CATS donation revs up community

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
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Camera IconCredit: Jessica J Photography

The 27th annual Revheads festival saw Thomas Hogg Oval transformed into a petrolhead’s paradise last weekend.

Narrogin’s annual motorsports event attracts people from all over WA, some coming from as far afield as Geraldton and Karratha.

There were regular competitions involving burnouts and a Show ‘N’ Shine, but one of the highlights was the $5000 donation to the Community-assisted Transport Service car.

The CATS car is for members of the Narrogin and district communities who require transport to Perth or other cities for specialist medical assistance not available in Narrogin. The donation will go towards a new vehicle and running costs.

The CATS car $5000 cheque.
Camera IconThe CATS car $5000 cheque. Credit: Jessica J Photography

Revheads committee member Paul Schutz said they had an ongoing sponsorship with the CATS service.

“It’s one of Revheads’ ongoing projects and we strongly believe in being able to connect our local community to other medical facilities that aren’t in the Wheatbelt,” he said.

Shire of Narrogin chief executive Dale Stewart was thrilled with the donation.

“The $5000 donation, together with contributions from the Shire of Narrogin and adjoining Shires, will ensure that we will have a replacement car in the next month or two,” he said.

The CATS car provides service to about 190 clients each year and has 15 volunteer drivers who ensure the car is maintained. Saturday’s action started with a street parade and was an opportunity for revheads to showcase their vehicles.

Revheads committee members Bart Norwell, Rat Forrest, Toby Russell and Luke Mead.
Camera IconRevheads committee members Bart Norwell, Rat Forrest, Toby Russell and Luke Mead. Credit: Kellie Balaam

Mr Schutz said the event drew an array of show and interest cars people did not regularly see on the roads.

“It gives an opportunity for generations of motor enthusiasts to be involved and to see how cars perform in a burnout environment,” he said.

The 2019 Paul Kulker Memorial burnout champion was Sam Lord in BAD HABIT, who won $8000 in prize money.

The ladies’ burnout champion was Em Stephens, who took home $1000. The Show ‘N’ Shine was open to all classes of cars and motorcycles, with Peter Kulker’s Valiant Charger the classic winner.

Mr Schutz said Revheads had grown considerably since it was founded in 1992.

“The great part is it gets our local community involved as well as competitors coming into town to help us fundraise,” he said.

Mr Schutz said the Rev Heads committee thanked all the sponsors and volunteers involved.

“Without our sponsors and volunteers we wouldn’t be able to have this event.”

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