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Making Tracks: Kojonup’s Cody McColl attempts driving record with 40-year-old car on new TV show

Harry GrigsonGreat Southern Herald
Cody McColl will attempt to break the record for most distance travelled in 10 days with a 40-year-old car.
Camera IconCody McColl will attempt to break the record for most distance travelled in 10 days with a 40-year-old car. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

Kojonup’s Cody McColl and his 40-year-old car will cover 12,000km in 10 days when he shoots his newest instalment of the television program Making Tracks Adventures.

The four-wheel-drive enthusiast and his crew will attempt to break the record for the most distance covered by a 40-year-old car in 10 days when he drives from Perth through the Pilbara and Kimberley regions into Darwin later this month.

McColl’s expedition kicks off at the end of the month, with planned visits to World War II bomb sites along the way.

Cody McColl is set to leave on November 27.
Camera IconCody McColl is set to leave on November 27. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

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“We are trying to tell some of the unknown stories and some of the lesser known stories of like Port Headland being bombed — not just when people talk about it,” McColl said.

“We’re going go to Truscott airbase which is way up north where an old B-52 crash landed and we also want to try and cover some of the Indigenous stories.

“So just trying to bring some fresh knowledge out.”

McColl's 1984 MK Nissan Patrol.
Camera IconMcColl's 1984 MK Nissan Patrol. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

McColl will drive a 1984 MK Nissan Patrol which is now on its third engine.

“All the four-wheel drive shows you see now use new vehicles worth $100,000 — we thought ‘bugger it, let’s be different’,” he said.

“Let’s get two old buckets of snot and that way if we can make it in those, you can make it in anything.”

The crew are also raising money for the non-profit organisation Tiny Sparks WA which supports families with premature babies.

McColl will leave for his journey north on November 27 and the show will be aired on Anzac Day next year.

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