Mr Palumbo has taken part in every Car Cruise for the past six years and was all set for the 2016 edition when his mate and co-driver had to pull out for personal reasons.
Refusing to let that scuttle his weekend, Mr Palumbo decided to hitch a ride in Bunbury friend John Carey’s 1962 Cadillac.
“I did a fair few Variety Bashes and then the Creative Car Cruise was introduced and I’ve been on all of them so far so I didn’t want to miss out,” he said.
“It’s a great cause and everybody who takes part is really friendly so it’s always a lot of fun along the way.”
The four-day event began in Hillarys, with a record fleet of 30 classic, muscle, sports and modified vehicles travelling through Mandurah towards Yallingup before returning to Mandurah for Crab Fest.
Each car owner taking part committed to raising a minimum of $4000 ($3000 for new vehicles) for Variety WA.
The money is put towards helping WA children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs through the provision of practical equipment, programs and experiences.
“This year was really good; the weather was great and we pulled into a few wineries along the way. I would definitely encourage anybody considering it to ring up Variety and give it a crack next time,” Mr Palumbo said.
Variety chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said for the participants, the greatest reward of all was knowing that their fun weekend, travelling in the cars they loved, was making a difference to the lives of children in need.