The Classic Alpine Tour was the outcome of two like-minded motoring enthusiasts discussing some of the great classic motoring events that take place around the world. Reminiscing about Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, Monterey week in Northern California, Rodeo Drive Concours, Chantilly north of Paris and the legendary Goodwood Revival, soon developed into the idea to create an event set in New Zealand’s iconic scenery hot spot that would appeal to enthusiasts.

Looking towards the 'head' of Lake Wakitipu, Paul Halford's Ferrari 275GTB/4 powers around Bennett's Bluff on its way to the waterfront show in Queenstown

With the seeds having been sown by Paul Halford and Jeff Williams back in the winter of 2017, little did they realise the effort that would be required to get The CAT off the ground. Indeed, it would take the two men around eight months to bring their basic idea to fruition. Content to start in a small way in order to test the waters, they started spreading the word to owners of the car styles they had in mind: European classics that represented automotive design flare and engineering innovation. For the first year, their thinking was that a turnout of around 20-30 cars would be a great result with the possibility of that building to around 50 cars for future events. Those initial estimates, decided upon in June 2017, were exceeded beyond comprehension when 42 classic cars were selected for the inaugural tour and invitations were issued.

There's always time to talk cars and dogs. Entrants wait for the Saturday morning start at Thurlby

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