Hawke's Bay British & European Car  Club Inc.


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 Our Christmas Run on Sunday 13th December,2020.

A beautiful day for a run to the Guthrie Smith Arboretum at Tutira. Our host gave an informative talk about the history and how the Arboretum has developed. He then took us on a short walk which gave us a fabulous view of the 3 lakes at Tutira. On our return we had a delicious shared lunch. A great day out with our members. Thank you to Linda for organising our run. 



Twenty members and friends assembled at 141 Hedgeley Road. Eskdale, at 9.45am to test their cars and driving skills driving up a steep, windy gravel drive to the newly established LEMMON MUSEUM. Everyone made it without any dramas to be met by two enormous green sheds and trustee Adrian Lemmon. 

Members then proceeded on a self-guided tour of one of the sheds. What an impressive array of just about everything from rare vintage cars and motorbikes to forestry, agricultural, woodworking, household goods, leisure items and so on as used by our pioneer ancestors. 

The cars were displayed in the centre and there are bays facing the outside walls dedicated to various themes. We had to keep an eye on the walls above as well which had displays of items related to the particular bay. 

Everything was neatly displayed and labelled and is a great credit to Adrian. He has put in hundreds of hours of time to preserve his fathers lifetime collection for the likes of us to admire. The collection was previously displayed at Puketitiri. 

We were amazed to learn that the second shed is full of more stuff to be set up in a similar fashion as time permits. 

After thanks to Adrian members were set on a drive to Bayview for lunch at the Bayview Hotel. On the way they were to match clues relating to letterboxes and note down the letter box number. Marking was made simple by adding up all letterbox numbers to get one total. I was worried that this quiz would be too simple and had prepared a list of elimination questions. While the lunch orders were being prepared in the kitchen the prizegiving took place. To my utter surprise no one completed the quiz. However the elimination questions did find some worthy winners for the bottle of wine, petrol vouchers and book of raffle tickets. 

Another great club event, well attended, an interesting visit and held on a very pleasant Hawkes Bay day. Thanks to all those who were able to attend.  

Sunday 20th September 2020

A beautiful spring day greeted members as we arrived at Stortford Lodge. After a brief chat and Margaret distributing our Run Sheets we were ready to go. We stopped at the Paper Mulberry Cafe for our morning tea stop. A wonderful selection of food and drinks for members to choose. When members were finished we were ready to go again. We travelled the back roads around the Argyll area until we stopped at the Lime Rock Winery. The scenery was beautiful and the drive was enjoyed by all. 

Arriving at the winery we were greeted by our hosts. A treat for all as we were able to enjoy the wine tasting with our lunch. Our hosts, Roger and Rosie were very interesting to listen to as they shared information about the winery and wines they make. Following the tasting and before members left there were a few brown bags being taken to members cars with a selection of wines they had enjoyed.

Thank you to Margaret for organising our visit and our run.



The weather report had been dreadful all week for our August run held on Sunday 18th so an alternative was planned but as the day turned out lovely and sunny we headed off down to Hau Ora Clay Shooting.  We had a great turnout and after a Health & Safety meeting and a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits the shooters were taken down to the shooting stands.  Our host Paul Callow was on hand to give full instructions.  We had a brilliant time with much encouragement given from The Club Room spectators.  Each shooter had 5 rounds on the first stand then another 5 from another stand which gave a whole new perspective.  At the end of the 10 rounds each Hanna and John were standing equal so a shootout was declared.  Paul gave these two a tougher task by pulling two in quick succession then another three.  Great to watch both these contestants but there had to be a winner and Hanna took out the challenge by one amid much applause (especially the girls!).  Everyone then headed back up the hill to their cars and off to the Patangata Hotel for lunch.  We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up with some great members.  Thank you everyone for taking part in this fantastic day the Committee enjoyed seeing you all and Paul Callow enjoyed hosting everyone at Hau Ora Clay Shooting.