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MINI CAR CLUB LAUNCHED

THE Far North now has its own club for Mini en­thu­si­asts. The FNQ chap­ter of the Mini Own­ers Club of Queens­land is hav­ing an inaugural run on Sun­day, Au­gust 15 from 9am.

One of the founders, Ben Edger­ton, said a cou­ple of Mini own­ers had shown in­ter­est in form­ing the club.

He said the Minis would gather at the front of the DFO shop­ping cen­tre in Mul­grave Rd on Au­gust 15 at 9am for a de­par­ture time of 10am.

“All own­ers of Minis (new and clas­sic), Mokes and any BMC de­riv­a­tives are in­vited to come and join the fun and take part in this event,’’ Mr Edger­ton said.

“Also any­one in­ter­ested in Minis and as­so­ci­ated ve­hi­cles are also in­vited to at­tend.’’

The drive will go to the Ather­ton Tablelands via the Ku­randa Range, Ma­reeba and Ather­ton, lunch at Lake Bar­rine and home via the Gil­lies Range.

“We’re hop­ing to get 20-25 Minis. We’ll have a cou­ple of orig­i­nal Cooper S mod­els, a cou­ple of Club­mans and some Mokes,” he said. Con­tact Ben on 0418 796 192 or Steve Ben­nett on 0413 608 522.

SWAP MEET AND SHOW

THE Cairns Swap Meet, Car and Mo­tor­cy­cle Show is on again at the Cairns show­grounds in two weeks.

The sev­enth show will be on Sun­day, Au­gust 15, with en­try through the Scott St en­trance.

An or­gan­iser, Owain Froud, said the shows had raised tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for lo­cal char­i­ties.

“This year the cho­sen char­ity is The Po­lice and Cit­i­zens Youth Club. Each year the event gets big­ger and bet­ter,” he said. “The show will have the usual swap and sell sites of ve­hi­cles, parts and gen­eral brica-brac as well as a large dis­play of cars, mo­tor­cy­cles and even some trucks.

“There will be en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily with food and re­fresh­ment stalls and a huge bar­row of good­ies to be won in a raf­fle.’’

Last year there were a record 150 sites and dozens of cars on dis­play, from a 2008 Lamborghini su­per car to a 1909 farm pump en­gine.

“We have re­ceived mag­nif­i­cent do­na­tions and spon­sor­ships from lo­cal busi­nesses even though times are tough. For this we are most grate­ful,” he said.

VA­RI­ETY CLUB FUNDRAISER

MORE than $5600 was raised for the chil­dren’s char­ity Va­ri­ety Club last Sun­day when Ian Hopkins opened his mo­tor­cy­cle and mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tions to the pub­lic for the first time.

The Mark­well Ma­rine owner said he was amazed at the pub­lic’s in­ter­est in his col­lec­tion.

“We had 500 peo­ple through. It was fan­tas­tic,” he said. “I thought we’d get 50 to 100 peo­ple. At one stage you couldn’t move. We raised $5000 from en­try fees and an­other $600 from the bar­be­cue. “It was very good, I was very pleased.” Mr Hopkins (pic­tured) said the re­sult had over­whelmed ev­ery­body in­volved. He said he would be pre­pared to host other fundrais­ing and cor­po­rate events on a limited ba­sis but was not pre­pared to open the clas­sic bikes and world cham­pi­onship mo­tor­cy­cling col­lec­tions to the pub­lic on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Mr Hopkins has been col­lect­ing motorsport goods for 50 years. He has kept the “en­gine room” se­cret from the pub­lic with only a se­lect group of peo­ple get­ting a peek in­side.

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