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Mad Max draws muscle cars

Tuesday, 9th September, 2014

By Michael Murphy

Some mean-looking muscle cars will hit the city next year to pay homage to the birthplace of the best action movie to hit the silver screen.

The South Australian chapter of the Aussie Muscle Car Run has chosen to include the Silver City, primarily because Mad Max II was filmed here.

The car run raises much-needed cash for the Leukaemia Foundation, and although they haven't hit the road for this year's run, they are already "talking turkey" with locals about next year.

"We have already started talking with the council in Broken Hill, and the Mad Max Museum in Silverton," said event director Rose Senesi.

"We try and make the runs different every year, showcasing South Australia and now Broken Hill."

She said the focus on Mad Max was only natural, considering most of those who participate can recite large sections of the script.

"It has quite an iconic cult following," Rose said. "Their knowledge of the movie is incredible. They quote the movie verbatim, time and time again."

Rose said there was another important reason to include Broken Hill.

"We have a very strong connection with Broken Hill through our patients," she said, adding that the city had made a tremendous contribution to the foundation through the efforts of the local Friends of Leukaemia group led by Katie Maxwell.

A $9.5 million purpose-built complex, located in Northfield, SA, was built last year to provide support to regional blood cancer patients and their families who relocate to
Adelaide for treatment.

At the official opening, the Kuerschner and Maxwell families attended a special dedication ceremony for the 'Spirit of Broken Hill William Kuerschner' apartment.

Broken Hill resident Stephen Ryan, who has multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, was part of the first muscle car run in 2012.

He got to tour the South Australian countryside in a GT Falcon.

"It was absolutely incredible," Stephen said. "I knew zero people when I left and when I finished they pretty well became a second family to me."

He said news that the run was coming to Broken Hill was "fantastic".

"I think the more places they go the better.

"I don't think there would be anyone without a connection to leukaemia or myeloma."

He had high praise for the foundation and those who participated in fundraising activities, such as the muscle car run.

"I think they are absolutely extraordinary people ... their commitment is absolutely fantastic."

The Aussie Muscle Car Run starts in Adelaide in November next year, before heading up to Broken Hill.

Places in the run are usually limited to 50 cars.

This year's run kicks off on October 31.

They are going to Bathurst.

More details at www.aussiemusclecarrun.com

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