26 old cars join Mata­mata’s rime of the an­cient mo­torist

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

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