GEEZ, how good is our sport? Besides being awesome fun, playing with cars creates all kinds of positive connections with people. Sure, the interactions arenít always good Ė not when youíre getting booked by a parking inspector, or having frustrations with your neighbours who canít quite deal with living next door to what appears to be a used car yard. But on the whole, this street machine thing is a great way to meet likeminded people.
The boffins call it building social capital, and it has enormous pluses for individuals, families and society as a whole. One of the biggest benefits is to our stress levels, and even our mental health. Just working on cars, hanging out at shows and chatting online all counts.
Wasting time mucking around with cars? Donít you believe it! And when things do take a turn for the worse, youíve got a group of mates around you to support you.
We see great examples of this kind of stuff with families, mates and car clubs in the mag each month, and even more so when the car community rallies around to help those in need. This is happening all the time, but there are a few examples that have touched us personally of late.
A biggie was the Bass Coast Show íní Shine down here in Victoria. The event runs every second year and the proceeds are donated to worthwhile causes like the CFA or cystic fibrosis.
This year the organisers decided to raise some money for the family of the late Pro Street guru Craig Brewer, who passed away last year after a battle with cancer (Legend, SM, Sep í15). Over 450 cool cars and bikes hit the road to Grantville and raised over $13,000. It was a stunning turnout and one that demonstrated how much Craig is missed by the Melbourne street car scene.
On a smaller scale, our buddy Leon Davies from Big Lís Chop Shop puts on a Spit & Beers night at his workshop each February and asks his mates to donate some goodies Ė including car parts and artwork Ė towards a raffle that benefits the cancer ward at Geelong Hospital. Despite being a fairly low-key deal, Leon and his guests coughed up almost $3500 at this yearís event.
It was a great night and shows what can be done with a little teamwork.
Even closer to home, our deputy editor Scott Taylor has been blown away by the response to the GoFundMe campaign organised to help the Taylor family buy a new wheelchair-accessible van for their six-year-old son Alex. Alex was born with cerebral palsy and is getting a bit big to be manually lifted in and out of the family Falcon. In addition to the GoFundMe deal, Adam Rogash from MPW has got together with the crew from HWY and Eye Candy Motorsport to run a dyno day for Alex as well. That will happen about a week after we send this mag to the printer, but even so the response from people in the street machine scene has been massive, and it looks like Alex will be cruising around in a new van before too long. s