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Dumb and Dumber on an outback mission

Monday, 7th June, 2010

*Dodge panel van covered in shag pile carpet and with ears, a tail, hind legs and a tongue resembles the vet’s truck from the movie Dumb and Dumber. *Dodge panel van covered in shag pile carpet and with ears, a tail, hind legs and a tongue resembles the vet’s truck from the movie Dumb and Dumber.

Dumb and Dumber are on a mission to help the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Fortunately, at least for the RFDS, they are not alone.
The bush trekkers, complete with a vehicle dressed up like the
one made famous in the Jim Carey movie, Dumb and Dumber, are among 330 others also heading for Hamilton Island in Queensland on a charity fundraiser that will see them leave Broken Hill this morning.
John Gorman drives the distinctive vehicle - a Dodge panel van covered in shag pile carpet and with ears, a tail, hind legs and a tongue to resemble the vet’s truck in the movie.
The trekkers arrived here last night after the first day from Hay and leave from Silverton, beginning at 8.30am, this
morning.
The Trek will cover almost 4,000km of Australia’s most rugged and remote terrain over the next six days to raise an expected
$1 million for the Flying Doctor, an average of $250 per kilometre. The Trek features 97 pre-1971 trek cars, 17 official vehicles and 26 support vehicles. From Silverton they will continue to Copley in northern South Australia and Birdsville, Stonehenge, Barcaldine and Ravenswood in Queensland before arriving at their final destination of Hamilton Island. The Trek follows a different route every year and this year the will revisit some of the favourite places, including the local RFDS Base. The weather is not always kind to the Trek. In the first year, flooding at Innamincka caused a three month delay, and this year, flooding in QLD, SA and NSW meant a new route had to be developed. Costumes are a big part of the Trek experience, and winners of the best dressed awards most years have been John Verhelst and Mike Browne in Car 31. Over the years, they have come dressed as Bananas in Pyjamas, hippies, doctors and Santa Claus. John now works for the Flying Doctor, so this year will be in uniform!

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