Road Boss rally roars into region for overnight stay

More than 180 adventure seekers aboard 80 character vehicles have revved up and hit the backroads from Brisbane to Booligal for the 2018 Road Boss Rally.

However all dirt roads have led to Nyngan where the rally have roared in for an overnight stop on July 11.

Dubbed “the Road Boss” for fearlessly taking participants where most rally organisers wouldn’t dare go, founder and organiser Jamie Lawson, of Toowoomba, said this year’s rally would travel through four states and zigzag the Murray River.

“Most people who leave Brisbane to head south would probably take it nice and easy and cruise the highways, but we’re not doing that,” Mr Lawson said.

“Because we’re the Road Boss Rally. Anyone can find Easy Street but we take the hard road and the long way round,” he said.

The charity car rally, now in its 31st year, aims to support and promote awareness of remote communities and raise funds for charity. Over the years it has raised almost $20 million for charities.

Mr Lawson said the Road Boss Rally would also live up to its mantra of “driving to make a difference” by helping communities along the way.

“It’s not just the tens of thousands of dollars that the rally participants spend along the way in some remote towns that are doing it tough but the fact we are teaming up with GIVIT to find out exactly what’s needed in the communities we visit. Rally entrants will help these communities get what they need,” Mr Lawson said.

The vehicles each have their own character about them, like Groot, Car number 311, a modified 1945 Dodge 4WD military wagon, which “leaves its mark wherever it goes”, according to owner Ian Rodgers. 

“Once you take part in your first rally you’re hooked,’’ Mr Rodgers said. 

“It’s so much fun. You get to see countryside not normally seen. Jamie gets permits and permission to close off areas,’’ he said.

The iconic Aussie rally left from Brisbane’s historic HMAS Moreton naval base in Bulimba on Tuesday, July 10, and headed via the Darling Downs for its first night’s stop in Texas. They have now passed through the Bogan Shire stopping in Nyngan before they head to Pooncarie.

Then it’s off to South Australia’s Berri, into Victoria’s Dimboola, Mildura and Quambatook before the finishing line in the NSW Riverina village of Booligal.