Kickstart puts driving dreams into gear

READY TO ROLL: Kickstart organiser Alan Stevenson shows off a Mustang Saleen to Launceston's Luke Rogers. This year's event will be held at the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. Picture: Hamish Geale

READY TO ROLL: Kickstart organiser Alan Stevenson shows off a Mustang Saleen to Launceston's Luke Rogers. This year's event will be held at the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. Picture: Hamish Geale

Targa cars, muscle cars, police cars and hot rods.

That’s the list of rides which will be made available to disabled and disadvantaged children on Sunday when Kickstart takes place in Launceston.

Now into its 11th year, Kickstart has outgrown its former home at the Country Club and will this year be held at the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania for the first time.

“The idea is to try and bring Targa cars and muscle cars to kids that normally wouldn't get the chance (to see them),” organiser Alan Stevenson said. 

“They might go to school on the Monday and the kids at school might say ‘we saw so-and-so’s car’ and then they can say ‘well we went for a ride in it’, so it just gives them one step up.”

Mr Stevenson said the event’s main aim was to “put smiles on kids’ faces”.

“Mostly they say ‘can we go faster’, which we can’t, we’ve got to stick to road speed. 

“But they want to hear the noise, they want to go fast and they just want to enjoy the day.”

The event will run from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

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