Shane Jacobson on the Run

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Shane Jacobson is best de­scribed as a car guy who came to fame play­ing lov­able Kenny Smyth – a por­taloo com­pany worker. He’s since hosted two sea­sons of Top Gear Aus­tralia and popped up in all man­ner of on­screen and the­atri­cal roles. The Aussie Mus­cle Car Run is best de­scribed as Get­away meets a car club run on steroids. The phi­los­o­phy is sim­ple: Aussie and US clas­sic stretch­ing their legs while rais­ing much needed funds for the treat­ment and care of pa­tients with blood can­cers. The 2000km-plus long-haul jour­neys en­com­pass mo­tor­sport tests, vis­its to mo­tor­ing at­trac­tions and soak­ing up the scenery.

Or­gan­ised by the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion of South Aus­tralia, the fifth an­nual Ade­laide-re­turn Run boasted two ma­jor firsts – a track day on the mag­nif­i­cent Phillip Is­land Grand Prix Cir­cuit and a guest stint by Jacobson. The Vic­to­rian sea­side cir­cuit was the turn­around point for the week­long tour, where Jacobson was joined by other mo­tor­ing celebrities.

He joined the Run for three days, start­ing in Bal­larat, where the lo­cal Bridge­stone store put on a BBQ for the 40-odd as­sem­bled crews.

“When I turned up and saw all of those cars in the one spot – and could smell those sausages siz­zling, I was about as happy as Shane Jacobson at a Four’N Twenty pie fac­tory,” Shane en­thused.

Shane, de­scribe your first im­pres­sions of the Aussie Mus­cle Car Run?

Colour­ful! I was met with a sea of mus­cle cars and im­me­di­ately I knew I was go­ing to have fun. The cars were beau­ti­fully pre­sented and a big bunch of like-minded en­thu­si­asts were there to raise money and aware­ness for a fan­tas­tic char­ity. Good folk in great cars... what could go wrong? Noth­ing! Of course, I felt obliged to have a sausage sand­wich to get in the mood...

Far from just a ‘Ta­ga­long Terry’, you drove a se­lec­tion of cars, right?

First-up I was thrown the keys to a yel­low HQ GTS 4-door for the leg be­tween Bal­larat and Phillip Is­land, which was fan­tas­tic. It had been brought back to life by the or­gan­iser of the Run, Rachel, and looked mag­nif­i­cent. It ran even bet­ter. It was a 308 and it just purred. What­ever I asked it to do, it just said, “I’m fine with that, let’s do it to­gether.”

Who were the other spe­cial guests on the Run?

We had din­ner that night at the track, at which point we were joined by mo­tor rac­ing roy­alty for a Q&A ses­sion: Al­lan Mof­fat, plus Chris­tine and Fred Gib­son. Sur­prise, sur­prise, the au­di­ence was more in­ter­ested in ask­ing Chris­tine, Fred and Al­lan ques­tions than I – and why wouldn’t they?!

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