About 100 British cars will be rolling off the Cook Strait ferries into Picton today, when they start the South Island leg of the 2013 Great British Car Rally.
Most of the cars are scheduled to arrive in Picton on the 5.30pm ferry.
After an overnight stop in Marlborough, the group's numbers will be boosted by another 40 vehicles from the South Island, who are meeting for breakfast at Drylands Restaurant in Hammerichs Rd, near Blenheim on Friday morning.
British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell is taking time out from her role in Wellington to take part in the road trip.
Mrs Treadell said yesterday she is looking forward to meeting members of the Marlborough business community at the Scenic Hotel Marlborough tonight, where she will be talking about importing and exporting to and from Britain.
The squad of cars will leave Blenheim at about 11.30am Friday, bound for Christchurch, with a stop-off in Kaikoura to try crayfish, Mrs Treadell said.
- The Marlborough Express