Report by Darren Clark
18 Cars (17 minis and 1 Toyota Camry) met and left Sir Barry Curtis Park for the run to Kaiaua on a fine and sunny day.
First stop was coffee at Maraetai, followed by a oil check from Richard on his mini. Co incidentally, it was also Richard’s birthday too. Happy Birthday Richard! Hopefully, older and wiser about front spoilers and dipsticks!!
We were lucky enough to have Andrew from Sky View Photography come along with us for the day so next stop was the headland just around the corner from Maraetai where we all parked up, and Andrew got some great drone footage (videos and photos are on the Mini Club Facebook page). Off to KawaKawa Bay for a quick regroup and a toilet stop for some. We had been warned that the coast road was quite rugged, but, there had been a considerable amount of repair work done on the majority of the road which made it quite passable. There was, however, a small unsealed section which had to be carefully negotiated and no mini related injuries occurred. There were a few fantastic winding roads which gave all minis a chance to blow out the cobwebs and for some, test driver skills as well!
Arriving at Kaiaua, there was a considerable wait for fish and chips due to a couple of Motorcycle clubs arriving there before us, but, after a long wait, food arrived and was consumed rather rapidly. Some members went off to Miranda for a soak in the hotpools, while most decided to head back home.
Steve’s car decided that it wanted to stay in Kaiaua, care of a fuel pump that decided to throw a tantrum. Luckily, he had a client living across the road so we were able to push the mini across to the clients house and Steve bunked in with Zak, then Richard for the trip home.
A great day was had by everyone who attended with some great scenery, great roads for driving, and great food. Thanks to Steve for his organising the day! Awesome stuff!