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Along with a maroon Jaguar, a yellow BMW, and several red Ferraris of various hues, a platoon of colourful classics departed Olveston Historic Home on a foggy autumn morning.
About 9am, 45 automobiles turned right at the end of Cobden St, before heading north along Queens Dr at the start of a 312km journey to Arrowtown.
It was the first leg of the 18th and final Autumn Colours Outing, organised by David and Christine Mehrtens.
But they had decided to focus more on family, and driving, than organising now.
Mr Mehrtens said he originally planned to organise 10 rallies, but got press-ganged into the rest.
"There are a lot of nice toys here," he said on Saturday.
"I do like it."
This year’s Autumn Colours Outing was pitched as a relaxing drive through Central Otago to take advantage of the "beautiful Otago colours" of autumn.
The two-day drive would dovetail this year with the Penrite Mainland Classic Tour that runs from Wanaka on Monday out to Milford Sound and back, through to April 17, when it returns to Dunedin. Many on the Autumn Colours Outing planned to take part in both events.