Young driver making tracks

WANGARATTA’S Tom Barnard not only loves the challenge of four-wheel driving, but also the opportunity to give back to local communities. PHOTO: Kylie Wilson

WHILE some people might find a way to relax in more subdued hobbies like yoga, knitting or fishing, the same can’t be said for 22-year-old Wangaratta resident, Tom Barnard.

The four-wheel drive enthusiast finds  peace and serenity behind the wheel, off-road in the Australian bush.

“It is a challenge, but you can forget about other things, and it takes you away to another place,” he said.

From the time he got his licence and his first car – a four-wheel drive – his parents encouraged him to get involved with a club, and since joining the Wangaratta 4x 4 Club in 2009 he hasn’t looked back.

The active club member was winner of the Extreme Sport category of last year’s Rural City of Wangaratta Youth Awards, and even runs his own 4WD business, Combat Kustoms.

But when his schedule and budget permits, he loves getting away to four-wheel drive tracks, particularly local tracks like the ones around Bright.

“The options are limitless – you can make it as challenging as you want to – and out in the bush, you get a bit more freedom,” he said.

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