Keeping vintage motoring alive

Locals and commuters had the thrill of seeing some majestic vintage and classic cars on the road last weekend during the 2019 OD Inggs Memorial Run held in and round Port Alfred.

WINNING TEAM: Peter Viner, centre, of the Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club, handed the prize to the winners of the OD Inggs Memorial Run on Sunday, Annelie Murphy, left, and her husband and navigator Andrew Murphy Picture: Ntombi Msutu

About 16 people entered the run, some coming from as far as Cape Town and East London. One failed to make the start while three did not complete the run.

The run started at the Rosehill Mall on Saturday and competitors took the R72 to the Kenton-on-Sea crossroads, where they turned right towards Salem and on to the T-junction with the N2. From there they turned left to Nanaga for a lunch break. Proceeding along the R72 via Alexandria, where, following a loop, they returned to Rosehill Mall.

After dinner at Harry B’s and a good night’s rest they were on the road again at 9am the following morning. Travelling along the R67 their course took them through Bathurst to the junction with Southwell farm road where they made a U-turn and finished in Bathurst.

The prize giving and lunch followed at Harry B’s at around 2pm, where people had a relaxing time to enjoy lunch and drinks before the big announcement of the winners was made.

Organiser Mike Newlands thanked sponsors who made the event possible this year, and he also thanked the people who came far just to enter the run.

“We would like to thank everyone who made this weekend possible and made the OD Inggs Memorial Run beautiful. We had an amazing weekend and we also want to thank those who came very far to participate in the run, we would also like to thank our sponsors because if it wasn’t for them none of this would be happening today,” Newlands said.

The OD Inggs Memorial Trophy was presented to the overall winners, Annelie and Andrew Murphy, who were driving a 1979 Mercedes Benz 450slc. They were followed by Ron and Pam Gush, driving a 1964 Triumph Spitfire who received the Linden Wheels Trophy. The Arch Car Sales Trophy for third place went to Neville and Sue Koch. They were driving a 1960 Riley 1.5.

Annelie Murphy took both the Norbert Drager and the John Lee Trophies after being declared the first navigator and the first lady driver respectively.

BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU

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