Eastern Courier : October 17th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, October 17, 2014 Looking good: Rex Coubray’s sought after Mini Cooper. Get ready: Stephen Southon, Rex Coubray andMurrayGrant of the Mini Car Club of Auckland stand alongside their cars, before the Mini Nationals on Labour Weekend. Hood up:Alook at the engine of Stephen Southon’s newly restored Mini Clubman 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 the car looks will all be assessed at the event organised by the Mini Car Club of Auckland. Club president Murray Grant of Howick, who has three minis in his collection, 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.’’ He says minis handle bet- ter than other cars because they are close to the ground. Rex Coubray, a member of the club for 30 years, says Lucky 21-year-old could win the best birthday party ever Will you be turning 21 on December 13? Congratulations! That means you’ll be celebrating your 21st on the same day as Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park. The very first concert was held at the Auckland Domain in December 1994 and this year marks the show’s 21st anniversary. That could be cause for a double celebration for one lucky person Fairfax Media, publisher of the Eastern Courier, is looking for someone who shares their 21st birthday with the popular event to email us their details and go into the draw for a night they will never forget. This year’s alcohol-free event is on December 13 and one lucky birthday boy or girl will get access to a special front of stage VIP area with nine friends. They’ll also receive a birth- day gift pack of Coca-Cola goodies, a photo opportunity with some of the stars of the show and the chance to celebrate their birthday at one of the biggest, happiest events of the year. The talented lineup for this year’s smoke-free Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park includes songstress Lizzie Marvelly, recording artist Ria Hall, singer Barry Southgate, country vocalist Tami Neilson, Titanium’s Andrew Papas and the versatile Lavina Williams. To be eligible for our contest you must have been born in Auckland on December 13, 1993. Email scott.morgan@fairfax media.co.nz by 5pm on November 10 to enter. Put CCCITP Contest in the subject line and include your daytime contact details in your entry. ❚ Termsandconditions apply. Go to aucklandnow.co.nzfor moreinformation. Birthday bash: Entertainer LizzieMarvelly and Fairfax Media Suburban& Sundays commercial manager Anthony Meredith make an early starton CocaCola Christmas in the Park 21st celebrations. the oldest car he owns is from 1959 – the year that minis hit the road. ‘‘The last mini I know that was sold went for $16,000,’’ the Dannemora resident 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, Labour Weekend 24-26 October. ❚ Go to minis-auckland.org. nz/ for a full programmeof events at the Mini Nationals.
October 15th 2014