Victorian cruisers give yourselves a big pat on the back, as MotorEx Cruise for Charity 2016 was yet again a huge success. Despite the morning’s inclement weather at the official Williams Landing and Cranbourne meet points (plus the unofficial Eye Candy meet point), a total of 1956 vehicle rolled through the gates at the Lardner Park destination.
Each vehicle’s $40 participation fee combined with generous donations from the massive crowd managed to raise an astounding $83,307.50 – that’s only $300 less than last year’s sensational effort under idyllic, cloudless conditions. Victorian C4C’ers, you should be very proud of your efforts, the deserving kids of Camp Quality are certainly appreciative and thank you from the bottom of their hearts.
In addition to raising lots of money, 2016 participants also earned themselves congratulations for their impeccable behaviour – especially given the greasy conditions across Lardner Park’s rolling grass hills. The grounds were also left quit tidy, with minimal clean-up necessary.
The annoying traffic ques of previous years was not a feature in 2016. Co-operative participants working with the experienced C4C Traffic Management team saw all the cruisers in through the gates and parked up with minimal fuss.
From the get-go, the Official C4C tent was busy all day. A veritable mountain of goodies bags were distributed along with 2000-plus official event Tees. The lovely Cruise for Charity promo girls had a big day, getting out and rubbing shoulders with massive crowd. They had a host of goodies in tow to reward those spectators who chose to make a personal donation to Camp Quality.
With all 100 VIP spots sold out a month prior, C4C Victoria 2016 was always going to be big. There were cruisers from country Victoria and as far away as South Australia – who had a great time, commenting this was the best even they’d ever been to. Having the VIPs lead the cruises from both meet points certainly added to the spectacle along the freeways.
Diversity continues to be an incredibly strong trait of C4C. Looking across the sea of vehicles, it had it just about everything from, old-school street machines, right through to new-school JDMs. As always, the Commodore fraternity was well represented. One notable group was the Maloo Club, who had no less than 15 stunners lined up in the VIP area – and looking to bring even more next year. Being an alcohol free, family-friendly event, many C4C cruisers brought picnic set-ups, camping out near their car and soaking up the relaxed, chilled vibe.
Winners of the fun-based Show ‘n’ Shine awards include; Hayden Vincent, XLRACR (Chubby’s Choice), Cherie Dystelblom, I LOVE DFCTS – pictured below (Coolest C4C Representation), Ryan Boyle, RJB-05 (Top Refinish) and an unknown entrant who picked up Coolest Wheels with their aqua R32 Skyline (HNTAI). Lastly, Best Number Plate went to Andrew Osbourne with his very-slick VZ Commodore; MNTAZZ. Andrew was ecstatic, posting on Facebook, “This means so much to me.”
The crew from Allsparks Performance put in a massive effort, to run the Liqui-Moly Hunt for Horsepower dyno session. This is the first time Allsparks have operated their DynoTech dyno off-site and had to modify the single-retarder machine to do so. They also brought along a number of customer cars, which proved immensely popular with spectators. At $60 a run (proceeds going to charity), there was no shortage of eager horsepower junkies ready to strut their stuff on the rollers of truth. Once they’d stopped spinning and the dust settled, Trent Thompson came out on top with a stout 638.24wrhp from his innocent-looking VF Commodore.
Tread Cemetery had it all in 2016, 19 killer teams, including Kiwi Carnage (a team all the way from New Zealand), strong, strong burnouts all day and a Golden Ticket for the Summernats Burnout Masters. They even had an on-track marriage proposal – to which she said YES!
Although the sun gods did come to the party just before the burnouts kicked off mid-morning, unfortunately heavy rain late in the afternoon brought a premature halt to proceedings. With the track becoming a total washout just as the finals were about to ignite, the winners had to be determined using semi-final scores. This handed the unique, grave stone-styled trophy to team Roadkill, made up of; Jay (MOIST – Commodore), JD Gonzales (XBACON – Commodore), Troy Roberts (GTNWLD – Commodore), Jayden Randall (TYRH8R – Commodore) and Leigh McKenzie (LUXURY – Hilux). Chris Genter (FOM HELL – Commodore), was another happy winner snatching the trophy for top individual skid.
C4C Victoria has always been must do event for the modified car community – and it proved itself so yet again in 2016 – great cars, great food, great vibe and a great time had by all. Like all C4C events, none of it would have been possible with the team of hard working volunteers (thank you), invaluable sponsors, MotorEx, Lowe Fabrications, Autobarn, Turbosmart and enthusiastic exhibitors; Wrapped Az, Phat Wraps, Loyd’s Garage, HPW, Alfa Motorsports, Wilful Damage, Sweet Stop, Shannons and Tread Cemetery.
See you all next year!