Chainsaw Bob's Devil Island Cruise 2008
Here's the first bunch of photos from Graeme Hutson, more photos and some reports to follow soon. Do know that both "Chainsaw" Bob (LGC Member) and Greg Jones (LGC Real Car Guy) were in the Top 10 and that Tony Morphett (long time LGC supporter) was overall winner.
As you can see by the photos, those that went on the cruise look to have had a good time.
Bob & Deb's Report
It was just after 2.30pm and 42o on Sunday, 16 March when participants in the Chainsaw Bob Devil Island Cruise left Echuca and headed south to Port Melbourne. On our arrival at Station Pier we were joined by other entrants and after the long wait to board it was time to sit down, relax and enjoy the company of our new found friends in the bar at the blunt end of the ship.
We arrived in Devonport to be greeted by entrants who had cruised over on the Sunday day sailing and at his stage there were around 72 cars gathered just outside the quarantine area at Devonport, well and truly eager to get the cruise underway. We had a couple of cars that needed some mechanical repairs and the local guys were only too happy to help see everyone get back on the road ... a big thank you has to go out to all those Tassie helpers!!
The cruise departed Devonport and headed south to Deloraine where the guys from the Van Diemens Hot Rod Club had put on a free breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, hash browns, tea and coffee and all for free!! Once we had had our fill it was time to make our way to our first overnight stop at Bicheno. As we had suggested, it was great to see everyone doing their own thing as we cruised through the towns on our way to Bicheno.
Most people ended their day with a meal at the local hotel, which also provided a great opportunity to compare notes and make new friends … and to purchase the last few remaining polos and t-shirts. We had a great response to the new initiative of wearing polos instead of t-shirts and we would like to thank all those who provided positive feedback not only on the quality of the shirts but also the great logo.
Our only objective for Tuesday was to get to St Helens for our next overnight stay, so after a fabulous breakfast provided by Blue Edge Bakery we continued on again on the next leg of our adventure. Some people decided to head south and visit the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula while others headed for the local fauna park. We lingered around the bakery until mid-morning and then explored the fauna park and after that had the best pancakes I think we've ever had high on top of Elephant Pass.
Tuesday evening saw us all at St Helens RSL where we had dinner and then conducted our charity auction. The auction was an overwhelming success with everyone donating something for us to sell and we raised over $3000!!!! It had been suggested to us to auction off the banner that all participants had signed. After much spirited bidding that piece of history went to Sally and Kevin Scagliotti.
On Wednesday our objective was to make it back to Devonport. The drive back for us included a visit to the Pub in the Paddock to buy Priscilla the beer drinking pig a pot. Unfortunately Pricillla was out cold after a big night! Steve, a local rodder had arranged a tour of the lighthouse at Low Head and many entrants chose to take up the offer and enjoy this unique experience. From Low Head we headed back to Devonport to attend a free BBQ that the Challengers Hot Rod Club had put on for all the 2008 Island State Nationals early arrivals. It was a great night, very well catered for and another opportunity to meet other rodders and compare adventures.
That pretty much wrapped up the Chainsaw Bob cruise and we handed over to the Island State Rodders to continue on the Easter event.
Our thanks go out to all our cruisers for their behaviour on and off the roads, their donations and/or money shelled out for items purchased at our auction night and for the fun and adventure shared with us.
Bob and Deborah
Well it's about time but I can now proudly announce that the final tally for the Devil Island Cruise was $4798 plus the pledge of $500 from LGC will bring the final total to $5298.
I'd like to thank all the member of LGC who came on the cruise for their help and support and for the generous donation, I'd especially like to thank Deb who helped me enormously behind the scene organising shirts, accommodation, booking meals venues, auction venue and the auction itself and also the lighthouse tour, plus much more.
With perfect weather all the way the cruise turned out to be an outstanding success!!
Thank You & Well Done
Hi Debra & Bob,
A very belated, (but nontheless sincere) short note to you both, to say
a very BIG "THANK-YOU VERY MUCH" for a great Rod Run to Tasmania. We had
a fantastic time.
Having been involved with Committees and organising Rod Runs etc., ourselves,
in the past, we know just how much work, time and effort is involved.
In getting these things together. You did a wonderful job.
Everything was well organised and well researched. We all knew where we
had to be each day, (.....well...some of us, anyway - a couple of us took
a wrong turn or two along the way!!!) allowing everyone to "do their own
thing" without having to rush. It was a very relaxing start to the Nationals.
The venues and meals for our "get-togethers" were really good. The Auction
was a lot of fun, and raised a nice sum of money for an excellent cause.
The Polo Shirts/"T" Shirts and other Ladies tops were very nice and quite
"classy" looking - a bit different to the usual. For our friends, Bruce
& Denise Rook - ( the other '56 Buick Two Door - Black & Red) it was their
very first Rod Run / Nationals. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves also.
We all had a lot of fun.
Hope you were able to relax and enjoy the Nationals yourselves, afterwards.
All-in-all a job very WELL DONE - CONGRATULATIONS!!
Regards from Ray & Jan Pearman. (Let's Go Cruisin' / Bay Rodders)
It was good to meet you and I loved the cruise. It's a great sensation
travelling along with like minded people all with shiny cars in all colours
and shapes, even though they are all the same, rods. You did a great job.
Photos Graeme Huston and Bob Pankhurst