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Road Boss rally roars into Nyngan for overnight stay

Road Boss rally roars into Nyngan for overnight stay

  • 'Groot' and driver Ian Rodgers, son John and commander Mark McConnell.

  • Car 246 driven by DOn Reed of Noosavillle near Killarney.

    Car 246 driven by DOn Reed of Noosavillle near Killarney.

  • 1978 'The Love Boat'.

    1978 'The Love Boat'.

  • Car 109 Marty Crouch.

    Car 109 Marty Crouch.

More than 180 adventure seekers aboard 80 character vehicles have revved up and hit the backroads from Brisbane to Booligal for the 2018 Road Boss Rally.

However all dirt roads have led to Nyngan where the rally have roared in for an overnight stop on July 11.

Dubbed “the Road Boss” for fearlessly taking participants where most rally organisers wouldnt dare go, founder and organiser Jamie Lawson, of Toowoomba, said this years rally would travel through four states and zigzag the Murray River.

“Most people who leave Brisbane to head south would probably take it nice and easy and cruise the highways, but were not doing that,” Mr Lawson said.

“Because were the Road Boss Rally. Anyone can find Easy Street but we take the hard road and the long way round,” he said.

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The charity car rally, now in its 31st year, aims to support and promote awareness of remote communities and raise funds for charity. Over the years it has raised almost $20 million for charities.

Mr Lawson said the Road Boss Rally would also live up to its mantra of “driving to make a difference” by helping communities along the way.

“Its not just the tens of thousands of dollars that the rally participants spend along the way in some remote towns that are doing it tough but the fact we are teaming up with GIVIT to find out exactly whats needed in the communities we visit. Rally entrants will help these communities get what they need,” Mr Lawson said.

The vehicles each have their own character about them, like Groot, Car number 311, a modified 1945 Dodge 4WD military wagon, which “leaves its mark wherever it goes”, according to owner Ian Rodgers.

“Once you take part in your first rally youre hooked, Mr Rodgers said.

“Its so much fun. You get to see countryside not normally seen. Jamie gets permits and permission to close off areas, he said.

The iconic Aussie rally left from Brisbanes historic HMAS Moreton naval base in Bulimba on Tuesday, July 10, and headed via the Darling Downs for its first nights stop in Texas. They have now passed through the Bogan Shire stopping in Nyngan before they head to Pooncarie.

Then its off to South Australias Berri, into Victorias Dimboola, Mildura and Quambatook before the finishing line in the NSW Riverina village of Booligal.

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