Santa Cruz - Cruise Night - December 2014
With this year’s Santa Cruz falling on the 10th anniversary of LGC’s first ever event hosted back in December 2004 when we were at the Moorooduc Coolstores, we wanted to make it a bigger and better event to celebrate.
Well it was certainly bigger. In 2005, we hosted 48 entrant’s cars. In 2014 it was closer to 600! Lot’s more people come along in those 600+ cars, especially kids, excited to see and meet Santa Claus. It helped that the weather guys finally got it right and the sunny warm afternoon rolled right into the evening. Perfect!
The crew from Shannons were there with the Super Rig. Nick, the Rig’s driver has been a regular at Santa Cruz for some years and drove for 12 hours from Nowra on the NSW’s South Coast to keep his attendance record intact. Thanks Nick.
As the cars cruised into the Homemaker Centre, the Rotary BBQ was soon flat out, as was the team in the Café. Well known Melbourne children’s entertainer Paul Jameison was soon attracting a crowd of kids singing and dancing along to the music.
Being our 10th anniversary also meant ramping up the prizes in the night’s fund raiser raffle with two xmas trees, six hampers and an assortment of kid’s scooters [some even electric] and toys to be won. The prizes displayed on the Shannons Rig’s stage was so attractive, we actually ran out of raffle tickets before the draw. Sorry to those that missed out.
We had on display for the first time, the 350 Chevrolet engine custom built at The Frankston Engine Centre that one very lucky LGC Cruiser will win at the March 2015 cruise night. There are a few items to be added to complete the motor so that it’s ready to start up when the winner gets to take it home. It seemed to attract plenty of attention judging by the crowds checking it out. Perhaps visualizing how it would look in their car’s engine bay?
When Santa announced his arrival by cruising the car show sitting up in the back of a ’65 Chevelle convertible, he soon had kid’s lined up to lobby for what they were hoping he’d bring them on Christmas Day. After a solid session of chatting to lots of kids of all ages, it was time for Santa to depart which he did with his usual rock star flourish. Thanks again to Santa for putting so many smiles on young faces.
Presentations quickly followed, with donation cheques raised from the night’s raffle first up. Heather from the Mornington Park Primary School’s breakfast program accepted a cheque for $1000 to help her keep the great work rolling along. Cherrie picked up a cheque for $500 on behalf of the Variety Club and Megan collected another $500 cheque in support of ‘The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers’, a major fund raising effort on behalf of Peter MacCallum Cancer Research.
With many LGC Cruisers present, we had arranged for three prizes in the night’s Cruiser draw. A voucher for a dyno tune at Chev’s Performance in Carrum Downs, a Mercedes Benz sports bag filled with MB merchandise and a solid silver one off cast A model hot rod key chain, supplied by Roger Thomas Jewellers in Mornington, soon found very happy new owners.
Last up was the draw for the raffle prizes. I recall 1st prize required three trips to the stage to carry off all the parts of the prize. We soon had happy winners trying to fit their prizes into their cars for the trip home.
Well, it was certainly bigger than our 1st cruise night back in 2005 and I’ll leave to those who were present to decide whether it was better. We certainly set out to make it so.
Our thanks to the following for their generous support of another memorable Santa Cruz.
- Tyres & More Mornington
- Roger Thomas Jewelers
- Mercedes Benz Mornington
- Meguiar’s & Liqui Moly
- Chev’s Performance
- Lisa Freeman for making the raffles Christmas Trees
- Fletch for providing Santa’s sleigh
- The Peninsula Homemaker Centre
- Creative Custom Cars
And of course our wonderful Santa!
Finally, the hard working crew at Let’s Go Cruisin’ wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2015.
Here’s some photos to enjoy from our roving photographer Graeme.
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