Information evening in Mudgee on how to make a Great Escape

WHERE IT BEGINS: The Cystic Fibrosis Great Escape has begun in Mudgee in its 15-year history.
WHERE IT BEGINS: The Cystic Fibrosis Great Escape has begun in Mudgee in its 15-year history.

An information evening for The Great Escape 2018 was held in Mudgee last week, which is the premier fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis Australia.

In the past fifteen years the rally of two-wheel-drive cars, no newer than 20-years-old, have tackled 11 challenging days travelling through unique locations throughout Australia. This year saw about 50 cars (including support vehicles) hit the road.

On hand to provide general and technical information was Track Boss Terry Stewart – the co-founder of the Rally during his time as CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Australia. 

“A lot of them do it every year, a lot do every second year, and we’ve probably got about 20 people that have done every one,” he said.

“There’s a lot of spirit, a lot of loyalty, just a good group of people that like to have fun, they’ve got a car interest and some connection to Cystic Fibrosis in a close or distant way.

“For people who haven’t done something like this before it’s pretty hard, starting from a zero base, getting a car and getting things together.

“If you can link up with someone whose done it before, and becomes a bit of a buddy for them, they can bounce ideas around.

“The first part in the process is getting a team together, get a car, then progress from there.”

Locals Jon Chapman and Ken Constable were on the 2017 rally and both said they’re ready to go again in 2018.

“I did it last year as well and had so much fun I turned around and did it again. And we’ll do it again next year, once you’ve done it you get bitten by the bug,” Jon said.

Ken added, “I was ready to go again a week later, as soon as we got home we were talking about doing the next one”.

The Great Escape 2018 will leave from Kurnell, on Botany Bay transverse The Great Dividing Range up to the pretty Bridie Island.

Mr Stewart will conduct information evenings in the Hunter and Sydney, and likely again in Mudgee.

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