We’re taking this Mini to Dunedin


Dunedin will be swarming with Minis next month as the Otago Mini Owners Club hosts the 2016 Mini Nationals for the first time.
Club president Natalie McElhinney said the annual event, being held during Labour Weekend (October 20-23), was in its 22nd year.
‘‘We’re hoping for between 70 and 80 registrations. Anybody who owns a Mini can enter.
‘‘It all starts at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on the Friday, doing two laps of the track there.’’
On the Saturday morning, a Show and Shine would be held in the Octagon, she said.
‘‘That will be a great opportunity for members of the public to come and check out some of the vehicles involved. All the cars will be judged on their own merits and there will be a winner for each class.
‘‘Saturday afternoon we’re going to the Taieri A&P Showgrounds for a grasskhana and speed event. It’s all done on timing; the drivers will race around circuits at three different stations. The public are more than welcome to watch that as well.’’
On the Sunday there will be a navigation trial and sightseeing trip from the Edgar Centre to Livingstonia Park near Taieri Mouth.
‘‘Each car is given a sheet of questions and directions to go on. The winner is the person with the most correct answers. The questions are all about landmarks and things they drive past.
‘‘That’s another opportunity for the public to see the cars. We’ll be at the park for about an hour at the end.’’
The event will wrap up on the Sunday evening with a prizegiving dinner at the Otago Golf Club, which will have a Scottish theme.
‘‘The event is all for the love of the cars and you get to meet all sorts of like-minded people. You get to know people who attend a lot of them and renew those old friendships each year.’’
Minis always attracted a smile from passers-by and people always took an interest in them, she said.
‘‘Everybody can relate to a Mini.’’