Hello everyone, this is Wayne Sullivan with a short story of this years Beachhop.
Beachhop always delivers, even when the weather does not. Waihi and Thames coped a bit of the rain but for most of the day the skies were blue with fluffy white clouds. At Onemana on Friday it was fine but a bit windy and on Saturday at Whangamata it was fine all day and perfect for the night cruising on the evenings which I did on Thurs, Friday and Saturday nights.
So good to be a part of it.
The array of vehicles is mind blowing from original to the highly modified and all worthy of respect for the effort put into them. I was able to catch up with some fellow club members at the various venues and must say they represented our club very well. And a special mention for all the bands, they really do make Beachhop the festival that it is, well done Mr. Roper.
Also I managed to consume vast quantities of fossil fuel, ha ha.
My only senior moment came on my way to Beachhop on Tuesday afternoon , as I rounded a corner on SH25A I came across a SUV that had stopped in my lane. What the driver was doing I don't know, but they weren't thinking road sense, that's for sure. They did not appear to have spun out. As soon as they saw me , the SUV moved at a slow pace to the edge of the road where it should have been. I had already made the decision to go around him rather than trying to brake too hard as I was going downhill. And with my luck a car was coming from the opposite direction but the gap was big enough .
From my first sighting of the SUV to when I passed by was only about 3 seconds from watching it on my camera later on. I have posted a video of it on YouTube .
As the saying goes, expect the unexpected.
Had some great accommodation , a lovely B&B in Whangamata at a good price so will be back next March.
Please enjoy these photos.