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Rally driver breaks down and borrows a car

REPAIRED: Justin Northage racing his Mitsubishi Mirage he repaired by borrowing parts off Kyogle Couple Bec and Andrew McIntosh’s vehicle to complete last weekend’s Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally.
REPAIRED: Justin Northage racing his Mitsubishi Mirage he repaired by borrowing parts off Kyogle Couple Bec and Andrew McIntosh’s vehicle to complete last weekend’s Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally.

A NIGHT time knock of desperation on a Kyogle couple's door has seen a Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally competitor dismantle the generous couple's car - just to complete the event.

When a gear selector cable on Justin Northage's Mitsubishi Mirage Cyborg broke during Saturday night's Woodenbong stage, the enterprising driver knocked on Bec and Andrew McIntosh's door with an unexpected question.

"We just went up, knocked on the door and asked if we could borrow the car to dismantle part of it and use the part on our car," Mr Northage said.

"We couldn't get on to any of the local wrecking yards so we drove through town and came across a Mirage in the main street.

"Much to our surprise they said yes without any convincing! It was easier than renting a hire car."

When Mrs McIntosh saw the looks on the faces of Nathan and his brother Mark, she said she felt sorry for them.

"I felt for him and he seemed like a nice guy and had come a long way to compete so I said yes," she said.

"When they said it was just a cable they needed I didn't have a problem with them taking the car and dismantling what they needed to."

In the heat of the moment, Mrs McIntosh and Mr Northage forgot to swap details.

"I realised after they left that I didn't event have his number!"

Despite this drama, Nathan and Mark finished the rally in 17th outright and returned the car to Mrs McIntosh in one piece, along with a bottle of wine, a case of beer and a bunch of flowers.

Mr Northage said the McIntosh's generosity reflected the support the rally received from Kyogle as a whole.

"We think that's testament to what people in Kyogle are like, they've all been very nice and accommodating," he said.

"We want to thank Kyogle; the town really gets behind the event and makes it a thoroughly enjoyable rally for everyone."

Topics:  driving rally



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