A FINE display of vintage vehicular style moved through Ballarat last weekend, but those involved weren’t just going for a leisurely drive in the sunshine in their Sunday best.
Sixty-two classic cars and motorbikes manufactured no later than 1980, and their owners, took part in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Drive, which set off from Creswick Road at 9am, and travelled up plus around the particular goldfields region.
The initiative’s aim was to raise money for Movember, which benefits prostate and testicular cancer research plus awareness, and men’s mental health programs.
Steve Begley took component in this his 1969 primrose-coloured MG plus said the cause was near to his heart.
“I’ve got family and friends that have troubles with mental wellness as well as prostate cancer, so it’s close to us, but it resonates along with everyone, ” he said.
“Asking people to sponsor the drive was no problem because they relate to this, and to raise funds plus drive the particular car on a beautiful day around the goldfields areas is fantastic. ”
As a new resident to the region, Joel Priestland stated the generate was not only an opportunity in order to support a good cause, but to get to know the particular area within his lockdown restoration project, a 1970 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1. 6.
“This is the first time I’ve had my car out, really. It’s the great excuse to do something fun and meet likeminded individuals because I’ve just moved to the area, ” he said.
“Compared to the vehicles of these days where you have so many mod cons and computers, the driving experience of these types of old things is what it’s all about. It takes you back.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the roads that I’ll be able to frequent when I take it out. ”
Last Sunday’s event raised about $11, 000 locally, but other drives were held all over Australia, and in 54 some other countries around the world.
The goldfields drive covered 170 kilometres, with the route including Daylesford, Maldon, plus Clunes.