Mus­cle cars on way

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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.

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