Of all the years I’ve been shooting, I don’t think I’ve ever done a proper shoot on a Commodore. Pretty un-Australian, right? So when a good friend asked if I’d be able to cover a charity cruise put on by the NSW SS Owners Club, I couldn’t refuse. I’d get to spend some more time shooting some Aussie Muscle, and I’d get to help the boys and girls support a very worthy cause. The aim of the event was to raise funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
A total of 60 SS Commodores participated in the charity cruise. The gang met up at Penrith KK’s on a VERY chilly Sunday morning. The club is made up by a wide mix of people, and is very family-friendly. After a quick catch up, a look at new mods on a few vehicles and a very badly-needed early morning coffee or two, we were on our way.
I was lucky enough that Shane, the event organiser, had arranged a couple of drivers from the VE Club so us photographers could snap away during the drive. Everyone, meet Rod. Rod’s a champ.
Almost instantly it was like we were old mates going on a regular cruise. He helps out at a LOT of car events. On a side note, I felt pretty disheartened when I fired up the Evo IX after the event. It just didn’t have the same rumble as an eight! His wife was the other driver, she also had a kick arse R8 too.
The crew made their way north through Richmond towards their second meeting point at Windsor. There’s very little traffic and plenty of nice scenery along the way. It’s a good drive if you’re feeling restless on a weekend morning.
A second group of about 20 cars were waiting for us at Windsor McDonalds. This was my favorite rig (The car, maybe).
We didn’t hang around for long though. Just long enough to regroup, and then we hit the road again to our final destination, Wiseman’s Ferry.
The drive gives you a nice mix of urban, rural and even some National Park-styled roads to drive on. The early morning fog transforms the landscape into a moving painting as you drive along.
The last part of the drive is the very best. The roadside closes and the road gets super twisty as you cut through the mountains, even when driving at the posted limits, it’s a satisfying drive.
At our final destination the cruise transformed into a massive Show’n’Shine.
The Top 5 Trophies on the day were selected by kids affected by Cerebral Palsy. Other trophies on the day included “Models’ choice,” as selected by 7 models that were there to complement the high octane machines on display. There was also a “peoples’ choice” selected by the volunteers who helped put the day together.
Despite the cold start, once the sun climbed into position the weather was perfect! Warm sun and a nice breeze, perfect! Every man and his dog was loving the day!
The event was put together by Sean and his cousin Shane Webber. Sean is affected by Cerebral Palsy himself, and wanted to do something to give back to the organisation that has done so much for him. Shane initially rejected the idea as being too hard to organise and manage, but after asking around for support the response was overwhelming with people wanting help.
Shane, a member of the SSOC, then approached the SSOC NSW Co-Presidents Mark Hooshmand and Dwayne Godber, who agreed to allow Shane to put together an event through the club. Yep, they’re a good bunch of guys. The months of preparation went into the day proved worthwhile! There is talk about turning this into an annual event, one that will invite other clubs to join in next time. Everyone who attended was impressed with the high level of professional organisation on the day, and expressed lots of praise for the organisers.
A total of $1,584 was raised on the day, and they are looking to increase that figure next year.