Kidney Kar Rally to commence on August 11

Still involved: Grahame with his 1972 HQ Holden during competition in 2015. Knee surgery will keep the five time winner out of the race and into the role of an official.

Still involved: Grahame with his 1972 HQ Holden during competition in 2015. Knee surgery will keep the five time winner out of the race and into the role of an official.

The 29th edition of the 4000 kilometre, eight day Kidney Kar Rally will begin in Griffith on Friday, August 11 and will conclude in Wagga Wagga on Saturday, August 19.

Competitors won't travel the usual tourist routes, but use a variety of exclusive roads on private properties, tracks and trails through national parks and state forests.

This is a fun route, certain to challenge and test the skills of both driver and navigator. 

Last year’s event saw teams begin in Bathurst and complete the course in Taree.

Knee surgery has forced Kidney Kar Rally veteran and Forster resident Grahame McKay to step out of contention for this year’s competition.

Instead, he is gearing up to run as an official for the second year in a row.

Grahame has taken out the rally five times and has been inspired to maintain fundraising throughout his long association with the event. 

His involvement stretches back to the early 1990s.

Grahame said the effectiveness of the fundraiser stems from competitors raising a minimum of $4500 per rally car and $2500 per back-up or “kruise” vehicle before the rally takes place.

At major pit stops along the route, health staff educate local communities about the importance of prevention, detection and support for kidney disease.

Competitors come from across Australia and can enter the rally with any registered motor vehicle.

The rally aims to raise funds for Kidney Health Australia as well as raise awareness for kidney disease in areas that the it passes through.

It was first organised in 1989 and over the years has raised funds to help run children’s camps and youth programs. 

The rally follows the traditions of the Australian reliability trials from the 1970s.

These trials test the driver and navigator as well as the vehicle, with results recorded on time-distance averages.

It’s not a race but a drive of skill. Participants can choose how competitive they want to be.

To join the next Kidney Kar Rally or for more information, phone road director Kim Davis on 1300 300 544 or email kidneykarrally@kidney.org.au to receive an information pack.  

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