Mini-Vins mark major milestone

Steve Oliver and Shirley Benton chat during yesterday's Waitara Mini-Vin tour
Steve Oliver and Shirley Benton chat during yesterday's Waitara Mini-Vin tour

Only those in the know are aware of the significance of this annual Taranaki event - but it has been going for the past 40 years.

It's the Waitara Mini-Vin Tour, a vintage car rally in and around Waitara that has been held every year since 1973.

It has been organised - and sponsored - every year by the same person, too: well-known resident Colin Johnston, who among other things is the chairman of the Waitara Community Board.

Vintage Car Club of New Zealand president John Coomber, of Christchurch, described the rally's 40-year history and Mr Johnston's involvement as a remarkable record of achievement and dedication.

"Many of our members often take for granted this type of dedication by fellow members," he said.

The rally, held yesterday, saw participants head off on timed road trials around Waitara and out to Tikorangi and Lepperton.

The oldest veteran cars entered were a 1910 Alldays and Onions and a 1915 Ford Model T. Vintage, post-vintage, post-war and post-1960 and 1980 cars were also all represented.

Taranaki Daily News