WOW what a great day! Congratulations Townsville for hosting yet another incredible MotorEx Cruise for Charity. “Enthusiasts from Townsville and surrounding regions are some of the most passionate you’ll ever come across,” says Cruise for Charity’s National Coordinator, Ellie Thorley. “They’re so committed and they’re all completely buzzed about being involved.”
Then there’s their generosity; 329 official entrants combined with a host of individual donations raised an impressive $16,653.90! Well done far north Queenslanders! And we do mean FNQ; while C4C Qld is hosted at Townsville’s Reid Park (the V8 Supercar precinct), it attracts enthusiasts from far and wide. Several participants thought nothing of completing a 1200km round trip to take part in the day’s festivities.
The quality was also a standout; it’s never been higher. This was even more so across the 23 VIPs; virtually every one was a super nice, top-of-the-line show pony who nicely complemented a selection of crowd pleasing beasts.
Adding to the day’s spectacle was the variety of machinery, there was a never-ending stream of mouth-watering cruisers out and about on the day. Rumbling past the neat-as-a-pin classic Aussie and American machinery was ground-shaking blown streeters, slick tuners plus the odd Ferrari and Corvette. There was something for every automotive palate – including a gaggle of gnarly rotaries from CS Motors.
The inclusion of the Dyno Dynamics, Dynotech Hunt for Horsepower competition has really ignited all the local performance shops. None more so than last year’s national Hunt for Horsepower champion; Townsville Mechanical Services (TMS) who brought along 25-odd customer cars. Not happy to rest on their laurels, on the very first run of the day, Pete and the TMS crew stepped things up to re-set their own national record with a blistering 1363.7rwhp in the shop’s immaculate 431-cube, twin-turbo VE SS ute! It’ll be interesting to see if anybody from C4C SA, Vic or NSW can better this impressive run. JR’s twin-turbo, LS-powered VT SS sedan (TMS Head Mechanic), came in second with 1000.9rwhp. Third was Shaun Manns’s 919.2rwhp XR6 turbo and fourth was Matt Whiting (TMS Manager), with 831rwhp from his six-litre LSX 427ci equipped VE SSV ute.
Even more impressive, 1st, 2nd and 4th all drove their machines to C4C and drove them home again. TMS (Turbosmart’s local representative) really deserves a special thank you for bringing along their own private Dynotech dyno and running competition – which included strapping a total of 35 vehicles onto the rollers.
They build ‘em tough in FNQ – they’re also solid and reliable. Turbosmart were on hand with plenty of good advice and technical expertise for the horsepower junkies, along with the lovely Miss Turbosmart, who was only too happy to help with participant’s boosted needs.
Car audio is loud ‘n’ proud in Townsville, with Jesters Custom Audio, running a popular Sound-Off competition with a number of entries across a variety of classes and also got the kids involved with a few fun activities.
Another great feature of C4C Townsville is the ability of the convoy to stick together. It was quite a spectacle witnessing almost 300 enthusiast vehicles line astern cruising through the mountains from the Hervey’s Range start point, all gathered together with the goal of raising money for sick kids.
A key element to the successes of Townsville is dedicated team of Rodney, Amanda, Prue, Jamie, Ainsley, Casey and their hard working crew. Without their efforts Cruise for Charity Queensland 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 Insurance, Turbosmart, Dyno Dynamics and Lowe Fabrications. In addition to these key people and sponsors, the whole of Townsville really gets involved in the event, it’s unlike anything experienced by C4C in the other states. The whole community really gets in pushes the event. Both the local council representative and venue management spent most of the day commenting, ‘isn’t this great! It’s this level of enthusiasm that has firmly cemented Townsville as the home of C4C Queensland. Post event, the C4C Queensland event page was flooded with people posting messages about what an amazing day they had.
Again well done FNQ, Camp Quality thanks you for your generosity and appreciation, can’t wait for 2016! If you too would like to take part in Australia’s biggest national motoring event, C4C NT, Tas, Vic, SA and NSW is still to come! Head to the C4C Facebook event page for your state and click the ‘GOING’ button and rally the troops. See ya there!