Like father, like son. Colin Winter will roll out of the
Octagon behind the wheel of his 1900 Wolseley in the 60th
Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally - the same car his
father, Mervyn, drove in the first rally in 1955.
The car is the oldest in this year's rally and the only to
have been driven in every rally.
''I enjoy the Brighton rally,'' Mr Winter said.
''We look forward to it.''
The Wolseley has a top speed of about 45kmh and the trip from
the Octagon to Brighton would take about an hour. The car
came into the family's possession in 1946 as Mervyn wanted an
''older car'' to drive in Otago's 1948 centennial
''A salesman at Otago Motors told him about this old car in
Balclutha and the mechanics there were using it as a trolley,
pushing it up the old grease ramps and riding it down into
the scrapheap,'' Mr Winter said.
''My dad and my grandfather got the car and got it up and
After the centenary, the car was destined for obscurity again
and it was ''going to be buried in the garage'', until the
Otago branch of the Vintage Car Club started the Brighton to
Dunedin Veteran Car Rally and gave the car a new purpose.
The Wolseley was now ''part of the family'' and had been
driven in the Brighton rally by three generations of the
Winter family, Colin's son Gary having taken the wheel in
It is believed to be the oldest Wolseley in private ownership
and was exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition.
Rally convener Tony Devereux said it would be one of 63
vehicles, including seven motorcycles, to take part in the
All the cars were made before 1919, and drivers were coming
from as far afield as Palmerston North and Invercargill to
take part, he said.
The first rally had 18 entries, eight of which would take
part in tomorrow's event.
The cars will begin to arrive at the Octagon about 10am and
start leaving for Brighton at 11am, where they will be on
show at the Brighton Gala Day in the Brighton Domain until