Grandes dames of the road

02:00, Jan 17 2013
Chris Read and his Delage Voiturette
Chris Read, of Arrowtown, drives his 1914 Delage Voiturette out of Dunedin during last year’s Dunedin to Brighton Veteran car rally.

The quiet roar of veteran car engines across the Octagon on Saturday will mark the beginning of Dunedin's 2013 Summer Festival.

Thirty-seven veteran vehicles are registered to start in the year's Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally, organised by the Otago branch of the Vintage Car Club.

Spokesman Tony Devereux said for the first time in 59 years, the rally will literally run on all cylinders.

"We have one, two, four, six, eight and 12-cylinder entries - all built before 1919. We believe many members of the public would not be aware of this great variation in engine sizes available in vehicles made between 1900 and 1918."

Mr Devereux said at least half the veteran vehicles lining up for the rally are from outside Dunedin, with the oldest being 113 years old and the youngest 95.

Vehicles will warm up in the Octagon from 10am on Saturday, January 19, and the first will leave on the rally at 11.30am, waved off by Mayor Dave Cull and under commentary by well-known local Dougal Stevenson. Estimated time of arrival at Brighton is noon.

The rally has been run continuously for 59 years and is the oldest Veteran Car Rally in the Southern Hemisphere.

Veteran cars must have been built before 1919 to be eligible for entry in the rally.


The Southland Times