Driving through Britain was emulated at the weekend as cars of the region filled the Fleurieu’s roads.
The 2015 British Classics Tour on Sunday, May 3, featured 220 vehicles built in the Queen’s homeland.
Marques represented included Sunbeam, Triumph and Jaguar.
That morning, the vehicles drove from Victor Harbor to Goolwa and back on a seaside tour. People stood alongside the roads at various points to watch the procession.
The vehicles then assembled at Warland Reserve for a show and shine.
Event co-ordinator Graham Withers said the event emulated what it is like to drive in Britain.
He said the Fleurieu’s countryside and roads, with its rolling hills and valleys, were like those of England. He likened British seaside regions, including Cornwall, to Goolwa.
“Warland Reserve is like a village square in Europe,” he said.
And with sunny skies, Mr Withers said it was a good opportunity to take the cars for a spin.
“It turned out to be lovely on the day, it was ideal motoring weather,” he said.
Mr Withers said about 80 per cent of the entrants were from intrastate and a handful from interstate. He said numerous cafes and other eateries around Albert Place and Ocean Street were filled that afternoon with people who participated in the tour.
He thanked the event’s sponsors and crew members of the Historic Motor Vehicles Club for their support on the day. He also thanked businesses in the district for getting behind the event.
Event participant Brian Goudie of Middleton was a volunteer on the day, and showed off his Triumph TR-7 sports car at Warland Reserve.
Mr Goudie said the event brought a number of enthusiasts together to swap information with each other.
“The people are just so friendly and wanted to talk about their cars,” he said.
Mr Goudie believes the tour helped promote the area. He said several people he spoke to had never visited Hindmarsh Island, and the tour might encourage them to explore further.