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By: Tr Register  05-Apr-2012

Canterbury - West Coast Run: A spectacular run from Christchurch to Reefton via the Lewis pass, on to Westport through the Buller Gorge then up to the Denniston Plateau.   Back to Westport then south to Greymouth and Blackball before heading back to Christchurch across Arthur's pass.  Great weather, great driving, great company, great food .. what more could one ask for?   Organised by Morag & Trevor Cullamore.   Full report in December TRansmission.

The more hardy elements of the team at Denniston at the top of the historic incline.

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The tour, that would cover the next five days though to lunch on Friday, set off for the first night stop at Harwera with twenty two people in twelve cars, and encountered sunshine that lasted all week less than an hour out from Wanganui. This lasted for about 40 minutes until the clouds burst, heavy rain set in and cars & people scattered before drivers & navigators eventually regrouped before heading out on the planned morning run.


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On display was the original Chevron with Vauxhall Viva running gear, the later generation model with Mazda RX7engine and running gear, and then the latest advancement of carbon fibre construction with Lexus V8 go power mounted integral with the body. Evan and his team are obviously very clever and talented engineers and tradesmen, and would be well worth considering if your classic requires major or minor repairs or rejuvenation.



After the flea market it was east to Stony Batter to explore the gun emplacements and quite extensive tunnels and underground spaces left over coastal defences built during World War II but not actually completed until hostilities were well past. Saturday May 3rd saw a compact team from Auckland venture oversea (Its not far enough to classify the journey as overseas!) for a TR weekend on the nearby Hauraki Gulf island of Waiheke.