After going to Taupo for the last few years, this year an alternative was decided in going to Napier, however the cyclone put paid to that. So, for King’s birthday weekend, the show took place back in Taupo.
Saturday was an early start for most people as they had to get to Taupo for the Show and Shine on the lakefront before noon. While it was raining as the convoy of 18 muscle cars left Auckland, once into the Waikato it was all blue skies. There, the convoy met the Waikato team and continued to Taupo with ranks swelling up to 26.
It was great to see about 75 cars parked up in the Northcroft park while the weather was fine but bitterly cold. The cars got a lot of attention from the locals and holiday makers.
Sunday started out with rain as everyone headed South for a run for Waiouru and prearranged tour of the Army Museum. 'Being in the middle of the convoy I had great views of the 50+ muscle cars snaking along the desert road', said Daryl Jeffery.
The weather even cleared up to provide stunning views of the mountains.
On Sunday night everyone enjoyed the formal part of the weekend with dinner and prize giving. The theme for the night was pirates and people really got into it with fantastic costumes. Prize giving was a lucky draw event and the giveaways from Meguiars and the Smits group were a huge hit with everyone!
It was over all too soon and on Monday the group had a leisurely drive back home.