Little cars inspire big passion in fans

Arran Morton, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph

It was the beginning of a lifelong passion when Rockingham man Adrian Vernon first got behind the wheel of a Mini in the 1960s.

Mr Vernon said he was working as an apprentice electrician in England when he first came across the now iconic little car.

He said he was hooked after one drive and had been a fan of the Mini ever since.

"I used to take it out regularly and loved the way it handled," Mr Vernon said.

"We've had Minis ever since."

Now, more than 50 years on, Mr Vernon will join fellow Southern Districts Mini Club of WA members in showcasing his recently refurbished Mini Minor at Rockingham Village Green on Sunday.

Mr Vernon said he and his wife Christine would travel to England in September next year, and on through France and Germany to take part in a tour of locations featured in the classic Mini scene from The Italian Job.

"We're going to hire a Mini in England and drive there to do a bit of a tour of the locations," Mr Vernon said.

"It's something to tick off the bucket list."

Visit the Act-Belong-Commit Rockingham Lions Community Fair on Sunday to see the Minis.

Families can enjoy a concert featuring ABBAFAB, a carnival and amusement rides, climbing wall, pony rides, petting zoo and displays from Rockingham Visual Arts Society and Rockingham Photography Club.

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