Your place: Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring Vintage Car Rally

Dennis Scanlan, left, owns this 1913 English Sunbeam and towed it from Auckland for the show.  He shows it to the couple Caroline and Philip Henley.

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Dennis Scanlan, left, owns this 1913 English Sunbeam and towed it from Auckland for the show. He shows it to the couple Caroline and Philip Henley.

The Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring Vintage Car Rally saw 475 vintage vehicles roll around Taranaki this week.

Photographer vanessa laurie Thursday night, I headed to the street party in Inglewood, which drew a huge crowd.

The festival, which usually takes place every five years, will conclude with a drive to Hāwera and then the festival finale in New Plymouth on Friday.

Rally director Greg Terrill said the street party was a highlight of the week-long event. He also made special mention of Marie Pearce and the Inglewood First Trust, who had helped set it up.

“The members have never held a street party like this before.”

He said the whole week had been great.

“It really couldn’t have been better. The weather has been great and the people have been fantastic.

Street party coordinator Colin Johnston said the only speed bump was the logistics of parking some 470 vehicles on the town’s main street.

It took an hour and fifteen minutes, he said.

Johnston said he walked down the street several times and everyone, the rally participants and the public, had a good time.

“You could see it in the smiles on their faces when they left too.”

Auckland's Shaaran Price was dressed for the occasion.

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Auckland’s Shaaran Price was dressed for the occasion.

Quinn O'Sullivan, left, Niamh O'Sullivan and Angus O'Sullivan in their grandfather Jim Smylie's 1913 Model T.

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Quinn O’Sullivan, left, Niamh O’Sullivan and Angus O’Sullivan in their grandfather Jim Smylie’s 1913 Model T.

Margie Wheeler brought back her 1960 Hansa 1100 Coupe from Wellington.  German-made vehicles are considered the only ones in New Zealand.

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Margie Wheeler brought back her 1960 Hansa 1100 Coupe from Wellington. German-made vehicles are considered the only ones in New Zealand.

Chris Butler, from Shannon, poses with his Citroën 2CV Van.  The car was designed as a delivery van and Butler said at the time that they would test it for stability by placing a basket of eggs in the passenger seat and driving through a pen.

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Chris Butler, from Shannon, poses with his Citroën 2CV Van. The car was designed as a delivery van and Butler said at the time that they would test it for stability by placing a basket of eggs in the passenger seat and driving through a pen.

Scanlan was happy to chat with people about his ride.

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Scanlan was happy to chat with people about his ride.

There was a massive crowd at the street party.

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There was a massive crowd at the street party.

This pink vehicle had clearly received a good polish beforehand.

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This pink vehicle had clearly received a good polish beforehand.

The chocolate chip mint colored Falcon is very cool.

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The chocolate chip mint colored Falcon is very cool.

A mob member returns to the future.

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A mob member returns to the future.

One of the hundreds of people in the crowd takes a look at this read beauty.

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One of the hundreds of people in the crowd takes a look at this read beauty.

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