Australia Day Cruise 2007
Hosted by Let's Go Cruisin', 50 street rods and classic chrome bumper cars cruised from Melbourne, and Cranbourne to join up with another 70 + at the Moorooduc Cooltores to start the final stage of our Cruise to the Portsea Quarantine Station. After grabbing some great breakfast that Chef John at The Peninsula Lounge prepared,($8 for a full cooked breakfast was a great deal) and catching up with friends, it was time to battle our way into the heavy traffic also heading down the Peninsula. Having expected this, our cruise route took us away from the main highway and up and over Arthur's Seat where we had little traffic to contend with and some great scenery along the way.
The cruise lasted for about 1 hour down the scenic Mornington Peninsula, when the convoy of over 130 cars arrived at the entry to Point Nepean Park.
This unique location has been locked away from the public for all of it's 100+ years of history, was now experiencing it's own unique experience when street rods and classic cars rumbled down the entrance road and parked metres from the Bay.
The weather was perfect, and as we arrived 4 Air Force jets did a low level pass right in front of us. The trouble we go to!!
The Aussie flags came out, along with the tables, chairs, esky's and hampers.
Once we'd set up out tent, we started drawing winners for entrants prizes, the BBQ was going, and the day's schedule was up & running.
Let's Go Cruisin' member, Greg Wapling, who works with the Point Nepean Community Trust that is re developing the Quarantine Station for future public access, led off the first walking tour of the site.
At 2:00pm, after a quick meeting of the Let's Go Cruisin' team, our latest Real Car Guy recipient was unanimously agreed upon. Bill Duyvestyn announced that Albert Mason was our latest Real Car Guy and he was presented with an limited edition Holden 50th Anniversary wall clock, a range of ACDelco products, a Real Car Guy T Shirt and coffee mugs. Albert is already a Cruiser, so he has another year added to his subscription. Congratulations Albert, and thanks for the contribution you and your wife Carole make to our favourite hobby.
After this presentation it was time to draw the winner of the Special Cruiser prize. The lucky winner was Bruce Rook, who lugged away the prize pool made up of an ACDelco maintenance free battery, a hamper and some ACDelco products. Then it was back to the picnic.
More entrants prizes were drawn, the games got underway, with an egg and spoon race and a world first. Fan belt golf was introduced to the world!! The kids were busy at the tables colouring in with prizes passed around for 'best this' & 'best that'.
Greg led off another walking tour of the complex, and the weather just got better. Did we mention the cars yet? There were some very cool rides along for the day. Check the out photos.
Kerin was busy all day signing up the 12 new Cruisers who come on board. Welcome to you all. We hope you enjoy your participation in our activities and events.
The day had it's challenges with the traffic associated with the long weekend, the heavy security in place for another event being held at the same time, and the last minute changes forced upon us by the Station's management, but we got by all these and had another memorable Australia Day Picnic Cruise.
Hope to see you next year at a new venue where we get to do it again.
Thanks to Greg for arranging our access to the Quarantine Station for the day and leading the walking tours.
Thanks to our sponsors The Peninsula Lounge for putting on a great breakfast deal, ACDelco and Preston Motors [ Parts Sales ] for prizes.
Thanks to Kevin & Sally Scagliotti for the generous donations of hampers and snacks.
Thanks also to Mark McDonald and Scott & Megan Worsfold for helping us out on the day.
And thanks to all our entrants for coming on our Picnic Cruise.
Alan,we would just like to send a thank you note to you, Greg, and all the organisers for a fantastic day at the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean. Kerry and I had a great time and loved the location .The tours that Greg took were of great interest and the turnout of cars just shows that the "LGC" club has attained a huge following to this sort of function . No one does it better than you guys. It is an honour to be the 1st Cruiser signed up some 12 or so months ago. We eagerly look forward to the next cruise and will continue to promote the club to new friends we have met through the" LGC" scene and other car shows. Keep Cruisin' regards, Ian and Kerry Johnson.