Happy to host Father’s Day event


South Otago Customs owner Quintin Smith is gearing up to play his part in the Mates Father’s Day Cruize on September 2, during which about 30 classic cars will make their way from Dunedin to Balclutha.

It is the first year Mr Smith has been involved, and he is looking forward to sharing his passion with the new visitors as they enjoy a tour of his garage.

“I’m into old cars. I know I enjoy looking around other people’s garages – stuff you never usually see any other time.”

The Mates Car Cruize runs on the first Sunday of each month, but there is a themed Father’s Day event each year.

Organiser Paul Mann said it was a special day for the car-loving community.

“It’s just there’s not many car events that do Father’s Day stuff. It’s just a good day. Everybody’s happy.”

Drivers and their passengers will start the morning with breakfast in South Dunedin.

They will then drive to Taieri Mouth, where they will stop for photos.

The convoy will continue over the hill to Waihola and on to Kaitangata for a second photo shoot.

“Then we go on to Rosebank Lodge for the best-dressed kids, dads and grandads dress-alike competition.”

The multigenerational teams will also have the chance to compete in a quiz for prizes.