Small cars are back with big bank holiday plans

HUNDREDS of Minis will be celebrating 50 years of the legendary car at an annual Bank Holiday rally later this month. Mini owners from all over the country will be driving around the highways and byways of North Devon as part of the 15th North Devon Grand

HUNDREDS of Minis will be celebrating 50 years of the legendary car at an annual Bank Holiday rally later this month.

Mini owners from all over the country will be driving around the highways and byways of North Devon as part of the 15th North Devon Grand Tour, taking place in aid of the Children's Hospice South West Precious Lives Appeal on August 29, 30, 31.

The cars will travel in convoy under escort by motorbike marshals, who will be out in force with buckets to collect donations for the appeal.

So far the events have raised more than �250,000 of which �220,000 has gone to the Fremington-based hospice, which will also receive a special visit by more than 300 Minis during the weekend.


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Three days of Mini events starts at 6.30pm on Saturday with the Kebab Run - a short cruise from Northam Burrows to Bideford Quay.

On Sunday morning, Minis will gather in Bideford Park, where they will completely circle the park before the Mayor of Bidefords cut the ribbon to start the day's rally at 11am.

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Vehicles will make their way to Hartland Quay for a barbecue before setting off across country to Torrington and Dartington Crystal for afternoon tea.

On Monday morning, marshals will spend nearly three hours cramming all 300 Minis into Westward Ho! With the road closed, the seaside village will be alive and buzzing with visitors and locals alike as participants head off in convoy for Lynton and the Valley of the Rocks, at around 11am.

After lunch, they'll head to Combe Martin and then Ilfracombe for a prize giving.

There are still a few places left for this year's event and organisers would still like to here from any biker wanting to help marshal on the day.

For more information, contact Terry Baker on (01237) 421592 or 07721 398837, email terry@smallcarsbighearts.co.uk or visit www.smallcarsbighearts.co.uk

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