IT WAS a colourful scene at the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre on Sunday morning as the 2003 Camp Quality Escarpade rolled in.
Many vehicles were decorated and many of their occupants were dressed in various costumes.
Perhaps the most striking of all were Peter Johnson and Steve Farrugia from Sydney in their Flintstone outfits as Fred and Barney.
In Arab robes were two general practioners and a neurosurgeon from Sydney, Alann James, Warwick Mackey and Luke Hazell.
They were on their 12th escapade.
Then from Melbourne there were the Blues Brothers and their friend dressed in cardinal (the minister from the Blues Brothers).
Some were making the trip for the first time, such as the Blues Brothers team.
The young son of one of them has leukemia but is with them on the ride as he is in remission.
Pauline Thomas from Albury was given six weeks to live six years ago.
Her ovarian cancer is in remission but she knows only too well what it is like to undergo chemotherapy and radiation so she and her husband Graham are on the escarpade from their fifth time.
She has seven healthy children and 13 healthy grandchildren and “I am trying to give something back”, she said.
Actually “giving something back” was a common reason for many team members to join the Escarpade.
Bega Cheese donated 10 per cent of all its cheese sales on Sunday to Camp Quality.
The Escarpade teams welcome donations along the way, and the Flintstone mob were particularly good at this.
They had already raised $30,000.
All paid at least $3,500 to enter the ride, garnered from donations and sponsors.
Bombala was the Escarpade’s next stop after Bega.
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