Horns were honking and hands waving as 750 trucks rolled through the Illawarra for the 10th i98FM Camp Quality Convoy.
Thousands of spectators lined the roads as the convoy rumbled its way from West Cliff Colliery on Appin Road to Albion Park and the Croome Road Sporting Complex.
Organisers hailed the 2014 event the most successful yet with $1.1 million raised before they had even wiped the sleep from their eyes on Sunday morning.
While the final count is not yet in, organisers anticipate that the final tally could reach close to $1.5 million, a jump on last year’s convoy which raised almost $1.2 million for children suffering with cancer.
People lined the roads with picnic blankets and tarpaulins to watch the colourful convoy, while others perched themselves on the the back of utes for a better advantage.
Some dressed up - like Peppa Pig, Woody and Buzz, Elmo and Emmet, the lead character from the Lego Movie, who thrilled youngsters as they made their way to Albion Park on motorbikes.
By mid-morning the rain had cleared and the sun was shining in time for the family fun day at Croome Road.
The day drew a crowd of up to 15,000 with Guy Sebastian and X-Factor winner Dami Im heading the entertainment line-up.
As always the spot for lead truck and lead motorbike raised a small fortune to help kids in need.
Derek McMahon and the People’s Truck led the convoy after raising $1,090,277.
For the lead motorbike Camp Quality mum Bec Stewart, whose son has had cancer, raised a massive $60,000 for the honour of being the first of 1000 bikes to lead the entire convoy through the Illawarra.
‘‘We were lucky,’’ said spokesperson Brittany Vickers.
‘‘It was a beautiful, sunny day. This has been our best convoy yet, we’ve raised so much money. We’ve all been very happy with the (community) response.’’
Police said convoy participants and the crowd were well behaved throughout the day with no incidents reported.