Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Outback Crusin' Style

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Outback Crusin' Style

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Byline: Grant Edwards


The Great Endeavour Rally has been raising dust, dollars and disability awareness for 30 years.

More than $10m has been raised by the rally's participants to make a real difference to the lives of people with a disability.

Entrants pay a vehicle entry fee of $330, an individual fee of $850 to help cover costs and pledge to fundraise $3300 (per vehicle).

Each vehicle must be suitable for the rally, needs a navigator, UHF Radio, orange flashing light and camping gear.

All meals are provided, camping is booked, tow truck and a mobile mechanic and spares truck supplied by the Army.

Facing some serious bush bashing, Gayle and Nigel Pattinson figured there was no reason to leave the creature comforts at home.

For starters, Gayle needed her hair dryer and straightener. Not to mention the coffee machine.

Their fully-kitted 1986 60 Series Toyota LandCruiser has been overhauled in preparation for this year's Great Endeavour Rally.

Getting the green flag at the Gold Coast 500 start line on Friday, "the Southern Safari" will cover more than 3200km of outback Queensland and New South Wales. Stops include Lightning Ridge, Burren Junction, Taylors Arm Hotel and Western Plains Zoo, before finishing at Yamba on June 23.

The Pattinsons are well prepared for the trek with their Canetoad Cruiser.

Buying the off-roader last year from Newcastle, Nigel has completed many the modifications himself to get it rally-ready.

Running a genuine Toyota 12HT turbo diesel powertrain, it also has a GPS-driven trip meter, and full Tough Dog air suspension. Courtesy of an in-built compressor, it can be loaded up to 50-pound or down to 10 - depending on the conditions.

"You are working these motors pretty hard so we have put in more oil cooling and aluminium radiators which gives us a lot better cooling," Nigel said. …

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