Wednesday, 15 July 2009

John and Jan's June Run

The forecast was for isolated showers but nobody told the rain it poured all the Saturday night and in the morning as we made our way down the Southern Motorway to the R.S.A. in Papakura, where the run was commencing from. The very large car park had a lake in the middle.

No sign of the organizer (may be its been called off) however there is a car there already and gradually more and more appear until Harvey and Val, Bob and Gwen, Chris, Stephen with his father, these people arrive in their club cars, then Brian and Bev, Thelma and Bud, Janice, with moderns plus the organizer John arrived in his club car. Later on Caroline and two flat mates join in a very good turn out considering the weather.

We drove off following the instruction sheet across the Motorway bridge, past Wrightsons Bloodstock sale yard complex, towards Clarks Beach following instructions we went down various side roads, up very scenic hills which looked out towards Pukekohe until we arrived at Patamahohe. From there we made our way gradually crossing railway lines etc, to just outside Waiuku, where we drove down a side street to Mr. Sharman’s property.

Once parked we made our way to his home where he has an area set up with tables to entertain clubs etc, he put on some  very welcome coffee and tea for the group and we also ate our lunch’s which most had brought with them before we all made our way to the first shed which housed the model steam train engine and tender and two very large steam traction engines. Mr. Sharman gave a very informative talk about the model train engine and the traction engines. Then we went to another shed which had some seven beautifully restored cars and were told the history’s surrounding them. After everyone had looked at all the things on display and the numerous posters on the walls, everyone went back for another cup of tea etc, before we all departed our separate way.