Day 3: Tauranga to Taupo
Wednesday 31st March:
Section 1: Host BOP Mustang Club
BOP FM Classic hits arrived at the Armatage Hotel at about 7.30 am and began a live broadcast from the car park. This included interviews with Wal Marshall, Bart Ingram, Charmaine Scott, Grant Brady and (others?). There was also a request for Grant to rev up his tweaked 71 Boss 351. The resulting dump to 6,000 rpm must have been heard all over BOP not to mention trashing the microphone and the eardrums of anyone nearby!
9.00 am and briefing by Bart Ingram completed, the cars departed on time through Tauranga, and on to Te Puke. A local traffic police car "escorted" the convoy for much of this journey, by inserting itself in the column at #2! There was a great crowd on the sides of the main street as the convoy proceeded through Te Puke which was really nice to see, (possibly a result of the local radio coverage that morning).
Next park up was the Te Puke Auto Barn, where the opportunity was taken for a quick squiz around the car collection, and a group photo.
One couple (who shall remain nameless) became the first to lock their keys in the trunk, (others followed!) but with that minor issue resolved the convoy was off in brilliant sunshine down the scenic Bay of Plenty coastline to Whakatane. On arrival the cars were parked up at the Mataatua reserve at the south end of town, right beside the sea.
Participants made full use of
the local restaurants in the adjacent main street, as it was
only a 3 minute walk.
Meanwhile there was a huge turnout of locals to see the
cars. Click here for local
Section 2: Host Manawatu Mustang Owners Club
3.30 pm, a quick briefing from MMOC member Neville Hutchinson, and the cars departed for Taupo back along Fenton street. The cruise to Taupo was uneventful with the convoy arriving at 4.45 pm and driving off the Taupo main street into Tongariro Park.
Once again the weather remained warm and sunny, and another big crowd turned out to see 50 Mustangs on display in the park, the greatest number of any point on the event. Click here for Taupo press coverage.
5.30 pm and the convoy departed to gas up and check into the Lakeland Hotel at 2 Mile Bay. This hotel was positioned directly on the Lake front, and with great views of the lake and mountains.
During the evening approx 70 participants enjoyed a buffet meal in the hotel restaurant, and then popular music entertainment from a local musician incl karaoke for those brave enough to try it. Wal was most honoured to receive a presentation from all the participants - a certificate signed by all the Taupo contingent, which is now proudly displayed on his office wall.