Car rally will be all-British
British car owners are encouraged to help welcome an upcoming British car rally, arriving in Kaikoura on February 22.
The All British Car Rally is being organised by the British High Commission to celebrate the strong motoring links between New Zealand and Britain. Up until the 1960s most cars imported in New Zealand were British-made.
The rally provides an opportunity for British car enthusiasts to enjoy their vehicles in a friendly non-competitive atmosphere.
The event was last held in 1997 and was a huge success, and organisers are hoping for a repeat of this success next month.
The rally, which is expected to attract more than 100 vehicles and 300 people, leaves Auckland on February 17 and is due in to Kaikoura around 1pm on February 22 for a lunch stop before departing for Christchurch, its final destination.
Organisers are hoping to get as many cars on the road as possible with a series of fun events en route. Car owners are invited to join in for the entire rally or just for a day. There will be entertainment at all the overnight stops and along each stage. All money raised will go to Christchurch City Mission, Save the Children NZ, Starship and Stepping Stone Trust.
Kaikoura car owners of British vehicles are encouraged to welcome the rally by travelling into town with them from the north. An official welcome is planned for the West End car park, after which it is hoped they will park along the Esplanade so that people can get a good look at them while the owners have lunch.
It is hoped that a scenic drive can be arranged before they leave town and head to Christchurch that afternoon.