The Maungaturoto Primary School sent out an invite to all car clubs to ask them to take part in their Annual Car & Bike Show to assist in raising funds for the school.
A small group from MCCoA met early at Smales Farm Takapuna, we had Warwick & Lesley in their JCW MINI Cooper S, Phil Kane in his yellow Mini & KevT in MINTED. Alan & Shelagh in their de Joux had left earlier as they were having starter motor issues and didn't want to stop.
We set off for the 75min drive north to Brynderwyn where we would meet up with new club members Grant & Nadine Nicholas, along with their daughter in a Mini LE who drove down from Whangarei. We were also meet there by Chris Westlake from Matakohe in his Mini Ute & his friend John in his Clubman GT who had driven up from Te Awamutu earlier.
From there we convoyed the short distance to Maungaturoto and were directed onto the playing fields of the local primary school. A number of cars were already there and the bouncy castles etc were being set up. The Minis decided to form up together along the edge of the field where we were joined by Dave Cotty who had arrived from Mangawhai in his Cooper, and several more of Chris's Minis that had been driven in by friends.
That were a total of 10 Minis which were well received by the organisers and enjoyed by the locals and other car enthusiasts who had gathered for the event. There was a large variety of cars from hot rods to late model muscle cars, a beautiful replica Austin Healy 3000 with a straight 6 BMW motor, to a very original Model A Coupe with pickup extension stuck on the rear that looked like it had been there all its life, not a polished beauty but a well used and loved working car/pickup. It looked like it might have been the original owner standing alongside.
An interesting sight was a collection of EV's (Electric Vehicles) mainly Teslas & Nissan Leafs (Leaves if there is more than 1?) The Teslas looked impressive up close and had been programmed to put on an entertaining "Dance routine" waving their multijointed automatic Gull wing rear doors in time to the music. I'm not sure how well the white leather upholstery handled the large number of kids and others climbing in and out all day.
There was also a Motorbike show on the paved areas in front of the classrooms as well as the usual food and craft type stalls that you would expect at a School fair.
When the show was over Chris had invited us to drive to his place at Matakohe for refreshments - he has a small 10 acre block on the side of the estuary and had put on a feast of food and drink for us with the help of his family and friends. We had an enjoyable time relaxing there, I don't think that we made much of an impression on the food that had been laid out for us. Chris wanted us to look at his paddocks with a view to using them for a Mini motorkhana type event sometime in the future.
Time to head for home and enjoy the run down the highway until we got to Warkworth where the usual Sunday traffic congestion was well underway- not to worry, we had had a great day out, met some new members, and got a little sunburnt as well.
Thanks to all the members who took part and to Chris and his helpers for their hospitality.