Sunday June 23rd 2019
The weather gods were shining upon us as we avoided the predicted rain until just before lunch.
So the gathered team of automobiles set off in their “preferred car of the day” from the Botanical Gardens and headed for the Clevedon Farmers Market where Terry Jenkins had organised priority parking for our group signalled with his 1917 Dodge. Looks like many were catching up on their breakfast as a selection of goodies and coffee satisfied the “morning tea” craving. This is a very popular market and in the summer parking is a real problem. The delightful tour through the country was new to some of us and impressed us with the scenery, panoramic views and near total lack of traffic. Yes it started with a bit of a climb, but nothing a veteran couldn’t cope with. At one stage we were tracking along a razor back road, no doubt a bit of a challenge before it was sealed, but very appropriate for our Winter Wander and all new to the writer.
The run into Tuakau was a bit wet but cleared for the rest of the day. Destination for lunch was the Tuakau Hotel with a table set for the whole group: a good selection and lots of chatter.
Geof and Jeanette Roberts were awarded the “Winter Wander Trophy” with Rex Healey their passenger in the youngest car on the run. Monty and Pauline mistook the Farmers Market and went to Pukekohe rather than Clevedon but joined us for lunch. Great to see Kit and Rina joining in from their trip North and understand they have suggested a Pot Luck lunch at their place sometime soon-sounds like a good idea. The Henley team arrived in black BMW claiming it was over thirty years old and appropriate – looked smart to me with their dog having the whole back seat. The Greigs from out West turned up in their very nice Ford V8 coupe and Roy Sharman joined Terry at Clevedon for the run to lunch. Two model A”s were the order of the day for the Porters with Ethan navigating for Ben and Julie, and nugget navigating for David and Kaye.
Another good Winter Wander and day out for the club.
Thanks Ben for organising the run: new country is always a treat!
By David Porter.Ealey their passenger in the youngest car on the run