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Mid Winter Wander, NSW
I have seen the Mid Winter Wander advertised for the last couple of years and thought it was about time I exposed myself to the danger of getting in the classic and heading up the coast to see what all the fuss was about.
The run started at 9.00am on Sunday 19th June at the Stockland Shopping Centre in Glendale, which is a suburb of Newcastle. I left Sydney at 7.00am to give me enough time to find the place and once again Google maps saved my bacon. On arrival in the car park the temperature had just cracked seven degrees and Pinky had his bus belting out a few tunes and info on the run.
The advertising piece suggested “The event is not intended to be a race or rally but rather, motoring enthusiasts out sharing the passion” and this was certainly the case. A leisurely cruise on back roads that I had never traversed before through a countryside greener than Don Bourke’s thumb saw me arrive at the final destination, the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin.
There was probably around two hundred classic, rods and customs when I left Glendale and on arrival there was already that many and more in the back car park of the venue and the cars just kept coming. The final figure was over seven hundred and fifty. I suspect quite a few enthusiasts took advantage of local accommodation and others drove straight to the destination and passed on the wander bit. With a perfect day beckoning the outcome was well worth the early start.
The round trip is around eighty kilometers and I probably racked up four hundred miles on the day. Given that you had to drive there the show ponies and trailer queens were absent and a great cross section of vehicles greeted all those in attendance.
Early Holden’s, Fords, lots of vee dubs and Kombis, rods, Minis, American and local muscle cars, Torana’s, panel vans – ranging from distressed road rash victims to beautiful restorations – there was something for everyone.
A pleasing aspect of this event was a lot of the owners were having a chat about their cars and everyone was happy to walk the car park and check out all the great rides. Very friendly vibe, great location and amenities, plenty of tucker and coffee options, cracker day and lots to look at – it doesn’t get much better. Money raised went to Camp Quality kids charity.
The corvette never missed a beat and I will be doing this event next year as well – hopefully in the Nomad. If you haven’t been on this run and live within cooee of the Hunter Valley it is well worth your time and effort and I would recommend it to anyone.
Words by Mark, proprietor of Classic Car Gurus