Crazy rally vehicles rumble into town
Adventurous drivers battle rough roads and have fun along way
KEV Rowan and Colin Gally drove down Monto’s main street in a hire car decked out with duct-tape rally slogans last week.
“We may have lost our first car and one of our team mates, but we are still finishing; ‘never say never on the Great Endeavour’ is the motto we stick to,” Mr Rowan said.
About 10 other cars from the laidback cruise section of the Warwick to Bundaberg Great Endeavour Car Rally joined their motley crew on Monto’s main street last Saturday, including local participants like Phyllis Williams, Jock McLurcan and Ann Green.
Mr McLurcan and Mrs Green agreed some of the roads were so bad, they made the Mt Perry road look like the Bruce Hwy.
“But we had no car trouble, even after riding over unbelievable sand dunes,” Mr McLurcan said.
At the final ceremony in Bundaberg, the Monto local was awarded trophies for first in his class, second in the cruise and 10th in fundraising, out of about 300 carloads.
Mrs Williams rode with her twin brother Les Porter and sister Heather Anderson, of Kingaroy, in a car sporting a fibreglass peanut on top.
“We tell everyone the big nut on the car matches the nutter behind the wheel,” she quipped.
Michael Watt, Jason Quinnell, Jon Castle and Ian Zimmerman, of Goondiwindi, all celebrated their 40th birthdays this year, so entered the cruise to mark the milestone and completed an “iron man” race along the way.
They had swum in the freezing cold swimming pool in Yaraka, did a police sanctioned nude run down the main street and, instead of riding a bike, rode a mechanical bull at Tresswell.
Tom Lawson’s grandfather was the original founder of the Great Endeavour Car Rally in 1988 and the university student is determined to preserve the tradition well into the future.
“It’s definitely not a race for the faint-hearted, but it’s really hard not to love it. You get to be best friends with everyone after about two days,” he said.
“A piece of advice for future entrants would be to carry a whole lot of spare tyres.”
REWARDED: Monto's Jock McLurcan and Ann Green were awarded first in their class, second in the cruise and 10th in fundraising out of around 300 participants on the Warwick to Bundaberg Great Endevour Car Rally.
Siblings Heather Anderson, Monto's Phyllis Williams and Kingaroy's Les Porter were on home soil by the final day.
Alan Ferguson, Sam Roulston, Jamie Ross, John Gosper, Nathan Robinson and Mick Boorman from the Enoggera Army barracks are welders, vehicle mechanics and electricians whose skills came in handy many times on the rally.
Michael Watt, Jason Quinnell, Jon Castle and Ian Zimmerman celebrated all of their 40th birthdays by participating in the cruise.
Vanessa Jones and Andree Batson.
Father and daughter team Jamie and Steve Wicks.