Welcome to the first blog for PP 2019!
Over the next few months we will touch on a variety of mechanical checks and measures that can be used to make your run as enjoyable as possible. These checks are based on issues experienced on previous runs and common problems we see on a daily basis coming through the Minibitz workshop.
Previous participants will be familiar with much of this info. For all you newbies please take note and also feel free to use the facebook page to ask questions and utilise the knowledge of previous participants.
All classic minis now fall into the category of being vintage vehicles. The basic design will be nearly 60 years old when you embark from Kaitaia, with owners worldwide celebrating the 60th anniversary of the cars release on 26 August 2019. This means that all classic minis on the run will have seen a lot of history, multiple owners and repairs both good and bad in that time.
The key to a trouble free trip is good preparation. Any mini can be made up to the task with a little effort. The essentials are thorough servicing, which needs to be carried out at least every 6 months on a classic mini and adequate testing prior to the run. Ideally I would suggest using your mini to commute for at least a few weeks prior to the run in order to iron out any bugs. This is a top tip, and will go a long way to reducing breakdowns often experienced by cars on the way up to Kaitaia and on the first day of the run.
Participants travelling in new MINI should also make sure that servicing schedules are up to date.
Another thing to note is that being Easter no shops are open Good Friday or Easter Monday period. You will need to be self sufficient and carry adequate spares to undertake any roadside repairs should you break down. In a later blog I will give a run down on useful items to pack in your mini first aid kit.
Also consider getting AA Plus cover. Should the worst happen you will still stand a chance of getting transported to the next overnight stop, with the possibility of helping hands from other teams to get you on the move again.
In a later blog I will get Tracey to cover the relationship side of the run. Days are long on the trip and there is not a lot of down time if you wish to reach overnight stops at a reasonable hour. Having your car packed and ready to go each morning with items required along the way is a good start. We will be travelling 8-10 hours some days, so it’s important to be organised and aware of fatigue. As well as the safety aspect tiredness can also lead to team members getting a little scratchy with each other. We have a few good tips on a couple of small things we do each day and evening to avoid niggles along the way.
On a different note some of you will know that on previous runs there has been an option to have cars transported back up to the North Island. We are pleased to say that PTS Logistics have once again offered this service. Current cost is looking to be $400 including GST from Invercargill to Auckland. There may also be the possibility of drop offs to other regional depots on the journey north. More details to follow on this closer to the run.
That’s it for now. Next time I will start to get into checks & maintenance. All the best with your fundraising and feel free to make contact with any questions or throw them up on the FB page.