THE MAZDA MX-5 EXPERIENCE
A 30 YEAR DEDICATION
Regional “top down” Runs
Out and About with Like-Minded Friends and Families
Fifteen cars met at the café, for our drive over to Wainuiomata.
Then out to the Coast. It was windy, but still a nice spot to take in the scenery.
We then headed back to Rimutaka Forest Park for a picnic lunch. We found a sheltered spot under a large tree, and enjoyed lunch.
Was a great day, thanks everyone for coming out.
Many of the regions enjoyed seasonal celebrations as part of their runs in December, and two regions will often join for runs and celebrations.
For the Nelson/Tasman region, Kathy Besley reported, “The pre-festive get together at Nahm’s was well attended, where 15 of us enjoyed a lovely meal, chatter and laughter.”
Any member from any region can join runs in other regions, and it’s not unusual for two regions to organise a combined run.
“How do you do it?”… Vigorously melange 17 MX-5s at a Cambridge rendezvous. Pretty soon you’ve got everyone feeling in the “I Like It” frame-of-mind, ready to blast off on a quest to conquer SH43.
Sounds pretty boring put like that, so let’s rather use its other name: Forgotten World Highway – a great (albeit remote) touring road.
After this MX-5 weekend run, my thoughts are it is particularly that, especially when driven in convoy. It’s 150km of sheer driving challenge, thrown down by a road that was carved out of colonial bridle paths in the late 19th century.
The Forgotten Highway is no “Ferry Across the Mersey” as it presents the intrepid motorist with a road full of twists and turns, hills and blind rises a-plenty, and about which Whangamomoners have fondly said, “…it’s a bit upsy downsy”!
Those of us who’ve trekked this path will know that this remark trivialises this roller coaster of a road that clings viciously to the contours of the surrounding Taranaki terrain.
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A Quick Reminder about The Club
New Zealand is geographically diverse, and we are bestowed with an abundance of back country roads that are a pleasure to travel. When the earth was created, one of the design team must have driven an MX5 and fashioned our country with this little car in mind. Throw in some breath-taking scenery, which is always best viewed with the TOP DOWN, and you can see why we’re such a happy bunch.