Regions and Events

Catch up with all the MX-5 Regional Events happening over the next few months …

Plus read Regional Run Reports from previous months.

COMING UP …

We would expect that if you attend club events, you’d normally attend the events organised by your selected region. They will be responsible for sending you any event notices, and correspondence, however other regions may send you things from time to time. You are welcome to attend the events of other regions.

Whangarei / Twin Coasts

Details to come.

Northern / Auckland

Details to come.

Waikato / Hamilton

NOVEMBER 17 – SURF & TURF RUN

Meeting Time from 10.00
Departure Time 10.30
Departure Location Rototuna Shopping Centre
Expected Duration All day

Additional Details
Members from Thames and Auckland meet us at Red Fox Tavern soon after 11.45 for restart at 12.00 noon

Significant Places
Surf and Turf run from the hills to the sea and back. Waikato back roads to Kaiaua for set lunch including tea and coffee for $14 per person. After lunch the fun begins. Around the coast through Kawakawa Bay To Clevedon and through the Hunua ranges onto Mercer for an afternoon Coffee. After goodbyes to our Thames and Northern Friends we have found some backroads that follow the expressway back to Hamilton which minimises the time driving on the Expressway.

Contact Gary via email (waikatomx5club@gmail.com) or 0272426783 no later than Wednesday night so that lunch numbers can be confirmed on Thursday morning. This is due to heavy bookings at the Hotel

Bay of Plenty / Tauranga

Details to come.

Hawkes Bay / Napier / Hastings

Details to come.

Taranaki

Details to come.

Manawatu

We hold a run on the 2nd Sunday of each month, apart from August & December this year as follows:
Sun 10th Nov Funkana (more details to come)
Sun 8th Dec Car Dress Up and BBQ (more details to come)

Kapiti Coast / Wellington

NOVEMBER 17 – CROSS HILLS RUN

Meeting Time from 10:30
Departure Time 11.00
Departure Location Woolshed Cafe Sanson
Expected Duration all day

Significant Places
Cross Hills Gardens

Details
$15 admittance per person – cafe available or take a picnic lunch. Meet at Sanson at 10.30am for coffee and chat before setting off for Cross Hills which is via Fielding –  about 50kms from Sanson.

Contact Wendy and Tony at wendant@xtra.co.nz

DECEMBER 8 – CHRISTMAS BBQ

Meeting Time from 10:00
Departure Time 10:30
Departure Location Ground Up Cafe
Expected Duration all day

Significant Places
Ground Up Cafe. Great MX-5 driving roads.

Details
BYO drinks, meat for the barbecue and either a salad or dessert. When you reply please let me know if you are bringing Salad or Dessert. Wear green or red clothing … and bring a fancy hat. Prizes for best dressed.

Contact Tony & Pauline tonymstenhouse@gmail.com

 

Facebook Pages and Groups

Facebook pages are maintained by some Regions. Open pages are visible to all. Closed Groups are for MX-5 Club Members only. If you are a Financial Member, regional coordinators are happy to accept your request to join a page by answering a couple of questions.

See details below for each Region.

The Club also maintains a Facebook page: Facebook

Nelson / Tasman

Runs are usually 4th Sunday of each month.
24 November
22 December.

Marlborough

Dates and initial details of planned Runs:
December 1 – Christmas Party

Canterbury

Details to come.

Dunedin / Otago

Details to come.

SEND IN DETAILS

Please use the Run Events Submission Form at bottom of this page to add details of your upcoming events.

DRIVER TRAINING DAY 2019

The Mazda MX5 Club’s Driver Training Day will be held at the Circuit Chris Amon at Manfeild, Fielding, on 22 September 2019. 

Our page Driver Training has all the details, plus how to register to attend.

Note: Now waiting list only.

REGIONAL COORDINATORS …

Coordinators are your primary contacts for information about planned events and activities in your region.

Whangarei / Twin Coasts

Terry Conaghan
Phone: 09 437 0898
Mobile: 027 611 7187
Email: terelene@ultracom.co.nz

Northern / Auckland

Keith Jones
Mobile: 027 4362 568
Email: northern@mx5club.org.nz

Northern/Auckland has a closed Facebook group with regular updates on activities: Facebook

Waikato / Hamilton

Gary and Maureen Major
Phone: 027 242 6783
Email: waikatomx5club@gmail.com

Bay of Plenty / Tauranga

Karen Struiksma
Mobile: 027 342 7189
Email: bayofplenty@mx5club.org.nz

Hawkes Bay / Napier / Hastings

Mike & Rosemary Hurley
Phone: 06 878 9265
Mobile: 021 152 6573
Email: hawkesbaymx5club@hotmail.com

