Cruise Night - November 2009
Melb Cup Carnival Cruise Night.
With our Peninsula Cruise falling on the first Tuesday of every month, in November it falls on Melbourne Cup Day, a public holiday [for a horse race?] that's becoming better known as a party day.
The ‘Pink Slips’ [the female members of LGC] decided to infuse our cruise night with a little more partying, so they kick started the cruise night at 12 noon with a Cup Day function. It didn't take long for the car park opposite the Sober Mule to start filling and the bubbles to impact these early arrivals. There was a wide array of hot and cold food available for lunch. As the early races at Flemington were completed, interest in the Melbourne Cup stirred the crowd and soon there were sweeps underway. The Calcutta auction generated some fierce bidding and resulted in more $1000 in the prize pool. Jenny Beard from Somerville had the winning horse and was all smiles when receiving the $600 winner’s envelope. The runners up were all smiling as well. A fair amount of cash changed hands! In keeping race day traditions, the Pink Slips hosted a 'Fashions on the Field' and in a first for a cruise night anywhere, there were couples parading in their finest threads. More winners, more prizes, more smiles! And the cruise night hadn't even started yet!
When we finally set up the entry gate and the cars kept rolling in, we hosted 250+ cars across the day. Among the many cars present, we found Scott Weir-Smith’s neat as pin XM Falcon and selected it as they night’s Best Presented Award winner. Take the time to give this neat ride a good looking over when you come across it. Very neat car beautifully turned out for the event. Scott collected a range of car care products. We then conducted a special draw for a flamed workshop seat and matching creeper for all the LGC Cruisers present. Hayden 'Nobby' Nobileous cleaned up again. The traditional drawing of the prizes for cruise entrants was quickly dispensed with armloads of ACDelco products finding their way onto new garage shelves.
Thanks to the Pink Slips for hosting a unique and very enjoyable day. Thanks also to Steve Connelly for the great job auctioning the horses in the Calcutta. Also the team from the Sober Mule for supporting the whole idea of hosting the event when they’d normally be closed. And of course, all the chrome bumper fans who cruised in ready to party.
Here’s some photos to help relive the fun.
See you all at Santa Cruz next month. How many sleeps until Santa cruises in?