Central Leader : January 21st 2010
12 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 21, 2011 NEWS TAPS PP9365 Panadol® contains paracetamol 500mg. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. Use only as directed. For the temporary relief of pain and fever. Medicines have benefits and some can have risks. Incorrect use could be harmful. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist. Panadol® is a registered trade mark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. Auckland, New Zealand. TAKE PART IN THE PANADOL SUMMER OF TENNIS. Watch the Australian Open on one of New Zealand's biggest screens and get tips and advice on how to put your body first. For all the Summer of Tennis action head down to either of the following locations in Auckland between 11am and 5pm. • Windsor Reserve, Devonport (Tuesday 25th January) • Okahu Domain, Okahu Bay (Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th January). GNZ25_Tennis_CL_0120 The joy of restoring old Minis Mini mechanics: Lee Norman and Simon Lodge of Minibitz in Henderson. By CATHERINE HEALY ' If someone brings in awreckofacar,we can gut it and bring it back to brand new. That's the works burger' service. ' Lee Norman mini mechanic For owners of classic Minis, there are very few places to go when your pride and joy needs attention. Lee Norman is one of only half a dozen or so specialist Mini mech- anics in New Zealand. His is the only busi- ness of its type in west Auckland. When he's not sending spare parts to far-flung corners of the country, Lee spends his days restoring some rather derelict pieces of Mini motoring history to their former glory. If someone brings in a wreck of a car, we can gut it and bring it back to brand new. That's the works burger' service,'' he says. We do every- thing here except the paint.'' It's these complete res- toration jobs that bring the most satisfaction, Lee says. We had one that someone had stuck fake fur all over, which we had to pull off. We ended up replacing 40 percent of the body work, rebuilding the engine and the interior.'' Another customer brought in a 1973 Mini Clubman which she'd bought when it was just six months old. We were given a photo of what it looked like when she bought it, and asked to get it back to that condition,'' Lee says. She was stoked with it. She phoned us to say that even from new the passenger door never shut properly -- but now it does.'' Originally from Chesh- am in the English county of Buckinghamshire, Lee has a background in computer graphics and began tinkering with Minis as a teenager. He arrived in New Zealand 15 years ago, complete with Seymour -- the Mini he had shipped out from England at a cost of around £1000. Well, you can't leave a friend behind,'' he says. People get bitten. Once you've got one, you buy another one for spares, then you decide it's too good to pull apart, and it escalates from there. There's one guy who's got 15 and had to buy a bigger property to house them.'' Lee knows the Mini fanatics of Auckland well. He owns about eight'' Minis himself and is a member of the Auck- land Mini Car Club, which holds regular rallies and events. The club is gearing up for two events next month. Galaxy of Cars on February 6 at Motat is a chance for all classic car owners to show off their toys. February 13 is the Concours d'Elegance at Ellerslie, which is invitation-only but gives the public the chance to view some classic Minis. There will be a Motor- khana at the Ellerslie event where two cars race -- something the Mini club members enjoy taking part in. When asked to des- cribe what it is that makes the Mini so popu- lar, Lee points out that thecarisabitofanicon. Yes, they're small and they're cute. They're also fun to drive and they handle so well. If they're tuned up a bit they go as fast as any- thing else on the road. You're lower down and they're noisy because they're designed to rev more than a mod- ern car. You do get more of a sense of speed.'' See www.minis-auck land.org.nz for information on the Auckland Mini Car Club and upcoming events.
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