Minis set to roar
Another flock of
Minis will arrive in Kaitaia over the next day or two for the 2019 Pork Pie Charity Run for KidsCan.
Sixty cars, including a ‘stretch’ Mini Clubman that fits four in the back, will rev their engines and head south from the
Orana Motor Inn on Friday, starting at
7am, beginning the epic 2500km journey to Invercargill.
It will take the teams six days to get there, following the route taken in the classic Kiwi movie Goodbye Pork Pie, the organisers saying the secret to making it would be a fighting spirit, a good dose of Kiwi ingenuity and a comprehensive tool box.
Intrepid drivers from all over New Zealand, Australia and the UK will be at the wheel, some cars dating back to the 1960s.
Canterbury couple Gavin and Teresa Agnew — The A Team — will be there for the fifth time, Gavin saying many participants were “repeat offenders”, drawn back by wonderful people and their shared love of the little car.
“The classics are uncomfortable, they’re noisy, they’re not very powerful, but they’re fun to drive,” he said. “They turn corners like they’re on rails, and the character of it just puts a smile on your face.”
The biennial event began in 2009, KidsCan having been chosen as the charity partner for the third year running. The 2017 run raised more than $220,000.
■ Donations to the team of choice can be made at www.kidscan.org.nz
Kaitaia Primary School pupil Dylan Johns trying out one of the Minis before the 2017 Pork Pie Charity Run.