Lee, Brook, Ryan and myself (Jo) met at Greenlane Mc Donalds carpark ready to convoy to Caffeine.
A fire truck pulled in and 4 firemen got out. 3 went to have food and 1 stayed back and headed for our Minis. He spoke to us all about our Minis, the years and the difference between Japanese market and NZ new and UK new. He spoke of growing up with an uncle who owned a Mini and he taught him to work on them. He owned a Mini as a teen in UK. He talked to me about my Rover Mini and the oil leak clearly visible. He told me his surname was Morris so he named his son Cooper John Morris. His son is 8 and loves the car he is named after. We talked about Caffeine and Classics and Brook informed him it was not only Minis but all sorts of classics. He then told us about his brother in law who owns a Porsche 911 and bought it as a teen 35 years ago. He had spent over $100,000 on keeping it going and is now in the middle of a repaint (it was red) when all the exterior lights were pulled off they found blue layer under the red and a muddy light brown under that. Funny enough the repaint colour he chose was the same muddy brown so he is happy it’s going back to original. Mr Morris stayed and chatted to us the entire time his buddies were eating their breakfast. Now missing food to talk about Minis... well that's passion right there. I love it when random strangers tell me their stories about Minis, so cool to see them get excited about seeing one, or in this case 4.
By Jo Wooding