Dampier man rides to raise funds

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ South Africa to Ade­laide to Dampier to Fre­man­tle, it’s not the trip of an ex­pat work­ing Down Un­der but that of a Ford 1972 XYGT.

Dampier man Phillip Go­gel won the car — styled and de­caled like Allan Mof­fat’s 1971 Bathurst Win­ning Car 65E — in a 25 words-or­less com­pe­ti­tion and will now take it on a tour to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

He will be one of 25 cars par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Aussie Mus­cle Car Run WA, which show­cases cars man­u­fac­tured from 1963-77.

Mr Go­gel won the clas­sic car in 2011.

It was found in South Africa, be­cause cars were once ex­ported there given the sim­i­lar ter­rain and con­di­tions, and re­stored to its cur­rent con­di­tion.

He took part in the 2012 Mus­cle Car Run in South Aus­tralia and was ec­static he could bring the car over for the seven-day drive through the South West of WA, an area he is un­fa­mil­iar with.

“I saw it ad­ver­tised they were do­ing the inau­gu­ral WA mus­cle car run,” he said.

“So I thought it was a good chance to com­bine a love of mus­cle cars and go see the South West.”

Each en­trant needs to raise $4000 to do the run, but the pres­sure is al­ready off with Han­dle Prop­erty Group do­nat­ing $5000 straight up to spon­sor Mr Go­gel and his co-driver Ta­nia Waiomio.

The car will be on dis­play at the Shop­ping Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 1 and 2, so peo­ple can check out the ride and do­nate to the char­ity.

Mr Go­gel said they would be do­ing a 100 squares game where you en­ter for $2 for the chance to win $100 with the other $100 go­ing to the foun­da­tion.

Mr Go­gel has seen first­hand the dif­fer­ence do­na­tions can make.

His mother was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukaemia eight years ago and, de­spite some side ef­fects, is go­ing strong af­ter be­ing se­lected to trial a new drug.

“The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s motto is not only find a cure but to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple … they’re not only do­ing re­search, but also car­ing for those that need to care for leukaemia suf­fer­ers,” he said.

The run starts in Fre­man­tle on Oc­to­ber 24, with driv­ers to be waved off by Mof­fat him­self.

There will also be a bid­ding war for Mof­fat to drive one of the cars.

Pic­ture: Phillip Go­gel

Phillip Go­gel and co-driver Ta­nia Waiomio, with the 1972 Ford XYGT, will par­tic­i­pate in the Aussie Mus­cle Car Run WA.

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