Wairarapa News : March 27th 2013
32 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MARCH 27, 2013 5267420A A McKenzie Motors South End Queen St Masterton 06 378 6134 • 027 239 0415 Ross Dearnley A/H 06 378 2482 MITSUBISHI VEHICLES WITH THE DIAMOND ADVANTAGE 67420A A 2012 MITSUBISHI TRITON CHARGER 2.5L Turbo Diesel, Manual, ABS, Air bags, Air con, Alloy wheels, Bull bars, Central locking, Cruise control, Towbar $41,000 2012 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER XLS 2.4L, 6 Speed CVT, 7 Seater, Alloys, Climate control, ABS, Cruise control, Remote Locking, Partial Leather, NZ New, Parking Sensors $39,500 2012 L300 LWB 2.4L Petrol Van, 5 Door, Pre-reg Demo, Under 1000kms $25,990 Driveaway news 5268860AA Ph 06 377 0066 Book at the Age Concern Wairarapa office this is a classroom based refresher workshop for Senior road users to maintain and improve your safe driving practices and help you to remain safely mobile. Also covered is the Licence Renewal Process for those over 75 years. Modules used are provided by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Venue: REAP House 340 Queen St, Masterton on Thursday 11th April from 10am -- 2pm. Light Lunch Provided. Cost: Koha Donation STAYING SAFE REFRESHER DRIVING COURSE Vintage rally cranks up Labour of love: Rally secretary Myrna Lane with her 1951 Citroen Light 15. Two years of planning and thousands of hours of hard work and preparation come to a head this weekend with the running of the Wairarapa Vintage Car Club s North Island Easter Rally. It s been a massive undertaking for the VCC branch, with 117 of New Zealand s best and brightest vintage cars assem- bled for public viewing. Rally secretary Myrna Lane, of Master- ton, knows full well the effort that has gone into the rally. There will be a dozen or so marshalls for Saturday s competition, 18 manning the barbecues on Saturday night (185 people can munch a lot of sausages!) and as many as 60 involved in Sunday s big public day at Solway Showgrounds. Some of these people will also be competing. The show culminates in a gala dinner and prizegiving at the Copthorne Solway Park, on Sunday night. Wairarapa is blessed with many scenic back-country roads, and visitors will be in for a treat as they cruise at a pre-set speed, looking for clues that will lead them to a secret destination. Myrna said that although this is nominally a North Island event, there are entries from as far away as Balclutha and Blenheim, as well as a couple from Dargaville and entries from, Auckland and throughout the North Island. The highlight of the weekend will be the big public open day at Solway Showgrounds on Sunday. The committee has kept admission prices low -- $2 individual and $5 family -- to allow as many people as possible to view the cars. Public entry, from 10am, will be by the Fleet St/York St entrance to the showgrounds, and inside there will be a host of activities, even for people with no interest in cars, Myrna said. But one activity will be entertaining for all, she said. This will be interclub com- petition for the Maxwell Trophy, a hilari- ous event involving teams of three cars of different classes tackling some diaboli- cally tricky challenges. A Newrags Market will involve up to 50 stalls, from food to crafts, and there will also be bouncy castles for the kids, devonshire teas, a vintage machinery dis- play, music, commentary on the PA sys- tem. . .allthefunofthefair,astheysay. But it s the cars that are the thing, Myrna said. They will be arriving at the showgrounds from 9am via the Judds Road entrance, and after passing through a skills test (in front of the grandstand) will be parked up on the northern side of the oval. As the public flow in from Fleet St they will be given voting forms to fill in, nominating their choice of best car, and the owner of the winning entry will receive a special prize. There will be no shortage of choice, with five cars more than 100 years old and some standout vintage machines including the 1931 Hispano Suiza once owned by the Shah of Persia. Twenty of the cars are local, and the rest have come from far and wide. Total value would be in the millions. Myrna says the community has got behind the rally, with businesses con- tributing more than 90 spot prizes as well as cash and kind. The three Wairarapa mayors will be involved, with Ron Mark, from Carterton, driving the first car to leave the Copthorne on Saturday morn- ing. He will be flagged away by Master- ton Mayor Garry Daniel. And after the 1pm lunch break at Martinborough School South Wairarapa Mayor Adrienne Staples will be on the flag. Ron Marks will also be MC at the Sunday night din- ner. The weekend event will be good for Wairarapa, with entrants shelling out probably a quarter of a million dollars for accommodation, fuel and food. The rally routes (two of them, for slow and faster cars) are secret, but many of the old-timers will make an appearance at Memorial Square, in Carterton, from 11am. The rally schedule is: Friday evening: Registration and Noggin 'n Natter at Copthorne Saturday: Competitive rally followed by a barbecue Sunday: Gymkhana and car show at Solway Showgrounds. Monday: Cuppa at the Clareville clubrooms. The parts department will be open for restorers seeking elusive parts. The gloves are off for rider safety Motorcycle riders -- especially those on motor scooters -- are ignoring safety warnings and not wearing the minimum of safety gear before travel- ling on busy city roads. An MTA survey carried out over the last two weeks found 51 percent of riders failed to meet basic, ACC-suggested equipment guidelines -- omitting things like gloves, appropriate footwear, trousers or jackets. The results are disappointing considering transport and safety agencies have been campaigning for riders to wear the appropri- ate clothing and equipment for several years now. The most frequent lack of protective gear MTA staff observed: riders without gloves. If someone is falling off their motorcycle, it s a natural human response for them to put their hands out to protect themselves. Having proper gloves is a pretty cheap way to prevent more serious injury, MTA spokesman Hamish Stuart said. The next most commonly absent item of equip- ment was lack of appropriate arm and leg cover- ing; many were wearing a skirt or shorts, or other- wise having bare legs. Flimsy footwear was the next most frequent item of dangerous motorcy- cling attire, followed by short-sleeved shirts. 'Wobbly weekend' drivers suspend event Fire fears led to the postponement at the weekend of the Wairarapa Car Club s "wobbly weekend" based on Tea Creek Road. The event, which would have been spread over two days and involved a night session, will now be held in May. Clerk of the Course Tracey Stringer said the cars were normally parked in a paddock between runs and the risk of hot exhausts sparking a fire were too high.
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