Wolseley Car Club of New Zealand Inc.
The Wolseley Car Club of New Zealand was formed in 1976 in Christchurch by a small group of Wolseley enthusiasts. Not long after the group formed, the club was announced as an incorporated society and a set of rules was created. The club is represented nationwide, with Auckland, Bay of Plenty/waikato, Manawatu, Nelson/marlborough, Christchurch, and Southern Region branches, and is also affiliated to British and Australian Wolseley registries to ensure the club keeps track of all models and ownership.
The club’s primary objective is to promote interest in the Wolseley by creating a club newsletter, arranging social functions and meet-ups for members, promoting and providing technical assistance, and creating a library of New Zealand Wolseley information that people can refer back to in years to come.
When it comes to Wolseleys, the club has no favourites; they love them all, as members’ cars range from the little 1300 MKIIS to the much larger Hornet ‘breadvan’. The car club represents both the vintage and veteran models, extending up to the more modern front-wheel-drive cars.
The Wolseley Car Club hosts a national rally every two years, with the Auckland branch running next year’s event, based across the Waikato. In alternate years, there is a rally in Australia, which several New Zealand members participate in, as Australian members have been known to join in here.
Monthly events are also held by each branch, and club members of any local or national branch are welcome to attend and visit any other.
Joining the club is as simple as completing an online application form to help keep the club ticking along. Membership fees go towards a parts database that allows for members to purchase all those vital bits and pieces necessary to keep their classic Wolseleys on the road.