Premium quality 4WD and heavy-duty automotive component brand, Direction Plus, provided valuable support to the Endeavour Foundation, with team members Jeremy Bettison and Steve Gordon taking part in the 2021 Great Endeavour Rally.
After the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic, this year’s event made a welcome return from 7 to 16 October across Australia’s vast and incredible Simpson Desert.
The Great Endeavour Rally is not a race or a time trial, it is more of an adventure through outback parts of Australia bringing together the camaraderie and spirit of a generous and fun-loving driving community to support people with intellectual disability.
The gruelling nine-day outback rally event saw 37 teams and 120 drivers take part, raising over $500,000 to provide much needed support and opportunities for this important sector of our community.
Bettison was doing the driving with Gordon his trusty navigator onboard the Direction Plus 2012 Toyota Hilux Dual Cab 3.0 Litre Diesel 4WD. When not competing in charity fund raising rallies like this, this car is in fact Bettison’s daily drive.
Bettison and Gordon’s 2021 Great Endeavour Rally entry also enjoyed support from several fellow Bapcor automotive companies who also contributed to this worthy cause. This included the fitment of Roadvision driving lights and taillights, the supply of a Baxters LED Flasher, Opposite Lock bullbar and roof rack, Roadsafe recovery gear, JAS alternator, starter, amber light bar and electrical spares, accompanied by Burson Auto Parts supplied oils, CV shaft, wheel bearings, drive belts and universal joints.
Bettison and Gordon also visited outback schools and welcoming towns along the almost 4,000 kilometre journey which extended from St George to Charleville in Queensland, travelling through expansive private cattle station properties, enjoying country roads and scenery that few others ever see.
The 2021 route also saw all entrants travel on a number of Australia’s most iconic outback roads including the Strezlecki Track, Walkers Crossing, Warburton and Birdsville Tracks along with the K1 Line.