They’re vintage, old but still worthy of travelling our roads, as several members and their much loved cars proclaimed, as they left the Ōtaki Railway carpark for their annual mystery gymkhana.
It was the Horowhenua Vintage Car Club’s rally and the starting point was the Ōtaki railway. At10am motors wound over and started and the drivers and passenger, who had the instruction sheet of where to go and tasks to complete en route, got underway. Among the first away were the two 1930 Model A Fords, 1925 Hupmobile Roadster, a 1916 Cadillac — the oldest car competing, and a custom built 1929 Erskine.
After a sneak preview of the route and tasks and seeing them later as they drove down School Road Te Horo, pausing at the Te Horo Hall to answer question number one “when was the hall built”, this reporter knew they would travel up Gorge Road through Hautere Cross back to the Highway, then down to Te Horo. From there it was around Ōtaki, including the beach front, Te Rauparaha Street historic sites and finding other points of interest before heading back to the Levin via Manakau and Ohau, with a picnic lunch somewhere on the way.
Back at the clubhouse questionnaires marked, points tallied and prizes handed out.
All in all a pleasant day’s outing.