Cars on tour for charity rally

JAMES IRELAND
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2013
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JAMES IRELAND/ Fairfax NZ

GOODBYE PORK PIE: Shane Wilson and Nicole Webster with their Mini, which they'll be driving in the Pork Pie Charity Run.

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Mini enthusiast Shane Wilson is following the route of a much loved Kiwi film classic to raise money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

He'll be joining other petrol heads on the road from Kaitaia to Invercargill as part of the Pork Pie Charity Run.

Wilson and his partner Nicole Webster have so far raised more than $2,500 in donations.

''It's a big trip, it's 2,500km over six days. I think the biggest challenge will come when we hit the more remote parts of the South Island. The Mini's fuel tank only holds 20 litres and petrol stations can be few and far between.''

The event was started in 2009 by Murray Hemsley and Rod Harris who wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mini and pay homage to the 1981 movie Goodbye Pork Pie, directed by Geoff Murphy.

Wilson's 1977 Mini has been covered in stickers from West Auckland sponsors who donated to the charity and paid for his fuel.

''It's been overwhelming. We have actually run out of room on the car and there are still businesses who want to sponsor us. I suppose that's one of the things about a Mini, there's not much room inside or out,'' he said.

Hemsley said the fundraiser was growing in popularity.

''The first year we raised $130,000 for Starship. It was pretty astonishing. In 2011 we put it on again and had 41 cars and raised $140,000. So far this year we have 50 cars and raised over $50,000 with seven weeks left before the run.''

Other car clubs join the run along the way and and Hemsley said up to 50 extra Minis sometimes tag along for portions of the trip.

Go to porkpie.co.nz to donate to Wilson's team New Bees.

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- Auckland Now

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