A few hundred metres down from the car park at Hawke's Bay's most popular natural attraction is a narrow hairpin bend with a spine-tinglingly large drop off one side.

Locals have no choice but to crawl around, palms sweating, hoping against hope there's no-one roaring up the other side.

So when hundreds of Mongrel Mob members, their cars and motorbikes decided to commandeer the carpark for a patching ceremony on Saturday, police understandably got nervous - heck, even Mongrel Mob Hastings leader Rex Timu was worried.

They closed the road for "safety reasons", starting what may now be an unstoppable

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How did it get to this?

The man in the mountain

The council's anger

Scars reopened