Despite receiving a cold reception from the weather, the participants in the 2019 Corolla Capers had a warm welcome when they arrived in Port Lincoln on Wednesday.
For the past 17 years Regency Park Rotary Club from Adelaide has conducted an annual event with participants taking old Toyota Corollas on a trek through regional areas of South Australia, with each vehicle supported by a four-wheel-drive support vehicle.
This year Regency Park Rotarians are joined by Prospect and Modbury-Golden Grove Rotary Club members and friends of Rotary for the 'Eyre Expedition' which began on July 6.
After stopping at Mount Ive Station and Nyroca Campsite, the Corolla Capers moved on to Port Lincoln but plans to camp in the Lincoln National Park were scrapped due to weather conditions.
Corolla Capers convenor Ron Rogers said they were able to stay for two nights at the Port Lincoln Lions Hostel at North Shields, which everyone was very appreciative for.
"It was the most extreme weather the event has seen in 17 years," he said.
"The National Parks office in Port Lincoln and the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln provided wood that was due to go out to the Lincoln National Park, but brought it to the North Shields Lions Hostel instead."
Members of the Port Lincoln Rotary Club welcomed the Corolla Capers participants at the hostel on Wednesday evening.
Port Lincoln Rotary Club member David Gillies said they were more than happy to welcome the Rotary Club members and friends of Rotary.
"We think it's really good, a nice part of the Rotary friendship and we're always proud to show off our region," he said.
On Thursday the participants went out towards the Lincoln National Park with some going to Memory Cove, some to Sleaford Bay and some to Whaler's Way.
On Friday the Corolla Capers participants moved on to Cowell before departing for Adelaide the next day.