Taking hay while the sun shines


The Freightliner Racing transporter joins the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners convoy

Taking hay while the sun shines
The Freightliner Racing transporter loads up with hay instead of its regular V8 Supercars

 

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 is delivering hay to drought-stricken farmers in Queensland.

Eddy is traveling from the team’s headquarters in Albury to join as many as 120 other drivers at Darlington Point, south of Griffith in New South Wales.

The convoy, departing today, will travel to Ilfracombe, near Longreach in central western Queensland, a one way trip of some 1,850km.

This convoy, organised by fourth-generation NSW farmer, Brendan Farrell, is the 10th to get underway since February 2014. Those interested in donating to help cover the hefty fuel bill, some $2,000 per truck, can visit the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners page on Facebook for details.

Eddy was thrilled to be able to give up some of his off-season holiday and take part in the drought assistance drive.

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

"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.

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