IT supplies distributor Daisytek has driven a 30-year-old Toyota 4000kms across the eastern plains of Australia in aid of the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS).
In its 11th year, the Just Cuts Outback
Trek raised $750,000 for the RFDS, with over 110 cars (75 vintage cars plus 35 support vehicles) participating.
But it wasn't all beer and skittles for the Daisytek team, made up of members from the distributor's vendor partners, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Sony and OKI. The crew encountered several major obstacles en route, including rolling the car on day four of the week-long trek. The car roll broke the radiator, which had to be repaired with a bit of wire - at the closest pub of course.
From here they managed to push on to Mount Isa, where so-called panel beaters got to work. They raised the Corona on a forklift, cut a hole in the car to better fit the outsized Datsun radiator, beat its doors open with sledge hammers and welded the chassis back together.
On day five, the team had to negotiate the Nicholson River, unfortunately water came in through the now-crooked doors and they had to be towed, again. On arrival in Mossman (near Port Douglas), the Corona finally gave up and caught on fire!
A valiant Paul Connelly, MD of Daisytek Asia Pacific, led the intrepid adventurers.