Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Revved Up for a Cause; Father and Son Duo Rally in Memory of Brother and Son

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Revved Up for a Cause; Father and Son Duo Rally in Memory of Brother and Son

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Byline: Amber Hooker amber.hooker@capnews.com.au

A FATHER never expects to outlive their son, but for Tom Newlands this became his devastating reality.

By the time he received news his eldest boy Jamie had cancer, he was going into palliative care shortly before his 43rd birthday.

Just one week later Tom and his second-eldest, Scott, were forced to say their final farewell.

Five years on and the pair spend most nights tinkering away in Scott's Mount Morgan garage, restoring Jamie's prized 1974 TA22 Toyota Celica.

The father-son duo are fixing up the classic car to honour Jamie's memory, and all those they have lost to the devastating disease including grandmother, Dorothy, just two years ago.

Their team, Rusty Bumpers, will cruise from Dubbo through a 2500km unknown route in the Mystery Box Rally to raise funds for the Cancer Council. The teams have no idea the roads that lay ahead, and only learn of their destination each morning.

Hastings Deering mechanic Scott said his brother was always a bit of a car enthusiast, and given his own expertise as a mechanic the November mission seemed a fitting legacy.

"Basically Jamie, he lived up north towards Mission Beach, so we didn't get to see him quite as often as we would like," Scott said.

"And basically when my father and I found out he had cancer, it had quite aggressively taken hold of him, and he was actually getting put into palliative care when we found out.

"And then we may have got to see him for a week and then unfortunately he passed away.

"Dad was quite shocked by the whole thing, obviously it's not good losing a son... you always expect to die first before your children, not the other way around."

Scott said since he inherited the Celica, it lay dormant for about four years before the fitting tribute struck him.

"So basically I had the idea (to enter the rally), and dad was all on board with it," he said. …

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