Interview with Kim & Arthur Davis, the KKR Event Directors!

The Kidney Kar Rally in its entirety would not be possible without Kim and Arthur Davis.

Veterans of the competitive rally fraternity, the Davis duo have been the Event Directors of the Kidney Kar Rally for 15 years.

When the concept of moving from the competitive into the not for profit landscape was presented them, it seemed it was time for a bit of a sea change. And they’ve certainly done the rally proud since!

Immense doesn’t even begin to describe the time and effort that goes into planning the rally every year. Arthur studies countless maps in search of the perfect new route. The two spend around 15 weeks a year assessing locations for suitability.

“We liaise with farmers, State Forestry Officers, National Park Rangers and government bodies to secure permits for the event to travel on their roads and tracks,” says Kim.

“We publicise the rally in all the areas we travel through, do radio and press interviews and drop flyers into letterboxes throughout the rural areas where the rally passes.”

Kim and Arthur are also in charge of organising eight to ten days worth of catering for the event, listing accommodation for each overnight stop and booking rooms for rally officials. On top of this is the admin and communications to be managed all year round, including: compiling the Klarion newsletter, building the rally bible, logging fundraising, ordering trophies and car door stickers (you can see one on Kar 1995 pictured below), and all associated rally stationary!

You couldn’t imagine the challenges that these two and their, as they like to call them, “rally-tives” have come across during these 15 years.

“We once had an overnight stop in a spot that had absolutely no accommodation. It was bucketing down with rain and the entire rally ended up having to sleep on the floor of a pub. Needless to say, there were some red eyes and grumpy faces the next day!”

Of course, they’re prepared for brand new, exciting challenges this year, which will be one of the longest and most remote routes yet! The Alice Springs rally will stretch to the western edge of the Simpson Desert and also include one “Mystery Camp” night to keep participants on their toes.

“Planning this different route has taken us through some fantastic scenery you wouldn’t find anywhere else. We met some amazing new faces, and thankfully our new Landcruiser conquered the new terrain with flying colours!”

What are Kim and Arthur looking forward to the most about this year’s adventure? As always, they can’t wait to catch up with their “rally-tives” and enjoy their company.

“We can’t wait to see the participants tackle the sand country! No doubt some of them will need one of our trusty 4WDs to rescue them!”

This legendary event-planning duo would like to thank all of the Kidney Kar Rally participants.

“Without them, and their exceptional fundraising each year, we wouldn’t have a rally to organise!”

Want to know more about the Kidney Kar Rally? Visit the official Kidney Kar Rally website to read all about the event, its history, its sponsors and participants and look through the galleries of past rallies. Keep up to date with all the amazing work that Kim and Arthur and Kidney Health Australia are doing by subscribing to Kidney News and liking their official Kidney Health Australia Facebook.


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