Trac­tor trip echoes past

Broome Advertiser - - News - Robert Dougherty

Slow and steady may not al­ways win the race but it is a good way to see Aus­tralia, ac­cord­ing to Ron By­wa­ters, or­gan­iser of a group driv­ing a Chamberlain 9G trac­tor around the na­tion.

The un­usual me­chan­i­cal tourist cruised into Broome on July 13 as part of a 57-day na­tional tour spon­sored by Elders to raise funds and aware­ness for men’s health and the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia and Breast Can­cer Net­work Aus­tralia.

Mr By­wa­ters, a mem­ber of the Chamberlain 9G Trac­tor Club, said the cir­cuit is a re­cre­ation of a sim­i­lar 38-day jour­ney in 2007 made by the same trac­tor and a 19-day trip in 1957 made by a dif­fer­ent 9G.

“It’s an his­toric event, a 60th an­niver­sary re-en­act­ment of when this model of trac­tor went around Aus­tralia dur­ing the Mo­bil­gas Rally in 19 days,” he said. “The coun­try­side in it­self is just won­der­ful, com­ing up through Mar­ble Bar, there’s an op­por­tu­nity to take in the coun­try­side — men’s health aware­ness is most im­por­tant part be­cause men of­ten don’t want to talk about it.

“If we can get off our bums and do this, it might en­cour­age other peo­ple to turn off the tele­vi­sion and do some­thing as well.”

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Driv­ers Der­ick Hen­der­son, Bar­bara and Dick Gar­nett and or­gan­iser Ron By­wa­ters parked out­side Broome's Sun Pic­tures with their trav­el­ling Chamberlain 9G.

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