Phil and Julie Power get into character next to their Wild Hogs rally car.
Phil and Julie Power get into character next to their Wild Hogs rally car.

Great Escape pulls in the cash

THERE were plenty of old cars decked out with crazy colours and decorations getting around town last week for the annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Escape car rally.

Fifty cars and 150 dedicated people supported the cause, on a 10-day journey from Tamworth to Port Douglas to raise funds and create awareness of the disease.

While the crew had some ups and downs before the rally began, with one of the cars torched to the ground by some teenagers down south, they all agreed the event was worth the 3800km journey.

This year was Phil and Julie Power's second go at the rally and the Kurrajong couple said it took about a year to get their car ready for the long trip.

"We called our car Wild Hogs, so it's a bit of a movie theme," Julie said with a laugh.

"Last year we rode around the state on Harleys."

The Powers said the rally was a lot of fun and all for a good cause.

"The places are amazing, they're far off the beaten track so they're not normally places you would see," Phil said.

Jamie Lawson has been organising the course of the rally for the past 10 years and said the Great Escape was an important event for charity.

"Over the 10 years the rally has been going, we've raised nearly $3 million," Jamie said.

"The whole idea is kicking back and having fun, while raising money for cystic fibrosis research and increasing awareness."

Jamie said while the participants didn't always have the comfiest of sleeps, it was all good fun.


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