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Guys and Gals test their skills on bush rally tracks
If you have ever known anyone who enjoys the thrill of fast cars, dust and competition you will no doubt have heard of the many spills, fun and successes of a rally car driver in rally racing. This is not a sport for the faint-hearted; however it is now a sport that both men and women can enjoy and being a woman doesn't necessarily mean you will have to be the navigator. Many females are now finding racing is becoming their sport of achievement with races for women in both the Men's and Women's individual events.
Wild, dirt outback fun at The Endeavour Rally, Jimna (Photo courtesy of Endeavour Rally Website)
Saturday 20th February a one-day Great Endeavour Rally will start off and conclude at Jimna. Jimna is a small town in the State electorate of Nanango is only two hours north of Brisbane and was established in 1934. The state government of the time opened a hoop pine nursery there in 1935. The school which was opened in the same year as the town was established and is still in use today. Jimna is believed to be an Aboriginal world "djimna" meaning a place of leeches. The Jimna State Forest is a popular camping venue all year round.
Registration kicks off at 8.30am through to 10.00am with cars start to depart every 2 minutes from 10:30am. Online registration is $50 per car or you can register on the day for $60. Camping facilities are available at Old Jimna School Grounds and breakfast, lunch and dinner is available for purchase on the site. The race meanders over the day through the Somerset Region ending back at the Old Jimna School Grounds.
Great open spaces challenging yourself (Photo courtesy of Rally Driver Emma Sticklen)
For this one-day event you may use a regular car whereas for other events it is advisable to have a modified car, 2WD or 2WD. All entrants must arrange their own CTP rally extension from their own insurance provider.
The Great Endeavour Rally has been the enjoyment of many since 1988. For the first 24 years it was a Queensland based event; however over time the Endeavour Foundation broadened its scope and location and the inaugural NSW Great Endeavour Rally took place in 2013. Now, annual events are held in both States. The Endeavour Rally raises money for people with disabilities and over the years has raised more than $9 million dollars.
Information on all events in both States can be sourced from their website. Places are limited in all races so if you don't want to miss out, you need to register early. All you need to bring is your rally car with your logo of choice, all mandatory equipment, fuel, catering and camping equipment. All drivers are required to have a navigator and a list of all compulsory equipment required for the event can also be located on their website. Sponsorship is welcomed for the Endeavour Rally events.
For anyone who has ever been part of a rally race event, it is something you will never forget for when the adrenaline kicks in, the wild and adventure side of your psyche wants more and more of the excitement and you could easily be hooked for life. Apart from that, Rally events can take you to remote destinations that the normal traveller would never get the opportunity to see.