|Line up in The Strand, Tauranga|
|1957 Austin A35 Pickup with pedal car on top|
|Dolphin drain covers in Tauranga|
Like our departure from Auckland, there were plenty of admiring onlookers to wave us away. Throughout the rally there has been small fan clubs on nearly every street corner of every town - cameras rolling, Union Jack fluttering, a zillion thumbs-up signals. When we stopped at a school pedestrian crossing, one of the kids called out "Hey, Miss, toot your horn". The Rover's blaring two-tone PARP was greeted with whoops of delight.
|Ralliers enjoying school kids performance|
Whakatane turned on the brilliant welcome that we remembered from the 1997 rally - blazing sunshine, plenty of onlookers (more drool), and the local Intermediate school kids dazzled us with their Maori action songs of welcome.
We stopped at Opotiki for a last top of of the tanks before tackling the winding gorge road to Gisborne.
|Sir Alf filling up his MGB|
|Madam Rosie as navigator|
|Brad with his MGB GT|
What a delight following our team mates in their MG's as they swooped around corners and zipped up and down the hills. It was a warm day and we emulated the 'wind in the hair' feeling by opening all of the vents and windows in the Rover. Nothing, just nothing beats the freedom of a classic car on a good stretch of road.
|MGB handles the corners with ease|
|The MGs close the gap between themselves and a Jag and, not long after this shot, zoomed past it.|
As well as Brad & Dad and Sir & Madam MGs, there are a lot of MGs on this rally. At some point we were followed 5 of them, all lined up in a row. Magnificent.
|Following the MGs|
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