Daim­ler & Lanch­ester Own­ers Club in New Zealand Inc

New Zealand Classic Car - - CLUB CORNER -

The Daim­ler & Lanch­ester Own­ers Club in New Zealand (DLOCNZ) was formed in Christchurch in 1971 by the late Gor­don Som­merville and Lau­rie Wa­son. Branches were set up soon af­ter in Otago, Welling­ton, Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, Waikato/ Bay of Plenty and Auck­land. The club also main­tains con­tact with af­fil­i­ates in Great Bri­tain, Aus­tralia and North Amer­ica. Gor­don went on to set up a sep­a­rate or­ga­ni­za­tion solely for the com­pre­hen­sive sup­ply of spare parts (see daim­jags­pares.org.nz). Daim­ler and Lanch­ester cars were the first mar­ques to be man­u­fac­tured in Bri­tain, dat­ing from 1896. Ul­ti­mately, the BSA or­ga­ni­za­tion pur­chased first Daim­ler and then Lanch­ester, so the club caters for the own­ers of BSA cars as well. To­day, DLOCNZ has 170 mem­bers with ac­tive branches in Auck­land, Waikato/bop, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu and Otago. The prin­ci­pal ob­jec­tives of the club are to pre­serve and pro­mote th­ese his­toric ve­hi­cles, pro­vid­ing mem­bers with tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to keep their ve­hi­cle in a safe and road­wor­thy con­di­tion. The club pub­lishes a bi­monthly mag­a­zine re­port­ing on branch ac­tiv­i­ties, and in­clud­ing tech­ni­cal ar­ti­cles, in­for­ma­tion from over­seas as­so­ciates, and a Mem­bers Mar­ket­place for those wish­ing to buy or sell cars or parts. An­other sec­tion of in­ter­est to more re­cent mem­bers re­calls items of in­ter­est from the four decades of knowl­edge recorded in pre­vi­ous edi­tions of mag­a­zines. Many of th­ese ar­ti­cles date back to the time when many of the club’s ‘old’ cars were quite new! Of­ten there is a small al­lo­ca­tion of hu­mour, as well. An im­por­tant as­pect of the club is the so­cial ca­ma­raderie. Branches or­ga­nize their own monthly events which in­clude drives to places of in­ter­est, car shows, garage raids, tech­ni­cal evenings and, of course, the most pop­u­lar in­volve BBQS, cafés and din­ing. Those ladies not in­ter­ested in the cars are al­ways catered for with des­ti­na­tions that will in­ter­est them as well. Each year an al­lo­cated branch hosts a Na­tional rally, with a ma­jor event ev­ery three years and a lower-­key event in the two in­ter­ven­ing years. The Na­tional AGM is timed to take place at th­ese events. Concours judg­ing and pre­sen­ta­tions are only held at the ma­jor event. Th­ese ral­lies are al­ways a great cel­e­bra­tion, and a time to ex­change sto­ries with mem­bers from all over New Zealand. The club op­er­ates its own web­site — daim­ler­club.org.nz — which con­tains gen­eral and con­tact in­for­ma­tion, mag­a­zine back edi­tions and a new mem­ber en­rol­ment form. There is also a live Face­book page to fol­low. In some in­stances, a DLOCNZ Branch may share an event or out­ing with other lo­cal clubs, or maybe a light­hearted com­pet­i­tive chal­lenge! If you own, or have an in­ter­est in Daim­ler, Lanch­ester or BSA cars, you are most wel­come to join the club. Sub­scrip­tions are very low, at $35 pa.

Club Con­tacts

Visit the web­site — daim­ler­club.org.nz — or con­tact the na­tional sec­re­tary, Mike King, email: mwk­ing45nz@hot­mail.com or ph. 06 357 1237.


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