Cruise Night - March 2012
March Cruise Night is a big one for subscribers to our LGC Cruiser program. One of the major benefits of subscribing each year is the chance to win one of the great prizes on offer to LGC Cruisers only in our annual Grand Prize Draw. Subscribers don't have to be present at the draw to claim one of the prizes, which is fortunate for one of the winners who was interstate on the night stripping parts for his latest project.
The cruise kicked off around 5pm as usual with cars cruisin in and searching for that ideal spot to park. Again, lots of variety on show with many cars not seen before.
The night was on the cool side for March [but at least it stayed dry] so we started up our presentations at 7pm.
Before we started handing out prizes, Bill Duyvestyn introduced the two HK Monaros parked side by side out the front of the Sober Mule. Many regular entrants at our cruise nights over the years would have recognized the bright 'banana' yellow one owned by Jimmy Vincitorio. Jimmy was a regular entrant at all our events, one of the first to subscribe to our LGC Cruiser program and was awarded a Real Car Guy award back in 2007. Jimmy lost his battle to a hard fought illness last year. Jimmy was working on another HK Monaro when he died, this time a restored factory Yellow one with the objective of entering it at Summernats. Jimmy may not have been able to achieve his goal, but, the Vincitorio family completed his project and to fulfill Jimmy's dream, entered it at this year's Summernats. You can imagine the emotion they all felt when Jimmy's HK was awarded a Top 60 placing. Later on at the awards night, Jimmy's HK was awarded with Best Original Australian Muscle Car. It was like divine intervention. Perhaps Jimmy has some influence where he is now. We all miss Jimmy's smiling face and happy personality but it was great to see his two cars and the pride to which the family show the cars. Thanks for bringing them along.
First up with the prizes was rewarding the winner of the night's Best Presented award. Alby had cruised in earlier in his very fresh '32 Ford Roadster. This Dearborn Deuce convertible fitted with an LT 1 Corvette motor was an excellent example of what it takes in preparation to take home the $200 worth of car care products. It was flawless. Thanks for bringing it along Alby.
To reward all the LGC Cruisers attending, which was plenty judging by the box filled with name slips, we drew Craig Featherstone's name out. Craig managed to carry off the 'one only' custom painted 44 gallon drum as the night's prize.
Next prize draw up was the big one with just under $3000 to be shared among three LGC Cruisers. The lucky winners were, Glen Wheatley, Glen Jacobson and Geoff O'Reilly. Glen W opted for the 51" TV, Glen J the $1000 Hoppers Stoppers voucher and Geoff has a nicely polished A/C Compressor and matching condenser to kick start an A/C installation. Our thanks to Hoppers Stoppers in Hoppers Crossing and the Radiator Workshop in Mornington for making these great prizes available.
After waiting patiently, all the night's entrants still clutching their entry tickets, had hope in their eyes as we drew three winners straight out. All went home with an ACDelco car care pack with oil & filter along with some merchandise.
Daylight saving ends on April 1st so at next month's cruise night it's back to normal daylight [which means it'll be dark an hour earlier].
Don't despair, we have plenty of other cruises on offer in the coming months. Download a flyer [PDF] from this cruise night for as good overview of what's coming up.
Photographer: Graeme Hutson