Organisers of the Lundy Three Hundy, a controversial car rally that recreates the drive police say Mark Lundy took on the night his wife and daughter were murdered, have told those offended by the rally to "get a grip" and "find a prostitute".
"People are going to get offended over everything, I could have made holocaust jokes [and] it would have gone down a bit better."
Organiser Nic Miller, 29 of Whanganui, arrived late to Karamea Cres for today's event.
He told reporters outside the house where Christine and Amber Lundy were murdered in 2000 that the idea for the event had come to him when he was high on drugs.
While 12 registered, only three teams showed up to take part in the event that started at noon today in Palmerston North outside the Karamea Cres house where Christine Lundy and her seven-year-old daughter Amber were murdered in 2000.
In a message posted on the event's Facebook page those taking part were warned to not bring hatchets on the drive to Petone and back, whereas when the event was announced it was stated that all groups would need to carry a hatchet.
The weapon used to kill Christine and Amber was never located by police but was believed to be either a hatchet or axe.
The message on Facebook read "after seeking legal advice, it's very possible that the Police can arrest us for "Possession Of An Offensive Weapon" e.g. having a hatchet in the vehicle. Even if it's in the boot, these c***-sucking cops will more than likely try to f*** us. Bring it if you want, but expect those cowards in blue to cause a scene."
Police have been tight lipped on their plans for dealing with the rally, but a police presence is expected in Karamea St for the event's start.
The Lundy Three Hundy has drawn criticisms from members of Christine's family, residents of Karamea St and Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor who have all called the event insensitive to the memories of Christine and Amber.
Mark Lundy was found guilty of the murder of his wife and daughter but the convictions were quashed by the Privy Council earlier this year. A retrial will be held in Wellington in June next year.
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