DAFFODIL RALLY

Wanganui Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL BROOKS

On Sun­day, Au­gust 26, right across the coun­try, mo­torists in ve­hi­cles of all de­scrip­tions will take part in the an­nual Daffodil Rally for Cancer.

In Whanganui the Vin­tage Car Club is or­gan­is­ing it, with all money raised go­ing to our lo­cal Cancer So­ci­ety.

“$10 per car,” says lo­cal or­gan­iser Peter Hardy. “$10 per motorbike, or scooter, or elec­tric bike if you want to bring it. Ev­ery­thing works on this for­mat. No ex­pe­ri­ence is needed as all in­struc­tions will be given. If peo­ple want to use their car nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, that’s fine.”

Al­though it’s run by the vin­tage car club, Peter says he’ll be pleased to see any type of ve­hi­cle at all, in­clud­ing vet­eran, vin­tage and clas­sic cars, of course.

“We’ve picked what is called a ‘scat­ter run’ for­mat for this event. Last year I did three sep­a­rate routes . . . this year I’ve ex­panded.”

At the start of the rally, driv­ers are given a map on which are num­bered places, each worth a dif­fer­ent amount of points. Each place cor­re­sponds with a clue or ques­tion, the an­swer to which can only be given by vis­it­ing the num­bered place. It’s up to the in­di­vid­u­als to de­cide where they are go­ing to go to amass the great­est num­ber of points in the short­est pos­si­ble time and win the tro­phy.

“It’s ideal for bikes be­cause in a nor­mal rally you have to fol­low direc­tions, which is dif­fi­cult on a bike with a pas­sen­ger. This way you de­ter­mine where you’re go­ing be­fore set­ting off.

“You’ve got an hour and a half,” says Peter, and he’s cer­tain no one could cover all the places and an­swer all the ques­tions in that time. “And I’m not pay­ing speed­ing fines.”

With the Vin­tage Car Clu­b­rooms in Whanganui East be­ing the start­ing point, ve­hi­cles are ex­pected to travel in all direc­tions.

“What I’ve also done is check you can’t use Google Earth.”

All ve­hi­cles will be num­bered as for a nor­mal rally.

“We had 95 cars last year and raised more than $2000. I’d be very happy to get 150 cars this year.”

Peter says they can take as many as turn up.

“We’re fin­ish­ing at Cul­li­nane School. They’ve of­fered their hall.”

The hall can take a good num­ber of peo­ple and the venue means the rally prize­giv­ing and so­cial get­to­gether is not weather de­pen­dent. The club will pro­vide tea and cof­fee.

Par­tic­i­pants meet at Wan­ganui VCC, Pat­apu St, at 12.45pm. En­try forms from Peter Hardy 021 272 3444 or email pe­dorhardy@xtra.co.nz.

Everyone is wel­come, no mat­ter what type of ve­hi­cle you drive.

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