'Fabulous' outing despite lower turnout

Jeremy Smith, of Dunedin, warms up his 1971 Triumph Spitfire before the start of the Autumn Colours Outing in Dunedin on Saturday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Jeremy Smith, of Dunedin, warms up his 1971 Triumph Spitfire before the start of the Autumn Colours Outing in Dunedin on Saturday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
One of the lowest turnouts in the Autumn Colours Outing's 12-year history did not stop those who took part making the most of the weekend.

Organiser David Mehrtens, of Mainland Classic Events, said 33 cars and 68 people took part in the annual trip from Dunedin to Arrowtown.

Usually the event attracted about 50 cars but, due to the event being close to Easter, the turnout was down.

But it was no cause for concern for him or those who took part, he said.

''Quality is better than quantity any time,'' Mr Mehrtens said.

''It was just a fabulous weekend away.''

The cars ranged in age from a 1932 Ford V8 through to a Jaguar F-Type Convertible that was ''only a couple of months old''. Entrants came from as far afield as Bluff and Whakatane.

The event started 12 years ago when a family member suggested it would ''be nice to drive up Arrowtown in this lovely weather to see the colours'', Mr Mehrtens said.

The autumnal car run has been held ever since by Mr Mehrtens and his wife, Christine.

This year the group drove to Arrowtown via the Waitaki Valley and through the Lindis Pass.

 

Publicity?

Looks like fun. Had I known this event was on I may have attended. I've no idea what publicity was done and perhaps I was just unlucky, but none of it crossed my digital presence.

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