The Pork Pie Charity Run

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Sixty Minis circled the roundabout at the junction of Tay and Dee Streets on Wednesday (19 April) after completing the 2017 Pork Pie Charity Run. Photo: Hayden Williams

FIFTY-NINE Minis rolled into Invercargill on Wednesday (19 April) the final stretch of the fifth Pork Pie Charity Run which began in Kaitaia on April 4.

The Pork Pie Charity Run is a nod to New Zealand’s classic movie, Goodbye Pork Pie, which inspired a remake partly filmed in Invercargill and released this year.

The event, now a biennial tradition, set an unofficial record this year for the number of Minis involved.

“Registration forms only took four hours to fill out for this year’s run,” media officer Tracey Brake said.

As soon as registration opened, the 60 available team places were quickly snapped up and filled by lunchtime, she said.

The only car that didn’t make it to Invercargill had been driven to Kaitaia from Timaru. Its engine, a B16 Honda engine, broke down heading south again just north of Christchurch, she said.

There were no accidents during the extensive road trip, although several repairs were needed to be made en route, including a gearbox rebuild, Ms Brake said.

Participant and Minibitz owner-operator Lee Norman, of Auckland, said, the Minis were of various models and years and all highly personalised. The oldest car, a 1997 Mini Cooper named Ernie, was owned by the oldest driver, Dave Cotty, who was aged 72.

This year’s run raised about $201,000. The event has so far raised a combined total of about $860,000 for various charity partners, according to official figures.

run in 2009 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mini and raised $120,000 for Starship Hospital, with 38 cars entered.

The second run in 2011 celebrated the 30th anniversary of the original Goodbye Pork Pie film, raising a further $140,000 for Starship, this time with 49 cars entered.

The third run $196,000 raised for leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ with 52 cars and the fourth run in 2015 raised $203,000 for KidsCan with 57 cars.

This year’s run was sponsored by Mini NZ.

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