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.
On Sunday 20th July about 15 cars met at the Jolly Farmer for coffees and breakfast. Then it was off for a short run to Ponga Road, Hunua to Kelvin’s new home. A few of us got confused with the instructions when we left the Pub (no alcohol had been consumed at this stage) but after much guessing we arrived at the correct road and travelled onto the destination.
Here we were greeted by Kelvin, Debbie, Carole & Rex. After a showing of the newly completed home and time to admire the outstanding views we were given a choice of three delicious homemade soups. Chicken, pumpkin and vegetable were the choices of the day. What a lot of soup had to be made for 38 people attending. Well done Carole. What a lot of work. Thanks must also go to the ladies for providing the delicious desserts to compliment the soup and buns. And of course big thanks to the hosts Kelvin & Debbie.
A great time was enjoyed by all present. Thanks for your help to make this memorable.
Let’s do this again!
65 members and friends gathered on this fine Sunday at Brighams Restaurant and Bar for a most enjoyable, social outing. The atmosphere was Christmas like and the food matched this. Entertainment by way of a quiz and a raffle was well accepted. A real buzzing time with members we had not seen for a long time.
The readers contribution and letters are sought and warmly welcomed. Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily the views of the editor and/or the executive committee.