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OLD’S COOL CAR CRUISE The Proud Highway

Photo courtesy of The Combined Torana Club Of WA
Photo courtesy of The Combined Torana Club Of WA

Have a love of beautiful cars? Like to hit the road in your favourite wheels? The Old’s Cool Car Cruise, taking place this Sunday, March 29, is open to all makes and models. Hosted by the Combined Torana Club of WA, the annual run draws anywhere between 100 and 150 cars, says Club President Rob Puljar, with hot rods, street machines, and customs in the mix. 

Although he says the occasion gets all sorts and the range can differ from year to year, the event (running for around a decade now) has seen vintage cars from the 1930s and ’40s, modern day muscle cars that Holden and Ford are releasing at the moment, and one year, a Rolls Royce. “There’s a good variety of vehicles.”

Everyone is welcome, with flyers and notifications sent to other car clubs. Puljar is hoping the word gets out there to other auto enthusiasts who might be interested. “We have regulars that come along year in and year out, so they know it’s on, but every year we get new people coming along as well, so it varies in numbers.”

The cruise starting point is Tomato Lake (Oat St) in Kewdale, with gates opening at 8.30am, first car out at 10.30am. You’re still under the control of Main Roads, so participants must follow regular road rules, which means no hooning, and no speeding.

“It’s not a race, it’s a cruise,” points out Puljar, who says the cruise covers around a hundred and ten kilometres, with a time allowance of about two hours: quite a comfortable amount to cover the distance while maintaining the speed limit. “The route usually goes through the hills, so we try and stay out of Perth if we can. I try and avoid going through suburbia; people like to get out and drive their cars on nice, open windy roads.” This translates to Lesmurdie, Kalamunda and Mundaring, coming back down Welshpool Road, back onto Roe Hwy, then back out to Midvale and Swan View, finishing at the Swan Italian Sporting Club in Middle Swan.

Entry is 20 dollars, which also gets you a goodie bag and a raffle ticket. Bringing along a navigator is a good idea, as there is a run sheet and, in between the lines of instructions, questions to answer. “It might be what bird is on the sign at Number 47, or what colour is the roof on the house at Number 68, just to break things up a little bit,” says Puljar. “Then we give out prizes for first, second, and third.” According to Puljar, around two thirds of cruise participants take part in answering the questions, the rest just do the cruise for the drive. (The navigator is not compulsory, but highly recommended if you’re going to try and answer the questions.)

There’s a sausage sizzle and the bar is open at the Swan Italian Sporting Club for those who want to finish up with a beer or two.

The event is the Combined Torana Club of WA’s major fundraiser for the year. Funds raised cover things like public liability insurance, hall hire, and newsletter publishing costs, as well as the club’s annual awards event. “Its not cheap nowadays to run any kind of club, whether it’s a sporting club or a car club,” says Puljar. He points out the event is good for the club because it gets members involved in the same thing, on the same day. “Everyone helps out.”

GILLIAN O’MEAGHER

 

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