Tomorrow, Kaitaia will possibly have the largest proportion of Mini cars per capita in the world.

But the Mini overload won't last long, with the 60 Minis scooting off from the Far North town at 7am on the biennial Pork Pie Charity Run to raise money for KidsCan.

The Mini drivers have come from throughout the country to take part in the event, which follows in the tyre tracks of iconic Kiwi movie Goodbye Pork Pie.

The Pork Pie Charity Run will set off for Invercargill from Kaitaia's main street tomorrow and will include five cars from Northland, with one belonging to Phil Schultz and partner Margaret Povey.


It's the couple's second run and Schultz was starting to get excited about the trip as he took some of the South Island Pork Pie Runners to the Packard Museum in Maungatapere yesterday.

It will be a long trek in their 1979 Mini, but he was sure it would be up to the trek, as would the couple.

''You've got to be a bit of a petrolhead and a bit of a nut to travel the length of the country in a Mini. By the time you get there and back you've done well over 5000km,'' he said.

''But it's great fun and a bit of a challenge too, and best of all we are raising funds for a great cause.''

The aim this year is to raise $250,000 for KidsCan and the total was already over $200,000, with more than $15,000 coming from the five Northland Mini drivers.

This year is also the 60th anniversary of the Mini first being produced and the sixth Pork Pie Charity Run is expected to take the 60 Minis six days.

The Northland Classic and Sports Car Club will have many of its members' vehicles giving the Pork Pie Runners a guard of honour as they pass through Springs Flat, Whangārei, around 9am tomorrow.

Go to to find out more, to donate and to keep a track on how the Mini trek is going.