MOONRAKER RUN 2016

Char­ity event keeps on gett­ting big­ger and bet­ter

Mini Magazine - - News -

Wilt­shire-based Moles Mini Club hosted its pop­u­lar Moonraker Run on Sun­day April 23. Open to all Mi­nis clas­sic and mod­ern, this metic­u­lously-planned char­ity drive con­tin­ues to grow ev­ery year, both in terms of the num­ber of cars tak­ing part and the money it raises for char­ity.

The start point was the Pheas­ant Inn in Chip­pen­ham, with 30 cars gath­er­ing for the 11am start. The con­voy set off to­wards Warmin­ster via some fan­tas­tic ru­ral roads, pass­ing the West­bury White Horse and tak­ing in the highly un­der­rated Wilt­shire coun­try­side. The car count swelled to 34 soon af­ter, although an im­promptu work­ing party was needed to fit a re­place­ment dis­trib­u­tor to one car fol­low­ing a break­down.

Back on the move, the con­voy nav­i­gated twisty coun­try lanes set amongst beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and passed through idyl­lic vil­lages to the waves of lo­cal res­i­dents and their chil­dren. A stop at the Sol­stice Park Ser­vices gave ev­ery­one an op­por­tu­nity to get some re­fresh­ments and re­group be­fore head­ing on to the end point, the ‘Drive-it day’ event at the Atwell Mo­tor Mu­seum in Calne.

In to­tal 85 miles were cov­ered, and over £300 raised for the Hope Na­ture Cen­tre, which pro­vides work place­ments for young adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and helps them to build their con­fi­dence, self-es­teem and skills. Next year will un­doubt­edly prove even more pop­u­lar as word spreads of this ever grow­ing event. Search for ‘Moles Mini Club’ on Face­book.

34 cars took part on the run.

Emer­gency dizzy change en route.

The route took in some great roads.

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