SNO’S RALLY RACING
Balonne driver starts his engine on cross country race of a lifetime
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.