President’s Ramble – April 2020

Welcome to the first ever electronic only version of the magazine – at least at this stage – the committee looks eagerly for your feedback and we will consider whether we should retrospectively publish this when we can get out!

We are all in unchartered ground and it is difficult to know what to write. As I write this on the 30th of March it seems to be in the distant past that a number of us attended the Brit and Euro show.  It was a wonderful day with many many vehicles on display. Our club, thanks to the organisation of Don Howarth, managed to display a 404, a 306, a 405 & 406, 2 505s, 3 205s, a 308 and a 504, you can see them on our Facebook page.  Club member Donald Webster was displaying his Renault Alpine next to us with a few other delectable Renaults. Citroen were on the other side of them again.  How many weeks if not months will it be before we can meet and greet like that again. Read More…

President’s Ramble – March 2020

I am a little unsure what to say. The turn-out at the gymkhana was poor for Citroen and I would say mediocre for us. (The Hardie family an exception to that – many many of them competing and attending as well as providing a couple of guests. I hope Marissa enjoyed her birthday outing). However those that competed had a fun time on the dry paddocks in the haze of a dust cloud.

For me it was an eye opener. Joshua competed for the first time, driving my car for the first time, driving an automatic for the first time and had the cheek to beat my time in what can only be explained as the speed event. He was only let down by the distance judging event – one that I suspect will become easier as he becomes more experienced, I think both he and Jayden Hardie will need to be watched in the future by us more experienced campaigners. Read More…

President’s Ramble – February 2020

Welcome back to a new year members.

I have ventured into Northland (just) and also used what I believe is the northern-most Regional Park of Auckland – Te Arai – some 102km drive from the CBD according to Google Maps. When you are there it feels somewhat more distant again and it is not hard to imagine that other than through their rates bills, the local farmers do not feel that they are Aucklanders.

Northland involved beaches, estuaries, cliff top walks and rock pools as well as a little chocolate.  The rock pools were quite something; loaded with starfish, shrimp, crabs and small fish, more so than I have seen around Auckland in many a year – the lack of population is clearly a bonus for the sea life. Read More…

President’s Ramble – December 2019

Citroen set us an enjoyable and challenging trial in the hills and valleys in and around Hunua. A few of our members attended and the results tell us we did well.  For the first time I competed with my son Joshua. We managed to get the most answers right. However the Navigator misread the instructions and got us time penalties.  The worst bit was that the navigator was me!

Those of you who know me, which I suspect is most if not all of you, will know that I love Ice Cream, so Joshua and I stopped at one of the strawberry farms and had an Ice Cream afterwards, no surprise really. Read More…

President’s Ramble – November 2019

Upcoming, assuming that NZ Post gets this to you in time, we have the annual Navigation Trial with Citroen; details are in this magazine. Compete for yourself, compete for the club, compete to enjoy the experience!  I hope to see you all there on November 17 – though I guess the roads would be very congested if we all turned up!

Meanwhile some of us have just returned from Taumarunui where we managed to meet up with a few of our Peugeot comrades from Wellington Club. Results are still to be distributed in written form so I won’t attempt to recollect them, but – we won back the Interclub Cup with both an advantage in numbers and skill on the Navigation Trials/Treasure Hunts set by Nick and Shona.  A good weekend was had by all, and might I add, a very nice dinner at the Thai restaurant. Read More…