Fine weather greeted the Northern
Branch 12th annual Fish & Chip run.
Thirty members, family and
friends in five Bradfords, four Jupiters and three Javelins (plus
some other cars) left Advasco Scales for a northern ramble.
First stop was the Hobsonville
Farmers' Market for coffee and snacks, then we headed north
through rural roads in the centre of the island,
avoiding the state highways to
the west and east.
The usual cryptic questions taxed
the contestants: for example, only one pair of participants knew
the meaning of the adjective 'vespertilionine'
(look it up!).
All was going well until we were
nearing the end of the run, when transposed instructions sent the
unwary into the uncharted realms
of southern Northland.
Nevertheless, everyone eventually reached the restaurant that was
our destination: frayed tempers quickly disappeared
with the arrival of the fish and
The results were:
Neil and Dennise Moore, first on 35 points;
Bunty and Rachelle second on 32
Lorna and Les Johns third on 31
Alan and Barbara 29;
The Wolfs 12;
Ronald Johns 11.
The restaurant, Top of the
coped splendidly with the crowd, the food was great, and all were
It turned out that one of the Owners, Bill And Jocelyn Calthrop
where former Jupiter
owners, and sent us a fine photomontage of our cars outside the
An excellent turnout! Let's hope we get as many next year.