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Team Turbo returns home after rough ride to support kids with cancer

The bulldust was thick, the heat was near unbearable and the road was long, but Team Turbo’s Jann O’Brien said the smiles on the Camp Quality kids’ faces at the end of the line made it all worth while.

ON THE ROAD: Team Turbo (from left) Jann O’Brien, Duane O’Brien, Gabi Potbury and Mitch Anderson during the Camp Quality esCarpade.

The turbo-charged family team of Duane and Jann O’Brien, daughter Gabi and her boyfriend Mitch Anderson hit the road on Saturday, October 18, and made the trek in their 1969 Holden station wagon to Broken Hill where the adventure began.

“The car performed beautifully,” Jann said after returning home from the Camp Quality esCarpade in last week.

“There were a few electrical issues, but mechanically it ran really well.”

Team Turbo raised $17,000 for Camp Quality as part of the esCarpade, which saw them drive 7000km.

“It was a very long trip,” Jann said.

“We are all exhausted.”

Though the back roads of western New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria took their toll on the team, all agreed that the cause was more the worth of the long miles.

This year marked the esCarpade’s 23rd run over some of the roughest outback roads raising funds for kids in need.

“In one day we went through 39 (farm) gates,” Jann said.

“In another we crossed 64 grids.”

The long haul through Australia’s back roads and tracks culminated in 7000km and though it was the drive was more often than not over dirt roads, Jann said the team had Inverell behind them all the way.

“Inverell is an amazing community when it comes to fundraising,” she said.

After covering close to 300km each day over the week between October 19 and 25, Jann said the team is taking a well-deserved break before tossing up the possibility of hitting the road again next year.

She hinted a couple in the turbo-charged family team-up were keen to give it another shot.

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