About 35-40 people and cars met at the Botanical Gardens for an early coffee and instructions for the day. The day was a little overcast and a bit chilly but the wonderful green countryside that we travelled through made up for this. We meandered through the Hunua's and the back of Miranda (no time for a dip in the hot pools), and finally reached our destination "The Corner Stone Cafe". Tables had been reserved for us and our meals were served promptly. David Porter thanked David Lane for organising the run and presented Aaron Mawkes with the Winter Wander Trophy. David Lane presented Roy Sharman with the Peoples Choice Trophy. Everyone mingled and then we all departed for home. It was a great run and great to catch up with friends again.
Spring Tour 23rd September
The Spring Tour was organised by David Lane And Sally Whitley.
Most of us met at the BP Drury and after a coffee stop headed for the Karangahake Gorge. All the spring blossoms were out and it was so pretty. Onto Waihi beach for lunch. A very nice restaurant which just happened to be Carole Healy’s old home. Right on the beach and the food was lovely.
After lunch we visited the first of several sheds that we planned to visit over the weekend. The first one was Craig & Nicky Marshall’s. They own the iconic 14 litre La France Speedster and a complete fire truck and also a fifties Buick station wagon aptly name “Driftwoody”. Next shed stop was Gordon’s restoration workshop at Kati Kati where a lot of restoration work was in progress. The last shed of the day was at Eric Greens home. He has a big collection of stationary engines, vintage cars and lots more interesting old things. We then drove onto Greerton Tauranga to the two motels that we were booked into. Everyone met in the lounge for the all important “happy hour” which was followed by dinner in the Oak Tree restaurant at the RSA. Fairly early night for most after a full days touring.
Sunday morning we were off to Spike Allen’s industrial workshop where we witnessed a demonstration of water cutting and a laser cutter in action. They also had a fabulous collection of model ships built by Bill Janes (NZVCC member). The detail and accuracy of these ships was amazing. Next we visited Graham and Lois Thrupp’s replica Route66 diner and Cadillac collection. Graham has recreated an exact copy of the iconic diner complete with a number of post war Cadillacs. Lois had a large collection of Morris and James garden pots that was also impressive. It was now time for lunch at the Classic Flyers Museum in Tauranga. Volunteers awaited our arrival and we received preferential parking amongst the aircraft. A band was playing and a group of Gentlemen Bikers arrived . Most were formally dressed complete with bow ties to raise funds for Prostate awareness.
The rest of the day was free until happy hour back at the motel.
Monday was another stunning day weatherwise as we all made our way back home after a wonderful weekend. Thanks and appreciation go to the organisers and to the participants whom without we would not have a rally. Looking forward to the next get together.
NZ Warbirds D Day Open Day
Our club had 11 Veteran cars arranged back to back in a line, along with The Vintage Austin, Mustang Owners club and a muscle car club which added another interest for the public to view.
David Porter had the kettle on and tea and biscuits waiting for members in the new Ezi up Gazebo.
The day was of course about the planes and the crowd were treated to displays of aeronautic skills and acrobatic feats. The De Havilland and two Tiger Moths simulated a dog fight and the Catalina and Spitfire added another dimension to the performance in the sky.
A sausage sizzle in the Gazebo was enjoyed by members and a great day was had by all.
The Chairman’s award and trophy went to Rex and Carole Healy in their 1912 Sunbeam.
What a great turnout. Forty six people arrived at the HCC Xmas venue, The Howick Club at 5.30 on a Sunday for a mix and mingle. This was followed by a few reminders and thank you's from David Porter. Then it was on to the serious bit of enjoying a delicious and excellent buffet dinner and dessert. Santa presents were distributed and there were crackers on the tables. A huge thank you must go to Jeanette and Geof Roberts for organising such an enjoyable evening. To conclude, a wish for everyone to have a great Xmas and we look forward to all the events that have been planned for next year.
About 40 people arrived at Ryder's Movie House to have a wonderful roast beef dinner and watch a movie. The movie was an old time favourite "Those magnificent men in their flying machines." Still very funny even though it was old time humour. The meal as always was cooked to perfection and to add to this George Urquart cooked several beautiful plum puddings for dessert. Well done and many thanks George. With an ice cream in intermission, I don't think any one went home hungry. David Porter thanked everyone for coming and also to the guests that people had brought along. Ben Porter advised us all of the up and coming Spring Tour and asked for expressions of interest.
This was a great day, with great company and great food. Thank you Tracy and team. Photo's below by Roy Sharman.
Nine Veteran cars and the Charabanc met at Rina & Kit's home for a scrumptious morning tea. Neighbours had been invited to come and view the cars on display in the park opposite. What a good turn out we had. I t made an interesting morning for all. The route planned by Kit Maxwell, John Reeve & Murray Greig encompassed a choice of a long or short route tailored to meet the capabilities of the older cars. The route travelled through pretty local areas and finished at Coopers Creel Winery for lunch and Jazz in the Vines. The weather was perfect and the motoring most enjoyable. Many thanks to Kit, Rina, Murray & John for a great Rally.
The Xmas function was held at the Maungakiekie Golf Club at Mount Roskill. The venue was great and overlooked the pretty golf course. About 45 people attended and it was a great time for a catch up with friends who hadn’t seen each other for a while. Rina was thanked for all her hard work as Editor and presented with flowers from the club by Philip Eilenberg. Rina then introduced Lindsay Upton who will be taking over as Editor. So please if you have any information, stories etc that you would like to see in the news letter please pass it along to her. The two raffle prizes were won by Jeanette & Geof Roberts and Murray Kemp de Buisson. Congratulations and we hope you enjoyed the goodies. A buffet meal was served and the food was presented nicely and plenty of it. Maybe this is a place that could well be considered for future catered events. As we swiftly come to a close for the year, may this period bring you all much joy and happiness and good wishes for the coming year.
First weekend of November and the Rally to Matamata with the combined efforts of Waikato VCC and our own HCC turned out to be a great success with about 20 cars participating. The first day, Saturday, was organised by Janet & Graham Mckenzie from the VCC club. What a great day touring through rolling country side with the sun magically shining the whole day. Great food was provided by schools, farm owners etc and who can resist home baking. The second day organised by Pauline & Monty Scarborough, saw us traversing through another part of Matamata with more fantastic scenery. It was all so lovely and green and again the day stayed rain free for us. We finished the day with afternoon tea at the Matamata golf course. Again compliments to the caterers. Thanks must go to all the organisers and helpers for this great event. For those of you that couldn’t make it this time, put it on your calendars for the next one as it is proving so successful to have the two clubs together.
Nine cars met at the grounds of the Catholic Diocese, New Street, Ponsonby and then travelled in convoy to the Wynyard Wharf in order to display the cars to the public. Dave Weggery a friend of the club was roped in and given the task of raising and lowering the metal barriers at the entrance to the wharf. He made a good job and no cars had their undercarriage damaged. The day was forecast to be brilliant but although dry was mainly overcast with a real strong chilly wind. Fortunately the sun shone at lunch time and we were able to enjoy lunch outside at Jack Tars restaurant.
Forty one people gathered at the NSVCC to embark on a run to Ruakaka. We were lucky with the weather and for the most part the sun shone. Even allowing the ladies to have a morning walk along the beach. The runs there and back encompassed some great scenery and areas which some of us had not seen before. The coast of Mangawai, Langs Beach and Waipu Cove looked brilliant in the early spring sun. The fellowship was great and the weekend well organised. Food was very good too. Thanks goes to all those who contributed to this successful weekend.