I’d got my second jab on Dec 31st 2021, so armed with the controversial Vaccine Passport I decided to celebrate by getting the hell out of Dodge.. or in this case, Auckland! I met up with a mate of mine Mike and his partner Gaylene at the Classic Cover Jalopy Dustup at the Waihi Beach dirt Track, for a change of scenery.
And what a day! Stinking hot and aptly named, the views from above the track out over Waihi Beach alone were to die for, let alone the motley crew of jalopy racers who entertained solidly all day. What a hoot of an event!
It was all about having a good time… the racing was hardly fast, or furious, yet there were still a few thrills and spills from over-enthusiast throttle application or woeful 1930’s suspension dynamics, or maybe both. The parade laps at lunch showed the immense variety present and the water splash was hilarious.
After a thorough dusting sitting up in the one ‘stand’ – essentially a row of about eight plastic seats – we departed the venue around 3pm as things were starting to wind down and headed to the Waihi Beach RSA for a well deserved cold one and some damn decent wedges.
What a cracking day… never been before, we now intend to make it an annual pilgrimage, such was the entertaining and low-key nature of the event. Well done (again) to Noddy Watts and his team – as if worrying about what to do about the Beach Hop wasn’t enough on his plate! Seriously, it’s worth the 2 and a bit hour drive down from Auckland – just bring a sun umbrella and a change of clothes! Rob.
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