Jim Cairns

The Driver

"Man behind the wheel"

Rex Baker

The Mechanic

Master of the "Patch ups"

  • Against the Grain does the Australasian Safari – Day Eight

    Today, we finished the Safari that I started 29 years ago. I can’t tell you how pleased Rex and I are to cross this one off the bucket list. A huge thanks to everyone who has supported us and, of course, our sponsors. We would never have been able to finish the Australasian Safari without that support and I really do appreciate it so much.

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  • Against the Grain does the Australasian Safari – Day Five and Six

    We left Gascoyne Junction on the 24th headed towards Exmouth, and it really was a bugger of a day. About 100km into the stage, we found our oil was low and we risked doing more damage to the vehicle if we kept going, so we got towed in. Unfortunately, that meant we had to cop the brunt of a lot of penalties. Today, we were lucky to have one of our great supporters from Titan Australia donate an engine to us so we could replace the one in the buggy. We’re crossing our fingers that everything will be alright from now on after this fairly significant repair! So although we didn’t compete today, and we had to surrender in yesterday’s stage, we came into this race wanting to finish it and we still expect to do that.

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  • Against the Grain does the Australasian Safari – Day Two

    Got into Murchison tonight after a pretty interesting day. Well, we started off alright but things escalated quickly as I (Jim) started to feel a bit crook thanks to Rex’s rough driving (“yeah, alright, it was rough terrain, mate” – Rex). When Rex drives it’s very, very rough! And I had a lot of trouble trying to hold me stomach together…I started strong and I felt really good during the morning and then I started to feel car sick and eventually it had to come out...it wasn’t a pretty sight. I was destroyed! So we got the chopper in to come and pick me up for a rest. I was very appreciative of Rex because I was thinking ‘I can’t let him down, I’ve got to stay in here’! (“But I told him his mum would never forgive me!” – Rex)

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  • Against the Grain does the Australasian Safari – Day One

    Today, we started at Ginger’s Roadhouse in Perth ready to head up to Geraldton. We had to do the prologue today and we’re happy with how the buggy’s feeling. A few mechanical issues here and there – a problem with my (Jim’s) throttle on the steering wheel that we managed to sort out so thank God I don’t have to be a passenger for Rex for the rest of the week!

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  • Make My Day, Don’t Take My Bay!

    We had the opportunity today to take the buggy down to Forrest Place in the Perth CBD to promote the Count Me In message. We were also there to help launch the National Disabilities Services WA’s newest initiative – Make My Day, Don’t Take My Bay.

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  • Against the Grain Tackles the Australasian Safari

    The Against the Grain team is comprised of disabled and able-bodied adventurers who advocate the Count Me In message of inclusion. Together, they inspire people with disabilities and mental illness, as well as their carers and families, to embrace life and continue to do the things that bring them joy and excitement.

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