What an incredible event and an incredible outcome. Success can only come from one thing, and that is incredible people. As we often highlight, we are just ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Well the extraordinary thing we did this year was raise $264,321 for our charity GIVIT. That’s now over half a million dollars in two years. The best part, is everyone’s a winner. These funds not only allow GIVIT to stay alive and keep their lights on, but it also gets dispersed and spread right around the country helping other charities, community groups and not for profits delivering exactly what is needed to those in urgent need.. The charitable footprint (tyre track) and positive impact that the RBR makes to Australia is simply amazing. If you are reading this, then you are an important part of our Road Boss Rally community and therefore part of this inspirational result. Congratulations everyone. Each and every one of you should feel very proud and very much part of this success and outcome.
Another amazing milestone and success story is John Leadbetter. This year marked thirty years since the Original Road Boss (Allan Lawson) started it all and headed out on the unknown Road Boss rally road. What has happened and what we have all achieved in those thirty years in just incredible. But there is only one man and one car that has seen and driven every single mile of over single rally. John Leadbetter and his inspirational 1968 XT Flacon drove over the finish line for the thirtieth time. Well done and congratulations John.
How do you wrap up and explain such a mind-blowing event and outcome. A lot of people, and particularly the media always ask what the highlight of the event was. There are many, but if I had to pinpoint one, I think the proud feeling of delivering an event that is equal too, or better than anything we have ever done would be the greatest highlight and sense of achievement for us. It is the outcome we strive for, but never know if it is going to actually happen. To see people who have lined up for the first ever rally as well as the entrants who have done many rallies all bursting and beaming with excitement, like hyped up school kids was very rewarding. We then know that the enormous work and worry load was worth every painful bit. We also love watching and feeling the connection between us all with our fundraising achievements. It is a combined team effort and an effort we can ALL feel very proud of.
So that’s it from the 2017 Road Boss Rally. I could go on and on and to tell you another million exciting and funny stories of things that happened in the past ten days, but we have to close it off somewhere and put it all to bed. If you have been reading and enjoying our updates from the road each day, thank you and we sincerely hope you felt part of the journey. If you travelled on the 2017 Road Boss Rally, all we can say is “thank you”. Great outcome by great people for a great cause. We are all driving to make a difference and boy, didn’t we do just that.
What’s next? Well we are having a 30yr rally reunion at Tara on the weekend of 14th/15th of October this year. Everyone is most welcome to come and enjoy this weekend and help us celebrate thirty years out on the Road Boss Rally Road. It is looking like it is going to be HUGE!
2018 Road Boss Rally. Entries are now open (and flowing in) for the 2018 RBR which is traveling from the Story Bridge to Booligal via the Mighty Murray. 9th – 18th July 2018/
Thank you ALL once again and we look forward to seeing you soon somewhere.
NOTE regarding photos: The photos used for our daily updates are not the official event images. These were just a few happy snaps we grabbed as we bounced around doing our RB duties each day. Our more professional and quality photos and images will be dispersed and made available over the next month or so once we do all the culling and editing. We look forward to placing these on the web site as well as posting our all the Hi Res images and producing the 2017 RBR hard cover albums that everyone will receive.
2017 WINNERS & GRINNERS:
The big winner: GIVIT & the thousands of charities they help all over Australia. $264 321.00
Car 55, Shark from Cronulla NSW. ($25 000)
Car 62, Red Rocket. Goondiwindi QLD ($19 942)
Car 420, Daimover, Aspley QLD. ($19 908)
Car 707, Booze Brothers, Oyster Bay NSW. ($13 815)
Car 81, Red Bull, Maroochydore QLD. ($13 670)
Inspirational RBR Achievers:
Supreme GIVIT Everything Award: Jeff & Bronwyn Schultz, Biloela QLD.
Spirit and Spotlight: Car 16, Ghostbusters, Gladstone QLD.
Never say Never: Car 18, Jurassic Park, Roxby Downs SA.
Picture Perfect: Car 420, Daimover, Aspley QLD.
1st: Car 012, Deja Moo, Toowoomba QLD.
2nd: Car 053, Happy Hippies, Allora QLD.
3rd: Car 042, Odd Couple, Westbrook QLD.
Rally Course: (Wacko results)
1st: Car 707, Booze Brothers, Oyster Bay NSW.
2nd: Car 250, Rumblur 250, Biloela QLD.
3rd: Car 109, Mammary Masseurs, Mt Mee QLD.
4th: Car 202, Qwitchabitchin, Toowoomba QLD.
5th: Car 58, Eliminator, Oakey QLD.
Class A, Car 707, Oyster Bay NSW.
Class B: Car 17, Ionic Capalaba QLD.
Class C: Car 19, Super Hero’s, Lake Moogerah QLD.
Class D: Car 236, Just In Time, Dalby QLD.
Class E: Car 220, Suparoo, Toowoomba QLD.
Class F: Car 252, Border Patrol, Mackay QLD.