Car cruise to Balclutha a Father’s Day celebration

Dunedin businessman Brian Olsen and his wife Karen take  their Australian-built 1971 Chrysler...
Dunedin businessman Brian Olsen and his wife Karen take their Australian-built 1971 Chrysler Hemi Pacer on a Father’s Day cruise. Photos: Peter McIntosh
About 40 Dunedin people revelled in the chance to celebrate a Father’s Day with a difference, by taking part in an organised car "cruise" to Balclutha  yesterday.

Participants, mostly car-lovers, in 28 cars took part in a written quiz, made  stops to take photos, including at Taieri Mouth and Kaitangata, and later visited South Otago Customs, in Balclutha.

This firm specialises in restoring hot rods, street machines and classic cars, and Balclutha people also brought along 10  of their cars for the visitors to see.

Participants later dined at Rosebank Lodge, Balclutha, before heading home.

Among those taking part  were Dunedin businessman Brian Olsen and his wife Karen  in their Australian-built 1971 Chrysler Hemi Pacer.

Mr Olsen (57) said the trip was a great chance to meet new friends and  a welcome break from work.

Dunedin businessman Brian Olsen and his wife Karen take  their Australian-built 1971 Chrysler...
Dunedin businessman Brian Olsen and his wife Karen take their Australian-built 1971 Chrysler Hemi Pacer on a Father’s Day cruise. P
"It’s a good way to meet people," he added.

"We’ve got common interests.

"There were kids there, there were grandparents, everyone seemed to get along very well."

Dunedin resident Paul Mann said the Father’s Day run was part of a wider series of monthly Sunday car trips by a Dunedin group called Mates Car Cruize, which he initiated and has been organising for nearly five years.

"Everybody enjoyed it, everybody had a good day."

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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