AFTER coming a respectable third place last year, four locals are hoping to do even better in this year's Aussie Muscle Car Run.
They've replaced the 1975 Camaro with an XY GT Falcon and are looking forward to hitting the road to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation's patient village in Adelaide.
SE Wheel Alignment and Tyre Service owner Colin Layzell will lead the "GT Wanderers" team consisting of co-driver Steve Letton and support vehicle drivers Geoff Vickery and Ben Layzell.
"We came third last year in the 'most raised' with $12,900...we want to put Naracoorte on the map and win it this time," Colin said.
"We are doing it because it is for rural people...everything is for them."
As of Friday last week the boys were coming in second place in the money stakes.
This Sunday they are holding an event as one last fundraising push.
All vehicle enthusiasts are invited to meet at the Naracoorte Town Squares between 9am and 10am to register their vehicles for the SE Leukaemia Car and Bike Run.
From Naracoorte the convoy of vehicles will drive to Lucindale and then on to Robe and Kingston, where lunch will be served at the Kingston Football Club, and back again.
Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch.
The Aussie Muscle Car Run departs from Adelaide on October 27 enroute to Tailem Bend, the Coorong, Kingston, Millicent, Mount Gambier, Coonawarra, Naracoorte, Pinnaroo, Loxton, Tanunda, Gladstone, Port Augusta, Kimba, Streaky Bay, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Wallaroo and Mallala.
Entrants will participate in a series of public events along the way, all the while taking in the sights.
On October 28 interested members of the local community are invited to the Coonawarra Drag Strip to see the cars, chat to the drivers and support the cause from 11am to 2.30pm.
Following that they will be in Naracoorte at about 3pm.
After eight days they will roll into Adelaide where presentations will be made and there will be a chance to meet motoring legend Dick Johnson.
"I would like to thank all the local businesses houses for their sponsorship and support," Colin said.
"Also a special thank you to Peter McBain of Naracoorte Signs who is on board for the second year running.
"We have even had sponsors from as far away as Adelaide and Lobethal."
All money raised from the 2836km run will go towards the $9.5 million purpose built village which provides support and accommodation for regional blood cancer patients and their families.
Still in the construction stage, it is expected to be finished by Christmas this year.
There are about 50 cars entered for 2013 - all from the "glory days" of Bathurst between 1965 and 1977.
Last year over $250,000 was raised collectively.