Miniholics make it home in rally
A ROLL down an embankment on the Welborough Pass stage of Targa Tasmania did not deter the enthusiasm of father-and-daughter team Pat and Mindi Devine as they finished one of the toughest rallies in the world.
The Miniholics Race Team from Warwick had a terrific time driving the little 1962 blue and white mini over the narrow windy roads.
By day two, they were second in their category and first in their class before their off road excursion on the Welborough Pass stage.
After rolling down an embankment, the roof of the Mini hit a large rock and then landed right way up on a tree stump.
When Pat opened his door he discovered that they were about three metres off the ground.
Luckily, neither Pat nor Mindi were hurt and climbed out, across the bonnet and back up to the road to notify officials that they were OK.
Once all the other cars had completed the stage, the Mini was winched back on to the road by a tow truck.
After a few minor adjustments to the front guard and a check over, they drove the Mini back to Launceston.
Once thoroughly checked out and wheel aligned, the Mini was scrutineered and driven back to Silverdome ready for racing the next day.
Pat and Mindi only missed four out of the 40 stages and completed the rest incident free.
After five days of competition in some extremely bad weather conditions and over 2000km of windy, narrow and hilly roads, the rally came to a finish at the Casino in Hobart.
At the finishing line, Pat and Mindi were both presented with a Finisher’s Medallion.
They had started, rolled but still finished the rally.
This was a mighty feat as nearly one quarter of the whole field did not finish.