Drive to raise money for Variety WA a classic outing

Muscle cars and their men: Tom Di Chiera, Campbell Scott, K.J and Rossco Stewart.
Muscle cars and their men: Tom Di Chiera, Campbell Scott, K.J and Rossco Stewart.

The four-day cruise takes classic, muscle, sports and modified vehicle owners on a mystery course to Bunbury to raise funds for Variety WA to help children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

Marmion residents Ross Stewart, Carlo Malievaz and Tom De Chiera have joined forces with Carine’s Campbell Scott, who has entered his two Cadillacs, a 1970 Coupe Deville and a 1977 Eldorado Baritz, into the cruise as well as a Mercedes Benz for the support car.

Woodvale’s Kim Gardiner is driving a 2011 Ford GT,while Richard Kaminski from Currambine will drive a 1985 Holden Commodore.

Stewart, who is captaining one of the Cadillacs, said he had done 18 Variety WA Bashes but was now getting tired of living in a tent and driving over railway lines and potholes.

‘The Variety Club classic cruise was designed for people in Perth who have classic cars, of the ilk that we’ve got in the Cadillacs, and never had a chance to show them,’ he said.

‘The Variety Club came up with the thought that why don’t we do a four-day cruise on bitumen, stay in hotels and motels and do it with a bit of class and that will bring these sort of cars and the owners of those cars out into the open.

‘If we can utilise them as the vehicle that produces the income for the kids, or the means to produce the income, that’s what we’ll do.’

Mr Stewart said they had already raised $25,000 for Variety WA from this year’s cruise.

Last year, the event raised more than $100,000. To donate, go to thecadillacs.org or varietywa.org.au.