FIFTY-FIVE cars, eight days, 3500km and $320,000 raised makes for one almighty Endeavour Rally.
And it was fitting for this year's entrants to undo their seatbelts and kick up their heels and celebrate as they rolled into Bundaberg yesterday, marking the end of their incredible voyage through Queensland's outback.
Rally co-ordinator Joel Stephens said cars began arriving at Riverside Parklands from 12.30pm.
"There were huge smiles on everyone's faces," he said.
"There was very much a sense of joy and achievement."
The rally, held from July 12-19, took entrants on a u-shaped circuit, from Warwick on the Darling Downs west to corner country, and then north and east to the finish line at Bundaberg.
"We had four teams this year from Bundaberg - three brand new entrants and one regular," he said.
And it was one of the new entrants, team Tru Blu II - made up of Trevor Twyford and mates Wayne Goodfellow and Russell Chapman - that took out the highest fundraisers of the rally, raising a whopping $19,500.
"The rally was really good - it's something everyone should experience," Mr Twyford said.
"A lot of the places were very, very remote, dry and cold, especially out in the west.
"It was just a totally different landscape to what we've got here - there's no one out there at all."
"The car was tremendous - it didn't miss a beat," he said.
"That's a big key factor - when you're out there you don't see another car for hours."
Of the total money raised during the eight-day rally, a much welcomed cheque for $138,964 was given to the Bundaberg Endeavour Foundation.
"What that will buy is an upgraded living environment for our Bundaberg senior services," Mr Stephens said.
"It will provide a social, all-weather lunch area for supported employees at the Bundaberg business service.
"It's also going to provide some assisted learning technologies at the Bundaberg Learning and Lifestyle centre."
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