Express wheels – 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4

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Owner: Irene Benfell-Herron

From: Te Anau

When and why did you buy it? Bought from Auckland in 2019.

What is the vehicle’s history? No history yet, but it’s about to embark on its very first Pork Pie Charity Run from March 26 to 1 April, from Paihia to Invercargill.

Have you altered it in any way? No alterations except a vintage car horn for the charity event just to confuse people and a bit of glamour to the inside.

What’s it like to drive? It’s just lovely and comfortable for the driver, as much as the passengers, with space in the back for some shopping.

Where’s your favourite road trip? Pork Pie Charity Run in 2019 and 2017 from Kaitaia to Bluff with driving all the way up and down both islands.

Top speed? Cannot disclose this figure… 100km is the legal limit.

Best driving experience? 60 Mini cars driving from Kaitaia to Invercargill and being a part of this event every two years.

Worst driving experience? Getting lost in wet hurricane weather in Wellington in a Mini has never been forgotten.

What other vehicles of note have you owned? 1969 Wolseley Hornet in storage currently.

Best music to drive to? Meatloaf, Suzie Quarto, Cher, Cold Chisel mainly

Describe your driving style: Careful, but love curves in the road because I have a Mini.

If you could go for a drive in any vehicle it would be a… ? Lamborghini

What was the first car you ever bought? Hillman Hunter, not sure of the year.

Do you belong to any clubs? NZ Mini Owners but follow UK Wolseley Club on Facebook and other Mini Car groups on Facebook too.

Engine: 1600cc

Transmission: Automatic

Colour: White and black

Event: Pork Pie Charity Run
We are:
Team Kelly & Herron
Held every two years, this event follows the old, original Goodbye Pork Pie movie route.
A fundraiser for KidsCan Charity with nine schools in Southland being supported, in 2019, $289,834 was raised.
Starting this year in Paihia on March 26 and arriving in Invercargill on March 31, although some cars will go the day before to Cape Reinga and finish at Bluff on April 1.
Sixty Mini cars, classic and modern, will take part this year. Six days — Paihia to Taupo  (26th), Taupo via Horopito to Wellington (27th), next morning across on the ferry to Picton, same day on to Christchurch (28th), Christchurch via Arthurs Pass to Franz Joseph (29th), Franz Joseph to Queenstown (30th), Queenstown via Te Anau via Southern Scenic
Route to Invercargill (31st).
On March 31, the cars, drivers and passengers will arrive at Invercargill in the late afternoon to do a few laps of Tay St from the Eastern Cemetery to the roundabout of Tay and Dee Sts.
Donation page: http:/bit.ly/2SwMi9D
Facebook event: Pork Pie Charity Run

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