RALLY: Les Porter leaves with the Flying Peanut for the 2018 Endeavour Rally this weekend.
RALLY: Les Porter leaves with the Flying Peanut for the 2018 Endeavour Rally this weekend. Jessica McGrath

Peanut flies for 20th Endeavour rally

DRIVING for a greater cause, Les Porter will take his Flying Peanut for another tour of the country.

The Kingaroy resident will leave for his 20th Endeavour Rally on Saturday May 16, for the eight day drive through New South Wales.

"This is the country that people don't see, that we get to see,” he said.

The Flying Peanut has become an icon within the rally which raises funds for the Endeavour Foundation.

"You feel rewarded by doing this, you know you're helping handicapped people,” he said.

"I think it's just the fellowship and what you achieve that makes you feel good.”

Mr Porter always looks forward to the fellowship shared between the drivers, and the announcement of the grand total raised at the dinner afterwards.

This year's drive will be a family affair with his sisters and his son, who is flying up from Tasmania, coming along for the anniversary ride.

While on the road, they sleep beside the cars even when it gets cold, but they have big bonfires going and it's worth it, he said.

The country towns welcome the drivers with open arms, including one community out west who closed the main street so the drivers could join the town and watch the State of Origin on an outdoor screen.

Mr Porter wants to encourage others to join him on the road and get involved in next year's rally.

"I'd like to keep going for at least two more rallies, but if the car's healthy and I'm healthy I'll keep going,” he said.

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