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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.