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Jamison rally enthusiast Tim Miller has said that the theft, recovery and repair of his team’s Holden Heaven VL rally car will not deter them from putting the pedal to the metal in support of people with a disability.
More than 150 participants have already signed up for the the 2016 Great Endeavour Rally on 4 June – including Tim and his team mate Steve Alford, who will be travelling from Canberra to Brisbane to take part.
Despite being beset by disaster – including having their rally car stolen and, during its recovery, their Craig Lowndes V8 Supercar Replica written off– the team remains committed to making a difference for Endeavour Foundation.
“We only got the car back a week ago, so it’s been a race against the clock to get it ready. We’ve been delighted by the support we’ve received, particularly from sponsors ACT Brakes and Gibbs Auto Electrics.
“We’re so grateful for the wonderful community spirit here, particularly in light of everything that’s happened. The rally will be a real adventure but, most importantly, the money we raise will support people with a disability to live their best life,” Tim said.
Endeavour Foundation’s iconic rally has been running for almost 30 years. The 2016 adventure starts in Ipswich before making its way to Uluru via the route of the toughest of off-road courses, the Finke Desert Race track. This year the Great Endeavour Rally’s Uluru finish line will in fact only be the beginning as it signals the start of the Super Endeavour Rally, with participants in this extra special event heading south to the extraordinary Lake Eyre, before returning to Queensland via the edge of the Simpson Desert, and the Birdsville Track. The full 18-day adventure will visit the heart of Australia and see some of the greatest places on earth!
Great Endeavour Rally Coordinator Paul Purcell said that it is an experience not to be missed.
“Many of the drivers have been modifying their cars for the rally, so that they are ready to take on the iconic Australian outback – red dirt, road trains, river crossings and whatever else it has to offer,” Paul said.
“They are well and truly ready for any surprise encounters with wildlife, and extreme road and weather conditions. Literally not knowing what’s around the next corner adds to the challenge and fun of the rally.”
After an exhilarating day travelling through picturesque country, the drivers will camp out under the stars in remote locations – full of good country food cooked by local community groups - before packing up and heading on the road again.
“This year, we aim to raise more than $300,000, which will enable us to support 3,240 people with a disability across Queensland, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory. That means greater choice, control, independence and inclusion,” Paul said.