Muscle car enthusiasts from Esperance and Adelaide have joined forces, raising $60,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The team, which had made the long trip to meet at Esperance, arrived Wednesday November 1.
However, the stay in Esperance was short and sweet, with both the South Australia and West Australian teams departing for Collie the following morning, November 2.
Event organiser, Peter Callo, said this was the first West Bound Wanderers Run for the Royal Flying Doctor, having raised for the Leukemia foundation two years prior.
"Essentially it was the same sort of thing, taking muscle cars or any classic car across the Nullarbor, cruising for a week and coming up with as much money as we can raise for them,” he said.
Mr Callo said most of the participants were business people, using contacts to raise the much needed funds.
“We’ve all got people who are our suppliers and we put a bit of pressure on them to help out and get behind us with a donation and they do it without hesitation,” he said.
“Then there’s the mums and the dads and all of the friends that pitch in $20, $50, whatever it might be and, at this stage, we believe we’re up around the $60,000 in just the last three or four days.”
Royal Flying Doctor Service Esperance Auxiliary president Helen Scott arrived to welcome the group and thank them for their generous support.
“The continued support is greatly appreciated and just knowing that there is a need for the Flying Doctor, particularly in our isolated areas,” she said.
“Whether it be time, money, goods or services, it’s people like [the team] who make this possible.”
With a large event in Collie to take place over the weekend, Mr Callo said he believed there would be up to 40 - 50 cars there racing around the track.
“We’ll be having raffles and that sort of thing, all just to raise the funds,” he said.
Mr Callo said, with so many worthy causes, choosing a charity was a difficult task.
“I mean, the reason we’ve chosen the Royal Flying Doctor is because, a lot of the guys here, their family and friends have used the service and it’s a great one to have,” he said.
“There are three of us here who are all station owners, so we’re all very remote and, thankfully, only one of the three organisers have needed to use the service and that’s obviously what got him on board.
“For people in remote areas who need the Flying Doctor, there really is no one else to call.”
The Royal Flying Doctor delivers vital health care to regional communities, having helped 27,000 Western Australians in the last year by providing the emergency aero medical response.