Balonne driver starts his en­gine on cross coun­try race of a life­time

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SNO Harm is pre­par­ing to take the road less trav­elled.

The St Ge­orge cot­ton farmer has started to pack up his 1980 XD Ford Fal­con ute he calls the St Ge­orge Dragon, ready for the July start of the Road Boss Rally.

Sno, a self con­fessed ‘hoon’ will start the rally in Bris­bane on July 10, head­ing south on a 3500km nine-day ad­ven­ture into NSW, South Aus­tralia, Vic­to­ria and back into NSW to fin­ish in the Rive­rina vil­lage of Booli­gal, 800km west of Syd­ney.

Ev­ery year the rally’s or­gan­iser and “the Road Boss’’ Jamie Law­son, of Toowoomba, plots a new route, en­sur­ing the en­trants al­ways ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent part of our vast coun­try.

So far, Sno has taken part in 20 ral­lies with the Law­son fam­ily. Sno named some of his trip high­lights as be­ing driv­ing through the Simp­son, Tanami and Gib­son deserts.

The rally raises funds for na­tional on­line char­ity GIVIT. Last year it raised $264,321 for the char­ity founded by Bris­bane woman Juli­ette Wright.

Rally en­trants spend tens of thou­sands of dol­lars in com­mu­ni­ties along the route, boost­ing the economies of strug­gling, re­mote towns. Through GIVIT, the rally is able to di­rectly sup­port and do­nate to char­i­ties and in­di­vid­u­als in those ar­eas.

Sno car­ried out most of the work on his XD him­self. “I got the car from a mate who owned a wreck­ing yard. It was full of rust. I got it out to the farm, took out all the rust and re­in­forced it all un­der­neath. I’m not real me­chan­i­cal so the ute’s get­ting worked on now be­fore the rally. It’s get­ting a bit of a tickle up.’’

Sno said he is look­ing for­ward this year to see­ing the towns of Berri in SA and Nyn­gan in NSW, few parts of the coun­try he hasn’t vis­ited on ral­lies. He’ll be shar­ing his ute with a fam­ily friend and is spon­sored by eight lo­cal busi­nesses.

So how did he be­come Sno?

“When I was a lit­tle boy on a dairy farm at Min­den be­tween Toowoomba and Bris­bane the man who col­lected the milk would call me Snowy be­cause of my hair and it just got ab­bre­vi­ated from there.

“I’ve lived in St Ge­orge since 1973 and there are many peo­ple in town who still don’t know my real name.’’ And Sno’s not about to re­veal it here!

He says his Ford is very comfy but it’s not dust-proof. “I warn ev­ery­one who comes on the ral­lies with me that they have to pre­pared for dust and get­ting dusty.’’

I warn ev­ery­one who comes on the ral­lies ... they have to pre­pared for dust and get­ting dusty.

— Sno Harm


DUST IN THE WIND: Sno Harm takes a pas­sen­ger for a spin in the St Ge­orge Dragon.

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