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Opinion Piece: Show Time! (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)

28 Oct

This is the 20th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 186 of Street Commodores (…and seems perfectly fitting, given that Cruise for Charity 10 is happening nationwide right now):

Show Time! (Written May 3, 2011)

It’s Cruise for Charity time again. Get ready for the biggest Commodore party in the world.

I’m sure these things are coming around faster every year. It feels like just yesterday I was standing amongst well over 1000 Commodores at the Penrith Regatta Centre here in Sydney, marvelling at the size of the crowds and the generosity of the donations pouring in for Cruise for Charity’s new beneficiary, Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia.

Yet, here we are on the cusp of Cruise for Charity 8. I find it hard to comprehend that we’re now closer to the tenth anniversary than we are to the fifth. I still vividly remember organising the first Cruise for Charity so many moons ago. Even at that stage, with just 150 Commodores on show it felt like something important and impressive. With the results Liam and the team achieved in 2010, that first formative step looks so miniscule by comparison.


Cruise for Charity 9 – Sydney: Sunday September 16, 2012

17 Sep

Here’s a few quick pics from this year’s phenomenal Cruise for Charity event in Sydney, hosted by Street Commodores magazine. This was the event’s ninth year.

This is an event I started when working for the magazine back in 2004 and it has since gone onto become a national event with cruises taking place in each state to raise money for worthwhile charities. I believe the total raised over the last nine years has now surpassed $1,000,000. A big congratulations and thanks to Ellie Thorley from Bubblegum Events for her tireless efforts to take the formula we set over 6 years and run with it. She’s done an incredible job!

This year’s Sydney cruise attracted more than 1000 Holden Commodores from all over the state, with some traveling from interstate. They all converged upon the St Ives Showgrounds, easily filling the large grassed oval and the surrounding areas. Around that were trade stands, ex-magazine feature cars and other Commodore-related activities.

Enjoy the pics.

Cruise for Charity 9 - Sydney