Had an update (over a bad cell phone connection) from Invercargill last night. The old man had made it down after battling some extremely high winds and some rain. He reckons that at one stage when he was heading into the wind the Beemer wouldn't pull top gear at 100k's (pretty tall 6th gear). Must be time he got another big Suzi.
The weather forecast for today wasn't that flash either but he and his mates were going to head off to the beach racing anyway. Not really the sort of weather for sitting on a beach - hope the weather improves.