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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
FANS of the Mini took to the roads at the weekend as 90 of the pint-sized vehicles headed for the coast.
Now in its eighth year, Bury Mini Club’s Suffolk Run from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh attracted enthusiasts from across the region intent on a fun day out and a chance to meet up with fellow Mini afficionados.
The event raised £900 to be split between the Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital, the Aldeburgh United Charities and the Orchid male cancer charity.
According to club treasurer Richard Mortlock, the 63-mile drive also serves to test the roadworthiness of many of the cars.
He said: “We saw 90 Minis set off and 90 arrived. The weather wasn’t bad on the way over but there was a shower at the other end. This is one of the first Mini runs of the year, so it’s a chance to get the car out and check how any work that has been done over the winter has gone. There’s quite a few events over the summer, so its good to get the cars right early on. Everyone, even young children, recognises a Mini. They just stand out, and people can’t help waving at us.”
Alongside the old-style cars, which came from as far away as Harlow and Peterbrough, there were seven or eight of the new model Minis taking part.