Sue is keeping us all on track with the essential back office. Real men know that we would never be successful without the ladies!
My involvement in the NZMVC started with my brother Wayne Hook as support person for him and his Willies Jeep after watching him re-store his Jeep over 15 years.
Most of my working life has been involved within the Motor Trade, having worked for several car dealers both in office work and parts departments. Having a dad as a panel beater I have been round vehicles all my life.
I am a Life Members of the Bay of Plenty Kart Club and was involved with the Kart racing for 23 years, nine years racing and many years as pit marshal and on the committee.
As well as being a member of the NZMVC, I am also on the committee of TMMI (Te Matai Motor Sport). TMMI is situated in the Motorsport part of the TECT All Terrain Park in Tauranga.
I joined the NZMVC about two years ago and was asked if I would be the branch secretary and also secretary for the Armistice 100 South Island tour. I really enjoy the camaraderie of the club and the events I have taken part in so far and look forward to the South Island trip in 2018.
Pete (Grizz) Yates will go to the ends of the Earth for a rare MV or a unique MV experience.
He has organised a sleepout under a WWII Waiheke Island gun emplacement – in the magazine! He has restored a super rare Chev Field Artillery Tractor (CMP FAT). He is a formidable organiser and has breathed new life and energy into local NZMVC branches.
Now Yates is bringing his experience of the Alaska and Bankhead convoys to New Zealand to create our first rolling National Rally, travelling in convoy nationwide.
As owner of a fertiliser business, Pete knows what it takes to organise efficiently and get things done. Proud father of two adult girls, he is fiercely loyal to people he cares for.
Armistice 100 Convoy 2018 is in capable hands!
Coming to MVs from a long history in hard core 4WDs, Peter is now deeply embedded in the Military Vehicle community. He has taken on some ambitious projects including a White Half Track that is rare in NZ.
Haigh has done the Bankhead convoy with Yates as the recovery crew. They assisted most of the convoy participants, repairing or recovering the breakdowns on the transcontinental convoy. Haigh and Yates are off to head the recovery section on the MVPA Route 66 Convoy 2017.
As General Manager of a leading food processing company, no challenge is too great for Peter.
Bapo recently retired from electrical contracting. That makes him smarter than the average plumber, because in the electrical trade, mistakes can kill!
Paul is a die-hard MV enthusiast whose motto is, why trailer a Jeep when you can drive it? 2017 saw him convoying for two days in his M38A1 Jeep through a cyclone to get to the Gisborne National Rally. He told us that on the motorway a big rig went alongside then overtook him, pumping water and road grit all over, soaking him. That was the start of the journey.
Whatever it takes, Bapo will do it to get there. You want someone with that sort of commitment on your side when you convoy nationwide around NZ.
John (Subs) Subritzky
When John saw 6x6s in the movies, he wanted one! His first truck, a WWII GMC, seemed a bit smaller in real life than he imagined.
Subs has been involved in convoys, tours and events for over 30 years. He has helped organise National Rallies, campouts and trail rides. John has managed his local branch as well as being webmaster for the NZMVC. He is handling the media/comms side of Armistice 100.
The MVPA International Convention in St Louis in 1981 made a big impression on John. He hitched a ride in the back of an M Series 6x6 350 miles back to Al Williams’ farm. After a week there he went on to the Oshkosh Airshow, returning via the DUKW rides in the Dells. A life member of MVPA, John is in it for the long haul.
John is married to Kerrie and they have five children who are now all drivers. MVs have been part of many family adventures and memories. John is looking forward to the 2018 convoy as part of his bucket list!