Easter VW and Vintage Car Club meetings – we came back as early as possible

Easter VW and Vintage Car Club meetings – we came back as early as possible

Hastings and Napier put on a perfect combination of clear skies and warm temperatures over Easter, which was fortunate for the entrants of the 2009 VW Nationals, and the Vintage Car Club’s National North Island Rally. Both events were well-attended and received good participation from club members. You’ll see galleries on NZ Classic Car’s website this week.

However, what one does not want to do is hang around and leave Napier late on the way back to Auckland. The Napier-Taupo highways hills can be a challenge even to some more modern machines, let alone a 70-year-old vehicle whose top speed is 60kph on the flat. With potentially 200 cars making their way back over to Taupo today (Monday), we decided to leave early – 8am. We caught up with a lone vintage car struggling up towards the summit cafe, and no Vee-Dubs.

The owners of these classic vehicles should be commended that they dare take their pride and joy on such an arduous journey, but we have to remember that many of these cars would have been conquering the Napier-Taupo highway when it was still gravel, and a good number of kilometres longer than it is now.

Skinny tyres, ineffectual brakes, and lack of power steering would have made many a particpant’s journey somewhat more exciting than cruising the 140km in a modern sedan – let’s hope everyone made it back safely.

Hastings and Napier put on a perfect combination of clear skies and warm temperatures over Easter, which was fortunate for the entrants of the 2009 VW Nationals, and the Vintage Car Club’s National North Island Rally. Both events were well-attended and received good participation from club members. You’ll see galleries on NZ Classic Car’s website this week.

However, what one does not want to do is hang around and leave Napier late on the way back to Auckland. The Napier-Taupo highways hills can be a challenge even to some more modern machines, let alone a 70-year-old vehicle whose top speed is 60kph on the flat. With potentially 200 cars making their way back over to Taupo today (Monday), we decided to leave early – 8am. We caught up with a lone vintage car struggling up towards the summit cafe, and no Vee-Dubs.

The owners of these classic vehicles should be commended that they dare take their pride and joy on such an arduous journey, but we have to remember that many of these cars would have been conquering the Napier-Taupo highway when it was still gravel, and a good number of kilometres longer than it is now.

Skinny tyres, ineffectual brakes, and lack of power steering would have made many a particpant’s journey somewhat more exciting than cruising the 140km in a modern sedan – let’s hope everyone made it back safely.

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