Mid Winter Cruise 2010
Once again owners of pre ‘75 street rods, chrome bumper classics, muscle cars and pickups all demonstrated that you really can have fun cruisin’ in the dead of winter. When 30 cars set off from Mornington and then joining up with the 100 cars waiting on route in Bayswater, the resulting convoy quickly filled all 3 lanes of the road. With other entrants tagging on as the convoy cruised through Montrose and on to Lilydale, around 200 cars cruised into the reserved car park waiting for their arrival in the heart of Healesville.
The dry cool morning developed into a pleasant sunny day and rewarded all those who ventured out for another Mid Winter Cruise.
To keep passengers occupied on the cruise we again played our version of Cruisin Scrabble. We also had a tempting table of prizes for a fund raising raffle.
After enjoying a sausage of the Fluid Lounges BBQ or something more substantial from the main streets cafes and pubs for lunch, the 2pm prize draws and presentations rolled around quickly.
Donation to Healesville Rotary Club.
Presentations kicked off with event director [and local resident] Ray Pearman passing a cheque to Rod Thom from the Healesville Rotary Club for $1000, the proceeds raised from the cruise’s raffle. Tom explained how the funds donated from the day would benefit the Healesville and surrounding areas community. Ray also thanked the Rotary Club’s members for assisting with traffic marshalling and parking. 200 cars arriving in convoy is an intimidating sight when you’ve got to get them in and parked quickly and safely. Our thanks to the Rotarians for a job well done.
Chris then presented the many entrant’s boys and girls who had participated in the kid’s activities held earlier with ‘goody bags’. Lots of smiles!
Best presented Award.
Next presentation was for the Best Presented award.
After LGC members walked amongst all the cars, the field was narrowed down to about six cars that demonstrated excellent preparation for the cruise, but the nod was finally given to Colin McQinn who cruised all the way from Mornington in his ’69 HT Monaro. This silver beauty was showing off all the attributes of its recent rebuild. Colin won a complete range of premium car care products for presenting his Monaro at the cruise in top condition.
LGC Cruiser Prize Draw.
Next was the drawing of the LGC Cruiser’s name who would be taking home the $250 ACDelco battery. This 780CA beauty was won by Steve who had signed up as a LGC Cruiser earlier in the day. He paid for his annual subscription for about the next 10+ years with his win. Congratulations Steve.
It was then time to present prizes for the Cruisin Scrabble. We firstly recognized the four entrants who managed to come up with 150 or more words on their entry. Luke & Lisa, Jody & Peter, Janelle & Peter and Sandra & Nobby all collected a little something extra before their sheets were returned to the box for the major prize draw.
We managed to find winners of the six Esky’s filled with many items pretty easily, as most entrants were still present at the draw.
Fund Raising Raffle.
Then the crowd’s attention turned to the raffle that many present had ‘invested’ in! With some Snap On Tools sets, a couple of desirable Biante models, a limited edition Elvis ‘head bobber’ and a LGC Bomber Jacket, there had been plenty of incentive to ‘invest’ in this raffle. The winners had first pick of the prize table as the winning tickets were drawn and the desirable Snap On tool sets were first to find new homes. The Bomber Jacket was won by Gary Christie owner of the Fluid Lounge, who had worked the BBQ for the entrants benefit most of the day.
The LGC team would like to thank the following for enabling another enjoyable cruisin’ event.
- The Shire of Yarra Ranges for the use of the River St car park.
- Healesville Tourism Assoc for their support of the event.
- Healesville Chamber of Commerce.
- Gary from the Fluid Lounge.
- The Rotarians from the Healesville Club.
- Our Event Directors, Ray & Jan Pearman for pulling the day together for us all to enjoy.