Nelson Leader : August 22nd 2013
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013 Little car, big love By SALLY KIDSON Mini love: Garry Orton, left, of Victory Automotive and Chris Jones of Minis In Nelson Inc, with a restored 1964 Mini Cooper S. The National Mini rally will be in Nelson at Labour weekend this year. Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER SPECIAL EVENT In the lead up to Labour Weekend's National Mini Rally, which is being held in Nelson, Minis In Nelson Inc is holding an event to mark the Mini's 53rd birthday this Sunday at the World of WearAble Art carpark. The club is putting on a barbecue and members will have their Minis on display. The Project 64 Mini will also be at the event. Like countless others, Garry Orton has always had a thing for Minis. His father used to race them. A Mini was the first car he drove. I guess I've always had a soft spot for them,'' he said. Garry has continued that love affair with the legendary compact car. He was one of the men behind Project 64, which saw a specially- modified 1964 Morris Mini Cooper set a new speed record for the 1000cc class at Bonneville Speed Week on the Utah salt flats last August. His latest project is more sedate, but equally rewarding. Garry is restoring a 1964 1071 Mini Cooper S and wants to finish getting it ready for the National Mini Rally in Nelson at Labour Weekend. It came from Invercargill in a million pieces, with a million pieces missing,'' Garry said. It was sold new in New Zealand and is probably the second rarest Cooper S they built.'' Garry purchased it from Trade Me and said while it was totally dismantled, the body was in pretty good condition. It is yet to have the doors put on. I've only driven it around the carpark. I might fall out if I go around a corner.'' Garry said he had owned the car for four to five years but as he restored other people's cars for a living, working on his car had not been a high priority. It's only this year that I've really pulled finger and got it going because of the Mini national rally.'' Minis in Nelson Inc secretary Chris Jones said there were three or four other club members in Nelson working hard to restore Minis in time for the national rally later this year. Mini owners from all around New Zealand are expected to bring their cars to Nelson for the rally. Nelsonians will have the chance to see the Minis at a Show and Shine on upper Trafalgar St on the Saturday morning of Labour Weekend. Equally smitten with Minis, Chris said they were designed as a cheap, fuel-efficient car for the masses but they had caught the attention of everyone, including rock idols and movie stars. Most of the baby boomers would have come into contact with them at some time or another. It's just a huge following.'' Minis pioneered the transverse engine -- front wheel drive system -- that modern cars used. On top of that, they were just really good fun to drive. They perform really well. So even though they've a small engine they are not overpowered but they can carry a lot of speed around the corners. That's where the Minis always had their strength.'' To find out more about the club and the national rally visit minisinnelsoninc.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cupcakes for special cause p6 INSIDE BY THE RIVER Family and food are what drives the new owners of a popular Nelson cafe, renamed River Kitchen.Page 5 KEYS TO THE DOOR A Nelson pensioner is looking forward to combining a passion for living carefully with a passion for community living, in one of nine new houses built by the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust. Page 31 TWO NEW COLUMNS What's hot in food and refreshments from Nelson street vendors (page 22) and . . . the inside running from our favourite rugby team (page 38).
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