Meeting at the Auckland Domain cricket pavilion at 5pm we found the meeting spot had been occupied by the re-scheduled Horse Polo event. No matter, some of our members had found an alternative location round the corner of the hot house. A fabulous turn out for a night event, 15 cars filled the car park and we shared stories. Marcus' beautiful mulberry Mini 40 was stunning, Yvonne’s foot had healed and she was at the controls of her red Rover Mini Cooper. Phil Kane was set up with under car LEDs.
As a casual follow the leader run it was a make it up as we go along affair. Our first stop was Kumeu, heading out through Auckland and picking up the North Western saw a comfortable drive with 15 Minis in convoy. Pulling up at Kumeu we were joined by Matt in his stunning Mint Green Machine.
Our next stop was Muriwai, Trigg Road followed by Foster Road laid out some wonderful Mini roads. Heading down the hill into Muriwai we were greeted by a stunning evening, no wind, little cloud and the sun hanging low in the sky. I can't recall seeing so many people on the beach. The light was intoxicating as many of us took photo after photo capturing the ever changing colours. I did sneak off to the boat ramp to capture a Mini shot in the orange sky.
As the last photos were taken some of us headed to the Riverhead Tavern for a relaxing drink, chat and food. Interestingly on the wall of the Tavern there was mention of the Muriwai Beach Races which first took place in 1921, 100 years ago this year.
The evening was well established and we departed at 9pm, great memories of an evening drive, we’ll look forward to the pictures.