The New Zealand Hotrod Association (NZHRA) Diamond Car Cruise started in Invercargill last Thursday and stopped for afternoon tea in Balclutha on its way to Cape Reinga.
‘‘I love cars and I’m just a petrolhead,’’ spokeswoman Imelda Keach, who joined the Clutha branch — Delta Rodders — in 1985 said.
‘‘We have11 zones nationally and the tour is stopping in all of them. We’ll pick up more cars in each zone and be quite a sight when we get to Cape Reinga, hopefully by the 14th.’’
The New Zealand› length rally celebrates the NZHRA’s 60th year
— one year late due to Covid›19.
The souped up classic car collectors are collecting donations during their tour to assist flood recovery areas, and are also conducting research into the domestic value of car collecting and restoration to the New Zealand automotive industry.
‘‘It’s a good way to bring the old cars out and drive them, and people love to see colour and power out and about as much as we like to drive them,’’ Mrs Keach said.