Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Summer Travels.

Various pictures from some of my motorcycle travels, over the summer.
To some, this is a temple, but to me I'm afraid Tui isn't my favourite brew.
The Patangata Tavern on the road to Kairakau Beach in the Hawkes Bay.
I didn't venture inside, as I had already had lunch and I don't drink when I'm motorcycling.
The first time I had been to Kairakau, but didn't stay long as it was getting late in the day.
As one enters Kairakau the Mangakuri River flows alongside the road.
Looking the other way we can see where the river enters the sea.
South of Kairakau is another place I hadn't been to previously.
Pourerere is a peaceful beach.
Another view at Pourerere.
North of Porangahau I journeyed along Hunter Road, and not wanting to ride the gravel road to Blackhead (something I will do when I have more Time) I took the sealed part of Blackhead Road which climbs into the hills with a great view back over the coast.
I dined at the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel at Porangahau.
A very tasty bacon and egg burger with fries.
Here's the bike at the world's longest place name :
On Route 52 a, few kilometres north of the Winbledon Tavern.
I have passed the Wimbledon Tavern on several occasions in the past, but decided this was the time to stop and have lunch there, only to find the cook was ill and the kitchen was closed.
On the road just north of Pongaroa.
Nice to find a public toilet in the middle of farming country at the Tiraumea Hall.
Well done Tiraumea for providing this facility.

Recent Trucks.

Big 8 wheeler MAN seems a large truck for furniture hauling.
Parked at a motel, late in the day, in Dannevirke.
Climbing up Blackhead Road, after passing through Porangahau, I spotted this old TK Bedford all loaded, but looking like it's not ever going anywhere.
3 axle International T-Line at a contractors property north of Pongaroa.
Right in the township of Pongaroa was another T-Line.
This time with trailer attached

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ANZAC Day ride.

No disrespect to the ANZACs, but Monday was the last day of rego before I put my bike to bed for the winter, so a ride was in order. Basically I rode to Taihape and back. About 400kms.
Spotted this 1952 Austin A125 Sheerline in the car park at the northern end of the Manawatu Gorge.
I was fortunate to get this photo of it alone, as it was actually ..........
.....sharing the park with several hundred other cars, but was parked at the end of the row.
I stayed off the main road as much as possible, going through Cheltenham, Kimbolton and Rangiwahia and emerging out on SH 1 for lunch under the wing of the DC3 at Mangaweka.
After lunch I rode up to Taihape and back and turned off just south of Utiku and followed the road through to join up with the road I went north on, just east of Mangaweka.
This short section of road, I have never been on before and was impressed with the scenery, enhanced by the autumn colours.
Back on the Mangaweka to Cheltenham road again and heading home.
With now over 180,000kms on the clock the BMW is still purring along as well as the day I bought it in 1986.
Passing through Woodville I had to stop to take on a little bit of what this MAN rig was delivering.

More From Sunday.

I intended adding these to the first Model Expo post, but for some reason the site wouldn't let me add them where I wanted them.
Another weathered truck. This time a Cat powered White Road Commander in European guise.
As well as weathered trucks there was, of course, the shiny examples.
This one an exact replica of an NZ truck, a Mack Superliner, complete with RHD and rego plates.
One of Mike Uhlenberg's Peterbilts is copied accurately including hazardous goods diamond and rego stickers on the windscreen.
After the expo, Mary and I travelled into Wellington, where it was a beautiful sunny day.....
.....for lunch at Plum on Cuba Street.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last Weekend (Sunday).

Last weekend was a 3 day weekend, with ANZAC Day on Monday. Sunday I went to the Model Expo in Upper Hutt. Here is what I snapped.
Trucks are what I went to see and this radio controlled Scania with Mainfreight B-train was superb in entertaining small boys and large. Diesel engine sound, air horn sound, hissing air and lights for everything including hazard flashers.
Of course there were many aircraft too.
Superb DH 88 in bright shiny red.
Grumman Avenger with folded wings could almost be under the lights of a large hangar,
if it wasn't for the paper entry slip under its wheels.
Great diorama with rusty old '57 Chev in workshop.
A nicely weathered GMC in typical American logging truck configuration.....
....and a similarly weathered Peterbilt tipper by the same builder.
European  Scania rig was also well weathered

A Few More from WA.

More of the photos from Steve in WA.
1937 Vauxhall DX Roadster was built at the Fisherman's Bend plant,
which later became the Holden assembly factory, and was sold new in Hobart.
A row of  Daimlers, the nearest probably dating from the late 40s or early 50s. 
Rear view of the same Daimler.
Daimler 10-4 from 1959 had the 6 cylinder ohv motor of 3.5 litres.
A later very similar looking model had the 4.5 litre V8 and was called Majestic Major.
Another rare Vauxhall, a 1933 tourer.
1954 Austin A40 Somerset in very smart two tone colour scheme.
'64 Fairlane in Ambulance form is very unusual.
Mk2 Zephyr is, I think, an Australian model.
Alpine A110 is a car I've heard a lot about, but never seen in the flesh.
Produced by Renault from 1961 to 1977, they had much success in rallying despite their various engines being no larger than 1600cc.