Santa Cruz - Cruise Night - December 2011
How can so much happen in just 3 hours? Santa did it again. Our biggest ever cruise night with over 600 cars of all makes, types, eras, year’s shoehorned into the Lifestyle Centre’s car park. We’d hoped for a good turnout but never thought we’d have to close the entrances at 6:30pm like we did. Our apologies to all those that were forced to park outside of the main car park.
For the kids, Mushroom entertained the sea of kids present, the crew from the new Party Shop were handing out balloons, the face painters were kept busy, and then Santa cruised in sitting in the back of an orange Chevelle with two attractive ‘helpers’ and made the entrance only he can. He was immediately given the rock star treatment and a long line of kids and adults waited their turn to get their wish list for his Christmas Eve visit sorted out!
For the adults, food was flying out of the Sober Mule and sausages doing the same off the BBQ. And of course there were the 600 plus cars to check, many attending the cruise night for the first time. We have a number of LGC Cruisers that live interstate and in regional Victoria and it was great to see the holder of our no. 1 Cruiser subscription, Ian Johnson make the trip up from Longford in Gippsland. He was beaten for longest distance though by Graeme & Gwen Mudford who cruised down from Albury NSW in their ’47 Ford Sedan, then turned around and drove home after the event. I’m sure there were many others who also came some distance. We appreciate every entrant’s support at our events but really get a buzz when people make this sort of effort to be there.
The theme we established a couple of Santa Cruz’s back was to get right into the goodwill of the festive season and sharing with those less fortunate than ourselves. The entrant’s $5 entry fee in addition to all the extra raffle tickets sold is all donated to charities that work to improve the wellbeing of children of all ages in our community. With great support from our sponsors we were again able to offer some great prizes for the night’s fund raising raffle.
After Santa’s helpers handed out presents to the kids present, sugared them up for the drive home with a bag of lollies, it was time to draw the winning tickets for the $2000 plus prize pool. First though it was time to find the winner of the night’s LGC Cruiser draw. The prize being a ride in a V8 Supercar driven by one of the leading V8 Supercar drivers from the Holden Racing Team. New subscriber Steve Mc Kean was the lucky winner and he’ll be having the ride of his life next Wednesday at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Then it was onto the raffle winners. First prize also included a HSV T2 Hot Lap, along with a Weber BBQ, a bike, an overflowing hamper filled with lots of goodies including a car entry to next February’s Variety Club’s Drive In night, a party pack from the Party Shop and of course the traditional decorated Xmas tree. Rex Banfield, a long time LGC Cruiser from Cranbourne needed help to get all his prize winnings home. We then proceeded to find winners for the remaining 5 hampers, bikes and scooters.
We’d invited representatives from the six charities that were to share the night’s proceeds. We also decided that the success of the night warranted the donation total to be scaled up so each of the following organizations could receive a cheque for $1500. The Menzies Foundation, Mirabel Foundation, The Variety Club- Mornington chapter, Life Education – Mornington committee, Mornington Park Primary School Breakfast and the Special Care Nursery at the Frankston Hospital. That’s $9000 in total.
Lots of people to thank as we all know, these events don’t happen by themselves.
Our generous sponsors, who not only provide ongoing support for our activities, but also provided additional contributions tonight.
- ACDelco, our major and oldest sponsor, especially for providing 2012 calendars that we could turn into extra donation $’s at this event. Also Tony Sewell from the Creative Ones for hand delivering them just in time.
- Ferntree Gully Holden, HSV Racing Team and Walkinshaw Racing for generously providing the two T2 Hot Laps.
- Richard, Nick and the team from Shannons for the use of the Shannons Super Rig.
- The Party Shop
- BB Capital, new owners of the Lifestyle Centre who have approved our continued use of their complex.
- All the extra ‘helpers’ that helped us make the night a success. We couldn’t have hosted this event without you.
- The Bow Tie Garage
- Turtle Wax
- Peninsula Honey
- The hard working team from Let’s Go Cruisin’, with special mentions to Graeme & Cheryl Hutson for all the preparation leading up to the night and Fletch for driving Santa to and from the cruise night in his Chevelle.
- And of course Santa Claus. Without Santa present, it’d be just another cruise night!
Here’s lots of photos. I know there were lots of cars but check out the crowd!
Photographers: Graeme Hutson, Ian Jonstone, Greg Wapling