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The National Veteran Car Rally is coming to Oamaru.

From next Wednesday evening, people will be making their way into Oamaru for the start of the rally on Friday, January 30.

People from Masterton to Invercargill will attend what will be the first vintage car rally of its kind held in Oamaru.

North Otago Vintage Car Rally organising committee convener John Chynoweth said it would be a lot of fun.

“We’ve had other rallies in town before but nothing for vintage cars.”

More than 30 different vintage cars from pre-1919 will be in town for the rally with the oldest car being a 1900 Wolseley owned by a man from Dunedin. Mr Chynoweth believes it is the only one in the world.

“Getting the chance to drive our cars around the area is a fantastic opportunity,” Mr Chynoweth said.

Some of the cars are taking part in the Prince Henry Tour, which is from Dunedin to Oamaru via Alexandra with an overnight stay in Naseby. Most of this trip will undertaken on back roads of the region. The tour departs from the North Otago Vintage Car Club clubrooms on Monday and returns to Oamaru on Thursday, January 29.

Mr Chynoweth will be driving his 1919 Buick EX 45.

“I’ve done everything on it myself, from the painting, to the seats, to the fixing of the engine.”

Drivers head to the Totara Estate and Clarks Mill on Friday, with Burnside and Teschemakers the destinations on the Saturday.

People can head along to the precinct from 8.30am to see the vintage cars before the first one leaves at 9am.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – John Chynoweth was out and about in his 1919 Buick EX 45 giving it a spin yesterday ahead of the rally next Friday and Saturday. The car was restored by John himself and can cruise at up to 50 miles an hour.