Dunedin veteran car enthusiast Rolly Bell prepares his 1912 Model T Ford Otago Daily Times delivery van yesterday for the Brighton Veteran Car Rally tomorrow. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A vintage performance is expected on the streets of Dunedin
A caravan of old classics will roll back the years in the
annual Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally.
The event is the oldest veteran car rally in the southern
hemisphere and has been run by the Otago branch of the
Vintage Car Club for the past 59 years.
''This is the biggest field we've had for years,'' organiser
Tony Devereux said yesterday.
''We've got a 1900 Wolseley, which has been to every rally, a
1917 V12 Packard, a 1917 Cadillac ...''
The vehicles range from one cylinder to 12 cylinders in power
and 113 to 95-years-old.
Entries include 33 vintage cars and four motorcycles, which
must be built before 1919 to qualify for entry. ''The cut-off
date is the 31st of December, 1918.''
The vehicles converge on the Octagon at 10am, before being
waved on their way at 11.30am by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull,
with a running commentary from veteran broadcaster and car
enthusiast Dougal Stevenson.
''About 98% of the drivers and navigators will be dressed in
period Edwardian and Victorian costumes,'' Mr Devereux said.
''Some of them drive off and some of them will get pushed
off. It will be a lot of fun and a great family day.''
The cars travel up South Rd to Caversham and through
Burnside, Green Island and Waldronville to the Brighton
Domain, where field trials and inspections will be held from
The event opens the Dunedin City Council 2013 summer
programme and is expected to be swelled with three cruise
ships in town. Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess and Oceanic
Discoverer will bring more than 4500 people to Dunedin