Old's Cool Car Cruise

The Combined Torana Car Club of WA, with 55-60 members, has been gathering monthly for the last 27 years to share their passion for the classic Holden Torana.

With the support of Rare Spares and Rare Spares Perth, the club held their annual event, the Old’s Cool Car Cruise on Sunday the 30th March. All vehicles were welcome to attend the event which started at Tomato Lake in Kewdale, WA from 9:00am and wrapped up in Swan Valley.

Old’s Cool Car Cruise has been a staple event for the Combined Torana Car Club of WA for the last 11 years. Despite poor weather the night before the event, 75 entrants were on show in total and participated in the 1 ½ hour cruise through Perth, and an estimated 300 people attended the event in total.

The day started off with a show n’ shine, then at 10:30, cruisers gathered for a safety briefing before setting off on their cruise, which included a question based competition. Entrants had just over 60 observation based questions to answer along the way, with the top three entrants who got the highest number of correct answers, down to the spelling, winning a trophy and Meguiar’s polish pack.

The event wrapped up with another Show n’ Shine in Swan Valley with a raffle, a sausage sizzle, a bar and a big screen TV with motorsports and other sporting games on in the venue club rooms.

Club President, Rob, has been a member for the past 25 years and the club president for the last five.  He was ¾ of the way through restoring a Torana when he joined the club, partly to learn how to enter his show car in events and shows. His car won a number of ‘Best Custom Paint’ and ‘Best Sedan’ awards back when it was first restored 21 years ago.

“We’re a pretty good club. Because we’re small and we’re a close-knit group of guys, we tend to socialise a bit more outside of the club as well. Everyone’s friends with everyone else and I’m still friends with a lot of guys that were in the club years ago that have since left,” said Rob.

The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month and they make appearances at other club events at least once or twice a month, weather permitting. In the cooler months, the club gather for Go-Karts, pool nights, bowling and similar indoor events.

Other events they have recently attended include the Auto One Classic Car Show and the All Aussie Car Day in the last few weeks.

“We have two banners from the Rare Spares Loyalty Club, which we display at events like these, and we’re currently saving the rest of our points for a new Marquee!”