Floreat: final Big Al’s Poker Run to pay tribute to founder

Picture: Dominique Menegaldo
Picture: Dominique Menegaldo
Picture: Dominique Menegaldo
Picture: Dominique Menegaldo Picture: Dominique Menegaldo Picture: Dominique Menegaldo

HUNDREDS will pay tribute to car enthusiast Alan Erdmann this weekend as pre-1978 hot rods assemble in Floreat for the final Big Al’s Poker Run.

Mr Erdman, who organised the first run 37 years ago with a few cars which grew to become a huge annual event with up to 500 cars, was 64 when he died in June last year.

He never had children but his generosity was evident with $10,000 raised at each annual event donated to children’s charities.

His generosity was infectious, drawing many volunteers who donated hundreds of hours of their time to the event and bringing car lovers together from all over WA.

The decision was made after his death to no longer hold it beyond 2017.

Speaking to Western Suburbs Weekly, event organiser and friend Ray Hunt remembered Mr Erdman fondly.

“He was a simple guy; he was a big hearted, soft and gentle guy,” he said.

“He had a soft spot for kids, he had a big heart.”

Mr Hunt said this weekend’s event was planned as a tribute to ‘Big Al’.

“In honour of Big Al, this year’s event is a replicate of last year’s, which was the last one he was involved in,” he said.

“We thought we ought to do something for the thousands of people that new him (and) cars are coming out of the woodwork and people are coming from Boulder and Geraldton.

“It’s not a car show, it’s history.”

What: Big Al’s Poker Run 2017

When: Saturday, February 11 from 10am

Where: Perry Lakes Reserve, Floreat

Information: http://bigalspokerrun.com.au