Yarloop Charity Car Cruise

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Vintage car enthusiasts Steve Eatwell and Sue Manuel of Oakford stand in front of their 1967 Cadilac Covertible De Ville from Los Angeles ahead of the Yarloop Charity Car Cruise.
Camera IconVintage car enthusiasts Steve Eatwell and Sue Manuel of Oakford stand in front of their 1967 Cadilac Covertible De Ville from Los Angeles ahead of the Yarloop Charity Car Cruise.

Vintage and classic cars will rumble into Yarloop on February 2 for the annual Charity Car Cruise.

This year Yarloop Primary School will be the recipient of all money raised at the cruise.

Oakford car collectors Sue Manuel and her partner Steve Eatwell said they initially started the event three years ago to help the fire-struck community of Yarloop.

“Watching the bushfire unfold 100km down the road in 2016 broke our hearts, so we thought we’d get people together and raise some money,” Mrs Manuel recalled.

She said thousands had been raised for the Yarloop Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and the Country Women’s Association in previous years and she hoped for a big turnout again this year.

Yarloop Primary School will put the donations towards replacing the sporting equipment they lost in the fire.

The family event will have a trophy presentation and entertainment throughout the day.

“There will also be an ice cream truck and sausage sizzle fundraiser,” Mr Eatwell said.

“Those with vintage cars are encouraged to come down and those looking for a fun day out are welcome too,” he added. The event will be held at the Yarloop Bowling Club, which was the only business along with the post office that escaped the fire.

Yarloop Bowling Club president Fred Duplessis said he was looking forward to the cruise and the crowd it will attract.

“The town is growing and there are a lot of new faces, however we will slowly get to meet everyone,” Mr Duplessis said.

Those attending are asked for a donation of their choice.

“It doesn’t matter how much, every bit helps,” Mr Eatwell said.

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