The Forgotten World Highway has been on my to do list for some time now, so when I got asked if I’d be willing to drive up to New Plymouth to do an install I jumped at the chance to fit both into the long weekend.
The car was an S13 Nissan which for security reasons I can’t give away many details about, but I can say that I was confident about the job as the owner was already an existing customer who used to live in Wellington. He wanted a hard out install and had even stripped the entire car prior to my arrival which involved complete dash removal and all trim. Even by my standards it was one hell of an installation, which took about 7 hours work despite not having to take apart the car!
One challenge was to find enough space in the Obsessive Go-Kart for all my tools. Lets face it, there was no way I was going to take the Wagon for this one!
For those of you who don’t know about the Forgotten World Highway (SH43) its 151KM of driving nirvana connecting Stratford to Taumarunui. With miles of winding back county roads passing 4 saddles and a tunnel it’s rather an involving drive that could never really be appreciated in a Camper van!
There is even the Makahu Tunnel to pass through which made the Beats engine sound so fantastic that I had to turn around a go through for another go!
By all accounts there are splendid views on offer of both Mount Taranaki to the west and Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngaurahoe on the other side. The day however was overcast, but that hardly mattered as I was there simply for the thrill of the road