Dave Vaughan, Chaplain to the NEC Australian Rally Championship, will this year begin his eighth year working alongside the competitors and officials of the series. It will also be his 19th year as motorsport Chaplain in South Australia.

Two years ago Vaughan decided to forgo full time employment and devote his time to motorsport chaplaincy.  This enables him to not only travel to events interstate, but also be available to competitors and officials with pastoral needs 24 hours a day. And this is all done on a voluntary basis, with Vaughan not receiving any income, apart from gifts from personal supporters.  

Vaughan’s wife, Narelle, works full time to release him to care for the motorsport community.

“I have a very understanding wife who works full time, and some personal supporters who assist me with travel expenses,” Vaughan says. “There are times when I don’t know if I’ll get to an event due to lack of finances, but somehow I always do – God does supply all my needs!!”

Apart from the ARC, Vaughan commits the rest of his time to the South Australian motorsport community following the local rally scene, circuit racing at Mallala Motorsport Park, Classic Adelaide Rally and Clipsal 500. In fact, Vaughan has just completed six long days at the Clipsal 500 – being there in the days prior to the race meeting with competitors and officials, and then during the four days of the event.

“Motorsport is my passion, having been involved in some form or other since I was 15, but more importantly I love working alongside the people involved in motorsport and seeing them achieve their goals in life, whether it be winning a championship as a competitor or just being involved in an event as an official. To me they are all champions,” Vaughan said.

Vaughan will once again be at the start of the series at Rally Queensland and looks forward to being at each round of the national championship in 2007 and beyond.

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