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Taking on the big guns
On the road: Mike Perkins, right, and
Brian Mullineaux in Cookie in 1988.
By KERI MOLLOY
MIKE Perkins of Kerikeri is keenly
watching a court case in California
in which an English scriptwriter is
taking on big guns Walt Disney and
Jake Mandeville-Anthony is
suing for copyright infringement,
alleging the animated hit film Cars
and its sequel, due for release in
cinemas soon, are based in part on a
vintage car named Cookie and a
screenplay called Cookie and Co.
Cookie was a yellow 1924
Vauxhall Malvern in which the
Kerikeri resident and his friend
Brian Mullineaux competed in the
1988 London to Sydney Endurance
rally, staged as part of Australia s
The screenplay, and a second
work called Cars, were based on the
true-life adventure by Perkins and
Mullineaux, who won the rally in
The two adventurers clocked up
about 17,000 miles in what was
described at the time as one of the
greatest car endurance runs of all
time, collecting a treasure trove of
tales to tell on the way to the finish.
The six-month trip took them to
Europe, the Middle East, South
East Asia and eventually through
the Australian outback to Sydney.
Cookie was the oldest vehicle in
the trial and developed a star per-
sonality as she ventured through
different countries, welcomed by
civic leaders and royalty.
Mike carried out the logistics of
the trip. Brian was the engineer.
The animated movie hit Cars is
said to have earned more than
US$500 million. Jake is suing for
damages and expenses, a percent-
age of which will come Mike s way if
the claim is upheld.
It has taken Jake five years to
prepare the case. I m not counting
on a windfall but if successful I will
receive a percentage, Mike says.
Jake is seeking an injunction to
stop the release of Cars 2, scheduled
for release on June 24.
It s a bit of a David and Goliath
story and I never thought we would
have a chance of success but the
High Court in the United Kingdom
decided there was enough evidence
for the case to be heard , Mike says.
The complaint was filed in the
United States District Court last
month, after lawyers agreed the US
was the appropriate location.
Cookie remains in private owner-
ship in the UK.
Mike is a vintage car collector and
a tourism and property business-
man who settled in Kerikeri after
coming to New Zealand in 2003 to
organise a UK car club rally. He
stayed, although he regularly
travels to the UK to manage his
interests there. He developed The
Gallery on Kerikeri Rd, managed by
his son Oliver, and is the principal
behind a proposed hotel/trade cen-
tre development at the Orange Cen-
tre site on State Highway 10.
Fire chief and outstanding citizen dies age 70
Loss: Ralph Rodgers.
One of Kerikeri s outstanding
citizens, Ralph Frances Rodgers,
died last weekend at Auckland Hos-
pital after heart surgery.
Ralph stood down as the town s
fire chief in 2008 after serving in
that role for 47 years.
What I did suited me. I didn t do
it for buttons and bows, he said at
Ralph was quiet about his ill
health and his death comes as a
shock to many.
The 70-year-old clocked up a total
of 50 years with the Kerikeri Volun-
teer Fire Brigade.
He will be remembered as a hum-
ble, dedicated contributor to the
community, leading the brigade to
fires, accidents, civil emergencies
His brave actions during the 1981
Kerikeri flood, in particular, are
remembered by long time Kerikeri
residents. He was named the
Chronicle/Caltex Unsung Hero for
He leaves three grown children
Dawn, Brett and Judy, three grand-
children and a great-grandchild.
His funeral will be held in Kerikeri
tomorrow at 11am at the RSA. In
lieu of flowers, donations to the Bay
of Islands SPCA, PO Box 167,
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