"Flying Peanut" travels around country with rally driver
RUNNING three cars into the ground would be enough to scare most people off the Endeavour Rally.
But 15 years in, Les Porter still drives off the beaten tracks all around Australia with his "Flying Peanut".
He started with the Endeavour Rally in 1999 and since then has driven hundreds of thousands of kilometres on some of the rarely seen back roads of Australia.
"These people that always say they want to do it, just bugger it and go for it," Mr Porter said.
Despite driving for charity, the hobby is a costly exercise for him as he spends thousands of dollars keeping his cars up to rally conditions.
He is preparing his current car for a ten day rally that will take him from the beaches of Redcliffe and inland to country Rockhampton.
"I'll probably spend $1500 on fuel, but it could be worse," he said.
"When I was in Cameron's Corner the only petrol station for miles was selling fuel for $3 a litre."
His distinctive peanut on top of his rally vehicle has been with him wherever he goes. "It was from the old Peanut Festival and it was going to be dumped," he said.
"Now it goes all around the country promoting Kingaroy." Over the years, he estimated hundreds of people had taken their photo with what he named the Flying Peanut from Kingaroy.
Mr Porter will drive from Redcliffe this Saturday on a 10-day journey to Rockhampton.
All money raised by the rally's goes to Endeavour Foundation to help people with disabilities.
To donate to Endeavour go to www.donate2endeavour .com.au