Classic British Cars to converge on Portobello

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Stag party . . . Glynn Gaston and his 1973 Triumph Stag won the Best Triumph Award at the Best of British Charity Motoring Day in Taieri Mouth in 2017.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The annual Best of British Charity Motoring Day is ready to go again this Sunday.

British cars, motorcycles and other vehicles, from yesteryear to the latest models, are converging on Portobello Reserve in a celebration of British Motoring.

Members of the public are invited to come along and check out the day’s activities.

The event is open to any British vehicle, and enthusiasts are able to compete against each other in a Car Trial and Show’n’Shine.

“It’s a great chance for people to bring along their pride and joy, and mix with other like-minded car nuts,” convener Barbara Macdonald said.

“Each year a particular make of vehicle is highlighted and this year the Marque of the Day is Standard-Triumph. There is a strong Triumph fraternity here in Dunedin and we are hoping to see a good range of them.

However, the event isn’t restricted to just cars and motorcycles. Any vehicle, be it lorry, moped or fire engine, is welcome. British buses from the Otago Heritage Bus Society will be coming along, bringing passengers from Moray Pl to the Show’n’Shine at Portobello. Anyone wishing to travel this way can check out the Otago Heritage Bus Society Facebook page events section for details.

“The car trial will leave from the ice rink car-park, 120 Victoria St, St Kilda from 9am onwards, with cars arriving in Portobello some time after 10.30am. Anyone with a British vehicle may enter to a club and the vehicle doesn’t have to be a classic or in mint condition, although there will be plenty of those to see. Those wishing to bring their British car along but not take part in the car trial can go directly to Portobello.”

Each year the event raises money for a worthy charity, and we try to choose something connected to our destination. This year all proceeds will go to Coastguard Dunedin, currently based at Portobello. Entry price for a car is $20, motorbikes $10 and members of the public (pedestrians) a gold coin.

“With the cars arriving at Portobello as they complete the car trial, I would suggest 11am onwards would be a good time for the public to come along and see them. As well as an array of interesting vehicles to see, there will be BBQ food, coffee and ice creams available on site and a prizegiving will take place around 2pm. We are hoping for lovely weather, so it should prove to be a great family day out,” Ms Macdonald said.