THE Southern Cross Street Cruisers Car Club’s annual car and bike show at the Orange Showground yesterday gave enthusiasts a chance to showcase their pride and joy, while also supporting a worthy cause.
Club president George Georgiou said he learnt about the important work of Ronald McDonald House in supporting sick children and their families eight years ago, when a friend’s son become unwell and they were forced to turn to the charity for help.
Mr Georgiou pledged to raise money for the charity’s Orange house, which is under construction.
“His story touched me and the other club members so that’s why we decided to raise money for Ronald McDonald House,” he said.
Mr Georgiou has found it very satisfying raising not only money, but also people’s awareness of the charity.
“Some people that come here don’t know about Ronald McDonald House, but that’s okay, I didn’t know anything about it until eight years ago,” he said.
Despite the bad weather this year’s event attracted 60 exhibitors.
“At 5.30 am it was raining and we thought it would be a washout, but it turned out great,” Mr Georgiou said.
“We’ve only got half the number [of exhibitors] we had last year but considering the weather that’s not too bad, there’s people here who we haven’t seen before.”
Mr Georgiou said highlights of show include an Oldsmobile coupe from the late 1960s or early 1970s, a 1939 Dodge coupe with three windows and a Japanese ute with a rotary engine.
Brett Pozza said he was surprised with all the attention his grandfather’s 1971 green pick-up truck received.
His grandfather Mario Pozza bought the vehicle when it was new and it has become a family heirloom.
Mr Pozza said the truck still worked well and all he had to do to get it ready for the show was polish it.
“I drive it everyday ... it doesn’t fit in the shed,” he said.
Mr Georgiou said he would not know how much money was raised via show entry fees and gate takings until later this week.