TR Register (New Zealand) Inc
Weekend 2011 - Wanganui
In 2011 the TR
Register New Zealand Inc National Weekend was held over
the extended weekend from Thursday 3rd March - Sunday 5th
March 2008 at Wanganui in the North Island of New Zealand. This was followed by a 5 day scenic tour around the western and central North
Following the trend set at Cromwell two years
ago this event started on Thursday afternoon adding a whole extra day to the
traditional National Weekend.
The weekend began on Thursday afternoon after a
sunny journey for most although several of those visiting from the South
Island were delayed by an unplanned change in a Cook Straight ferry
scheduling. Everyone gathered at the main venue, the Collegiate Hotel
for a most enjoyable get together following registration that set a trend for
the whole event with great food and companionship.
On Friday morning under an ominously dark sky
about fifty TRs gathered at Queens Park for the annual concours competition
while the ladies headed to the main street of Wanganui for dedicated retail
therapy. 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. The
run, through some great but somewhat damp scenery, ended with an excellent
lunch at the Wanganui Vintage Car Club clubrooms. Later in
the day after a short bus ride from the hotel all boarded the 110 year
old paddle steamer "Waimarie" for a most enjoyable steam powered cruise up and
down the Whanganui River. During this scenic journey ...fortunately under
clearer skies than earlier in the day, a fine BBQ meal was served. PS "Waimarie" has been recently
restored and the whole operation was a credit to all involved.
Saturday morning began with a Forum that
brought some very positive discussion regarding the Register's direction and
would have continued for another hour or so if the time had been available.
The Saturday run began from the nearby Jubilee Stadium with the rain not
helping and was was planed so that that there were several different sets of
instructions for exiting Wanganui ..there was little merit in just following
the TR in front! This covered some amazing country and even the
odd unplanned perilous road works but all the cars eventually end
up at the planned destinations. The weather was disappointing as the
selected routes offered some spectacular scenery around roads that one would
otherwise never know of.
The Annual Dinner was held at the Collegiate
Hotel during which the concours prizes were awarded. A great evening
again with the very best of food and companionship.
Sunday morning was again a test for the water
tightness of the average TR as the cars assembled at Kowhai Park alongside the
Whanganui River for a run to historic Bushy Park, a carefully run sanctuary
for the regeneration of native birdlife including the Kiwi. A final luncheon
was held at the Wanganui Race Course before those heading home set
home leaving a smaller group to enjoy the tour that was to follow.
Altogether 10 TR2's, 1
Doretti, 2 TR3A's, 6 TR4's,
5 TR5's, 2 TR250's, 16
TR6's, 4 TR7's, 2 TR7 V8 and 1 TR8, were noted at this year's event . about
50 cars in all. Again this year we were fortunate to have offshore
visitors, Robert & Sue Notley,
joining us from the UK.
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. At Hawera the group visited the Tawhiti Museum &
Whalers & Traders Museum before driving to Opunake and the Opunake soap
factory that specialised in the making of natural soaps and similar products.
Then on to Opunake Beach and the the Dawson Falls at base of Mt Taranaki
before visiting a Possum factory "Envirofur". The next morning
after a night at Stratford the tour ventured to Whangamomona and the historic Whangamomona
Hotel on the "Forgotten World Highway" before returning the Stratford
exploring some road tunnels. From there across the base of Mt Taranaki
to just north of Opanake to join Surf Highway 45. After an educational
stop at the Maui Information centre a visit to the cast iron lighthouse on
Cape Egmont followed. Further north on Highway 45 a short stop was made
at the recently commissioned Taranaki region coast guard launching facility
complete with a new $650k boat
Tuesday and Wednesday nights were spent in New
Plymouth with visits to a good Rolls Royce collection and the world famous Pukeiti
Rhododendron Gardens. On Thursday morning the tour left New
Plymouth set off north along the coast to Awakino for morning tea and
whitebait fritters before heading to Te Kuiti for lunch. From Te Kuiti
the route passed through Bennydale for the final night in Taupo. Friday
morning brought a visit to the Aratiatia dam for the scheduled opening to view the
rapids followed by morning tea at the Lava Glass Cafe with the opportunity to
watch the resident glass blowers performing their craft. The tour
finished at the Huka Falls Resort restaurant for lunch.
Overall the weekend and the tour made for
another very special occasion and, in spite of the weather were thoroughly
enjoyed by everyone who was fortunate enough to be there.
A very special thanks to the
organisers Ken Pfeffer together with Alan & Gael Hylton who gave us
another TRemendous experience
Preliminary Competition Results: