Mini rally raises big money for charities

The annual Suffolk mini run from Bury to Aldeburgh.
The annual Suffolk mini run from Bury to Aldeburgh.
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A CONVOY of car enthusiasts turned a Sunday trip to the seaside into a fund-raising winner.

Bury Mini Club held its 10th annual rally from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh on Sunday and raised more than £900 in the process.

The annual Suffolk mini run from Bury to Aldeburgh.     Leila Silva.

The annual Suffolk mini run from Bury to Aldeburgh. Leila Silva.

A huge variety of more than 90 Minis lined up at the Ram Meadow car park on a sunny morning to take part.

Richard Mortlock, organiser and club secretary, said the 64-mile rally had been a great success.

“We had a bit of a downpour when we hit Aldeburgh but there were no mishaps on the way and we raised a lot of money,” he said.

After taking in a scenic route that snaked through Elmswell, Stowmarket, Stonham Aspal and Leiston, the drivers were met by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Aldeburgh.

The annual Suffolk mini run from Bury to Aldeburgh.

The annual Suffolk mini run from Bury to Aldeburgh.

A prize-giving followed, with Steve Cooper, of Cooper’s Garage, in Mildenhall, driving away with the Best in Show award for his 1971 Mini 1000.

An observation quiz with a £25 prize was also held to keep driver’s eyes open en route.

Mr Mortlock said the Mini had captured so many hearts because it was easy to customise.

“If I lift up the bonnet of the Mini, you can see the plugs, carburettors – everything is there but on other cars you need much more knowledge.

“People can individualise the Mini and make it into what they want.

“One of the American drivers had fitted a Honda V-Tech engine in his which really means it can shift,” he said.

Money raised will be split between West Suffolk Hospital’s Rainbow Ward, Aldeburgh United Charities and cancer charity Orchid.

Mr Mortlock added that he expected the rally to return next year.

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