Event sup­ports cancer unit

Ruff n Tuff brings car en­thu­si­asts mo­tor­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCEPOST | LIFE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

DALLARNIL’S Greg Hardy didn’t re­alise money raised at the Biggen­den Ruff n Tuff Char­ity Car Show would ben­e­fit a cause close to his heart, the Bund­aberg on­col­ogy unit.

The cancer suf­ferer is thank­ful for the unit as it means his son, Ross, doesn’t have to travel those ex­tra kilo­me­tres to Bris­bane.

“We still have to travel to Bris­bane on oc­ca­sions, but be­ing able to have my treat­ment closer to home is great,” Mr Hardy said. “The staff are won­der­ful.” On an­other pos­i­tive note, Mr Hardy said Biggen­den Hos­pi­tal now had two trainees learn­ing to ad­min­is­ter chemo­ther­apy.

“If there is prob­lems, the unit can be con­tacted through tele­health,” he said.

“Hope­fully in the fu­ture I will be able to take ad­van­tage of this ser­vice.

“In the mean­time it is back and for­wards to Bund­aberg.”

Ad­mir­ing the line-up of ve­hi­cles on dis­play in the ring at Satur­day’s event, Mr Hardy, who is a long-time mem­ber of the club, said num­bers may be down this year, “but there is still a nice line-up”.

In the arena, Bund­aberg Vin­tage Ve­hi­cle mem­ber Ross Gray was busy an­swer­ing ques­tions about his re­stored 1926 TT truck he had on dis­play.

“I’ve owned it for

30 years,” he said proudly.

Mr Gray said he’d had lots of help fix­ing up the old clas­sic, in­clud­ing 90-year-old Harry Ma­son un­der­tak­ing the me­chan­i­cal work.

“What Harry doesn’t know about early Fords is not worth know­ing,” he said.

Mr Gray brought the truck over to Biggen­den from Bund­aberg on a trailer he’d made.

“I could drive it but it’s a bit slow.”

Club pres­i­dent Craig Sch­midt es­ti­mated there were 600-800 through the gate

“Al­though num­bers were down, not ev­ery­one nom­i­nates their ve­hi­cle for judg­ing,” he said.

“They just come for a drive in the country.”

Mr Sch­midt said the event ran smoothly over­all.

“Ev­ery­one was happy,” he said

“The sun was shin­ing, which was a bonus.”

Burnouts were miss­ing from Satur­day’s event, pri­mar­ily to keep down ex­penses.

Club sec­re­tary Mar­i­lyn Her­bener said the burnouts cost the group dearly ev­ery year.

“They take a lot of man­power, in­surance is high and we only have about 10 mem­bers,” she said.

The tro­phies made by mem­ber Rick McMullen were a hit with the win­ners.

GREAT CAUSE: Greg Hardy of Dallarnil is pleased prof­its from the Biggen­den Ruff n Tuff will sup­port the Bund­aberg on­col­ogy unit PHO­TOS: ERICA MUR­REE

Ray and Doreen Cole, of Childers, with Ross Gray and his 1926 TT truck.

The flags were fly­ing high at the char­ity car show on Satur­day.

It’s im­por­tant to check out what’s un­der the bon­net.

This T-bucket hot rod was a crowd-pleaser.

Sit­ting back and re­lax­ing with friends.

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