Words and Images: Shelley Howe
HELD IN HARVEY, about an hour south of Perth, Western Australia, the 2017 Charity Ride Day was a day of offroad racing fun, shared with kids from various charities and their families.
Wearing oversized helmets and sitting on booster seats, kids were treated to a ride in a race car around a 6km short course off-road track. With no intercoms connected, it was ‘thumbs up’ to go faster and ‘thumbs down’ to go slower. It’s fair to say ‘thumbs up’ won the race for the day!
The weather dressed to impress with sunshine all day long. The water tanker did a few laps to keep the dust down, creating some nice slippery gravel corners for the bigger kids who wanted to go a bit faster.
The WA off-road racing community joined the fun with 17 cars, including various types of buggies and 4WDs representing all clubs. Continuing the community spirit, drivers swapped cars and navigators had a turn in the drivers seat.
The sausage sizzle, cakes, cookies, fresh fruit, icecreams and lolly bags were a hit at lunch time, and the kids were absolutely chuffed when they were awarded their very own 1st medallions, hats and stickers.
Community Officer Blake Pugh – with organising committee Gary Howe, Big-Al Joyce, and Wozza – did a fantastic job organising this event for the seventh year running. Clerk of Course Danni Joyce clocked 15km of walking around the pits to make sure everything ran smoothly.
WAORRA thanks James Kenneison for his liaison and coordination with various charities. And all the volunteers and officials who helped out on the day – from helping kids in and out of cars, controlling traffic, finding helmets to fit the little ones, cooking the bbq, serving the food, to marking the track, and packing it all up again, and of course all the drivers who took their cars down for the day.
A huge amount of interest from families was received again this year. Unfortunately some missed out but they have already expressed an interest in next year’s event.