Relics raring to hit the road

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Remnants of the past...Paul Herron is organising the national rally for veteran-era cars which will be held in Gore next weekend.

For the first time ever, Gore will be the location of a national veteran car rally next weekend.

Rally director Paul Herron said it would be a good opportunity for people to see what modern cars had evolved from.

“It’s the era of the invention of the motorcar,” Mr Herron said.

“The vet class is 1918 and older. The oldest we’ve got entered is 1900.”

There were 49 veteran era cars set to roll into town for the rally, which would be hosted by the Gore branch of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand.

Some of them were coming from the North Island, and one was coming all the way from Auckland’s North Shore.

All the cars entering were road-ready with warrants of fitness and registrations.

In other countries such as the United States there were restrictions about driving older cars on the road.

Mr Herron was worried that New Zealand would soon follow suit, relegating veteran cars to museum pieces.

“It may be the last time-we don’t know if we’ll be allowed to drive on the road in future.”

The rally had been in the works for a few years and it was good to finally be holding it, he said.

There would be two opportunities to see the cars.

Irk St would be closed next Saturday morning for a public display.

“Our mayor’s going to be flagging them away,” Mr Herron said.

Next Sunday there would be the chance to see the cars in action as they underwent field tests at the Gore A&P Showgrounds.

“We want people to come down and see them.

“It’s a one-off event.”