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The annual Sunshine Kids cruise is WAAAAAAY short of cars this year and I thought I'd reach out to the Lotus community to see if I could scrounge up a few more guys. The low-down is this:

Every year, Showcars for Kids puts on an annual event called the Sunshine Kids. Children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, who have been battling or who are battling cancer participate. Basically the sponsors bus the kids over to San Marcos and SURPRISE! There are a whole bunch of exotic cars waiting there for them to ride in! They file off the bus one-by-one and pick their respective rides, then we get a police escort from San Marcos to the capital with NO other cars on the street except for us, including I35. The police shut down frontage roads, on-ramps and off-ramps and give these kids the VIP treatment. It's a blast!

Now, the bad news. It's Wednesday, June 11th. We're meeting in south Austin at 7am or in San Marcos at 8am. And they only have 20 cars signed up to take 34 kids.

I know it's short notice, but If any Austin guys can make it out, or if any Houston, Dallas or San Antonio guys can take some time off, these kids would be eternally grateful.

If you have questions or want to sign up, contact Michael Marr at [email protected]. He'll need your full name, year, make, model and license plate of your car for you to drive.

I can't think of a better excuse to call in sick this week; make a kid's day, drive your Lotus AND get a 20-mile police escort to the Capital?! Please consider coming out, guys; thanks!
 

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Sounds like a great cause but being in the middle of the week is really tough.
 

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just saw your post, I missed it! Please let me know if you are doing anything else like this in the future, I'd be interested in helping.
 

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I ended up participating at the last minute and it turned out they had a strong showing of exotic cars. There was only one other Lotus (an Exige S), but several Vipers, Ferraris, Lambos, Vettes, Porsches, Mustangs and Camaros, and even a Bentley. The kids were very appreciative about the chance to ride from San Marcos to the Capitol. The police (and sheriff and state trooper) escort along a major interstate highway and the main route (Congress Ave.) into the Capitol grounds was really special and a lot of fun. Apparently, this is an annual event; I'll sign up again next year if I hear about it in time.
 
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