Mini Clubbin’ it!

Mini Car Club of Tasmania

I got the opportunity to “…get yer skates on mate!” with The Mini Car Club of Tasmania last Sunday on one of their organised club runs – a leisurely (*cough) drive down the Channel and around through to Huonville. Invited along by club Secretary Casey, I was really looking forward to it. Only thing is, I don’t own a Mini …did I need one? Turns out not, as the club welcomes all four and two wheeled enthusiasts!

Couldn’t have asked for better weather on the day too – a crisp Autumn blue sky with a hint of ‘old car smell’ and petrol lingering in the air made for a great turn out of vehicles. Classic Mini’s, modern Mini’s, Clubmans (my favourite!), a cracker of an E30 BMW (also a favourite), a Datsun 1600, Pete’s beaut Yamaha and various others …all coming along for the drive!

As I was taking photos on this meet, I initially got to be a passenger in Caseys’ GP2 Mini …but then had the opportunity to jump into Daniel Willsons’ Morris Cooper S while he gave it the beans along Nicholls Rivulet Road …which …was …BRILLIANT! Got to admit that trying to snap some shots while being skipped around corners was darn tricky, so instead I put my camera down and just enjoyed the experience – Webers for the win!

The drive finished up in Huonville, where everyone ‘caught up’ for a chat, a cuppa and some breakfast (generously hosted by the Price family). I have to say that the vibe surrounding the meet was very welcoming, lots of folks willing to share their many (or maybe that should be Mini?) car tales. As always, I found a favourite for the day – Yvonne’s lovely 1969 Morris Cooper S in Daffodil Yellow (and yes, that really is a proper Mini colour), soooo nice!

If you’re interested in finding out about your local car clubs a quick internet search is guaranteed to point you in the right direction – based on my positive experience from the weekend, I highly recommend it!

Tangerine dream!

Julians' Tangerine

I can’t even start talking about this 1970 Datsun 1600 without first mentioning the colour …what a blinder! I’ve known this cars owner (Julian) for most of my life and apart from a brief torrid affair with a Mk1 Ford Escort, have seen his enthusiasm for 1600’s grow steadily over a period of 25 years. He calculates that he’s owned about ten 1600’s to date, going… not going… picked apart for parts to get others going… and then gone. This one seems to be hanging on to him though…

Still fitted with the standard engine (no mods) it had been sitting stagnant for five years waiting to become a spare shell for a rally racing fella – hence the brilliant colour choice! As Julian’s a big fan of the community atmosphere that surrounds club day events, he got it running and roadworthy with his intention being to turn it into a club day car – his very own ‘café racer’!

Anyway, Ju was more than happy to take me location scouting through the backstreets of Hobart in return for some photos of his ‘tangerine dream’ …and here they are! We were both pretty happy with the results.