Classics get out on Scotsman’s rally

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Out and about . . . Otago Classic Motoring Club cars parked outside the Teviot Station woolshed in Millers Flat. PHOTO: MURRAY WALL

Seventeen drivers from the Otago Classic Motoring Club took in the sights of Central Otago on the club’s annual “Scotsman’s Rally” last weekend.

The drivers took in spots such as Lawrence, Waipori Falls, Gabriel’s Gully and Tuapeka Mouth.

Club member and former club captain Tony Swanson said much of the road surface on which they travelled over the weekend was gravel.

Cars on the rally included a 1920s-era Austin pick-up truck, Mr Swanson’s 1986 Audi GT Coupe and a 2000 BMW M3.

The club used to be “pretty tough” about what sort of vehicles could be accepted to qualify for membership. The definition of what was a classic vehicle was rather exclusive but with a decline a new members, it had been decided to relax the rules, Mr Swanson said.

“If you think it’s a classic then that’s fair enough for us, we’ll accept you,” Mr Swanson said.

The annual Scotsman’s Rally was named several years ago in opposition to the Canterbury Vintage Car Club’s Irishman’s Rally, Mr Swanson said.

A club member suggested creating a “Scotsman’s Rally” because of Dunedin’s Scottish heritage and the name had stuck.

“One of our guys said ‘why don’t we do something and seeing we’re Otago, or we’re Dunedin, we’re the Scotsmen’, so that’s how it came about.”

There had now been “four or five” Scotsman’s rallies, Mr Swanson said.

The event was always scheduled for Otago anniversary weekend and participants travelled to various parts of the South Island.