Keith Fackrell from Brisbane will delight fans on the weekend in his Ford Escort RS1800.
Keith Fackrell from Brisbane will delight fans on the weekend in his Ford Escort RS1800. Cathy Adams

Drivers stir up the dust preparing for Border Ranges Rally

"GO HARD or go home" is the slogan on the front of rally driver Jack Monkhouse's car.

And it's indicative of the way the South Australian will be hitting the hard, compacted dirt roads out the back of Kyogle this weekend in the Border Ranges Rally.

Over a 290km course broken into 12 stages over the weekend, about 40 specially built rally cars will be stirring up a lot of dust.

From Jack's 2WD, turbocharged S15 Nissan Silvia to a 4WD Hyundai Excel and even a 1970s Ford Escort, the range on the track is wide.

Husband and wife team Anthony and Tracey Wright of Brisbane are part of the Gold Coast Tweed Motor Sport Club that has organised the rally and have been racing for only two years.

"This is our third rally event," Mr Wright said.

"I got into the sport after being part of a service crew for a friend and realised I wanted to drive too."

Mr Wright said he loves the adrenalin rush.

 

 

 

 

"It's such a natural high, your hands are shaking and you've got goosebumps.

"Even the lead-up to a rally is amazing."

Mr Wright was instrumental in getting Mr Monkhouse, considered one of the most spectacular rally drivers, to come and compete.

"He will try and break his engine at this rally," Mr Wright said.

"With the Australian Rally Championships coming up in Coffs Harbour, this is the ideal place for him to test his car out."

Having been racing since he was five years old, 32-year-old Mr Monkhouse is seen as an exciting addition to the rally.

"This is a good course, although a bit short," he said.

"It's a chance for me to put the car through its paces before the ARC in September."

The rally is a benefit for Kyogle and the surrounding areas, according to deputy mayor Janet Wilson.

"The motels, restaurants and retailing all benefit as people come into the place before and after the event," she said.

"The event is seen as free promotion of the area, which will hopefully attract people to come and visit."



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