Ford Falcon delivers brothers a minor miracle in the mud
BROTHERS David and Tommy Hall emerged from a pile of mud in a Ford Falcon with an Australian championship.
The Ballina pair are national champions after taking out the standard class in mud racing at Boomi in north-western NSW.
The Ford Falcon they race runs on a six-cylinder engine and has won them the NSW and Australian championships this season.
They also came third in the Queensland championship and won the Car of the Year title after the win at Boomi.
No other team in the division has held all three titles at once.
"We race on a circuit with designated mud pits that you have to get through," David Hall said.
"You get points for getting through and lose them if you get stuck and have to be towed.
"There isn't much protection inside (the car) and you're covered from head to toe in mud.
"About every 500m you have to stop to clean the protection glasses (on the eyes)."
The team also includes their uncle Marty Jordan working as the mechanic and family friend Lee Eugarde who helps navigate and drag them around the course.
"Our family first started racing in 1984," David Hall said.
"We had a 12-year break and then got back into it when Tommy showed an interest and it's been a great thing for us to do as brothers."
They will start the new season in February.