Dressing up for the Father’s Day cruise

Boys and toys . . . Mates Car Cruize organiser Paul Mann (holding shih tzu dog Milo), with his daughter's 1997 Nissan March, and cruise participant Stan Middlemiss and his 1958 Austin A35 are all set for the Father's Day cruise on Sunday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Scrap buying socks for dad this year. Instead dress up and get down to a Father’s Day cruise from Dunedin to Balclutha on Sunday.

Mates Car Cruize founder Paul Mann said cruise participants would meet at Nichol’s Garden Cafe, Andersons Bay, for an optional breakfast from 8am.

About 11am, participants would be given a “cruise route” to follow.

The cruise would travel to Taieri Mouth, then Waihola, Kaitangata and Balclutha for a tour of South Otago Customs and a final stop at Rosebank Lodge Motor Hotel.

The convoy would make stops along the way for photo opportunities, he said.

At the hotel, prizes would be given for best dressed dad, granddad and child, he said.

Mr Mann would dress up but would not win any prizes.

Other awards on offer include one for best overall car.

About 50 people, in 25 cars, entered the Father’s Day cruise last year, he said.

Any vehicle was welcome, as long as it had been cleaned, he said.

The “family orientated” event was in its fourth year.

“It’s a great day out . . . we are not a club – we are a bunch of like-minded petrolheads who like to get out there and enjoy the day.”

Asked why he held the cruise, Mr Mann said: “I do it for the love of it .. it’s all about the love of cars.”

The cruise is free to enter.