A fun day out for everyone! Photographer Chris Dillon (Dillon.co.nz) was there taking photos of the carpark display (where Tony Maulder organised us all in to a big 60 for the MIni's 60th birthday). To see all the photos Chris took, head over to the gallery space here.
By Kevin Taylor
This was the fourth time we had used Tony Vazey's paddock at Aka Aka for the Interclub Autocross, our first event there was in 2014 on a sunny day and it was another sunny day this year for the Minis that arrived to have fun & do a few skids.
There were 3 Minis from Auckland & 4 Minis & 5 drivers from Waikato.
An early start to set up the tent and mark out the courses before the first run at 10am. Because of the small number of competitors we decided that there would be 3 laps of each course, we would have 3 runs on each course and we would do 3 different courses, you do the math but that looks like 9 runs & 27 laps to me.
The first runs were pretty slippery on the long grass but with each run the courses got faster and by the last run there was dirt & dust flying as the tyres dug deep for traction. The Minis were a mix of 1000cc, 1100cc & 1275cc - size sometimes doesn't count for much on grass but today it did as the drier surface did favour the bigger engines.
Surprise of the day was Keith Hargraves competing in his mint 1995 Mini Cooper - and very nearly winning the event.
Several cones were harmed during the day and everyone had great fun but at the end of the day Lee Norman was too quick for the rest of us.
1st - Lee Norman (A) 1275
2nd - Keith Hargraves (A) 1275
3rd - Ralph Taylor (W) 1000
4th - Kelvin Kewish (W) 1275
5th - Kevin Taylor (A) 1100
6th - Brent Middlemiss (W) 1000
7th - Theresa Kewish (W) 1000 I think
8th - Helen Middlemiss (W) 1000
When the points were tallied up later that evening it was MCCoA who won the Teams prize.
Thanks to Brent Middlemiss for organising the Motorsport NZ Permit & Gary & Catherine Ashton for setting out the courses and doing the timekeeping duties, & Ian Gillanders for Portaloo duties & Keith for BBQ duties.