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Freightliner racing gets involved in Burrumbuttock hay run

Freightliner Racing driver Paul Stax Eddy, is using the team truck to deliver donated hay to farmers in drought-hit Queensland as part of the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners Convoy that gets going tomorrow. Photo Contributed
Freightliner Racing driver Paul Stax Eddy, is using the team truck to deliver donated hay to farmers in drought-hit Queensland as part of the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners Convoy that gets going tomorrow. Photo Contributed Contributed

FREIGHTLINER Racing transporter driver Paul Stax Eddy has swapped his regular load of two V8 Supercars and race equipment for 32 bales of donated hay.

Eddy is using the Freightliner Argosy prime mover, still decked out in its 2015 race team livery, to take part in the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners convoy that will deliver hay to drought-stricken farmers in Queensland.

Eddy will travel from the team's headquarters in Albury to join 130 other drivers at Darlington Point, south of Griffith in New South Wales tomorrow.

The convoy will then travel to Ilfracombe, near Longreach in central western Queensland, a one way trip of some 1850km.

There's some 4500 bales of hay being delivered to 265 drought stricken farmers along the way.

But a couple of weeks ago convoy organiser, fourth-generation NSW farmer Brendan Farrell, was worries as four trucks had pulled out.

Thanks to the power of social media he's not got those spaces full and a few spares up his sleeve in case anyone else pulls out.

This is the 10th of Mr Farrells hay convoys to get underway since February 2014. 

Those interested in donating to help cover the hefty fuel bill, some $2000 per truck, can visit the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners page on Facebook for details.

Already Dollar for Drought has raised $81,000 and Caltex have thrown in $10,000 worth of fuel.

"The farmers are really doing it tough up there," Eddy said.

"They have had no rain for so long that they could really do with a little help."

Once Eddy returns from hay run, the Argosy prime mover will be fitted out with its 2016 Freightliner Racing livery in preparation for the new season that begins with the Clipsal 500 at Adelaide on March 3.

The run will break the world record for convoys stretching some 66km long if the trucks are spaced 500m apart.

- Big Rigs previously reported the run would deliver to Aramac in Queensland, looks like that has been updated to Ilfracombe in QLD.

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Topics:  burrumbuttock hay runners, convoy, transport, trucks


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