Sunday, February 27, 2011

Snowy Hydro SouthCare Ride Day

There is nothing quite like the smiles on people’s faces when they emerge from a rally car for the first time!

We had a great day on the 12th Feb with the rally community delivering about 200 rides to raise over $9000 for the Snowy Hydro Helicopter Service.

With heavy rains on the Friday night we weren’t too sure what was in store for Saturday morning. We did one reccie run nice and slow to check out the road conditions and the muddy puddles. Second run was helmets on and the pace turned up.

At this point, the day was nearly over before the fun had begun! An enormous kangaroo decided to stand still as a statue in the middle of the road. It was looking right so Jon took the road on the left....of course it turned it’s head and jumped to the left directly in our path. Fortunately we got away with a small clip to the front right hand guard and that was it. Phew!!!

Thanks to Julie Boorman for the photo.

Jon was busy for the next few hours giving rides to some brave people out there while I did some work adjusting seatbelts. The highlight of my day was strapping one guy in who was clearly completely petrified. He was clinging with both hands to the roll cage just driving out of the car park! To his credit, he made it through the course and came back with a huge smile. In fact, I saw him lined up for a second go!

At the end of the day I was treated to a ride with the highly talented Peter Taylor in his zippy Corolla. Thanks PT! If ever Jon kicks me out, I will be talking to you!

In case you missed the WIN News footage you can see it here.