Muscle cars on way
The deep rumble of 40 classic, iconic cars will vibrate Benalla’s streets next Tuesday evening when the 2017 Leukaemia Foundation’s Aussie Muscle Car Run rolls into town.
Some of Australia’s most loved cars from the ‘‘golden era’’ of Bathurst, including Toranas, GT Falcons, Ford Mustangs, Valiants, Statesmans, Capris, Fairmonts and Monaros are taking part.
They will set off from Eastern Creek, NSW, on Saturday, October 28, headed south through Victoria on their way to the finish line in Adelaide.
The epic 2000 km, seven-day cruise through four states and territories will be raising funds and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation.
The event is open to all muscle cars made between 1963 and 1977 when drivers like Brock, Moffat and Goss provided some of the most outstanding vehicle competition in the world.
Aussie Muscle Car Run event chairman Kevin May said the cruise was now in its sixth year and had raised more than $2 million for the Leukaemia Foundation.
‘‘The run is a great coming together of car lovers and fundraising, filled with unique opportunities to take on iconic routes and fun-filled motorsport on well-known raceways,’’ Mr May said.
‘‘This year’s route is amazing and has just the right mix of leisure cruising and motorsport events.
‘‘It includes a drive through the Snowy Mountains, a day at the National War Memorial in Canberra and time on the track at Winton Motor Raceway, the Ford Proving Ground and the Portland Drags.’’
Aussie actor Shane Jacobson will join the run on days three, four and five as the cars head from Canberra, through Benalla and onto Geelong.
Jacobson will be joined by racing icon Alan Moffat on day four at Winton Motor Raceway as he takes his number one, commemorative Ford Mustang to the track.
The Aussie Muscle Car Run kicks off this year with a parade lap at the 2017 Sydney Motorsport Park Aussie Muscle Car Masters.
Cars will then make their way across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to MacMahon’s Point before setting off on the seven-day tour.
Look out in next week’s Ensign for more on this event.
Hot wheels: Some of Australia’s most iconic cars are headed to Benalla.