Our long weekend away
November 15th 2013
by Jenifer Alexander
The P76's of
Murray Adrian and Roy.
The long weekend generated by Canterbury Anniversary Day (our Show Day) gave us an opportunity to have an extra day together so on Friday 15th November, our group consisting of George Weigel and Sandy, John and Frances Warren, Murray Hatchard and Muriel, Fleming and Betty Biddick, Adrian Crequer and Don and Jenifer Alexander, left Christchurch for our trip to the West Coast.
Once again we were short of Leyland's and missed the company of Ken McKenzie who has transferred to Motueka and was celebrating his 70th birthday on that very day. Congratulations Ken and we wish you many more birthdays in the future
However the Warren's Nutmeg Executive made the
journey, plus Murray Hatchard's Crystal White Super which provided
transport for Muriel and Fleming and Betty Biddick, and Adrian Crequer'
s Nutmeg Executive. Unfortunately Don's P76 was still in Methven being
painted so he was reduced to driving his “new" Rolls Royce, a 1988
Silver Spirit 2.
On Saturday moming we went to Hokitika and
visited the local market there and poked about the town. Unfortunately
we had left the good weather behind in Christchurch and the West Coast
weather was fairly typical - grey and drizzly though not unduly cold.
Our lunch stop was the little historic gold mining town of Ross. We
drove around Lake Kaniere which is quite picturesque. (Kaniere is the
Editors fathers’ home town) There is a “Tree Tops Walk” near Hokitika
but views from the tree tops would have been impeded by the clouds, so
we decided to have this experience another time when the weather was
fine. Greymouth member Barry Brown, who lives only a few doors from
where we were staying, was contacted and we spent an evening with him.
His brown car has been out of action for several years and is parked up
in his garage awaiting attention. (How about that Barry?)
On Sunday we all went our separate ways - George
and Sandy returning via the Lewis Pass again as their Nissan car was
giving some trouble and they thought that route would be a safer option.
Adrian's car had a bit of a heating problem going over the Lewis Pass
but once cooled, gave no further problems. We drove home via Lake
Brunner with a coffee stop at
Thanks again to Sandy for organising yet another enjoyable trip away.