'Smoke Meats and Street Machines' deemed a huge success

FUNDRAISER: 43 classic muscle cars participated in the cruise from Stirling North to Quorn to help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
FUNDRAISER: 43 classic muscle cars participated in the cruise from Stirling North to Quorn to help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The town with a reputation for being a Hollywood movie backdrop lived up to its name over the weekend as an impressive display of classic vehicles lined the streets of Quorn.

Over 40 muscle cars made their way from the Stirling North Progress Hall, through the Pichi Richi Pass and to the doorstep of the Criterion Hotel in the name of charity.

About $1500 was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation through the ‘Smoked Meats and Street Machines’ event.

Proceeds from meals served at the Criterion Hotel made up $1000 of the grand total, all of which will be donated through Team XT-C Racing entrant in the Aussie Muscle Car Run in October.

“The reaction was excellent and there were a lot of cars that we hadn’t seen before,” event organiser Angela Corbett said.

“Members from the Northern District Motorsport Association in Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie fully supported the event.

“Tourists disembarking the Pichi Richi were coming over to have a look and thought it was awesome, reminiscing about the old days when they used to drive these cars in their teenage years.”

Tim and Angela Corbett, and Mckerlie families, have been involved with the Aussie Muscle Car Run since it began in 2012 and have combined their car enthusiasm with a cause close to their hearts.

All fundraising from the Run goes towards research, but it also helped build the Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village in Northfield, South Australia.

“We’ve had friends and family who have had leukaemia. Tim’s co-driver, Richard Footner’s son Jack was diagnosed in his early teens, so they’ve experienced firsthand the excellent work of the Leukaemia Foundation,” Angela said.

“The continued fundraising helps fill the fridges with food, pay the water, pay the electricity in the patient village – all these expenses that families don’t have to think about when a family member is undergoing treatment.”

The event was also a chance for the Criterion Hotel to show off their brand new barbecue cooker, purpose built by the Port Augusta Prison Metal Shop for smoking meats. 

The BBQ delivered 85 American style smoked meals such as Pulled Pork Sliders, Beef Brisket and Slow cooked chicken portions to the hungry car enthusiasts.

“A big thank you to the Criterion Hotel, Paul and Robyn Batchelor, they did an excellent job,” Angela said. 

“Also a big thank you to the local community for all of their ongoing support.”

The Aussie Muscle Car Run kicks off on October 27 with a cruise from Adelaide, through the Fleurieu Peninsula to Tailem Bend.

The first motorsport event is Sunday October 28 at The Bend Motorsport Park displaying Muscle Car racing for the general public with all proceeds going directly to the Leukaemia Foundation. 

Follow this link to donate.