Angry Birds get happy
IT IS not every day you see three grown men dressed as characters from a game throwing candy to children, but then Childers locals Ross Nugent, Damien Tarda and John Cole aren’t on an everyday trip.
The trio are in the middle of the 2014 Camp Quality es Carpade, a 3500km outback road adventure in its 23rd year.
This year the track runs from Broken Hill to Albury, with fun stops along the way to bring smiles to children’s faces.
It is the second year Nugent has participated in the event, with last year’s effort from Bundaberg to Wollongong raising more than $10,000.
On that occasion Nugent, Cole and Geoff Knowles travelled as the “Mud Rats”, kitting out a DJ40 Land Cruiser and donning mud rat “onesies” for the ride.
This time they’re taking a Holden Commodore VP on the trek, but the trusty car – complete with the red angry bird on the roof – has arguably a lot more driving than other crews.
“It’s been about 12 months of work,” Mr Nugent said.
“We had to drive about 21 hours there (including breaks) but allowed 24 before we had to be at the start line.”
All vehicles must be at least 20 years old, making for a car-lover’s dream sight as the convoy cuts across outback roads.
It’s the first time Mr Tarda has taken on the challenge, and will be the first time he’s visited the region.
“The guys asked me to come along and I was keen,” Mr Tarda said.
“I did the wiring for the car and the shirts. It’s my first trip down that far so it’s going to be good.”
For more information on the event or to donate, go to www.escarpade.org.au.
ON THE ROAD: Childers trio (from front) Ross Nugent, Damien Tarda and John Cole with their “714 Angry Birds” Holden Commodore. The trio are participating in the Camp Quality esCarpade which runs from Broken Hill to Albury.