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MODEL Ts EN MASSE

From Rere Falls to the Rocket Cafe in Mahia, the Model T Ford Club of New Zealand 2020 rally has covered a lot of ground since members converged on Gisborne on Tuesday.

Model T Ford enthusiasts have brought from around the country more than 40 of the first cars ever to be mass produced.

Club member and Gisborne man Mark Dunn was put in charge of the itinerary for the four-day event.

“Everyone was impressed with Eastwoodhill, we had lunch at Rere Falls then viewed the rockslide.”

A highlight was yesterday's visit to Nuhaka, where the visitors were welcomed on to the marae.

“I was expecting a cup of tea but they put on a big feed,” said Mark.

“No one felt like moving afterwards but we took schoolkids and teachers for rides in our cars.”

The Model T Ford enthusiasts also drove to Mahia where they stopped in at the Rocket Cafe.

A visit to Uawa/Tolaga Bay and its famous wharf was on yesterday's itinerary and today — the final day of the rally — members joined Vintage Car Club Gisborne members at Showgrounds Park for a combined rally.

Tin lizzies in gizzy: The clothes give the time period away but otherwise one could be forgiven for thinking this is a scene from over 100 years ago. Over 40 cars have been in Gisborne for the Model T Ford Club of New Zealand 2020 rally. They are pictured at the Titirangi/Kaiti Hill lookout.
Oldie but a goodie: The oldest car in the Model T Club of New Zealand rally is this 1910 Model T owned by Pauline and Alan Rowe of Rongotea in the Manawatu.
Roadster in red: Hamiltonians Mark and Debby Smith with their 1917 Model T Roadster.
T FOR 2: An appropriate licence plate on the 1913 Model T pick-up (left) owned by Aucklanders Monty and Pauline Scarborough at the Railweay Reserve. Next to them are Blenheim couple John and Wendy Gray with their 1914 Model T Tourer.
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