Western Leader : February 22nd 2011
5 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 NEWS www.metlifecare.co.nz REV4895 OPEN TO VIEW Thursday 24th and Friday 25th February, 10am to 4pm 38 Golf Road, Titirangi Reward yourself with a relaxed retirement lifestyle. Visit an Open Day at Metlifecare Crestwood to see it for yourself. Spacious, safe and set on 6 hectares of beautiful native bush, this wonderful village offers a fantastic retirement lifestyle in Green Bay. Why you will love Metlifecare Crestwood: A friendly village community where everyone is welcome Picturesque bush setting creates a relaxed atmosphere Safe environment for peace-of-mind living Village transport to shopping and services at LynnMall Facilities, such as heated indoor swimming pool, spa pool, bar and library Need more info? Talk to one of our friendly team on 09 817 0464. IN BRIEF Rail on show KiwiRail's plans to electrify the Auckland rail network will be on display this Saturday as part of an open day at the Henderson train station. The event will run from 10am to 3pm. The electrification will eventually extend from Papakura in the south to Swanson to the west, and include the Onehunga Branch Line and Manukau Rail Link. KiwiRail has until 2013 to have the infrastructure in place for the new electric trains it is buying in partnership with Auckland Transport. The electrification of the network is expected to cost $500 million. Stores burgled Two stores on Rosebank Rd were burgled within a couple of days this month. A1 Traders was hit in the early hours of February 12 while the Rosebank Superette a few doors down was burgled two days later on February 14. Around $800 worth of goods was stolen from the second- hand trading store while the dairy lost around $2000 worth of cigarettes. The superette was burgled again two days later and another $1000 worth of cigarettes was taken. Police are using CCTV footage to investigate. Old engine 'a joy for everyone' Motor men: Christopher North, Graham Apanui, Peter Alderdice, Leo Fowler and Allan Budgen with their restored 1915 Militaire motorcyle engine. By TUREI MACKEY A family stroll in Te Atatu has led to a group of mates restoring a rare 1915 Militaire motorcycle engine. Motorcycle aficionado Gra- ham Apanui was walking along the waterfront near Kelvin Strand in 2005 when he was spotted by a friend. He told me to come see this rusty engine he had found in his shed, he says. I didn t know what type it was at the time, I actually thought it was from an Indian motorcycle. Mr Apanui and his fellow motorbike enthusiasts pur- chased the engine for around $2700 and only discovered its true origins when examining the serial number. It turned out to be from a 1915 Militaire motorcycle. It is believed only 100 were ever made and only 15 are still in existence. One complete model can be found at Thomson s Motor- cycle Museum near Palmer- ston North. Peter Alderdice says the six-year restoration project was a joy for everyone involved. It is a great challenge to make any engine go again, he says. Most people love the sound of a four-cylinder engine so while we don t have the bike, we do have the engine and its sound. Mr Alderdice is hoping to find more information about their model, number 197, and any Militaire parts in New Zealand. If we could find the bones of a Militaire chassis then we could find a way of construc- ting the full bike. The Militaire was designed in 1911 in Ohio in the United States, with the intention of being sold to the military. It was promoted as five years ahead of the compe- tition but had a major flaw -- it was not suitable for rough terrain. Waterview resident Leo Fowler says after the US military rejected the vehicle the makers attempted to sell their product as a civilian bike with little success. So they ended up shipping some off to the colonies, including New Zealand, prob- ably because they couldn t sell the thing in America, he says. Production of the bike finally ceased in 1922. Do you have any infor- mation on other Militaires? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.western leader.co.nz to see the guys start up the antique engine.
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