Volvo tack­les red dirt run

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

Two Kar­ratha ladies have com­pleted an epic red-dirt road trip to raise money for sick chil­dren in WA.

Kirsten Board­man and Tracey Payne took their 1965 Volvo Ama­zon, dubbed the Pil­bara Princess, on the WA Va­ri­ety Bash with 25 other driv­ers through the Mid West, Gas­coyne and Pil­bara.

For both women, the trip was a per­sonal jour­ney be­cause their chil­dren have al­ler­gies.

Mrs Board­man said the pair had raised $20,217, putting them in the top 10 of their 25strong con­tin­gent.

“All the lo­cal busi­nesses and peo­ple of Kar­ratha pushed us through and got us where wanted to be,” she said.

The to­tal raised from all 25 cars in their leg was more than $500,000. Driv­ers on the trip take cars in­land across river beds, cor­ru­ga­tions, creek cross­ings and sand tracks mostly used by four-wheeldrives. Mrs Board­man said de­spite cop­ping a bit of stick about driv­ing a Volvo, they fared bet­ter than many.

“This has been on my bucket list for a long time,” she said.

“My hus­band did it about 10 years ago, so I fig­ured it was my turn, called Tracey up — she said yes, let’s go.

“Three cars broke down on the trip but we man­aged to get from start to fin­ish in one piece.”

Mrs Board­man said af­ter seven months of fundrais­ing, the drive was a way to let off steam. As for the best part of the trip, she said noth­ing could beat the fin­ish line at Dampier.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Va­ri­ety Bash car num­ber 7, the Pil­bara Princess.

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