AKL Dinner Sat March 9 2019

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I was chatting to the manager after everyone had gone and he was lamenting that he had to write-off a bottle of wine as it had been partially opened. There was also another bottle he had to open that night. He offered us a taste, and was generous with the pours. Both were amazing, which is not surprising as they were in the order of $300-500 ea.

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Wow. The Puligny Montrachet would be a real treat on its own.
 
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... And finally, thank you to everyone who made the effort to get across the ditch to come along. We had a great night. It was especially pleasing to catch up with @Heleigh after a bit of an AFF hiatus. And well done to Mrs L and Mrs Matt_01 for coming to their first do.

We were thinking of you as we headed back to BNE from SYD after our business meeting.
 
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We were a bit lucky we walked to the French Market in Parnell this morning and made it just befor the heavy down poor. The pic is not the best however this was one of the best ham and cheese toasties I have eaten, so much for low fat.

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After the rain cleared we decided we had to walk the badness off. While walking towards the war memorial we walked past an open grarage door and this is at the point I could not believe what I was looking at. I could not help myself as I have a passion for old cars, have a couple but not in this league so called out the chap to ask about the cars, this is at the point all my christmas’s came at once. He invited me in and was able to get up close and personal with some very special motors. For motoring enthusiasts, in the garage was:
  • x2 Mercedes 300 SL convertibles
  • a Mercedes 540K Special Roadster
  • a Bugatti Type 75 (roadster model)
  • an Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B (the grand tourer drop head).
All cars were in concours condition, however he was doing some work on the Bugatti so being able to get up close and discuss the inner workings of a straight-eight double overhead cam and braking system of a type 57 Bugatti is not something I will forget any time soon.

I have no photos of the cars, I did not ask, this was his personal collection in his own garage and even if I did I would not post them. Photos of these motors can easily be found on the web. The owner was was passionate about his motors, as I would be. So far the highlight of our trip, however dinner is only an hour away. :)

Envy does not begin to describe how I feel right now.
You have to love that automotive passion.
 

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Thanks for the evening everyone who came and a special thanks to blackcat and Jessica for organising it I had a great time. Nice little night cap with the offer of wine.
 

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So what were the party favours on the table?

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I can see keyrings but not the logo.
 
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