Photos | Clocking up kilometres in the first-ever rally for the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge 2019

For four years now, the memory of philanthropic businessman Michael Tynan has powered ahead in the form of a united gathering.

And in 2019, the start of the annual Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge, founded in his honour, revved into full gear with plenty of support.

It rolled into action with a new addition this year - a first-ever race day on August 17, which was the launch for the drive and scooter challenge departing Carss Park bound for Kembla Grange.

The event, which connects Sutherland Shire and the Illawarra, is a quest to advance the health of people in the community.

It honours the life and achievements of Mr Tynan, a giant of the motor vehicle industry, who died in 2016 after a two-year battle with cancer.

About 100 cars, motorbikes and scooters zipped through the rally, with the support of more than 300 businesses attending the charity lunch.

Former Police commissioner Andrew Scipione was there, riding an MV Augusta. Also in attendance were former rugby league players Jamie Soward and Luke Lewis.

Mr Scipione, who was appointed to the organising committee this year, described the event as one that promotes "hope research".

Georges River Council, Sutherland Shire Council and Wollongong City Council are all also supporting the annual challenge in 2019, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison accepted the role this year of parliamentary patron.

The challenge raises funds for medical research at the university and the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF). One of the key studies being undertaken at the university is fighting the rise in antimicrobial resistant infections.

And later this year on November 2, the traditional coast track walk through the Royal National Park and car rally will continue to promote the worthy cause.

Mr Tynan's daughter and Tynan Motors group director Madeline Tynan, says as a family they are committed to promoting growth and supporting community organisations.

"The University of Wollongong's medical research is an important part of that commitment," she said.

"The university is addressing regional health challenges by delivering innovative and quality healthcare, and we are proud to be supporting this research work that has a major impact in our community."