By Murray Taylor
The Farriers Bar and Eatery car park in Masterton was my destination under an overcast sky on Sunday April 17, my mission to support the Wairarapa division of the Parkinson’s Society’s annual 4WD cross-country fundraiser.
Organised by the Wairarapa 4WD Club the event offers a tagalong-style day trip through farms north-east of Masterton and attracts a wide cross-section of the low range transfer-box-equipped 4WD-driving members of the public from near and far.
I arrived just after 8.00am and after registering, and a quick chat with those I knew, we were welcomed by the president of the Parkinson’s Society Wairarapa Division Inc. then bid on our way.
It was then a case of follow-the-leader as we all headed north along State Highway 2, before turning right just after Opake as we headed for Mt Munro Road and our first 4WD section up through farm land behind Mount Bruce.
The trip turned into a very pleasant Sunday drive which ended – believe it or not - at Masterton’s new Motorplex International Dragstrip via a longish scenic drive.
A great day out, more of a history/Sunday drive than a full-on 4WD trip, but still went and got places one normally would not, so a great thanks to the organizers and property owners for access.
To read the full story in the July 2016 issue of NZ4WD go to Zinio.com (June 20) or purchase your own hard copy at the Adrenalin store.