Mid Winter Cruise 2008
Winter & weather go hand in glove. When you want to go skiing, first you need some wintry weather to bring the snow. So what are we doing running a 'chrome bumper car' cruise in the middle of winter? Don't these cars only come out to play when the sun's out?
Well the weather gods smiled on us again, it was sunny on the 1st Sunday in July and the cars did come out to make for another successful Mid Winter Cruise. Trivia questions occupied the cruisers as they made their way in colorful convoys through the countryside to Healesville.
Three start points, Mornington, Hallam & Lilydale saw over 150 cars converge on the Historical Railway yards in Healesville. By the time other cars cruised in, the over 200 cars had completely filled the car park and we were soon filling the surrounding paddock.
On arrival, there was the local craft market to browse, where to have lunch decisions to made [lots of choices in this popular tourist town] and of course some great cars to check out. The LGC team was also out amongst the cars looking for a worthy recipient of our first 'Best Presented' award.
Around 1:00pm we started drawing lucky door prize winners to keep things moving along.
At 2:30, things really stepped up. We invited Anthony to drive his stunning Primrose & White '59 Plymouth Belvedere up front and presented him with a full range of car care products. There were many well presented cars, but Anthony's grabbed our attention as displaying great attention to detail in its presentation. Congratulations.
Then Bill Duyvestyn had great pleasure in presenting our Real Car Award to the latest worthy recipient, Ray Pearman. Check out this report on the Real Car Guy page.
The Cruisers attending the day got to put their names in the hat for a special Cruiser draw we do at some of our events and 'Nobby' cleaned up again, winning a 1:10th scale remote control car. No prize for guessing what 'Nobby' was doing after he got home!
Time to get the kids involved and we had a special 'kids only' raffle draw. They all lined to collect their tickets, and didn't take as long as the adults do coming up and claiming their prize when their number was called.
The judges had been busy behind the scenes tallying up the score of the trivia contest. Out of a possible score of 32 points, we had a tie with two entrants scoring 26 points. Both winners struggled off with washing baskets filled with goodies. We had three runners up close behind on 25 points, and they too collected prize packs.
Finally the raffle we'd been running was drawn and the Hot Rod slot car set on offer was soon walking off under the arm of the winner. How did you recognize the winner? It was the guy with the big grin! We all wanted it!
The last item on the schedule was to thank Rohan & Leanne Hutson who put the whole day together for us. It was particularly challenging this year because Leanne had their first baby only 3 months ago! Thanks also to the team at Let's Go Cruisin' who backed them up to produce another great day.
So another Mid Winter Cruise was over. And as the cars rumbled out of Healesville, the sky closed over, the sun disappeared, a few spits of rain fell and winter returned.
Photos: Graeme Hutson and Ina Johnson