Ready for a cruise . . . Mates Car Cruize members Paul Mann (left) and Stan Middlemiss with some of the cars which will be taken on Sunday's car cruise. PHOTO: JOSHUA RIDDIFORD

Fathers, grandfathers and children will have a chance to share their passion for cars at a special event this Father’s Day.

On Sunday, about 100 people are expected to travel from Dunedin to Balclutha on a Father’s Day “Mates Car Cruize”.

Participants will meet at Nichol’s Garden Centre Cafe for breakfast at 8am.

They are encouraged to wear fancy dress costumes. Spot prizes for the best-dressed child, dad and granddad will be awarded by three independent judges.

Another prize will be presented to the driver of the best overall car.

Members of Mates Car Cruize meet on the first Sunday of every month to go for a car cruise.

Paul Mann founded the group in 2013.

“One silly idea just grew into something else and now it’s been going for about four years,” he said.

Mr Mann said the Father’s Day cruise was “a good day out” and he encouraged car-loving fathers to get involved.

“If you’re a petrolhead and you’re a dad, it’s a great day out.”

About 50 cars were on display during last year’s event and close to 100 people were in attendance, Mr Mann said.

He expected about the same number of people this time around.

The cruise will leave Dunedinabout 11am, heading for Balclutha.

They would head on to Flat Out Engineering in Balclutha and then to Rosebank Lodge for a prizegiving before returning to Dunedin.

Cruisers could choose whether they completed the entire route or a part of it, Mr Mann said.

“Some of them do go the whole way, one or two do sort of go halfway and then they break away and go do their own thing.”