Going the extra mile for cancer research
AS PROFESSIONALS are hitting the famous Bathurst track in October, a group of locals will be among hundreds of motor enthusiasts taking to a race track with a completely different goal - to simply keep going.
In cars that cost less than $999, the 24 Hours of Lemons race in Tailem Bend, South Australia will attempt to break the world record with 217 cars racing at once.
Randal Morris and his buddies in the Mixed Up Racing team dream to be among the record breaking racers in their 1990 Falcon ute.
On Saturday, a bus load of people will drink up to make that dream come true at the Mixed Up Racing PubTowns Pub Crawl.
The pub crawl is a record breaker of its own, covering 300 kilometres on the seven town journey.
The trip starts with pick ups in Bowenville and Dalby before heading to Warra, Jandowae, Bell, Kaimkillenbun, Quinalow, Bowenville and finishing at O'Sheas Windsor in Dalby.
PubTowns will raise funds to help get the team to Tailem Bend in October, while also adding to Lemons Australia's fundraising efforts for breast and prostate cancer.
"It started off as a prostate cancer fundraiser because one in five males get prostate cancer or get diagnosed which is basically one person per car has that chance... When the stakes are that high, you just add everything up and why not,” Mr Morris said.
"A lot of female drivers are coming in now which is why it's breast and prostate cancer.”
Part of his motivation to host such a large scale pub crawl, Mr Morris said, was not only to raise funds but to give back to local pubs and give people the opportunity to explore the region, in a way they haven't before.
"I do a lot of work at each of these towns through our business and they've helped me, so I just want to say thank you to them,” he said.
Mr Morris has always been a motor racing fan, so the chance to have a crack at a big event and be part of a world record attempt was too good to resist.
But while the event will be a challenge, Mr Morris and son Braden won't be going in clueless, with last year's crack at the Queensland raceway under their belt where they managed 430 laps in 19 hours.
"It is a big challenge, you've got to have everything right before you go and you've got to try to have everything while down there. It's a three-day event... and hopefully the ute is still going three days later,” he said.
"For us what it's all about is going away with people you've never met, coming home friends and we're all there for the same thing.”
Tickets are still available for $60 each including transport, finger food, bar games and prizes.