SO MUCH TO SEE SO CLOSE TO HOME
T he Classic Car Breakfast Club’s Big Day Out was very localised this month and although members travelled 181km to their destination before returning home, they only went as far as Wanganui. Drivers detoured off the Main Highway where they saw paddocks blanketed with a soft cover of low-lying fog as they drove to their first stop at Duddings Lake. The Marton Lions Club were ready for us and had prepared and served a fantastic cooked breakfast in the hall overlooking the lake. This is a beautiful, restful and extremely tidy area, where members dined in the hall then ventured out onto a huge deck to take in the views and enjoy the sunshine. From there it was off the Ratna Paa to look at the village and historic church and after a quiet drive through there members made their way to Kaitoki Prison where they turned around in the visitor’s car park and drove out again. It was then onto the Wanganui Airport, past the speedway track and onto Landguard Road up about 2km of metal, however, this was worth the slightly bumpy trip just to get a different prospective of Wanganui looking up the river with Mt Ruapehu standing guard in the distance and looking down over the town. Crossing over the main highway members took a scenic drive to the top of Durie Hill where some of the young and fit climbed to the top of the tower. Another quiet drive up Victoria, Wanganui’s main street, enjoying the magnificent plantings of flowers, in hanging baskets and pavement plantings, then it was out to Castlecliff Beach for a look at the surf. From there members returned to the countryside driving up Blueskin Road and continuing the loop onto Brunswick Road for a first-hand view of the scaring on hillside from the Wanganui flooding last year. Members crossed over the main highway and headed down Watt-Livingston Road into Rapanui Road then into the amazing Bason Gardens for a picnic lunch. The weather was fantastic, food tasty and plentiful, sights well worth seeing, gardens spectacular and not forgetting the reason for all this was the cars and a great friendly bunch of people. Cans of food donated by the CCBC members was matched by Geoff and Glenys Boyden and were delivered to the Local Foodbank, For further information on the Classic Car Breakfast Club, contact Geoff & Glenys Boyden on A/H 06 356 9667. Fax 06 356 9657. Mobile 027 230 4413 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Facebook Classic Car Breakfast Club.