Reliable ... The Ford Model A - Coupe 45B is one of John Tremaine's cars of choice.

Mandeville’s John Tremaine is excited to be organising the 14th National Model A Rally in Te Anau at Easter.

Mr Tremaine, director of the Foveaux Ford A Restorers Club, Invercargill, said the rally was hosted every two years, but a first for the club.

“The rally lures Ford Model A fanatics from all over the world.

“We are expecting well over 130 vehicles this year, with folk coming as far away as America,” Mr Tremaine said.

“We are thrilled to be able to show them such a beautiful part of New Zealand.”

The rally is to be officially opened by Sir Richard Hayes, a well known and respected helicopter pilot nationally recognised by being awarded the MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for his services to Search and Rescue.

“We are thrilled to have a local identity to open the proceedings,” Mr Tremaine said.

A long-time fan of the Model A Ford, he is gearing up to take his 1930 Ford Model A coupe 45B to the rally.

Owning seven Model A Fords, Mr Tremaine credits their reliability and availability of parts for his love of the model.

Since buying the classic car five years ago, he has put 25,000 miles on the odometer.

“We have travelled from Cape Reinga to Bluff on a 34-day excursion, with no hiccups.

“Such a stylish vehicle for their day as well as a great cruising car, it immediately becomes a talking point where ever we go.

“We have made friends all over the country,” Mr Tremaine said.

The rally runs from Monday to Thursday, April 15-19.

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