Shane Jacobson on the Run
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?!