GENERAL maintenance and a tyre repair were all that were needed before Lloyd Whitlock and Kellie Wild headed off on this year’s Variety Creative Car Cruise.
Mr Whitlock, of Malaga, said this was the second time he and Ms Wild, who lives in Woodvale, had taken part in the four-day charity cruise.
“So last year we had L-plates and this year we are on P-plates,” he said.
They are driving a 1974 MGB that used to belong to Mr Whitlock’s mother and stepfather.
“It has less than 55,000 original miles,” he said.
“It originates from Ireland and it’s a beaut little car to drive.”
The cruise, which launched in Gingin today, will take 24 classic, muscle, sports and modified cars through Dongara, Port Denison, Geraldton and Jurien Bay before finishing in Wanneroo on Sunday.
To take part, each participant must raise a minimum of $4000 for Variety, which goes to helping WA kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
Along with Woodvale residents Mark and Kim Gardiner, the two teams have raised more than $34,000 through their activities, including a gala dinner, raffles, an online campaign and donation tins.
“Kellie’s daughter Katie (12) has Angelman syndrome (a neurological disorder) and has been the recipient of several Variety grants over the years – most recently towards a wheelchair which enables her to participate in community activities,” Mr Whitlock said.
“We are very grateful to Variety for their support and we love the opportunity to give back by doing our fundraising.
“It is rewarding to be able to support the special needs and disadvantaged children in our community.”
Also taking part are Mindarie couple Paul and Jan Merrill.