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
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
''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
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.