Motorists between Clyde and Earnscleugh on Saturday and Clyde and Galloway on Sunday enjoyed the sight of one- and two-cylinder vehicles as members of the Pioneer Motoring Group took their vintage cars and motorcycles for a run.

Group spokesman Stephen Kidd said 17 cars and three fixed-gear motorcycles took part in the two-day gathering, all of which were more than a century old.

The Saturday route took them across the historic Clyde Bridge and through Earnscleugh, before returning for lunch at the Clyde Rowing Club.

On Sunday the motorists drove through Lett’s Gully to Galloway, where they enjoyed lunch at the Galloway Hall provided by the hall committee.

The cars were made between 1900 and 1914 and included a 1910 Stanley Model 71 steam car, known as a Stanley Steamer.

Andrew Sim, of Methven, said his pride and joy was a 1906 Cadillac he bought in 2012.

“I just wanted a single-cylinder car,” Mr Sim said.

The vehicles were capable of reaching top speeds of upwards of 40kmh, their owners said, although the Stanley Steamer had some difficulties on the steeper hills.

Shirley Shadbolt, a vintage car enthusiast, and her husband Tim (no relation to the Invercargill mayor), whose father restored old cars, cautioned that the reported speeds might have been generous.

“It depends a lot on whether it’s down hill with a back wind,” she said with a laugh.