Ready to roll out — the Team Hillsbillies Mini gets a big push from the Hatchback Haven crew

Minis in motion for charity

by Andy Bryenton

When Geoff Murphy started filming breakout road-movie hit Goodbye Pork Pie back in 1979, he had no way of knowing that his fun-fueled caper traversing the length of New Zealand was going to become a classic.

Described as part Easy Rider and part Wacky Races, this landmark film has inspired Kiwi directors and actors during the years, as well as some of our modern racing drivers and owners of the classic Morris or Leyland Mini. It’s also inspired an event, which is run every two years for the KidsCan charity. An event in which 60 teams will drive their Minis more than 2,500km from Kaitaia to Invercargill for six days, following in the tyre tracks of the film. This time, the police aren’t in hot pursuit — they’re keen to help out. After all, the 2017 Pork Pie Charity Run brought in more than $200,000 for KidsCan, a charity that works to help underprivileged Kiwi children get a good start in life.

The Mini has a special place in the Pork Pie mythos, not just in the original, but in the 2017 remake. So who better to support this odyssey of super-hatchbacks than our local small-car specialists, the team of John and Helen at Hatchback Haven? They’re throwing their weight behind Team Hillsbillies for this year’s epic trek from one end of the nation to the other, from Friday, April 19 to Wednesday, April 24.

Minis from the Kaipara have been a big part of the field for each of the six times the event has hit the highways.

Drivers say it’s a great way to see the country, take part in a slice of true Kiwi cinematic history, help a worthy cause and have a great time doing it.

When it comes to taking the tiny Brit motoring icon to the limits and beyond, Europe may have The Italian Job and Mr Bean, but we have the Pork Pie phenomenon. Those who want to pitch in and help with a donation to the cause should visit and be ready for the fun to roll down SH1 this Easter.