Sam and Willie race a modified ‘stretch’ MINI.
Sam and Willie Ryburn of Kaipara Flats and Warkworth are again attempting to drive the length of the country in a Mini car.
They will join 60 other teams as part of an annual event to raise money for KidsCan to provide essentials for Kiwi kids affected by poverty.
It is the fourth time the pair have raced their unique “stretched Mini limo”.
“We are hoping to complete it without any mechanical issues. The run can be hard on some of the older cars, but that’s all part of the experience,” Sam says.
The trip takes six days and covers more than 2400 kilometres.
Registration spots for the race are hotly contested and were “sold out” within eight minutes this year.
The Ryburns had to sit at the computer and register as soon as it opened to be able to take part.
Their goal is to raise $10,000. They came just $20 shy of that goal last time around.
On Wednesday, March 3, they are holding a fundraising dinner at The Bridgehouse with comedian Paul Douglas and will raffle signed sports jerseys.
This year will be the seventh Pork Pie Charity Run since 2009. The 2019 charity run raised more than $290,000 for KidsCan.
It is inspired by the film Goodbye Pork Pie and has become a popular event for Mini drivers in New Zealand and internationally.
The Minis will pass through Warkworth on Friday, March 26. Sam and Willie will be posting their progress on their ‘team foowhataye’ Facebook page.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the race and getting their brand on the car can contact Sam 027 442 7685. Donations can also be made at https://porkpie2021.gofundraise.co.nz/page/Sam-3680484