Crazy rally ve­hi­cles rum­ble into town

Ad­ven­tur­ous driv­ers bat­tle rough roads and have fun along way

Central and North Burnett Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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