A vintage farewell

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Seventeen vintage cars were parked outside St Paul’s Church yesterday in a tribute to Oamaru man Keith Perry who was a foundation member of the North Otago Vintage Club since it was established 50 years ago.

Mr Perry’s funeral was held at the church yesterday afternoon

His son Martin Perry said his father would be missed.

“We will miss him hugely, he was loved around the community and we wanted to have the funeral at Whitestone but they said no because there will be too many people going, showing dad was quite a popular man.”

Martin said his father just loved cars and two of his most prized possessions were parked near the front door of the church for the funeral.

“The De Dion Bouton and 1911 Veteran Overland 51 were two of his favourite cars and he spent a lot of time making them.”

The family is not going to let his passion for cars fade away and they will continue to drive the cars in meets that are here in Oamaru.

“We will definitely continue to drive the cars for dad and show off what he made, he was loved by many people within the car community.”

North Otago Vintage Car Club committee member John Miller said they would miss Mr Perry a lot.

“We will miss him a great deal he was fantastic for the club; he was character who was well liked by everybody and he had a huge love for cars and would spend a lot of time with them, but made sure he helped others when they were after it.”

While nothing has been decided, it is hoped there may be something done within the car group to commemorate the 75-year-old.

‘It’s far too soon to commit to something like that we have just come to terms with his passing, but hopefully in the future there may be something done for him,” Mr Miller said.

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

FITTING TRIBUTE: Neil and Nonie Rooney view a car Mr Perry restored – a 1911 Veteran Overland 51.