En­deav­our Rally stops by on its fi­nal leg

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FOR the sec­ond week in a row, Mun­gungo Pub had the priv­i­lege of be­ing a stopover for a rally of clas­sic ve­hi­cles, but this time it was on a higher scale.

Around 63 ve­hi­cles tak­ing part in the 30th Great En­deav­our Rally came down from Mo­ran­bah on Fri­day to stop overnight at the ho­tel be­fore set­ting off on the fi­nal leg of the trip to­ward Her­vey Bay.

Ride co-or­di­na­tor Paul Pur­cell said they try to find dif­fer­ent stopovers ev­ery rally.

“We try to go places we haven’t seen be­fore; nice lit­tle coun­try towns that are ex­cited and wel­com­ing of the group,” Mr Pur­cell said.

“We love to min­gle with the lo­cals. The group gets to know each other over the eight days and by the same to­ken when we pull up in town, ev­ery­one loves to have a beer with the lo­cals and show off their cars.”

Since it be­gan three decades ago, the rally has raised a to­tal of $10 mil­lion for the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion.

The rally has an open ap­proach to ve­hi­cles you can take on the road, with a good mix of ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s mod­els, as well as some that are more bizarre.

Kin­garoy res­i­dent Les Porter, who has been tak­ing the Fly­ing Peanut on the road for 19 years, said he was happy to see about a third of the rally par­tic­i­pants were new faces.

“I’m over 70 now and it’s about time we see some young fel­las come on so the oldies can sit back and have a rest,” Mr Porter said.

“It’s a great fundraiser for handicapped peo­ple and a great time away.”

The rally fin­ished on Satur­day, rais­ing close to $40,000.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

WHAT A RIDE: The Fly­ing Peanut was one of the first to ar­rive at Mun­gungo Pub for the Great En­deav­our Rally meet-up.

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