Peewee PW5990

My first ever car, a Honda Civic 25i. My mum nicknamed it Peewee due to the number plate (PW5990). By some miracle it was still in working order by the time I sold it despite having the bajeesus thrashed out of it on a regular basis.

PeeWee Honda Civic

Liverpool Bivvy

My first major tramping experience. Myself, Andy Helm, Maree Helm and Vanessa Green headed up the Matukituki valley towards Mt Aspring, then detoured up a ridiculously steep incline. The map showed that we were only travelling 200 m from the bottom to the top of the incline, however that was only the horisontal distance, the contour lines showed that it was an 800 m vertical climb to the top! This was before I started playing any sport whatsoever, so my fitness was almost zero. But I made it to the top where there was a spectacular view up the Matukituki valley towards Mt Aspring.

Start of the trip

 

A bit further

 

Dip in the water

 

Getting near the bottom of the hill

 

Beautiful river

 

Bottom of the hill

 

Liverpool Bivvy hut

 

Liverpool Bivvy hut from afar

BSc Graduation

Ick, graduation, the most BORING experience ever. I was graduating for my Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. Here’s some pics of Michelle and I at my graduation dinner.

MSc Graduation - Ryan Hellyer and Michelle

MSc Graduation - Ryan Hellyer and Michelle

I can’t remember who gave me the photos, but thanks to whoever it was!

I graduated in absentia for my Master of Science degree so no photos for that one sorry.

Queenstown Gold Rush Hill climb

My brother Scott and I headed up the Cardrona Valley to see the Queenstown Gold Rush hill climb. Monster Tajima (Suzuki Vitara) ended up winning, followed by Rod Millen (Toyota Celica) and Possum Bourne (Subaru Impreze WRX).

There is a steep climb to the top of the hill

There is a steep climb to the top of the hill

Rod Millens awesome looking Toyota Celica

Rod Millens awesome looking Toyota Celica

Possum Bourne heading back down the hill. This is the exact spot where he died five years later. RIP Possum.

Possum Bourne heading back down the hill. This is the exact spot where he died five years later. RIP Possum.

Rod Millen at full speed on the fastest section of the track.

Rod Millen at full speed on the fastest section of the track.

This car was dropped from a helicopter. It shook the hell out of the ground when it landed! Apparently it was shot as part of a movie, I'm not sure what movie it was though. If you know what movie it was used in please let me know in the comments thanks :D

This car was dropped from a helicopter. It shook the hell out of the ground when it landed! Apparently it was shot as part of a movie, I'm not sure what movie it was though. If you know what movie it was used in please let me know in the comments thanks 😀