160 cars on road in Irishman Creek Rally

Kathy and Hamish Mackenzie, of Jacks Point, with their 1930 Ford Model A coupe ahead of the...
Kathy and Hamish Mackenzie, of Jacks Point, with their 1930 Ford Model A coupe ahead of the Irishman Creek Rally, which departed from Alexandra on Saturday. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON
It is a test of man and machine.

The Irishman Creek Rally pits pre-1930s cars against the elements and environment of some of the South Island’s most rugged back country.

The longest-running car rally in the country, the Irishman Creek Rally is also one of the oldest in the world, second only to the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in the United Kingdom.

Leaving from Alexandra on Saturday, 160 cars made the day-long journey to Fairlie.

Kathy Mackenzie and her husband Hamish, of Jacks Point, were taking part in their seventh Irishman Creek Rally and said it was something that they looked forward to every year.

"We get to go through stations and places, you don’t normally get access to. It is quite a privilege to go through people’s farms," Mrs Mackenzie said.

 - Shannon Thomson

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