We started on Saturday at the Botanical gardens with 14 cars and over 30 people participating and after a pretty drive stopping at the Taste Bud café for lunch, the rest of the afternoon was spent with visits around the Thames township and then pre dinner drinks followed by an evening get together in the Thames Workingman’s Club. Weather was kind and really lovely.
The entourage headed out along a really nice coastal drive with a mandatory café stop at Waiomu Beach for morning tea. David Lane had arranged for orange cones to be installed along the main road of Coromandel so that our cars could be parked up and enjoyed by all. Some people had visited Water World. This is a quirky local café with a playground and water powered inventions (Very enjoyable). And some people visited Driving Creek Railway. An incredible feat of design and engineering all without the help of modern equipment. This was enjoyed by all that participated. David & Sally held an impromptu pre dinner drink time in their garden lounge. Then it was off to the Star & Garter for dinner. Lots of stories, jokes and chatting. Weather still held.
Weather had turned. It rained heavily and blew a gale. Had to feel sorry for those in open cars. Some people were brave enough to stop at the Gold Mine in Thames on the return journey which did however have a bonus with the weather being much improved by the time they left the mine.
A special thanks to Warwick & Penny Woollams and Adrian & Sylvia Garret who ventured from the North to make this trip.
And thanks go to David & Sally for organising a great three days of motoring. Again the relaxed social group expressed their enjoyment of the whole weekend away “A great mix of socialising and motoring”.