Range of makes and model ‘Cruise for Ipswich’ at the Queensland Raceway on Saturday.
Range of makes and model ‘Cruise for Ipswich’ at the Queensland Raceway on Saturday. Rob Williams

Cars cruise to help flood relief

FROM fancy Lamborghinis to the quintessential Aussie Holden, cars and car lovers of all sorts united in the name of Ipswich on Saturday.

While not quite notching up the $100,000-plus figure aspired to last week, the Cruise for Ipswich Flood Appeal event held at Queensland Raceway raised a worthwhile $25,000 for victims of one of the city’s worst disasters.

The event took place in sweltering conditions at the Willowbank circuit, but the mood around the track was overwhelmingly relaxed and friendly, as revheads united for a good cause.

Participants, spectators and sponsors all contributed to the final dollar figure – with auctions propping it up a further $2000.

Queensland Raceway general manager Keith Lewis said the interest generated before the event was a great help.

“Getting word out there was our main concern, but we had the power of the internet and the chat forums, plus a bit of extra help from the media,” Mr Lewis said.

“It was just a friendly, low-pressure fun day with a pleasant atmosphere.”

Mr Lewis said he was surprised by the number of people who attended who had been personally affected by the floods.

The money raised will go to the Ipswich Flood Appeal and will be used to purchase equipment for families who lost valuable items in the crisis.



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