Auckland Mini Car Club organised a great event on 14th April, a convoy run to Awhitu Lighthouse. We had a great turnout of 20 cars from Auckland and Minis Waikato.
In the drivers’ briefing they loved to it rub in about my Mini bumper being knocked off on two different occasions, which was very amusing as we didn’t go near tall grass keeping my car together all day!
As we set off from the Bombay BP Service Station, Kevin wanted the fast drivers at the rear so they could catch up, if need be. It was great to have so many cars in one place at one time causing a traffic jam of Minis.
I think everyone that attended agrees with me that the roads were amazing for Minis. The country back roads that are windy are made for Minis. The drivers had the adrenalin to just go for it, as I tried to do the whole time! As we had no navigation instructions, a few of us were left behind and didn’t see where the leading group had turned. We in the rear group started looking at each other and driving round in circles until we regrouped in the next town. Eventually we arrived in Waiuku we had a toilet stop and photos.
All 20 Minis set off again, heading up the coast to Manukau heads. The landscape was picturesque with beautiful clouds over the hills. As 19 of us stopped at an amazing lookout we heard a loud Mini coming up the hill and wondered what happened. Matt Smith, a new Mini Club member, came and parked by us all. His exhaust was no longer under his car because he hit a bump in the road and it became an unexpected passenger! A short drive later we ended up at our final destination, Awhitu Reserve. Matt and I jacked up his car and reattached the exhaust. I have happily handed over the baton of things falling off, as my bumper was still on my car with no issues!
It was great to see everyone relaxing in camping chairs enjoying a nice picnic. The car park was oval shaped and it struck me as perfect for pairs of Minis racing to see who would win (as a younger member I think like that). It was pointed out it would be unsafe and there were cameras there, so I was shut down before I could organise anything.
After the reserve some members went for tea or coffee at Brandon’s parents, Anna and Roger’s house. Whilst there, they checked out Brandon’s ongoing projects. I am pretty sure everyone had a great day, loved being out in their Minis even though it did rain on and off throughout the day. Thanks to Gary Ashton for mapping the route that was fun to drive.