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Let's Go Cruisin' 2007 Spring Cruise

A cruise to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the building of the Great Ocean Road - Saturday, 13th October

Around 35 Cruisers and their families accepted the invitation to come along on our inaugural Spring Cruise along the Great Ocean Road. The promise of wet weather didn't deter anyone as the Rain X was applied at our first meeting point on the Hastings/Dandy Rd at Lyndhurst. That did the trick as the rain held off for the rest of the day. The cruise that departed from the servo made was a good cross section of our favourite cars, including street rods, muscle cars [ both US & Oz ], 50's 7 60's classics as well as a pick up truck or two.

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Looking like this was planned to happened, the cruise rolled into our second meet point at the Westgate Bridge servo, where more cruisers were waiting. A quick catch up, a coffee to go and the cruise headed west towards Geelong. The cruise managed to stay intact through the Geelong traffic lights and convoyed into Lorne for a lunch stop. We were able to create an instant car show when parking together opposite the Lorne Hotel. The pull of the hotel proved pretty powerful and many cruisers were quickly settled in to the Bistro. With enough time for a stroll along the shops, the ladies carried out some retail therapy as they do!

Then it was back in the cars for an almost on time departure to cruise the Great Ocean Road.
This road was completely dug out by hand using nothing more than picks and shovels - it is truly an amazing achievement considering it was first opened in 1932 the same year as the quintessential Hot Rod was born.)

There's a reason why this road is ranked as one of the world's great drives and with a clear sky, the views along this coastline are stunning. It didn't seem that long before we were rolling into Apollo Bay, our stop for the night. After settling in to accommodation and taking in some of the town's attractions it was dinner time at the Apollo Bay Hotel. Cruise organizers Bob Pankhurst, Deb Rigbye, Ron & Cheryl Mills were starting to relax a little as the cruise was following the plan they'd put together. This included dinner in the private function room with it's own bar at the pub. Excellent food washed down with a few beverages always helps reliving the day's events. We had a few goodies to giveaway to kick things along thanks to our sponsors Holden Genuine Parts & The Bow-Tie Garage. Phil Thomson's guests went home with some folding chairs and Greg Jones now has a set of flamed screwdrivers for his new '33 Highboy! David McKenzie & Chris McClelland will be soon be seen wearing new T shirts.

Next morning it was off into The Otway Ranges and a tour of The Fly, a stunning tree top walk through temperate rainforest. After climbing the tower and walking the forest paths, the café looked very inviting.

And so the first Spring Cruise came to a close. We hope all those that came along enjoyed some of the great scenery we cruised through, met some new friends or got to know some fellow Cruisers a bit better. Thanks again for coming along. Also thanks to Bob, Deb, Ron & Cheryl for putting our first Spring Cruise together. Based on the comments from entrants, pretty sure there will be more in the future. We already have a Winter Cruise, what about an Autumn Cruise?

Photos Graeme Hutson and Alan Newton

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