Mi­nis set to roar

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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