Senior Rally fan geared up to go

GILLIAN ALLERTON'S demure blue rinse might be hiding Woodenbong's biggest petrol head.

While most 74-year-olds are heading off to bowls or the CWA, Mrs Allerton was gearing up to help in the Repco Rally's results room as a race volunteer.

“I just love motor sports,” she declared.

“My friends think I'm absolutely crazy but I'm having a ball.

Mrs Allerton's passion for motor cars began in her childhood which later led her to the East African Rally as a young woman.

“That was about 50 years ago but it was so much fun,” she said.

Mrs Allerton's passion for rallying remains strictly vicarious these days though she confesses she would like a better car herself.

“You don't want to see my car! It's the worst thing ever,” she laughed.

“If I had the car of my choice it would be something that goes really fast. I love that feeling of the wind in my hair.

“My very first car was a Morris Minor and we rallied it once too. Actually, we would have come first in that race if my sister and I hadn't been fighting at the finish line.

“We were arguing about which way to go around the pole.”

Mrs Allerton spent Thursday under the guidance of experienced rally volunteers Molly and Ray Russell who drove across the country from Northam in Western Australia especially for the rally.

They have been volunteering for 19 years.



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