Bring on spring and sunshine finally after those long winter months. How else could we do that than using our precious cars.

Sunday came and we gathered as of previous runs at the BP service station near Drury. Other car clubs had the same idea so the parking lot was packed with a variety of all sorts of cars. We headed off in close convoy – 15 cars in total a good turnout – to our destination, the Paeroa Historical Maritime Park and a River Cruise in a 130 year old steam boat.

The weather was good, part-wise cloudy and rainy, the roads free and the views magnificent. Which made it a perfect day behind the wheel.

It felt great for me to be able to make it to this run, despite the fact that I didn’t use my beloved 190E due to some issues. Participating with an E55 Supercharger that day put a big smile on my face that’s for sure.

At fast pace we headed towards the Paeroa Maritime Park where the first 15 people could go on the boat for the River Cruise and learn something about the history of the early steamships operating on the Waikato River. Meanwhile the other half of our group could enjoy some bubbles whilst wandering through the Maritime Museum and looking at the museum’s parrots.


After the other half of our group came back from the boat we had some sandwiches and cakes, provided by the lovely team from the Maritime Museum who put a lot of effort into everything there for our catering.

Our last stop for the day was Miranda Hot Pools for a swim and to ease into the evening. Whilst some of us had a swim and some a coffee, most of us said goodbye and left for home.

A very enjoyable day with sunny weather and great atmosphere came to a good end. 

Gerrit Kutschmann

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