The air was crisp and some light rain dappled the windscreen as we left Auckland on Sunday morning. Six cars left the Southern BP a little after 9:30am and headed for Whatawhata to meet the others. A delayed start and a series of roadworks meant we arrived well past the desired time of 10:30am, although we were all still greeted with smiles and enthusiasm.
The group was now fourteen cars. All were sevens of some description. From memory there were; 10 Frasers, one Leitch, one Caterham, one Chevron and a Lotus 7 replica.
Blue gave the group some basic instructions; headlights on and if you can’t see the person behind, hold back. If you turn into a new road, wait in sight for the next car. This helps those unfamiliar with the roads not to get lost and allows for help on hand if need be.
Again the group patiently waited while the Aucklanders refuelled, then we were off. What a sound.
We headed to Waitomo and stopped for a bite to eat and a chat. Some engines were shown off and groups gathered. From Waitomo we headed towards Kawhia. These roads are stunning and perfect for a Clubman. Twisting and turning we made our way through stunning scenery; water, rocks, canopy, open spaces and rolling countryside.
Just outside Kawhia one Fraser had lost power, so RETRO7 towed it onto the main road and one of the Fraser Car Club members put on his AA hat and ensured power was restored. With that we regrouped at Kawhia for some photos and more chatting. Around 3:30pm the group headed on a different route back to Whatawhata and homeward from there. Some of the Auckland group went along the back roads for a more scenic trip home.
Here are a few pictures for those that didn’t join the fun. To those that did, thank you for a great day out. Blue, thank you for organising such a scenic run with perfect roads.