Studebaker Drivers Club National Meet – Taranaki 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014 10:30

Studebaker Drivers Club National Meet was held at Easter 17th – 20th April, 2014.

 The 23rd Studebaker National Meet was at New Plymouth in the heart of Taranaki.

Taranaki is a wonderful province with its Maori and Colonial history and is a great place to live and play.  The city of New Plymouth is blessed with huge gardens, golf courses, art and craft facilities, walkways and sites of historical importance. The province of Taranaki was one of the first areas to be colonised owing to its extremely fertile soil. The British started surveying the area around the late 1930’s with what is now the city of New Plymouth being mapped out in 1841.

The centrepiece to Taranaki is the mountain of the same name, although until recent years the mountain had the name of Mount Egmont, which is still acceptable and used extensively. It stands 2518 metres above sea level and is a near perfect cone. While is looks a serene and calm piece of nature, it is a dormant volcano having last erupted in 1755.

New Plymouth

New Plymouth

Everyone started to arrive on the Thursday before Easter having an informal gathering in the evening.  Good Friday was spent with Registration and free time for sightseeing. The Auction in the evening created lots of fun and laughter.

Easter Saturday the Concours were held at Nobs Line park adjacent to the beach. The members enjoyed a Sausage Sizzle and the ladies took a bus trip which included lunch and shopping. The evening was started by the welcome speech followed by a Banquet dinner. The entertainment for the night was The Emerald Brothers who were fantastic.

Easter Sunday morning all members were allocated a ride in a Studebaker for the Sunday Drive to Tawhiti Museum, lunch and a tour. The drive was very pleasant through the beautiful countryside with magnificent views.

Shiny Studebakers

Shiny Studebakers

The Presentation Banquet Dinner in the evening was a good time for everyone to catch up on the day events and to see who had the best Studebaker! Thirty Australian Club members travelled across the Tasman for a fun filled Easter Meet.

Easter Monday morning was farewelled by morning tea with lots of goodbyes to our New Zealand Studebaker friends, until next time. For more photos of the National Meet please click on Gallery

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