Taranaki

Nora Hunn
Phone: 06 761 8864
Mobile: 027 216 0608
Email: norahunn@gmail.com

Taranaki has a Facebook group with regular updates on activities: Facebook

Manawatu

Tania and Philip Stewart
Mobile: 021 925 223
Email: manawatumx5club@gmail.com

Manawatu has a closed Facebook group with regular updates on activities: Facebook

Kapiti Coast / Wellington

Sharon and Keith Ewing
Phone: 06 379 7709
Mobile: 027 274 4443
Email: ks.ewing@xtra.co.nz

Kapiti has an open Facebook page with regular updates on activities: Facebook

Nelson / Tasman

Kevin and Gaylene St John
Phone: 03 542 3838
Mobile: 021 542 3838
Email: kgstjohn@xtra.co.nz

Marlborough

To be advised.

Canterbury

To be advised.

Dunedin / Otago

Clint Trewin
Phone: 03 455 3246 (Work)
Mobile: 027 435 8510 (A/hours)
Email: clintsmotors@xtra.co.nz

Southland / Invercargill

Peter Glover
Phone: 03 217 7187
Mobile: 027 634 3900
Email: verglo@xtra.co.nz

RECENT RUNS …

A Blend of Scenery and Sensational Roads

MARLBOROUGH REGION

A select group got together at the BlenheimRailway Station on a fineMarlborough Sunday morning for a run to the Nelson district.

Des and Cindy (Yellow NA) set an enthusiastic pace for Simon & Karen (Blue NB), Mike and Kathy (Red NC) and Nelson (Red NB) as we popped over the Whangamoas as a warm-up for the rest of the day. We had a short delay in Rai Valley where a 17 year old battery was a reluctant starter.

We arrived at WOW to join a mix of Nelson-Tasman MXers for the rest of the run, lead by Ash & Sandra. Run notes were distributed in the hope that we would all arrive in Brightwater for a late lunch. Little did some drivers realise that the route contained NZTA eyesight tests; including the signpost for Alexander Bluff Road, and Doveton Road (which didn’t seem to be labelled Doveton Road, having just a yellowfingerboard to Doveton)!

The route wound its way through settlements such as Stoke, Richmond, Mapua, Tasman, Ngatimoti, Woodside, and Mahana with a blend of scenery and sensational roads.

The Motueka River West Bank Road between Ngatimoti and Woodside is a delightfully curvy alternative to the more frequently travelled Motueka Highway, with the autumn coloured trees contrasting with the lush green pastures and the sparkling river.

Most of us made it to HQ Cafe in Brightwater for a lunch together, from where we wandered our ways back to Blenheim; some returning thought Nelson, and others via the inland route through Golden Downs and Tophouse.

The weather gods were kind, the scenery beautiful and the company warm and engaging – another great run.

Story and Photos by Nelson Heywood

Coromandel Scenery to the Fore

NORTHERN REGION

Well its 9am and a fine day, one had betterhead to the BP Drury for our 10am meet, especially as I’m supposed to be running the show. Our usual meeting spot was a shambles as the Morris Eight club had nicked our spot. Never mind, we can pretend we are trucks and park in their spot.

Nineteen cars eventually turned up and after the usual coffee and chats and a brief on the day, at 10.30am we set off down the motorway to H/way 2 where we picked up a car from the Waikato club. The 20 cars then headed off HW2 at Mangatawhiri on our way to Miranda over some great scenic roads then back on to HW2 and on to Thames where we had a brief comfort stop.

The next bit was up the Coromandel coast on HW25. What a great drive, and the scenery across the Firth of Thames was amazing with the sea like glass and the isolated islands dotted around the coast breaking the blue of the sea.The view up on the high roads was pretty hard to beat.

It was a casual drive up the coast thanks to 18 wheelers and campervans, however we reached Coromandel around 12.30and parked our cars behind the shops and made our way to the Peppertree Café in the main street for lunch. We had great food and good service, the café had set aside a room just for us which certainly seemed to stimulate the conversations.

After lunch members had ideas that had them going in different directions on the way home. Some went to Whitianga, others headed for coffee in Thames, and three cars went further north for a look around. I had a check on the kms for the return trip and clocked up 400kms from home to home – not a bad trip.

Thanks to Marilyn for arranging a great place for lunch and it was great to have Garth from the Waikato join us. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the day as I did.

Story and Photos by Morrin Layton

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