Picton family shares love of Mini cars

Some families spend their weekends together at the football or netball. The Witcombes go racing.

The Picton family is obsessed with fast and classic cars, especially Minis.

Julie, her husband Wayne and their sons Hayden (20) and Joel (18) have more than a dozen Mini cars on their property and regularly compete at major events, including the Hay Mini Nationals.

Julie said her sons both started competing under supervision when they turned 12.

"We all live and breathe it - cars are our lives," she said.

"We compete against each other through individual timed events. We are all close in abilities, but very competitive.

"Our race faces come on. We love it."

Julie said her husband was "born into the Mini Car Club of NSW" because his parents were heavily involved.

"Wayne had no choice, he was brought up with it," she said.

Julie said she joined the club in the early 1990s as a way to meet new people.

"My brother had just passed away and left behind a Mini for me," she said.

"I went to a [Mini Car Club] event and met some great people, including Wayne. I've been involved ever since."

Julie said the family had a range of Mini cars at home, from a 1963 Morris E50 through to a 1981 Mini Moke.

The Witcombes use some cars for racing and others for club events such as the Show and Shine.

They also run a family business, Mini Works Australia in Narellan, as classic Mini specialists.

Julie said the Minis were a great and reliable vehicle.

"We battle with bigger cars and always give them a good run for their money," she said.

"Everyone seems to have a story about Minis. We get a lot of smiles and waves from people when we're out and about.

"Minis can be our every day car, or used for racing. They have great variety."

We all live and breathe it - cars are our lives.

Julie Witcombe