Auckland City Harbour News : October 24th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, October 24, 2014 They’re back: Brandy Wehinger, centre, is organising a second ‘‘zombie walk’’ along Queen St in support of a good cause, The Association of Spinal Concerns (TASC). Along with Christopher Nicholls, left, and Luke AnastassiouHedley, the walking dead will descend on Queen St once again on November 1. Hoards of people dressed in gruesome get-ups stumbled down the length of the street last year to the shock and delight of city-dwellers. The event was dreamed up by Mt Albert’s Wehinger who has always wanted to be an extra in a zombie movie. This year’s event is running in support of TASC. The non-profit organisation assists in the rehabilitation of spinal patients. Wehinger invites everyone to create a costume and join in the fun. The walk will be held on November 1 and starts at 12.30pm from Aotea Square. Search Auckland Zombie Walk 2014 on Facebook for more details and costume ideas. Go to givealittle.co.nz/org/ AucklandZombieWalk to make a donation to TASC. Photo: JESS LEE Mini owners celebrate their enduring magic By MEGHAN LAWRENCE MINI enthusiasts will celebrate the famous car’s 55th birthday in style this Labour Weekend. More than 100 cars will converge on Mt Smart Stadium to be put through their paces at the annual Mini Nationals. Speed, driving skill and how good cars look will all be assessed at the event organised by the Mini Car Club of Auckland. Club president Murray Grant has three minis in his collection and says he is drawn to the cars because they are great to drive. ‘‘I am not mechanically minded and they are not so much fun to work on, but they are exciting and really fun to drive. ‘‘I get out of my mini with a big smile on my face, but when I get out of my Toyota it is just another car,’’ Grant says. He says minis handle bet- ter than many other cars because they are closer to the ground. Rex Coubray, a member of the club for 30 years, says the oldest car he owns is Get ready: Stephen Southon, Rex Coubray and Murray Grant of the Mini Car Club of Auckland stand alongside their cars, before the Mini Nationals this weekend. from 1959 – the year that minis hit the road. ‘‘The last mini I know that was sold went for $16,000,’’ he says. Drivers from around the country are expected to get their cars out of the garage to head to the nationals. And the car enthusiasts are also set to make a difference, donating proceeds from the event to children’s charity, Kids Can. ‘‘The Pork Pie Charity Run that will take place in Easter, 2015, has chosen to support Kids Can, so we decided to get on board and do the same,’’ Grant says. ‘‘The event is open to the public and we are having a gold coin donation, so with 100 odd participants we are hoping to raise a few thousand dollars.’’ The 20th Mini Nationals will be held at Mt Smart Stadium this weekend, October 24-26. ❚ Go to minis-auckland.org. nz/ for a full programme of events happening at the Mini Nationals.
October 22nd 2014