Cruise Night - December 2017
Santa Cruz is probably our favourite event to host. And it continues be popular with car enthusiasts and their families with 250 plus cars cruisin in and lots of people and kids of course.
We had Louise the face painter back to decorate lots of small faces. We were also fortunate to have Joy the Balloonist come along to make some amazing things out of balloons to take home.
The Mt Martha Rotary were busy keeping the sausages up to the crowd and the Sober Mule was busy all night.
The star of the night of course is Santa Claus. He arrived in the pink Cadillac convertible that he used last year. [He told me he loves this Caddy and wants to take it back to the North Pole]. Santa was then kept busy discussing secret Christmas business with lots of kids of all ages. After everyone had had a chance to see him, it was time to leave for another engagement. He’s a busy man at this time of the year. Thank you, Santa, for coming along.
If there was a runner up to Santa in the ‘most popular’ visitor of the night, it’d have to be the award winning ’63 VW Beetle ‘Woody’ from Exotic Graphix. Nick Calimiti along with his brother Adrian and father Rocky entered their ‘Woody Beetle’ in this year’s ‘Wrapped Like a King’ worldwide contest. Hard to believe that it’s all vinyl wrapped when you check it out up close. At the SEMA show in Las Vegas last month they were announced as the winner for the second year running, beating off lots of entries from all around the world. They also bought along last year’s winner, the ’30 Ford Sedan. Congratulations to the Exotic Graphix team on their success.
Being Christmas with it’s spirt of giving, we conduct our normal gate entry as a fund raiser with some great hampers and prizes to be won. Our chosen charity to receive this year’s raffle proceeds is the Melanoma Institute Australia. [See below for some information about the Institute’s work]. The raffle raised $1500 which we will be sending to the Institute in the next few days Thank you again to everyone who purchased tickets.
We kicked off the presentations with our Cruiser draws. The $100 went home with a happy Cruiser and the Dyno Tune Voucher from Chev Auto Repairs in Carrum Downs might get used to tune a nice ‘32 Street Rod soon.
The crowd had gathered in anticipation of winning one of the 6 hampers and bonus prizes up for grabs. First winner out was Lindy from the Sober Mule team. The Christmas tree that’s part of 1st prize now resides in the café for all to enjoy. Ian who is our #1 subscriber in our LGC Cruiser
program travelled all the way from his home in East Gippsland to attend Santa Cruz went home with a hamper overflowing with goodies. Hamper winners also had a pick off the bonus prize table. Prizes included a Mercedes Benz travel bag and a Scalextric race car set donated by Mercedes Benz Mornington. A Soda Stream and Dash Camera was donated by Good Guys Mornington. Roger from Roger Thomas Jewelers in Mornington crafted a one off ’38 Ford Coupe Street Rod in solid silver key ring and Liqui Moly provided a limited edition ‘Bathurst 12 Hour’ wall clock. All great prizes.
Thanks for everyone who supported this effort.
Thank you to:
- All our sponsors without whom we could not do what we do. Shannons, ACDelco, MotorActive, Frankston Engine Centre, Chev’s Auto Repairs, Buff n Stuff, Enviro Blast, Al the Hose Wizard, Creative Custom Cars, Exotic Graphix and the Homemaker Centre.
- All the people who supported our ‘special’ fund raising effort tonight, Roger Thomas Jewelers, Mercedes Benz Mornington, Good Guys, Sober Mule, Buff n Stuff and Progressive Vans.
Lastly, thanks to the members of Let’s Go Cruisin’ team who work to host safe and enjoyable get togethers for the many car enthusiasts who choose to come along and enjoy what we offer.
Best wishes for the Festive Season and more great cruisin’ in 2018.
The Melanoma Institute Australia
The Melanoma Institute Australia is a not for profit organization working hard towards a future free of melanoma. The goal is to prevent and cure melanoma through innovative, world class research and education programs.
Melanoma is a familiar word to most Australians but it’s only when melanoma directly impacts our lives that we begin to understand the seriousness of this type of skin cancer. Unfortunately, Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world which is why it is often referred to as the ‘Australian Cancer’. On average, 30 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma every day and more than 1,200 will die from the disease each year. Melanoma is also the major form of cancer in young Australians from 14-39 years. That’s why the team at Melanoma Institute Australia is committed to finding new ways to prevent, treat and promote awareness of this deadly disease.
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