Lit­tle cars in­spire big pas­sion in fans

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ar­ran Mor­ton

It was the be­gin­ning of a life­long pas­sion when Rock­ing­ham man Adrian Ver­non first got be­hind the wheel of a Mini in the 1960s.

Mr Ver­non said he was work­ing as an ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian in Eng­land when he first came across the now iconic lit­tle car.

He said he was hooked af­ter one drive and had been a fan of the Mini ever since.

“I used to take it out reg­u­larly and loved the way it han­dled,” Mr Ver­non said. “We’ve had Mi­nis ever since.” Now, more than 50 years on, Mr Ver­non will join fel­low Southern Dis­tricts Mini Club of WA mem­bers in show­cas­ing his re­cently re­fur­bished Mini Mi­nor at Rock­ing­ham Vil­lage Green on Sun­day.

Mr Ver­non said he and his wife Christine would travel to Eng­land in Septem­ber next year, and on through France and Ger­many to take part in a tour of lo­ca­tions fea­tured in the clas­sic Mini scene from The Ital­ian Job.

“We’re go­ing to hire a Mini in Eng­land and drive there to do a bit of a tour of the lo­ca­tions,” Mr Ver­non said.

“It’s some­thing to tick off the bucket list.”

Visit the Act-Be­long-Com­mit Rock­ing­ham Li­ons Com­mu­nity Fair on Sun­day to see the Mi­nis.

Fam­i­lies can enjoy a con­cert fea­tur­ing ABBAFAB, a car­ni­val and amuse­ment rides, climb­ing wall, pony rides, pet­ting zoo and dis­plays from Rock­ing­ham Vis­ual Arts So­ci­ety and Rock­ing­ham Pho­tog­ra­phy Club.

Pic­ture: Ar­ran Mor­ton

Adrian Ver­non will join fel­low Mini en­thu­si­asts and show­case his fully re­stored car at the Act-Be­long-Com­mit Rock­ing­ham Li­ons Com­mu­nity Fair on Sun­day.

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