Auckland, 1 March 2012 Submitted by Sue & Phil
Well what an awesome weekend we have just experienced as we try to sit here attempting to put together a somewhat late report for the next mag, don’t think James will accept any more excuses.. We are still on a high and buzzing after a hugely successful weekend at the first round of the V8 SuperTourers event held at Hampton Downs. It was awesome to see our Patron and local home grown Murph win the first two races, such a shame about Race 3 as he was a very likely candidate to take that as well if it wasn’t for a little misfortune.
Firstly a huge vote of thanks to Lyndsay who organised our display at Hampton Downs, and arranged for us to have probably the best display site, and also huge thanks to the 26 owners who bought along their vehicles and provided an absolutely spectacular display which attracted a large number of spectators. The cars just looked magic as they shone in the brilliant sunshine that we were blessed with for the whole weekend.
Folks huddled under the eaziups and a variety of umbrellas in all shapes and sizes that found their way out of car boots and with suntan lotion being applied in copious quantities. Thanks to those folk that gave up their whole weekend to be part of this awesome display. Amongst the group were some Waikato members, Mark & Tracey from Wellington and Craig from Levin. Thank you so much for joining us, it is fabulous to have these sort of shared events and we hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as our Auckland members did. We have certainly had some excellent feedback about the weekend.
It was neat to have our two smallest members attend their first HSV event, Cassie & Tyler Plaisier who are now eight months old. Stretch and Melissa said they are looking forward to participating again in some future events as the twins become a little older and are easier to take out. There was certainly no shortage of knees to be sat on to keep the wee ones occupied.
Previous to the V8 SuperTourer weekend we had the HSV Nationals in Taupo. Another awesome Nationals weekend as yet again the weather was more than kind to us. The numbers attending were more or less the same as last year and it was great to catch up with members from wide and far as old acquaintances were renewed, and new friends and associates discovered. The gymkhana on the Friday was hugely popular and it was great to see an increased number of cars taking part, winding up with the prize giving at the BBQ on Friday night. The location of the Show and Shine on the lake side of the road on the Saturday proved extremely popular with everyone and attracted a larger number of the spectator public. I was even asked whether the display would still be taking place on the Sunday, so a good indication of the interest that was created.
The gala dinner and prize giving on Saturday night went off really well with a number of trophies being presented. Once again it was reported that the standard of the vehicles presented in the competition was very high. Phil and I were so surprised and absolutely delighted to be recipients of the HSV Club Members of the Year trophy and thank you to those that made this happen. We would like to thank our Auckland members for their continued support and encouragement.
A big thank you to the small team that once again organised another successful Nationals weekend, we are aware that so much that goes on behind the scenes, more than is realised, so thanks once again.
We hope to have the events calendar in the next magazine so you can mark the events that interest you on your calendars. The first part of the year has been busy with other motorsport events so we have not really planned anything much during this time.
Take care out there and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the very near future.
Cheers, Sue & Phil
Auckland Area Coordinators