Beyond Bitumen Rally makes Yass its pit stop

Around 100 cars will roll into Yass on March 28-29 to start the Beyond Bitumen Rally, which raises funds for and awareness of depression and anxiety.
Around 100 cars will roll into Yass on March 28-29 to start the Beyond Bitumen Rally, which raises funds for and awareness of depression and anxiety.

Car enthusiasts can expect to gaze at around 100 brightly coloured cars, mostly rally cars, some of which are over 50 years old, when the Beyond Bitumen Rally makes Yass its pit stop on Thursday and Friday, March 28-29.

The best times to view the cars will be on the Thursday evening, at 6pm, outside of the Yass Soldiers Club and again on Friday morning, at 7am, at Cooma Cottage.

This year's rally will cover roughly 1,500 kilometres, in four days, to support the Beyond Blue charity by raising funds for and awareness of depression and anxiety.

Locals joining the rally include David Bonnet and Wayne Dawe in their 1970 Holden HG; Tim Bush in the 'Batmobile'; Mick and Judy Brewers in a rally car; and Malcolm Elliot in a Holden Commodore VK.

The rally will cover plenty of dirt roads while travelling from Yass to Wee Jasper, Cootamundra, Barmedman, West Wyalong, Weethallee, Lake Cargelligo, Hillston, Hay, Conargo, Jerilderie, Urana and Wagga Wagga, finally arriving in Cowra on the afternoon of April 1.

The journey is personal for event director Peter Fehon and his wife Trish, whose 16-year-old daughter died by suicide in 2005.

Three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression and the Beyond Blue charity provides information and support to help all Australians achieve their best possible mental health.

Each car must raise $1800 or over to join the rally, all of which goes to the charity. Mr Fehon and the team are hoping to raise at least $400,000 for Beyond Blue, this year.

Drivers will also contribute to the towns they stop in, spending money on accommodation, food and fuel.

  • To donate, visit beyondbitumen.com.au
  • Those in need of support can call Lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800; and Beyond Blue 1300 224 636.