Pre 1956 MG National Car Rally, Shantytown 2015

pre 1956 MGs at Shantytown

Headed out to Shantytown to take a look at the national pre 1956 MG car rally celebrating their 20th anniversary on the West Coast over the weekend.

pre 1956 MG

mgs amongst the waterwheel

Wonderful venue for some wonderful old cars.

pre 1956 MG car rally at Shantytown

Picture perfect day and great to wander amongst the history – both of Shantytown and the cars on display.

pre 1956 MG car rally

Great array of cars for viewing – all gleaming and glistening in the sunshine.

pre 1956 MGs lined up in front of old buildings Shantytown

classic MGs pre 1956

I swear I wouldn’t want to drive some of these beauties on the road – I’d be too frightened that they’d get damaged.

pre 1956 MG car rally Shantytown

MGs and their tool kits

Shantytown was the perfect location for the display – the historic buildings making a great backdrop.

line up on MGs at Shantytown

kokatahi band at Shantytown

There was entertainment on hand also with the Kokatahi Band and the Greymouth Municipal Brass Band serenading everyone as they wandered amongst the history.

red MGs lined up Shantytown

All in all a great few hours out in the sunshine, surrounded by history and surrounded by beautiful cars.  Thanks Shantytown for hosting the event and to all the owners of the pre 1956 MGs for bringing these gorgeous vehicles along and putting them on display for all to enjoy.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many features of the West Coast and supporting local events.  Check out Tourism West Coast for a full list of upcoming events.


About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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6 Responses to Pre 1956 MG National Car Rally, Shantytown 2015

  1. G&B says:

    Ahhhh, PROPER cars, ones you can actually work on when they break down, don’t need a degree in computer science to fix them. Good old British steel as well. Had a mate when I was in the Airforce who had an MG Midget, had loads of fun in that car.

    • coastingnz says:

      I don’t know about that – there was quite a bit of “tinkering” going on on some of them lol. The pale blue “newer” ones I did think to myself – now there is a new “Thelma & Louise” car for me and Bernie…..

  2. Michael Nees says:

    What a wonderful collection of these classic cars! Great to see them on the Westcoast … so much history combined!

    • coastingnz says:

      agreed – Shantytown proved to be the perfect location and backdrop. Shame they don’t have something like this there all the time, really made the place come alive.

  3. Mama says:

    Dad would have loved seeing this lineup Jan. They do look very impressive with the fantasic backdrop of Shantytown to compliment them.Something about the old ‘classics’… can’t see our modern cars having the same nostalga. But who knows!!!

    • coastingnz says:

      I was thinking about the two of you when we were out there and thinking Dad would love this. Totally agree re modern cars and being the end of “classic” car displays – but like you say never know! lol

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