26 old cars join Matamata’s rime of the ancient motorist
The wonders of times past came to life on Matamata roads over the weekend.
The Waikato Vintage and Veteran Car Club held its veteran car rally around the Matamata area over the weekend, hosting cars as old as a 1903 Cadillac and as young as a 1928 Austin 7.
A total of 26 cars gathered at Bedford Park on Saturday morning before travelling out to Bill Troughton’s property, where they saw an ‘‘amazing’’ collection farm machinery and vehicles.
The group then moved on to Hinuera School for lunch and then Parkside Villas to finish the day.
The cars travelled roughly 90-100km over the day.
Vehicles came from all over to be involved in the day’s activities, from as far away as Taranaki and Auckland.
Matamata’s Graham McKenzie, who owns four Model T Fords ranging in age
of from 1912 through to 1922, was in charge of Saturday’s car rally. He said the event was a brilliant success and lots of fun for everyone involved.
The late Ralph Blyde’s 1912 Model T Ford, now owned by Bruce and Trish Jeffries of Taupo, took part in the rally.
McKenzie said Mr Blyde would have been so proud to see his car still on the road, as he spent thousands of hours restoring the beautiful piece of machinery.
Another Matamata-based car, owned by John and Jean Bayly, took part in the rally.
The Bayly’s have been Waikato Vintage and Veteran Car Club members for more than 50 years. The couple have owned vintage cars for that long too. The couple currently have a 1915 Ford Model T.
John Bayly said the best part of being involved with vintage cars and the club was the camaraderie and the social aspect.
‘‘We have the excuse to travel over roads that you have no reason to travel over any other time,’’ he said.
Cars and their owners stayed in town and took part in another rally around Matamata on Sunday.
VINTAGE CARS: David and Beverley Oliver, from Auckland, head out in their 1914 Model T Roadster as part of the Waikato Vintage and Veteran Car Club’s veteran car rally. For more photos, visit our Facebook page.