Hot rods join with Beat the Heat on drive from Ararat to Bacchus Marsh

Cruising for a cause: Simon Murran and his historical police car joined dozens of hot rods on their journey along the Western Highway from Ararat to Bacchus Marsh on Saturday. Picture: Kate Healy

Cruising for a cause: Simon Murran and his historical police car joined dozens of hot rods on their journey along the Western Highway from Ararat to Bacchus Marsh on Saturday. Picture: Kate Healy

Dozens of pristine vintage hot rods lit up the Western Highway on Saturday when the Grampians Grease Monkeys, Ballarat Road Rodders and Marsh Rodders joined forces to raise money for the Beat the Heat road safety charity. 

More than 40 customised classics took to the highway in Ararat, stopping off at the Ballarat Road Rodders clubhouse before making their way to Bacchus Marsh for a show ‘n’ shine. 

Off duty police officers also showed off some of the force’s finest vehicles, with police cars from across the generations joining in on the journey.

Grampians Grease Monkeys president Mark Rudolf said the cruise was a great way to allow motoring enthusiasts to show off their pride and joy while raising funds for a worthy cause. 

Beat the Heat aims to better connect young drivers with the police through drag racing and car meets.

“These guys don’t get any funding from the government or Victoria Police, so we’re raising money to keep these cars on the road,” Mr Rudolf said.