Some of the most expensive cars in the world pit-stopped in Dunedin yesterday, including a Jaguar worth $1.3 million.
Twenty-four classic cars are taking part in a 23-day New Zealand rally hosted by the Endurance Rally Association.
In only a few hours' time, our New Zealand Classic Adventurers will be getting up to enjoy their final 'Rest Day' of the event. For some crews this will mean working on their cars, but for others, it will mean a day exploring Dunedin.— Endurance Rally ERA (@EnduroRallyERA) March 5, 2020
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The trip, which started in Auckland on 15 February, will cover 7000km and finishes in Christchurch tomorrow.
Businessman Stephen Owens and wife Collette are taking part in their 1937 Jaguar SS100, worth an estimated $1.3 million.
Owens said the 2.5-litre car had encountered some issues while rallying with wife Collette as navigator.
"We're running with an original engine... everything in the car is original so it takes a huge amount of work to keep it up to a running standard."
Some issues for the car had included a blowing manifold and the ignition not working, but the dedicated team of mechanics paid to accompany the group on the trip had been priceless.
"It's a dying industry, mechanics who can work on old cars."
The Jaguar SS100 was one of 197 made.
Driving the Motu Rd in the North Island had been a highlight, Owens said.
"You're on a road that is one car width and trying to keep up with the regularities, it's thrilling.
"We've had the doors fly open, the car is uncovered, you're battling against the elements and that's part of the fun."
Architecture across the city and the Railway Station had been the highlights of their short stay in Dunedin.
"It's beautiful, the city is so well-preserved."
The cars left the city this morning and head to Lake Tekapo, before ending the trip in Christchurch tomorrow.
Catch up on the journey from Hanmer Springs to Milford Sound in the 5th news video from the New Zealand Classic 2020.https://t.co/3I1jEY1KpJ— Endurance Rally ERA (@EnduroRallyERA) March 6, 2020
This story first appeared in the Otago Daily Times