Bangers be­ing brought to Bluff for bid­ders

The Southland Times - - NEWS - JAMIE SEARLE

A mi­nor sus­pen­sion prob­lem and a hy­draulic fluid leak have been the only se­ri­ous prob­lems en­coun­tered by com­peti­tors in the Bangers to Bluff Car Rally, or­gan­iser Pe­ter Bai­ley said.

Flat tyres have also in­ter­rupted travel plans for a few, but over­all, the 12 cars are on sched­ule to fin­ish the Auck­land to Bluff fundrais­ing event on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Within sev­eral hours of ar­riv­ing in Bluff, the cars will be driven to the New­field Tav­ern and auc­tioned, with all money from sales to be given to Hope­works Foun­da­tion (a brain in­jury ed­u­ca­tion trust) and Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis NZ. It is an un­re­served auc­tion. Wil­liam Todd & Co (2011) auc­tion­eer Lind­say Fran­cis and man­ager of South­land Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Rachel Huck­le­bridge have ar­ranged sep­a­rate fundrais­ing to run along­side the rally and all the money gen­er­ated from those ac­tiv­i­ties will be given to South­land Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety.

The Ro­tary Club of Half Moon Bay in Auck­land is hold­ing the rally for the fourth year.

Cars must have been bought for less than $2000, their own­ers each pay $500 to en­ter the event and have to in­di­vid­u­ally raise $500 or $1500 in do­na­tions.

‘‘We’re all still go­ing,’’ Bai­ley said from Kir­wee, near Christchurch, on Mon­day morn­ing.

‘‘One car has few sus­pen­sion prob­lems but we’re nurs­ing it through.

‘‘A Citroen is leak­ing a bit of hy­draulic fluid and we’re top­ping it up ... it looks like it’s had a rough life.’’

If cars break down and can’t con­tinue, the AA will tow them to safety, prob­a­bly to a wrecker’s yard. ‘‘It’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity [Ro­tary Club of Half Moon Bay] to move them ... I can’t im­age the owner would want to spend money to get it back to Auck­land.’’

Bai­ley said most of the cars were in rea­son­ably good con­di­tion and all had third party in­surance for the trip. His 1997 Toy­ota Camry needed two new tyres in Blen­heim.

The car own­ers in­clude re­tirees, a school­teacher, a Hire Pool em­ployee, busi­ness own­ers, a fi­nan­cial ad­viser, and the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Strat­ford District Coun­cil.

They are stay­ing in mo­tels and at hol­i­day parks along the way.

Just be­fore the auc­tion starts on Satur­day, the own­ers will talk about their cars and dis­close any prob­lems they have.

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Wil­liam Todd & Co (2011) auc­tion­eer Lind­say Fran­cis and South­land Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety man­ager Rachel Huck­le­bridge have fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties planned to run along­side the auc­tion­ing of cars in the Bangers to Bluff Rally on Satur­day.

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