|The 'belles of the ball' at Tui Brewery|
Of course we quickly found each other in the throng. With our 1966 P5, 3-litre, MkIII (photo above) is the pristine white 1972 P5B, 3.5 litre (owned by Graeme & Paku), and a smart 1964t P5, 3-litre MkII (owned by Norman and Carleen).
With these beauties on display, hardly anyone looked up at the Tui gals in the windows of the brewery.
Some ralliers were distracted by other things at the brewery.
The Rover coupés motored in convoy to our next stop in Masterton. We were a dazzling sight on the road, especially with Paku waving the Union Jack from the passenger window to the cheering crowds. Graeme claimed that one onlooker was so overcome by his P5B that he actually bowed to the car. YEAH RIGHT, is what I say. We didn't get any bowing, but we did get lots of thumbs-up signals and swooning.
|Travelling in convoy. Paku on flag waving duty.|
|A beautiful Riley in the main street of Masterton|
|A lovely P4 Rover 90 in Masterton|
TH and I had hoped to give our Rover her head over the Rimutaka Hill to Wellington. Sadly, there were several stretches of road works and we had to stop at least twice for the STOP/GO man. Still, it gave us more time to admire the many cars on the rally.
|On the Rimutaka Hill|
Find out what happened the next morning in Wellington:
This morning it was an unbelievably early start at Te Papa for car display and a 'bacon butty' breakfast. Just as well I am besotted by bacon and will get up at what I call 'the middle of the night' (6am) to eat it. On arrival, there was a flurry of polishing and primping to get the cars looking their best. It was 'all hands to the pumps', including ambassadors in their Bentleys.
|Ambassador and chauffeur hard at work cleaning|
While the crowds gawked and swooned over the cars, I took a Pashley cycle for a spin. Pashleys have been hand built in Britain since 1926 and have style and function unlike any other. It was smooth, fine and elegant. I thought I cut a dash amongst the Rolls Royces.
|Passionately pedalling a Pashley.|
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