Mid Winter Cruise 2009
The second Sunday in July did bring out some hardy enthusiasts ready to enjoy a brisk winters day cruising in their street rods, customs, muscle and pre’75 chrome bumper cars. The weather forecasters teased us with the promise of early showers clearing to a cloudy but dry day with the possibility of showers in the afternoon. Well for once they were spot on!! The cruise left Mornington with around 30 cars, and cruised through Bayswater where another 60 cars were waiting to tag on. By the time they arrived in Healesville the number of cars had grown to around 150. Obviously there were many who decided to also tag onto the cruise as it headed towards its final destination. The reserved parking adjacent the town’s main precinct with its mostly dry asphalt was a welcome sight. After clogging up the Maroondah hwy for a few minutes we had the cars parked and another Mid Winter cruise was in full swing. We had passed out to entrants our version of Cruisin’ Scrabble where words had to be constructed from the letters provided. Some cars turned in some amazing number of words. Well done all.
Our thanks to the Shire of Yarra Ranges for their assistance with having the event in the centre of Healesville. The Yarra Valley Tourism team for their support, Gary from the Fluid Bar who opened up early and set up a BBQ for our convenience and the many main street traders that supported the cruise. Lastly a big thank you to LGC members Rohan Hutson & Ray Pearman for organizing the cruise for all of us to enjoy. Here are some photos as mementos for those that cruised in the middle of winter, and for every one that missed it, you’ll have only 364 sleeps to the next one.
There were kid’s activities, over a $1000 worth of entrant’s prize pool along with lots to eat, see & do in this famous tourist town.
At 2pm we kicked off our presentation with the kids colouring completion. The judges decided the standard was too high to separate winners so a raffle was conducted that resulted in every entrant getting a prize! No tears at our events!! We then moved things along [the sky was starting to look a little threatening], by presenting Dieter Edelmaier from Wantirna South with a Best Presented award for his beautifully turned out 1933 Ford Sedan. Yes there was plenty of debate among the judges as there were a number of worthy winners, but in the end it was Dieter’s burgundy street rod that got the nod.
We followed up by drawing six major prizes winners from the Cruisin’ Scrabble and the prize table was quickly depleted. Then another eight consolation winners were drawn and the prize table was looking very bare.
And just as the last winners were drawn the rain started, as the weather man had predicted and another Mid Winter Cruise wrapped up. All up around 200 entrants and their families took up our challenge to cruise in the dead of winter and proved that you can have fun without the sun!
Photos Greg Wapling, Graeme Hutson
Start at Mornington
Start at Lillydale