Volvo tackles red dirt run
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.
Variety Bash car number 7, the Pilbara Princess.