Following last year’s atrocious weather conditions that no doubt impacted attendance numbers, Perth’s enthusiast community sure made up for it in 2015! A record 1059 official entries rocked up, collectively raising a record total of $47,165.40 for Camp Quality!
In fact C4C WA 2015 was such a success (almost 400 more vehicles than WA’s previous best), it has outgrown the Joondalup meet point – potentially signalling a step-up to dual meet points for 2016. Stay tuned for further announcements on this. The record number of participants and spectators who headed out to Perth Motorplex also meant C4C ran out of stickers, T-shirts and showbags by lunchtime. Sorry to everyone who missed out – anyone who paid their money and are still chasing their event sticker and T-shirt should get in contact with C4C. Given the buzz on the lead up to the event, it’s understandable there was such an impressive turnout. If you were one of the many, give yourself a pat on the back. Well done! The kids and families of Camp Quality really appreciate your support.
In keeping with Cruise for Charity’s ‘Welcome All’ policy, Perth 2015 attracted a huge cross-section of vehicles. Everything from tuff-as-muck streeters, glistening show stoppers, ground-scrapping low riders along with a myriad of mint stockers, classic iron and seemingly every type of motorbike imaginable. Heck, there was even a cool collection of VW Beetles and a number of mouth-watering Lamborghinis including raging bull’s latest Italian stallion, a 600hp LP 610-4 Huracan – hubba hubba!
Best of all, everyone’s treated equal, giving Cruise for Charity the unique ability to gather each of these very different genres together to socialise in a relaxed, zero-alcohol, family-friendly, environment – all while raising money for sick kids. Gary Zahra in his incredible Chev C10 was the lead car for the cruise into Perth Motorplex and you couldn’t wipe the smile from his face. “I got to prove to everyone the truck’s not only a show winner, I actually drive it!”
Each of C4C WA’s traders; MotorHound, Cronic Customs, Wild West Customs and Custom Trikes all reported excellent interaction on the day and vowed to be back bigger and better in 2016. Over in the Show ‘n’ Shine area, there were seven awards on offer with Ryan Masters again taking out the Coolest Cruise for Charity Representation.
The Dynotech Hunt for Horsepower was a huge hit thanks to main sponsor Dyno Dynamics and the crew from WA Performance and Service Centre who brought along their own twin-retarder Dynotech dyno – then helped run up an impressive 27 cars on the rollers of truth. Once the dust had settled, Paul Gric in his supercharged, 402-cube LS-powered Mercedes 280SE set WA’s top number of 745.5rwhp. Paul only arrived back from overseas the day before, however that didn’t stop him from congregating at the meet point with everyone else, cruising his Benz to Motorplex, backed it up onto the rollers, setting the winning run, then driving it home – what a legend!
Not to be left out, the Smashing Tyres burnout charity auction was also massively popular. Nine generous drivers offered up their passenger seat to be auctioned off to the highest bidder for the ride of a lifetime. A total of $3,375 was raised, with a great time had by all. On emerging from Simon Birch’s staunch One-Tonner (DOSILE) having just completed an impressive skid, Sonia Sweeney commented, “that’s the best thing I’ve ever done!” She had a grin from ear to ear. Although there’s nothing up for grabs, all the burnout guys had loads of fun and really liked their stylish thank you mementos.
While each vehicle’s $35 participation fee (making C4C excellent value as a family day out) raises the bulk of the funds, C4C wouldn’t be possible without a sea of invaluable yet often unappreciated volunteers. Thank you very much too all the Camp Quality volunteers and Motorplex staff who worked tirelessly all day – without these guys it wouldn’t happen. C4C would also like to thank the event’s invaluable sponsors; Meguiar’s MotorEx, Liqui-Moly, Designer Wraps, House of Kolor, Just Car, Turbosmart, Dyno Dynamics, Lowe Fabrications and Flash Signs..
As well as preserving the T-shirt from each of the nine C4C events staged in WA since 2006, Coolest Cruise for Charity Representation winner, Ryan Masters, went to the trouble of tracking down memorabilia from the prior events held interstate.
Okay South Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales, WA has set a cracking benchmark – are the rest of you up to the challenge? Jump onto the C4C Facebook event page for your state and click the ‘GOING’ button, then get your posse together. See ya there!