Moth­ers on Man­field.

The Tribune (NZ) - - GARDENING -

Mother’s Day Sun­day 14th May and all the moth­ers that ar­rived at reg­is­tra­tion re­ceived a gift, a suc­cu­lent in a pot for their gar­den. Some of these suc­cu­lents were go­ing home to be planted out in an old work boot and some even to be kept as in­door plants. Just a small to­ken of our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all mother past and present from the CCBC.

Many folk had hot cof­fees from the Cof­fee GOGO girls, which was much needed as it was jolly cold reg­is­ter­ing at 6.30am in the morn­ing, be­fore we left town for our drive in con­voy style around some scenic roads. Sun Strike was a bit of a prob­lem leav­ing Palmer­ston North in those early hours as the sun loomed up over the hills, how­ever it wasn’t long be­fore it was high enough to be out of our vi­sion but mag­nif­i­cent enough to shine down on the wind farm with spec­tac­u­lar re­sults. Au­tumn leaves were still in abun­dance on the trees, although many had fallen mak­ing a colour­ful dis­play of yel­lows reds and browns. With the Gorge be­ing closed our planned route was changed to ac­com­mo­date this as we headed out through Ash­hurst to­wards Po­hang­ina even­tu­ally end­ing up in Feild­ing at the Man­field Chris Amon Cir­cuit. We drove 4 laps of the track prior to the MG Classic race meet­ing which was tak­ing place a lit­tle later in the morn­ing. The track en­try fee of $10.00 per car for those mem­bers of the CCBC amounted to $360.00 which was then do­nated to the MG Classic’s char­ity of choice, child can­cer. It was a great chance for those who had never been on the track to ex­pe­ri­ence the drive, the rough­ness of the seal, the cam­ber and the length of the straight. To see what it is like to come out of the pit lane un­der the green light and how tight it was to come back in at the end of their laps. This was all done fol­low­ing a pace car and on speed re­stric­tions, but a great ex­pe­ri­ence none the less. It was also very spec­tac­u­lar see­ing so many of these old clas­sics out on the track to­gether from a Brock Com­modore, GT Ford, E Type Jag, El Camino, Corvette, Cadi, Mini, Valiant, Lo­tus Leitch, Citroen and many, many more all in beau­ti­ful con­di­tion. I’m not sure how the pot plants sur­vived the drive around Man­feild, how smooth the driv­ing was and how many of the ladies were be­hind the wheel for this Mother’s Day spe­cial, but their next treat for the morn­ing was a full cooked break­fast at KR’s Café in Feild­ing. Lucky prizes were handed out, of wine and toi­letries, hand crafted cheese board, and KR’s Café vouch­ers. The men did not miss out ei­ther as there was a tool set and cap to be won. Cans of food do­nated from the morn­ing were later de­liv­ered to Aro­hanui Hospice in Palmer­ston North. 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 gg­boy­ Fol­low us on Face­book Classic Car Break­fast Club.

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