|I have been a car fanatic all my life. I have raced bombers, charity rallies and even tried hill climbs, I stopped counting the cars I've owned when the count blew out at 150, It’s probably closer to two hundred by now.
My first car at the age of 14 was an old Valiant, and it started from there, Falcons, LTD’s Dodges, Hillmans, Rovers, Moke’s, Commodores Bikes, 4x4’s and Trucks. My late friend Tony, two other mates and I restored a 1940’s GMC 6x6 Army truck and drove the Great Endeavour Rally, from Toowoomba to the Gold Coast via the Gulf of Carpentaria. We drove about 6,000 Km’s before sending the truck home by ship, broken gearbox and all. All four of us hitched rides with other competitors before buying an old wreck of a Falcon from the barman at the Birdsville Pub. The past owner had left it to settle his bar tab. That Falcon made it all the way to the Gold Coast approximately 4000 Km’s. We sold the car at the end of the trip and made a $700.00 profit.
Seven years in a row we competed in the Great Endeavour, we were the first to do that type of trip on a Bike and sidecar, and the only team to take a hot air balloon with them and fly from Townsville to Magnetic Island.