Car owners in cruise for a cause

PERFECT weather and spectator-lined roads greeted about 300 classic and muscle car drivers as they drove from the Silverdome to Longford's village green for yesterday's ninth annual Tassie Muscle and Classic Car Cruise.

Once the cars settled on the green, hundreds of people wandered around in muscle-car heaven reliving their youth or chatting to car owners.

Organiser Jon Chandler, of Scamander, said that Aussie Coupes ran the event to raise money for the HeartKids charity.

"We raise about $1500 at each cruise and the car show, which is held at (the) Chromy vineyard in February, raises anything up to $15,000," Mr Chandler said.

"The cruises have paid for the rent on a room at Melbourne's Ronald McDonald House, which is just for Tasmanian families going over for treatment.

"We also paid for specialist heart surgeon Bryn Jones to go to Europe to study the latest techniques in ECG, chest echoes and the like and have put iPads, an iPod and a big-screen TV into the specialist room at the LGH."

Among those to participate yesterday was Grant Faulkner, who drove from St Marys in the GT Falcon that has been in his family since 1975 and that his mother used for shopping.

"I try to get to the cruise even though it's a bit of an effort sometimes when you live out in the bush," Mr Faulkner said.

About 60 Tasmanian families are receiving support from Heart Kids at the moment.Slideshow online at www.examiner.com.au

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