Car rally rum­bles through Gayn­dah

Muscling up for char­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Kate Dar­vall kate.dar­vall@south bur­nett­times.com.au

THE Mus­cle Car rally was forced to make a pit stop along the way but still man­aged to rum­ble smoothly into Gayn­dah.

Event or­gan­iser Den­nis McGuire’s Mus­tang was a casualty due to a “lit­tle $6 part”.

“It takes about six weeks to get it in and about six hours to fit a gas­ket,” Mr McGuire said.

“Un­for­tu­nately you just can’t get one here and can’t make it your­self.”

De­spite the set­back, Mr McGuire said the rally was a great op­por­tu­nity for the driv­ers to get out and do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

“We have two or three cou­ples here that haven’t had hol­i­days for many, many years and it’s just been a great thing for them,” he said.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic to get more cou­ples in­volved and more women as well.

“It’s not just a male thing, a lot of women like driv­ing too. “When we let them.” Mr McGuire said the trip was not with­out its fun and

MUS­CLE CAR: Lind­say McDer­mid and Den­nis McGuire stop off in Gayn­dah as part of the car rally to raise funds to as­sist young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. games.

“It’s the old story of what hap­pens on the cruise stays on the cruise,” he said. “And this is the cruise.” The rally saw the group stop at Her­vey Bay, Bund­aberg, Glad­stone, Rock­hamp­ton, Gayn­dah and Kin­garoy on its way down to the Sun­shine Coast as its fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

Mr McGuire said there was a rea­son he stopped at each town, but Gayn­dah was spe­cial.

“We’ve found so much sup­port in this town, it’s been un­be­liev­able,” he said.

“It’s just a close-knit com­mu­nity.”

More than 25 driv­ers joined the Mus­cle Car rally to sup­port the Sun­shine But­ter­flies Char­ity and Dis­abil­ity Ser­vice.

With funds raised, Mr McGuire said he hoped the char­ity could con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port and ser­vices to chil­dren in need and their fam­i­lies.

“The char­ity side of things, that’s the whole rea­son we’re do­ing it,” he said.

PHOTO: KATE DAR­VALL

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