Allan Watson from Mathoura is preparing to compete in the Great Escape Car Rally.ERIN LYONS August 8, 2014 3:01am
Mathoura’s Allan Watson and his team are off to Tasmania next month to compete in the Cystic Fibrosis Great Escape Car Rally.
The team will take part in the 10-day rally from September 8 to 18.
This is the first time that the Great Escape will visit Tasmania and those involved will have the chance to indulge in the spectacular scenery the state has to offer.
Mr Watson said he and his teammates had already raised $1025 and were aiming to raise about $10,000.
A goods and services charity auction night will be at Mathoura Bowling Club on August 23.
‘‘We are auctioning off all sorts of things,’’ he said.
‘‘Household items, anything really.’’
Mr Watson became interested in the rally after he caught wind that a few friends were taking part, but he also shared a connection to individuals who suffer from the genetic disorder.
‘‘I’ve known about half a dozen people with cystic fibrosis,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s part of the reason why I started doing it.’’
Mr Watson said his first Great Escape rally was in 2005, travelling from Albury to Ararat.
He was eager to compete again since his previous rally was more than six years ago.
‘‘I haven’t done one since 2007,’’ he said.
‘‘We started in Tamworth that year and travelled up the coast to Mackay and Townsville.’’
Despite being an exciting and entertaining event, the Great Escape also requires expert driving.
The trip starts in Devonport, travelling through towns including Strahan, Queenstown, Beaconsfield and Port Arthur, finishing in Hobart.
Forty-four cars are registered for the 2014 Great Escape, with a collection of new teams and event staff joining the tour this year.
Mr Watson will be joined by teammates, William Crump and brothers Ian and Barry Anthony.
The goods and services auction starts at 7pm and tickets are $15, which includes supper. All donations are welcome.
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