MotorEx Cruise for Charity 13, NSW was a fitting end to a sensational 2016 season – well done one and all! Thanks to the generosity of the 753 official participants that rolled into Sydney Dragway, combined with the thousands of generous spectators and several fundraising activities on the day, Cruise for Charity Sydney managed to raise an impressive $32,519.10 – which will immensely benefit the sick kids of Camp Quality. The smiles on their faces makes it all worthwhile.
The weather gods were definitely smiling this year, with crystal clear skies and glorious sunshine greeting cruisers. It was the perfect day for hitting the highway, enjoying the cruise with fellow enthusiasts and making memories that will last a lifetime. Keen participants began queuing outside the new Warragamba Recreational Reserve meet-point, well before the gates opened at 4:00pm. By the 5:00pm driver’s briefing the reserve was a veritable sea of interesting and eye-catching machinery with throngs of smitten spectators wandering through all cool rides, chatting with owners.
Lead Car honours for 2016 went to Aaron Gregory and his slick ’51 Chevy pick-up, known as Memphis Hell. Aaron’s ground scraping truck was closely followed by over a dozen Cruise for Charity VIPs.
As the dazzling conga-line of cruisers streamed into Sydney Dragway, it was quickly transformed into a sea of gleaming streeters – truly a sight to behold. With the cruise, done ‘n’ dusted, it was time to enjoy the day’s other activities. Horsepower junkies set about winding up the RPM in the Liqui-Moly Hunt for Horsepower. After the howling from the competitor’s engines fell silent, Luke Francisco sat at the top of the overall leader board with 644.4rwhp from his VS Wagon (see separate recap for full rundown and class winners).
Not to be left out, the Smashing Tyres brigade wasted no time in sending scores of unsuspecting tyres to a billowy, smokey grave. Ten burnout beasts offered up their passenger seat for a ride of a lifetime. These 10 passenger rides were individually auctioned off to raise further funds for Camp Quality. Each lucky auction winner got to experience the brain-melting ferocity of a full-on, ten-tenths, tyre-annihilating burnout. Judging by the wide-eye, ear-to-ear grin plastered across each passenger’s face, they certainly got their money’s worth. More so, the Smashing Tyres burnout ride auctions raised over $4,000 just on their own! Fantastic effort to everyone who volunteered their passenger seat, along with the 10 lucky bidders.
On the quieter side was the fantastic VIP area – another C4C attraction that’s growing year-on-year. The crème of Sydney’s tough streeters, along with a bevy of jaw-dropping show pieces each donated $165 to Camp Quality for a premium spot in the VIP area – it certainly was an amazing array of standout machinery.
In between all this, junior members of the modified car community could fine-tune their future driving skills in the Kiddie Karts. While the grown-ups got to check out all the traders including; Shannons Insurance, Ricks Slot Cars, Motortainment, Lowe Fabrications and the official C4C merchandise stand.
A massive thanks has to go to all of the volunteers who tirelessly work to make this (and all other) C4C events possible. The kids and families of Camp Quality are also extremely grateful to C4C’s amazing national sponsors; Meguiar’s MotorEx, Liqui-Moly, Designer Wraps, American Legend Wheels, Autobarn, Turbosmart and Lowe Fabrications. Thanks also to Sydney Dragway for their support along with everyone who attended C4C NSW – each of whom contributed to making it the smooth-running, standout success that it was. Once again proving how much good the enthusiast community are capable of.
A national 2016 season wrap up will appear on the main C4C website. And stay tuned, as we’re looking to announce a range of exciting updates and features for the upcoming 2017 season.