutely kicking myself that I didn’t win it. It was in the bag and I blew it”, said Ward.

Watson, an experienced drag racer says nearly 50 years of reading the lights contributed to his win. His bright red dragster ran a 9.285 second quarter mile and reached 137.16 mph (220.73 km/h).

Although pleased with the win Watson says his biggest achievement was winning the Super Eliminator at the Kopuku open coal mine [New Zealand’s first drag strip] in 1969. “We had an old dragster with a Vauxhall Victor engine – it would have been New Zealand’s first.”

Watson says he comes back every year for more than just the racing.

“The racing’s fine, but it’s the people, atmosphere and the huge adrenalin kick I get out of it. At my old age I don’t need any of the rat pills to keep me going.”

Watson demonstrates age is just a number and passionately encourages others over 65 to enter the sport. “Chuck away your pills, spend a few dollars and go buy a little drag racing car. You’ll have an awesome time.”


Article by Geoff Bell. Originally published in Te Waha Nui. Reproduced by permission.


1987 505GTi – manual – two owners; straight body with no rust; goes well; moderate mileage – Rego on hold & WoF just expiried. Reasonable offers to Mike Wilkie ph 09 625 4653