Get into the fast lane and help out with great event
WITH the Coffs Coast set to host one of Australia's biggest and most spectacular international sports events, the call has gone out for local volunteers.
The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns to Coffs Harbour, November 14-17, bringing the world's fastest rally drivers and a chance to get involved in it all or just sit back and watch.
Event media officer Chris Nixon said the event was the highlight of the Kennards Hire Rally Australia and was staged from a Coffs Harbour base.
"Rally Australia is a massive event and needs a massive team to run it," Chris said.
"Almost 1000 people sign up every year as volunteer officials, performing a wide variety of tasks but all with the same aim of staging an efficient, safe event and ensuring visitors from around the world are welcomed warmly and leave with happy memories of the Coffs Coast.
"Volunteer official registration is still open at rallyaustralia.com.au/ officials.
"No experience is necessary and people of all ages can find a role. Benefits given to officials include two free event passes valued at $398, a free after-party, prizes and a uniform as a souvenir of an enjoyable and fulfilling weekend."
Chris said it might be motorsport, but Rally Australia offers something even for the non- enthusiast of any age.
"Spectating can be enjoyed at close quarters on the competition stages on forestry and rural gravel roads, where the skill - and bravery - of the drivers is breathtaking as they jump and slide their cars at high speed," Chris said.
"Rallying is nothing like circuit racing - it's far more exciting!"
According to Chris, behind the scenes it's far less simple.
The big teams fly in up to 60 engineers, mechanics and other specialists to support just two or three cars. The cars are based on popular production models such as the $16,000 Toyota Yaris, but in highly-modified WRC guise they're more likely to cost almost $1 million.
For those who would rather just spectate, single or four-day tickets available at ticketek.com.