A bad-taste car rally that follows the route police alleged
Mark Lundy took on the night his wife and daughter were
killed, and re-enacts events described at his first trial, is
proposed for next month.
Palmerston North's mayor has condemned the stunt and says:
"Anyone participating in this event is not welcome in my
Drivers in the "Lundy Three Hundy"will chase one another
300km from Palmerston North to Petone and back. The rally
will start outside the former Lundy family home in Karamea
Cres where Christine and Amber Lundy were bludgeoned to death
with a tomahawk in August 2000.
Lundy was convicted of the murders in 2001. But after
spending 12 years in jail, his convictions were quashed by
the Privy Council in London this month and he is now on bail
pending a new trial.
Race organiser Nic Miller says the Cannonball Run-type rally,
which promises "hookers, hatchets and hilarity," will "pay
homage"to the route police claimed Lundy took on the fatal
Seven teams have signed up for the November 30 event.
Mayor Jono Naylor said the rally was distasteful and showed a
complete lack of sensitivity towards the victims' family and
It's not the first time that a race has been proposed along
the route. Victoria University's Salient magazine proposed a
similar event four years ago but met with an enormous public
backlash and it never went ahead. The "Lundy 500" was to mark
the eighth anniversary of the slayings and intended as a
protest against the justice system.
At the time members of the victims' family and Palmerston
North leaders described the idea as abhorrent and offensive.
Miller, an admitted anti-Semite who wears Nazi tattoos on his
forearms, says he's aware the event may upset a lot of people
but he's prepared for the flak.
He said the competitors would be required to complete set
They included visiting places and buying products associated
with the killings and asking for a prostitute.
Miller, of Wanganui, said he was a "fairly awful person"but
the event was tongue in cheek. Each team would have a
designated driver, drinker, streaker, hatchet man and camera
Lundy's lawyer Malcolm Birdling said in order to ensure a
fair trial neither his lawyers, family or supporters would be
making any comment.
- Lynley Bilby of the Herald on Sunday