The modified car fraternity from north Queensland turned it on yet again for MotorEx Cruise for Charity 2016. The Townsville event attracted a bumper field of 321 cars, who came together (along with a host of spectators) to raise a total of $16,249.20 for the deserving kids of Camp Quality.


Taking advantage of the sensational weather, the cruise kicked off at 5:00pm and proceeded along The Strand (the main road through Townsville) to Reid Park. Besides being able to cruise with your friends, the scenic, costal route of Townsville Cruise for Charity gives this event a unique vibe unlike any other state. More so, all the locals come out to watch the cruisers roll on by. It was a great spectacle that brought out plenty of appreciative families and kids who enjoyed waving at the passing parade – especially the large contingent of B&S utes with their attention-grabbing horns.


Upon reaching Reid Park just before dusk, the cruisers set about enjoying themselves and getting involved in the Sound-Off (run by Jesters Car Audio) and the dyno – which could not have happened without the help of  Queensland Dyno Hire who brought their Dyno Dynamics machine up from Brisbane.


Other big supporters of Cruise for Charity Queensland were Ingham Carshow Association, Belgian Shell Service Centre, XXXplicit Refinishing (who debuted their stunning new Commodore) and Autobarn. While Townsville is well known for its strong car culture, it was mighty impressive to see the Autobarn display sporting six cars all up!


Another impressive effort, was the eight enthusiasts who made the four-hour drive down from Mackay. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and are already planning their return in 2017 – talk about dedication! Hamish and Mel (VF SSV), Robert (VE GTS), Wade and Sara (VF Clubsport), Matt and Carly (VE SS), Connor and Steph (FG XR6 Turbo), Mitch and Carl (VE SV6), Rob (VE Clubsport – not shown), plus Ayden (Colorado – not shown) all made the 780km round trip from Mackay for the event.


16 horsepower machines took on the dyno, with the best-run-of-the-day Guernsey going to Matt Donovan with a very healthy 1089rwhp.


It was great to see the calibre of cars was up on last year’s already high-quality turnout. It’s quite clear the Townsville leg of Cruise for Charity is going from strength-to-strength and is destined to evolve into a must-do event on the annual C4C calendar.

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The 5:00pm start time makes the cruise a twilight to evening event, which has proven extremely popular and will definitely continue to be a highlight of C4C Townsville.


In addition to the huge thanks that must go to the tireless band of volunteers (without whom the show could not go on), a big congratulations also goes to every participant. Everyone was extremely well behaved, making them great ambassadors for the modified car community – well done everyone!


Head to the Cruise for Charity website, or the individual Event pages on the Cruise for Charity Facebook Page to find out when MotorEx Cruise for Charity 2016 is scheduled for your state. See you there!