Vintage Kiwi National Rally Taupo 2014
Taupo was the site of the original VK National Rally.
Once again there was a very good turn out of aircraft with members staying for the full seven days. Gliders represented included a number of Ka6s, Standard Libelles, one Open H301 Libelle, a Briegleb BG12-
Next year there has been a promise of yet another K8 and a Silent (in name not in sound) self-
We flew four days out of the seven. The thermal conditions were at times trying. Although cloud base was at a good height, the thermals did not always develop well enough to give an easy and consistent climb, but we all persevered and were rewarded with some good flights. This year it was decided to have some turn points set up so our aircraft could ‘stretch their legs a little’ as the days allowed. The team certainly gave them all a good going-
On the Monday morning after briefing a Foker DV11 and a Foker Triplane full size replica’s arrived on route from the Tauranga Air show for refueling before departing on their long journey south to their home base in Masterton. What fabulous aircraft they were. Authentic in every detail except for their self-
Last year everyone enjoyed the mid week Lake Taupo cruises, so this year, Tom Anderson once again organized another lake cruise. High-
The camp evenings were filled with either impromptu safety presentations, classic archived gliding films from the 1950s to 1970s, or just good old gliding gossip.
Taupo can be a windy place during the night at times with both the lake breezes and the land cooling down. But with winds gusting to 30knots we had a number out late one evening, and once again in the early hours, checking and re-
V.K member Greg Douglas (Slingsby Dart 17R) enjoyed a very happy belated birthday dinner out at a Taupo restaurant, with most of the camp attending. Why cook when it can be cooked for you, seemed to be the thought, and it also gave Greg a birthday to remember. I believe we were the last people to leave the premises that night.
Our Club host organized a BBQ dinner on the last night, followed by a mini karaoke session, but the highlight of the night had to be an impromptu jazz session, not by the Dave Clark Five, but by the Kevin Clark One. Playing the piano with one hand and playing his Pocket Trumpet with the other, he gave a spectacular display of Jazz / Blues duets to finish another great night, but also another very successful Vintage Kiwi Rally at Taupo.
Our thanks to our host club, The Taupo Gliding Club for allowing us once again to hold our V.K rally on their patch. They have proved again to be good friends and great hosts to this organization.
Roger Brown VK Chairman