26~27th March 2016
New Zealand Nationals - Cromwell.
Many thanks to Peter L & Scott R for the photo's and Peter for the report.
The organising committee of 3 with the help of many volunteers put on a great weekend over Easter for the Kiwi Nationals.
The accommodation at the Golden Gate Lodge had everybody at one venue.
The Concours on Saturday had 50 Studebakers on display.
A driving event later in the afternoon involving eating dry Wheetbix and driving skills entertained us all.
A later visit to Highland Motorsport racetrack was another option.
All these events were put onto
a DVD, most of it filmed by Droneworks of New Zealand and sold after the
The Sunday run was around Central Otago firstly over the Clyde Dam which is not normally open to the public.
Next over the a single lane suspension bridge to the Historic town of Ophir where many photos of buildings and Studebakers were taken.
Finally for lunch, 200 of us
arrived at the old historic gold town of Naseby and watched a local
cricket game sitting around a sports ground surrounded by huge ancient
Other highlights were the 3 day Lester ORegan tour from Nelson to Cromwell with 9 Studebakers and 30 plus people many brand x hire cars driven by Aussies enjoying the west coast scenry to Hokitika and Haast with stops at the glaciers and waterfalls along the way to Cromwell.
Both venues had visitors from the Cromwell Nationals all saying how good the truck and vintage car and machinery museum was.
The rest of our road trip was
up the eastern side of the South Island visiting and staying at historic
towns, enjoying beautiful back roads and scenery. Dave Denton said
it was the best road trip he had done.
We had 6 Studebakers, 14 people on our 900 mile return north to Motueka.
One highlight was seeing all
the seal pups playing in the pool below the waterfall north of Kaikoura.
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